A federal judge in the Western District of Missouri ruled Friday that Missouri state abortion restrictions were not “undue burdens” and held that a Planned Parenthood (PP) in the state cannot resume providing abortions. The law in question requires clinics to have physicians who have hospital admitting privileges nearby, which the Planned Parenthood, in Columbia, [...]

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Jeffrey Skilling, founder and ex-Enron CEO imprisoned for his involvement in the high-profile corporate fraud scandal publicized in 2001, was released from federal custody on Thursday after serving more than 12 years in prison. A jury convicted Skilling in May 2006 on 19 counts of conspiracy, securities fraud, insider trading and lying to auditors for [...]

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA) said Friday that it is nearing a settlement in a federal lawsuit challenging a controversial Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) mail policy in which photocopies of incoming mail be delivered to inmates instead of the original copies, which were stored. The ACLU-PA, joined by the Pennsylvania Institutional [...]

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The Vermont Supreme Court ruled Friday that a mother’s kindergarten and preschool-aged children were not in need of a Children in Need of Care or Supervision (CHINS) classification due to repeated truancy because they were not within the age required by law to attend school. In CHINS cases, the state—comprising a social worker, judge and [...]

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Maria Ressa, Philippine journalist and known critic of the country’s president was arrested Wednesday on charges of cyber libel for her work as CEO and executive editor for Philippines-based news site Rappler, drawing criticism from rights groups. Rappler has been critical in its coverage of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, whose administration has alarmed human rights [...]

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The US Senate voted 92-8 Tuesday to approve legislation setting aside nearly two million acres of public land for conservation—a bipartisan package of more than 100 public lands, natural resources and water bills. The bill designates 1.3 million acres in western states with the most stringent classification of “wilderness,” prohibiting any development or motor vehicles. [...]

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Acting US Attorney General Matthew Whitaker testified on Friday before the House Judiciary Committee concerning his involvement in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 presidential campaign. Whitaker said he had not spoken with President Donald Trump about the matter in his tenure as acting Attorney General. “There has been no [...]

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