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News Wrap: North Dakota Outlaws Most Abortions After Fetal Heartbeat Detected

March 26, 2013 at 12:00 AM EDT
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HARI SREENIVASAN: Police will have to get a warrant from now on before they bring drug-sniffing dogs on a suspect’s property. The Supreme Court handed down that decision today five to four. Justice Antonin Scalia wrote the majority opinion for a conservative-liberal combination. He found that using sniffer dogs without a warrant violates the Fourth Amendment’s protection against illegal search and seizure.

The Republican governor of North Dakota signed legislation today banning most abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected. That means abortions would be illegal as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. Gov. Jack Dalrymple acknowledged it’s a direct challenge to Roe vs. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. Dalrymple also signed the nation’s first law banning abortions based on Down syndrome and other genetic defects.

The Supreme Court of Indiana has upheld the broadest school voucher program in the nation. A unanimous decision today rejected arguments that the law mainly benefits religious institutions that run private schools. Unlike most states, Indiana’s program extends not only to the poor, but to middle-class families as well.

In Cyprus, several thousand students protested in Nicosia a day after the country secured a $13 billion dollar international bailout. The deal calls for Cyprus to shrink its banking sector and impose heavy losses on large depositors. Today, protesters marched on parliament and the presidential palace. They waved signs and chanted slogans against the austerity measures and the financial toll they’re expected to take.

THOMAS, Student Protester: They have just gotten rid of all our dreams, everything we have worked for, everything we have achieved up until now, what our parents have achieved. And basically they’re just knocking down this country just because they want to.

HARI SREENIVASAN: The Cyprus government has ordered its banks to remain closed for another two days, so people won’t be able to withdraw all of their money.

Wall Street turned in a big day, thanks to upbeat reports on housing and manufacturing. The Dow Jones industrial average gained nearly 112 points to close at 14,559. The Nasdaq rose 17 points to close at 3,252.

A New Jersey man today claimed one of the largest Powerball jackpots ever, $338 million dollars. Pedro Quezada is a Dominican immigrant who came to this country 26 years ago, and owns a small grocery store. He said through a translator that he felt pure joy at winning, and is still figuring out what to do with his new fortune.

PEDRO QUEZADA, Powerball Lottery Winner: I don’t know how exactly, but I will help those in need. Of course, my family is a very humble family. And we are going to help each other out.

HARI SREENIVASAN: New Jersey lottery officials said later that Quezada has opted to take his winnings in a single lump-sum payout. After taxes, that comes to $152 million dollars.

Those are some of the day’s major stories — now back to Gwen.