LONDON (AP) – French far-right leader Marine Le Pen has called on British authorities to respect the verdict of the Brexit referendum and make the U.K. leave the European Union. Le Pen, the leader of the anti-migrant, populist National Rally party, said Friday in a news conference in Henin-Beaumont, in northern France, that British Prime Minister Theresa May was forced to quit “because she tried to bypass the will expressed by the British in the Brexit referendum.”
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has granted Attorney General William Barr new powers to review and potentially release classified information related to the origins of the Russia investigation. The move is aimed at accelerating Barr’s inquiry into whether U.S. officials improperly surveilled Trump’s 2016 campaign. Former U.S. intelligence officials are criticizing Trump’s decision.
WASHINGTON (AP) – A new Trump administration rule would roll back sex discrimination protection for transgender people in health services. In the proposed rule, the Health and Human Services Department says laws banning sex discrimination in health care don’t apply to people’s “gender identity.” LGBT groups have long warned such a move could lead to denial of needed medical care. It faces a 60-day comment period, and court challenges are expected.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Abortion providers are asking a federal judge to block an Alabama law that would ban most abortions in the state. The American Civil Liberties Union and Planned Parenthood filed the lawsuit Friday on behalf of Alabama abortion providers seeking to overturn the nation’s most stringent abortion law. The lawsuit says the Alabama law to criminalize abortion is clearly unconstitutional and would harm women by forcing them to continue pregnancies against their will.
BOSTON (AP) – Celebrity chef Mario Batali has pleaded not guilty to an allegation that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017. The court entered a not guilty plea to a charge of indecent assault and battery on Batali’s behalf during a brief hearing in a Boston court on Friday. Batali was released and ordered to stay away from the woman. Batali’s lawyer has said the charge is “without merit” and Batali expects to be vindicated.