In our news wrap Tuesday, an attorney for Eric Casebolt says the Texas police officer is quitting the McKinney police force amid a national furor over his conduct in response to a disturbance at a neighborhood pool party. Also, a federal appeals court in New Orleans upheld key provisions of a strict abortion law in Texas. Abortion rights supporters say they'll appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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A Texas police officer has resigned amid a national furor over his conduct during a neighborhood disturbance.
An attorney for Eric Casebolt says he`s quitting the McKinney, Texas, police force. In a video that went viral, he was seen throwing a black teenage girl to the ground and pointing his gun at other black youths.
A federal appeals court in New Orleans today upheld key provisions of a strict abortion law in Texas. The upshot could be that only a handful of abortion clinics will continue operating in the state. They will have to meet hospital-level standards to do so. Abortion rights supporters say they will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, which already put the law on hold once.
President Obama touted his Affordable Care Act for a second day, as he awaited a Supreme Court decision that could undermine the law. The president spoke in Washington and said the law has become part of the fabric of the nation, improving lives and proving its critics wrong.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA:
Despite the constant doom-and-gloom predictions, the unending Chicken Little warnings that somehow making health insurance fair and easier to buy would lead to the end of freedom, the end of the American way of life, lo and behold, it didn`t happen. None of this came to pass.
Yesterday, the president said the Supreme Court never should have accepted the latest challenge to the law. It involves the issue of subsidies and state insurance exchanges. The court is due to rule by month`s end.
The president won a round today in the legal fight over his push to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. A federal appeals court in Washington threw out lawsuits by 15 states and a major coal company. The ruling said the suits are premature because the regulations are not yet final.
General Motors could face criminal charges for a long delay in recalling potentially faulty ignition switches. The Wall Street Journal reports the Justice Department is weighing possible wire fraud charges, but also hopes to reach a settlement. GM ultimately did recall 2.6 million vehicles. The switches are linked to more than 100 deaths.
In Egypt, a court in Cairo sentenced 11 men to death today for fomenting a deadly riot at a soccer game in 2012. More than 70 people were killed in the incident. In addition to those sentenced to death, 40 others received jail terms today and 21 were acquitted.
But relatives of some of the victims said they wanted more.
ABU SOLIMAN, Father of Victim (through interpreter):
There is no justice. The former head of Port Said security only received a five-year jail sentence and he is the main cause of the disaster. There is no justice. This is unfair.
Today`s verdicts can be appealed.
Back in this country, a woman with a rare, drug-resistant form of tuberculosis is now in stable condition at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland. Meanwhile, health officials are tracking down all who had prolonged contact with her, but they say the risk is low. The woman arrived from Chicago from India in April and also — I`m sorry — she arrived in Chicago from India. She also visited Missouri and Tennessee.
HSBC, Europe`s largest bank, will cut 50,000 jobs worldwide. It`s moving to reduce costs and to sell off operations in Turkey and Brazil. Instead, it will focus more on Asia. HSBC operates in more than 70 countries and has roughly 51 million customers.
Wall Street looked for some motivation today, but didn`t find much. The Dow Jones industrial average lost two points to close near 17760. The Nasdaq fell seven points. And the S&P 500 added about a point.
And the daily White House briefing recorded a first today:
It was interrupted midway through by a bomb threat. Journalists and camera crews had to leave, so guards and dogs could sweep the area.
But Press Secretary Josh Earnest said it turned out to be a false alarm.
JOSH EARNEST, White House Press Secretary:
Based on a threat that the Secret Service received from another law enforcement organization about the press area at the White House, the press area at the White House was evacuated for the safety of all of us. And the Secret Service, using resources that they keep here on the complex, was able to quickly search this location and conclude that it was safe.
President Obama remained in the White House, and no other parts of the building were affected. There were similar threats at two Senate office buildings today, but there`s no evidence they were related.