An abortion rights activist argues with a local resident while protesting in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2012. File photo: ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages

A federal judge ruled Tuesday North Carolina’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy was unconstitutional because "a state is never allowed to prohibit any swath of pre-viability abortions outright," Reuters first reported.

The details: U.S. District Judge William Osteen's ruling in Greensboro would take effect in 60 days in case state legislators decide to alter abortion restrictions or appeal to a higher court. The only exception t0 the law was if there's a medical emergency. The Center for Reproductive Rights, American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood had brought a lawsuit.

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Leon Black says he "made a terrible mistake" doing business with Jeffrey Epstein

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Apollo Global Management CEO Leon Black on Wednesday said during an earnings call that he made a "terrible mistake" by employing Jeffrey Epstein to work on personal financial and philanthropic services.

Why it matters: Apollo is one of the world's largest private equity firms, and already has lost at least one major client over Black's involvement with Epstein.

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Jeremy Corbyn suspended by U.K. Labour Party over anti-Semitism report

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The U.K. Labour Party has suspended its former leader, Jeremy Corbyn, after a watchdog report found that the party failed to properly take action against allegations of anti-Semitism during his time in charge.

Why it matters: It represents a strong break by Keir Starmer, Labour's current leader, from the Corbyn era and one of the party's most persistent scandals.

U.S. economy sees record growth in third quarter

The U.S. economy grew at a 33.1% annualized pace in the third quarter, the Commerce Department said on Thursday.

The state of play: The record growth follows easing of the coronavirus-driven lockdowns that pushed the economy to the worst-ever contraction — but GDP still remains well below its pre-pandemic level.