This week, Congress returns with House leaders vowing to revisit the anti-abortion bill they pulled off the floor last week. The ban on abortions after 20 weeks was withdrawn when it appeared there weren't enough Republican votes to pass it.
Why did it need quite so many Republican votes? Because the GOP can no longer count on a contingent of Democrats to help out on abortion-related votes.
A U.S. drone strike on suspected al-Qaida militants in Yemen killed at least three people, just days after the U.S.-backed government resigned in the face of an uprising by Shiite Houthi rebels, effectively leaving the country with no government.
The Associated Press reports that the strike, which occurred in the central province of Marib, targeted a vehicle carrying three men near the border with neighboring Shabwa province, an al-Qaida stronghold. The news agency also quoted an al-Qaida member as saying two of the slain fighters were Yemenis, one Saudi. Here's more:
Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 2:02 pm
Almost Famous Women is the kind of "high concept" short-story collection that invites skepticism. These stories are about 13 historical women whose names you mostly might sort-of recognize. Beryl Markham, Butterfly McQueen and Shirley Jackson are slam-dunks, but Romaine Brooks and Joe Carstairs are a bit blurrier. While the family names of Allegra Byron, Dolly Wilde and Norma Millay betray their relation to important figures, we don't know what they did. And who the heck was Hazel Eaton or Tiny Davis?
Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 2:04 pm
Across the country, efforts to make marijuana more accessible have quickly gained traction. Medical marijuana is now legal in 23 states, and recreational use is also legal in four states and the District of Columbia.
Science, however, hasn't quite caught up. Largely due to its illegal status, there's been very little research done on marijuana's health effects. And researchers don't fully understand how pot affects the developing teenage brain.
This may explain the why the nation's pediatricians have changed their recommendations on marijuana and children.
Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 12:33 pm
Alexis Tsipras, who led his left-wing Syriza party to an improbable win in Greece's parliamentary election, was sworn in today amid fears about what his win means for the country's bailout agreements with the European Union.
Reporter Joanna Kakissis in Athens, who is following the story, tells our Newscast unit that Tsipras now leads the first anti-austerity government in Europe. She adds:
Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 11:07 am
Updated at 11:04 a.m. ET
The Secret Service has identified the device that was found overnight on the White House grounds as a "quad copter."
The agency said an on-duty Secret Service officer saw and heard the 2-foot-wide commercial "quad copter" fly low onto the grounds of the executive mansion at about 3:08 a.m. ET. It crashed on the southeast side, the agency said in a statement.
"There was an immediate alert and lockdown of the complex until the device was examined and cleared," a spokesman said in the statement.
Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 11:29 am
President Obama became the first U.S. head of state to attend India's annual Republic Day parade, which marks the day the country adopted its constitution.
NPR's Scott Horsley, who is traveling with Obama, says the parade is "partly a showcase for the country's military might, but there are also floats honoring everything from India's female mountain climbers to its home-grown industrial development."
Julie McCarthy, who is NPR's correspondent in India, says it "was a jaunty occasion despite the rain."