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Wisconsin abortion law blocked by judge

| Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, 9:27 p.m.

MADISON — A federal judge on Friday extended his hold on a portion of a new Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, issuing an injunction blocking the mandate for four months.

U.S. District Judge William Conley's order stems from a lawsuit Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services filed in July. The organizations say the law would force a Planned Parenthood clinic in Appleton and an AMS clinic in Milwaukee to close because abortion providers at both facilities lack admitting privileges.

A spokeswoman for the state Justice Department said in an email that agency lawyers are reviewing Conley's order and considering their “next step.”

Virginia

Jury: Pirates deserve life sentence

NORFOLK — A jury recommended on Friday that three Somali pirates be sentenced to life in prison in the slayings of four Americans aboard a yacht off the coast of Africa.

Prosecutors had sought the death penalty, and 22 of the 26 crimes they were convicted of were death-eligible offenses. But a federal jury in Norfolk recommended the only other possible sentence for 20-year-old Ahmed Muse Salad, 25-year-old Abukar Osman Beyle and 29-year-old Shani Nurani Shiekh Abrar.

During the sentencing phase of the trial, defense attorneys attempted to raise doubts about the certainty of the crimes the jury had convicted them of.

Fighter jets have close encounter

Two Air National Guard fighter jets clipped each other's wings midair, forcing one of the pilots to eject into the ocean and be rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter a few hours later off the Virginia coast, officials said on Friday.

The other pilot involved in the collision was able to fly back to Joint Base Andrews, Md. Both jets were from the 113th Wing D.C. Air National Guard and were on a routine training mission on Thursday night when the collision happened about 35 miles southeast of Chincoteague on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

A spokesman said the single seat F-16C Fighting Falcons collided when their wings clipped each other. Air wing's pilots are frequently called upon to intercept aircraft that enter restricted airspace. Those intercepts typically require aircraft to fly in close proximity.

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