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 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    May 31, 2023

Oklahoma high court strikes down 2 abortion bans; procedure remains illegal in most cases

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that two state laws banning abortion are unconstitutional, but the procedure remains illegal in the state in nearly all cases except life-threatening situations. In a 6-3 ruling, th...

 

Beloved New York swan babies rescued after mother was eaten by family, police say

The village of Manlius in upstate New York is mourning the loss of Faye, a swan who was stolen from the town's pond over the weekend along with her four cygnets. The cygnets, or baby swans, were recovered, but officials say the mama swan was eaten.... Full story

 

Answered prayers: Tennessee church recovers truckload of organ pipes

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The prayers of a Tennessee church were answered when whoever stole a moving truck near its building didn't keep what they found inside: old organ pipes, and lots of them. Calvary Episcopal Church in downtown Memphis had... Full story

 

Mike Pence will launch his presidential campaign in Iowa on June 7

NEW YORK (AP) — Former Vice President Mike Pence will officially launch his widely expected campaign for the Republican nomination for president in Iowa next week, adding another candidate to the growing GOP field and putting him in direct...

 

Earth is 'really quite sick now' and in danger zone in nearly all ecological ways, study says

Earth has pushed past seven out of eight scientifically established safety limits and into "the danger zone," not just for an overheating planet that's losing its natural areas, but for the well-being of people living on it, according to a new... Full story

 

Hundreds of Amazon workers protest company's climate impact, return-to-office mandate

SEATTLE (AP) — Telling executives to "strive harder," hundreds of corporate Amazon workers protested what they decried as the company's lack of progress on climate goals and an inequitable return-to-office mandate during a lunchtime demonstration...

 

Body of Missouri ER doctor found in Arkansas lake had apparent gunshot wound

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A missing emergency room doctor from Missouri was found dead in Arkansas from an apparent gunshot wound, authorities confirmed Wednesday, but they're still investigating what happened in the week since he was last seen. A ka...

 

NASA talks UFOs with public ahead of final report on unidentified flying objects

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA held its first public meeting on UFOs on Wednesday a year after launching a study into unexplained sightings and insisted it's not hiding anything. The space agency televised the four-hour hearing featuring an... Full story

 

Police in Atlanta arrest 3 behind bail fund supporting protests against police training complex

ATLANTA (AP) — Police on Wednesday arrested three Atlanta organizers who have been aiding protesters against the city's proposed police and fire training center, striking at the structure that supports the fight against what opponents derisively ca...

 

Yeezy shoes are back on sale - months after Adidas cut ties with Kanye West

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some of Adidas' remaining Yeezy shoes are back on sale — months after the German sportswear company cut ties with Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West. Adidas ended its yearslong partnership with Ye in late October, in...

 

Trapped by Sudan fighting, dozens of infants, toddlers and children died in Khartoum orphanage

CAIRO (AP) — At least 60 infants, toddlers and older children perished over the past six weeks while trapped in harrowing conditions in an orphanage in Sudan's capital as fighting raged outside. Most died from lack of food and from fever.... Full story

 

Here's how to prepare to start paying back your student loans when the pandemic payment freeze ends

NEW YORK (AP) — A three-year pause on student loan payments will end this summer regardless of how the Supreme Court rules on the White House plan to forgive billions of dollars in student loan debt. If Congress approves a debt ceiling deal negotia...

 

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