BURNS, Ore. (AP) — The leader of an armed group occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon met briefly with a federal agent Friday, but left because the agent wouldn't talk with him in front of the media.
By a 7-0 vote, the Kansas Supreme Court said Wichita ignored filing and disclosure rules that were mandated by state law, and meant to ensure that legislators and voters in the state's most populous city understood the ordinance before a vote was taken. Approved by voters last April with a 54 percent majority, the ordinance set a maximum $50 fine for adults over 21 who were convicted for the first time of possessing no more than 32 grams (1.1 ounces) of marijuana, or related drug paraphernalia. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt had sought to void the Wichita ordinance on that basis and several others, including the basis for Friday's decision.
U.S. doctors are fielding a spate of calls from expectant mothers who recently traveled to countries affected by the Zika virus and fear possible exposure to the mosquito-borne infection linked to a spike in fetal brain damage in Brazil. New U.S. treatment guidelines only recommend blood tests for pregnant women with symptoms of infection. "These effects are not necessarily going to be seen at a time when the mother can decide to terminate the pregnancy," said Dr. Natalie Meirowitz of Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
A coastal flood watch also is in effect from Ocean County south. Forecasters are concerned about widespread moderate flooding to localized major flooding. In Barnegat Township, a voluntary evacuation will soon be underway for people living in a portion of the coastal region that now has only one way in and one way out due to bridge construction.