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The provision bans U.S. taxpayer money, usually Agency for International Development funds, from going to international family planning groups that either offer abortions or provide information, counseling or referrals about abortion. Exceptions are for rape, incest or if the life of the mother is in danger.

The House panel’s move has little chance in the Democratic-controlled Senate.


Fate of union law to be decided by voters

COLUMBUS — Ohio voters will get to decide in November whether to repeal the state’s new collective-bargaining law, which would let public employee unions negotiate wages but not health care, sick time or pension benefits.

The state’s elections chief said Thursday that opponents had gathered enough valid signatures to put the question before voters. The measure is now suspended from taking effect until voters have their say.

The law signed by Gov. John Kasich in late March affects more than 350,000 public workers, including police officers, firefighters, teachers and state employees. Aside from restricting bargaining, it bans strikes and gets rid of automatic pay increases, replacing them with merit raises or performance pay.


Ex-governor Roemer enters presidential race

HANOVER — Kicking off his presidential campaign in New Hampshire, former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer says he may be no one, but he’s the only one ready to fight a corrupt political system.

Mr. Roemer, who has been out of office for 16 years, officially launched his campaign Thursday at Dartmouth College.

He already has been campaigning hard in New Hampshire, going so far as to move to Manchester recently.

Mr. Roemer is focusing on two issues: unfair trade practices and campaign financing. He doesn’t take donations above $100 and described his campaign as a war against special interests that control Washington.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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