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Michigan's 90-year-old abortion ban is unconstitutional, judge rules

Michigan's 90 yr old abotion ban ruled unconstitutionalA 1931 Michigan law banning abortion with no exceptions for rape or incest violates the state's constitution, a state court judge ruled on Wednesday, barring any prosecutors from enforcing it.

Judge Elizabeth Gleicher of the Michigan Court of Claims found that Michigan's constitution guarantees a right to bodily autonomy including abortion. The ruling is a victory for providers including a Planned Parenthood affiliate, which had sued to block the law.

"A law denying safe, routine medical care not only denies women of their ability to control their bodies and their lives - it denies them of their dignity," Gleicher wrote.

Leaders of the state's Republican-controlled legislature, which defended the law, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Las Vegas Police Focus On County Official In Killing Of Investigative Journalist

Jeff Sherman stabbed to death

Police executed search warrants at a county official’s home on Wednesday morning as part of an investigation into the killing of Las Vegas Journal-Review reporter Jeff German, authorities told the outlet.

Reporters with the Journal-Review said they observed officers and police vehicles outside the home of Clark County Public Administrator Robert Telles, who was the focus of an investigation by the slain journalist earlier this year. Police also reportedly taped off part of Telles’ home.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confirmed to HuffPost that it is serving search warrants related to German’s death, but refused to say whether the search included Telles. Telles’ office did not respond to HuffPost’s requests for comment.

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Toxic arsenic levels make tap water unsafe for thousands in New York City

Toxic water in NYC

Dangerous levels of arsenic were found in a New York City Public Housing Authority (NYCHA) complex, leaving thousands of affected residents without safe tap water.

The crisis plays out as people in the predominantly Black city of Jackson, Mississippi, have gone without clean drinking water for more than a month, with residents using bottled water for everyday needs like cooking and brushing teeth.

Residents of New York City’s Jacob Riis Houses, one of the largest public housing complexes in the Manhattan borough, have not had safe drinking water for more than a week after arsenic levels above federal standards were found in the building’s water supply.

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1 person is dead and 9 are missing after a small plane crashed in the Puget Sound

One dead, nine missing in small plane crashOne person was killed and nine people remained missing after a float plane crashed in the Puget Sound in Washington state on Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The agency said via Twitter Sunday afternoon that the plane was flying from Friday Harbor, a popular tourist destination in the San Juan Islands, to Renton, Washington. Previously the Coast Guard had said the plane was flying to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The crash happened in Mutiny Bay, off Whidbey Island, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northwest of Seattle.

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Investigative reporter Jeff German stabbed to death in Las Vegas

Jeff German stabbed to death
Police were looking for a suspect on Sunday after a Las Vegas investigative reporter was stabbed to death outside his home, authorities said.

Las Vegas police officers found Jeff German dead with stab wounds around 10.30am on Saturday after authorities received a 911 call, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

It appeared the 69-year-old was in an altercation with another person that led to the stabbing, which was believed to be an isolated incident, police said.

“We believe the altercation took place outside of the home,” Dori Koren, a Las Vegas police spokesman, told reporters. “We do have some leads. We are pursuing a suspect but the suspect is outstanding.”

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Man arrested in connection with the abduction of Eliza Fletcher

Suspect in custody after kidnap of heiressMemphis police have arrested a man in connection with the abduction of Eliza Fletcher, the Memphis mother who was kidnapped while running near the University of Memphis on Friday morning.

Cleotha Abston, 38, is facing especially aggravated kidnapping and tampering with evidence charges. The Memphis Police Department announced the arrest early Sunday morning.

At this time, Fletcher is still considered missing. Abston has declined to provide investigators with the location of the victim, according to an affidavit.

MPD says that the investigation is ongoing and that they, along with with their local and federal partners, will continue searching for her.

Previously, Fletcher's family posted an extra $50,000 reward with CrimeStoppers for information that helps authorities arrest those responsible.

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NYCHA Found Arsenic in the Water Two Weeks Ago—Tenants Only Found Out Friday Night

NYCHA found arsenic in housing proect water

The city’s public housing authority discovered traces of arsenic in the tap water at one of its biggest developments in Manhattan, the Jacob Riis Houses in the East Village, THE CITY has learned.

Late Friday, NYCHA began distributing bottled water at the sprawling complex that houses 2,600 tenants and opened in 1949. It’s named after the iconic 19th-century muckraker who authored “How the Other Half Lives,” an expose of squalid housing conditions endured by thousands of New York’s immigrants.

Top NYCHA managers first learned of test results that indicated traces of arsenic were present in the water at the development about two weeks ago, according to two sources familiar with the situation.

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