July 12, 2013 |
DUBLIN, Ireland - After decades of delay and months of argument, Ireland's lawmakers agonized Wednesday over government plans to pass an abortion bill for the first time in this predominantly Catholic country. Prime Minister Enda Kenny acceded to lawmakers' demands for an extended round-the-clock debate of the bill, which would authorize abortions for medical emergencies. His concession meant that the vote, long scheduled for Wednesday night, was pushed into the early hours of Thursday as lawmakers debated 165 potential amendments.
July 11, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas House began debating a bill on Tuesday that would impose tough new restrictions on abortions, as national activists on both sides of the issue descended on the state Capitol. Republican Rep. Jody Laubenberg, of Parker, outlined the bill that would require doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, only allow abortions in surgical centers, dictate when abortion pills are taken and ban abortions after 20 weeks. Exceptions to the ban would only be allowed when the women's life was in imminent danger.
July 9, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO - A federal safety official said yesterday that the cockpit voice recorder from Asiana Flight 214 showed the jetliner received a warning that it could stall and tried to increase its speed before it crashed. National Transportation Safety Board chief Deborah Hersman said at a news conference yesterday that the recorder showed the crew called to abort the landing about 1 1/2 seconds before the crash. The recorder also showed there was a call to increase airspeed roughly 7 seconds before impact.
July 4, 2013 |
DUBLIN, Ireland - Ireland appeared on course to legalize abortion in limited circumstances as lawmakers voted Tuesday to support a bill that would permit a pregnancy to be terminated when deemed necessary to save a woman's life. Catholic leaders warned that the proposed law, which faces potential amendments this week and a final vote next week, was a "Trojan horse" designed to permit widespread abortion access in Ireland. Prime Minister Enda Kenny insisted Ireland's constitutional ban on abortion would remain unaffected, and his government's bill won overwhelming backing in a 138-24 vote.
July 3, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - State troopers lined the halls of the Texas Capitol, and 5,000 protesters rallied outside against proposed abortion legislation, as lawmakers convened Monday for a second special session that Republican leaders pledged wouldn't descend into chaos like the first. The Texas House and Senate each met for less than an hour before recessing for the week. That was just long enough to schedule new committee hearings for the proposed restrictions that would make Texas one of the toughest places in the nation for women to get abortions.
June 28, 2013
Transportation chief confirmed WASHINGTON - Anthony Foxx, mayor of Charlotte, N.C., was confirmed by the Senate, 100-0, to be transportation secretary Thursday. As secretary, Foxx, 42, will oversee the agencies within the department that regulate the nation's aviation, rail, transit, and highway systems, as well as auto safety. He replaces Ray LaHood, who campaigned against distracted driving and led the Obama administration's efforts to boost the economy by improving the nation's transportation.
June 28, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas - As she spoke late into the night, railing against proposed abortion restrictions, a former teen mom catapulted from little-known junior Texas state senator to national political superstar in pink running shoes. Wendy Davis needed last-minute help from shrieking supporters to run out the clock on the special session of the state Legislature and kill the contentious and sweeping bill, but her old-fashioned filibuster earned her widespread praise from fellow abortion-rights supporters - including a salute from President Obama.
June 27, 2013
WASHINGTON - Far-reaching immigration legislation cruised toward passage in the Senate as House Republicans pushed ahead yesterday on a different approach that cracks down on millions living in the United States illegally, rather than offering them a chance at citizenship. Presidential politics took a more prominent role in a long-running national debate as Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tried to reassure conservatives that many of the criticisms of the bill, which he helped write, are "just not true.
June 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The House is girding for another wrenching debate on abortion after a House panel on Wednesday approved legislation that would ban almost all abortions after a fetus reaches the age of 20 weeks. Several recent court decisions have struck down similar state laws, and the GOP-backed bill has little future in the Democratic-led Senate, but the measure will give House conservatives a rare chance to reaffirm their social-issue credentials. The bill, named the "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act," was approved by the House Judiciary Committee on a party-line 20-12 vote and could get a vote in the full House as early as next week.