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Missouri Republicans Are About to Pass One of the Harshest Abortion Laws in the Country

Missouri abortion lawMissouri's Republican-controlled Legislature is poised to pass one of the harshest abortion laws in the county next week when lawmakers return to the state capitol for a last-minute special session.

GOP lawmakers called the session to try to override several of Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon's vetoes. At the top of the list: A bill that would force women seeking an abortion—including victims of rape and incest—to wait 72 hours between their first visit to a clinic and the procedure itself. Nixon vetoed the bill in June.

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Ex.-Va. Gov., Wife Found Guilty on Multiple Counts in Corruption Trial

mcdonnell trialFormer Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife have been found guilty of most of the dozens of public corruption charges they faced in a marathon trial centered on lavish gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman.

The former governor has been found guilty on 11 of the 13 charges against him. Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell has been found guilty on nine of the 13 charges against her.

Courtroom observers said sobs broke out as the verdict was read; two jurors were seen wiping their eyes. Members of the McDonnell family were crying hysterically as the guilty counts were read.

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U.S. fast-food workers arrested in protests for wage hike

Fast-food workers protestU.S. fast-food workers staged protests in some 150 cities on Thursday in a fight for higher pay, and organizers said dozens were arrested from Manhattan's Times Square to Las Vegas.

About 400 protesters clogged Times Square during morning rush hour in the latest of ongoing actions aimed at raising their wage to $15 an hour.

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Comedian Joan Rivers Dies at Age 81

Joan Rivers diesJoan Rivers, a pioneering female stand-up comic and the queen of "Can We Talk?" gossip, has died. She was 81, her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said Thursday.

Rivers was undergoing surgery on her vocal cords at a clinic in New York City on Aug. 28 when she stopped breathing and had to be transported to Mount Sinai Hospital. Melissa Rivers and her 13-year-old grandson, Cooper, who lived with her in Malibu, California, rushed to her bedside.

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Murder Charges for Dad in Hot-Car Death

Murder charge for dad in hot car deathJustin Ross Harris will be tried for intentionally murdering his son as well as seven other felonies, charges that carry a possible death sentence.

A Cobb County grand jury indicted Harris for malice murder this morning after prosecutors presented their evidence in the case. Harris’ 22-month-old son, Cooper, died June 18 after his father left him for seven hours in a sweltering SUV in the parking lot of the Home Depot office where he worked.

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Okla. executioners unaware drugs missed inmate's vein

Okla. executionAn official report released Thursday finds that Oklahoma prison staff attempting to execute inmate Clayton Lockett in April failed to realize that lethal drugs were not going directly into his vein, leading to a botched execution and gruesome death that stirred a national debate over capital punishment.

Prison officials initially concluded that Lockett died of a heart attack, but an autopsy conducted in connection with the probe ordered by Oklahoma Gov.Mary Fallin found that he died from the lethal drugs.

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Tearful judge gives man 17 years for Michigan porch shooting

man gets 17 yearsA tearful judge on Wednesday sent a white Michigan man to prison for at least 17 years for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager on his front porch in a racially charged case that sparked protests in the Detroit area.

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Dana Hathaway sentenced Theodore Wafer, 55, to a mandatory two years for felony firearm usage followed by concurrent sentences of seven to 15 years for manslaughter and 15 to 30 years for second-degree murder.

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