billy Graham is hospitalized with pneumonia
Evangelist Billy Graham, 92, was alert and resting comfortably Wednesday evening after being admitted to an Asheville hospital for the treatment of pneumonia. He arrived Wednesday morning at Mission Hospital after he suffered a health episode overnight that included sweating, coughing and breathing difficulty, Graham spokesman A. Larry Ross told the Associated Press. "But he was never in distress or an acute situation.''
Gingrich's White House run official
Republican Newt Gingrich, 67, said he's running for president because his experience has prepared him to return America "to hope and opportunity." In a post on Twitter, the former House speaker made official what has been an open secret for months: "Today I am announcing my candidacy for president of the United States."
Abuse lawsuit targets Vatican
Emboldened by a recent court ruling that ordered the Vatican to open its records about a priest accused of child sex abuse, a Minneapolis lawyer has sued the Vatican on behalf of a mother whose son was molested by former Roman Catholic priest Daniel McCormack. Jeff Anderson said he had sufficient evidence to hold Pope Benedict XVI and his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, accountable for enabling McCormack's long pattern of child sex abuse. McCormack, 42, pleaded guilty in 2007 to abusing five children and was sentenced to five years in prison.
Planned Parenthood cutoff upheld
Indiana won a key victory in its fight to cut off public funding for Planned Parenthood when a federal judge refused to block a tough new abortion law signed Tuesday by Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt denied Planned Parenthood of Indiana's request for a temporary restraining order despite arguments that the law jeopardizes health care for thousands of women on Medicaid. The American Civil Liberties Union said the decision makes Indiana the first state to cut off public funding to Planned Parenthood for general health services.
Delaware: The Senate voted 17-4 and sent to Gov. Jack Markell a bill to allow people 18 and older with certain serious or debilitating conditions that could be alleviated by marijuana to possess up to 6 ounces.
New York: Prosecutors confirmed that a deal reached with online poker company Absolute Poker will enable players in the United States to recover their money after the games were interrupted by a criminal prosecution.
Uganda: Parliament was forced to drop plans to debate a controversial anti-gay bill that once proposed the death penalty for some gays and lesbians, but officials indicated lawmakers would debate it on Friday.
Virginia: The CIA is allowing members of the U.S. House and Senate Intelligence and Armed Services committees to view graphic photos of Osama bin Laden's corpse in a secure room at the agency's headquarters in Langley.
Washington: Facing strong criticism from congressional Republicans and conservative organizations, the Navy suspended new guidelines that would have allowed chaplains to perform same-sex marriages.
Compiled from Times wires.