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Trump’s charm and threats aren’t working on China. Here’s why.

China has called President Donald Trump’s bluff.  Chinese negotiators left Washington this weekend with a significant win: a willingness by the Trump administration to hold off for now on imposing tariffs on up to $150 billion in Chinese imports. China gave up little in return, spurning the Trump administration’s nudges for a concrete commitment to buy more goods from the United States...


Trump wades deeper into abortion politics as midterms loom

Trump wades deeper into abortion politics as midterms loom

President Donald Trump has long been an unlikely sweetheart for conservative and evangelical voters. Now, in the lead-up to the midterm elections, the thrice-married former Democrat who used to describe himself as "very pro-choice" is offering catnip to conservative voters with a new administration push to strip funding from Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics. The initiative...
Mass school shootings mostly happening in small-town America

Mass school shootings mostly happening in small-town America

If you want to know where mass school shootings are most likely to occur, look no farther than small-town and suburban America. The massacre that killed 10 people at a high school in Texas last week was just the latest to happen in a small or suburban city. Of the 10 deadliest school shootings in the U.S., all but one took place in a town with fewer than 75,000 residents and the vast majority of them...
School shooting unlikely to bring gun restrictions in Texas

School shooting unlikely to bring gun restrictions in Texas

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has vowed to address school violence and safety in the wake of another mass school shooting. But Abbott's call to do "more than just pray" for the victims comes in a state that has fully embraced its gun culture and resisted previous attempts to scale it back. Earlier this month at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Dallas, Abbott himself said, "...
US clings to health coverage gains despite political drama

US clings to health coverage gains despite political drama

The U.S. clung to its health insurance gains last year, an unexpected outcome after President Donald Trump's repeated tries to take apart the Obama-era coverage expansion, according to a major government survey released Tuesday. Overall, the survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 9.1 percent of Americans were uninsured in 2017, or a little more than 29 million people...
Miss Nebraska winner of Miss USA competition

Miss Nebraska winner of Miss USA competition

Sarah Rose Summers from Nebraska has beaten 50 other women to win the crown at this year's Miss USA competition. Summers, a 23-year-old contestant from Omaha, graduated from Texas Christian University with two degrees and is working on becoming a certified child life specialist. With Monday evening's victory, she takes over from Kara McCullough, who won the competition last year when it was held in...
The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

After a year spent carefully cultivating two princes from the Arabian Peninsula, Elliott Broidy, a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump, thought he was finally close to nailing more than $1 billion in business. He had ingratiated himself with crown princes from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who were seeking to alter U.S. foreign policy and punish Qatar, an archrival in the Gulf that...
Trump the dealmaker facing challenges ahead of NKorea summit

Trump the dealmaker facing challenges ahead of NKorea summit

Weeks before his planned North Korea summit, President Donald Trump is staring down a dealmaker's worst nightmare: overpromising and under-delivering. As the Singapore meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un draws near, the president and his allies are growing increasingly anxious about how he can score a win on the world stage. While Trump has not suggested he wants to back out, he has struggled...
New York Stock Exchange names first female leader

New York Stock Exchange names first female leader

The New York Stock Exchange has named its first female leader in the history of the 226-year-old exchange. The parent company of the NYSE, Intercontinental Exchange Inc., told The Wall Street Journal Monday night that Stacey Cunningham will become the 67th president. She's currently NYSE's chief operating officer. Cunningham will start her new job on Friday. She succeeds Thomas Farley, who came to...
Congressional leaders to review information on Russia probe

Congressional leaders to review information on Russia probe

Ratcheting up pressure on the Russia investigation, the White House announced that top FBI and Justice Department officials have agreed to meet with congressional leaders and "review" highly classified information the lawmakers have been seeking on the handling of the probe. The agreement came after President Donald Trump made an extraordinary demand that the Justice Department investigate...
Some GOP House members warn Ryan over immigration effort

Some GOP House members warn Ryan over immigration effort

Leaders of warring House Republican factions searched for an immigration compromise as some conservatives warned of consequences for Speaker Paul Ryan if he allowed party moderates to push a bipartisan bill through the chamber without strong GOP support. The talks Monday occurred as centrist Republicans remained five GOP signatures away from being able to force party leaders to hold votes on a series...
Pizza deliveryman's killing: Man ordered free decades later

Pizza deliveryman's killing: Man ordered free decades later

A Louisiana judge has ordered the release of an inmate whose attorneys have accused prosecutors of withholding "staggering" evidence of the man's innocence in a pizza deliveryman's killing two decades ago. A plea deal with Caddo Parish prosecutors would allow Corey Williams to be freed possibly later Tuesday from Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, according to defense attorney Amir...
Police search for suspects in Baltimore officer's death

Police search for suspects in Baltimore officer's death

Police backed by aircraft and trained dogs scoured a greater Baltimore suburb into the early hours Tuesday, seeking suspects believed armed and dangerous after the death of a female officer. Baltimore County Police Cpl. Shawn Vinson said Monday evening that the enormous manhunt was continuing unabated in the suburban community of Perry Hall, Maryland, where witnesses reported hearing a pop before...
Deadly Florida airport shooting results in plea deal for man

Deadly Florida airport shooting results in plea deal for man

Federal prosecutors have filed court documents in which an Alaska man has agreed to plead guilty to a Florida airport shooting rampage that killed five people. Prosecutors said Monday that in exchange for the agreement, 28-year-old Esteban Santiago is to receive a life prison sentence. The agreement says Santiago will plead guilty to 11 of the 22 counts against him in the attack that also left six...
Pastor: Depression preceded fatal crash into restaurant

Pastor: Depression preceded fatal crash into restaurant

A North Carolina man accused of crashing a car into a restaurant table full of loved ones, killing two, had suffered for weeks with depression and previously asked his family to take his guns away, his pastor says. Roger Self faces two counts of first-degree murder after authorities say he got into the sport utility vehicle during a family meal and then drove it at high speed into the restaurant on...
Warring House GOP factions seek middle ground on immigration

Warring House GOP factions seek middle ground on immigration

Leaders of warring House Republican factions searched for an immigration compromise Monday as some conservatives warned of consequences for Speaker Paul Ryan if he allowed party moderates to push a bipartisan bill through the chamber without strong GOP support. The talks occurred as centrist Republicans remained five GOP signatures away from being able to force party leaders to hold votes on a series...
Artist Robert Indiana, known for 'LOVE' series, dies at 89

Artist Robert Indiana, known for 'LOVE' series, dies at 89

Pop artist Robert Indiana, best known for his 1960s "LOVE" series, has died at his island home off the coast of Maine. He was 89. Indiana died on Saturday from respiratory failure at his Victorian home in a converted Odd Fellows hall, a fraternal order lodge, where he had lived for years on Vinalhaven Island, said James Brannan, his attorney. Friends had expressed concern for his well-being...
Man who claims prosecutors withheld evidence set to be freed

Man who claims prosecutors withheld evidence set to be freed

A Louisiana judge on Monday ordered the release of an inmate whose attorneys have accused prosecutors of withholding "staggering" evidence of the man's innocence in a pizza deliveryman's killing two decades ago. A plea deal with Caddo Parish prosecutors will allow Corey Williams to be freed as soon as Tuesday from Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, according to defense attorney Amir...
Thousands of Vegas casino workers to vote on citywide strike

Thousands of Vegas casino workers to vote on citywide strike

Tens of thousands of casino workers in Las Vegas whose contracts expire next week were preparing to vote on whether to authorize a strike, a move that could leave more than 30 properties without unionized housekeepers, bartenders, servers and other key employees. A majority of yes votes Tuesday would not immediately affect the casinos but would give the union's negotiators a huge bargaining chip by...
Trump discusses immigration agenda with GOP governors

Trump discusses immigration agenda with GOP governors

President Donald Trump dined Monday evening with Republican governors supportive of his immigration policies to discuss plans for border security and deporting people in the U.S. illegally. Trump says the nation's immigration laws are the worst of anywhere in the world, particularly so-called catch-and-release policies, under which federal immigration officers release those detained for being in the...
Police search past nightfall for suspects in officer's death

Police search past nightfall for suspects in officer's death

Rifle-toting police swarmed into a Baltimore suburb where a female officer was fatally injured Monday, searching for suspects believed to be armed after witnesses reported hearing a pop and seeing the officer run over by a Jeep. Residents in a leafy community of suburban homes where the officer was injured described seeing her on the ground, badly hurt. Several people tried to keep her alive, but...
Judge appoints special prosecutor to decide on Greitens case

Judge appoints special prosecutor to decide on Greitens case

A St. Louis judge on Monday appointed the prosecutor in Jackson County as the special prosecutor who will decide whether to refile an invasion-of-privacy case against Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens. St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison recused the St. Louis circuit attorney's office from the felony case and appointed Jean Peters Baker, the prosecutor for Jackson County, where Kansas City is located....
US files plea deal in deadly Florida airport shooting

US files plea deal in deadly Florida airport shooting

Federal prosecutors filed court documents Monday in which an Alaska man agreed to plead guilty to a Florida airport shooting rampage that killed five people in exchange for a life prison sentence. The agreement says that Esteban Santiago, 28, will plead guilty to 11 of the 22 counts against him in the attack that also left six wounded. Prosecutors reached a deal with Santiago's defense lawyers not...
Can the 'dealmaker' president deliver on North Korea?

Can the 'dealmaker' president deliver on North Korea?

Weeks before his planned North Korea summit, President Donald Trump is staring down a dealmaker's worst nightmare: overpromising and under-delivering. As the Singapore meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un draws near, the president and his allies are growing increasingly anxious about how he can score a win on the world stage. While Trump has not suggested he wants to back out, he has struggled...
Interior moves to lift restrictions on hunting bears, wolves

Interior moves to lift restrictions on hunting bears, wolves

The Trump administration is moving to reverse Obama-era rules barring hunters on some public lands in Alaska from baiting brown bears with bacon and doughnuts and using spotlights to shoot mother black bears and cubs hibernating in their dens. The National Park Service issued a notice Monday of its intent to amend regulations for sport hunting and trapping in national preserves to bring the federal...
Police officer's son pleads guilty to terrorist bomb plot

Police officer's son pleads guilty to terrorist bomb plot

The son of a Boston police captain pleaded guilty Monday to plotting to use guns and homemade bombs to attack a college campus to support the Islamic State group, three years after his arrest after his father alerted the FBI. Alexander Ciccolo's guilty plea comes a month before he was scheduled to go to trial. He faces 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in September. Ciccolo was arrested in July...
Consumer Reports raises concerns over Tesla Model 3 braking

Consumer Reports raises concerns over Tesla Model 3 braking

Long emergency stopping distances, difficult-to-use controls and a harsh ride stopped Tesla's Model 3 electric car from getting a recommended buy rating from Consumer Reports. While the magazine said the car has exhilarating acceleration and handling, testers were troubled by its 152-foot average stopping distance from 60 miles per hour in emergency braking tests. The magazine said the distance was...
After his son died in crash, dad takes girlfriend to prom

After his son died in crash, dad takes girlfriend to prom

It was supposed to be Carter Brown putting on the corsage and doing funny poses in photos with his date for senior prom. His father instead took his place, one month after the Pennsylvania teen died in a car crash. Robert Brown took Kaylee Suders to the James Buchanan High School event Saturday, because he said he knew his son would've still wanted Suders to go to the prom. Carter Brown was heading...
The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

The princes, the president and the fortune seekers

After a year spent carefully cultivating two princes from the Arabian Peninsula, Elliott Broidy, a top fundraiser for President Donald Trump, thought he was finally close to nailing more than $1 billion in business. He had ingratiated himself with crown princes from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, who were seeking to alter U.S. foreign policy and punish Qatar, an archrival in the Gulf that...
Judge: School shooting suspect comments are admissible

Judge: School shooting suspect comments are admissible

Incriminating statements to law officers made by a student arrested after four people were shot at a Washington state high school last year will be admissible in upcoming court proceedings, a Spokane County judge ruled Monday. Superior Court Judge Michael Price made the decision in the case of Caleb Sharpe, 16, who was arrested for the Sept. 13, 2017 death of one classmate and the wounding of three...
Trump honors Truex Jr. at the White House

Trump honors Truex Jr. at the White House

President Donald Trump is honoring NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. and Furniture Row Racing at the White House, praising Truex's vow to "never give up." Trump is paying tribute to Truex's championship on the South Lawn of the White House and admiring the No. 78 Toyota Camry. The president says, "I want to get in that thing and drive it right away." The president is...
Senators press Pruitt for details on new legal defense fund

Senators press Pruitt for details on new legal defense fund

Four Senate Democrats asked Scott Pruitt on Monday for details about a new legal defense fund to help the Environmental Protection Agency administrator as he weathers a series of federal ethics investigations. Pruitt confirmed at a Senate hearing last week that people he did not identify have created the legal defense fund in his behalf, but he gave no specifics on its operation. Officials typically...
Humans account for little next to plants, worms, bugs

Humans account for little next to plants, worms, bugs

When you weigh all life on Earth, billions of humans don't amount to much compared to trees, earthworms or even viruses. But we really know how to throw what little weight we have around, according to a first-of-its-kind global census of the footprint of life on the planet. Humans only add up to about one ten-thousandth of the life on Earth, measured by the dry weight of the carbon that makes up the...
Democrats add drain-the-swamp proposals to campaign agenda

Democrats add drain-the-swamp proposals to campaign agenda

Democratic leaders in Congress are adding an anti-corruption plank to their midterm campaign agenda, with proposals to beef up ethics laws, protect voting rights and overhaul campaign finance. They unveiled the new platform Monday in a pitch to voters as they try to wrestle control of Congress from Republicans this fall. From the Capitol steps, Democrats criticized President Donald Trump's stewardship...
Judge: Teen must repay $37M for starting Oregon wildfire

Judge: Teen must repay $37M for starting Oregon wildfire

A teenager who started a major wildfire in the scenic Columbia River Gorge in Oregon has been ordered to pay restitution for at least the next decade, though it's unlikely the boy will ever cover his nearly $37 million bill. The Oregonian reports that Hood River County Circuit Judge John A. Olson issued the opinion on Monday, awarding the restitution totaling $36,618,330.24 to cover the costs of firefighting...
Olympian sues USA Swimming, saying it failed to protect her

Olympian sues USA Swimming, saying it failed to protect her

Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith sued USA Swimming on Monday, alleging the sport's national governing body knew her former coach sexually abused her as a minor and failed to protect her while shielding him. Kukors Smith alleges Sean Hutchison, who began coaching her at a swim club near Seattle, groomed her for sexual abuse when she was 13, started touching and kissing her when she was 16, and engaged...
The Latest: Trump aims to prevent 'fire sales' in Venezuela

The Latest: Trump aims to prevent 'fire sales' in Venezuela

The Latest on U.S. policy toward Venezuela (all times local): 5:20 p.m. President Donald Trump says an executive order he signed Monday will prevent the Venezuelan government from conducting "fire sales" aimed at liquidating the country's assets. Trump says, "this money belongs to the Venezuelan people." Trump is issuing a statement after Venezuelan officials declared socialist...
'Don't be mad at Claire': McCaskill courts black voters

'Don't be mad at Claire': McCaskill courts black voters

The African-American community's frustration with Sen. Claire McCaskill is real. The perception that the Missouri Democrat has ignored black constituents haunts the corners of her campaign receptions in Ferguson, it looms near rallies in Kansas City, and it even sneaks into sermons from the church pulpit. "Don't be mad at Claire," pastor Ronald Lindsay bellowed to his African-American congregation...
The Latest: White House setting up meeting on Russia probe

The Latest: White House setting up meeting on Russia probe

The Latest on President Donald Trump and the Russia investigation (all times local): 4:50 p.m. The White House says President Donald Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly plans to "immediately set up a meeting" with congressional leaders and the FBI, Justice Department and Director of National Intelligence to review "highly classified and other information they have requested" related...
Netflix says it has signed Barack and Michelle Obama

Netflix says it has signed Barack and Michelle Obama

Barack and Michelle Obama are getting into the television business with Monday's announcement that they had signed a multi-year deal with Netflix. The former president and first lady have formed their own production company, Higher Ground Productions, for the material. In announcing a deal that had been rumored since March, Netflix offered no specifics on what shows they would make. Netflix said the...
School shooting unlikely to rile Texas runoffs Tuesday

School shooting unlikely to rile Texas runoffs Tuesday

Texas holds its primary runoff election just four days after a 17-year-old student killed 10 people and wounded 13 others at his Santa Fe High School near Houston. That sent shockwaves through Texas and the nation. But it's unlikely to be a major factor in Tuesday's balloting, which will decide 34 races, including party nominees for governor and Congress, where no candidate won at least 50 percent...
Restaurant group negotiating to buy out Mario Batali

Restaurant group negotiating to buy out Mario Batali

The restaurant group co-owned by Mario Batali says it has been "actively negotiating" to buy out the celebrity chef facing sexual misconduct allegations. The B&B Hospitality Group says Batali and partner Joe Bastianich have signed a letter of intent and final terms could be set by July 1. The New York Police Department confirmed it's investigating Batali after a woman told "60 Minutes"...
Watchdog report to fault FBI for Clinton probe delay

Watchdog report to fault FBI for Clinton probe delay

An upcoming report from the Justice Department's internal watchdog is expected to criticize senior FBI leaders for not moving quickly enough to review a trove of Hillary Clinton emails discovered late in the 2016 campaign, according to people familiar with the findings. The FBI's timing has been a sore point for Clinton supporters, who say then-director James Comey's announcement of the new review...
Trump administration slams Venezuela's election as a

Trump administration slams Venezuela's election as a "sham"

The Trump administration on Monday dismissed Venezuela's presidential election as a "sham" and ramped up economic and diplomatic pressure on President Nicolas Maduro's beleaguered government. The White House announced that President Donald Trump had signed an executive order restricting the Venezuelan government's ability to liquidate assets for pennies on the dollar at the expense of the...
Illinois Democrats grill Rauner aide on death penalty plan

Illinois Democrats grill Rauner aide on death penalty plan

Democratic legislators grilled a top aide to Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner Monday over a compromise plan to reinstate the death penalty in exchange for even stricter gun restrictions than the ones the Legislature approved. Rauner used his veto powers last week to insert the capital punishment language, along with measures that include extending the waiting period on all guns from 24 to 72...
Mysteriously rare cougar attack kills Seattle biker, injures another

Mysteriously rare cougar attack kills Seattle biker, injures another

A vicious cougar attack Saturday left one person dead and another seriously injured, Washington state authorities said. The victims, Isaac Sederbaum, 31, and S.J. Brooks, 32, were biking on a trail 30 miles east of Seattle around 11 a.m. when they realized the animal was chasing them. According to Sgt. Ryan Abbott, a spokesman for the King County Sheriff’s Office, they drove the cougar...
Watchdog says US strategy in Afghanistan shows little result

Watchdog says US strategy in Afghanistan shows little result

The Trump administration's revamped Afghanistan strategy has made little progress against the Taliban insurgency, leaving the country a "dangerous and volatile" place nearly 17 years after the U.S. invaded, a government watchdog report said Monday. The conclusion contrasts with assertions last fall by the American military that the Afghans, with U.S. support, had "turned the corner"...
The Latest: Haspel jokes about rocky confirmation process

The Latest: Haspel jokes about rocky confirmation process

The Latest on President Donald Trump and the CIA (all times local): 11:25 a.m. Newly sworn-in CIA Director Gina Haspel says she wants to send more officers into the field, improve foreign language proficiency among the ranks and strengthen the agency's working relationships with intelligence agencies in partner nations. Haspel said Monday that she was honored to be chosen to lead the agency. Her nomination...
Divided Supreme Court sides with businesses over workers

Divided Supreme Court sides with businesses over workers

A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that businesses can prohibit their workers from banding together in disputes over pay and conditions in the workplace, a decision that affects an estimated 25 million non-unionized employees. With the court's five conservative members in the majority, the justices held that individual employees can be forced to use arbitration, not the courts, to air complaints...
Ex-coal exec chases US Senate seat despite GOP primary loss

Ex-coal exec chases US Senate seat despite GOP primary loss

Despite losing the Republican primary in a distant third place, convicted ex-coal baron Don Blankenship announced Monday that he will continue his bid for U.S. Senate as a third-party candidate, though it's unclear if the move violates West Virginia's "sore loser" law. Blankenship will run as a member of the Constitution Party, which nominated him by a unanimous vote, his campaign said in...
AP names Susannah George as intelligence reporter

AP names Susannah George as intelligence reporter

The Associated Press on Monday announced that award-winning journalist Susannah George will join its Washington bureau to cover U.S. intelligence agencies and national security. The appointment was announced by Julie Pace, AP's Washington bureau chief. "Susannah is a dogged reporter with a track record of producing standout journalism on complex issues," Pace said. "In her new role...
The Latest: Iran says 'sham' US policy to reap 'ill rewards'

The Latest: Iran says 'sham' US policy to reap 'ill rewards'

The Latest on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussing strategy on Iran (all times local): 1:35 p.m. Iran's foreign minister has taken to Twitter to criticize a speech by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that took a hard line on the Islamic Republic. Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted late Monday that he saw U.S. diplomacy as a "sham" that was "imprisoned by delusions & failed policies...
University survey asking if students want to know whether 'black people hate America' draws ire

University survey asking if students want to know whether 'black people hate America' draws ire

A Texas university is experiencing backlash over a cultural survey asking students to rate their interest in learning answers to controversial questions like, "Do black people hate America?"  According to the Dallas Morning News, Southern Methodist University's Cultural Intelligence Initiative first posted the survey, titled "Ask Anything, Seriously," last fall.  "...
The Latest: US-China inject note of caution post-trade truce

The Latest: US-China inject note of caution post-trade truce

The Latest on U.S.-China trade talks (all times local): 8:55 a.m. The Trump administration and China are injecting a note of caution after declaring a temporary truce on trade. U.S. Treasury Security Steven Mnuchin said Monday on CNBC that President Donald Trump is reserving the right to reimpose tariffs against Chinese goods if the two countries can't agree on specifics to bring down the massive...
US demands wholesale changes in Iran policies post-nuke deal

US demands wholesale changes in Iran policies post-nuke deal

The Trump administration on Monday demanded that Iran make wholesale changes in its military and regional policies or face "the strongest sanctions in history," as it sought to turn up heat on Tehran after President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from a landmark nuclear deal. In speech that called Iran out for a wide range of "malign activities" apart from its nuclear program...
Aimovig: New migraine prevention drug approved by FDA

Aimovig: New migraine prevention drug approved by FDA

If you suffer from chronic migraines, relief is here. According to The Associated Press, the Food and Drug Administration last week approved Aimovig, a monthly shot that aims to reduce migraines. The drug, developed by Amgen Inc. and Novartis AG, is "injected monthly just under the skin using a pen-like device," the AP reported. Its price tag: $6,900 annually before insurance. But how...
Funeral service held for girl killed in school bus crash

Funeral service held for girl killed in school bus crash

Funeral services were held Monday for a student killed when a school bus on a field trip collided with a dump truck in New Jersey last week. The service for fifth-grader Miranda Vargas was held at the Marrocco Memorial Chapel in Clifton. "It's been a horrible experience, losing my niece and my brother's daughter," her uncle, Carlos Argueyes told the news media outside the chapel. "And...
Chrissy Teigen, John Legend share first photo, reveal name of newborn son

Chrissy Teigen, John Legend share first photo, reveal name of newborn son

Aww! Model, TV host and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen took to Instagram on Sunday to share a sweet photo and reveal the name of her newborn son. "Hello, world! This is Miles Theodore Stephens," Teigen wrote. "We are drowning in his little peeps and nuzzles. Our household feels overwhelmed with love. Thank you for all your well wishes!" Meanwhile, Teigen's husband, singer...
Meghan Markle, Prince Harry donate royal wedding flowers to hospice patients

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry donate royal wedding flowers to hospice patients

Patients at St. Joseph's Hospice in London received a special gift after Saturday's royal wedding. According to People magazine, Britain's Prince Harry and bride Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex, gave the hospice some flowers that had been used to decorate St. George's Chapel for their ceremony. "Today we got a very special delivery. Beautiful bouquets made from the #royalwedding flowers...
Special education teacher accused of dragging, choking, punching students

Special education teacher accused of dragging, choking, punching students

A former Oklahoma teacher is facing two misdemeanor charges after witnesses say she physically injured her special education students. KFOR reported last week that Holly Noelle Morris, 38, is accused of "choking, punching, pinching and squeezing two of her students on several occasions" while she was working as a special education teacher for Piedmont Public Schools.  >> Read...
School shooting victims killed attempting to ward off gunman

School shooting victims killed attempting to ward off gunman

At least two of the student victims of a mass shooting at a Texas high school tried to block the advance of a gunman and were killed when he shot through the doors. A classmate of one of the 10 people killed at a Texas high school says Chris Stone and other students tried to barricade the door to their art classroom. Christian Riley Garcia's pastor says the 15-year-old student used his body to keep...
New CIA director says she'll send more spies to the field

New CIA director says she'll send more spies to the field

New CIA Director Gina Haspel pledged to send more spies into the field during her swearing-in Monday as President Donald Trump offered up praise for the rank-and-file, who felt snubbed during his first visit to the headquarters of the premier U.S. intelligence agency. "We must learn from the past, but we cannot dwell in the past," said Haspel, whose ascent from undercover operative to the...
What is lava haze? A look at Hawaii's latest volcanic hazard

What is lava haze? A look at Hawaii's latest volcanic hazard

Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano is pouring into the sea and setting off a chemical reaction that creates giant clouds of acid and fine glass. The lava haze, or "laze," is created when molten rock hits the ocean and marks just the latest hazard from a volcano that has been generating earthquakes and spewing lava, sulfur dioxide and ash since it began erupting in Big Island backyards on...
Trump pulls back from brink of trade war with China

Trump pulls back from brink of trade war with China

President Donald Trump on Monday hailed his administration's temporary truce with China on trade, even as his Treasury secretary and China struck a note of caution on the latest agreement. After high-level talks in Washington last week, Beijing has agreed to "substantially reduce" America's trade deficit with China. "On China, Barriers and Tariffs to come down for first time,"...
Texas mom marched after Parkland, then her town was next

Texas mom marched after Parkland, then her town was next

She stood at her bedroom door for five minutes Saturday morning trying to work up the courage to turn the knob and re-enter a world she worried would never feel safe or whole again. Then she crept down the hallway, toward the front porch where she stood the morning before to watch police cars screaming down the highway toward the high school, and imagined she'd never forget the screech of their sirens...
Trials for violent protest framed as Trump vs the resistance

Trials for violent protest framed as Trump vs the resistance

When police arrested more than 200 anti-Trump protesters on Inauguration Day 2017, it touched off a long-term battle of wits and wills. On one side: a Justice Department that has sought to incarcerate scores of people over a violent protest that smashed downtown storefront windows and set a limousine ablaze. On the other side: an intensely coordinated grassroots political opposition network that has...
US office overseeing fight against IS gets reprieve

US office overseeing fight against IS gets reprieve

The State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group will stay in business for at least six more months, reversing an administration plan for the unit's imminent downgrade even as President Donald Trump presses ahead with a speedy U.S. exit from Syria. A plan initiated by Rex Tillerson before he was fired as secretary of state in March would have folded the office of the...
School shooting may not bring change to gun-loving Texas

School shooting may not bring change to gun-loving Texas

Texas has more than 1.2 million licensed handgun owners who can openly carry their weapons in public. The state hosted the National Rifle Association's annual meeting two weeks ago. And until Monday, the governor's re-election website was raffling off a shotgun. Guns are so hard-wired into Texas culture that last week's deadly rampage at Santa Fe High School is considered unlikely to result in any...
FBI, Justice to 'review' classified info sought by lawmakers

FBI, Justice to 'review' classified info sought by lawmakers

Ratcheting up pressure on the Russia investigation, the White House announced Monday that top FBI and Justice Department officials have agreed to meet with congressional leaders and "review" highly classified information the lawmakers have been seeking on the handling of the probe. The agreement came after President Donald Trump made an extraordinary demand that the Justice Department investigate...
Pastor: Mental illness drove man to ram car into his family

Pastor: Mental illness drove man to ram car into his family

A man suffering from severe mental illness left a meal with his family and then drove his sport utility vehicle at high speed into the restaurant, killing his daughter and daughter-in-law and critically injuring other relatives, his pastor said Monday. Roger Self had been treated for depression and anxiety that seemed to become more intense in the two and a half months preceding Sunday's deadly crash...
Black women look to flex power in Georgia governor's race

Black women look to flex power in Georgia governor's race

This week's primary election in Georgia presents black women voters with a rare opportunity: To give a Democrat who looks like them a chance at occupying the governor's mansion in a Republican-controlled state. A Democratic primary win Tuesday for Stacey Abrams or Stacey Evans — both lawyers and former state lawmakers — means Georgia could elect its first woman governor later this year...
NYPD probing sex allegations against Mario Batali

NYPD probing sex allegations against Mario Batali

The New York Police Department is investigating allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against celebrity chef Mario Batali. The NYPD confirmed the probe following a "60 Minutes" broadcast Sunday night in which an unnamed woman accused Batali of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2005. She says she remembers joining him for a glass of wine at a Manhattan restaurant, then waking up...
Bush at Maine summer home alone for first time in 73 years

Bush at Maine summer home alone for first time in 73 years

His home on the rocky coast is former President George H.W. Bush's happy place, chock full of sea-sprayed memories of boating, golfing, family and friends. But this summer there's a different feel as he arrives without his wife of 73 years. The nation's 41st president arrived Sunday at Walker's Point, where he spends his summers, a little over a month after the funeral of his wife, Barbara, in Texas...
Police response to Texas school shooting remains unclear

Police response to Texas school shooting remains unclear

Santa Fe High School had conducted active shooter drills, armed police officers patrolled the hallways and students went through a scare in February after a false report of a campus gunman. But in the aftermath of the deadliest public school shooting in Texas history, early witness accounts and recordings from emergency dispatch describe a 30-minute nightmare as the real thing unfolded last week,...
Clinton ribs Trump with Russian cap at Yale's Class Day

Clinton ribs Trump with Russian cap at Yale's Class Day

Hillary Clinton returned to Yale University this weekend, warning the graduating class of the "tumultuous times" that await them and using the school's tradition of over-the-top headwear to rib President Donald Trump with her own unusual hat: a Russian fur cap. The audience laughed as she said, "If you can't beat them, join them." Clinton says she's concerned about the country's...
NRA links school violence to Ritalin but experts deny link

NRA links school violence to Ritalin but experts deny link

The National Rifle Association's incoming president has linked school shootings and other violence to using medications such as Ritalin. Retired Lt. Col. Oliver North told "Fox News Sunday" that perpetrators of school violence "have been drugged in many cases" and "many of these young boys have been on Ritalin since they were in kindergarten." He also blamed a "culture...
The Latest: Trump orders FBI probe - and IG to widen query

The Latest: Trump orders FBI probe - and IG to widen query

The Latest on the special counsel's probe into Russian election meddling (all times local): 7:20 p.m. President Donald Trump says that he will "demand" that the Justice Department open an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign. The extraordinary order on Sunday came hours before his legal team said that the special counsel indicated its investigation into...
93-year-old ex-president Bush arrives in Maine for summer

93-year-old ex-president Bush arrives in Maine for summer

Former President George H.W. Bush is in Maine for the summer. The 93-year-old arrived Sunday evening at his seaside home in Kennebunkport. Dozens of residents greeted his motorcade at the town's Dock Square, with some waving flags and holding signs. Friends say the nation's 41st president was eager to get to Maine after enduring the death of his wife, Barbara, and then falling ill with a blood infection...
Police: Suspect faces 2 murder charges in restaurant plowing

Police: Suspect faces 2 murder charges in restaurant plowing

A man intentionally rammed a vehicle into a North Carolina restaurant busy serving Sunday lunch, killing his daughter and another person and injuring several others, authorities said. Bessemer City Police said in a statement that preliminary evidence indicates Roger Self, 62, purposely smashed his way into the Surf and Turf Lodge where reports say families were eating a relaxed midday meal. Footage...
Hawaii lava evacuees grow weary as uncertainty drags on

Hawaii lava evacuees grow weary as uncertainty drags on

Ed Arends grabbed what he could in the night and fled his 5-acre property, lava oozing from a crack in his neighborhood on Hawaii's Big Island. That was more than two weeks ago. He hasn't been able to stay at his house since. "It's disconcerting not being home, being displaced," Arends said. "I'm sleeping on a sofa in a guy's living room." As uncertainty drags on over what the...
As Trump pressures DOJ, Giuliani says probe may end by Sept

As Trump pressures DOJ, Giuliani says probe may end by Sept

President Donald Trump said Sunday that he will "demand" that the Justice Department open an investigation into whether the FBI infiltrated his presidential campaign, an extraordinary order that came hours before his legal team said that the special counsel indicated its investigation into the president could be concluded by September. Trump tweeted: "I hereby demand, and will do so...
'Jurassic Park' dinosaur expert's next big thing: holograms

'Jurassic Park' dinosaur expert's next big thing: holograms

Forget the gray, green and brown dinosaurs in the "Jurassic Park" movies. Paleontologist Jack Horner wants to transport people back in time to see a feathered Tyrannosaurus rex colored bright red and a blue triceratops with red fringe similar to a rooster's comb. Horner, who consulted with director Steven Spielberg on the "Jurassic Park" films, is developing a three-dimensional...
'Deadpool 2' ends Avengers' box-office reign, rakes in $125M

'Deadpool 2' ends Avengers' box-office reign, rakes in $125M

Deadpool and his foul-mouthed crew of misfits and malcontents have taken down the Avengers. Fox's "Deadpool 2" brought in $125 million this weekend, giving it the second-highest opening ever for an R-rated movie and ending the three-week reign of Disney's "Avengers: Infinity War" at the top of the North American box office, according to studio estimates Sunday. "Deadpool 2...
The Latest: Prosecutor wont' release autopsies during probe

The Latest: Prosecutor wont' release autopsies during probe

The Latest on the Texas school shooting (all times local): 7:20 p.m. The Texas prosecutor handling a high school shooting that killed 10 people says autopsies won't be released while the investigation is underway. Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady declined to answer questions Sunday about the investigation or the shooting last week at Santa Fe High School outside Houston. That included...
Iraqi, Syrian guides bring views to Philadelphia museum

Iraqi, Syrian guides bring views to Philadelphia museum

Three Iraqi natives and a Syrian woman have been enlisted as guides to share a modern cultural perspective with visitors to new Middle Eastern galleries at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia. The guides intersperse personal stories with historic content as they lead groups through the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology's new galleries that tell tales going back 10,000 years...
Florida's expensive race for governor highlights lax laws

Florida's expensive race for governor highlights lax laws

Florida's wide-open race for governor won't be decided for another six months, but it's already triggered a wave of expensive television ad buys from groups taking advantage of gray areas in the state's campaign finance laws. Campaigns are interpreting the law so liberally — and some experts think they will get away with it — that it could essentially render the laws meaningless. So far...
Arrest records of Rosa Parks, MLK to be preserved

Arrest records of Rosa Parks, MLK to be preserved

Yellowing court records from the arrests of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and others at the dawn of the modern civil rights era are being preserved and digitized after being discovered, folded and wrapped in rubber bands, in a courthouse box. Archivists at historically black Alabama State University are cataloguing and flattening dozens of documents found at the Montgomery County Courthouse,...
US anti-IS office gets reprieve as Syria pullout accelerates

US anti-IS office gets reprieve as Syria pullout accelerates

The State Department unit overseeing the fight against the Islamic State group will stay in business for at least six more months, reversing an administration plan for the unit's imminent downgrade even as President Donald Trump presses ahead with a speedy U.S. exit from Syria. A plan initiated by Rex Tillerson before he was fired as secretary of state in March would have folded the office of the...
Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

A nearly 80-year-old statue depicting a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American that some say celebrates white supremacy has been dismantled by crews in southwestern Michigan's Kalamazoo. And at the University of Michigan, regents have voted to strip a former school president's name from a campus science building because he lent his scientific expertise to groups...
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