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Rescuers search for survivors after Oklahoma tornado kills at least two

Rescuers search for survivors after Oklahoma tornado kills at least twoRescue workers on Sunday searched for survivors in the rubble left by a tornado that devastated parts of a small community near Oklahoma City, leaving two dead, more than two dozen injured and hundreds homeless, officials said. It was the latest in a barrage of violent weather that is expected to continue after pounding the Central Plains states last week with deadly tornadoes, high winds, drenching thunderstorms and widespread flooding. In addition to killing two people, the tornado that cut a 10-mile (16-km) swath through El Reno, Oklahoma, on Saturday night left 29 others with minor to critical injuries and displaced hundreds more, the city's mayor said.


Yoga teacher found alive after 17 days lost in Hawaii forest

Yoga teacher found alive after 17 days lost in Hawaii forestAmanda Eller, 35, went hiking in Maui's Makawao Forest Reserve on May 8 but became lost when she walked deeper in the reserve, which covers more than 2,000 acres, instead of heading back to her car as she believed. "Sure enough, God willing, she was right there," Javier Canetellops, a search coordinator who was in the helicopter, told reporters.


Arizona tent facility eyed to cope with U.S.-Mexico border surge

Arizona tent facility eyed to cope with U.S.-Mexico border surgeThe "soft-sided" Yuma structure would follow similar so-called tent cities opened in El Paso and Donna, Texas, this month, each able to house 500 people overnight. "Due to the sustained influx of migrants being apprehended in the Yuma sector, in excess of current capacity, the United States Border Patrol is exploring constructing a temporary soft-sided facility in Yuma, Arizona," U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement on Friday.


Protesters demand end to killings of transgender women, Trump rollbacks

Protesters demand end to killings of transgender women, Trump rollbacksProtesters chanting "black trans lives matter" and "we will not be erased" on Friday demanded an end to the killings of black transgender women in the United States and decried the Trump administration's proposals to reverse transgender rights. Three black transgender women died of gunshot wounds within five days this month in Cleveland, Dallas and Philadelphia, and five total have been killed this year. By coincidence, President Donald Trump's administration took action this week that would deny or reduce services to transgender people.


Doctor, medical funder charged in New York in transvaginal mesh fraud

Doctor, medical funder charged in New York in transvaginal mesh fraudA doctor and a surgical funding consultant were arrested on Friday on charges that they defrauded women into having unnecessary surgeries to remove transvaginal mesh implants in order to profit from settlements paid to the women by mesh manufacturers, U.S. prosecutors in New York said. Urogynecologist Christopher Walker, 49, of Florida, and Wesley Barber, 49, of Michigan, were both charged with wire fraud and conspiracy in an indictment unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn. Barber, who is the owner of Surgical Assistance Inc and Medical Funding Consultants LLC, was arrested in Texas and Walker in Florida, authorities said.


Groups sue over Alabama abortion law; judge blocks Mississippi ban

Groups sue over Alabama abortion law; judge blocks Mississippi banThe lawsuit is one of several the groups have filed or are preparing to file against states that recently passed strict anti-abortion measures in an effort to prompt the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 landmark case that guarantees a woman's constitutional right to abortion. On Friday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson, a Republican, signed a bill into law that bans abortion beginning in the eighth week of pregnancy. In Mississippi, a federal judge blocked a law that would ban abortions once an embryonic heartbeat is detected, which can occur at six weeks after conception.


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