One of four remaining clinics in Kansas that provide abortions has closed because its doctor and manager have retired.
The Aid For Women clinic in Kansas City, Kansas, closed Saturday and is referring patients to three other clinics in Kansas, two in suburban Kansas City and one in Wichita.
Clinic manager Jeff Pederson says former patients need to fight for reproductive rights instead of relying on clinic workers to wage that battle.
WASHINGTON — An explosion of spending on political advertising on television — set to break $2 billion in congressional races, with overall spots up nearly 70 percent since the 2010 midterm election — is accelerating the rise of moneyed interests and wresting control from the candidates’ own efforts to reach voters.
In the first full midterm cycle where outside groups have developed a sophisticated infrastructure, the consequences are already becoming apparent: a harshly negative tone dictated by the groups and a nearly nonstop campaign season that could cause voters to tune out before Election Day.
“They have become a shadow party that’s effectively impossible to dislodge, and they will shape, if not control, the dialogue in key races and therefore nationally,” said Sheila Krumholz, the executive director for the Center for Responsive Politics. “All of this sets the stage for 2016.”
The phenomenon, which is playing out in races across the country, is particularly pronounced in several competitive Senate contests — in places like Alaska, Colorado and North Carolina, among others. In the Senate races alone, the number of political television spots from outside groups is nearly six times as much as it was at the same point in the 2010 cycle. In fact, more political ads from outside groups have already aired during the relatively slow summer period of the 2014 Senate contests — roughly 150,000 spots through mid-July — than ran throughout the entire 2010 Senate elections.
Bay Area activists are planning to block two commercial shipping tankers partially owned by the Israel Corporation from docking and unloading at the Port of Oakland on Saturday in support of the Palestinian people, according to event organizers.
Protesters plan to block two Zim Integrated Shipping Ltd. commercial vessels scheduled to dock and unload at the Port of Oakland.
According to Zim’s website, the company was established in 1945 and is one of the largest carriers in the global container shipping industry.
Protesters are singling out Zim ships because 32 percent of the company is owned by Israel Corporation, which was founded in 1968 by the Israeli government is Israel’s largest holding company.
Police said that about 5:30 p.m., a couple and their children, who all are deaf, were stopped at Second and Island avenues as an annual zombie march through downtown went past their car. They waited several minutes, then the driver, 48, started rolling forward slowly. His children were afraid of the large crowd, Stafford said.
Several pedestrians surrounded the sedan and started punching it while others climbed on it, police said. The windshield was shattered.
“The family was scared so the father drove forward again trying to get away from the angry crowd,” Stafford said.
Then the car knocked down a 64-year-old woman, who fell under the car and suffered a badly broken arm. The crowd chased the car down the street, and the driver pulled over when he saw a police officer, Stafford said.
NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — Authorities are searching for the vandals who spray painted anti-Semitic messages on a South Florida synagogue.
Residents who voluntarily patrol the area discovered swastikas and the word, “Hamas” spray painted in red on columns on the Congregation Torah V’Emunah at 1000 NE 175th St, early Monday morning.
“I saw this and then I stopped and I said, ‘Wait a minute. What am I seeing here?’ and then I backed up again and I looked again and I immediately sent a text to the two supervisors,” said resident and neighborhood watchman Yona Lunger.
Residents are now trying to figure out who would want to desecrate their place of worship. “Absolute hate and why are you doing this, what have we done to you? We want to live at peace over here, we’re not fighting with you, we want to get along,” said Lunger. “We don’t go to any mosques, we don’t go spraying, anything like that. All we want to do is get along.”
Some residents are even concerned about their safety.
“I mean honestly it makes you question if it’s safe to walk around, wearing your yamaka, like how safe you really are in America,” said neighbor Josh Rosenberg.
Pictures of the defaced columns were posted on Facebook and many people around the world are reacting. “It’s like disgusting,” said Yossi Rosenberg.
The vandalism has since been removed.
This incident comes a day after a Miami Beach family’s vehicles were egged and defaced with the words, “Jew” and “Hamas” smeared on the windshields.
This is a few blocks from where my youngest daughter lives.
The NHTRC also released data from 2013 today, which show significant increases in total calls, reported cases of potential human trafficking, and calls directly from survivors compared to 2012.
Total Calls: Call volume increased by 55 percent from 2012. In total, the NHTRC hotline received 31,945 phone calls in 2013, compared to 20,654 calls in 2012. Since its first full year of operation in 2008 when 5,746 calls were received, the hotline has experienced a 456 percent annual increase in phone calls.
Reported Cases: In 2013, multiple cases of human trafficking were reported in each of the 50 states and D.C. There were 5,214 potential cases of human trafficking reported to the hotline in 2013, a 52% increase over the 3,420 cases reported in 2012. Between December 7, 2007, and December 31, 2013, the hotline learned of a total of 14,453 potential human trafficking cases.
Calls from Survivors: Compared to 2012, the NHTRC hotline experienced a 65 percent increase in phone calls directly from survivors in 2013. The hotline received 2,241 calls from potential victims compared to 1,355 calls from victims in 2012. The NHTRC hotline received 5,246 calls from victims between December 2007 and December 31, 2013.
Trafficking Venue or Industry: The three most commonly cited venues for sex trafficking were: Commercial-Front Brothels, Internet-Based/Online Advertising, or Hotel/Motel-Based commercial sex. The three most commonly cited industries for labor trafficking were: Domestic Work, Door-to-Door Sales Crew, or Restaurant/Food Service.
The Nigerian city of Lagos on Monday shut down and quarantined a hospital where a man died of Ebola in the first recorded case of the highly infectious disease in Africa’s most populous country.
Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for the Liberian finance ministry in his 40s, collapsed on arrival at Lagos airport on July 20 and was put in isolation at the First Consultants Hospital in Obalende, one of the most crowded parts of a city that is home to 21 million people. He died on Friday.
“We have shut the hospital to enable us to properly quarantine the environment. Some of the hospital staff who were in close contact with the victim have been isolated,” Lagos state health commissioner Jide Idris told Nigerian TV.
Fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants continued Monday despite a strong statement from the United Nations Security Council calling for an “immediate and unconditional” cease-fire.
The fighting took place even as the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, celebrating the completion of month-long dawn-to-dusk fasting for Ramadan, began Monday. Hamas had agreed Sunday to hold fire ahead of the holiday.
The Israel Defense Forces said its jets hit two rocket launchers and a rocket manufacturing facility in central and northern Gaza in three airstrikes ordered in response to Hamas rocket attacks on Israel. The military said eight rockets had been fired at Israel since midnight Sunday. Hamas has fired more than 2,500 rockets into Israel, including several into Tel Aviv, since the Israeli military operation began, IDF said.
Vincenzo Nibali has officially won this year’s Tour de France, becoming the first Italian cyclist to do so since 1998 with a ride past fans lining Paris’ Champs-Elysees.
As we reported on Saturday, Nibali, riding for Astana Pro Team, had worn the yellow jersey through most of the three-week competition that had been marked by bad weather and the relatively quick elimination of some of the favorites.
On an overcast Sunday in the French capital, Nibali rode past the Arc de Triomphe on his way to the winner’s podium.
The New York Times sums up his victory, acknowledging that “To some extent, Nibali benefited from the misfortune of others.
Sectarian civil war continues in Pakistan
Pakistani police say a mob has burned down several homes belonging to minority Ahmadi Muslims in the country’s east, killing a woman and her two granddaughters following rumors about blasphemous postings on Facebook.
Police official Zeeshan Siddiqi says the rioting in the city of Gujranwala erupted late Sunday after claims that an Ahmadi had posted a blasphemous photo of the Kaaba — the cube-shaped structure in the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, that observant Muslims around the world face in prayer five times a day