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Ruling against health care won't be fought

Washington

Ruling against health care won't be fought

The Obama administration won't ask a federal appeals court in Atlanta for further review of a ruling striking down the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care overhaul. That decision makes it more likely the U.S. Supreme Court would hear a case on the health care overhaul in the term starting next month and render its verdict on the law during the 2012 presidential election campaign. The Atlanta circuit ruling sided with 26 states that sued to stop the law from taking effect.

NAIROBI, Kenya

Cancer claims Nobel Prize winner

Wangari Maathai, the Kenyan environmentalist who started out by paying women a few shillings to plant trees and went on to become the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, died late Sunday after battling cancer. She was 71.

MANILA, Philippines

Typhoon brings heavy flooding

Typhoon Nesat slammed the northern Philippines today, unleashing floods, cutting power and halting work in the Manila, where residents waded in waist-deep waters and strong winds toppled trees. Authorities ordered more than 100,000 people to shelter. At least one person — a baby — drowned.

India: Monsoon rains in northern and eastern India killed at least 48 people in recent days, officials said.

Elsewhere

Hartford, Conn.: The FBI said Monday it has paid $2.1 million in reward money to people who provided information that led to the capture in June of most-wanted fugitive James "Whitey" Bulger and his girlfriend, Catherine Greig.

New Delhi: India successfully test-fired a short-range, nuclear-capable missile on Monday, the Defense Ministry said.

Chicago: A federal judge on Monday indefinitely delayed next week's scheduled sentencing for Rod Blagojevich on multiple corruption convictions.

Chile: A third major electricity blackout struck Monday in as many days.

St. Louis: Actor Leisha Hailey was escorted off of a Southwest Air flight Monday for kissing her girlfriend.

Times wires

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