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WASHINGTON (AP) — The 26 states that are challenging President Barack Obama's immigration policies will have their say before the Supreme Court. The justices are going to decide, in this election year, whether Obama was acting within his powers with an executive order allowing up to five million immigrants who are in the country illegally to get work permits and some federal benefits. So far, federal courts have sided with the states. If the justices eventually side with the president, he'll have about seven months left to implement his plans.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is refusing to revive an Arkansas law that would have banned abortions after the 12th week of pregnancy if doctors can detect a fetal heartbeat. The justices did not comment today in rejecting the state's appeal of lower court rulings that struck down the law. Federal judges called the law inconsistent with Supreme Court rulings that generally tie restrictions to the viability of the fetus, and not to the presence of a heartbeat.

BAGHDAD (AP) — According to a new United Nations report, civilians in Iraq continue to be killed at a "staggering" rate. The country saw a sharp increase in civilian deaths after the fall of large areas to the Islamic State group in the summer of 2014. But despite a series of battlefield losses for the militants, the report finds that civilians are still being killed in large numbers. Nearly 19,000 died in Iraq between the start of 2014 and October of last year.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Animal health officials investigating a bird flu strain that's hit 10 turkey farms in southwestern Indiana have added 156,000 chickens to the list of thousands of birds being euthanized due to the outbreak. The Indiana State Board of Animal Health says the egg-laying chickens are at a high risk of contracting the virus because they're housed at one of the 10 farms near a barn with infected turkeys.

NEW YORK (AP) — It's not a joke. Spanish-language broadcaster Univision is buying a stake in the owner of The Onion, the satirical news site. A memo from Onion's CEO to employees says Univision has acquired "a good chunk" of the company and may buy the rest later. Univision last summer filed to go public amid declines in TV ratings. Other TV networks have also been investing in new-media companies in an effort to beef up on digital and appeal to younger people.

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