Jun 26, 2018

Supreme Court curtails mandatory abortion notices

The annual March for Life, outside the Supreme Court building. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

California went too far when it required anti-abortion pregnancy clinics to notify women that abortion is an option, the Supreme Court said today.

The issue: Crisis pregnancy centers, often run by Christian organizations that oppose abortion, counsel women against the procedure and sometimes provide medical services. California said the centers are misleading women about their options, and required them to post notices that tell women abortion is available. But the high court said that "likely violates the First Amendment."

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Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,200 people and infected over 75,465 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 118 new deaths since Thursday.

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SoftBank to cut its stake to get T-Mobile's Sprint deal done

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T-Mobile and Sprint announced a revised merger agreement that will see SoftBank getting a smaller share of the combined company, while most shareholders will receive the previously agreed upon exchange rate. The companies said they hope to get the deal as early as April 1.

Why it matters: The amended deal reflects the decline in Sprint's business, while leaving most shareholders' stake intact and removing another hurdle to the deal's closure.