AP: A federal judge temporarily blocked Louisiana from enforcing a new law imposing toughened abortion restrictions.
The law would require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a hospital near their clinic. The judge ruled that the law can still take effect but officials can’t penalize doctors or clinics for breaking it while it is being challenged.
BBC News: The United Kingdom has raised its terrorism threat level to “severe” in response to the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Syria.
The Home Secretary stressed, however, that there is no information to suggest an attack is imminent.
NBC News: President Obama said Thursday that the U.S. doesn’t “have a strategy yet” on how to deal with the growing threat from the Islamic State in the Middle East.
Obama also announced that the Secretary of State John Kerry will soon travel to the Middle East to help build a coalition to respond to the militants. In the meantime, Obama indicated that US airstrikes in Syria were not imminent.