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Associated Press

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 8:01 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 8:01 AM

ASIA-US-SPYING

NEW: Indonesia summons Aussie ambassador over spy claim

SYDNEY (AP) — There's more fallout from reports that other countries helped the U.S. in its collection of secret electronic data.

Indonesian government officials met with Australia's ambassador on Friday to discuss reports that the Australia Embassy in Jakarta is a hub for Washington's secret collection of information.

A document from former U.S. government analyst Edward Snowden also says U.S., British and Canadian embassies were used.

TEXAS ABORTION RESTRICTIONS LAWSUIT

Court reinstates most Texas' abortion restrictions

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a candidate for governor, says the state's new abortion restrictions have been vindicated by a federal appeals court.

The court ruled unanimously that the portions of the law can take effect immediately.

That means about a third of the state's abortion clinics will have to close as soon as Friday.

The president of Planned Parenthood says the ruling bans abortion "in vast stretches of Texas" and will be appealed.

UNITED EXPRESS THREAT

Threat diverts United Express flight to Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) Officials at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport aren't saying what kind of threat prompted authorities to divert a United Express plane traveling from San Francisco to San Antonio, Texas.

Everyone on board the regional jet was evacuated after landing in Phoenix late Thursday afternoon, and a bomb squad and police dogs searched the plane and luggage.

Passengers resumed their trip less than three hours later.

DEATH PENALTY-OHIO

NEW: Condemned Ohio child killer to testify at hearing

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A condemned Ohio child killer is expected to testify by video Friday at a hearing where his lawyers are challenging the state's new, never-tried lethal injection process.

Attorneys for death row inmate Ronald Phillips want a federal judge to delay Phillips' Nov. 14 execution while they gather evidence for a lawsuit.

The state announced earlier this week it was using a two-drug combination to put Phillips to death in a method that would be the first in the U.S.

The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction argues the new policies are not different from the former procedures.

The 40-year-old Phillips was sentenced to die for raping and killing 3-year-old Sheila Marie Evans, the daughter of his girlfriend, in Akron in 1993.

US-KANSAS-BUS-ACCIDENT

Kansas school bus goes off bridge into creek

DOUGLASS, Kan. (AP) —Investigators in Douglass, Kan., are looking into how a school bus carrying children toppled into swift moving water and landed half-submerged on its side.

An emergency official in Butler County says the bus apparently went off a bridge.

The bus driver was able to call 911 and he and the ten children on board were given life jackets and were pulled to safety on lines. Everyone is OK.

CHILE-EARTHQUAKE

Magnitude-6.6 quake strikes north-central Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Portions of earthquake-prone Chile have been rocked by a 6.6-magnitude tremor.

It caused buildings to sway in the capital and some people to run out into the streets.

Emergency officials in Santiago say there have been no reports of damage to infrastructure.

The quake's epicenter was about 250 miles away. A 2010 quake in Chile killed more than 500 people.

CANADA-TORONTO MAYOR

Toronto police say they have mayor's crack video

TORONTO (AP) — There are more calls for the resignation of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford after police say they've obtained a video that appears to show him smoking a crack pipe.

The video was discovered in the massive surveillance operation.

Police say they don't have enough evidence to bring charges, and Ford, who's been accused of conflict-of-interest and increasingly odd behavior, says he's running for a second term next year.

HEALTH OVERHAUL-FACES

NEW: New faces of health overhaul: Still all smiles

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — After seeing its HealthCare.gov cover girl go from stock photo to laughingstock, the Obama administration is considering using pictures of people who've successfully purchased insurance instead.

The photo of a smiling young woman recently was removed from the problem-plagued website. But a New Hampshire woman and a Florida college student say the administration has sought their permission to use their photos instead.

Deborah Lielasus (ly-LAY'-shus) and Daniel McNaughton also agreed to appear in online videos describing their success stories.

The department declined to comment specifically on whether their photos will be used on the insurance enrollment site, but said as with all websites, it is making changes that will help users better understand key information while maintaining the overall design.

WAL-MART-HOLIDAY

Wal-Mart kicks off holiday shopping season online

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is upping the ante on holiday shopping.

The world's largest retailer is pulling forward by nearly a month seven big deals on items like TVs and tablets that were originally reserved for the day after Thanksgiving and so-called Cyber Monday.

Shoppers will be able to purchase the items online starting shortly after midnight Friday. At the same time, Walmart.com will be pushing another 300 holiday deals on its website, from toys to home decor.

The seven deals include a 42- inch JVC LED TV for $299, a savings of 36 percent, and a 10-inch XELIO tablet for $49, a 51 percent discount. The items will be available while supplies last.

Wal-Mart declined to say whether it would be repeating the discounts during the Thanksgiving weekend.

GOOGLE GLASS TICKET

Driver expects to fight Google Glass ticket

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California woman says she plans to fight the traffic ticket she got for wearing a pair of Googles' $1,500 Internet-connected eyeglasses while driving.

Cecilia Abadie was cited for distracted driving and also speeding.

Google glasses feature a hidden computer and a thumbnail-size transparent display screen above the right eye.

BRITAIN SODA TAX

Study: Hefty tax on soda would reduce UK obesity

LONDON (AP) — A new study says slapping a 20 percent tax on soda in Britain could cut the number of obese adults by about 180,000.

Researchers at Oxford University and the University of Reading say even a modest drop of 1.3 percent in obesity is worthwhile.

About one in four Britons is obese.

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