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Planned Parenthood sues to block Arizona abortion law

Planned parenthoodArizona abortion providers have sued to block part of a state law that requires doctors to tell women that drug-induced abortions can be reversed, Planned Parenthood has said.

A law due to take effect on July 3 requires doctors to tell patients that the effects of abortion pills may be undone with high doses of a hormone. This provision was hotly contested during legislative debate on the law.


California State Senate approves aid-in-dying bill

mark LenoThe state Senate approved a bill Thursday that would allow terminally ill Californians to end their lives with doctor-prescribed drugs.

The aid-in-dying bill spurred two hours of passionate debate among senators before lawmakers voted 23-14 to pass the bill in a mostly party-line vote with Republicans voting against the proposal.


Missouri Gov. Nixon vetoes right-to-work legislation

Gov. Jay NixonDemocratic Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a measure Thursday that would have made Missouri the 26th right-to-work state, and it's unclear whether proponents will be able to muster enough support in the Republican-led Legislature to override the veto.

The governor, a longtime opponent of the effort, traveled to the Kansas City area to announce the veto among about 200 local United Auto Workers union members near a Ford assembly plant. The bill would have barred workplace contracts that require all employees— even those who aren't union members — to pay union fees.


Released from prison, anti-nuclear activist nun Megan Rice speaks out

Megan RiceMegan Rice, an 85-year-old nun who broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in 2012, along with fellow anti-nuclear activists Michael Walli and Gregory Boertje-Obed, was charged with sabotage and damaging federal property and spent about two years in federal prison. They were released on May 16 after the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned thei

r sabotage convictions while upholding their convictions for the less serious crime of injury to government property and ordering the original court to resentence them on the lesser crime. None of them regret their actions, and they remain devoted to their cause. "We accomplished what we set out to do." Walli said. In an interview with Al Jazeera America in Queens, New York, on June 3, Rice reflects on her work.


SF gentrification pushes lower-income residents into radioactive areas

SF gentrificationThe Hunters Point Shipyard and its annex at Treasure Island were once used to clean boats returning from nuclear-weapons testing in the Pacific. Now they will soon be the sites of much-needed affordable housing stock in a city where high demand and speculation have produced explosive gentrification and displacement.

Renderings for the new neighborhoods are attractively designed, picturing modern shopping areas, parks with eco-friendly low-water shrubs, and the pièce de résistance: sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay.


Filthy water and shoddy sewers plague Alabama's Black Belt counties

Black Belt AlabamaRain makes Charlie Mae Martin Holcombe nervous. First, her toilets start to bubble. Then, if Holcombe sees a bright red light flash on across the street, she knows the city sewer system is going to back up, filling her yard with raw sewage.

“When the weather man goes to talking about bad storms, you worry sick that everything is going to flood up. [Sewage] was coming back in my bathtub one time. I broke down crying,” Holcombe explained.


Wikileaks Drops Another Damning Trove Of Secret Trade Deal Documents

WikileaksThe latest trove of secret trade documents released by Wikileaks is offering opponents of the massive deals currently being crafted by the Obama administration more fodder to show that such agreements can impact United States laws and regulations.

The latest leak purports to include 17 documents from negotiations on the Trade In Services Agreement, a blandly named trade deal that would cover the United States, the European Union and more than 20 other countries. More than 80 percent of the United States economy is in service sectors.


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