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Abortion ruling pushes businesses to confront divisive politics

The Supreme Court’s decision to end the nation’s constitutional protections for abortion has catapulted businesses of all types into the most divisive corner of politics. Some companies that stayed silent last month — when a draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito was leaked to Politico — spoke up for the first time Friday, including The Walt Disney Company, which said it will reimburse employees who must travel out of state to get an abortion.
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8 things to know about the gun violence bill

Highlights of the bipartisan gun violence bill that President Joe Biden signed on Saturday:. Expanded background checks: State and local juvenile and mental health records of gun purchasers will be part of federal background checks for buyers age 18 to 20. Three-day maximum for gathering records will be lengthened to up to 10 days to search juvenile data. If 10 days lapse without a resolution, the sale will go through.
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California plan to combat climate change pleases few

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Heat waves and drought gripping California highlight the urgency to slash fossil fuel use and remove planet-warming emissions from the air, a top state official said Thursday during discussions of a new plan for the state to reach its climate goals. “I think every single...
CALIFORNIA STATE

WATCH: The End of Roe: A PBS NewsHour Special Report

The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, eliminating constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place for 50 years. Watch the special report in the player above. PBS NewsHour anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff anchored a special report on the impact of this legal and cultural...
CONGRESS & COURTS

Faith leaders react with joy, anger to Roe’s reversal

Religious Americans are deeply divided in their views on abortion, and reactions from faith leaders ranged from elation to anger after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that made abortion legal nationwide. The ruling issued Friday was hailed by leading Catholic bishops, even though...
U.S. POLITICS

Congress sends landmark gun violence legislation to Biden

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House sent President Joe Biden the most wide-ranging gun violence bill Congress has passed in decades on Friday, a measured compromise that at once illustrates progress on the long-intractable issue and the deep-seated partisan divide that persists. The Democratic-led chamber approved the election-year legislation on...
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