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    In major ruling, Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion clinic regulations

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has struck down Texas' widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics in the court's biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century.

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    Past few days ‘difficult’ for former Tennessee coach Summitt

      KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The family of Pat Summitt says the last few days have been difficult for the former Tennessee women’s basketball coach as her Alzheimer’s disease progresses. Amid reports of Summitt’s failing health, her family issued a statement Sunday asking for prayers and saying that the 64-year-old Summitt is surrounded by the people who mean the most to her. They also asked for privacy. Here is the entire statement: “On behalf of Pat Summitt’s family, we acknowledge […]

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    AP: Lawyer seeks plea deal, doubts Manziel can stay clean, accidental text message says

    SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer DALLAS (AP) — A text message accidentally sent to The Associated Press shows that Johnny Manziel’s lawyer is seeking a plea deal in his domestic violence case, but has doubts about the quarterback’s ability to stay clean. The text message is from defense attorney Bob Hinton. It was transmitted after an AP reporter contacted him asking for comment about a hit-and-run crash Manziel was involved in Monday night. Hinton writes: “Heaven help us if one […]

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    Scottish leader wants new independence vote

    LONDON (AP) — Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon says a new Scottish referendum on independence is “highly likely” because of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. She said Friday legislation will be prepared for a possible new vote. Independence was defeated two years ago in a Scottish referendum. Sturgeon said she would do everything possible to keep Scotland inside the EU. She said this means another referendum “has to be on the table.” Britain’s decision to leave the EU represents […]

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    Doctors issue unusual warning for those using smartphones in the dark

    LONDON — Warning: Looking at your smartphone while lying in bed at night could wreak havoc on your vision. Two women went temporarily blind from constantly checking their phones in the dark, say doctors who are now alerting others to the unusual phenomenon. The solution: Make sure to use both eyes when looking at your smartphone screen in the dark. In Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine, doctors detailed the cases of the two women, ages 22 and 40, who […]

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    Freddie Gray case: Police driver found not guilty on all charges

    (AP) – A Baltimore judge found Officer Caesar Goodson not guilty on six charges in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, according to the Associated Press. Gray was injured while in police custody and died a week later after suffering a spinal injury while riding in Goodson’s van in April 2015. Prosecutors said Gray was handcuffed and shackled, but did not have a seatbelt in the back of Goodson’s van. Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams found Goodson not guilty on charges […]

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    Chinese state media say 51 killed by powerful tornado

    BEIJING (AP)– Chinese state media say a powerful tornado has killed 51 people and destroyed a large number of buildings in the eastern province of Jiangsu. #Breaking: 51 killed by extreme weather of rainstorm, hailstorm, tornado in mere 20 min in Yancheng, E #China. pic.twitter.com/Q7lsc2sTKi — People's Daily,China (@PDChina) June 23, 2016 Breaking: 51 killed by extreme weather of thunder, lightning, rainstorm, hailstorm, tornado in east China’s Jiangsu pic.twitter.com/TEiXryMVHA — China Xinhua News (@XHNews) June 23, 2016 The reports said […]

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    Golfer Rory McIlroy out of Rio Olympics over Zika concerns

    DUBLIN (AP) — Rory McIlroy says he will not be competing in the golf tournament at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics because of concerns over the Zika virus. In a statement released by his management company on Wednesday, the four-time major winner says “I’ve come to realize that my health and my family’s health comes before anything else.” The Northern Irishman says “even though the risk of infection from the Zika virus is considered low, it is a risk nonetheless […]

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    Impeachment subcommittees to consider subpoenas, counsel

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A legislative committee probing if there are grounds to impeach Gov. Robert Bentley has created subcommittees to review possible subpoenas and the hiring of a special counsel. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Mike Jones on Tuesday announced appointments to the two subcommittees. One will review candidates for the position of special counsel. The other will recommend what subpoenas should be issued by the full committee. The special counsel subcommittee will be chaired by Republican Rep. Jim Hill […]

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    Pregnant woman, Mrs. Claus among 72 new emojis

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – A face representing “rolling on the floor laughing” and a hand taking a selfie are among 72 new emojis that will soon make their way to your smartphone. The California-based Unicode Consortium, which controls emoji standards, has released a list of the new characters. Other highlights include emojis representing a pregnant woman and Mrs. Claus. One proposed emoji that didn’t make the cut is that of a rifle. The weapon was proposed as part of […]

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    Snapchat nets a new member: first lady Michelle Obama

    WASHINGTON (AP) – Michelle Obama has joined the social media app Snapchat to promote her upcoming trip to Africa and Europe to encourage girls’ education. The White House says the account launched Tuesday will make it easy for students to keep tabs on the first lady’s travels. Follow her at “MichelleObama.” Mrs. Obama plans to spend next week highlighting the fact that an estimated 62 million adolescent girls around the world aren’t attending school. She has stops in Liberia, Morocco […]

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    National study ranks Alabama 46th in overall child welfare

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – A newly-released study says Alabama lags behind most other states in improving children’s overall wellbeing. The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual Kids Count book Tuesday. Researchers used data spanning from 2008 to 2014 to determine the rankings. The study ranks child welfare by evaluating data on economic wellbeing, education, health, and family and community. The study ranks Alabama 46th in overall child well-being, a drop from 45th in 2015. Alabama ranks 43rd in the […]

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