US officials back in Venezuela in a bid to rebuild ties

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Senior US government officials have quietly traveled to Caracas in the latest bid to bring home detained Americans and rebuild relations with the South American oil giant as the war in Ukraine drags on, forcing the US to recalibrate other foreign policy objectives. A US State Department spokesperson described the trip … Read more

Former Meadows aide Cassidy Hutchinson will testify before January 6 committee on Tuesday, sources say

Hutchinson has already been interviewed by the committee behind closed doors and video clips from her deposition have been featured by the panel during earlier hearings. But her live testimony from her would mark a significant moment in the committee’s series of hearings as Hutchinson has long been considered one of its most consequential witnesses … Read more

FedLoan borrowers will soon see their service switched to MOHELA. Here’s what you need to know

FedLoan — an arm of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency known as PHEAA — is currently servicing those loans. But a year ago, PHEAA decided to end its contract with the federal government. Beginning last fall, the federal loans serviced by FedLoan have been transferred in stages to several other servicers. About 2 million … Read more

Supreme Court sides with doctors challenging their convictions in opioids ‘pill mill’ case

Lawyers for the doctors appealed their convictions, arguing that a jury should have been able to consider whether they reasonably believed that they were acting within professional boundaries. The government had argued such a standard was not necessary. The court ruling for the doctors was unanimous, but the justices differed 6-3 on the legal rationale. … Read more

Supreme Court’s abortion ruling sets off new court fights

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The fall of Roe v. Wade shifted the battleground over abortion to courthouses around the country Monday, as one side sought quickly to enact statewide bans and the other tried to block or at least delay such measures. The US Supreme Court’s decision Friday to end constitutional protection for abortion opened … Read more

WNBA star Brittney Griner ordered to trial Friday in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) — Shackled and looking wary, WNBA star Brittney Griner was ordered to stand trial Friday by a court near Moscow on cannabis possession charges, about 4 1/2 months after her arrest at an airport while returning to play for a Russian team . The Phoenix Mercury center and two-time US Olympic gold medalist … Read more

New York Times v. Sullivan: Supreme Court declines to revisit landmark First Amendment decision

Justice Clarence Thomas dissented from the court’s refusal to take up the case. “I would grant certiorari in this case to revisit the ‘actual malice’ standard,” Thomas wrote. “This case is one of many showing how the New York Times and its progeny have allowed media organizations and interest groups ‘to cast false aspersions on … Read more

5 things to know before the stock market opens Monday, June 27

Here are the most important news items that investors need to start their trading day: 1. Stocks look to build off last week’s rebound A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, US, June 22, 2022. Brendan Mcdermid | Reuters US stock futures rose before the … Read more

The seven remaining Supreme Court cases this term

Still to be decided are seven disputes. The justices are grappling with the case of Joe Kennedy, a former Washington state high school football coach at a public school who lost his job for praying at the 50-yard line after games. The school district said it suspended Kennedy to avoid the appearance that the school … Read more

Zelensky tells G7 leaders he wants war with Russia over by the end of the year

Zelensky delivered the message during a video-link during a morning session at the Schloss Elmau castle in the Bavarian Alps. He called for a major push to end the war before the winter sets in several months time, the source said. The message was as clear a sign as Zelensky has given about how he … Read more