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The U.S. Supreme Court says it will review a lower court decision that would make the abortion pill mifepristone less accessible.The hearing is set for next year and will be the court's first abortion case hearing since it overturned Roe v. Wade. If the Justices uphold the lower court ruling, patients would no longer be able to access mifepristone by mail, even in states where abortion is legal. Physicians could still prescribe misoprostol, a drug usually used with mifepristone but is safe to take on its own.
Russian President Vladimir Putin began his year-end conference today. It's the first time he's fielding questions from Russian citizens since the country's invasion of Ukraine.
The House voted along party lines yesterday to formalize the Republican-led impeachment inquiry into President Biden. All GOP representatives supported the vote, which was intended, in part, to give committees more authority to issue subpoenas. House Republicans allege that Biden and his family took payments from foreign adversaries but have not yet presented direct evidence.
The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged yesterday. Forecasts by Fed policymakers show that, on average, they think they'll be able to lower interest rates by nearly one point next year and another full point by 2025. Though another rate hike is not expected, policymakers did not rule it out.
Israel's military says its AI system, named "the Gospel," helps it rapidly identify enemy combatants and equipment while reducing civilian casualties. But critics warn the system is unproven and could provide technological justification for killing thousands of Palestinian civilians. Since the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks, Israel has struck more than 22,000 targets in Gaza. Since the temporary truce ended on Dec. 1, Israel's Air Force has hit more than 3,500 sites.
Leonor Fini, an overlooked Surrealist artist, is finally getting her due nearly 30 years after her death. Her captivating, often gender-bending images were featured at the Art Basel fair in Miami last week. She was artistically involved with renowned Surrealists like Ernst and Dali. But the movement's founder, French writer André Breton, didn't accept her as one of them. See some of her works and read more about her career.
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