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FRIDAY
 JUNE 21, 2013
HAMMING IT UP
The Mid-Missouri Amateur Radio Club wants to show the public how they keep communicationopen in emergencies. The American Radio Relay League’s annual Field Day is this weekend.
 
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WATERCOOLERThey didn’t lose their marbles
An 11-year-old girl from Pennsylvania and a 12-year-old boy from Maryland are this year’s national marbles champions.Emily Cavacini won the girls’ championship Thursday at theNational Marbles Tournament in Wildwood, N.J. Cooper Fisher won the boys’ title. The four-day tournament featured 26 boys and 26girls competing to knock marbles out of a circle.Emily is from Shaler, Pa., just north of Pittsburgh. She’s beenplaying marbles for about four years. She’s a fifth-grader at Shaler Elementary School and won the Allegheny County Marbles Tourna-ment on June 1.Cooper is from Middletown Valley, Md.Emily and Cooper say it’s fun playing against their friends in the tournament, which is celebrating its 90th year.
 
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 A manhunt for kidnapping suspect Brian Adkinson isentering its fifth day andauthorities consider him dan-gerous. Would this alter your plans to visit the Lake area this weekend? What precau- tions will you take if you go there?
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Jurysaysguilty
Chase convicted in drug dealer’s death
By Bob Watsonbwatson@newstribune.com
Brandon Chase is guilty of second-degree murder, first-degree robbery and armed criminal action in the April22, 2012, death of Keith Mosely, 34, aColumbia drug dealer. A Cole County  jury took 3
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-hoursto reach those ver-dicts Thursday — about the samelength of time thata different jury took in March to reacha stalemate on theJefferson City man.Several of Chase’srelatives sobbedas Circuit JudgeDan Green read thethree, separate ver-dicts Thursday afternoon.Green set Chase’s bond at $250,000,and scheduled sentencing for July 24.Chase was taken to the Cole County Jail.Public Defender Jan King also hastime to move for a new trial in the nextfew weeks. With the trial of Khiry Summersscheduled to begin July 8 on the samecharges, both King and Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson declinedto comment on the Chase trial andverdicts.The prosecutor and defense lawyerscan ask the judge to consider sentenc-ing recommendations, but the finalsentences are up to Green.Chase faces a possible two life prisonsentences — or from 10-30 years — onthe murder and robbery convictions,and at least three years on the armedcriminal action complaint.But state law also doesn’t prohibitGreen from ordering probation in thecase.Mosely was shot shortly after mid-night, while sitting in an apartment at
Capital Region seeks city cooperation on expansion
Planned expansion may require traffic changes around campus
By Madeleine Leroux madeleine@newstribune.com
Capital Region Medical Center is hoping forcooperation from Jefferson City officials to assistin various traffic changes and variance requestsassociated with the hospital’s planned expan-sion.Representatives from CRMC attended thePublic Works and Planning Committee meetingThursday, giving a presentation of the hospital’s$35 million expansion, which is expected to becompleted in 2015. As part of the expansion, representatives saidthey would need to partner with Jefferson City to allow for some changes around the hospital’scampus.Those potential changes include switchingthe stretch of Monroe Street that runs besidethe campus from a one-way street to a two- way street, with potential widening of the road;requesting the vacation of Woodlawn Avenue;and incorporating a “full access intersection” atMonroe Street and Stadium Boulevard.Representatives also said they would be look-ing at requesting several variances for signage,building height, building setback and parkingrequirements. A rezoning also would be soughtfor surface parking on CRMC property.The committee was not asked to recommendor act on any of the changes Thursday, but sim-ply heard the plans for the future. Representa-tives of CRMC said they have been working withcity staff to start the process.In other business, the committee discussedpotential changes to Chestnut Street to deal withthe problem of enforcing parking regulations onthe street with the largely student population.Lincoln University has previously requested thestreet be vacated to allow for a pedestrian plazaon the campus.Britt Smith, operations division director, pre-sented two potential solutions to deal with theparking issues on the no parking street withoutvacating it. Smith said the city is hesitant tovacate the street as it may be used as a detour
“Boots on the ground, dronesin the air.” 
Securingborders
Boost for Senateimmigration bill
 WASHINGTON (AP) breakthrough at hand, Repub-licans and Democrats reachedfor agreement Thursday on acostly, military-style surge tosecure the leaky U.S.-Mexicanborder and clear the way forSenate passage of legislationgiving millions of immigrantsa chance at citizenship after years in America’s shadows.Lawmakers in both partiesdescribed a southern borderthat would be bristling withlaw enforcement manpowerand technology as a result of legislation at the top of Presi-dent Barack Obama’s second-term domestic policy agenda.The emerging deal called for adoubling of the Border Patrol, with 20,000 new agents, 18new unmanned surveillancedrones, 700 miles of fenc-ing and an array of fixed andmobile devices to maintainvigilance.“This is a border surge. Wehave militarized our border,
2 new House panels to tackle Medicaid
Brandon Chase
found guilty 
Manhunt continuesin Lake area
Fifth day of searchfor Brian Adkinson
By Ceil AbbottFor the News Tribune
 A massive manhunt for a Colum-bia man is focused on the CoffmanBend area of Lake of the Ozarks. According to the Missouri High- way Patrol, more than 50 officersand canine units from the patrol,Morgan and Camden county sher-iffs’ departments are doing a door-to-door search for Brian Adkinson,23.He faces mul-tiple charges inthe kidnapping of his former MU stu-dent girlfriend inCaldwell County,inflicting injury and terrorizing herbefore droppingher off at the Uni-versity Hospital lastSunday morning.Highway Patrol Sgt. Paul Reinschsaid Thursday that even though Adkinson has eluded officers for
Barnes tabbed to chair one committee
By Olivia Ingleolivia@newstribune.com
The Missouri House of Repre-sentatives has formed two interimcommittees to analyze possibilitiesfor the state’s Medicaid program, which provides health insurance tothe poor.House Speaker Tim Jonesannounced Thursday that Rep. Jay Barnes, R-Jefferson City, will chairone committee and Rep. Noel Tor-pey, R-Independence, will chair theother.Jones is taking recommendationsfrom the public this week of legis-lators, community members, doc-tors, anyone from the public to serveon Torpey’s committee, the Citizensand Legislators Working Group onMedicaid Eligibility and Reform. Thecommittee comprises Missouri citi-zens and legislators. It will tour thestate, collecting information to bet-ter help the General Assembly makean informed decision on Medicaid.The committee will present theinformation to Barnes’ committee,the House Interim Committee onMedicaid Transformation, which willanalyze and dig deeper into what will be Missouri’s best Medicaidsolution. An interim Senate committee hasalready been created to study Medic-aid and a bill not yet signed by Gov.Jay Nixon would create an interimMedicaid committee of Senate andHouse members.This action stems from Missourilegislators deciding not to expandMedicaid during this year’s legisla-tive session, which ended May 17.The Affordable Care Act, a law of comprehensive health insurancereforms signed by President Obamain 2010, gave states the option of expanding Medicaid to up to 138
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Mystery madness
 ABOVE: From left, Aidan Bolinger, Gretta Car-render, Ivy LePage and Makenna Bailey look on closely as Sgt. Aaron Bolinger demon-strates collecting finger prints off of an item.LEFT: Bolinger holds up an evidence bag after students bagged the item and listed thenecessary information. Cole County deputiesdemonstrated investigative techniques during Linda Taylor’s Mystery Madness class at Blair Oaks summer school. The students were givenscenarios and tried to solve the different mys- teries while having a lot of fun.
Please see Manhunt, p. 3Please see Medicaid, p. 3Please see Guilty, p. 3Please see Expansion, p. 3
Please see Immigration, p. 3
 
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Paula Deen
said while beingquestioned in a discrimination lawsuitthat she has used racial slurs in thepast but insisted she and her family donot tolerate prejudice.The 66-year-old Food Network starand Savannah restaurant owner waspeppered with questions about herracial attitudes in a May 17 depositionby a lawyer for Lisa Jackson, a formermanager of Uncle Bubba’s Seafood andOyster House. Deen and her brother,Bubba Hiers, own the restaurant. Jack-son sued them last year, saying she wassexually harassed and worked in a hos-tile environment rife with innuendoand racial slurs. According to a transcript of thedeposition, an attorney for Jacksonasked Deen if she has ever used theN-word. “Yes, of course,” Deen replied,though she added: “It’s been a very long time.”
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BEIJING (AP) — Fans eager to seesoccer superstar
David Beckham
stormed a police cordon Thursday ina stampede at a Shanghai university that injured seven people includingfive security personnel.Three police officers, two university security guards and two students —including a Japanese student — wereinjured, Shanghai police said on itsofficial microblog.Nearly 1,000 fans had gathered ata stadium in Shanghai Tongji Uni-versity, where the retired star was tomeet members of the university team,according to the state-run news site Xinmin Net.Upon Beckham’s arrival, fansstormed through a gate and brokethrough a line formed by police andguards, Xinmin said. .
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LONDON (AP) — British comedian
Russell Brand
says he has cancelledMiddle Eastern dates on his forth-coming tour after promoters said they couldn’t guarantee his safety.Brand had planned to take his“Messiah Complex” tour to Abu Dhabiand Lebanon.Brand has said the tour focuses onicons including Che Guevara, Gandhi,Malcolm X and Jesus, and examines“the importance of heroes in this ageof atheistic disposability.”But Brand told BBC radio Thursday that the Mideast venues “contactedus to say we can no longer guarantee your safety.”The tour starts June 12 in Chicagoand ends in Reykjavik, Iceland, on Dec.9.
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Today’s Birthdays:
Composer LaloSchifrin is 81. Actor Bernie Kopell is 80. Actor Monte Markham is 78. ActressMariette Hartley is 73. Actress Mer-edith Baxter is 66. Actor Michael Grossis 66. Actress Robyn Douglass is 60. Actor Leigh McCloskey is 58. ActressSammi Davis is 49. Actress Paula Irvineis 45. Actress Juliette Lewis is 40. Brit-ain’s Prince William is 31.
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EXPRESS SCRIPTS:
The nation’s largestpharmacy benefits manager is gettingbigger. Express Scripts officials on Thurs-day confirmed reports that the companyplans to add 1,500 jobs over the next fiveyears as part of a $56 million expansionof its sprawling headquarters near theUniversity of Missouri-St. Louis.
SHERIFF METH:
A former southern Mis-souri sheriff who resigned two yearsago amid allegations of wrongdoing thatincluded distributing methamphetaminehas been sentenced to 12 years in prison.Ex-Carter County Sheriff Tommy Adamspleaded guilty to drug possession anddistribution charges on Monday in a pleadeal with the Missouri Attorney General’soffice. He received a 12-year sentence forthe distribution charge, and seven yearsfor possession. The sentences will runconcurrently.
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IMMIGRATION:
A potentially historicimmigration bill gains momentum as Sen-ate negotiators near agreement on a “bor-der surge” to prevent people from enter-ing the U.S. illegally. If ratified, it wouldbe added to a bill that gives a chance atcitizenship for millions of immigrants nowliving illegally in the country.
FARM BILL:
The House rejects a five year,half-trillion-dollar farm bill that wouldhave cut $2 billion annually from foodstamps and let states impose broad newwork requirements on those who receivethem.
WALL STREET:
For investors, there wasno place to go Thursday. A day afterthe Federal Reserve roiled U.S financialmarkets when it said it could step backfrom its aggressive economic stimulusprogram later this year, financial marketsaround the world plunge. A slowdown inChinese manufacturing and reports of acredit squeeze in the world’s second-larg-est economy heightens worries.
BRIDGE COLLAPSE:
Washington state’stransportation department has knownsince the 1970s that the Interstate 5bridge that recently collapsed after beingclipped by a truck hauling an oversizeload had been struck repeatedly before bybig rigs. But state officials failed to takeprecautions with the I-5 span, as theyoften do to prevent truckers from hittingoverhead structures.
WORLD
TALIBAN TALKS:
The Taliban offer tofree a U.S. soldier held captive since2009 in exchange for five prisoners atGuantanamo Bay, while Afghan PresidentHamid Karzai eases his opposition tojoining planned peace talks. The ideaof releasing some of the Taliban’s mostsenior operatives has been controversialover fears they would simply return to thebattlefield.
Sunday
Rape defense class
 A Rape Aggression Defense classhelps people be mentally andphysically able to fight aggressors.
Sunday
Influence of siblings
PARADE: Love 'em or hate 'em,it turns out your siblings have a profound influence on you.
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Educated in the Navy 
 VETERAN: Fred Landreth left highschool in 1951 to join the Navy.He praises what he learned there.
Inside today
“Under the Dome”
Colin Ford stars in “Under theDome,” premiering Monday onCBS.
 
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more than four days, they havereason to believe he is still inthe Coffman Bend area of Mor-gan County.Reinsch said the Highway Patrol is unaware of any con-nection that Adkinson has atthe Lake.Shortly after 4 p.m. Wednes-day, officers were called to a res-idence for a reported break-in. As officers arrived, they hearda boat leaving the dock area of the home. Water Patrol officersspotted Adkinson about 5 p.m.in a boat near Little BuffaloCove. When they approachedthe vessel, Adkinson aban-doned the boat and ran into anearby wooded area.Officers from the variousagencies began an unsuccess-ful search of the heavily wood-ed Lake shore, including useof a Highway Patrol helicopterequipped with thermal imag-ing.On Thursday, Reinsch saidinvestigators have reason tobelieve the suspect is still inthe Coffman Bend area. Road-blocks have been set up on allroads leading in and out of thearea, and officers are stoppingand searching all boats passingbetween 65- and 70-mile mark-ers of the Lake’s main channel.“The residents in the areahave been very cooperativein allowing us to search every building within the perimeter,”Reinsch said. “However, they need to consider him armedand dangerous. Residentsshould not approach any strangers, but immediately callus if they see anything suspi-cious.” Although FBI officers arenot taking part in the groundsearch, Reinsch said the fed-eral agency is very involved inthe investigation.In addition to the chargesstemming from the kidnap-ping, Adkinson also has a longlist of other run-ins with thelaw including charges for badchecks, drunk driving, driving while suspended, first degreeburglary, forcible rape, sexualintercourse by compulsion,and deviate sexual assault.
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percent of the federal poverty level beginning in 2014, withfull federal funding for thefirst three years and at least 90percent funding the following years. A bill filed during Missouri’s2013 legislative session by Rep.Jake Hummel, D-St. Louis,fell in line with Obama’s callto expand Medicaid. The bill would have expanded Med-icaid to as many as 300,000Missourians. It would haveexpanded Medicaid eligibility requirements to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, and it would have created 24,000 new  jobs in the state. A MissouriHouse committee rejected thelegislation in February.“We rejected the president’sMedicaid expansion proposalbecause it represents a mas-sive misuse of taxpayer dollarson a program that providesinferior access to health careand poor health outcomes,”said Jones, R-Eureka.“We believe a better goal isto reform and transform oursystem of Medicaid so that itserves as a true safety net by providing our most vulnerablecitizens with quality care.“It is a goal that cannot beaccomplished simply by blind-ly throwing more money at abroken program.”Barnes filed a Medicaidtransformation bill during the2013 session, and while the billpassed one House committee,it failed to pass another. Thelegislation would have madefewer Missourians eligiblefor Medicaid and would haveallowed those no longer eli-gible to qualify for subsidies within a state health exchangeto help offset the costs of pri-vate insurance plans.Regarding the interim com-mittees, Barnes said there’sno preordained conclusionsabout Medicaid expansion ortransformation.“I think the issue of expan-sion is still very much up inthe air as to how much, and whether or not to be honest,”Jones said.He said people are ques-tioning every dollar spent by the government.“I think that expansion isgoing to have to be very tight-ly wrapped to conservativetransformation and reform of a broken program,” he said.“We’ll see whether or not weget there.”
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1029-B Buena Vista St., waitingfor Chase to return with money to complete a marijuana sale.But, when Chase came back to the apartment, he was fol-lowed by two other men — one wearing a mask over most of his face — who apparently intended to steal the drugs.Officials said Tracy Session,now 26, fired the fatal shot,and Session pleaded guilty lastNov. 7 as part of a plea bargain.Cole County Presiding CircuitJudge Patricia Joyce sentencedhim to 20 years in prison inthe case.In Thursday morning’s clos-ing arguments, Richardsonurged the jury to find that theevidence showed that Chase was the mastermind of thearmed robbery plot.“We do not want people toplan crimes,” he explained. “If  you drive the robbers to thebank, you’re guilty even if youdon’t go inside.“If you’re a taxi driver, youpick up a fare and take them tothe bank, and you don’t know they’re going to rob the bank — you’re not guilty.”In Chase’s case, Richardsonargued, the crime started withChase’s desire to buy high-grade marijuana — and a planto take the drugs by force rath-er than pay for them.“He makes people think he’s going to buy the drug at$660, but he works with Tracy Session and Khiry Summer,next door, to cause the rob-bery,” Richardson explained.“He never intended to buy; healways intended to rob.“Even when he finds outthat Mosely has the drugs, notBrent Slaughter.”But King asked jurors toreject Richardson’s argumentsas conjecture, not fact.“You bet it’s important,particularly when an innocentman’s life is on the line,” Kingsaid. “The intent was a dopedeal, not a robbery.”King said the state’s wit-nesses presented a lot of spec-ulation.“Except for Brent Slaugh-ter, there’s not accusationsagainst Brandon Chase at all,”he argued. And Slaughter, who saidMosely was a best friend, wasangry Mosely had died, Kingnoted.He argued Chase had seena gun and a mask in Sessions’apartment — next door to theplace where Mosely was shot— and went back to tell Mose-ly that Sessions and Summersplanned to rob Mosely.“But (he) wasn’t fastenough,” King explained.“That’s not armed robbery onMr. Chase’s part.“It is on theirs (Summersand Sessions), but not his.”King told the jury to notethat they had heard no evi-dence “that Brandon Chase was the mastermind.”“Recognize what your jobis, act on the evidence,” Kingurged the jury.If they found Chase guilty,King said, “You’d be findinghim guilty because you madethe same dumb assumptionsthe prosecutor did.“And that’s not right.”But, Richardson alsoreminded jurors, they had aduty to convict criminals, tokeep the community safer.“When our community hasa murder, it diminishes theentire community,” he argued.
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route when work begins onthe new Lafayette Street inter-change.One potential solution would be to narrow the streetso parking could not occur, hesaid. That would use markersalong the road to limit parkingand add three-foot concretecurbs. Another option, he said, would be to close the street off to traffic during specific hoursduring the week and perhapsallow parking during the eve-ning when the road is open.Smith said he would speak  with LU representatives aboutusing one of those ideas asa short-term solution to theparking issue and accompany-ing safety concerns.“Chestnut Street has beena long-standing issue,” Smithsaid.
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almost,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, aSouth Carolina Republican.“Boots on the ground, drones in theair,” summed up Sen. Chuck Schum-er, the New York Democrat who hasbeen at the center of efforts to pushimmigration legislation through theSenate.The plan was announced by Sens.John Hoeven of North Dakota andBob Corker of Tennessee, Republi-cans who had been publicly uncom-mitted on the legislation.Both said other GOP fence-sitters would also swing behind the measureif the changes were incorporated, andby late in the afternoon, two haddone so. A final vote on the legislation isexpected by the end of next week.The next move would be up tothe House, where majority Republi-cans are overwhelmingly opposed togranting citizenship to immigrantsliving in the United States illegally.Talks on any final compromise wouldbe held in the fall — if then.The White House declined torespond to requests for commenton the Senate proposal, even thoughcongressional officials said adminis-tration officials were involved in theformal drafting of the terms.Under the emerging deal, an esti-mated 11 million immigrants livingin the United States illegally wouldbe eligible to obtain legal status while border security was increased.They could not be awarded greencards, which bestow permanent resi-dency status, until the entire borderenhancement plan had been put intoplace.That effectively would give thegovernment a decade to set up theadditional security, since the legisla-tion envisions a pathway to citizen-ship that gives immigrants provision-al status after six months but requiresthem to wait at least a decade beforethey become eligible for green cards.Despite the changes, the legisla-tion appeared certain to retain thebasic contours negotiated over many months by a so-called Gang of Eight,four senators from each party. Whatever its impact on the bill’sprospects, the deal failed to satisfy a group of conservative Senate crit-ics who want proof that the borderhas been secured before legalizationbegins, rather than the mere place-ment of new agents and equipment.“My impression is this is a promiseof future performance and there is nocontingency in the form of a trigger”to assure its effectiveness, said JohnCornyn, R-Texas.Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., also cau-tioned that the highly touted agree-ment had not been drafted yet, muchless read by members of the Senateand their staffs.The legislation has a broad array of outside interests pushing for itspassage, although two organizationsobjected to the plan for changes.Speaking for CAMBIO, an organi-zation that favors immigrant rights,Christian Ramirez said the dealshould include lapel cameras to deterabuse by border agents, as well as theplacement of 1,000 distress beaconsin the desert.The ACLU called the proposedagreement a “massive deployment of force” that would be “simply devas-tating for border communities.”Corker and Hoeven both said they expected the legislation to be formally unveiled in the Senate late Thursday.The agreement was a turn in theSenate spotlight for the two men, who have spent days in secretive talks with fellow Republicans, and thenSchumer and Democratic Sen. BobMenendez of New Jersey.“We must secure the border first”before anyone in the country ille-gally can gain citizenship, Hoevensaid on the Senate floor. “That’s what Americans demand and that’s what we must do.He said the 10-yearcost included $25 billion for the addi-tional Border Patrol agents, $3 billionfor fencing and another $3.2 billionfor other measures. Other officialssaid the overall cost of the security upgrade could reach $40 billion overa decade.Corker told reporters the planamounted to “border security onsteroids” and said it would impart“tremendous momentum” to the billon the Senate floor. By day’s end,Republican Sens. Mark Kirk of Illinoisand Dean Heller of Nevada said they,too, were prepared to vote for the billif the changes were incorporated.That brought to 10 the number of Republicans who have indicated they  will vote for the bill, far more thanenough to assure it will have the 60required to overcome any attemptedfilibuster by last-ditch opponents.Democrats control 54 seats, and party aides have said they do not expectany defections from their side of thepolitical aisle. Apart from the border security measures, the legislation as draftedalready included implementation of abiometric system to track the comingsand goings of foreigners at air and seaports as well as land crossings, and arequirement for businesses to verify the legal status of job seekers. At the same time the border secu-rity talks appeared all but settled,officials disclosed changes on otherthorny issues.
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FDA allows OTC morning-after pill, lifts age limit
 WASHINGTON (AP) The morning-after pill is finally going over-the-counter.The Food and Drug Administration onThursday approved unrestricted sales of Plan B One-Step, lifting all age limits onthe emergency contraceptive.The move came a week after theObama administration promised a feder-al judge it would take that step — endinga decade-plus struggle by women’s healthadvocates for nonprescription access tonext-day birth control.The administration had fought liftingage restrictions but gave in after severallosses in court. Thursday’s move appliesonly to one brand.The morning-after pill is a higher doseof regular birth control that can preventpregnancy if taken soon enough afterunprotected sex. Until now, women couldbuy it without a prescription only if they proved to a pharmacist that they were 17or older.
Feds delay requiring rearview cameras in cars
 WASHINGTON (AP) The Obamaadministration is again delaying regula-tions on whether new cars and trucksmust come equipped with rearview cam-eras to protect against drivers backingover people in blind spots behind theirvehicles.Transportation Secretary Ray LaHoodsaid Thursday in a letter to Congress thatmore research is needed. He set a new deadline of January 2015 for the regula-tions.Congress had set a deadline of Febru-ary 2011 for the regulations, but they’vebeen repeatedly delayed.
Maryland ban on baby cribbumpers in effect
 ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The nation’sfirst statewide ban on the sale of cribbumper pads is taking effect in Mary-land.The ban begins today.Health officials say crib bumper padsoffer no meaningful benefit and posepotentially serious risks to infants, includ-ing suffocation.Maryland’s health department notesthat the American Academy of Pediat-rics, the Centers for Disease Control andPrevention and the National Institutes of Health all advise against their use.
Watchdog faults NSAbackground check 
 WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog testified Thursday there may have been problems with the security clearance background check conductedon the 29-year-old federal contractor whodisclosed previously secret National Secu-rity Agency programs for collecting phonerecords and Internet data. Appearing at a Senate hearing, PatricMcFarland, the U.S. Office of PersonnelManagement’s inspector general, saidUSIS, the company that conducted thesecurity clearance investigation of formerNSA systems analyst Edward Snowden, isnow under investigation itself.
 VA shows progress on backlog 
 WASHINGTON (AP) The Veterans Affairs Department is chipping away at amassive inventory of disability claims forveterans, reducing the number of claimsconsidered backlogged by about 13 per-cent in recent weeks.Republican lawmakers are skepticalthat the trend will continue, but they’vebeen unable to agree on a solution to aproblem that has become a major head-ache for the Obama administration.The VA pays disability benefits to vet-erans who are injured or become ill as aresult of their active service. For years,veterans have complained that it takestoo long for their claims to be resolved.In late March, more than 611,000 claims,or about 70 percent, were pending longerthan 125 days.
Homeless woman foundinsane in LA death
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A jury decid-ed Thursday that a homeless Los Ange-les woman was legally insane when shepushed an 84-year-old woman from atrain platform to her death. A jury delivered its verdict Thursday after having earlier found JackkquelinePogue guilty of second-degree murder.Experts testified during the sanity phase of the trial that the defendant hasbeen severely mentally ill for most of her life, had delusions and was hearingvoices.
More homes evacuatedin Western wildfires
EVERGREEN, Colo. (AP) — Firefight-ers attacked dozens of blazes in Westernstates where hot and windy conditionspersisted Thursday, including two blazesthat forced hundreds of people out of their homes in Colorado. Air and ground crews resumed work against a 500-acre fire in the Rocky Moun-tain foothills about 30 miles southwestof Denver that impacted more than 100people. The Lime Gulch Fire, possibly triggered by lightning, threatened nostructures in Pike National Forest.In southern Colorado, a 300-acre firein Huerfano County forced at least 175people to stay at a Red Cross shelter at ahigh school.
Woman in ricin case to undergo psych exam
TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — A Texas woman accused of sending ricin-lacedletters to President Barack Obama andNew York Mayor Michael Bloomberg inan attempt to frame her husband willundergo a psychological evaluation.U.S. Magistrate Judge Caroline Cravenon Thursday ordered that Shannon Rich-ardson undergo the exam after her court-appointed attorney, Tonda Curry, request-ed it. Curry said in a court motion that shehad observed “a pattern of behavior” thatmade her wonder if Richardson can assist with her defense.
EPA won’t confirmfrack-pollution tie
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The Environ-mental Protection Agency is abandoningits plan to confirm hydraulic fracturing islinked to groundwater pollution in central Wyoming. A draft news release obtained Thurs-day by The Associated Press says the EPA  won’t have independent scientists review its finding that fracking may have causedthe pollution.The EPA says it won’t finalize its reporton the issue. Instead, it will let state offi-cials investigate.
30 arrested in Texas sweepof notorious gang 
McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Federal agentshave arrested 30 members and associatesof a prison gang on charges that that they  worked with organized crime in Mexico tobring drugs into South Texas and distrib-ute them north.U.S. Drug Enforcement Administra-tion Special Agent in Charge Javier Penasaid Thursday that the sweep was theresult of a four-year investigation by theDEA and FBI into the notorious MexicanMafia prison gang.
 Judge: Pair in X-ray plotshould stay jailed
 ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A federal mag-istrate has ruled that two New York menaccused of trying to build a portable X-ray  weapon to sicken Muslims and enemiesof Israel are a threat and should remain jailed.U.S. Magistrate Christian Hummel onThursday afternoon ordered 49-year-oldGlendon Scott Crawford and 54-year-oldEric J. Feight held without bail until a pre-liminary hearing in July.Lawyers for the men had argued they didn’t pose a threat to the community,had no criminal history and should beallowed to return to their jobs. Neitherman spoke at the short hearing in federalcourt in Albany.
Obama nominating FBI director today 
 WASHINGTON (AP) PresidentBarack Obama on Friday plans to nomi-nate President George W. Bush’s formerNo. 2 at the Justice Department, JimComey, to lead the FBI as the agency grapples with privacy debates over a hostof recently exposed investigative tactics.If confirmed by the Senate, Comey  would serve a 10-year tenure and replaceRobert Mueller, who has held the jobsince the week before the terrorist attackson Sept. 11, 2001.Mueller is set to resign on Sept. 4 afteroverseeing the bureau’s transformationinto one the country’s chief weaponsagainst terrorism.
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