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Appeals Court Puts Hold on Undocumented Teen’s Abortion

An appeals court has halted a lower court ruling that would have allowed an undocumented teenager, who is in detention in south Texas, to have an abortion. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington stayed Wednesday’s ruling in order to hold a hearing Friday on the merits of the case. Jane Doe, as she is known in court to protect her privacy, has been detained in a refugee shelter in Brownsville, Texas, since September 11, when she was apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border.   Doe, 17, obtained permission from a…

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Appeals court tosses $72 million award in talcum powder case

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri appeals court on Tuesday that vacated a $72 million award to an Alabama woman who claimed her use of Johnson & Johnson products that contained talcum contributed to her ovarian cancer has thrown the fate of awards in similar cases into doubt. The Missouri Eastern District Court’s ruled that Missouri was not the proper jurisdiction to hear a lawsuit filed by Jacqueline Fox, 62, of Birmingham, Alabama, who claimed the baby powder she used for feminine hygiene for … Read the referenced┬ástory here:…

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AP analysis: FEMA rejects appeals worth $1.2B over a decade

AP Photo/Alan Diaz As U.S. communities ravaged by this year’s series of intense hurricanes and wildfires clear debris and begin to rebuild, many are counting on the federal government to help cover their costs. They could be in for a frustrating surprise. If history is any guide, some local governments and nonprofit organizations could get less than they were told to expect from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Others could be asked years from now to repay some or all of the aid they received, … Read the referenced┬ástory here:…

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