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  • Florida, Mississippi and Alabama brace for Subtropical Storm Alberto with states of emergency

    Alabama, Florida and Mississippi are preparing for states of emergency as Subtropical Storm Alberto heads toward the Gulf of Mexico. Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued the declaration for all 67 counties in his state. Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant authorized the use of the National Guard, his office said in a statement. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency for 40 counties that will go into effect at 6 a.m. Sunday, according to a statement from her office. Ivey […]

  • More than 200 headstones spray-painted with swastikas at Illinois cemetery

    GLEN CARBON, Ill. — An Illinois community was targeted by vandals overnight. Saturday morning, police were called after black spray paint was found on numerous headstones and a building at the Sunset Hills Cemetery in Glen Carbon. Officials estimate over 200 tombstones were painted with images resembling a swastika. “We haven’t seen anything of this magnitude in the 30 years that I’ve been here,” said Mark Johnson, the grounds superintendent of Sunset Hill Cemetery. “To disrespect the dead like that…I […]

  • US lost track of 1,500 immigrant children, but says it’s not ‘legally responsible’

    The federal government has placed thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children in the homes of sponsors, but last year it couldn’t account for nearly 1,500 of them. Steven Wagner, a top official with the Department of Health and Human Services, disclosed the number to a Senate subcommittee last month while discussing the state of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) that oversees the care of unaccompanied immigrant children. Wagner is the acting assistant secretary for the Administration for Children and Families, […]

  • Gov. Rick Scott declares State of Emergency for all of Florida

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Saturday for all 67 counties in the state as Subtropical Storm Alberto heads toward the Gulf of Mexico. The first named storm of this season, Alberto is expected to strengthen as it moves up the Gulf this weekend, the National Hurricane Center said, bringing heavy rains and possible floods to Florida and much of the Southeast in the coming days. “Do not think that only areas in the cone […]

  • Ireland votes resoundingly to repeal abortion ban

    Ireland has voted an emphatic “Yes” to amend the country’s constitution to enable legislation that would allow women to have an abortion in a historic and emotionally charged referendum. With a high turnout Friday of 64.13%, 66.4% voted for the amendment, and 33.6% against, according to the country’s Referendum Commission. The results Saturday defied earlier projections that it would be a tight race. Only one county voted no — the rural and religiously conservative Donegal in northwest Ireland. The vote […]

  • Morgan Freeman: ‘I did not assault women’

    Morgan Freeman issued a second apology after eight people accused him of sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior, and the actor said his actions should not be equated with incidents of sexual assault or abuse in the workplace. CNN was first to report the allegations of inappropriate behavior and harassment as part of an investigation published Thursday. In his statement issued late Friday, Freeman said “I am devastated that 80 years of my life is at risk of being undermined, in […]

  • North and South Korean leaders hold surprise meeting

    The leaders of North and South Korea held a surprise meeting Saturday, their second in a month, two days after President Donald Trump abruptly canceled a summit meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met for two hours at the Demilitarized Zone, the South Korean presidency said in a statement. The two “exchanged their opinions” on among other things successfully carrying out a future US-North Korea summit, according to the statement. On […]

  • More evacuations ordered in Hawaii as volcano activity intensifies

    Firefighters went door-to-door urging some residents of Leilani Estates to leave as lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano moved closer, once again. “Any residents remaining in the current affected areas should evacuate now,” read an emergency message sent by the County of Hawaii Civil Defense. Thick waves of fresh lava from fissure 22 and 7 — which officials say is producing the largest amount of lava — are blazing down a mount of volcanic rock. “It’s just a matter of time,” […]

  • Is ‘Solo’ suffering from ‘Star Wars’ fatigue?

    Every new “Star Wars” film brings an excitement that can be felt throughout the galaxy. Yet, this weekend’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story” seems to be missing some of the usual galactic hype. Is Disney’s Han Solo spinoff, which tells the origin story of the smuggler, suffering from a bit of “Star Wars” fatigue? “It’s certainly possible after four movies in two and a half years, although fatigue is a relative term in the case of ‘Star Wars,'” said Shawn […]

  • Gas prices are up 31% from last Memorial Day. Here’s why

    Get ready for sticker shock at the gas station if you’re one of the estimated 36 million Americans hitting the roads this Memorial Day weekend. Gone are the days of $2-a-gallon gasoline. A spike in crude oil prices has lifted the national average price of gas by 31% over the past year to an average of $2.97 a gallon, according to AAA. Prices at the pump haven’t been this high heading into the biggest driving holiday of the year since […]

  • Mussels in Washington’s Puget Sound test positive for opioids, other drugs

    Shellfish in the Puget Sound, an inlet of the Pacific Ocean along the northwest coast of Washington, tested positive for the prescription opioid oxycodone. But that wasn’t all, according to Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologist Jennifer Lanksbury. In the midst of a national opioid crisis, the opioid may be the most attention-grabbing contaminant found, but it could be the least worrisome. The mussels also contained four kinds of synthetic surfactants — the chemicals found in detergents and cleaning […]

  • A 6th-grade teacher wrote ‘Invite me to your Harvard graduation!’ — 21 years later, the student did just that

    Judith Toensing didn’t just teach her students, she inspired them. A sixth-grade teacher from Yuma, Arizona, Toensing made a strong impact on one of her students 21 years ago. At the end of the school year in 1997, Mrs. Toensing, wrote a note on the student’s report card: “It has been a joy to have you in class. Keep up the good work! Invite me to your Harvard graduation!.” This week, the student, Christin Gilmer graduated from Harvard as a […]