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The Latest: Trump to address nation Monday on Afghanistan

The Latest on the U.S. strategy for Afghanistan: 3:50 p.m. President Donald Trump plans to address the nation on his strategy for the war in Afghanistan. The White House says Trump will speak to the country on Monday at 9 p.m. EDT from Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia. Trump and his national security team met Friday at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland to reach agreement on a strategy...


America still in turmoil a year after Kaepernick's protest

America still in turmoil a year after Kaepernick's protest

Supporters of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick demonstrated outside the Los Angeles Rams' Aug. 12 preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys, part of calls for boycotts of the upcoming NFL season. Film director Spike Lee is promoting a rally on his behalf. On the opposing end of a wide range of opinions, some fans say Kaepernick shouldn't have sat or kneeled during the national...
Everything you need to bring with you on eclipse day

Everything you need to bring with you on eclipse day

The Great American Eclipse of 2017, the first total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States coast to coast in nearly 100 years, is expected to attract massive crowds in cities along the centerline path of totality. » RELATED: The ultimate guide to the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse this August  Location, weather and time are the three most important factors...
The Latest: SC senator says Trump can regain moral authority

The Latest: SC senator says Trump can regain moral authority

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times local): 11:25 a.m. Sen. Tim Scott says President Donald Trump can regain his moral authority on the issue of race by spending time with people who have lived through the nation's difficult racial past. The South Carolina Republican said last week that Trump's moral authority had become comprised after the president made comments that appeared to equate...
Kasich urges Trump to end staff chaos and 'settle it down'

Kasich urges Trump to end staff chaos and 'settle it down'

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich urged President Donald Trump on Sunday to stop the staff chaos at the White House and "settle it down." Strategist Steve Bannon last week became the latest top White House official to follow Trump's national security adviser, a chief of staff, two communications directors and a press secretary, and others, out the door. "You can't keep putting new people...
Don’t ruin your eclipse experience — What not to do the day of and during the total solar eclipse

Don’t ruin your eclipse experience — What not to do the day of and during the total solar eclipse

A total solar eclipse is a rare and magnificent sight, especially for Americans, many of whom will experience their first and only total eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21. » RELATED: The ultimate guide to the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse this August  If you’re among the millions of Americans with plans to flock to cities along the path of totality, don’t let the excitement...
Sun-eating demons? 7 bizarre (but brilliant) myths and superstitions about solar eclipses

Sun-eating demons? 7 bizarre (but brilliant) myths and superstitions about solar eclipses

Millions of Americans are gearing up for the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21, the first total solar eclipse to cross the country coast to coast in nearly 100 years. Folks are planning watch parties, community events and day trips to catch the once-in-a-generation celestial spectacle, but solar eclipses weren’t always as popular as they are today. In fact, the word &ldquo...
What will the sky look like in your city during August’s rare total solar eclipse?

What will the sky look like in your city during August’s rare total solar eclipse?

It’s the final countdown to the first total solar eclipse to cross the country coast to coast in nearly 100 years. » RELATED: The ultimate guide to the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse this August  Space junkies all over the country are gearing up for the Aug. 21 solar spectacle. If you’re trying to figure out if you’ll be able to catch the phenomenon from...
The ultimate guide to the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse this August

The ultimate guide to the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse this August

This August, millions of Americans will have the rare opportunity to watch the sun, the moon and planet Earth align in the country’s first total solar eclipse to cross the continental United States from coast to coast in nearly 100 years. » RELATED: 7 things to know about the rare total solar eclipse crossing the nation this August  To get you excited and prepared for the gargantuan...
Is it safe to take a selfie with the solar eclipse? How to do it the right way

Is it safe to take a selfie with the solar eclipse? How to do it the right way

The Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21 is expected to draw millions of Americans to cities along the centerline path of totality, where the moon completely blocks the sun, the earth goes dark and the sun’s corona shimmers in the blackened sky. » RELATED: The ultimate guide to the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse this August  And with all the hype surrounding the total eclipse...
McCaskill reaching out to rural Missouri ahead of election

McCaskill reaching out to rural Missouri ahead of election

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is spending the August recess trekking through Republican strongholds in rural Missouri as she gears up for what's expected to be a fierce battle for a third term. Missouri has shifted even further to the right since the former state auditor joined the Senate in 2007. Republicans haven't lost a statewide race since 2012 when McCaskill won her second term, and they...
Mastermind of lottery fraud faces 25-year prison sentence

Mastermind of lottery fraud faces 25-year prison sentence

A former lottery computer programmer who's pleaded guilty in Iowa to running a criminal scheme that allowed him to collect $2 million in lottery winnings in four states is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday. A state prosecutor is seeking a 25-year prison term for former Multi-State Lottery Association security director Eddie Tipton. Assistant Iowa Attorney General Rob Sand says in court documents that...
1979 Klan-Nazi attack survivor hopes for a 'justice river'

1979 Klan-Nazi attack survivor hopes for a 'justice river'

The Rev. Nelson Johnson needs no reminders of the massacre of five of his labor-activist friends almost 40 years ago — he still has the faded scar on his left arm, left by a Nazi who stabbed him as white supremacists descended on a march for workers through black neighborhoods in Greensboro. But the violence surrounding the Aug. 12 march by Ku Klux Klansmen and Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia...
Incentives offered for new agents at remote border crossings

Incentives offered for new agents at remote border crossings

It can be slow at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing between Norton, Vermont, and Stanhope, Quebec, where agents have watched moose amble through while waiting for people and cargo. But the port is still open 24/7 and needs to be staffed around the clock. However, the U.S. Government is having a hard time finding employees. As part of a nationwide effort to increase staff at some of its most remote...
Indiana's Donnelly, a top GOP target, starts re-election bid

Indiana's Donnelly, a top GOP target, starts re-election bid

Indiana Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly is positioning himself as a moderate who will fight for "common sense and compromise" as he launches a re-election bid in a state that President Donald Trump easily won last year. Donnelly, who has a kickoff event set for Monday, is considered one of the most vulnerable Democratic senators on 2018 ballots and that's drawn U.S. Reps. Luke Messer and Todd...
Trump will address path forward on Afghanistan

Trump will address path forward on Afghanistan

Signaling that the U.S. military expects its mission to continue, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Sunday hailed the launch of the Afghan Army's new special operations corps, declaring that "we are with you and we will stay with you." Gen. John Nicholson's exhortation of continued support for the Afghans suggested the Pentagon may have won its argument that America's military must...
Powerball jackpot hits $650M after nobody wins Saturday drawing

Powerball jackpot hits $650M after nobody wins Saturday drawing

Sorry, Powerball players: You're not half a billion dollars richer. ABC News reported that nobody won the massive $541.9 million jackpot in Saturday's drawing. The winning numbers were 17, 19, 39, 43, 68 and Powerball 13. But don't toss that ticket just yet. According to the Powerball website, tickets sold in South Carolina and Tennessee won a $2 million prize, while $1 million winning tickets...
Massive counterprotest upstages Boston

Massive counterprotest upstages Boston "free speech rally"

Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans in a public rejection of white nationalism upstaged a small group in Boston that planned a "free speech rally" a week after a violent clash rocked Virginia and reverberated across the U.S. Counterprotesters marched through the city on Saturday to historic Boston Common, where conservatives had planned to deliver a series of speeches but...
Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies at 84

Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies at 84

Dick Gregory, the comedian and activist and who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health, has died. He was 84. Gregory died late Saturday in Washington, D.C. after being hospitalized for about a week, his son Christian Gregory told The Associated Press. He had suffered a severe bacterial infection. "Years of severe fasting...
Researchers find wreckage of WWII-era USS Indianapolis

Researchers find wreckage of WWII-era USS Indianapolis

Civilian researchers say they have located the wreck of the USS Indianapolis, the World War II heavy cruiser that played a critical role in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima before being struck by Japanese torpedoes. The sinking of the Indianapolis remains the Navy's single worst loss at sea. The fate of its crew — nearly 900 were killed, many by sharks, and just 316 survived — was one of...
The Latest: About 20 protesters linger near Dallas cemetery

The Latest: About 20 protesters linger near Dallas cemetery

The Latest on a conservative rally and counterdemonstration in Boston and around the country (all times local): 11 p.m. Only about 20 protesters remain across the street from a Dallas cemetery where police in riot gear broke up a clash over a Confederate monument. By 10:45 p.m., most of the police — including some on horseback — had left the scene. As officers forced protesters out of...
Evacuation orders affect hundreds in California, Oregon

Evacuation orders affect hundreds in California, Oregon

Evacuation orders affecting hundreds of people were issued in California and Oregon as wildfires neared small towns, including one that's a prime location for viewing the eclipse. About 600 residents were told to leave the tourist town of Sisters, Oregon, and authorities said Saturday another 1,000 people had been told to be ready to leave if necessary. Sisters is located on the edge of a 70-mile...
Utah teacher wants wedding gifts sent to homeless, not her

Utah teacher wants wedding gifts sent to homeless, not her

A Utah high school teacher is getting married next month. But instead of registering for a blender or stemware, she's asking for shoes and backpacks to give homeless children at her school. Copper Hills High School teacher Rickee Stewart said she was shocked when she found out more than 100 homeless students attend her school. She learned about the homeless students after the school set up a food...
GOP doubts and anxieties about Trump burst into the open

GOP doubts and anxieties about Trump burst into the open

President Donald Trump's racially fraught comments about a deadly neo-Nazi rally have thrust into the open some Republicans' deeply held doubts about his competency and temperament, in an extraordinary public airing of worries and grievances about a sitting president by his own party. Behind the high-profile denunciations voiced this week by GOP senators once considered Trump allies, scores of other...
Serpico, others from NYPD, rally in support of Kaepernick

Serpico, others from NYPD, rally in support of Kaepernick

A former New York City police officer, whose claims of police corruption in the 1970s were chronicled in an Al Pacino movie, joined dozens of current and former officers Saturday at a rally in support of getting quarterback Colin Kaepernick a job in the National Football League. The former San Francisco 49ers player became a controversial figure last year after he refused to stand for the national...
Trump's new communications director isn't new to his ways

Trump's new communications director isn't new to his ways

Others tried without much success, and now the job of keeping President Donald Trump on message has fallen to Hope Hicks, a young aide who entered his orbit not knowing the ride would eventually take her to the pinnacle of Washington politics. Word of Hicks' promotion to interim communications director — the 28-year-old was already in charge of "strategic" communications — landed...
California lawmakers to tackle housing crisis, immigration

California lawmakers to tackle housing crisis, immigration

California lawmakers return Monday from a monthlong break with a busy agenda that includes tackling the state's housing crisis and deciding whether to make California a statewide sanctuary for people living illegally in the U.S. Here's a look at some of the high-profile issues the Legislature will tackle in the last four weeks of business this year. They reconvene in January for the rest of their...
The past is still present in a changing Virginia

The past is still present in a changing Virginia

When 92-year-old Dr. Fergie Reid was a young man growing up in Richmond, he resented the massive statues of Confederate leaders lining Monument Avenue. But Reid says black people knew better than to speak out. "If you complained, they'd probably put you in jail," said Reid, who was Virginia's first black state lawmaker since Reconstruction. Virginia has come a long way since then. Once the...
Trump remarks could sidetrack Democrats from other issues

Trump remarks could sidetrack Democrats from other issues

President Donald Trump's widely criticized response to white supremacist violence in Virginia has left Democrats in a quandary: how to seize the moral high ground without getting sucked into a politically perilous culture war. Democrats have denounced Trump for blaming "both sides" for deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, and, more recently, for defending Confederate monuments....
Schools in eclipse's path seize on ready-made science lesson

Schools in eclipse's path seize on ready-made science lesson

A fourth-grade class at a suburban Kansas City school erupted in wonder when they tried on their solar eclipse glasses for the first time and turned toward the sun for an eclipse "practice." "The sun looks like the moon!" ''It's really dark!" ''There's just a little circle of light!" ''It's just a speck up there!" The students at Clardy Elementary School in North...
The lore and lure of eclipses: Blood, sex and some snacking

The lore and lure of eclipses: Blood, sex and some snacking

For thousands of years, people have made up stories to explain why the sun suddenly disappears during the middle of the day. We now know they are solar eclipses. But the myths and history of eclipses tell us a little bit about cultures gone by. The tales often involve the sun being eaten. There's also sex and violence. Eclipses have even stopped battles. A total solar eclipse will sweep across the...
Tribes hope for renewal in solar eclipse; not all will watch

Tribes hope for renewal in solar eclipse; not all will watch

While much of the country gawks at the solar eclipse, Bobbieann Baldwin will be inside with her children, shades drawn. In Navajo culture, the passing of the moon over the sun is an intimate moment in which the sun is reborn and tribal members take time out for themselves. No talking. No eating or drinking. No lying down. No fussing. "It's a time of renewal," said Baldwin, a Navajo woman...
The Latest: Kennedy Center awards to go on without Trump

The Latest: Kennedy Center awards to go on without Trump

The Latest on President Donald Trump's decision not to participate in the Kennedy Center arts awards (all times local): 9:45 a.m. The Kennedy Center arts awards program will go on. Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein and President Deborah Rutter say in a statement that they respect President Donald Trump's decision to cancel a traditional White House reception for the five honorees. The White...
Why are people still racist? What science says about America's race problem.

Why are people still racist? What science says about America's race problem.

Torch-bearing white supremacists shouting racist and anti-Semitic slogans. Protesters and counter protesters colliding with violence and chaos. A car driven by a known Nazi sympathizer mowing down a crowd of activists. Many Americans responded to this weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, with disbelieving horror. How could this happen in America, in 2017? "This is not who we are,"...
Duke University removes damaged Robert E. Lee statue

Duke University removes damaged Robert E. Lee statue

Duke University removed a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee early Saturday after it was vandalized amid a national debate about monuments to the Confederacy. The university said it removed the carved limestone likeness before dawn from the entryway to Duke Chapel, where it stood among 10 historical figures. Officials discovered early Thursday that the statue's face had been gouged and scarred and that...
'Free speech rally' cut short after massive counterprotest

'Free speech rally' cut short after massive counterprotest

Thousands of demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans converged Saturday on downtown Boston in a boisterous repudiation of white nationalism, dwarfing a small group of conservatives who cut short their planned "free speech rally" a week after a gathering of hate groups led to bloodshed in Virginia. An estimated 15,000 counterprotesters marched through the city to historic Boston Common,...
Trump to skip Kennedy Center Honors awards program

Trump to skip Kennedy Center Honors awards program

Acknowledging that he has become a "political distraction," President Donald Trump has decided to skip the festivities surrounding the annual Kennedy Center Honors arts awards later this year, the White House announced Saturday amid the continuing fallout over Trump's stance on last weekend's white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Kennedy Center said it respected...
Helicopter crew had life vests, air bottles during crash

Helicopter crew had life vests, air bottles during crash

All five crew members aboard a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed over the Pacific had life vests and an air bottle for underwater breathing, but Army officials and rescuers searching the turbulent waters off Hawaii for days had not seen signs of life as of late Friday. Crews of Black Hawk helicopters undergo underwater crash and survival training before they come to Hawaii, said Master Sgt. Peter...
Trump dumps Bannon, who returns to conservative website

Trump dumps Bannon, who returns to conservative website

Steve Bannon, the blunt-spoken and divisive strategist who went from Donald Trump's victorious campaign to a top White House post, has been pushed out by the president, capping a turbulent seven months that witnessed the departure of much of Trump's original senior staff. A favorite on the farther-right flank of the Republican Party, Bannon had pressed Trump to follow through on contentious campaign...
Suspect in killings of 2 Fla. officers arrested at bar

Suspect in killings of 2 Fla. officers arrested at bar

A police officer in Florida died from his injuries Saturday, a day after his colleague was killed when a suspect fired at them during a scuffle while they were on patrol. The suspect was later arrested at a bar. Sgt. Sam Howard died Saturday afternoon at a hospital where he had been taken following Friday night's attack in Kissimmee, Florida, located south of the theme park hub of Orlando. Officer...
The Latest: Suspect in stabbing death back in Chicago

The Latest: Suspect in stabbing death back in Chicago

The Latest on the extradition of a Northwestern University professor Wyndham Lathem and Oxford University staffer Andrew Warren (all times local): 12:53 a.m. A Northwestern University professor accused with another man in the brutal stabbing death of a 26-year-old hair stylist has returned to Chicago from California to face murder charges. Chicago police escorted 43-year-old Wyndham Lathem to Chicago...
Northwestern prof, Oxford staffer extradited to Chicago

Northwestern prof, Oxford staffer extradited to Chicago

Two employees of elite universities charged in the fatal stabbing of a 26-year-old hair stylist were returned to Chicago early Saturday to face charges of first-degree murder in the brutal killing. Chicago police escorted fired Northwestern University professor Wyndham Lathem, 43, and Oxford University financial officer Andrew Warren, 56, from Northern California, where they surrendered peacefully...
PolitiFact roundup: immigrants, crime and the opioid crisis

PolitiFact roundup: immigrants, crime and the opioid crisis

PolitiFact last week looked at a senator’s claim about how many welfare benefits go to immigrants, the president’s attribution of the opioid crisis to fewer drug prosecutions, and the attorney general’s linking Chicago crime to its ‘sanctuary city’ policing. Summaries of our findings are here. Full versions can be found at www.politifact.com. “Half of all immigrant...
Oregon wildfire causes evacuations in prime eclipse zone

Oregon wildfire causes evacuations in prime eclipse zone

Residents of more than 400 homes in a prime eclipse-viewing location in Oregon were ordered to evacuate Friday because of a rapidly growing wildfire that had already closed access to a portion of a wilderness area and a regional highway. The late afternoon order threatened to create more tie-ups on rural and narrow roads already expected to be burdened with up to 200,000 visitors coming to the area...
NY subway tiles with Confederate flag look to be altered

NY subway tiles with Confederate flag look to be altered

Transit officials have decided to alter subway station tiles that have a cross-like design similar to that of the Confederate flag. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is modifying the tiles at the 40th Street entrance to the Times Square subway stop to avoid any confusion about their meaning, MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said in a statement. "These are not confederate flags" Ortiz said...
Underwater devices look for Army helicopter crew off Hawaii

Underwater devices look for Army helicopter crew off Hawaii

Army officials have spent days sifting through chunks of Black Hawk helicopter debris in turbulent Pacific waters off Hawaii but have yet to see any signs of life in their search for five soldiers missing since the aircraft crashed during nighttime training on Tuesday. The U.S. Coast Guard said Friday it is searching up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) off the remote point where the Black Hawk helicopter...
Icahn steps down as unofficial Trump adviser

Icahn steps down as unofficial Trump adviser

President Donald Trump has lost another informal adviser from the business world: billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who gave the White House guidance on its deregulation efforts. Icahn said in a letter to Trump released Friday that he is stepping down to prevent "partisan bickering" about his unofficial role that Democrats suggested could benefit him financially. Trump lost a pair of business...
Border agents track drone from sky to drugs on the ground

Border agents track drone from sky to drugs on the ground

A 25-year-old U.S. citizen has been charged with using a drone to smuggle more than 13 pounds (5.9 kilograms) of methamphetamine from Mexico, an unusually large seizure for what is still a novel technique to bring illegal drugs into the United States, authorities said Friday. Jorge Edwin Rivera told authorities that he used drones to smuggle drugs five or six times since March, typically delivering...
Lawmaker who made Trump assassination remark may face ouster

Lawmaker who made Trump assassination remark may face ouster

A Missouri lawmaker who temporarily posted a Facebook comment expressing hope that President Donald Trump would be assassinated could face an effort to remove her from office. Gov. Eric Greitens and Lt. Gov. Mike Parson, both Republicans, said on Friday that state senators should oust Democratic Sen. Maria Chapelle-Nadal, who has continued to reject calls for her resignation. "If she will not...
Woman: Oregon train stabbings could have been prevented

Woman: Oregon train stabbings could have been prevented

Police could have prevented the fatal stabbing of two men who came to the aid of teenage girls being harassed on Portland light-rail train if they had taken an earlier complaint against a white supremacist more seriously, a woman said Friday. Demetria Hester, who is black, told reporters Jeremy Christian threw a bottle full of liquid at her on May 25, the night before the fatal stabbings, after she...
California tightens rules on popular pesticide for farmers

California tightens rules on popular pesticide for farmers

California is tightening the strictest rules in the nation on a pesticide that is popular with farmers over new health concerns, officials said Friday. Farmers use chlorpyrifos (klor-PHIR-e-fos) to kill pests that attack a wide variety of crops like grapes, almonds and cotton grown in California, the nation's agricultural leader, as well as across the country. State officials are taking steps to put...
Fear, resolve and more security at Charlottesville's temple

Fear, resolve and more security at Charlottesville's temple

For Diane Gartner Hillman, the new reality of being Jewish in Charlottesville sank in when she had to leave Congregation Beth Israel through the back door. On any other Saturday, worshippers at the city's lone synagogue would have left through the front and walked without fear to their cars, parked near the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee in Emancipation Park. But now, men wearing white shirts and khaki...
Judge refuses to end Roman Polanski sex assault case

Judge refuses to end Roman Polanski sex assault case

A Los Angeles judge on Friday denied the impassioned plea of Roman Polanski's victim to end a four-decade-old sexual assault case against the fugitive director. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon ruled that Polanski must return to California if he expects to resolve charges of sexually abusing a teen. The Oscar winner fled the country on the eve of sentencing in 1978. Gordon's ruling follows...
Eclipse weather forecast: Best in West, least in East

Eclipse weather forecast: Best in West, least in East

The early eclipse weather forecast looks best in the West and least in the East with patchy clouds muddling up the picture in between. As of Friday, the forecast for Monday's total solar eclipse shows Oregon and Idaho as the most promising for clear sky views, while South Carolina is the most likely to find the sun and moon blocked by clouds. The National Weather Service also is optimistic about good...
Pardon of Joe Arpaio would refute crux of immigration debate

Pardon of Joe Arpaio would refute crux of immigration debate

Arizona politicians have invoked the "rule of law" for more than a decade as the guiding principle in pushing for tougher immigration laws, arguing that no one — no matter who you are — is above the law. The rallying cry has become muted as President Donald Trump considers a pardon for former Sheriff Joe Arpaio after a judge found he broke the law in defying a judge while carrying...
Expert: Arkansas may have reliable source of execution drug

Expert: Arkansas may have reliable source of execution drug

A death penalty expert says Arkansas' recent purchase of a lethal injection drug — in a small amount and at a cheap price — suggests the state has found a reliable supplier to help it move 30 inmates from death row to the execution chamber. The state Department of Correction said Thursday it had paid $250 in cash to buy enough midazolam for use in two executions. A heavily redacted hand-written...
Special eclipse glasses selling out quickly

Special eclipse glasses selling out quickly

Eclipse mania is building and so is demand for the glasses that make it safe to view the first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. in 99 years. Lines are forming, prices are rising and shelves are emptying as people scurry to obtain special eyewear to view the sun Monday as it is obscured by the passing moon. Complicating the rising demand from last-minute shoppers was a recent recall by Amazon...
New Hampshire confirms identity of suspected serial killer

New Hampshire confirms identity of suspected serial killer

Authorities on Friday said they have confirmed the identity of a man suspected of killing six women and children while using numerous names in multiple states. The announcement came seven months after law enforcement officials said a man who died in a California prison in 2010 after killing and dismembering his girlfriend also likely had five earlier victims, including his toddler daughter and the...
Dems risk culture war fight in Charlottesville response

Dems risk culture war fight in Charlottesville response

President Donald Trump's widely criticized response to white supremacist violence in Virginia has left Democrats in a quandary: how to seize the moral high ground without getting sucked into a politically perilous culture war. Democrats have denounced Trump for blaming "both sides" for deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, and, more recently, for defending Confederate monuments....
Trump to address American Legion convention in Reno

Trump to address American Legion convention in Reno

President Donald Trump's trip out West next week will include a speech to the American Legion convention in northern Nevada where the mayor of Reno is urging him to speak out against hate-driven violence and deliver a message of unity in the wake of last weekend's bloodshed in Charlottesville, Virginia. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Friday the president will visit Reno...
Dashcam video shows white cop punching black man during stop

Dashcam video shows white cop punching black man during stop

A dashcam video of a traffic stop that led to a white police officer with a history of disciplinary issues repeatedly punching a black man and hitting his head on pavement appears to show a different sequence of events than police had originally described. The initial statement from police in the Cleveland suburb of Euclid said Richard Hubbard III, who was pulled over on suspicion of having a suspended...
California mass killer spared death sentence

California mass killer spared death sentence

A Southern California mass killer will be spared the death penalty amid a long-running scandal over local authorities' use of jailhouse informants, a judge decided Friday. Judge Thomas M. Goethals said Scott Dekraai would not be sentenced to death after pleading guilty to killing eight people in a 2011 shooting rampage at an Orange County hair salon. The ruling leaves only the possibility that Dekraai...
US: Iraqi forces ready for next battle against IS extremists

US: Iraqi forces ready for next battle against IS extremists

Senior U.S. military leaders said Friday that Iraqi forces are largely set for their next major campaign against Islamic State extremists after closing out the wrenching nine-month battle to retake the city of Mosul. Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, said he sees the Iraqi assault on the IS-held area of Tal Afar "unfolding relatively soon." The upcoming fight follows...
Bannon out at the White House after turbulent run

Bannon out at the White House after turbulent run

Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled chief strategist who helped President Trump win the 2016 election by embracing their shared nationalist impulses, departed the White House on Friday after a turbulent tenure in which he shaped the fiery populism of the president’s first seven months in office. Bannon’s exit, the latest in a string of high-profile West Wing shake-ups, came as Trump is under...
Trump ousts Bannon, his influential, divisive strategist

Trump ousts Bannon, his influential, divisive strategist

Steve Bannon, the blunt-spoken and divisive strategist who rose from Donald Trump's conservative campaign to a top White House post, was pushed out by the president Friday, capping a turbulent seven months marked by the departure of much of Trump's original senior staff. A favorite in the farther-right portions of the Republican Party, Bannon had pushed Trump to follow through on some of his most...
US post offices in path of eclipse offer special postmarks

US post offices in path of eclipse offer special postmarks

More than 110 U.S. Postal Service offices are offering special postmarks for Monday's total solar eclipse. The post offices are in or near the path of the full eclipse, which cuts across the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. Spokesman Mark Saunders says the postmarks will be unique in some locations, while most will use one designed by the national office. He says some post offices are...
NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

NOT REAL: Charlottesville Killer Was Hillary Supporter, Funded By Soros THE FACTS: James Fields, who's charged with murder after police say he drove his car into a Charlottesville, Virginia, crowd last weekend, supported President Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign, his former teacher told the AP. GoFundMe confirmed that it removed "multiple campaigns" to raise money for Fields; none...
Tennessee site marks milestone with shipment to US nuke dump

Tennessee site marks milestone with shipment to US nuke dump

A processing center for radioactive waste in Tennessee has made its first shipment in five years to the federal government's only underground nuclear waste repository, marking another milestone as the U.S. gets its multibillion-dollar cleanup program back on track. Dozens of employees gathered earlier this month at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee to watch casks of waste loaded onto a truck...
Citing Trump remarks, entire president's arts council quits

Citing Trump remarks, entire president's arts council quits

Another presidential advisory committee is breaking up. Actor Kal Penn, artist Chuck Close and the entire membership of the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities have announced their resignation. A letter dated Friday, and signed by 16 of 17 committee members, cited the "false equivalence" of President Donald Trump's comments about last weekend's "Unite the Right"...
Tillerson condemns hate speech, says bigotry is un-American

Tillerson condemns hate speech, says bigotry is un-American

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday condemned hate speech and bigotry as un-American and antithetical to the values on which the U.S. was founded and promotes abroad. He also lamented a lack of diversity in the U.S. diplomatic corps and pledged to increase minority hiring. In his most extensive comments on race and diversity since last weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and the...
'Spectacular' autumn foliage is forecast for New England

'Spectacular' autumn foliage is forecast for New England

New England's fall foliage forecast is looking so fine it's enough to make a maple leaf blush. For the first time in several years, little has conspired against a truly glorious autumn. There's no more drought, the summer has been mild and the leaves — largely spared by marauding gypsy moth caterpillars — look healthy. Translation: A pretty great season for leaf peeping seems to be shaping...
Family: California man celebrating marriage killed in Spain

Family: California man celebrating marriage killed in Spain

California resident Jared Tucker and his new bride had just sent joyful pictures from their first trip to Europe, a vacation they'd saved for to celebrate their 1-year anniversary. The last pictures arrived a day before tragedy struck. Tucker's family in Northern California learned Friday that he was among those killed in a deadly truck attack a day earlier in Barcelona, Spain, becoming the only known...
The Latest: Steve Bannon returns to Breitbart News site

The Latest: Steve Bannon returns to Breitbart News site

The Latest on reaction to President Donald Trump, the terrorist attack in Barcelona and the Charlottesville violence (all times EDT): 6:20 p.m. Breitbart News says Steve Bannon has returned to the website after leaving his position as President Donald Trump's chief strategist. The conservative news site says Bannon is back as its executive chairman, and says he led an editorial meeting Friday evening...
Confederate leaders’ descendants: The statues can come down

Confederate leaders’ descendants: The statues can come down

The year is 2017, and as the president of the United States vehemently defends monuments to the Confederacy, some descendants of Confederate leaders are calling for them to be taken down. On Saturday, an attacker drove a car into a crowd of counterprotesters at a rally of white nationalists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, renewing a long-standing conflict over whether Confederate monuments...
NASA launches last of its longtime tracking satellites

NASA launches last of its longtime tracking satellites

NASA launched the last of its longtime tracking and communication satellites on Friday, a vital link to astronauts in orbit as well as the Hubble Space Telescope. The end of the era came with a morning liftoff of TDRS-M, the 13th satellite in the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite network . It rode to orbit aboard an unmanned Atlas V rocket. There were handshakes all around two hours later, when the...
Charlottesville mayor calls for swift removal of Lee statue

Charlottesville mayor calls for swift removal of Lee statue

The mayor of Charlottesville on Friday called for an emergency meeting of state lawmakers to confirm the city's right to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, a request that was swiftly rejected by the state's governor. Mayor Mike Signer said recent clashes over race and the Confederacy had turned "equestrian statues into lightning rods" and urged Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe...
19 things you never knew about the 19th Amendment and women’s suffrage

19 things you never knew about the 19th Amendment and women’s suffrage

Ninety-seven years ago today, the 19th Amendment to the constitution was ratified, mandating full suffrage for women in all states. The amendment states that the right of citizens to vote “shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” Here are 19 things to know about the 19th Amendment, ratified on Aug. 18, 1920: The struggle for women&rsquo...
NASA, PBS marking 40 years since Voyager spacecraft launches

NASA, PBS marking 40 years since Voyager spacecraft launches

Forty years after blasting off, Earth's most distant ambassadors — the twin Voyager spacecraft — are carrying sounds and music of our planet ever deeper into the cosmos. Think of them as messages in bottles meant for anyone — or anything — out there. This Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of NASA's launch of Voyager 2, now almost 11 billion miles distant. It departed from Cape...
Maryland removes Dred Scott ruling author's statue

Maryland removes Dred Scott ruling author's statue

A statue of the U.S. Supreme Court justice who wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to African Americans was removed from the grounds of the Maryland State House early Friday. The statue of Roger B. Taney was lifted away by a crane at about 2 a.m. It was lowered into a truck and driven away to storage. The bronze statue was erected in 1872, just outside the...
Charlottesville exposes new threat for college campuses

Charlottesville exposes new threat for college campuses

On college campuses, white supremacists and other far-right extremist groups see fertile ground to spread their messages and recruit followers. But for many colleges, last weekend's deadly attack at a rally near the University of Virginia exposed a new threat. The rally in Charlottesville left universities across the U.S. bracing for more clashes between extremists and the protesters who oppose them...
Estimates of North Korea's nuclear weapons hard to nail down

Estimates of North Korea's nuclear weapons hard to nail down

The U.S. intelligence agencies' assessments of the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal have a wide gap between high and low estimates. Size matters and not knowing makes it harder for the United States to develop a policy for deterrence and defend itself and allies in the region. The secrecy of North Korea's nuclear program, the underground nature of its test explosions and the location of its uranium-enrichment...
Soothing the nation? Trump struggles like no other president

Soothing the nation? Trump struggles like no other president

For Susan Bro, mother of the woman killed at a rally organized by white supremacists, the president of the United States can offer no healing words. She says the White House repeatedly tried to reach out to her on Wednesday, the day of Heather Heyer's funeral. But she's since watched President Donald Trump lay blame for the Charlottesville violence on "both sides." "You can't wash this...
Trump studying options for new approach to Afghan war

Trump studying options for new approach to Afghan war

President Donald Trump is "studying and considering his options" for a new approach to Afghanistan and the broader South Asia region, the White House said Friday after the president huddled with his top national security aides at Camp David. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a brief statement saying Trump had been briefed extensively on a new strategy to "protect...
Skeptics dismiss Bannon's call for economic war with China

Skeptics dismiss Bannon's call for economic war with China

White House adviser Steve Bannon isn't alone in pondering America's possibly generation-defining question about China's emerging superpower status — but his call for an "economic war" puts him far outside the mainstream. In an interview reflecting on some of his big-thinking projects, Bannon said the country should be "maniacally focused" on a confrontation with Beijing over...
Clearing Iraqi cities of explosives may take decades

Clearing Iraqi cities of explosives may take decades

The wires protruding from the small, misshapen stuffed animal revealed the deadly booby-trap tucked inside. For the people of Mosul, the sophisticated bomb was a reminder of how difficult it will be to return to homes littered with hidden explosives by Islamic State militants and dotted with the remnants of undetonated bombs dropped by the U.S.-led coalition that still could blow up. Washington at...
Grand Teton park to escape Yellowstone's shadow for eclipse

Grand Teton park to escape Yellowstone's shadow for eclipse

Its jagged, soaring peaks rise high over northwest Wyoming, but Grand Teton National Park is always in the shadow of its world-renowned neighbor, Yellowstone National Park. But thanks to the total solar eclipse Monday, Grand Teton is expected to outshine, and overshadow, one of the nation's most popular parks — at least for the day. Grand Teton is directly in the path of the eclipse —...
Federal judge delays sentencing man who plotted US attacks

Federal judge delays sentencing man who plotted US attacks

A federal judge on Friday delayed a sentencing hearing for a man who plotted to kill military members in the U.S., with the judge saying he needed more information, including the man's current state of mind. It's not uncommon for judges to ask for extra details about a defendant and a case before a hearing. Less common is for those requests to come during a scheduled sentencing, which on Friday was...
Judge: Ex-treasure hunter should remain jailed for contempt

Judge: Ex-treasure hunter should remain jailed for contempt

A judge says an ex-treasure hunter should remain jailed on contempt-of-court charges. Federal Judge Algenon Marbley Marbley has held Tommy Thompson in contempt since December 2015 for violating terms of a plea deal by refusing to respond to questions about the location of 500 missing gold coins. Thompson's attorney argues federal law prohibits holding someone under such conditions for longer than...
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