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ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Air Algerie flight carrying 116 people from Burkina Faso to Algeria's capital disappeared from radar early Thursday over northern Mali, officials said. France's foreign minister said no wreckage had been found, but that the plane "probably crashed."

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Conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court might have already tipped their hand on the latest substantial legal threat to Obamacare, according to one Yale law professor. And if they did, it would be good news for the Obama administration.

A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled Tuesday that Obamacare's language did not allow people shopping on HealthCare.gov to access tax credits if they purchase insurance through the federal website. If that decision were to become law, affecting the 36 states served by the federal exchange, it would strip subsidies from nearly 5 million people and send their premiums skyrocketing. Without some sort of administrative rescue from the Obama administration, it would significantly gut the law.

Another federal appeals court in Virginia ruled the opposite way on the same day. Legal analysts have said it is at least possible that the case will end up in front of the Supreme Court, which largely upheld Obamacare in 2012. But the court's conservative streak has struck down some of the law's other provisions.

Abbe Gluck, a law professor at Yale University, highlighted some passages this week for a piece for Politico that showed how the court's conservative justices seemed to have already interpreted the issue in the 2012 ruling.

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One of the academics whom U.S. Sen. John Walsh (D-MT) plagiarized in his 2007 master's thesis said Thursday that he was "mildly flattered" -- though he added that the work Walsh plagiarized was already out of date at the time.

"Why the United States Should Spread Democracy" was one of the works that Walsh appropriated without citation, the New York Times reported Wednesday. It was written in 1998 by Sean M. Lynn-Jones, a scholar at Harvard University's Belfer Center.

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A United Nations official claims that the militant Islamist group ISIS has ordered all women between the age of 11 and 46 in Mosul, Iraq to undergo female genital mutilation, according to the BBC.

However, some reporters dispute the UN's account. Shiraz Maher, a Senior Fellow at King’s College London, told the Independent that the order reviewed by the UN is likely a fake distributed by a group opposing ISIS.

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