Supreme Court Begins New Term
Posted at: 10/01/2012 9:51 AM
| Updated at: 10/01/2012 9:56 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court justices who ended their last term by upholding President Barack Obama's health care overhaul are starting a new term today that could bring some additional controversial rulings on issues such as gay marriage and affirmative action.
Chief Justice John Roberts, who joined the court's liberals in sustaining the health care law, will be watched closely for additional signs that he is becoming less predictable ideologically.
High court rejects challenge to roadless rule
The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal challenging a federal rule that bars development on 50 million acres of roadless areas in national forests.
The justices said Monday they will leave in place a federal appeals court decision that upheld the so-called roadless rule that took effect late in the presidency of Bill Clinton.
The state of Wyoming and the Colorado Mining Association said closing so much forest land to development has had serious consequences for residents of Western states and the logging, mining and drilling industries.
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