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Abortion law halted: The U.S. Supreme Court temporarily blocked a Louisiana abortion law on Friday, allowing clinics to remain open while legal challenges against the new regulations proceed. Clinics had warned the Court that the state would be left with only one physician providing abortions if the admitting-privileges requirement went into effect.

The doctor is out: Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson announced Friday that he would suspend his presidential campaign after a dismal Super Tuesday showing. Carson made the announcement at a conservative political conference in D.C., where he told attendees that he will “still continue to be heavily involved in trying to save our nation.”

A blow to press freedom in Turkey: On Friday, Turkish authorities seized the headquarters of Today’s Zaman, the country’s largest newspaper, as part of a widening crackdown on dissent by President Tayyip Recep Erdogan. Police dispersed thousands of protesters outside the building using water cannons and tear gas.

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