Christal Hayes, USA TODAY

Christal Hayes

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Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Recent articles by Christal:

'Your attorneys messed up': Alex Jones confronted with texts from his phone in Sandy Hook defamation trial

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones testified Wednesday that he understands it was irresponsible of him to declare the Sandy Hook massacre a hoax. → Read More

Stunning revelations about Texas school shooting fill intense Friday press conference

An intense news conference Friday included acknowledgments from authorities that police were too slow to confront the Uvalde, Texas, gunman. → Read More

Congregants hogtied gunman to thwart more bloodshed in California church shooting: What we know

Police were searching for a motive a day after congregants stopped a gunman from causing more bloodshed at Geneva Presbyterian in Laguna Woods. → Read More

At least 10 dead after mass shooting at Buffalo, New York, supermarket, AP sources say

The shooting happened at a Tops Friendly Market in a crowded suburban area in the western New York city. → Read More

Third arrest made in connection to Sacramento mass shooting that left 6 dead

Police have announced three arrests after a chaotic shooting in downtown Sacramento left six dead over the weekend. → Read More

Biden heads to Poland for meetings on war’s humanitarian crisis: Live Ukraine updates

President Joe Biden will travel to Poland for a briefing on the humanitarian crisis sparked by the month-old war in Ukraine. Friday updates. → Read More

1 killed, another injured in Washington grocery store shooting; suspect on the run, police say

Police in southeast Washington are searching for a man they say opened fire inside a grocery store, killing one person and injuring another. → Read More

The 'weakest link in the supply chain': Thieves looting LA trains like the wild west

About 90 shipping containers a day are plundered from trains in Los Angeles. The old Western-styled crime is exposing a weakness in the supply chain. → Read More

FDA makes abortion pills permanently available through mail and telehealth by removing in-person restriction

The FDA, since first approving medical abortion in 2000, has required an in-person doctor's visit before prescribing the so-called "abortion pills." → Read More

COVID-19 enters fourth calendar year amid omicron surge, record US infections. Latest updates

Omicron is putting U.S. children in the hospital in record numbers; Some Georgia schools plan return to online learning. COVID-19 updates. → Read More

'Heart has been ripped out': Mom of teen killed by LA cop in Burlington store prayed, held daughter as she died

Parents of Valentina Orellana-Peralta, 14, said she loved skateboarding and dreamed of becoming a U.S. citizen. → Read More

'Slow down!': Los Angeles police release bodycam footage, audio of Burlington store shooting

The lone officer who opened fire inside the Burlington store was told to "slow down" more than a dozen times by other officers, video footage shows. → Read More

More than 4,000 flights delayed or canceled Sunday; hospitalizations jump in some states: Live COVID-19 updates

More than 4,000 flights were delayed or canceled across the nation Sunday amid the omicron-driven coronavirus surge sweeping the nation. → Read More

Omicron keeps some families apart for Christmas; thousands more flights canceled: COVID-19 updates

Americans celebrated Christmas – many with empty chairs at dinner tables – amid mounting concerns from the quickly spreading omicron variant. → Read More

'No need for variant-specific booster' at this point, Dr. Anthony Fauci says; NFL contends with rising cases: Latest COVID-19 updates

Omicron compromises the effects of a two-dose vaccine, but boosters are a successful tool to quell the variant. More COVID-19 news and updates. → Read More

'Readiness and courage': Coast Guard rescuers pull body from car near edge of Niagara Falls

U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew members on Wednesday pulled a woman's body from a vehicle in frigid rapids near the brink of Niagara Falls. → Read More

Will there be a mistrial in the Kyle Rittenhouse case? Here's what it would mean

Kyle Rittenhouse's defense team has asked for two different types of mistrials, one that would prevent him from being tried again → Read More

Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty of all counts of homicide, reckless endangerment

The Illinois teen took the stand in his own defense during a tense and emotional trial, telling the jury last week: “I didn’t do anything wrong." → Read More

Tears, yelling and calls for a mistrial: What a dramatic day could mean for the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial

The drama in one of the final days of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial may bring more than just unforgettable scenes — it could also play a role in whether the 18-year-old is convicted of murder. → Read More

Gabby Petito case: Remains found in Florida park identified as Brian Laundrie, FBI says

The human remains found in a Florida wilderness park this week have been identified as Brian Laundrie, according to the FBI. → Read More