Justice appeals ruling on recess appointments HIV vaccine doesn't work Woman swallows diamond
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Thursday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision that found the president's recess appointments to a labor agency unconstitutional.
In a petition seeking review, the Justice Department said the decision undermines a key presidential power that has been used for more than a century to appoint hundreds of government officials while the Senate is out of town.
The petition challenges the decision of a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which ruled in January that President Barack Obama violated the Constitution when he bypassed the Senate to fill three vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board.
But the ruling went far beyond a single agency. The court said recess appointments can be made only during the once-a-year break between sessions of Congress.
WASHINGTON -- The latest bad news in the hunt for an AIDS vaccine: The government halted a large U.S. study on Thursday, saying the experimental shots aren't preventing HIV infection.
Nor did the shots reduce the amount of the AIDS virus in the blood when people who'd been vaccinated later became infected, the National Institutes of Health said.
The study had enrolled 2,504 volunteers, mostly gay men, in 19 cities since 2009. Half received dummy shots, and half received a two-part experimental vaccine developed by the NIH..
The Tampa Woman's Club held an event over the weekend where they poured 400 flutes of champagne. Inside each flute was a cubic zirconia. One of the flutes contained a $5,000 diamond.
After patrons finished their drinks, the real diamond was nowhere to be found. Then, an elderly woman came forward and said she swallowed what was in her flute.
Miriam, who did not wish to give her last name, immediately went to an hospital for an X-ray only to find out diamonds don't show up on X-ray. The next day, Miriam went in for a routine colonoscopy, with some special instructions for the doctor. "Be on the lookout for it," she recalled telling her doctor. Her doctor found the stone.
"We still had to find out if indeed that was the winning diamond," Miriam said. On her way home, Miriam stopped by the jewelry store to have the diamond tested.
"She came with it in a bio-hazard bag and it wasn't even cleaned," said Joy Pierson, the store's other partner. It was real.