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US Supreme Court’s Sotomayor allows Yeshiva University to ban LGBT student club for now
On Friday, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor allowed Yeshiva University to refuse to recognize an LGBT student club that the Jewish School of New York says violates its religious values, temporarily blocking the decision of a judge ordering him to authorize the group. Sotomayor has temporarily suspended a judge’s ruling that a city anti-discrimination law required Yeshiva University to recognize YU Pride Alliance as a student club while the school pursues an appeal in lower court. Liberal justice handles certain cases on behalf of a group of states including New York.
As Biden touts Intel’s Ohio factory, Rep. Tim Ryan questions his 2024 plans
On Friday, President Joe Biden paid an election-year visit to a majority Republican part of Ohio for the grand opening of a semiconductor factory he has promoted as proof that his economic policies are working. But his trip was punctuated by comments from fellow Democrat, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who is now running for the U.S. Senate. On Thursday, Ryan publicly questioned whether the party needed a new leadership after being asked if the 79-year-old president should run for re-election in 2024.
US Senate hopeful Fetterman aims to allay health fears at rally in Pennsylvania
Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman will seek to allay concerns about his health after suffering a stroke earlier this year at a Sunday rally outside Philadelphia where he will promote his support for the right to abortion. Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, has largely stayed away from the campaign trail since a stroke in May that he says nearly killed him. His Republican rival, welfare celebrity Mehmet Oz, took up the issue, suggesting that Fetterman’s health would prevent him from holding office if elected.
Lawmakers call for US probe into airlines’ handling of COVID funds
Leaders of two congressional committees want a federal probe into whether airlines have used government pandemic money to fund pilot buyouts and early retirements that may have fueled current pilot shortages, a report says. letter published on Friday. Congress approved $54 billion in three rounds covering much of U.S. airline payroll costs for 18 months that ended in September 2021. Airlines accepting government aid that funded payroll costs were barred from furlough or dismissal of workers and faced limits on executive compensation and bans on share buybacks and dividends.
Rain helps California firefighters battle the blaze and end a brutal heat wave
A tropical storm off the Pacific coast brought cooler temperatures and much-needed rain to Southern California on Saturday, ending a scorching heat wave and allaying fears that a massive wildfire could threaten more of ‘inhabitants. Officials had warned that strong winds from the remnants of Tropical Storm Kay could fan flames from the Fairview Fire, which as of Friday had consumed about 27,000 acres in Riverside County, east of Los Angeles, and was only 5% contained. Heavy rains from the storm, meanwhile, raised the possibility of flash flooding and mudslides.
Payments giants to enforce new code identifying sales at US gun stores
Visa Inc, the world’s largest payments processor, said on Saturday it would implement a new merchant category code for U.S. gun retailers that will identify transactions at gun stores. . The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on Friday approved the creation of the dealer code following pressure from gun control campaigners who say it will help track suspicious gun purchases.
The US Department of Justice and the Trump team deeply divided over the special appointment of a master
The US Department of Justice and lawyers for Donald Trump said on Friday they were deeply divided over whether classified records seized by the FBI from the former president’s estate in Florida should be reviewed by a master. special, and they each submitted a separate list of candidates for the job. . In a joint filing on Friday evening, the US Department of Justice told US District Judge Aileen Cannon that Trump’s legal team is insisting that the special master be allowed to review “all documents seized, including documents bearing classification marks”.
US Supreme Court to reopen to public after lengthy COVID shutdown – reports
The U.S. Supreme Court will allow the public to hear arguments in person for the first time in about 2½ years following a closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the judge ruled Friday. Chief John Roberts, according to media reports. The court’s nine judges – all of whom have been vaccinated against COVID-19 – will begin hearing a new round of cases when the court’s next term begins on October 3.
Trump legal team wants special master to review all documents seized in Florida search
Donald Trump’s lawyers said in a court filing on Friday that all documents seized in an FBI search of the former president’s Florida home should be examined by a special master, including those bearing classified marks, a position opposed by the Department of Justice. In the filing, Trump’s attorneys and the Justice Department each offered two different names to serve as an independent arbitrator known as the special master.
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