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  • Reaction to death of U.S. Justice Scalia

    (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace the jurist just months before a presidential election. Following is reaction to Scalia's…

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  • Asian-American judges among Obama's options as he seeks to replace Scalia

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has a number of likely options as he looks for a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Saturday. Within a few hours, Obama said he intends to make a nomination, despite Republicans…

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  • Republicans gear up for Supreme Court battle after Scalia's death

    By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates hardened their positions on Sunday on blocking a move by President Barack Obama to replace the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, a lifetime appointment that would help decide some…

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  • Obama statement on death of Supreme Court Justice Scalia

    Following is the full text of remarks from President Barack Obama on Saturday on the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. THE PRESIDENT: Good evening, everybody. For almost 30 years, Justice Antonin 'Nino' Scalia was a larger-than-life presence on the bench - a brilliant legal mind…

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  • N.Y. man arrested in fatal stabbing of homeless mother, children

    Michael Sykes, 23, of Brooklyn, was charged with three counts of first degree murder, as well as robbery, the NYPD said in a statement on Saturday night. Rebecca Cutler, 26, and her three children ages 2, 1 and 4 months, were all found stabbed on Wednesday at a Ramada Inn on Staten Island, where…

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  • Senate leader McConnell says wait on replacing Scalia

    Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Saturday that the next U.S. president should be the one to nominate a justice to fill the vacancy left on the Supreme Court by the death of Antonin Scalia. "The American people‎ should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme…

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  • Scalia's death set to affect court's rulings in current term

    By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The death of Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday means that the normally nine-member U.S. Supreme Court will probably be down to eight when it rules on such divisive issues as abortion, immigration, affirmative action and the power of public-sector unions. …

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  • Justice Scalia received last rites from Catholic priest at Texas ranch

    (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia received last rites from a Catholic priest at the Texas ranch where he died, Elizabeth O'Hara, a spokeswoman for the Diocese of El Paso, said on Saturday. Rev. Mike Alcuino, who serves at a parish in Presidio County, Texas, administered last…

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  • Obama says will nominate Justice Scalia's successor in due time

    RANCHO MIRAGE, California (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Saturday he plans to fulfill his constitutional responsibility to nominate a Supreme Court justice to fill the vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia.

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  • Obama, Senate have constitutional duty on Supreme Court vacancy: Sen. Leahy

    President Barack Obama and the U.S. Senate have a constitutional duty to nominate and confirm a Supreme Court justice to fill the vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee said on Saturday. "The Supreme Court of the United States is too…

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  • Senator Grassley: 'standard practice' to wait on Court nominee

    President Barack Obama should not nominate a Supreme Court justice to fill the vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia, U.S. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on Saturday. "The fact of the matter is that it’s been standard practice over the…

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  • Senator Reid urges Obama fill Scalia court vacancy 'right away'

    President Barack Obama should nominate a new Supreme Court justice "right away" to fill the vacancy left by the death of Antonin Scalia, U.S. Democratic Senator Harry Reid, the minority leader in the Senate, said on Saturday. "With so many important issues pending before the Supreme Court, the…

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  • U.S. Justice Scalia, conservative icon, dead at 79

    By Joan Biskupic and Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has died, setting up a major political showdown between President Barack Obama and the Republican-controlled Senate over who will replace him just months before a presidential…

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  • Obama offers condolences after Justice Scalia's death: White House

    LA QUINTA, Calif. (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has been informed about the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and expressed condolences to the conservative jurist's family, the White House said on Saturday. "The president and first lady extend their deepest condolences to Justice…

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  • U.S. Justice Scalia: outspoken conservative stalwart

    In almost 30 years on the bench of the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was strident, colorful, and most of all, conservative. “I love him but sometimes I’d like to strangle him," Ginsburg, a liberal who bonded with Scalia over a love of opera, once said. Scalia, who died at age 79, was…

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  • Chief justice confirms death of Justice Antonin Scalia

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts on Saturday confirmed the death of conservative colleague Justice Antonin Scalia. "On behalf of the court and retired justices, I am saddened to report that our colleague Justice Antonin Scalia has passed away," Roberts said. "He was an…

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  • Oklahoma hit by its third-strongest earthquake ever: USGS

    (Reuters) - Oklahoma was struck by a magnitude 5.1 earthquake on Saturday morning, the third-strongest quake ever recorded in the state, which has experienced a surge in seismic activity in recent years, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The quake at 11:07 a.m. local time (1707 GMT) was…

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  • U.S. probes misconduct allegation at VA hospital in Cincinnati

    Federal officials are investigating an allegation of misconduct at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, the latest problem for a scandal-plagued agency that has become a punching bag in the Nov. 8 presidential election campaign. The Department of Veterans Affairs on Saturday confirmed…

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  • Deep freeze grips U.S. northeast, triggers fatal 50-car pileup

    By Scott Malone and Valerie Vande Panne BOSTON, Mass (Reuters) - A dangerous cold snap bringing life-threatening cold was settling in across the northeastern United States on Saturday and a snow squall triggered a pileup of dozens of vehicles on a Pennsylvania highway that left several people…

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  • Two Louisiana police officers wounded during shootout

    (Reuters) - Two Louisiana police officers were shot and wounded early on Saturday when a suspect opened fire on them, police said.

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