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US Deaths from COVID Hit 1 Million, Less than 2 1/2 Years in

US Deaths from COVID Hit 1 Million, Less than 2 1/2 Years in

By Carla K. Johnson | May 16, 2022

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hit 1 million on Monday, a once-unimaginable figure that only hints at the multitudes of loved ones and friends staggered by grief and frustration.

Buttigieg Sends $5B to Cities for Safety as Road Deaths Soar

Buttigieg Sends $5B to Cities for Safety as Road Deaths Soar

By Hope Yen | May 16, 2022

With upcoming data showing traffic deaths soaring, the Biden administration is steering $5 billion in federal aid to cities and localities to address the growing crisis.

Shoppers, Guard Among 10 Dead in Buffalo Supermarket Attack

Shoppers, Guard Among 10 Dead in Buffalo Supermarket Attack

By Carolyn Thompson | May 15, 2022

Shoppers out on a weekend afternoon and a retired police officer working as a security guard were among the 10 shot and killed at a Buffalo supermarket by a white teenager who authorities say was motivated by racial hatred.

Abortion Rights Backers Rally in Anger over Post-Roe Future

Abortion Rights Backers Rally in Anger over Post-Roe Future

By Ashraf Khalil and David Sharp | May 15, 2022

Abortion rights supporters demonstrating at hundreds of marches and rallies Saturday expressed their outrage that the Supreme Court appears prepared to scrap the constitutional right to abortion that has endured for nearly a half-century.

As Musk Buyout Looms, Twitter Searches for its Soul

As Musk Buyout Looms, Twitter Searches for its Soul

By Barbara Ortutay | May 15, 2022

For Elon Musk, its ultimate troll and perhaps most prolific user whose buyout of the company is on increasingly shaky ground, Twitter is a "de facto town square" in dire need of a libertarian makeover.

Oreo Partners with PFLAG for Pride Edition of Classic Cookies

Oreo Partners with PFLAG for Pride Edition of Classic Cookies

By Kilian Melloy | May 15, 2022

Longtime LGBTQ+ ally Oreo has partnered once again with PFLAG to produce a Pride edition of America's Favorite Cookie. The special edition cookies are stamped with the word "Proud."

Transgender Medication Law in Alabama Blocked by Judge

Transgender Medication Law in Alabama Blocked by Judge

By Kim Chandler | May 15, 2022

A federal judge on Friday blocked part of an Alabama law that made it a felony to prescribe gender-affirming puberty blockers and hormones to transgender minors.

Clarence Thomas Says Abortion Leak Has Changed Supreme Court

Clarence Thomas Says Abortion Leak Has Changed Supreme Court

By Jessica Gresko | May 14, 2022

Justice Clarence Thomas says the Supreme Court has been changed by the shocking leak of a draft opinion earlier this month. The opinion suggests the court is poised to overturn the right to an abortion recognized nearly 50 years ago in Roe v. Wade.

Sandy Hook Lawsuits Against Alex Jones on Track to Resume

Sandy Hook Lawsuits Against Alex Jones on Track to Resume

May 14, 2022

The Sandy Hook families' lawsuits against Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for calling the 2012 Newtown school shooting a hoax appear poised to resume soon.

Mixed Texas Ruling Allows Trans Youth Parent Investigations

Mixed Texas Ruling Allows Trans Youth Parent Investigations

May 13, 2022

The Texas Supreme Court allowed the state to investigate parents of transgender youth for child abuse while also ruling in favor of one family that was among the first contacted by child welfare officials following an order by Republican Gov. Greg Abbot.

Ezra Miller Argues with Police in Newly Released Footage

Ezra Miller Argues with Police in Newly Released Footage

By Emell Adolphus | May 12, 2022

The video was taken during Miller's arrest March 2022.

Lawmakers in Louisiana Strive to Resurrect Florida-Style 'Don't Say Gay' Bill

Lawmakers in Louisiana Strive to Resurrect Florida-Style 'Don't Say Gay' Bill

By Kilian Melloy | May 12, 2022

A Louisiana bill modeled after Florida's "Don't Say Gay" law was too extreme for lawmakers, who shot it down — but the bill's sponsors are trying to resurrect the measure.

Mario Batali Acquittal Underscores Perils of #MeToo Cases

Mario Batali Acquittal Underscores Perils of #MeToo Cases

By Philip Marcelo | May 12, 2022

Nearly five years into the #MeToo era, former prosecutors, legal experts and victims' advocates say prosecuting sexual misconduct cases has proven to be no easier than before the reckoning that ignited a firestorm of accusations against powerful men.

Watch: Student Says Principal Threatened to 'Cut off His Mic' at Graduation if he Dares to 'Say Gay'

Watch: Student Says Principal Threatened to 'Cut off His Mic' at Graduation if he Dares to 'Say Gay'

By Kilian Melloy | May 11, 2022

Florida high school student Zander Moricz organized a protest against "Don't Say Gay," has joined a lawsuit against the law, and now says he's been warned not to speak about it at graduation.

Bi BYU Student who Flashed Pride Flag at Graduation 'Not Ashamed,' Prepared for Consequences

Bi BYU Student who Flashed Pride Flag at Graduation 'Not Ashamed,' Prepared for Consequences

By Kilian Melloy | May 11, 2022

BYU student Jillian Orr bravely flashed a Pride flag at her graduation. Now, the bisexual grad says she's ready for whatever's next.

Florida Students Win Yearbook Flap Over 'Don't Say Gay' Bill

Florida Students Win Yearbook Flap Over 'Don't Say Gay' Bill

May 11, 2022

After an outcry from students and parents over yearbook censorship, a Florida school board overruled their superintendent's plan to cover up a page showing students showing LGBTQ support during a walkout over the state's so-called "Don't Say Gay" law.

Democrats' Bill Would Make Roe v. Wade Law and Expand it

Democrats' Bill Would Make Roe v. Wade Law and Expand it

By Mary Clare Jalonick | May 11, 2022

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says Democrats' abortion legislation is "very simple," as it would enshrine into federal law the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

Musk Says He's 'Aligned' with EU Approach to Digital Rules

Musk Says He's 'Aligned' with EU Approach to Digital Rules

By Kelvin Chan | May 11, 2022

Elon Musk, who is offering to buy Twitter, has given his support to a new European Union law aimed at protecting social media users from harmful content after he met with the bloc's single market chief.

Musk Says He Would Reverse Twitter's Ban of Donald Trump

Musk Says He Would Reverse Twitter's Ban of Donald Trump

By Matt O'Brien, Kelvin Chan and Tom Krisher | May 10, 2022

Elon Musk said he will reverse Twitter's permanent ban of former President Donald Trump if the Tesla CEO follows through with his plan to buy the social media company.

Reports: Grindr Merging with Acquisition Firm, Going Public

Reports: Grindr Merging with Acquisition Firm, Going Public

By Kilian Melloy | May 10, 2022

Gay dating app Grindr is merging with an acquisition company and going public.

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