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MORE INTERNATIONAL NEWS IN BRIEF - More woes for Boston-area transit system amid freezing temps

Published:Friday | February 13, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Another day of freezing temperatures means another day of commuting woes for Boston-area residents who take mass transit to work.

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation says a downed light pole at the JFK/UMass Red Line station caused delays yesterday for shuttle buses that have replaced trains unable to operate between Boston and Braintree.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) says all branches of the Green Line experienced delays because of a disabled train while some commuter rail lines are also running late because of frozen switches and signals.

Governor Charlie Baker is scheduled to discuss transit problems later yesterday with MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott. She made a surprise announcement on Wednesday that she is resigning, effective in April.

More snow is in the forecast over the next several days

Senate panel considering banning abortion method


A Kansas Senate committee is preparing to consider a ban on a procedure used in eight per cent of the abortions performed in the state.

The bill up for debate yesterday in the Public Health and Welfare Committee was drafted by abortion opponents who describe the targeted procedure as dismembering a foetus.

The bill would prohibit a procedure known as dilation and evacuation and designate it in state law as a "dismemberment abortion". Doctors would not be allowed to use forceps, clamps or other similar instruments to cut up a foetus and remove it from the womb in pieces.

Abortion rights advocates say the procedure is sometimes the safest way to terminate a pregnancy and also is sometimes used during the first trimester.

Republican Government Sam Brownback supports the measure.