WI SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS 2011 LAW THAT EFFECTIVELY ENDED COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR MOST PUBLIC WORKERS *

COURT UPHELD THE LAW UNDER A CHALLENGE FILED BY THE MADISON TEACHERS UNION AND A UNION REPRESENTING MILWAUKEE PUBLIC WORKERS *

LAW PROHIBITS PUBLIC WORKER UNIONS FROM COLLECTIVELY BARGAINING FOR ANYTHING BEYOND BASE WAGE INCREASES BASED ON INFLATION *

ISLAMIC HARD-LINE MILITIAS CLAIM CONTROL OVER LIBYA'S SECOND LARGEST CITY, BENGHAZI *

MILITIA VICTORIES IN THE CITY ARE PART OF A POWERFUL BACKLASH BY ISLAMIST FORCES IN LIBYA AFTER SETBACKS EARLIER THIS YEAR *

IT'S ALSO A HEAVY REVERSAL FOR A RENEGADE GENERAL WHO FOR MONTHS HAD LED ARMY UNITS AND OTHER FIGHTERS IN A SELF-DECLARED CAMPAIGN AGAINST ISLAMIST MILITANTS *

FRANCE AWARDING ITS HIGHEST HONOR TO A UTAH WWII VET FOR HIS SERVICE AND CONTRIBUTIONS TO FRANCE DURING THE WAR *

FRENCH LEGION OF HONOR AWARD BEING PRESENTED TO 90-YR-OLD DEAN C. LARSON AT UTAH'S STATE CAPITOL *

LARSON FLEW 33 COMBAT MISSIONS, INCLUDING TWO BOMBING MISSIONS TO THE NORMANDY COAST ON D-DAY *

HE WAS WOUNDED ON HIS 15TH MISSION TO BORDEAUX, FRANCE, WHILE SERVING AS A BALL TURRET GUNNER FOR A U.S. ARMY AIR CORP B-17 BOMBER CREW *

FIGURES SHOW MORE THAN 3,300 FED INMATES HAVE APPLIED SINCE APRIL TO HAVE THEIR PRISON SENTENCES CUT SHORT UNDER A NEW JUSTICE DEPT CLEMENCY INITIATIVE *

JUSTICE DEPT BROADENED THE CRITERIA FOR CLEMENCY PETITIONS IN APRIL AS A WAY TO REDUCE THE NATION'S PRISON POPULATION AND GRANT LENIENCY TO NON-VIOLENT DRUG OFFENDERS *

TO BE ELIGIBLE, INMATES MUST MEET SEVERAL CRITERIA, INCLUDING HAVING ALREADY SERVED 10 YEARS OR MORE OF THEIR SENTENCE, HAVING A NON-VIOLENT BACKGROUND AND A RECORD OF GOOD BEHAVIOR IN PRISON *

U.S. ISSUES TRAVEL WARNINGS FOR GUINEA, SIERRA LEONE AND LIBERIA DUE TO THE EBOLA VIRUS OUTBREAK *

CDC SAYS THE OUTBREAK IS THE "BIGGEST AND MOST COMPLEX" EVER, ADDING IT COULD TAKE "THREE TO SIX MONTHS UNDER THE BEST OF CIRCUMSTANCES" TO GET IT UNDER CONTROL *

HOWEVER, IT SAYS "EBOLA POSES LITTLE RISK TO THE U.S. POPULATION" *

WORLD HEALTH ORG SAYS EBOLA HAS KILLED 729 PEOPLE ACROSS WEST AFRICA *

TEAM OF INTL INVESTIGATORS ARRIVES AT THE MALAYSIA AIRLINES FLIGHT MH17 CRASH SITE IN EASTERN UKRAINE *

IT'S THE FIRST TIME THEY'VE BEEN ABLE TO REACH THE SITE SINCE THE PLANE WAS BROUGHT DOWN TWO WEEKS AGO *

THEY ARE EXPECTED TO INITIALLY FOCUS THEIR EFFORTS ON RETRIEVING BODIES AND COLLECTING THE BELONGINGS OF VICTIMS *

FED JUDGE RULES AGAINST MICROSOFT, SAYING U.S. LAW ENFORCEMENT CAN FORCE THE COMPANY TO TURN OVER EMAILS IT STORES IN IRELAND *

MICROSOFT ARGUES SUCH RULINGS THREATEN TO REWRITE THE CONSTITUTION'S PROTECTIONS AGAINST ILLEGAL SEARCH AND SEIZURE, ADDING IT CAN ALSO DAMAGE U.S. FOREIGN RELATIONS *

JUDGE AGREED TO STAY THE RULING THURS TO GIVE MICROSOFT TIME TO APPEAL *

HOUSE ABANDONS VOTE ON BILL TO ADDRESS IMMIGRATION CRISIS ON THE BORDER AFTER FAILING TO SECURE ENOUGH VOTES TO PASS IT *

CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICANS WITHDREW SUPPORT FOR THE BILL OVER A SEPARATE MEASURE ON DEPORTATIONS *

POSTPONEMENT COMES ON THE FINAL DAY BEFORE A FIVE-WEEK SUMMER BREAK *

REP ERIC CANTOR (R-VA) GIVES HIS FAREWELL ADDRESS AS HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER, CALLING HIS JOB AS THE NO. 2 MOST POWERFUL REPUBLICAN THE "PRIVILEGE OF A LIFETIME" *

THE SEVEN-TERM HOUSE VETERAN WAS UNEXPECTEDLY DEFEATED BY A TEA PARTY-BACKED OPPONENT IN HIS GOP PRIMARY IN JUNE *

HE IMMEDIATELY ANNOUNCED HE WOULD STEP DOWN AS MAJORITY LEADER AT THE END OF JULY *

CIA DIRECTOR JOHN BRENNAN APOLOGIZES FOR HIS AGENCY'S SPYING ON STAFF OF THE SENATE INTEL CMTE *

CIA'S INSPECTOR GEN FOUND AGENCY EMPLOYEES HACKED A COMPUTER NETWORK USED BY THE SENATE PANEL IN PREPARING ITS REPORT ON CIA DETENTION AND INTERROGATION PRACTICES *

BRENNAN HAD EARLIER DENIED ANY AGENCY WRONGDOING *

PRES OBAMA SIGNS AN EXEC ORDER REQUIRING FED CONTRACTORS TO GIVE THEIR EMPLOYEES MORE RIGHTS IN LABOR DISPUTES *

ORDER REQUIRES COMPANIES TO DISCLOSE LABOR VIOLATIONS WHEN THEY'RE SEEKING LUCRATIVE GOVT CONTRACTS *

IT ALSO HELPS WORKERS ADDRESS GRIEVANCES OVER PAY, SEXUAL ASSAULT OR HARASSMENT *

ORDER COMES A DAY AFTER HOUSE REPUBLICANS VOTED TO SUE PRES OBAMA FOR ALLEGEDLY EXCEEDING HIS PRESIDENTIAL POWERS *

DOW PLUNGES 317 PTS, OR 1.9%, TO CLOSE AT 16,563 THURS *

S&P 500 DROPPED 39 PTS, OR 2%, TO 1,930, AND THE NASDAQ FELL BY 93 PTS, OR 2.1%, TO 4,369 *

IT'S THE WORST ONE-DAY DROP FOR U.S. STOCKS SINCE FEB AND COMES AMID TRADER CONCERNS OVER WEAK CORPORATE EARNINGS AND THE LOOMING END OF ECONOMIC STIMULUS FROM THE FED RESERVE *