PHILADELPHIA

Jury gets abortion case

A Philadelphia jury began weighing murder charges Tuesday against a doctor charged with killing five people, including four viable babies allegedly born alive in what authorities describe as illegal, late-term abortions routinely performed at his clinic. Kermit Gosnell, 72, faces the death penalty if convicted of killing babies born alive. A string of former clinic employees testified over the past two months, telling jurors that Gosnell cut live babies in the back of the neck to ensure they were dead.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.

Horse plant set to open

The southern New Mexico plant that has been fighting for more than a year for permission to slaughter horses will open soon, unless Congress reinstates a ban on the practice, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday. Vilsack said the department is working to make sure the process is handled properly for the opening of what would be the first domestic horse slaughter house in six years.

TUPELO, Miss.

Investigators find ricin

Ricin was found in the former martial arts studio of the man suspected of sending poison letters to President Barack Obama and other public officials, and was also discovered on a dust mask and other items he threw in the trash, federal prosecutors said in a court document made public Tuesday. The affidavit says an FBI surveillance team saw James Everett Dutschke remove several items from the studio in Tupelo, Miss., on April 22 and dump them in a trash bin about 100 yards down the street. The items included the dust mask, the affidavit said.

Beverly Hills, Calif.

CBS readies cable plan

The CBS television network could go off the air and become a cable channel if courts don’t stop the Internet startup Aereo Inc. from retransmitting shows such as NCIS without permission. “We’ve spoken to cable operators in New York. We can do it in a few days,” Leslie Moonves, chief executive officer of the network’s parent CBS Corp., said Tuesday at the Milken Institute Global Conference.

Compiled from wire reports.