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Wisconsin high court upholds anti-union law

WISCONSIN

State high court upholds anti-union law

Wisconsin's collective bargaining law is set to take effect on June 29 after it was upheld by the state Supreme Court. The law would strip most public workers of collective bargaining rights. The ruling Tuesday evening was a victory for Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who said the law was needed to help address the state's $3.6 billion budget shortfall.

WASHINGTON

Lawmakers to meet over scandal

House Democratic leaders are planning to meet today to consider how to handle the scandal embroiling Rep. Anthony Weiner, who is resisting calls to resign. The New York congressman has taken a two-week leave from the House and is reported to be in treatment at an undisclosed location. On Wednesday a former porn actress who exchanged e-mails and messages over Twitter with Weiner said that he asked her to lie about their interactions.

Group hacks into CIA's public site

A group of hackers who breached the Senate computer system this week claimed responsibility for problems with the CIA's website Wednesday. The group, known as LulzSec, tweeted "Tango down - CIA.gov," and there were problems throughout the early evening accessing the agency's website. The attack appeared to target the CIA's public website, which does not include classified data and has no impact on CIA operations.

Report: Obama funders rewarded

The Center for Public Integrity reported Wednesday that nearly 200 of President Barack Obama's top fundraisers have won political appointments to government posts, obtained federal contracts for their business interests or been invited to exclusive White House events. The report also said that at least 19 fundraisers are connected to businesses that could benefit from government spending programs.

Bill would regulate security breaches

The House held a hearing Wednesday to discuss a bill that would require companies to inform users within 48 hours after discovering a data breach. Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., proposed the bill, which also would require companies to notify law enforcement and the Federal Trade Commission within 48 hours. Under the bill, companies would have to delete information about users once that data is no longer necessary for business purposes.

Used car buyers lack recall data

The Government Accountability Office says used car dealers may be selling cars and trucks that have been recalled but not repaired because manufacturers don't send them the same recall notifications that are sent to franchised dealers. It also said in a study released Wednesday that even if used car dealers or franchised dealers know of a recall, there is no requirement that they tell prospective buyers or make the repairs before a sale.

CALIFORNIA

Ship that buried bin Laden returns

The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier from which the body of Osama bin Laden was buried at sea has returned to its home port in San Diego Bay, Calif. The Carl Vinson was in the North Arabian Sea last month when it received a Navy SEAL team carrying the body of the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Times wires

Wisconsin high court upholds anti-union law 06/15/11 [Last modified: Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:14am]

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