Pete’s Recent Stories
Health Feb 21Tobacco companies resist corrective statement about harms of smoking
Bloodied but unbeaten, the tobacco companies have plunged into another courtroom battle in an effort to stave off the humiliation of having to underwrite an ad campaign in which they brand themselves as liars.
Nation Dec 24Judge dismisses lawsuit against Obama on immigration
WASHINGTON — Refusing to rule on the merits of the case, a federal judge has rejected an Arizona sheriff's lawsuit seeking to halt President Barack Obama's plan to spare nearly 5 million people from deportation.
Nation Dec 22Sheriff Joe Arpaio seeks to stop Obama’s immigration order in court
Among the evidence in the case is a set of Arpaio press releases and letters to Homeland Security officials that say more than 35 percent of immigrants living in Maricopa County illegally who wound up in Arpaio's jails in 2014…
Health Nov 14Obamacare contraception loophole for religious groups is not too restrictive, court rules
In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a challenge by the groups, which claimed that the accommodation still imposes a substantial burden on their expression of religion.
Nation Nov 14U.S. to grant refugee status to some child migrants
WASHINGTON — The U.S. government will launch a program in December to grant refugee status to some minors under the age of 21 who live in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador and whose parents legally reside in the United States.
Nation Nov 04Federal appeals court struggles on NSA surveillance case
Three federal appeals court judges struggle to decide if National Security Agency's phone data surveillance program is a necessary intelligence-gathering tool or an intrusion of privacy.
World Oct 22Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings
WASHINGTON — A federal jury returned guilty verdicts for all four former Blackwater security guards charged in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad.
World Oct 20Benghazi attack suspect pleads not guilty
WASHINGTON — A Libyan militant on Monday pleaded not guilty to charges arising from the 2012 Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Nation Oct 03Federal judge orders release of hunger strike video from Guantanamo
WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Friday ordered the public release of videotapes of a hunger-striking Guantanamo Bay prisoner being forcibly removed from his cell and force-fed.
Politics Sep 12U.S. threatened Yahoo with daily fine if it did not comply with data handover
WASHINGTON — Yahoo's free email service could have cost the company an extra quarter of a million dollars a day. The government called for the huge fine in 2008 if Yahoo didn't go along with an expansion of U.S. surveillance…