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U.S. Appeals Court OKs Tossing Strict North Dakota Abortion Law

NS aborrtion ban overturned by courtA federal appeals court affirmed a ruling Wednesday that struck down one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the country: a North Dakota law that bans abortions when a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a decision last year from U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland, who ruled the law unconstitutional. The law was approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature in 2013, though it was quickly put on hold after the state's lone abortion clinic filed a lawsuit that July.

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Security experts hack into moving car and seize control

car controls highjacked by tech expertsA pair of veteran cybersecurity researchers have shown they can use the Internet to turn off a car's engine as it drives, sharply escalating the stakes in the debate about the safety of increasingly connected cars and trucks.

Former National Security Agency hacker Charlie Miller, now at Twitter, and IOActive researcher Chris Valasek used a feature in the Fiat Chrysler telematics system Uconnect to break into a car being driven on the highway by a reporter for technology news site Wired.com.

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Galactic assembly seen in early universe for the first time

Early galaxyFor the first time, astronomers in Europe have observed star-forming gas clouds in the early universe -- the building blocks of the first galaxies.

The faint glow of ionized carbon was spotted by the European Southern Observatory's ALMA telescope, located in Chile. To find these earliest galaxies, researchers trained the telescope deep into space, past the obvious light of more mature quasars and star-filled galaxies.

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Arrests in Florida, Israel potentially linked to JPMorgan Chase hack

JPMorgan hackers arrestedFederal authorities Tuesday arrested four men in Florida and Israel over fraudulent investment charges involving the 2014 hack of JPMorgan Chase.

JPMorgan Chase was hacked in July 2014, when the contact information of 83 million customers was compromised. At the time, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) determined that the hack was not particularly sophisticated and that it succeeded because of the bank's failure to update one of its remote servers.

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What do highways have to do with Planned Parenthood and Obamacare?

Highway billMitch McConnell is eyeing a major breakthrough on a multiyear highway bill that many in Congress doubted could be done. But his colleagues vying for the presidency see something else: one last chance to steal the spotlight on the Senate floor before the first GOP debate in August.

Clumped together in the single digits in recent national polls, GOP Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina sense an opportunity to get some much-needed traction in the must-pass legislation. And they’re seizing it, with plans to tack on controversial proposals — or potentially hold up the entire bill if they don’t get what they want.

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Author EL Doctorow dies in New York aged 84

EL DoctorowEL Doctorow, the author of popular American historical novels including Ragtime, Billy Bathgate and World’s Fair, has died in New York at the age of 84.

The award-winning writer died of complications from lung cancer, his son Richard told the New York Times.

In a career spanning half a century, Doctorow published 12 novels, three volumes of short fiction and a stage play, as well as many political and social essays.

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5,000 naked anti-gay protesters to greet President Obama in Kenya

Kenya anti gay protestersAn anti-gay political party in Kenya plans to protest against U.S. President Barack Obama by greeting him with 5,000 "totally naked" protesters for his "open and aggressive support for homosexuality."

The Republican Liberty Party's "main objective is for him to see and understand the difference between a man and woman," according to a party statement. The protests will take place Wednesday and Thursday in Nairobi's Freedom Corner within the Uhuru Park starting at 10 a.m.

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Citibank Forced To Pay $700 Million To Customers

CitibankCitibank will be required to pay $700 million to 8.8 million customers for illegal credit card practices, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Tuesday.

Between 2002 and 2013, Citibank sold its credit card customers add-on services that deceptively promised to add payment flexibility by deferring or canceling payments during hard times, and to protect against fraud and identity theft.

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Cincinnati Campus Cop Kills Unarmed Black Man

Cincinnati Ampus Cops kill unarmed manA newly engaged dad was fatally shot by a University of Cincinnati cop on Sunday—raising questions about the university force’s authority off campus and adding to the toll of unarmed black men dying in police encounters.

UC officer Ray Tensing pulled over Sam Dubose, 43, a mile from the school because he was missing a front license plate, police announced Monday.

But at some point during the 6:30 p.m. traffic stop, Tensing and the father of 13 allegedly began tussling through the car window. Dubose started driving away and Tensing fired a shot into his head, authorities said.

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