State briefs: Judge tosses AG’s suit over birth control rules

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Monday, March 12, 2018
Judge tosses suit over birth control rules

BOSTON — A federal judge has tossed the Massachusetts attorney general’s lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s administration over rules allowing more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women.

U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton ruled against Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey on Monday. Gorton said the state lacks standing to sue.

Healey said in a statement that she’s disappointed in the decision but remains committed to ensuring “affordable and reliable reproductive health care for women.”

ICE arrests suspect in school threat

BOSTON — Immigration officials have detained a Boston high school student suspected of threatening to “shoot up” the school.

Authorities say the 19-year-old made threats against East Boston High School. School officials declined to elaborate, but an automated phone call sent to families says he made “verbal threats of violence” toward members of the school community.

A spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office says Boston police arrested the student Wednesday and charged him with threatening to do bodily harm. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement then arrested the student Friday, saying the El Salvador native illegally entered the U.S. in 2015.