By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court began hearing arguments on Wednesday on a second major legal attack on President Barack Obama's healthcare law, with conservative challengers taking aim at a pivotal part of the statute that authorizes tax subsidies to help people afford insurance. On a chilly, damp, cloudy day in the U.S. capital, about a couple hundred demonstrators mostly from pro-Obamacare forces including labor unions, a nurses group, Planned Parenthood and women's groups gathered on the sidewalk in front of the white marble columned courthouse ahead of the argument. Some demonstrators chanted, "Healthcare under attack, stand up, fight back." Some of the signs said "Don't take my care" and "8 + million could lose coverage." One of the demonstrators, Pittsburgh nurse Michelle Boyle, said it is important that Americans who need help buying health insurance continue to get it under this law.
Seven months after one of its white officers fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old, the Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department’s own findings of what transpired remain under wraps. Excessive force and possible civil rights violations by the suburban St. Louis department have been the focus of a Justice Department investigation since Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown Jr. multiple times last August.