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Is abortion illegal in the U.S. now? Depends where you live

Jun. 25, 2022 15:46 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

LGBTQ youth of faith retell their stories to inspire others

Jun. 24, 2022 11:29 AM EDT

Sabrina Hodak grew up in a Modern Jewish Orthodox family but only truly embraced Judaism at age 16, around the same time she understood she was bisexual. It was an upsetting and confusing time, because the same religious mentors who helped her strengthen her beliefs kept saying her...

Uvalde victim's sister pleads for tougher gun laws in Texas

Jun. 23, 2022 18:02 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Well before the sun came up Thursday, Jazmin Cazares sat on her sister’s bed and wept for the 9-year-old killed in the Uvalde school rampage one month ago. Then the teenager with purple-streaked hair got up for the four-hour drive to the Texas Capitol, where...

Sister of girl killed in Uvalde school mass shooting begs Texas legislators to pass gun safety legislation

Jun. 23, 2022 11:30 AM EDT
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Sister of girl killed in Uvalde school mass shooting begs Texas legislators to pass gun safety legislation.

Uvalde school police chief on leave after mass shooting

Jun. 22, 2022 19:47 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Uvalde school district’s police chief was put on leave Wednesday following allegations that he erred in his response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School that left 19 students and two teachers dead. Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District...

Unlocked doors were 'first line of defense' at Uvalde school

Jun. 22, 2022 20:18 PM EDT

The Uvalde massacre began after the 18-year-old gunman entered the school through a door that could only be locked from the outside then got inside a classroom that had a busted lock, experts testified Tuesday. Securing doors has long been a focus of school safety drills, and the...

Gun debate a side note in hearings on Uvalde shooting

Jun. 22, 2022 19:52 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The first public hearings in Texas looking into the Uvalde school massacre have focused on a cascade of law enforcement blunders, school building safety and mental health care with only scant mentions of the shooter’s AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle and gun reform. ...

Texas top cop: Uvalde police could've ended rampage early on

Jun. 21, 2022 21:40 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Police had enough officers and firepower on the scene of the Uvalde school massacre to have stopped the gunman three minutes after he entered the building, and they would have found the door to the classroom where he was holed up unlocked if they had bothered to check it, the...

Democrat Rep. Henry Cuellar declared winner in Texas recount

Jun. 21, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A recount in Texas affirmed Democrat U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar as the winner Tuesday of his primary race against progressive challenger Jessica Cisneros, who had trailed by fewer than 200 votes following a runoff in May. Cuellar, a nine-term congressman, defeated...

Judge keeps execution for inmate who sought pastor's touch

Jun. 21, 2022 16:51 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas judge on Tuesday denied a request by a district attorney who called capital punishment “unethical” to withdraw the execution date of a death row inmate whose case had raised legal questions about the role of spiritual advisers in the death chamber. On...