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Judge blocks Arkansas from enforcing 4 abortion restrictions

US District Court Judge Kristine BakerA federal judge has blocked Arkansas from enforcing four new abortion restrictions, including a ban on a common second trimester procedure and a fetal remains law that opponents say would effectively require a partner's consent before a woman could get an abortion.

U.S. District Court Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction late Friday night against the new restrictions, three of which were set to take effect Tuesday. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Reproductive Rights had challenged the measures, suing on behalf of Dr. Frederick Hopkins, a Little Rock abortion provider.

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Lawsuit: Trafficking scheme lured Filipinos to Oklahoma

Human trafficking in OklahomaOwners of an Oklahoma hotel and other businesses engaged in a human trafficking scheme that lured workers from the Philippines promising good wages but instead paid them less than the minimum wage, according to a lawsuit.

Three Filipino workers brought to Clinton, Oklahoma, about 80 miles (128 kilometers) west of Oklahoma City, paid thousands of dollars in recruiting fees to cover visa-related costs that should be incurred by sponsoring U.S. employers, according to the complaint filed Wednesday in federal court. The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups, says the immigrants were threatened with physical harm when they complained that their compensation didn't meet contractual obligations. It also seeks class-action status.

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Study: 99% of Examined NFL Players’ Brains Have CTE

CTE found in 99% of examined NFL players brainsA neuropathologist has examined the brains of 111 N.F.L. players — and 110 were found to have C.T.E., the degenerative disease linked to repeated blows to the head.

Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist, has examined the brains of 202 deceased football players. A broad survey of her findings was published on Tuesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association.

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8 found dead in packed, blistering hot truck in Texas Walmart parking lot

8 dead in trailer truckAn apparent smuggling operation involving undocumented immigrants came to a tragic conclusion early Sunday morning when emergency responders found eight people dead in the back of a semi-trailer at a Walmart in southwest San Antonio.

Police say it’s a horrific human trafficking case and the driver has been arrested.

Dozens were found in the truck, which didn’t have a working air-conditioning system despite blistering temperatures that topped 100 degrees, and they were taken to hospitals, authorities said.

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State of Kentucky to pay almost $225,000 to plaintiffs in Kim Davis case

Kim DavisA federal judge ruled that the state of Kentucky is required to pay legal fees to couples who sued Rowan County clerk Kim Davis to attain marriage licenses.

District Judge David Bunning ruled Friday the state will pay almost $225,000 in legal fees and court costs to the plaintiffs in the case against Davis after she halted her office from issuing marriage licenses following the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling that legalized same-sex marriage on June 26, 2015.

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Actor John Heard, Who Played Dad in ‘Home Alone’ Films, Dies at 72

John Heard dies at 72John Heard, best known as Peter McAllister in the "Home Alone" movies and who appeared in a wide range of TV and film roles, has died at 72.

He was found dead in a Palo Alto, California, hotel where he was reportedly recovering after undergoing back surgery. The Santa Clara Medical Examiner's office confirmed his death.

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Judge declines to remove block on Trump sanctuary cities order

Judge William OrrickA federal judge in California has denied a request by the Trump administration to remove an injunction halting President Donald Trump's executive order on so-called sanctuary cities from being implemented.

The move further thwarts the Trump White House's attempt to effectively penalize cities providing safe haven to undocumented immigrants by threatening to strip them of federal funding.

On Thursday U.S. District Judge William Orrick III in San Francisco moved to decline a request by the Justice Department to reconsider whether a memo by Attorney General Jeff Sessions narrowed the scope of Trump's executive action and lifted the need for an injunction. The judge said the narrower interpretation released by Sessions did not alter the court's initial April decision to impose the block.

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