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Supreme Court unanimously concludes that anti-abortion groups have no standing to challenge access to mifepristone – but the drug likely faces more court challenges

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On June 13, 2024, the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously decided to uphold access to mifepristone, one of two pills used in medication abortion. Mifepristone has long been used safely and effectively in medication abortions around the world.

Shortly after the 2022 Dobbs decision that overturned 50 years of abortion rights,...Read more

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Limits on US arms sales to Saudi Arabia draw review, showing shift

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WASHINGTON — A top Senate Democrat is reviewing limits put on U.S. weapons sales to Saudi Arabia, signaling warmer ties as the Biden administration pursues a security agreement with the kingdom and seeks to ease the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he had ...Read more

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California telehealth execs charged in ADHD prescription scheme amid nationwide med shortage

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As many as 50,000 U.S. patients' access to treatment for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder could be disrupted after two executives at Done, a California-based telehealth company, were indicted Thursday on healthcare fraud charges, federal officials said.

The Justice Department alleges that Chief Executive Ruthia He and company clinical ...Read more

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Analysis: What was Macron thinking? G7 leaders lament his risky bet

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BORGO EGNAZIA, Italy — Emmanuel Macron isn’t one for keeping a low profile. Typically, at the Group of Seven meetings, he’s one of the loudest voices in the room. But right now, he’s looking more like a spent force.

As he filed in to meet fellow leaders in southern Italy for their annual summit, the man who once compared himself to the ...Read more

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Makah Tribe will again be allowed to hunt gray whales off Washington coast

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SEATTLE — Not since the spring of 1999 have members of the Makah Tribe filed into a cedar canoe and paddled off Washington's coast to legally harpoon a gray whale, trailing its body back to shore for celebration and ceremony.

Even that hunt — controversial at the time — was the tribe's first in more than seven decades.

But that's about ...Read more

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Biden readies protections for some undocumented migrants

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is planning an executive action as soon as next week that would protect certain undocumented immigrants from deportation, according to people familiar with the matter.

The new measure would allow spouses of U.S. citizens who lack legal status to remain in the country and seek authorization to work, said the ...Read more

Vietnam seeks to gradually expand security, defense ties with US

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Vietnam’s new President To Lam is looking to gradually expand security and defense ties with the U.S., he said during a Thursday meeting with U.S. Ambassador Marc Knapper in Hanoi.

Vietnam and the U.S. should step up cooperation in areas such as cyber security, preventing terrorism and transnational crimes, Lam said, according to a statement ...Read more

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Pressure to investigate closure of Philadelpia's UArts ramps up with latest letter from faculty union

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PHILADELPHIA — University of the Arts faculty, laid off en masse when the school closed abruptly June 7, are pressuring the Pennsylvania attorney general to launch a formal investigation into what went wrong in its catastrophic final days.

The union that represents faculty — which is also attempting to push the university’s board of ...Read more

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Berkeley Unified school leaders commit to explore reparations following report

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BERKELEY, Calif. — A task force is recommending Berkeley schools consider providing financial payments to students who are descendants of slavery in the U.S. as part of a larger reparations program that could be funded by corporations, philanthropic foundations or a new city parcel tax.

In a presentation to the Berkeley Unified School ...Read more

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Gov. Hochul, Mayor Adams consider cracking down on masks on NYC subways

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NEW YORK — Gov. Kathy Hochul is considering at least a partial ban on masks on New York City subways, and appears to have the support of Mayor Eric Adams.

At a Thursday news conference in Albany, the governor said she and Adams had discussed what a proactive mask crackdown might look like after images and videos of unrecognizable anti-Israel ...Read more

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Audit finds 'inadequate oversight' created opportunity for $250 million federal meal program fraud

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — “Inadequate oversight” by the Minnesota Department of Education created an opportunity for a massive fraud scheme that allegedly stole more than $250 million federal dollars meant for pandemic children’s meal programs, according to a state audit report published Thursday.

A report from the Office of the Legislative ...Read more

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California Coastal Commission responds to report it worsens housing crisis: 'Disgraceful'

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The California Coastal Commission Thursday said a soon-to-be-published report alleging it has worsened the affordable housing crisis has “profoundly dishonest and offensive” claims.

Circulate San Diego, a Southern California think thank, asserts in a study to be published Friday that the commission has worsened the affordable housing crisis...Read more

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Nevada judge faces censure over social media posts, courtroom comments

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LAS VEGAS — The Nevada Commission on Judicial Discipline has issued a public censure against a Clark County judge over her social media posts and statements during a sentencing hearing.

According to court documents filed Tuesday, District Judge Erika Ballou consented to the public censure, waiving her right to contest allegations over two ...Read more

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Trial date set for accused Chiefs Super Bowl rally shooter Lyndell Mays

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A jury trial date has been set for Lyndell Mays, 23, one of the men accused of murder in the mass shooting at the Chiefs Super Bowl rally in February.

The Raytown man has been charged with second-degree murder, along with unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of armed criminal action. He was indicted by a Jackson County ...Read more

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Case against 16-year-old charged in Chiefs Super Bowl rally shooting stays in family court

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Jackson County judge ruled Wednesday that a 16-year-old boy charged for allegedly firing a gun at the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl rally in February will not face prosecution as an adult.

The decision came after Jackson County Family Court Administrative Judge Jennifer Phillips heard evidence from the boy’s attorney ...Read more

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'It needs to stop': Another night of rain could tip South Florida neighborhoods over the edge

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MIAMI — This week’s deluge — more than 20 inches in some spots — overwhelmed drainage systems across South Florida, clogging roads with feet of water and hundreds of stalled cars.

The state and multiple cities declared a state of emergency as floodwater poured into homes and businesses, stopped traffic on Interstate 95 and froze travel ...Read more

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Biden vows not to commute Hunter's gun sentence

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President Joe Biden Thursday vowed not to commute any sentence his son Hunter may get after his conviction on federal gun charges.

“No,” Biden said in response to shouted questions from reporters about commuting Hunter Biden’s sentence at the end of a press conference with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the Group of Seven ...Read more

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Chicago Public Schools: Elementary students topped prepandemic literacy rate in preliminary standardized test results

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With school districts across the country still grappling with learning loss due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Chicago Public Schools announced Thursday that students in grades 3-8 appear to have performed better on English Language proficiency tests, on average, than they did in 2018-19, the last full school year before the pandemic ...Read more

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4 suspected gunmen in 2021 Miami banquet hall mass shooting arrested and charged

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MIAMI — Four men who state prosecutors say wounded and killed 23 people outside a Northwest Miami-Dade banquet hall on Memorial Day Weekend three years ago, were taken into custody during early Thursday morning raids across the county and have been charged with the crimes.

In matching 9-page arrest warrants for the suspected gunmen, Miami-...Read more

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Taylor Swift announces end of Eras Tour at 100th show

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Taylor Swift has finally set an end date for her record-breaking Eras Tour, which she revealed Thursday at the 100th performance of the international sensation.

Swift, 34, made the announcement while performing at Anfield, Stadium in Liverpool, England.

“This is the very first time I’ve ever acknowledged to myself and admitted that this ...Read more