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     1.) Cracking on Stand, Ex-Kane Aide Says He Lied to Protect Self & AG
     A former aide to Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane looked on in horror Thursday morning as prosecutors played a recording of him discussing politically motivated document leaks.
     Free Speech Advocates Balk at Calif. Bid to Criminalize Abortion Clinic Sting Videos
     Controversy surrounding secretly recorded videos showing Planned Parenthood employees discussing fetal tissue sales has morphed into a California proposal that would punish media companies for reporting on certain undercover videos. But media groups say the bill, which is on the verge of clearing the state Legislature, could have a “chilling effect” on free speech and set the state up for First Amendment court battles.
     3.) Clinton Touts Industry’s Future at Michigan Factory
     Amidst a sweltering summer afternoon in the suburbs of Detroit, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Thursday stayed cool in an air-conditioned factory as she tried to further differentiate her agenda from GOP candidate Donald Trump.
     4.) Florida’s Governor Facing Tricky Territory as He Navigates Zika Crisis
     The outbreak of the Zika virus in Miami has alarmed Florida legislators and forced Republican Gov. Rick Scott into a full-court public relations offensive. But some political observers and scientists are not entirely convinced of Scott’s posturing and blame-placing on Washington which they see as a recurrent theme during his sometimes controversial tenure as governor.
     5.) Californians Fight Sand Mine on Monterey Bay
     Residents of the Central Coast packed a California Coastal Commission meeting Wednesday to urge the state’s powerful regulator to shut down a sand mine that’s eroding the coast of Monterey Bay.
     6.) Study Finds 1st Americans Took Different Way Here
     The established theory about the route Ice Age peoples took to settle in present-day North America may be inaccurate, according to the findings of a new study that calls the supposed route “biologically unviable.”
     7.) Win for States Hampering Broadband Expansion
     Promoting market competition does not justify overriding state laws that restrict expansion by municipal telecommunications providers, the Sixth Circuit ruled.
     8.) Guantanamo Report Casts Pall Over Detainee Hearing
      Guantanamo Bay’s parole board met Thursday to consider releasing a high-value detainee who spent three years in a secret CIA cell before his decade without a charge at the Cuban prison camp.

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