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Judge Blocks Enforcement of New Louisiana Abortion Law

August 31, 2014 - 9:05pm
A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law, saying doctors or clinics can't be penalized for breaking the law, which goes into effect Monday, while a challenge is heard.

U.S. Strikes Help Break Siege in Iraq

August 31, 2014 - 12:30pm
U.S. airstrikes helped break a two-month siege by Sunni militants on a Shiite town on Sunday, in apparent coordination with ground attacks by Shiite militias, local civilian fighters and Kurdish troops.

House Republicans Don't Expect a Shutdown

August 31, 2014 - 10:41am
Almost a year since the last partial government shutdown began, many House Republicans say they have little desire to start another.

Why Doctors Are Sick of Their Profession

August 31, 2014 - 8:53am
The Saturday Essay: American physicians are increasingly sick of their once-vaunted profession, and that malaise is bad for patients. But physicians can still save themselves—and us.

U.S. Drops Relief Aid for Iraqi Town

August 31, 2014 - 5:35am
The U.S. led an international air drop of relief supplies to an Iraqi town that has been surrounded by Sunni militants. War planes also struck at Islamic State forces in conjunction with the relief mission.

California Passes Ban on Plastic Bags

August 30, 2014 - 7:12pm
A bill banning plastic bags in California grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores and other businesses is headed to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk after the state legislature passed the measure.

Second NYPD Restraint Death Being Investigated

August 30, 2014 - 6:41pm
The Manhattan District Attorney's office said it would investigate the NYPD's role in the death of a man who was high on a hallucinogenic drug and subsequently restrained in a protective body wrap by officers.

Michael Sam Cut by St. Louis Rams

August 30, 2014 - 5:38pm
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player selected in the NFL draft, has been cut by the St. Louis Rams.

Massachusetts Democrat Seeks Redemption

August 30, 2014 - 7:45am
Four years after losing a Senate race that critics said she should have easily won, Democrat Martha Coakley is trying to redeem herself by running a more spirited campaign for governor of Massachusetts.

Obama Weighs Delay in Immigration Plan

August 30, 2014 - 7:31am
The president is considering delaying his expected changes to immigration policy until after the elections, amid pressure from Democrats in tough Senate races.

Rebuilt Jersey Shore Sees Summer Rebound

August 30, 2014 - 4:42am
The Jersey Shore rebounded this year, fueled by decent weather and confidence that attractions, such as the whirring amusement rides on the boardwalk in Point Pleasant Beach, are open for business again.

U.S. Considers Threat of a Radical State

August 30, 2014 - 2:39am
U.S. officials assessing the Islamic State have begun considering the implications posed by a breakaway extremist state in the Middle East.

Atlantic City's Big Bet on Gambling Sours

August 29, 2014 - 8:46pm
The sudden closing of Atlantic City's two-year-old Revel casino hotel, plus two other casinos shutting their doors in the next few weeks, marks the end of the New Jersey city's decades-long reliance on gambling to stay afloat.

For GOP, Strong Midterm Gains a Challenge

August 29, 2014 - 8:01pm
Small number of competitive House races and low voter interest during primaries suggests Republicans may not repeat big advance seen in 2010.

Global Unrest Forces Colleges to Rethink Overseas Programs

August 29, 2014 - 6:26pm
Amid conflict and tumult around the world, U.S. higher-education institutions are facing difficult choices about where—and whether—to send their students abroad this fall and some schools have canceled multiple programs.

Trial Ends; Jury Set To Deliberate McDonnell Case

August 29, 2014 - 5:27pm
Prosecutors in the corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife told jurors in closing arguments Friday that what matters most is that businessman Jonnie Williams Sr. wanted state support for his business and the McDonnells were willing to provide it.

U.S. Adds New Sanctions Against Iran

August 29, 2014 - 5:17pm
The U.S. imposed a range of sanctions designed to exert new pressure against Iran and deter international business leaders from circumventing Washington's existing punitive measures as talks continue over the country's nuclear program

Grand Canyon to Charge Runners a Fee

August 29, 2014 - 5:02pm
So many runners and hikers are attempting the "rim to rim" challenge, that the National Park Service announced this week that it will now require permits for groups making the trip starting Sept. 15.

U.S. Utilities Push Electric Cars

August 29, 2014 - 4:10pm
Companies that sell electricity are desperately trying to find new ways to sell more kilowatts. Enticing Americans to adopt electric cars would give utilities' profits a jolt.

Maryland's Spotlight on War of 1812

August 29, 2014 - 2:49pm
Maryland officials are on a campaign to elevate the profile of the War of 1812, a historically unpopular conflict that ended in a draw with Britain and has long been overshadowed by the Revolutionary and Civil wars.