The Wider World

Judge bars OK of abortion pill

A FEDERAL judge and another in Washington State issue contradictory rulings on an abortion pill (Shutterstock).

Approval of the abortion drug mifepristone was stalled Friday when a federal judge in Texas signed an injunction to stay the Food and Drug Administration’s approval.

According to the Associated Press, the drug has been in wide use in the U.S. since 2000. U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk’s ruling does not go into immediate effect and the FDA has seven days in which to appeal to a higher court.

The New York Times reports that a federal judge in Washington then issued a ruling contrary to the Texas decision.

Justice Thomas and lavish trips


Responding to reports that he had taken lavish trips paid for by a wealthy Republican donor without disclosing them, Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas replied that he had been advised that the trips were “personal” and did not need to be reported. 

According to USA Today, new guidelines on financial disclosure for the federal judiciary are being developed and Thomas vowed to abide by them.

Also in the news …A Wall Street Journal reporter has been formally charged with espionage by the Russian government. Evan Gershkovich has been ordered to stay in detention in Russia until May 29, according to United Press International.

Sports: Angels’ home opener

The Los Angeles Angels, now in first place in the American League West with a 4-2 mark, will host the Toronto Blue Jays (4-3) in the 2023 home opener in Anaheim tonight.

In Arizona, the Los Angeles Dodgers (5-2 and leading the National League West) will visit the Arizona Diamondbacks (3-4) tonight.

The Los Angeles Lakers (41-39) will host the Phoenix Suns (45-35) this evening.

Weather: Partly cloudy, 70s

Most other parts of the U.S. would love to have the West Orange County area’s forecast, although it might seem a little dull by our standards. Saturday through Monday are expected to be partly cloudy, with daytime highs climbing from 70 to 75, with overnight lows in the 52 to 53-degree range. Mostly sunny conditions should arrive on Tuesday with a high of 73 and a low of 54. 


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