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Supreme Court sidesteps major rulings on electoral map manipulation

Supreme Court sidesteps major rulings on electoral map manipulationThe U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt a setback to election reformers by declining to use high-profile cases from Wisconsin and Maryland to curb the ability of state lawmakers to draw electoral districts purely for partisan advantage. Sidestepping major rulings, the nine justices decided both cases on narrow legal grounds and put off perhaps until their next term, which begins in October, a more definitive ruling on whether courts can step in to limit the contentious practice known as partisan gerrymandering. In the Wisconsin case, the court ruled 9-0 in favor of Republican legislators who drew state electoral districts that helped entrench their party in power, throwing out a lower court ruling that the map had deprived Democratic voters of their constitutional rights including equal protection under the law.


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Grandmother wrestles rabid bobcat in fight to the death

Grandmother wrestles rabid bobcat in fight to the deathA grandmother from Georgia, US, fought off a rabid bobcat with her bare hands, wrestling with it and silently strangling the wild animal as it clawed at her face. DeDe Phillips, 46, was well aware of how dangerous the animals could be.  Bobcats are America’s most numerous wild cat with a population of around a million. “It was either me or the cat and it was going to be the cat that day,” she said.  “They go for your jugular. Because when they can get the vein you’re dead in a couple of minutes.” Ms Phillips was outside her home in Hart County, nearly 110 miles northeast of Atlanta, on June 7. She had just bought a new 4x4, and heard dogs barking as she was affixing a bumper sticker on the vehicle, reading: “Women who behave rarely make history.” A bobcat hunting in the Yellowstone National Park Credit: BBC She had never seen a bobcat near the property before, and took a photo of the big cat - before it lunged at her. “As soon as it took the first step, I was in trouble and I knew it,” she said. The animal jumped at her, claws bared. “It caught me slightly on my face, but I got him before he could do much damage there,” she told her local news site, OnlineAthens.  “I took it straight to the ground and started inching my hands up to its throat. I knew that was the only way I was getting out of this.” Her five-year-old granddaughter was sleeping inside the house, so Ms Phillips, worried shouts and screams might bring the child outside, struggled in silence. “I started praying, don’t let her come to the door,” she said. A photo of the dead bobcat, taken by Ms Phillips' family Credit: WFMZ When finally the bobcat stopped moving, Ms Phillips shouted for her daughter-in-law to call 911 and her son, she told OnlineAthens. Her hands, however, stayed clenched around the bobcat’s motionless neck — Ms Phillips wasn’t sure if the animal was really dead.  “My son stabbed it four or five times, but it never budged so I knew it was completely dead,” she

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