Judge blocks state ammunition ban

A federal judge blocked a California law set to take effect Saturday that would have barred gun owners from possessing high-capacity ammunition magazines. The judge ruled that the ban approved last year takes away gun owners’ Second Amendment rights and amounts to the government taking people’s private property without compensation.


Prison incident ends without use of force

An unspecified number of inmates refused to return to their cells for at least several hours at the state’s second-largest prison, and legislators said they’re concerned that short staffing and a growing prisoner population led to the problem. No staff or inmates at the maximum-security El Dorado Correctional Facility were injured, and the incident ended without use of force.

South Dakota

ACLU sues over test for drug exposure

The American Civil Liberties Union sued the state over the forced use of a catheter to take a urine sample from a 3-year-old boy who was being tested for exposure to drugs as part of a child-neglect investigation. The federal lawsuits challenged the practice, saying that it violated the constitutional rights of the boy as well as five adults who underwent the procedure in separate cases.


Former leader to be released from prison

Ehud Olmert, the former prime minister who is serving a 27-month sentence for bribery, fraud, obstruction of justice and breach of trust, is expected to be released Sunday after a parole board cut his sentence by a third. Olmert entered prison in February 2016 after being convicted.


Policies on N. Ireland abortions altered

Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to fund abortions in England for women from Northern Ireland. It was a rebuff to the Conservatives’ new ally, the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, which opposes abortion. Northern Ireland allows abortions only if there is a serious risk to a woman’s health.

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