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AUSTIN | The federal government is making good on its threat to cut off all funding for the Texas Medicare Women’s Health Program because the state won’t let Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers participate.

Cindy Mann, director of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said Thursday she regretted the move but said her agency had no choice after Texas this week began enforcing a law barring state funding from clinics affiliated with abortion providers.

The Women’s Health Program provides care to about 130,000 low-income participants, and federal funds had covered 90 percent of its costs.

Gov. Rick Perry has instructed state health officials to find funding for the $40 million program without federal support.

Ms. Mann said an end to federal funding will be gradual and that support will continue for several months, or until Texas takes over the program.


No verdict yet in Rutgers suicide case

NEW BRUNSWICK | A jury has gone home without a verdict after the second day of deliberations in the trial of a former Rutgers University student accused of using a webcam to spy on his gay roommate, who killed himself days later.

Twenty-year-old Dharun Ravi faces 15 criminal charges, including invasion of privacy and bias intimidation, a hate crime.

His freshman-year roommate, Tyler Clementi, jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge in September 2010, just days after he had a sexual encounter with another man.

The jurors deliberated for about 9 1/2 hours without reaching a verdict. They didn’t have any questions for the judge Thursday and are scheduled to resume Friday.


Philly mayor seeks ban on feeding homeless outside

PHILADELPHIA | Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter wants to ban community organizations from feeding the hungry and homeless in city parks.

Nutter says he wants the homeless to eat indoors, where mental health and medical services can be provided.

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