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Supreme Court May Review Texas Abortion Law That Wendy Davis Filibustered

Supreme CourtA national abortion rights group asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to review a pair of restrictions in Texas that would shut down eight abortion clinics across the state if it is allowed to go into effect.

"Without the court’s intervention, the impact on Texas women will be immediate and devastating, imposing insurmountable burdens on their access to essential reproductive health care statewide," said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights.


Kentucky Clerk Found In Contempt For Refusing To Issue Marriage Licenses

Kentucky clerkA federal judge found a Kentucky clerk at the center of the national debate over gay marriage in contempt of court after she defied the Supreme Court by refusing to issue marriage licenses in protest of same-sex marriage.

Kentucky Public Radio's Ryland Barton reports that District Judge David L. Bunning ordered Kim Davis to be taken into custody by federal marshals "until she complies" with a court order.


Judge nullifies Tom Brady’s four-game NFL suspension

Tom BradyA federal judge took the air out of “Deflategate” Thursday, erasing New England quarterback Tom Brady's four-game suspension for a controversy that the NFL claimed threatened football's integrity.

U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell went too far in affirming punishment of the Super Bowl winning quarterback. Brady has insisted he played no role in a conspiracy to deflate footballs below the allowable limit at last season's AFC championship game.


SAT scores lag, majority of takers miss college-ready mark

SAT Continuing a downward trend, the latest scores from the SAT college entrance exam show a majority of students taking the test aren't ready for college-level work or career-training programs.

A report released Thursday from the College Board also finds overall student performance on the SAT lagging for the Class of 2015, with average scores for reading, math and writing at their lowest level in nearly a decade.


NM House committee to investigate charges vs Sec of State Duran

Dianna DuranThe speaker of New Mexico's House of Representatives said Wednesday that he has created a special committee to investigate charges of fraud, embezzlement and money laundering against Secretary of State Dianna Duran.

Don Tripp, a Republican, said in a statement that he believes it's the "appropriate and responsible next step" for the House "to begin the process of determining whether the charges have merit and rise to the level of impeachment."


California data shows racial disparity in arrests, deaths

California DOJJust 6 percent of Californians are African American, yet they are involved in 17 percent of all arrests in the state and a quarter of in-custody deaths, according to what officials called a nationally unprecedented release of data Wednesday.

The data paints a clearer picture of the racial disparity in arrests and deaths across California and comes as a number of high-profile, police-involved deaths of young black men has ignited a national debate on police practices.


Alabama police officer testifies against colleague who beat Indian man

Eric Sloan ParkerA police officer didn’t need to use a leg sweep to take down an Indian man because he didn’t pose a threat, one of the officer’s colleagues said on Wednesday.

Madison officer Charles Spence testified that he drove up to the scene and saw officer Eric Parker holding the man’s hands behind his back. Parker shouldn’t have handcuffed Sureshbhai Patel unless he had probable cause that he was committing a crime or had been resisting officers, Spence said.


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