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TOPEKA, Kan. -- The chief federal judge in Kansas refused Sunday to temporarily block parts of a new state abortion law, including a requirement that providers' websites link to a state site with information they dispute.

But U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil's ruling Sunday in a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood came after a state judge ruled Friday in a separate challenge that Kansas couldn't enforce the website requirement for now. Judge Vratil noted the previous ruling, which was filed by two doctors, in concluding that Planned Parenthood would not suffer irreparable harm if she didn't do the same. The rule was to take effect today.

Under the law, a provider's home page will have to provide a link to a Kansas Department of Health and Environment site on abortion and fetal development and contain a statement that the state's information is "objective" and "scientifically accurate."

Filibuster star mulls future

AUSTIN, Texas -- State Sen. Wendy Davis, whose filibuster against Texas abortion restrictions gained her national fame, insists Democrats will be competitive in next year's statewide races but hasn't decided whether she'll be part of the slate of candidates for offices currently dominated by Republicans.

The Harvard-trained lawyer told The Associated Press she has been fielding congratulatory phone calls from around the world since her marathon filibuster Tuesday that helped run out the clock on the special session and kill the abortion bill. But she hasn't determined if she should seek re-election to the Senate or, as some have encouraged her, aim higher and perhaps run for governor.

Ms. Davis said she is concentrating on the second special legislative session that begins today, when Republicans will try again to pass a bill that likely would shut down at least 37 out of 42 abortion clinics in the state and impose other restrictions on the procedure.

Heat wave stifles West

PHOENIX -- An unforgiving heat wave held much of the West in a sweltering embrace over the weekend, tying or breaking temperature records in several cities, grounding flights, sparking forest fires and contributing to at least one death.

An elderly man was found dead in a home in Las Vegas on Saturday, where the city's temperature reached 115 degrees, the hottest June 28 on record since 1994. Also, more than 200 people attending an outdoor concert were treated for heat-related problems that day, the authorities said.

Several Western states were under heat warnings Sunday, and most of them were to remain in effect at least through Tuesday evening. Meteorologists warned of the potential for forest fires in drought-plagued communities in Arizona, California, Colorado and New Mexico.

New Los Angeles mayor

LOS ANGELES -- Eric Garcetti took the oath of office Sunday to become Los Angeles' 42nd mayor, with a promise to do the basic things right while getting the city's economy rolling again.

The 42-year-old Ivy Leaguer who often talks of the simple pleasures of growing up in the city's San Fernando Valley officially takes over the job leading a sprawling city of nearly 4 million people today.

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