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Judge temporarily blocks law that could close all Louisiana abortion clinics 31 Aug 2014

NEW ORLEANS La. - A U.S. federal judge on Sunday temporarily blocked enforcement of a Louisiana law that advocates say would likely have closed all five abortion clinics in the state.

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U.S. to push for coalition to fight 'cancer' of Islamic State: Kerry

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States will use a NATO summit next week to push for a coalition of countries to beat back incursions in Syria and Iraq by Islamic State militants who are destabilizing the region and beyond.

Syria, Iraq 30 Aug 2014

Obama, Harper discuss NATO summit, Iraq in phone call: White House

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper talked by telephone on Saturday to discuss next week's NATO summit in Wales and the situation in Iraq, the White House said.

30 Aug 2014

Captives held by Islamic State prove tough quandary for Obama

WASHINGTON - After Islamic State's beheading of journalist James Foley, President Barack Obama's administration is making little headway in efforts to secure the release of three other Americans held by the insurgent group in Syria, officials said.

World, 30 Aug 2014
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California lawmakers end session with bills on plastic bags, gun control

SACRAMENTO Calif. - California's lawmakers ended a two-year session on Saturday with a package of bills that reflected deep disagreement over pressing issues including undocumented migrants, the social safety net and measures to cope with a severe drought.

30 Aug 2014

Campaign manager for Kentucky's McConnell resigns, denies wrongdoing

- The campaign manager for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican locked in a tough re-election battle, resigned late Friday in fallout from a scandal stemming from his time with the 2012 Ron Paul presidential campaign.

30 Aug 2014