Sioux Falls, S.D.
Doctors told to say abortion ends human life
A federal judge upheld part of a South Dakota law that requires women to be told abortion ends a human life, but struck down disclosures that the procedure increases the likelihood of suicide and that they have an existing relationship with the fetus. U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier's decision Thursday ends a lawsuit that Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota filed in response to a 2005 informed consent law that required several disclosures to women seeking an abortion.
Judge upholds wiretap law
A federal judge in New York has rejected a challenge to a law allowing the United States to eavesdrop on overseas conversations. Judge John Koeltl in Manhattan upheld the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which was amended in 2008. It authorizes surveillance of non-U.S. citizens outside the United States to acquire foreign intelligence information. The law was challenged by attorneys, journalists and organizations in the United States whose work causes them to speak with people and organizations they believe may be targets of surveillance allowed by the law.
FDA cracks down on ibuprofen gels
The Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings to eight companies for illegally marketing pain relief ointments containing ibuprofen. Regulators said the companies were mixing the pain relief drug with other ingredients. While ibuprofen is available in a variety of tablets, the FDA has not approved any ointments containing the drug. The companies cited by the agency include Wonder Laboratories of Tennessee; Meditrend of New Mexico; Alabama-based Progressive Emu Inc.; Biocentric Laboratories of Colorado; Core Products International of Wisconsin; Geromatrix Health Products of Florida; MEKT LLC of New Jersey; and Ridge Medical Products of Texas.
California: The Senate approved a plan Thursday to trim the state's prison population by 27,000 inmates, acting over the objections of Republican lawmakers and law enforcement groups. The proposal is supported by the Legislature's Democratic majority and Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Colorado: Four soldiers died after a Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a training mission on 14,421-foot Mount Massive, the Army's Special Operations Command said. Two were reported killed in the crash Wednesday; a missing soldier was found dead Thursday; another died on the way to a hospital.
Connecticut: Ansonia town Alderman Keith Maynard, who allegedly wore a mask and attacked his fiancee in their home four days before their wedding, throwing a blanket over her, hitting her with a baseball bat and running out the back door, was arraigned Thursday afternoon.