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May 15, 2019 | Via NPR

Alabama Lawmakers Pass Bill Banning Nearly all Abortions

The Alabama Senate passed a bill Tuesday evening to ban nearly all abortions. The state House had already overwhelmingly approved the legislation. It’s part of a broader anti-abortion strategy to prompt the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the right to abortion. It would be one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the United States. The bill would make it a crime for doctors to perform abortions at any stage of a pregnancy, unless a woman’s life is threatened or in case of a lethal fetal anomaly.

May 15, 2019 | Via Reuters

Facebook Restricts Live Feature, Citing New Zealand Shooting

Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it was tightening rules around its livestreaming feature ahead of a meeting of world leaders aimed at curbing online violence in the aftermath of a massacre in New Zealand. A lone gunman killed 51 people at two mosques in the city of Christchurch on March 15 while livestreaming the attacks on Facebook. Facebook said in a statement it was introducing a “one-strike” policy for use of Facebook Live, temporarily restricting access for people who have faced disciplinary action for breaking the company’s most serious rules anywhere on its site.

May 15, 2019 | Via BBC

Venezuela Crisis: More Opposition Lawmakers Accused of Treason

Venezuela’s Supreme Court has accused four opposition members of parliament of treason and conspiracy, days after making similar accusations against 10 other lawmakers. They all supported opposition leader Juan Guaidó in a failed effort to spark a military rebellion against President Nicolás Maduro in April. Last week, one lawmaker was arrested and several took refuge in embassies. President Maduro has intensified a crackdown on the opposition since their failed uprising on 30 April.

May 15, 2019 | Via CNBC

San Francisco Bans Police Use of Face Recognition Technology

San Francisco supervisors voted Tuesday to ban the use of facial recognition software by police and other city departments, becoming the first U.S. city to outlaw a rapidly developing technology that has alarmed privacy and civil liberties advocates. The ban applies to San Francisco police and other municipal departments. It does not affect use of the technology by the federal government at airports and ports, nor does it limit personal or business use.

May 15, 2019 | Via LA Times

More Bodies Found in Mysterious German Crossbow Case

The bodies of two women were found in Germany at the apartment of one of three people who died at a hotel several hundred miles away in a mysterious case involving crossbows, police said Monday. Bavarian police spokesman Stefan Gaisbauer said earlier Monday that there were no indications that anyone other than the dead victims were involved, but that it is not yet clear what happened. Crossbows can be purchased legally in Germany by adults.

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