Biden says he backs changing filibuster rules for abortion

MADRID– President Joe Biden said Thursday that the Supreme Court’s decision ending a constitutional right to abortion is “destabilizing” and that he supports changing Senate rules to codify nationwide abortion protections. He maintained the ruling does not affect US standing on the world stage as he took credit for modernizing the transatlantic alliance to adapt … Read more

Brazil: Raped girl, 11, gets abortion after initial refusal

BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazilian prosecutors said Thursday that a raped 11-year-old girl had received a legal abortion after a judge blocked her for weeks from ending her pregnancy. Federal prosecutors in the state of Santa Catarina said in a statement that Polydoro Ernani de São Thiago hospital had taken “measures to interrupt the minor’s pregnancy” … Read more

World swimming bans transgender athletes from women’s events

BUDAPEST, Hungary — World swimming’s governing body has effectively banned transgender women from competing in women’s events, starting Monday. FINA members widely adopted a new “gender inclusion policy” on Sunday that only permits swimmers who transitioned before age 12 to compete in women’s events. The organization also proposed an “open competition category.” “This is not … Read more

4 buildings at observatory in Arizona lost in wildfire

Four non-scientific buildings at the Kitt Peak National Observatory southwest of Tucson have been lost in a wildfire, but early indications show other buildings on the property don’t appear to be damaged TUCSON, Ariz. — Four non-scientific buildings at the Kitt Peak National Observatory southwest of Tucson were lost in a wildfire, but early indications … Read more

Herschel Walker says he ‘never denied’ having 4 children

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Georgia Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker said Saturday that he “never denied” the existence of children he hadn’t publicly disclosed before, telling conservative Christians that his kids “knew the truth.” Speaking before a friendly audience at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual “Road to Majority” conference, Walker said the revelations about his … Read more

Dad who took Confederate flag into Capitol on trial with son

A federal judge’s acquittal of a New Mexico man in April was a rare blemish on the Justice Department’s record of securing convictions in US Capitol riot cases. More than two months later, a Delaware father and his hope the same judge will clear them, too. Widely published photographs showed Kevin Seefried carrying a Confederate … Read more

Sizzling temperatures in store across southwestern US

Scorching temperatures are in store for the southwestern US over the next several days, with cities like Phoenix, Las Vegas and Palm Springs in California expected to top 110 degrees. Parts of New Mexico and Texas will also see triple-digits. Heat is part of the normal routine of summertime in the desert, but weather forecasters … Read more

NY governor signs law raising age to own semiautomatic rifle

ALBANY, NY — New Yorkers under age 21 will be prohibited from buying semiautomatic rifles under a new law signed Monday by Gov. Kathy Hochul, making the state one of the first to enact a major gun control initiative following a wave of deadly mass shootings. Hochul, a Democrat, signed 10 public safety-related bills, including … Read more

Judge rejects Arizona prisoner’s bid to delay execution

PHOENIX– A federal judge has denied an Arizona prisoner’s bid to delay his execution in the 1984 killing of an 8-year-old girl, according to the ruling posted Sunday. US District Judge Michael Liburdi’s decision keeps on track Wednesday’s scheduled execution of Frank Atwood, who argued the state’s death penalty procedures would violate his constitutional right … Read more

Children among 31 killed at church fair stampede in Nigeria

ABUJA, Nigeria — A stampede Saturday at a church charity event in southern Nigeria left 31 people dead and seven injured, police told The Associated Press, a shocking development at a program that aimed to offer hope to the needy. One witness said the dead included a pregnant woman and many children. The stampede at … Read more