The Justice Department Wants A Federal Judge To Block Texas' New Abortion Ban

The Justice Department asked a federal judge in Texas to temporarily block enforcement of the state's new law that bans abortions after about six weeks. This step, a major move by the Biden administration against the highly controversial law, follows a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department last week. The Biden administration asked the court late Tuesday to implement the preliminary injunction while the lawsuit plays out in federal court. Texas' abortion ban essentially stops the procedure...

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Anti-Doping Group Will Review Cannabis Ban After Sha'Carri Richardson's Suspension

The World Anti-Doping Agency will review its ban on cannabis, in what the agency says is a response to "requests from a number of stakeholders" in international athletics. But it's not clear when, or if, a change to the controversial policy might take effect: cannabis will remain forbidden for the 2022 athletic season. The news comes after WADA's ban on cannabis prevented U.S. sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson from competing in the Tokyo Olympics, despite her victory in the 100-meter race at the...

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Sandwich Monday: The Dunkin' Donuts Cronut

Nov 10, 2014

The Cronut croissant-doughnut hybrid was the food phenomenon of 2013. There were long lines at the bakery where Cronuts were invented, and they were going for hundreds of dollars on the black market. They even inspired spinoffs like the doughscuit — a doughnut-biscuit hybrid — and the bronut, which was just a doughnut wearing an Ed Hardy T-shirt.

Some forecasters call it an arctic front. Others say it's the good old polar vortex, or simply an "intrusion." By any other name, it'll be just as cold: Weather that hit Alaska last week is rushing down into the U.S., rapidly bringing a drop in temperature that won't end for days.

Newly revealed emails seen by The Wall Street Journal and other news organizations appear to show that automaker General Motors ordered a half-million replacement ignition switches nearly two months before it alerted regulators to a defect in the switches that has since been linked to 32 deaths.

Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton has the background for our Newscast unit. Here's what she says:

As many as 18,000 nurses in Northern California are preparing for a two-day strike that will start Tuesday. Nurses plan to leave their posts at 7 a.m. and picket outside 21 Kaiser Permanente medical centers and clinics.

The placards nurses carry and the chants they repeat will say little about salaries or pensions. No economic proposals have even been put on the bargaining table yet.

A Dutch project that integrates solar panels into a bike commuter path will officially open this week, on a special roadway outside Amsterdam. Power generated by the SolaRoad's panels will be funneled into the national energy grid.

The project in the town of Krommenie is being called the world's first public road that includes embedded solar cells. The crystalline silicon solar cells are encased in two layers of tempered safety glass, mounted in a concrete housing.

"I am a United States Army General, and I lost the Global War on Terrorism."

Those are the frank opening words of a new book by retired Army Lt. Gen. Daniel Bolger, Why We Lost: A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Bolger continues:

"It's like Alcoholics Anonymous. Step one is admitting you have a problem. Well, I have a problem. So do my peers. And thanks to our problem, now all of America has a problem. To wit: two lost campaigns and a war gone awry."

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KAREN GRIGSBY BATES: Here's something you might not have known about World War II. One of the most popular Hollywood actresses of the era was also developing weapons systems for the U.S. Navy. Today would've been the 100th birthday of a true Renaissance woman, Hedy Lamarr.

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KAREN GRIGSBY BATES: Today, Germany marked the 25th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall. In the city center, 8,000 balloons were released into the sky as an orchestra played Beethoven's "Ode To Joy."

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After Ida, Louisiana's Bayou Communities Face A Housing Crisis: 'There's Nothing Left'

David Chauvin sat at a picnic table at his Dulac shrimp processing facility searching for an answer to the one question on the minds of everyone from Houma to the bayou communities of Southeastern Louisiana: What happens next? It was Wednesday afternoon, 10 days since Hurricane Ida laid waste to the region. Many of Chauvin’s workers were now homeless. His own house, a structure that had stood strong for more than three decades, wilted in the face of the Category 4 monster. As he and his wife...

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