Bell County Tornado: “God is going to get us through this.” 165 mph tornado causes widespread devastation in Texas community

CNN — After a tornado with 165 mph winds tore through Bell County, Texas on Tuesday, JudyLynn Hughes began digging through what was left of her belongings. “We found my things everywhere. I always have a dress in a tree,” Hughes told CNN affiliate KWTX. Almost everything she owned was packed into storage units in … Read more

Access to abortion under renewed threat in Oklahoma and Missouri

CNN — As abortion rights advocates could score several victories across US states in the coming days, they are sounding the alarm over a bill from Oklahoma that would ban nearly all abortions that might be enacted into law. . Here are some of the moves this week in state legislatures and by heads of … Read more

California law requiring more diversity on boards is unconstitutional, judge says

CNN — A Los Angeles judge has ruled that a law requiring public companies headquartered in California to diversify their boards of directors violates the state’s constitution, according to court documents. On Friday, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Terry Green sided with Judicial Watch, a conservative legal group that filed a lawsuit arguing the … Read more

Body of Naomi Irion, who went missing in Nevada more than 2 weeks ago, has been found, police say

CNN — The body of Naomi Irion, a Nevada woman who has been missing for more than two weeks, has been discovered, authorities said Wednesday. Investigators were called to a remote part of Churchill County on Tuesday after receiving a tip related to Irion’s disappearance, according to a news release from the Churchill County Sheriff’s … Read more

Crttenberg Complex Fire: Fire in Texas burns over 33,000 acres

CNN — Firefighters are making progress against a wildfire in Fort Hood that has burned about 33,206 acres, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service. The Crttenberg Complex Fire in Coryell County, about 120 miles south of Fort Worth, is made up of three fires that burned together. She was 70% contained on Tuesday evening, … Read more

Utah enacts ban on anti-trans sports after Republican lawmakers override GOP governor’s veto

CNN — Young transgender athletes in Utah have been banned from competing on women’s and women’s sports teams after GOP state lawmakers on Friday overturned their Republican governor’s veto to enact the controversial measure. HB 11 had been vetoed earlier this week by Governor Spencer Cox, who questioned its necessity and stressed that it targets … Read more

Judge issues temporary injunction barring Texas from investigating gender-claiming pediatric care as ‘child abuse’

CNN — A Texas judge has blocked the state from enforcing Governor Greg Abbott’s order to investigate the gendered treatment of minors as “child abuse.” “The court finds sufficient cause to issue a temporary injunction,” Travis County Judge Amy Clark Meachum said Friday night. The judge said Abbott’s order was “beyond the scope of his … Read more

Why $4.01 Gas in Mississippi Hurts More Than $5.72 Gas in California

new York CNN Business — No matter where you go in the United States, gas prices are uncomfortably high. Filling up a car for $60, $70, or $80 is a painful experience no matter where you live. But not all Americans experience the same pain at the pump. For example, you might think California drivers … Read more

Parents describe the moment their 9-year-old was shot and killed in Houston

CNN — Nine-year-old Arlene Alvarez, sitting in the backseat of her parents’ car, wore headphones to watch a movie on the way to a Houston restaurant for Valentine’s Day dinner. The girl’s father, Armando Alvarez, made a stop at a drive-thru ATM, where he witnessed a robbery underway. Gunfire suddenly rang out and Armando told … Read more

Tyler Skaggs death: Eric Prescott Kay, former Los Angeles Angels official, found guilty

CNN — Eric Prescott Kay, a former communications director for the Los Angeles Angels, has been found guilty of two charges in the 2019 overdose death of Angels’ pitcher Tyler Skaggs, the US Attorney for the Northern District of Texas said. Skaggs, 27, died on July 1, 2019, in a hotel in Southlake, Texas, before … Read more