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High court upholds racial-preference ban

6-2 decision a blow to affirmative action

Subscriber onlyThe U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday dealt a blow to affirmative action, upholding a voter-approved ban on racial preferences in admissions at Michigan’s state-run universities in a decision that provides a blueprint for other states wishing to enact similar bans. Continue reading...

Obama surveys mudslide damage

U.S.‘thinking about you,’ president tells bereft community

Subscriber onlyPresident Barack Obama took an aerial tour Tuesday of the place where more than three dozen people died in a mudslide last month. He later pledged a nation’s solidarity with those who are enduring “unimaginable pain and difficulty” in the aftermath of the destruction. Continue reading...

Spy agencies cited for crimes not told

Polygraph admissions fall in cracks

Subscriber onlyThe inspector general for the U.S. intelligence community said Tuesday that some admissions of crimes by spy-agency workers during polygraph tests were not disclosed to law enforcement agencies because of breakdowns in government reporting procedures and poor advice from agency lawyers. Continue reading...

Ukraine back in ‘anti-terror’ mode

Accord in doubt after deadly abductions, attack on plane

Subscriber onlyUkraine’s acting president ordered security forces to resume “anti-terror ” operations in the country’s east Tuesday after the bodies of two people purportedly abducted by pro-Russia insurgents were found and a military aircraft was reported to be hit by gunfire. Continue reading...

U.S. decides Egypt merits aid, copters

Subscriber onlyPresident Barack Obama’s administration said Tuesday that it has certified that Egypt is upholding its 35-year-old peace treaty with Israel and therefore qualifies for some military and counterterrorism assistance. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyQUOTE OF THE DAY “It should never have occurred.” Rafael Moure-Eraso, the chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, which found that a fertilizer-plant explosion that killed 15 people last year in West, Texas, could have been prevented Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyA man who has accused X-Men director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him when he was a teen sued three more entertainment-industry figures Monday, claiming they also molested him. Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber onlyFrank Poli, 92, received from U.S. Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., long-overdue medals Poli earned for serving in the Navy during World War II, including the Navy Good Conduct Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the American Campaign Medal. Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber onlyNeil Eggleston, 60, a veteran corporate lawyer and longtime Democratic campaign contributor who served as an associate counsel in President Bill Clinton’s White House, was picked by President Barack Obama to succeed Kathryn Ruemmler as White House counsel. Continue reading...

31,805 cross finish line of Boston’s 118th race

Sign-ups soar in support of ’13 blast victims

Subscriber onlyBOSTON — Under bright, sunny skies and heavy security, more than 30,000 racers took part in the Boston Marathon on Monday, a year after two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring hundreds of others. Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlySinger Chris Brown’s trial on an assault charge in Washington, which had been set for Monday, has been postponed until Wednesday. A judge delayed it while attorneys work out issues over testimony from Brown’s bodyguard, who was convicted of assault in a separate trial. Continue reading...

Unseal targeted-killing memo, judges order

Subscriber onlyNEW YORK — A federal appeals panel in Manhattan ordered the release Monday of key portions of a classified Justice Department memorandum that provided the legal justification for the targeted killing of a U.S. citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, who had joined al-Qaida and died in a 2011 drone strike in Yemen. Continue reading...

The nation in brief

Subscriber onlyQUOTE OF THE DAY “We’re marathon runners. We know how to endure.” Dennis Murray, a 62-year-old health-care administrator from Atlanta who ran in the Boston Marathon, which drew more than 30,000 participants a year after two bombs set off at the finish line killed three people and injured more than 260 Continue reading...

Justices take Israel passport case

Suit involves law linking Jerusalem to the Jewish state

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to decide whether Congress has the ability to require the State Department to treat Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in U.S. passports, in a case that touches on generations of conflict in the Middle East, as well as the dueling roles of Congress and the president in the conduct of foreign affairs. Continue reading...

Teen stowaway raises security alarms

Subscriber onlyA teenager who stowed away on a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Hawaii is raising questions about security at San Jose’s Mineta International Airport. Continue reading...

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