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Top eight stories for today including Democrats called on Congress to intervene in the wake of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion that would leave abortion rights in states’ hands; Lobster fishermen argued against a seasonal ban on the use of buoy ropes for fishing in an area off Maine's coast; Google pushed back against the EU’s finding that its advertising practices violated competition regulations, and more.

National

Plan to shore up abortion rights in Congress has a filibuster flaw

Reeling from the Supreme Court’s newly confirmed draft opinion that would leave abortion rights in states’ hands, Democratic lawmakers and President Joe Biden beseeched Congress on Tuesday to intervene.

Stephen Parlato of Boulder, Colo., holds a sign that reads "Hands Off Roe!!!" outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on Nov. 30, 2021, ahead of arguments on abortion. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Crosshairs on Roe v. Wade could usher demise of other rights

Where most court watchers saw a reckoning to come when the Supreme Court took up the question of overruling Roe v. Wade, a leaked draft of the conservative-supermajority ruling shows the justices not only shattering the right to abortion but possibly changing the landscape altogether

A crowd of people gathers outside the Supreme Court, early Tuesday, May 3, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Scrutiny on events at Trump hotel leads to $750,000 settlement with Trump inaugural committee

The committee set up for former President Donald Trump’s inauguration agreed Tuesday to pay $750,000 to resolve allegations that the activities it booked at a Trump-owned property in 2017 amounted to a misuse of nonprofit funds.

The Trump International Hotel in Washington is seen in April 2020. (Courthouse News photo/Jack Rodgers)

Regional

Lobster groups mount uncertain First Circuit fight on fishery’s future

Arguing before a skeptical First Circuit, an attorney representing a group of Maine lobster fishermen said a federal rule designed to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale targets a portion of the ocean where there are no right whales.

A group of lobster fishing companies attached this map to their Sept. 27, 2021, complaint showing the area, labeled "LMA 1 Restricted Area," that would have been effectively closed to lobster fishing due to a final rule announced by the National Marine Fisheries Service. A judge enjoined implementation of the rule on Oct. 16, 2021. (Image via Courthouse News)

Fourth Circuit hears challenge to use of driver data for legal advertising  

The Fourth Circuit heard arguments Tuesday over whether law firms are violating the privacy of North Carolina drivers by using their license information for advertising purposes. 

(NettoFigueiredo/Pixabay via Courthouse News)

International

Drought has Oslo on edge of critical water shortage

The Norwegian capital saw only half an inch of rain in March and April, less than 15% of normal for the period.

Lake Maridal in Oslo, Norway. (Grzegorz Wysocki/Wikipedia via Courthouse News)

101% spike in EU energy costs spurs 36% increase industrial producer prices

Industrial prices have risen more than 36% in the European Union over the last year, including a 5.4% spike between February and March, according to data published by Eurostat on Tuesday.

Smoke billows from a plant just outside the French capital. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Google accuses EU of cherry-picking contracts in ad antitrust case

Google pushed back against Brussels’ conclusion that its advertising practices violated EU competition regulations in the second day of hearings before the European General Court on Tuesday.

Google employees walk out of the Google France building in Paris, France, on Nov. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

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