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Abortion Rate In U.S. Falls To Lowest Level Since Roe v. Wade : The Two-Way : NPR

The abortion rate in the United States fell to its lowest level since the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalized abortion nationwide, a new report finds.

The report by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports legalized abortion, puts the rate at 14.6 abortions per 1,000 women of childbearing age (ages 15-44) in 2014. That's the lowest recorded rate since the Roe decision in 1973. The abortion rate has been declining for decades — down from a peak of 29.3 in 1980 and 1981.

The report also finds that in 2013, the total number of abortions nationwide fell below 1 million for the first time since the mid-1970s. In 2014 — the most recent year with data available — the number fell a bit more, to 926,200. The overall number had peaked at more than 1.6 million abortions in 1990, according to Guttmacher.


Federal prosecutors file charges against Santiago, he could face the death penalty | Fox News

The suspected killer in the Ft. Lauderdale rampage, 26-year-old Esteban Santiago, was charged on Saturday with performing an act of violence at an airport, which could earn him the death penalty if he is convicted.

Santiago was charged with an act of violence at an international airport resulting in death and weapons charges.

Earlier, the FBI announced that Santiago apparently traveled to the airport for the purpose of carrying out the bloody rampage.

Santiago told investigators that he planned the attack, buying a one-way ticket to the Fort Lauderdale airport, a federal complaint said. Authorities don't know why he chose his target and have not ruled out terrorism.

Terrorism may have been a "potential motivation" for the attack on Friday that killed five people, Special Agent in Charge George Piro said during a news conference.


Terrorism 'not ruled out' as motive behind Fort Lauderdale shooting

Law enforcement officials have "not ruled out terrorism" as a possible motive behind Friday's shooting rampage that killed at least 5 five people and injured 8 others at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International airport Friday.

Authorities identified the suspect as Esteban Santiago, 26, an Army veteran who allegedly opened fire in an airport baggage claim and was taken into custody without incident by a Broward County sheriff's deputy, according to Sheriff Scott Israel.

Israel said Santiago was armed with a semi-automatic handgun and was "indiscriminately firing" at people in a "cowardly, heinous act."


Facebook Live beating leads to 4 arrests -

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: More violence and hatred from the left.

(CNN) A young woman who broadcast the beating and racial taunting of a man on Facebook Live has been arrested with three others in connection with the gruesome attack, Chicago Police said Wednesday.

The disturbing 30-minute video shows a man tied up and his mouth covered, cowering in the corner of a room. His attackers laugh and shout "f*ck Donald Trump" and "f*ck white people" as they kick and punch him.
The video shows someone cutting into his scalp with a knife leaving a visibly bald patch.


Student suspect arrested in fatal stabbing of USC professor on campus - LA Times

A USC psychology professor was stabbed to death inside a campus building Friday, allegedly by a student who was taken into custody, Los Angeles police said.

Bosco Tjan, a co-director of the Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center who joined the faculty in 2001, was identified as the victim by USC President C.L. Max Nikias.

“As the Trojan family mourns professor Tjan’s untimely passing, we will keep his family in our thoughts,” Nikias said in a prepared statement. He said counseling would be available for students.


St. Louis Police Officer Shot in 'Ambush' Attack, Chief Says - The New York Times

ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis police sergeant was hospitalized in critical condition but expected to survive after being shot Sunday night in what the police chief called an "ambush."

Police Chief Sam Dotson said the 46-year-old officer was shot twice in the face. The male suspect was later killed in a shootout with police.

"Fortunately for the blessing of God the officer's going to survive," Dotson said during a brief news conference after the shooting. He declined to name the officer but said he is a married father of three who has been with the department for about 20 years.

The officer was not involved in a call or a traffic stop but was sitting in traffic about 7:30 p.m. Sunday when another car pulled up alongside his marked police vehicle. The officer told police he heard at least two shots.

"This officer was driving down the road and was ambushed by an individual who pointed a gun at him from inside of his car and shot out the police officer's window," Dotson said.

Mayor Francis Slay said the officer did nothing to provoke an attack.


Pentagon, Intelligence Chiefs Push to Oust NSA Director - WSJ

WASHINGTON—The U.S. government’s top military and intelligence leaders have recommended that President Barack Obama remove National Security Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers from office, several people familiar with the matter said, amid questions about his leadership.

The call for his ouster, which came a month ago, is a rare rebuke of a top military commander, particularly when he is being considered for a senior intelligence post in the Trump administration.

Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper have recommended that Mr. Obama direct Adm. Rogers to leave his command, the people familiar with the matter said. Adm. Rogers has served in the Navy since 1981 and leads both the NSA and Cyber Command.

Adm. Rogers declined to comment. Spokesmen for the Pentagon and Office of the Director of National Intelligence also declined to comment. The effort to oust Adm. Rogers was first reported Saturday by the Washington Post.


Sessions tapped as attorney general - POLITICO

BREAKING THIS MORNING — SESSIONS TAPPED AS ATTORNEY GENERAL: President-elect Donald Trump has tapped Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to be his attorney general, according to transition official Sean Spicer. As Trump's first Senate supporter and close adviser during the campaign, the four-term Republican senator effectively had his pick of Cabinet posts in the new administration.


Protester shot during anti-Donald Trump rally in Portland - NY Daily News

Earlier in the evening, police hurled tear gas and flash-bang grenades at protesters after they threw “burning projectiles” at officers in riot gear. Demonstrators also disrupted traffic and covered buildings across downtown in graffiti.

Organizers had initially billed Friday's protests as peaceful, but authorities said the peace broke when protesters began vandalizing storefronts and setting street fires.


Anti-Trump protests: Portland police call it 'riot' -

CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: These so-called protesters are acting like spoiled little children throwing a temper tantrum because they didn't get their way. And the violence, what exactly is that accomplishing? Who are protesters winning over with such antics? Sure, you've got our attention Mr. and Ms. Protester, but it's not about some injustice, it's about how pathetic you are.

(CNN) Thousands protesting Donald Trump's victory in the presidential election took to the streets for a third night of demonstrations and vigils in several US cities.

An anti-Trump rally in Portland, Oregon, revved up as protesters confronted police Thursday night. What started out as a peaceful march, with more than 4,000 people, quickly turned violent.
Over the course of the evening, "anarchists" in the crowd threw objects at officers, vandalized local businesses and damaged cars, Portland Police Sgt. Pete Simpson said.