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Al Capone song, pocket watch fetch over $100K at auction

Artifacts connected to some of the nation's most notorious gangsters sold for more than $100,000 at auction Saturday. A diamond pocket watch that belonged to Al Capone and was produced in Chicago in the 1920s, along with a handwritten musical composition he wrote in Alcatraz in the 1930s, were among the items that sold at the "Gangsters, Outlaws and Lawmen" auction. The watch fetched the...

LAPD chief urges cadets to be ethical in wake of scandal

Police Chief Charlie Beck told graduating cadets on Saturday to "be strong. Be ethically correct. Do the right thing" after a scandal in the youth program involving allegations of stolen police cars and underage sex. During a ceremony at the University of Southern California, Beck told more than 2,000 teenagers and young adults that the day was joyous but also somber because some cadets...

Koch chief says health care bill insufficiently conservative

Chief lieutenants in the Koch brothers' political network lashed out at the Senate Republican health care bill on Saturday, becoming a powerful outside critic as GOP leaders try to rally support for their plan among rank-and-file Republicans. "This Senate bill needs to get better," said Tim Phillips, who leads Americans For Prosperity, the Koch network's political arm. "It has to get...
Giant sequoia move on schedule in Idaho, tree doing well

Giant sequoia move on schedule in Idaho, tree doing well

A massive Idaho tree that grew over more than a century from a seedling sent by a noted naturalist has been uprooted and is poised to travel about two blocks Sunday to a new location. David Cox of tree-moving company Environmental Design said Saturday the 10-story sequoia is doing well, and everything is in place for the 800,000-pound (362,877-kilogram) landmark to start moving on inflatable rollers...
Polish protesters demand halt to logging in primeval forest

Polish protesters demand halt to logging in primeval forest

Hundreds marched in Warsaw on Saturday to protest widespread logging in Europe's last primeval forest, a project undertaken by Poland's conservative government. The ruling Law and Justice party has allowed increased logging in the Bialowieza Forest, a vast woodland that straddles Poland and Belarus, alarming environmentalists who say it threatens a natural treasure. The forest has been designated...
Turkey bans Istanbul Pride, organizers vow to march anyway

Turkey bans Istanbul Pride, organizers vow to march anyway

Turkish authorities announced Saturday they will not allow the Istanbul Pride march to take place on Sunday — the third year in a row the celebration has been banned. The move prompted criticism from rights groups and fears of possible violence, as Pride organizers said they would defy the ban. For more than a decade, the Istanbul Pride has attracted tens of thousands of participants, making...
Infant needing transplant aided by Arkansas T-shirt company

Infant needing transplant aided by Arkansas T-shirt company

An 8-month old baby from Arkansas in need of a liver transplant is being helped by a T-shirt manufacturer who is raising money to help cover expenses. >> Read more trending news  Amelia Fowler was diagnosed with biliary atresia four days after her birth, KTHV reported. Doctors told Amelia’s parents, Jack and Mary Lu Fowler, that a liver transplant  was the child’s...
The Latest: 34 UK high-rise buildings fail fire safety tests

The Latest: 34 UK high-rise buildings fail fire safety tests

The Latest on response to deadly tower-block fire in London (all times local): 8:55 p.m. Britain's government now says cladding samples from 34 high-rise apartment towers across the country have failed fire safety tests. Earlier Saturday, officials had put the figure of affected tower blocks at 27, saying they are located in cities from London to Manchester and Portsmouth. Urgent testing is being...
Journalist dies of wounds from blast in Iraq's Mosul

Journalist dies of wounds from blast in Iraq's Mosul

A Swiss journalist died Saturday from wounds sustained in a Mosul mine blast earlier this week while reporting on the fight against the Islamic State group. Veronique Robert died in a Paris hospital Saturday, Sophie Pommier, a French Embassy spokeswoman, told The Associated Press. State-owned France Television said Robert had covered numerous conflicts and expressed its "sincere condolences."...
Hugh Grant offering reward for WWII vet's lost medals

Hugh Grant offering reward for WWII vet's lost medals

Actor Hugh Grant is offering a $1,100 reward for the return of a blind British World War II veterans medals after the 95-year-old man lost them at a service station. >> Read more trending news D-Day veteran Alfred Barlow landed on Sword Beach on June 6, 1944. Barlow, who was a corporal when Allied forces attacked the French coast, attended this year’s Memorial in Normandy, the Manchester...

Turkish authorities ban Sunday's LGBTI Pride in Istanbul

Turkish authorities have announced they will not allow a march for gay, lesbian and trans rights to take place Sunday. The Istanbul governor's office said Saturday that the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex) Pride would be banned for the safety of participants and tourists, and public order. LGBTI activists had announced on social media that they would organize a march starting from...
Death toll from Pakistan attacks climbs to 85

Death toll from Pakistan attacks climbs to 85

The death toll from twin blasts in the northwestern town of Parachinar climbed to 67 Saturday, bringing the overall death toll from three separate attacks in Pakistan to 85, with several others in critical condition, officials said. Shahid Khan, a government official in Parachinar, confirmed the toll Saturday, saying residents who had been preparing to celebrate the end of Ramadan and Eid feast were...
Over 120 people buried by massive southwest China landslide

Over 120 people buried by massive southwest China landslide

More than 120 people were buried by a landslide that caused huge rocks and a mass of earth to come crashing into their homes in a mountain village in southwestern China early Saturday, officials said. The landslide, which came from a mountain, engulfed a cluster of 62 homes and a hotel in the village of Xinmo in Mao County at about 6 a.m., the Sichuan provincial government said. Officials said 1.6...
The Latest: Tallest building west of Mississippi River open

The Latest: Tallest building west of Mississippi River open

5 p.m. The tallest building west of the Mississippi River has opened its doors in downtown Los Angeles. A ribbon-cutting was held Friday for the Wilshire Grand Center. Including a decorative spire, it's 1,100 feet tall. That's about 80 feet higher than the nearby U.S. Bank Tower, which held the title since 1989. The $1.2 billion tower is 73 stories of restaurants, hotel, commercial and office space...
167 McDonald's customers pay it forward to others in drive thru

167 McDonald's customers pay it forward to others in drive thru

More than 100 customers at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Scottsburg, Indiana, generously paid for the meals of the drivers behind them Sunday. WDRB reported that the act began with a regular visitor. ABC News reported that her meal was about $6. “(The customer) saw a dad in the van behind her,” Hunter Hostetler, an employee at the McDonald’s location, told WDRB. “He had...
Police: UPS shooter in San Francisco armed with stolen guns

Police: UPS shooter in San Francisco armed with stolen guns

A San Francisco UPS driver who killed three colleagues in a shooting rampage at a company warehouse was armed with two stolen guns and appeared to target his victims, police said Friday. Police Commander Greg McEachern told a news conference that investigators have not yet determined Jimmy Lam's motive, but "the shooting appeared purposeful and targeted." Lam, 38, shot and killed three fellow...
8-year-old Florida boy catches 6-foot-long python

8-year-old Florida boy catches 6-foot-long python

An 8-year-old Florida boy teamed up with his father to catch a 6-foot-long python in the Florida Everglades. According to a Friday Facebook post by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Joe Daskam and his father, Steve Daskam spotted the snake while driving down a road one night. Under his Daskam supervision, officials said Joe approached the snake from behind and grabbed it right...
Prada paper clip costs more than one-way flight to Mexico

Prada paper clip costs more than one-way flight to Mexico

Prada is known for its Italian luxury fashions. But it’s recently added office supplies to the lineup, and those are just as expensive as some of the brand’s more popular items. »RELATED: Nordstrom selling $85 stone 'wrapped' in leather  The company is selling paper clips, and you can purchase one for a whopping $185.  Described as a money clip on Barney’s website...
9-foot-6, 500-pound sturgeon found at Oregon dam likely 60-70 years old

9-foot-6, 500-pound sturgeon found at Oregon dam likely 60-70 years old

A 9-foot-6 inch sturgeon weighing in at 500 pounds was found pinned Thursday in a radial gate at the Keno Dam in Oregon, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The fish had sustained a head injury at some point and was dead when officials found it. It is believed to have been one of 221 sturgeons moved in 1958 from the Columbia River to Klamath County. At the time, officials were...
Tallest building west of Mississippi River opens in LA

Tallest building west of Mississippi River opens in LA

The tallest building west of the Mississippi River opened its doors on Friday in once-stodgy downtown Los Angeles, which is sprouting a crop of new skyscrapers. Here are some things to know about the Wilshire Grand Center: ___ HOW TALL IS TALL? The 73-story building has a huge spire that brings its height to 1,100 feet (335 meters), topping the nearby U.S. Bank Tower by more than 80 feet. The Bank...
NEW: What Trump said as he signed new VA accountability act

NEW: What Trump said as he signed new VA accountability act

President Donald Trump on Friday signed the Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, a law that will make it easier to fire Veteran Affairs employees. Below is the full text of Trump’s remarks at the signing ceremony: Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you very much, everybody. That's really greatly appreciated.   And thank you to Secretary Shulkin for...
NY governor's 9/11 worker pardon unlikely to spark a trend

NY governor's 9/11 worker pardon unlikely to spark a trend

The New York governor's pardon of a World Trade Center disaster worker fighting deportation to Colombia after a drug conviction is the latest example of politicians trying to rescue individuals from their immigration problems, but the mixed and unpredictable results make it unlikely to become a common occurrence. Carlos Cardona had his 1990 drug conviction wiped off the books by Gov. Andrew Cuomo...
Man visits Disneyland every day for 2,000 days

Man visits Disneyland every day for 2,000 days

It’s a dream for some and it could be a jail sentence for others, but one man in California has marked his 2,000th consecutive visit to the Disneyland Resort. Jeff Reitz, of Huntington Beach, California, started visiting the Happiest Place on Earth on Jan. 1, 2012. He hit the 2,000 mark on June 22. >> Read more trending news Reitz was unemployed and was looking to put a smile on his face...
Justices side with government in property rights case

Justices side with government in property rights case

The Supreme Court on Friday ruled against a Wisconsin family in a property rights case that makes it easier for government officials to restrict development in environmentally sensitive areas. The 5-3 ruling involved the family's effort to sell part of its land along the scenic St. Croix River. They planned to use the proceeds from an empty lot to pay for improvements on a cabin that sits on adjacent...
Q&A: A look at US-Canada border after airport stabbing

Q&A: A look at US-Canada border after airport stabbing

Authorities say a Canadian man from Tunisia crossed legally into the U.S. days before stabbing a police officer in the neck at a Michigan airport. The attack raises questions about security along the northern border, including what the process is for travelers and how many people are detained or denied entry. A look at some common questions and answers. ___ Q: HOW MANY PEOPLE CROSS FROM CANADA INTO...
Opioids, a mass killer we’re meeting with a shrug

Opioids, a mass killer we’re meeting with a shrug

About as many Americans are expected to die this year of drug overdoses as died in the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. For more than 100 years, death rates have been dropping for Americans — but now, because of opioids, death rates are rising again. We as a nation are going backward, and drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50. “There&rsquo...
Fuel demand slump may have link to US immigrant crackdown

Fuel demand slump may have link to US immigrant crackdown

At this time of year, demand for gasoline in the U.S. is normally rising as people head out for summer vacations in a country that has millions more vehicles than any other. But that's not happening in 2017, and one contributing factor could be that undocumented immigrants are driving less. Part of the blame for the slowdown may be higher pump prices, but Barclays Capital Inc. says another possible...
Russia fires missiles from Mediterranean at IS in Syria

Russia fires missiles from Mediterranean at IS in Syria

Russia has fired cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea on positions of the Islamic State group in Syria, the Defense Ministry said on Friday, Moscow's latest show of strength in the conflict wracking the Mideast country. The ministry said in a statement that two frigates and a submarine launched six cruise missiles on IS installations in Syria's Hama province, destroying command centers and ammunition...
Total solar eclipse casts spotlight on rural Oregon town

Total solar eclipse casts spotlight on rural Oregon town

Just before sunrise, there's typically nothing atop Round Butte but the whistle of the wind and a panoramic view of Oregon's second-highest peak glowing pink in the faint light. But on Aug. 21, local officials expect this lookout point just outside the small town of Madras to be crammed with people from around the world, all hoping for the first glimpse of the moon's shadow as it crosses Mount Jefferson's...
Eclipse chasers blaze trail to Oregon for view of a lifetime

Eclipse chasers blaze trail to Oregon for view of a lifetime

Just before sunrise, there's typically nothing atop Round Butte but the whistle of the wind and a panoramic view of Oregon's second-highest peak glowing pink in the faint light. But on Aug. 21, local officials expect this lookout point just outside the small town of Madras to be crammed with people from around the world, all hoping for the first glimpse of the moon's shadow as it crosses Mount Jefferson's...
Couple win nearly $1 million in penny slots

Couple win nearly $1 million in penny slots

This was better than a golden ticket. >> Read more trending news  A couple from Arizona gambling on a Willy Wonka-themed penny slot machine at a Las Vegas casino won nearly $1 million over the weekend, KMPH reported. According to Caesars Entertainment, Nicholas Blaskowski and Nicole Perry, of Phoenix, hit the jackpot at Harrah's Las Vegas on Sunday while playing Willy Wonka: World of Wonka...
Work to move giant sequoia draws curious Idaho onlookers

Work to move giant sequoia draws curious Idaho onlookers

Workers in Idaho prepared to inflate rolling tubes beneath a massive sequoia that grew over more than a century from a seed sent by naturalist John Muir. Then, they wrestled the tree up a ramp to street level Friday. The 10-story-tall landmark was in the final throes of a complex effort to uproot it from the path of a Boise hospital's expansion and move it two blocks away to city property. Workers...
Cindy's remnants: Street flooding from South to the Midwest

Cindy's remnants: Street flooding from South to the Midwest

Rain bands reeling away from Tropical Depression Cindy spread drenching rains from the Southeast to the Midwest, triggering flash flood warnings over several states including West Virginia, whose residents on Friday marked the anniversary of deadly floods last June. The storms stretching for hundreds of miles (kilometers) are expected to push river levels higher in coming days as the remnants of a...
Federal judge temporarily blocks deportation of Iraqis in Michigan

Federal judge temporarily blocks deportation of Iraqis in Michigan

A federal judge granted a 14-day stay of removal Thursday, blocking the deportation  of more than 100 Iraqis living in Michigan, CNN reported. >> Read more trending news The temporary stay allows any of the men and women detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to appear before an immigration judge and make their case for remaining in the United States. ICE has arrested...
40 people killed in bomb, gun attacks in 3 Pakistani cities

40 people killed in bomb, gun attacks in 3 Pakistani cities

At least 40 people were killed and nearly 100 wounded Friday in four separate bomb and gun attacks in three major Pakistani cities, officials said. A suicide bomber was involved in the first car bombing near the office of the provincial police chief in the southwestern city of Quetta that killed at least 12 people and wounded 20. There were conflicting claims of responsibility for this attack from...
New Zealand newspaper names all drunk drivers on front page

New Zealand newspaper names all drunk drivers on front page

A newspaper in a busy New Zealand resort town has decided to take a stand against drunken driving by filling its front page with the names, ages and alcohol readings for about 100 people convicted of the offense this year. Queenstown's breathtaking scenery, adventure sports and skiing have made it a must-see destination for millions of tourists visiting New Zealand, but its vibrant nightlife has also...
Experts: US exiting climate pact may doom some small islands

Experts: US exiting climate pact may doom some small islands

To small island nations where the land juts just above the rising seas, the U.S. pulling out of the Paris global warming pact makes the future seem as fragile and built on hope as a sand castle. Top scientists say it was already likely that Earth's temperatures and the world's seas will keep rising to a point where some island states may not survive through the next 100 years. That likelihood increases...
Detroit judge halts deportation of Iraqi Christians

Detroit judge halts deportation of Iraqi Christians

A judge on Thursday temporarily halted the deportation of more than 100 Iraqi Christians living in the Detroit area who fear torture and possible death if sent back to Iraq. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith said in a written order that deportation is halted for 14 days while he decides if his court has jurisdiction to hear their plight. The Justice Department had argued that the detainees, including...
Q&A: A look at US-Canada border after airport stabbing

Q&A: A look at US-Canada border after airport stabbing

Authorities say a Canadian man from Tunisia crossed legally into the U.S. days before stabbing a police officer in the neck at a Michigan airport. The attack raises questions about security along the northern border, including what the process is for travelers and how many people are detained or denied entry. A look at some common questions and answers. ___ Q: HOW MANY PEOPLE CROSS FROM CANADA INTO...
Rolling sequoia: Idaho tree tied to John Muir set for move

Rolling sequoia: Idaho tree tied to John Muir set for move

Not very often does a 10-story-tall, 800,000-pound landmark change locations. Especially one that's alive. But workers in Idaho will attempt just that starting Friday. A massive sequoia sent to Boise as a small seedling by naturalist John Muir more than a century ago is now in the way of a hospital's expansion and plans are to move it two blocks away to city property. "We've all got our fingers...
Richmond mayor: Keep Confederate statues, but add context

Richmond mayor: Keep Confederate statues, but add context

The towering Confederate monuments in Virginia's capital city shouldn't be taken down, but instead should be supplemented with historical context about why they were built, Richmond's mayor said Thursday. "Whether we like it or not, they are part of our history of this city, and removal would never wash away that stain," Mayor Levar Stoney said. Instead, a commission of historians, authors...
Registered sex offender moves in next door to victim – legally 

Registered sex offender moves in next door to victim – legally 

A young Oklahoma woman found out details of her state’s sex offender laws the hard way, when the man who sexually abused her as a child legally moved in next door. Danyelle Dyer, 21, is now working with her family and state legislators to change those laws. Dyer, of Bristow, was just 7 years old when she was molested by Harold Dwayne English, her stepuncle. Oklahoma Department of Corrections...

Israel: Hezbollah uses NGO to conceal border posts

Israel has filed a complaint with the U.N. Security Council accusing the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah of setting up observation outposts along the border on land purportedly used by an environmental advocacy group. Israel said the posts violate the U.N.-brokered cease-fire that ended a war with Hezbollah in 2006 and asked the U.N. to order the Lebanese government to remove the posts. "Hezbollah's...
12 times Donald Trump tweeted about his Mar-a-Lago Club

12 times Donald Trump tweeted about his Mar-a-Lago Club

President Donald Trump loves his Mar-a-Lago Club.  Within his first 100 days in office, Trump made seven trips to his part-time Palm Beach home, and on two of those trips he hosted world leaders: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in February, and Chinese President Xi Jinping in April. Trump purchased the estate in 1985 from the estate of cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post, and...

Egypt says 7 militants killed in raid on desert camp

Egypt's Interior Ministry says it has killed seven people in connection with recent attacks on the country's embattled Christian minority, including three church bombings and a deadly bus shooting, all claimed by the Islamic State group. The ministry said in a Thursday statement that the militants, who were killed in an exchange of fire, were hiding in a western desert camp. It did not provide any...
Senate health care bill: What is in it? Read it here

Senate health care bill: What is in it? Read it here

On Thursday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a draft of the Senate’s health care bill.  The Washington Post reported that the draft, already slammed for being prepared behind closed doors, is similar to the House health care bill, but will dramatically roll back taxes imposed by the Affordable Care Act. Here is what is known about the bill: The draft of the bill was released to...
People with disabilities at risk in Central African Republic

People with disabilities at risk in Central African Republic

Simplice Lenguy told his wife to leave him behind as people fled when fighting broke out in Central African Republic's capital. "I said, 'Take the children. You go to the camp. I am handicapped. I can't flee like the others. If something happens to me, at least my family will be safe,'" Lenguy, who is disabled from polio, recounted in an interview with The Associated Press. His wife refused...
Ironworker wants Paul Ryan's job. He's got great ad, but losing record

Ironworker wants Paul Ryan's job. He's got great ad, but losing record

A Wisconsin congressional campaign ad has politicos buzzing. It opens with footage from President Trump's victory lap news conference in early May, when he and House Speaker Paul Ryan jubilantly celebrated the House vote to repeal and replace Obamacare. Then it cuts to sprawling sunrise shots of open fields and grain silos in southeastern Wisconsin, finally landing in a living room where a woman who...
In the Trump era, Obama nostalgia is a booming industry

In the Trump era, Obama nostalgia is a booming industry

Pat Cunnane spent six years in the White House helping to promote Barack Obama's message. From the outside, he still does: On Tuesday, Cunnane became the latest Obama alumnus to land a contract for a book on his experiences. While much of the world obsesses about the more impetuous musings of President Donald Trump — or perhaps in reaction to that obsession _ a new market for Obama nostalgia...
Iraqis: IS blew up mosque in 'formal declaration of defeat'

Iraqis: IS blew up mosque in 'formal declaration of defeat'

With their control of Mosul slipping away, Islamic State militants decided to send a message of defiance: They blew up the 12th century al-Nuri Mosque, along with its famous leaning minaret. The mosque, destroyed Wednesday night, would have been a symbolic prize in the fight for Iraq's second-largest city. It was from a pulpit in that mosque that the extremists' leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declared...
UN says IS targets children to hold Mosul civilians hostage

UN says IS targets children to hold Mosul civilians hostage

Fighters for the Islamic State group are targeting children in Mosul to prevent civilians from fleeing the city as Iraqi forces push into the last stronghold held in Iraq by the militants there, the United Nations said Thursday. The U.N. children's agency said it has documented a number of cases in which IS fighters killed the children of families trying to escape from neighborhoods controlled by...
NEW: 14 times Donald Trump has tweeted about Palm Beach

NEW: 14 times Donald Trump has tweeted about Palm Beach

President Donald Trump has made Palm Beach his part-time home, spending weekends there during the ritzy town’s social season and hosting charity events at his Mar-a-Lago Club. Through the years, Trump has taken to Twitter — his favorite form of social media — to talk about the island and nearby West Palm Beach. From commenting on the price of gas, to touting his Trump International...

POINT OF VIEW Demand civilian gun laws that ban weapons of war

The United States has experienced 155 mass shootings in the first 165 days of this year, as of the shooting of U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, and four others in Alexandria, Va. While most of the discussion of this incident has thus far centered on the background of the shooter, security detail of the victims and impact of the poisonous political environment, the omnipresence of guns and gun...
San Francisco to ban sales of vaping flavored liquid

San Francisco to ban sales of vaping flavored liquid

San Francisco city supervisors unanimously approved a measure that bans the sale of flavored nicotine-laced liquid used in electronic cigarettes and flavored tobacco products, saying nicotine masked in cotton candy, banana cream, mint and other flavors entices kids into a lifetime of addiction. Other cities have passed laws reducing access to flavored vaping liquids and flavored tobacco but San Francisco...
Polygamous leader hit with new felony charge after capture

Polygamous leader hit with new felony charge after capture

Captured polygamous sect leader Lyle Jeffs could face up to another 10 years in prison after prosecutors filed a new felony charge Wednesday connected to his nearly yearlong time on the run. The new failure to appear count comes on top of two felony charges in a suspected multimillion-dollar food stamp fraud scheme. Jeffs was awaiting trial on those charges when he escaped from home confinement by...
War-torn Yemen to get cholera vaccines as death toll mounts

War-torn Yemen to get cholera vaccines as death toll mounts

The U.N. health agency and some major partners have agreed to send 1 million doses of cholera vaccine to Yemen to help stanch a spiraling and increasingly deadly caseload in the impoverished country, which is already facing war and the risk of famine. A spokesman for the World Health Organization said Wednesday that it didn't initially want to publicize last week's decision because questions remain...
Extreme heat making wildfire battle tougher in Southwest US

Extreme heat making wildfire battle tougher in Southwest US

Temperatures in parts of Arizona, California and Nevada soared to nearly 120 degrees (48.9 Celsius) this week, creating problems for firefighters. In California, two firefighters were treated for heat-related injuries as they battled a blaze in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles. In New Mexico, authorities say a brush fire destroyed sheds and vehicles on private property and sent two...
Feds tell judge he lacks power to halt Iraqi deportations

Feds tell judge he lacks power to halt Iraqi deportations

Government lawyers on Wednesday urged a federal judge to stay on the sideline in the planned deportation of more than 100 Iraqi nationals who have been living in the Detroit area, saying he has no authority to suspend their removal. The Justice Department argued that the detainees, including many who were recently rounded up after decades in the U.S., must go to immigration court to try to remain...
IS destroys iconic al-Nuri mosque in Mosul

IS destroys iconic al-Nuri mosque in Mosul

The Islamic State group destroyed Mosul's al-Nuri mosque and its iconic leaning minaret known as al-Hadba when fighters detonated explosives inside the structures Wednesday night, Iraq's Ministry of Defense said. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tweeted early Thursday that the destruction was an admission by the militants that they are losing the fight for Iraq's second-largest city. "Daesh's...
Donald Trump on Twitter: The president’s latest tweets

Donald Trump on Twitter: The president’s latest tweets

President Donald Trump uses Twitter unlike anyone in politics before him. Because of his unconventional approach to communicating with his constituents, Trump’s Twitter feed has become a must-follow for supporters and opponents alike, with the 45th president of the United States amassing a following of nearing 33 million as of mid-June.  Trump posts daily to his Twitter account, taking...
A look at special counsel Robert Mueller's team of lawyers

A look at special counsel Robert Mueller's team of lawyers

The team of lawyers investigating potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign is still growing, but its early composition reveals a breadth of experience in criminal law and in following the money. The team includes a former Fulbright Scholar in Russia, a criminal law expert who's argued dozens of cases before the Supreme Court, a former FBI counterterrorism agent, a veteran prosecutor...
Batman thwarts would-be thief

Batman thwarts would-be thief

A police officer dressed as Batman stopped a would-be thief in Texas on Saturday after the man attempted to nab four DVDs from a Walmart store, including the Lego Batman movie. “You cannot steal my movie,” Forth Worth police Officer Damon Cole joked to KDFW. “Come on.” Cole was off-duty and dressed as Batman for a kids’ safety fair Saturday when he was alerted to...
All that's cool and quirky at the Paris Air Show

All that's cool and quirky at the Paris Air Show

There are flying cars and Concorde's would-be supersonic successor, a company offering to deliver cargo to the Moon — for a mere $1.2 million per kilogram — and the latest in funky futuristic aviation ideas, both big and small. No doubt about it: the Paris Air Show is an aerospace geek's paradise. But with everything from the smallest drones to the largest passenger jets on display, it's...

100 dead in Central African Republic town, mayor says

Clashes between armed groups in the Central African Republic town of Bria have left at least 100 people dead in the wake of a peace agreement signed this week in Rome that called for an immediate cease-fire, officials said Wednesday. Security remained so precarious that Red Cross teams could not venture into the streets to collect bodies for burial. "For the moment, no one dares to go out as...
After 4 days, Portugal contains wildfire that killed 64

After 4 days, Portugal contains wildfire that killed 64

A wildfire that killed 64 people last weekend has been brought under control, Portuguese authorities said Wednesday as a minute of silence was held in memory of victims of the country's deadliest natural disaster in decades. "The fire is no longer progressing," Civil Protection Agency spokesman Vitor Vaz Pinto said, adding that hundreds of firefighters would remain on the scene to prevent...

Philippine troops evict Muslim rebel raiders from village

Muslim rebels withdrew from a southern Philippine village Wednesday after security forces moved rapidly to prevent another crisis amid a monthlong militant siege in nearby Marawi city, officials said. About 300 gunmen stormed the village of Malagakit in North Cotabato province at dawn Wednesday and engaged government forces in a firefight. There've been no reports of casualties and hundreds of villages...
Trump tweetstorms wash away White House press briefings

Trump tweetstorms wash away White House press briefings

Out: White House press briefings and presidential interviews. In: tweet-storms and political rallies. President Donald Trump has swapped traditional forms of White House transparency for direct but one-way communication through Twitter and speeches to friendly audiences. As he heads to Iowa on Wednesday for his fifth political rally while in office, Trump is reducing the importance of White House...
Belgium tightens security after failed Brussels bombing

Belgium tightens security after failed Brussels bombing

The weapons are increasingly ordinary — rented vehicles, nails and canisters, store-bought knives. A series of small-scale attacks has left Europeans trying to balance their desire not to give in to extremism with a persistent anxiety that it could strike at any time. Even though a nail bomb didn't fully go off in Brussels Central Station late Tuesday and failed to hit dozens of commuters close...
'Worth killing over': How a plane mogul dodged US scrutiny

'Worth killing over': How a plane mogul dodged US scrutiny

When a Kansas strip-mall bank with possible mob ties folded in the mid-1980s, federal authorities investigated whether a shareholder, Iranian-born aviation magnate Farhad Azima, should face criminal charges. The probe hit a dead end. Azima, a U.S. citizen, essentially had a stay-out-of-jail-free card because of secretive work he had performed for the U.S. government, a former federal prosecutor involved...

Rebels attack Philippine village, possibly to divert troops

Muslim rebels raided a southern Philippine village and positioned themselves in a school as they engaged troops in a gunbattle early Wednesday that officials said may be an attempt to disrupt the massive military offensive in besieged Marawi city. They took five civilians as shields during their retreat later in the morning, the military said. Police Chief Inspector Realan Mamon told The Associated...

Pentagon: Afghanistan developing new plan vs. Taliban

After nearly 16 years of war against the Taliban, the Afghan government is starting to develop a "road map" for breaking a battlefield stalemate that has been prolonged by the insurgents' ability to use Pakistan as a sanctuary, the Pentagon said Tuesday. In a report to Congress, the Pentagon said Kabul's plan is in the early stages of development. It would restructure and realign the Afghan...
'Worth killing over': How a plane mogul dodged US scrutiny

'Worth killing over': How a plane mogul dodged US scrutiny

When a Kansas strip-mall bank with possible mob ties folded in the mid-1980s, federal authorities investigated whether a shareholder, Iranian-born aviation magnate Farhad Azima, should face criminal charges. The probe hit a dead end. Azima, a U.S. citizen, essentially had a stay-out-of-jail-free card because of secretive work he had performed for the U.S. government, a former federal prosecutor involved...
Clamping down, Trump team puts the 'brief' in press briefing

Clamping down, Trump team puts the 'brief' in press briefing

President Donald Trump's White House is putting the "brief" in press briefings. Sean Spicer, the embattled press secretary, spoke for 30 minutes Tuesday and didn't answer a number of basic questions, including whether the president believes Russia interfered in the 2016 election and whether Trump had seen the hotly debated Senate health care bill. Once more freewheeling exchanges, White...
Pileup during blinding dust on New Mexico highway kills 6

Pileup during blinding dust on New Mexico highway kills 6

Six people died in a 25-vehicle pileup caused by a sudden dust storm along an interstate highway in New Mexico where such conditions have caused deadly collisions in the past, authorities said. Those killed in the incident Monday near the Arizona border were a 9-month-old girl and her parents from Phoenix, two people from El Paso, Texas, and a California woman. The high winds and limited visibility...
Alaska court hears dispute over oil-wealth fund checks

Alaska court hears dispute over oil-wealth fund checks

An Alaska lawmaker made one last legal push Tuesday to put about $1,000 back in the hands of nearly every state resident for their share of Alaska's oil wealth. Sen. Bill Wielechowski argued before the Alaska Supreme Court in Anchorage that Gov. Bill Walker last year exceeded his authority when he reduced the size of the yearly checks by about half. Wielechowski, an Anchorage Democrat, hopes to reverse...
Republican aligned with Trump wins South Carolina House seat

Republican aligned with Trump wins South Carolina House seat

Republican Ralph Norman won a special election Tuesday to fill the South Carolina congressional seat vacated by Mick Mulvaney, battling to a victory closer than many expected to replace the new White House budget director. "It's a good win, and we're excited," Norman, a real estate developer who aligned himself with President Donald Trump, told The Associated Press. "We're looking forward...
VIDEO: Chinese protester tells tale behind desperate act near Trump summit

VIDEO: Chinese protester tells tale behind desperate act near Trump summit

On April 6, as fans and protesters alike anticipated the arrival of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s motorcade on Lantana Road during his summit with President Donald Trump, a 52-year-old woman darted into the road and into oncoming traffic — surprising even the protesters with her. A Palm Beach County sheriff’s major quickly pulled Yong Tian Ma out of the path of a car in the...
2017 Stanley Cup championship carpet for sale, comes at hefty price

2017 Stanley Cup championship carpet for sale, comes at hefty price

It would really tie the man cave together, and it can be yours if you have about five grand to plunk down on an area rug. The NHL is auctioning off the 2017 Stanley Cup presentation rug that took center ice when the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Nashville Predators in game 6 to take back-to-back Stanley Cup championships. According to the listing, the carpet is about 8 feet across and is black with...
Watch: Crews remove Confederate statue from park in Orlando, Florida

Watch: Crews remove Confederate statue from park in Orlando, Florida

Crews disassembled and removed a Confederate statue from Lake Eola Park in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday morning, 100 years after its first relocation. The 106-year-old statue, nicknamed "Johnny Reb," was moved from East Central Boulevard and South Magnolia Avenue to the park in 1917 because the monument posed a traffic hazard. The statue will be re-erected in the city's historic Greenwood...
Messages, maps point to missing teens’ trip to Bahamas before storm

Messages, maps point to missing teens’ trip to Bahamas before storm

The day before Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen rode out from the Jupiter Inlet to the Atlantic Ocean in July 2015 for what would be the last time, the boys messaged at least one friend to ask if the friend wanted to come along fishing the following day. “Me and Austin r (siq) crossing to the Bahamas tomorrow come with us,” Cohen wrote in an Instagram message to a friend, according to...
One Ohio town’s immigration clash, down in the actual muck

One Ohio town’s immigration clash, down in the actual muck

Migrant workers arrive here every spring to work in the “muck,” which is what everybody calls the fertile soil that makes this part of Ohio the perfect place to grow radishes, peppers, cucumbers and leafy greens. The temporary workers can be seen planting, weeding and, later in the season, harvesting crops that will be sold at national supermarket chains. But there is trouble in the muck...

Budget cuts threaten forests' roads, hunting, fishing

The roads to the national forests could get bumpier. Trails could get messier. Maintenance on bridges, dams and recreation sites could become tougher under President Donald Trump's proposed budget for fiscal 2018, which begins Oct. 1. The White House is seeking only about $100 million in funding for capital improvement and maintenance by the National Forest Service, down from $363 million this year...
As heat wave hits, air-conditioner fixers are in hot demand

As heat wave hits, air-conditioner fixers are in hot demand

Alan Schwandt was rushing to his second job of the day when his phone rang with another desperate Phoenix homeowner calling about a broken air conditioner amid a scorching heat wave. Dressed in gray shorts and a navy long-sleeve shirt emblazoned with the bright-red logo for "Alan's Air," Schwandt quickly crisscrossed the Phoenix metro area to bring relief to flushed residents. He toiled...
Fatal mauling of teen shows danger Alaska athletes face

Fatal mauling of teen shows danger Alaska athletes face

Patrick Cooper had already turned around after reaching the halfway point in a popular mountain race in Alaska when he somehow veered off the trail and became lost. That's when the 16-year-old Anchorage boy encountered the black bear that would take his life in a rare predatory attack. Cooper began running, and at one point he reportedly placed a frantic call to his brother, saying he was being chased...
Experts: Takata bankruptcy means air bag victims get less

Experts: Takata bankruptcy means air bag victims get less

A bankruptcy filing by Japanese air bag maker Takata will leave little money for dozens of people who sued the company over deaths and injuries caused by its exploding air bag inflators, according to outside legal experts and lawyers suing the company. Takata Corp. and its U.S. operations are likely to seek bankruptcy protection by the end of June in a deal that would sell its assets to competitor...
Utah Muslim leader blocked from flying returns to US home

Utah Muslim leader blocked from flying returns to US home

A Utah Muslim leader who finally returned home after being barred from flying to the U.S. last week will push forward with a lawsuit that brought attention to his case to ensure he is afforded free reign of travel in the future, his lead attorney said Monday. Imam Yussuf Abdi, a U.S. citizen, and his attorneys believe his name is on a government no-fly list where he doesn't belong, lawyer Jim McConkie...
Venus Ramey, Miss America who inspired WWII effort, dies

Venus Ramey, Miss America who inspired WWII effort, dies

Venus Ramey, a former Miss America who helped rally the nation during World War II and found renewed fame later in life by shooting out the tires of intruders at her Kentucky farm, has died. She was 92. The 1944 Miss America died Saturday, according to the Morris and Hislope Funeral Home in Science Hill, Kentucky. Ramey was the first redhead to win the Miss America title and the first to be photographed...
Muslims targeted by violence in wake of IS-claimed attacks

Muslims targeted by violence in wake of IS-claimed attacks

The attack on Muslim worshippers outside a London mosque on Monday follows a rising wave of violence and harassment directed against Muslims across Britain and around the world. This month alone, a Muslim woman wearing a head scarf told police in Lancashire her car was struck by a bag of vomit. Worshippers at the Omar Faruque mosque in Cambridge found strips of ham attached to their vehicles. Several...
Julius and Ethel Rosenberg: Why were they executed? Would it happen today?

Julius and Ethel Rosenberg: Why were they executed? Would it happen today?

In the 1930s and ’40s, Julius Rosenberg worked as an electrical engineer. His wife, Ethel, was a clerk for a shipping company. The two met on Dec. 31, 1938, as Edith Greenglass was waiting to go on stage to sing at a New Year’s Eve benefit. Rosenberg was smitten by Greenglass, by many accounts, and the two married in the summer of 1939. The couple seemed to live a typical American life...
Few opioid-addicted youth get standard treatment medication

Few opioid-addicted youth get standard treatment medication

Only 1 in 4 teens and young adults with opioid addiction receive recommended treatment medication despite having good health insurance, according to a study that suggests doctors are not keeping up with the needs of youth caught up in the worst addiction crisis in U.S. history. "Young people may be dying because they are not getting the treatment they need," said Brendan Saloner, an addiction...
Shootings kill or injure at least 19 US children each day

Shootings kill or injure at least 19 US children each day

Shootings kill or injure at least 19 U.S. children each day, with boys, teenagers and blacks most at risk, according to a government study that paints a bleak portrait of persistent violence. The analysis of 2002-14 U.S. data is billed as the most comprehensive study on the topic. While it mostly confirms previously released information, it underscores why researchers view gun violence as a public...
Egypt islands deal with Saudi pits government against courts

Egypt islands deal with Saudi pits government against courts

The past week's tempestuous parliament approval of a deal transferring two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia is putting Egypt's government at odds with the judiciary and providing the country's battered opposition with a nationalist cause to whip up at a time of growing economic distress. The surprise 2016 deal to hand over the islands of Tiran and Sanafir aimed to strengthen ties with Saudi Arabia...
Floating water park to open in Lake Michigan

Floating water park to open in Lake Michigan

A floating waterpark is getting ready to open at the height of summer vacation. Workers in Whiting, Indiana, have installed a one-acre Wibit sports park in Lake Michigan. >> Read more trending news The park features 61 obstacles including slides, jumping platforms and floating “wiggle bridges,” The Northwest Indiana Times reported. The floating park, called Whoa Zone, will be anchored...

Prominent Turkish journalists on trial over failed coup

The trial started on Monday of 17 people, mostly journalists, accused of links to last year's failed coup attempt in Turkey, amid heightened concerns for press freedoms. The defendants include prominent journalist Nazli Ilicak, former newspaper chief editor Ahmet Altan and his brother Mehmet Altan, an economics professor and writer. They have been accused of having prior knowledge of the coup attempt...
Greek, Turkish leaders meet on tensions over Aegean flyovers

Greek, Turkish leaders meet on tensions over Aegean flyovers

Greece's prime minister told his Turkish counterpart Monday that airspace violations over the Aegean must stop as they increase the risk of a military accident in the sea between the two uneasy neighbors and NATO allies. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said he and Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim, who was on a one-day visit to Greece, agreed to maintain open channels of communication between...
Confirmation of Serbia's first gay premier thrown into doubt

Confirmation of Serbia's first gay premier thrown into doubt

Serbia's ruling conservatives said Monday if Prime Minister-designate Ana Brnabic doesn't get enough votes to be confirmed by parliament as the first openly gay person to head the country's government, an early general election will be held. Brnabic, nominated last week by Serbian Present Aleksandar Vucic, could also become the conservative nation's first female prime minister if she's selected. But...
Tech CEOS visit White House to talk modernizing government

Tech CEOS visit White House to talk modernizing government

The White House on Monday urged technology CEOs to pitch in on President Donald Trump's effort to modernize government. "Our goal is to lead a sweeping transformation of the federal government's technology that will deliver dramatically better services to citizens, stronger protection from cyberattacks," said Trump, adding that the possible changes could produce up to $1 trillion in savings...
Some Trump supporters are tuning out

Some Trump supporters are tuning out

It was the garish start to a politics-as-reality-show that no one — whether for or against him — could stop watching. As the summer progressed, he hit No. 1 in the polls and attracted thousands to mega-rallies in cities from Mobile, Alabama, to Phoenix on his unlikely journey to the White House.  But two years later, President Donald Trump is struggling to keep his viewers engaged...
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