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    A transgender woman has been brutally assaulted near a light rail station in Minneapolis, suffering a rib fracture, collapsed lung and brain bleed. Police responded Monday morning after receiving a call that a woman was lying on the ground near Lake St. Station. According to criminal complaints, officers are concerned the assault was motivated by anti-transgender bias. A spokesperson for the county attorney’s office says the case is being investigated, and more evidence is needed to determine the motive. Two men were arrested and charged with first-degree aggravated robbery and third-degree assault. A third person has not been identified.

      A Bismarck pharmacist has joined a Texas-based lawsuit challenging the Biden administration’s attempt to require pharmacies that receive federal funding to dispense abortion-inducing drugs.

        Idaho has joined a Texas lawsuit against the Biden administration's waterway protections, claiming the rules are too vague and violate state sovereignty rights. The lawsuit was originally filed in southern Texas’ federal courts Jan. 18, and amended to include Idaho on Monday. The states contend that a new interpretation of a Clean Water Act rule is too vague, oversteps the bounds of federal authority and puts the liberties of states and private property owners at risk. The rule defines which U.S. “waters of the United States” qualify for protection under the Clean Water Act. A similar lawsuit was filed by a group of 24 states earlier this month.

          Three men are facing charges after their fleeing vehicle smashed into several police cars and nearly hit a deputy Saturday morning. The Ward County Sheriff’s department says the chase started in McLean County before continuing into Ward County and ending in Minot. At one point, the fleeing vehicle aimed directly for a sheriff’s deputy who was trying to set out a device to deflate its tires. The deputy jumped out of the way and then fired two shots at the vehicle. Later, the fleeing vehicle struck three different law enforcement vehicles as it continued through the streets of Minot. The chase finally ended when the fleeing vehicle and a McLean County vehicle became disabled, and another deputy fired at the vehicle.

            Some top Idaho officials are raising alarms after the state's Republican attorney general declined to join a 24-state lawsuit against Biden administration waterway protections. Opponents say the new water rules could impact public and private land across the state. Instead, Idaho Attorney General Raul Labrador’s office says the state will soon join a lawsuit filed in Texas. He says it’s a better fit for the state’s interests. The decision surprised some state leaders. Idaho Governor Brad Little recently led the multistate coalition of Republican governors opposing the new rules, which restore federal protection to thousands of small streams, wetlands and other waterways.


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