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Admitted Russian agent Butina to be sentenced in U.S., faces deportation

Admitted Russian agent Butina to be sentenced in U.S., faces deportationAdmitted Russian agent Maria Butina will be sentenced on Friday by a federal judge after pleading guilty in December to conspiring with a Russian official to infiltrate a gun rights group and influence U.S. conservative activists and Republicans. Butina, a former graduate student at American University in Washington who publicly advocated for gun rights, faces deportation back to Russia sometime after her sentencing, as requested by both the prosecution and her own lawyers. Attorneys for Butina, jailed since her arrest last July, plan to ask Chutkan to sentence her to time served, saying she has already suffered and paid a price for her actions and should spend no more time incarcerated.



U.S. judge blocks new Trump abortion rule for health clinics

U.S. judge blocks new Trump abortion rule for health clinicsThe preliminary injunction bars enforcement nationwide of a policy that was due to go into effect on May 3 over the vehement objections of abortion supporters who have decried it as a "gag rule" designed to silence doctor-patient communications about abortion options. "Today’s ruling ensures that clinics across the nation can remain open and continue to provide quality, unbiased healthcare to women," Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a statement announcing the decision. Washington state was a named plaintiff in the case challenging restrictions proposed by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HHS) to its Title X program subsidizing reproductive healthcare and family planning costs for low-income women.



Over 1,000 migrants break out of southern Mexico detention center

Over 1,000 migrants break out of southern Mexico detention centerMore than a thousand migrants broke out of a detention center in southern Mexico on Thursday evening, authorities said, in a fresh sign of how a surge in arrivals has stretched the country's resources to the limit. More than half of the roughly 1,300 migrants later returned to the Siglo XXI facility in the border city of Tapachula in Chiapas state, but about 600 are still unaccounted for, the National Migration Institute said in a statement. Migrants from Cuba, who make up the majority of the people being held at the center, were largely behind the breakout, the institute added.



Fiery multi-vehicle crash in Colorado claims multiple lives

Fiery multi-vehicle crash in Colorado claims multiple livesMultiple people were killed and many others injured in a fiery multi-vehicle crash west of Denver during the evening commute on Thursday when a tractor-trailer careened out of the control into several other vehicles, police said. Flames ignited by the crash on Interstate 70 engulfed three trucks and 12 cars, Ty Countryman, a spokesman for the police department in Lakewood, Colorado, told reporters.   "The vehicle came down and ended up colliding with slower traffic, causing a very big chain-reaction crash that also ignited and started a fire," Countryman said, adding that six other people injured in the crash were taken to local hospitals.



U.S. measles outbreak triggers quarantine at two Los Angeles universities

U.S. measles outbreak triggers quarantine at two Los Angeles universitiesThe quarantine affects the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) and comes as the United States battles the highest number of measles cases since the country declared the virus eliminated in 2000. The United States has confirmed 695 cases of measles, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday. California has confirmed 38 cases, state health officials have said.





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