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    Supreme Court May Avoid Abortion Deadlock

    Are the really split? Since the death last month of Antonin Scalia, the four liberal justices can at least tie the vote in the first major abortion case in a decade. But a stalemate would uphold the lower court ruling that closes all but six of Texas’ abortion clinics — a win for the conservatives. But liberals’ hopes were kindled by Friday’s one-sentence high court ruling temporarily blocking a Louisiana abortion clinic restriction, and swing-voting Justice Anthony Kennedy’s Wednesday suggestion that the Texas case could be returned to the lower court for reconsideration.

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