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10:19 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court Wraps Up Big Term With Death Penalty, Redistricting And More

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 11:22 am

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Shots - Health News
10:16 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court's Decision On Same-Sex Marriage Expected To Boost Health Coverage

The crowd reacts as the ruling on same-sex marriage was announced outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., Friday.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

The right to marry in any state won't be the only gain for gay couples from last week's Supreme Court ruling. The decision will likely boost health insurance among gay couples as same-sex spouses get access to employer plans.

The logic is simple. Fewer than half of employers that offer health benefits make the insurance available to same-sex partners who aren't married. Virtually all of them offer coverage to spouses.

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The Two-Way
9:47 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court Backs Arizona's Redistricting Commission Targeting Gridlock

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 12:47 pm

U.S. states' efforts to counter extreme gerrymandering won a victory Monday, as the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a bipartisan Arizona panel that draws the state's districts. The court's vote was 5-4; Chief Justice John Roberts dissented, as did Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg wrote the opinion for the majority, in which her citations included James Madison writing in The Federalist Papers.

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The Two-Way
9:46 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court Says Use Of Lethal Injection Drug Is Legal

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 12:47 pm

Updated at 10:46 a.m. ET

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 opinion, says the sedative used in Oklahoma's lethal injection cocktail does not violate the U.S. Constitution's ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Here's the background to the case, in the words of SCOTUSblog:

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The Two-Way
8:22 am
Mon June 29, 2015

Taiwan Water Park Fire Claims First Victim

Police investigators inspect the stage area after an explosion during a music concert at the Formosa Water Park in New Taipei City, Taiwan, on June 28.
AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 1:28 pm

A 20-year-old woman who suffered burns to 90 percent of her body in Saturday's explosion at a music event in Taiwan has died, the first fatality in the disaster at the water park that burned 498 people. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the colored powder sprayed from the stage during a rap performance to catch fire.

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