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Texas abortions fell sharply under law Supreme Court voided

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:10pm

Abortions in Texas plummeted about 15 percent during the first year after approval of tough restrictions that the U.S. Supreme Court has since struck down — a decline that activists say shows how hard it had become to get an abortion in America's second-largest state.

Family of Austin teen killed by police sues city, ex-officer

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:10pm

The family of a nude, unarmed teen shot dead by an Austin police officer in February is suing the city and the since-fired officer.

CDC: System inadequate to stop amoeba at whitewater center

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 7:00pm

Chlorination and filtration systems were inadequate at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, where a rafter became infected with a deadly amoeba, a federal health official said Thursday.

Illinois governor signs bill ensuring schools stay open and providing colleges and social services money for 6 months

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:50pm

Illinois governor signs bill ensuring schools stay open and providing colleges and social services money for 6 months.

California governor denies parole for ex-Mexican Mafia chief

Don Thompson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:10pm

Gov. Jerry Brown again blocked parole Thursday for a former leader of the Mexican Mafia prison gang who now helps law enforcement, discounting claims that the double murderer intended to enter the federal witness protection program.

Lawmakers consider boosting funds to defend LGBT rights law

Gary D. Robertson and Jonathan Drew, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 6:10pm

North Carolina lawmakers took steps Thursday to set aside a half-million dollars for the legal defense of a law limiting protections for LGBT people as a judge sought to streamline a cluster of lawsuits it has inspired.

New trial granted for Adnan Syed, subject of 'Serial' podcast

Emanuella Grinberg and By Lauren Delvalle CNN  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:58pm

A Baltimore judge has granted a new trial for Adnan Syed, whose murder conviction was the focus of the first season of the popular "Serial" podcast.

Utah militia leader accused in bomb attempt staying in jail

Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:50pm

A Utah militia group leader who's accused of trying to blow up a federally owned cabin in Arizona and has ties to Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy will stay in jail, a judge decided Thursday.

California voters will confront crowded November ballot

Michael R. Blood, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:50pm

California is again testing how much democracy is too much, with voters facing up to 18 ballot questions in November that could end the death penalty, cut into the cost of prescription drugs and free marijuana smokers to legally light up in the nation's most populous state.

Border agency clears employees in 4 shooting incidents

Elliot Spagat, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:40pm

U.S. Customs and Border Protection found that employees acted properly when they fired guns in four incidents dating back to 2012 — including two that left two people dead.

'Guacamole-thick' algae causes crisis on Florida coastline

Jennifer Kay and Terry Spencer, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:30pm

A smelly, "guacamole-thick" muck is fouling a stretch of beaches promoted as Florida's "Treasure Coast," where lawmakers and residents blame the federal government, saying the algae crisis is fueled by freshwater flows controlled by Army officials to protect an erosion-prone dike.

Man seen on video kidnapping woman gets 35 years in prison

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:30pm

A man seen on surveillance video grabbing a screaming, struggling woman off a Philadelphia street has been sentenced to 35 years in prison.

'Vampire trucker' admits to holding women for sexual activity

Dennis Romboy  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:30pm

Just days before he was to go on trial, a long-haul trucker who authorities say is obsessed with vampires admitted in federal court Thursday to holding women as sex slaves.

Oklahoma skydiver safe after parachute malfunction

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:20pm

An Oklahoma skydiver delivering the game ball for a professional soccer match says muscle memory kicked in when his parachute malfunctioned in an incident he captured on camera.

Bystander tries to save woman from husband who killed 3 kids

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:20pm

A good Samaritan could not save a Las Vegas woman screaming for help as her gun-wielding estranged husband chased her from their home to two drug store parking lots in a chaotic murder-suicide that left a family of five dead, authorities said Thursday.

White officer's firing over 'he's a black guy' remark upheld

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:20pm

A judge has upheld a decision to fire a white Rhode Island police sergeant who made racially offensive remarks about a black officer.

Contractor will testify in lawsuit over fatal Christmas fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:11pm

A contractor who initially took the blame for accidentally starting a fire in Connecticut that killed his girlfriend's three children and her parents on Christmas morning in 2011 will testify in a wrongful-death lawsuit and turn over documents, his lawyer said Thursday.

OD victim's mom: Tunnel suspects 'heroes' for rescue attempt

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:10pm

The mother of a woman whose overdose death in New York City spurred a rescue attempt by three people arrested with a cache of weapons near the Holland Tunnel said the suspects are heroes for trying to help.

Obama signs bill easing access to government records

Darlene Superville, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jun 30th - 5:10pm

President Barack Obama signed into law Thursday measures to give the public greater access to government documents and records under the nearly half-century-old Freedom of Information Act.