SATIRE TREATED SERIOUSLY ON LA. REP'S FB PAGE
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It was a satirical story about an "$8 billion Abortionplex" opening in Kansas. But U.S. Rep. John Fleming, or someone on his staff, appeared to take it seriously in a Facebook post.
The article from theonion.com — well-known for its news lampoons — was posted Friday on the Shreveport Republican's Facebook page with the comment: "More from Planned Parenthood, abortion by the wholesale."
The post has been removed, but was captured and posted on the website Literally Unbelievable.
A Fleming spokesman said in an email Monday that the article was "posted inadvertently and taken down within minutes."
US JUDGE: BAROQUE ARTWORK TO RETURN TO MAN'S HEIRS: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the return of a 16th Century Baroque painting depicting Christ carrying the cross to the heirs of a Jewish man who died shortly before the German occupation of France in World War II.
U.S. Judge Robert Hinkle filed the order Monday to return the work — "Christ Carrying the Cross Dragged by a Rogue" — to the descendants of Federico Gentili di Giuseppe. U.S. authorities seized the Italian painting last November from a Florida museum that was lent it by the famed Pinacoteca di Brera museum of Milan.
The painting by Girolamo Romano is believed to date to about 1538 and was purchased by di Giuseppe in 1914 during an auction in Paris. He died in 1940, a month before Nazi troops entered and occupied France.
The work is believed to have been among more than 70 paintings from di Giuseppe's collection auctioned by the French Vichy government in 1941 in order to pay off debts, court records indicate. But members of di Giuseppe's Jewish family who fled the country because of the Nazi occupation have said the sale was illegal and had sought the painting's return.
GA. COURT HEARS CASE OF WOMAN KILLED BY ALLIGATOR: ATLANTA (AP) — The family of an elderly woman fatally mauled by an 8-foot alligator as she searched for her daughter's dog told the state's high court Monday that the neighborhood homeowners association should have removed the reptiles from the area.
The mangled body of 83-year-old Gwyneth Williams was found in October 2007 in a lagoon in the exclusive Landings Association neighborhood on south Georgia's Skidway Island. An autopsy found Williams died of massive bleeding caused by the 130-pound gator's attack. Williams' heirs asked the Georgia Supreme Court on Monday to rule that the association should have taken steps to remove the gator.
US JUDGE SAYS HE CAN'T BLOCK TEXAS SONOGRAM LAW: AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge will not attempt to block a Texas law requiring women to have a sonogram before having an abortion.
District Judge Sam Sparks previously ruled parts of the law unconstitutional, but a federal appeals court overturned his decision last month. Sparks said Monday he has to follow the higher court's order and it wants the law in place.
The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights says it will continue to pursue appeals to block the law requiring doctors to show women images of their sonograms, to play fetal heartbeats aloud and describe the features of a fetus at least 24 hours before an abortion.