By Doina Chiacu and Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates hardened their positions on Sunday on blocking a move by President Barack Obama to fill the Supreme Court seat left by the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, a lifetime appointment that would help decide some of the most divisive issues facing Americans. The vacancy quickly became an issue in the 2016 presidential race. "We ought to make the 2016 election a referendum on the Supreme Court," U.S. Senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said on NBC's "Meet the Press." The normally nine-justice court is set to decide this year its first major abortion case in nearly a decade, as well as cases on voting rights, affirmative action and immigration.
Japanese designer Yukari Suda is so inspired by Pas-de-Calais that when she founded her fashion house 18 years ago, she named it after the northern French region on the English Channel. It is perhaps unusual for a Japanese designer who speaks only Japanese to be so drawn to that particular corner of France, which is most famous abroad today for its worsening migrant crisis. Inspired by the famous "Dentelle de Calais" lace, the landscape, cliffs and light of the area, Suda has found success in Japan.