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Apr 8, 201303:14 PM

Cheat Sheet: April 6-7: Weekend Roundup

U.S. judge widens 'morning-after' pill access for young girls

The morning-after pill will soon be available over the counter for women and girls of any age. In a Brooklyn court, a federal judge on Friday ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to widen the availability of the emergency contraception pills and criticized the Obama administration for interfering with the process for political purposes after Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, outraged women’s health advocates in 2011 when she ordered the FDA to reverse course, barring girls under 17 from buying the pills without a prescription. U.S. District Judge Edward Korman called Sebelius’s decision “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable.” (Source)

Lambert, Bryan win big at country music awards

Some of country music’s biggest stars took to the stage Sunday night for the Academy of Country Music Awards, which congratulated Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert as the biggest winners of the night. The biggest surprise of the night happened when Bryan won Entertainer of the Year over fellow nominees like Taylor Swift and Blake Shelton. Lambert also had a night full of awards, including three awards for her song Over You, which won Single Record of the Year, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. For a list of the winners, check out the original article here. (Source)

China escalates its response to outbreak of avian flu

Officials in China warned against buying live poultry this weekend due to a new outbreak of the avian flu. After a sixth person got sick with the illness, virologists reportedly slaughtered more than 20,000 birds at various farms around the country. The virus (known as H7N9) was first found in a pigeon in Shanghai. China has been in the news most recently for high pollution reports concerning air quality and various animals floating in the freshwater supply in Shanghai. (Source)

Two people shot outside concert in Norfolk

At 10 p.m. Friday night two teens were shot when two men outside the NorVa got involved in an argument and pulled out their handguns. The teens were at the theater for a “Spring Break Jam Fest!” for teens aged 14 to 18, and were caught in the crossfire. The two men involved in the altercation were not arrested, but their descriptions were released to the public. Both teens made a full recovery and were recently released from Sentara Norfolk General Hospital on Saturday. (Source)

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