JUDGE HALTS AID CUT TO PLANNED PARENTHOOD
A federal judge ruled Friday that the Indiana could not cut off money for Planned Parenthood clinics providing health care to low-income women on Medicaid. Judge Tanya Walton Pratt of U.S. District Court in Indianapolis blocked provisions of a new state law that penalized Planned Parenthood because some of its clinics performed abortions. The law, she said, conflicts with the federal Medicaid statute, which generally allows Medicaid beneficiaries to choose their health care providers. Planned Parenthood provides services other than abortion. These include family planning and screenings for cancer and sexually transmitted diseases. • Immigration law blocked: U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker blocked parts of Indiana's new immigration law. Barker said immigration is primarily a federal issue. The law would give police new arrest powers against immigrants and make it illegal for immigrants to use ID cards issued by foreign consulates as proof of identification.
Amtrak collision leaves two dead
A semitrailer truck plowed into an Amtrak passenger train Friday in rural Nevada, killing the truck driver and at least one person on the train and injuring about 20 others who escaped the fiery crash, authorities said. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari said most of the injuries were not life threatening. He said 204 passengers and 14 crew members were aboard the California Zephyr en route from Chicago to Emeryville, Calif., about 300 miles west of the crash site.
Egyptian pleads guilty in sex case
Egyptian banker Mahmoud Abdel Salam Omar admitted Friday to kissing and groping a housekeeper in the Pierre hotel who didn't welcome his advances, pleading guilty as she sued him for $5 million. Omar, 74, has completed five days of community service in a soup kitchen, and his case will be closed without jail time or probation if he stays out of trouble for a year.
France: The German E. coli strain that killed at least 45 people has resurfaced in France, where officials said eight people have fallen ill, apparently from eating contaminated sprouts grown in France. Sprouts were also identified as the source of the German outbreak.