Latest from Sandhya Somashekhar

The Confederate flag resurged. The KKK burned a cross. Racial tensions flared in a Southern town.

In Asheboro, N.C., a longtime minority resident worries about a growing racial divide.
  • Feb 2, 2018

North Carolina GOP pledges to defend gerrymandered congressional map

A three-judge panel struck down the map, calling its design unconstitutionally partisan.
  • Jan 10, 2018

After Texas church massacre, cities sue Pentagon for failing to report criminals to FBI gun database

Lawsuit comes nearly two months after a gunman, who should not have been permitted to buy a weapon, killed more than two dozen churchgoers in Texas.
  • Dec 27, 2017

Federal judge temporarily blocks Trump contraception rule

Administration change allows businesses to claim religious, moral objections to covering birth control in company health plans.
  • Dec 15, 2017

Ohio moves closer to banning abortions when fetuses have Down syndrome

Under the bill lawmakers have sent to Gov. John Kasich, doctors could face jail time if they knowingly perform the procedure on a woman who wants it because of a Down diagnosis.
  • Dec 14, 2017

States prepare to shut down children’s health programs if Congress doesn’t act

CHIP funding will run out soon in some states. “You can’t say ‘probably’ everything is going to be all right,” a Virginia health official said.
  • Nov 23, 2017

FBI database for gun buyers missing millions of records

Major gaps in what the bureau knows about people in the market for firearms can prove deadly.
  • Nov 10, 2017

An undocumented teen is pregnant and in custody. Can the U.S. stop her from getting an abortion?

A hearing in federal court in Washington on Wednesday could determine whether a 17-year-old who crossed the border illegally can get the procedure.
  • Oct 17, 2017

The only California county that sent a warning to residents’ cellphones has no reported fatalities

Despite requests, two-thirds of U.S. counties still haven’t set up a system for wireless alerts.
  • Oct 13, 2017