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Today’s top eight stories, including a proposal to limit the terms of Supreme Court justices, face an uphill battle; Russia has cut off gas flows to Europe and withdrawn from the International Space Station; A federal judge in Indiana has blocked enforcement of a state law that bars transgender girls from playing on girls’ school sports teams, and more.

National

There’s an idea for Supreme Court reform that people love, if they know about it

Two in three Americans support term limits for Supreme Court justices, but the reform proposal still faces an uphill battle even as a bill is ready for congressional action.

The United States Supreme Court is seen behind a fence on May 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

Parents fight to revive Zofran birth defects lawsuits

Hundreds of families whose children suffered from birth defects after their mothers were prescribed Zofran for morning sickness urged the First Circuit on Tuesday to let them sue British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline.

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Marijuana decriminalization takes center stage at Senate hearing

Lock up to burn? That was the senators’ question on Tuesday as the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism considered legislation that would decriminalize weed at the federal level.

Marijuana grows in an indoor cannabis farm in Gardena, Calif., in 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Regional

Montana Rail Authority Leads Campaign for New Passenger Service

More than 40 years have passed since travelers last rode the rails through southern Montana. Arguing that the time is right, the people of Montana try to muster enough money and influence to revive the passenger line.

Oil trains wait at a rail yard in Missoula, Montana. (Laura Lundquist/Courthouse News)

Alex Jones appears in Texas court for damages phase of Sandy Hook defamation case

A lawsuit to determine how much Infowars host Alex Jones should pay the parents of a child who died in the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school shooting began in Texas state court on Tuesday.

Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones gathers pro-Trump supporters outside the Maricopa County office on November 5, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Matt York/AP)

Vanessa Bryant allowed to tell jurors they destroyed evidence

Vanessa Bryant will be allowed to argue that LA County Sheriff’s Deputies destroyed evidence of photos they took and shared of the remains of her late husband and daughter at a helicopter crash site when her trial will be heard next month

FILE – In this Feb. 24, 2020 file photo, fans leave the Staples Center after a public memorial for former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, in Los Angeles. The Staple Center is one of the possible locations the NHL has focused on to host playoff games if it can return amid the coronavirus pandemic. The league will ultimately decide on two or three locations for games, with government regulations, testing and the frequency of COVID-19 among factors in the decision which is expected to come within the next three to four weeks. (AP Photo/Ringo HW Chiu, File)

Judge Blocks Enforcement of Indiana’s Transgender Sports Ban

A federal judge in Indiana on Tuesday blocked enforcement of a state law barring transgender girls from playing on girls’ school sports teams.

Kit Malone, an advocacy strategist with the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, leads a rally at the Statehouse in Indianapolis on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in opposition to a bill that would ban transgender students from participating in sports feminine. (Casey Smith/Report for America via AP)

International

Russia cuts gas to Europe and withdraws from the International Space Station

The chasm between Russia and the West widened further on Tuesday after Moscow announced an unexpected large reduction in natural gas flows to the European Union and said it would withdraw from the International Space Station in two years. .

Morning light shines on the Nord Stream 1 Baltic Sea gas pipeline facility in Lubmin, Germany, July 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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