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Supreme Court Keeps Texas Abortion Clinics Open

The Supreme Court voted Monday to temporarily block several abortion restrictions in Texas until the court decides whether to take the case on appeal. The restrictions would have forced many Texas abortion clinics to close

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Escaped Prisoners Initially Aimed for Mexico

Two convicted murderers who escaped from prison and eluded a massive manhunt for three weeks had initially planned to drive to Mexico but headed toward Canada on foot when their ride backed out, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday

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Louisiana Issues Same-Sex Marriage License

The last state holding out on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples after Friday's historic Supreme Court ruling has relented. Louisiana officials issued a marriage license Monday to two men, Michael Robinson, 41, and Earl Benjamin, 39, in New Orleans

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Supreme Court OKs Lethal Injection Drug

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Monday that Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol is constitutional, finding that the use of the sedative midazolam in a three-drug cocktail does not violate the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment stock photos Health Syringe Needle

California Lawmakers Pass Strict School Vaccine Bill

The California senate has passed a bill that requires most children in public schools to get vaccinations and ends exemptions from vaccinations for personal beliefs. Gov. Jerry Brown has not said whether he will sign the bill stock photos Food Snacks Candy Chocolate

Study Finds Link Between Junk Food and Depression

Added sugars—but not total sugars or total carbohydrates—were strongly associated with depression, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which looked at data from 70,000 women

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Rand Paul: Government Has No Place in Marriage

The Republican presidential contender argues in the wake of the Supreme Court's gay-marriage ruling that government should consider getting out of the marriage business entirely. "I believe that all Americans have the right to contract," he writes.

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What to Know About Puerto Rico's Economic Crisis

Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro García Padilla announced Sunday that the island cannot pay back its $72 billion in public debt. Padilla called the situation a "death spiral," and he wasn't exaggerating: Puerto Rico's debt is four times that of Detroit's

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Supreme Court Blocks Key Obama Environmental Rule

The Supreme Court ruled Monday against a key Obama policy aimed at limiting mercury and other toxic emissions from power plants. The decision is a blow for environmentalists and a dent in Obama's legacy on the environment

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Mobster Whitey Bulger Pens Remorseful Letter to Teen Girls

James "Whitey" Bulger, the Boston crime boss who was convicted of 11 murders, has penned a letter to three 17-year-old girls. "My life was wasted and spent foolishly, brought shame + suffering on my parents and siblings," he wrote in the note