Uvalde mom sues police, gunmaker in school massacre

Nov 28, 2022, 11:51 AM | Updated: 11:09 pm

The gravesite of 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is shown with seasonal decorations. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)

(Sandra Torres via AP)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The last conversation Sandra Torres had with her 10-year-old daughter was about her nervous excitement over whether she’d make the all-star softball team. Hours later, Eliahna Torres was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

With little closure and few answers about law enforcement’s 77-minute wait on May 24 in the school hallway rather than confronting the gunman, Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against police, the school district and the maker of the gun the shooter used.

“My baby never made it out of the school,” she said. “There’s no accountability or transparency. There’s nothing being done.”

The lawsuit accuses the city, the school district and several police departments of a “complete failure” to follow active shooter protocols and violations of the victims’ constitutional rights by “barricading them” inside two classrooms with the killer for more than an hour. The city said it doesn’t comment on pending litigation and the school district and police did not immediately return messages.

Torres is being helped by the legal arm of the group Everytown for Gun Safety. Her suit also names the manufacturer of the AR-style semiautomatic rifle that Salvador Ramos used to fire more than 100 rounds in the horrific mass shooting.

The claim is part of a new and expanding legal front in the nationwide court battle over firearms. While gunmakers are typically immune under federal law from lawsuits over crimes committed with their products, families of victims of the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, secured a $73 million settlement after suing Remington, the maker of the weapon used in that shooting a decade ago.

The settlement came after the victims successfully argued that suing over marketing under state law was an exception to the federal immunity measure.

The new Uvalde suit alleges that marketing tactics by Daniel Defense violated the Federal Trade Commission Act by negligently using militaristic imagery, product placement in combat video games and social media to target “vulnerable and violent young men,” said Eric Tirschwell, executive director at Everytown Law.

“It wasn’t by accident that he went from never firing a gun to wielding a Daniel Defense AR-15,” Tirschwell said, citing the findings of a report written by an investigative committee from the Texas House of Representatives. “We intend to prove Daniel Defense marketing was a significant factor in the choices that Ramos made.”

The company, based in Black Creek, Georgia, did not immediately return a message seeking comment, but in a congressional hearing over the summer CEO Marty Daniels called the Uvalde shooting and others like it “pure evil” and “deeply disturbing.” Still, he separated the weapons themselves from the violence, saying mass shootings in America are local problems to be solved locally.

Everytown is also part of a similar lawsuit after a shooting attack on parade-goers in Highland Park, Illinois, based on a state law. If arguments based on federal law are successful, it could open up gunmakers to costly civil lawsuits as the nation grapples with rising gun violence and a brutal string of mass shootings.

“It would be an important step forward to holding gun manufacturers to account if their marketing crosses a line,” Tirschwell said.

Others counter that Daniel Defense didn’t make misleading or deceptive claims that would trigger regulatory action that federal trade law is intended for. Lawrence Keane, general counsel for the firearm industry trade group the National Shooting Sports Foundation, condemned the shooting but argued car makers, for example, aren’t held responsible when people run them into crowds with fatal results. “It’s just not the manufacturer’s fault when someone misuses a product,” he said.

The case also names the gun shop where Ramos bought the weapon used in the shooting, along with another AR-15 and ammunition, purchases that totaled thousands of dollars, though only one weapon was used in the shooting. One patron later told the FBI he “looked like … a school shooter,” according to the report from the Texas House of Representatives.

The July report found that nearly 400 law enforcement officials rushed to the mass shooting, but “egregiously poor decision-making” resulted in more than an hour of chaos before the gunman was finally confronted and killed. It criticized state and federal law enforcement as well as local authorities for failing to follow active shooter training and prioritizing their own safety over the victims’ lives.

The Uvalde officer who was leading the city’s police department during the shooting stepped down earlier this month ahead of a meeting to consider firing him. The school district police chief who was blamed by state officials for “terrible decisions” on scene was fired, though he has insisted he didn’t consider himself the person in charge that day.

Another parent whose child was wounded in the shooting and two parents whose children were on campus at the time filed the first suit related to the Uvalde shooting in late September.

For Sandra Torres, the case is also another way to seek answers about the botched police response.

“For 77 minutes they did nothing. Nothing at all,” she said. “She’ll never know what it’s like to get married, to graduate, to go to her first prom. … Never forget their faces.”

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              The gravesite of 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is shown with seasonal decorations. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              The gravesite of 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is shown with seasonal decorations. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              The gravesite of 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is shown with seasonal decorations. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              The gravesite of 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is shown with seasonal decorations. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              The gravesite of 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is shown with seasonal decorations. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              The gravesite of 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is shown with seasonal decorations. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              The gravesite of 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is shown with seasonal decorations. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              The gravesite of 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is shown with seasonal decorations. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              The gravesite of 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is shown with seasonal decorations. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              The gravesite of 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is shown with seasonal decorations. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              The gravesite of 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is shown with seasonal decorations. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              The gravesite of 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is shown with seasonal decorations. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              The gravesite of 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is shown with seasonal decorations. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              The gravesite of 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is shown with seasonal decorations. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              The gravesite of 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is shown with seasonal decorations. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              The gravesite of 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is shown with seasonal decorations. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              The gravesite of 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is shown with seasonal decorations. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              Sandra Torres, the mother of a girl who was one of 19 students and two teachers killed in the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, poses for a photo at her attorney's office, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in San Antonio, where she filed a federal lawsuit against the school district, police, city and the maker of the gun used in the slaying. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              The gravesite of 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is shown with seasonal decorations. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              Sandra Torres, holds a photo of her daughter Eliahna, who was one of 19 students and two teachers killed in the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, at her attorney's office, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, in San Antonio, where she filed a federal lawsuit against the school district, police, city and the maker of the gun used in the slaying. The gun manufacturer claim filed with the group Everytown for Gun Safety is part of a new legal push nationally to hold firearms makers accountable in mass shootings despite federal laws that grant broad immunity by focusing on marketing. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
            
              The gravesite of 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is shown with seasonal decorations. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              The gravesite of 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is shown with seasonal decorations. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              The gravesite of 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is shown with seasonal decorations. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              The gravesite of 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is shown with seasonal decorations. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              The gravesite of 10-year-old Eliahna Torres, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, is shown with seasonal decorations. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres, filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              This undated photo provided by Sandra Torres shows her daughter Eliahna Torres, 10, who was one of 19 children and two teachers massacred at their elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. Sandra Torres filed a federal lawsuit Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, against police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sandra Torres via AP)
            
              FILE - People hold up pictures of Eliahna Torres as they parade in a large group through Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery in Uvalde, Texas, Nov. 2, 2022, to visit the gravesites of Robb Elementary massacre victims and observe Día de los Muertos together. Sandra Torres, the mother of Eliahna Torres who was one of 19 children and two teachers killed in the school shooting in Uvalde, filed a federal lawsuit on Monday, Nov. 28, against the police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sam Owens/The San Antonio Express-News via AP, File)
            
              FILE - Sandra Cruz Torres, mother of Robb Elementary massacre victim Eliahna Torres, chats with Beto O'Rourke, Democratic candidate running for governor, as Cruz and her family celebrate Día de los Muertos at Torres' gravesite in Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery in Uvalde, Texas, Nov. 2, 2022. Sandra Cruz Torres filed a federal lawsuit on Monday, Nov. 28, against the police, the school district and the maker of the gun used in the massacre. (Sam Owens/The San Antonio Express-News via AP, File)

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HONG KONG (AP) — Travel between Hong Kong and China will no longer require COVID-19 PCR tests nor be held to a daily limit, authorities announced Friday, as both places seek to drive economic growth. Hong Kong’s tourism industry has suffered since 2019 after months of political strife that at times turned into violent clashes […]
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Associated Press

January may have delivered lower, if still solid, job growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American economy has an unusual problem: The job market looks too strong — at least to the inflation fighters at the Federal Reserve. Companies are still seeking more workers and are hanging tightly onto the ones they have. Putting aside some high-profile layoffs at big tech companies like Microsoft, Google, Amazon […]
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Associated Press

Chill pervades China’s tech firms even as crackdown eases

HONG KONG (AP) — A grinding crackdown that wiped billions of dollars of value off Chinese technology companies is easing, but the once-freewheeling industry is bracing for much slower growth ahead. Analysts say China’s easing of restrictions on companies like e-commerce giant Alibaba and online games company Tencent and talk of support for the private […]
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Associated Press

Kyrgios pleads guilty to assault, has no conviction recorded

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Nick Kyrgios had suffered severe depression, suicidal ideation and insomnia in the past, a psychologist told a court on Friday when the Australian tennis star pleaded guilty to pushing a former girlfriend to the ground two years ago. The 2022 Wimbledon runner-up pleaded guilty in the Australian Capital Territory Magistrates Court […]
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