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9.1.14:  US judge blocks enforcement of new La abortion law

 

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal judge has temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing its restrictive new abortion law.

 

District Judge John deGravelles says the law can still take effect today, but he says officials cannot penalize the doctors and clinics that sued for breaking it until after a hearing.

 

The law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics.


8.29.14  Israel identifies body as missing American student

 

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say a recently found body has been identified after a forensic investigation as that of a U.S. religious student who disappeared while hiking in Jerusalem last week.

 

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri says the body was confirmed early on Friday morning to be that of seminary student Aharon Sofer. She says “there is no suspicion of foul play,” meaning Sofer’s death was not a militant attack or a criminal attack.

 

Samri had no further details on how Sofer died.

 

The body was found on Thursday night in the same area where Sofer disappeared last week. The 23-year-old Sofer, of Lakewood, New Jersey, had been hiking with a friend in a hilly, forested area on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

 

Sofer’s parents had flown to Israel to assist with the search.


8.28.14:  FBI investigating reports of attacks on US banks

 

NEW YORK (AP) — The FBI says it’s working with the Secret Service to determine the scope of recently reported cyberattacks against several U.S. financial institutions.

 

Bloomberg.com says Russian hackers attacked the U.S financial system this month in possible retaliation against U.S. government-sponsored sanctions aimed at Russia.

 

The New York Times says account information and other data were stolen this month from JPMorgan Chase and at least four other firms.


8.27.14:  7 Michigan health care centers to split $1.7M

 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Seven Michigan health care centers will split a federal award of nearly $1.7 million to support construction and facility improvements.

 

The money will allow the centers to adopt a primary-care set-up using teams of medical professionals to treat all of a patient’s health needs. That model is a focus of the nation’s health care law.

 

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell says the funding will be used to provide higher quality services, treat multiple needs of patients at once and increase access to care. She says Michigan residents should have access to quality health care regardless of their ability to pay.

 

More than $35 million was awarded to 147 health care centers throughout the U.S. The funding will support 21 new construction projects and 126 renovation projects.


8.27.14:   Southern California beach community sees flooding

 

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A low-lying street in the Southern California coastal community of Seal Beach has been inundated by a surge of rising seawater brought on by Hurricane Marie spinning off Mexico’s Pacific coast.

 

Police Sgt. John Scott says several homes and garages were flooded early Wednesday. Flooding is also reported to the north in Long Beach.

 

Seal Beach resident Blanca Dubonbrown tells City News Service she woke up late Tuesday to find her bedroom under 3 inches of water. Several of her neighbors in ground floor apartments also experienced flooding.

 

Marine Safety Chief Joe Bailey says crews are trying to dig a channel to allow water that had breached a beach wall to drain back into the ocean.

 

The National Weather Service says beaches stretching 100 miles up the Southern California coast would see large waves.


8.27.14:  Time Warner Cable has widespread outages

 

NEW YORK (AP) — Time Warner Cable says a problem that occurred during routine maintenance caused a nationwide outage of its Internet service for hours on Wednesday morning.

 

The company says it is still investigating the cause of the problem, which occurred with its Internet backbone, the paths that local or regional networks connect to in order to carry data long distances.

 

The company says the problem affected all of its markets and started at 4:30 a.m. and was largely restored by 6 a.m., and updates continue to bring all customers back online. The outage sparked widespread complaints on social networks.

 

Time Warner Cable, which is being acquired by rival cable company Comcast, has about 11 million subscribers nationwide.


8.26.14:  UN health agency: E-cigarettes must be regulated

 

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. health agency says electronic cigarettes should be regulated and banned from use indoors until the exhaled vapor is proven not to harm bystanders.

 

The World Health Organization also calls for a ban on sales to minors of the popular nicotine-vapor products, and to either forbid or keep to a minimum any advertising, promotion or sponsorship.

 

In a report Tuesday, the Geneva-based agency said the “apparently booming” $3 billion global market for more than 400 brands of e-cigarettes is increasingly becoming a competition between independent companies and transnational tobacco companies aggressively muscling for market share.

 

The report is to be discussed at a WHO conference on controlling tobacco in October.

 

The American Heart Association backs the battery-powered devices that vaporize nicotine as a last resort to help smokers quit.


8.26.14:  Burger King buys Hortons

 

MIAMI (AP) — Burger King is buying Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons for about $11 billion, creating the world’s third-largest fast-food company. The corporate headquarters of the new company will be in Canada, a move that may help Burger King lower its taxes. Burger King will still run its business out of Miami. Tim Hortons stock rose more than 10 percent in premarket trading today. Burger King’s shares fell slightly.


8.25.14:  Quake damage still being calculated

 

NAPA, Calif. (AP) — California’s wine country is assessing the damage following yesterday morning’s 6.0-magnitude earthquake and the numerous aftershocks.

 

Dozens of homes and buildings across the Napa Valley are no longer safe to occupy, including an old county courthouse, where a 10-foot wide hole opened a view of the offices inside.

 

The quake was the largest to shake the San Francisco Bay Area since 1989.


8.25.14:  Hundreds of homes threatened by wildfire

 

WEAVERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Residents in some 500 homes in Northern California are wondering if they’ll eventually have to evacuate because of a fast-growing wildfire.

 

The blaze already has forced the evacuation of about 150 homes near the town of Weaverville.

 

Emergency officials say some 20 facilities, including the town airport and high school, also are being threatened by the 1-square-mile blaze.