hThey got the bear
WAUWATOSA, Wis. -- A large black bear begins to fall out of a tree into a waiting net after being shot with a tranquilizer dart. Officers found the bear under a semitrailer after getting reports about it around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Police Chief Barry Weber said. After being shot with the dart, the bear was able to climb a nearby tree before eventually feeling the effects.
Abortion bill advances
WASHINGTON -- The House passed a bill Wednesday that would make it illegal to dodge parental-consent laws by taking minors across state lines for abortions, the latest effort to chip away at abortion rights after Republican gains in the November elections. By 270-157, the House sent the bill to the Senate, where it has new momentum as an item on the Republicans' top 10 list of legislative priorities. Voting for it were 216 Republicans and 54 Democrats. Voting against it were 145 Democrats, 11 Republicans and 1 Independent. Reflecting rising public support for requiring parents' involvement in their pregnant daughters' decisions, the bill would impose fines, jail time or both on adults and doctors involved in most cases where minors were taken out of state to get abortions.
Terrorist's sentence held
SEATTLE -- In a stunning move, a federal judge postponed the sentencing Wednesday of admitted terrorist Ahmed Ressam to give the Algerian three months to consider whether he wants to begin cooperating with authorities again. Judge John C. Coughenour gave Ressam until July 28 to change his mind about working with law enforcement. Ressam, 37, became disillusioned after a few years and stopped cooperating. Coughenour said that delaying the sentencing for three months won't be the end of the world, "but there is a potential for the world to be in a better place" if Ressam, who plotted to bomb the Los Angeles airport, reconsiders his position. The Ressam case is considered by some to be the most successful terrorism prosecution ever undertaken by the U.S. government.