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A federal judge overturned the Centers for Disease Control's nationwide ban on evictions.

On Wednesday, May 5, D.C. District Judge Dabney Friedrich ruled the CDC does not have legal authority to freeze evictions nationwide.

The CDC invoked the 1944 Public Health Service Act, to prevent the spread of communicable diseases between states.

However, Judge Friedrich ruled Wednesday that the CDC did not have the legal authority to impose a nationwide freeze on evictions.

According to Bloomberg, $47 billion in federal aid was slow to reach cash-strapped landlords who were forced to sell their properties to wealthy investors.

The eviction moratorium included all federally backed residential properties nationwide for tenants earning less than $99,000 in annual income.

The CDC had extended the eviction moratorium twice. Judge Friedrich ruled that the CDC overstepped its authority by extending the eviction freeze.

Landlords who violated the eviction moratorium faced fines up to $250,000, one year in jail, or both.

Many landlords filed lawsuits, claiming that the CDC exceeded its authority.

The Biden administration had sought to extend the eviction moratorium through June 30.

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The son of a federal judge was shot and killed when he answered a knock at the door of the family home in North Brunswick, New Jersey on Sunday afternoon, CBS News reports.

The judge's husband, a criminal defense attorney, was also shot but he is expected to survive.

The gunman, who was dressed as a FedEx delivery driver and wearing a face mask, fled the scene.

Law enforcement officials say U.S. District Judge Esther Salas, who is seated in Newark, was unharmed. Her son Daniel Anderl, 20, was shot and killed.

Salas' husband, Mark Anderl, a 63-year-old criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor, is listed in critical condition in an ICU.

Police sources told CBS New York Salas was in the basement of the home at the time of the shooting.

The FBI is working with U.S. Marshals and state and local authorities on the case.

Judge Salas was assigned a lawsuit filed by Deutsche Bank investors who claim the bank made misleading statements and didn't keep tabs on "high-risk" customers including convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

According to the Associated Press, Salas kept federal prosecutors from seeking the death penalty in 2017 against an alleged gang leader charged in several Newark slayings. She claimed his intellectual disability prevented him from being executed. Salas later sentenced him to 45 years in prison.

Salas is best known for presiding over the case of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" star Teresa Giudice and her husband, Joe Giudice, who pleaded guilty to fraud charges in 2014.

Update: The gunman wanted in the death of a district judge's son has killed himself. Police say the gunman - a lawyer - was found deceased in his car in upstate New York.

The gunman shot and killed Salas' son Daniel, 20, when he answered a knock at the door of the family home in North Brunswick, New Jersey on Sunday. The gunman targeted Judge Esther Salas who presided over his case in the past. She was in the basement of the home during the shooting.

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A federal judge overturned a 2016 Obama era policy that protected transgenders against healthcare providers who used religious freedom to deny treatment.

Judge Reed O'Connor in the Northern District of Texas overturned the 2016 ObamaCare protections for transgenders on Tuesday.

The Obama era policy prevented insurers and providers who receive federal funds from denying patients on the basis of sex, gender identity or termination of pregnancy.

The policy required doctors and hospitals to provide "medically necessary" services to transgender individuals as long as those services were the same ones provided to other patients.

President Obama's Department of Health and Human Services defended a challenge by a group of Christian providers as well as five conservative states.

But President Trump's administration dropped the defense in 2017 after Trump took office.

LGBT advocates complain that overturning the policy will allow doctors and hospitals to deny treatment to transgenders.

Barack Obama

Former President Barack Obama jetted off to the French Polynesia for a month -- without his long-suffering wife, Michelle Obama.

Still meddling in U.S. politics, Obama flew to Hawaii on Tuesday where, hours later, a federal judge temporarily blocked President Trump's second executive order travel ban. Supposedly Obama was in his native Hawaii to play a round of golf.

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