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 Lawmakers in Missouri’s Senate advanced a bill that would ban abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Photograph: Nick Schnelle/New York Times

Missouri’s Republican-led House has passed legislation designed to survive court challenges, which would ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy. I(...)

Alabama governor Kay Ivey signing into law the Alabama Human Life Protection Act in Montgomery, Alabama on Wednesday. Photograph: Alabama Governor’s Office/EPA

Alabama’s governor signed a Bill on Wednesday to ban nearly all abortions in the state, even in cases of rape and incest, in the latest challenge by (...)

Bourbon Street is a hive of activity every night of the week, with live bands in every bar and children on the neon-lit streets bucket-drumming. Photograph: iStock

New Orleans’s famed cuisine, music and nightlife stirs, soothes and fizzes to the rhythm of a city that really never sleeps. Go for a week and your se(...)

Centrist Democrat Beto O’Rourke, adherent of the “Oprah Winfrey school of positive thinking”. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

When Barack Obama launched his White House bid 12 years ago, he already had a library of well-crafted policies. Some were bold. Others were small-bore(...)

Dalal Alshohaib, from Saudi Arabia, and her new partner, Erik Van der Veken, from Belgium. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dalal Alshohaib was 14 years old the first time she wore the hijab. She was living in the United States at the time and found the head scarf uncomfort(...)

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith  waves to supporters after speaking during an election night event  in Jackson, Mississippi. Photograph:  Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith has won a divisive race for the Mississippi Senate seat, surviving a video-recorded remark decried as racist. In the foot(...)

Republican US Senate candidate Rick Scott  with his daughter Alison at his midterm election night party in Naples, Florida, on November 6th. Mr Scott took 50.05 per cent of the recounted vote. Photograph: Joe Skipper/Reuters

Republicans look set to widen their majority in the US Senate after two Florida recounts – one by machine, one manual – confirmed that the state’s out(...)

Jodie Picoult:  A Spark of Light is about a hostage situation in an abortion clinic. Photograph: Nina Subin

“It’s a child. Not a choice. Isn’t it?” This is the short, provocative synopsis on the back cover of Jodi Picoult’s latest novel, A Spark of Light, t(...)

Alabama Crimson Tide and Notre Dame Fighting Irish during  a  college football game. Research suggests former students who attend games are more likely to donate. File photograph: Mike Segar/Reuters

It’s a crisp week day morning in the small city of Columbia in central Missouri. Like many towns across America at this time of year, shopfronts and h(...)

Latisha Stanley surveys the wreckage of the mobile home park where she lives in Panama City, Florida, on Friday, after Hurricane Michael devastated the area. Photograph: Emily Kask/New York Times

Rescuers used heavy equipment and search dogs on Friday to look for people trapped or killed in the Florida Panhandle towns devastated by Hurricane Mi(...)

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