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Veteran heartbroken after her therapy dog is mauled to death

Veteran heartbroken after her therapy dog is mauled to death

Years after fighting for our country in Iraq, Cherice Jackson found herself in another fight – this time for her best friend, her therapy dog Ms. Pooh.  Jackson said two pit bulls mauled Ms. Pooh to death and she couldn’t stop it.  “I spent probably 20, 30 minutes trying to wrestle her from him,” Jackson told Channel 2’s Justin Wilfon. “It’s...
Woman arrested after bragging on police Facebook page about getting away with crime

Woman arrested after bragging on police Facebook page about getting away with crime

A 19-year-old woman who bragged on a police department’s Facebook page about getting away with a crime has been arrested.  Officers with the Moses Lake Police Department in Washington said the woman, identified as Kayla Irizzary, was contacted as a passenger during a traffic stop. She was released from the scene with no legal reason for officers to detain her, police said.  Later...
Cubans mourn plane crash dead, officials ID 20 bodies

Cubans mourn plane crash dead, officials ID 20 bodies

At morgues and in church services, tearful Cubans on Sunday mourned loved ones who died in the country's worst air disaster in three decades. Island authorities said they have identified 20 bodies and recovered all human remains from the field next to Havana's international airport where a passenger jet crashed Friday, killing 110 people. Maidi Charchabal wept and held a photograph of her son Daniel...

UAE to loosen visa rules for investors and innovators

The United Arab Emirates, home to financial hubs Abu Dhabi and Dubai, is loosening its residency laws and will grant long-term visas for up to 10 years to investors and highly-skilled professionals. The 10-year residency visas will be granted to specialists in science, medicine and research, and to "exceptional students." The state-run WAM news agency says the plan aims to attract global...
LSU football legend, Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon dead at 80

LSU football legend, Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon dead at 80

Billy Cannon, the 1959 Heisman Trophy winner who led Louisiana State University to a national title in 1958, died Sunday, The Advocate of Baton Rouge reported. He was 80. Cannon, a running back, is the only player in LSU football history to win the Heisman. His famous “Halloween run” -- an 89-yard punt return in the fourth quarter against No. 3 Ole Miss in 1959 -- remains one...
Arrest records of Rosa Parks, MLK to be preserved

Arrest records of Rosa Parks, MLK to be preserved

Yellowing court records from the arrests of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and others at the dawn of the modern civil rights era are being preserved and digitized after being discovered, folded and wrapped in rubber bands, in a courthouse box. Archivists at historically black Alabama State University are cataloguing and flattening dozens of documents found at the Montgomery County Courthouse,...
Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

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

Meghan Markle's rescue dog, Guy the beagle, goes from shelter pup to royal pet

A new member of the royal family is making headlines – and no, we're not talking about Meghan Markle. According to the Guardian, a beagle named Guy was in a Kentucky kill shelter until Ontario-based A Dog's Dream Rescue saved him and offered him for adoption at a 2015 event in Canada. That's where he met his new owner, Markle, who went on to marry Britain's Prince Harry on Saturday. A royal...
Royal Wedding: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry wed (live updates)

Royal Wedding: Meghan Markle, Prince Harry wed (live updates)

Actress Meghan Markle and Britain’s Prince Harry got married Saturday in a highly anticipated, star-studded ceremony in St. George’s Chapel at England’s Windsor Castle.  Update 6:21 a.m. EDT Sunday: The British royal family took to Twitter late Saturday to congratulate Prince Harry and Meghan Markle and thank their guests for attending their wedding. “Thank you to...
Iraq's al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran

Iraq's al-Sadr, promising reform, is constrained by Iran

Iraq's Muqtada al-Sadr, the maverick Shiite cleric whose political coalition beat out Iran's favored candidates to come in first in national elections, says he wants to form a government that puts Iraqis first. The electoral commission announced early Saturday that the militant-turned-populist preacher, who has long spoken out against both Iranian and U.S. influence in Iraq, had defeated his establishment...
Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

Cyclists tried to scare cougar but it attacked, killing 1

The two mountain bikers did what they were supposed to do when they noticed a mountain lion tailing them on a trail east of Seattle. They got off their bikes. They faced the beast, shouted and tried to spook it. After it charged, one even smacked the cougar with his bike, and it ran off. It wasn't enough, authorities said. As they stood trying to catch their breath, the cougar returned, biting one...
US, China putting trade war on hold after progress in talks

US, China putting trade war on hold after progress in talks

The United States and China are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after the world's two biggest economies reported progress in talks aimed at bringing down America's massive trade deficit with Beijing. "We are putting the trade war on hold," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Sunday. After high-level talks Thursday and Friday in Washington, Beijing agreed in a joint statement...
Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints

Company in Cuba plane crash had received safety complaints

The Mexican charter company whose 39-year-old plane crashed in Havana had been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba's national airline. Mexico's government said late Saturday that its National Civil Aviation Authority will carry out an operational audit of Damojh airlines to see if its...
Editorial: Wake up, South Florida! Speak up on sea-level rise

Editorial: Wake up, South Florida! Speak up on sea-level rise

You know the boiling frog story. A frog is put in a pot of water that is slowly brought to a boil. By the time the frog senses danger, it’s too late. Froggie’s a goner. Well, wake up, folks. South Florida is Ground Zero for sea-level rise and unless we address the insidious rise of water around us, much of our region, our culture and our legacy is going to disappear. RELATED: Editorial...
Officials say company in Cuba crash had safety complaints

Officials say company in Cuba crash had safety complaints

The Mexican charter company whose plane crashed in Havana, killing 110 people, has been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba's national airline. The plane was barred from Guyanese airspace last year after authorities discovered that its crew had been allowing dangerous overloading of...
The Latest: Cuba official: 110 dead in crash, recorder found

The Latest: Cuba official: 110 dead in crash, recorder found

The Latest on the crash in Cuba of a passenger jet with 113 people on board (all times local): 3:40 p.m. Cuba's transportation minister says 110 people were killed in Friday's plane crash near Havana. Adel Yzquierdo Rodriguez says 113 people were on board including 102 Cubans, three tourists, two foreign residents and six crew members who were from Mexico. Three Cuban women survived but are in critical...
US, China say Beijing commits to buying more American goods

US, China say Beijing commits to buying more American goods

Just-ended U.S.-China trade talks produced a commitment by Beijing to "significantly increase" its purchases of American goods and services, according to a joint statement Saturday from the rival economic powers trying to lower trade tensions. They also agreed on "meaningful increases" in U.S. exports of agriculture and energy products and greater efforts to increase trade in manufactured...
Wife of man charged in blast probe died in 'mysterious case'

Wife of man charged in blast probe died in 'mysterious case'

A decade before his ex-girlfriend was killed in what investigators say was a targeted explosion, Stephen Beal's wife died in what a coroner deemed a "mysterious case." Christine Beal's death in 2008 came a few weeks after she fell down a flight of stairs in their Long Beach home while carrying a heavy piece of furniture with her husband. The bureau landed on her pelvic and hip area. The...
California woman reunited with man she found buried alive as baby 

California woman reunited with man she found buried alive as baby 

A California woman who found a newborn buried alive 20 years ago was reunited with him Thursday, KABC reported. As Matthew Christian Whitaker celebrated his 20th birthday, his biggest present was meeting Azita Milanian, a woman who saved his life after finding him covered with dirt along a hiking trail in Altadena, California. On May 17, 1998, Milanian was jogging with her dogs on the hiking...
Report: Hertz customers arrested after rental cars mistakenly reported as stolen

Report: Hertz customers arrested after rental cars mistakenly reported as stolen

More than  half a dozen customers of a national rental car company were arrested after their vehicles were mistakenly reported as stolen, WPVI reported. Hertz is being forced to pay thousands of dollars to customers after they were jailed despite being paying customers with no delinquent accounts. Pennsylvania resident Kelly Grady was driving her rented Chevy Yukon from Hertz when the lights...
The Latest: Royal newlyweds to spend night in Windsor Castle

The Latest: Royal newlyweds to spend night in Windsor Castle

The Latest on the royal wedding (all times local): 9:20 p.m. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, otherwise known as Britain's Prince Harry and bride Meghan Markle, will spend their first night as a married couple in Windsor Castle. An exclusive evening reception for 200 guests at the royal Frogmore House country estate could make it a late night before they can retire to the vast castle grounds. The newlyweds...
A royal wedding bridges the Atlantic and breaks old molds

A royal wedding bridges the Atlantic and breaks old molds

The son of British royalty and the daughter of middle-class Americans wed Saturday in a service that reflected Prince Harry's royal heritage, Meghan Markle's biracial roots and the pair's shared commitment to putting a more diverse, modern face on the monarchy. British reserve crisscrossed with American verve in a service that broke molds and created new ones. Choirboys and a gospel choir; the archbishop...
Hawaii lava flow ramps up as new magma mixes with old

Hawaii lava flow ramps up as new magma mixes with old

Lava oozing out of cracks for two weeks in rural Hawaii neighborhoods took on new characteristics as fresher magma mixed with decades-old magma, sending a flow toward the ocean Saturday. Since a first fissure opened in a community on May 3, lava was mostly spattering up and collecting at the edges of the cracks in the ground. Two neighborhoods with nearly 2,000 people were forced to evacuate as lava...
The Latest: Hawaii authorities warn of fast-moving lava

The Latest: Hawaii authorities warn of fast-moving lava

The Latest on the eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island (all times local): 5:45 p.m. Hawaii officials are checking with residents to see if they need help as fast-moving lava approaches a mostly rural part of the Big Island. Hawaii County Civil Defense said Friday that police, firefighters and National Guard troops are securing the area and stopping people from entering. About 40 homes...
Cuba: 110 died in plane crash, 3 survivors 'critical'

Cuba: 110 died in plane crash, 3 survivors 'critical'

The only three survivors of Cuba's worst aviation disaster in three decades were clinging to life Saturday, a day after their passenger jet crashed in a fireball in Havana's rural outskirts with 113 people on board. In the first official death toll provided by authorities, Transportation Minister Adel Yzquierdo Rodriguez said 110 had died including five children. He also announced that a flight recorder...
Militant-turned-populist cleric Sadr wins Iraqi election

Militant-turned-populist cleric Sadr wins Iraqi election

Influential Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr's political coalition has won the most seats in Iraq's national parliamentary elections, according to complete results released by Iraq's electoral commission early Saturday. The announcement came nearly a week after Iraqis cast their votes on May 12 and put Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in third place, according to seat allocations. An alliance of...
Beijing showing signs of compromise in trade talks with US

Beijing showing signs of compromise in trade talks with US

China is sending conciliatory signals as U.S. and Chinese negotiators meet in Washington to try to head off a trade war between the world's two biggest economies. Beijing has dropped an anti-dumping investigation into imported U.S. sorghum, which it had accused the United States of unfairly subsiding. It has also given approval for a U.S. private equity firm to buy Toshiba's memory chip business....
The Latest: Cuba state media says Castro had hernia surgery

The Latest: Cuba state media says Castro had hernia surgery

The Latest on the plane crash in Havana (all times local): 8:15 p.m. Cuban state media say Communist Party leader Raul Castro is recovering from a hernia operation. State television said on its evening broadcast that the 86-year-old leader who stepped down as president last month was following Friday's plane crash in Havana as he recovered from surgery. The report offered no further details on Castro's...
Airliner with 110 aboard crashes in Cuba, 3 said to survive

Airliner with 110 aboard crashes in Cuba, 3 said to survive

A 39-year-old airliner with 110 people aboard crashed and burned in a cassava field just after taking off from the Havana airport Friday, leaving three survivors in Cuba's worst aviation disaster in three decades, officials said. The Boeing 737 went down just after noon a short distance from the end of the runway at Jose Marti International Airport while on a short-hop flight to the eastern city of...
Flames ravage bar, but spare American flag

Flames ravage bar, but spare American flag

Firefighters were called Friday morning to battle an intense fire at a bar in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, that destroyed everything but an American flag, officials said. >> Read more trending news  The fire was reported shortly before 2 a.m. at Chubboy's, formerly Phil's Nite Club, in Dawson. Flames ravaged the building as thick smoke billowed into the air. “It was through the roof...
Tilt toward male athletes at big Florida schools violates federal law

Tilt toward male athletes at big Florida schools violates federal law

Florida Atlantic University is not the only Florida school that falls short of meeting participation and scholarship requirements for women athletes under Title IX, which prohibits sex-based discrimination in schools. Four of Florida’s seven major sports schools disproportionately award athletic scholarship money to male athletes: University of Miami, University of Central Florida, University...
Wine kegs are real; find out where they’re sold

Wine kegs are real; find out where they’re sold

Boxed wine is so 1960s. Now wine in a keg is a thing, at least in New York City. Bridge Lane Wine out of New York has invented a wine keg for those aficionados who have a large social circle who also love vino. >> Read more trending news  The keg holds about 26 bottles of white merlot, sauvignon blanc, a red blend, chardonnay or rosé, Delish reported. It uses a standard beer...
Bomb victim's ex-boyfriend held on explosives charge

Bomb victim's ex-boyfriend held on explosives charge

Spa owner Ildiko Krajnyak was opening a package that had piled up with mail during her recent trip to her native Hungary when it exploded. News reports of the blast quickly reached Stephen Beal, her ex-boyfriend and a partner in the Southern California business. At the urging of his new girlfriend, Beal phoned police and then let them search his house. They found more than 100 pounds (45 kilograms)...
Niger drone video shows US forces fighting for their lives

Niger drone video shows US forces fighting for their lives

Dramatic new drone video of the Niger ambush that killed four American soldiers shows U.S. forces desperately trying to escape and fighting for their lives after friendly Nigerien forces mistook them for the enemy. It describes how the fleeing troops set up a quick defensive location on the edge of a swamp and — thinking they were soon to die — wrote messages home to their loved ones....
Ahead of Trump summit, Kim Jong Un crafts a careful message

Ahead of Trump summit, Kim Jong Un crafts a careful message

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un have one big thing in common as they prepare for what would be the first ever U.S.-North Korea summit next month in Singapore: They both claim to deserve total credit. In a country where there is no Twitter but lots of fake news, North Koreans are getting a very different take than American media-watchers on what got the two leaders to the negotiating table and what they...
New Niger video shows harrowing escape of US forces

New Niger video shows harrowing escape of US forces

Dramatic new drone video of the Niger ambush that killed four American soldiers shows U.S. forces desperately trying to escape and fighting for their lives after friendly Nigerien forces mistook them for the enemy. It describes how the fleeing troops set up a quick defensive location on the edge of a swamp and -- thinking they were soon to die -- wrote messages home to their loved ones. The video...
$500M settlement in Nassar case won't be shared equally

$500M settlement in Nassar case won't be shared equally

The $500 million settlement between Michigan State University and hundreds of Larry Nassar's victims will be divided up after weighing many factors, including the date and victim's age when the sexual assaults occurred and the impact it had on their lives, lawyers say.  The school, where the sports doctor worked for nearly 20 years, announced Wednesday that it would set aside $425 million for...
US is running out of time on NAFTA while confronting China

US is running out of time on NAFTA while confronting China

President Donald Trump's team is running out of time to rewrite a trade pact with Canada and Mexico, and America's top trade official says the countries are still far apart. The impasse over the North American Free Trade Agreement comes as the U.S. is confronting China and sparring with its allies over U.S. tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. "The NAFTA countries are nowhere near close to...
The Latest: Residents say ash not bad near volcano summit

The Latest: Residents say ash not bad near volcano summit

The Latest on the summit eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island (all times local): 4:45 p.m. A resident who lives several miles from the summit of a Hawaii volcano says ash fall from an explosive eruption hasn't been too bad. Joe Laceby lives in a town aptly called Volcano several miles from the summit, but didn't hear the explosion. He says he felt some shaking after the pre-dawn explosion...
Kids become best of friends during flight, hold hands through airport

Kids become best of friends during flight, hold hands through airport

It started with a flight like any other. Two kids met on a flight to Flint, Michigan from St. Petersburg, Florida. The kids didn’t know each other, but they appeared to be the best of friends in a now-viral photo that was posted last week, WNEM reported. They walked through the airport after the flight hand in hand.  “It’s kids being kids,” Kenya Menzies, Shauntay&rsquo...

Britain's main stock market closes at record high

Britain's FTSE 100 index of leading shares has closed at a record high. The index ended Thursday's session 0.7 percent higher at 7,787.97, surpassing its previous peak of 7,778 in mid-January. Since then, the index, like others around the world, has been hugely volatile. A bout of selling in February partly linked to fears about U.S. protectionism prompted many to think that stocks would endure a...
Trump plays down prospect of successful US-China trade talks

Trump plays down prospect of successful US-China trade talks

President Donald Trump on Thursday cast doubt on the prospect of successful trade talks with China, saying the Asian economic powerhouse has become "very spoiled" because it usually gets its way with the U.S. Trump, in response to questions from reporters during a meeting with NATO's secretary-general, said the United States has been losing $500 billion a year on trade with China and raised...
Sheriff rescues terrified dog from water; see the rescue and reunion

Sheriff rescues terrified dog from water; see the rescue and reunion

What was at first thought a sea turtle, was actually a small, terrified dog treading water off Okaloosa County, Florida.  Luckily when Marine Unit Sgt. Brian Parkton decided to check out the animal on Friday, he was able to rescue the dog that was looking for its owners, the Miami Herald reported. The entire episode was caught on video and uploaded to YouTube. >> Read more trending...
Lack of paper trail a concern amid fears of election hacking

Lack of paper trail a concern amid fears of election hacking

As the midterm congressional primaries heat up amid fears of Russian hacking, roughly 1 in 5 Americans will be casting ballots on machines that do not produce a paper record of their votes. That worries voting and cybersecurity experts, who say lack of a hard copy makes it difficult to double-check results for signs of manipulation. "In the current system, after the election, if people worry...
How the FBI set out, in secrecy, on trail of Trump team

How the FBI set out, in secrecy, on trail of Trump team

Within hours of opening an investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia in the summer of 2016, the FBI dispatched a pair of agents to London on a mission so secretive that all but a handful of officials were kept in the dark.  Their assignment was to meet the Australian ambassador, who had evidence that one of Donald Trump’s advisers knew in advance about Russian election...
Soldier reunited with dog she rescued during Iraq tour

Soldier reunited with dog she rescued during Iraq tour

It was a match made in a war zone that now has a happy ending with a long-awaited reunion. Sgt. Tracy McKithern found a small stray dog hanging around camp when she was deployed to Iraq last year. But it wasn’t uncommon to see dogs roaming the streets in Iraq. The dog and her mom were abused, kicked and hit with rocks. They were also starving, the Army said. >> Read more trending...
Trump’s personal attorney solicited $1 million from government of Qatar

Trump’s personal attorney solicited $1 million from government of Qatar

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, solicited a payment of at least $1 million from the government of Qatar in late 2016, in exchange for access to and advice about the then-incoming administration, according to several people with knowledge of the episode.  The offer, which Qatar declined, came on the margins of a Dec. 12 meeting that year at Trump Tower between the Persian...
New autism research could predict whether children as young as 3 months old are at risk

New autism research could predict whether children as young as 3 months old are at risk

A groundbreaking study is being done at Boston Children's Hospital that researchers say could potentially predict whether a child as young as 3 months old is at-risk for developing autism. Right now, most children can't receive a reliable diagnosis until they are at least 1 year old.  Chase Minicucci and his mother, Hillary Steele Minicucci, regularly go to Boston Children&rsquo...
Sea otters rebound but struggle to regain historic range

Sea otters rebound but struggle to regain historic range

While threatened southern sea otters bob and sun in the gentle waves of this central California estuary, wildlife experts up and down the West Coast are struggling to figure out how to restore the crucial coastal predator to an undersea world that's falling apart in their absence. Southern sea otters, nearly wiped out by centuries of industrial-scale hunting for their fur pelts, have rebounded from...
Alaska fishermen: Sea otter comeback is eating into profits

Alaska fishermen: Sea otter comeback is eating into profits

Northern sea otters, once hunted to the brink of extinction along Alaska's Panhandle, have made a spectacular comeback by gobbling some of the state's finest seafood — and fishermen are not happy about the competition. Sea otters dive for red sea urchins, geoduck clams, sea cucumbers — delicacies in Asia markets — plus prized Dungeness crab. They then carry their meals to the surface...
US has a daunting to-do list to get ready for NKorea summit

US has a daunting to-do list to get ready for NKorea summit

Who sits where? What's on the agenda? Will they eat together? What's the security plan? President Donald Trump and his team have a daunting to-do list to work through as they prepare for next month's expected summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump's plan to meet with Kim may have come as a surprise decision, but his team hopes to leave nothing to chance when they come together in Singapore...
Ex-boyfriend of blast victim arrested on explosives charge

Ex-boyfriend of blast victim arrested on explosives charge

Spa owner Ildiko Krajnyak was opening a package that had piled up with mail during her recent trip to her native Hungary when it exploded. News reports of the blast quickly reached Stephen Beal, her ex-boyfriend and a partner in the Southern California business. At the urging of his new girlfriend, Beal phoned police and then let them search his house. They found more than 100 pounds (45 kilograms)...
Ethics director forwards concerns to DOJ over Cohen payment

Ethics director forwards concerns to DOJ over Cohen payment

President Donald Trump revealed in his financial disclosure that he reimbursed personal attorney Michael Cohen as much as $250,000 for unspecified "expenses," with no mention of a $130,000 payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about a sexual tryst she said they had. The head of the nation's ethics office on Wednesday questioned why Trump didn't include this in his previous...
Rapper T.I. claims wrongful arrest outside gated community

Rapper T.I. claims wrongful arrest outside gated community

A lawyer for T.I. says the Grammy-winning rapper never got to tell his side of the story to police before they arrested him after a pre-dawn attempt this week to enter his gated community near Atlanta. T.I. was arrested early Wednesday after getting in an argument with a security guard, said Henry County Deputy Police Chief Mike Ireland. Media reports say the hip-hop artist, whose real name is Clifford...
Trump disclosure of Cohen payment raises new legal questions

Trump disclosure of Cohen payment raises new legal questions

President Donald Trump revealed in his financial disclosure Wednesday that he reimbursed personal attorney Michael Cohen as much as $250,000 for unspecified "expenses," with no mention of a $130,000 payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about a sexual tryst she said they had. The head of the nation's ethics office questioned why Trump didn't include this in his previous year's...
New documents spur new questions on Trump-Russia probe

New documents spur new questions on Trump-Russia probe

Donald Trump Jr. told Senate investigators that he did nothing wrong in a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting which had been advertised as one that might give the Trump Campaign “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, as an unexpected document dump by a Senate committee on Tuesday released new information about the investigation, spurred new questions, and filled in some blanks about...
Liberal tilt in some primaries a sign of Democratic fervor

Liberal tilt in some primaries a sign of Democratic fervor

Primary election season is still young, but the liberal wing of the Democratic Party is already celebrating. Democratic voters have chosen decidedly liberal candidates in several closely watched congressional primary elections, a sign that the left is driving much of Democrats' enthusiasm and may be winning the tug of war with moderates over the direction of the party. Primary voters' embrace of liberal...
A cancer screening flop: Few smokers seek free lung scans

A cancer screening flop: Few smokers seek free lung scans

Lung cancer screening has proved to be stunningly unpopular. Five years after government and private insurers started paying for it, less than 2 percent of eligible current and former smokers have sought the free scans, researchers report. The study didn't explore why, but experts say possible explanations include worries about false alarms and follow-up tests, a doctor visit to get the scans covered...
Trump acknowledges he reimbursed Cohen, lawyer who paid Stormy Daniels

Trump acknowledges he reimbursed Cohen, lawyer who paid Stormy Daniels

President Donald Trump disclosed reimbursement payment last year of more than $100,000 to his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, in financial documents released Wednesday. The disclosure, released Wednesday by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, did not elaborate on what the money was for, beyond expenses. However, the payment was made for work Cohen did in 2016, the same year the attorney paid adult...
Trump 2017 finance report: Palm Beach County businesses earned $52M; Cohen payment disclosed

Trump 2017 finance report: Palm Beach County businesses earned $52M; Cohen payment disclosed

The Winter White House is pretty green for  President Donald Trump. Mar-a-Lago, along with Trump’s two golf clubs in Palm Beach County earned income of $52.2 million in 2017, according to the president’s financial disclosure report released on Wednesday. Mar-a-Lago, the president’s private club in Palm Beach, was the biggest earner, bringing in $25...
Trump billboard battle heats up, again

Trump billboard battle heats up, again

How much would you pay to own a piece of a billboard -once located on the presidential motorcade route - that called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump? An unidentified buyer has paid $2,500 for the section of the sign that spells out the word “NOW” - as in “IMPEACHMENT NOW.” The eleven letters in the word impeachment are going for $500 apiece, while an 5&rdquo...
'Excited and scared': Hawaii volcano spews huge cloud of ash

'Excited and scared': Hawaii volcano spews huge cloud of ash

A volcano on Hawaii's Big Island erupted anew Thursday with little sound and only modest fury, spewing a steely gray plume of ash about 30,000 feet (9,100 meters) into the sky that began raining down on a nearby town. The explosion at the summit of Kilauea came shortly after 4 a.m. following two weeks of volcanic activity that sent lava flows into neighborhoods and destroyed at least 26 homes. Scientists...
UCF students to give free bionic arms to children with missing limbs

UCF students to give free bionic arms to children with missing limbs

A non-profit started by UCF students is helping children across the U.S. with missing limbs. The central Florida-based group known as Limbitless will help launch the first U.S. clinical trial of bionic arms for children made on 3D printers. The group, which is based the University of Central Florida, is partnering with Oregon Health & Science University. “We are so excited to feature some of...
The Latest: Pence reports pension plan, football tickets

The Latest: Pence reports pension plan, football tickets

The Latest on President Donald Trump's financial disclosure report (all times local): 6:30 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence has released his annual financial disclosure, reporting a pension plan from the state of Indiana worth between $500,000 and $1 million and credit card debt between $15,000 and $50,000. The report shows that oil company founder Forrest Lucas provided Pence with two tickets worth...
The Latest: Trump, Uzbekistan president talk Afghanistan

The Latest: Trump, Uzbekistan president talk Afghanistan

The Latest on President Donald Trump's meeting with Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the White House (all times local): 12:10 p.m. President Donald Trump says he is working closely with Uzbekistan on trade and military ties as he welcomes the nation's leader to the White House. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev (Shuff-KAHT' Meer-zee-YOH'-yef) is crediting Trump before an Oval Office meeting for...
Lawyer says Rapper T.I. 'wrongfully arrested' near his home

Lawyer says Rapper T.I. 'wrongfully arrested' near his home

The rapper T.I. was arrested early Wednesday as he tried to enter his gated community outside Atlanta and was charged with disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and simple assault — but the artist's lawyer called it a wrongful arrest. T.I. is one of the biggest names in hip-hop, with multiple platinum-selling albums and singles, production credits and roles in films like "ATL" and...
Michigan State agrees to pay $500M to settle Nassar claims

Michigan State agrees to pay $500M to settle Nassar claims

Michigan State University agreed to pay $500 million to settle claims from more than 300 women and girls who said they were assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar in the worst sex-abuse case in sports history, officials announced Wednesday. The deal surpasses the $100 million-plus paid by Penn State University to settle claims by at least 35 people who accused assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky...
Trump meets with Uzbekistan president to talk Afghanistan

Trump meets with Uzbekistan president to talk Afghanistan

President Donald Trump and the leader of Uzbekistan pledged a close partnership on trade and military ties on Wednesday, as the two leaders conferred on the country's strategic position near Afghanistan. Trump welcomed President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the Oval Office for the first time and nodded as the Uzbekistan leader credited the U.S. president for "achieving very outstanding results"...
Russian village evacuated after ammunition depot fire

Russian village evacuated after ammunition depot fire

Russia's emergency officials say they are evacuating residents from a village in central Russia after a nearby ammunition depot caught fire. The Emergency Situations Ministry said in a statement Wednesday that they deployed a helicopter and a jet to put out a fire at the ammunition depot in the town of Pugachyovo, around 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) east of Moscow. Authorities have also ordered Pugachyovo's...
Waitress surprised with truck driver’s $2,000 tip

Waitress surprised with truck driver’s $2,000 tip

A waitress in Roland, Arkansas got a Mother’s Day tip that she’ll always remember.  Brenda Pearson was working at the 4 Star Diner when a truck driver ordered a cheeseburger to go, KFSM reported.  Despite a mistake, the burger had only one patty instead of the normal two, they fixed it and got the driver on his way. But not before he gave his waitress a large tip. >>...
Novartis general counsel resigns over deal with Trump lawyer

Novartis general counsel resigns over deal with Trump lawyer

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis said Wednesday that its top lawyer is stepping down over a deal to hire U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, as a consultant. The company said general counsel Felix Ehrat is retiring "in the context of discussions surrounding Novartis' former agreement with Essential Consultants, owned by Michael Cohen." "Although the contract...
Feds: Airport workers used flights to distribute meth

Feds: Airport workers used flights to distribute meth

Federal authorities say 10 airport workers at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport used commercial flights to distribute counterfeit methamphetamine that was flown to Charlotte and elsewhere. Prosecutors announced Tuesday that arrests were made Monday and each of the 10 accused were indicted on a count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, The Associated...
Businesses race to Washington to sway Trump on China tariffs

Businesses race to Washington to sway Trump on China tariffs

Mary Buchzeiger describes herself as a proud Republican who was drawn to President Donald Trump’s business-friendly philosophy. But the president’s plan to impose sweeping tariffs on $50 billion of products from China now threatens to cripple an automotive supply business in Michigan that her father began and that she has spent years building.  “I’m angry, I’m frustrated...
The Latest: Cypriots protest Israel's actions in Gaza

The Latest: Cypriots protest Israel's actions in Gaza

The Latest on the Israel-Palestinian conflict (all times local): 7:40 p.m. More than 200 Palestinian and Cypriot left-wing protesters staged a peaceful march to the Israeli Embassy in the Cypriot capital to condemn what they say is Israel's aggression against Palestinians and the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem. Riot police cordoned off all access to the Israeli embassy. Protesters...
It's checkmate for Baltimore's latest police commissioner

It's checkmate for Baltimore's latest police commissioner

When Baltimore's mayor hand-picked Darryl De Sousa as her choice for police commissioner, heralding his experience and the respect he commanded in the city's force, he proudly described himself as a chess player who uses strategic thinking to avoid pitfalls. Now just a few months later, De Sousa is out of the game, resigning in embarrassment for failing to file his taxes, a key test of Adulthood 101...
Greenpeace: Paper giant cut forests during conservation pact

Greenpeace: Paper giant cut forests during conservation pact

Greenpeace has ended a five-year truce with one of the world's largest paper companies, accusing it of cutting down tropical forests in Indonesia during the entire time the two were cooperating on conservation. The announcement Wednesday, triggered by an Associated Press investigation, abruptly ends a landmark 2013 agreement in which the environmental group suspended a global campaign against Indonesia's...
The Latest: Trump celebrates Barletta, Fischer primary wins

The Latest: Trump celebrates Barletta, Fischer primary wins

The Latest on Tuesday's primary elections (all times local): 8:45 a.m. President Donald Trump is congratulating two of his favored candidates, Lou Barletta in Pennsylvania and Deb Fischer in Nebraska, who won their U.S. Senate primaries. In a pair of tweets Wednesday morning, Trump said Barletta will "represent his people well - like they haven't been represented in many years." On Fischer...
15 safety tips that could save your life during a hurricane

15 safety tips that could save your life during a hurricane

Here are some safety tips emergency management and Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are offering that could save your life during a hurricane:Evacuation 1. If you are ordered to evacuate, you need to evacuate. The best way to stay safe is to be away from the storm's landfall. The orders to evacuate are issued based on historical flood maps and the strength of the storm.  2. A Category...
US firms seek tariff relief as US and China try to mend rift

US firms seek tariff relief as US and China try to mend rift

Corporate America is seeking relief from President Donald Trump's threatened tariffs on at least $50 billion in Chinese goods as negotiators seek to prevent a trade war between the world's two biggest economies. Best Buy wants televisions to be spared from the tariffs. Sanden International (USA) of Wylie, Texas, warns it will have to lay off 39 of its 431 workers if 25 percent tariffs take effect...
Homeland Security boss defends separating immigrant families

Homeland Security boss defends separating immigrant families

The head of the Department of Homeland Security defended the Trump administration's practice of separating children from parents when the family is being prosecuted for entering the U.S. illegally, telling a Senate committee Tuesday that removing children from parents facing criminal charges happens "in the United States every day." Kirstjen Nielsen, who has led the agency since December...
The Latest: Japan defends US-S. Korea military drills

The Latest: Japan defends US-S. Korea military drills

The Latest on North Korea's threat to cancel the summit with the United States (all times local): 1:45 p.m. A senior Japanese official says Tokyo considers the U.S.-South Korea joint exercise, along with those between the three allies, as key pillars of deterrence in the region. Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura says Japan is moving ahead with the preparation for planned talks between...
Muslims in America, by the numbers

Muslims in America, by the numbers

Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. In fact, if current trends continue, Muslims will surpass Christians as the world’s largest religious group in the second half of this century, according to the Pew Research Center. As of 2010, there were an estimated 1.6 billion Muslims around the world, making up the majority of the population in 49 countries. And only 0.2 percent...
North Korea threatens to cancel Trump-Kim summit over drills

North Korea threatens to cancel Trump-Kim summit over drills

North Korea on Wednesday threatened to scrap a historic summit next month between its leader, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump, saying it has no interest in a "one-sided" affair meant to pressure the North to abandon its nuclear weapons. The warning by North Korea's first vice foreign minister came hours after the country abruptly canceled a high-level meeting with South Korea...
Thousands protest in Bosnia over killings of 2 young men

Thousands protest in Bosnia over killings of 2 young men

Thousands of Bosnians demanded Tuesday that authorities find the truth behind the deaths more than two years apart of a Muslim and a Serb, bridging Bosnia's ethnic divide with a protest calling for an end to alleged government corruption and negligence. Holding banners reading "Who is protecting the killers?" and "We want the truth," the protesters in the capital of Sarajevo accused...
Stormy Daniels' crowdfunding raises transparency questions

Stormy Daniels' crowdfunding raises transparency questions

Stormy Daniels has raised nearly a half-million dollars to fund her lawsuit against President Donald Trump, relying on contributions from a crowdfunding site. Her lawyer has repeatedly pointed to the public site as evidence that he and his client aren't bankrolled by Trump's political foes. But the truth is, no one knows precisely who is funding the effort. The more than 14,000 donations have been...
California military base psychologist accused of rape

California military base psychologist accused of rape

A clinical psychologist who treated military veterans with post-traumatic stress has been charged with raping female service members who were in therapy as victims of sex assaults, officials said Tuesday. Heath J. Sommer was ordered Monday to stand trial on three felony sexual assault charges after authorities said he targeted female service members in 2014 and 2015 while working at Travis Air Force...
Gaza's troubles run deep, with no end in sight

Gaza's troubles run deep, with no end in sight

Demonstrations by Palestinians have been breaking out every week since late March along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, with the deadliest confrontation on Monday killing 59 people and wounding nearly 3,000. With a stifling Israeli-Egyptian blockade and repeated violence between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers, the territory has become an ongoing crisis with no solution in sight. A look...
It's checkmate for Baltimore's latest police commissioner

It's checkmate for Baltimore's latest police commissioner

When Baltimore's mayor hand-picked Darryl De Sousa as her choice for police commissioner, heralding his experience and the respect he commanded in the city's force, he proudly described himself as a chess player who uses strategic thinking to avoid pitfalls. Now just a few months later, De Sousa is out of the game, resigning in embarrassment for failing to file his taxes, a key test of Adulthood 101...
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