House wants mail
A spending measure passed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday to keep the government operating through September requires that the Postal Service maintain a six-day mail delivery schedule, a potential setback for the agency, which announced last month that it planned go to five-day deliveries to cut costs. The legislation passed the House 267-151, with 137 Democrats voting against it. The measure now moves to the Senate.
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Abortion ban adopted
Arkansas adopted the country’s most restrictive ban on abortion Wednesday — at 12 weeks of pregnancy, when a fetal heartbeat can typically be detected by ultrasound. The law was passed by the legislature over the veto of Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat. The law contradicts the limit established by Supreme Court decisions, which give women a right to an abortion until the fetus is viable outside the womb, usually around 24 weeks into pregnancy.
Park lion kills intern
An intern-volunteer was killed Wednesday by a lion at a private wild animal park in central California, and authorities were trying to determine what might have caused the fatal attack. Cat Haven founder and executive director Dale Anderson was crying as he read a one-sentence statement about the fatal mauling at the exotic animal zoo he has operated since 1993. The 26-year-old woman was attacked and killed when she entered the lion’s enclosure, Anderson said, but he refused to provide more details.
Move to free slaves
When 20 slaves petitioned New Hampshire in 1779 seeking their freedom, lawmakers decided the time wasn’t right and delayed action. Now, legislators have decided the time is right to consider the request. A Senate committee on Wednesday unanimously recommended the full body posthumously emancipate the 14 petitioners who never were granted freedom. The Revolutionary War was under way when the petition was originally filed, and the slaves served in the war effort. Six of the slaves were later freed.
Compiled from wire reports.