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Tennessee woman pleads not guilty to murder charge for abortion attempt

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A Tennessee woman accused of trying to use a coat hanger to abort her 24-week-old fetus pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted murder in a Nashville-area court on Tuesday, a sheriff’s official said.

Anna Yocca, 31, was indicted this month for attempting to abort the fetus in a bathtub in September. She began bleeding heavily, and was taken to the hospital.

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The infant, named Leo Kluge, survived but his quality of life was harmed, and he will need extensive medical care, according to a complaint filed by Murfreesboro Police Detective Tommy Roberts.

The charge for the attempted abortion led to complaints by pro-choice activists, some of whom appeared in court and outside of court on Tuesday wearing T-shirts and carrying signs in support of Yocca, according to Twitter posts. The shirts read “Abortion on Demand & Without Apology.”

Yocca appeared by video monitor from the Rutherford County Jail in Murfreesboro, about 35 miles southeast of Nashville, said Lisa Marchesoni, spokeswoman for the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. Yocca told Circuit Judge Royce Taylor that she needed an attorney, and a public defender was appointed.

Yocca will return to court on Jan. 5.

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(Reporting by Tim Ghianni; Editing by Mary Wisniewski and James Dalgleish)


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Ex-prosecutor demands congressional investigation after latest report on the FBI and Brett Kavanaugh

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Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh had another allegation of sexual misconduct revealed on Saturday in a bombshell report in The New York Times.

"A classmate, Max Stier, saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student. Mr. Stier, who runs a nonprofit organization in Washington, notified senators and the F.B.I. about this account, but the F.B.I. did not investigate and Mr. Stier has declined to discuss it publicly," the newspaper reported.

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Boris Johnson promises Britain will be like the Incredible Hulk during Brexit negotiations

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday he was making a "huge amount of progress" towards a Brexit deal with the EU, in an interview in which he compared Britain to the Incredible Hulk.

"It's going to take a lot of work between now and October 17" when EU leaders gather for their final summit before Britain's scheduled exit from the bloc, he told the Mail on Sunday newspaper.

"But I'm going to go to that summit and I'm going to get a deal, I'm very confident. And if we don't get a deal then we'll come out on October 31."

His comments came ahead of talks with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker and the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, in Luxembourg on Monday.

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NYT blasted for ‘spectacularly offensive sentiment’ after tweet illustrating ‘rape culture’

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The results of a 10-month investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh by New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly was published on Saturday.

But attention was taken away from the powerful reporting after the Twitter account of The Times opinion page posted a shocking message.

"Having a penis thrust in your face at a drunken dorm party may seem like harmless fun," read the tweet.

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