Deadly storms, tornadoes hit South, move east

Preliminary results indicate an EF 2 tornado in Hamilton, where residents where cleaning up Sunday.
The National Weather Service's preliminary results indicate an EF 2 tornado hit Hamilton, Mississippi, where residents were cleaning up Sunday. Photo: NWS

Powerful storms brought hail, gusty winds and confirmed tornadoes to communities in the South, killing at least 9 people — including 3 children — before moving northeast and toward parts of the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast over the weekend and into early Monday morning.

The latest: The National Weather Service issued numerous severe thunderstorm and tornado warnings and watches early Monday, as a strong cold front pressed across the eastern states. Affected communities were in New York — including New York City — Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Connecticut. Severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall from the Northeast to the Carolinas continued into early Monday, before giving way to fall-like weather and strong winds behind the front.

A surge of restrictive state abortion bans take aim at Roe v. Wade

Pro-choice and abortion rights activists protesting outside the U.S. Supreme Court.
Pro-choice and abortion rights activists protesting outside the U.S. Supreme Court. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Energized by the Supreme Court's solid conservative majority, Ohio Republican Gov. Mike DeWine signed one of the country’s most restrictive abortion measures into law on Thursday, criminalizing the procedure after the first detectable fetal heartbeat — which can be as early as 6 weeks into pregnancy.

The big picture: The "fetal heartbeat" measure, approved by the GOP-controlled legislature on Wednesday, prohibits abortion at a point when many women aren't even aware they are pregnant. The passage comes as a growing number of Republican-led state legislatures are unleashing a fierce assault on abortion rights by adopting similar bans.