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News Archive - June 24, 2013

Court Rulings Complicate Discrimination Suits For Employees

In two big employment law cases, the U.S. Supreme Court has made it harder for employees to bring discrimination suits about workplace harassment and retaliation.

NASA To Launch Rockets From Wallops

NASA's two rockets, which were originally scheduled to launch Monday morning, are set to blast off Tuesday, between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Senate Adds Border Security Measure To Immigration Bill

The Senate has taken another step toward approving a sweeping immigration overhaul, as the legislation passed an essential test Monday evening. By a vote of 67-27, the chamber voted to include an amendment on border security to the final bill, and to avoid a filibuster.

Author Richard Matheson, 'I Am Legend' Writer, Dies At 87

Science fiction author Richard Matheson's work included The Shrinking Man, I Am Legend, and numerous TV and movie scripts. For five decades, his work injected a sense of humanity into science fiction.

Studies Find Long Commutes Make People More Unhappy

No shock here: people stuck in traffic on a daily basis tend to be unhappier and less healthy.

Olympic Torch (But Not Olympic Flame) Headed To Space

In a first, Russian cosmonauts will carry an official Sochi 2014 Olympics torch to the International Space Station and then out on a spacewalk.

Our Beef With BuzzFeed's Viral Article On 8 Dangerous Foods

BuzzFeed's article on dangerous ingredients we eat in the U.S. has gotten millions of eyeballs. But don't panic: We take a closer look at the facts and the science behind the claims.

Rafael Nadal Loses In First-Round Upset At Wimbledon

After winning the French Open earlier this month, Rafael Nadal falls early at Wimbledon, losing to Belgium's Steve Darcis, ranked No. 135 in the world. It's the first loss for Nadal in the opening round of a Grand Slam.

IRS Chief: No Evidence Of 'Intentional Wrongdoing' So Far

Danny Werfel, the new acting chief of the IRS, said the "be on the lookout" list used to flag Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny wasn't the only list the agency had been using.

George Zimmerman Trial: 3 Highlights From The First Day

During opening statements, Zimmerman was painted as a vigilante by prosecutors, while the defense said Trayvon Martin was the agressor.

National Zoo's Red Panda Wanders Off, Found In Adams Morgan

One of the National Zoo's red pandas wandered off on Monday, only to be caught after he was spotted by an eagle-eyed resident in Adams Morgan.

'Blair Witch' Director Hoping To Film At Abandoned Frederick Mall

The director of 1999's "Blair Witch Project" wants to come back to Maryland to film his next movie.

Could LeBron and RGIII Help Sell The Affordable Care Act?

Massachusetts got young men to sign up for health insurance by enlisting the Boston Red Sox. Now HHS is angling to repeat that success by getting NFL and NBA stars to help promote federal health insurance exchanges. And if that doesn't work, they might recruit Mom.

Analysis: Republican Chairmen Oppose Farm Bill, Women Influence Growing In Congress

David Hawkings talks about how lawmakers might learn from the failed farm bill when taking on immigration reform this week.

New Pro League Tosses Its Disc Into The Frisbee Game

Major League Ultimate, the second professional Ultimate Frisbee league in the U.S., finished its first season on Sunday. But some in the Ultimate Frisbee community say the league's new rules deviate too far from the game's roots.

Why Would Ecuador Want Edward Snowden?

The country's president likes jabbing the U.S. The U.S. could put pressure on Ecuador if it grants asylum to Edward Snowden, though the country's oil reserves give it something of a buffer.

Twinkies, Ho Hos, Other Hostess Cakes To Return On July 15

After disappearing when Hostess went into bankruptcy last year, the snack cakes that supposedly last forever are now really going to live on. New owners are bringing them back.

Sandwich Monday: Zombie Burger

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try Zombie Burger in Des Moines, Iowa. It does not serve brains ā€” but does offer a timely "World War B" burger. The B stands for bacon, but if you like your sandwiches handsome, you can imagine it stands for Brad Pitt.

Saudi Arabia Shifts Weekends To Friday And Saturday

The shift aligns the biggest Arab economy with its neighbors. King Abdullah ordered the change to begin this Friday.

White House: We Expect Russia To Expel Snowden

Hong Kong and China were wrong to let the "NSA leaker" fly to Moscow, White House spokesman Jay Carney says. Now, the Obama administration expects Russia to take steps that will lead to Snowden's return to the U.S. Meanwhile, Julian Assange talks about the help Snowden is getting from WikiLeaks.

Doctors Say Wait Longer Before Treating Kids' Sinus Infections

It's hard to know when to treat a child's sinus infections with antibiotics. Revised guidelines say it's OK to wait for 13 days to see if the infection goes away on its own. The pediatricians also say children shouldn't get X-rays to diagnose sinus infections after colds.

Update: 'Rusty The Panda' Has Been Found, National Zoo Says

The little guy is safe after spending part of Monday on the lam, zoo officials say. About the size of a house cat and resembling a raccoon, he was spotted in a neighborhood adjacent to the zoo's grounds.

Race And Admissions: The University Of Texas' Long History

The U.S. Supreme Court sent a case involving the use of race in the University of Texas' admissions process back to a lower court for stricter scrutiny on Monday. Over the years, the University of Texas has been in court more than once over how race is factored into its admissions decisions.

Silvio Berlusconi Found Guilty In Sex-For-Hire Case

The court sentenced the former Italian prime minister to seven years in prison and barred him from public office.

D.C. Debates Reversing Ban On Surrogacy Agreements

D.C. remains the only jurisdiction in the country that bans surrogacy agreements, but a new bill could change that.

In Virginia, Cicadas Make Noise And Damage Trees

Virginia's crop of cicadas aren't only noisy, but they're also wreaking havoc on the commonwealth's trees.

Read The Ruling: Inside The Affirmative Action Decision

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a lower court to reconsider its decision upholding a race-based admissions program at the University of Texas. Explore the ruling.

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, June 24

This week you can jam out to a musical performance about a rock ā€˜nā€™ roll legend, or check out some art made by military service members and veterans.

Supreme Court Sends Affirmative Action Case Back To Lower Court

In a 7-1 decision, the justices ruled a lower court had not applied the right standards when it upheld a University of Texas program. It said that court needs to put the Texas program through "strict scrutiny," and had not done that.

Another Thompson Associate Set To Plead Guilty In Straw Donation Scheme

Stanley Straughter, an associate of D.C. businessman Jeffrey Thompson, will plead guilty on Monday to making straw political donations to local and federal candidates.

With Lots Left To Do, Gridlock Persists In Congress

With deadlines looming on sequestration and the debt ceiling, it remains to be seen whether Congress can overcome the usual gridlock and pass much-needed bills.

Not Local Food, And Not Afraid To Say It

Boloco is a chain of burrito restaurants that prides itself on ethical food sourcing. In a series of YouTube videos, its CEO unwraps his company's burritos and shouts from the rooftops about their decidedly distant origins.

Bobby 'Blue' Bland, The 'Sinatra Of The Blues,' Dies

His classic songs included "Turn On Your Love Light" and "Further On Up The Road." A contemporary of B.B. King, Bland was one of the last connections to the roots of the blues.

Pakistan's Premier Says Musharraf Should Be Tried For Treason

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Musharraf, who returned to Pakistan from self-imposed exile earlier this year, violated the constitution when he suspended it in 2007.

Which Key Cases Will The Supreme Court Rule On?

The court's term is set to end this week. But the justices still haven't issued rulings on cases involving same-sex marriage and voting rights.

Top Stories: Prayers For Mandela; Waiting For Supreme Court

Also: Opening statements due in trial of George Zimmerman for death of Trayvon Martin; NSA leader Edward Snowden thought to still be in Russia; another large wildfire continues to spread in Colorado.

Book News: The FBI Monitored Mexican Writer Carlos Fuentes

Also: Lemony Snicket on storytelling; the best books coming out this week.

Where In The World Is Edward Snowden? Still Russia, It Seems

It was widely reported that he would fly from Moscow to Havana on Monday. But he apparently did not board that flight. Just where Snowden is headed isn't known for sure, but it's thought that his final destination will be Ecuador.

'Everything Possible' Being Done For Ailing Nelson Mandela

The former South African president, an icon of the anti-apartheid movement, remains in critical condition at a Pretoria hospital. He is being treated for a recurring respiratory infection. Mandela is 94.