Ginsburg urges young women to wage inspiring fights

BOSTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday advised young women to fight for things they care about, but to do so in a way that inspires others to join their cause.

"Young women today have a great advantage, and it is that there are no more closed doors," the 82-year-old justice said in a speech at Harvard University in Cambridge. "That was basically what the '70s was all about. Opening doors that had been closed to women."

Ginsburg, once a prominent women's rights lawyer and now the oldest active justice on the nation's highest court, spoke at an outdoor luncheon at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The institute gave her the Radcliffe Medal, which is awarded annually to an individual who has had a "transformative impact" on society.

Ginsburg "knocked on closed doors, opened them and then held them open for others," said Lizabeth Cohen, dean of the institute.

Ginsburg, a Harvard Law School graduate, has served on the court since 1993. —AP

Founder of Silk Road drug website gets life term

NEW YORK — A San Francisco man who created the online drug-selling site Silk Road was sentenced Friday to life in prison by a judge who cited six deaths that resulted from drugs bought on his website and five people he tried to have killed.

U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest told Ross Ulbricht, 31, that he was a criminal even though he doesn't fit the typical profile — he has two collegiate degrees — and she brushed aside his attempt to characterize the business as a big mistake.

"It was a carefully planned life's work. It was your opus," she said. "You are no better a person than any other drug dealer."

Ulbricht was convicted of operating the site for nearly three years from 2011 until his 2013 arrest. —AP

Texas lawmakers OK bill to allow open carry of handguns

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas lawmakers on Friday approved carrying handguns openly on the streets of the nation's second most-populous state, sending the bill to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who is expected to sign it and reverse a ban dating to the post-Civil War era.

The state has allowed concealed handguns for 20 years. —AP

Five pilots say lasers were pointed at their planes

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Local and federal law enforcement officials launched an investigation Friday after five commercial airline pilots reported that green lasers were pointed at their planes Thursday night as they flew over New York and New Jersey.

Meanwhile, the Federal Aviation Administration was also investigating a commercial flight's close encounter with a drone near LaGuardia Airport on Friday morning. —AP

Missouri parents who caged autistic son get prison

ST. CHARLES, Mo. — A suburban St. Louis couple were sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for keeping their autistic son inside a makeshift cage.

St. Charles County Circuit Judge Ted House dismissed a defense request for probation for Terry Smith, 45, and his wife, Victoria, 44. —AP

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