Texas begins investigating parents of transgender teens for child abuse, according to a lawsuit. One parent works in the department involved in the investigations

The move comes in the wake of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signing an order instructing the state’s Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to investigate “any reported instances of these abusive procedures in the State of Texas.” Abbott’s order was prompted by a legal opinion issued by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton saying gender-affirming … Read more

Pop star Audrey Mika ‘hires’ parents as tour managers, as dad details the experience

article OAKLAND, Calif. – When Bay Area-born pop vocal sensation Audrey Mika decided to hit the road for a multi-city music tour, she did what she’s done countless times in her life and turned to the people she depended on the most: her family. Her father, Scott Armacost, said he and his wife, Miho, received … Read more

Brenda Lee Rawls: Medical examiner rules a Black woman in Connecticut died of natural causes. Her family ‘has reason to doubt’ that ruling

Brenda Lee Rawls, 53, died December 12, 2021, of cardiovascular disease with diabetes as a contributing factor, the Connecticut Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said this week. Rawls’ family had earlier raised concern about the police’s response to her death, which occurred the same day as that of another Black woman, Lauren Smith-Fields, whose … Read more

Texas AG declares pediatric gender-affirming procedures to be child abuse, legal opinion says

“There is no doubt that these procedures are ‘abuse’ under Texas law, and thus must be halted,” Paxton said in a statement. “The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) has a responsibility to act accordingly. I’ll do everything I can protect against those who take advantage of and harm young Texans.” The American … Read more

Explainer: How the World Health Organization might face future pandemics

GENEVA, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Negotiations on new rules for dealing with pandemics will begin at the World Health Organization on Thursday, with a target date of May 2024 for a treaty to be adopted by the UN health agency’s 194 member countries. A new pact is among more than 200 recommendations for shoring up … Read more

How To Stop Putin’s Mad Dash To War

TOPSHOT – Russian President Vladimir Putin, surrounded by top military officers and officials, tours … [+] a military flight test center in Akhtubinsk on May 14, 2019. (Photo by Alexey NIKOLSKY / SPUTNIK / AFP) (Photo credit should read ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/AFP via Getty Images) AFP via Getty Images Additional reporting by David Dawkins US President … Read more