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ABA works to improve access to programs

The American Bar Association CLE programming is now accessible to individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing.

All live webinars and on-demand programs produced after Jan. 1 now include Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services, commonly known as real-time captioning or closed captioning.

“Providing CART and captioning will allow lawyers and law students who are deaf or hard of hearing to equally and fully participate in the ABA’s webinars and on-demand programs,” said ABA President Judy Perry Martinez. “The ABA values its members with disabilities and works to ensure that its products are accessible and inclusive to all individuals.”

In addition, approximately 135 ABA CLE programs produced before this year now have transcripts available, and of those about 100 programs produced within the last two years will have closed captioning added to them.

For more information, visit americanbar.org/cle-marketplace/.


Fast-track review of health care lawsuit rejected by high court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is refusing to consider a fast-track review of a lawsuit that threatens the Obama-era health care law, making it highly unlikely that the justices would decide the case before the 2020 election.

The court denied a request by 20 mainly Democratic states and the Democratic-led House of Representatives to decide quickly on a lower-court ruling that declared part of the statute unconstitutional and cast a cloud over the rest.

Defenders of the Affordable Care Act argued that the issues raised by the case are too important to let the litigation drag on for months or years in lower courts, and that the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans erred when it struck down the health law’s now toothless requirement that Americans have health insurance.

The justices did not comment on their order. They will consider the appeal on their normal timetable and could decide in the coming months whether to take up the case.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is leading the states’ appeal, said he hopes the court eventually agrees to hear the case. “The health and wellbeing of millions of our loved ones who rely on the ACA for healthcare is too important,” Becerra said on Twitter.


Cold-stunned iguanas falling from trees

MIAMI (AP) — The National Weather Service routinely warns people about falling rain, snow and hail, but temperatures are dropping so low in South Florida the forecasters warned residents Tuesday about falling iguanas.

“This isn't something we usually forecast, but don't be surprised if you see Iguanas falling from the trees tonight as lows drop into the 30s and 40s. Brrrr!" NWS Miami tweeted.
The low temperatures stun the invasive reptiles, but the iguanas won't necessarily die. That means many will wake up as temperatures rise.

Iguanas aren't dangerous or aggressive to humans, but they damage sidewalks, landscape foliage and can dig lengthy tunnels. The males can grow to at least 5 feet long and weigh nearly 20 pounds.

Female iguanas can lay nearly 80 eggs a year, and South Florida's warm climate is perfect for the prehistoric-looking animals.

They've been in South Florida since the 1960s, but their numbers have increased dramatically in recent years.

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