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Top eight stories for today including President Biden delivered an emotional address in which he labeled the Buffalo supermarket massacre a terrorist attack motivated by white supremacy; A Michigan judge blocked enforcement of a 1931 abortion ban in the event the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade; California’s legislative analyst has concerns about the governor’s $300 billion budget, and more.

National

‘Straightforward terrorism,’ Biden says of Buffalo shooting

Grieving the loss of life in the aftermath of a mass shooting in Buffalo, New York, President Joe Biden delivered an emotional address on Tuesday in which he labeled the supermarket massacre a terrorist attack motivated by white supremacy.

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden spent Tuesday, May 17, 2022, visiting the scene of a shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Feds accused of dragging feet on threatened whitetip shark review

The National Marine Fisheries Service has for years failed to complete its legally required consultation regarding the effects authorized fisheries in Hawaii and Samoa have on the threatened whitetip shark population, according to a new lawsuit.

Oceanic whitetip shark (Source: NOAA Fisheries)

Armed bank robber asks panel to toss sentence in light of high court ruling

The 11th Circuit heard arguments Tuesday in an appeal seeking to vacate a sentence for conspiracy to rob a bank by force and using a firearm during a crime of violence.

The exterior of the U.S. Courthouse for the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia. (Mike Stewart/AP)

Regional

Michigan judge blocks enforcement of 1931 abortion ban if Roe is overturned

A Michigan judge on Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction suspending enforcement of a state law from 1931 that would ban abortion, amid the build-up to a potential U.S. Supreme Court ruling that could wipe out the landmark Roe v. Wade decision.

Protesters gather at the steps of the Michigan State Capitol building in Lansing on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, during a rally organized by Planned Parenthood Michigan in response to news that the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide. (Daniel Shular/The Grand Rapids Press via AP, File)

Legislative watchdog has qualms about $300 billion California budget

The revised $300 billion state budget announced by California Governor Gavin Newsom on Friday is the largest spending plan in state history. And while it may look good on paper or sound nice in a speech talking about more public school funding, the state’s legislative analyst has concerns

California Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled his proposed $300.6 billion 2022-23 fiscal year budget in Sacramento on May 13, 2022. (Image via Courthouse News)

Exploration of sunken slave ship reveals charred timbers, other artifacts

The last ship to bring slaves to the United States from Africa in 1860 was set ablaze near the mouth of the Mobile River following the illegal voyage, and a recent archaeological assessment of the sunken vessel revealed the charred timber and other parts that remain.

Team members place a piece of timber from the Clotilda shipwreck site in a bin filled with river water during a May 2022 study by the Alabama Historical Commission. (Daniel Fiore/Alabama Historical Commission via Courthouse News)

Seventh Circuit hears racketeering case against Illinois energy giant

A class action against Illinois energy corporation Commonwealth Edison came before the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday, with an attorney for the class arguing that the company owes a debt to potentially millions of state residents.

Then-Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, looks out over the House floor at the State Capitol in Springfield in 2017. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP, File)

Oklahoma officer who shot nude teenager lobbies 10th Circuit for immunity

An Oklahoma police officer asked the 10th Circuit on Tuesday to reverse a federal judge’s denial of qualified immunity after he shot a nude mentally disturbed teenager who had broken into a stranger’s home while fleeing police.

The Byron White United States Courthouse in Denver, home of the 10th Circuit. (Nyttend via Wikipedia)

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