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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...


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...
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...
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...
Gun charge against former NFL linebacker dropped

Gun charge against former NFL linebacker dropped

A gun charge against a free agent NFL linebacker has been dropped because the man who said he gave him a weapon admitted he lied, the player's attorney said. The charges against Khaseem Greene were dismissed by a judge on July 17 after a request from prosecutors, NJ.com reported (http://bit.ly/2wVi04v ) this week. His attorney, Joshua McMahon, provided an audio recording to NJ.com that includes the...
Acclaimed modernist architect Gunnar Birkerts dies at 92

Acclaimed modernist architect Gunnar Birkerts dies at 92

Gunnar Birkerts, an internationally acclaimed modernist architect who designed buildings including the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis, the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, and the University of Michigan Law Library, has died. He was 92. His son, Sven Birkerts, said his father died Tuesday of congestive heart failure at his home in Needham, Massachusetts. Birkerts was born in Riga...
Third organization joins charities leaving Mar-a-Lago

Third organization joins charities leaving Mar-a-Lago

Three major philanthropic organizations said Thursday they are pulling their events from President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club, with one already in discussions to move its 2018 fundraiser to another A-list oceanfront setting. Thursday afternoon, the Cleveland Clinic and American Cancer Society announced they were leaving the president’s Palm Beach estate. Late Thursday, the...
Pence tours Panama Canal as he wraps up Latin America trip

Pence tours Panama Canal as he wraps up Latin America trip

Vice President Mike Pence toured the newly expanded Panama Canal Thursday as he wrapped up a truncated trip to Latin America. Pence met with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela before departing for Washington Thursday evening. Pence had originally planned to stay in the Central American country overnight but is cutting his trip short so he can attend a weekend meeting on South Asia at Camp David...
Legal deal over harsh CIA interrogations marks a milestone

Legal deal over harsh CIA interrogations marks a milestone

A settlement in a landmark lawsuit against two psychologists who helped design the CIA's harsh interrogation methods used in the war on terror marked the first time the agency or its private contractors have been held accountable for the program, legal experts said Thursday. The deal in the lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union also makes it unlikely the CIA will again pursue the tactics...
Guatemalan immigrant seeks sanctuary in Manhattan church

Guatemalan immigrant seeks sanctuary in Manhattan church

A Guatemalan immigrant with no authorization to live in the U.S. entered a church in Manhattan with her three children on Thursday to seek refuge from immigration authorities. Amanda Morales, who has lived illegally in the U.S. since 2004, said she decided to seek sanctuary instead of showing up to her appointment with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Morales said ICE told her during her last...
Illinois conservative group's cartoon sparks racial clash

Illinois conservative group's cartoon sparks racial clash

A political cartoon circulated by a conservative Illinois think tank with ties to Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has triggered accusations of racism and insensitivity in the wake of the deadly attack at a white nationalist rally in Virginia. The rendering depicted a black child from Chicago begging for money from a suit-clad white man who has a cigar. It was posted online by the Chicago-based Illinois...
Senior officer on damaged ship to be relieved of command

Senior officer on damaged ship to be relieved of command

The captain of a Navy warship that lost seven sailors in a collision with a commercial container ship in June will be relieved of command and nearly a dozen others face punishment, the Navy's second-ranking admiral said Thursday. Adm. William Moran, the vice chief of naval operations, told reporters that the top three leaders aboard the USS Fitzgerald, which was badly damaged in the collision off...
Chasing eclipses across the globe is a way of life for some

Chasing eclipses across the globe is a way of life for some

While Monday's total solar eclipse in the U.S. will be a once-in-a-lifetime sky show for millions, there's a small group of people who have experienced it all before and they can't get enough of it. Glenn Schneider has seen 33. Fred Espenak has watched 28. Donald Liebenberg has logged 26. For newbie Kate Russo, it's 10 and counting. These veteran eclipse chasers spend lots of money and craft intricate...
US helping clear 'historic' amount of explosives in Mosul

US helping clear 'historic' amount of explosives in Mosul

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...
'Maniacal' focus on China puts Trump aide out of mainstream

'Maniacal' focus on China puts Trump aide out of mainstream

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...
Arkansas has new supply of lethal drug; execution to be set

Arkansas has new supply of lethal drug; execution to be set

Arkansas has a new supply of a controversial lethal injection drug months after the state put four men to death over an eight-day period, officials said Thursday, as the state prepared to set an execution date for an inmate. Gov. Asa Hutchinson's office said he planned to schedule an execution for Jack Greene after a request from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. Greene was convicted in the 1991 killing...
Lawsuit: Birth control for sentencing breaks violated rights

Lawsuit: Birth control for sentencing breaks violated rights

A Tennessee sheriff and judge violated the constitutional rights of jail inmates by promising to reduce their sentences if they underwent birth control procedures, an ex-inmate says in a federal lawsuit. Christel Ward was among the misdemeanor-level White County Jail inmates who took the deal, according to the lawsuit. She said Thursday that she still has the unwanted birth control device in her arm...
Missouri lawmaker posts, deletes Trump assassination comment

Missouri lawmaker posts, deletes Trump assassination comment

A Missouri lawmaker acknowledged Thursday that she posted and later deleted a comment on Facebook about hoping for President Donald Trump's assassination, saying she was frustrated with the president's response to the white supremacist rally and violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Democratic Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal said she was wrong for writing the post and didn't mean what she said, but she...
Southern anger: Nazis, KKK 'hijacking' Confederate debate

Southern anger: Nazis, KKK 'hijacking' Confederate debate

White Southerners who equate Old South symbols with regional pride rather than hate are even more on the defensive since neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klansmen and other extremists became the face of the fight over Confederate monuments. With more than two dozen relatives who fought for the Confederacy, Robert Castello literally wears his Southern pride. The visor, suspenders and ring he donned Thursday were...
In letter to staff, DeVos condemns Charlottesville violence

In letter to staff, DeVos condemns Charlottesville violence

Facing criticism over her muted response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday condemned those "tragic and unthinkable" events and blasted "neo-Nazis and other racist bigots" in a letter to staff. DeVos' email to Education Department employees came after she was criticized for insufficiently condemning the violence, in which a...
Why hate came to the progressive island of Charlottesville

Why hate came to the progressive island of Charlottesville

The white nationalists behind last weekend's violent rally found an appealing target in the historic town where Thomas Jefferson founded a university and an outspoken, progressive mayor declared his city the "capital of the resistance" to President Donald Trump. For more than a year, the Charlottesville government has also been engaged in contentious public soul searching over its Confederate...
FAA changes San Francisco landing rules after close call

FAA changes San Francisco landing rules after close call

The new procedures will apply when a runway parallel to a plane's designated runway is closed, as it was on July 7, possibly contributing to the Air Canada pilots' confusion. When an adjacent runway is shut down at night, air traffic controllers will no longer let pilots make so-called visual approaches to land. Instead, they must use instrument landing systems or satellite-based systems to line up...
US Jewish criticism of Trump expands to some supporters

US Jewish criticism of Trump expands to some supporters

Ivanka Trump's rabbi denounced President Donald Trump for blaming "both sides" in a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, as the number of American Jewish leaders willing to criticize him grew. Rabbi Haskel Lookstein of Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, and other rabbis from the prominent modern Orthodox synagogue in Manhattan, said in a Facebook message late Wednesday that...
GOP senator says Trump hasn't shown stability, competence

GOP senator says Trump hasn't shown stability, competence

A prominent Republican senator delivered a stinging rebuke Thursday of Donald Trump's short time in office, declaring he has not shown the stability or competence required for an American president to succeed. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, also said Trump "recently has not demonstrated that he understands the character of this nation." During...
Ex-NY governor hopeful who insulted Obamas kicked off board

Ex-NY governor hopeful who insulted Obamas kicked off board

One-time Republican candidate for New York governor Carl Paladino, whose published insults of former President Barack Obama provoked a public uproar, was removed from Buffalo's school board Thursday for improperly discussing teacher contract negotiations. State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced her decision Thursday, a day after Paladino protesters disrupted the school board's latest...
The Latest: VP Pence thanks Panama's leader for drug fight

The Latest: VP Pence thanks Panama's leader for drug fight

The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Latin America (all times local): 7:05 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence is thanking Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela for his commitment to tackling illegal drugs. Pence made the remarks following a meeting with Varela at the presidential palace in Panama City. The two also discussed security issues and the crisis in Venezuela. Pence describes Panama...
Parents of Newtown victims want to know if teachers had keys

Parents of Newtown victims want to know if teachers had keys

Lawyers for the parents of two children killed in the Newtown school shooting are demanding to see evidence that two teachers fatally shot in the massacre had access to keys that could have been used to lock the doors of their classrooms. The attorneys filed motions in Danbury Superior Court this week asking a judge to allow them to examine two red emergency folders, now in state police custody, that...
The Latest: VP Pence calls Barcelona attack 'horrific'

The Latest: VP Pence calls Barcelona attack 'horrific'

The Latest on U.S. reaction to the attack in Barcelona, Spain (all times EDT): 3:50 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence is responding to the attack in Barcelona during remarks at the Panama Canal. Pence calls the attack "horrific" and says the images of carnage he's seen "sicken us all." He says, "The United States condemns this terror attack" and will do "whatever is...
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