Texas ceremony

marks issuing of George H.W. Bush stamp

COLLEGE STATION, Texas | Friends and family of former President George H.W. Bush gathered in Texas to mark the first day of issue for the U.S. Postal Service stamp honoring him.

The event was held Wednesday on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station, where Bush’s presidential library is located. Bush died in Houston on Nov. 30 at the age of 94.

Speakers at the event, which was held on what would have been Bush’s 95th birthday, talked about the 41st president’s prolific letter writing.

His grandson, Pierce Bush, said his grandfather’s words, dreams and hopes live on through his letters. He said, “His letters showed his unique ability to lift others up, just at the time they needed to be lifted.”

George H.W. Bush served as president from 1989 to 1993.

House panel votes

to hold top U.S. officials

in contempt

WASHINGTON | A House committee voted Wednesday to hold two top Trump administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas for documents related to a decision adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

The Democratic-controlled House Oversight Committee voted 24-15 to advance contempt measures against Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, who has said he supports an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, was the sole Republican to join with Democrats.

Man arrested in deaths of

transgender woman, 2 others

DALLAS | A 33-year-old man has been arrested in the slayings of three women in Dallas, including a transgender woman whose death brought nationwide attention, police said Wednesday.

Kendrell Lavar Lyles has been charged with three counts of murder in the deaths, including last month’s slaying of 23-year-old transgender woman Muhlaysia Booker, Dallas homicide Maj. Max Geron said.

Lyles was being held without bond in the Collin County Jail in McKinney. He has no attorney yet to speak for him.

The June 5 arrest came after tips from the public led police to Lyles as the suspect in the deaths of two women in the Collin County section of north Dallas, Geron said. Authorities haven’t disclosed the names of those victims, but further investigation led them to the Booker slaying in Dallas County, southeast of downtown Dallas.

Catholic bishops

approve new sex-abuse reporting hotline

BALTIMORE | U.S. Catholic bishops voted Wednesday to create a new national sex-abuse hotline run by an independent entity, a decision that represents one of the church’s most tangible steps yet in confronting its sex-abuse crisis.

The hotline, which would field allegations that bishops committed abuse or covered it up, would take complaints by telephone and through an online link.

It’s supposed to be operating within a year.

Hotline operators would relay allegations to regional supervisory bishops. Church leaders are encouraging those bishops — though not requiring them — to seek help from lay experts in assessing and investigating allegations.

— From AP reports