- Making News: Iraqi Sectarian Violence Up after Attack on Shiite Mosque
More than 100 people--most of them Sunnis--were killed today in Iraq and protests continued in the aftermath of yesterday's bombing of the Shiite Golden Mosque in Samarra. Edward Wong, who's in Baghdad for the New York Times, says that the most powerful Sunni party, the Accord Front, has now quit the talks aimed at forming a unity government with Shiites and Kurds.
- Reporter's Notebook: South Dakota Challenges Roe v Wade with Abortion Ban
With two new conservative justices on the bench, South Dakota is moving to challenge Roe v Wade in the Supreme Court. The State Senate has passed the most far-reaching abortion ban in the US. Even before the Governor signs it, Planned Parenthood is ready to appeal the new law, which would make it a felony to perform abortions--with no exceptions for rape, incest or the mother's health. Keith Perine reports on legal affairs for Congressional Quarterly in Washington DC.
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