A conservative law firm asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to strike down the health care overhaul, challenging the first federal appeals court ruling that upheld President Barack Obama's signature domestic initiative. The appeal filed by the Thomas More Law Center of Ann Arbor, Mich., said Congress overstepped its authority in requiring Americans to purchase health insurance or pay financial penalties. Last month, a divided three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati rejected the center's argument in upholding the centerpiece of the law, the insurance requirement. The earliest a health care case would be heard by the Supreme Court is in 2012.
Fuel economy deal expected this week: The Obama administration and major auto manufacturers have reached a deal to raise fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks between 2017 and 2025, resolving a contentious negotiation over how to cut vehicles' greenhouse gas emissions, the Washington Post reported Wednesday. The agreement would require U.S. vehicle fleets to average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.
9/11 families to meet on phone hacking scandal: Norman Siegel, a lawyer for some family members of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, said Wednesday that Attorney General Eric Holder has agreed to meet with them regarding the FBI inquiry into the allegations surrounding Rupert Murdoch's media empire. According to a London tabloid's story based on unnamed sources, a former New York police officer-turned-private investigator said he was contacted by journalists from Murdoch's News of the World who offered to pay him to retrieve private phone records of Sept. 11 victims in the United States.