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Judge blocks Obama contracting rules that disclose labor and safety violations

Obama contractor regulation haltedAnother day, another Obama administration regulation blocked nationwide by a federal court in Texas.

A federal judge in Beaumont issued an order Monday night halting enforcement of new rules requiring many U.S. government contractors to disclose labor law violations, including workplace safety violations, when bidding for contracts.

The policy, ordered by President Barack Obama, was to kick in Tuesday for contracts of $50 million or more and next April for contracts worth more than $500,000. The administration's goal was to deny federal contracts to firms with a history of such infractions.

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Giants release Josh Brown following months-long domestic violence saga

Josh BrownMore than three months after Josh Brown's domestic violence history became public, the Giants cut ties with their embattled kicker.

Big Blue announced it had waived Brown on Tuesday, shortly after the kicker released an initial statement claiming he never "struck" his wife — and after players had already finished speaking with the media and left the facility for the team’s bye week.

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1960s pop music icon Bobby Vee dies at 73

Bobby VeePop music legend Bobby Vee — an icon for music fans around the world — died early Monday morning of complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 73.

Vee had been in hospice care at The Wellstead of Rogers & Diamondcrest, a memory care facility where the Avon, Minn., resident lived for the final 13 months of his life.

"It's kind of a blessing," said Dr. Rick Rysavy, Vee's primary care physician and close friend. "There was no reason for him to suffer any longer."

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Tom Hayden, American New Left stalwart, dies at 76

Tom Hayden diesTom Hayden, a social activist and politician a stalwart of America's New Left, has died aged 76 in Santa Monica, California.

Hayden, who served 18 years in California's state legislature and married actress Jane Fonda, died after a long illness, the Los Angeles Times reported on its website.

"A political giant and dear friend has passed," Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti wrote on Twitter.  Tom Hayden fought harder for what he believed than just about anyone I have known."

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Judge blocks Mississippi law defunding Planned Parenthood

Planned ParentohoodA federal judge handed a victory to Planned Parenthood on Thursday in blocking a Mississippi law that banned the state's Medicaid program from spending money on healthcare providers that offer abortions.

Mississippi was one of around two dozen states to pass legislation restricting funding for Planned Parenthood in the wake of controversy last year over viral videos targeting the group. The law went into effect in July.

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Bridgegate Trial: Kelly Says Christie Knew About GWB ‘Traffic Study’

Brigid KellyIn the ongoing Bridgegate trial, former Governor Chris Christie Deputy Chief of Staff Brigid Kelly told the court today that she informed the governor of the so-called George Washington Bridge traffic study prior to the infamous lane closures.

Charged with conspiracy, Kelly said former Port Authority employee David Wildstein told her about his proposed traffic study, and told her it would make the governor look good. Subsequent to her receiving an email from Wildstein in which he told her that he had “an extraordinarily weird” matter to discuss with her, Kelly made the governor aware on August 12th, 2013 of Wildstein’s plan for a “traffic study.”

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Washington sheriff fires back at NFL over Josh Brown case

Josh Brown admitted abuseKing County Sheriff John Urquhart fired back at the NFL, which called his agency out for not disclosing the extent of New York Giants kicker Josh Brown's domestic violence accusations.

"I don’t like to get pushed around by a bully," Urquhart told KIRO-FM on Thursday. "Or I can be charitable and say they don’t know the facts. They don’t understand how public disclosure works. That’s a better way to put it, if I felt like being charitable.

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