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^Radical Baptist church preaches LGBTQ hate just miles from California's Capitol<

^RELIG-CHURCH-ANTIGAY:LA—< Pastor Roger Jimenez implored his congregation at Verity Baptist Church to separate themselves from the ways of a modern, wicked world.

Burn your Harry Potter books. Trash your rock 'n' roll CDs. Don't vaccinate your babies. Stay away from gay people.

"The United States of America is on a rainbow-colored boat, and we've gotta shake that boat up," Jimenez said.

Speaking to some 400 people in an overflow crowd that included dozens of young children staring intently at Bibles and giggling when pastors yelled, Jimenez was met with shouts of "Amen!" and "Let 'er rip!"

Here in the capital of the state that is the vanguard for the so-called liberal resistance, parishioners gathered last month for the Red Hot Preaching Conference, featuring some of the most virulently anti-gay pastors in the country. Jimenez started the conference in 2016 after gaining national notoriety for praising the mass shooting of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

1800 by Hailey Branson-Potts in Sacramento, Calif.. MOVED



^'You feel powerless': Parents talk about their panic, despair and grief as they searched in vain for the pregnant teen<


She's dead. That's all the police officer said to the family of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez, three weeks after the pregnant teen went missing.

Three weeks of hope, then dread, then hope again that the 19-year-old and her unborn son were somehow miraculously safe and would return home.

Three weeks of wondering how hard police were trying to find out what happened when she disappeared after leaving high school to pick up baby clothes.

Three weeks of suspecting detectives didn't care, maybe because the family were immigrants from Mexico.

When police found the body of a woman who appeared to be their daughter, her family waited hours before uniformed officers arrived at the doorstep.

They would have to wait even longer to learn that police had already arrested three people in a plot to steal Ochoa-Lopez's baby by strangling her and cutting the boy from her womb the day she disappeared.

3550 by Jessica Villagomez, Elvia Malag n and Laura Rodriguez in Chicago. MOVED


^In this California town, Second Amendment is a No. 1 concern<

GUNS-SANCTUARYCITY:LA — The blistering sun hung high above the barren landscape, 118 degrees of scatter-the-critters hot, as Tim Terral loaded a magazine into his 9 mm pistol.

He narrowed his eyes, fixing his gaze on a target before a succession of pops cut through the silence. Bull's-eye.

Satisfied, Terral wiped a bead of sweat off his brow and cocked his head to the side, a coy smile spreading across his slender face.

"I don't miss much," he crowed.

Today, his attention was focused on a small shooting target. But Terral has his eye on a larger one: California's tough gun control laws.

In June, other city leaders followed the Needles councilman's suggestion and declared this town along the Colorado River a "sanctuary city" for the Second Amendment.

The collision of liberal and conservative buzzwords was meant to be a poke in the eye to the Golden State — the heart of the liberal "resistance" against a president voters in Needles overwhelmingly supported in 2016. And likely will again in 2020. This conservative small town is part of California, but also quite apart from it. Those big-city politicians making laws in Sacramento, many people here are convinced, don't give one damn about a place like Needles.

1650 by Hannah Fry in Needles, Calif. MOVED


^Recall effort in Colorado follows a larger trend<

RECALL-CAMPAIGNS:SH — The Democrats who control Colorado's legislature pushed through a raft of their priorities this year, including tighter oil and gas regulations, a gun control measure and a comprehensive sex education law.

Now angry conservatives are pushing for recall elections that could yank key Democrats out of office. They're circulating petitions against two state senators and Gov. Jared Polis. And earlier this year they tried and failed to force a recall election of two Assembly members, one of whom resigned.

Recall campaigns against state lawmakers appear to be on the rise nationally. Twenty-six legislative recall elections have been held since 1994, said Joshua Spivak, a senior fellow at the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform at Wagner College in New York. That's two-thirds of all such recalls since 1913.

1600 by Sophie Quinton in Denver. MOVED



^If you smoke pot, your anesthesiologist needs to know<

MED-MARIJUANA-SURGERY:KHN — When Colorado legalized marijuana, it became a pioneer in creating new policies to deal with the drug.

Now the state's surgeons, nurses and anesthesiologists are becoming pioneers of a different sort in understanding what weed may do to patients who go under the knife.

Their observations and initial research show that marijuana use may affect patients' responses to anesthesia on the operating table — and, depending on the patient's history of using the drug, either help or hinder their symptoms afterward in the recovery room.

1200 by Kate Ruder in Denver. MOVED




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