April 20, 2024

Carlee Russell’s unverified kidnapping and abortion ban hearing in Texas: Morning Rundown

A hearing in a lawsuit challenging a Texas abortion ban included testimony that prompted a woman to throw up. Police cast doubt on an Alabama woman’s story about her disappearance. And the multitude of promiscuous rabbits causing chaos in the Florida community.

Here’s what you need to know today.

A woman jumps on the stand during an abortion ban hearing in Texas

Samantha Casiano learned at 20 weeks gestation that her baby had a fatal birth defect that also put her life at risk. But she couldn’t get an abortion because of Texas’ strict laws, and she feared the consequences if she traveled to another state for the procedure.

At a hearing yesterday in a lawsuit challenging Texas’ abortion ban, Casiano read aloud a doctor’s note that identified her pregnancy as high risk. Then, she started to sob and eventually she threw up. The judge called a break.

Remembering certain events “my body remembers and reacts,” Casiano later said. She was among three women who gave evidence yesterday, all of whom cried during their statements as they recalled the trauma of carrying a non-viable pregnancy.

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The Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision last year prompted a ban in Texas that banned all abortions, except to save the life of a pregnant woman. Before that, the state banned abortions after detecting a so-called fetal heartbeat – around six weeks into the pregnancy.

A group of 13 women, including the three who testified today, as well as two OB-GYNs, are suing the state. This is the first case in which women denied abortions have sued a state since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade back.

The two-day hearing continues today with more testimony. Plaintiffs asked a judge to issue a temporary injunction to prevent Texas’ abortion ban from applying to high-risk pregnancies. The state asked that the law be dismissed. Read the full story here.

Federal grand jury to hear from Trump aide

A federal grand jury deciding whether to indict Donald Trump for his efforts to overturn the 2020 election is scheduled to convene today. They will hear evidence from William Russell, a former White House aide who now works for Trump’s presidential campaign. The grand jury, convened by special counsel Jack Smith, has already heard testimony from dozens of witnesses in the wide-ranging investigation.

Several people familiar with the matter say Trump does not plan to testify this week, despite receiving a target letter giving him until today to do so. That letter, two solicitors with direct knowledge said yesterday, cited by federal statute – but including them in the letter doesn’t necessarily mean Trump will be charged with related counts or that an indictment would be limited to those three statutes.

The police have not verified the details of the missing woman

Carlee Russell disappeared last week after she said she saw a toddler walking on the interstate in Alabama. She returned home two days later and told the police that she had kidnapped a man and a woman but escaped the next day.

But police in Hoover, a city about 10 miles south of Birmingham, said investigators were unable to corroborate Russell’s claims. However, officials said Russell did Internet searches on Amber Alerts, how to get money from a program without getting caught and the movie “Take.” Regarding the final search, Hoover Police Chief Nicholas C. Derzis said, “I find that very strange.”

A soldier held in North Korea was not acting like himself, a family says

Months before Pvt. 2nd Class Travis King sped away from a tour group and ended up in North Korean custody, struggling with the death of his 6-year-old cousin and being so far from home, his family said. “I’ve never seen it go down like that,” said King’s uncle, Myron Gates. “Something is going on. This is not his personality.”

Now, King’s family is worried they may never see him again. Efforts by US officials to free him will be complicated.

Meanwhile, witnesses to King’s tour group arrived told the scary moments that King took out. One person thought it was a stunt for TikTok. Others were afraid someone would start shooting.

Winning ticket in the $1 billion Powerball jackpot

7-10-11-13-24 – and a Powerball of 24.

Those were the winning numbers in Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot drawing — and someone in California won the $1 billion prize. The winning ticket was sold in downtown Los Angeles, according to the California Lottery. If the winner decides to take the lump sum, it will be $558.1 million before taxes.

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Invasion of rabbits in…

… a neighborhood in Florida City officials are looking for a way to rid the area of ​​the furry creatures. There are between 60 and 100 bunnies walking around in a community north of Fort Lauderdale – and, as a result, some cute photos, too. But the animals are chewing through wiring and digging into yards, angering residents who say it all started when a neighbor released her pet rabbits. Of course, the result was that rabbits did what rabbits do.

▼ Politics in a nutshell

Trump investigations: A federal judge Donald Trump denied the offer moving his hush-money payments case from New York state court to federal venue.

Artificial intelligence: Sen. Bob Casey will unveil two new bills that focus on AI by protecting workers from intrusive workplace surveillance and so-called robot bosses making hiring decisions.

Hunter Biden probe: A pair of IRS whistleblowers testified before the House Oversight Committee yesterday about alleged interference in the DOJ investigation of Hunter Biden. One of the whistleblowers alleged “gross mismanagement” during the investigation, while the other criticized the US attorney in charge of the case.

Alabama Congressional Map: A proposal for redistricting in Alabama from the GOP-led state Legislature it maintains only one majority-Black district despite two Supreme Court mandates, leaders and advocates said.

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The wind of change

In northern Mississippi, residents were excited about Amazon’s involvement with a wind farm being built in Tunica County. Many people are optimistic that it will lead to a financial windfall. Others are not so sure.

When I started this story about the wind farm project, I knew I wanted to highlight the rich history of Delta Delta – because to understand what is at stake in this historically underfunded community, it is important to know. the story of Tunica’s past bets on the casino industry and the subsequent wins and losses. — Brace Harris, national reporter

▼ In case you missed it

Where is the Chinese foreign minister? A tough diplomat who is considered a protégé of President Xi Jinping has not been seen in three weeks, fueling speculation about his disappearance.

Stanford University President Marc Tessier-Lavigne he announced his resignation after flaws were found in his research in the past.

Gunman two were killed and six others were injured in Auckland, New Zealand, on the eve of the Women’s World Cup.

The woman was the suspect in the Gilgo Beach murder have filed for divorce.

He was met by Chinese President Xi Jinping 100 years old US diplomat Henry Kissinger in Beijing today, calling him “an old friend”.

New research has found that a simple technique to help nail bitingskin picking and hair pulling.

A New Jersey man who received a pardon in the final hours of Donald Trump’s presidency caught again and accused of a “Ponzi-like scheme.”

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