• Baylor’s strict conduct code may have silenced rape victims

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The sexual assault scandal that took down Baylor University’s president and revered football coach also found a problem with a bedrock of the school’s faith-based education: a student conduct code banning alcohol, drugs and premarital sex that may have driven some victims into silence.

  • With her son Cameron in her arms, Emily Crawford. center, wife of slain DART officer Brent Thompson, walks arm-in-arm with Dallas Cowboys wide receivers Dez Bryant (88) and Cole Beasley (11) as the team walked onto the field for the opening day of NFL football training camp in Oxnard, Calif., Saturday, July 30, 2016. Dallas police Sgt. Tom Sible is at right and Robert Sam Thompson, Brent Thompson's father is second from left, next to Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Lucky Whitehead (13). (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

    Cowboys pay tribute to Dallas police before start of camp

    OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — In one wave after another, Jason Witten, Tony Romo and Dez Bryant walked arm-in-arm onto the field for the start of the Cowboys’ training camp with families of the Dallas police officers killed by a gunman this month.

    Updated: 7:59 pm

  • Minnesota braces for sex trafficking during 2018 Super Bowl

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Law enforcement officials are bracing for a surge in internet sex trafficking when Minnesota hosts the 2018 Super Bowl.

    Updated: 4:19 pm

  • 8 Phoenix high school football players let go for hazing

    PHOENIX (AP) — Eight players have been kicked off a Phoenix high school football team because of a hazing incident.

  • New Mexico treatment program for teen addicts to close

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers are trying to postpone the closure of New Mexico’s only major treatment program for adolescent addicts.

  • In this photo taken Thursday, July 21, 2016, Anthony Villarreal ties his running shoe at his home in Citrus Heights, Calif. Villarreal had been a long distance runner for William Jessup University's country and track teams, before he was expelled in 2013, which, he says, was because the school found out he is gay. Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens introduced SB1146 which would expand state LGBT protections by removing the state's exemption for religious colleges and universities for anti-discrimination policies. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

    Bill would prevent LGBT discrimination at religious schools

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The conflict between religious freedom and gay rights has a new battleground — California’s religious colleges and universities.

    Updated: 12:43 pm

  • In this July 25, 2016 file photo, actress Eva Longoria speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. "So when Donald Trump calls us criminals and rapists, he's insulting American families," Longoria, politically active for a number of years, said during her speech to the Democratic convention. "My father is not a criminal or rapist. In fact, he's a United States veteran." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

    Outrage, caution from Latino stars in critical election year

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Celebrities are known to jump on political bandwagons, whether it’s Oprah Winfrey cheering candidate Barack Obama in 2008 or Clint Eastwood and his GOP convention monologue deriding the president in 2012.

    Updated: 1:59 pm

  • In this Feb. 23, 2016 file photo, protesters burn an American flag in Chicago. Champaign County Ill., State's Attorney Julia Rietz was alerted on July 4, 2016, that police had just arrested a resident on suspicion of burning an American flag. Rietz said she knew "immediately" that the Urbana Police Department needed to release him. The state law used to jail him, though clear in its prohibition of desecrating either the U.S. or state flags, is unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

    States’ flag-burning laws unconstitutional, but persist

    URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz had just finished walking in a July 4th parade when her assistant told her a central Illinois man had been arrested on suspicion of burning an American flag.

    Updated: 12:20 pm

  • This undated file photo shows Alabama inmate Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., a one-time Ku Klux Klansman convicted in the 1963 church bombing that killed four black girls in Birmingham, Ala. Alabama's parole board is scheduled to consider Blanton for early release during a meeting on Aug. 3. (Alabama Department of Corrections via AP)

    Former KKK member convicted in deadly bombing up for parole

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr. was a young Ku Klux Klansman with a reputation for hating blacks in 1963, when a bomb ripped a hole in the side of 16th Street Baptist Church, killing four black girls during the civil rights movement.

  • Pope Francis prays during  a prayer vigil on the occasion of the World Youth Days, in Campus Misericordiae in Brzegi, near Krakow, Poland, Saturday, July 30, 2016. The 79-year-old Francis has had an unrelenting schedule since he arrived in Poland on Wednesday for World Youth Days, a global Catholic gathering which culminates Sunday.  (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Pope urges clergy to go into world and tend to needy

    BRZEGI, Poland (AP) — Pope Francis challenged hundreds of thousands of young people who gathered in a sprawling Polish meadow to reject being a “couch potato” who retreats into video games and computer screens and instead engage in social activism and politics to create a more just world.

    Updated: 2:54 pm