National news briefs: 4/27/14

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Great Lakes carp targeted

CHICAGO -- The governors of Pennsylvania and seven other states surrounding the Great Lakes and the leaders of two Canadian provinces agreed Saturday to join forces to combat invasive species including Asian carp.

Amid disagreement over the best long-term solution and how to pay for it, the mutual aid deal reached Saturday empowers the states and Canadian provinces to share staff and expertise to do what they can to keep Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes and imperiling the fishing industry.

Saturday's final round of meetings in Chicago between the Council of Great Lakes Governors and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec also addressed improving maritime transport and attracting Chinese and other foreign investment in manufacturing in the region.

Restricted abortions

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida women seeking abortions will face tougher restrictions and a tighter time frame under a measure that is headed to Gov. Rick Scott's desk.

The new proposal allows exceptions, only with written certification by two physicians, if abortion is needed to save the mother's life or prevent serious physical injury to her.

Clinton 'homecoming'

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke about her Methodist faith in personal terms Saturday, telling a gathering of Methodist women that their conference felt like a "homecoming" and how the church's obligation to serve others has guided her personal and professional life.

"I have always cherished the Methodist Church because it gave us the great gift of personal salvation but also the great obligation of social gospel," Ms. Clinton said at the annual United Methodist Women Assembly.

Ms. Clinton told the 7,000 women who gave her a rousing welcome at the Kentucky International Convention Center that Methodist women know how to "get things done," including taking on the responsibility of serving their communities and the less fortunate.

High school stabbing

HARTFORD, Conn. -- A teenager charged with stabbing a fellow high school student to death on the day of their junior prom is being held in a hospital under psychiatric evaluation where he will likely remain for two weeks, one of his attorneys said Saturday.

The name of the 16-year-old suspect was not officially released but people who saw him taken into custody identified him as Chris Plaskon, a friend of the victim's and an athlete described as genial and respectful.

The Plaskon boy is accused of stabbing to death Maren Sanchez, 16, Friday in the hallway of Jonathan Law High School in Milford.

Also in the nation ...

A $10 Mormon gold coin fetched $705,000, and a $20 Mormon gold coin sold for $558,000 at auction Thursday in Salt Lake City. ... An SUV surged forward from a parking space into a small crowd waiting outside an ice cream parlor Friday night in Buena Park, Calif., a Los Angeles suburb, killing a 73-year-old woman and leaving six people injured.

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