Washington, D.C.

Court blocks Obama emissions plan

The Supreme Court temporarily blocked the Obama administration’s effort to combat climate change by regulating emissions from coal-fired power plants. The order was not the last word on the case, which is likely to return to the Supreme Court after an appeals court considers a challenge from 29 states and dozens of companies and industry groups.

 

Florida

State receives more Zika test kits

Federal health officials sent the state an additional 950 kits to test for viral antibodies in people who have shown Zika symptoms after traveling to affected countries. Gov. Rick Scott’s office said none of the 16 Zika cases confirmed in Florida were contracted in the state, and none involve pregnant women. Florida now has 1,425 antibody test kits.

 

Kentucky

Clerk is obeying same-sex marriage order

A federal judge ruled that county clerk Kim Davis has obeyed his orders in the months since she spent five nights in jail for refusing to license same-sex marriages. U.S. District Judge David Bunning wrote that Davis has allowed her deputies to issue marriage licenses and dismissed a request from the American Civil Liberties Union to consider ordering her to reissue licenses she altered to remove her name.

 

Turkey

Border must be opened, U.N. says

Turkey must open its doors to the thousands of Syrians who have massed at the border after fleeing violence, the United Nations demanded, warning that hundreds of thousands of others could soon be cut off from humanitarian aid. Turkey has kept a key border crossing closed for days.

 

Taiwan

Builder of collapsed complex arrested

Police arrested the builder of a 17-story apartment complex that collapsed in an earthquake Saturday. Lin Minghui, developer of the Wei-Guan Golden Dragon building and two associates from the company that built it were arrested on suspicion of criminal business misconduct resulting in fatalities.

 

Mexico

Apology for man barred from flight

An Indian-American actor who wasn’t allowed to board a Mexico City-to-New York flight after refusing to remove his turban said that he is satisfied with an apology from the airline. Waris Ahluwalia said he is waiting for Aeromexico to implement training on how to treat Sikh passengers.

 

Haiti

Hunger crisis escalated amid drought

Drought-stricken Haiti is grappling with its most serious food crisis in 15 years, the head of the U.N. World Food Program’s country office said. Roughly 1.5 million Haitians are considered severely insecure when it comes to food.

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