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  • New Zealand to kill 150,000 cows to end bacterial disease

    New Zealand to kill 150,000 cows to end bacterial disease

    Monday, May 28 2018 4:29 AM EDT2018-05-28 08:29:05 GMT
    By NICK PERRY , Associated Press New Zealand plans to slaughter about 150,000 cows as it tries to eradicate a strain of disease-causing bacteria from the national herd. Politicians and industry leaders announced the ambitious plan on Monday. They say it will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, and, if successful, would be the first time an infected country has eliminated Mycoplasma bovis. Last July, Mycoplasma bovis was found in the country for the first time. Found in Europe and ... 
    New Zealand plans to slaughter about 150,000 cows as it tries to eradicate a strain of disease-causing bacteria from the national herd. 
  • May route roundup: Where airlines are adding (or cutting) service

    May route roundup: Where airlines are adding (or cutting) service

    Monday, May 28 2018 3:39 AM EDT2018-05-28 07:39:08 GMT
    By Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY Airlines constantly tweak their schedules, trying to find profitable new routes or pulling the plug on ones that have underperformed. Airports and communities court these new services. There are dozens of changes to airline routes each month. Here's a look at some of the most interesting: United 'maximizing' routes at Newark, Washington hubs United Airlines announced changes to about two dozen routes as it adjusts schedules at its main East Coast hubs i... 
    Airlines constantly tweak their schedules, trying to find profitable new routes or pulling the plug on ones that have underperformed. Airports and communities court these new services. 
  • Budget battle brews as Trump threatens another shutdown

    Budget battle brews as Trump threatens another shutdown

    Monday, May 28 2018 2:39 AM EDT2018-05-28 06:39:06 GMT
    By ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated PressVideo President Trump has warned Congress that he will never sign another foot-tall, $1 trillion-plus government-wide spending bill like the one he did in March. After a brief government shutdown earlier this year, Democrats and Republicans now agree on the need for budgeting day-to-day operations of government by the old-fashioned way. That means weeks of open debate and amendments that empower rank-and-file lawmakers, rather than concentrating po... 
    President Trump has warned Congress that he will never sign another foot-tall, $1 trillion-plus government-wide spending bill like the one he did in March.  
  • Budget battle brews as Trump threatens another shutdown

    Budget battle brews as Trump threatens another shutdown

    Monday, May 28 2018 2:39 AM EDT2018-05-28 06:39:04 GMT
    By ANDREW TAYLOR , Associated PressVideo President Trump has warned Congress that he will never sign another foot-tall, $1 trillion-plus government-wide spending bill like the one he did in March. After a brief government shutdown earlier this year, Democrats and Republicans now agree on the need for budgeting day-to-day operations of government by the old-fashioned way. That means weeks of open debate and amendments that empower rank-and-file lawmakers, rather than concentrating po... 
    President Trump has warned Congress that he will never sign another foot-tall, $1 trillion-plus government-wide spending bill like the one he did in March.  
  • Bring on the fun cars as summer, warmer weather are upon us

    Bring on the fun cars as summer, warmer weather are upon us

    May 27, 2018 11:06 PM2018-05-28 06:39:03 GMT
    By Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY It's just about time for summer. That's when classic cars emerge from their winter slumber in protective garages and small cars get fanciful. Yes, there are cars that are saddled with responsibility, the big kid-toting SUVs and large sedans that business people drive. Then there are cars that shuck it all and just want to have fun. The fun ones come in all sorts -- small with sunroofs, convertibles, high-powered performance cars, even SUVs that have lots... 
    It's just about time for summer. That's when classic cars emerge from their winter slumber in protective garages and small cars get fanciful. 
  • Fact check: Who’s to blame for higher gas prices?

    Fact check: Who’s to blame for higher gas prices?

    Monday, May 28 2018 1:39 AM EDT2018-05-28 05:39:04 GMT
    By Robert Farley, FactCheckVideo With gasoline prices rising, Sen. Chuck Schumer placed the blame on President Donald Trump, and specifically his decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal. But experts say that decision has had only a modest effect so far on rising prices at the pump. One expert estimated the impact of the Iran deal on gasoline prices at "maybe 3 to 5 cents per gallon.' Gasoline prices have been rising fairly steadily since late 2016 when OPEC decided to curb its... 
    With gasoline prices rising, Sen. Chuck Schumer placed the blame on President Donald Trump, and specifically his decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal. But experts say that decision has had only a modest effect so far on rising prices at the pump. 
  • Civil rights protesters expelled from college 58 years ago get long-awaited apology

    Civil rights protesters expelled from college 58 years ago get long-awaited apology

    Monday, May 28 2018 1:19 AM EDT2018-05-28 05:19:09 GMT
    By Deborah Barfield Berry, USA TODAY WASHINGTON - John Peterson knew there were risks when he and other students at Alabama State College went to protest against the whites-only lunch counter in the basement of the Montgomery County courthouse in 1960. They went anyway. Lights were shut off. The cafeteria was closed. Police then forced the protesters outside, where they were lined up and their pictures taken. It was what happened back on campus that surprised and disappointed Peter... 
    WASHINGTON - John Peterson knew there were risks when he and other students at Alabama State College went to protest against the whites-only lunch counter in the basement of the Montgomery County courthouse in 1960. They went anyway.  
  • 50 destinations for Hamburger Day

    50 destinations for Hamburger Day

    Monday, May 28 2018 12:19 AM EDT2018-05-28 04:19:04 GMT
    By Ashley Day, USA TODAY Memorial Day happens to be National Hamburger Day (nearing the end of National Hamburger Month), and while we don't need an excuse to enjoy a juicy burger, we can't resist celebrating the restaurants perfecting one of America's favorite foods. Burger variations seem as limitless as the comfort food's continually evolving dining concepts. America has national and regional burger chains, burger bars, burger boutiques and go-to drive-throughs. We choose from fas... 
    Memorial Day happens to be National Hamburger Day (nearing the end of National Hamburger Month), and while we don't need an excuse to enjoy a juicy burger, we can't resist celebrating the restaurants perfecting one of America's favorite foods. 
  • Trump says US team in NKorea planning summit with Kim

    Trump says US team in NKorea planning summit with Kim

    Sunday, May 27 2018 10:59 PM EDT2018-05-28 02:59:04 GMT
    By CATHERINE LUCEY, MATTHEW LEE, HYUNG-JIN KIM and FOSTER KLUG , Associated PressVideo President Donald Trump said Sunday a U.S. team was in North Korea to plan a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, raising expectations that the on-off-on meeting would indeed take place. The State Department said earlier that a team was in Panmunjom, which straddles the border inside the demilitarized zone, or DMZ, separating the North and South Korea. One can cross the border simply by step... 
    President Donald Trump said Sunday a U.S. team was in North Korea to plan a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, raising expectations that the on-off-on meeting would indeed take place. 
  • Ellicott City flooding prompts emergency rescues, state of emergency

    Ellicott City flooding prompts emergency rescues, state of emergency

    May 27, 2018 6:52 PM2018-05-28 02:19:09 GMT
    By Associated PressVideo ELLICOTT CITY, Md. - Flash floods struck a Maryland city on Sunday that had been wracked by similar devastation two years earlier, prompting emergency rescues as raging waters engulfed cars and rose above the first floor of some buildings, authorities said. News outlets showed local photos and video of the turbulent floodwaters cascading down Main Street in Ellicott City, some 13 miles west of Baltimore. The community set along the west bank of Maryland's Pat... 
    Scenes of devastating damage - and feelings of aching familiarity - overwhelmed residents of a small Maryland town Sunday as flash floods ripped through the area, topping similar havoc wreaked on Ellicott City in 2016. 
  • Thinking of buying an inexpensive vehicle? 25 cheapest car models to insure

    Thinking of buying an inexpensive vehicle? 25 cheapest car models to insure

    Sunday, May 27 2018 9:39 PM EDT2018-05-28 01:39:46 GMT
    By Michael B. Sauter, 24/7 Wall Street Car insurance premiums have risen sharply in recent years, increasing by 33% between 2010 and 2016. And if owners are also paying off a car loan, insurance premiums, which well exceed $1,000 annually in most states, can be a substantial burden. The amount a typical American pays for car insurance depends on many factors, including driver age, driving record, and location. Of course, the kind of vehicle also makes a big difference in insurance co... 
    Car insurance premiums have risen sharply in recent years, increasing by 33% between 2010 and 2016. And if owners are also paying off a car loan, insurance premiums, which well exceed $1,000 annually in most states, can be a substantial burden. 
  • Can you afford that new vehicle? 25 most expensive car models to insure

    Can you afford that new vehicle? 25 most expensive car models to insure

    Sunday, May 27 2018 9:39 PM EDT2018-05-28 01:39:27 GMT
    By Michael B. Sauter, 24/7 Wall Street Car insurance premiums have risen sharply in recent years, increasing by 33% between 2010 and 2016. And if owners are also paying off a car loan, insurance premiums, which well exceed $1,000 annually in most states, can be a substantial burden. The amount a typical American pays for car insurance depends on many factors, including driver age, driving record, and location. Of course, the kind of vehicle also makes a big difference in insurance co... 
    Car insurance premiums have risen sharply in recent years, increasing by 33% between 2010 and 2016. And if owners are also paying off a car loan, insurance premiums, which well exceed $1,000 annually in most states, can be a substantial burden. 
  • How safe are school buildings? Recent shootings prompt schools to assess security concerns

    How safe are school buildings? Recent shootings prompt schools to assess security concerns

    May 27, 2018 5:56 PM2018-05-28 01:19:10 GMT
    By David M Zimmer and Gene Myers, BergenVideo Conversations about school security have resurfaced following the recent Santa Fe, Texas, school shooting that killed 10 and injured 10 more. Much of the talk has focused on hiring weapon-wielding guards to protect the students from active shooters. In New Jersey, the talk has turned to the design of the school buildings and if something can be done to make them safer. In a letter to the school community, Rockaway Township Superintenden... 
    WOODLAND PARK, N.J. - Conversations about school security have resurfaced following the recent Santa Fe, Texas, school shooting that killed 10 and injured 10 more.  
  • McDonald's, other chains respond to demand for higher-quality burgers

    McDonald's, other chains respond to demand for higher-quality burgers

    May 27, 2018 3:40 PM2018-05-27 23:50:07 GMT

    On one of the biggest burger-grilling weekends of the year, fast-food chains are ready. Not only is it Memorial Day, the traditional start of summer, but Monday is National Burger Day when many will roll out deals, discounts and other offers to mark the occasion. Hamburgers are big business. And the offerings are getting better.

     

    On one of the biggest burger-grilling weekends of the year, fast-food chains are ready. Not only is it Memorial Day, the traditional start of summer, but Monday is National Burger Day when many will roll out deals, discounts and other offers to mark the occasion. Hamburgers are big business. And the offerings are getting better.

     
  • Bill Nelson says he's not fazed by Rick Scott's campaign. Some Democrats say he should be

    Bill Nelson says he's not fazed by Rick Scott's campaign. Some Democrats say he should be

    Sunday, May 27 2018 7:39 PM EDT2018-05-27 23:39:13 GMT
    By Ledyard King, USA TODAYVideo WASHINGTON - Sen. Bill Nelson insists he's not worried about winning re-election in November even though the GOP opponent who wants his job, independent analysts and some in his own party say the Florida Democrat should be. So far, Republican Gov. Rick Scott has out-spent, out-campaigned and out-muscled Nelson in a nationally watched race that could decide who controls the Senate next year. Scott's ads have been blanketing the Florida airwaves for wee... 
    WASHINGTON - Sen. Bill Nelson insists he's not worried about winning re-election in November even though the GOP opponent who wants his job, independent analysts and some in his own party say the Florida Democrat should be. 
  • Harley-Davidson workers say plant closure after tax cut is like a bad dream

    Harley-Davidson workers say plant closure after tax cut is like being stuck in a bad dream

    May 27, 2018 3:34 PM2018-05-27 22:59:13 GMT
    By Candy Woodall, York Daily RecordVideo SPRINGETTSBURY TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Harley-Davidson workers across the USA are reeling after a new report revealed a plant closure and layoffs were planned as the company expected to reap huge financial benefits from the federal corporate tax cut. The Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer benefited from the tax cuts enacted Jan. 1, announced cuts of 350 jobs across the company in late January and on Feb. 5 approved a half-cent dividend increase a... 
    YORK, Pa. - Harley-Davidson workers across the USA are reeling from the planned closure of the motorcycle maker's Kansas City plant, yet it is expected to reap huge financial benefits from the federal corporate tax cut. 
  • Hey working mothers, work-life balance is a myth. ‘Shark Tank’ star says strive for this

    Hey working mothers, work-life balance is a myth. ‘Shark Tank’ star says strive for this

    May 27, 2018 3:08 PM2018-05-27 22:39:10 GMT
    By Sonja Haller, USA TODAY All the books written on work/life balance could collapse the shelves that hold the smiling-faced pictures of working moms' children. But Barbara Corcoran, a mother of two and Shark Tank investor, says none are worth much because work/life balance might as well be a unicorn. "Stop striving for work life balance, it just doesn't exist,' she said on her new iHeart radio podcast. If you're still a mom trying to balance a job, children, a relationship with a ... 
    All the books written on work/life balance could collapse the shelves that hold the smiling-faced pictures of working moms' children. 
  • 'Solo' struggles with 'Star Wars' fatigue: $83.3M at the box office

    'Solo' struggles with 'Star Wars' fatigue: $83.3M at the box office

    Sunday, May 27 2018 6:29 PM EDT2018-05-27 22:29:04 GMT
    By JAKE COYLE , AP Film Writer In the largest disturbance yet in Disney's otherwise lucrative reign over "Star Wars," the Han Solo spinoff "Solo: A Star Wars Story" opened well below expectations with a franchise-low $83.3 million in ticket sales over the three-day weekend in North American theaters. Disney estimated Sunday that "Solo" will gross $101 million over the four-day Memorial Day weekend, a figure below even the opening weekends of the much-derided "Star Wars" prequels. Las... 
    In the largest disturbance yet in Disney's otherwise lucrative reign over "Star Wars," the Han Solo spinoff "Solo: A Star Wars Story" opened well below expectations with a franchise-low $83.3 million in ticket sales over the three-day weekend in North American theaters. 
  • There's an art to travel. Here's how to master it

    There's an art to travel. Here's how to master it

    Sunday, May 27 2018 6:19 PM EDT2018-05-27 22:19:13 GMT
    By Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY Travel is an art, not a science. Read enough columns, and you might think being the world's smartest traveler is a paint-by-number proposition, an easy formula you can follow. But as you start planning your summer trips, maybe it's worth asking if there's more to it than just buying a manual or clicking on a blog or even reading the most popular travel column in American journalism. Perhaps the ability to be a good traveler can be inherited from... 
    Travel is an art, not a science.  
  • Sen. Jeff Flake hopes Republicans in Congress start talking back to Trump after primaries

    Sen. Jeff Flake hopes Republicans in Congress start talking back to Trump after primaries

    Sunday, May 27 2018 6:19 PM EDT2018-05-27 22:19:09 GMT
    By Ronald J. Hansen, The Republic | azcentral.comVideo PHOENIX - Sen. Jeff Flake said he hopes more in Congress "will find a voice" after their primary elections are over, allowing them to stand up more often to President Donald Trump. Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press, Flake on Sunday emphasized the need to check Trump, especially by his fellow Republicans. He also reminded the national audience that former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a contender to replace him in the Senate... 
    PHOENIX - Sen. Jeff Flake said he hopes more in Congress "will find a voice" after their primary elections are over, allowing them to stand up more often to President Donald Trump. 
  • George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Maine

    George H.W. Bush hospitalized in Maine

    May 27, 2018 2:48 PM2018-05-27 22:19:09 GMT
    By Associated Press BIDDEFORD, Maine - Former president George H.W. Bush was hospitalized Sunday in Maine after he experienced low blood pressure and fatigue, a spokesman said. Just after 2 p.m., Jim McGrath, a spokesman for the 93-year-old Bush, said he was awake, alert and not in any discomfort. He said Bush would spend at least a few days in the hospital for observation. Bush was taken to Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford. A spokeswoman said Sunday all information would be ... 
    Former president George H.W. Bush was hospitalized in Maine on Sunday, according to his spokesman Jim McGrath. 
  • Italy’s premier-designate quits bid to form government

    Italy’s premier-designate quits bid to form government

    Sunday, May 27 2018 5:19 PM EDT2018-05-27 21:19:06 GMT
    By Frances D'Emilio, Associated Press ROME - Italy's political landscape grew even shakier Sunday after the president refused to approve a proposed Cabinet minister with views critical of the euro currency and the premier-designate quit his bid to form a populist coalition government. After being summoned to and emerging from the Quirinal presidential palace, Premiere-Designate Giuseppe Conte did not say why he couldn't form what would have been Western Europe's first populist govern... 
    ROME - Italy's political landscape grew even shakier Sunday after the president refused to approve a proposed Cabinet minister with views critical of the euro currency and the premier-designate quit his bid to form a populist coalition government. 
  • 'Sesame Street' sues makers of Melissa McCarthy puppet movie 'The Happytime Murders'

    'Sesame Street' sues makers of Melissa McCarthy puppet movie

    May 27, 2018 12:16 PM2018-05-27 21:17:25 GMT

    The makers of Sesame Street are suing the creators of a new Melissa McCarthy movie, saying they're abusing the famed puppets' sterling reputation to promote the film. A judge Friday scheduled a hearing next week to consider a request for immediate relief by Sesame Workshop, which sued Thursday in federal court for unspecified damages.

     

    The makers of Sesame Street are suing the creators of a new Melissa McCarthy movie, saying they're abusing the famed puppets' sterling reputation to promote the film. A judge Friday scheduled a hearing next week to consider a request for immediate relief by Sesame Workshop, which sued Thursday in federal court for unspecified damages.

     
  • Hormel recalls 220,000 pounds of Spam over metal contamination fears

    More than 220,000 pounds of SPAM, Hormel canned meats recalled due to contamination

    May 27, 2018 12:17 PM2018-05-27 21:16:17 GMT

    Hormel Food is recalling more than 220,000 pounds of their canned pork and chicken products, including Spam. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall after receiving " four consumer complaints stating that metal objects were found in the canned products."

     

    Hormel Food is recalling more than 220,000 pounds of their canned pork and chicken products, including Spam. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall after receiving " four consumer complaints stating that metal objects were found in the canned products."

     
  • Will Power wins 102nd Indy 500

    Will Power wins 102nd Indy 500

    May 27, 2018 1:06 PM2018-05-27 20:19:05 GMT
    By Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY Sports Will Power, considered by many to be the best active IndyCar driver never to have won the Indianapolis 500, put that label to bed forever. Power took the lead with only a handful of laps remaining to claim his first Indy 500 victory Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Power, the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion, finished a career-best second in 2015 for his first podium finish at the iconic race. Now, the Team Penske driver goes one bette... 
    Will Power, considered by many to be the best active IndyCar driver never to have won the Indianapolis 500, put that label to bed forever. 
  • South Korean president on secret North Korea meeting: “Like a normal routine between friends”

    South Korean president on secret North Korea meeting: “Like a normal routine between friends”

    May 27, 2018 1:00 PM2018-05-27 20:19:05 GMT
    By Thomas Maresca, USA TODAYVideo SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday morning that Kim Jong Un expressed a firm commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and that the North Korean leader still wants to meet with President Trump. Moon briefed reporters on his surprise Saturday meeting with Kim, which took place on the North Korean side of the Panmunjom border village inside the Demilitarized Zone that divides the peninsula. In what Moon de... 
    SEOUL - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Sunday that Kim Jong Un expressed a firm commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and that the North Korean leader still wants to meet with President Trump. 
  • Alberto puts damper on Memorial Day plans along Gulf Coast

    Alberto puts damper on Memorial Day plans along Gulf Coast

    May 27, 2018 12:52 PM2018-05-27 20:19:04 GMT
    By John Bacon, USA TODAY People across much of the Southeast were preparing Sunday for the season's first named storm as Subtropical Storm Alberto swirled toward Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. Much of the region braced for downpours and wind after days of rain that left the region ripe for flash flooding, said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Dan Pydynowski. "In the Southeast, the Deep South, Gulf Coast states, that is where your Memorial Day is going to be lousy," he told USA TO... 
    People across much of the Southeast were preparing Sunday for the season's first named storm as Subtropical Storm Alberto swirled toward Florida, Alabama and Mississippi. 
  • Chelsea Clinton: Trump 'degrades what it means to be an American'

    Chelsea Clinton: Trump 'degrades what it means to be an American'

    May 27, 2018 12:50 PM2018-05-27 20:19:03 GMT

    The Trump administration is laden with "cruelty and incompetence and corruption," and President Trump's actions degrade America, Chelsea Clinton said in an interview with a British media outlet.

     
    The Trump administration is laden with "cruelty and incompetence and corruption," and President Trump's actions degrade America, Chelsea Clinton said in an interview with a British media outlet. 
  • This agency brings missing local war heroes home

    This agency brings missing local war heroes home

    Sunday, May 27 2018 3:59 PM EDT2018-05-27 19:59:13 GMT
    By Sean Lahman, Democrat and ChronicleVideo This Memorial Day, as families and friends mark the graves of those lost in combat, there are tens of thousands of families who either have an empty grave to mark or no grave at all. The U.S. military is trying to change that where it can, one individual at a time. Since 2006, the remains of eight servicemen from Monroe County who had been long listed as missing in action have been recovered, identified, and returned for burial. Those h... 
    This Memorial Day, as families and friends mark the graves of those lost in combat, there are tens of thousands of families who either have an empty grave to mark or no grave at all. 
  • Harley-Davidson workers say plant closure after tax cut is like being stuck in a bad dream

    Harley-Davidson workers say plant closure after tax cut is like being stuck in a bad dream

    Sunday, May 27 2018 3:19 PM EDT2018-05-27 19:19:21 GMT

    Harley-Davidson workers across the USA are reeling after a new report revealed a plant closure and layoffs were planned as the company expected to reap huge financial benefits from the federal corporate tax cut.

     

    Harley-Davidson workers across the USA are reeling after a new report revealed a plant closure and layoffs were planned as the company expected to reap huge financial benefits from the federal corporate tax cut.

     
  • Near a Nebraska town, cops seize enough opioids to kill over 26 million

    Near a Nebraska town, cops seize enough opioids to kill over 26 million

    May 27, 2018 12:03 PM2018-05-27 19:19:13 GMT
    By Joel Shannon, USA TODAYVideo Results this week from a crime lab analysis found that the whopping 118 pounds of narcotics seized by Nebraska State Patrol back in April is all fentanyl, making the bust the state's largest ever and one of the biggest in United States history. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid over 30 times more potent than heroin, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). A dose as small as two milligrams can be fatal. Do the math - as both the Kansas Ci... 
    Results this week from a crime lab analysis found that the whopping 118 pounds of narcotics seized by Nebraska State Patrol back in April is all fentanyl, making the bust the state's largest ever and one of the biggest in United States history. 
  • Ask the Captain: Why are there still ashtrays in airplane bathrooms?

    Ask the Captain: Why are there still ashtrays in airplane bathrooms?

    Sunday, May 27 2018 3:19 PM EDT2018-05-27 19:19:10 GMT
    By John Cox, USA TODAY Question: Why do airlines still have ashtrays in the bathroom doors even though smoking is prohibited? - Steve Kemp, Ames, Iowa Answer: Good question. It is a certification requirement by the regulatory agencies (e.g. the FAA and EASA). This is an old requirement that came from the 1960s to ensure that a person had a place to extinguish a cigarette other than throwing it in the lavatory trash bin where it could cause a paper fire. Fires caused by cigarettes oc... 
    Question: Why do airlines still have ashtrays in the bathroom doors even though smoking is prohibited? 
  • North Korea's change of tone: Is Kim Jong Un in total control?

    North Korea's change of tone: Is Kim Jong Un in total control?

    Sunday, May 27 2018 3:19 PM EDT2018-05-27 19:19:06 GMT
    By Jim Michaels, USA TODAYVideo The conflicting messages from North Korea that prompted President Trump to cancel the planned summit may reflect internal divisions in Kim Jong Un's government or efforts by him to placate rival factions, analysts say. "You can't assume that he is in total control," said Bruce Bennett, an analyst at RAND Corp. Trump said Thursday he was canceling the June 12 summit in Singapore, citing critical public statements coming from Pyongyang. On Friday and Sa... 
    The conflicting messages from North Korea that prompted President Trump to cancel the planned summit may reflect internal divisions in Kim Jong Un's government or efforts by him to placate rival factions, analysts say. 
  • Sleeping in on the weekend can compensate for lost sleep, study says

    Sleeping in on the weekend can compensate for lost sleep, study says

    Sunday, May 27 2018 3:16 PM EDT2018-05-27 19:16:52 GMT

    If you needed another reason to hit the snooze button on the weekends, researchers from Sweden have found that sleeping in on days off could help you live a longer life.

     

    If you needed another reason to hit the snooze button on the weekends, researchers from Sweden have found that sleeping in on days off could help you live a longer life.

     
  • Where active military and veterans can find the best deals and freebies this Memorial Day

    Ten-hut! Restaurants, retailers offer Memorial Day savings to active military, veterans

    May 27, 2018 11:26 AM2018-05-27 19:10:19 GMT

    By Kelly Tyko, USA TODAYVideo Businesses across the nation are showing veterans and active-duty military personnel a little more love leading up to the holiday that honors their sacrifice and service. Restaurants and stores are offering freebies and special discounts on Memorial Day. Veterans and other military personnel can enjoy free meals and discounts when they show a military identification. At some businesses, discharge papers, Veterans Administration cards and veterans organi...

     

    Businesses across the nation are showing veterans and active-duty military personnel a little love this Memorial Day to thank them for their service.

     
  • Analysis: Irish abortion vote reflects a new Ireland (that isn't so new)

    Analysis: Irish abortion vote reflects a new Ireland (that isn't so new)

    Sunday, May 27 2018 2:19 PM EDT2018-05-27 18:19:08 GMT
    By Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAYVideo DUBLIN - Ireland's overwhelming vote to legalize abortion is viewed as the last main social taboo to fall in this Catholic-majority country, but the church's hold on Irish life has been weak for some time, experts say. Two-thirds of voters approved Friday's referendum that will allow an abortion during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, bringing Ireland's abortion laws into harmony with the European Union and most of the rest of the world. Its neighbor... 
    DUBLIN - Ireland's overwhelming vote to legalize abortion is viewed as the last main social taboo to fall in this Catholic-majority country, but the church's hold on Irish life has been weak for some time, experts say. 
  • Indy 500: Danica Patrick crashes out of her last race

    Indy 500: Danica Patrick crashes out of her last race

    Sunday, May 27 2018 2:09 PM EDT2018-05-27 18:09:09 GMT
    By MARK LONG , AP Sports WriterVideo Danica Patrick's racing career ended with a wreck in Turn 2 at the track that made her famous. Patrick had been running near the middle of the pack in the Indianapolis 500 when she lost control, slid hard into the outside wall, then caromed across the track and hit the inside barrier. The rest of the field missed Patrick as she came to rest on the infield grass. Patrick, who shot to prominence by finishing fourth as a rookie in 2005, announced e... 
    Danica Patrick's racing career ended with a wreck in Turn 2 at the track that made her famous. 
  • More than 220,000 pounds of Spam recalled after metal pieces found in meat

    More than 220,000 pounds of Spam recalled after metal pieces found in meat

    Sunday, May 27 2018 2:09 PM EDT2018-05-27 18:09:07 GMT
    By TEGNA Staff Approximately 228,614 pounds of Spam have been recalled after metal pieces were found inside some cans, the US Department of Agriculture announced on Saturday. At least four people told Hormel Food Corp. that they found metal pieces in the canned meat product. There were reports of "minor oral injuries" caused when the contaminated Spam was consumed, according to the USDA. The types of Spam affected are the 12 oz. "Spam Classic," which were shipped throughout the Un... 
    Approximately 228,614 pounds of Spam have been recalled after metal pieces were found inside some cans, the US Department of Agriculture announced on Saturday.  
  • Indianapolis 500: The 8 worst Indy pace cars of all time

    The eight worst Indy 500 pace cars of all time

    May 27, 2018 10:39 AM2018-05-27 17:59:05 GMT
    By Joe Tamborello, USA TODAY Editor's note: Not a  lot has changed since we first ran this story in USA TODAY in 2015. The pace cars have been perfectly respectable Chevrolet Camaros and Corvette Stingrays. But as this story points out, in some years, the choices have been far more questionable. INDIANAPOLIS -- Throughout nearly a century of races, many beautiful pace cars (and two pace trucks) have led drivers around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway before the start of the Indy 500. ... 
    Editor's note: Not a  lot has changed since we first ran this story in USA TODAY in 2015. The pace cars have been perfectly respectable Chevrolet Camaros and Corvette Stingrays. But as this story points out, in some years, the choices have been far more questionable. 
  • Student loans: Former Corinthian Colleges students win a reprieve in fight with feds

    Student loans: Former Corinthian Colleges students win a reprieve in fight with feds

    Sunday, May 27 2018 1:39 PM EDT2018-05-27 17:39:05 GMT
    By Kevin McCoy, USA TODAYVideo Thousands of former Corinthian Colleges students have won a preliminary victory in their court battle to cancel millions of dollars in federal loan debt for their studies at the scandal-scarred, for-profit schools. A judge late Friday temporarily barred the U.S. Department of Education from continuing to collect loan debts from the students based on allegations the agency violated the federal Privacy Act. U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim ruled that the... 
    Thousands of former Corinthian Colleges students have won a preliminary victory in their court battle to cancel millions of dollars in federal loan debt for their studies at the scandal-scarred, for-profit schools. 
  • Knowledgeable on Social Security retirement benefits? Take this quiz and find out

    Knowledgeable on Social Security retirement benefits? Take this quiz and find out

    Sunday, May 27 2018 1:19 PM EDT2018-05-27 17:19:05 GMT
    By Lorie Konish, CNBCVideo If you can't pass a simple five-question quiz on Social Security retirement benefits, you're not alone. Almost half of adults ages 50 and above - 47% - failed the quiz that mutual life insurance company MassMutual recently sent out in an online survey. Aspiring retirees can take some comfort in the fact that those results are actually an improvement from a similar survey conducted three years ago. That 10-question quiz resulted in a failure rate for 72% of... 
    If you can't pass a simple five-question quiz on Social Security retirement benefits, you're not alone. 
  • South Korea: Kim Jong Un committed to US summit, denuclearization

    North Korea's Kim meets with South's Moon for 2nd time

    May 27, 2018 8:58 AM2018-05-27 16:09:05 GMT
    By KIM TONG-HYUNG , Associated Press North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met for the second time in a month on Saturday to discuss carrying out the peace commitments they reached in their first summit and Kim's potential meeting with President Donald Trump, Moon's office said. South Korean presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan said Moon will reveal the outcome of his surprise meeting with Kim on Sunday. The presidential Blue House did not immediate... 
    South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un committed in their surprise meeting to sitting down with President Donald Trump and to a "complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula." 
  • Boston's Memorial Day flag garden idea spreads across the US

    Boston's Memorial Day flag garden idea spreads across the US

    Sunday, May 27 2018 12:09 PM EDT2018-05-27 16:09:02 GMT
    By MARK PRATT , Associated PressVideo The solemn display of tens of thousands of U.S. flags that first appeared on Boston Common for Memorial Day a decade ago, honoring service members who have died defending the nation, is slowly becoming a national movement. The flag gardens, as they are known, can be seen this weekend in Texas, Louisiana, Ohio and New York, all started by local residents inspired by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund tribute started in 2010. "We are extraordi... 
    The solemn display of tens of thousands of U.S. flags that first appeared on Boston Common for Memorial Day a decade ago, honoring service members who have died defending the nation, is slowly becoming a national movement. 
  • President Donald Trump blasts '13 Angry Democrats,' Robert Mueller probe in Twitter rant

    President Donald Trump blasts '13 Angry Democrats,' Robert Mueller probe in Twitter rant

    May 27, 2018 8:33 AM2018-05-27 15:59:10 GMT
    By John Bacon, USA TODAYVideo President Trump revisited his angry crusade Sunday against "13 Angry Democrats" and special counsel Robert Mueller's "rigged investigation," blasting Democrats for failing to investigate the ill-fated 2016 campaign of Hillary Clinton. "Why didn't the 13 Angry Democrats investigate the campaign of Crooked Hillary Clinton, many crimes, much Collusion with Russia?" Trump tweeted. "Why didn't the FBI take the Server from the DNC? Rigged Investigation!" Muel... 
    President Trump revisited his angry crusade Sunday against "13 Angry Democrats" and special counsel Robert Mueller's "rigged investigation," blasting Democrats for failing to investigate the ill-fated 2016 campaign of Hillary Clinton. 
  • Subtropical storm vs. tropical storm: What's the difference?

    Subtropical storm vs. tropical storm: What's the difference?

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:49 AM EDT2018-05-27 15:49:06 GMT
    By Melissa Nelson Gabriel, mnelsongab@pnj.comVideo Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to be classified as a tropical storm by early Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center. Alberto will become a tropical storm when it stops interacting with a lower pressure system, said Morgan Barry, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mobile, Alabama. "The wind speeds of tropical and subtropical systems are the same, so we are telling folks not to focus on the wording... 
    Subtropical Storm Alberto is expected to be classified as a tropical storm by early Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center. 
  • Comcast's move of Food Network and others to pricier package irks some subscribers

    Comcast's move of Food Network and others to pricier package irks some subscribers

    Sunday, May 27 2018 11:19 AM EDT2018-05-27 15:19:15 GMT
    By Mike Snider, USA TODAY Consumers typically don't like big pay TV bundles - until one of their favorite channels is jettisoned from the bundle they are paying for. Unfortunately for viewers, this could be come a more frequent occurrence. Comcast recently moved some channels including Food Network, Disney Channel, Cartoon Network and TruTV into a pricier tier on its programming menu. The company, among the nation's largest pay TV providers, notified subscribers of the planned move ... 
    Consumers typically don't like big pay TV bundles - until one of their favorite channels is jettisoned from the bundle they are paying for. 
  • Teacher corrects White House letter with 'many silly mistakes,' sends it back to Trump

    Teacher corrects White House letter with 'many silly mistakes,' sends it back to Trump

    Sunday, May 27 2018 10:49 AM EDT2018-05-27 14:49:06 GMT
    By Paul Hyde, The Greenville (S.C.) News, greenvilleonline.comVideo In 17 years of teaching English composition in South Carolina public schools, Yvonne Mason had seen these blunders many times before. Redundancies. Faulty capitalization. Lack of clarity and specificity. But Mason wasn't grading a student paper. She was reading a letter she received from President Donald Trump. "I have never, ever, received a letter with this many silly mistakes," Mason said. The former Mauldin Hi... 
    In 17 years of teaching English composition in South Carolina public schools, Yvonne Mason had seen these blunders many times before. 
  • Subtropical Storm Alberto: Florida, Mississippi and Alabama order states of emergency

    Subtropical Storm Alberto: Florida, Mississippi and Alabama order states of emergency

    Sunday, May 27 2018 10:49 AM EDT2018-05-27 14:49:02 GMT
    By TAMARA LUSH , Associated PressVideo Florida, Alabama and Mississippi launched emergency preparations ahead of the arrival of Subtropical Storm Alberto, a slow-moving system expected to cause wet misery across the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend. Heavy downpours were expected to begin lashing parts of Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Sunday. The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued tropical storm warnings for parts of Florida and Alabama, saying ... 
    Florida, Alabama and Mississippi launched emergency preparations ahead of the arrival of Subtropical Storm Alberto, a slow-moving system expected to cause wet misery across the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend. 
  • Fiat Chrysler warns 4.8M Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler and Ram owners to not use cruise control

    Fiat Chrysler warns 4.8M Jeep, Dodge, Chrysler and Ram owners to not use cruise control

    Sunday, May 27 2018 8:59 AM EDT2018-05-27 12:59:04 GMT
    By Tom Krisher, AP BusinessVideo DETROIT - Fiat Chrysler is recalling 4.8 million vehicles in the U.S. because in rare but terrifying circumstances, drivers may not be able to turn off the cruise control. The company is warning owners not to use cruise control until the cars, SUVs and trucks can be fixed with a software update. Fiat Chrysler says the condition can occur if the cruise control accelerates at the same time an electrical short-circuit happens. But the brakes are designe... 
    DETROIT - Fiat Chrysler is recalling 4.8 million vehicles in the U.S. because in rare but terrifying circumstances, drivers may not be able to turn off the cruise control. 
  • Starbucks' racial-bias training will be costly, but could pay off

    Starbucks' racial-bias training will be costly, but could pay off

    Sunday, May 27 2018 8:49 AM EDT2018-05-27 12:49:04 GMT
    By Zlati Meyer, USA TODAYVideo As Starbucks prepares to close stores for racial-bias training on Tuesday, the coffee giant will not only be confronting a difficult and emotional issue, but will incur some hefty expenses in the process. Starbucks' decision to initiate the training will cost $12 million in lost profit as it closes the doors of more than 8,000 company-owned stores and its corporate office Tuesday afternoon, estimates Sharon Zackfia, a partner at investment banking firm ... 
    As Starbucks prepares to close stores for racial-bias training on Tuesday, the coffee giant will not only be confronting a difficult and emotional issue, but will incur some hefty expenses in the process. 
  • Hedging your stock bets: 3 ways you can reduce your investment risk

    Hedging your stock bets: 3 ways you can reduce your investment risk

    Sunday, May 27 2018 8:19 AM EDT2018-05-27 12:19:05 GMT
    By Dan Caplinger, The Motley FoolVideo Investing involves risk. Without risk, you can't reasonably expect investments to generate good returns. But that doesn't mean that you have to accept the full amount of risk from a particular investment. Instead, you can use hedging strategies to transfer some of that risk onto speculators who are willing to take it on in the hopes of earning even better returns. There are many different ways to hedge against investment risk, with some methods... 
    Investing involves risk. 
  • 6 ways to keep Alexa from eavesdropping on you

    6 ways to keep Alexa from eavesdropping on you

    Sunday, May 27 2018 7:29 AM EDT2018-05-27 11:29:05 GMT
    By Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAYVideo After an Oregon family described a scenario that encapsulated the worst fears about owning a smart speaker — their Amazon Echo picked up a private conversation and then shared it with the outside world — you might ask: How can I prevent this from happening? Aside from unplugging your smart speaker for good, there are some safeguards you can use if you're one of the 40 million people who have these voice-activated speakers from Amazon or competitors ... 
    After an Oregon family described a scenario that encapsulated the worst fears about owning a smart speaker — their Amazon Echo picked up a private conversation and then shared it with the outside world — you might ask: How can I prevent this from happening? 
  • Flying with pets: The cost and other complexities to consider in making your plans

    Flying with pets: The cost and other complexities to consider in making your plans

    Sunday, May 27 2018 7:19 AM EDT2018-05-27 11:19:12 GMT
    By Gregory Karp, NerdwalletVideo As airlines tweak their policies on bringing a pet on a flight, flyers traveling with their animals this summer must navigate a slew of rules that differ by carrier. But most of what you need to research are three C's: cabin vs. cargo, crates and cost. Besides taking Fido or Fluffy to your veterinarian for a preflight checkup, be sure to learn about: Cabin vs. cargo If your pet in its carrier can fit under the seat in front of you, it can ride in the ... 
    As airlines tweak their policies on bringing a pet on a flight, flyers traveling with their animals this summer must navigate a slew of rules that differ by carrier. But most of what you need to research are three C's: cabin vs. cargo, crates and cost. 
  • Airbnb for horses? New online platform helps equestrians rent stalls

    Airbnb for horses? New online platform helps equestrians rent stalls

    Sunday, May 27 2018 7:19 AM EDT2018-05-27 11:19:07 GMT
    By Akiko Matsuda, Westchester-UnknownVideo The rapidly-growing sharing economy has reached the world of top equestrians: an Airbnb-like online platform that helps horse owners find barns and stalls near their next competitions. The online platform called Staller.com, which launched in Florida a couple of years ago, has recently expanded into the Lower Hudson Valley, in New York, where top equestrian events attract hundreds of competitors and their mounts. Horses who compete at thos... 
    The rapidly-growing sharing economy has reached the world of top equestrians: an Airbnb-like online platform that helps horse owners find barns and stalls near their next competitions.  
  • Indy 500: What you need to know about the 102nd race

    Indy 500: What you need to know about the 102nd race

    Sunday, May 27 2018 7:09 AM EDT2018-05-27 11:09:05 GMT
    By Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY SportsVideo Essential information you need to get ready for Sunday's 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, the showcase race of the Verizon IndyCar Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: START TIME: Two-time Olympic slopestyle skiing medalist Nick Goepper will serve as the grand marshall and will call drivers to report to their cars. The "Command to Start Engines" will commence at 12:14 p.m. ET followed by the green flag at 12:21 p.m. ET. RACE DISTANCE... 
    Essential information you need to get ready for Sunday's 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500, the showcase race of the Verizon IndyCar Series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway: 
  • Retirement: 3 steps to overcome a 401(k) savings shortfall

    Retirement: 3 steps to overcome a 401(k) savings shortfall

    Sunday, May 27 2018 1:19 AM EDT2018-05-27 05:19:07 GMT
    By Ken Fisher, USA TODAYVideo Are you saving enough for retirement? Fidelity's tally of 401(k) millionaires just hit an all-time high. Yet the Economic Policy Institute warns the median retirement savings for families with wage-earners aged 44 to 49 is just $6,200. If that low number sounds more like you than Fidelity's eye-popping savers, keep your chin up. It's never too late to start putting aside money. The older and poorer you are, the more folks will tell you the road is hard. ... 
    Are you saving enough for retirement? Fidelity's tally of 401(k) millionaires just hit an all-time high. Yet the Economic Policy Institute warns the median retirement savings for families with wage-earners aged 44 to 49 is just $6,200. If that low number sounds more like you than Fidelity's eye-p... 
  • ‘It’s a sad day’ | Southeast DC father and business owner shot to death

    ‘It’s a sad day’ | Southeast DC father and business owner shot to death

    May 26, 2018 8:23 PM2018-05-27 03:39:05 GMT
    By Michael Quander A DC father and business owner is dead after being gunned down on Memorial Day weekend near Savannah Terrace and 23rd Street in Southeast. Friends described the victim, Alexander Mosby, as the guy who seemed to be doing everything right. He was the person no one thought would be one of DC’s latest victims of gun violence. After years of people being killed in his community, Ronald Moten learned to be strong. DC FATHER KILLED | 39-year old Alexander Mosby was sho... 
    A DC father and business owner is dead after being gunned down on Memorial Day weekend near Savannah Terrace and 23rd Street in Southeast.  
  • Yemeni girl with cerebral palsy lands in U.S. for help despite Trump travel ban

    Yemeni girl with cerebral palsy heads to U.S. for help despite Trump travel ban

    May 26, 2018 8:05 PM2018-05-27 03:19:05 GMT
    By Richard Wolf, USA TODAY A 10-year-old Yemeni girl with cerebral palsy whose family initially was denied an exemption from President Trump's travel ban is on her way to the United States. Shaema Alomari had become a cause célèbre among opponents of the ban against travelers from five predominantly Muslim countries - Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Her situation was cited during oral arguments at the Supreme Court last month. "This waiver process has excluded .... 
    An 11-year-old Yemeni girl with cerebral palsy landed in New York on Saturday after originally being denied an exemption from President Trump's travel ban. 
  • After secret North and South Korea meeting, Trump says summit talks going 'well'

    In attempt to salvage Trump-Kim summit, North and South Korea hold secret meeting

    May 26, 2018 7:54 PM2018-05-27 03:19:05 GMT
    By USA TODAY South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a secret meeting on Saturday in an attempt to salvage the cancelled summit meeting between President Trump and Kim, South Korean spokesman Yoon Young-chan announced. The meeting was held on the North Korean side of Panmunjom, the truce village that straddles the North- South border in the peninsula's Demilitarized Zone. The leaders met for two hours on Saturday afternoon, and discussed implemen... 
    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Sunday that Kim Jong Un expressed a firm commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and that the North Korean leader still wants to meet with President Trump. 
  • American freed from Venezuela meets with President Trump: 'I'm just overwhelmed with gratitude'

    American freed from Venezuela prison and heading home, Trump says

    May 26, 2018 7:32 PM2018-05-27 02:59:14 GMT
    By Richard Wolf, USA TODAY An American held in Venezuela for nearly two years on weapons charges has been released and is on his way home, with a pit stop at the White House. President Trump hailed the release on Twitter Saturday morning, saying Utah resident Josh Holt would land in Washington around 7 p.m. and be reunited with his family. Good news about the release of the American hostage from Venezuela. Should be landing in D.C. this evening and be in the White House, with his fa... 
    An American who was held in a Venezuelan prison for nearly two years on weapons charges made it back to the U.S. Saturday evening where he was greeted by his family and President Trump.  
  • FBI says agent exposed to toxins from 9/11 has died

    FBI says agent exposed to toxins from 9/11 has died

    Saturday, May 26 2018 10:59 PM EDT2018-05-27 02:59:11 GMT
    By Catherine Park, WXIA ATLANTA - The FBI's special agent in charge of the Atlanta Field Office died Saturday because of complications from being exposed to contaminants at the World Trade Center after 9/11. David J. LeValley served in Atlanta since November 2016 and he previously served as the special agent in charge of Criminal and Cyber Division at the Washington Field Office, the FBI said in a news release. LeValley joined the FBI in 1996 and was assigned to the New York Divisio... 
    ATLANTA - The FBI's special agent in charge of the Atlanta Field Office died Saturday because of complications from being exposed to contaminants at the World Trade Center after 9/11. 
  • American freed from Venezuela meets with President Trump

    Senator, Trump say Utah man released from Venezuela jail

    May 26, 2018 6:57 PM2018-05-27 02:09:11 GMT

    An American held in Venezuela for nearly two years on weapons charges has been released and is on his way home, with a pit stop at the White House.

     
    An American who was held in a Venezuelan prison for nearly two years on weapons charges made it back to the U.S. Saturday evening where he was greeted by his family and President Trump.  
  • Subtropical Storm Alberto: Florida, Mississippi and Alabama order states of emergency

    Subtropical Storm Alberto: Gov. Rick Scott declares state of emergency in Florida

    May 26, 2018 3:51 PM2018-05-26 23:19:04 GMT
    By Pensacola News Journal Gov. Rick Scott has issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in all 67 Florida counties as the state prepares for Subtropical Storm Alberto. The storm is moving north toward the Gulf of Mexico and is expected to bring days of heavy rainfall and possible flooding to the Gulf Coast over the weekend. Scott issued the order Saturday morning and said in a statement it will help state and local governments coordinate with federal agencies to get n... 
    Governors in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama have declared a state of emergency ahead of Subtropical Storm Alberto as it makes its way toward the Gulf of Mexico on a path that meteorologists say could strengthen the storm.  
  • Meet Jason Seaman, the Noblesville, Indiana, teacher who helped stop a school shooter

    Meet Jason Seaman, the Noblesville, Indiana, teacher who helped stop a school shooter

    May 26, 2018 3:21 PM2018-05-26 22:39:05 GMT
    By Ryan Martin, Arika Herron, Emma Kate Fittes, Tony Cook and Holly V. Hayes, IndyStarVideo NOBLESVILLE, Indiana - An Indiana middle school science teacher is being hailed as a hero after students and parents say he intervened as a student opened fire in his classroom Friday morning. Jason Seaman, a seventh-grade science teacher and football coach at Noblesville West Middle School, was shot several times after police say a boy in his class asked to be excused and returned with two ha... 
    NOBLESVILLE, Indiana - An Indiana middle school science teacher being hailed as a hero after students and parents say he intervened as a student opened fire in his classroom has been released from the hospital.  
  • Near a Nebraska town, cops seized enough opioids to kill over 26 million

    Nebraska police seize record amount of fentanyl

    May 26, 2018 3:21 PM2018-05-26 22:29:03 GMT
    By Associated Press The Nebraska State Patrol says the nearly 120 pounds of suspected cocaine and fentanyl that troopers seized last month turned out to be all fentanyl, a deadly opioid that federal officials blame for thousands of deaths nationwide. The patrol says the stash was a record fentanyl seizure in Nebraska and estimates the drugs may have been worth up to $20 million on the street. The Drug Enforcement Administration says just 2 milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal. The f... 
    Results this week from a crime lab analysis found that the whopping 118 pounds of narcotics seized by Nebraska State Patrol back in April is all fentanyl, making the bust the state's largest ever and one of the biggest in United States history. 
  • Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor closed indefinitely

    Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor closed indefinitely

    May 26, 2018 3:19 PM2018-05-26 22:29:03 GMT
    By Associated PressVideo Engineers say damage to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu was worse than expected and it will remain closed indefinitely. Hawaii News Now reports boat transportation to the attraction was suspended May 6 after one of the vessel operators noticed a crack on the outside of the memorial. Tourists were allowed to disembark at the memorial after crews completed interim repairs. But the cracks reappeared hours later, indicating a more serious is... 
    Engineers say damage to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu was worse than expected and it will remain closed indefinitely. 
  • A NASA camera melted but its epic photos survived

    A NASA camera melted but its epic photos survived

    Saturday, May 26 2018 5:59 PM EDT2018-05-26 21:59:18 GMT
    By Andrew WeilVideo When veteran NASA photographer Bill Ingalls set up his gear for Tuesday's SpaceX Falcon 9 launch he never could've imagined that it'd be a photo of one of his cameras that would get so much attention. After the rocket successfully took off, images of his freshly charred camera spread like fire online. Most people assumed it must've been set up too close to the launch site, but that's not what happened. Ingalls told NASA.com that the "melted camera" met its demi... 
    When veteran NASA photographer Bill Ingalls set up his gear for Tuesday's SpaceX Falcon 9 launch he never could've imagined that it'd be a photo of one of his cameras that would get so much attention.  
  • A NASA camera melted but its epic photos survived

    A NASA camera melted but its epic photos survived

    Saturday, May 26 2018 5:59 PM EDT2018-05-26 21:59:13 GMT
    By Andrew WeilVideo When veteran NASA photographer Bill Ingalls set up his gear for Tuesday's SpaceX Falcon 9 launch he never could've imagined that it'd be a photo of one of his cameras that would get so much attention. After the rocket successfully took off, images of his freshly charred camera spread like fire online. Most people assumed it must've been set up too close to the launch site, but that's not what happened. Ingalls told NASA.com that the "melted camera" met its demi... 
    When veteran NASA photographer Bill Ingalls set up his gear for Tuesday's SpaceX Falcon 9 launch he never could've imagined that it'd be a photo of one of his cameras that would get so much attention.  
  • City of Las Vegas 'bans' capital letters for Stanley Cup

    City of Las Vegas 'bans' capital letters for Stanley Cup

    Saturday, May 26 2018 5:29 PM EDT2018-05-26 21:29:05 GMT
    By Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY SportsVideo Let the cringing begin for grammar school teachers. The City of Las Vegas has opted to ban capital letters in support of the Golden Knights as the Stanley Cup Final nears, and it's all part of a ploy to push back against the Washington Capitals' popular rallying cry of "#ALLCAPS." On the City of Las Vegas' official Twitter account, the latest tweets have been in all lower-cased letters. And, hilariously, the "Welcome to Las Vegas, Nevada" si... 
    Let the cringing begin for grammar school teachers.  
  • Kate Bosworth, husband to offer film classes in Montana

    Kate Bosworth, husband to offer film classes in Montana

    Saturday, May 26 2018 4:59 PM EDT2018-05-26 20:59:14 GMT
    By Associated Press KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Actress Kate Bosworth is helping to cultivate the movie industry in Montana. Bosworth and her husband, director-screenwriter Michael Polish, are launching a two-week film school in July at Flathead Valley Community College in Kalispell, with sessions taught by industry professionals. In a tweet earlier this week, Bosworth says the goal is to create a "hands-on approach to the moviemaking process." Polish says the course through the Montan... 
    KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - Actress Kate Bosworth is helping to cultivate the movie industry in Montana. 
  • 'You are the reason I teach': Teacher who stopped shooter thanks students

    'You are the reason I teach': Teacher who stopped shooter thanks students

    May 26, 2018 1:01 PM2018-05-26 20:19:04 GMT

    An Indiana middle school science teacher is being hailed as a hero after students and parents say he intervened as a student opened fire in his classroom Friday morning.

     
    A Noblesville West Middle School science teacher is being hailed as a hero after students and parents say he intervened as a student opened fire in his classroom Friday morning. 
  • Teacher corrects White House letter with 'many silly mistakes,' sends it back to Trump

    Teacher corrects White House letter with 'many silly mistakes,' sends it back to Trump

    May 26, 2018 12:22 PM2018-05-26 19:59:06 GMT
    By Paul Hyde, The Greenville News GREENVILLE, S.C. - In 17 years of teaching English composition in South Carolina public schools, Yvonne Mason had seen these blunders many times before. Redundancies. Faulty capitalization. Lack of clarity and specificity. But Mason wasn't grading a student paper. She was reading a letter she received from President Donald Trump. "I have never, ever, received a letter with this many silly mistakes," Mason said. The former Mauldin High School teach... 
    GREENVILLE, S.C. - In 17 years of teaching English composition in South Carolina public schools, Yvonne Mason had seen these blunders many times before. 
  • Palace reveals Meghan Markle's new Coat of Arms

    Palace reveals Meghan Markle's new Coat of Arms

    Saturday, May 26 2018 3:43 PM EDT2018-05-26 19:43:41 GMT

    Britain's Kensington Palace has given details of the newly created Coat of Arms for the former Meghan Markle — an honor which is accorded by tradition to the nobility.

     

    Britain's Kensington Palace has given details of the newly created Coat of Arms for the former Meghan Markle — an honor which is accorded by tradition to the nobility.

     
  • Alan Bean, 4th man to walk on the moon, dies at 86

    Alan Bean, 4th man to walk on the moon, dies at 86

    Saturday, May 26 2018 3:39 PM EDT2018-05-26 19:39:12 GMT
    By Christal Hayes, USA TODAYVideo Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon's surface, died on Saturday at age 86 after falling ill. Bean, a former test pilot in the U.S. Navy, was among 14 people NASA selected in 1963 for a new group of astronauts. He flew into space twice and became the fourth person to walk on the moon on Nov. 19 1969. His death was announced by his family in a statement made through NASA. They said he became suddenly ill while traveling through Indiana two w... 
    Alan Bean, the fourth man to walk on the moon's surface, died on Saturday at age 86 after falling ill. 
  • Where college students can find emergency money, food and housing

    Where college students can find emergency money, food and housing

    Saturday, May 26 2018 3:19 PM EDT2018-05-26 19:19:11 GMT
    By Anna Helhoski, NerdwalletVideo College students without a financial safety net are in a tough spot when unexpected costs arise. “The chances their parents can pick up the bill are not as high,” says Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor at Temple University in Philadelphia and founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, a research center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “It’s not for lack of families wanting to; they don’t have it.” A 2018 national survey led by Goldrick-Rab found that ov... 
    College students without a financial safety net are in a tough spot when unexpected costs arise. 
  • Service dog delivers 8 puppies at Florida airport while waiting for a flight

    Service dog delivers 8 puppies at Florida airport while waiting for a flight

    Saturday, May 26 2018 3:19 PM EDT2018-05-26 19:19:08 GMT
    By Joel Shannon, USA TODAY Ellie, a service dog in training, unexpectedly gave birth to eight puppies while waiting at an airport in Tampa, Fla. The two-year-old yellow lab was assisted by city paramedics on Friday, according to Tampa Fire Rescue's Twitter account. As a crowd smiled and cheered, she brought seven males and one female into the world. The puppies' father, Nugget, also a service dog, was among the onlookers at Tampa International Airport's Gate F80, according to Tampa... 
    Ellie, a service dog in training, unexpectedly gave birth to eight puppies while waiting at an airport in Tampa, Fla. 
  • Yearly task: 1 smart Social Security move for Americans of all ages

    Yearly task: 1 smart Social Security move for Americans of all ages

    Saturday, May 26 2018 2:19 PM EDT2018-05-26 18:19:16 GMT
    By Matthew Frankel, The Motley FoolVideo Every year, the Social Security Administration issues a statement to each American worker. These used to come in the mail, but these days they are generally accessed online at www.ssa.gov by creating a "my Social Security" account. Unfortunately, many American workers, especially those who are still years away from retirement, don't check their Social Security statements regularly -- or at all. This is a mistake, as your Social Security statem... 
    Every year, the Social Security Administration issues a statement to each American worker. These used to come in the mail, but these days they are generally accessed online at www.ssa.gov by creating a "my Social Security" account. 
  • North Korea defector: 'Pretty foolish to think' Kim Jong Un would get rid of nukes

    North Korea defector: 'Pretty foolish to think' Kim Jong Un would get rid of nukes

    Saturday, May 26 2018 2:19 PM EDT2018-05-26 18:19:14 GMT
    By Anna Kook, USA TODAYVideo Kang Chol-hwan, who fled North Korea at age 24 for South Korea, was imprisoned for ten years inside a political camp in Yodok county, 68 miles northeast of the capital Pyongyang. He witnessed torture, public executions and performed heavy labor daily during his time in the camp. Since his defection in 1992, Kang has dedicated his life to educate the world on the prison camps that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has repeatedly denied exist and to promote... 
    Kang Chol-hwan, who fled North Korea at age 24 for South Korea, was imprisoned for ten years inside a political camp in Yodok county, 68 miles northeast of the capital Pyongyang. 
  • Week in entertainment: "The Bachelorette" and "Arrested Development" return

    Week in entertainment: "The Bachelorette" and "Arrested Development" return

    Saturday, May 26 2018 2:19 PM EDT2018-05-26 18:19:11 GMT
    By Mary Cadden, USA TODAY Plan your week in entertainment with these highlights and pop-culture milestones: TV Tune in: The Bachelorette's 14th season premieres Monday at 8 ET/PT. Fan favorite Becca Kufrin - who found herself at the center of one of the most gut-wrenching Bachelor breakups of all time - has a second chance at love. And with 28 bachelors vying for her attention, she will be the one calling the shots. DVD/BLU-RAY View: Annihilation, starring Natalie Portman, is out... 
    Plan your week in entertainment with these highlights and pop-culture milestones: 
  • Woman reaches goal of doing a headstand in all 50 states

    Woman reaches goal of doing a headstand in all 50 states

    Saturday, May 26 2018 2:19 PM EDT2018-05-26 18:19:07 GMT
    By Associated Press KETCHIKAN, Alaska - A 71-year-old woman has completed her mission of performing a headstand in all 50 states. The Ketchikan Daily News reports retiree Anne Bruinooge checked the last state off her list Thursday as she laid down a mat and did a headstand outside of the Alaska newspaper's office. Bruinooge says she has been traveling around the country for the past decade, doing headstands in every state that she and her husband visit. Bruinooge, who is an avid pa... 
    KETCHIKAN, Alaska - A 71-year-old woman has completed her mission of performing a headstand in all 50 states. 
  • 'Poppy Memorial,' Danica Patrick, NBA playoffs: 5 things to know this weekend

    'Poppy Memorial,' Danica Patrick, NBA playoffs: 5 things to know this weekend

    May 26, 2018 10:30 AM2018-05-26 17:59:07 GMT
    By Editors, USA TODAY A temporary installation is coming to the National Mall for Memorial Day weekend, honoring the lives of the 645,000 service members lost since World War I. The "Poppy Memorial" is a translucent structure filled with more than 645,000 poppies to represent the lives of service members. The memorial, open through Sunday, was inspired by the World War I poem "In Flanders Fields," in which the poppy represents remembrance, said financial services firm USAA, who first ... 
    A temporary installation is coming to the National Mall for Memorial Day weekend, honoring the lives of the 645,000 service members lost since World War I. The "Poppy Memorial" is a translucent structure filled with more than 645,000 poppies to represent the lives of service members. The memorial... 
  • Irish voters overwhelmingly repeal abortion ban

    Irish voters overwhelmingly repeal abortion ban

    May 26, 2018 10:35 AM2018-05-26 17:49:07 GMT
    By TEGNAVideo Final results from a referendum show that Irish voters have overwhelmingly supported repealing their country's constitutional ban on abortions and having parliament enact laws that reflect the popular vote. Elections officials said Saturday more than 1.4 million voters favored repealing the ban while roughly 724,000 wanted to keep it in place. More than 66 percent of voters wanted an end to the ban. The outcome was a historic victory for women's' rights in a traditiona... 
    Irish voters overwhelmingly supported a repeal of Ireland's constitutional ban on abortion Saturday in a sweeping cultural change representing a move away from the nation's conservative Catholic roots. 
  • Planning a vacation? Here are seven ways to save for your upcoming one

    Planning a vacation? Here are seven ways to save for your upcoming one

    Saturday, May 26 2018 1:19 PM EDT2018-05-26 17:19:20 GMT
    By Josh Smith, Credit.comVideo Affordable vacations can be difficult to plan. Maybe you have a dream destination, but you can't quite save up enough for travel costs. Or maybe you can get yourself there, but you'd have to live on bread and water for the entire trip. If your vacation expenses are just out of reach, a few adjustments can help you put aside more cash and reach your goal. Here are seven ways to save more for your upcoming vacation. 1. Start a monthly budget If you don'... 
    Affordable vacations can be difficult to plan. Maybe you have a dream destination, but you can't quite save up enough for travel costs. Or maybe you can get yourself there, but you'd have to live on bread and water for the entire trip. 
  • Noblesville, Indiana, school shooting is at least the 21st of 2018

    Noblesville, Indiana, school shooting is at least the 21st of 2018

    Saturday, May 26 2018 1:19 PM EDT2018-05-26 17:19:15 GMT
    By William Cummings, USA TODAYVideo Exactly a week after a suspect killed 10 at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, tragedy struck again. An adult and a teenager were injured at Noblesville West Middle School in central Indiana on Friday morning. Few Americans would disagree shootings like the one Friday have become too common. But as politicians and law enforcement officials scramble for answers, the shootings and bodies continue to pile up. The Indiana shooting was at least the 21... 
    Exactly a week after a suspect killed 10 at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, tragedy struck again. 
  • ZTE deal would lift sanctions for fine, management shuffle, administration tells lawmakers

    ZTE deal would lift sanctions for fine, management shuffle, administration tells lawmakers

    Saturday, May 26 2018 12:39 PM EDT2018-05-26 16:39:12 GMT
    By John Fritze, USA TODAY WASHINGTON - President Trump has struck a deal with Chinese telecom company ZTE to lift U.S. trade restrictions that threatened to put the company out of business, a source familiar with the agreement said Friday. Officials with the Commerce Department have briefed lawmakers on Capitol Hill about the outlines of the agreement, which includes a fine, a purge of ZTE's management and a requirement that the company hire American compliance officers. In exchang... 
    WASHINGTON - President Trump has struck a deal with Chinese telecom company ZTE to lift U.S. trade restrictions that threatened to put the company out of business, a source familiar with the agreement said Friday.  
  • Amazon's Alexa won't pass on recordings if you don't set up call features

    More people were using speakers to make calls. Then came the story of 1 Portland family's eavesdropping Alexa

    May 26, 2018 9:09 AM2018-05-26 16:39:11 GMT
    By Jefferson Graham, USA TODAYVideo It was every Amazon Echo owner's nightmare. Alexa, the connected speaker, really, truly, was listening in on your conservations, and behind your back, passed on the recording of a private chit-chat to someone on your Echo contact list. This actually happened this week, according to Seattle TV station KIRO, which told the story of a Portland woman's privacy gone amuck. Amazon has tried to counter worries about "always listening" devices by remind... 
    It was every Amazon Echo owner's nightmare. Alexa, the connected speaker, really, truly, was listening in on your conservations, and behind your back, passed on the recording of a private chit-chat to someone on your Echo contact list.  
  • 6 ways to keep Alexa from eavesdropping on you

    6 ways to keep Alexa from eavesdropping on you

    May 26, 2018 9:06 AM2018-05-26 16:39:10 GMT
    By Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY SAN FRANCISCO- After an Oregon family described a scenario that encapsulated the worst fears about owning a smart speaker - their Amazon Echo picked up a private conversation and then shared it with the outside world - you might ask: How can I prevent this from happening? Aside from unplugging your smart speaker for good, there are some safeguards you can use if you're one of the 40 million people who have these voice-activated speakers from Amazon or co... 
    SAN FRANCISCO- After an Oregon family described a scenario that encapsulated the worst fears about owning a smart speaker - their Amazon Echo picked up a private conversation and then shared it with the outside world - you might ask: How can I prevent this from happening? 
  • Whitney Houston's cousin slams Kanye West over cover art for Pusha T's 'Daytona'

    Whitney Houston's cousin slams Kanye West over cover art for Pusha T's 'Daytona'

    Saturday, May 26 2018 12:19 PM EDT2018-05-26 16:19:05 GMT
    By Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY Whitney Houston's family is responding to Pusha T's Daytona album art, which depicts the late singer's drug-strewn bathroom. In an interview with People Saturday, Houston's cousin Damon Elliott slammed Kanye West (who produced the album) for using the photo, which West reportedly paid $85,000 for. "I immediately got sick to my stomach because it took me right back to six years ago,' he said. "To do something for a publicity stunt to sell records, it's... 
    Whitney Houston's family is responding to Pusha T's Daytona album art, which depicts the late singer's drug-strewn bathroom.  
  • Putin complains that probe around Trump hurting U.S.-Russian relations

    Putin complains that probe around Trump hurting U.S.-Russian relations

    May 26, 2018 7:25 AM2018-05-26 14:39:16 GMT
    By Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY Russian president Vladimir Putin said Saturday that the investigations swirling around President Trump are interfering with improved relations with Moscow, noting he has had little contact with the U.S. president. "We are hostages to this internal strife in the United States,' Putin said at an economic forum in St Petersburg. "I hope that it will end some day and the objective need for the development of Russian-American relationships will prevail.' In w... 
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Saturday that investigations swirling around President Trump are interfering with improved relations with Moscow, noting he has had little contact with the U.S. president.  
  • Family says 13-year-old victim in Noblesville school shooting is critical but stable

    Teen victim in Indiana school shooting a 'shining star,' friends say

    May 26, 2018 7:08 AM2018-05-26 14:39:13 GMT
    By Arika Herron and Tim Evans, IndyStar INDIANAPOLIS - Family members of a 13-year-old girl rushed to the hospital Friday after the teen was allegedly shot by a fellow classmate at Noblesville West Middle School. A friend of the girl's family confirmed to IndyStar that the teen was in surgery after being shot in the chest. A news release, issued just after 8 p.m. ET, by the Noblesville Police Department stated that she was in critical condition "at the time of this release." The Sta... 
    INDIANAPOLIS - The 13-year-old girl injured in the Noblesville West Middle School shooting is in critical but stable condition, according to a family statement released to some media outlets late Friday night. 
  • Hillary Clinton says she is afraid of losing her country

    Hillary Clinton says she is afraid of losing her country

    May 26, 2018 6:28 AM2018-05-26 13:59:04 GMT
    By William Cummings, USA TODAY American democracy is under very serious threat, Hillary Clinton said during a speech at Harvard University on Friday. The failed 2016 presidential candidate called on the audience to "stand up and defend reason and facts" as visited the Cambridge, Mass., university to accept the school's Radcliffe Medal, which honors women who have had a "transformative impact on society." "It's not been an easy time for more than half of our country since the 2016 e... 
    American democracy is under very serious threat, Hillary Clinton said during a speech at Harvard University on Friday. 
  • Saturday is most dangerous day of the week to drive; afternoon rush hour worse than morning

    Saturday is most dangerous day of the week to drive; afternoon rush hour worse than morning

    May 26, 2018 5:04 AM2018-05-26 12:19:29 GMT
    By David Carrig, USA TODAYVideo Despite several years of steady declines, deadly vehicle crashes are on the rise, according to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The safest day to be on the road: Tuesday. The most dangerous? Saturday. That's according to a new study by Avvo, an online legal referral and review site, which analyzed data from NHTSA's Fatality Analysis Reporting System in 2016 on how many car crash-related fatalities happened ... 
    Despite several years of steady declines, deadly vehicle crashes are on the rise, according to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 
  • USC president to step down amid scandal involving university gynecologist

    USC president to step down amid scandal involving university gynecologist

    May 26, 2018 5:04 AM2018-05-26 12:19:28 GMT
    By USA TODAY LOS ANGELES - The president of the University of Southern California has agreed to step down amid a raging sex scandal involving a university gynecologist who is accused of conducting inappropriate exams for decades, the chairman of the school's board of trustees said Friday. The university's board has "agreed to begin an orderly transition and commence the process of selecting a new president,' Rick J. Caruso, the board's chairman, said in a letter to students and facul... 
    LOS ANGELES - The president of the University of Southern California has agreed to step down amid a raging sex scandal involving a university gynecologist who is accused of conducting inappropriate exams for decades, the chairman of the school's board of trustees said Friday. 
  • Looking to connect with your vacation destination? Head to the movies

    Looking to connect with your vacation destination? Head to the movies

    Saturday, May 26 2018 8:19 AM EDT2018-05-26 12:19:24 GMT
    By Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY It's not made of mashed potatoes or shaving cream, but Devils Tower still looks like a great landing pad for space aliens. The mashed potatoes and shaving cream, of course, are from the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Remember when an obsessive Richard Dreyfuss can't get that monolith out of his head? Yeah, that was intense. Connecting with a place is sometimes difficult when you're traveling with kids. History books are useful reference p... 
    It's not made of mashed potatoes or shaving cream, but Devils Tower still looks like a great landing pad for space aliens. 
  • How do you compare? The 5 states with the best (and worst) savings rates

    How do you compare? The 5 states with the best (and worst) savings rates

    Saturday, May 26 2018 8:19 AM EDT2018-05-26 12:19:21 GMT
    By James McClenathen, The Motley FoolVideo When it comes to how much money Americans have socked away for retirement and other financial needs, no matter what survey results you review, the bottom line is always that millions have not saved anywhere near enough. A recent survey by GOBankingRates.com found that a whopping 57% of respondents have less than $1,000 socked away, while an even more distressing 39% have savings balances of $0. (A difference of $1,000 might not seem like muc... 
    When it comes to how much money Americans have socked away for retirement and other financial needs, no matter what survey results you review, the bottom line is always that millions have not saved anywhere near enough. 
  • McConnell: Senate will stop any immigration bill Trump opposes and won't shut down government

    McConnell: Senate will stop any immigration bill Trump opposes and won't shut down government

    Saturday, May 26 2018 8:19 AM EDT2018-05-26 12:19:10 GMT
    By Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he's working closely with Democrats to avoid a government shutdown this fall, he's fine with President Trump's apparent reversal on meeting North Korea's dictator, and he has little interest in another Senate debate over immigration reform. In a wide-ranging interview with USA TODAY, the Kentucky Republican said Trump is handling the negotiations with North Korea "just right' and he hopes the sum... 
    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he's working closely with Democrats to avoid a government shutdown this fall, he's fine with President Trump's apparent reversal on meeting North Korea's dictator, and he has little interest in another Senate debate over immigration reform. 
  • Off-duty Texas deputy shot and killed by brother, an off-duty police officer, authorities say

    Off-duty Texas deputy shot and killed by brother, an off-duty police officer, authorities say

    May 26, 2018 4:43 AM2018-05-26 11:59:11 GMT
    By KHOU HOUSTON - An off-duty Texas police officer shot and killed an off-duty sheriff's deputy, reportedly the officer's brother, inside the officer's home Friday in suburban Houston, authorities said. Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Scott Spencer told the Houston Chronicle the dead man is a Harris County sheriff's deputy. It was originally reported that the officer shot a burglar, but investigators now believe there was no burglary and that the two men were brothers, ... 
    Corrections & clarifications: The headline on an earlier version of this story misstated who was shot and killed. 
  • Florida ban on smokable medical marijuana ruled unconstitutional

    Florida ban on smokable medical marijuana ruled unconstitutional

    Saturday, May 26 2018 7:59 AM EDT2018-05-26 11:59:07 GMT
    By Joe Reedy, Associated PressVideo TALLAHASSEE - A Florida judge has ruled the state's ban on smokable medical marijuana is unconstitutional. Leon County Circuit Court Judge Karen Gievers ruled in favor of People United for Medical Marijuana and two patients challenging the ban. Voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2016 allowing the use of medical marijuana through vaping and in food, oils, sprays and tinctures. The Legislature last year included a provision banning it fr... 
    TALLAHASSEE - A Florida judge has ruled the state's ban on smokable medical marijuana is unconstitutional. 
  • Beer-drinking Hoosiers can skirt weird liquor law with 'Chill Indiana bags'

    Beer-drinking Hoosiers can skirt weird liquor law with 'Chill Indiana bags'

    Saturday, May 26 2018 7:39 AM EDT2018-05-26 11:39:09 GMT
    By Kaitlin Lange, IndyStarVideo INDIANAPOLIS -- Convenience stores, vexed by Indiana's unusual liquor laws, may have found another way to offer customers cold beer - sort of. Gas stations will be selling reusable "Chill Indiana bags" that will make beer cold "by the time that customer reaches their destination." For years, Indiana's gas stations and supermarkets have been thwarted by a law that requires them to sell their beer at room temperature. Only liquor stores can refrigerate... 
    INDIANAPOLIS -- Convenience stores, vexed by Indiana's unusual liquor laws, may have found another way to offer customers cold beer - sort of.  
  • Retirement planning: How much should I contribute to an IRA — and how often?

    Retirement planning: How much should I contribute to an IRA — and how often?

    Saturday, May 26 2018 7:19 AM EDT2018-05-26 11:19:15 GMT
    By Andrea Coombes, NerdwalletVideo IRAs are a great way to save for retirement, because they give you a tax break for doing so. It’s basically a reward for looking after your future self. But how do you maximize the benefits of an IRA? Here’s how much and how often to contribute to your IRA. How much should I contribute? In a perfect world, the answer is, as much as possible, up to the $5,500 annual maximum ($6,500 if you’re 50 or older). However, the real world isn’t usually that s... 
    IRAs are a great way to save for retirement, because they give you a tax break for doing so. It’s basically a reward for looking after your future self. 
  • Ireland on course to overturn abortion ban, exit polls show

    Ireland on course to overturn abortion ban, exit polls show

    May 26, 2018 3:52 AM2018-05-26 11:19:13 GMT
    By Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAYVideo DUBLIN - Irish voters overwhelmingly backed repealing a decades-old constitutional ban on abortion, according to two exit polls, paving the way for sweeping cultural change and a move away from the nation's conservative Catholic roots. The exits polls by state broadcaster RTE television and the Irish Times newspaper indicated approximately two-thirds of voters supported overturning one of the strictest abortion laws in the world. One-third opposed it... 
    DUBLIN - Irish voters overwhelmingly backed repealing a decades-old constitutional ban on abortion, according to two exit polls, paving the way for sweeping cultural change and a move away from the nation's conservative Catholic roots. 
  • Saturday is most dangerous day of the week to drive, new study says

    Saturday is most dangerous day of the week to drive, new study says

    Saturday, May 26 2018 6:59 AM EDT2018-05-26 10:59:08 GMT
    By USA TODAY NETWORKDavid Carrig, USA TODAYVideo Despite several years of steady declines, deadly vehicle crashes are on the rise, according to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The safest day to be on the road: Tuesday. The most dangerous? Saturday. That's according to a new study by Avvo, an online legal referral and review site, which analyzed data from NHTSA's Fatality Analysis Reporting System in 2016 on how many car crash-related fat... 
    Despite several years of steady declines, deadly vehicle crashes are on the rise, according to the most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 
  • Morgan Freeman on sexual harassment allegations: 'I did not assault women'

    Morgan Freeman on sexual harassment allegations: 'I did not assault women'

    Saturday, May 26 2018 6:39 AM EDT2018-05-26 10:39:03 GMT
    By Charles Ventura and Maeve McDermott, USA TODAYVideo Morgan Freeman released a new statement late Friday in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior, saying he "did not assault women" nor "create unsafe work environments." In an investigation published Thursday, CNN reported details of the 80-year-old actor's alleged pattern of unwanted advances on women while he was on movie sets, at media junkets or working with his production company, Reve... 
    Morgan Freeman released a new statement late Friday in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior, saying he "did not assault women" nor "create unsafe work environments." 
  • America's best beaches: Hawaii's Kapalua Bay tops annual 'Dr. Beach' rankings

    America's best beaches: Hawaii's Kapalua Bay tops annual 'Dr. Beach' rankings

    Saturday, May 26 2018 1:19 AM EDT2018-05-26 05:19:06 GMT
    By USA TODAY Kapalua Bay Beach in Maui, Hawaii, is the USA's best beach, according to an annual survey by "Dr. Beach.' Dr. Beach, aka Stephen Leatherman, a coastal expert and professor at Florida International University, has been compiling the annual rankings since 1991. He uses 50 criteria to evaluate the beaches, including water and sand quality as well as safety and management. Bonus points are awarded for prohibition of smoking on beaches. Dr. Beach calls Kapalua Bay Beach "... 
    Kapalua Bay Beach in Maui, Hawaii, is the USA's best beach, according to an annual survey by "Dr. Beach.' 
  • First look: Po kicks again at Universal Studios with 'Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor's Quest'

    First look: Po kicks again at Universal Studios with 'Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor's Quest'

    May 25, 2018 9:29 PM2018-05-26 04:59:06 GMT
    By Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY Po is back in fighting form at Universal Studios Hollywood. The martial arts and dumpling-loving Dragon Warrior stars in Kung Fu Panda: The Emperor's Quest the first attraction for the newly built DreamWorks Theatre, which opens its doors on June 15. The immersive adventure brings guests into Po's journey, projecting the action beyond the 62-foot screen to fill 180 degrees of the theater - featuring detailed digital special effects created by interior p... 
    Po is back in fighting form at Universal Studios Hollywood. 
  • Indiana students, parents describe terror after shooting: 'Time kind of stood still'

    2 hurt in Indiana middle school shooting; student in custody

    May 25, 2018 8:20 PM2018-05-26 03:29:09 GMT
    By RICK CALLAHAN , Associated PressVideo A male student opened fire at a suburban Indianapolis middle school Friday morning, wounding another student and a teacher before being taken into custody, authorities said. The attack at Noblesville West Middle School happened around 9 a.m., police Chief Kevin Jowitt said at a news conference. He said the suspect asked to be excused from class then returned with two handguns. Investigators believe the student acted alone, though he didn't r... 
    The frequent tragedy of American school shootings came to Indiana on Friday when a student carrying two handguns wounded a teacher and another student at Noblesville West Middle School. 
  • Just Cool Cars: This U.S. Army jeep that went by another name

    Just Cool Cars: This U.S. Army jeep that went by another name

    Friday, May 25 2018 10:39 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:39:12 GMT
    By Chris Woodyard, USA TODAYVideo REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -- Carl Gutierrez wanted to show off his 1960s version of the classic Army jeep, the M151A1. But don't call it a jeep. It's a MUTT. MUTT stood for Military Unit Tactical Truck although anyone who sees it and didn't know better would simply call it a jeep. Basically, it was an improved jeep, built between 1964 and 1969, with comfort touches like independent suspension. It's special to Gutierrez because it was the vehicle of cho... 
    REDONDO BEACH, Calif. -- Carl Gutierrez wanted to show off his 1960s version of the classic Army jeep, the M151A1. 
  • Navy graduates deride 'physical coward' Trump ahead of Academy commencement address

    Navy graduates deride 'physical coward' Trump ahead of Academy commencement address

    Friday, May 25 2018 10:39 PM EDT2018-05-26 02:39:11 GMT
    By William Cummings, USA TODAYVideo Two graduates of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., penned an op-ed in The Baltimore Sun questioning President Trump's suitability to deliver the commencement speech to this year's graduating class of midshipmen on Friday. "It is right and fitting that the president of the United States give a commencement address to a service academy's graduating class," Daniel Barkhuff and William Burke wrote in Wednesday's edition of the paper. "... 
    Two graduates of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., penned an op-ed in The Baltimore Sun questioning President Trump's suitability to deliver the commencement speech to this year's graduating class of midshipmen on Friday. 
  • Armed citizen who shot Oklahoma gunman told worried crowd, 'I'm here to help'

    Armed citizen who shot Oklahoma gunman told worried crowd, 'I'm here to help'

    May 25, 2018 6:48 PM2018-05-26 02:39:10 GMT
    By Christal Hayes, USA TODAYVideo Before bullets started flying at an Oklahoma City bar and grill, Bryan Whittle and Juan Carlos Nazario didn't know each other. But they knew what to do: Stop a gunman before someone dies. The two, police say, prevented what could have been a deadly attack Thursday night after they armed themselves and took down the shooter, Alexander Tilghman. Both say they don't feel like heroes. Nazario, a security guard and former small-town cop, stopped by the ... 
    Before bullets started flying at an Oklahoma City bar and grill, Bryan Whittle and Juan Carlos Nazario didn't know each other. But they knew what to do: Stop a gunman before someone dies. 
  • USC president agrees to step down amid gynecologist scandal

    USC president agrees to step down amid gynecologist scandal

    May 25, 2018 6:52 PM2018-05-26 02:09:03 GMT
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO , Associated Press The president of the University of Southern California has agreed to step down amid a sex scandal involving a school gynecologist, the chairman of the school's board of trustees said Friday. The university's board of trustees has "agreed to begin an orderly transition and commence the process of selecting a new president," Rick J. Caruso, the board's chairman, said in a letter to students and faculty members. The letter did not say when the univ... 
    The president of the University of Southern California has agreed to step down amid a sex scandal involving a school gynecologist, the chairman of the school's board of trustees said Friday. 
  • Oklahoma restaurant shooter had license as armed guard; attack stopped by 2 armed men

    Oklahoma restaurant shooter had license as armed guard; attack stopped by 2 armed men

    May 25, 2018 5:14 PM2018-05-26 00:39:11 GMT
    By Christal Hayes and Ashley May, USA TODAYVideo A man armed with a handgun and shooting-range protective gear opened fire at random inside an Oklahoma City restaurant but was stopped thanks to the quick actions of two armed bystanders. Shooting suspect Alexander Tilghman walked up to Louie's Grill & Bar, a popular restaurant on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, around 6:30 p.m. local time Thursday and shot multiple times from the entrance. He hit three people, inc... 
    Police in Oklahoma Friday evening were still trying to understand why a man armed with a handgun and shooting-range protective gear opened fire at random inside an Oklahoma City restaurant. 
  • Publix suspends political donations amid anti-gun protest

    Publix suspends political donations amid anti-gun protest

    May 25, 2018 5:08 PM2018-05-26 00:39:10 GMT
    By Wayne T. Price, Brevard-UnknownVideo MELBOURNE, Fla. - David Hogg, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where a mass shooting took place in February, has called on Publix Super Markets to give $1 million to the schools' victim fund. While Publix is not doing that at this point, the grocery store chain did decide Friday afternoon to suspend all political donations in the wake of a protest. The Associated Press reported that survivors of the Parkland school shooting la... 
    MELBOURNE, Fla. - David Hogg, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where a mass shooting took place in February, has called on Publix Super Markets to give $1 million to the schools' victim fund. 
  • What we know about ‘hero’ Indiana teacher Jason Seaman

    What we know about ‘hero’ Noblesville teacher Jason Seaman

    May 25, 2018 5:08 PM2018-05-26 00:29:04 GMT
    By Vic Ryckaert,Holly V. Hays and Sarah Bowman, IndyStarVideo Students are calling Noblesville West Middle School science teacher Jason Seaman a hero after they say he stopped a student who fired two handguns into his classroom Friday morning. Police have not identified Seaman as the adult victim, but his family members and several students have. A female student was also injured in the shooting. A male student in the class was arrested. Here's what we know about the 29-year-old te... 
    Students are calling Noblesville West Middle School science teacher Jason Seaman a hero after they say he stopped a student who fired two handguns into his classroom Friday morning. 
  • World watches as Ireland holds historic vote that could overturn strict abortion law

    World watches as Ireland holds historic vote that could overturn strict abortion law

    Friday, May 25 2018 7:59 PM EDT2018-05-25 23:59:08 GMT
    By Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAYVideo DUBLIN - Prime Minister Leo Varadkar urged people voting Friday in Ireland's abortion referendum to remove the country's "legacy of shame" toward women by overturning the strict abortion law that fiercely divides this Catholic nation. "If we don't remove the (Eighth) Amendment from the constitution, our doctors and lawmakers can't do anything for women. They can't do anything for women who have been raped, who are children themselves or who have bee... 
    DUBLIN - Prime Minister Leo Varadkar urged people voting Friday in Ireland's abortion referendum to remove the country's "legacy of shame" toward women by overturning the strict abortion law that fiercely divides this Catholic nation.  
  • Born together, serving separately: Quadruplets each sign up for military service

    Born together, serving separately: Quadruplets each sign up for military service

    Friday, May 25 2018 7:59 PM EDT2018-05-25 23:59:06 GMT
    By Joel Shannon, USA TODAY A group of quadruplets from Michigan will soon be serving in different branches of the military. Bryce, Mason, Nevin, and Rose Lees are recent graduates of Forest Hills Northern High School, located northeast of Grand Rapids, Mich. Their father, Nick Lees, told USA TODAY they each have their own plans for military service. (So does their brother Yoel, who also recently graduated from high school). Bryce is joining the Navy. Mason will serve in the Air Na... 
    A group of quadruplets from Michigan will soon be serving in different branches of the military. 
  • Armed citizen who shot Oklahoma gunman told worried crowd, 'I'm here to help'

    Armed citizen who shot Oklahoma gunman told worried crowd, 'I'm here to help'

    Friday, May 25 2018 7:39 PM EDT2018-05-25 23:39:07 GMT
    By Christal Hayes, USA TODAYVideo Before bullets started flying at an Oklahoma City bar and grill, Bryan Whittle and Juan Carlos Nazario didn't know each other. But they knew what to do: Stop a gunman before someone dies. The two, police say, prevented what could have been a deadly attack Thursday night after they armed themselves and took down the shooter, Alexander Tilghman. Both say they don't feel like heroes. Nazario, a security guard and former small-town cop, stopped by the ... 
    Before bullets started flying at an Oklahoma City bar and grill, Bryan Whittle and Juan Carlos Nazario didn't know each other. But they knew what to do: Stop a gunman before someone dies. 
  • Hawaii volcano leaves escape routes in doubt

    Hawaii volcano leaves escape routes in doubt

    Friday, May 25 2018 7:39 PM EDT2018-05-25 23:39:05 GMT
    By Denise Laitinen, USA TODAYVideo KEAAU, Hawaii - As the Kilauea volcano spews lava and toxic gas, weary residents are facing the threat of fewer routes to escape - and the possibility of finding themselves stranded. Three rural highways serve as evacuation routes for roughly 5,000 residents living near the erupting lava fissures. One is completely blocked and another remains open only to local residents - for now. The biggest concern is the third exit route: Highway 130, a main c... 
    KEAAU, Hawaii - As the Kilauea volcano spews lava and toxic gas, weary residents are facing the threat of fewer routes to escape - and the possibility of finding themselves stranded. 
  • Facebook's new political ads rules trip up primary candidates before June election

    Facebook's new political ads rules trip up primary candidates before June election

    Friday, May 25 2018 7:11 PM EDT2018-05-25 23:11:15 GMT
    By Jessica Guynn, USA TODAYVideo SAN FRANCISCO - New rules requiring political campaigns to verify their identities before getting authorization to buy ads on Facebook are preventing some candidates from getting their message out in the critical last days before June primary elections. And one congressional candidate says it may tip the election to his opponent. "The irony of the situation is that Facebook created this feature to mitigate meddling in elections, but that's exactly wha... 
    SAN FRANCISCO - New rules requiring political campaigns to verify their identities before getting authorization to buy ads on Facebook are preventing some candidates from getting their message out in the critical last days before June primary elections. And one congressional candidate says it may... 
  • 'It's about time:' The 97-year history of Jack Johnson's quest for a pardon

    'It's about time:' The 97-year history of Jack Johnson's quest for a pardon

    Friday, May 25 2018 7:11 PM EDT2018-05-25 23:11:13 GMT
    By Gregory Korte, USA TODAYVideo WASHINGTON - Jack Johnson, the former heavyweight champion of the world and the first African-American boxer to hold that title, was serving a 10-month stint at Leavenworth prison in 1921 when he sent President Woodrow Wilson a letter. On Thursday, President Trump finally answered that letter, granting Johnson a full and unconditional pardon for his 1913 conviction of a crime that amounted to traveling with a white woman. Along the way, Johnson's 97-... 
    WASHINGTON - Jack Johnson, the former heavyweight champion of the world and the first African-American boxer to hold that title, was serving a 10-month stint at Leavenworth prison in 1921 when he sent President Woodrow Wilson a letter. 
  • 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' plans its own assault on battle royale genre

    'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' plans its own assault on battle royale genre

    Friday, May 25 2018 7:11 PM EDT2018-05-25 23:11:11 GMT
    By Mike Snider, USA TODAY Devotees of the multibillion-dollar video game franchise Call of Duty know it's important to swap their weapons. Now, Activision's mega-popular combat video game series is switching up its arsenal, too. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, out Oct. 12, takes a new strategic tack, abandoning a single-player story in favor of adding a battle royale game mode. As most previous Call of Duty editions, Black Ops 4 will be several games in one: the addictive multiplayer gam... 
    Devotees of the multibillion-dollar video game franchise Call of Duty know it's important to swap their weapons. 
  • Florida man pulls knife on students eating burgers, goes on anti-Muslim rant at McDonald's: Police

    Florida man pulls knife on students eating burgers, goes on anti-Muslim rant at McDonald's: Police

    Friday, May 25 2018 7:10 PM EDT2018-05-25 23:10:57 GMT
    By Sean Rossman, USA TODAYVideo A Florida man faces criminal charges after he pulled a knife and stun gun on a group of Muslim international students at a McDonald's. John Jay Smith, 60, was arrested following the incident about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday at the restaurant in St. Augustine, just south of Jacksonville. Smith allegedly got into a verbal altercation with two men, who were eating hamburgers in the parking lot, reports First Coast News. The arrest report from the St. Johns Co... 
    A Florida man faces criminal charges after he pulled a knife and stun gun on a group of Muslim international students at a McDonald's. 
  • Exit polls project Irish repealing abortion ban

    Exit polls project Irish repealing abortion ban

    Friday, May 25 2018 7:09 PM EDT2018-05-25 23:09:26 GMT
    By GREGORY KATZ and RENATA BRITO , Associated PressVideo Two major exit polls have projected that Irish voters have repealed a constitutional ban on abortions. The exit polls by RTE television and the Irish Times both project a landslide victory for the "yes" forces seeking to liberalize the strict abortion ban. The RTE poll projects support will reach nearly 70 percent. The exit polls are only projections and official vote counts are expected Saturday afternoon. Catherine Murphy, ... 
    Two major exit polls have projected that Irish voters have repealed a constitutional ban on abortions. 
  • Ayesha Curry: Rockets fan 'bumped me' in 'pregnant belly' after Game 5

    Ayesha Curry: Rockets fan 'bumped me' in 'pregnant belly' after Game 5

    Friday, May 25 2018 7:09 PM EDT2018-05-25 23:09:19 GMT
    By AJ Neuharth-Keusch, USA TODAY SportsVideo Ayesha Curry, wife of Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, tweeted Friday that a Houston Rockets fan bumped her in her "pregnant belly" following Golden State's Game 5 loss on Thursday night in Houston. She was responding to a Twitter user who posted a video of a fan trash-talking her and her father-in-law, Dell, after the game. She wrote: "The fact that you have the audacity to post this after this man bumped me in my 8 month pregn... 
    Ayesha Curry, wife of Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, tweeted Friday that a Houston Rockets fan bumped her in her "pregnant belly" following Golden State's Game 5 loss on Thursday night in Houston. 
  • Coat of Arms revealed for the new Duchess of Sussex

    Coat of Arms revealed for the new Duchess of Sussex

    Friday, May 25 2018 7:09 PM EDT2018-05-25 23:09:13 GMT
    By Associated PressVideo Kensington Palace has given details of the newly created Coat of Arms for the former Meghan Markle — an honor which is accorded by tradition to the nobility. The Coat of Arms for the Duchess of Sussex, as she is now formally known, includes symbols that invoke the former actress' background and look to her future. It features a blue background that represents the Pacific Ocean and golden rays of sunshine reminiscent of California, her home state in America. ... 
    Kensington Palace has given details of the newly created Coat of Arms for the former Meghan Markle — an honor which is accorded by tradition to the nobility. 
  • Odd lottery strategy helps man win $2 million on instant ticket

    Odd lottery strategy helps man win $2 million on instant ticket

    Friday, May 25 2018 7:09 PM EDT2018-05-25 23:09:10 GMT
    By Tanya Wildt, Detroit Free PressVideo A Detroit area man's lottery strategy doesn't seem so odd anymore after he won $2 million on a Michigan Lottery instant ticket. The 22-year-old, who chose to remain anonymous, told the Michigan Lottery he likes playing instant games but buys only odd-numbered tickets. His strategy paid off when he purchased a Diamond Dazzler scratchoff ticket in the Detroit suburb of Southgate, Mich. "The Diamond Dazzler game is my favorite, so I asked the cle... 
    A Detroit area man's lottery strategy doesn't seem so odd anymore after he won $2 million on a Michigan Lottery instant ticket. 
  • Fiat Chrysler recalls 4.8 million vehicles, tells drivers don't use cruise control

    Fiat Chrysler recalls 4.8 million vehicles, tells drivers don't use cruise control

    Friday, May 25 2018 7:09 PM EDT2018-05-25 23:09:08 GMT
    By TOM KRISHER , AP Auto WriterVideo Fiat Chrysler is recalling 4.8 million vehicles in the U.S. because in rare but terrifying circumstances, drivers may not be able to turn off the cruise control. The company is warning owners not to use cruise control until the cars, SUVs and trucks can be fixed with a software update. Fiat Chrysler says the condition can occur if the cruise control accelerates at the same time an electrical short-circuit happens. But the brakes are designed to o... 
    Fiat Chrysler is recalling 4.8 million vehicles in the U.S. because in rare but terrifying circumstances, drivers may not be able to turn off the cruise control. 
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