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Potential Republican Presidential Candidate Scott Walker talks about his campaign during the Western Conservative Summit in Denver June 27. Walker has lodged heavy criticism against the U.S. Supreme Court over its Friday ruling that struck down bans against same-sex marriage, calling it a “grave mistake.” Other GOP hopefuls for the Republican nomination, including U.S. Sen Ted Cruz of Texas, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, have attacked the Supreme Court's ruling.

A GOP conundrum: How does a 2016 candidate play the gay marriage ruling?

By David Lauter and Mark Z. Barabak, Tribune Washington Bureau on June 28, 2015, at 10:37 a.m.
WASHINGTON — Within minutes of the Supreme Court’s decision declaring a constitutional right for same-sex couples to marry, President Barack Obama joined the celebration, calling one of the gay plaintiffs to congratulate him on live television, then going to the Rose Garden to hail Friday’s ruling as a moment when …

Workforce to shrink as baby boomers retire, birth rates fall

By Natasha Lindstrom, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on June 28, 2015, at 9:51 a.m.
It’s a national dilemma: Birth rates rose slightly in 2014 but are not high enough to sustain population levels, just as employers brace for the largest generation ever to retire in droves. The oldest of 75 million baby boomers — born between 1946 and 1964 — turned 69 this year. …
U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, (left) and U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nevada, (right) walk outside a hotel after a news conference in Havana on June 27.

US senators visit Cuba, hope Congress will ease restrictions

By Daniel Trotta, Reuters on June 28, 2015, at 6:26 a.m.
HAVANA — Three visiting U.S. senators said Saturday they hoped Congress would support President Barack Obama’s opening toward Cuba, including lifting a ban on U.S. citizens traveling to the Communist-run island. Democratic Sens. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Ben Cardin of Maryland joined Republican Dean Heller of Nevada on a …

1 injured when shots fired near San Francisco gay pride festival

By Reuters on June 28, 2015, at 6:22 a.m.
A spectator was shot in the arm after a dispute at San Francisco’s annual gay pride festival escalated into gunfire on Saturday, police said. Police responded to reports of gunshots in the United Nations Plaza area of downtown San Francisco as the first day of the city’s two-day gay pride …
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has launched a website seeking donations for a possible presidential run. A source says Christie will make an announcement Tuesday.

NJ Gov. Christie unveils presidential campaign website

By Reuters on June 27, 2015, at 7:56 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, days before he is to formally announce he is running for president, tweeted a link on Saturday to a website touting his campaign. Featuring the slogan “Telling it like it is,” the site, www.chrischristie.com, has slots for supporters to sign up and …
Murderer David Sweat remains on the loose after the June 6 escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York, with his partner Richard Matt, who was fatally shot Friday.

New York manhunt for prison escapee heats up after accomplice killed

By Pete DeMola, Reuters on June 27, 2015, at 6:03 p.m.
MALONE, New York — A manhunt for a convicted murderer who escaped from a New York state maximum security prison focused on a rural area near the Canadian border Saturday, a day after his fellow escapee was killed. David Sweat, 35, remained at large three weeks after taking flight from …
COMMENTARY

The ideal age to start Social Security? Truth is, it depends.

By Rodney Brooks, The Washington Post on June 27, 2015, at 5:40 p.m.
WASHINGTON — Patience is rewarded Monthly benefit amounts differ based on the age you decide to start receiving benefits: If there is one piece of advice that financial advisers seem nearly unanimous on, it’s Social Security and when you should take it. If you can, wait till you’re 70. You …
The U.S. flag and South Carolina state flag flies at half staff to honor the nine people killed in the Charleston murders as the Confederate battle flag also flies on the grounds of the South Carolina State House in Columbia, South Carolina, June 20, 2015.

Activist takes down Confederate flag outside SC Capitol

By David Adams, Reuters on June 27, 2015, at 12:08 p.m.
CHARLESTON, South Carolina — An activist climbed a flagpole outside the South Carolina Capitol early Saturday and took down the Confederate flag, state officials said, a day after President Barack Obama called the banner a symbol of racial oppression. Two people were arrested and charged with defacing a monument, the …

Bill Cosby’s lawyer says revealing court documents would cause ‘embarrassment’

By Reuters on June 27, 2015, at 11:33 a.m.
A lawyer for Bill Cosby argued unsealing court documents from a 2005 Pennsylvania sexual assault case filed against the comedian would cause severe “embarrassment,” court records show. Attorney George Gowen asked in a motion filed in federal court Wednesday to keep under seal records from the case brought by Andrea …
People interact with art installations during the Burning Man 2014 "Caravansary" arts and music festival in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, Aug. 26, 2014.

Requests for ice cream, flush toilets at Burning Man stirs firestorm

By Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters on June 27, 2015, at 11:07 a.m.
U.S. land managers have asked operators of Burning Man to provide them with VIP accommodations and flushable toilets in the Nevada desert during the annual counterculture festival, triggering a political firestorm Friday. The demands drew the ire of two U.S. lawmakers from Nevada, who described the requests, which also included …

Sirius XM to pay record companies $210 million for pre-1972 songs

By Jonathan Stempel, Reuters on June 27, 2015, at 11:03 a.m.
Sirius XM Holdings Inc. said Friday it agreed to pay five record companies $210 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the satellite radio company of broadcasting songs made before 1972 without permission and without paying royalties. The settlement resolves claims by Capitol Records LLC, Sony Music Entertainment, UMG Recordings Inc., …

Bad weather, rugged terrain caused US chopper crash in Nepal

By Reuters on June 27, 2015, at 10:58 a.m.
KATHMANDU — The crash of a U.S. military helicopter distributing aid to victims of an earthquake in Nepal in May was caused by bad weather and the rugged terrain of the Himalayan region, Nepal’s army said. The wreckage of the Marines UH-1Y Huey helicopter, which had gone missing May 12, …

Take a hike, naked: It’s a thing and has a day

By Heide Brandes, Reuters on June 27, 2015, at 10:35 a.m.
OKLAHOMA CITY — They marched nude by the hundreds through forests, by lakes and along mountain trails, with many hoping to go unnoticed. For the most part, national Hike Naked Day went according to plan last Sunday, though there were a few surprised people on the trails who came across …
Tourists pose for a picture using a selfie stick at an arch near Cape Greco in Cyprus, June 14, 2015.

Disney bans selfie sticks at theme parks over safety concerns

By Barbara Liston, Reuters on June 27, 2015, at 9:39 a.m.
ORLANDO, Florida — Walt Disney Co. will ban selfie sticks starting next week at its theme parks around the world, the company said Friday, joining a growing list of attractions that restrict the camera accessories for safety reasons. Beginning Tuesday, the company will not allow selfie sticks — extension rods …

Oregon men hospitalized after rare beaver attack

By Courtney Sherwood, Reuters on June 27, 2015, at 7:36 a.m.
PORTLAND, Oregon — Two Oregon hikers who were assaulted by a beaver after they climbed onto its dam have been hospitalized for injuries incurred during the rare attack, law enforcement officials said Friday. Clayton Mitchell, 23, told the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office he and a friend had been hiking along …

Aetna close to buying Humana

By Reuters on June 27, 2015, at 7:31 a.m.
U.S. health insurer Aetna Inc. is close to buying rival Humana Inc. and a deal could be signed as early as this weekend, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Humana also received an offer from Cigna Corp., but Humana’s board prefers the offer from Aetna, Bloomberg reported. Aetna …
Escaped convict Richard Matt, 48, is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained released by the New York State Police. Matt, who escaped from Clinton Correctional Facility with David Sweat on June 6, has been shot by law enforcement officials, according to news reports.

One of escaped New York inmates shot, killed

By Pete DeMola, Reuters on June 26, 2015, at 4:40 p.m.
MALONE, New York — Richard Matt, one of two prisoners who escaped from a maximum security prison in New York three weeks ago, was shot and killed by police on Friday, the New York Times reported, citing unnamed law enforcement sources. Matt was shot in the vicinity of Lake Titus, …

US homeland security chief urges vigilance after attacks abroad

By Reuters on June 26, 2015, at 4:39 p.m.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, in a statement after attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France on Friday, said U.S. law enforcement should be vigilant and prepared, especially ahead of the nation’s July 4 holiday. He did not cite any specific concerns or threats, saying U.S. officials would …

New York prison escapee believed killed in shootout, accomplice flees

By Pete DeMola, Reuters on June 26, 2015, at 3:22 p.m.
MALONE, New York — Law enforcement officers shot and killed a man who is believed to be one of two prisoners who broke out of a maximum security prison in New York three weeks ago and the second escapee is still at large near the Canadian border, police said on …

Massachusetts home care workers win $15/hr starting wage

By Reuters on June 26, 2015, at 3:22 p.m.
BOSTON — Massachusetts home care workers have won the nation’s first state-level $15-an-hour starting salary, after months of negotiations with state officials in an ongoing national campaign. The pay hike will take effect in July 2018, bringing the starting hourly pay up from $13.38, the Service Employees International Union Local …
 
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