Liberal U.S. Supreme Court Justice Breyer to retire, letting Biden pick successor

Democrats plan speedy confirmation of Breyer successor Breyer, 83, has served since 1994, authoring key rulings WASHINGTON, Jan 26 (Reuters) – Liberal US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer plans to retire, lawmakers said on Wednesday, giving President Joe Biden the opportunity to fulfill a campaign promised to nominate the first Black woman to the nation’s … Read more

New York judge strikes down state mask mandate

Jan 24 (Reuters) – A New York judge overturned the state’s mask mandate on Monday, a week before it expired, ruling that the governor exceeded his authority by imposing a rule that needed to be passed by the state legislature. ‘State. Judge Thomas Rademaker of the New York State Supreme Court on Long Island found … Read more

Three U.S. states, D.C. sue Google over location-tracking

WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Texas, Indiana, Washington State and the District of Columbia sued Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O) on Monday over what they called deceptive location-tracking practices that invade users’ privacy. “Google falsely led consumers to believe that changing their account and device settings would allow customers to protect their privacy and control what … Read more

Sarah Palin’s positive COVID test clouds start of NY Times defamation trial

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin speaks during a rally endorsing U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for president at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich/File Photo Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register NEW YORK, Jan 24 (Reuters) – Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican U.S. vice-presidential candidate and … Read more

UK lawmaker says she was fired from ministerial job for her ‘Muslimness’

MP Nusrat Ghani speaks at a session of Parliament in London, UK 12 May 2021. UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor/Handout via REUTERS Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register Former British Muslim minister says her faith was a problem Party enforcer denies allegations Johnson under pressure over lockdown rallies Legislator meets with police over ‘blackmail’ … Read more

U.S. charges Texas man for threatening Georgia election officials

The charges mark the first case brought by a federal task force created to combat the wave of intimidation against election workers An election threats task force has been formed after Reuters reported a barrage of death threats in Georgia and other battleground states Suspect’s targets included Georgia Governor Kemp, Secretary of State Raffensperger – … Read more

Canada agency says Russian-backed actors targeting infrastructure

OTTAWA, Jan 20 (Reuters) – Network operators of critical Canadian infrastructure should boost their defenses against Russian state-sponsored threats, Canada’s signals intelligence agency said on Thursday. The warning from the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) is the latest in a series of bulletins from Canada’s two main spy agencies accusing Russian actors of trying to hack … Read more

UK government accused of ‘blackmail’ to keep scandal-plagued Johnson in power

Senior lawmaker says lawmakers were targeted Johnson promises to keep fighting Unaware of any evidence, Downing Street says LONDON, Jan. 20 (Reuters) – A senior Conservative lawmaker on Thursday accused the British government of intimidating and “blackmailing” lawmakers it believes are trying to force Prime Minister Boris Johnson from power. Johnson, who won a large … Read more

Starbucks suspends vaccine, test requirement after U.S. court ruling

Jan 19 (Reuters) – Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) has suspended the COVID-19 vaccine or test requirement for U.S. employees who had been mandated by the government, according to a memo sent to workers on Tuesday, following a an unfavorable US Supreme Court decision. The coffee giant said earlier this month that it would require its roughly … Read more

Giuliani, other pro-Trump lawyers hit with subpoenas over Jan. 6 attack

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) – The congressional committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday issued subpoenas to three lawyers who joined former President Donald’s failed bid Trump to undo his electoral defeat: Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and Jenna Ellis. The House of Representatives committee demanded that pro-Trump lawyers turn … Read more