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Texas abortion law upheld again

PRO-LIFE and pro-choice demonstrators (Shutterstock).

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Texas on Thursday rejected the latest attempt to block the Lone Star State’s restrictive abortion law.

According to the Associated Press, the three-member panel voted two to one in favor of Texas’ request to keep the law in place. The majority there rejected the Biden Administration’s contention that the new legislation – which effectively bans all abortions after six weeks – was unconstitutional on grounds that it conflicts with the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing the practice across the nation.

That case – Roe v. Wade – may be further challenged in December when the high court takes up a case from Mississippi seeking to overturn that standard.

In the meantime, the AP reports, women seeking to terminate pregnancies are traveling to abortion providers in neighboring states.

Moderna booster recommended for some

A BOOSTER shot for Moderna gets a boost (Shutterstock).

An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration recommended on Thursday that people who have been inoculated with the Moderna vaccine for coronavirus consider getting a booster shot if they are over 65 or are considered “high risk.”

The New York Times reports that the panel voted 19-0 in favor of the emergency half-dose booster shot. The FDA is expected to confirm the group’s recommendation in a sfew days.

Over seven million people have received booster shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Also in the news

  • A near-record low of new unemployment claims was filed last week the Labor Department announced on Thursday. That total of 293,000 is a drop of 36,000 from the week before and is the lowest since the 256,000 filed in March 2021.
  • A Congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by right-wing extremists is considering a criminal contempt citation against former Donald Trump advisor Steve Bannon for refusing the comply with a subpoena.

Sports: Dodgers edge Giants, 2-1, advance to NLCS

UPDATE: A controversial checked-swing strikeout in the bottom of the ninth allowed the Los Angeles Dodgers to defeat the San Francisco Giants in the fifth and deciding game of the National League Division Series at Oracle Park in San Francisco.

The Dodgers now go to the National League Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves, starting on Saturday (Oct. 16) at a.m.

Cody Bellinger drove in Justin Turner with the winning run in the top of the ninth and Max Scherzer got the save in relief. He struck out the final two batters, including Wilmer Flores, who tried to check his swing but was retired – and the game ended – when the home plate umpire said he “went around.”

On Wednesday, the Anaheim Ducks opened the 2021-22 NHL regular season with a 4-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets at Honda Center. The Ducks will host the Minnesota Wild on Friday at 7 p.m.

Weather: A warm weekend, at first

West Orange County will see some heat for the first two days of the weekend, then see temperatures drop dramatically. According to The Weather Channel, Friday’s high will reach 91 under sunny skies, with an overnight low of 59. Saturday will also be sunny with a high of 89 (57). But on Sunday, the thermometer will drop to 76 and then 70 on Monday with partly cloudy skies. In the coastal areas of Huntington Beach, Friday’s high will be 87 (59) with a small craft advisory. Saturday will be 83, then 71 on Sunday under partly cloudy skies.

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