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Supreme Court halts key part of voting rights law

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a key provision in a landmark Civil Rights-era law designed to combat discriminatory voting practice, a move that frees states of certain federal oversight of elections. While the justices in their 5-4 decision left in place most of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, they threw out rules that required all or parts of 16 states, mostly in the South, to seek...