Court rules state can strip clinics’ funding

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ruled that Kansas can strip two Planned Parenthood clinics of federal family planning money while the organization moves forward with its legal challenge of a state law it says is retaliation for its advocacy of abortion rights.

Kansas is among several conservative states that have sought in recent years to strip Planned Parenthood of funding.

At issue in Tuesday’s ruling is money distributed to states under Title X, a federally financed family planning program that targets low-income individuals seeking reproductive services such as birth control and pregnancy testing. It cannot be used for abortions.

Tuesday’s decision is not a final ruling on the merits of the case itself, and the appeals court sent it back to the lower court for further proceedings.

— Associated Press

Al-Qaeda sympathizer sentenced: An al-Qaeda sympathizer who admitted trying to build pipe bombs in a New York City basement and aiming to blow up police stations or military installations was sentenced Tuesday to 16 years in prison. Jose Pimentel pleaded guilty last month to attempted criminal possession of a weapon as a crime of terrorism. The Dominican-born Muslim convert was arrested in November 2011.

Judge spares dog that attacked boy: A Phoenix judge has spared the life of a pit bull that mauled a 4-year-old boy last month and touched off a polarizing Internet debate on mercy, blame and animal violence. Municipal Court Judge Deborah Griffin ruled Tuesday that the dog named Mickey must be neutered, defanged and microchipped. She declared the dog vicious earlier in the day and could have ordered euthanasia. The Feb. 20 attack left Kevin Vicente with a broken eye socket and jaw.

— Associated Press