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Feds say brake problems preceded derailment in Pennsylvania

Crews encountered air brake problems before a 178-car freight train derailed in Pennsylvania earlier this month, causing hazardous material to ignite and forcing nearby residents to evacuate, federal investigators said. The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report issued Monday said a crew stopped the CSX Transportation train before the Aug. 2 wreck, applied 58 hand brakes and recharged...

Military-style Christian sect leader charged in abuse case

A leader of a New Mexico military-style Christian sect is facing dozens of child sexual abuse charges in a case that authorities say is connected to widespread abuse by the religious commune. Peter Green of the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps in the remote community of Fence Lake faces 100 counts of criminal sexual penetration of a child, according to a criminal complaint filed August...
Miss Monday’s eclipse? 2024 view from other U.S. cities will be better

Miss Monday’s eclipse? 2024 view from other U.S. cities will be better

If you were stuck inside Monday and missed the eclipse, don’t worry. You still have a chance to experience a total eclipse of the sun in a seven years. >> Read more trending news  Mark April 8, 2024, on your calendar. On that date, at 5:17 p.m., the eclipse will commence in Austin, Texas, turning daylight into twilight. The total eclipse will be visible in Austin at 6:36...

The Latest: Ex-Christian sect member not stunned by new case

The Latest on a New Mexico military-style Christian sect facing child abuse charges (all times local): 4:30 p.m. A former member of a military-style Christian sect facing child abuse and child sexual abuse charges says she's not surprised by the group's latest troubles. Maura Alana Schmierer told The Associated Press on Monday that leaders of the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps now...
Trump returns to Arizona _ and a chaotic political landscape

Trump returns to Arizona _ and a chaotic political landscape

Donald Trump was just a few weeks into his candidacy in 2015 when he came to Phoenix for a speech that ended up being a bigger moment in his campaign than most people realized at the time. Trump savaged his critics and the media, vowed to fine Mexico $100,000 for each immigrant entering the country illegally, talked tough on trade, promised to return America to its winning ways and borrowed a line...

Turkmenistan creates its 1st animal shelter ahead of games

The Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan has moved to officially open its first animal shelter as it prepares to host a major international athletic competition next month. The shelter, founded by a resident at her home outside Ashgabat, has been registered by the state and will receive government assistance, according to Monday's report in Neutral Turkmenistan. The government has pledged to allocate...
Solar Eclipse 2017: NASA live stream, live updates

Solar Eclipse 2017: NASA live stream, live updates

Monday marks the first time in nearly 100 years that a total solar eclipse will be visible from the continental U.S.  The 10 best locations to watch the eclipse across the country can be found here, but if getting to one of those cities isn’t possible, NASA is hosting two four-hour live-streams covering the event. NASA’s live coverage will begin at 11:45 a.m. ET. ...
Solar Eclipse 2017: Watch for cool shadow snakes just before and after eclipse

Solar Eclipse 2017: Watch for cool shadow snakes just before and after eclipse

Shadow snakes or shadow bands are wavy lines of light and dark that race across the ground just before and after the moon totally blocks out the sun during a total eclipse. Scientists still don’t completely understand what these mysterious bands of light and shadow are or where they originate, according to NASA. Over the past 100 years many scientists have tried to explain shadow bands...
NEW: West Palm to remove Confederate monument; ‘We lost our patience’

NEW: West Palm to remove Confederate monument; ‘We lost our patience’

The mayor said Monday the city will remove a 10-foot-tall memorial to Confederate soldiers that’s stood at Woodlawn Cemetery for decades but recently joined others nationwide as symbols of a wound that has not healed. The city’s move came just one day after the marker was found Sunday afternoon to have been vandalized. The structure was erected in 1941 by the Daughters of the Confederacy...
The Latest: Car strikes 2 women watching eclipse, 1 dies

The Latest: Car strikes 2 women watching eclipse, 1 dies

7:45 p.m. Authorities say two women watching the eclipse while standing on a sidewalk in Kentucky were struck by a car, and one has died. State Police Trooper Jody Sims says the car crossed the center line and hit a utility pole and the pedestrians Monday in Hyden, about 120 miles (190 kilometers) southeast of Lexington. Sims says 23-year-old Mackenzie P. Hays was pronounced dead, and 41-year-old...
Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds because of Trump's frequent travel, large family

Exclusive: Secret Service depletes funds because of Trump's frequent travel, large family

WASHINGTON — The Secret Service can no longer pay hundreds of agents it needs to carry out an expanded protective mission – in large part due to the sheer size of President Trump's family and efforts necessary to secure their multiple residences up and down the East Coast. Secret Service Director Randolph "Tex'' Alles, in an interview with...
Russia boosts air campaign to help recapture key Syrian city

Russia boosts air campaign to help recapture key Syrian city

Russia said Monday it has intensified its air campaign in Syria to help President Bashar Assad's forces drive Islamic State militants from Deir el-Zour, a major stronghold for the group, killing an estimated 800 militants across the country this month alone. Col. Gen. Sergei Rudskoi said Russian jets are now making 60 to 70 flights a day to target militants heading from other areas to join the fight...
Trump's plan would be disaster for black working class of New Orleans

Trump's plan would be disaster for black working class of New Orleans

Seven days a week, at 6 a.m. and 4 p.m., workers flock to the hiring center a few blocks from the Mississippi River and line up against the chain-link fence according to their seniority.  They bow their heads as they recite the Lord's Prayer. "Give us this day our daily bread," the union leader intones. Then the dockworkers lift their union cards high in hopes of securing work that...
Trump's tariffs would kill these American jobs

Trump's tariffs would kill these American jobs

Donald Trump would love what Arnold Kamler's doing. One of the president's top campaign promises was to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S., and Kamler is on a quest to revive a decimated industry: American-made bicycles. Almost all of the roughly 18 million bicycles sold each year in the U.S. come from China and Taiwan. This year, about 130 workers at Kamler's new factory in Manning, S.C.,...
The eclipse's really early birds

The eclipse's really early birds

Thousands of eclipse oglers eager to secure their viewing spots have been pouring into rural towns on Oregon's arid east side and craggy coast for days. But some Oregon residents have been preparing for Monday's total solar eclipse for much, much longer. Kay Wyatt and her husband, Steven, moved to Depoe Bay, Oregon, 15 years ago, in no small part because it lies on the centerline of the path of totality...
Confederate statues removed from University of Texas at Austin campus

Confederate statues removed from University of Texas at Austin campus

University of Texas President Gregory L. Fenves abruptly announced late Sunday that four statues of people with Confederate ties would be removed immediately from the school’s South Mall. The bronze likenesses of Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Albert Sidney Johnston and Confederate Postmaster John H. Reagan will be relocated to the university’s Briscoe Center for American History...
Trump commits US to fight on in Afghanistan; no speedy exit

Trump commits US to fight on in Afghanistan; no speedy exit

Reversing his past calls for a speedy exit, President Donald Trump recommitted the United States to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan Monday night, declaring U.S. troops must "fight to win." He pointedly declined to disclose how many more troops will be dispatched to wage America's longest war. In a prime-time address to unveil his new Afghanistan strategy, Trump said the U.S. would shift...
'A primal experience': Americans dazzled by solar eclipse

'A primal experience': Americans dazzled by solar eclipse

Millions of Americans gazed in wonder at the cosmic spectacle, with the best seats along the so-called path of totality that raced 2,600 miles (4,200 kilometers) across the continent from Oregon to South Carolina. "It was a very primal experience," Julie Vigeland, of Portland, Oregon, said after she was moved to tears by the sight of the sun reduced to a silvery ring of light in Salem. It...
Police: Fugitive's death 'breaks' cell behind Spain attacks

Police: Fugitive's death 'breaks' cell behind Spain attacks

The lone fugitive from the Spanish cell that killed 15 people in and near Barcelona was shot to death Monday after he flashed what turned out to be a fake suicide belt at two troopers who confronted him in a vineyard not far from the city he terrorized, authorities said. Police said they had "scientific evidence" that Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, drove the van that barreled through Barcelona's...
Group from Latvia travels to Idaho for eclipse

Group from Latvia travels to Idaho for eclipse

A group from Latvia will be among the thousands who will view Monday’s total eclipse, the Idaho Statesman reported. Agnese Zalcmane organized a trip for 22 Latvians, who traveled more than 5,000 miles to Weiser, Idaho, this weekend. Zalcmane has seen seven total eclipses in places including Kazakhstan, Australia, Kenya and Indonesia, the Statesman reported. When she learned of Monday&rsquo...
Eclipse eve: Millions converge across US to see sun go dark

Eclipse eve: Millions converge across US to see sun go dark

Veteran eclipse watchers warned the uninitiated to get ready to be blown away. Planetariums and museums posted "Sold out of eclipse glasses" on their front doors. Signs along highways reminded motorists of "Solar Eclipse Monday," while cars bore the message "Eclipse or bust." With 200 million people within a day's drive of the path of totality, towns and parks braced...
Sun-eating demons? 7 bizarre (but brilliant) myths and superstitions about solar eclipses

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

Millions of Americans are gearing up for the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21, the first total solar eclipse to cross the country coast to coast in nearly 100 years. Folks are planning watch parties, community events and day trips to catch the once-in-a-generation celestial spectacle, but solar eclipses weren’t always as popular as they are today. In fact, the word &ldquo...
McCaskill reaching out to rural Missouri ahead of election

McCaskill reaching out to rural Missouri ahead of election

Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is spending the August recess trekking through Republican strongholds in rural Missouri as she gears up for what's expected to be a fierce battle for a third term. Missouri has shifted even further to the right since the former state auditor joined the Senate in 2007. Republicans haven't lost a statewide race since 2012 when McCaskill won her second term, and they...
Army veteran who lost both legs to roadside bomb is becoming a doctor

Army veteran who lost both legs to roadside bomb is becoming a doctor

Greg Galeazzi is putting on a white coat at Harvard Medical School six years after losing his legs while serving in the Army. Galeazzi told ABC News that he lost his legs and much of his right arm when a roadside bomb exploded in Afghanistan in May 2011, just one month before he was scheduled to head home. “It felt like I was an empty coke can on train tracks getting hit by a freight...
The Latest: Las Ramblas barriers idea considered inefficient

The Latest: Las Ramblas barriers idea considered inefficient

The Latest on the two vehicle attacks in Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils (all times local): 7:45 a.m. A Catalan official says regional and local authorities discarded the Spanish government's suggestion to place traffic barriers to protect the Las Ramblas promenade because they deemed them "inefficient." Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont told La Sexta television...
Spanish town struggles to reconcile locals as extremist cell

Spanish town struggles to reconcile locals as extremist cell

They were brothers and boyhood friends from a town with no unfamiliar faces. They were linked by Moroccan roots and equally tied by their upbringings in Ripoll, an ancient hub in the Catalan foothills known for its monastery and passageways dotted with cafes and kebab shops. But most recently, police believe, the young men were drawn together by an imam and an alleged plot to murder on a massive scale...
POINT OF VIEW: Don’t quit, refocus on healthcare reform wins

POINT OF VIEW: Don’t quit, refocus on healthcare reform wins

Many Americans were disappointed when recent healthcare overhaul efforts failed. Whether they supported the proposed fix or not, many Floridians are now left wondering if they are stuck with all of the downsides of the Affordable Care Act. They don’t have to be, if Congress can regroup and refocus on more modest, achievable changes. One of those should be to stop the health insurance tax from...
The Latest: About 20 protesters linger near Dallas cemetery

The Latest: About 20 protesters linger near Dallas cemetery

The Latest on a conservative rally and counterdemonstration in Boston and around the country (all times local): 11 p.m. Only about 20 protesters remain across the street from a Dallas cemetery where police in riot gear broke up a clash over a Confederate monument. By 10:45 p.m., most of the police — including some on horseback — had left the scene. As officers forced protesters out of...
Utah teacher wants wedding gifts sent to homeless, not her

Utah teacher wants wedding gifts sent to homeless, not her

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

Small earthquake strikes off Hawaii island's east coast

A magnitude 4.1 earthquake hit off the coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. The U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaii Volcano Observatory says the earthquake struck at 8:35 p.m. Friday about 66 miles (107 kilometers) northeast of the town of Hawaiian Beaches on the island's east coast. The agency reports that about 100 people on the islands of Hawaii, Maui, Molokai and Oahu said they felt the earthquake....
From age 3 to 80, Barcelona victims represent a wide world

From age 3 to 80, Barcelona victims represent a wide world

An Italian father who saved his children's lives but lost his own. An American celebrating his first wedding anniversary. A Portuguese woman celebrating her birthday with her granddaughter. These were some of the 14 people from around the world killed in vehicle attacks in Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils on Thursday and early Friday. They spanned generations — from age 3...

7 stabbed in Siberian attack; Russia skeptical of IS claim

A knife-wielding man went on a stabbing rampage Saturday in a Siberian city, wounding seven people before police shot and killed him. The Islamic State's Aamaq news agency hours later claimed the attacker was "an Islamic State soldier." There was no immediate Russian comment and it was unclear if the IS claim was opportunistic. A statement from Russia's Investigative Committee said the mid-day...
Nigeria's ailing president returns after 3 months away

Nigeria's ailing president returns after 3 months away

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari returned to the country Saturday after more than three months in London for medical treatment but the government gave no details on what has been ailing him. Buhari will address the nation in a broadcast Monday morning, his office said, referring to the president's issues merely as a "health challenge." The 74-year-old leader also spent seven weeks in...
The Latest: French police say arrest unrelated to attack

The Latest: French police say arrest unrelated to attack

The Latest on the Spain attacks (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Police in the southern French city of Nimes have arrested a man unlawfully carrying a pistol into a train station, but say he is not linked to the attacks in Barcelona. After an evacuation and police operation at the train station Saturday night, the historic city quickly returned to normal, with police returning to their posts. A national...
Spain investigates missing imam, mysterious explosion

Spain investigates missing imam, mysterious explosion

A missing imam and a house that exploded days ago became the focus Saturday of the investigation into an extremist cell responsible for two deadly attacks in Barcelona and a nearby resort, as authorities narrowed in on who radicalized a group of young men in northeastern Spain. Investigators searched the home of Abdelbaki Es Satty, an imam who in June abruptly quit working at a mosque in the town...
Confederate-like designs to be removed from NYC subway wall

Confederate-like designs to be removed from NYC subway wall

Metropolitan Transit Authority officials said they will modify wall tiles in a Manhattan subway station that create designs that look like Confederate flags, WNYW reported. The patterns, located at the Times Square station, have been on the walls for nearly 100 years. MTA officials said the tiles represent Times Square’s nickname as the “Crossroads of the World” and are not Confederate...
Venezuela's ousted chief prosecutor flees to Colombia

Venezuela's ousted chief prosecutor flees to Colombia

Venezuela's ousted chief prosecutor and her husband — two of President Nicolas Maduro's most outspoken critics — fled the country and landed Friday afternoon in Colombia. Luisa Ortega Diaz and German Ferrer arrived in Bogota aboard a private plane traveling from Aruba, Colombian migration authorities said in a statement. The couple didn't request asylum, according to a senior Colombian...

Troopers pay tribute to 4 people killed in 1997 shootings

About 100 people, including two dozen law enforcement officers, gathered on Friday to remember two state troopers who were killed decades ago in one of the region's worst shootings. On Aug. 19, 1997, Leslie Lord and Scott Phillips were shot in Colebrook by an angry loner, Carl Drega, who had had repeated run-ins with local authorities. Drega then killed newspaper editor Dennis Joos and part-time judge...
Pro-government assembly in Venezuela takes congress' powers

Pro-government assembly in Venezuela takes congress' powers

Venezuela's pro-government constitutional assembly took over the powers of the opposition-led congress Friday, dramatically escalating a standoff between President Nicolas Maduro and his political foes. The move triggered further international condemnation from the dozens of countries that have already criticized the creation of the all-powerful assembly as an undemocratic power grab by Maduro. Assembly...
The Latest: Steve Bannon returns to Breitbart News site

The Latest: Steve Bannon returns to Breitbart News site

The Latest on reaction to President Donald Trump, the terrorist attack in Barcelona and the Charlottesville violence (all times EDT): 6:20 p.m. Breitbart News says Steve Bannon has returned to the website after leaving his position as President Donald Trump's chief strategist. The conservative news site says Bannon is back as its executive chairman, and says he led an editorial meeting Friday evening...
NASA, PBS marking 40 years since Voyager spacecraft launches

NASA, PBS marking 40 years since Voyager spacecraft launches

Forty years after blasting off, Earth's most distant ambassadors — the twin Voyager spacecraft — are carrying sounds and music of our planet ever deeper into the cosmos. Think of them as messages in bottles meant for anyone — or anything — out there. This Sunday marks the 40th anniversary of NASA's launch of Voyager 2, now almost 11 billion miles distant. It departed from Cape...
Police: Houston officer in trouble for DWI once posted provocative photos

Police: Houston officer in trouble for DWI once posted provocative photos

A Houston Police Department officer who was recently suspended after being charged with driving while intoxicated was previously in trouble for posting provocative photos of herself online, Chron.com reported.  Stacey Suro, 47, uploaded nearly 100 photographs -- some of them nude -- to the portfolio website ModelMayhem.com, Chron.com reported. The photos were uploaded in the fall of 2012...
Charlottesville exposes new threat for college campuses

Charlottesville exposes new threat for college campuses

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

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

The U.S. intelligence agencies' assessments of the size of North Korea's nuclear arsenal have a wide gap between high and low estimates. Size matters and not knowing makes it harder for the United States to develop a policy for deterrence and defend itself and allies in the region. The secrecy of North Korea's nuclear program, the underground nature of its test explosions and the location of its uranium-enrichment...
The Latest: Young Australian boy missing after van attack

The Latest: Young Australian boy missing after van attack

The Latest on the Spain attacks (all times local): 5:15 a.m. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has asked people to pray for a young Australian boy who is missing after a vehicle attack on a popular Barcelona promenade that killed 13 people. Turnbull said Saturday that the boy's mother was badly injured and is in a hospital following Friday's attack at the Las Ramblas promenade. Turnbull says...

Eclipse concerns cause school district to cancel classes

A school district in Ohio has canceled classes on Monday over concerns about students damaging their eyes while looking at the solar eclipse. The superintendent of Jefferson Area Local Schools said Thursday that the eclipse could pose a risk to students who view it even inadvertently while at school or on the bus ride home. The day will be used as a service day for faculty and staff. Jefferson is...
Dozens line up to turn themselves in for ‘crime’ of toppling Confederate monument

Dozens line up to turn themselves in for ‘crime’ of toppling Confederate monument

Eight people have been charged with tearing down a Confederate monument Monday in Durham, North Carolina.  On Thursday -- in solidarity with those charged with toppling the statue -- about 100 Durham residents crowded into line at the Durham County Sheriff’s Office to turn themselves in in an effort to get the charges dropped.  A picture that was widely shared on Twitter shows a very...
Southern anger: Nazis, KKK 'hijacking' Confederate debate

Southern anger: Nazis, KKK 'hijacking' Confederate debate

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

Families await remains of 37 dead in Venezuela prison clash

Officials pointed fingers at each other Thursday over who bore responsibility for clashes between inmates and security forces that left 37 people dead in a small prison in southern Venezuela. Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said federal authorities were forced to take action after the Amazonas state governor failed to resolve a crisis at the prison in Puerto Ayacucho. He said Gov. Liborio Guarulla...
Crew claims Florida to Cuba powerboat record in choppy seas

Crew claims Florida to Cuba powerboat record in choppy seas

A team led by a California-based businessman is claiming a record for a powerboat crossing of the Florida Straits after speeding from Key West to Havana on Thursday. The crew of the 48-foot boat reported completing the roughly 100-mile (160-kilometer) journey to Cuba in 1 hour and 18 minutes. They say they averaged nearly 80 mph (129 kph) and hit a top speed of 127 mph (204 kph). The team was led...
A grim subway reality: Corpses sometimes kept in break rooms

A grim subway reality: Corpses sometimes kept in break rooms

It's a largely overlooked but gory reality of the New York City subway system: When someone takes their life by jumping in front of a train, police need to find a place to put the mutilated body until a medical examiner truck arrives. Sometimes, transit workers say, that place is their break room or bathrooms. And naturally, they don't like it. Some say they have been traumatized by unexpectedly coming...
July ranks 2nd for heat globally, hottest recorded on land

July ranks 2nd for heat globally, hottest recorded on land

Earth yet again sizzled with unprecedented heat last month. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday Earth sweated to its second hottest month since recordkeeping began in 1880. At 61.89 degrees (16.63 Celsius), last month was behind July 2016's all-time record by .09 degrees. But Earth's land temperatures in July were the hottest on record at 59.96 degrees (15.5 Celsius)...
Texas police chiefs start adapting to sanctuary cities law

Texas police chiefs start adapting to sanctuary cities law

Even as a new Texas law targeting so-called sanctuary cities remains in legal limbo, police chiefs and sheriffs are making changes to comply, rewriting training manuals and withdrawing policies that prevented officers from asking people whether they are in the United States illegally. The law, known as Senate Bill 4, goes into effect Sept. 1 unless a federal judge in San Antonio blocks it. The law...
The Latest: Catalan govt ties attacks in Cambrils, Barcelona

The Latest: Catalan govt ties attacks in Cambrils, Barcelona

The Latest on the Barcelona attack (all times local): 5:42 a.m. The Catalan government says an attack in the seaside resort town of Cambrils is linked to the vehicle attack on a popular Barcelona promenade that killed 13 people. The region's Interior Minister Joaquin Forn told local radio RAC1 early Friday that the Cambrils attack "follows the same trail. There is a connection." He did not...
Barcelona van attack kills 13 in agonizing repeat for Europe

Barcelona van attack kills 13 in agonizing repeat for Europe

A van veered onto a promenade and barreled down the busy walkway in central Barcelona on Thursday, swerving back and forth as it mowed down pedestrians and turned a picturesque tourist destination into a bloody killing zone. Thirteen people were killed and 100 were injured, 15 of them seriously, in what authorities called a terrorist attack. Two people were arrested but the van driver, who fled on...
Report: LeBron James ‘100 percent’ leaving Cavaliers in 2018

Report: LeBron James ‘100 percent’ leaving Cavaliers in 2018

The idea of LeBron James departing Cleveland again is slowly resembling a possible reality. >> Read more trending news NBA reporter Chris Sheridan, who said James was returning to the Cavaliers two days before the announcement, reports James will wear a new uniform for the 2018-19 NBA season. Kevin O’Connor and Bill Simmons of The Ringer first reported James’ interest in...
The Latest: Trump won't back down on Confederate monuments

The Latest: Trump won't back down on Confederate monuments

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EDT): 10:45 p.m. President Donald Trump isn't backing away from the racially charged debate over Confederate memorials, even lashing out at members of his own party. Trump tweeted his defense of monuments to Confederate icons — bemoaning rising efforts to remove them as an attack on America's "history and culture." And he berated critics...
Saudi Arabia reopens Qatar border for hajj pilgrims

Saudi Arabia reopens Qatar border for hajj pilgrims

Saudi Arabia announced on Thursday that it is reopening its border with Qatar to allow Qataris to attend the hajj, despite a monthslong rift between Doha and four Arab countries led by Riyadh that prompted both sides to trade accusations of politicizing the pilgrimage. The decision came after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman held a surprise meeting with a Qatari royal family member whose branch...
Veterans get expanded college assistance under Trump

Veterans get expanded college assistance under Trump

Military veterans are getting unlimited access to college assistance under legislation President Donald Trump has signed into law. The Forever GI Act removed a 15-year limit on using the benefits, effective immediately. The measure increases financial assistance for National Guard and Reserve members, building on a 2008 law that guaranteed veterans a full-ride scholarship to any in-state, public university...
Under fire _ from GOP _ Trump digs in on Confederate icons

Under fire _ from GOP _ Trump digs in on Confederate icons

With prominent Republicans openly questioning his competence and moral leadership, President Donald Trump on Thursday burrowed deeper into the racially charged debate over Confederate memorials and lashed out at members of his own party in the latest controversy to engulf his presidency. Out of sight, but still online, Trump tweeted his defense of monuments to Confederate icons — bemoaning rising...
US: War would be 'horrific' but NKorea nukes 'unimaginable'

US: War would be 'horrific' but NKorea nukes 'unimaginable'

A military solution to the North Korean missile threat would be "horrific" but allowing Pyongyang to develop the capability to launch a nuclear attack on the United States is "unimaginable," the top U.S. military officer said Thursday in Beijing. The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford, told reporters that President Donald Trump directly...
LL Bean boosting production of iconic boot

LL Bean boosting production of iconic boot

L.L. Bean hopes to give the boot to backlogs of its most iconic product. The Maine-based retailer is expanding production to keep up with demand for its leather-and-rubber "duck boot" with a new manufacturing center with another machine used to make the rubber soles. The company also plans to hire more than 100 additional production workers at two locations in Maine. "With the addition...
Trump signs bill expanding college assistance for veterans

Trump signs bill expanding college assistance for veterans

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law an updated veterans' education bill that marks the largest expansion of college assistance for military veterans in a decade. The Forever GI Act immediately removed a 15-year time limit on the use of GI benefits. The measure also increases financial assistance for thousands serving in the National Guard and Reserve, building on a 2008 law that guaranteed...
Is saga done? Judge denies bond, Dalia Dippolito heading to prison

Is saga done? Judge denies bond, Dalia Dippolito heading to prison

After eight years, three trials, two sentences and at least one book in the case that sparked both a reality television show and a reality television show defense, the saga of Dalia Dippolito’s 2009 caught-on-camera plot to murder her husband could finally be over. Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Glenn Kelley in a scathing 24-page ruling on Wednesday denied Dippolito’s request to go free...
Miami-Dade mayor criticizes Trump as Trump’s AG praises Florida county

Miami-Dade mayor criticizes Trump as Trump’s AG praises Florida county

Attorney General Jeff Sessions commended Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez for shedding his jurisdiction’s “sanctuary city” status on a day when Gimenez ripped President Donald Trump for his “ambiguity” about blame for the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Sessions scheduled Wednesday’s visit to highlight the Trump Administration&rsquo...
KKK's request to burn cross on Stone Mountain denied

KKK's request to burn cross on Stone Mountain denied

The Stone Mountain Memorial Association this week denied a Ku Klux Klan request to burn a cross at the park in Dekalb County, Georgia, citing the trouble at a “pro-white” rally last year. Joey Hobbs, a Dublin man with the Sacred Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, wanted to hold a “lighting” ceremony on Oct. 21 with 20 participants, according to the application. This would have been...
Latvala launches gov campaign, demurs on Trump Charlottesville remarks

Latvala launches gov campaign, demurs on Trump Charlottesville remarks

State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater, formally rolled out his Republican bid for governor here Wednesday by drawing contrasts with current Republican Gov. Rick Scott and GOP primary foe Adam Putnam but declining to weigh in on President Donald Trump’s remarks about Charlottesville. Latvala cast himself as both an old-school Republican and a nonpartisan dealmaker who will “never sell out...
The Latest: Trump disbands business panel as fallout spreads

The Latest: Trump disbands business panel as fallout spreads

The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EDT): 9 p.m. President Donald Trump has abruptly disbanded two of his White House business councils in the latest fallout from his combative comments on racially charged violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. The decision comes as the White House tries to manage the repercussions from Trump's defiant remarks a day earlier, in which he blamed the violence...
Serena Williams: ‘I don’t really think I’m a baby person’

Serena Williams: ‘I don’t really think I’m a baby person’

Getting pregnant used to be one of Serena Williams’ biggest fears, but she surprised herself when the time came. >> Read more trending news “Once I found out, something happened that surprised me. I became really calm,” she told Vogue of finding out she was pregnant while training for the Australian Open. “I thought, ‘You have to win, but you’re allowed...
Solar eclipse checklist: Everything you need to pack, bring with you on eclipse day

Solar eclipse checklist: Everything you need to pack, bring with you on eclipse day

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

University of Florida says no to white nationalist event

The University of Florida on Wednesday denied a request by a group headed by white nationalist Richard Spencer to rent space on the campus for a September event and his supporters vowed to file a court challenge. UF President W. Kent Fuchs said in a statement that the decision was made after assessing risks to the campus, community and law enforcement following last weekend's deadly violence during...
Baltimore removes Confederate statues

Baltimore removes Confederate statues

Baltimore has removed statues that honored the Confederacy in the city overnight. Crews worked in Wyman Park starting around midnight Wednesday to remove the Lee and Jackson monument.  >> Read more trending news  They took down the statues of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson early Wednesday after the city council passed a resolution Monday that ordered the immediate destruction...
US teen drug overdose deaths inch up after years of decline

US teen drug overdose deaths inch up after years of decline

After years of decline, teen deaths from drug overdoses have inched up, a new U.S. government report shows. The drop in teen deaths had been a rare bright spot in the opioid epidemic that has seen adult overdose deaths surge year after year — fueled by abuse of prescription painkillers, heroin and newer drugs like fentanyl. "This is a warning sign that we need to keep paying attention to...
On a chaotic day in DC, Trump goes after Amazon, again

On a chaotic day in DC, Trump goes after Amazon, again

President Donald Trump renewed his attacks on e-commerce giant Amazon, saying Wednesday that the company is "doing great damage to tax paying retailers." Trump, in a tweet, said that "towns, cities and states throughout the U.S. are being hurt - many jobs being lost!" The president has been a frequent critic of the company and CEO Jeff Bezos (BAY'-zohs), who also owns The Washington...
SKorea looks to jumpstart diplomacy in NKorea standoff

SKorea looks to jumpstart diplomacy in NKorea standoff

In an effort to jumpstart diplomacy, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday he would consider sending a special envoy to North Korea for talks if the North stops its missile and nuclear tests. He also declared, amid fears in South Korea that threats from President Donald Trump to unleash "fire and fury" on Pyongyang could lead to real fighting, that there would be no second war...
'Please don't let her be dead': man who saved fiancee

'Please don't let her be dead': man who saved fiancee

With tires screeching and bodies flying, Marcus Martin shoved his fiancee out of the way of a car charging through a crowd of peaceful protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia. Marcus Martin was promptly hit and upended by the car as it plowed through the crowd. Flat on his back with a broken leg, he says he experienced several minutes of terror. "The only thing running through my mind was: please...
Colorful portraits show faces of New Hampshire drug crisis

Colorful portraits show faces of New Hampshire drug crisis

At the New Hampshire State Library's latest art exhibit, the bright smiles and bold colors of the canvases belied the broken hearts of those who attended its opening reception. More than 80 paintings are on display this month featuring the faces of the state's opioid epidemic. What started as one mother's private outlet for grief has grown into a larger effort to comfort others and reduce the stigma...
Fugitive sought for dumping radioactive oilfield waste

Fugitive sought for dumping radioactive oilfield waste

A fugitive who escaped custody in Wyoming four years ago has been added to a list of U.S. environmental crimes fugitives and is being sought by investigators for illegally dumping radioactive oilfield waste in North Dakota in incidents dating back to 2011, authorities said Tuesday. James Kenneth Ward, 55, is considered violent and dangerous and should not be approached, the U.S. Environmental Protection...
Letters: Trump has hands full; he’s led presidentially

Letters: Trump has hands full; he’s led presidentially

Editor’s note: Our mailbox is overflowing with letters about the weekend’s hate-group rally in Charlottesville, Va., a high proportion of them criticizing President Donald Trump for his response to the violence. Here is a sample. Trump has hands full; he’s led presidentially During last year’s election, I supported Donald Trump with serious reservations. Since he took office...
Resistance groups taking root in Trump country

Resistance groups taking root in Trump country

 When Susan Kroger decided to help launch a political activism group for women in her largely rural, pro-Trump region, she expected a few dozen liberal neighbors to show up.   But when she opened the doors at the group's first community meeting in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 100 people flooded into the room. Now nine months later, Kroger says the group has quickly grown to 2,300 active...
WATCH: Protesters topple Confederate statue in North Carolina

WATCH: Protesters topple Confederate statue in North Carolina

Violence that erupted over the weekend at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, added momentum to a wave of efforts across the South to remove or relocate Confederate monuments. A crowd of more than 100 protesters in Durham, North Carolina, used a rope to topple a statue of a Confederate soldier Monday evening outside the courthouse. Seconds after the monument fell, protesters...
For second night in a row, protesters rally against white supremacy in front of White House 

For second night in a row, protesters rally against white supremacy in front of White House 

Protesters rallied for the second consecutive evening in front of the White House on Monday, condemning white supremacy and calling on the Trump administration to take a more hard-line stance against it.   The rally, organized on Facebook by local college students, comes in response to violence at a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend that claimed the...
Violence adds momentum to removal of Confederate statues

Violence adds momentum to removal of Confederate statues

Only two statues were taken down immediately, in Gainesville, Florida, where the Daughters of the Confederacy removed a statue of a Confederate soldier known as "Ole Joe," and in Durham, North Carolina, where protesters used a rope to pull down a Confederate monument dedicated in 1924. But the anti-Confederate momentum seemed to ensure that other memorials would come down soon. Many local...

Philippines: 21 alleged drug offenders killed in single day

Simultaneous anti-drug operations in a northern province have left 21 alleged drug offenders dead, police said Tuesday. They called it the highest death toll in a single day since President Rodrigo Duterte launched his 'war on drugs' in July last year. Senior Superintendent Romeo M. Caramat Jr. said operations in various parts of Bulacan province in the past 24 hours left 21 dead and 64 others arrested...
China says US trade probe would violate international rules

China says US trade probe would violate international rules

China criticized President Donald Trump's order for a possible U.S. trade investigation of Beijing's technology policies as a violation of global rules and said Tuesday it will "resolutely safeguard" Chinese interests. Trade groups for technology companies welcomed Trump's order Monday but the Chinese Commerce Ministry said it violated the spirit of international trade and Washington's World...

Lag in Trump's condemnation frustrates Iowa GOP Sen. Ernst

Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst says "it's very frustrating" that it took President Donald Trump two days to specifically denounce white supremacy in the wake of a deadly clash in Virginia. The Republican freshman senator spoke to reporters after a town hall meeting of about 100 people in Fort Dodge in northwest Iowa. Trump finally condemned hate groups by name on Monday, after first offering a less...
7-time lottery winner shares tips for winning Powerball

7-time lottery winner shares tips for winning Powerball

Believe it or not, the chances of getting struck by lightning, dating a supermodel or becoming president (among other feats) are all more likely than winning Powerball.  Those are all more likely unless you are Richard Lustig, of course, who has won seven lottery grand prizes and written a book about his trial and error in learning how to do so. Forbes spoke to Lustig and procured...