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Federal Court: Alabama Abortion Restrictions unConstitutional

Dealing the second blow to anti-abortion activists in less than a week, a Federal judge has ruled that an Alabama law that would have shut three of the State’s five abortion clinics is unConstitutional. The law, a version of which has been passed in multiple states across the country in recent years, requires doctors performing […]

Truce Ends In Gaza; Israel And Hamas Both Claim Violations

GAZA CITY — A seven-hour cease-fire in the Gaza Strip on Monday ended as have previous short-term truces: with the two sides accusing one another of violations. At the same time, a pair of relatively small-scale attacks in Jerusalem — one carried out with a piece of construction equipment—rekindled fears that the Gaza conflict’s repercussions […]

Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds State’s Domestic Partner Registry

MADISON, Wisc. — The Wisconsin Supreme Court Thursday unanimously upheld a 2009 law providing limited benefits to gay and lesbian couples. The law established a registry system for same-sex couples to report their domestic partnerships to county clerks and in turn receive rights such as hospital visitation, medical leave and inheritance. The state’s highest court […]

Countries Move To Evacuate Citizens As Libya Fighting Escalates

CAIRO — More countries moved to evacuate their citizens Thursday from Libya where the fighting between rival militias was escalating. The Libyan Health Ministry said that 179 people were killed in clashes in the capital Tripoli and the flashpoint eastern city of Benghazi in the last week alone. The current wave of violence sweeping the […]

Border Crisis Bill Derails In House Amid Cruz-Inspired Disarray

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner was always expected to have trouble passing emergency funds for the crisis at the Southwestern border — but Republican Senator Ted Cruz made his job impossible. Cruz, the hard-line Texas Republican, has been working behind the scenes to stir up conservative opposition to a House GOP plan to approve […]

Panther Comeback In Florida Means Lost Cattle For Ranchers, Study Finds

The Florida panther nearly died out in the 1990s, but conservation efforts since then have more than quadrupled the number of the endangered cats — and research shows that may be bad news for cattle ranchers. For centuries, more than 1,000 panthers, also known as cougars and mountain lions, roamed what is now Florida, until […]

Giraffe Hits Head On Bridge During Transport, Dies

A giraffe in South Africa has died after cracking its head on a bridge as it was being transported in an open vehicle down a freeway. As anger spread on Twitter, local media quoted the owner as saying the animal had craned its neck. Witness Thinus Botha, of Pretoria, talked to the Los Angeles Times […]

First A Portrait, Now A Book: George W. Bush Takes 41 As His Subject

It turns out that George W. Bush hasn’t been spending all of his post-White House time at his easel, painting portraits of foreign leaders and former pets. The 43rd president has written a biography of his father, the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, that will be released Nov. 11 by Crown Publishers, with an initial […]

CIA Improperly Accessed Senate Computers, Agency Finds

WASHINGTON — CIA employees improperly accessed computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee to compile a report on the agency’s now defunct detention and interrogation program, an internal CIA investigation has determined. Findings of the investigation by the CIA Inspector General’s Office “include a judgment that some CIA employees acted in a manner inconsistent with […]

Fed Stays Course On Policy But Acknowledges Rising Inflation

(MCT) — Despite the economic rebound and sharp drop in the unemployment rate recently, Federal Reserve officials still see considerable weakness in the labor market and remain very cautious about moving away from their easy-money policy. The Fed, in a statement after its two-day meeting Wednesday, said it would continue to trim the size of […]

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