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Oklahoma judge allows law on abortion pills to take effect

By Heide Brandes OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - An Oklahoma judge said on Wednesday he will allow a law governing the use of an abortion-inducing drug to take effect as planned on Nov. 1, over the objections of abortion rights advocates who said the measure is poor public health policy that could put women at risk. Oklahoma District Court Judge Robert Stuart turned down a request by abortion rights ...

Lawsuit says ICE attorney forged document

SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorney forged a document in an attempt to deport an immigrant seeking to stay in the country with his wife and children, according to a new lawsuit.

Former Louisiana mayor arrested on child porn possession charges

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - The former mayor of a small Louisiana city was arrested on Thursday and charged with 40 counts of possessing child pornography, prosecutors said. Wilson Longanecker Jr., 41, who served as mayor of Sorrento, about 50 miles northwest of New Orleans, from 2011 to 2013, was also charged with one count of obstruction of justice for attempting to hide evidence, prosecutors said. "Crimes like this illustrate how important it is to actively, aggressively pursue those who exploit our children," said Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell in a statement. ...

New York tests healthcare worker who was in West Africa for Ebola

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York City hospital is running Ebola tests on a healthcare worker with Doctors Without Borders who returned to the United States from West Africa and developed a fever and gastrointestinal symptoms, the city health department said on Thursday. Preliminary test results were expected in the next 12 hours, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said in a statement. ...

Police on alert following 'terror attack' on Jerusalem train station

the scene after a car rammed a group of pedestrians Israel pledged Thursday a tough response to any further attacks in Jerusalem as police flooded flashpoint Arab neighbourhoods after a Palestinian rammed his car into a group of pedestrians and killed a baby. The second deadly incident involving a Palestinian vehicle in three months, Wednesday's attack prompted a sharp warning from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. "Jerusalem is united and was, and always will be, the eternal capital of Israel. Police dubbed as a "hit-and-run terror attack" Wednesday's incident in which Abdelrahman Shaludi, 21, drove at high speed into a crowd of Israelis, killing the baby and injuring another six people.

Second White House fence jumper faces mental evaluation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The man arrested after jumping the White House fence on Wednesday night was charged in court with two federal offenses on Thursday, including harming a dog the Secret Service used to stop him from entering the presidential mansion. Federal Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson ordered a mental screening for the man, Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Maryland. Adesanya was also charged with unlawfully entering the restricted grounds of the White House. Both charges are misdemeanors that carry up to one year in prison. ...

Hillary Clinton hits the campaign trail

Report: Clinton State Department Played Favorites In Sex Inquiries The potential 2016 hopeful lends her support to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Canada's PM makes big pledge after attack

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a nationally televised address on CBC in this still image taken from video courtesy of CBC in Ottawa, Prime Minister Stephen Harper lays out response to yesterday's tragedy in Ottawa.

Ottawa shootings stir terror fears

A Royal Canadian Mounted Police intervention team walks past a gate on Parliament hill in Ottawa Wednesday Oct. 22, 2014. A soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial has been shot by an unknown gunman and there have been reports of gunfire inside the halls of Parliament. Emergency responders are still on the scene as paramedics performed CPR on the soldier before he was taken away by ambulance. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld) Two deadly attacks in three days stun Canadians, raising fears of reprisals for joining U.S.-led coalition.

Did General Motors prompt Michigan's 'anti-Tesla' law?

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill into law yesterday effectively banning Tesla from setting up shop in the Wolverine state. He did so after General Motors, a major  Michigan employer, issued a statement supporting the so-called 'anti-Tesla' bill. 

Legal fight over Jim Thorpe’s body could be over

A federal appeals court ruled on Thursday that the Pennsylvania town of Jim Thorpe can keep the body of the late sports legend, probably ending a dispute over athlete’s final resting place.

Homecoming for U.S. cameraman recovered from Ebola

In this image released by Nebraska Medical Center, Ashoka Mukpo, left, an American video journalist who has recovered from Ebola, looks toward Dr. Phil Smith, medical director of the biocontainment unit, as he was released from Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment unit, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, in Omaha, Neb. (AP Photo/Nebraska Medical Center, Taylor Wilson) PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An American video journalist who recovered from Ebola is home in Rhode Island.

NYC doctor being tested for Ebola virus

Ebola Fight: Hopes Are High in Liberia's Capital The physician had been in self-quarantine after developing symptoms following his trip to West Africa.

Why Huge Salaries Don’t Necessarily Make Law School Grads Rich

Graduates of Harvard Law School make the most money among all graduate schools in the U.S., earning a median salary of $201,000 after 10 years, according to a report.

Silver Law Group Files Lawsuits Against Cryptocurrency Exchanges Bitcoin Savings & Trust and Cryptsy

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Silver Law Group ( is pursing claims against multiple Bitcoin exchanges for allegedly buying and selling cryptocurrencies using false and misleading claims of easy ...

Attorney: Crowder won't comment on UNC report

Deborah Crowder is at the heart of the UNC scandal.

Islamic State now world's richest terrorist group

An image taken from a propaganda video released in March by the Islamic State group's al-Furqan Media allegedly shows IS fighters in the Syrian City of Homs The Islamic State has become the world's wealthiest terror group, generating tens of millions of dollars a month from black market oil sales, ransoms and extortion, officials said Thursday. It earns $1 million a day alone by selling crude oil from fields captured when the group swept across Iraq and Syria earlier this year, said David Cohen, Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence. He is among a team of Obama administration officials leading the fight against the Islamic State (IS) group, seeking to get allies, including Gulf countries, on board. IS is now "considered the world's wealthiest and most financially sophisticated terrorist organization," said Marwan Muasher, vice president at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

NFL discusses plans to add new team

NFL logo and set are seen at New York's Radio City Music Hall before the start of the 2013 NFL Draft The National Football League anticipates a franchise across the pond.

Islamic State raking in millions on black market oil

In this Dec. 1, 2011 file photo, Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Treasury Department says Islamic State militants are amassing wealth at an unprecedented pace, earning about $1 million a month from black market oil sales alone. Cohen said Thursday that the militant group also has taken in at least $20 million in ransom payments this year from kidnappings. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) WASHINGTON (AP) — Islamic State militants are amassing wealth at an unprecedented pace, earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales alone, a U.S. Treasury Department official said Thursday.

White House announces new healthcare intiiative

The White House as seen from behind the North Lawn fence in Washington The Obama administration announced a program budgeted at $840 million.

WHO: Ebola still of grave concern; number with disease approaches 10,000

A Liberian health worker holds a baby infected with the Ebola virus at the NGO Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) Ebola treatment center in Monrovia on October 18, 2014 Top Ebola experts raised grave concerns Thursday about the worsening epidemic in west Africa as the number of infections soared to almost 10,000 and the death toll edged closer to 4,900. The World Heath Organization said after an emergency meeting on the deadly haemorrhagic fever that the situation in the worst-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone "remains of great concern" as cases increase exponentially. It formally declared a global emergency in August, sparking outside criticism and internal soul-searching over claims that it was too slow, as the first case was in Guinea in December. WHO's deputy chief, Keiji Fukuda, said the international community had for months been ramping up the fight, with 600 international experts deployed in the embattled region over recent weeks.

Legal woes of former Catalan leader's family deepen

The legal woes of the family of a former longtime leader of Spain's independence-minded region of Catalonia deepened Thursday after police arrested his son on fraud charges. Police detained Oleguer Pujol, the youngest son of Jordi Pujol, a former regional president and figurehead of the Catalan independence movement, in Barcelona and searched his home and offices across the country in ...

Helpline calls on legal highs soar

Experts have warned that users of legal highs are "gambling with their health" as new figures reveal calls to an NHS poisons hotline about the drugs have soared 13-fold in the past year.

Continuing revelations in UNC cheating scandal

Kenneth Wainstein, lead investigator into academic irregularities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, holds a copy of his findings following a special joint meeting of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors and the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees in Chapel Hill, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. The findings revealed academic fraud involving more than 3,100 students. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — Bogus classes and automatic A's and B's are at the heart of a cheating scandal at the University of North Carolina that lasted nearly two decades, encompassing about 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes.

Suspected Boko Haram militants make horrifying move

Nigerian soldiers patrol in the north of Borno state close to Islamist extremist group Boko Haram's former camp near Maiduguri on June 5, 2013 YOLA Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses to the attack said, despite talks aimed at freeing more than 200 other female hostages the militants seized in April. John Kwaghe, who witnessed the attack and lost three daughters to the abductors, and Dorathy Tizhe, who lost two, said the attackers came late in the night, forcing all the women to go with them, then later releasing the older ones.

Don't prejudge Egypt's new draft NGO law, says minister

By Stephen Kalin and Lin Noueihed CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's minister of social solidarity has urged civil society groups not to prejudge a new draft law for non-government organizations (NGOs), which they fear will roll back freedoms won in the 2011 uprising and could threaten their existence. Ghada Wali said the draft was still open to revision and could be further amended by parliament, which ...

Court: Olympian Jim Thorpe's remains can't be removed to tribal land

The Jim Thorpe Memorial in Jim Thorpe By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Jim Thorpe's remains will stay in the Pennsylvania hamlet named for the legendary Native American athlete and Olympics champion, after a federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by two sons to move them to tribal lands in his native Oklahoma. Addressing an unusual dispute between two generations of descendants, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said a lower court judge was wrong to order that Thorpe's remains be turned over to the Sac and Fox Nation. ...

Dancing priests go viral

Italy Tap Dancing Priests ROME (AP) — A video of a pair of dueling, dancing American priests studying in Rome has gone viral, following in the footsteps of a now-famous Italian nun whose Alicia Keys-esque voice won her a singing contest and a record contract.

Using drones to fight infectious diseases

How Drones Are Fighting Infectious Disease In a remote area of Southeast Asia, drones are fighting a battle — not against terrorists or insurgents, but against infectious disease. In recent years, public health officials in the Malaysian state of Sabah have seen a rise in the number of cases of humans infected with this deadly parasite, which is spread, via mosquitos, from macaques to people. By mapping the communities where these cases occur, researchers hope to figure out why the parasite is spreading from monkeys to people with greater frequency, said Chris Drakeley, a professor of infection and immunity at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom, and one of the researchers involved in the project. "What we're doing is creating a detailed map, which we can then superimpose or overlay with the human and the macaque movement," Drakeley told Live Science.

Robert Half Legal Releases Annual Legal Salary Guide

Robert Half Legal Releases Annual Legal Salary Guide

Canadian security laws to get beefed up

Canadian PM on Attacks: 'We Will Not Run Scared' After Ottawa attacks, Canadian PM Stephen Harper said government will accelerate giving more powers to security agencies.

Starting Salaries for Legal Jobs Projected to Rise 3 Percent in 2015

MENLO PARK, Calif., Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Average starting salaries for legal professionals in the United States are projected to increase 3 percent overall in 2015, according to the just-released Robert Half Legal 2015 Salary Guide. Lawyers at small-to-midsize law firms should see greater-than-average salary gains. Among legal specialists, the largest gains in annual base compensation ...

Legal, financial planning for Alzheimer’s patients

Americans in 2014 will spend more than $214 billion to care for those with Alzheimer’s.

U.S., allies stage 15 air strikes on Islamic State positions

Thick smoke from an airstrike by the US-led coalition rises in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at the Turkey-Syria border, Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Kobani, also known as Ayn Arab, and its surrounding areas, has been under assault by extremists of the Islamic State group since mid-September and is being defended by Kurdish fighters. (AP Photo/Levend Ali) WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. military forces again focused air strikes on the area near the Syrian city of Kobani in their campaign to turn back Islamic State forces and also hit oil facilities held by the militant group, the U.S. Central Command said on Thursday. A total of 15 strikes were staged against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Wednesday and Thursday, according to a statement from Central Command. The statement said U.S. ...

Pennsylvania law aims to curb Mumia Abu-Jamal's 'obscene celebrity' (+video)

Gov. Tom Corbett signed a first-in-the-nation law allowing crime victims the right to seek an injunction against offenders on grounds that speech could cause 'mental anguish.' Civil rights groups are likely to challenge law in court.

LegalZoom Teams up With Sam’s Club to Provide Legal Solutions for Small Businesses

LegalZoom, the leading provider of online legal solutions, has teamed up with Sam’s Club to offer small business members exclusive savings on legal solutions. In an effort to provi

Who was the Ottawa gunman?

Evidence markers are placed around Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Thursday Oct. 23, 2014. Michael Zehaf Bibeau fatally shot reservist Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial before setting his sights on Parliament Hill. Bibeau was killed just feet from where hundreds of MPs were meeting for their weekly caucus meetings. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Adrian Wyld) Here's what we know about Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.

Matt Bai: The silliest emails of the week

Matt Bai I've been traveling around the country plugging my book on the collision of politics and celebrity in 1987 (see, I just did it again), so I haven't had a lot of time to check in on the latest election polls and midterm controversies. I did spend a half-hour watching TV in a Denver hotel, during which I saw a total of three 30-second ads that did not feature one candidate slandering another. Colorado, I feel for you.

State attorney general will handle assault of Pittsburgh prosecutor

The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office will prosecute a local restaurant owner accused of assaulting an Allegheny County homicide prosecutor over the weekend.

Why Huge Salaries Don't Necessarily Make Law Grads Rich

Harvard Law School graduates make more money than alumni of any other graduate or professional school. That doesn't mean all lawyers fare well
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