Government and politics
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a challenge from retailers who claim the Federal Reserve allows banks to charge businesses too much for handling debit card transactions.
The justices let stand a federal appeals court ruling that upheld the Fed's cap of about 24 cents per transaction on so-called "swipe fees." That ruling was a setback for merchants who pay the fees to banks every time a customer uses a debit card to make a payment.
The case was a battle between two powerful and politically influential industries with billions of dollars at stake.
MARIETTA, Ga. - A man says he was cited by police outside Atlanta for eating a cheeseburger while driving.
Madison Turner, who's from Alabama, tells Atlanta station WSB-TV (http://bit.ly/14Xxy83) he ordered a double quarter-pounder with cheese from a McDonald's in the Marietta area shortly before he was pulled over last week.
Turner says the officer told him he saw him eating the cheeseburger for two miles, telling the man "You can't just go down the road eating a hamburger."
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Jury selection starts Tuesday for a defendant in a trial stemming from the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa.
Khaled al-Fawwaz will be tried alone after one co-defendant pleaded guilty last year to reduced charges and another co-defendant died this month.
The attacks in Kenya and Tanzania killed 224 people, including a dozen Americans.
Al-Fawwaz has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges. If convicted, he could face life in prison.
Canada is reaffirming its unequivocal support of Israel's bid to block a Palestinian attempt to pursue war-crimes charges against the Jewish state at the International Criminal Court.
The Palestinians "made a huge mistake" by going to the ICC, an United Nations institution that Canada played a lead role in creating in the 1990s, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Monday in Jerusalem.
ANKARA, Turkey - Turkey's president on Monday convened a Cabinet meeting for the first time, a political manoeuvr that is raising concerns among critics that he is pushing ahead to expand the powers of the largely ceremonial presidency.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics for the past decade as prime minister and was elected president in August, has set his sights on turning the parliamentary system into a presidential one, giving the head of state more executive powers.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Pope Francis, who pledged on the day of his installation as pontiff to make the environment a priority, is drafting a highly anticipated encyclical on ecology and climate change.
Environmentalists are thrilled by the prospect of a rock-star pope putting his moral weight behind efforts to curb global warming. Francis said last week he wanted the document to be released in time to be read before the next round of U.N. climate treaty talks in Paris at the end of the year.
BRUSSELS - The European Union on Monday called for an anti-terror alliance with Arab countries to boost co-operation and information-sharing in the wake of deadly attacks and arrests across Europe.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Monday that "we need an alliance. We need to strengthen our way of co-operating together."
BEIRUT - Beating their chests in anger and chanting "Death to Israel," thousands of mourners marched Monday in a funeral procession for a prominent Hezbollah fighter killed with five other members of the Shiite militant group in an Israeli airstrike in Syria's Golan Heights.
CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - Police in this border city repented Thursday over ticketing a 6-year-old boy for reckless driving, driving without a license and not having his vehicle registered after he drove his miniature motorcycle into an SUV.
The boy's mother, Karla Noriega, said police impounded the miniature gasoline-powered motorbike that her son got for Christmas after he crashed into an SUV on Dec. 27.
YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar has freed several prominent political prisoners, which has been a key condition set by Western countries for easing sanctions against the country.
Myanmar authorities freed the prisoners Friday as part of a presidential pardon for 651 detainees. Relatives and supporters of activists and ethnic minority politicians confirmed their release.
Myanmar state radio and television announced said that the 651 detainees were being freed to take part in "nation-building."