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First lady Melania Trump visits US-Mexico border amid separation crisis

First lady Melania Trump is visiting the US-Mexico border amid the crisis over migrant children separated from parents.

Phillies fan injured by flying hot dog launched by mascot

It wasn’t a foul ball this time around - it was a flying frankfurter launched by the Phillie Phanatic, and it left a fan in the stands with a black eye.

Koko, the gorilla who knew sign language, dies at 46

Koko’s capacity for language and empathy opened the minds and hearts of millions.

Police in East Pittsburgh, Pa. 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.

Archaeologists scour Woodstock 1969 concert field

The five-day dig aimed to map out the exact location of the music festival’s stage, but diggers also pulled up some artifacts that dated back to a time of peace, love, protest, and good vibes.

Young immigrants detained in Virginia center allege abuse

Immigrant children as young as 14 housed at a juvenile detention center in Virginia say they were beaten while handcuffed and locked up for long periods in solitary confinement, left nude and shivering in concrete cells.

American cardinal accused of sexually abusing minor is suspended from ministry

Theodore McCarrick has been suspended after an investigation found credible allegations that he abused a teenager almost 45 years ago while he was a priest in New York.

Girl reports abusive parents, says sisters are ‘chained up’

A 17-year-old girl who had just escaped her home of horrors called police dispatchers and revealed in a high-pitched voice the abuse that had gone on for years.

Puerto Rico governor signs bill to privatize power company assets

Puerto Rico’s governor signed a historic bill on Wednesday to privatize the U.S. territory’s troubled power company in a move many hope will help minimize power outages that have followed Hurricane Maria and stabilize the production and distribution of energy amid an 11-year-old recession.

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

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.

Separations end, but foster care, shelters remain overwhelmed

An estimated 2,300 children are flooding a system that was designed for older teens and was not ready for the special challenges of small children in a crisis.

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Fewer births than deaths among whites in majority of US states

The statistic signals what could be a faster-than-expected transition to a future in which whites are no longer a majority of the US population.

Judge rejects DeVos interpretation of order to halt partial student debt relief plan

Judge rejects DeVos interpretation of order to halt partial student debt relief plan

Suit dismissed over faulty gun check before S.C. church shooting


Longtime strategist says good riddance to GOP, calls for Democratic victories

Steve Schmidt, a longtime Republican strategist, renounced his membership in the Republican Party and called for a Democratic wave in the midterm elections.

Is Bloomberg making a big step to run for president as a Democrat?

Billionaire and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $80 million to help Democrats retake the US House majority this year.

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Families will be kept together — in detention. What does Trump hope to gain?

It’s unclear whether this new stance will quiet critics, but it raises questions about the long-term goals behind recent actions from President Trump and his administration.

Corey Lewandowski doubles down after saying ‘womp womp’ over girl being taken from her mother

The former Trump campaign manager isn’t apologizing after he mocked the story of a 10-year-old girl with Down syndrome who was separated from her mother at the border.

Rachel Maddow chokes up on air while trying to read story about ‘tender age’ shelters

Maddow tried to read the news at the end of her MSNBC show, but struggled to get the words out.

Youngest migrants held in ‘tender age’ shelters

Three centers have been rapidly repurposed to serve the needs of children — including some under 5.

House GOP plan would cut Medicare, Social Security to balance budget

The House Budget Committee is aiming to pass the blueprint later this week, but that may be as far as it goes before midterms.

Trump, GOP to huddle as outrage builds over border policy

Calls are mounting on Capitol Hill for the Trump administration to end the separation of families at the southern border ahead of a visit from President Donald Trump to discuss legislation.

New York City will end marijuana arrests for most people

NEW YORK — The New York Police Department will spare many people who smoke marijuana in public from getting arrested and will give them a ticket instead, but not if a person has certain kinds of past arrests or convictions, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday.

Virginia school drops Confederate general’s name in favor of Obama’s

When students at J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School in Richmond, Virginia, return from their summer break, they will no longer be studying at a school named after a Confederate general who fought for the rights of slave owners in the Civil War.

Lawsuit claims Kansas official exposed private voter data

A civil rights group filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach challenging a multi-state voter registration database it claims exposed sensitive information including partial Social Security numbers from nearly a thousand state voters.

President’s son drops appearance at Bush fund-raiser

President Trump’s eldest son has abruptly canceled his scheduled appearance at a fund-raiser next week for Texas Republican George P. Bush amid escalating tensions between the two political families, a source familiar with the discussions confirmed Tuesday.

Republicans hammer FBI over handling of Clinton e-mail probe

Republicans and Democrats sparred for a second day Tuesday over an internal Justice Department report that sharply criticized former FBI director James Comey for the bureau’s work investigating Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Trump administration expands use of health plans that skirt ACA consumer protections

Trump administration expands use of health plans that skirt ACA consumer protections

Senate defense bill pushes Trump to get tougher on Russian hacking

But the measures may have limited impact. There’s little Congress can do through the legislation to force the administration to take action.

Looking for signs of global warming? They’re all around you

Blueberry bushes near Walden Pond flower earlier. Polar bear populations in the Arctic are dwindling. Marmots in Colorado emerge from their winter slumber earlier.

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.

Army splits with West Point grad who touted communist revolt

The images Spenser Rapone posted on Twitter from his West Point graduation were intentionally shocking.

Ohio firefighters suspended for making porn at firehouse

Akron officials say Arthur Dean and Deann Eller were both placed on administrative leave while the city launched an investigation into the matter.

Sign asking Dunkin’ Donuts customers to report workers ‘shouting’ in foreign languages sparks outcry

A Dunkin’ Donuts shop in Baltimore is no longer offering customers coupons if they report workers shouting in foreign languages to management.

What separation from parents does to children: ‘The effect is catastrophic’

‘‘There’s so much research on this that if people paid attention at all to the science, they would never do this,’’ one expert said.

In tit-for-tat, Trump threatens more tariffs against China

President Trump directed officials to prepare new tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese imports.

120 Nassar victims urge Michigan State board to fire Engler

A letter signed by 120 sexual abuse victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar on Tuesday urged Michigan State University’s governing board to oust interim president John Engler, saying he had reinforced a “culture of abuse” at the school.

Immigrant children held in fenced pens at border facility

Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, one metal pen had 20 immigrant children inside.

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US warned 30 years ago that global warming had arrived

There is plenty of evidence now that the statement by James Hansen, NASA’s top scientist, was right.

United States is world leader in firearms ownership, report says

American men and women the dominant owners of guns, according to a new UN study.

Trump tells Pentagon to create ‘Space Force’

At a meeting of his National Space Council, Trump said the new force would be an equal branch of the military.

Yosemite reopens giant sequoia grove after three-year restoration project

For three years, some of the most striking examples of sequoias were off limits to visitors in Yosemite National Park.

Senate bill would block deal with Chinese telecom company

The Chinese company is accused of violating trade laws by selling sensitive technologies to North Korea and Iran

Supreme Court sidesteps decision on gerrymandering

In two decisions, the court ruled on technical grounds, turning potential constitutional blockbusters into minor rulings.

Bipartisan opposition grows to separation of families at border

President Trump remained resistant Monday in the face of growing outcry from both parties.

Rapper XXXTentacion shot dead in Florida

Troubled rapper-singer XXXTentacion was shot and killed Monday in Florida in what police called an apparent robbery attempt, authorities said.

Wray says FBI won’t repeat errors noted in watchdog report

The FBI director and the Justice Department’s inspector general testified about the report on the Clinton e-mail investigation

Reporters were let inside a detention facility for migrant kids. Here’s what it was like

Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of immigrant children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside.