The US Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Texas law placing a raft of restrictions on abortion clinics, handing a major victory to the "pro-choice" camp in the country's most important ruling on the divisive issue in a generation. The black-robed justices ruled by 5-3 to strike down Texas measures which activists say have forced more than half of abortion clinics to close in the second most-populous US state, with the conservative Anthony Kennedy siding with his four liberal colleagues on the bench. President Barack Obama joined civil rights activists and women's health providers in hailing a milestone for abortion rights, with the issue now set to be thrust center stage in the White House race.
Hillary Clinton unleashed one of her most energetic supporters Monday to wallop rival Donald Trump, with Senator Elizabeth Warren warning Americans that the provocative billionaire will "crush you into the dirt" if he is elected president. With the battle of the presumptive presidential nominees heating up four and a half months before the election, Democrat Clinton campaigned for the first time alongside Warren, who came out swinging against Republican Trump in a likely preview of her attack-dog role in the campaign. The Massachusetts senator, discussed as a possible Clinton vice presidential pick, introduced Clinton at a raucous rally in Cincinnati in swing state Ohio, and painted Trump as a "thin-skinned bully" who is only in the presidential race for himself.