Abortion law can proceed

The chief federal judge in Kansas refused Sunday to temporarily block parts of a new state abortion law, including a requirement that providersí websites link to a state site with information they dispute. But U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratilís ruling Sunday in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood came after a state judge ruled Friday in a separate challenge that Kansas couldnít enforce the website requirement for now. The rule was to take effect today. Under the law, a providerís home page will have to provide a link to a Kansas Department of Health and Environment site on abortion and fetal development. Abortion providers object because the stateís information says that a fetus can feel pain by the 20th week of pregnancy; the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has said thereís no evidence for such an assertion.


West struggles with heat

High temperatures brought discomfort to much of the Southwest on Sunday as many parts of the region were coming off record-breaking heat days and bracing for more sizzling temperatures. Triple-digit heat was on tap for the valleys and desert regions of Southern California, while metropolitan Phoenix was expected to see a slight drop in temperatures after experiencing record-breaking heat Saturday. Six half-marathon runners in Southern California were hospitalized Sunday for heat-related illnesses. A day earlier, paramedics responding to a Nevada home without air conditioning found an elderly man dead. Runners in the Southern California race who required medical attention were extremely dehydrated, and some experienced cramps, said Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian.


Transit strike risk looms

Two of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transitís largest unions and management returned to the bargaining table Sunday in an 11th hour attempt to avoid a possible strike as commuters braced for potentially nightmarish journeys into work. The unionsí contracts were set to expire at midnight.

Compiled from wire reports.