WASHINGTON -- Republican members of Congress used an annual anti-abortion march Wednesday to reaffirm their stance on the issue, showing that they do not intend to soften their opposition in the run-up to midterm elections.
Seeing abortion as an important 2014 campaign theme, numerous Republicans attended this year's March for Life, which drew thousands of participants to protest the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which affirmed the right of women to have abortions.
Rick Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator and presidential candidate, urged his party to do more on the issue of abortion.
"I don't think we've done a very good job and we need to do a better job articulating the extreme positions of the Democratic Party and holding them accountable with how out of [step] they are with the American public on this issue," Mr. Santorum said in an interview after the rally.
Va. targets marriage curb
RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring will announce today that he believes the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and that Virginia will join two same-sex couples in asking a federal court to strike it down, according to an official close to the attorney general with knowledge about the decision.
The action will mark a reversal in the state's legal position on same-sex marriage, and is a result of November elections in which Democrats swept the state's top offices.
City growth projected
WASHINGTON -- Nearly every city's economy is projected to grow this year, including areas that struggled to rebound from the recession, according to a report released by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
All but seven of 363 metropolitan areas will see economic gains as the national expansion accelerates, according to the report Wednesday prepared by IHS Global Insight, an economic analysis company. That would mark a shift from 2013, when about one-fourth contracted despite national growth.
Second chemical identified
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A second chemical was released during a spill that contaminated the water supply for 300,000 West Virginians, state officials said Wednesday, though the newly identified substance -- a mixture of polyglycol ethers, or PPH -- appears to be less toxic than the coal-cleaning agent already known to have leaked.
State officials sharply criticized the company at the center of the Jan. 9 spill for failing to report the presence of the second chemical and ordered them to disclose everything that leaked into the Elk River from their storage tank by 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Freedom Industries responded by the afternoon that only those two chemicals, which are sometimes paired during coal processing, seeped into the river.
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The state of Michigan would pledge $350 million over 20 years to help settle the Detroit bankruptcy, with the money going to Detroit retirees, as part of a plan to help city pensioners and the Detroit Institute of Arts, Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday. ... An 86-year-old Nevada woman shot by her husband while hospitalized Sunday in Carson City died Wednesday and her spouse of more than six decades, William Dresser, 88, was charged with murder. ... The U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals Wednesday night for Mexican national Edgar Tamayo, clearing the way for the Texas inmate to be executed for the slaying of a Houston police officer 20 years ago.