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Mississippi Abortion Clinic Law Set To Take Effect

Mississippi's only abortion clinic
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In this June 27, 2012 photograph, anti-abortion advocates stand outside Mississippi's only abortion clinic, singing and praying for their patients, and "counseling" them to reject abortion.
Jackson - Mississippi could soon become the only state without an abortion clinic because of a new law taking effect this weekend. Critics say the law would force women to drive hours across the state line to obtain a constitutionally protected procedure, or could even force some to carry unwanted pregnancies to term.

Top officials, including the governor, say limiting the number of abortions is exactly what they have in mind.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant frequently says he wants Mississippi to be "abortion-free."

"If it closes that clinic, then so be it," Bryant said as in April as he signed the law, which takes effect Sunday.

Abortion rights supporters have sued, asking a judge to temporarily block the law from taking effect. So far, that hasn't happened.


In Tokyo, Thousands Protest the Restarting of a Nuclear Power Plant

Thousands of protesters, Tokyo
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Thousands of protesters gathered outside the Japanese prime minister's residence in Tokyo on June 29.
Shouting antinuclear slogans and beating drums, tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered in front of the prime minister's residence on Friday, in the largest display yet of public anger at the government's decision to restart a nuclear power plant.

The crowd, including women with small children and men in suits coming from work, chanted "No more Fukushimas!" as it filled the broad boulevards near the residence and the national Parliament building, which were cordoned off by the police.

Estimates of the crowd's size varied widely, with organizers claiming 150,000 participants, while the police put the number at 17,000. Local media estimated the crowd at between 20,000 and 45,000, which they described as the largest protest in central Tokyo since the 1960s.

Protests of any size are rare in Japan, which has long been politically apathetic. However, there has been growing discontent among many Japanese who feel that Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda ignored public concerns about safety this month when he ordered the restarting of the Ohi power station in western Japan.

Ohi was the first plant to go back online since last year's accident in Fukushima led to the idling of all of Japan's 50 operational nuclear reactors, which supplied a third of the nation's electricity. Three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi plant melted down after a huge earthquake and tsunami knocked out crucial cooling systems.


Arizona Businessman Drops Dead in Courtroom Moments After Conviction for Arson, Suicide Suspected

Phoenix- A horrified court room looked on today as a man who had just been convicted of burning down his $3.5 million mansion collapsed and died in front of them.

Michael Marin, 53, was found guilty of arson by a jury in Maricopa County Superior Court. He appeared shocked and closed his eyes as the verdict was read before appearing to put something in his mouth and wash it down with liquid in a plastic water bottle.

In the shocking court room video, he then fell to the floor a few minutes later in convulsions. Mr Marin was taken to a hospital in Phoenix, Arizona, where he was pronounced dead.

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Last resort: After being found guilty of burning down his own home and facing years in jail, Michael Marin appeared to swallow a substance in the Arizona
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Arizona Cannot Legally Secede from the United States

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Whenever there's a major rift on a particular issue between state and federal government, extreme partisans will invariably question whether it's in all parties' best interests for the state to remain in the Union. In other words, couldn't a state simply secede if it cannot find an accommodation within the law?

Take the recent example of the clash over Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law. Throughout the course of the debate over Arizona's controversial law, SB 1070, signed into law in April 2010 which gave police to screen for undocumented immigrants, the secession issue has been raised by voices on both sides of the political spectrum. Suggestions included not only separating Arizona from the United States, but also dividing Arizona into two different states, an idea that has some support based on an online poll released last year.

Can a state unilaterally secede from the United States? The short answer is no. (That happens to be the long answer, too, but it comes with an explanation.)


Meteorite Crashes Into London Cab

Londoners awoke this morning to news of a meteorite which struck a taxi in the heart of the city's busy shopping district Covent Garden. Witnesses were left stunned by what looked like a scene straight out of a science fiction film. An incident team arrived almost immediately to cordon off the meteorite and keep the public at a safe distance.

No one was injured as a result of the incident, but it's a cosmic harbinger of things to come...


Panic on board plane as 'drunk' flight attendant rants at passengers after five-hour delay

A flight was cancelled this week after terrified passengers were forced to endure a rant from a flight attendant who challenged them to leave the plane 'if anyone had the balls' to do so.

The attendant, who some passengers said seemed drunk, lost his temper at customers frustrated after their flight had been delayed for five hours.

Passengers expressed fears that Jose Serrano might endanger the flight, after he told them: 'I don't care any more. This is probably my last flight.'

Bad Guys

High Street Court Tougher on Hackers Than Pedophiles

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Warped: Notorious paedophile Shawn Sullivan, left, won his appeal against extradition to the U.S. yesterday.
A notorious paedophile won his appeal against extradition to the US yesterday.

Shawn Sullivan was reprieved by the same court that ruled Asperger's sufferer Gary McKinnon should be sent to America despite evidence he may kill himself.

The 43-year-old Sullivan, who was on Interpol's most-wanted list, is now free to walk our streets without supervision.

High Court judges said a sex offenders' programme in Minnesota may have breached his human rights.

Last night Gary's mother, Janis Sharp, condemned the decision.

'It's a scandal this man has had his extradition refused by a British court, while my son who has been declared unfit for trial and at extreme risk of suicide by a Home Office-approved expert in assessing risk is still waiting,' she said.


Quest to be Supermom Results in Addiction to Adderall For Some

You may think you know what an addict looks like - but growing numbers of suburban mothers are becoming hooked on prescription drug Adderall in the battle to be the perfect parent.

Overstretched women across the US are turning to medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which gives them the energy to keep pace with the frantic pace of their lives.

Some mothers, who are often relatively affluent and usually aged in their late 20s and 30s, admit to stealing the drug from their children.

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Feeling inadequate: Betsy Degree, second left, started taking the prescription drug to keep up with the demands of being a mother of four.


Video: Woman Murders Husband's Lover's Child with Vehicle

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In Linyi, China, Zhang Shih is facing the death penalty after she ran over her husband's lover, Wang Lu, and Lu's 4-year-old daughter, and then stripped naked to block an ambulance from taking them to the hospital.

According to the Daily Mail, the mistress, Lu, was carrying her daughter on the back of her bike when Shih allegedly hit them with her car.

A police spokesman explained: "She kept everyone who tried to help them away. Then when an ambulance turned up she stripped off all her clothes and lay down in front of the vehicle to stop it taking the victims to hospital."

In a cellphone video (below) posted to the Chinese video sharing website YouKu.com, Shih can be seen at one point trying to pull the 4-year-old girl from the ambulance. Reports said she also punched a paramedic, causing him to drop the girl.

Alarm Clock

Video: Daycare Teacher Bullies 3 Year Old

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In Hamden, Connecticut, Tyesha Reese is outraged after being e-mailed a video (below) of her 3-year-old toddler Michael Reese being bullied by his daycare teacher.

Tyesha Reese told WTNH-TV that the cell phone video "got into someone's hands who actually saw the video and was like, 'Wait a minute, I recognize whose son this is,' and that's when they forwarded it to me and said, 'I need you to see this. And when I saw my son's face it was just unbelievable, you know.'"

The daycare teacher has been identified as Lindsay Cavallaro, who works at the Sleeping Giant Day Care in Hamden, Connecticut, according to WTNH-TV.