MASSACHUSETTS: John Kerry's wife ill
Teresa Heinz Kerry, 74, accompanied by her husband, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, went to Nantucket Cottage Hospital on Sunday in critical condition, was stabilized there and transferred later to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. No details about her condition or illness has been released. She is the widow of former U.S. Senator John Heinz, heir to the Heinz ketchup fortune. She married John Kerry in 1995.
WISCONSIN: Suit against abortion law
Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the American Civil Liberties Union have sued Wisconsin, seeking to block a new law that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The law, set to take effect Monday, was "rushed" through the legislative process last month, the groups said in a complaint filed Friday in federal court in Madison. The measure would force two of the state's four abortion providers to shut down, the complaint says. A fifth clinic is set to close for unrelated reasons, the groups say. "The purpose and effect of the requirement, which is wholly unnecessary and unreasonable, is to impose a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking abortion prior to viability, in violation of their constitutional right to privacy," the complaint says. Wisconsin is one of several states where legal battles are taking place over hospital-privilege requirements for abortion providers. Federal judges in Alabama and Mississippi have issued orders stopping similar laws from being implemented, finding that they might result in substantial burdens for women seeking to terminate pregnancies.
FLORIDA: Defense gets its turn
Defense attorneys in George Zimmerman's second-degree murder trial get their chance this week to call witnesses and introduce testimony. The defense called their first two witnesses late Friday after prosecutors rested their case at the end of two weeks of testimony. Zimmerman is pleading not guilty. He has said he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012 in self-defense during a struggle at the town home complex where Zimmerman lived and Martin was visiting.