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Louisiana set to reclassify abortion pills as controlled, dangerous substances − here’s what that means

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Louisiana’s Legislature approved a bill on May 23, 2024, that would reclassify two abortion pills, mifepristone and misoprostol, as “controlled, dangerous substances.” Both pills have a long history of safe and effective use in medication abortions as well as for treatment of miscarriages and other conditions. The bill, which is ...Read more

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Ex-Metro security chief says police patrols were so lax, they didn't notice a dead man at station

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LOS ANGELES -- A dead man was slumped over on a bench at Metro's San Pedro Street station in February. For nearly six hours, nobody checked his condition, including five Los Angeles Police Department officers who had been patrolling the platform. It took a transit ambassador doing a welfare check to see the man had died, said former Metro ...Read more

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Taiwan protesters gather against bill aimed at president

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Protesters took to the streets in Taiwan Friday night as opposition lawmakers pushed ahead with a bill intended to curtail the powers of the new president, Lai Ching-te.

Tens of thousands of people gathered outside the legislature in Taipei, while smaller demonstrations were reported in other cities around the democratic island of 23 million ...Read more

What to watch for in Trump trial’s closing arguments, from a law school professor who teaches and studies them

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After more than four weeks of often sordid testimony, accusations of lying and even a warning from Judge Juan M. Merchan to a witness to stop giving him the side-eye, lawyers in the hush-money case involving former President Donald Trump are expected to make their closing arguments on May 28, 2024.

In a jury trial, opening statements ...Read more

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Final wrongful death lawsuit over Travis Scott's Astroworld crowd surge disaster settled

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The final wrongful death lawsuit against rapper Travis Scott and others for the crowd surge disaster at the 2021 Astroworld music festival in Houston has been settled, a lawyer said Thursday.

The deadly surge occurred Nov. 5, 2021 during Scott’s performance. Ten people, who ranged in age from 9 to 27, died from compression asphyxia in the ...Read more

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Rep. Barr to Blinken: Don't accuse Israel of breaking international law in Gaza

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WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Antony Blinken says it’s reasonable to believe that Israeli security forces breached international law in executing a ruthless seven-month campaign against Hamas in Gaza that has killed thousands of civilians.

But Kentucky Republican Rep. Andy Barr says the Biden administration shouldn’t say so.

“We need...Read more


Young American couple, killed by armed gangs in Haiti, devoted lives to missionary work

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A young American couple who devoted their lives to missionary work in Haiti were killed Thursday night, along with the Haitian director of their non-profit, after two armed groups attacked their mission in the country’s volatile capital.

“I’m just at a total loss,” David Lloyd, 48, told the Miami Herald, confirming the deaths of his son...Read more

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Top UN peacekeeper says Arab League Call for Gaza deployment is premature

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The United Nations peacekeeping chief argued against the latest calls for international troops to deploy in Gaza, saying the post-war state of affairs was too uncertain and that any operation would require agreement from Israel, which has been highly critical of the UN’s work in Palestinian territories.

Jean-Pierre Lacroix, undersecretary-...Read more


Lawsuit accuses Florida´s Palm Beach County hospital network of sharing patients' private data with Facebook parent company

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The Palm Beach Health Network has become the latest health provider accused of illegally sharing identities and private health information of its patients with the social media company Meta, owner of Facebook.

A lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in West Palm Beach says the health network’s websites share code ...Read more

SpaceX aims for next Starship and Super Heavy launch in early June

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SpaceX is gunning for the fourth integrated launch attempt of its massive Starship and Super Heavy rocket as early as June 5.

The company posted its plans Friday noting the launch is pending regulatory approval. The launch window opens as early as 8 a.m. EDT with the 396-foot-tall stacked rocket aiming to lift off again from SpaceX’s test ...Read more

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What's wrong with the way Pennsylvania Department of Corrections feeds its 39,000 inmates?

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PHILADELPHIA — Even as Pennsylvania's prison population grew rapidly in the 1990s and sentences became longer, the state's food bill was plummeting. By 2018, the state's Department of Corrections (DOC) had one of the steepest drops in carceral food costs in the nation.

A recently issued report from the Pennsylvania Prison Society, Hungry and ...Read more

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Orlando cop killer sentenced to death appeals to US Supreme Court

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ORLANDO, Fla. — A man sentenced to death for killing an Orlando police officer in 2017 has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that a prosecutor misled jurors during sentencing proceedings.

An attorney for Markeith Loyd filed a petition April 30 at the U.S. Supreme Court challenging a Florida Supreme Court decision that upheld Loyd’...Read more


Ukraine plans to counterattack Russian forces near Kharkiv

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The Ukrainian army said it’s planning counterattacks to push back Russian forces that seized territory in the northeast Kharkiv region.

The incursion, which began two weeks ago, opened a new front and stretched Kyiv’s resources. But Moscow failed to achieve its objective to create a buffer zone of up to 30 kilometers (19 miles) within ...Read more

FBI reportedly contacts Riley Keough's team about Graceland case as claim is dropped

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation may launch a criminal probe into possible fraud allegedly surrounding a now-blocked foreclosure sale of Elvis Presley's famed Graceland mansion, according to TMZ and Radar.

The outlets reported Wednesday that the FBI had contacted actor Riley Keough's team and Graceland officials on Tuesday, allegedly ...Read more

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There is a new deadline to get the California's Real ID. Here's why you need one

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LOS ANGELES — Pushed out of mind by a handful of deadline delays, Californians now face another drop-dead date to apply for the Real ID if they plan to travel domestically next year.

The goal of the Real ID Act, approved by Congress in 2005, is to improve security and minimize fraud in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The Real ID ...Read more

Illinois fails to protect immigrant victims of crime, report finds

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CHICAGO — Illinois is failing to protect immigrant victims of crime or trafficking, according to a new report from the University of Chicago. Those who work with migrants say the crimes against immigrants range from labor trafficking to forced sex acts.

The report released Thursday reveals widespread violations by the state’s law ...Read more

Israel deepens Rafah operation and says 1 million civilians have moved out

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Israel is expanding its military operations in Rafah against Hamas and says 1 million civilians have now moved out of the city in southern Gaza.

“We are strengthening our effort in Rafah,” Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said Thursday. “This operation will grow, with more forces on the ground and more forces from the air.”

Israel is ...Read more

Ukraine says it will push back Russian forces near Kharkiv

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The Ukrainian military said it’s planning to seize back territory in the northeast after claiming that Russia’s offensive north of Kharkiv has stalled.

“The enemy has been stopped,” Ihor Prokhorenko, an official in Ukraine’s General Staff, said during a briefing in Kyiv Friday. Russia has failed in its effort to create a buffer zone ...Read more

Why juvenile justice legislation named in honor of slain Baltimore teen hasn't passed

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BALTIMORE — Gov. Wes Moore waded through hundreds of pieces of legislation and has signed over a thousand since the 2024 legislative session ended in April. But one juvenile justice bill sponsored in honor of a slain teen girl never saw ink from his ceremonial pen.

The NyKayla Strawder Memorial Act never even reached his desk.

NyKayla ...Read more

Why Poland’s new government is challenged by abortion

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When Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk formed a coalition government in 2023 committed to making “historic changes,” he promised to improve the country’s track record on women’s rights. Noticeably absent in the coalition’s agreement, however, was any specific wording on access to abortion, one of the most controversial issues under ...Read more