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Bob Baffert holding the Kentucky Derby trophy. Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

A federal judge on Wednesday nullified Bob Baffert's New York suspension, saying the state's racing association acted unconstitutionally by not allowing the Hall of Fame horse trainer adequate time to refute the allegations against him, the Associated Press reports.

State of play: Baffert was suspended in May after Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit failed a post-race drug test.

  • In its statement at the time, the New York Racing Association (NYRA) argued Baffert's suspension would protect the integrity of the sport and noted that it wasn't merely about Medina Spirit's failed drug test, but also due to the fact that Baffert has a history of his horses failing drug tests.
  • Baffert's horses have failed five drug tests in just over the last year, and in total, his horses have failed 30 tests over the past four decades, fueling suspicions of cheating, per the New York Times.

What she's saying: Judge Carol Bagley Amon stated Wednesday that the NYRA should have scheduled a post-suspension hearing where Baffert could respond to the claims against him, reports AP.

  • Instead, the NYRA "had held no hearing — let alone a prompt one," Amon wrote, per AP.
  • "[T]he public has no interest in having the ‘integrity of the sport’ enforced by unconstitutional means,” she added.

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Biden to nominate former West Virginia health commissioner as drug czar

Dr. Rahul Gupta (center) speaks during a PBS segment of the Summer 2018 Television Critics Association Press Tour on July 31, 2018. Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

President Biden will nominate former West Virginia health commissioner Dr. Rahul Gupta to be the administration's drug czar, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: If confirmed, Gupta will be the first physician to lead the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy as the nation grapples with surging deaths from drug overdoses.

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Intel CEO sees making own chips as a matter of national security

Pat Gelsinger. Photo: Axios on HBO

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is putting the pressure on the U.S. government to help subsidize chip manufacturing, insisting the current reliance on plants in Taiwan and Korea as "geopolitically unstable."

Why it matters: There is bipartisan support for funding the domestic semiconductor industry, but Congress has yet to sign the check. The Senate has passed the CHIPS Act that includes $52 billion in semiconductor investment, but it has yet to pass the House.

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17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children are among a group of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, per a statement from Christian Aid Ministries Sunday.

The latest: "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children," the Ohio-based group said. Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne on Sunday identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.