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Democrats get a front-runner for governor: Lupe Valdez

Giving Democrats their highest-profile candidate for the state’s top race, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez launched her campaign for governor Wednesday after better-known politicians took a pass against a well-funded GOP incumbent in a strongly Republican state. Valdez entered a crowded 2018 Democratic primary against at least seven other filed or announced candidates, but she entered as a...
6 months after attacks began, Rohingya see no end in sight

6 months after attacks began, Rohingya see no end in sight

Their houses are often made of plastic sheets. Much of their food comes from aid agencies. Jobs are few, and there is painfully little to do. The nightmares are relentless. But six months after their horrors began, the Rohingya Muslims who fled army attacks in Myanmar for refuge in Bangladesh feel one immense consolation. "Nobody is coming to kill us, that's for sure," said Mohammed Amanullah...
Tokyo returns with Summer Games with something new to prove

Tokyo returns with Summer Games with something new to prove

Tokyo used its famous 1964 Olympics to show off a miraculous recovery from defeat in World War II. Japan was back after just 19 years with high-speed trains, geeky gadgets, and dazzling efficiency. Tokyo's back again with the 2020 Summer Olympics, this time with something different to prove. This time the Japanese capital wants to remind the rest of the world that China and South Korea haven't left...
School shooting survivors target NRA-linked companies

School shooting survivors target NRA-linked companies

Survivors of a mass shooting at a Florida high school are hoping to expand the reach of their gun control movement by seeking a boycott of companies doing business with the NRA and urging tourists to boycott the Sunshine State. As the #BoycottNRA movement grew on Twitter, with petitions circulating against companies that offer discounts to NRA members, a growing number of those businesses announced...
School shooting survivors target NRA-linked companies

School shooting survivors target NRA-linked companies

Survivors of a mass shooting at a Florida high school are hoping to expand the reach of their gun control movement by seeking a boycott of companies doing business with the NRA and urging tourists to boycott the Sunshine State. As the #BoycottNRA movement grew on Twitter, with petitions circulating against companies that offer discounts to NRA members, a growing number of those businesses announced...
School shooting survivors target NRA-linked companies

School shooting survivors target NRA-linked companies

Survivors of a mass shooting at a Florida high school are hoping to expand the reach of their gun control movement by seeking a boycott of companies doing business with the NRA and urging tourists to boycott the Sunshine State. As the #BoycottNRA movement grew on Twitter, with petitions circulating against companies that offer discounts to NRA members, a growing number of those businesses announced...
North Korean delegation arrives for Olympics closing show

North Korean delegation arrives for Olympics closing show

A North Korean delegation led by a controversial former general arrived in South Korea to attend Sunday's closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics and hold meetings with top South Korean officials. Ivanka Trump, the U.S. president's daughter and adviser, will also attend the ceremony. The North's delegation is headed by Kim Yong Chol, whom Seoul has accused of being behind two attacks on...
Ivanka Trump: Visit to Olympics 'so incredibly inspiring'

Ivanka Trump: Visit to Olympics 'so incredibly inspiring'

The U.S. president's daughter and adviser said Sunday that her visit to the Olympics was "so incredibly inspiring" and expressed gratitude at the chance to watch competition and — in a subtle nod to Korean Peninsula politics — "be here with our allies in South Korea." Ivanka Trump plans to attend the closing ceremony of the 2018 Pyongchang Games on Sunday night after...
Ivanka Trump: Visit to Olympics 'so incredibly inspiring'

Ivanka Trump: Visit to Olympics 'so incredibly inspiring'

The U.S. president's daughter and adviser said Sunday that her visit to the Olympics was "so incredibly inspiring" and expressed gratitude at the chance to watch competition and — in a subtle nod to Korean Peninsula politics — "be here with our allies in South Korea." Ivanka Trump plans to attend the closing ceremony of the 2018 Pyongchang Games on Sunday night after...
Ivanka Trump: Visit to Olympics 'so incredibly inspiring'

Ivanka Trump: Visit to Olympics 'so incredibly inspiring'

The U.S. president's daughter and adviser said Sunday that her visit to the Olympics was "so incredibly inspiring" and expressed gratitude at the chance to watch competition and — in a subtle nod to Korean Peninsula politics — "be here with our allies in South Korea." Ivanka Trump plans to attend the closing ceremony of the 2018 Pyongchang Games on Sunday night after...
Cambodia's ruling party has sure lock on Senate election

Cambodia's ruling party has sure lock on Senate election

Cambodia's ruling party is assured of a sweeping victory in the election of a new Senate after the only real opposition to it was eliminated. The Senate has minor decision-making powers in Cambodian politics, primarily rubber-stamping legislation, but the foregone conclusion of Sunday's vote will be a foretaste of a general election for the National Assembly. The polls in July are sure to sustain...

China will deal 'seriously' with N. Korea sanctions breaches

China will "seriously" deal with any breaches of U.N. Security Council resolutions on North Korea should they be found, a Chinese official said, soon after the third report this month of a ship-to-ship transfer suspected of violating sanctions. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Saturday that Beijing still "firmly opposes the U.S. imposing unilateral sanctions and 'long-arm...
Sridevi, Bollywood leading lady of '80s and '90s, dies at 54

Sridevi, Bollywood leading lady of '80s and '90s, dies at 54

Sridevi, Bollywood's leading lady of the 1980s and '90s who redefined stardom for actresses in India, has died at age 54. The actress was described as the first female superstar in India's male-dominated film industry. She used one name onscreen, like many leading ladies of her generation, and was known for her comic timing and her dancing skills, a great asset in the song-and-dance melodramas that...
Who ran the Olympics? Volunteer corps of mostly young women

Who ran the Olympics? Volunteer corps of mostly young women

She had always rooted only for Koreans. That was her home team and she believed they, exclusively, deserved her cheers. She stood on the sidelines in the speedskating oval in her gray and red uniform, the ubiquitous getup of Pyeongchang's army of volunteers that allowed her closer to the action than most ordinary people. The Korean skater trailed in fourth place with little chance to make it to the...
Who ran the Olympics? Volunteer corps of mostly young women

Who ran the Olympics? Volunteer corps of mostly young women

She had always rooted only for Koreans. That was her home team and she believed they, exclusively, deserved her cheers. She stood on the sidelines in the speedskating oval in her gray and red uniform, the ubiquitous getup of Pyeongchang's army of volunteers that allowed her closer to the action than most ordinary people. The Korean skater trailed in fourth place with little chance to make it to the...
Keillor: Relationship with accuser simply 'romantic writing'

Keillor: Relationship with accuser simply 'romantic writing'

Garrison Keillor described several sexually suggestive emails he exchanged with a former researcher who accused him of sexual misconduct as "romantic writing" that never resulted in a physical relationship, and the radio host rejected the idea that because he was her boss — and the driving force of a hugely popular radio program — it could be sexual harassment. The woman responded...
Armani rejects overdone emotion, Ferragamo favors color

Armani rejects overdone emotion, Ferragamo favors color

Fashion and politics clashed Saturday in Milan's main squares and runways, as protesters rallied ahead of Italy's divisive national election and designers at Milan Fashion Week showed off their own visions of what the future should look like. As the fashion crowd traversed the city, they passed right-wing leader Matteo Salvini of the anti-migrant League holding a major rally in front of the city's...
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Adina Pintilie's "Touch Me Not" wins Berlin's Golden Bear

"Touch Me Not," an experimental movie about intimacy from Romanian director Adina Pintilie, won the top Golden Bear prize at the Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday. The movie, which follows the story of a woman who can't bear to be touched and various other people searching for intimacy, was chosen from a field of 19 competitors at the first of the year's major European movie...
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Adina Pintilie's "Touch Me Not" wins Berlin's Golden Bear

"Touch Me Not," an experimental movie about intimacy from Romanian director Adina Pintilie, won the top Golden Bear prize at the Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday. The movie, which follows the story of a woman who can't bear to be touched and various other people searching for intimacy, was chosen from a field of 19 competitors at the first of the year's major European movie...
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Adina Pintilie's "Touch Me Not" wins Berlin's Golden Bear

"Touch Me Not," an experimental movie about intimacy from Romanian director Adina Pintilie, won the top Golden Bear prize at the Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday. The movie, which follows the story of a woman who can't bear to be touched and various other people searching for intimacy, was chosen from a field of 19 competitors at the first of the year's major European movie...
Thousands of Africans protest Israeli deportation plan

Thousands of Africans protest Israeli deportation plan

Thousands of African asylum seekers and their local supporters are protesting against an Israeli plan to deport them. The Israeli government has given the migrants until April 1 to leave the country for an unnamed African destination in exchange for $3,500 and a plane ticket, or they will be incarcerated indefinitely. The Africans, nearly all from dictatorial Eritrea and war-torn Sudan, say they feel...
Investor Warren Buffett says good deals tough to find

Investor Warren Buffett says good deals tough to find

Investor Warren Buffett says Wall Street's lust for deals has prompted CEOs to act like oversexed teenagers and overpay for acquisitions, so it has been hard to find deals for Berkshire Hathaway. In his annual letter to shareholders Saturday, Buffett mixed investment advice with details of how Berkshire's many businesses performed. Buffett blamed his recent acquisition drought on ambitious CEOs who...
NRA, Florida face backlash after latest school shooting

NRA, Florida face backlash after latest school shooting

The National Rifle Association, and now the State of Florida, faced a growing backlash Saturday as companies cut ties to the gun industry following the latest school massacre, and student survivors called for tourism boycotts of their home state until gun control measures are enacted. The latest companies to end their ties with the NRA were Delta and United Airlines, two of the three largest U.S.-based...

Greek police arrest 2 migrant traffickers, 14 Syrians

Greek police say they have arrested two migrant traffickers who were transporting 14 undocumented Syrians, eight of them children. The arrests of a 21-year-old Syrian and a 24-year-old Iraqi took place Friday near Greece's northeastern border with Turkey but were announced Saturday. The traffickers picked up the Syrians once they had crossed into Greece and put them into the cargo space of a small...
'Vicar of Dibley' actress Emma Chambers dies at 53

'Vicar of Dibley' actress Emma Chambers dies at 53

British actress Emma Chambers, known for her roles in "The Vicar of Dibley" television series and the romantic comedy "Notting Hill," has died at 53. Her agent John Grant said Saturday that Chambers had died of natural causes on Wednesday evening. "Over the years, Emma created a wealth of characters and an immense body of work. She brought laughter and joy to many, and will...
Florida sheriff rejects calls from state lawmaker for his ouster after Parkland school shooting

Florida sheriff rejects calls from state lawmaker for his ouster after Parkland school shooting

Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel attacked Rep. Bill Hager’s call for his ouster as “riddled with factual errors, unsupported gossip and falsehoods,” in a response issued late Saturday night. >> Read more trending news  State. Rep. Bill Hager, R-Boca Raton, sent a letter to Gov. Rick Scott on Saturday calling on him to remove Israel for “neglect and incompetence&rdquo...
Student boxer dies in amateur charity event, after collapsing during fight

Student boxer dies in amateur charity event, after collapsing during fight

A Tennessee college student died in the middle of an amateur boxing match Friday night in Knoxville, authorities said. >> Read more trending news  University of Tennessee junior Tanner Wray, 20, collapsed on the mat as he was walking to his corner in the second round of his fight in the 38th annual Ace Miller Memorial Boxing Tournament. Wray, an aerospace engineering and science...
Daredevil squirrel makes Olympic dash onto ski slope, snowboarder misses it by inches

Daredevil squirrel makes Olympic dash onto ski slope, snowboarder misses it by inches

A squirrel became an unwitting Olympic participant on Saturday when the furry rodent dashed onto the parallel giant slalom snowboarding course and barely missed being run over or sliced in half by Austrian snowboarder Daniela Ulbing. >> Read more trending news  Unfortunately for Ulbing, she wasn’t quite as lucky as the squirrel. Though she won the heat that was almost thwarted...
Rare yellow cardinal a ‘one in a million’ gem for birdwatchers in Alabama

Rare yellow cardinal a ‘one in a million’ gem for birdwatchers in Alabama

  Birdwatchers and biologists have been on the lookout for a rare, yellow cardinal that’s been spotted around central Alabama in Shelby County in recent weeks, AL.com reported. >> Read more trending news  The bird has been getting a lot of attention recently after  resident Charlie Stephenson first noticed it at her backyard feeder and posted a picture on social media...
World’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, restricts late-night access 

World’s busiest airport, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, restricts late-night access 

Hartsfield-Jackson International announced it will soon begin restricting access to the airport between the hours of 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. >> Read more trending news  Starting March 2, the world’s busiest airport said access to the terminals, parking decks, SkyTrain and rental car center during that overnight period will be restricted to ticketed airline passengers; people meeting...
House releases Democrats’ rebuttal to GOP memo on alleged government surveillance abuses

House releases Democrats’ rebuttal to GOP memo on alleged government surveillance abuses

The House Intelligence Committee Saturday released the Democrats’ rebuttal to the Republican memo alleging the FBI and Department of Justice engaged in questionable tactics in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russia.  >> Read more trending news  The 10-page memo, released two weeks after President...
President Donald Trump admits to trying to hide his bald spot

President Donald Trump admits to trying to hide his bald spot

Over the years, much has been speculated about President Donald Trump’s hair, but he’s never admitted to having a reason for choosing his particular hairstyle other than the fact that it’s the way he “likes it.” However, on Friday, that all changed when he finally admitted to having a bald spot — and trying to hide it. “Oh, I try like hell to hide the bald...
Teen admits to killing Memphis couple, setting apartment on fire

Teen admits to killing Memphis couple, setting apartment on fire

An arrest has been made after a Memphis couple was found dead in an apartment that went up in flames Thursday afternoon. >> Read more trending news  Aareon Berryman, 18, has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery, aggravated arson, possession of marijuana with the intent to manufacture or sell, and possession of ecstasy with the intent to manufacture...
New tests, including blood check, could help doctors diagnose autism

New tests, including blood check, could help doctors diagnose autism

A newly developed blood and urine test could potentially detect autism in young children. >> Read more trending news  That’s according to new research from scientists in the United Kingdom and Italy who conducted tests in search for damage to proteins previously known to be higher in children with autism spectrum disorders. The study, published this week in the academic journal ...
Dogs separated at adoption randomly find each other at crowded market

Dogs separated at adoption randomly find each other at crowded market

A couple strolled through downtown Seattle’s iconic, bustling Pike Place Market food stands on a clear winter Saturday when their dog started running through the booths.  "We noticed a puppy who looked very similar in age and appearance to [our dog] Maui, and once they saw each other they got really excited and started playing together," owner Kaitlyn Hawkins told...
Man accused of beating wife, an online exhibitionist, to death with absinthe bottle

Man accused of beating wife, an online exhibitionist, to death with absinthe bottle

An Alabama man charged with killing his wife, whose slaying last month unveiled her double life as an online exhibitionist, is accused of beating her to death with a bottle of absinthe, court records show. The partially-clothed body of Kathleen Dawn “Kat” West, 42, of Calera, was discovered lying in the road in front of her home just after 5 a.m. on Jan. 18, Calera Police Chief Sean...
Over 170 Texas school districts allow staff to be armed

Over 170 Texas school districts allow staff to be armed

President Donald Trump has called for the arming of qualified teachers in the wake of a deadly shooting that left 17 people dead at a Florida high school, but in Texas dozens of school districts already allow staff members to carry firearms. Officials with the Texas Association of School Boards on Thursday told KSAT that they were aware of at least 172 school districts that let staff members carry...
500 children may need revaccination; Orlando doctor arrested, officials say

500 children may need revaccination; Orlando doctor arrested, officials say

An Orlando, Florida, doctor has been arrested for Medicaid fraud. The Florida Department of Health and the Office of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit said Friday that Dr. Ishrat Sohail is accused of giving vaccines to patients with private insurance. The vaccines were intended for Medicaid patients and uninsured children as part of the Vaccines for Children Program, or VFC...
Olympian Gus Kenworthy rescues puppy from Korean dog meat farm

Olympian Gus Kenworthy rescues puppy from Korean dog meat farm

After rescuing dogs at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy has rescued another puppy. People reported that Kenworthy announced he and his boyfriend, actor Matthew Wilkas, rescued a puppy named Beemo. The Associated Press reported that the two visited visited a dog farm in Siheung, South Korea, Friday. >> Read more trending news  “This morning Matt and...
Kentucky bill would terminate parental rights of women after birth of drug-addicted babies

Kentucky bill would terminate parental rights of women after birth of drug-addicted babies

The opioid epidemic in the U.S. has claimed millions of victims and has spread into even remote corners of American society.  >> Read more trending news  While critics have accused states and the federal government of being slow to act in addressing the crisis, there has been a recent spotlight on the pharmaceutical companies’ role in the epidemic, and Kentucky, in particular...
Girl gives teacher her 75 cents in ice cream money to help with family funeral

Girl gives teacher her 75 cents in ice cream money to help with family funeral

A kind-hearted gesture by an Alabama sixth-grader has gone viral after the girl gave up her ice cream money -- 75 cents -- to help fund the funeral for her teacher’s father-in-law. Price Lawrence, an English teacher at Highlands Elementary School in Huntsville, posted about the moment Tuesday on Facebook. He said that his first period students could tell that he was “a little...
Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates pleads guilty in Mueller investigation

Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates pleads guilty in Mueller investigation

Rick Gates, a former aide in President Donald Trump's campaign, pleaded guilty to making false statements and conspiring against the United States on Friday, making him the fifth person to enter a guilty plea in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott calls for reform to state's gun laws, increase in school security

Florida Gov. Rick Scott calls for reform to state's gun laws, increase in school security

In the wake of  mass shooting at a Florida high school, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday proposed a three-point plan to prevent gun violence that includes banning the sale of firearms to anyone younger than 21. The announcement comes more than one week after deputies said Nikolas Cruz, 19, returned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after being expelled, fatally shot 17 people and injured more...
Teachers to Trump: #ArmMeWith funding, supplies and resources, not guns

Teachers to Trump: #ArmMeWith funding, supplies and resources, not guns

Teachers around the nation are using the hashtag #ArmMeWith on social media to push for an increase in what they say they really need in schools: funding, mental health resources, school supplies and books, not guns. The #ArmMeWith movement is a reaction to President Donald Trump’s call for some teachers to carry concealed weapons in schools, even proposing that teachers receive...
What did president Trump say at CPAC? Watch his speech here

What did president Trump say at CPAC? Watch his speech here

President Donald Trump addressed the Conservative Political Action Convention Friday, telling members of the group they would get their border wall, that he thought some teachers should be armed in school and that his administration "has had the most successful first year in the history of the presidency.” CPAC, hosted by the American Conservative Union, is held annually and is a favorite ...
Police: TN jailer had 3 weapons, 1,500 rounds of ammo in plan to ‘shoot up’ church

Police: TN jailer had 3 weapons, 1,500 rounds of ammo in plan to ‘shoot up’ church

Tennessee police acting on a tip last weekend thwarted a correction officer’s apparent plan to “shoot up” the church his estranged wife attended, officials said.  Daniel Vernon Toler, 35, of Huron, is jailed at the Wayne County Jail on weapons charges, according to Fox 17 News in Nashville. Toler is a jailer at South Central Correctional Center in Clifton. Police, acting...
Michael B. Jordan responds to criticism about him living with his parents

Michael B. Jordan responds to criticism about him living with his parents

Michael B. Jordan had a quick response for one person on Twitter who criticized his living arrangement. On a Feb. 6 appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Jordan said he still lives with his parents. >> Read more trending news  “I love my parents, but we have a roommate relationship right now, which is interesting,” Jordan, 31, said. “You get home-cooked...
Ryan Reynolds shuts down troll who criticized Make-A-Wish kids visiting ‘Deadpool’ set

Ryan Reynolds shuts down troll who criticized Make-A-Wish kids visiting ‘Deadpool’ set

Ryan Reynolds isn’t just a charming actor. He’s also a renowned social media goofball who is really great at shutting down trolls.  On Monday, the 41-year-old movie star took to Instagram to share a few photographs of himself — in character as the R-rated mercenary Deadpool — hanging out with some children with life-threatening illnesses on the set of the upcoming...
As Donald Trump Jr. drums up business in India, some ask what’s being sold

As Donald Trump Jr. drums up business in India, some ask what’s being sold

Donald Trump Jr., who has spent the week in India pitching new luxury high-rises that bear his family’s name, took the stage before a crowd of about 200 on Thursday. “Building a Better Mumbai,” the banner behind him proclaimed.  “We’re actually delivering true luxury,” Trump told the guests, who were greeted by a red carpet, lit candles and a jazz band. &ldquo...
National Women's History Month: What is it, when did it begin, who is being honored this year?

National Women's History Month: What is it, when did it begin, who is being honored this year?

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the passage of a law making March Women’s History Month in the United States. The observation, which was born out of a California school district’s celebration of women’s achievements, now is celebrated across the country, and includes parades, lectures, health screenings, art exhibits and other activities that highlight women’s...
Sen. Marco Rubio finds himself at center of gun debate, again

Sen. Marco Rubio finds himself at center of gun debate, again

When a gunman slaughtered 49 people at an Orlando nightclub in 2016, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., described it as a moment of revelation — a tragedy so grave that it helped prompt his decision to seek a second term.  A year and a half later, with no gun violence legislation having been enacted in the interim, Rubio is again at the center of a churning national debate about public safety and...
Trump to speak at CPAC: What time, what channel, who else is speaking?

Trump to speak at CPAC: What time, what channel, who else is speaking?

President Donald Trump is scheduled to address an audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday. Trump is set to begin speaking around 10:05 a.m. ET at the gathering of conservative activists being held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center near Washington, D.C. CPAC, hosted by the American Conservative Union, is held annually. Trump has spoken at CPAC before...
Why this gun debate is different from the rest

Why this gun debate is different from the rest

Around 2:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, President Donald Trump was in the study off the Oval Office when John F. Kelly, his chief of staff, arrived with news of a school shooting in Florida. Trump shook his head, according to an aide, and muttered, “Again.”  Mark Barden was visiting a playground named for his 7-year-old son killed in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School when a...
Florida House votes to force schools to display ‘In God We Trust’ a day after refusing to consider gun control

Florida House votes to force schools to display ‘In God We Trust’ a day after refusing to consider gun control

If the Florida House of Representatives has its way, all public schools in the Sunshine State will soon be required to post the words "In God We Trust" - the state's motto - on all campuses where students and staff can see them.  The House voted on the legislation Wednesday — 97 to 10, with members standing and applauding the results — after finding time to debate and approve...
What do jotted talking points say about Trump’s empathy?

What do jotted talking points say about Trump’s empathy?

For more than an hour Wednesday, President Donald Trump listened quietly to entreaties for action, personal stories of grief and loss, and expressions of raw anger, clutching a white notecard with talking points written on it.  “I hear you,” one said. “What would you most want me to know about your experience?” said another.  Trump’s use of notes, captured by...
‘We’re going to take action’: Inside Trump’s shifting stance on gun rights

‘We’re going to take action’: Inside Trump’s shifting stance on gun rights

President Donald Trump's decision to place himself at the center of the roiling debate over the nation's gun laws began hours after last week's Florida high school massacre, when images of angry yet poised teenage survivors were beamed into the White House on live television.  Trump's aides almost immediately recognized the power of their message and argued that before the president could propose...
Company run by Trump associate has received $75,000 from RNC

Company run by Trump associate has received $75,000 from RNC

A company run by Keith Schiller, who was one of President Donald Trump's closest associates when he abruptly left his job as director of Oval Office operations last September, has received $75,000 from the Republican National Committee under a contract to assess security at possible 2020 GOP convention sites, according to records and a party official.  The payments, including $30,000 disclosed...
Melania Trump’s parents are legal permanent residents, raising questions on ‘chain migration’

Melania Trump’s parents are legal permanent residents, raising questions on ‘chain migration’

The parents of first lady Melania Trump have become legal permanent residents of the United States and are close to obtaining their citizenship, according to people familiar with their status, but their attorney declined to say how or when the couple gained their green cards.  Immigration experts said Viktor and Amalija Knavs very likely relied on a family reunification process that President...
Wakanda is real? Village of Wauconda, Illinois, gets ‘Black Panther’ love, requests for vibranium

Wakanda is real? Village of Wauconda, Illinois, gets ‘Black Panther’ love, requests for vibranium

The village of Wauconda, Illinois, is getting a lot of love from “Black Panther” fans following the blockbuster’s record-breaking premiere weekend. Pronounced the same way as the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda, the town, where about 20,000 people reside, has already received a call asking whether they were hiding vibranium, the strongest metal in the world of Wakanda...
Father of CDC employee missing 10 days says disappearance 'not normal'

Father of CDC employee missing 10 days says disappearance 'not normal'

Timothy Jerrell Cunningham called out of work sick at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 10 days ago and hasn’t been heard from since, police say. His father, Terrell Cunningham, said something must be wrong.  When the 35-year-old’s parents arrived in Atlanta from Maryland, they used a spare key to enter the house and found Timothy’s car, keys, wallet and phone...
Woman prevents girl’s kidnapping by pretending to be potential victim’s mother

Woman prevents girl’s kidnapping by pretending to be potential victim’s mother

A woman dropping her child off at a Santa Ana, California, middle school is credited with preventing the kidnapping of a young girl walking to school, according to news outlets. >> Read more trending news  Amy Martinez was on her way to school Wednesday morning when a strange woman approached her and forced her to begin walking away with her, according to KTLA-TV. "She just came...
MO Gov. Eric Greitens indicted, arrested after threat to release nude photo after affair

MO Gov. Eric Greitens indicted, arrested after threat to release nude photo after affair

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens was arrested Thursday and taken into custody after a St. Louis grand jury handed down an indictment against Greitens on a felony charge of invasion of privacy, the Kansas City Star reported. >> Read more trending news  The indictment follows Greitens admission in January that he had an affair in 2015 with a hairdresser, according to news reports, and...
Hero German shepherd takes bullet for teenager in home invasion

Hero German shepherd takes bullet for teenager in home invasion

When burglars violently broke into a Des Moines, Washington, home mid-afternoon on Wednesday, a teenager hid in a closet and held onto his dog. But Rex -- a 2-year-old German shepherd -- ran downstairs to protect the 16-year-old. The dog confronted the burglars, who beat him until he was bloody. The dog ran back upstairs. With the dog out of sight, the home invasion continued as the two burglars...
Thief creates spectacle, robbing bank in dress, purple scarf and hat

Thief creates spectacle, robbing bank in dress, purple scarf and hat

Pittsburgh police are searching for a thief who held up a bank wearing a woman’s dress, a purple scarf and hat and sunglasses. >> Read more trending news  Police say the thief robbed a local bank Thursday morning around 10:30 and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash. Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding the suspected thief. They&rsquo...
Watch Wayne LaPierre’s speech to CPAC

Watch Wayne LaPierre’s speech to CPAC

National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday.
NRA opposes raising minimum age to buy rifles

NRA opposes raising minimum age to buy rifles

Officials with the National Rifle Association on Wednesday voiced opposition to any legislation aimed at raising the minimum age needed to buy certain rifles amid a renewed gun debate following last week’s deadly school shooting in Florida. In a statement obtained by The Hill, NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker said the focus should be on keeping guns out of the hands of “violent criminals...
Amy Poehler, ‘Parks and Rec’ cast ask NRA to take down Leslie Knope tweet

Amy Poehler, ‘Parks and Rec’ cast ask NRA to take down Leslie Knope tweet

The National Rifle Association has gone under the scope of national scrutiny again after last week’s deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school. The organization’s latest offense came after it decided to tweet a GIF from the NBC show “Parks and Recreation” on Wednesday night. >> Read more trending news  The group sought to thank spokesperson Dana Loesch for ...
Company warns of Instant Pot overheating, melting

Company warns of Instant Pot overheating, melting

Instant Pot is warning customers of a potential hazard in one of its cooker models. WTSP reported Thursday that the company made a post on Facebook Sunday saying it has received “a small number of reports” that its Gem 65 8-in-1 Multicooker overheats, causing melting. >> Read more trending news  “We believe the problem only affects batchcodes 1728, 1730, 1731, 1734...
Snap Inc.’s stock falls after Kylie Jenner tweet about Snapchat redesign

Snap Inc.’s stock falls after Kylie Jenner tweet about Snapchat redesign

Kylie Jenner may be one of many Snapchat users who isn’t happy about the app’s redesign. The 20-year-old new mom asked her followers on Tuesday if anyone else no longer uses the app. >> Read more trending news  “So does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me,” she wrote. “Ugh this is so sad.” Bloomberg reported that the timing of the...
Report: Actress Rachel McAdams pregnant with first child

Report: Actress Rachel McAdams pregnant with first child

Congratulations are in order for actress Rachel McAdams, who is reportedly expecting her first child. E! News, citing several unnamed sources, reported that the 39-year-old actress is pregnant. >> Read more trending news  In 2016, Us Weekly reported that the private star was seen holding hands with screenwriter Jamie Linden, which prompted speculation that they were dating...
FCC repeal of net neutrality rules to take effect in April

FCC repeal of net neutrality rules to take effect in April

America’s net neutrality rules are set to end in April after the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal them late last year, according to an order filed Thursday with the Federal Register. The repeal is set to take effect April 23, according to the order. The Republican-led FCC voted in December to repeal net neutrality rules, which aimed to stop broadband companies from exercising...
Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo share first picture of daughter Gio Grace 

Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo share first picture of daughter Gio Grace 

The world has been introduced to a peek of Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo’s new baby girl, Gio Grace. The new mom of two shared the first photo of the baby on Instagram Feb. 21. She also confirmed her birthday and her name.  >> Read more trending news  “Gio Grace Levine 2/15/18,” Prinsloo wrote. “She’s got her dads toes.” The couple ...
Who is NRA head Wayne LaPierre and what did he say at the CPAC meeting?

Who is NRA head Wayne LaPierre and what did he say at the CPAC meeting?

National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre took the opportunity to slam Democrats Thursday during a speech at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference meeting, saying they only “want more restrictions on the law-abiding.”  "They want to sweep right under the carpet the failure of school security,” LaPierre said, a week after 17 people were...
Quincy Jones apologizes for candid remarks in Vulture, GQ interviews

Quincy Jones apologizes for candid remarks in Vulture, GQ interviews

Quincy Jones is apologizing for the very frank remarks hes made in interviews with GQ and Vulture.  According to the music legend, his six daughters pulled him aside after reading his comments with the publications and showed him the impact of his words. >> Read more trending news  Jones posted a lengthy statement apologizing for the stories on Twitter, according to The Hollywood...
Amid privacy concerns, ‘virtual’ wall brings powerful spy tech to Texas border

Amid privacy concerns, ‘virtual’ wall brings powerful spy tech to Texas border

In the future imagined by the Department of Homeland Security, an army of small drones will hover over the southwestern border, outfitted with facial recognition technology that can cull criminal histories of people on the ground. Advanced cameras will instantly identify drivers and passengers as they cross international bridges into Mexico. Artificial intelligence software will comb through...
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