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Teen res­cued:

A 15-yearold Ten­nessee girl was res­cued near a cabin in a re­mote part of North­ern Cal­i­for­nia on Thurs­day, more than a month af­ter her 50-year-old teacher kid­napped her and set off a na­tion­wide man­hunt, au­thor­i­ties said. Health sci­ences teacher Tad Cum­mins sur­ren­dered to sher­iff ’s deputies with­out in­ci­dent in Ce­cil­ville (Siskiyou County), hours af­ter they had set up surveil­lance on his ve­hi­cle in the area, the Ten­nessee Bureau of Investigation said. The girl was ap­par­ently healthy and un­harmed. Cum­mins faces state charges of ag­gra­vated kid­nap­ping and sex­ual con­tact with a mi­nor as well as a fed­eral charge of tak­ing a mi­nor across state lines to have sex.

Opi­oid suit:

The Chero­kee Na­tion sued dis­trib­u­tors and re­tail­ers of opi­oid med­i­ca­tions Thurs­day, al­leg­ing the com­pa­nies have con­trib­uted to “an epi­demic of pre­scrip­tion opi­oid abuse” within the tribe and have not done enough to pre­vent tribal mem­bers from ac­quir­ing il­le­gally pre­scribed opi­oid painkillers. The law­suit al­leges that six distribution and phar­macy com­pa­nies have cre­ated con­di­tions in which “vast amounts of opi­oids have flowed freely from man­u­fac­tur­ers to abusers and drug deal­ers” within the 14 Ok­la­homa coun­ties that com­prise the Chero­kee Na­tion.

Draw­ing the line:

A Repub­li­can-drawn map set­ting the boundaries of Texas’ state­house dis­tricts vi­o­lates the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion by in­ten­tion­ally dis­crim­i­nat­ing against mi­nor­ity vot­ers, a fed­eral court found Thurs­day — the third such rul­ing against the state’s vot­ing laws in roughly a month. The lat­est rul­ing means Texas’ strict voter ID law, con­gres­sional maps and state leg­isla­tive maps — all en­acted in 2011 — have re­cently been found in vi­o­la­tion of the fed­eral Vot­ing Rights Act. For Texas, the losses carry the risk of a court pun­ish­ing the state by de­mand­ing ap­proval be­fore chang­ing vot­ing laws.

Baby “Al­lah”:

Ge­or­gia has is­sued a birth cer­tifi­cate for a tod­dler with the last name “Al­lah” af­ter ini­tially de­clin­ing to do so be­cause that doesn’t match ei­ther of the par­ents’ last names, a civil rights group that sued on be­half of the par­ents said Thurs­day. The Amer­i­can Civil Lib­er­ties Union of Ge­or­gia sued last month on be­half of El­iz­a­beth Handy and Bi­lal Walk, who had cho­sen the name Za­lyKha Grace­ful Lor­raina Al­lah. The group said it is drop­ping its law­suit be­cause the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Health has is­sued a birth cer­tifi­cate with the name the cou­ple had cho­sen.

Hawai­ian blow­back:

Hawaii’s Demo­cratic law­mak­ers on Thurs­day crit­i­cized At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions af­ter he ex­pressed amaze­ment on a ra­dio show that a “judge sit­ting on an is­land in the Pa­cific” could stop the pres­i­dent’s travel ban. U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono re­sponded by try­ing to give Ses­sions a civics les­son on Twit­ter, say­ing Hawaii has been a U.S. state for 58 years. Ses­sions made the re­marks on “The Mark Levin Show” re­gard­ing U.S. Dis­trict Judge Derrick Wat­son.

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