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The father of a child killed in a Texas elementary school shooting says police were slow to respond and unprepared.
Javier Cazares is the father of fourth grader Jacklyn Cazares, one of 19 youngsters who died with two teachers in a classroom at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. Cazares says he ran to school when he heard about the shooting.
Cazares says he was upset the police weren’t charging and came up with the idea of going in himself with several others. However, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety said law enforcement immediately engaged the shooter and confined him to the classroom.
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt has signed into law the nation’s toughest abortion ban. The ban, passed by state lawmakers last week, prohibits all abortions with a few exceptions. Stitt signed the bill on Wednesday.
The providers said they would stop performing the procedure as soon as the bill is signed. The law is part of an aggressive push in Republican-led states to reduce abortion rights.
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The only exceptions included in the law are to save the life of a pregnant woman or if the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest that has been reported to law enforcement.
The Senegalese president said 11 newborn babies died in a fire that broke out in the neonatal unit of a hospital. Authorities in the city of Tivaouane said only three babies could be saved after a short circuit sparked the fire.
The infant formula arrived at a Washington airport after the second delivery on Wednesday. The Biden administration is importing from Europe to ease the domestic supply gap.
The White House announced new measures to make the antiviral treatment Paxlovid more accessible across the United States as it anticipates COVID-19 infections will continue to spread during the summer travel season.
President Joe Biden has signed an executive order to improve police accountability. It is a significant but limited action on the second anniversary of George Floyd’s death that reflects the challenges of addressing racism, excessive use of force and public safety with a deadlocked Congress. .
Much of the order issued Wednesday is focused on federal law enforcement agencies — for example, requiring them to review and revise use-of-force policies. It will also create a database to help track officer misconduct.
The administration cannot require local police departments to participate in the database, which aims to prevent problem officers from changing jobs. The order also restricts the flow of surplus military equipment to local police.
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The Texas governor said the gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school warned in online posts minutes before the attack that he was going to shoot a school.
Governor Greg Abbott said the shooter, Salvador Ramos, 18, used an AR-15 in the attack on Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. About 30 minutes before the shoot, Ramos made three social media posts.
According to the governor, Ramos posted that he was going to shoot his grandmother, then he shot the woman, and finally he was going to shoot an elementary school. Abbott says Ramos had no known criminal or mental health history. “Evil swept through Uvalde yesterday,” Abbott said.
The head of the Food and Drug Administration testified to a series of setbacks that resulted in a months-long delay in inspecting the factory at the center of a nationwide formula shortage.
FDA Commissioner Robert Califf faces questions Wednesday from House lawmakers about the formula shortage. Califf faced fury from members of Congress over the slow response, which rocked parents and snowballed into a major political controversy.
Califf called the response “too slow” and “not optimal”. Lawmakers will also hear from an executive from Abbott Nutrition, whose plant was closed due to contamination.
Stocks rose broadly on Wall Street on Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve’s latest meeting indicated the central bank intended to move “quickly” to raise interest rates to more neutral levels in its struggle to control inflation.
An investigative report accuses British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other top leaders of allowing government parties to be watered down that broke the UK’s COVID-19 lockdown rules. While Johnson said he took “full responsibility” for the breach, he insisted he would not resign.
Revelations that Johnson and his staff repeatedly flouted the restrictions they imposed on the country in 2020 and 2021 have fueled outrage in Britain and led opponents to call on Johnson to step aside from the scandal known as the name of “partygate”.
Johnson again insisted he did not knowingly break any rules. He ignored calls from opponents to resign, saying he was “humbled” and had “learned a lesson”, but now was the time to “move on”.
A Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in a Bronx neighborhood has sickened 19 people since the start of the month, one of whom has died. The Department of Health says cooling towers in the Highbridge section of the borough have been tested for the presence of the disease-causing bacteria Legionella, a form of pneumonia.
The bacteria was found in four of the towers, which the department ordered disinfected. People can contract Legionnaires’ disease when they breathe in water vapor containing the bacteria. It is not contagious and can be treated with antibiotics, but can be dangerous for some people such as those with pre-existing conditions.
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has voluntarily embarked on a rehabilitation program, forcing the Boston-based rock band to cancel the opening act of their upcoming Las Vegas residency.
The group posted on social media on Tuesday that Tyler had recently had foot surgery and needed pain management. The group said he recently relapsed and voluntarily went through a treatment program to focus on his health and recovery.
Tyler, 74, has made no secret of his lifelong struggle with substance abuse disorders. The band says their goal is to start performing again in September.
Ricky Gervais’ new Netflix special is drawing fire from LGBTQ and trans advocacy groups. In the stand-up special, titled “SuperNature,” Gervais makes a series of graphic comments about trans women and what he calls “old-school women.”
Elsewhere in the hour-long special, Gervais defended his approach as equal opportunity humor and not a reflection of his views on trans people or other rights. But transgender and LGBTQ advocates have said his supposed jokes are harmful, with one group saying the special violates a Netflix policy against content designed to incite hatred or violence.