(AP) - Former U.S. gymnasts tell The Associated Press that women's gymnastics has long been rife with emotional and sometimes physical abuse. Following the sexual abuse sentencing of a former team doctor, the gymnasts relayed accounts of girls being nearly starved and forced to train with serious injuries. They say the culture was tolerated because of the Olympic successes of former coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi. USA Gymnastics declined to comment. The Karolyis' lawyer denied they abused anyone.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Democrats are accusing top Republicans of attempting to suppress voting in an unusual way as the state heads toward what will be the first primary in the U.S. this year. Democrats say Republicans are targeting public schools and educational groups that say they're simply encouraging teachers to vote. Republican Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued cease-and-desist letters to three school districts last week, accusing them of using state funds to disseminate candidate endorsements.
HOUSTON (AP) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says that leading up to and during Hurricane Harvey it "worked diligently" with officials to inform the public on flooding risks from Houston reservoirs that ended up inundating thousands of homes. The Corps' statement on Friday comes in response to a Houston Chronicle report earlier this week the agency failed to share with the public a forecast predicting ahead of Harvey's arrival that Barker and Addicks reservoirs would flood adjacent neighborhoods.
HOUSTON (AP) - Houston's mayor says that six months after Hurricane Harvey's devastating and deadly flooding, recovery efforts in the United States' fourth-largest city aren't happening fast enough. Mayor Sylvester Turner said Friday that thousands still need help as they continue living either in hotels or in damaged homes. But Turner praised local efforts, including from nonprofit groups and residents. He says they've filled in some of the gaps as the city awaits more state and federal funding.
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