April 26, 2019: What to Know 

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  • A federal judge issued a nationwide injunction April 25, temporarily blocking a Trump administration rule that bars organizations providing abortion referrals from receiving federal family planning money. The New York Times reports that the ruling from Judge Stanley Bastian of the U.S. District Court for Eastern Washington prevents the imposition of the rule, which was scheduled to take effect on Friday, May 3. The Trump White House has not indicated whether the administration will appeal.

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  • An investigation by USA Today has revealed that nearly 85,000 law enforcement officers, including 402 in Idaho, were decertified "for cause" between 1986 and 2017. Of those Idaho officers, 184 were from county sheriff's offices, the most from Canyon County. Additionally, 127 officers from city police departments in Idaho were decertified "for cause," the majority from Boise. According to the data unearthed by USA Today, Idaho officials did not provide a reason for decertification, only the officer's name, agency and the date of it happened.
  • Federal agents raided the home and City Hall office of Baltimore, Maryland, Mayor Catherine Pugh April 25. The Baltimore Sun reports that Pugh is tangled in a dramatically widening investigation to determine whether she used sales of her self-published children's books to disguise tax fraud.
  • Meanwhile, the Mayor of Edinburg, Texas, was arrested Thursday on charges of engaging in organized election fraud. The Houston Chronicle reports that prosecutors allege Richard Molina and his wife orchestrated a scheme in which they asked residents of nearby towns to change their addresses so that they could cast votes for him.
  • The sports world is mourning the death of John Havlicek. Nicknamed "Hondo," Havlicek was one of the greatest clutch stars in professional basketball and helped win eight championships for the Boston Celtics in the 1960s and '70s. He was 79.
  • We've heard of so-called "director's cuts" of films, but this might be abusing the privilege: IndieWire.com says an extended version of Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight has been cut up into four parts and is now streaming on Netflix.
  • Now that Avengers: Endgame has opened in cinemas around the planet, spoilers are beginning to pop up across social media. But Entertainment Weekly made a pledge to its readers this morning: "You won't stumble across a headline that straight-up tells you what happened. We're also going to try to avoid using photos that give away too much."
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