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Court allows Texas to force women into medically unnecessary sonograms

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday that  Texas may enforce a law passed last year which requires women seeking abortion services to undergo an invasive, medically unnecessary trans-vaginal sonogram procedure before ending their pregnancy. The ruling overturned a restraining order issued by a lower court in August…

US government ‘likely’ to unveil new drilling freeze

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s administration was “likely” later Monday to issue a reconfigured moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling, after a previous six-month freeze was blocked by a judge. The announcement, which officials had previously said was imminent, was expected to be made by the Department of the…

Administration loses appeal on six-month offshore drilling moratorium

The Obama administration lost its bid Thursday to maintain a six-month moratorium on offshore deepwater drilling which a federal judge ordered to be lifted last month. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals denied the government’s request to stay that judge’s order pending appeal. The motion was denied because the government…

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