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9h ago

In rare move, school librarian fights back in court against conservative activists

Louisiana middle school librarian Amanda Jones said she’s “had enough” of extreme rhetoric deployed against educators over LGBTQ materials.
Amanda Jones poses for a portrait at Cavalier House Books in Denham Springs, La., on Aug. 12, 2022.
Amanda Jones poses for a portrait at Cavalier House Books in Denham Springs, La., on Aug. 12, 2022.
9h ago

Mississippi to send back federal money meant to aid residents struggling to pay rent

"It’s a slap in the face. It’s very insulting and degrading. You’re just not being sensitive to people’s needs and understanding it," said a renter in the program.
A man carries a case of water through an apartment complex in Jackson, Miss., on March 24, 2022.
A man carries a case of water through an apartment complex in Jackson, Miss., on March 24, 2022.
14h ago

Britney Spears’ ex Jason Alexander convicted in wedding trespass case

Jason Alexander, who was married to the singer for 55 hours in 2004, was convicted of two misdemeanor counts after he appeared at her wedding to someone else in June.
Singer Britney Spears arrives for the premiere of "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood" in Hollywood, Calif., on July 22, 2019.
Singer Britney Spears arrives for the premiere of "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood" in Hollywood, Calif., on July 22, 2019.
14h ago

Wisconsin man admits to killing 2 people in 1992 while in a 'drunken stupor'

Tony Haase was thinking about a snowmobiling accident that killed his father years earlier when he went to the home of a woman whose father had also been in the crash, an affidavit says.
The Waupaca County Law Enforcement Center in Wis. The County Courthouse is located behind this building.
The Waupaca County Law Enforcement Center in Wis. The County Courthouse is located behind this building.
16h ago

Anne Heche is brain dead after fiery crash into home, spokesperson says

The 53-year-old actor suffered an "anoxic" brain injury when she crashed her car into a Los Angeles home.
Image: Anne Heche, NBCUniversal Upfront Events - Season 2017 Portraits
Image: Anne Heche, NBCUniversal Upfront Events - Season 2017 Portraits
17h ago

Parents arrested, tased while trying to get onto campus of Arizona school on lockdown

The arrests happened after police in El Mirage locked down an elementary school after a report that someone tried to get inside a building and ran off.
People walk outside the Thompson Ranch Elementary School during a school lockdown due to reports of a suspicious person on campus.
People walk outside the Thompson Ranch Elementary School during a school lockdown due to reports of a suspicious person on campus.
17h ago

Southern Baptist Convention says Justice Department is investigating denomination

The SBC leaders' statement gave few details about the investigation, but indicated it dealt with widespread sexual abuse problems in the country's largest Protestant denomination.
A cross and Bible sculpture outside the Southern Baptist Convention headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., on May 24, 2022.
A cross and Bible sculpture outside the Southern Baptist Convention headquarters in Nashville, Tenn., on May 24, 2022.
17h ago

14 injured when car crashes into pub outside Washington, D.C.

Four people were critically injured and 10 others had minor or non-life-threatening injuries when a vehicle careened into the Ireland's Four Courts pub in Arlington, Virginia.
A vehicle crashed into a building in Arlington, Virginia, causing a structure fire and multiple injuries.
A vehicle crashed into a building in Arlington, Virginia, causing a structure fire and multiple injuries.
18h ago

Texas man convicted of child sexual assault dies after chugging from bottle as verdict is read

"I looked over and noticed him drinking,” his lawyer said. “His hand was shaking. At the time, I thought it was shaking because of the verdict."
16th District Court of Denton County in Texas.
16th District Court of Denton County in Texas.
18h ago

Deshaun Watson apologizes to 'the women I have impacted'

The Browns quarterback was suspended for six games for egregious acts” of “sexualized contact” with massage therapists.
Cleveland Browns Mandatory Minicamp
Cleveland Browns Mandatory Minicamp
19h ago

Author Salman Rushdie stabbed on stage before a lecture in New York, suspect identified and in custody

A man attacked Rushdie and an interviewer onstage at the Chautauqua Institution, police said. He was flown to a hospital with punctures to his neck and abdomen.
Image: Salman Rushdie
Image: Salman Rushdie