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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Planned Parenthood is suing Texas over a new ban on a common abortion procedure that other Republican-controlled states have also tried outlawing in recent years. The lawsuit filed Thursday comes one year after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down sweeping anti-abortion measures in Texas that prompted more than half of the state's abortion clinics to close since 2013. Texas Republicans were undeterred by the ruling and Gov. Greg Abbott began signed new abortion restrictions in June.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Senate has staged an unusual midnight floor session as conservatives who dominate the chamber rush to revive abortion restrictions, school vouchers and a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people. All of those stalled previously amid fierce opposition, but opponents may not be able to mobilize quickly enough this time. The Senate planned to ram divisive bills through in just days, even if it limits public input and debate.

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - An environmental group has filed five federal lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in an attempt to force it to alter Texas air pollution control permits that the group says have loopholes that allow for illegal emissions. The suits filed Thursday by Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Integrity Project target Texas-issued permits for a petrochemical factory, refineries and a coal-fired power plant east of Dallas.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Exxon Mobil is suing the U.S. government to stop a $2 million fine on the oil giant for violating U.S. sanctions on Russia. Exxon is being fined for signing contracts with a Russian oil mogul who was on a U.S. blacklist. The company points to comments from Treasury Department representatives who had said the sanctions barred Americans from dealing with the oil mogul himself, and not the Russian government-owned oil company he ran.

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