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Former Russian PM being investigated Former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov speaks at a news conference in Moscow, Tuesday. The prosecutor-general’s office announced that a criminal investigation had been opened against the campaign of Kasyanov for allegedly forging thousands of signatures on his nominating petitions. Kasyanov was Putin’s first prime minister but was dismissed in 2004 and became a strong Kremlin critic.Former Russian PM being investigated

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ST. LOUIS Trips to clinics ordered

The state of Missouri must provide transportation to abortion clinics for inmates who want to undergo the procedure, a federal appeals panel ruled Tuesday.

In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the state had to allow a specific inmate, listed as Jane Roe, to have an abortion after the state tried to end the practice of driving prisoners to clinics for elective abortions.

The American Civil Liberties Union then sought a federal ruling making the high court’s decision a class-action on behalf of all imprisoned pregnant women in the state.

U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple ruled in 2006 that the state must allow pregnant inmates to have abortions and transport them to facilities. Tuesday’s decision by the three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the lower court ruling.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip Israel sends fuel to plant

Israel sent fuel to Gaza’s power plant on Tuesday, easing its five-day blockade of the Palestinian territory amid growing international concern about a humanitarian crisis.

The U.S. warned Israel not to add to the hardship for ordinary Palestinians but blamed the problem on Gaza’s Islamic Hamas rulers. Israel imposed the siege in response to increasing rocket attacks on its border communities by Gaza militants.

Despite the easing of the closure, Palestinian militants fired 19 rockets toward Israel on Tuesday, the military said, up from just two on Monday.

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Musharraf told to resign

About 100 retired senior military officers issued a blunt open letter Tuesday exhorting President Pervez Musharraf to resign, as an attack on an army fort in a troubled tribal zone near Afghanistan left 37 Islamic militants dead.

The demand from the retired officers is the latest sign that Musharraf, who’s traveling in Europe to shore up his battered image, faces increasingly strong challenges to his rule. Musharraf shed his army uniform last month but relies on the military as a pillar of support.

The letter said the officers voiced “great concern and anguish” during discussions about the “prevailing conditions” in the country.

NEW CITY, N.Y. Woman charged with rape

An ex-prosecutor and former PTA president who is also the wife of a suburban police chief has been charged with having sex, smoking marijuana and drinking with high school-age children.

Beth Modica, 44, a former assistant district attorney in Rockland County and Queens, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to counts including statutory rape, sex abuse and endangering children.

She later posted $75,000 bail.

The 35-count indictment says that, beginning in July, Modica had intercourse with a 16-year-old, as well as oral sex with that boy and a 15-year-old.

The judge issued orders of protection for the boys.

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