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In this Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, photo, a man uses a cell phone in New Orleans. With suicides on the rise, the government wants to make the national crisis hotline easier to reach. Once implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help. Currently, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline uses a 10-digit number, 800-273-TALK (8255). Callers are routed to one of 163 crisis centers, where counselors answered 2.2 million calls last year. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)
August 15, 2019 - 1:30 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — With suicides on the rise , the U.S. government wants to make the national crisis hotline easier to reach. Once implemented, people will just need to dial 988 to seek help. Currently, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline uses a 10-digit number, 800-273-TALK (8255). Callers are...
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This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Dexter Johnson. A federal appeals court has granted a stay of execution to Johnson, a Texas inmate just one day before he was scheduled to die for the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old woman during a carjacking in Houston. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)
August 14, 2019 - 10:32 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court granted a stay of execution Wednesday to a Texas inmate just one day before he was scheduled to die for the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old woman during a carjacking in Houston. In an 18-page opinion filed Thursday, a three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based...
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This undated photo provided by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows Dexter Johnson. A federal appeals court has granted a stay of execution to Johnson, a Texas inmate just one day before he was scheduled to die for the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old woman during a carjacking in Houston. (Texas Department of Criminal Justice via AP)
August 14, 2019 - 10:27 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court granted a stay of execution Wednesday to a Texas inmate just one day before he was scheduled to die for the fatal shooting of a 23-year-old woman during a carjacking in Houston. In an 18-page opinion filed Thursday, a three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based...
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August 14, 2019 - 3:53 pm
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin found themselves in the unusual position Wednesday of breaking with anti-abortion groups and advocating for a bill that broadens birth control access, an area where Democrats typically lead. Republicans could undermine a key Democratic campaign...
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This July 19, 2019 photo shows An Epic Charter Schools office in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma investigators wrote in a court affidavit that Epic Charter Schools co-founders Ben Harris and David Chaney recruited "ghost students" who received little or no instruction. The investigation is ongoing and no charges have been filed. The two men released a statement saying they did nothing wrong and are confident they'll be vindicated. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
August 12, 2019 - 1:16 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — When two tech-savvy Oklahoma men launched their vision for an innovative charter school in 2011 that students could attend from home, the timing was perfect. Republicans had just extended their majorities in the Legislature, taken control of every elected statewide office and...
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FILE - In this Aug. 17, 2017, file photo, Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway listens to attendees during the Governor's Ham Breakfast at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, Mo. Galloway has taken a first, official step toward running for governor in next year's election. Galloway has updated her campaign committee paperwork with the Missouri Ethics Commission to show that she is seeking the governor's office instead of auditor. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
August 12, 2019 - 1:09 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway launched her Democratic campaign for governor Monday by highlighting her efforts to uncover government waste and criticizing a new state law banning most abortions at the eighth week of pregnancy. Galloway formally jumped into the 2020...
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President Donald Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Washington, as he prepares to leave Washington for his annual August holiday at his New Jersey golf club. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
August 09, 2019 - 3:31 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday he believes he has influence to rally Republicans around stronger federal background check laws as Congress and the White House work on a response to last weekend's mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. At the same time, Trump said he had assured the...
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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2019 file photo, El Paso Fire Medical personnel arrive at the scene of a shooting at a Walmart near the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso, Texas. The FBI has labeled two of those attacks, at the Texas Walmart and California food festival, as domestic terrorism — acts meant to intimidate or coerce a civilian population and affect government policy. But the bureau hasn't gone that far with a shooting at an Ohio entertainment district. (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP, File)
August 08, 2019 - 7:04 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Seven days, three mass shootings, 34 dead. The FBI has labeled two of those attacks , at a Texas Walmart and California food festival, as domestic terrorism — acts meant to intimidate or coerce a civilian population and affect government policy. But the bureau hasn't gone that...
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Gloria Garces kneels in front of crosses at a makeshift memorial near the scene of a mass shooting at a shopping complex Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, in El Paso, Texas. The border city jolted by a weekend massacre at a Walmart absorbed more grief Monday as the death toll climbed and prepared for a visit from President Donald Trump over anger from El Paso residents and local Democratic leaders who say he isn't welcome and should stay away. (AP Photo/John Locher)
August 07, 2019 - 1:08 am
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's Republican governor bucked his party to call for expanded gun laws Tuesday and some Democrats in Texas told President Donald Trump to stay away as both states reeled from a pair of shootings that killed 31 people. A racist screed remained the focus of police investigating...
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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine delivers a statement with Lt. Gov. Jon Husted, left, and First Lady Fran DeWine, right, following the Dayton Mass Shooting on Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019 at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio. Facing pressure to take action after the latest mass shooting in the U.S., DeWine urged the GOP-led state Legislature Tuesday to pass laws requiring background checks for nearly all gun sales and allowing courts to restrict firearms access for people perceived as threats. (Joshua A. Bickel /The Columbus Dispatch via AP)
August 06, 2019 - 7:13 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Prompted to act by the bloodshed in Dayton, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine proposed a package of measures Tuesday that he says will address mass shootings, declaring, "We can come together to do these things to save lives." Yet members of DeWine's own party have repeatedly blocked gun-...
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