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Coercing the courts

Legislative forces formally lined up for an assault on the Kansas courts this week, when a House-Senate conference committee agreed to use the power of the purse to try to force the judiciary into deciding a case in the Legislature’s favor.


NSA spying powers on brink of lapsing

The National Security Agency’s power to collect Americans’ phone records is on the verge of at least temporarily expiring, as the House of Representatives leaves for a 10-day Memorial Day break without an agreement on the controversial issue with a sharply divided Senate.

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Solar plane awaiting weather that will permit flight to Hawaii

Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg are taking turns attempting to become the first to fly a solar-powered plane around the world. The one-seater Solar Impulse plane, the product of a decade of work, is completely powered by the rays of the sun and whatever tailwinds it may encounter.


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