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Judge Strikes Down Iowa's 'Fetal Heartbeat' Abortion Law

A Polk County judge struck down Iowa’s “fetal heartbeat” abortion law Tuesday and ruled it is unconstitutional. Judge Michael Huppert agreed with Planned Parenthood and the ACLU of Iowa that a trial was not necessary to reach that conclusion and ruled in favor of their motion for summary judgment . The two groups, along with the Emma Goldman Clinic in Iowa City, challenged the law that would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into a...

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Northwest Iowa Man Who Burned LGBTQ Library Books Pleads Not Guilty

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Advocates Want Medical Marijuana Treatment For Severe Autism Patients Regardless Of Age

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James Muncy can trace his breathing problems back to the 1990s, when he was still mining coal. "I couldn't cut grass hardly," he says. "When it's hot, [I] couldn't breathe."

For 26 years, Handicap International has not only been providing crutches, prosthetics and wheelchairs to people with disabilities in Burundi. It has also been a leading advocate for people with disabilities in the country. Much of its work has focused on helping people get physical therapy, accessible housing and jobs.

But all of that is over now.

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Chinese-Australian writer and former diplomat Yang Hengjun has been detained by Chinese authorities, according to Australia's Embassy in Beijing. Friends of Yang say he was taken into custody immediately after flying from New York to China on Saturday, and since then, the democracy advocate's normally active Twitter feed has fallen silent.

Denver Teachers Vote To Authorize A Strike

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The teachers union in Denver has voted to approve a strike that could begin as soon as Jan. 28. It would be the first time the city has seen a teacher strike in almost 25 years.

The Denver Classroom Teachers Association finished voting late Tuesday after more than a year of negotiations between the union and the district, which have failed to yield an agreement.

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A Republican representative who chairs the House State Government Committee said Tuesday there will be no changes to the retirement benefits system for Iowa’s public employees, or IPERS, in the next two years.

Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, R-Wilton, made the announcement in response to what he called “scare tactics” from some groups warning of imminent changes to IPERS.

Mexico's homicide rate continued to skyrocket last year, making 2018 the deadliest on record for the country with an average of 91 deaths a day.

Luigi Disisto is a 47-year-old autistic man who lives at a private special education center based in suburban Boston best known for being the only school in the country that shocks its disabled students to control their behavior.

Disisto wears a backpack equipped with a battery and wires that are attached to his body to deliver a two-second shock if he misbehaves.

The controversial practice at the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center has pitted family members who swear it has been the only way to control their loved ones against critics who call it torture.

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In the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, there is a "green, leafy oasis" called Shahr-e Naw Park — a place that briefly became a staging ground for conservation scientists.

In The Snow Leopard Project and other Adventures in Warzone Conservation, Alex Dehgan describes how his Wildlife Conservation Society team hid stuffed animals throughout the park, simulating as best they could the wildlife the scientists might find on their upcoming survey mission in a remote, rugged province called Nuristan.

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Under the Golden Dome

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Under the Golden Dome: The Plan

Like with the last Iowa General Assembly, Republicans control the House, Senate, and the governor’s office. But this session begins without a revenue shortfall. It also begins in the first few weeks of a new Iowa tax code passed by the legislature last year.

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Featured Release This Week From Foxwarren

Foxwarren formed over ten years ago, with the group of siblings and childhood friends sharing the experience of growing up in different small towns across the Canadian prairies. Andy Shauf (guitars/keys/vocals), Dallas Bryson (guitar/vocals) and brothers Darryl Kissick (bass) and Avery Kissick (drums and percussion) collectively became Foxwarren in Regina, Saskatchewan. The band's name comes from the Kissick brothers' family home in Foxwarren, Manitoba. As laid-back Canadians, Foxwarren took...

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