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Michigan’s ‘Rape Insurance’ Law Limiting Abortion Coverage Takes Effect

Michigan rape insurance billA law requiring Michigan women to purchase a rider if they expect their private health insurance to cover abortion services takes effect Thursday.

Right to Life Michigan admits the Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act won’t  lower abortion rates in the state, but will shift the burden on who pays for the services. Opponents say it’s a draconian law that threatens women’s health by limiting their access to a procedure that is legal and constitutionally protected, the Detroit Free Press reports.

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Wrongly convicted Louisiana inmate released after 30 years on death row

Glenn Ford released after 30 yearsLouisiana inmate Glenn Ford walked free Tuesday after 30 years on death row at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola.

My mind going all kind of directions, but it feels good," Ford, now 64, told reporters immediately after his release.  Asked whether he felt resentful, Ford said, "Yeah, because I was locked up almost 30 years for something I didn't do."

Ford, the longest serving death row inmate, was sentenced to death in 1985 for the 1983 murder of jeweler and watchmaker Isadore Rozeman, who was killed in a shooting at his Shreveport shop.

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Washington detention center hunger strike on Day 5

Wshington prison hunger strikeA hunger strike at the Northwest Detention Center in Washington state that started with hundreds of participants was down to five detainees on its fifth day, and they were under medical evaluation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Tuesday.

The agency said 27 people had refused to eat at the start of the day. They were placed under medical observation and separated from others at the Tacoma facility. By Tuesday afternoon, 22 detainees had eaten, and five remained on hunger strike and under medical evaluation.

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Sex trade in eight cities worth nearly $1 billion, study says

Urban Institute studyA study to be released Wednesday about the world’s oldest profession concludes that the lucrative underground commercial sex economy in eight large U.S. metropolitan areas brings in anywhere from $40 million annually to as much as nearly $300 million.

The unprecedented 340-page study by the Urban Institute, a policy research group, finds _ not surprisingly _ that the reach of the Internet has facilitated the flesh trade and made it harder to combat. The report and its in-depth interviews with 73 convicted pimps and traffickers also challenges conventional wisdom on the illicit side of the sex industry.

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Gas explosion in NYC's East Harlem kills 2, injures 22 — a dozen feared missing

NYC building collapseA thunderous explosion in East Harlem sent "people flying out the windows," killing two women, injuring 22 and leveling two buildings Wednesday morning, the Fire Department and witnesses said.

Mayor de Blasio said the search continued for people still unaccounted for three hours after the blast at 9:31 a.m.

An NYPD source said nine to 12 people were missing.

Two people suffered life-threatening injuries, five had serious injuries that did not appear life-threatening, a Fire Department spokesman said. “It’s a tragedy of the worst kind because there was no indication in time to save people," said de Blasio at the scene, adding there was no indication of foul play. "We know we've lost two people already."

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Feds Withdraw Subpoena Of Top Christie Appointee At Port Authority

david samsonFederal prosecutors in New York on Monday withdrew a subpoena related to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Chairman David Samson, according to The Bergen Record.

The subpoena was received by the Port Authority on Friday, and it was withdrawn before media outlets like the Wall Street Journal published stories about it Monday afternoon, according to the Record. The subpoena reportedly concerned Samson's "involvement in Port Authority actions," as the Record put it.

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Kentucky Southern Baptists Draw Crowds With Gun Giveaways

kentucky babtist gun give awayIt's an hour before suppertime, and the line outside Lone Oak First Baptist Church in Paducah, Ky., is wrapped around the building. The people are waiting for more than a Bible sermon; there's a raffle tonight. Twenty-five guns are up for grabs.

There's nothing new about gun raffles in Kentucky, even at a church. Last year, there were 50 events like this one in the state. The Kentucky Baptist Convention says it's a surefire way to get new people through church doors.

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