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Supreme Court strikes down Texas restrictions on abortions
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court struck down Texas' widely replicated regulation of abortion clinics Monday in the court's biggest abortion case in nearly a quarter century. The justices voted 5-3 in favor of Texas clinics that had argued the regulations were only a veiled attempt to make it harder for women to get abortions in the nation's second-most populous state. Justice Stephen Breyer's majority opinion for the court held that the regulations are medically unnecessary and unconstitutionally limit a woman's right to an abortion. Texas had argued that its 2013 law and subsequent regulations were needed to protect women's health.


UK appeals for calm as markets drop, EU leaders huddle
LONDON (AP) - British and European leaders appealed for calm on Monday as concern over the U.K.'s exit from the European Union and its deepening political crisis triggered further gyrations in financial markets and hit confidence in the economy. In his first appearance before the House of Commons since Thursday's referendum, U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron stressed that the country's economy can withstand the shockwaves created by the vote, and that it is in a far better position than it was at the start of the 2008 financial crisis. "It is clear that markets are volatile, there are some companies considering their investments and we know this is going to be far from plain sailing." Cameron said.


The Latest: Poland wants to lead group to reboot EU
Poland's Foreign Minister says that his government wants to lead an informal group of nations within the European Union that will seek renewal of a bloc battered by the British vote to leave. Witold Waszczykowski spoke on Monday following two separate meetings with other foreign ministers, first in Prague and then Warsaw. In Prague, Waszczykowski met his counterparts from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Germany and France. The Warsaw meeting, only hours later, brought together nine foreign ministers and the British EU minister David Lidington. Waszczykowski indicated that Poland's efforts are a counterweight to meetings on the future after Britain's vote that have only included some of the bloc's founding members in Western Europe.


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Clinton, Warren meet for first 2016 campaign event
CINCINNATI (AP) - Elizabeth Warren offered an impassioned endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Monday morning, symbolically unifying the Democratic Party behind the presumptive nominee and giving voters a rousing preview of what could be a historic joint ticket. Throwing clasped hands high in the air, the two women promised to "go big" and "go bold" to level the playing field for frustrated and angry workers. "I'm here today because of her," said Warren, a champion of the party's liberal base, before 2,600 cheering supporters at the historic Cincinnati Museum Center a Union Terminal. "We're here to fight side by side with Hillary Clinton." The picture-perfect image marked an important moment of party unity after Clinton's long-fought primary against liberal challenger Bernie Sanders, who has not yet endorsed his former rival.


Fading fishermen: A historic industry faces a warming world
SEABROOK, N.H. (AP) - The cod isn't just a fish to David Goethel. It's his identity, his ticket to middle-class life, his link to a historic industry. "I paid for my education, my wife's education, my house, my kids' education; my slice of America was paid for on cod," said Goethel, a 30-year veteran of these waters that once teemed with New England's signature fish. But on this chilly, windy Saturday in April, after 12 hours out in the Gulf of Maine, he has caught exactly two cod, and he feels far removed from the 1990s, when he could catch 2,000 pounds in a day.


Iraqis suffer in desert camps after flight from Fallujah
AMIRIYAH AL-FALLUJAH, Iraq (AP) - Tens of thousands of Iraqis who survived a harrowing flight from Fallujah now find themselves in sprawling desert camps with little food, water or shelter. The growing humanitarian crisis less than an hour's drive from Baghdad has reinforced the region's deep-seated distrust of the government, and could undermine recent gains against the Islamic State group. Khaled Suliman Ahmed, who fled fled Fallujah in a wheelchair, is one of those who fled. As Iraqi forces battled their way into the city and Islamic State militants melted away, he joined hundreds of others fleeing on foot into the desert.


Netanyahu: Deal with Turkey promotes 'stability' in Mideast
ROME (AP) - Israel and Turkey on Monday announced a reconciliation deal to end a bitter six-year rift between the Mideast powers. In Rome, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the deal would help bring "stability" to the turbulent Middle East. His Turkish counterpart, Binali Yildirim, made a simultaneous announcement in Ankara. Relations between the once-close allies imploded six years ago after an Israeli naval raid killed nine Turks, including a dual American citizen, on board an aid ship trying to breach Israel's blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. After the raid, the countries withdrew their ambassadors, largely cut security ties and have since maintained only low-level diplomatic relations.


Spanish parties reject Rajoy's attempt at a grand coalition
MADRID (AP) - Mariano Rajoy, the leader of Spain's conservative Popular Party, tried to form a "grand coalition" Monday after his party won the country's unprecedented repeat election - but his offer was quickly rejected by both the center-left Socialists and the business-friendly Ciudadanos party. The Popular Party won 137 seats in Sunday's vote but again fell short of capturing the majority in the 350-seat Parliament that it had won in a 2011 election. Rajoy's party also won an election in December but no other major party was willing to help him form a government - a political scenario that re-emerged Monday and could leave Spain with a caretaker government for many more months.


2 campers presumed dead found alive after W. Virginia floods
ANSTED, W.Va. (AP) - Two men who were presumed dead when a camper was swept away in rushing waters during the West Virginia floods have been found alive, officials said Monday more heavy rain fell on already-soaked parts of the state. The discovery of the men lowers the death toll to 23, officials said. That number includes 20 bodies found and three people who are missing and presumed dead. The men were either camping or getting ready to set up camp when the rain started last Thursday, said Timothy Rock, spokesman for West Virginia Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.


Messi's retirement from Argentina could hurt his legacy
Lionel Messi's surprising decision to stop playing for Argentina could damage his legacy with the national team and fans back home. If Messi sticks to his announcement, made in the heat of the moment shortly after Argentina's penalty shootout loss to Chile in Sunday's Copa America final, Argentina will be left dwelling on the fact that it was not able to win any significant title despite having one of the best players of all time. Many fans back home didn't like the fact that he thrived in his adopted country Spain but failed to consistently produce brilliant performances with the national team.

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