U.S. judge blocks cuts to teen pregnancy prevention grants

U.S. judge blocks cuts to teen pregnancy prevention grantsU.S. District Judge Catherine Blake in Baltimore ruled on Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services improperly moved to terminate five-year grant awards issued to the city and a non-profit two years early. Blake said HHS failed to comply with at least one of four conditions before it terminated the grants, such as showing that Baltimore or Healthy Teen Network failed to comply with the terms of their awards.



White House doctor steps back from Trump veterans job after controversy

White House doctor steps back from Trump veterans job after controversyBy Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's physician Ronny Jackson on Thursday withdrew from consideration to head the Veterans Affairs department after allegations that he had been lax with prescription drugs and drank alcohol on the job. The upset was the latest chaotic personnel decision to rock Trump's White House, which has been roiled but an unusually high number of firings and resignations. During his campaign, Trump had pledged to clean up the VA, which oversees healthcare and benefits for about 20 million military veterans, a constituency with considerable political clout.



UC Berkeley must face lawsuit alleging bias against conservative speakers

UC Berkeley must face lawsuit alleging bias against conservative speakersIn a decision late Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Maxine Chesney in San Francisco said two conservative groups could pursue claims that the school applied its "high-profile speaker" and "major events" policies in a manner that unfairly suppressed conservative speech. The Berkeley College Republicans and the Young America's Foundation, a Tennessee group, had sued after the university canceled Coulter's scheduled speech last April 27, citing security concerns. UC Berkeley is known as the birthplace of the student-led Free Speech Movement of the 1960s.



Lawyers for Trump, Cohen to return to court over seized documents

Lawyers for Trump, Cohen to return to court over seized documentsBy Brendan Pierson NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge is expected to consider on Thursday who should get the first look at documents that were seized by FBI agents from U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood has ordered the hearing in Manhattan to discuss the possible appointment of an independent official known as a special master to review the documents and determine whether they are shielded by attorney-client privilege before handing them over to prosecutors. Lawyers for Cohen and Trump, who are seeking to limit prosecutors' ability to review the documents, are expected to appear at the hearing.



Arizona teachers latest to stage walkout for better pay

Arizona teachers latest to stage walkout for better payArizona teachers say they will walk off their jobs in public schools across the state on Thursday to demand better pay and more education funding, which is expected to leave students sitting home for at least a day and possibly longer. In Colorado, meanwhile, public school teachers announced a two-day walkout for Thursday and Friday, when they plan a march to the state capitol in Denver. "I think our students understand that we need a change and enough is enough," Noah Karvelis, a music teacher and leader of the grassroots Arizona Educators United said at a Wednesday news conference.







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