North Dakota APPROVES BILL TO LIMIT abortion
The North Dakota Senate on Friday passed a bill banning abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected, which could be as early as six weeks of pregnancy. If signed by the governor, it would be the most restrictive abortion law in the nation. The vote came about one week after Arkansas legislators overrode a governor's veto to become the first state to ban abortions involving fetuses 12 weeks or older. North Dakota also passed a bill on Friday to ban abortions because of genetic defects or for gender selection.
Lawmakers vote to end death penalty
The Maryland legislature voted Friday to abolish the death penalty, which would make the state the sixth in as many years to end capital punishment. The legislation now goes to the desk of Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley, who claimed a long-sought victory. Though the death penalty remains on the books in 33 states, many are using it more sparingly than in the past.
Netanyahu forms new government
Coalition agreements between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's party and his two major partners were signed on Friday, forming a new Israeli government days before a visit by President Barack Obama. The makeup of the coalition, headed by an electorally weakened Netanyahu, sent conflicting signals regarding prospects for movement in peace efforts with the Palestinians, an issue that is expected to be high on Obama's agenda during his trip next week.
Man gets 17 years for fire on sub
A shipyard worker who set fire to rags aboard a nuclear submarine because he wanted to go home was sentenced to a little more than 17 years in federal prison Friday for the blaze that injured seven people and caused about $450 million in damage. Casey Fury, 25, also was ordered to pay $400 million in restitution for the May 23 fire while the USS Miami was undergoing a dry dock overhaul at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. Fury, formerly of Portsmouth, N.H., said he had hoped the fire would allow him to go home.
Mexico: A truck loaded with fireworks exploded during a religious procession in a rural village in central Mexico on Friday, killing at least 11 people and injuring dozens more, authorities said.