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NEW ORLEANS — U.S. District Judge John deGravelles on Sunday temporarily blocked enforcement of a Louisiana law that took effect Monday and would probably have closed all five abortion clinics in the state, advocates said.

The measure, signed into law by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in June and due to take effect Sept. 1, would require physicians at all five abortion clinics in Louisiana to have patient admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice.

The Louisiana health department will follow a federal judge’s order and refrain from immediately penalizing doctors who are trying to comply with a new abortion law that requires them to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital, a spokeswoman said Monday.

It was not immediately clear whether doctors from all five clinics have applied for hospital privileges.

5 dead in plane crash

ERIE, Colo. — All five people aboard a small plane that crashed near an airport north of Denver have died, a spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said.

The Piper PA-46 airplane crashed near Erie Municipal Airport about 11:50 a.m., NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said Sunday afternoon. Shortly after the crash, three people were declared dead at the scene and two were taken to hospitals.

The Boulder Daily Camera reported that their names and ages were being withheld by the Weld County Coroner’s Office pending notification of relatives.

Erie Police Cmdr. Lee Mathis said the six-passenger plane crashed a few hundred yards northwest of the runway, but he did not know if it was landing or taking off. The Denver Post reported that NTSB records show the airport was the scene of three crashes in 2013 and two in 2012. None of those incidents had a fatality.

The last fatality at the airport was in May 2011, when 64-year-old Christian R. Hansen crashed on takeoff in a plane he was demonstrating for a potential buyer, according to the newspaper. The autopsy indicated Mr. Hansen had a heart attack.

The NTSB is investigating Sunday’s crash. Erie is about 20 miles north of Denver.

Female bikers increase

LOS ANGELES — On a hot Tuesday night, Stacie B. London had come to Silver Lake’s Casbah Cafe to meet her East Side Moto Babes riding club for their weekly cruise.

Ms. London is one of a growing number of women who have taken up the sport with vigor. More than ever, researchers say, women are riding motorcycles.

Female motorcycle owners made up 12 percent of the U.S. motorcycle market in 2012, up from 8 percent in 2009, the Motorcycle Industry Council said. The number of female riders rose from 4.3 million in 2003 to 6.7 million in 2012.

Those numbers are crucial to motorcycle manufacturers, as they represent the largest growth segment in an industry that has stalled since the recession.

Companies, in response, are producing smaller, lighter bikes, more suitable for female riders, and featuring more women in their ads.

Honda has doubled its market share of female riders in the past five years, as a result of “the introduction of bikes that better fit women,” the company said, such as its lightweight line of 250cc and 500cc sport motorcycles. Almost a third of all CTX700 and CTX700N medium-weight cruiser sales are to women, Honda said.

Iliad pursues T-Mobile

PARIS — French low-cost telecom operator Iliad said it would continue its pursuit of T-Mobile US even though the owner of the U.S. fourth-place mobile operator, Deutsche Telekom, had rebuffed its first bid as too low.

Thomas Reynaud, chief financial officer, said private equity funds and companies had contacted Iliad earlier in August regarding teaming up on the T-Mobile bid and that those talks were continuing.

Bringing in more investors could help Iliad to increase its $33 per share bid for a 56.6 percent stake in T-Mobile US.

To date, Deutsche Telekom has said that Iliad's offer would not create enough value for its shareholders. Mr. Reynaud said that Iliad had not yet won access to a so-called “data room", which is usually set up to give bidders access to non-public information on a company it wants to buy.

At issue: drivers on pot

WASHINGTON — As states liberalize their marijuana laws, public officials and safety advocates worry that more drivers high on pot will lead to a big increase in traffic deaths. Researchers, though, are divided on the question.

Studies of marijuana’s effects show that the drug can slow decision-making, decrease peripheral vision and impede multitasking, all of which are critical driving skills. But unlike with alcohol, drivers high on pot tend to be aware that they are impaired and try to compensate by driving slowly.

Twenty-three states and the nation’s capital permit marijuana use for medical purposes. It is illegal in all states to drive while impaired by marijuana.

Also in the world...

A parent killed three students and injured six others at China Elementary school Monday in a homework dispute before jumping to his death ... Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif voiced optimism after talks with European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton on Monday that a dispute over Tehran's nuclear program can be resolved by Nov. 24.

— Compiled from news services


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