After its latest mass shootings, Texas leads the way in loosening gun laws

Four of 10 deadliest massacres in the modern US occurred in the state but its governor has stuck to the NRA playbook Hours after Texas suffered its latest mass shooting, when a gunman drove through Odessa on Saturday shooting randomly from an assault-style rifle and killing seven people, the states Republican governor, Greg Abbott, declared that hed had enough. I have been to too many of these events as governor, he said. I am tired of the dying in Texas. Too many Texans have lost their lives. The status quo in Texas is unacceptable and action is needed. His sense of urgency was all too understandable. Texas has been the scene of white supremacist murdered 22 people. Abbotts call to …

Horse joins owner on flight from Chicago as service animal

Passengers surprised to see quadruped at check-in as Flirty the mini horse takes American Airlines flight Pigs, turkeys, monkeys and ducks have all made their way into the skies to Dexter the peacock and one womans Amberley Babbage (@AmberleyBabbage) There was a small horse in line at the airport today and Im so curious about it. pic.twitter.com/bwX1HEeYcH View this post on Instagram Flirty The Mini Service Horse (@flirty.the.mini.service.horse) on Aug 30, 2019 at 5:33pm PDT Hensley, of Bellevue, Nebraska, told local news station according to American Airlines is in fact a trained service animal. Hensley suffers from a variety of ailments including: depression, severe anxiety, panic disorder and PTSD. Play Video 14:32 protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. So …

Houston: Islamic group hosts Sanders and Castro as rightwingers protest

Counter-protesters outnumber small group of far-right demonstrators as 2020 contenders speak inside convention In Houston on Saturday, an annual Islamic convention hosting presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Julian Castro braced for an armed far-right protest and a counter-demonstration. The 30,000 would attend the three-day event. We are really happy [Castro and Sanders] are coming in to address our community, Lubabah Abdullah, an Isna board member, told the Guardian. Weve recently realized the Muslim community has a strong voting bloc, if we do go out and register and actually show up to vote. In the 2018 midterm elections, Muslim Americans in four key states Florida, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia showed up to the ballot box at a rate of 25% higher …

Police ask criminals to cool it as US east coast heat wave lingers

Added humidity could make daytime highs feel like 43C while cold front could bring thunderstorms to Midwest The US east coast sweated through another day of heat and humidity on Sunday, in a stretch of weather so oppressive that a New Jersey drawbridge got stuck, Pennsylvania firefighters suffered heat exhaustion and police departments from New York to Boston implored residents and criminals to play it safe. Sunday has been canceled, New York police tweeted. Stay indoors, nothing to see here. Really, we got this. The central part of the country, meanwhile, enjoyed some relief as a cold front moved southward and eastward, bringing temperatures down. But cooler weather on Monday and Tuesday will also bring severe storms and heavy rain …

Trump claims migrant detention center visited by Pence was clean but crowded

President contradicts VPs office which said authorities had been told not to clean up facility so Americans can see the crisis at our border A Texas detention center which said: I dont care if they have to stay in these facilities for 400 days. Were not going to let those men go that I saw. It would be dangerous. All of them broke our law. Many of them have done it before. And were not going to let them go. Before playing golf near Washington on Sunday, the president followed visit to McAllen became the eye of an online storm. The press pool was swiftly removed from the room containing the caged men but Josh Dawsey of the Washington Post …

Trump abandons effort to put citizenship question on 2020 census

Trump drops census proposal and blames radical left, but says he will order federal agencies to turn over records on the number of citizens Faced with a defeat in court and few viable options, US blocked by the supreme court. But Trumps controversial plan never saw the light of day. Within hours of putting the public on notice, administration officials said the president would defer to the court rulings on the census and instead instruct the commerce department to obtain citizenship data through other means. Standing at the White House podium on a rainy Thursday evening in Washington, Trump began his remarks by letting out a sigh and posing the question he wished to ask of the nations population: Are …

Minneapolis police officer who killed Justine Damond given 12-year jail term

Mohamed Noor, who was convicted in April over death of Australian life coach, apologised in court for taking the life of a perfect person A former Minneapolis police officer convicted of killing the Australian life coach Justine Damond apologized to her family for taking the life of a perfect person, just before a judge rejected defense requests for a light sentence and ordered him to prison for 12 and a half years. Mohamed Noor was convicted in April of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the July 2017 shooting of Damond, who approached his squad car in the alley behind her home after calling 911 to report a possible rape. Noors lawyers had argued for a light sentence, saying sending …

‘The heart is here’: why the Warriors’ success is more bitter than sweet

Although the teams move to San Francisco is only across the Bay, longtime Warriors fans based in Oakland are feeling left behind As fans streamed into the Oracle Arena in Oakland for the third game of the NBA Finals, the excitement for the Golden State Warriors was tinged with melancholy a victory parade that could feel, at times, like a funeral march. In a few weeks, the team will no longer call Oakland home, moving across the Bay to the $1bn Chase Center in San Francisco. The move is only 16 miles by car but for many fans of the Warriors, who have been playing in Oakland for 47 years, it feels much farther representing a betrayal of the city …

Why smelling good could come with a cost to health

Fruity, floral, musky from candles and cleaning products to lotions, soaps, lipstick and cologne, we live in a scented world. What is lurking in the air? About 50 to 300 distinct chemicals. BCPP study of personal care and cleaning brands. The chemicals identified were linked to chronic health issues, including cancer. When we took a harder look at beauty and personal care products we found that many chemicals of concern were hiding under the word fragrance, said Nudelman. While virtually all Americans are exposed to fragrance chemicals on a daily basis, women have a greater body burden, largely from beauty and cosmetics products absorbed through the skin. The average American woman uses 12-16 products a day, many containing fragrance. Besides …

Republican Justin Amash faces party’s wrath after call to impeach Trump

Congressman was dismissed by Republicans and rebuked by Trump after saying he engaged in impeachable conduct As the only Republican in Congress to call for the impeachment of Donald Trump, Justin Amash is impeachable conduct. He also accused the attorney general, William Barr, of misleading the US public. In the 48 hours that followed Amashs intervention, the five-term libertarian was rebuked by the president, dismissed by Republican colleagues and challenged from the right in his district. Jim Lowe, a Michigan state representative, said on Sunday he would run for Amashs seat in the Republican primary next year. I am a pro-Trump, pro-life, pro-jobs, pro-second amendment, pro-family values Republican, Lowe said in a statement. Justin Amashs tweets yesterday calling for President …

A school’s mural removal: should kids be shielded from brutal US history?

Every day at a San Francisco high school, students pass artwork depicting slavery and violence against Native Americans Depending on whom you ask, a 1,600-sq-ft art installation at George Washington high school in San Francisco is either an unflinching look at American history, a stark depiction of violence against oppressed minorities or both. In New Deal-era murals spanning the staircase and lobby, the Russian emigre Victor Arnautoff depicted Washington in 13 scenes. Two in particular have generated student complaints for more than 50 years, and in April, an ad hoc committee recommended that the artwork be archived and removed. In one, the statesman stands over a map of a young America while pointing westward; at the end of his arm, …

Ugg: kick in the guts as Aussie maker loses US trademark case

Sydney-based Eddie Oygur ordered to pay damages after footwear and apparel company Deckers puts its foot down The Australian ugg boot maker Eddie Oygur has suffered a $US450,000 ($A643,000) loss in his David versus Goliath legal fight with a major US footwear and apparel company. A jury in Chicago found Oygurs business, Sydney-based Australian Leather, wilfully infringed a trademark registered to California-based Deckers Outdoor by selling ugg boots online to customers in the US. After a four-day trial Oygur was ordered to pay Deckers statutory damages of $US450,000 and he may face an order to pay millions more in legal costs. Deckers generates more than $US1bn in annual sales from its UGG brands. Oygur argued ugg is a generic term …

The Republicans taking on Trump in 2020 despite the very, very slim odds

The Republican class of 2020 is serious about defeating the incumbent president even pumping their life savings in their campaigns or quitting their careers Donald Trump won the Republican nomination with ease in 2016, defeating more than a dozen rivals before going on to win the presidential election. Ahead of 2020, all eyes are now on the spectacularly crowded 2020 Democratic primary race. But it is easy to forget, or not notice, that Trump will need to beat off 52 Republican challengers, from across the country, if he is to have any chance of a second term. The presidents declared rivals are less vaunted this time round. So far only national name recognition. But the rest of the class of …