Mom imprisoned for buying abortion pills

A Pennsylvania woman has been sentenced to up to 18 months in prison for obtaining so-called abortion pills online and providing them to her teenage daughter to end her pregnancy.

Jennifer Ann Whalen, 39, of Washingtonville, a single mother who works as a nursing home aide, pleaded guilty in August to obtaining the miscarriage-inducing pills from an online site in Europe for her daughter, 16, who did not want to have the child.

Whalen was sentenced Friday by Montour County Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary Norton to serve 12 to 18 months in prison for violating a state law that requires abortions to be performed by physicians. She also was fined $1,000 and ordered to perform 40 hours of community service after her release.

Whalen told authorities there was no local clinic available to perform an abortion, and her daughter did not have health insurance to cover a hospital abortion, the Press Enterprise newspaper of Bloomsburg reported.

— Reuters

Famous Picasso to leave posh restaurant

For more than half a century, the Four Seasons restaurant has been a place where Picasso meets the power lunch. But the pairing between one of the art legend’s biggest paintings and one of New York’s most illustrious eateries ends Sunday, when the unusual artwork — a painted stage curtain — is to be eased off its travertine wall and ultimately moved to a museum. The move follows a legal dispute that for a time split some of the city’s most prominent preservationists.

At 19 by 20 feet, “Le Tricorne” is believed to be the biggest Picasso painting in North America. Building owner RFR Holding Corp. concluded last fall that the curtain needed to come down for repairs to the wall behind it. The city Landmarks Conservancy, which owns the painting, sued in March to try to stop the move, saying it could destroy the brittle curtain — never moved since a mid-1970s restoration.

The suit was settled in June with an agreement to donate the painting to the New York Historical Society to display, with RFR paying the undisclosed cost of the painstaking move.

— Associated Press

Mormons ask Supreme Court to hear gay marriage case: The Mormon church and four religious organizations are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene and settle once and for all the question of whether states can outlaw gay marriage. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a statement Friday said it joined a friend-of-the-court brief asking the high court to hear Utah’s marriage case.Also taking part in the filing were the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Ethics & Religious Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.Each teaches that marriage is between a man and a woman.

Thousands lose power in Midwest: More than 600,000 electric customers in Michigan and Illinois lost power at the height of storms that brought heavy winds and lightning, ripping up trees, downing power lines and leaving at least two people dead, officials said Saturday. An Illinois woman died Saturday of injuries she suffered when she was struck by a falling tree, and a Michigan man was electrocuted when he touched a power line, local news media said.

Homes evacuated near Yosemite: An evacuation order for 300 homes near Yosemite National Park remained in effect Saturday as firefighters battled a wildfire scorching about 300 acres in central California. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection reported that firefighters had contained about 25 percent of the blaze. An additional 400 homes are being advised to evacuate.

Florida man charged in multiple slayings: A man suspected in the killings of four people whose bodies were found decomposing outside Tampa appeared in court Saturday. Police said they arrested Adam Matos, 28, at a hotel in downtown Tampa on Friday. Officials tricked him into leaving his room at the Floridan Palace Hotel, where he was staying with a boy.

Honda recalls motorcycles: Honda is recalling 126,000 motorcycles for a second time because their brakes can malfunction. The recall covers Honda’s GL-1800 motorcycles for model years 2001-2010 and 2012.

— From news services