Three Tier Newsbriefs

International

  • Iran releases US hiker Sarah Shroud. Sarah Shroud is one of the three Americans detained by Iranian officials over a year ago. Although she has been released, her two companions, Shane M. Bauer and Joshua F. Fattal still remain in custody.

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  • French Senate passes ban on full Muslin veils in public. The senate voted 246 to 1 in favor of the bill which now only needs President Sarkozy’s signature before going into effect.

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National – US

  • A lawsuit backed by 20 states in opposition against President Obama’s Health Care reform seems likely to go to trial. The case will likely wind up in front of the US Supreme Court.

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  • A Michigan man accused of a bomb plot is allowed to be his own lawyer in his upcoming trial.

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Local – California

  • Service Employees International Union has declared their support of an upcoming ballot measure for the November elections, Proposition 19, to legalize marijuana in California.

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  • San Bruno fire aftermath: PG&E backs a bid to bill the public to recover costs and damages for the pipeline explosion in San Bruno over the weekend. The bid would require customers to pay for all costs of catastrophic fires that exceed a utilities insurance coverage. If the plan is approved by the Public Utilities Commission, it may mean higher rates for current customers.

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