OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Senate voted Tuesday to override Gov. Brad Henry's veto of two abortion bills, including one that an abortion-rights group has said would be among the nation's strictest measures against the procedure.
The narrow override votes in the Republican-controlled Senate came a day after the state House voted overwhelmingly to do the same, meaning the bills became law immediately. The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights quickly filed a lawsuit, however, seeking to block enforcement of one of the statutes.
It requires women to undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of the fetus before getting an abortion. The person who performs the ultrasound must also turn a screen depicting the images toward the woman so she can see them.
Malcolm X assassin paroled in N.Y.
NEW YORK — The only man ever to admit involvement in the assassination of Malcolm X was freed on parole Tuesday, 45 years after he helped gun down the civil rights leader.
Thomas Hagan was the last man still serving time in the 1965 killing, part of the skein of violence that wound through the cultural and political upheaval of the 1960s. He was freed from a Manhattan prison where he spent two days a week under a work-release program.
Hagan, 69, has repeatedly expressed sorrow for being one of the gunmen who fired on Malcolm X.
Ga. to require seat belt use in pickups
ATLANTA — Georgia is poised to join the rest of the nation in requiring adults in pickups to wear seat belts, ending years of frustration by public safety advocates who had long sought to change the state law.
The Georgia House on Tuesday passed a measure that would end Georgia's distinction as the last state in the nation to specifically exempt adults in pickups from buckling up.