- U.S. ABC News
A 29-year-old Texas mother who went missing after she went on a date last weekend "could be in danger," relatives and police said. Erika Gaytan, of El Paso, was last seen in the evening of July 13 or the early morning hours of July 14, according to the El Paso police department. Police did not say where she was last seen, but her family told ABC El Paso affiliate KVIA that she had been on a date at the El Paso County Coliseum for a concert.
- U.S. Storyful
Texas Gov Greg Abbott put his signature to a controversial “Chick-fil-A” law in Texas on Thursday, July 18.Abbott said discrimination was not tolerated in Texas. “No business should be discriminated against simply because its owners donate to a church, the Salvation Army, or other religious organization,” he said.He called the law a “victory” for religious freedom in Texas.The law prohibits the government from taking “adverse action” against businesses or individuals based on religious affiliation, or donations to religious groups. It follows the exclusion of Chick-fil-A from a concessions contract by the city of San Antonio.Critics of the law argue it would allow discrimination against the LGBT community.Abbot put pen to paper in front of cameras Thursday with Chick-fil-A products visible on his desk and in the hands of people around him. “Today I signed the Chick-fil-A law in Texas. And, had a great lunch,” he said. Credit: Greg Abbott via Storyful
- U.S. Good Morning America
Woman recalls moment family learned they were target of 1999 Yosemite killer: 'Our lives were flipped upside-down'
Lenna was just 10 or 11 years old when her mother began a relationship with Cary Stayner, a maintenance worker at the Cedar Lodge right outside of Yosemite National Park. Lenna said that at the time, Cary Stayner, in his 30s and handsome, appeared "safe" to her, her mother and younger sister. Lenna, who asked that ABC News withhold her last name, said he also taught the two how to dive.
- Politics USA TODAY
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questioned Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan about the whereabouts of Border Patrol agents who threatened her in a secret Facebook group.
- U.S. ABC News
Border protection stored enough fentanyl to kill 794 million, but isn’t doing enough to protect its agents: Watchdog
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has stored enough fentanyl in the past year to kill an estimated 794 million people, and now a government watchdog office is warning that the agency is "unnecessarily jeopardizing the lives" of its own agents by not sufficiently protecting them from accidental exposure to the lethal synthetic opioid. In a report released Friday, the Homeland Security Department’s Inspector General said the amount of fentanyl seized by agents and stored in vaults has skyrocketed -- from 70 pounds in 2015 to 3,500 pounds so far in this budget year. A single 2 milligram dose of fentanyl (there are 453,592 milligrams in a pound) is lethal for most people, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.