Judge blocks curbs
on morning-after pill

An Oklahoma judge on Monday blocked a new state law that makes it harder for women to obtain the morning-after pill.

In June, the federal government approved unrestricted over-the-counter sales for the emergency contraceptive. Oklahoma’s law was passed in response and requires women 17 and older to show identification to a pharmacist to obtain the Plan B One-Step pill and generic emergency contraceptives. It also requires girls under 17 to have a prescription to obtain them.

The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice and Jo Ann Mangili of Mounds, the mother of a 15-year-old girl, alleging the rule is unconstitutional.

— Associated Press

Major’s early e-mails
excluded at trial

Evidence purporting to show how Army Maj. Nidal Hasan adopted a radical version of Islam, including e-mails he exchanged with American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, was blocked by a military judge on Monday at Hasan’s court-martial for killing 13 fellow soldiers.

The judge, Col. Tara Osborn, banned some evidence dating to 2005, declaring it “too remote and subject to multiple interpretations.” Osborn told prosecutors they could use evidence from the days closer to the shooting, such as Hasan’s Internet searches and e-mails.

Awlaki was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen in 2011.

Hasan, acting as his own defense attorney, has admitted he opened fire at Fort Hood, Tex., on Nov. 5, 2009, killing 13 and wounding 31, saying he switched sides in what he considered a U.S. war on Islam.

Hasan could face the death penalty if all 13 officers on the jury find him guilty of premeditated murder.

— Reuters


B-1B bomber crashes in Montana: A B-1B bomber crashed in a remote area of southeastern Montana on Monday, but its four crew members survived after ejecting from the aircraft, Air Force officials said. The two pilots and two weapons system officers ejected before the bomber crashed near Broadus, Mont., said Col. Kevin Kennedy, commander of the 28th Bomb Wing. The plane was based out of South Dakota’s Ellsworth Air Force Base.

New York reports huge gun seizure: New York City authorities on Monday trumpeted the largest gun seizure in city history, with 254 weapons taken and 19 arrests of people from two smuggling rings accused of running guns north from the Carolinas. The grand jury indictments against the defendants were unsealed Monday.

— From news services