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ACLU sues to block Biden asylum ban at US-Mexico border

By Ted Hesson WASHINGTON(Reuters) – A U.S. civil rights group sued the Biden administration over a new policy that bars most migrants caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally from claiming asylum, threatening to derail the far-reaching enforcement effort. In the lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union argued the restrictions implemented on Wednesday violated U.S. asylum …

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Republican-controlled US House votes to hold attorney general in contempt

By Makini Brice WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to hold Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt for refusing to turn over audio recordings of a special counsel interview with Democratic President Joe Biden. The measure passed 216-207 on a party-line basis with one Republican joining Democrats in voting no. …

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Trump’s lawyers say hush money gag order stifles campaign speech

By Luc Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters) – Donald Trump’s lawyers urged the judge who oversaw his hush money trial to lift a gag order now that he has been convicted, arguing his opponents were using the restrictions on the former U.S. president’s speech as a “political sword.”   In a court filing earlier this week, defense …

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Toxic gas in Louisiana air far exceeds safe levels, EPA estimates, US study finds

By Nancy Lapid (Reuters) – The toxic gas ethylene oxide (EtO) is detectable in southeastern Louisiana at levels a thousand times higher than what is considered safe, according to a new study. EtO emissions largely come from petrochemical manufacturing, and southeastern Louisiana has a high density of facilities that use or manufacture petrochemicals. “We expected …

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Female stunt drivers take on obstacles to working in Hollywood

By Rollo Ross ROSAMOND, California (Reuters) – For stunt women, Hollywood does not have a good track record, particularly when it comes to driving. That has prompted a group of women to form the Association of Women Drivers, the first ever stunt group for professional female drivers. Olivia Summers, who spearheaded the organization, has been …

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Jerry West, all-time great and inspiration for NBA logo, dies aged 86

By Steve Keating (Reuters) -Jerry West, widely regarded as one of the greatest basketball players of all-time whose silhouette was the inspiration for the National Basketball Association’s logo, has died at the age of 86. The Los Angeles Clippers, where he worked as an executive, confirmed the death on Wednesday, saying the 14-times NBA all-star …

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Oklahoma top court rejects case by ‘Black Wall Street’ race massacre survivors

By Nate Raymond (Reuters) – Oklahoma’s highest court on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit by the last two known living survivors of the Tulsa race massacre in 1921 seeking reparations for the violence and destruction that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Black people. The Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld a judge’s decision last year to …

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US Senate confirms two for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed David Rosner, a Democrat, and Lindsay See, a Republican, as members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The tally on Rosner, a FERC energy industry analyst currently an aide with the U.S. Senate energy committee, was 68 to 26 in the 100-member Senate. His …

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Arizona man charged with trafficking guns to kill Black people, start race war

By Jonathan Allen (Reuters) – An Arizona man has been indicted on four counts of gun-trafficking crimes after federal prosecutors said an undercover sting operation revealed that he planned to kill Black people in a mass shooting to “incite a race war,” according to the indictment. A grand jury indicted Mark Adams Prieto, 58, on …

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Southern Baptist Convention condemns IVF procedures

By Brad Brooks (Reuters) -The Southern Baptist Convention on Wednesday voted at its annual meeting to condemn the use of in vitro fertilization and commend its congregants who use alternative fertility therapies or adopt frozen embryos. Earlier at the meeting, a proposed amendment to the church’s constitution that would have banned women as pastors fell …

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