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‘We were like prisoners:' Florida teen recalls experience in Texas detention center

Ruth Pascual was just 13 years old when she left Guatemala with her little sister to begin their journey to meet their parents, who had already left the country. In Spanish, she said how she and her sister were treated like animals for two months at a detention center in Texas.  Pascual and her sister were only allowed to call their mother once.  They had no access to books, education or...
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms orders jail to refuse new ICE detainee

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms orders jail to refuse new ICE detainee

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Wednesday announced that she had signed an executive order prohibiting the city’s jail from accepting new detainees from the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. >> Read more trending news  The city must not be complicit in President Donald Trump’s policies that have separated children from their families at the Mexican border...

The Latest: Bear suspected in missing Alaska hiker's death

The Latest on Alaska bear attack (all times local): 1:20 p.m. Alaska authorities say a missing man has been found dead near the site where a member of his search party was mauled by a brown bear near a suburb of Alaska's largest city. They believe the missing man, Michael Soltis, was killed by the same bear. Anchorage police say Soltis' body was found near the end of a road in the Eagle River area...
ABC News apologizes for mistaken graphic on Manafort

ABC News apologizes for mistaken graphic on Manafort

ABC News is apologizing for a graphic that incorrectly said that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort had pleaded guilty to five charges of manslaughter. The graphic aired Wednesday during live coverage of President Trump's meeting with congressional leaders, where it was announced he would sign an executive order ending the practice of splitting up families being prosecuted for illegally crossing...
Report finds industrial chemicals more toxic than thought

Report finds industrial chemicals more toxic than thought

A family of industrial chemicals turning up in public water supplies around the country is even more toxic than previously thought, threatening human health at concentrations seven to 10 times lower than once realized, according to a government report released Wednesday. The chemicals are called perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl. They were used in such goods as fire-suppressing foam, nonstick pans...
Police video from Las Vegas shooting shows chaos, confusion

Police video from Las Vegas shooting shows chaos, confusion

Police body camera videos released Wednesday show the chaos and confusion Las Vegas police officers and first responders faced at a mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip as waves of wounded and fleeing concert-goers sought help. One 30-minute video shows an officer inside the venue as hundreds of people are fleeing and volleys of gunfire can be heard overhead. A dozen people are piled against each...

Erratic driving of front-end loader leads to DUI arrest

A 35-year-old Alaska man suspected of weaving through traffic while driving a front-end loader has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol. Daniel Hughett also is charged with consuming alcohol in violation of a previous release from custody. A caller told Anchorage police Tuesday night that an intoxicated man nearly hit a convenience store as he parked a front-end loader. Police...
Behind the viral photo of toddler crying at the US border

Behind the viral photo of toddler crying at the US border

Award-winning Getty Images photographer John Moore said he knew he had managed to capture the emotional impact of the Trump administration’s immigration policy just moments after photographing a young Honduran girl crying at her mother’s feet last week. The image appeared on television sets, computer screens and newspaper front pages around the globe. The photo spurred a California couple...

NTSB says plane gave several warnings before crash into lake

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a report saying the plane that crashed into Lake Erie off Cleveland killing all six people onboard issued multiple warnings about the aircraft's altitude. The plane piloted by Columbus beverage executive John Fleming crashed in December 2016 shortly after takeoff from Burke Lakefront Airport near downtown Cleveland. Fleming's wife, two teenage sons...
Nevada sets 1st execution in 12 years after fight over drugs

Nevada sets 1st execution in 12 years after fight over drugs

Nevada plans to carry out its first execution in 12 years using a never-before-tried combination of drugs that drew a court challenge over concerns that a convicted murderer could suffer during the lethal injection. Scott Raymond Dozier is scheduled to die July 11, Department of Corrections spokeswoman Brooke Santina said Wednesday, a day after a judge in Las Vegas signed the death warrant. The state...
Remains of Civil War soldiers found in pit of severed limbs

Remains of Civil War soldiers found in pit of severed limbs

Researchers have discovered the remains of two Civil War soldiers buried among a batch of severed limbs on a northern Virginia battlefield. The National Park Service on Wednesday announced the discoveries at Manassas National Battlefield Park. The park service says it's the first time that a surgeon's pit at a Civil War battlefield has been excavated and studied. The complete remains of two soldiers...
Nielsen's career forever linked to family border separations

Nielsen's career forever linked to family border separations

Fair or not, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will probably always be the face of family separations at the U.S.-Mexico border. The brusque 46-year-old former Bush administration official this week became known as the Cabinet member who skewed the facts at a combative press conference in defense of President Donald Trump's "zero-tolerance" policy, and who convened a "working...

Veteran Republican strategist Steve Schmidt renounces GOP

Veteran Republican campaign strategist Steve Schmidt said Wednesday he is renouncing the GOP — in part because of what he calls President Donald Trump's unethical and corrupt behavior, but more because the party's leadership in Congress has failed to hold Trump to account. "What we've seen is the complete and total corruption of the Republican Party among its elected officials," Schmidt...

Senate changes rules following sexual misconduct scandal

The Rhode Island Senate will require members to receive annual training after a senator was charged with extorting sex from a page earlier in the session. The Senate has unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday amending its rules to mandate training and establish a process to expel a member. Former Republican Sen. Nicholas Kettle was charged in February with extorting sex from a page. Pages are students...
APNewsBreak: Kobach sought pardon for VP of corporate donor

APNewsBreak: Kobach sought pardon for VP of corporate donor

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach unsuccessfully sought a governor's pardon for a corporate campaign donor's vice president whose crime, police said, involved threatening a cab driver by putting a gun to his head. Kobach, a Republican and leading candidate for Kansas governor, approached then-GOP Gov. Sam Brownback's chief counsel about clemency for Kansas City-area resident Ryan Bader in August...
Gunmen followed family 80 miles from shopping center to rob them, police say

Gunmen followed family 80 miles from shopping center to rob them, police say

A woman said she was robbed at gunpoint in her own driveway after driving 80 miles home from a shopping trip. Police believe the robbers may have followed her from the shopping center in Atlanta to her home in Dalton. Brittany McEntire told WSB that two men robbed her at gunpoint about three weeks ago. Her mother, husband and three children were also in the driveway.  >> Read...
Trump signs executive order ending migrant family separations

Trump signs executive order ending migrant family separations

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order ending his administration’s policy of separating children from parents at the U.S.-Mexico border amid global criticism of the practice. Update 6:45 p.m. EDT June 20: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order overturning his administration’s own policy...
Ivanka Trump stayed silent for days as border crisis mounted

Ivanka Trump stayed silent for days as border crisis mounted

Ivanka Trump, the presidential adviser who has billed herself as a "force for good" in the administration, remained silent for days as the firestorm over forced separations of migrant families consumed the White House. In a closed-door meeting with Republicans late Tuesday, President Donald Trump confided that his daughter urged him to find a solution. But despite days of heart-wrenching...
Trump ends migrant family separations: Read the executive order

Trump ends migrant family separations: Read the executive order

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed an executive order to end his administration’s controversial policy of separating migrant children from adults suspected of crossing the border into the United State illegally. The Trump administration in April directed prosecutors to pursue cases against all people suspected of crossing the border illegally as part of a “zero tolerance&rdquo...
Mormons post questions asked during youth interviews

Mormons post questions asked during youth interviews

The Mormon church for the first time Wednesday posted the list of questions lay leaders are supposed to ask youth during closed door, one-on-one interviews that have come under scrutiny because sexual questions sometimes arise. Only one of the questions seems directed at finding out about a young Mormon's sex life: "Do you live the law of chastity?" The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...
After only 2 matches, Egypt eliminated from World Cup

After only 2 matches, Egypt eliminated from World Cup

Egypt arrived in Russia with Mohamed Salah and some high expectations. The team, playing at the World Cup for the first time since 1990, was sure it had the ability to grind out results, even with Salah still recovering from a shoulder injury. But after two matches, the Egyptians were eliminated. "I always say that behind a player there must be a team," Egypt coach Hector Cuper said after...

AP Sources: Michigan State counsel gets $1.2M, even if fired

Michigan State University's new general counsel, appointed in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal, would make nearly $1.3 million over three years even if he were let go before his contract ended. Two people familiar with the situation disclosed the provision Wednesday to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the school had not announced the terms of Robert Young's...
Police fatally shoot 17-year-old boy fleeing traffic stop

Police fatally shoot 17-year-old boy fleeing traffic stop

A police officer fatally shot a 17-year-old boy just seconds after he fled from a traffic stop late Tuesday in a confrontation partly captured on video from a nearby home. Investigators said Wednesday that the car stopped in the town of East Pittsburgh matched the description of a vehicle being sought in a nonfatal shooting in a town a few miles away. An East Pittsburgh officer, who has not been identified...
Nothing stops Messi fan from rooting for star in Russia

Nothing stops Messi fan from rooting for star in Russia

Nothing has stopped Argentine fan Nora Espector from following Lionel Messi wherever he plays. Espector, who needs a wheelchair because she has multiple sclerosis, traveled to the World Cup in Russia with her youngest son. The soccer passion runs in her family: Her grandfather worked for popular Argentine club Boca Juniors. Growing up, he would take her to watch games at the Bombonera, the club's...
Florida man stabs wife, places her in trunk of car during standoff, police say

Florida man stabs wife, places her in trunk of car during standoff, police say

A Florida man admitted to stabbing his wife, Julie Stewart, and placing her in the trunk of the family car during a standoff with police, WJAX reports. >> Read more trending news  Gerard Stewart, 45, reportedly called 911 on Friday afternoon, threatening to hurt himself and refusing to come out of his home, according to WJAX. Police and SWAT members had to...
Pope backs US bishops who called border separations immoral

Pope backs US bishops who called border separations immoral

Pope Francis backed the Catholic bishops in the United States who condemned the practice of separating children from parents after families are caught crossing the U.S-Mexico border illegally, according to an interview published Wednesday. Francis was asked about the family-separation policy during the interview with Reuters conducted Sunday. The pope replied: "Let it be clear that on these things...
Guatemalan man recalls fear, agony of separation from child

Guatemalan man recalls fear, agony of separation from child

Three-year-old Genesis Gonzalez Lopez giggled excitedly as she played with her father at a sunny Utah park, zipping down a slide again and again into his arms. The happy scene this week in Provo, south of Salt Lake City, was a far cry from what the pair experienced on Thanksgiving, when U.S. immigration authorities took Romulo Gonzalez Rodriguez into custody at the U.S.-Mexico border and whisked away...
AP Explains: Where do kids split from parents go?

AP Explains: Where do kids split from parents go?

The Trump administration has not figured out a way to reunite families separated by a new zero-tolerance policy enacted this year that's resulted in more than 2,000 kids being taken from their parents. That's raised concerns about what happens to them and how long it will take to reunite families. Critics of the administration's zero-tolerance policy say that it's not only cruel to split families...

Police: Thief tried paying waitress with her own stolen card

Authorities say an Arkansas thief got his just deserts when he tried to pay for a meal using the waitress' stolen credit card. Police spokesman Lt. David De Foor said in a news release that officers arrested 21-year-old Shamon West on Tuesday at Shannon's Restaurant in Pine Bluff. He says that "having no desire to pay for the fellow's meal," waitress Flora Lunsford called to report that...
Children arriving on border await fate in immigration courts

Children arriving on border await fate in immigration courts

The little girl wearing pink party shoes topped with bows smiled from her seat in a Los Angeles immigration courtroom. The 7-year-old is happy now that she is worlds away from the violence in her native El Salvador. Gang gunfire once forced her to hit the floor inside her home. She fled Central America last year with her great-grandmother to join her mother in the U.S. At the Mexico border, authorities...
Trump meets with lawmakers about ZTE deal opposed in Senate

Trump meets with lawmakers about ZTE deal opposed in Senate

President Donald Trump met Wednesday with Republican lawmakers after the Senate moved to block a White House plan to allow Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp. to buy component parts from the U.S. ZTE is accused of violating trade laws by selling sensitive technologies to North Korea and Iran. The administration announced an agreement with ZTE earlier this month but has run into opposition in Congress...
Senate blocks Trump plan to cut $15B in unused spending

Senate blocks Trump plan to cut $15B in unused spending

In a rebuke to President Donald Trump, the Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday blocked a White House plan to cut almost $15 billion in unused government money slated for children's health insurance and other programs. Two Republicans — Susan Collins of Maine and Richard Burr of North Carolina — joined with Democrats to defeat the measure. Fifty senators opposed the plan and 48 supported...
Study: Plastic will pile up in wake of China recycling ban

Study: Plastic will pile up in wake of China recycling ban

China's decision to stop accepting plastic waste from other countries is causing plastic to pile up around the globe, and wealthy countries must find a way to slow the accumulation of one of the most ubiquitous materials on the planet, a group of scientists said. The scientists sought to quantify the impact of the Chinese import ban on the worldwide trade in plastic waste, and found that other nations...
Italy, Austria signal new hard-line axis on migration

Italy, Austria signal new hard-line axis on migration

A meeting of Italy's anti-migrant interior minister with like-minded Austrian populist leaders on Wednesday in Rome heralded a new hard-line axis forming in Europe on migration issues with pledges to more firmly protect Europe's southern border. Italy's interior minister, Matteo Salvini, leveraged on his recent refusal to allow landfall in Sicily to a ship carrying some 630 migrants rescued at sea...
Body of child washed ashore identified, mother arrested

Body of child washed ashore identified, mother arrested

Texas authorities have identified the body of a child found washed ashore in Southeast Texas last year, and accused his mother and her girlfriend of dumping his body. Galveston police on Wednesday identified the body as 4-year-old Jayden Alexander Lopez. His body was found eight months ago, and authorities named the child "Little Jacob." Police also announced his mother, Rebecca Rivera,...
Forest Service proposes changes to sage grouse protections

Forest Service proposes changes to sage grouse protections

The U.S. Forest Service proposed changes Wednesday to sage grouse protections in six Western states that call for eliminating special designations for crucial habitat as well as keeping areas open for mining. The agency also said restrictions on water development for livestock will be removed as will other requirements that could limit some livestock grazing. The plan, detailed in documents, covers...
Starbucks offers 50 percent off Frappuccinos Thursday

Starbucks offers 50 percent off Frappuccinos Thursday

Starbucks could be an option for an afternoon pick-me-up this week, because drinks will be available at a discounted price. >> Read more trending news  The company is offering 50 percent off of Frappuccinos Thursday, starting at 3 p.m., at participating locations. The happy hour deal is only available for beverages sized grande or venti, and it’s limited to one per person.  If...
Rights group worried about immigrants dying in custody

Rights group worried about immigrants dying in custody

Huy Chi Tran was awaiting deportation at an immigrant detention center in Arizona when he was found unresponsive. A week later, he was dead. Initially rushed to a medical center, the 47-year-old Vietnamese man died after being hospitalized for a week. He was the seventh person to die in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody during the current year that began Oct. 1. The cause of Tran's...
Laws to deter asylum-seekers, aid workers passed in Hungary

Laws to deter asylum-seekers, aid workers passed in Hungary

Hungarian lawmakers voted to tighten the country's asylum eligibility rules and threatened Wednesday to incarcerate people who help asylum-seekers, votes that coincided with a United Nations' observance dedicated to refugees. The approved changes include a constitutional amendment making it more difficult for refugees to qualify for asylum depending on how they reached Hungary. For example, asylum-seekers'...

ACLU asks Vermont Gov. Scott to stop blocking online critics

The Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union asked Republic Gov. Phil Scott on Wednesday to stop deleting critical posts and blocking constituents on Facebook. Scott's office said it is simply trying to maintain a civil dialogue on social media. In a letter addressed to Scott, the ACLU said that blocking a constituent is unlawful prior restraint of future speech and deleting posts amounts...
The Latest: Chicago teen apologizes in Facebook feud slaying

The Latest: Chicago teen apologizes in Facebook feud slaying

The Latest on the sentencing of a Chicago teenager convicted of murder in the shooting of another girl following a Facebook feud over a boy (all times local): 12:35 p.m. A Chicago teenager cried in court as she tried to read a statement before her sentencing for killing another girl in a fight that started as a Facebook feud over a boy. The teenager, who was 14 when she fatally shot 14-year-old Endia...
1 injured when Jeep rams into house on South Bird Road in Clark County

1 injured when Jeep rams into house on South Bird Road in Clark County

UPDATE @ 1:27 p.m.: One person has been taken to a hospital after a Jeep rammed into a house on South Bird Road, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said.  According to the preliminary investigation, a female was driving north when she apparently lost control of the vehicle and rammed the front of the house, where the resident was asleep.  That resident has been taken to Springfield Regional Medical...
New flu vaccine only a little better than traditional shot

New flu vaccine only a little better than traditional shot

A newer kind of flu vaccine only worked a little bit better in seniors this past winter than traditional shots, the government reported Wednesday. Overall, flu vaccines barely worked at all in keeping people 65 and older out of the hospital, with roughly 24 percent effectiveness. The best performance was by a new shot called Flucelvax; it was about 26.5 percent effective in that age group. The difference...
Airlines ask US not to put migrant children on flights

Airlines ask US not to put migrant children on flights

American Airlines and United Airlines said Wednesday that they asked the Trump administration not to use their flights to carry migrant children who were separated from their parents by immigration authorities. Facing growing opposition to his administration's recent policy of separating migrant families, President Donald Trump signed an order later in the day to keep families together at the nation's...

Leaders of largest US black denomination decry separations

The United States' largest black denomination has convened its annual meeting in Oklahoma City, and its leaders are denouncing the separation of immigrant children from families at the border. The Rev. Jerry Young, who is president of the National Baptist Convention USA, criticized U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' use of scripture to justify the policy, saying Wednesday that it was out of context...
Watch: Deputy frees bear trapped in car near Lake Tahoe

Watch: Deputy frees bear trapped in car near Lake Tahoe

A sheriff’s deputy had to rescue a bear that trapped itself inside a car near Lake Tahoe. >> Read more trending news  The bear got locked inside a Subaru Outback in Carnelian Bay, officials said in the Facebook post. The bear destroyed the car’s interior so badly that the doors couldn’t be unlocked, so the sheriff’s deputy had to break a window. Police...

Legal fight winding down in hospital hepatitis C case

A New Hampshire hospital is closer to holding others financially accountable for a traveling medical technician who infected dozens of patients in multiple states with hepatitis C. David Kwiatkowski is serving 39 years in prison for stealing painkillers and replacing them with saline-filled syringes tainted with his blood. Despite being fired numerous times over drug allegations, he had worked as...
The Latest: Malnourished California girl had arms of infant

The Latest: Malnourished California girl had arms of infant

The Latest on a hearing for California parents accused of shackling their kids (all times local): 3:55 p.m. An investigator says the children of a California couple facing torture and abuse charges were so malnourished that their 11-year-old daughter had arms the size of an infant. Riverside County district attorney's investigator Patrick Morris testified Wednesday that some of the 13 children had...
Sweden starts construction on fossil fuel-free steel plant

Sweden starts construction on fossil fuel-free steel plant

Sweden has started construction on a factory that will test whether it's feasible to make steel without burning fossil fuels. Utility firm Vattenfall said Tuesday it has teamed up with steel company SSAB and mining firm LKAB to build the 1.4-billion Swedish krona ($158 million) pilot plant. Existing plants produce large amounts of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, when coal is used to turn iron into...
Lewandowski doubles down after comment about disabled child

Lewandowski doubles down after comment about disabled child

A former campaign manager for Donald Trump is doubling down on his dismissive comment regarding a girl with Down syndrome. Corey Lewandowski tweeted on Wednesday that he "mocked a liberal who attempted to politicize children" after he appeared Tuesday on Fox News Channel to discuss President Trump's hard-line immigration policy. Trump's policy has led to the practice of taking migrant children...
Kate Spade New York donates $1 M to suicide prevention, mental health awareness causes

Kate Spade New York donates $1 M to suicide prevention, mental health awareness causes

Kate Spade New York, the clothing company founded by the late Kate Spade, is donating more than $1 million to suicide prevention and mental health awareness causes. The company made the announcement Wednesday, more than two weeks after Spade was found dead of a suicide June 5 in New York. >> Read more trending news   “In honor of our company founder, Kate Spade, our foundation...

Protests in Moldova after court voids pro-Europe mayor's win

Thousands of protesters gathered in the Moldovan capital Wednesday after a court invalidated the election victory of a pro-European candidate to the post of mayor of Chisinau without providing a reason. The development prompted concerns by the U.S. Embassy in Moldova and some members of the European Parliament. The Chisinau Court ruled late Tuesday that Andrei Nastase was not the winner of the June...
Man with gun tattoo on forehead charged with illegal gun possession

Man with gun tattoo on forehead charged with illegal gun possession

Michael Vines has a gun tattooed on his forehead, but that’s not the weapon that put him behind bars in South Carolina. Police in Greenville reported Tuesday that Vines was involved in a recent car crash, after which city firefighters said they saw him toss a weapon into the grass nearby. The firefighters reported it to police officers, who recovered the gun, described as a fully loaded Smith...
Trump postpones Thursday's annual congressional picnic

Trump postpones Thursday's annual congressional picnic

President Donald Trump postponed Thursday's annual White House picnic for members of Congress, saying the "timing doesn't feel right" given the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border, where the government has been separating migrant children from families entering the country illegally. But he went ahead Wednesday with a scheduled trip to Duluth, Minnesota, including a nighttime "Make...
17-year-old unarmed when shot 3 times by officer, police say

17-year-old unarmed when shot 3 times by officer, police say

A 17-year-old was shot and killed by police in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday night after he allegedly ran away from a traffic stop on foot, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Officer identified the teenager as Antwon Rose of Rankin. He attended Woodland Hills High School last year. Update 2:53 p.m. ET:  ...
The Latest: Justice Dept. calls executive order 'stopgap'

The Latest: Justice Dept. calls executive order 'stopgap'

The Latest on President Donald Trump and immigration (all times local): 5:40 p.m. A senior Justice Department official says President Donald Trump's executive order is a stopgap measure to end the separation of families as they cross the border illegally and face criminal prosecution. Gene Hamilton, the Counselor to the Attorney General, says Homeland Security officials can only detain families for...
Over 100 arrested in immigration raid at meatpacking plant

Over 100 arrested in immigration raid at meatpacking plant

More than 100 workers were arrested at an Ohio meatpacking plant by federal agents following a yearlong immigration investigation, the second large raid in the state in the past two weeks. The investigation focused on whether the company knowingly hired people who are in the country illegally and used fake identities belonging to U.S. citizens to get their jobs, Immigration and Customs Enforcement...
Burger King says sorry for Russian World Cup pregnancy ad

Burger King says sorry for Russian World Cup pregnancy ad

Burger King has apologized for offering a lifetime supply of Whoppers to Russian women who get pregnant by World Cup players. Critics assailed the offer, announced on Russian social media, as sexist and demeaning. The announcement was removed Tuesday from Burger King's social media accounts but was still circulating among Russian social network users. It promised a reward of free burgers to women...
Which Republicans are speaking out against separating immigrant families? Which governors are recalling guard troops from borders over it?

Which Republicans are speaking out against separating immigrant families? Which governors are recalling guard troops from borders over it?

After meeting with President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, (R-Kentucky), said that he and the rest of the Republican caucus plan to work on legislation that would end the practice of separating migrant families at the country’s southern border.  “I support, and all of the members of the Republican conference support, a plan to keep families...
Hot dog: 5 ways to keep pets safe in hot weather; what to do during heatstroke

Hot dog: 5 ways to keep pets safe in hot weather; what to do during heatstroke

Summertime is perfect for outdoor adventures with your dog, but experts warn that pets can quickly overheat, or burn their paws on hot asphalt while out on a walk. >> Read more trending news  1. Avoid hot asphalt: Avoid walking your dog on hot sidewalks with asphalt. Being close to the ground, your dog’s body can heat up quickly and sensitive paws can burn. Try and walk your dog in...
GOP senator defends EPA chief, calls ethics allegations lies

GOP senator defends EPA chief, calls ethics allegations lies

A Republican senator who had expressed concerns about Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt mounted an outspoken defense of him Wednesday after a face-to-face meeting, calling ethics allegations against Pruitt "outrageous lies." Sen. Jim Inhofe, from Pruitt's home state of Oklahoma, spoke after summoning Pruitt to a one-on-one meeting this week to discuss more than a dozen allegations...
PayPal move blocks sales of school shooting video game

PayPal move blocks sales of school shooting video game

The developer of a school shooting video game condemned by parents of slain children has lost the ability to sell its products online after being dumped by PayPal. Acid Software said Tuesday that purchases of "Active Shooter" were "temporarily disabled" as its representatives tried to resolve the issues with PayPal. Acid's postings on Twitter and an online bulletin board included...
EU countries prepare mini-summit as migration row festers

EU countries prepare mini-summit as migration row festers

Leaders from a group of European Union countries, led by Germany and France, will meet Sunday to thrash out possible solutions to a divisive row over migrants. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose own government is in crisis over the management of migrant arrivals, is expected to join the leaders of Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands and Spain for "informal talks"...
George Clooney, Amal Clooney donate $100,000 to help immigrant children separated from families

George Clooney, Amal Clooney donate $100,000 to help immigrant children separated from families

George Clooney and Amal Clooney are donating $100,000 on behalf of their foundation to help immigrant children who have been separated from their families under the Trump administration. >> Read more trending news  In a statement to People, the couple, who welcomed twins Ella and Alexander last year, said, “At some point in the future our children will ask us: &lsquo...
In reversal, Trump orders halt to his family separation rule

In reversal, Trump orders halt to his family separation rule

Bowing to pressure from anxious allies, President Donald Trump abruptly reversed himself Wednesday and signed an executive order halting his administration's policy of separating children from their parents when they are detained illegally crossing the U.S. border. It was a dramatic turnaround for Trump, who has been insisting, wrongly, that his administration had no choice but to separate families...

Lawmakers rip tariffs enacted in name of national security

Pointing to damage done to home-state companies, lawmakers from both parties Wednesday criticized tariffs the Trump administration has imposed on imported steel and aluminum products in the name of national security. The Trump administration has turned to a little-used weapon in trade policy: Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. It empowers the president to impose unlimited tariffs if the...
Teen in 'Making a Murderer' asks high court to take his case

Teen in 'Making a Murderer' asks high court to take his case

The teenager in the video sits slouched on a loveseat wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, cargo pants and white sneakers, his hands folded but fidgeting in his lap. Eyes downcast, he answers questions from investigators interrogating him. Slowly, with a lot of prodding, he admits he joined his uncle in raping and murdering a young woman before burning her body in a bonfire. But 16-year-old Brendan...
Police: Man uses riding lawn mower to hit people in face with rocks

Police: Man uses riding lawn mower to hit people in face with rocks

A Texas man is accused of using his riding lawn mower to launch a rock attack in his neighborhood. >> Read more trending news  Police say on June 9, Johnny Manning, 72, rode his riding lawn mower onto a gravel driveway, where he pelted three people with rocks as they were exiting a vehicle. The man who reported the incident told police he was dropping off his ex-wife and daughter at the...
Prince Louis christening date announced

Prince Louis christening date announced

We now know when we’ll get our next official glimpse of Prince Louis. He will be christened on July 9 at the Chapel Royal at St. James’s Palace, London, the royal family announced Wednesday. It is the same location where Louis’ older brother, Prince George was christened.  Their sister, Princess Charlotte, was baptized at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Norfolk, at the Queen&rsquo...
Too hot to handle: Politics of warming part of culture wars

Too hot to handle: Politics of warming part of culture wars

When it comes to global warming, America's political climate may have changed more than the Earth's over the past three decades. NASA scientist James Hansen put the world on notice about global warming on June 23, 1988. Looking back, he says: "I was sufficiently idealistic that I thought we would have a sensible bipartisan approach to the problem." After all, Republicans and Democrats had...
Man injured while taking selfie arrested on outstanding burglary charge

Man injured while taking selfie arrested on outstanding burglary charge

A man in Texas injured while taking a selfie ended up with a mug shot. >> Read more trending news  Galveston police told KHOU that Billy Pettice, 38, was rescued Friday from the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway after falling 40 feet while trying to take a selfie.  Pettice was hospitalized and treated for broken ribs. While in the hospital, authorities ran a warrant check and discovered...
Tip from public helped Germany foil ricin attack plot

Tip from public helped Germany foil ricin attack plot

A call from the public was key to foiling an Islamic extremist's plan to use the toxin ricin to carry out a deadly attack in Germany, security officials said Wednesday. The head of the country's domestic intelligence agency said a phone-in tip helped authorities confirm their suspicions about a 29-year-old Tunisian man in the city of Cologne. The suspect, named only as Sief Allah H. in line with German...
Couple raises millions to help reunite migrant children, parents

Couple raises millions to help reunite migrant children, parents

A California couple has raised millions of dollars to help families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border as a result of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. Charlotte and Dave Willner told the San Jose Mercury News that they launched their Facebook fundraiser, called "Reunite an immigrant parent with their child,” on Saturday morning...
Pope Francis criticizes Trump administration for migrant family separations

Pope Francis criticizes Trump administration for migrant family separations

Pope Francis criticized the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border in an interview published Wednesday by Reuters. “It’s not easy, but populism is not the answer,” he said. The pope told Reuters that he agreed with statements made last week by Catholic bishops in America who called the family separation policy...

EU adopts package to Lebanon to help it cope with refugees

The European Union has adopted a support package to Lebanon of 165 million euros ($191 million) to help the country cope with hosting Syrian refugees. In a statement released Wednesday to mark World Refugee Day, the EU said the package aims to support Lebanon's public education and social assistance systems. Lebanon is home to a million Syrian refugees, who amount to nearly a quarter of the country's...
Video game chain GameStop may be up for sale

Video game chain GameStop may be up for sale

Popular video game retailer GameStop has confirmed it recently entered talks to sell the company. GameStop Corp. received buyout interest that resulted in talks with private equity firms about a potential transaction, according to Reuters. Sycamore Partners is reportedly one of the firms that has expressed interest in the retailer. GameStop has hired a financial advisor to assist in in its discussions...
EU to tax Harleys, bourbon and other US goods from Friday

EU to tax Harleys, bourbon and other US goods from Friday

The European Union will start taxing a range of U.S. imports Friday, including quintessentially American goods like Harley-Davidson bikes and cranberries, in response to President Donald Trump's decision to slap tariffs on European steel and aluminum. The 28-nation EU's trade chief, Cecilia Malmstrom, said Wednesday that the bloc would introduce the tariffs on about 2.8 billion euros' ($3.4 billion)...
Japanese, Senegalese World Cup fans clean up stadium after matches

Japanese, Senegalese World Cup fans clean up stadium after matches

It is something you’d probably never see at a sporting event in America, but Japanese fans of the World Cup are cleaning up their own mess after matches and it’s taking the internet by storm. After their team won, they celebrated the win against Colombia, then the work began. They cleaned up their areas in the stands using the garbage bags they brought to the stadium with them, the...
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At least 3 "tender age" shelters set up for child migrants

The Trump administration has set up at least three "tender age" shelters to detain babies and other young children who have been forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, The Associated Press has learned. Doctors and lawyers who have visited the shelters in South Texas' Rio Grande Valley said the facilities were fine, clean and safe, but the children — who have...

Man who set up wife's killing must serve life sentence

An appellate court has upheld the conviction of a man accused of setting up the fatal shooting of his wife while they walked with one of their young sons. In a ruling issued Monday, the New Jersey panel also upheld the life sentence imposed on Kashif Parvaiz. He was convicted of scheming with his Massachusetts girlfriend to kill his wife and make it look random. The August 2011 shooting occurred while...
Methodists, prosecutors scold Sessions over border policy

Methodists, prosecutors scold Sessions over border policy

More than 600 members of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' church have denounced him over the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that has led to children being separated from their parents at the border. Members of the United Methodist Church from across the country signed a letter Monday accusing Sessions of child abuse, immorality and racial discrimination. They also...
The Latest: UN awaiting formal US notice on quitting council

The Latest: UN awaiting formal US notice on quitting council

The latest on the U.S. decision to pull out of the United Nations' Human Rights Council (all times local): 1:40 a.m. The U.N. General Assembly says it's waiting for notification from the United States that it is withdrawing from the Human Rights Council, which is the first step toward the election of a replacement. Assembly spokesman Brenden Varma told reporters Wednesday that the 2006 resolution...
FDA reconsiders added sugar label for maple syrup, honey

FDA reconsiders added sugar label for maple syrup, honey

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reconsidering its plan to require that pure maple syrup and honey be labeled as containing added sugars. Maple syrup producers had rallied against the plan, saying the nutrition labels updates were misleading, illogical and confusing and could hurt their industries. No sugar is added to pure maple syrup or honey. However, the FDA's update would have defined...
India takes direct control in Kashmir after alliance ends

India takes direct control in Kashmir after alliance ends

India's federal government took direct control of Kashmir state Wednesday after the ruling Hindu nationalist party ended its long-troubled alliance there with a Kashmiri political party. The shift to direct rule in the disputed region was approved after the Bharatiya Janata Party withdrew its support Tuesday for the People's Democratic Party, following years of feuding and a deteriorating security...
Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy

Twin brothers reunited 74 years after WWII death at Normandy

For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred. On Tuesday, Julius Heinrich Otto "Henry" Pieper, his identity recovered, was laid to rest beside his twin brother in Normandy, 74 years after the two Navy men died together when their ship shattered while trying to reach the blood-soaked D-Day beaches. Six Navy officers...
Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson arrested on domestic assault charge

Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson arrested on domestic assault charge

Nashville Predators player Austin Watson is facing a domestic assault charge, police said Wednesday. According to WKRN, the 26-year-old NHL forward was arrested Tuesday at a gas station in Franklin, Tennessee, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  Watson, who is free on $4,500 bond, is scheduled to appear in court next Thursday.
US Navy drops live bombs in Florida national forest

US Navy drops live bombs in Florida national forest

Residents in southern Marion, northern Lake or west Volusia counties should not be alarmed if they hear loud booms near their neighborhoods. The US Navy began bomb training exercises this week at the Pine Castle Range Complex in the Ocala National Forest, officials said in a news release. F-18 jets fly from Naval Air Station in Jacksonville and conduct the training. Residents nearby might hear the...
On North Korean side of DMZ, it's change in the air

On North Korean side of DMZ, it's change in the air

Lt. Col. Hwang Myong Jin has been a guide on the northern side of the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas for five years. He says that since the summits between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the presidents of South Korea and the United States, things have quieted down noticeably in perhaps the last place on Earth where the Cold War still burns hot. "A lot of things have changed...
Starbucks to close 150 stores

Starbucks to close 150 stores

Starbucks has announced that the company will be closing 150 poorly performing stores next year.  The stores are in urban areas that have multiple Starbucks coffee shops, CNN reported. It is also about three times the number of storefronts that Starbucks shuts down in a year, according to Bloomberg. >> Read more trending news  The company has adjusted its profit outlook...
Texas billboard urging liberals to leave state goes viral

Texas billboard urging liberals to leave state goes viral

A Texas billboard urging liberals to get out of the state has gone viral, racking up thousands of shares on social media. According to KFDA, the billboard along Interstate 40 near Vega reads: "Liberals, please continue on I-40 until you have left our GREAT STATE OF TEXAS."  >> Read more trending news  Facebook user Kyle Mccallie of Fritch shared a photo of the sign Tuesday...
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen taunted by protesters as she eats at Mexican restaurant

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen taunted by protesters as she eats at Mexican restaurant

Protestors taunted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen as she tried to eat her dinner at a Washington, D.C. Mexican restaurant. About a dozen protesters went into MXDC Cocina Mexicana Tuesday night while Nielsen dined with an unidentified person, The Washington Post reported. They shouted “shame” and “end family separation,” the newspaper reported...
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