U.S. judge strikes down key Texas abortion limits
A federal judge has struck down strict limits on abortion in Texas that were to take effect today but upheld provisions governing use of pregnancy-ending drugs. District Judge Lee Yeakel declared that two changes to the state's health and safety code, passed during a special legislative session this summer, unconstitutionally restricted women's access to abortion clinics and infringed on doctors' rights to act in their patients' best interests.
Federal Reserve policy meeting
The central bank's two-day monetary policy huddle gets underway Tuesday. Marketswill be watching closely for clues on whether, and when, the Fed will reduce its stimulus program.
NSA done collecting data on allies
A key senator has said that the National Security Agency has stopped gathering intelligence on allied political leaders, a practice that has drawn global criticism. "The White House has informed me that collection on our allies will not continue, which I support," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee and is an NSA supporter.
Consumer Reports: Lexus is most reliable car brand
Lexus, Toyota and Acura top Consumer Reports' annual reliability survey, but a brand from General Motors and two from Europe have cut into the top 10. Overall, Japanese brands took seven of the top 10 spots. All Lexus and Acura models earned an above average reliability score. All Infiniti, Mazda, and Toyota models were average or better.
Red Sox one win from World Series title
The Boston Red Sox only need one win to become World Series champions after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 and taking a 3-2 Series lead. Jon Lester threw 7.2 superb innings and David Ortiz remained red-hot at the plate, raising his Series average to .733. After losing two of three games at home, the Cardinals will have to win two games in Fenway Park, as the Series moves to Boston for Game 6 Wednesday night. Game 7 would be played Thursday, if necessary.