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    Federal Judge Strikes Down Key Part of Texas Abortion Law as Unconstitutional

    A federal judge ruled Friday it is unconstitutional to close a number of abortion clinics in the state of Texas, effectively throwing out a key component of an anti-abortion state law that has been considered one of the most restrictive in the country. In the ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel wrote that closing the clinics would create an “impermissible obstacle to all women seeking a previability abortion.” Under the new law, a number of abortion clinics would have […]

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    Tony Stewart: Racing ‘Will Help Me Get Through’ Trauma of Driver’s Death

    Tony Stewart says he took the last three weekends off to respect the family of the driver that his race car struck and killed this month, and to deal with his own emotions. Returning to NASCAR racing this weekend, he says, will help him cope. Stewart, who opted out of three races after his car hit Kevin Ward Jr. during a dirt track race on August 9, spoke briefly to reporters Friday about his decision to race in Sunday’s Oral-B […]

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    Axe-Swinging Suspect Arrested by Connecticut Police

    WEST HAVEN, CONNECTICUT — Calls about an axe-wielding man in West Haven led to one arrest, according to police. Peter Phaneuf, 54, faces charges after police were called to an address on Church Street on Thursday morning. Investigators said several calls reported a man chasing a female around with an axe. Officers found Phaneuf walking toward the doorway of a residence with a wood chopping axe. They said they were able to disarm him without any resistance. Police said Phaneuf was […]

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    Airline Seat Reclining Sparks Mid-Flight Skirmish

    BOSTON, Massachusetts — Inching into another passenger’s knee space has some fliers itching for a fight. In the second serious airline legroom argument reported this week, a reportedly irate passenger caused a flight from Miami to Paris to divert to Boston on Wednesday. Paris resident Edmund Alexandre, 60, was charged in U.S. federal court Thursday with interfering with an airline flight crew. Interfering with flight crew members is a violation of federal law and carries a sentence of up to […]

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    Alarm as Syrian Refugee Count Surpasses 3 Million

    The number of people who have fled Syria and registered as refugees will surpass a record 3 million Friday, and a further 6.5 million are believed to be displaced within the war-torn nation, the U.N. refugee agency said. That means almost half of all Syrians have been forced to leave their homes amid the country’s roughly three-year civil war, and one in eight has fled across the border, the agency said. The number is the largest from a single crisis […]

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    Nato Accuses Russia of Illegally Crossing Ukraine Border

    KIEV, Ukraine — NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Friday condemned what he called a “serious escalation of Russian aggression” in Ukraine and said Moscow is carrying out direct military operations there. Accusing Moscow of “hollow denials,” Rasmussen said that Russian troops had illegally crossed the border into Ukraine and that this was not an isolated action but part of a campaign to “destabilize Ukraine as a sovereign nation.” Rasmussen, who spoke after a meeting of NATO ambassadors in […]

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    Fort Worth Shooter Asks ISIS Leader to Become ‘Citizen’ of Islamic State

    FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kansas — The Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people at Fort Hood has written a letter to the leader of ISIS, asking to become a citizen of the Islamic State’s caliphate, his attorney said Thursday. “The letter states that Nadal Hasan wants to become a citizen of the Islamic State caliphate,” attorney John Galligan said. “He wrote it in the last few weeks.” Details of the letter were first reported by Fox News on Thursday. Described as a […]

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    Google Reveals Secret Drone Delivery Tests

    Amazon is trying it. UPS has considered it. Ice fishermen in Minnesota used it to get beer. Yelp created one just for burritos. Google is the latest company to branch out into delivery by drone, it revealed Thursday. The technology giant started running its first test flights earlier this month as part of Project Wing, a secretive, 2-year-old program exploring drone delivery. A team of Google engineers and experts on unmanned aerial vehicles, called UAVs, safely carried out more than […]

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    Is Bigger Really Better for Apple?

    After ceding the smartphone and tablet size war to competitors like Samsung for the past few years, it appears Apple has finally decided that bigger is better. The next iPad will be Apple’s biggest ever, with a whopping 12.9-inch display screen, according to a report Tuesday from Bloomberg. That would be a huge leap from the current 9.7-inch iPad Air screen. And the report comes as Apple prepares to release not one, but two, new, bigger iPhones. Multiple reports have […]

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    Doctors: School Start Times Unhealthy

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — If you think school starts too early, you aren’t the only one. A new policy statement published by the American Academy of Pediatrics is on the side of groggy students falling asleep at their desks and their parents who are tired of nagging them to get out of bed in the morning. They say that lack of sleep in adolescents causes poor academic performance and poses a serious public health concern. Traffic accidents, depression and obesity can […]

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    Joan Rivers Rushed to Hospital After She Stops Breathing

    NEW YORK — Joan Rivers was rushed to the hospital Thursday morning after she stopped breathing, a source confirmed to CNN. A law enforcement official told CNN the comedienne stopped breathing during throat surgery. Rivers, 81, was then rushed in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. In 2013, Rivers allowed cameras to record a health scare for her and her daughter’s reality show, “Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?” Rivers said on the show that doctors […]

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    Ebola Death Toll Rising, Outbreak ‘Accelerating’

    GENEVA, Switzerland — The Ebola outbreak “continues to accelerate” in West Africa and has killed 1,552 people so far, the World Health Organization said Thursday. The total number of cases stands at 3,069, with 40% occurring in the past three weeks. “However, most cases are concentrated in only a few localities,” the WHO said. The outbreak, the deadliest ever, has been centered in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, with a handful of cases in Nigeria. The overall fatality rate is […]


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