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Mississippi’s only abortion clinic will stay open as judge blocks state law

Mississippi‘s sole abortion clinic is to remain open after a federal judge on Wednesday extended a block on the enforcement of a state law that threatened its closure.

First-time unemployment claims fall to four-year low in job market boost

The July 4 holiday week provided a surprising boost to America’s job market as the number of Americans filing for first-time unemployment benefits fell to a four-year low.

Melinda Gates challenges Vatican by vowing to improve contraception

The billionaire philanthropist Melinda Gates, a practising Catholic, has thrown down the gauntlet to the Vatican and vowed to dedicate the rest of her life to improving access to contraception across the globe.

Arizona Immigration Activists Mobilize Latino Vote

For years, Maricopa County, Ariz., has been ground zero in the debate over immigration.

On one hand, the massive county, which includes the state capital of Phoenix, has a growing Latino population. On the other, it’s home to publicity savvy Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who has made his name by strictly enforcing, some say overstepping, immigration laws.

Jay Carney: Romney Playing ‘I Know You Are, But What Am I?’ On Outsourcing

White House press secretary Jay Carney brushed off Mitt Romney’s new claim that President Obama is an “outsourcer-in-chief,” accusing him of using schoolyard shenanigans to rebut Democratic attacks on his business record.

Dark, Starless Galaxies Observed For The First Time

Scientists have for the first time pinpointed what they believe to be starless galaxies, also known as dark galaxies — gas-filled clusters without much light that are theorized to have been important features of the early universe, leading to the development of the multitude of bright, star filled galaxies that now populate the Universe.

Judge Blocks Injunction Against Implementing Louisiana Vouchers

A Louisiana judge won’t stop the state’s controversial school voucher system from going into effect next month. District Judge Tim Kelley ruled that he did not have jurisdiction to provide the injunction sought by the voucher program’s opponents, citing a Louisiana law prohibiting injunctions that state officials claim will create a deficit

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