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The Uvalde, Texas, school district had an extensive safety plan.  19 children were killed anyway.
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The Uvalde, Texas, school district had an extensive safety plan. 19 children were killed anyway.

School officials in Uvalde, Texas, promised to do everything they could to protect students from a mass shooting.Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District had doubled its security budget in recent years, according to public documents, in part to comply with state legislation passed in the wake of a 2018 school shooting in which eight students and two teachers were killed. The district adopted an array of security measures that included its own police force, threat assessment teams at each school, a threat reporting system, social media monitoring software, fences around schools and a requirement that teachers lock their classroom doors, according to the security plan posted on the district's website. It happened anyway.Somehow — the account provided by authorities is not entirely...
Josh Duggar sentenced to more than 12 years in prison in child sex abuse image case
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Josh Duggar sentenced to more than 12 years in prison in child sex abuse image case

Former reality TV star Josh Duggar was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in federal prison on Wednesday for receiving and possessing child sex abuse images, officials said. Duggar, 34, was sentenced to 151 months in federal prison and ordered to pay fines and special assessments totaling $50,100, according to the US Attorney's Office of the Western District of Arkansas.Duggar was found guilty in December of two charges of "receiving and possessing material depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct." Federal prosecutors contended that the "19 Kids and Counting" star downloaded the images on his work computer in May 2019, and used a Linux partition to circumvent software that monitors internet use. The files included "images of prepubescent children and depictions of sadistic abuse,"...
What are HR 8, HR 1446?  Gun control legislation awaiting Senate votes
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What are HR 8, HR 1446? Gun control legislation awaiting Senate votes

Two bills to expand background checks, HR 8 and HR 1446, have passed in the House but not yet in the Senate.On Wednesday, both bills were posted on the Senate's Legislative Calendar of Business. But it's unclear when that will be.On Wednesday, both bills were posted on the Senate's Legislative Calendar of Business. Sen. Schumer signaled that votes cannot be expected soon.Mourning and outrage continues to reverberate across the nation following a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school that killed 19 children and two teachers on Tuesday. And, amid a long history of gun violence in the United States, increased gun control legislation is still uncertain in Congress.There are notably two gun bills that have been passed in the House, but not yet in the Senate: HR 8 and HR 1446, both o...
Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial sees Kate Moss testify in unforced error for Heard
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Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial sees Kate Moss testify in unforced error for Heard

While testifying about a fight in 2015, Amber Heard admitted she struck her ex-husband, Johnny Depp. She said she did it because Depp took a swing at Heard's sister while Heard's sister was standing at the top of a staircase. The testimony was part of a trial in which Depp is suing Heard for defamation, claiming she falsely referred to him as an abuser. If Heard can establish that Depp did, in fact, abuse her, it's a defense to defamation. (Both parties deny abusing the other, and Heard has countersued Depp.) One of Depp's attorneys gave a fist pump. In the hushed, cerebral atmosphere of a courtroom during a trial, he might as well have spiked a football and done an end zone dance.During her testimony, Heard tried to explain why she admittedly resorted to violence against Depp, but...
Oklahoma implements nation’s most restrictive abortion ban, effective now
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Oklahoma implements nation’s most restrictive abortion ban, effective now

Oklahoma on Wednesday implemented the strictest anti-abortion law in the nation, giving the country a preview of a possible post-Roe future. Gov. Kevin Stitt signed legislation to prohibit most abortions beginning at fertilization. Stitt signed House Bill 4327 that allows private citizens to sue anyone who "aids or abets" a woman seeking an abortion at any point in her pregnancy. The woman pursuing the procedure could not be sued. In a statement, Stitt said he was proud to sign the legislation. "From the moment life begins at conception is when we have a responsibility as human beings to do everything we can to protect that baby's life and the life of the mother," Stitt said.Related:Oklahomans, Texans now comprise majority of patients at Kansas abortion clinic, doc saysThe law that to...
A teacher in Uvalde, Texas, describes ‘the longest 35 minutes of my life’
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A teacher in Uvalde, Texas, describes ‘the longest 35 minutes of my life’

UVALDE, Texas — The teacher came to her door Wednesday evening, puffy eyes from hours of crying and almost no sleep.“What do you want me to say?” she asked a reporter. “That I can't eat? That all I hear are their voices screaming? And I can't help them?”It had been about 28 hours and 45 minutes since a gunman charged into Robb Elementary School and opened fire, killing at least 19 children and two educators. After thinking it over, the teacher agreed to talk to a reporter on the condition that she not be named, in part because, she said, district administrators asked staff members not to speak with reporters — but also because she's terrified, she said. Nothing feels safe or normal anymore, she said.Her students had been watching a Disney movie Tuesday morning as part of their year-...
Celtics vs.  Heat live score, updates, highlights from Game 5 of Eastern Conference Finals
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Celtics vs. Heat live score, updates, highlights from Game 5 of Eastern Conference Finals

Another pivotal Game 5 is upon us. With the Eastern Conference Finals tied at 2-2, the Celtics travel to Miami to take on the Heat for a series-altering matchup. I'm sure you've seen the stat by now: teams who win Game 5 in a best-of-7 series that is tied 2-2 go on to win the series 82 percent of the time. With that being said, the Celtics did drop Game 5 to fall in a 3-2 hole to the Bucks last round, only to win two games in a row to advance to this stage. The Heat face the pressure of possibly having to head to Boston with their season on the line if they can't take care of business at home, while the Celtics look to avoid falling into another 3-2 hole. Will Miami defend home court and put itself one win away from a return to the Finals? Or will the Celtics return to Boston with...
Grandfather mourns 10-year-old Jayce Luevanos in Uvalde school shooting
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Grandfather mourns 10-year-old Jayce Luevanos in Uvalde school shooting

UVALDE, Texas – It's the morning coffee Carmelo Quiroz will miss.Every morning, Quiroz's grandson, 10-year-old Jayce Luevanos, woke up and made his grandparents a pot of coffee. It was his thing about him. And they loved him for it. Yes, there were other things about Jayce to love. The way he colored and wrote notes saying “I love you Grandpa.” The way he twirled sticks and always brought the neighborhood kids to the family home, a block from Robb Elementary School. Jayce's dog, Fifi, would wait for him to get home. Sometimes, there would be 6, 7, 8 kids tumbling around the yard, playing with sticks and roughhousing as Quiroz and his wife looked on, amused. There were sodas and water for all the kids. Jayce was happy. He was loved. And he died Tuesday, Quiroz said. Here, on a su...
Abbott calls Texas school shooting a mental health issue but cut state spending on it
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Abbott calls Texas school shooting a mental health issue but cut state spending on it

UVALDE, Texas—Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that the Uvalde school shooter had a "mental health challenge" and the state needed to "do a better job with mental health" — yet in April he slashed $211 million from the department that oversees mental health programs.In addition, Texas ranked last out of all 50 states and the District of Columbia for overall access to mental health care, according to the 2021 State of Mental Health in America report. "We as a state, we as a society, need to do a better job with mental health," Abbot said during a news conference at Robb Elementary School, where a gunman shot and killed 19 children and two teachers on Tuesday.His remarks came just a day after an outraged Connecticut senator called out lawmakers opposed to gun control who seek to blame men...
Uvalde, Texas school shooting, Kaitlin Armstrong sought, ‘Stranger Things,’ baby formula shortage.  Wednesday’s news.
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Uvalde, Texas school shooting, Kaitlin Armstrong sought, ‘Stranger Things,’ baby formula shortage. Wednesday’s news.

A nation grieves alongside Uvalde, Texas, as the names of the school shooting victims emerge. The baby formula shortage will drag on at least another month. And is "Stranger Things" a rip-off?Hey friends. Laura Davis here! I'm bringing you the news you need to know Wednesday.But first, happy tears – at a time we really need it. 💝 Twin sisters gave their stepmom the Mother's Day gift of a lifetime: they asked her to officially adopt them. The Short List is a snappy USA TODAY news roundup. Subscribe to the newsletter here or text messages here.Families mourn as names of Texas school shooting victims begin to emergeGrief counselors, ministers and therapy dogs provided counsel and solace Wednesday in Uvalde, Texas, to a community in mourning after a gunman's rampage killed 19 children a...