CIA Contractor Defends Torture in Interrogations

An architect of the brutal CIA interrogation and detention program developed after the Sept. 11 attacks defended the agency and its practices on Tuesday as those techniques become the focus of an effort to dismiss key evidence against five men charged in the terrorist plot.

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ACLU Challenges Tennessee City’s Swift Ban on Surgical Abortion

Two days after an abortion clinic opened its doors March 1 in Mount Juliet, a small city near Nashville, the city’s commission held a first reading of an amendment to its zoning ordinances that placed strong restrictions on where surgical abortions could be performed in the city.

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Federal Judge Blocks Alabama’s Near-Total Abortion Ban

It was an order long expected by those on both sides of the abortion debate: With about two and a half weeks until an Alabama law criminalizing the procedure was set to take effect, a federal judge issued an injunction Tuesday blocking the state from enforcing the ban.

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Feds Urged to Stop Sending Pregnant Women Back to Mexico

One pregnant woman seeking asylum in the U.S. was sent back to Mexico after having escaped kidnappers there just four months earlier. Another went into labor in a makeshift immigrant camp near the international bridge linking the Mexican city of Matamoros with Brownsville, Texas, as other women in the camp came to her aid.

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