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Appeals court: Kansas Constitution protects abortion rights

WICHITA, Kan. • The Kansas Court of Appeals refused Friday to implement the state’s first-in-the-nation ban on a common second-trimester abortion method, ruling in a split but groundbreaking decision that the conservative state’s constitution protects abortion rights independently from the U.S. Constitution.

The 7-7 ruling could be used by abortion rights supporters to challenge other state laws restricting abortion. If the decision is upheld, it would allow state courts to protect a woman’s right to end her pregnancy beyond federal court rulings.

Tie votes uphold a ruling being appealed, meaning Friday’s ruling sides with a Shawnee County judge who put the 2015 law on hold while he considers a lawsuit challenging the ban. The lawsuit has yet to go to trial, but the judge said that general language in the Kansas Constitution about personal liberties extends to abortion rights — which the appeals court also supported.

“The rights of Kansas women in 2016 are not limited to those specifically intended by the men who drafted our state’s constitution in 1859,” Judge Steve Leben wrote on behalf of the seven judges who sided with the lower court. The state may appeal to the Kansas Supreme Court.

If the decision stands, it would “immensely strengthen protection” of abortion rights when Planned Parenthood and similar organizations challenge legislation and laws that restrict abortion in Kansas, said Laura

Article source: http://www.stltoday.com/news/national/appeals-court-kansas-constitution-protects-abortion-rights/article_c0bd0f51-68de-5eaf-95bc-8ab3386dfc80.html

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Trump: Cruz ‘could be Canadian prime minister’

The Texas Republican, a natural-born U.S. citizen, also had Canadian citizenship until he renounced it in 2014.

A lawsuit was filed in Texas earlier this month over whether Cruz can run for president. And Trump has often cited Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe, who said that although Cruz is generally accepted to be a natural-born citizen, no court has definitively ruled on the question.

“It’s a serious cloud,” Tribe told CNN’s Anderson Cooper last week. “It has to be taken seriously. It’s not just a matter of coming up with great talking points or winning some debate. I think he does a disservice to the Constitution and the country when he thinks he can slide his way, slip slide his way around this serious constitutional issue.”

Trump has used the citizenship question to hammer Cruz, and the issue has gained some traction among GOP voters. A Monmouth University poll released Wednesday found more than a third of Republican voters question Cruz’s eligibility to be president, and a Fox News poll released Friday found 10% of Republican primary voters say the fact Cruz was born outside the U.S. makes them less likely to vote for him.

Article source: http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/22/politics/donald-trump-ted-cruz-canadian-prime-minister/index.html

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Airlines cancel thousands of flights as big storm advances

Airlines canceled around 7,600 flights to, from or within the U.S. for Friday and Saturday, as a blizzard began covering much of the Eastern U.S.

The bulk of Friday’s 3,500 cancelations are in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina, according to flight tracking service FlightAware. Another 4,100 flights were canceled for Saturday. Those cancelations center on Philadelphia, Washington, and New York, with airlines essentially shutting down all flights into those cities.

By Sunday afternoon, however, the airlines hope to be back to a full schedule to handle the typical influx of business travelers heading out to start a week on the road.

Overall, the airlines have canceled about 15 percent of their scheduled flights in the U.S. for Friday and Saturday.

One bit of good news: Saturday is the slowest travel day of the week. There are a little more than 22,000 flights scheduled to, from or within the U.S., according to FlightAware. That’s about 5,000 fewer flights – and 400,000 fewer passengers – than on Thursday or Friday.

All major airlines have issued waivers for travel over the weekend, allowing passengers to rebook onto earlier or later flights to avoid the storms. The airports included vary by airline but include some cities in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia all the way up the coast to New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Article source: http://www.miamiherald.com/latest-news/article56192835.html

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Kanye West’s Cars Are Making a Major Fashion Statement

You have to give it to Yeezy. The multifaceted artist is quietly taking the fashion industry by storm with his color theory approach to dressing, in addition to climbing the charts yet again with his upcoming album, Swish, which he’s been teasing out via social media. However, the 38-year-old father of two has taken his forward thinking to new heights—or rather speeds—by changing the color of his and the missus’ haute rides to a matte dove gray, matching the color of his first Adidas Yeezy Boost 750s. But taking this idea one step further, it could be said that West is also ushering in the automotive equivalent of fashion futurism—a trend that was spied on the runways at Chanel, Louis Vuitton, and Emanuel Ungaro.


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Photo: Courtesy of @kanyewest

Mr. West’s Mercedes-Maybach and Mrs. Kardashian West’s Rolls-Royce Ghost were both given their sleek makeovers by Platinum Motorsport, lending the flashy rides a slightly more subdued appearance. And like the broken glass on Loewe’s trousers or the textural lamé at Victoria Beckham, West opted for chrome grilles as a counterpoint to the smooth

Article source: http://www.vogue.com/13390607/kanye-west-kim-kardashian-west-celebrity-car-style/

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Taylor Swift’s New Fashion Line Is Finally Here

We’ve known she had a line in the works for a while, and we’ve gotten a sneak peek at what it would look like when Taylor herself wore one of the shirts out on tour. This is the first time we’ve been able to see the full collection, though, and it is good: Think Tay-approved crop tops, miniskirts, and slim pants, some of which are emblazoned with her lyrics or face.

Article source: http://www.teenvogue.com/story/taylor-swift-hong-kong-fashion-week

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Zendaya’s fashion is all grown up

Zendaya Coleman is a seasoned red-carpet star. In addition to being co-producer and star of K.C. Undercover, her second album is due out in February. Oh, and she just announced she is a new Cover Girl. By the way, did we mention she is only 19?  Let’s take a look at some recent red carpet looks from the singer, actress, model and fashion icon in the making.

Jan. 10

This year may have been her first at the Golden Globes, but Zendaya reminded us she is no novice when it comes to the red carpet. The talented teen brought straight-out Hollywood glam to the show in a burgundy brocade Marchesa tiered gown. She completed the look with a Marchesa clutch and jewelry from Yoko London and Lydia Courteille.

Jan. 9

“Bold” is the only word to describe the singer in

Article source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/entertainthis/2016/01/22/zendayas-fashion-all-grown-up/79189928/

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