In today’s Buzz read about lawmakers in Oklahoma passing a bill that will make performing abortions a felony, updates from Wednesday night’s tragic loss of an EgyptAir plane over the Mediterranean Sea, and the United States prepares to commit troops to another country.

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Oklahoma legislature passes bill making it a felony to perform abortions Lawmakers in Oklahoma approved a bill Thursday that would make performing abortions a felony and revoke the medical licenses of most physicians who assist in such procedures. This sweeping measure, which opponents described as unconstitutional and unprecedented, now heads to Gov. Mary Fallin (R). She will have five days — not including Sunday — to decide whether to sign the bill, veto it or allow it to become law without her signature, according to a spokesman.

EgyptAir Flight 804 Debris Found, Egyptian Military Official Says Debris from an EgyptAir plane that went down with at least 66 people on board was found on Friday in the Mediterranean Sea, the Egyptian military said. EgyptAir Flight 804, an Airbus A320 jetliner, disappeared from radar screens early Thursday morning as it was flying to Cairo from Paris, prompting a large search for the wreckage.

Agreement that could lead to U.S. troops in Libya could be reached ‘any day’ The U.S. military’s top general said Thursday that the Libyan government is in a “period of intense dialogue” that could soon lead to an agreement in which U.S. military advisers will be deployed there to assist in the fight against the Islamic State. “There’s a lot of activity going on underneath the surface,” said Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “We’re just not ready to deploy capabilities yet because there hasn’t been an agreement. And frankly, any day that could happen.”






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People love watching nature on nest cams — until it gets grisly The osprey cam at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is trained on a nest near the Massachusetts seaside, and the pair that call it home are now waiting for three eggs to hatch. But for the first spring in a decade, the camera is dark, and a note on the institute’s website offers only a two-sentence explanation.

Durham, Raleigh land among top emerging tech cities to live  North Carolina was well represented on Homes.com’s list of the country’s best emerging cities to live for tech.

Tacoma water is safe to drink, utility says Tacoma‘s water is safe to drink, city utility officials say.

Governor tells Bullseye Glass to stop using hazardous pollutant Gov. Kate Brown issued a cease-and-desist order Thursday to require Bullseye Glass in Southeast Portland to stop using several hazardous air pollutants, including lead, following air monitoring results at a day care near the company that showed an immediate, short-term health risk from lead levels that were four times above …

Is Sanders Hurting Clinton By Staying In The Race? In this week’s politics chat, we consider Bernie Sanders, his present and future. The transcript below has been lightly edited.

High-speed rail gets a four-year delay The first segment of California’s first-in-the-nation bullet-train project, currently scheduled for completion in 2018, will not be done until the end of 2022, according to a contract revision the Obama administration quietly approved this morning.

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds education superintendent’s independence The court ruled, 4-3, against a 2011 law that gave the governor veto power over administrative rules pursued by the state superintendent.

Michigan students sliding fast toward the bottom Michigan currently ranks 41st in the nation for fourth-grade reading on a rigorous national exam.

A New Growth Industry for Native Americans: Weed The tribes on this reservation, located in the high desert on the eastern side of Mt. Hood, are accustomed to bad deals. Until the 19th century, the Wasco, the Walla Walla, and the Pauite survived off of the Columbia River, catching salmon and, eventually, trading for it.

The Best Small And Medium-Size Cities For Jobs 2016 When we look at how the U.S. economy is performing, we usually focus on the largest metropolitan areas. But some 29% of non-farm jobs in the U.S. are in small and midsize metro areas.

How One Colorado City Instantly Created Affordable Housing Planners call them Accessory Dwelling Units—plus the inevitable acronym, ADUs. What they mean are the granny flats and in-law apartments sprinkled throughout cities and towns across the land, the finished basements, above-garage studios, rehabbed carriage houses, and other outbuildings on parcels generally zoned for single-family homes.

Can Portland Avoid Repeating San Francisco’s Mistakes? This city that prides itself on being different has been experiencing a problem all too common of late. It used to be unique, people say, a utopia where people could get tattoos and ride their bikes everywhere and just be weird. Portland was so affordable, as the slogan went, that young people went there to retire.

A Peek Into The CIA Art Gallery Reveals [REDACTED] There’s a private art gallery at CIA headquarters — who knew? Museum director Toni Hiley says the agency has a young workforce and the collection of art and artifacts helps them learn from the past.

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Man Arrested For Racist And Threatening Note Targeting City Council President  A man known for his offensive antics at Los Angeles City Council meetings was arrested for leaving a menacing note for Council President Herb Wesson.

Austin City Council approves resolution to help TNCs With Uber and Lyft out of Austin, many drivers are looking for jobs and people need rides around town.

Houston City Council Members Heed Mayor’s Warning In Budget Amendments When Mayor Sylvester Turner presented a summary of his budget last month, he made sure to emphasize that he did the best he could to close the city’s $160 million deficit.

L.A. City Council approves surge in homeless spending in $8.76-billion budget The Los Angeles City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to adopt Mayor Eric Garcetti’s proposed $8.76-billion budget for the coming fiscal year, signing off on a plan that includes dramatic increases to spending on housing and services for the city’s growing homeless population.