Judge notes ‘sad irony’ of men deciding abortion rights as he strikes Mississippi’s abortion law

(CNN)A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a Mississippi state law that sought to forbid most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, writing a sharply worded opinion with implications for states weighing similar measures. Judge Carlton Reeves, district judge for the Southern District of Mississippi, wrote that the law “unequivocally” infringes…

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Wombat poop: Scientists have finally discovered why it’s cubed

(CNN)A team of scientists claims to have unraveled one of the animal kingdom’s more peculiar mysteries: why wombat poop is cube-shaped. But how the wombat produces the cubed shapes is a phenomenon that has puzzled many observers of the furry marsupial. Researchers, led by the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Patricia…

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Who the rail disruption hit the hardest

Image copyright Ed Higgins Image caption Ed Higgins saw overcrowding in Clapham Junction Helen Cleaves is based in New Malden. Her son missed a “critical” hospital appointment which can only be rescheduled in February due to the disruption. Image caption This was a typical sight for commuters using the National…

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