Supreme Court lets abortion ruling stand
The Supreme Court left in place Monday a decision by Oklahoma's highest court that a major provision of that state's new abortion law is unconstitutional because it effectively bans all medication abortions. The high court last summer had tentatively agreed to consider the issue but asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court for clarification on exactly what the law proscribes. The Oklahoma court issued an opinion last week that the law would effectively end the early-term practice of medication-induced abortions, and was thus unconstitutional. Upon receiving the Oklahoma opinion, the Supreme Court then announced Monday that it will not schedule the case for consideration. As is customary, the justices gave no reason for the decision. A number of states have passed similar restrictions on medication abortions, and the issue is working its way through the courts.
LAX suspect's kin offer sympathy
Relatives of the suspect charged in last week's Los Angeles airport shooting offered sympathy Monday to the family of the TSA officer who was killed, saying they were "shocked and numbed" by the deadly rampage. An attorney for the New Jersey family of Paul Ciancia said his relatives also expressed hope for the recovery of the other victims and regret for the travel disruption caused by the attack on the nation's third-busiest airport on Friday.
Saudi Arabia: At a news conference, Secretary of State John Kerry and his Saudi counterpart, Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal, denied any major breach of the U.S.-Saudi relationship Monday, while acknowledging differences on tactics, particularly over Syria.
Syria: The Syrian government said Monday that it will work with international organizations to ensure that all children in the country, even those in rebel-held areas, will be vaccinated against polio following an outbreak of the crippling disease.
Pakistan: A court granted former President Pervez Musharraf bail Monday in a case related to the death of a radical cleric, paving the way for an end to his more than six-month house arrest, his defense lawyer said.
South Korea: An unspecified number of North Korean sailors were killed when their submarine chaser sank last month, according to North and South Korean news media. Two South Korean reports said the vessel sank during training.