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New York judge to hear morning-after pill arguments

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judge willing to hear case on emergency pill

A federal judge in New York City said Tuesday he is willing to hear arguments on whether the Food and Drug Administration should have to allow over-the-counter sale of emergency contraception to girls younger than 17. Judge Edward Korman told the Center for Reproductive Rights to file the appropriate legal motions during a hearing on whether the government acted constitutionally in its decisions on the access teen girls should have to morning-after pills. The hearing came a week after Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius overruled FDA scientists and said the pills would be available without prescription only to those 17 and older who can prove their age.

denver

Colo. okays drilling disclosure rules

Environmentalists and regulators in Colorado will have more information than any state about what chemicals energy companies are pumping into the earth as they try to extract gas from rock formations deep underground. Starting in April, energy companies must disclose the concentrations of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, which some environmentalists and residents fear is contaminating groundwater and tainting the air. Regulators approved the rules Tuesday.

mexico city

Alleged drug lord had large arsenal

Mexican authorities said Tuesday that an alleged founder of the Zetas drug cartel had an arsenal of 169 guns when he was captured Monday, and may be linked to the abduction of nine Mexican marines.Navy spokesman Jose Luis Vergara said Raul Lucio Hernandez Lechuga oversaw Zeta operations around the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz, where nine marines disappeared earlier this year.

tehran, iran

Iran wants U.S. to apologize for drone

Iran on Tuesday rebuffed a U.S. request to return the radar-evading drone that was seized while on a CIA spying mission, saying the country should first apologize for violating Iran's airspace. "The U.S. spy drone is the Islamic Republic of Iran's possession, and our country will decide what to do in this regard," Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi was quoted as saying by the semiofficial Iranian Students News Agency. He accused the United States of acting in a "bullying way" rather than offering an apology to Iran and Afghanistan, where the craft was based.

nairobi, kenya

Anti-piracy drone crashes off Africa

An American military drone which had been used to monitor piracy off the East African coast has crashed at an airport on the island nation of Seychelles during a routine patrol, officials said. The U.S. Embassy in Mauritius said the unmanned U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper was not armed and that Tuesday's crash caused no injuries. The crash sparked a fire that was quickly extinguished.

Los Angeles

L.A. Times editor resigns abruptly

Russ Stanton, who led the Los Angeles Times to three Pulitzer Prizes amid massive staff layoffs, has stepped down as editor and executive vice president, the newspaper said Tuesday. No reason for his departure was given. Stanton will be replaced by managing editor Davan Maharaj.

Times wires

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    Religion

    LONDON — The Church of England "colluded" with and helped to hide the long-term sexual abuse of young men by one of its former bishops, the head of the church said Thursday.

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    Celebrities

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TIMES | Weaver Tripp
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    Local Government

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    Local Government

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    Local Government

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