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Florida Supreme Court Halts 24-Hour Waiting Period For Women Seeking Abortions

Florida court voids waiting period for abortionsThe Florida Supreme Court put legislation mandating a 24-hour waiting period for abortion on hold on Friday, according to the Tampa Bay Times. It is latest salvo in a legal battle that began after the measure passed last year. The ruling was 5-2 in favor of temporarily stopping the waiting period from going into effect while the court decides if it will hear a case on whether the waiting period is unconstitutional.

The law requires a woman to see a doctor in person an entire day before she gets an abortion. The ACLU and Bread and Roses Women’s Health Center, an abortion clinic based in Gainesville, sued the state last year, claiming that it infringes on privacy rights under the state constitution. This recent ruling is a win for those groups, which were dealt a legal blow in February when a three-judge panel of the First District Court of Appeals ruled to allow the law to go forward.


'Pro-white' rally prompts protests and arrests at Confederate monument

Pro-white rally in GeorgiaGeorgia police arrested at least nine people on Saturday at a “pro-white” rally at one of the south’s largest Confederate monuments, after counter-protesters clashed with the demonstrators and officers in riot gear intervened.

The long-planned “Rock Stone Mountain” rally was supposed to draw thousands to the state park, just before Confederate Memorial Day. In response, progressive activists planned a demonstration of their own to denounce public acts of discrimination. Only one group showed up in numbers.


Four federal agents wounded in Kansas shootout

Four federal agents woundedFour federal agents were wounded in a shootout and fire that erupted while they attempted to arrest a fugitive at a Kansas motel, authorities said Sunday.

Craig Beam, chief deputy U.S. Marshal for the Kansas district, told USA TODAY that a team of FBI agents Marshal Service deputies were looking for a fugitive when information led them to the Country Club Motel in Topeka on Saturday night. The agents were approaching the door when the suspect began shooting, Beam said.


U.S. students given SATs that were online before exam

US students given SAT exams that were onlineAt least five times in the past three years, U.S. high school students were administered SAT tests that included questions and answers widely available online more than a year before they took the exam, a Reuters analysis shows.

Reuters reported last month that the College Board, the not-for-profit that owns the college entrance exam, had often reused SATs overseas after first giving the test in America and even after some test questions began to circulate online.


Federal agents searching for 500 pounds of missing fireworks stolen from freight train

Fireworks missing from trainFederal authorities are trying to track down 500 pounds of commercial grade fireworks that agents believe were taken off a freight train somewhere in the Midwest.

The U.S. Department of Justice announced the missing fireworks Friday, which were apparently removed from a CSX train that was traveling from Chicago to Detroit.

By the time the train arrived in Detroit, rail officials noticed that half its shipment of fireworks was gone.


List: 78 Sears, Kmart stores closing

78 Sears/KMart stores closingThe following are Sears and Kmart stores that will be closing, according to a statement Thursday from the department stores' parent company, Sears Holdings (SHLD).

Closing Sears stores start their liquidation sales April 29 and the closing Kmarts start their liquidation sales May 12. The stores will close in late July, except those marked with an asterisk (*), which close in mid-September.


Officials say 5 people dead in 2 shootings in Georgia

Five dead in Georgia shootingsA man who shot and killed five people during two separate shootings as part of a domestic dispute in Georgia was found dead in his home early Saturday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said.

The body of shooting suspect Wayne Anthony Hawes, 50, was recovered Saturday by authorities in his northeastern Georgia home, Columbia County Sheriff Captain Andy Shedd said in a statement. Shedd said the Friday night shootings stem from a domestic dispute that left three men and two women dead.


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