Democrats seek repeal of ban on federal funding of abortion

NEW YORK (AP) — The law that bans federal funding for Medicaid coverage of most abortions is now in the spotlight some 40 years after it was passed by Congress, emerging as an election issue in the national debate over the procedure.

  • Written by DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer

Louisiana: Flood danger persists, body pulled from waters

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — As waters begin to recede in parts of Louisiana's capital city, some residents struggled to return to flood-damaged homes on foot, in cars and by boat. But though the rain had mostly stopped, new places in the state faced flood dangers from the deluge that has sent thousands into shelters.

  • Written by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press REBECCA SANTANA, Associated Press

Russian warplanes take off from Iran to target IS in Syria

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian warplanes took off on Tuesday from a base in Iran to target Islamic State fighters and other militants in Syria, Russia's Defense Ministry said, widening Moscow's bombing campaign in Syria in a major development in the country's civil war.

  • Written by NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press BASSEM MROUE, Associated Press

Houston mother charged in deaths of son, 7, and daughter, 5

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston mother who calmly told an acquaintance that she had killed her two children and hid their bodies underneath a neighbor's home drowned them in a bathtub by forcibly holding their heads underwater, authorities said Monday.

  • Written by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press

SC regulators warn against eating bass from 2 upstate lakes

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — People should only eat limited amounts of bass from two upstate lakes because of mercury found in the tissue of those species, state regulators cautioned Monday in their annual fish consumption advisory.

  • Written by BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press