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Barcelona van attack kills 13, injures 100; police kill 5 suspects in 2nd assault in seaside resort town

A van veered onto a promenade and barreled down the busy walkway in central Barcelona on Thursday, swerving back and forth as it mowed down pedestrians and turned a picturesque tourist destination into a bloody killing zone. Thirteen people were killed and 100 were injured, 15 of them seriously,...

Charity fundraisers canceled at Mar-a-Lago after Trump's Charlottesville remarks

Three fundraising giants decided to pull events from President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, on Thursday, signaling a direct blowback to his business empire from his comments on Charlottesville's racial unrest. The American Cancer Society, a high-dollar client...

Barcelona van attack kills at least 13, injures 100; police kill 5 suspects in possible 2nd plot

A van veered onto a promenade Thursday and barreled down the busy walkway in central Barcelona, swerving back and forth as it mowed pedestrians down and turned a picturesque tourist destination into a bloody killing zone. Thirteen people were killed and 100 were injured, 15 of them seriously, in...

Arkansas to resume executions after getting new supply of lethal drug

Arkansas has a new supply of a controversial lethal injection drug months after the state put four men to death over an eight-day period, officials said Thursday, as the state prepared to set an execution date for an inmate. Gov. Asa Hutchinson's office said he planned to schedule an execution...

Barcelona van attack kills at least 13, injures 100; police kill 4 suspects in possible 2nd plot

A van veered onto a promenade Thursday and barreled down the busy walkway in central Barcelona, swerving back and forth as it mowed pedestrians down and turned a picturesque tourist destination into a bloody killing zone. Thirteen people were killed and 100 were injured, 15 of them seriously, in...

For Jewish Americans, echoes of the Holocaust and anger over Trump's response to Charlottesville

Dina Chernick had just arrived for breakfast Thursday at a Jewish deli in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood, but she already had a bad case of indigestion. She could thank President Trump for that. “Here’s this guy and he’s talking about uniting the country and then he makes these ...

Pence compares Trump to Teddy Roosevelt, praises his 'can-do spirit'

On a normal day, Vice President Mike Pence's praise of his boss knows few limits. But on Thursday, it seemed to reach a new level. During a visit to the Panama Canal here, Pence spoke of President Donald Trump as the modern reincarnation of one of the vice president's personal heroes, Theodore...

Trump's chief economic adviser Gary Cohn staying, White House says

The White House on Thursday took the unusual step of saying National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn would not resign, trying to contain the fallout from President Donald Trump's controversial comments about the deadly riot in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, and his assertion ...

Eight are charged in toppling of North Carolina statue as scores line up to confess

Scores of people lined up in front of the sheriff's office in Durham County, North Carolina, on Thursday to "confess" to vandalizing a Confederate statue that protesters pulled down from its pedestal earlier this week, a demonstration meant to raise concerns about the charges officials leveled...

Michigan man in 1995 'Jenny Jones Show' murder case to be released from prison

A Michigan man convicted in the 1995 murder of another man who expressed romantic interest in him on national television is expected to be released from prison. Jonathan Schmitz was 24 years old when his acquaintance Scott Amedure, 32, revealed he was romantically interested in him during a ...

Senior officer on USS Fitzgerald to be relieved of command after fatal collision

The captain of a Navy warship that lost seven sailors in a collision with a commercial container ship in June will be relieved of command and nearly a dozen others face punishment, the Navy's second-ranking admiral said Thursday. Adm. William Moran, the vice chief of naval operations, told ...

Islamic State claims responsibility for Barcelona van attack; at least 13 dead, 100 injured

A van veered onto a sidewalk and barreled down a busy pedestrian zone Thursday in Barcelona's picturesque Las Ramblas district, swerving from side to side as it mowed down tourists and residents and turned the popular European vacation promenade into a bloody killing zone. Thirteen people were...

Under fire — from GOP — Trump defends 'beautiful' Confederate monuments

With prominent Republicans openly questioning his competence and moral leadership, President Donald Trump on Thursday burrowed deeper into the racially charged debate over Confederate memorials and lashed out at members of his own party in the latest controversy to engulf his presidency. Out of...

Trump revives discredited story as lesson for how to deal with terrorism

The United States swiftly condemned Thursday's deadly terrorist attack in Barcelona and offered assistance to authorities in Spain. President Donald Trump, who remained out of public view for a second straight day, denounced the attack in a statement on Twitter. "The United States condemns the...

Tillerson, Mattis say Bannon wrong on North Korea: U.S. 'prepared militarily'

America's diplomatic and defense chiefs sought Thursday to reinforce the threat of possible U.S. military action against North Korea after President Donald Trump's top strategist essentially called the commander-in-chief's warnings a bluff. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stressed after security...

Senior officer on USS Fitzgerald to be relieved of command after fatal collision

The Navy says the commanding officer of a warship that lost seven sailors in a collision off the coast of Japan will be relieved of command, and nearly a dozen other sailors face punishment. Adm. William Moran, the No. 2 Navy officer, told reporters at the Pentagon Thursday that the actions are...

Republican Sen. Corker says Trump hasn't shown stability, competence

A prominent Republican senator delivered a stinging rebuke Thursday of Donald Trump's short time in office, declaring he has not shown the stability or competence required for an American president to succeed. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, also said...

Cleveland Clinic, American Cancer Society cancel plans for galas at Mar-a-Lago

Two leading charities said they were pulling their business from President Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach on Thursday amid blowback over Trump's comments on Charlottesville's bloody unrest. The head of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce, of which Mar-a-Lago is a member, also called the ...

Spacewalking cosmonauts release 3-D-printed satellite

Spacewalking cosmonauts set free the world's first satellite made almost entirely with a 3-D printer on Thursday. In total, Russians Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergey Ryazanskiy ended up releasing five nanosatellites by hand. One by one, the tiny craft — no more than 1 to 2 feet in size — ...

Anonymous publishes GOP legislators' private numbers in bid to push for Trump's impeachment

A group affiliated with the online activist group known as Anonymous on Thursday posted what it says are the private cellphone numbers and email addresses for 22 Republican members of Congress in a bid to push for President Donald Trump's impeachment, reigniting the use of hacked information in...

After criticism, DeVos condemns Charlottesville violence in letter to staff

Facing criticism over her muted response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday condemned those "tragic and unthinkable" events and blasted "neo-Nazis and other racist bigots" in a letter to staff. DeVos' email to Education Department employees...

Dating site OkCupid kicks out white supremacist: 'There is no room for hate'

After a Vice documentary about last weekend's Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, featured white supremacist Chris Cantwell, he was banned from Facebook. And on Thursday, he was kicked off OkCupid as well. The online dating site announced the decision via Twitter and followed up...

Attacker drives van swerving into crowd in Barcelona; at least 13 dead, 50 injured

A white van jumped up onto a sidewalk and sped down a pedestrian zone Thursday in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district, swerving from side to side as it plowed into tourists and residents. Police said 13 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in the terror attack. The attack left people...

U.S. condemns Barcelona attack, pledges justice for terrorists

The United States swiftly condemned Thursday's deadly terrorist attack in Barcelona and offered assistance to authorities in Spain. President Donald Trump, who remained out of public view for a second straight day, denounced the attack in a statement on Twitter. "The United States condemns the...

Trump defends 'beautiful' Confederate monuments, calls their removal 'sad'

President Donald Trump bitingly decried the rising movement to pull down monuments to Confederate icons Thursday, declaring the nation is seeing "the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart."Trump's remarks came as the White house tried to manage his increasing isolation ...

No U.S. strike on North Korea without South Korea's approval, Moon says

The United States has agreed not to take any military action against North Korea without first getting South Korea's approval, President Moon Jae-in said Thursday as he marked 100 days in office. Backing up the president's assertion, Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of...

Maine Gov. LePage: Removing Confederate statues like losing 9/11 memorial

Maine's governor says taking down statues of Confederate figures is "just like" removing a monument to people who died in the 9/11 attacks. Republican Gov. Paul LePage made the comments during an appearance Thursday morning on WGAN-AM when asked for his reaction to the deadly violence in ...

3rd Australian government minister could be fired over dual citizenship

A third Australian government minister revealed Thursday she might have been unlawfully elected to Parliament because of a constitutional ban on dual citizens that has snared six lawmakers since July in an unprecedented political crisis. Fiona Nash, deputy leader of the Nationals junior coalition...

Trump defends 'beautiful' Confederate monuments, calls their removal 'sad'

President Donald Trump says it's "Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart" with the removal of Confederate statues and monuments around the country. Local and state officials have renewed pushes to remove Confederate imagery from public property since the ...

U.S. soldier killed, others wounded fighting Islamic State in Afghanistan

An American service member was killed Wednesday, and an unspecific number were wounded, while battling Islamic State loyalists in eastern Afghanistan. Members of the Afghan army also sustained casualties in what the U.S. military characterized as a partnered operation. Officials in Kabul have ...

Steve Bannon says there's no military solution in North Korea

President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon says there's no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, despite the president's recent pledge to answer further aggression with "fire and fury." In an interview with The American Prospect posted online...

58 dead in 3 days in renewed anti-drug crackdown in Philippines

Philippine police killed at least 26 more drug suspects in overnight gunbattles in the capital, bringing to 58 the death toll in a renewed bloody crackdown in the last three days that received praises from the president. President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his satisfaction with the new spike in...

Trump assails Graham, Flake, 'Fake News' in morning Twitter tirade

President Donald Trump has taken a swipe at a fellow Republican, calling Sen. Lindsey Graham a "publicity seeking" lawmaker. In a daybreak post on his Twitter account Thursday, Trump faulted the GOP senator for statements Graham has made about the president's stance on the violence and death of...

Anti-Muslim Australian senator wears a burqa in Parliament

An Australian senator provoked an angry backlash from lawmakers by wearing a burqa in Parliament on Thursday as part of her campaign for a national ban on Islamic face covers. Pauline Hanson, leader of the anti-Muslim, anti-immigration One Nation minor party, sat wearing the black head-to-ankle...

Malala Yousafzai gets in to Oxford

Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has gained a place at the University of Oxford. The 20-year-old education activist tweeted her acceptance to the school, saying she was "so excited" to win a spot to study philosophy, politics and economics at Lady Margaret Hall. Yousafzai won international renown...

Hundreds carry lit candles across U.Va. campus against white nationalism

Hundreds of people marched with lit candles across the University of Virginia campus Wednesday night in a contrasting demonstration from the torchlight white nationalist parade last Friday night. Students and residents gathered at the Rotunda at the University of Virginia campus carrying candles...

Silicon Valley escalates its war on white supremacy despite free speech concerns

Silicon Valley significantly escalated its war on white supremacy this week, choking off the ability of hate groups to raise money online, removing them from Internet search engines, and preventing some sites from registering at all. The new moves go beyond censoring individual stories or posts....

Trump’s lawyer jumps into racial controversy by forwarding inflammatory email

President Donald Trump's lawyer on Wednesday fanned an already-incendiary racial debate by forwarding an email advocating protection of some Confederate monuments and claiming that the protest group Black Lives Matter had been infiltrated by terrorists. Trump's lawyer John Dowd told The ...

Mayors taking swift action to avoid becoming the next Charlottesville

City officials across the country are nervously trying to figure out how to avoid becoming the next Charlottesville, Va., as alt-right leaders and white nationalist groups vow to stage more rallies in coming days. A group claiming it is advocating free speech has planned a rally for Saturday on...

Hundreds carry lit candles across University of Virginia campus against white nationalism

Hundreds of people marched with lit candles across the University of Virginia campus Wednesday night in a contrasting demonstration from the torchlight white nationalist parade last Friday night. Students and residents gathered at the Rotunda at the University of Virginia campus carrying candles...

Trump's defense of a neo-Nazi rally crossed a line for many Republicans. What will they do about it?

It took President Trump’s defense of a neo-Nazi rally for many Republicans in Congress to publicly distance themselves from the White House, after months of brushing off his impolitic behavior and tweets. House Speaker Paul Ryan said white supremacist bigotry is “counter to all this ...

South Korea looks to jumpstart diplomacy in North Korea standoff

In an effort to jumpstart diplomacy, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Thursday he would consider sending a special envoy to North Korea for talks if the North stops its missile and nuclear tests. He also declared, amid fears in South Korea that threats from President Donald Trump to ...

Zuckerberg vows to remove violent threats from Facebook

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg took to his social network Wednesday to condemn white supremacists and pledged to remove violent threats and posts celebrating hate crimes. "The last few days have been hard to process," Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday evening, days after...

Powerball winning numbers drawn for $430 million jackpot

The Powerball winning numbers have been drawn. They are 9-15-43-60-64, with a Powerball of 4 and a Power Play of 3. It is not yet known if there are any winners. Ahead of the Wednesday night Powerball drawing, the jackpot was estimated at $430 million. The estimated cash value was $273.4 ...

Steve Bannon says there's no military solution in North Korea

President Donald Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon says there's no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, despite the president's recent pledge to answer further aggression with "fire and fury." In an interview with The American Prospect posted ...

Mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer: Channel 'anger into righteous action'

The mother of the young woman mowed down while protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville urged mourners at a memorial service Wednesday to "make my child's death worthwhile" by confronting injustice the way she did. "They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well, guess what? You...

'Call your mayor': Sessions tries to blame Chicago's crime on sanctuary city policy

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday ripped Chicago for its defiant “sanctuary city” stance against turning over local prisoners for deportation, once again blaming the city’s surge in crime on policies designed to protect immigrants. Speaking in Miami, where county authorities ...

National Parks Service ends ban on disposable water bottles

The federal government announced Wednesday it will eliminate a policy it put in place six years ago to allow national parks like the Grand Canyon to ban the sale of bottled water in an effort to curb litter. The National Parks Service said in a statement it made the decision to "expand hydration...

New chief of staff John Kelly said to be frustrated, dismayed at Trump's lack of discipline

As the new White House chief of staff, John Kelly routes all calls to and from President Donald Trump through the White House switchboard, where he can sign off on them. He stanches the flow of information reaching the president's desk. And he requires that all staff members - including Trump's...

Amid wave of defections, Trump says he's dissolved business, jobs councils

Two of the White House's top corporate advisory groups disbanded Wednesday in a direct affront to President Donald Trump, as the fallout from his controversial statements about who was to blame for violent protests involving white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, cascaded beyond ...