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Nebraska 6-week abortion ban fails in Legislature



LINCOLN, Nebraska. An attempt to move a bill to ban abortion around the sixth week of pregnancy fell short of one vote to break piracy in the Nebraska Legislature on Thursday.

That means the bill is unlikely to pass this year, despite Republican Gov. Jim Pills publicly calling for just that. The Legislative Assembly adjourned immediately after the failed vote and will not meet until Tuesday.

For the second year in a row, attempts to limit access to abortion in the state have failed. Nebraska currently bans abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy, a law in place since 2010.

Pat Neil (left) and Ann Fintell, both from Lincoln, celebrate Thursday in the rotunda of the Nebraska Capitol in Lincoln after the failure of a bill to ban abortion around the sixth week of pregnancy.Margery Beck/AP

The bill would ban abortion if cardiac activity was detected.

On Thursday, a vote to end debate so the bill could make it to the final round of debate fell 32–15. This required 33 votes.

Applause erupted outside the doors of the Legislative Chamber as the final vote was cast, with opponents of the bill waving placards and chanting “Whose house? Our house!”

Among them was Pat Neil, 72, of Lincoln, who has fought for abortion rights since she had an abortion in 1973, when the US Supreme Court ruled Roe v. USA. Wade’s decision guaranteed the right to abortion throughout the country.

“I was 11 weeks pregnant and in the middle of a divorce,” Neil said, noting that she was terrified of her husband, a Vietnam War veteran who “had some kind of demons in him.”

Neil, like most of the crowd, was shocked at the failure of the vote.

“It gives me hope for the future,” she said. “It gives me hope that the direction we’re seeing – across the country – can change.”

The bill did not receive a decisive 33rd vote when Senator Merv Ripe abstained. He co-sponsored the bill, but earlier this year raised concerns that a six-week ban might not give women enough time to even know they’re pregnant.

Ripe, a former hospital administrator from Ralston, on Thursday introduced an amendment that would extend the proposed ban to 12 weeks and add any fetal anomalies deemed incompatible with life to the bill’s exception list.

As his fellow Republicans reacted to the amendment, Ripe took to the microphone to warn his conservative colleagues that they should heed signs that abortion would encourage women to vote for their removal from office. He cited his own last year’s election as an example, noting that in a four-man race, he won about 45% of the vote in the May primary and beat his nearest rival by a whopping 27 points.

But since the Supreme Court ruled in June to fire Rowe, his lead in the general election over the same challenger — a Democrat who has made abortion rights a centerpiece of his campaign — has fallen to just under 5 percentage points.

“We must embrace the future of reproductive rights,” he said.

The failed Nebraska bill included exceptions for rape, incest, and medical emergencies that endanger the life of the mother, and made specific exceptions for ectopic pregnancy and IVF procedures. It is also allowed to extract a fetus that died in the womb. It did not provide for criminal penalties for either women who have abortions or doctors who perform abortions. Instead, it would subject doctors who perform abortions in violation of this measure to professional discipline, which could lead to the revocation of their medical licenses.

Opponents appeared poised to support Ripe’s amendment by the end of the debate, but focused mostly on concerns about the bill, saying it was controversial and could lead to criminal penalties for medical professionals—specifically, a 1977 state law that mandated abortions are performed outside generally accepted medical standards. criminal procedure.

“Physicians will not have an adequate opportunity to know what’s going on with this law,” said Senator John Cavanaugh.

The bill’s sponsor, Thurston, Senator Joni Albrecht, dismissed the argument, saying it was “the most life-friendly bill” for the medical community. But she rejected a compromise bill introduced by Omaha Senator Jan Day that would explicitly exempt women and healthcare workers from abortion-related criminal penalties.

“It just isn’t necessary,” Albrecht said. She also rejected Ripe’s amendment, opposing giving pregnant women 12 weeks to have an abortion because her 6-week proposal “was a big compromise” compared to the total ban on abortion, which had no exceptions for rape or incest, which she introduced. but did not receive. passed last year.

“This bill is about one thing,” she said. “It’s protecting babies with beating hearts from elective abortion.”

Nebraska has the only chamber, officially nonpartisan legislature in the United States. But each of its 49 legislators identifies as a Republican or Democrat and tends to propose and vote for legislation along party lines. Republicans hold 32 seats and Democrats 17 seats. Although bills can be introduced by a simple majority vote, a supermajority of 33 votes is required to end debate and overcome the filibuster. Thus, a single legislator moving away from the party line can decide whether the bill moves forward or dies this year.

The close division played a big role in the failure last year of Albrecht’s so-called trigger bill, which would have automatically banned almost all abortions in the state once the US Supreme Court struck down Roe’s case. Wade, who guaranteed the right to abortion across the country for nearly five decades. This bill fell by two short votes.

In voting on the abortion bill earlier this year, Senator Mike McDonnell, a Democrat, voted with the Republicans. The reason for this, he says, is that he is a devout Catholic who has always stood as an anti-abortion candidate. McDonnell voted to end debate on Thursday, while another Democrat, Omaha Sen. Justin Wayne, abstained.

Pillan, the newly elected governor who was keen to sign the bill, issued a statement calling on Ripe to reconsider voting for the bill, but the statement was released after the legislature had already adjourned. It is unclear whether Ripe will even be able to propose that his decision be reconsidered when the body reconvenes.

Jo Giles, executive director of the Omaha Women’s Fund, was brought to tears outside the legislative chamber after the vote.

“Wow!” – she exclaimed. “It was unexpected, but we are very happy with this victory. We fought so hard. This bill is not what most women in this state wanted.”


Two army helicopters collided and crashed in Alaska, killing three soldiers



Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. Two US Army helicopters collided and crashed Thursday in Alaska while returning from a training flight, killing three soldiers and injuring a fourth.

Two soldiers died at the crash site near Healy, Alaska, and a third died en route to a hospital in Fairbanks, the army said in a statement. The report says a fourth soldier is in the hospital with injuries.

The army said the names of those killed were not released until 24 hours after relatives could be notified.

There were two people on each AH-64 Apache helicopter at the time of the crash, US Army Alaska spokesman John Pennell said earlier Thursday.

The helicopters belonged to the 1st Assault Battalion, 25th Aviation Regiment at Fort Wainwright, based near Fairbanks.

“This is an incredible loss for the families of these soldiers, their fellow soldiers and for the division,” Maj. Gen. Brian Eifler, commander of the 11th Airborne Division, said in a statement from the Army. “Our hearts and prayers go out to their families, friends and loved ones, and we provide all the resources of the army to support them.

“The Fort Wainwright community is one of the most close-knit military communities I have seen in my 32 years of service,” he continued. “I have no doubt that they will rally in this exceptional time of need and comfort our families for our fallen.”

The Army said the cause of the crash is under investigation and more details will be released when they become available.

This is the second plane crash involving military helicopters in Alaska this year.

in February, two soldiers are wounded when an Apache helicopter overturned after takeoff from Talkeetna. The aircraft was one of four bound for Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage from Fort Wainwright.

in March, nine soldiers were killed when two US Army Black Hawk medical evacuation helicopters crashed during a routine night exercise about 30 miles northeast of Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Healy is about 10 miles north of Denali National Park and Preserve, about 250 miles north of Anchorage.

Healy is a community of about 1,000 people located on the Parks Highway in the interior of Alaska. It is a popular place where people spend the night while visiting the nearby park, home to Denali, the continent’s highest mountain.

Healy is also famous for being the city closest to a former bus that was abandoned in a remote area and popularized by the book Into the Wild and the movie of the same name. The bus was removed and delivered to Fairbanks in 2020.

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Russia may have a new missile tactic to bypass Ukraine’s air defenses: ISW



According to the Institute for the Study of War (ISW), the Russian military may have successfully changed tactics to prevent Ukraine from detecting missile attacks.

A report A report published by a US think tank on Thursday noted that four Russian Kalibr missile strikes successfully hit the city of Mykolaiv in southern Ukraine in the early morning. The attacks, which allegedly hit an apartment building and houses, left at least one person dead and 23 others injured. according to to Reuters.

This is stated in the message of the operational command of Ukraine “South” in Facebook. mail that the missiles eluded detection due to tactics that included the use of “location features and trajectory changes”. This was reported by the Russian Ministry of Defense in Telegram. message that the “concentrated strike” inflicted from the Black Sea, managed to hit “all given objects.”

ISW has hinted that these attacks may herald the resumption of Russia’s “missile campaign to destroy Ukraine’s unified energy infrastructure”, with Russian forces previously “abandoning the effort” due to it having “definitely failed”.

The remains of a Russian rocket recovered from the water, March 31, 2023, Zaporozhye region, Ukraine. According to the Institute for the Study of War, the Russian military may have an improved strategy to prevent detection of Ukrainian missile attacks.
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“Russian forces retain the ability to resume their missile campaign if they wish, and Russian forces can use this tactic to preserve their stockpile of precision-guided missiles in the event that the missile campaign resumes,” ISW said.

Newsweek emailed the Russian Defense Ministry for comment.

during his night telecast Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky acknowledged on Thursday that Russian missiles had hit Mykolaiv, saying the shelling “damaged dozens of ordinary houses and two educational institutions.”

“In Nikolaev, debris was removed from the site of the rocket attack that took place last night,” Zelensky said. “More than 20 people were injured, one person died … My condolences to family and friends.”

The President of Ukraine also said that a separate missile attack on civilian homes in the Donetsk region.

“In the evening, another rocket attack was carried out on Konstantinovka, Donetsk region,” Zelensky said. “The school, hospital and residential buildings suffered. Unfortunately, there are casualties.”

Last week, Ukraine appeared to be beefing up its ability to defend against Russian missile strikes by announcing shipments of Patriot anti-aircraft missile systems from Western allies.

Patriot systems, designed to intercept incoming missiles and missiles, consist of a radar installation, a battle control center, missile launchers, and Patriot missiles.

It is not clear if Ukraine has attempted to use any of the new systems to threaten recent attacks. The Ukrainian Air Force put at least part of the systems into combat service within a day after their arrival, according to at Kyiv Independent.

In recent weeks, the Russian military has stepped up its air attacks on Ukraine. Rocket attacks are just one element of the overall assault.

So-called “glide bombs” – standard bombs with extra wings and navigation systems that allow them to glide towards targets – are increasingly being used to carry out what are called “destructive” attacks.

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2023 NFL Draft Live Updates: Panthers Select Bryce Young with No. 1 Overall Pick | NFL



Draft order for the first round

Here is a brief reminder of the preliminary draft order for the first round. The Carolinas traded to acquire the #1 overall pick of the Chicago Bears. Houston has two top 12 picks.

1) Carolina (from Chicago), Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
2) Houston, CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State
3) Houston (from Arizona), Will Anderson Jr., LB, Alabama
4) Indianapolis, Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
5) Seattle (from Denver), Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois
6) Arizona (from Detroit via LA Rams), Paris Johnson Jr., OT, Ohio State.
7) Las Vegas, Tyree Wilson, Delaware, Texas Institute of Technology
8) Atlanta, Bizhan Robinson, RB, Texas
9) Philadelphia (from Carolina via Chicago), Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
10) Chicago (from New Orleans via Philadelphia), Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee
11) Tennessee, Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
12) Detroit (from Cleveland via Houston and Arizona), Jameer Gibbs, RB, Alabama
13) Green Bay (from NY Jets), Lucas Van Ness, Delaware, Iowa
14) Pittsburgh (from New England), Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
15) New York Jets (from Green Bay)
16) Washington
17) Pittsburgh
18) Detroit
19) Tampa Bay
20) Seattle
21) Los Angeles Chargers
22) Baltimore
23) Minnesota
24) Jacksonville
25) New York Giants
26) Dallas
27) Buffalo
28) Cincinnati
29) New Orleans (from San Francisco via Miami and Denver)
30) Philadelphia
31) Kansas City

So much for my prediction that the New England Patriots would not trade down as the Pittsburgh Steelers are instead on the clock here at No 14

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Nevermind, the Philadelphia Eagles trade with the Chicago Bears to go up one spot to No 9, one imagines that they’re going to stop Jalen Carter from falling here.

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6. Paris Johnson Jr, offensive tackle, Ohio State


The Detroit Lions have made a trade with the Arizona Cardinals, who select Ohio State offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr.

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There goes my perfect game. The Seattle Seahawks take Illinois cornerback Devon Witherspoon with the No 5 pick.

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Yes, we do get three quarterbacks here in the first four picks. The Indianapolis Colts select Florida signal-caller Anthony Richardson at No 4.

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As expected, the Houston Texans select Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr with the third pick, after trading up from the 12th pick. (The full details are not yet available.)

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And the Cardinals indeed make a trade, sending the No 3 pick to the… Houston Texans? Who will be picking twice in a row? Have to think this is Will Anderson Jr.

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All that talk of the Houston Texans not picking a quarterback at No 2, and what do they do? They select Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud at No 2. Hey I’m two-for-two!

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After all that, the Panthers select Alabama QB with the first pick of the 2023 NFL Draft as literally everybody predicted! Now the fun really starts!

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Here’s a quick reminder of the provisional draft order for the first-round. Carolina traded up to acquire the Chicago Bears’ No 1 overall pick. Houston have two picks in the top 12.


1) Carolina (from Chicago), Bryce Young, QB, Alabama
2) Houston, CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State
3) Houston (from Arizona), Will Anderson Jr, LB, Alabama
4) Indianapolis, Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida
5) Seattle (from Denver), Devon Witherspoon, CB, Illinois
6) Arizona (from Detroit via LA Rams), Paris Johnson Jr, OT, Ohio State
7) Las Vegas, Tyree Wilson, DE, Texas Tech
8) Atlanta, Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas
9) Philadelphia (from Carolina via Chicago), Jalen Carter, DT, Georgia
10) Chicago (from from New Orleans via Philadelphia), Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee
11) Tennessee, Peter Skoronski, OT, Northwestern
12) Detroit (from Cleveland via Houston and Arizona), Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama
13) Green Bay (from NY Jets), Lukas Van Ness, DE, Iowa
14) Pittsburgh (from New England), Broderick Jones, OT, Georgia
15) NY Jets (from Green Bay)
16) Washington
17) Pittsburgh
18) Detroit
19) Tampa Bay
20) Seattle
21) LA Chargers
22) Baltimore
23) Minnesota
24) Jacksonville
25) NY Giants
26) Dallas
27) Buffalo
28) Cincinnati
29) New Orleans (from San Francisco via Miami and Denver)
30) Philadelphia
31) Kansas City


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The first-round of the NFL draft starts at 8pm ET/1am UK/10am AEST. It continues with rounds two and three at 7pm ET on Friday (midnight UK/9am Saturday AEST) and rounds four to seven, starting at 12pm on Saturday ET (5pm UK/2am Sunday AEST).


You can watch it live and in-person if you want to head to Kansas City, but if you want the easier option it will be shown on ABC and ESPN in the US, Sky Sports in the UK and Seven and ESPN in Australia. Broadcasting options around the world can be found here.

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key events

The Jets’ pick is Make-a-Wish’s annual pick when they select a young fan who has been battling a childhood illness to announce the pick. It’s all quite touching, and I say this as someone who is brutally cynical.

The New York Jets, who won last year’s draft and just traded Aaron Rodgers, are here to pick the 15th pick. As our broadcasters rightly point out, for them this is almost a complete gravy.

Profiles: Broderick Jones, forward, Georgia

Another player with raw skills yet to be fully honed. His draft stock grew after an impressive Georgia national championship win as a sophomore, but he only played 19 games during his college years. Jones may not be a player who can provide immediate protection, but with the right development, he has the tools to make a difference.

14. Broderick Jones, F, Georgia

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Georgia to face Broderick Jones. (Yes, it’s a heavy draft.)

So instead, the New England Patriots would be the No. 17 pick, plus they would receive an additional fourth-round pick.

Trade with Steelers:

Patriots get: #17 and #120 (4th rd)

Steelers get: #14

— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) April 28, 2023


Trading with the Steelers:

Patriots receive: #17 & #120 (4th)

Steelers receive: #14

— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) April 28, 2023

The New England Patriots are trading down. As always.

So much for my prediction that the New England Patriots won’t trade as the Pittsburgh Steelers are instead on the clock here at number 14.

Back to back reaches. Dominant linebacker who could instantly improve the team’s passing. Van Ness led Iowa with nine sacks, but as noted by Dalton Wasserman of PFF, unusually, he was only the 11th most snapped player during his tenure with the team. Were there any reasons why Iowa felt the need to hide it?

13. Luke Van Ness, Edge, Iowa

Green Bay Packers select D.E. Lucas Van Ness at number 13.

The Green Bay Packers are next with a lucky 13th pick.

They could have just drafted Bijan lol

— Russell Dorsey (@Russ_Dorsey1) April 28, 2023


They could have just drafted Bijan lol.

— Russell Dorsey (@Russ_Dorsey1) April 28, 2023

It is very strange! Meanwhile, are we about to be “treated” with the Jonas Brothers? I may have to switch to closed captioning for the next few minutes.

Jameer Gibbs was probably the second best RB behind Robinson, but the 12th pick? It looks like full coverage.

12. Jameer Gibbs running back, Alabama

The Detrio Lions pick Alabama running back Jameer Gibbs with the No. 12 pick. No, I don’t understand either.

Profiles: Peter Skoronski, forward/defender, Northwestern

Possibly the best forward in the draft, he could start with a right or left tackle, and if that doesn’t work – there are concerns about his arm length – he could easily be moved to defense. Should start immediately.

11. Piotr Skoronski, Forward/Defender, Northwestern

Instead, the Tennessee Titans draft Peter Skoronski from the Northwest. I won’t lie, I was hoping he would go to the New England Patriots.

The Tennessee Titans, who I predicted would be traded, instead stuck here and picked #11. If they need a quarterback, Will Lewis would be the pick here (even if he’s the fourth best QB in this draft).

This is the moment I admit that I had Broderick Jones and Peter Skoronski above Wright in the offensive tackle position and therefore I don’t have a pre-written profile for him. I told you all the experts said it would be hard to predict.

10. Darnell Wright, forward, Tennessee

Ranked 10th overall, the Chicago Bears use the Tennesse Titans’ offensive technique to improve their offensive line and help protect QB Justin Fields, who is in desperate need of help.

Now the Chicago Bears have finally come to their senses, trading down twice already.

The trade for Carter actually didn’t cost the Eagles much more. It will be worth it at the talent level if Carter manages to avoid any controversy from now on.

TRADE ALERT: Eagles have traded up to the No. 9 pick

Bears receive Pick 10 and a 2024 fourth rounder. #NFLDraft

(by @PlayNFLRivals)

— NFL (@NFL) April 28, 2023


Profiles: Jalen Carter, quarterback, Georgia

Already a veteran of two championship teams with Georgia, the most talented defenseman in the draft was in trouble with the law. Earlier this year, he was involved in a fatal accident. not competed with reckless driving and racing. There are obviously serious concerns here, but the on-field resume is impeccable: he amassed 32 tackles and three sacks in his final year in Georgia.

9. Jalen Carter, quarterback, Georgia

Yes, the Philadelphia Eagles are leaving with Jalen Carter, which seemed obvious once the trade was announced.

Philadelphia Eagles Traded for No. 9

No matter if the Philadelphia Eagles are trading with the Chicago Bears to move up one spot to No. 9, you can imagine they’re going to keep Jalen Carter from falling here.

profiles: Bijan Robinson running back Texas

Most NFL teams treat running backs as interchangeable players with short expiration dates, and so it’s rarely worth picking high in the first round. Robinson is one of those players who makes teams question this wisdom. Last season, he won the Doak Walker Award for Runner of the Year after a 1,580 yard/18 touchdown campaign.

8. Bizhan Robinson, running back, Texas

Atlanta Falcons pick up… No. 8 running back Bijan Robinson? FINE. This is much earlier than expected, by all indications the Philadelphia Eagles selected him with the 10th pick.

The Atlanta Falcons are on the lookout right now. I may have typed the Atlanta Hawks here first, not that I’m thinking about the NBA playoffs.

Profiles: Tyree Wilson, Edge, Texas Institute of Technology

Wilson, at 6’6″ and weighing 275 pounds, had a successful senior year at Texas Tech until a broken foot ended his campaign. His not quite sure will he be 100% ready to start his rookie season, but the talent is there so even if it is a long term project it can pay dividends in the future.

7. Tyree Wilson, Edge, Texas Institute of Technology

The Las Vegas Raiders select Texas Tech defenseman Tyree Wilson at number 7 to improve their defense.

Brief update on the Arizona-Detroit deal:

The updated trade:

The Lions trade: Pick 6, pick 81.

The Cardinals trade: Pick 12, 34, 168.

— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 28, 2023


Updated trade:

Lion exchange: choice 6, choice 81.

Cardinal Exchange: Choose 12, 34, 168.

— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 28, 2023

The Las Vegas Raiders are on the clock, giving me just enough time to point out that Paris Johnson Jr. was in 16th place in my dummy first round. So I feel like it’s not much for Arizona, especially since they traded for him.

Time will show.

Detroit Lions vs Arizona Cardinals trade details: The Lions will pick #12 and then #34 at the start of the second round.

It's No. 6 for 12 and 34.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 28, 2023


profiles: Paris Johnson Jr., offensive player, Ohio State

Scouts say the 6-foot-6, 315-pound linesman is likely to gain more strength, making him a prominent player in the crucial left tackle position. Has the athleticism to be a great pass defender but it may be a season or two before he reaches his full potential.

Arizona Cardinals Traded for No. 6

6. Paris Johnson Jr., Forward, Ohio State

The Detroit Lions made a deal with the Arizona Cardinals that drafted Ohio State offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr.

The Detroit Tigers are now officially on the watch. Carter’s watch continues.

Profiles: Devon Witherspoon, cornerback, Illinois

Many considered Witherspoon to be the best cornerback available in the draft. Last year, he did not concede a single touchdown, and also scored three interceptions. It can also contribute to safety. If there is any concern, it is that he only weighs 185 pounds and may be prone to penalties that can be avoided at the pro level.

Seattle Seahawks pick Devon Witherspoon of Illinois with the #5 pick

Here is my ideal game. The Seattle Seahawks pick Illinois defenseman Devon Witherspoon at number five.

The Seattle Seahawks are next on the clock at number 5. Will they take the chance to talented but problematic Jalen Carter’s defensive hold here?

As stated in the profile below, our very own Oliver Connolly recently spoke about the pros and cons of working with Anthony Richardson and other “high ceiling, low floor” QBs.

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