WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Monday ruled for a Colorado baker who refused to create a wedding cake for a gay couple. In an opinion by Justice Anthony Kennedy that leaves many questions unanswered, the court held that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had not adequately taken into account the religious beliefs of baker Jack Phillips. In fact, Kennedy said, the commission had been hostile to the baker's faith, denying him the neutral consideration he deserved. While the justices split in their reasoning, only Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissented.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Monday, June 4, asserted an "absolute right" to pardon himself of any federal crimes but said he has no reason to do so because he has not engaged in any wrongdoing. "As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong?" Trump wrote on Twitter.
Facebook is disputing a New York Times report about how it shares data with device makers from Apple and Amazon to Samsung. They're privy to Facebook users' information but it's nothing like the access that led to the Cambridge Analytica controversy, the social network said.
Teachers seeking higher pay and more school funding walked out of classrooms in half a dozen states this year. Now, three national polls report that most Americans agree that educators don't earn enough. And two of the surveys found that at least half of Americans said they would pay higher taxes to raise educator salaries. The national polls were conducted by the New York Times, the Associated Press and NPR, and each found that Americans overwhelmingly believe public school teachers are underpaid.
Here's a fact you should know about the world in which you live: It's home to more kinds of scaly reptiles than all the mammal families combined. The reptile order Squamata, which includes snakes, lizards and legless worm-looking creatures known as amphisbaenians, is the largest order of living land vertebrates on the planet.
SANTA FE, Texas - This time, it happened during first period. The day after a student went on a shooting rampage at a Texas high school, a Houston-area community grappled with a horrific reality that has unfolded in so many other places across the nation. On Friday morning, a 17-year-old student armed with a shotgun and a pistol stormed Santa Fe High School, about 30 miles southeast of Houston, and opened fire in an art class, officials said.
The Senate approved a resolution Wednesday that aims to undo a sweeping act of deregulation undertaken last year by the Federal Communications Commission, issuing a rebuke to the Trump administration, which supported the FCC's move. The resolution targets the FCC's vote in December to repeal its net neutrality rules for internet providers. If successful, the legislative gambit could restore the agency's regulations and hand a victory to tech companies, activists and consumer advocacy groups.
The Boy Scouts of America announced last year that it would welcome girls for the first time in its century-long history. Now the organization's flagship program - long known as the Boy Scouts - has a new name to promote the message. And it's missing the word "boy." Beginning in February 2019, it will be known as Scouts BSA. "Scouts BSA perfectly represents the new, inclusive program for older Scouts that the Boy Scouts of America is proud to offer," said Effie Delimarkos, a spokesperson.
The nationwide food poisoning outbreak from E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce has claimed its first fatality, an unidentified person in California, and the contagion has sickened a total of 121 people in 25 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday.
The warmer weather of spring and summer means the start of tick and mosquito season and the diseases they transmit, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, West Nile and Zika. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that illnesses from mosquito, tick and flea bites more than tripled in the United States from 2004 to 2016.