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U.S. court rulings create new uncertainty over Obamacare

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WASHINGTON - Two U.S. judicial panels on Tuesday injected new uncertainty into the future of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with conflicting rulings over whether the federal government can subsidize health insurance for millions of Americans.

Obama government looks to satisfy religious groups on Obamacare

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is developing a method for religious organizations opposed to contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act to opt out of providing the coverage in their health plans without filling out a form.

Politics, Health 22 Jul 2014

U.S. announces arrests in border crackdown on human smuggling

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials have made almost 200 arrests and seized more than $625,000 in illicit profits in a month-long crackdown on human smuggling in response to an influx of illegal immigration into Texas, the Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday.

Politics, 22 Jul 2014

San Diego-area community rejects shelter for undocumented migrants

ESCONDIDO Calif. - A San Diego suburb took center stage in the nation's acrimonious immigration debate on Tuesday as planning commissioners there rejected a proposal to open a temporary shelter for Central American children caught illegally crossing the U.S. border.

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Business executive wins Georgia Republican runoff in U.S. Senate race

ATLANTA - Campaigning as an outsider who would shake up Washington, a former Fortune 500 chief executive defeated an 11-term congressman in a Georgia runoff election on Tuesday between two Republicans seeking to fill an open U.S. Senate seat.

Politics 1:24am EDT

Oregon recreational pot initiative qualifies for November ballot

- An initiative seeking to legalize, tax and regulate recreational marijuana in Oregon has qualified for the November ballot, the state said on its website on Tuesday.

22 Jul 2014

Firefighters advance on biggest wildfire on record in Washington state

SEATTLE - Firefighters gained ground on Tuesday against the largest wildfire in Washington state's history but the massive blaze that has destroyed 200 homes continued to threaten some communities and forced a fresh round of evacuations.

Environment 22 Jul 2014

U.S., European airlines halt flights to Israel due to instability

- Air carriers in the United States and Europe on Tuesday halted flights to Tel Aviv after warnings from governmental agencies in an effort to ensure passenger safety as turmoil in Israel and the region intensified.

1:22am EDT

Big California raid targets marijuana grown on tribal land

SAN FRANCISCO - California authorities have launched a major raid to seize marijuana grown on and around a Northern California Indian reservation, joining with tribal authorities to combat illegal grow operations on native lands, authorities said on Tuesday.

22 Jul 2014

StubHub was victim of cyber fraud ring; arrests to be announced

SEATTLE/BOSTON - eBay Inc's StubHub online ticket resale service said it was the victim of a massive international cyber fraud ring, the details of which authorities plan to disclose on Wednesday as they announce arrests in the case.

Tech, 1:48am EDT

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