The Supreme Court on Tuesday reversed a ruling in a child's adoption, saying the child, whose biological father considers himself part Cherokee, should not have been taken from her adoptive parents. The court ruled that the federal Indian Child Welfare Act did not apply in the case.
Voting rights groups and others reacted strongly to Tuesday's Supreme Court ruling that struck down part of the Voting Rights Act. It had required all or part of 15 states to get Justice Department approval for any voting law changes.
The Supreme Court struck down part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act by a vote to 5-4 on Tuesday. It essentially shifts the burden of fighting off voting discrimination from the government to minority voters.
The Jordanian government has been cracking down on news and other Internet sites. A new law requires those sites to be registered with the government, pay a large fee and to have a government approved editor for local sites. Some say the new law is another form of censorship.
In the state where the Supreme Court case got its start, many officials lauded the justices' ruling as an acknowledgement that times have changed. But others are skeptical that enough progress has really been made.
In striking down a key part of the Voting Rights Act, the Supreme Court specifically said that Congress could approve a new, constitutionally sound formula to determine what jurisdictions need federal oversight. But is Congress likely to do so?
After 25 hours of fighting, clashes have died down in the southern city of Sidon in Lebanon. At least 16 soldiers and 40 gunmen are dead. Radical Sunni Muslim Sheikh Ahmed al-Assir is on the run and possibly holed up in the Ain al Helweh Palestinian camp.
In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, stating that the legislation was based on now outdated data. The ruling removes the coverage formula that required federal oversight for voting processes in nine states.
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