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National Briefing | Plains: North Dakota: Abortion Law Is Blocked

A state judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked enforcement of a law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.    

National Briefing | West: Nevada: Simpson Granted Parole on Some Charges in Robbery Case

O. J. Simpson was granted parole on several charges related to his role in the robbery of two sports memorabilia dealers, but he will remain in prison at least until 2017 on other charges.    

National Briefing | West: California: Los Angeles Archdiocese Releases More Files on Sexual Abuse

Hundreds of pages of secret church files were released on Wednesday, shedding light on the careers of a dozen clergy members accused of sexually abusing children.    

U.S. Military Deaths in Afghanistan

The Department of Defense has identified 2,241 American service members who have died as a part of the Afghan war and related operations.    

$4 Million Set for Man Left in D.E.A. Cell

The government will pay Daniel Chong after he was left in a cell for four days last year without food or water.    

Bus strike to snarl commute for some workers in Phoenix area

By Tim Gaynor PHOENIX (Reuters) – Transit officials warned thousands of Phoenix area commuters to make alternative rush-hour travel plans because of a bus strike that will start on Thursday after contract talks between union drivers and management coll…

In Senate, Arm-Twisting and Vote-Changing Lead to a Confirmation

A close call over the nomination of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives director could have unraveled a delicate truce between the two parties.    

Uruguay’s House OKs legal marijuana market plan

A man smokes marijuana outside the Congress where lawmakers debate a bill to legalize marijuana and regulate production and distribution in Montevideo, Uruguay, Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Uruguay's unprecedented proposal to fight organized crime by creating a legal, government-licensed marijuana market was fiercely debated by lawmakers Wednesday, as the governing coalition counted every vote in hopes of winning passage in the lower house of Congress. (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Uruguay’s unprecedented plan to create a legal marijuana market won its critical first step Wednesday in the lower house of Congress.

Australian gets life term for nursing home fires

In this undated photo provided by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in Australia, evidence is labeled at the scene of a deadly nursing home fire in the Sydney suburb of Quakers Hill. A Sydney nurse was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, for setting two fires that engulfed the nursing home in 2011. (AP Photo/DPP ) EDITORIAL USE ONLYSYDNEY (AP) — A nurse who set a Sydney nursing home on fire, killing 11 residents and wounding several others, was sentenced Thursday to life in prison, with the judge slamming the man’s actions as heinous and reprehensible.

Late-comer candidate sees opportunity in chaotic New York City mayoral race

New York City Mayoral candidate Hidary speaks with a resident as he attends a fundraiser in Staten Island, New York in this file photoBy Edith Honan NEW YORK (Reuters) – In a New York City mayoral race marked by scandal and the clear absence of a front runner, wealthy tech entrepreneur Jack Hidary sees an opening for another candidate – one with a sweeping vision for the city’s future. “The message across the board is, thank God someone else is in the race,” Hidary said in an interview. Hidary, who casts himself as a business-friendly candidate in the mold of New York City’s current mayor Michael Bloomberg, said two weeks ago that he was entering the race. …

Taiwan orders more human vaccine as rabies returns

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan has ordered tens of thousands of vaccine doses to protect people against the island’s first rabies outbreak in more than 50 years.

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