U.S. wants ruling on 'Dreamers' in Supreme Court's current term

U.S. wants ruling on 'Dreamers' in Supreme Court's current termIn a letter to the clerk of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, a Justice Department lawyer said the action would be necessary to give the litigation a chance of being heard by the Supreme Court in its current term, which ends in June. The case at issue was brought by the University of California and others challenging the administration's decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The program was adopted by the Obama administration in 2012 and has allowed 700,000 young immigrants to remain and work in the United States, although they do not have legal status.




U.S. lottery jackpots climb to combined $2.2 billion

U.S. lottery jackpots climb to combined $2.2 billionFor $2 a ticket, lottery players have a chance to be among the richest people in the world if they beat the long-shot odds of 1 in 303 million to win the Mega Millions jackpot of $1.6 billion Tuesday night. The sum reached a world record for lottery jackpots after there were no winning numbers for the $1 billion prize on Friday. About 280 million tickets were sold for Friday's drawing, with about 60 percent of all winning number combinations covered, said Seth Elkin, a spokesman for the Maryland Lottery.




Medtronic co-founder Earl Bakken passes away

Medtronic co-founder Earl Bakken passes awayBakken, who founded Medtronic with his brother-in-law in 1949, "passed away peacefully" on Sunday at his home in Hawaii, the company said in a statement. Bakken had retired as chairman of the company in 1989.




Lioness kills father of her cubs at Indianapolis zoo

Lioness kills father of her cubs at Indianapolis zooZoo staff were alerted by "an unusual amount of roaring" coming from the lion pen on Monday and arrived to find the 12-year-old female lion Zuri in a fight with the 10-year-old male lion Nyack, the zoo said in a statement. "She had Nyack by the neck. A necropsy found that Nyack died of suffocation from injuries to the neck.




Trump administration trying to define transgender out of existence: NY Times

Trump administration trying to define transgender out of existence: NY TimesThe Department of Health and Human Services has undertaken an effort across several government departments to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans discrimination on the basis of sex, the Times said, citing a government memo that it obtained. Such an interpretation would reverse the expansion of transgender rights that took place under the previous administration of President Barack Obama. A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declined to comment on what she called "allegedly leaked documents" but cited a ruling by a conservative U.S. district judge as a guide to transgender policy.




U.S. Mega Millions lottery hits record $1.6 billion after no winners on Friday

U.S. Mega Millions lottery hits record $1.6 billion after no winners on FridayThe next Mega Millions draw will be on Tuesday, after no one hit all of the numbers of 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and the Mega Ball 7 during Friday night's draw. "Mega Millions has already entered historic territory, but it's truly astounding to think that now the jackpot has reached an all-time world record," Gordon Medenica, lead director of the Mega Millions Group, said in a statement. The Mega Millions is coordinated by the Multi-State Lottery Association, along with several other lottery games including one called Powerball.




Trump says team working on tax cut for middle-income earners

Trump says team working on tax cut for middle-income earnersU.S. President Donald Trump said the administration was studying a tax cut for middle-income earners that could be rolled out some time around the beginning of November, just before pivotal congressional elections. Trump mentioned the proposed tax cut in the same week the U.S. government ended the 2018 fiscal year with a $779 billion deficit, the Treasury Department said on Monday, as previous Republican-led tax cuts squeezed revenues. The deficit figure was the highest in six years.