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UN: Ireland's abortion ban is cruel, discriminatory to women

Anti abortion protesters in IrelandUnited Nations human rights experts said Thursday that Ireland's abortion ban subjects women to discriminatory, cruel and degrading treatment and should be ended for cases involving fatal fetal abnormalities.

The 29-page report from the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Committee accepted a complaint filed by Amanda Mellet, a Dublin woman who was denied a 2011 abortion in Ireland after her doctor informed her that her fetus had a fatal heart defect and could not survive outside the womb.

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Detroit Man Wrongly Convicted of Murders When He Was 15 Freed After Serving 9 Years

Davontae SanfordA Detroit man who was incarcerated after being wrongly convicted of four murders is walking free today, after serving nearly nine years of a sentence he received at the age of 15.

The murder convictions for Davontae Sanford, now 23, have been vacated by Judge Brian Sullivan, and all charges dropped against him, Maria Miller, an assistant prosecuting attorney at the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, told ABC News today.

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Two gay men challenge Tennessee denial of service law

Two gay men challenge Tennessee denial of service lawTwo men have filed a lawsuit against Tennessee and its governor saying their constitutional rights as gay individuals are violated by a new law that allows mental health counselors to refuse to treat patients on the basis of "sincerely held principles."

The law, signed by Republican Governor Bill Haslam in April, has been criticized as discriminatory against the gay community.

The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday by Bleu Copas and Caleb Laieski in the Chancery Court for Anderson County, asks the court to void the statute because it violates the Tennessee Constitution and the U.S. Constitution's 14th Amendment, which guarantees equal protection to all citizens under the law.

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Stanford Had a Rape Every Two Weeks Before Brock Turner Was Caught

Stanford rapistStanford University reported a sexual assault every two weeks in the three years leading up to Brock Turner’s rape of an unconscious woman in 2015.

The elite college reported 26 rapes on campus in 2012, 2013, and 2014, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education, or about one sexual assault every 14 days.

Then, almost exactly two weeks into 2015, another woman was raped on campus.

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Three Dead in Tel Aviv Shopping Mall Attack

Three dead in Tel AvivThree people were reported killed and several others were wounded Wednesday night in a gun attack in an Israeli shopping mall, police said.

Two attackers, whom police described as relatives in the 20s from the Hebron area, were captured. It was not immediately clear whether other attackers were involved.

The attack took place at the Saron Market, a popular indoor/outdoor market in central Tel Aviv that draws crowds of shoppers and diners, officials said. The mall is near national military headquarters.

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U.S. says China fighter made 'unsafe' intercept of spy plane

US spy plane A Chinese fighter jet carried out an "unsafe" intercept of a U.S. spy plane on routine patrol on Tuesday in international airspace over the East China Sea, the U.S. Pacific Command said, as China again demanded an end to U.S. surveillance flights.

The intercept involved two Chinese J-10 fighter planes and a U.S. Air Force RC-135 reconnaissance plane, U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement.

TVNL Comment:  Would the US intercept Chinese spy planes carrying out surveillance flights over its territory?  Just asking...

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FBI claimed Petraeus shared ‘top secret’ info with reporters

PetraeusThe investigation that led CIA Director David Petraeus to resign and ultimately plead guilty to a criminal charge of mishandling classified information also uncovered evidence that he discussed highly classified information with journalists, according to a court document obtained Tuesday by POLITICO.

Requesting a search warrant for Petraeus' Arlington, Virginia home in 2013, an FBI agent told a federal magistrate the agency had two audio recordings in which the retired four-star Army general spoke with reporters about matters that authorities believed were "top secret."

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Israel approves new homes in East Jerusalem settlement

illegal Jerusalem homes approved Israeli authorities have approved building permits for 82 new homes in the illegal settlement of Ramat Shlomo, a neighbourhood near Shuafat in occupied East Jerusalem, an Israeli NGO has said.

"On Monday, June 6, the Jerusalem Local Planning and Building Committee approved two building permits for 82 housing units in Ramat Shlomo," Ir Amim, a group that opposes settlement construction, said in a statement on Tuesday.

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EPA to get greater control over chemicals used in everyday products

EPA gets control over everyday chemicalsThe Environmental Protection Agency will have increased power over the regulation of thousands of chemicals after President Barack Obama signs into law a bill that passed the Senate on Tuesday.

The bill, which is heading to Obama's desk for signature, is considered by its authors, many politicians and environmental groups to be one of the most significant environmental measures Congress has passed in decades. Obama has indicated he intends to sign the bill into law.

Under the new legislation, the EPA will be be given more information about chemicals manufacturers wish to sell before approving use.

TVNL Comment:  Better late than never, - and yet the GOP is vowing to dismantle the EPA.  Someone explain that, please.

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