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Lawyers for North Dakota’s lone abortion clinic that two weeks ago closed its doors are asking a judge to delay the start of the state’s trigger law banning the procedure. The abortion ban is set to go into effect Aug. 26. The Red River Women’s Clinic in Fargo argued Friday for a preliminary injunction as part of a lawsuit that says the ban violates the state constitution. Burleigh County District Judge Bruce Romanick said he would make a decision on the motion by the end of next week. The clinic has already moved its services from Fargo to neighboring Moorhead, Minnesota, where abortion remains legal.

Federal health officials have confirmed that a Nebraska child died from a rare infection caused by a brain-eating amoeba. The Douglas County Department of Health in Omaha said Friday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the presence of the naegleria fowleri amoeba in the child. Authorities have not released the child's name. Health officials believe the child became infected Sunday while swimming in the Elkhorn River near Omaha. It is the second death in the Midwest this summer from primary amebic meningoencephalitis, an infection caused by the amoeba that is almost always fatal. Health officials say a Missouri resident died of the infection in July after swimming in a southwestern Iowa lake.

Defense lawyers have rested their case in the trial of two men charged with conspiring to kidnap Michigan's governor. Closing arguments are scheduled for Monday in federal court in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Lawyers for Adam Fox and Barry Croft Jr. called investigators to the witness stand Friday to try to raise questions about their tactics back in 2020 and highlight scornful attitudes. Fox and Croft are on trial for a second time after a jury in April couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict. John Penrod is a Delaware state trooper who worked on the case with the FBI. He was confronted with text messages in which he called Croft a “coward” and other pejoratives. The defense argues that Fox and Croft were entrapped by agents and informants who fed their wild anti-government views.

A judge says a Democrat running for the Georgia Public Service Commission can stay on the ballot. Fulton County Superior Court Judge Melynee Leftridge ruled Thursday that districts drawn to exclude Patty Durand violated Durand's rights. The judge invalidated, in Durand's particular case, the state's requirement that candidates live in a district for at least a year before running. The judge cited text messages suggesting Republicans drew lines to remove Durand’s former Gwinnett County home. It's unclear if Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger will appeal his residency challenge to the state Supreme Court. Durand is running against District 2 Republican incumbent Tim Echols and Libertarian Colin McKinney.

A Pennsylvania man has been charged with abuse of a corpse, receiving stolen property and other charges after police say he allegedly tried to buy stolen human remains from an Arkansas woman for possible resale on Facebook. A spokeswoman for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock confirmed that the remains were donated to UAMS’s facility but they were allegedly stolen after they had been sent to a mortuary for cremation. UAMS spokeswoman Leslie Taylor says a federal investigation is underway. Police in East Pennsboro Township, Pennsylvania, have arrested Jeremy Pauley, accusing him of buying human body parts from an Arkansas woman.

Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin has taken a drug test “for her own legal protection” after a video was leaked of her at her private party dancing and lip-syncing. She defended her actions, saying she drank alcohol at a party with friends but did not do any drugs. Results are expected in about a week. A video posted Thursday shows six people dancing and lip-syncing, including Marin. Marin said Friday she didn’t have any government meetings that weekend and “I had sometime off and I spent it with my friends. And I didn’t do anything illegal.”  The video was leaked a day after Finland decided to limit the number of visas issued to Russians beginning Sept. 1

U.S. officials say the United States is poised to announce it will provide Ukraine with nearly $800 million in new military aid, including at least a dozen Scan Eagle surveillance drones. Officials say the bulk of the aid package will be additional Howitzers and ammunition, including Javelin missiles that the Ukrainian military has been using effectively to try and hold off Russian forces and take back territory Moscow has gained. Two officials confirmed the new inclusion of the portable, long-endurance drones which are launched by a catapult and can be retrieved. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the aid ahead of its public release.

As part of an effort to keep illegal drugs and other contraband out of state prisons, New York is taking away one of the few pleasures of life behind bars. It will no longer let people send inmates care packages from home. The state began phasing in the new policy last month. Friends and family will no longer be allowed to deliver packages in person during prison visits. They also won’t be allowed to mail boxes of goodies unless they come direct from third-party vendors. New York had been one of the few states that still allowed families to send packages to inmates from home.

A man who opened fire after being robbed outside a mall has been convicted of murder in the fatal shooting of a 7-year-old girl. Kennedy Maxie was struck while riding in a car with her family after a day of Christmas shopping in Atlanta. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Daquan Reed faces sentencing on August 29 after being found guilty Thursday by a Fulton County jury. Prosecutors said Reed was robbed of his cellphone and money outside the Phipps Plaza mall in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. They said he became enraged and fired a pistol from the rear passenger seat of a car.


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Stocks fell on Wall Street, putting the S&P 500 index on track to break a four-week winning streak. The benchmark index was off 1.1% in morning trading on Friday. The Nasdaq was down even more as technology stocks had some of the biggest losses. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was also lower. Meme stock Bed Bath & Beyond sank 40% after the high-profile activist investor Ryan Cohen confirmed that he’s bailed out of the stock. General Motors rose after reinstating its dividend, and Foot Locker soared after replacing its CEO and reporting earnings that beat Wall Street's estimates.

Millions of people in the United States will be spared from big increases in health care costs next year after President Joe Biden signed legislation extending generous subsidies for those who buy plans through federal and state marketplaces. The climate, tax and health care bill sets aside $70 billion over the next three years to keep out-of-pocket premium costs low for roughly 13 million people. That money comes just before the reduced prices were set to expire in a year beset by record-high inflation. The bill will extend subsidies temporarily offered last year in a coronavirus relief bill that significantly lowered premiums and out-of-pocket costs for customers buying plans through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace.

Israeli forces have shot and killed a Palestinian man during an arrest raid in the occupied West Bank. His brother says he was walking home early on Friday when a bullet struck him in the head as Israeli forces clashed with Palestinian youths. The Israeli military says its troops entered two villages to arrest Palestinians suspected of taking part in or planning attacks. It says Palestinians hurled firebombs and opened fire at the soldiers, who shot back. Also on Friday, Israel approved an additional 1,500 work permits for Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, less than two weeks after the territory’s militant Hamas rulers sat out the latest round of violence. This brings the total number of permits to 15,500.

As the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to expand its governance, it announced Thursday that it has added two trustees to its board. Helene Gayle, president of Spelman College, and Ashish Dhawan, founder and CEO of the Convergence Foundation in India, will join the three other outside board members named in January: Strive Masiyiwa, Baroness Nemat (Minouche) Shafik, Thomas J. Tierney. The foundation’s CEO, Mark Suzman, is also a board member. Along with Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates, they will oversee the $70 billion philanthropy, which was recently enlarged when Bill Gates announced he was pumping $20 billion into the fund.

An anti-vaccine group that has harassed doctors and public officials in Italy and France is still active on platforms like Facebook despite efforts to rein in its abuse and misinformation. The organization is known as V_V and bombards its victims with dozens, hundreds or even thousands of abusive posts. V_V has also put up bounties for anti-vaccine graffiti and tried to disrupt vaccine clinics. Facebook took action against the network last year, but V_V remains active on that platform and others, showing just how difficult it can be for tech companies to stop coordinated harassment or potentially dangerous claims about vaccines.

The school board in North Dakota’s most populous city has reversed course on its decision to stop reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at its monthly meetings. The group decided to reconsider at a special meeting Thursday following complaints from conservative lawmakers and widespread bashing from citizens. Seven of the nine members of the Fargo Board of Education, including four newcomers who took office in June, had voted last week to cancel a previous board edict to recite the pledge that passed a couple of months before the election. The new board said the oath did not align with the district’s diversity and inclusion code. All but one of the board members voted to reinstate the pledge, saying the controversy was a distraction to the district.

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