Editors, USA TODAY
Published 4:21 a.m. ET May 31, 2019
Last abortion clinic in Missouri is set to close Friday
The license for the last abortion clinic in Missouri expires on Friday. Planned Parenthood sued the state Department of Health and Senior Services earlier this week, accusing it of unlawfully refusing to renew the St. Louis clinic’s license, over demands to interview physicians for the investigation. Missouri Governor Mike Parson defended the investigation into the facility and urged a judge not to intervene. If the license is allowed to lapse, Missouri would become the only state in the country without a licensed abortion provider. The controversy comes at the same time that several states, including Missouri, have passed conservative laws aimed at restricting access to abortion.
Democratic presidential candidates to attend forum and discuss immigration
Four Democratic candidates will participate in a presidential forum in Pasadena, California, on Friday hosted by three immigration advocacy groups. Senators Kamala Harris (California) and Bernie Sanders (Vermont), former HUD Secretary Julian Castro and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee are slated to take part in a “conversation about their plans for bold immigration reform with directly impacted communities,” the event’s website states. As USA TODAY reporter Alan Gomez notes, most Democratic candidates have decried the most extreme aspects of President Donald Trump’s immigration strategy, blasting his family separation policy and vowing to reverse his decision to end protections for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival) recipients. But they have largely shied away from explaining how they would deal with the record-setting surge of Central American families seeking asylum, secure the southern border or overhaul a 50-year-old legal immigration system that needs an update..
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Far out! Disneyland’s ‘Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge’ opens
One of Disneyland’s most anticipated new attractions ever – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – opens Friday to guests clamoring to travel to a galaxy far, far away. The 14-acre attraction, which is set in the smuggler’s haven known as Black Spire Outpost, is an “interactive experience” where guests can meet a multitude of shady characters, storm troopers and members of the Resistance. Check out USA TODAY’s sneak peek at the otherwordly park, as well as the only ride currently available, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. Here’s what you need to know about tickets, rides, and food – including that weird blue milk. May the Force be with you!
NYC subway: ‘Tap and pay’ and be on your way
The trains won’t be any less crowded, but folks riding the New York City subway now have an easier way to pay. Starting Friday, riders will be able to “tap and pay” at subway terminals with “contactless” credit and charge cards from the likes of American Express, Mastercard and Visa, and via certain mobile devices, including Android phones with Google Pay and the iPhone or Apple Watch with Apple Pay. The tap-and-pay rollout is limited to the 4/5/6 subway lines between Manhattan and Brooklyn and on Staten Island buses. The goal is to cover the entire MTA system by October 2020.
‘Deadwood’ comes back to life as HBO movie
In the years since HBO’s “Deadwood” was canceled in 2006, the story of the show’s potential return became almost as mythic as the acclaimed Western. On Friday, the myth becomes reality in “Deadwood: The Movie” (HBO, 8 EDT/PDT). The film, written by creator David Milch and directed by Daniel Minahan, returns to Deadwood 10 years after the end of the series, as South Dakota joins the union in 1889. Back are stars Timothy Olyphant as lawman Seth Bullock, and Ian McShane, who won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of saloon owner Al Swearengen. “This story, like a lot of great stories, is about chickens coming home to roost,” says Olyphant.