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School massacre continues Texas' grim run of mass shootings

May. 25, 2022 02:37 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Once again, one of America's deadliest mass shootings happened in Texas. Past shootings targeted worshippers during a Sunday sermon, shoppers at a Walmart, students on a high school campus and drivers on a highway. Among the latest victims were 19 children in...

Biden says 'we have to act' after Texas school shooting

May. 24, 2022 23:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lamenting a uniquely American tragedy, an anguished and angry President Joe Biden delivered an urgent call for new restrictions on firearms Tuesday night after a gunman shot and killed at least 19 children at a Texas elementary school. Biden spoke from the White...

Live updates | Russia-Ukraine War

May. 24, 2022 21:50 PM EDT

The Russian parliament gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a bill that would allow the government to appoint new management of foreign companies that pulled out of Russia after its invasion of Ukraine. According to the state news agency Tass, the new law would transfer control over...

Appeals court says per-signature initiative ban illegal

May. 24, 2022 21:07 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A 2017 law that makes it a crime to pay people for each signature they collect to qualify voter initiatives for the ballot violates the First Amendment and the first criminal case filed using the law must be dismissed, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. The...

NC parents' rights bill includes LGBTQ curriculum ban in K-3

May. 24, 2022 19:43 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Senate Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a wide-ranging proposal they say would help parents stay informed about what their children are being taught and how they're being treated by doctors. The measure also would tread into contentious LGBTQ matters that have...

Montana bars birth certificate changes, even with surgery

May. 24, 2022 19:33 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte's administration says transgender people can not change their birth certificates even if they undergo gender-confirmation surgery, in defiance of a court order that temporarily blocked the Republican state's bid to restrict transgender rights. ...

New York opens window for adults to sue for sexual assault

May. 24, 2022 17:12 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York will temporarily set aside its time limit for adults who were sexually assaulted to bring lawsuits under a law signed Tuesday — a measure similar to one for child victims that sparked a surge of court actions. The Adult Survivors Act signed by Gov....

Indiana lawmakers enact trans sports ban with veto override

May. 24, 2022 16:14 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Indiana voted Tuesday to override the GOP governor’s veto of a bill banning transgender females from competing in girls school sports and join about more than a dozen other states adopting similar laws in the past two years. State...

Connecticut to step up investigation of hate crime probes

May. 24, 2022 14:19 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials hope timely, stepped-up reporting of hate crime investigations by local police to a new State Police investigative unit will help lead to the prevention and detection of such crimes before something violent happens. A new law requires...

Hungary announces 'state of danger' over war in Ukraine

May. 24, 2022 13:02 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary has declared a legal “state of danger” in response to Russia's war in neighboring Ukraine, the prime minister announced Tuesday, allowing the right-wing nationalist government to take special measures without the participation of the legislature. ...