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(New York Times) A federal judge on Friday temporarily blocked enforcement of one of the country’s most stringent abortion laws, an Arkansas ban on the procedure at the 12th week of pregnancy, saying the law was likely to be declared unconstitutional.
Adopted in March, the law was the sharpest challenge yet to the standard set by the Supreme Court. Roe v. Wade in 1973 and later decisions determined that a woman has a right to an abortion up to the point that a fetus is viable outside the womb, usually around 24 weeks.
(PJ Tatler) More than a dozen Tea Party groups will file suit against the IRS this week, Fox News reports.
The groups will be represented by the American Center for Law and Justice. ACLJ Executive Director Jordan Sekulow believes the number of plaintiffs will grow, although he doesn’t know if the groups will file individually or as part of a class action suit.
One of the plaintiffs will be Jay Devereaux who started his educational group Unite in Action following the Wall Street bailout. He’s been waiting two years for IRS approval of the group’s tax exempt status:
(Fox News) Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz was born in Canada but is qualified to become president should he mount a campaign in 2016 or beyond.
Cruz was born in Calgary, and his father is from Cuba. But the Republican senator’s mother is from the first state of Delaware, which appears to settle the issue.
Government officials didn’t exactly have to scramble for the information amid speculation the firebrand freshman senator was contemplating a presidential run and might be ineligible, considering similar questions about President Obama’s birth prompted the Congressional Research Office to compile a 2009 report to try to resolve the issue.
The 14-page report by the non-partisan office’s legislative attorney Jack Maskell essentially states the Constitution sets out three eligibility requirements to be president: one must be at least 35, a resident within the United States for 14 years and a “natural born citizen.”
(Associated Press) A historic bar and bowling alley can re-hang its bras now that the city of Milwaukee has backed down from a ban that forced the establishment to remove dozens of bras from the ceiling. The Holler House was briefly required to take this action after a city inspector decided that the dangling underwear constituted a fire hazard.
Bras had been an overhead staple of Holler House for 45 years when the inspector demanded their removal in April. Because the fine for violating a fire hazard order in Milwaukee can range from $150 to $10,000 per day, the bar’s 87-year-old owner, Marcy Skowronski, had her son-in-law remove the offending underwear.
(CNET) It’s a natural instinct to resist if someone tries to steal something out of your hand.
In Las Vegas on Thursday afternoon, that instinct might have cost a 15-year-old boy his life.
As the Las Vegas Sun reports, Marcos Vincente Arenas was walking down the street, holding an iPad.
Police say an SUV pulled up alongside him. A man allegedly got out of the passenger seat and tried to wrest the iPad from Arenas.
The teen wouldn’t let go of the device, so, investigators say, he was dragged along by the alleged thief toward the vehicle.
(Bloomberg News) Assumption Park gives residents of this city lovely views of the Ambassador Bridge and the Detroit skyline. Lately they’ve been treated to another sight: a three-story pile of petroleum coke covering an entire city block on the other side of the Detroit River.
Brian Masse, a member of the Canadian Parliament, wants a bilateral agency to investigate the pile accumulating in Detroit.
Detroit’s ever-growing black mountain is the unloved, unwanted and long overlooked byproduct of Canada’s oil sands boom.
And no one knows quite what to do about it, except Koch Carbon, which owns it.
The company is controlled by Charles and David Koch, wealthy industrialists who back a number of conservative and libertarian causes including activist groups that challenge the science behind climate change. The company sells the high-sulfur, high-carbon waste, usually overseas, where it is burned as fuel.
(Bloomberg News) Coffee picker Hector Gonzalez says he feels pain as he watches leaves stripped off plants from a fungus infecting 70 percent of the crop on the Salvadoran farm where he works.
“The hurt of losing this work is like losing your life,” Gonzalez said in a phone interview. “The hills look like a desert, like a fire came through.”
His farm’s harvest, which once employed thousands of workers, now requires about 100, he said.
The International Coffee Organization (ICO) estimates 437,000 workers in Central America will be jobless after an outbreak of coffee rust this year, and more will be affected next season. From Guatemala to Panama, governments are boosting aid to fight the disease and keep workers from migrating to cities or north toward the United States.
(Seattle Times) Seven years after Congress banned payday-loan companies from charging exorbitant interest rates to service members, many of the nation’s military bases are surrounded by storefront lenders who charge high annual percentage rates, sometimes exceeding 400 percent.
The Military Lending Act sought to protect service members and their families from predatory loans. But in practice, the law has defined the types of covered loans so narrowly that it’s been all too easy for lenders to circumvent it.
“We have to revisit this,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., who chairs the defense appropriations subcommittee and is the Senate’s second-ranking Democrat. “If we’re serious about protecting military families from exploitation, this law has to be a lot tighter.”
(Bloomberg) North Korea fired three short-range missiles yesterday as it showcased its military ambitions in defiance of international sanctions and diplomatic efforts to convince the totalitarian state to return to talks.
Kim Jong Un’s regime launched two guided missiles in the morning and a third in the afternoon, all headed northeast into waters off the country’s east coast, South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min Seok said by phone yesterday in Seoul. The reason for the action was not clear, he said.
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