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U.S. President Obama takes part in an interview with Reuters at the White House in WashingtonBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday said he thinks there is no "plausible legal basis" for the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a key plank of Obamacare, defending his administration's lack of a contingency plan. Obama touched on two main domestic policy issues during an interview with Reuters. On the Affordable Care Act, his signature policy achievement commonly referred to as Obamacare, the Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on Wednesday in the case known as King v. Burwell.

FILE - This June 5, 2012 file photo Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Mikulski, the longest-serving woman in the history of Congress, is making an announcement about her plans for the future. The 78-year-old senator in her fifth term is set to make the announcement at a news conference in Fells Point in Baltimore on Monday morning. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)The longest serving woman in the history of Congress is ready to leave Washington.

Electronic screens reflect the value of the Nasdaq Composite at the Nasdaq MarketSite, Monday, March 2, 2015 in New York. After fifteen long years, the Nasdaq is close to topping its record from the dot-com frenzy. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)NEW YORK (AP) — The Nasdaq composite index is closing above 5,000 for the first time since the dot-com bubble peaked 15 years ago.

Iraqi security forces and Shi'ite fighters chant slogans as they gather at Udhaim damIraqi forces launch a major offensive against Islamic State extremists.

A makeshift memorial for Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad and Yusor's sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, who were killed by a gunman, is pictured inside of the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry, in Chapel HillCraig Hicks, 46, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

FILE - In this March 20, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu huddle during their joint news conference in Jerusalem, Israel. This was never happy-ever-after waiting to happen. When Obama and Netanyahu took office early in 2009, there were plenty of reasons to expect their relationship would be difficult. The cerebral president and the brash prime minister have stark differences in personality, politics and world views. Still, few could have predicted the downward spiral of finger-pointing, backbiting, lecturing and outright name-calling that has occurred. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu again warned Monday that Washington's bid to sign a nuclear accord with Iran could threaten Israel's very survival, but insisted ties remain strong. The Israeli leader's lobbying trip to Washington came as US Secretary of State John Kerry was in Geneva for talks with his Iranian counterpart on what would be an historic deal. Netanyahu's visit -- including an address the US Congress on Tuesday -- is seen as a last ditch bid to derail that effort, a key goal of President Barack Obama's foreign policy.

(Reuters) - Three armed men are on the run after they allegedly stole $4 million worth of gold from a tractor-trailer carrying a shipment along Interstate 95 in eastern North Carolina, police said Monday. Two armed security guards employed by the transport company, TransValue Inc, reported the robbery around 6:45 p.m. on Sunday to Wilson County sheriff's deputies. The guards told officers that earlier in the evening, as they were passing through Wilson County about 50 miles east of Raleigh, their truck carrying the shipment of gold and silver had mechanical problems, so they pulled it to the side of the road.

Skid Row suspect killed in officer-involved shootingBy Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Los Angeles police officers trying to subdue a robbery suspect in the city's skid row section shot and killed the man as he tried to grab an officer's gun during a scuffle that was captured on video, police said on Monday. The dead man was reported by the Los Angeles Times to have been a homeless individual known by his street name, Africa, who according to witnesses at the scene had been living in a tent for a few months after a period in a mental health facility. Local civil rights activists called on the city police commission to hold a special hearing on the exercise of police force on skid row, a 50-block area that ranks as one of the largest concentrations of homeless people in United States. The Los Angeles Police Department said in a statement that the man in question was a robbery suspect who began fighting with officers as they tried to take him into custody.

DALLAS (Reuters) - A nurse filed a lawsuit on Monday against the Texas hospital where she worked, saying it did not do enough to prevent her from being infected with Ebola and invaded her privacy after she was diagnosed with the virus. In the suit, Nina Pham brought against Texas Health Resources in Dallas County Court, she claims the hospital did not initially provide nurses with proper protective equipment or properly train staff on how to treat the disease. (Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Bill Trott)

Elena Teyer speaks to reporters following a pre-trial conference for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev at the federal courthouse in BostonBy Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) - A Florida Islamic group announced on Monday it has filed a formal notice with the FBI that it plans to sue the agency for $30 million in the death of Ibragim Todashev, a friend of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects. Todashev, 27, a Muslim Chechen immigrant, was killed in an Orlando apartment in May 2013 during FBI questioning about his links with the Boston suspects. The FBI said the agent shot Todashev after he attacked him. The notice was filed by the Council on American-Islamic Relations Florida (CAIR-Florida), a civil rights group, on behalf of Todashev's parents who accused the FBI in a statement on Monday of killing their son "in cold blood." Thania Diaz Clevenger, civil rights director for CAIR Florida, said the group was "seeking answers and justice for someone who was shot seven times by an FBI agent in his own home after hours of interrogation." An FBI spokesman said Monday the agency does not comment on pending litigation.

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