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SALEM, ORE.» In­sur­ance com­pa­nies in Ore­gon would be re­quired to cover abor­tions and other re­pro­duc­tive ser­vices at no cost to the pa­tient re­gard­less of in­come, cit­i­zen­ship sta­tus or gen­der iden­tity un­der a mea­sure ap­proved Wed­nes­day by law­mak­ers.

Ore­gon has some of the most lib­eral abor­tion laws in the U.S., leav­ing out oth­er­wise com­mon re­quire­ments for wait­ing pe­ri­ods or spend­ing lim­its on tax­payer funds. The mea­sure, which of­fers some re­li­gious-based ex­emp­tions, comes as the fed­eral govern­ment and other states seek re­stric­tions on abor­tion ser­vices.

The Demo­cratic-con­trolled state Se­nate ap­proved the mea­sure 17-13 along party lines. It now heads to Demo­cratic Gov. Kate Brown.

Scalise read­mit­ted to in­ten­sive care. WASH­ING­TON»

The Wash­ing-hos­pi­tal where House Ma­jor­ity Whip Steve Scalise is re­cu­per­at­ing from a gun­shot wound says he has been read­mit­ted to the in­ten­sive care unit. MedS­tar Wash­ing­ton Hos­pi­tal Cen­ter says the Louisiana con­gress­man is back in in­ten­sive care be­cause of new con­cerns for in­fec­tion. Scalise was in se­ri­ous con­di­tion Wed­nes­day night.

Gun­man kills three peo­ple, wounds fourth be­fore be­ing shot dead by po­lice. MADI­SON, MAINE»

A gun­man shot and killed his part­ner, their adult son and a neigh­bor and wounded a fourth per­son be­fore be­ing fa­tally shot by deputies early Wed­nes­day, leav­ing de­tec­tives at a loss to ex­plain the vi­o­lence, an of­fi­cial said. Three deputies ended the ram­page by shoot­ing 51-year-old Car­roll Tut­tle in a con­fronta­tion in his drive­way, said Steve McCaus­land, a spokesman for the Maine Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety. The shoot­ings un­folded just hours af­ter a neigh­bor said there had been a party with Fourth of July fire­works.

Rights group warns of bind for mi­grants as EU looks to Libya.

PARIS» Europe has made a dan­ger­ous turn on the Mediter­ranean Sea as it looks to Libya for help in slow­ing the num­ber of mi­grants at­tempt­ing to reach the con­ti­nent in flimsy boats, Amnesty In­ter­na­tional said in a re­port re­leased Thurs­day. The or­ga­ni­za­tion called the Euro­pean Union’s strat­egy of train­ing the Libyan coast guard to rescue mi­grants “reck­less.”

By turn­ing to Libya, the EU has cre­ated “A Per­fect Storm” — the ti­tle of Amnesty’s re­port — that could ham­mer of­ten-des­per­ate mi­grants with a dou­ble vengeance. They face the risk of dy­ing at sea or grave hu­man rights abuses once they are re­turned to Libya and trapped there, the hu­man rights group said.

Govern­ment sup­port­ers storm congress, in­jur­ing law­mak­ers. CARA­CAS,

VENEZUELA» Pro-govern­ment mili­tias wield­ing wooden sticks and metal bars stormed congress Wed­nes­day, at­tack­ing op­po­si­tion law­mak­ers dur­ing a spe­cial ses­sion co­in­cid­ing with Venezuela’s in­de­pen­dence day. Four law­mak­ers were in­jured and blood was splat­tered on the neo­clas­si­cal leg­is­la­ture’s white walls. One of them, Americo de Grazia, had to be re­moved in a stretcher while suf­fer­ing from con­vul­sions.

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