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Half of TX Abortion Clinics Close Due to Safety Standards

Mary McLaurin

Since Governor Rick Perry signed a major anti-abortion law in 2013, half of the Lone Star State’s abortion clinics have permanently shut down. Although that law may eventually be ruled on by the Supreme Court, it has already had such a significant impact on Texas that the court’s final say likely won’t matter much.

In 2011, Texas was reportedly home to over 40 abortion clinics. Over the last three years, however, that number has been cut in half; there are now only 20 open, according to a report by the National Journal.

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Pelosi: Honor Cinco De Mayo By Passing Amnesty

Nancy Pelosi

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said House Republicans on Cinco de Mayo should be as courageous as the Mexican militia that defeated the French army in the Battle of Puebla to pass amnesty legislation.

Pelosi, who has said that passing amnesty legislation would be more important to her than becoming Speaker again, said “the time is now for comprehensive immigration reform” and for “House Republicans to emulate the bravery demonstrated in the Battle of Puebla, recognize the importance of immigrants and family unification, and give us a vote on a comprehensive bill that reforms our broken immigration system.”

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First U.S. Case of MERS Confirmed in Indiana

Health officials say a deadly virus from the Middle East has turned up for the first time in the U.S.

An American who works as health care worker in Saudi Arabia is hospitalized in Indiana with the MERS virus. Officials said Friday the man was diagnosed with Middle East respiratory syndrome after returning to the U.S. about a week ago.

Saudi Arabia was been the center of an outbreak of MERS, which surfaced two years ago. At least 400 cases have been reported, and more than 100 people have died. The virus has been found in camels, but officials don’t know how it is spreading to humans.

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