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Rio Police Arrest American -- 400 Caipirinhas Later -- For Unpaid Bar Tab

A unpaid $7,000 tab at Copacabana's Porto Bay hotel was traced to a 53-year-old American, whose hotel bill showed 30 caipirinhas a day. Employees say the suspect was constantly surrounded by women... apparently also with drinks in hand.

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RIO DE JANEIRO - A 53-year-old American tourist was detained in Rio International Airport last week after leaving an unpaid R$14,488 ($7,000) tab unpaid in Porto Bay hotel, alongside this city's legendary Copacabana beach. Robert Scott Utley may become a legend himself, as nearly half of his hotel bill was spent on 400 caipirinhas – a daily average of 30 glasses of the sugary lime and cachaça cocktail. Hotel employees said Utley was usually accompanied by several women.
The hotel manager got suspicious and called the police when Utley requested a cab to the airport. He had a flight ticket scheduled for the next day.
Utley spent the night at the police station and left the next day. The American consulate in Rio did not say whether the bill was paid or whether he returned to the United States. The tourist insisted his credit card had been cloned — a common problem in Brazil — and therefore could not pay the bill. He also said he took an earlier flight because of heart problems that required urgent treatment.

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As the Supreme Court decides to overturn the 1973 decision that guaranteed abortion rights, many fear an imminent threat to abortion rights in the U.S. But in other countries, the global fight for sexual and reproductive rights is going in different directions.

"Don't abort my right" At 2019 pro-choice march In Toulouse, France.

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PARIS — Nearly 50 years after it ensured the right to abortion to Americans, the United States Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade case, meaning that millions of women in the U.S. may lose their constitutional right to abortion.

The groundbreaking decision is likely to set off a range of restrictions on abortion access in multiple states in the U.S., half of which are expected to implement new bans on the procedure. Thirteen have already passed "trigger laws" that will automatically make abortion illegal.

U.S. President Joe Biden called the ruling "a tragic error" and urged individual states to enact laws to allow the procedure.

In a country divided on such a polarizing topic, the decision is likely to cause major shifts in American law and undoubtedly spark outrage among the country’s pro-choice groups. Yet the impact of such a momentous shift, like others in the United States, is also likely to reverberate around the world — and perhaps, eventually, back again in the 50 States.

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