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Texas abortion ban has potential to be double-edged sword

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The unusual legal strategy used to ban most abortions in Texas is already increasingly being employed in Republican-led states to target pornography, LGBT rights and other hot-button cultural issues. While private residents filing lawsuits is a fixture of some arenas ...

Native grasslands could be key as groundwater dwindles

Muleshoe, Texas — Tim Black‘s cell phone dings, signaling the time to reverse sprinklers spitting water across a pie-shaped section of grass that will provide pasture for his cattle. It’s important not to waste a drop. His family’s future depends on it. For decades, the Texas ...

9/11 united the world – and then unraveled it

In the ghastly rubble of ground zero’s fallen towers 20 years ago, Hour Zero arrived, a chance to start anew. World affairs reordered abruptly on that morning of blue skies, black ash, fire and death. In Iran, chants of “death to America” quickly gave way to candlelight vigils to mourn ...

Kansas Republicans object to Biden’s expansive vaccine mandate

TOPEKA — State and federal Republican lawmakers from Kansas reinforced opposition to government-issued COVID-19 vaccination mandates in the wake of President Joe Biden’s plan to confront a surge in coronavirus illness and death by increasing pressure on millions of people to get ...

Federal mandate takes vaccine decision off employers’ hands

Larger U.S. businesses now won't have to decide whether to require their employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Doing so is now federal policy. President Joe Biden announced sweeping new orders Thursday that will require employers with more than 100 workers to mandate immunizations or ...