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Federal Judge Upholds North Carolina's Sweeping Voter ID Law

A federal judge upheld a sweeping North Carolina law that required voters to show a photo identification before casting a ballot.

In a 485-page opinion, Thomas D. Schroeder of the Federal District Court in Winston-Salem wrote that the law served a "legitimate state interest" in its effort to "detect and deter fraud."

Former Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert leaves the courthouse following his arraignment on June 9 in Chicago. In a related case, a man who says he was abused by Hastert as a teen is suing over hush money.

Ahead Of Sentencing, Ex-Speaker Dennis Hastert Is Sued Over Hush Money

This post was updated at 8:30 p.m. ET.

A man who says he was sexually abused by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has sued the Illinois Republican. The alleged victim says he received only $1.7 million of $3.5 million Hastert promised him to keep quiet, NPR's David Schaper reports.

Hastert is scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday for crimes related to the hush money. He pleaded guilty to structuring cash withdrawals to get around requirements that the bank report big transactions to the federal government.

A woman holds her child to receive rabies vaccines at Hangzhou Hospital for the Prevention and Treatment of Occupational Disease as the child got scratched by a cat on March 22, 2016 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China. A case of illegal vaccines that involved in over 500 million has been broken in Jinan City of east China\'s Shandong Province recent days.

A Criminal Ring In China Sold Expired Vaccines

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Charter's Merger With Time Warner Cable Nears Regulatory Approval

Charter Communications has bid more than $88 billion to buy its larger rival, Time Warner Cable, and a smaller competitor called Bright House Networks — and it's closing in on the required regulatory approval from federal authorities.

The deal would be yet another major shakeup in the telecom industry: It would form the second-largest Internet provider, behind Comcast, and the third-largest video provider, behind Comcast and the newly merged AT&T/DirecTV.

Dr. Leana Wen, Baltimore City health commissioner, visits a newly opened Safe Streets center in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood in West Baltimore.

Lesson Learned For Baltimore's Health Commissioner: 'I Like A Fight'

To wrap up our series on public health in Baltimore, Audie Cornish met up with Baltimore City Health Commissioner Leana Wen in Freddie Gray's neighborhood of Sandtown-Winchester. The health department recently opened a new outpost of its violence prevention program Safe Streets there, employing ex-offenders to mediate conflicts before they erupt in violence.

The American Family Association is calling for a boycott of Target after the company announced that its employees and customers should use the dressing room or bathroom that "corresponds with their gender identity."

Petition Calls For Boycott Of Target's 'Inclusive' Bathroom Policy

This post was updated at 6:15 p.m. ET.

More than 550,000 people have signed a pledge to boycott Target over its restroom and dressing-room policy.

A new study finds that babies fed rice cereals and other rice-based snacks have higher concentrations of arsenic in their urine.

Babies Who Eat Rice Cereal Have Higher Arsenic Levels, Study Finds

When it comes to introducing babies to solid foods, rice cereal is often first. And rice is a staple in many baby and toddler foods.

But, as we've reported, multiple studies have found that rice-based foods contain traces of arsenic, and sometimes levels are surprisingly high.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper appears on Capitol Hill in February.

U.S. Spy Chief Considers Disclosing Number Of Americans Surveilled Online

National Intelligence Director James Clapper said Monday that he is looking at "several options" to make public the number of U.S. citizens caught up in online surveillance of foreign targets by the U.S. government.

Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich shake hands at the start of a CNN debate in Coral Gables, Fla., in March.

The Cruz-Kasich Deal: Will Their Alliance Against Trump Work?

It took them nearly two months to do so, but John Kasich and Ted Cruz are finally taking Mitt Romney's advice.

When the 2012 Republican nominee lambasted front-runner Donald Trump in March, he called for a strategic effort to stop the New York businessman.

The unique medical program at the University of California, Berkeley is housed in its School of Public Health.

Students Rally To Save Program That Produces Primary Care Doctors

Budget woes at the University of California, Berkeley could force the shutdown of a program many people are unaware of — its medical program.

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