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  • Indiana GOP sends 'abortion reversal' bill back to committee February 21, 2017
    Indianapolis • An Indiana House panel will take another look at a measure it narrowly approved last week concerning a scientifically disputed process known as abortion reversal, a rare legislative step that Democrats say reflects widespread problems with the proposal. Republican Rep. Ron Bacon’s bill would require abortion providers to give women information about potentially […]
  • Russia's U.N. ambassador -- adversary and friend February 21, 2017
    New York • Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, a veteran diplomat known as a potent, savvy yet personable voice for his country’s interests who could both spar and get along with his Western counterparts, fell ill and died suddenly Monday in his office at Russia’s U.N. mission. Vitaly Churkin was taken to a hospital […]
  • Iran blames sandstorm on Iraq after protests over power cuts February 21, 2017
    Tehran, Iran • Iranian authorities on Monday blamed neighboring Iraq for a sandstorm that knocked out power in an oil-rich southern province and sparked protests against local officials. Masoumeh Ebtekar, a vice president in charge of environmental affairs, called on Iraq to implement an agreement to prevent dust storms by spreading mulch over 3,500 sq. […]
  • Minnesota House votes to undo Sunday liquor sales ban February 21, 2017
    St. Paul, Minn. • Minnesota lawmakers on Monday put a massive crack in the state’s ban on Sunday liquor sales, overwhelmingly voting to repeal the Prohibition-era law after years of failed attempts. Its passage marks an historic turn in a perennial debate in Minnesota, where lawmakers have never allowed a full vote on a bill […]
  • Trump says Sweden remark referred to Fox News broadcast February 21, 2017
    Helsinki • Swedes have been scratching their heads and ridiculing President Donald Trump’s remarks that suggested a major incident had happened in the Scandinavian country. Trump now says he was referring to something he saw on television. During a rally in Florida on Saturday, Trump said “look what’s happening last night in Sweden” as he […]
  • Trump tweets further criticism of Sweden February 21, 2017
    West Palm Beach, Fla. • President Donald Trump is tweeting further criticism of Sweden’s immigration policies. The president tweeted Monday that: “The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!” People in Sweden have been scratching their heads since Trump suggested during a rally […]
  • Europe counting on U.S. support, E.U. president tells Pence February 21, 2017
    Brussels • Vice President Mike Pence on Monday vowed to stand with the European Union and the NATO military alliance, but was met with some skepticism from leaders shaken by President Donald Trump’s more critical comments. European Union Council President Donald Tusk said he had “open and frank talks” with Pence and that the bloc […]
  • Deadline looms for Dakota Access pipeline protest camp February 21, 2017
    Cannon Ball, N.D. • State and federal authorities have told Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters at an encampment in North Dakota to leave. But many in the camp say they’re not going. The deadline is Wednesday. It comes amid concerns that spring flooding could wash tons of trash into nearby rivers. State officials are warning […]
  • 'I guess I'm breaking the law': Utah's fetal anesthesia abortion law is going unenforced February 21, 2017
    Last year, Utah enacted a first-in-the-nation law requiring that fetuses receive anesthesia or painkillers before elective abortions, starting at 20 weeks’ gestation. Nine months later, the only licensed clinic providing those abortions in the state says no changes have been made in how doctors perform the procedure. The handful of doctors who do the abortions […]
  • Scientists hold rally in Boston to protest threat to science February 21, 2017
    Boston • Hundreds of scientists, environmental advocates and their supporters held a rally in Boston on Sunday to protest what they see as increasing threats to science and research in the U.S. The scientists, some dressed in white lab coats, called on President Donald Trump’s administration to recognize evidence of climate change and take action […]