Bill Chappell http://wfpl.org en U.S. Added 288,000 Jobs In June, Labor Department Says http://wfpl.org/post/us-added-288000-jobs-june-labor-dept-says Analysts' expectations of continued growth in the jobs report for June were surpassed by federal data issued this morning, as the Labor Department says U.S. employers added 288,000 jobs last month. The government released the numbers one day early because of the July 4 holiday.<p><strong>Update at 8:35 a.m. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 12:54:56 +0000 Bill Chappell 9697 at http://wfpl.org Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says http://wfpl.org/post/companies-can-refuse-cover-contraception-supreme-court-says The Supreme Court has ruled that family owned and other closely held companies can opt out of the Affordable Care Act's provisions for no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance if they have religious objections.<p>The owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores and those of another closely held company, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., had objected on the grounds of religious freedom.<p>The ruling affirms a Hobby Lobby victory in a lower court and gives new standing to similar claims by other companies.<p><strong>Update at 1:15 p.m. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:20:39 +0000 Bill Chappell 9671 at http://wfpl.org Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says EPA Unveils New Proposal Targeting Greenhouse Gases http://wfpl.org/post/epa-unveils-new-proposal-targeting-greenhouse-gases New federal regulations announced Monday aim to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030.<p>The draft proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency has sparked opposition from industry groups who say the changes would be prohibitively expensive. But the proposal's backers say the rules are needed to cut carbon pollution that scientists say contributes to climate change.<p><strong>Update at 10:45 a.m. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 15:31:34 +0000 Bill Chappell 9469 at http://wfpl.org EPA Unveils New Proposal Targeting Greenhouse Gases As It Happened: American Wins 118th Running Of The Boston Marathon http://wfpl.org/post/live-blog-american-wins-118th-running-boston-marathon There is no doubt the bombings of last year cast a long shadow on the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.<p>It was an inevitable backdrop: The signs on the buildings that line the course near the finish are usually covered in witty, encouraging posters. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:53:34 +0000 Bill Chappell 9181 at http://wfpl.org As It Happened: American Wins 118th Running Of The Boston Marathon 'Hurricane' Carter Dies; Boxer Was Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder http://wfpl.org/post/hurricane-carter-dies-boxer-was-wrongfuly-convicted-murder Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, the former boxing champion whose conviction for a triple murder was overturned after he served nearly 20 years in prison, has died of prostate cancer. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:17:07 +0000 Bill Chappell 9177 at http://wfpl.org 'Hurricane' Carter Dies; Boxer Was Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder Westboro Baptist Founder Is 'On The Edge Of Death,' Son Says http://wfpl.org/post/westboro-baptist-founder-edge-death-son-says The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., founder of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kan., that became famous for its controversial protests at funerals, is ill and in hospice care, family members and church officials confirmed today.<p>Phelps' estranged son, Nathan, first announced his father's condition Saturday night.<p>Fred Phelps is "on the edge of death at Midland Hospice house in Topeka," Nathan Phelps wrote in a statement posted to his <a href="https://www.facebook.com/NatePhelps/posts/10151924300961765">Facebook page</a> Saturday night. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:00:12 +0000 Bill Chappell 8893 at http://wfpl.org Westboro Baptist Founder Is 'On The Edge Of Death,' Son Says 'The Fact Is These Are Russian Forces,' Says Ukraine's Ambassador To U.S. http://wfpl.org/post/fact-these-are-russian-forces-says-ukraines-ambassador-us <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juH4SSX-zyM</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 11:57:35 +0000 Bill Chappell 8781 at http://wfpl.org 'The Fact Is These Are Russian Forces,' Says Ukraine's Ambassador To U.S. Obama Warns Russia Against Using Force In Ukraine http://wfpl.org/post/obama-warns-russia-against-using-force-ukraine Saying that the United States is "deeply concerned" by reports that Russia is taking military action in Ukraine, President Obama urged Russia not to intervene in the destabilized country, where tensions have reached new highs this week.<p>Obama said that he had spoken to Russia's President Putin in recent days, to foster cooperation in coping with the situation.<p>But, he said, "we are now deeply concerned by reports of military movements taken by the Russian Federation inside of Ukraine. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 12:34:31 +0000 Bill Chappell 8745 at http://wfpl.org Obama Warns Russia Against Using Force In Ukraine Federal Judge Voids Texas Gay Marriage Ban http://wfpl.org/post/federal-judge-voids-texas-gay-marriage-ban Saying that a Texas law barring same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and demeans the dignity of homosexuals, a federal judge struck down the law Wednesday. The ruling from U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia doesn't mean gay marriages can be held in Texas, however; he placed a stay on the decision, anticipating an appeal by the state.<p>The issue is widely expected to be settled eventually by the U.S. Supreme Court. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 20:33:03 +0000 Bill Chappell 8714 at http://wfpl.org Federal Judge Voids Texas Gay Marriage Ban Mistrial On Murder Charge In Florida Gas Station Shooting http://wfpl.org/post/mistrial-murder-charge-florida-gas-station-shooting A mistrial was declared on Saturday in the first-degree murder charge of Michael Dunn after a Florida jury failed to come to an agreement. The jury did find Dunn guilty on four lesser charges, including three counts of attempted second-degree murder in the 2012 killing of a teenager in a Jacksonville gas station parking lot.<p>Police say Dunn shot and killed an unarmed man, Jordan Davis, 17, after an argument broke out over loud music coming from Davis' car. Sun, 16 Feb 2014 12:53:20 +0000 Bill Chappell 8612 at http://wfpl.org