TRENTON, N.J. —A New Jersey doctor facing suspension of his license for ferrying patients to his Maryland clinic for late-term abortions defended his actions Wednesday and said that he believed everything he did was legal.
Steven Brigham told state regulators it was more "economical" for patients to have their late-term abortions performed at his office in Maryland rather than a hospital, as would have been required in New Jersey.
Brigham has no hospital privileges in New Jersey and has not been authorized by the state Board of Medical Examiners to perform late-term abortions.
The New Jersey attorney general's office says Brigham was "grossly negligent" in transporting the patients from Voorhees, N.J., to Elkton, Md., to take advantage of differences in state abortion laws.
U.S. agencies team up to fight cyberattacks
WASHINGTON — Computer experts at the National Security Agency are teaming up with the Homeland Security Department in an effort to strengthen the nation's defenses against cyberattacks.
The partnership unveiled Wednesday raised concerns among civil liberties advocates, who say that safeguards are needed to ensure that the collaboration between the spy agency and Homeland Security does not wind up violating the privacy rights of U.S. citizens.
NSA and Homeland Security officials said they are creating small teams that will work in the other agency's operations centers, a move designed to help them share lawfully gathered intelligence and provide Homeland Security faster access to the NSA's broad technical expertise.
The collaboration is a move to help the U.S. guard against the growing threat of cyberattacks against government and private computer networks.