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Grand Jury Indicts Texas Attorney General, Ken Paxton, on Felony Charges

Texas Atty.General indctedKen Paxton, the Republican attorney general of Texas and a former state legislator, has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of securities fraud and of failing to register with the state securities board, officials said.

The grand jury in the northern Dallas suburb of McKinney handed up a three-count indictment against Mr. Paxton on Tuesday, the officials said. The indictment is to be unsealed on Monday, when Mr. Paxton is expected to turn himself in to the authorities at the Collin County Jail.

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Suicide spike boosts oversight of California women's prison

California women prisoner suicidesA spike in suicides and attempted suicides has prompted corrections officials to step up oversight at a California women's prison as inspectors try to pinpoint the cause of the troubling increase.

Four women have killed themselves at California Institution for Women in San Bernardino County in the last 18 months, according to state records. The suicide rate at the facility is more than eight times the national rate for female inmates and more than five times the rate for the entire California prison system.

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After Facing Conservative Backlash, AP U.S. History Course Revised

Control the textbooksAfter facing months of intense scrutiny over a new Advanced Placement U.S. History (APUSH) course outline that some conservatives perceived as containing anti-American biases, the College Board released a new framework for the class Thursday morning.

This structure places more of an emphasis on concepts surrounding American national identity, the country's founding leaders and documents and the effective role of free enterprise in U.S. history.

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California wildfire forces evacuation of 500 people

California wild firesA rapidly spreading brushfire burning in parched timberland north of San Francisco has forced the evacuation of 500 people and destroyed several buildings less than 12 hours after it broke out, fire officials said on Thursday.

The blaze, named the "Rocky Fire", is one of a string of wildfires threatening homes and scorching parched wilderness in the U.S. West, where several regions have endured sustained drought.

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Confederate flags placed at Atlanta’s MLK center, historic church

MLK CenterFederal authorities and police are investigating after Confederate battle flags were found around the Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta.

The Rev. Shannon Jones of Ebenezer Baptist tells The Associated Press that police and federal officials were working to remove the flags Thursday morning.

Jones says several flags were discovered on the grounds early in the morning. He described them as being placed “all around” the area and appearing to be plastic flags with wooden sticks.

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Faced with Defunding Threat from Senate, Planned Parenthood Fights Back

Planned ParenthoodAs Planned Parenthood grapples with a series of attacks against it by anti-choice forces, the political stakes are intensifying as the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate readies to vote on a measure that would strip all federal funding from the non-profit women's health organization.

Three covertly-filmed videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing fetal tissue donations have prompted some in Congress to renew the debate over the government's financial support of the organization. Senate Republicans are gearing up to vote on a bill that would cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood, which already receives limited subsidies from the government and is prohibited from spending taxpayer money on abortions.

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Alabama Denying Prisoner an Abortion

Alaba court denies abprtion to prisonerA fight over an incarcerated Alabama woman's ability to have an abortion took a strange turn as the state moved to terminate the woman's parental rights in order to prevent her from accessing the procedure.

The woman, who is referred to in court documents as Jane Doe, is seeking a temporary restraining order against the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office so she can be furloughed and transported 75 miles to the closest abortion clinic in Huntsville, Alabama. Rick Singleton, the local sheriff, told the inmate that since abortion is an "elective" medical procedure, rather than an emergency, she'd have to obtain a court order to leave the jail. Doe's pregnancy is in its first trimester.

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