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News of the day from across the nation, May 18

Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky is suing over a new Indiana law that makes it tougher for girls under age 18 to get an abortion without their parents’ knowledge. Betty Cockrum, Planned Parenthood’s local president, says the law “will have a chilling effect on teenagers already dealing with a difficult situation.” President Trump says he’s “very close” to naming a new FBI director. 3 Choke hold controversy: A Las Vegas police officer used a stun gun seven times and a mixed martial arts choke hold to subdue an unarmed man who died after a foot chase through a casino, authorities said. Officer Kenneth Lopera thought the man had tried to carjack a pickup truck with two people inside before the officer fired the stun gun and used the choke hold — a tactic that is not approved by the department — early Sunday at the Venetian resort. Lawyers for a white Alabama police officer charged with murder in the shooting of a black man are wrongly injecting race into the case, a black judge said Thursday when he refused a defense request to step aside over a social media post. Montgomery County Circuit Judge Greg Griffin ruled after a contentious hearing in which the defense for police officer Aaron Cody Smith argued the judge should give up the case because of a Facebook post in which the judge complained about being stopped by police because he was he was black, and “can’t take this black skin off.”

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