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By Robert A. Vella

Here are the top stories from the U.S. judicial system for this Monday morning:

From:  Judge blocks Trump birth control coverage rules in 13 states

OAKLAND, Calif. — A U.S. judge in California has blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 states and Washington, D.C.

Judge Haywood Gilliam on Sunday granted a request for a preliminary injunction by California, 12 other states and Washington, D.C. The plaintiffs sought to prevent the rules from taking effect as scheduled on Monday while a lawsuit against them moved forward.

From:  Supreme Court stays out of dispute over Whitaker appointment

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is refusing to be drawn into a dispute over the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as the acting U.S. attorney general.

The justices on Monday rejected an appeal in a case dealing with gun rights that also included a challenge to President Donald Trump’s appointment of Whitaker to temporarily lead the Justice Department.

From:  Supreme Court rejects U.S. troops’ appeal over ‘burn pits’ illnesses

WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a bid by U.S. troops sickened by smoke from open-air pits used to burn waste in Iraq and Afghanistan to revive a lawsuit against defense contractors KBR Inc and Halliburton Co.

The justices left in place a 2018 lower court ruling in favor of the companies. The former service members said in the lawsuit that they developed various cancers, neurological damage and other illnesses, often fatal, because of KBR’s negligent operation of the burn pits.

4 thoughts on “Court News: Trump’s birth control rules, acting Attorney General Whitaker, troops’ burn-pit illnesses

  1. Let’s see…if trump got his way…companies do not have to cover birth control for their employees. So more babies, no choice in abortion, more babies on welfare and more babies simply not wanted…makes sense to me.

    And what really makes sense is to be the only western civilized country that doesn’t offer free birth control for all who want it. I thought for a minute we might not be living in a theocracy.

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