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  1. U.S. judge refuses to halt New York nuclear power plant subsidies

    U.S. judge refuses to halt New York nuclear power plant subsidiesA federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit by energy companies and trade groups to stop New York Governor Andrew Cuomo from providing billions of dollars in subsidies to prop up struggling nuclear power plants in the state. U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan rejected claims that federal law preempted New York and its Public Service Commission from offering credits to promote clean energy and reduce reliance on fossil-fueled or gas plants.


  2. Ohio set to execute man after delays over lethal injection drugs

    Ohio set to execute man after delays over lethal injection drugsRonald Phillips is scheduled to be executed at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio, at 10 a.m. local time, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said. The U.S. Supreme Court denied appeals from Phillips on Tuesday. Phillips' execution and two others in Ohio scheduled to take place in September and October have been delayed multiple times as a court fight plays out over the state's use of a drug mixture for lethal injections.


  3. Crews gain ground against Montana wildfire, largest in U.S.

    Crews gain ground against Montana wildfire, largest in U.S.(Reuters) - Fire crews gained ground on Tuesday against a nearly week-old wildfire that has torched more than two dozens buildings and charred hundreds of square miles of Montana prairie and is currently the biggest fire burning in the United States. By Tuesday evening, a firefighting force consisting of 650 personnel had managed to carve buffer lines around 36 percent of the blaze's perimeter, up from a containment level of 20 percent reported earlier in the day, fire officials said. Enough progress was made that authorities on Tuesday lifted evacuation orders that had been in place for about 50 property owners since late last week, fire command spokesman Tim Engrav said.


  4. Father of Australian tennis star arrested on child sex charges

    Father of Australian tennis star arrested on child sex chargesThe father of retired Australian tennis star Mark Philippoussis was arrested on Tuesday at his San Diego home on suspicion of sexually abusing two children who he has been coaching in the sport, police said. Nikolaos Philippoussis, 68, will be formally charged at an arraignmnent scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in San Diego County Superior Court, said Lieutenant Greg Rylaarsdam of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Philippoussis was taken into custody at his home in the Mira Mar neighborhood of San Diego after investigators established probable cause to support sexual allegations made against him, Rylaarsdam said.


  5. Texas Senate votes to curb transgender access to public bathrooms

    Texas Senate votes to curb transgender access to public bathroomsBy Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled Texas Senate gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to a bill that restricts bathroom access for transgender people, endorsing a piece of legislation denounced by civil liberties advocates as discriminatory. The measure would then be sent to the state House of Representatives, where passage during a 30-day special legislative session that ends in mid-August is less certain despite a Republican majority in that body as well. The preliminary vote in the Senate was 21-10, with one Democrat crossing the aisle to vote with the Republican majority in favor of the measure, Senate Bill 3.



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