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Trump fills Phoenix speech with charged language, accusing media and fellow Republicans of failings

As protesters massed on the streets of Phoenix, President Trump on Tuesday unleashed a vitriolic, 76-minute speech mocking those who considered his response to the Charlottesville white supremacist march racist, adopting racially charged language and hinting that he would pardon former Arizona...

Once again, a jury rules in favor of Bundy supporters in their 2014 standoff with federal agents

For the second time this year, the federal government tried and failed to convict four men who joined the high-profile Bundy family in its 2014 standoff with federal agents in a dispute over grazing fees for cattle. A Las Vegas jury acquitted two of the four men on trial, Ricky Lovelien and ...

Outside Trump's rally, thousands take to the streets in mostly peaceful protests

Thousands of protesters gathered Tuesday outside a campaign-style rally here by President Trump, engaging his supporters in shouting matches over whether Trump harbors racist views. The demonstrations remained peaceful until the end of the rally, when some protesters tried to break through ...

Federal judge says Arizona's ban on Mexican American studies is racially discriminatory

A federal judge in Arizona ruled Tuesday that the state's controversial ban on ethnic studies was motivated by racial discrimination. The decision from Judge A. Wallace Tashima, a federal appeals court judge sitting in the district court in Arizona, came in a lawsuit brought by students against...

Rather than swift military victory, Trump's Afghanistan plan seeks stalemate and negotiated settlement

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump promised to wage war with overwhelming firepower and to achieve victory with lightning speed. His strategy for Afghanistan offers neither. In his speech to the nation Monday, Trump instead offered protracted fighting against resurgent Islamist insurgents...

Bill Cosby returns: New defense team unveiled for comedian's retrial on sexual assault charges

The sequel is being recast. Bill Cosby's new sexual assault trial will get a fresh set of defense characters when it begins in the coming months, with high-profile lawyer Thomas Mesereau officially joining the Cosby team at a hearing Tuesday. The Southern California attorney is a familiar face...

Sailors' remains found after crash of U.S. warship

The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said Tuesday a number of remains of Navy sailors were found in a compartment of the destroyer John S. McCain, a day after the warship's collision with an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters left 10 sailors missing. Adm. Scott Swift also said at a news ...

Remains of Navy sailors found after U.S. warship crash

The commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said Tuesday a number of remains of Navy sailors were found in a compartment of the destroyer John S. McCain, a day after the warship's collision with an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters left 10 sailors missing. Adm. Scott Swift also said at a news ...

Three years of preparation, two minutes of totality. For this eclipse scientist, it's all worth it

We are in Oregon with Williams College astronomer Jay Pasachoff, who has witnessed more total solar eclipses than anyone, ever.

Trump, who once backed withdrawal from Afghanistan, tries to sell the nation on deeper involvement

President Trump, admitting he came into office wanting to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, said Monday he had changed his mind and had approved what amounted to an open-ended military commitment to prevent terrorist safe havens there. My original instinct was to pull out, and historically...

On eve of Trump's Arizona rally, GOP Sen. Jeff Flake — a vocal critic — isn't worried about blowback

For Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, the political climate around him is far from ideal. In recent days, the president, a fellow Republican, has taunted Flake on Twitter and even gone so far as to praise his rival in the state's Republican primary — a rare move in politics before Donald Trump came ...

From Oregon to South Carolina, the solar eclipse delivered a shadow of awe across the land

Millions of sky-watchers gazed heavenward Monday as the moon's shadow raced eastward along a slender corridor bisecting the mainland United States, blotting out the sun in a grand celestial show that had not been visible all across America in nearly a century. As if by the machinations of some...

Bannon's ouster could boost the powerful Koch network, which has surprising sway in Trump's White House

During the presidential campaign, about the only common ground between Donald Trump and billionaire conservative Charles Koch was a colorful disregard for each other. Koch called the choice between Trump and Hillary Clinton like opting for cancer or a heart attack. And Trump bashed big-money ...

No, Trump's support hasn't collapsed, but yes, he's increasingly alone

In the annals of the modern presidency, few chief executives have been as alone as President Trump appears now — shunned by major business leaders, at odds with his party's congressional leadership and deeply estranged from more than half the nation. Polls taken in the past week, since Trump ...

A shocking crime in Chicago — and the suspects have ties to leading universities

A former Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee lured a 26-year-old man into a Chicago high-rise and stabbed him dozens of times to fulfill an elaborate, violent sexual fantasy, prosecutors said Sunday. Wyndham Lathem, a former associate professor of microbiology, and...

'Thank God nobody got hurt': Boston protesters gather peacefully a week after Charlottesville violence

They arrived by trains, buses and cars, carrying signs and wearing T-shirts in defiance of bigotry and hate. I'm Jewish and have never confronted this kind of hate,' Sarah Lutz, 29, of Quincy, Mass., said as she marched in downtown Boston on Saturday. And then to come here and see all these ...

Researchers find wreckage of famed Navy cruiser Indianapolis, sunk in 1945

A research team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen found the remains of the Indianapolis, which sank during the final days of World War II in one of the worst disasters in U.S. naval history.

Second Kissimmee Police Officer dies after Friday night shooting

A Kissimmee Police officer spent his Saturday afternoon scrubbing the blood of his fallen colleagues off the pavement of Palmway Street.I just don't want to see this every time I drive by,' Sgt. Matt Koski said as he splashed soapy water onto the road.The night before, Sgt. Richard Sam' Howard...

Trump advisor Carl Icahn resigned in advance of magazine article on his potential conflicts of interest

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who resigned Friday from an unpaid post as President Trump's advisor on deregulation efforts, stepped down as the New Yorker was preparing to publish a lengthy article detailing Icahn's potential conflicts of interest and questioning the legality of his actions....

Tweet from the account of Charlottesville rally organizer insults slain protester Heather Heyer

A tweet from the account of the far-right activist who organized the Charlottesville, Va., Unite the Right' rally insulted the protester who was killed at the event, saying late Friday night that her death was payback time.' Heather Heyer was a fat, disgusting Communist,' stated the tweet on...

A black mayor who leads the former capital of the Confederacy sees both sides of the monument debate

As memorials toppled across the country, the African American mayor of the former capital of the Confederacy defended his city's own. Removal doesn't do anything for telling the actual truth,' Levar Stoney said. That was Monday. Two days later, the Richmond mayor said Confederate monuments had...

Boston braces for far-right demonstrators and large counter-protest

A week after violent protests rocked Charlottesville, Va., Boston police are implementing a tight security plan on Saturday as a free speech' rally with right-wing speakers is expected to converge with a large counter-protest on the city's historic Common. If anything gets out of hand, we will...

In January, President Trump vowed to hire 5,000 new Border Patrol agents. It never happened

Five days after President Trump took office, he signed an executive order that promised a swift, sharp crackdown on illegal immigration — immediate construction of a massive border wall, quick hiring of 5,000 new Border Patrol agents and stepped-up deportation of undocumented migrants. ...

Tweet from the account of Charlottesville rally organizer insults slain protester Heather Heyer

A tweet from the account of the far-right activist who organized the Charlottesville Unite the Right' rally insulted the protester who was killed at the event, saying late Friday night that her death was payback time.' "Heather Heyer was a fat, disgusting Communist," said the tweet on the account...

In the former capital of the Confederacy, the debate over the city's famed Civil War monuments is heating up

As memorials toppled across the country, the African American mayor of the former capital of the Confederacy defended his city's own. Removal doesn't do anything for telling the actual truth,' Levar Stoney said. That was Monday. Two days later, the Richmond mayor said Confederate monuments had...

Steve Bannon out as Trump's chief strategist

Exactly a year and a day ago, Donald Trump tapped the conservative media insurgent Stephen K. Bannon as chief executive of his campaign, affirming that while Trump was the nominee, his was a hostile takeover of the Republican Party: With Bannon, he would take the party in a new direction — ...

As eclipse looms, states brace for traffic gridlock

Most weekdays, a steady stream of cars and pickups winds down U.S. Route 441 through this tiny mountain town. Locals stop to stock up on bread and eggs at the Piggly Wiggly. Tourists browse a string of antique stores. Nearly everyone pulls over at the Osage Farm stand to pick up ripe peaches, ...

The return of a native New Yorker: whales

On a gray summer afternoon a double-decker ferry cruised around New York's Rockaway Peninsula as rain drove down in sheets. Undaunted, the passengers, including 8-year-olds from Brooklyn celebrating a birthday, looked out the windows, hoping to glimpse their quarry. A voice came over a weak ...

This Confederate history activist condemns white supremacists but says Trump was right

A conversation with a Confederate history activist in Virginia about white supremacists, preserving history and what might come amid an uncomfortable debate.

Robert E. Lee was not the George Washington of his time. But a lot ties them together

If we tear down statues of Robert E. Lee, does that mean we should tear down statues of George Washington? We ask an expert.

Roger Taney statue removed from Maryland State House grounds overnight

Under the cover of night, a work crew removed the statue of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney from the grounds of the State House, ending the monument's 145-year perch on the prominent spot in Annapolis. At 12:20 a.m. Friday, flatbed trucks with equipment including a large crane...

With Trump and Congress increasingly at odds, hopes for Republican legislative agenda fade

Republicans in Congress have tried to stick with President Trump in hopes that despite politically damaging outbursts from the White House, his pen would ultimately be able to sign their legislative agenda into law. But in the aftermath of Trump's controversial response to the neo-Nazi rally in...

Tensions grow inside ACLU over defending free-speech rights for the far right

It was 1934 and fascism was on the march not only in Europe but in America. People who admired Adolf Hitler, who had taken power in Germany, formed Nazi organizations in the United States. The American Civil Liberties Union, represented by lawyers who were Jewish, faced an existential question:...

Trump shuns healing gestures, redoubling support for Confederate memorials and slamming fellow Republicans

President Trump, increasingly isolated, appears caught in a cycle of anger and provocation as he pushes wider the nation's longstanding racial and cultural divide to solidify his dwindling base of populist political support. The latest examples came Thursday: Trump further inflamed the incendiary...

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 terribly divisive...

In Washington state, it's illegal to prepare for a nuclear attack. That's a bit awkward these days

In jarring contrast to the forested vacationland of Hood Canal — a shellfish and boating paradise about 20 miles west of Seattle — 560-foot-long black submarines silently come and go amid the water skiers and sailboats. Thanks to the eight ballistic-missile submarines homeported at Naval Base ...

A forgotten Washington state law forbids planning for a nuclear attack. That's a bit awkward these days

In jarring contrast to the forested vacationland of Hood Canal — a shellfish and boating paradise about 20 miles west of Seattle — 560-foot-long black submarines silently come and go amid the water skiers and sailboats. Thanks to the eight ballistic-missile submarines homeported at Naval Base ...

Thousands march in Charlottesville against racism and violence

Declaring their resolve to take back the Lawn,' students and faculty descended by the thousands on the University of Virginia as night fell Wednesday. Holding candles, laughing and singing softly, they retraced the steps taken less than a week ago by demonstrators clutching tiki torches and ...

President Obama often spoke about race relations in the U.S. Here are some of his words

After the weekend violence in Charlottesville, Va., President Trump's statements about white nationalists, neo-Nazis and their opponents drew criticism from some observers who said he failed to adequately address and acknowledge racial discord in the United States. When Trump was asked Tuesday...

President Trump says the 'alt-left' was partly to blame for the violence at Charlottesville. Wait: What's the alt-left?

American politics used to divide itself into two generally opposing streams: Liberals leaned left. Conservatives leaned right. Then came the era of Donald Trump, and the political landscape shifted from a two-lane highway to a train wreck. Right' was no longer adequate to include the fringe ...

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 D. Ryan said white supremacist bigotry is counter to all this country...

Trump administration agrees to continue healthcare subsidy for now

The Trump administration, faced with increasing pressure from Republican members of Congress, backed away from causing an immediate crisis in healthcare marketplaces and agreed Wednesday to continue making payments to insurance companies that are widely viewed as critical to keeping the industry...

Atty. Gen. Sessions again attacks Chicago and other 'sanctuary' cities

Atty. Gen. 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 hold prisoners...

Joint Chiefs denounce racism in stark terms as Trump's isolation grows

The nation's top military officers issued public statements condemning racial bigotry and extremism, a rare foray into domestic politics that indicated deep unease Wednesday in the Pentagon with President Trump's views on race and underscored his growing isolation. The social media posts from the...

Photos: Charlottesville honors Heather Heyer at memorial service

Photos: Memorial service in Charlottesville, Va., honors Heather Heyer, who was killed when car hit counter-protesters after a white supremacist rally.

Idaho Falls braces for the world as eclipse mania sweeps the small town

The soft orange light of the Sunday early morning sun filtered through the old church's stained glass windows while the Rev. Ruth Marsh stepped down from the altar and asked her congregants if they had any special prayer requests. For sanity. For safety,' a voice called out. It's kind of scary...

Confederate monuments taken down in Baltimore overnight

Confederate statues in Baltimore were removed from their bases overnight, as crews using heavy machinery loaded them onto flat bed trucks and hauled them away, an end to more than a year of indecision surrounding what to do with the memorials. The action comes after Mayor Catherine Pugh pledged...

Trump provokes new furor by giving foes of white supremacists equal blame for Charlottesville violence

President Trump on Tuesday forcefully blamed counter-protesters as well as white supremacist groups for the weekend's deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va., abandoning his scripted condemnation just a day earlier of the neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan and other racist groups widely seen as responsible....

With help from Trump, Alabama senator heads to runoff in a race that has divided the GOP

With a strong push from President Trump, Alabama Sen. Luther Strange secured a runoff spot late Tuesday in the Republican primary for his seat. The senator now faces top vote-getter Roy Moore, the outspoken former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court. Moore's horseback ride to the polls ...

In some states, it's illegal to take down monuments or change street names honoring the Confederacy

Cities across the U.S. are rushing to take down Confederate monuments. But doing so is illegal in some states.