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DEADLY UK CONCERT EXPLOSION 19 dead, 59 more injured in 'terrorist incident' at Ariana Grande show


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CLOSE CALL WITH DEATH Witness describes being '30 seconds' from tragedy


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WERE KIDS THE TARGET? Manchester Arena was packed with young fans


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'TAXPAYER-FIRST' Trump calls for cuts to food stamps, Medicaid: officials


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EXECUTION BOAST China brags about report it killed CIA informants


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BELLWETHER: Trump and the pope: Will opposites attract when two disruptors meet? - Trump says Iran threat bringing Arab nations closer to Israel - 'They're not terrorists': Palestinian lawmaker defends attacks on Israel - OPINION: Melania Trump in Saudi Arabia: Hijab-free and proudly American


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OPINION: 'F*** Trump' chant led by California Democratic Party Leader: What's next? - HALFTIME REPORT: Is media Trump deranged? Maybe. Dependent? For sure.


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Hartford latest US city on the brink of bankruptcy


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Australian woman says she was detained at Hawaii airport, sent home after officials read her diary


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World's 1st Robocop to begin duty in Dubai


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Mount Everest's 'Hillary Step' collapses, mountaineers confirm


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WATCH: Is ESPN playing the liberal politics game?


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Supreme Court strikes down 2 North Carolina congressional districts


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Turkey tries to shift blame to US over DC brawl, summons ambassador - Turkey summons US ambassador over 'aggressive' acts against bodyguards - Turkish NBA star Kanter wants US citizenship amid clash with Turkey's Erdogan


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UN agency's dealings with North Korea on nerve gas chemical spark more concern - North Korea insists latest missile launch proves it can hit US bases, Japan - OPINION: North Korea's regime must go, and the U.S. has options to make that happen - COMPLETE COVERAGE OF THE CRISIS OVER NORTH KOREA


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Pence projects steady hand at home, as Trump makes deals abroad


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Sessions says sanctuary cities risk losing DOJ, DHS grants


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Florida murder suspect tells police his roommates 'disrespected' Islam


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Racing great dead at 35


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Jenner makes shocking offer


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'Beast' star's surprising news


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Country star shows off


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Celeb chef in hot water


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Mom warns against condition


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WW3 luckily avoided


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Cher's very revealing looks


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Miley breaks down on stage


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Baldwin opens up about disease


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Elvis Presley's plane for sale


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Airline accused of bad policy


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iPhone 8 comes out ...


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Behavior linked with breakups


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Suicide bomber suspected in blast that killed 19 at UK concert
<p>A blast on Monday night at a concert in the English city of Manchester where U.S. singer Ariana Grande had been performing left at least 19 people dead and about 50 injured in what British police said was being treated as a terrorist incident.</p>

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At Manchester Arena, panic among the pink balloons
It was a surreal scene at the Manchester Arena. Fans, still in the grips of an energetic Ariana Grande concert, spilled out of the U.K. arena Monday night laughing and smiling as the show came to a resounding close. But the happiness turned to horror, witnesses say, when one or two loud bangs rumbled through an area near the arena's bars about 10:35 p.m. People began scrambling through the exits, many of them young fans, some still clutching pink balloons that had cascaded into the audience moments earlier. Panic and confusion ensued as police and paramedics descended in droves. "We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming," concertgoer Catherine Macfarlane told Reuters. "It was a huge explosion. You could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out." Majik Khan, 22, described the almost instantaneous stampede. “A huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena,” Khan, 22, told Britain’s Press Association. “It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running toward us as they were trying to exit.” Added Oliver Jones, 17: “The bang echoed around the foyer of the arena and people started to run.” At least 19 people were killed and 50 others injured in the incident that police said Monday night is believed to be the work of terrorists. Concertgoer Joe McElhone told CNN his bags were "definitely checked" before entering the arena, although he was not sure whether metal detectors were in use. Outside the arena, medics tended to the injured, some whose clothes were shredded. There were hugs, tears and stunned looks. Many desperate parents and friends took to social media to search for loved ones they couldn't find. Dawn Price told The Bolton News, a northwestern England newspaper, that she was attending the concert with her daughter and their friends. "I'm really shaken and can't process what happened as so many people were there with children," she said. "There was a big bang just as it finished and everyone started to run back into the arena. Then seconds later people started to run back in from another exit." Gary Walker of Leeds described a grim scene to BBC. Leeds said he and his wife could hear Grande's closing song as they waited for their daughters to exit. "And then suddenly there was a massive flash and then a bang and smoke. I felt a pain in my foot and my leg," Leeds said. "I turned around to my wife ... and she said, 'I need to lay down.' She's got a stomach wound and possibly a broken leg. I've got a bit of a hole in my foot where I've got a bit of shrapnel. "I was surprised I got away so lightly," he said. Manchester Arena, which opened in 1995, says on its website that it is one of the busiest venues in the world and the largest indoor arena in Europe. It has hosted such big names in entertainment as U2, Madonna and the Rolling Stones, as well as some high-profile sporting events. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims," the arena said in a statement on the site Monday night. Contributing: The Associated Press. Follow Susan Miller on Twitter: @susmiller Read more:

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Manchester concert explosion: What we know so far
This incident is still unfolding. We will continue to update this post as we get more information. At 10:30pm local time, a “huge bang” was heard outside a concert hall in Manchester, England, where pop star Ariana Grande was performing. Police have confirmed a number of fatalities and injuries, but the total number is still unknown. Police are currently treating the incident as a possible terror attack until they know otherwise. This does not necessarily mean that it was, in fact, a terror attack — merely that the police are treating it that way until they can determine what happened. No one has claimed responsibility for any attack. Here's a running tally of what we do and don't know about the attack. We will continue to update this post as we learn more information. What we know about the attack Greater Manchester Police confirm 19 people dead and around 50 injured from the explosion. Concert goers reported hearing a loud bang, which sparked chaos inside the Manchester Arena concert hall. Joseph Carozza, a representative from Ariana Grande's US record label, said the singer is okay and they are investigating what happened, according to NBC News. The North West Counter Terrorism Unit is treating it as a possible terrorist incident, reports the BBC. The Wall Street Journal notes that the explosion occurred “within the foyer area” of the Manchester Arena, one of the largest indoor stadiums in Europe. The BBC reports that the concert-goers were most young people, which makes sense since the performer at Manchester Arena was Ariana Grande. Facebook has activated its safety check for people who are at or near the arena to let family and friends know they are safe. Emergency services are on the scene and have asked people to avoid the area. BREAKING | Line of ambulances heading to #manchester arena where a major #explosion has happenedpic.twitter.com/AGfAw6H7Wo— Vocal Europe (@thevocaleurope) May 22, 2017 What we don’t know about the attack If this is, in fact, a terrorist attack The final number of fatalities and injuries

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Saudis gave US $360B in deals. Now they want Trump to end 9/11 lawsuit
<p>President Donald Trump struck a series of deals with Saudi Arabia on his two-day visit but the kingdom is still anxiously waiting for him to deliver on something else: the repeal of a contentious 2016 law that allows relatives of 9/11 victims to sue the kingdom for their deaths.</p>

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Trump budget cuts programs, boosts defense spending
President Donald Trump's 2018 budget proposal includes sweeping cuts to social spending for low-income Americans.

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ISIS cheers Manchester concert explosion
Experts have called the response on ISIS-linked online channels a "strong indicator" of ISIS involvement.

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Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI probe
<p>President Trump asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials.</p>

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White House Moves to Block Inquiry Into Ex-Lobbyists
The Trump administration has disputed the authority of the top ethics watchdog to request the names of former lobbyists working in the White House or federal agencies.

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Trump was 'scared to death' of James Comey, Comey's father says
President Trump fired Comey as the FBI director earlier this month

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Insurers plan higher premiums as exasperation with Trump grows
<p>Health insurers across the country are making plans to significantly raise premiums or leave Affordable Care Act marketplaces as exasperation grows with the Trump administration's erratic management of the program.</p>

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Chris Christie: 'I wouldn’t let General Flynn in the White House'
The New Jersey governor shared his thoughts about the former national security adviser with reporters in Trenton.

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Melania Trump Appears to Reject Donald Trump's Hand-holding
Melania Trump's quick flick of the wrist may be her most candid move as first lady to date.

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The trillions in shocking cuts in Trump's budget, explained
<p>On Tuesday, Donald Trump will unveil the first comprehensive budget proposal of his presidency, encompassing proposals affecting defense and non-defense funding for government agencies, tax changes, and funding for social insurance and assistance programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and food stamps.</p>

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Scandal-plagued Fox News hit with more lawsuits in U.S. court
<p>Fox News was hit with new sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits on Monday, adding to the catalog of complaints that has rattled the U.S. cable news network and its corporate parent 21st Century Fox Inc.</p>

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Officials say family of girl grabbed by sea lion was 'reckless'
"You wouldn't go up to a grizzly bear in the bush and hand him a ham sandwich," said the chair of the Steveston Harbour Authority

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A Sinkhole Just Opened in Front of President Trump's Mar-a-Lago Estate
A sinkhole opened in front of Mar-a-Lago, President Trump’s private estate and golf club, on Monday causing minor traffic delays.

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Three teens denied bail in Mississippi boy's shooting death
<p>Three Mississippi teenagers charged in the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy killed last week after his mother's car was stolen from a grocery store parking lot were denied bail on Monday, local media reported.</p>

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Chaffetz postpones Oversight hearing with Comey
<p>Former FBI Director James Comey won't be appearing before any congressional committees this week.</p>

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'Everybody was running and screaming': Witnesses describe Manchester chaos
"You could feel it in your chest," Catherine Macfarlane said. "It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out."

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Manchester witness: It was a really big explosion
A witness to the incident at Manchester Arena in England says it appeared to be a big explosion at an Ariana Grande concert.

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O.J. Simpson Could Be Released From Prison This Year
Simpson is set to face a parole hearing this July, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections.

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Flynn May Have Lied in Security Review, Democrat Lawmaker Says
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn may have lied in his application for a security clearance by saying that his paid speech at a Moscow gala for a Russian TV network in 2015 had been “funded by U.S. companies,” a Democratic lawmaker said Monday, citing a Defense Department investigation.

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Amazing vintage images you’ve never seen
We take a look at some surprising images of everyday life throughout history.&nbsp;

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Report backs sex abuse claims against 13 at prep school
An independent investigation into sexual misconduct at an elite New Hampshire prep school found credible allegations against 13 former faculty and staff, along with evidence the school failed to either protect students at the time or fully investigate their complaints when asked 17 years ago.St. Paul's School released a report Monday detailing allegations against a dozen men and one woman who worked at the school between 1952 and 1999. The list includes...

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Manafort, Stone Turn Over Russia Documents to Senate Intel Committee
<p>Two former associates of President Trump — Paul Manafort and Roger Stone — have turned over documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee in its Russia investigation, a congressional source with direct knowledge told NBC News.</p>

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China boasts after news report it executed CIA informants
China reacted to the revelation it had purged a network of CIA informants with a victory lap, boasting that the execution of a dozen spies within the last seven years was a triumph for its “anti-espionage activities.”

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DHS: No indication of threat to US music venues after UK blast
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it was closely monitoring the situation in Manchester, England, after an explosion killed at least 19 people and injured 50 at a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande.

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Insurers plan higher premiums as exasperation with Trump grows
<p>Health insurers across the country are making plans to significantly raise premiums or leave Affordable Care Act marketplaces as exasperation grows with the Trump administration's erratic management of the program.</p>

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Texas bill allows child agencies to deny services based on religion
House Bill 3859 grants legal protections to foster care and adoption agencies that make decisions about child care and child placement based on “sincerely held religious beliefs.”

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Sessions Narrows Trump’s Order Against Sanctuary Cities
A memorandum released by the Justice Department appeared to undercut President Trump’s threats to starve uncooperative localities of all federal funding.

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'Shame' spray-painted on Confederate monument in Virginia
<p>The Norfolk City Council decided in 2015 to keep the monument, despite pressure from a local civil rights group. At the top of the monument is a statue of a Confederate soldier also known as a Johnny Reb.</p>

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Scandal-plagued Fox News hit with more lawsuits in U.S. court
<p>Fox News was hit with new sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits on Monday, adding to the catalog of complaints that has rattled the U.S. cable news network and its corporate parent 21st Century Fox Inc.</p>

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DHS plans to extend temporary protected status for Haitians
Trump administration will grant six-month extension, then reevaluate whether to end their permission to stay in the U.S.

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629,000 overstayed U.S. visas last year, Homeland Security says
The number is a tiny portion of the estimated 50 million visitors to the country, but the department says the breach presents a risk to national security.

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Report backs sex abuse claims against 13 at prep school
An independent investigation into sexual misconduct at an elite New Hampshire prep school found credible allegations against 13 former faculty and staff, along with evidence the school failed to either protect students at the time or fully investigate their complaints when asked 17 years ago.St. Paul's School released a report Monday detailing allegations against a dozen men and one woman who worked at the school between 1952 and 1999. The list includes...

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Mississippi lawmaker apologizes 2 days after lynching remark
A Mississippi lawmaker recommended lynching over the weekend for New Orleans' leaders who have had four Confederate monuments dismantled in the past month, and it took until Monday.

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High court tosses GOP-drawn North Carolina voting districts
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Republicans in North Carolina unlawfully took race into consideration when drawing congressional district boundaries, concentrating black voters in a bid to diminish their overall political clout.

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Father drowns while trying to save son in Calif. river
Police say 52-year-old man disappeared after he jumped into river to rescue son, who fell out of boat without life jacket on

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Mass. School Backs Off Hair Braid Extensions Ban
A Massachusetts charter school that came under fire for what some students and parents considered a racist policy of banning hair braid extensions has suspended the rule.

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The Next Standing Rocks: 4,800 Miles of Oil Pipelines Planned Under Trump
U.S. companies are set to carve up Native American and private lands in more than a dozen-states in order to sell petroleum and natural gas overseas. Activists are gearing up.

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Prep school admits 13 staffers engaged in 'sexual misconduct'
A new investigation at the elite St. Paul’s School found that 13 former faculty and staff members engaged in “substantiated” sexual misconduct, a discovery that officials said showed school leaders had failed students.

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Passenger in Trump hat escorted off United Airlines flight
Make America shudder again? An “unruly” passenger wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat aboard a United Airlines flight from Shanghai, China to Newark, N.J., was asked to exit the flight after allegedly attempting to take a passenger’s seat and refusing to move, NBC Bay Area reports.

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White nationalist banned from Va. gym after confrontation
Spencer's gym membership was revoked after a loud confrontation with a fellow gym member

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Yale commencement includes protest, man grabbing the mic
Graduation day at Yale University included the awarding of degrees, a union demonstration and a man who unexpectedly took the podium and had to be tackled.

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Analysis: Trump’s Budget Works Only if Wishes Come True
The president’s first budget promises booming economic growth, sharp tax cuts and an end to federal deficits. Experts say it’s too good to be true.

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'Trumponomics': Cut Entitlement Programs, Boost Defense Spending
President Donald Trump's 2018 budget proposal includes sweeping cuts to social spending for low-income Americans.

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Trump asked intelligence chiefs to push back against FBI collusion probe
<p>President Trump asked two of the nation’s top intelligence officials in March to help him push back against an FBI investigation into possible coordination between his campaign and the Russian government, according to current and former officials.</p>

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Budget Slashes Programs for Poor, While Largely Sparing Older People
Food stamps, Medicaid and welfare payments would all be slashed, but Medicare and Social Security retirement income would remain untouched in the proposal.

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The trillions in shocking cuts in Trump's budget, explained
<p>On Tuesday, Donald Trump will unveil the first comprehensive budget proposal of his presidency, encompassing proposals affecting defense and non-defense funding for government agencies, tax changes, and funding for social insurance and assistance programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and food stamps.</p>

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Flynn May Have Lied in Security Review, Democrat Lawmaker Says
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn may have lied in his application for a security clearance by saying that his paid speech at a Moscow gala for a Russian TV network in 2015 had been “funded by U.S. companies,” a Democratic lawmaker said Monday, citing a Defense Department investigation.

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Analysis: Trump’s plan to cut food stamps could hit his supporters hardest
<p>President Trump’s anticipated cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps, will likely be felt most in regions of the country with chronic high rates of unemployment — from the rural Southeast to aging manufacturing towns to Indian reservations.</p>

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Chaffetz postpones Oversight hearing with Comey
<p>Former FBI Director James Comey won't be appearing before any congressional committees this week.</p>

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Analysis: Flynn risking jail by refusing to turn over documents
The Senate has the power to bring criminal charges against Flynn.

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Analysis: Trump is practically begging to be accused of obstruction
Monday's big Washington Post report is the latest piece of pretty clear puzzle.

POSTED JANUARY 01, 0001
Democrats, watchdog seek Trump's ethics waivers
<p>The message from a senator to the government ethics office: Use your authority to force the president to reveal how many waivers he's granted to ex-lobbyists in his new administration.</p>

POSTED JANUARY 01, 0001
Insurers plan higher premiums as exasperation with Trump grows
<p>Health insurers across the country are making plans to significantly raise premiums or leave Affordable Care Act marketplaces as exasperation grows with the Trump administration's erratic management of the program.</p>

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Trump close to choosing outside counsel for Russia investigation
Four prominent lawyers have made the shortlist of candidates for the team.

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Source: Special counsel briefed on Comey memos
Robert Mueller has been briefed on the contents of some of the memos that former FBI Director James Comey kept to document his conversations with President Donald Trump, according to a person familiar with the matter. CNN's Pamela Brown reports.

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Manafort, Stone Turn Over Russia Documents to Senate Intel Committee
<p>Two former associates of President Trump — Paul Manafort and Roger Stone — have turned over documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee in its Russia investigation, a congressional source with direct knowledge told NBC News.</p>

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White House Moves to Block Inquiry Into Ex-Lobbyists
The Trump administration has disputed the authority of the top ethics watchdog to request the names of former lobbyists working in the White House or federal agencies.

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Trump last year: 'If you're innocent, why are you taking the 5th?'
<p>President Donald Trump slammed Hillary Clinton staffers who requested immunity or invoked their Fifth Amendment rights last year in response to requests to testify about the former secretary of state's private email server.</p>

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Russia Claims U.S Asked for Help Twice in Hacking Probe
The first request from the U.S. came ahead of the presidential election, while the second one came at the beginning of 2017.

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Monica Lewinsky: Roger Ailes’s Dream Was My Nightmare
The late Fox chief built a ratings-juggernaut by exploiting me and many others.

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Trump’s Budget Is the Ultimate Con
President Donald Trump’s first major budget proposal comes out on Tuesday, but many of the details are already public. The budget would reverse several of Trump’s campaign promises—like his pledge to preserve Medicaid and Social Security—by dismantling welfare for the poor and sick, while ensuring that rich Americans keep more of their income. At this point, the proposal is just that—a proposal, and Congressional Republicans, some of whom have balked ...

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Trump in the Middle East -- why he's already winning more than Obama did
Where Obama was about oratory, Trump is about execution. The contrast could not be greater.

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Krugman: The Unfreeing of American Workers
Creeping along the real road to serfdom.

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Don’t Bet Against Tax And Health-Care Reform In 2017
Don't Bet Against Tax And Health-Care Reform In 2017

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So, let’s say Trump gets impeached. Then what?
The president’s opponents are kidding themselves if they think sacking him will solve all the nation’s problems.

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The News in Cartoons
<p>See the news through the eyes of cartoonists</p>

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Trump's triumph in Riyadh proves America is back on top of the world
OPINION | The Arab leaders gathered in Saudi Arabia understood what they were witnessing: the strong horse has returned.

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Trump’s Saudi Arms Deal Helps Leading Exporter Of Islamic Extremism
Not quite America First in this deal

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Trump to America: Please impeach me
Donald Trump is doing an excellent impression of a president who desperately wishes to be impeached. Congress should grant that wish, or figure out an even quicker way to bring this tragicomedy to its inevitable end. If there aren’t enough smoking guns quite yet, just wait a day or two. They're coming at us faster than rounds from a Kalashnikov on full auto. Could Trump's signals be any more clear? He's not even having fun. "No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly," Trump said at the Coast Guard Academy commencement. That was just a few hours before Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named former FBI director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee the FBI's Russia investigation, and a day before Trump tweeted that "this is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" Suffice it to say the job is only going to get less fun. Given all we know about Trump himself — the disturbing real time glimpses into his mind via Twitter; his Tourette-like tendency to blurt out exactly what most presidents would know they shouldn’t; his relentless ignorance of policy, government and our nation's founding principles — we shouldn’t be shocked by recent developments. No one but a person hunting for an escape hatch would admit in a national TV interview that he was thinking about the “made-up” Russia story when he fired FBI Director James Comey; would ask Comey to stop investigating former national security adviser Mike Flynn's contacts with Russia, possibly violating his oath of office; and would ask Comey to pledge loyalty to him, even though FBI directors have 10-year terms precisely so they can operate independently of presidents. Only a president eyeing the door would summon the ghost of Richard Nixon by firing Comey and then tweeting: “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!” Only someone intent on getting ousted would fire Comey over Russia and then the very next day meet with top Russian officials in the Oval Office under a painting of George Washington, let their photographer in while barring the U.S. press, share with them highly classified information about ISIS, describe Comey to them as a "nut job," and confide that firing him took the pressure off. (Each part of that sentence begs belief.) The latest tough stuff, from Trump's perspective, is the foreign tour he's on. "Mr. Trump, a confirmed homebody, has expressed dread about the trip," The New York Times reported before he left Friday. And who can blame him? The itinerary started with Saudi Arabia, a hotbed of, you know, the kind of people he's trying to keep out of the USA, followed by Israel, reportedly the source of the top-secret Islamic State of Iraq and Syrian intelligence that Trump spilled to the Russians. Trump will be in Rome to see Pope Francis, who has indicated that Trump is not one of his favorites. The president has never had much nice to say about NATO, its member nations or their leaders, but he'll be in Brussels to meet with them, too. Not fun! No wonder Trump decamps nearly every weekend to his own golf clubs and resorts and luxury digs. Why does he hate Washington? Has he ever even laid eyes on Camp David? The president needs an exit strategy that makes him look like a winner. He doesn’t deserve one; in fact, he may well turn out to deserve impeachment. But that would make him a loser and he'd fight it to the end, and the end would be a long time coming. What would entice him to leave soon? Trump is not going to turn into a world-class philanthropist (a course I once envisioned for Mitt Romney). And Trump won't become head of a university (been there, done that, and it wasn’t pretty). Nor can I see him growing a beard (Al Gore), promoting Viagra (Bob Dole) or taking up painting (George W. Bush). And I’d be shocked if Trump decided to devote his post-presidency to, say, fighting gerrymandering or poverty (Barack Obama). POLICING THE USA: A look at race, justice, media Only one suitable option comes to mind: Somebody sell this man a TV network. He seemed to be musing about Trump TV before a comet struck Earth and he won the presidency. It’s been done — think Gore and Current TV. Trump TV would, of course, be much more yuge and would never, not ever, dare to morph into Al-Jazeera America or anything with a name like that. Trump could brag about its large size and amazingly great American greatness. He could hire as many beautiful women as he wanted, present whatever content he wanted, star in as many shows as he wanted, and do it all right from Mar-a-Lago or Trump Tower. He’d never have to leave home. Tom Nichols, a Russian expert and professor at the Naval War College, says it's dangerous that a “raw feed” of Trump’s thoughts, emotions and reactions to stress is available to foreign intelligence analysts worldwide on Twitter. For better or worse, all of that is also available to we, the people. And to me the message, amplified by countless interviews, news conferences and leaks from panicked associates, is clear: "Get me out of here." Jill Lawrence is the commentary editor of USA TODAY and author of The Art of the Political Deal: How Congress Beat the Odds and Broke Through Gridlock. Follow her on Twitter: @JillDLawrence You can read diverse opinions from our Board of Contributors and other writers on the Opinion front page , on Twitter @USATOpinion and in our daily Opinion newsletter . To submit a letter, comment or column, check our submission guidelines .

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How Trump echoed George W. Bush in Saudi Arabia
On Sunday in Saudi Arabia, President Trump surprised the world. Though press reports in the days leading up to Trump's big speech on Islam identified senior adviser and travel-ban architect Stephen Miller as the primary author of the remarks, the president did not speak as an American nationalist, provoking an international uproar by stating or implying that Islam as such poses a mortal threat to the Western world. And though the American people ...

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At Manchester Arena, panic among the pink balloons
It was a surreal scene at the Manchester Arena. Fans, still in the grips of an energetic Ariana Grande concert, spilled out of the U.K. arena Monday night laughing and smiling as the show came to a resounding close. But the happiness turned to horror, witnesses say, when one or two loud bangs rumbled through an area near the arena's bars about 10:35 p.m. People began scrambling through the exits, many of them young fans, some still clutching pink balloons that had cascaded into the audience moments earlier. Panic and confusion ensued as police and paramedics descended in droves. "We were making our way out and when we were right by the door there was a massive explosion and everybody was screaming," concertgoer Catherine Macfarlane told Reuters. "It was a huge explosion. You could feel it in your chest. It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out." Majik Khan, 22, described the almost instantaneous stampede. “A huge bomb-like bang went off that hugely panicked everyone and we were all trying to flee the arena,” Khan, 22, told Britain’s Press Association. “It was one bang and essentially everyone from the other side of the arena where the bang was heard from suddenly came running toward us as they were trying to exit.” Added Oliver Jones, 17: “The bang echoed around the foyer of the arena and people started to run.” At least 19 people were killed and 50 others injured in the incident that police said Monday night is believed to be the work of terrorists. Concertgoer Joe McElhone told CNN his bags were "definitely checked" before entering the arena, although he was not sure whether metal detectors were in use. Outside the arena, medics tended to the injured, some whose clothes were shredded. There were hugs, tears and stunned looks. Many desperate parents and friends took to social media to search for loved ones they couldn't find. Dawn Price told The Bolton News, a northwestern England newspaper, that she was attending the concert with her daughter and their friends. "I'm really shaken and can't process what happened as so many people were there with children," she said. "There was a big bang just as it finished and everyone started to run back into the arena. Then seconds later people started to run back in from another exit." Gary Walker of Leeds described a grim scene to BBC. Leeds said he and his wife could hear Grande's closing song as they waited for their daughters to exit. "And then suddenly there was a massive flash and then a bang and smoke. I felt a pain in my foot and my leg," Leeds said. "I turned around to my wife ... and she said, 'I need to lay down.' She's got a stomach wound and possibly a broken leg. I've got a bit of a hole in my foot where I've got a bit of shrapnel. "I was surprised I got away so lightly," he said. Manchester Arena, which opened in 1995, says on its website that it is one of the busiest venues in the world and the largest indoor arena in Europe. It has hosted such big names in entertainment as U2, Madonna and the Rolling Stones, as well as some high-profile sporting events. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims," the arena said in a statement on the site Monday night. Contributing: The Associated Press. Follow Susan Miller on Twitter: @susmiller Read more:

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Saudis gave US $360B in deals. Now they want Trump to end 9/11 lawsuit
<p>President Donald Trump struck a series of deals with Saudi Arabia on his two-day visit but the kingdom is still anxiously waiting for him to deliver on something else: the repeal of a contentious 2016 law that allows relatives of 9/11 victims to sue the kingdom for their deaths.</p>

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Manchester witness: It was a really big explosion
A witness to the incident at Manchester Arena in England says it appeared to be a big explosion at an Ariana Grande concert.

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Suicide bomber suspected in blast that killed 19 at UK concert
<p>A blast on Monday night at a concert in the English city of Manchester where U.S. singer Ariana Grande had been performing left at least 19 people dead and about 50 injured in what British police said was being treated as a terrorist incident.</p>

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ISIS cheers Manchester concert explosion
Experts have called the response on ISIS-linked online channels a "strong indicator" of ISIS involvement.

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Frantic parents hunt for missing kids after UK concert blast
Desperate parents and friends used social media to search for loved ones on Tuesday after a blast killed at least 19 people at a British concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande, with images of happy-looking teenagers posted next to pleas for help.

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The Latest: Police: Concert blast being treated as terrorism
LONDON (AP) — The Latest on an explosion at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, that authorities say killed several people. (all times local): 3 a.m. Greater Manchester Police say they are working with national police and intelligence agencies in what is being treated as a terrorist incident. Police said Tuesday morning they are still gathering information about the incident and are setting up a telephone hot line to help people locate ...

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'Everybody was running and screaming': Witnesses describe Manchester chaos
"You could feel it in your chest," Catherine Macfarlane said. "It was chaotic. Everybody was running and screaming and just trying to get out."

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Manchester concert explosion: What we know so far
This incident is still unfolding. We will continue to update this post as we get more information. At 10:30pm local time, a “huge bang” was heard outside a concert hall in Manchester, England, where pop star Ariana Grande was performing. Police have confirmed a number of fatalities and injuries, but the total number is still unknown. Police are currently treating the incident as a possible terror attack until they know otherwise. This does not necessarily mean that it was, in fact, a terror attack — merely that the police are treating it that way until they can determine what happened. No one has claimed responsibility for any attack. Here's a running tally of what we do and don't know about the attack. We will continue to update this post as we learn more information. What we know about the attack Greater Manchester Police confirm 19 people dead and around 50 injured from the explosion. Concert goers reported hearing a loud bang, which sparked chaos inside the Manchester Arena concert hall. Joseph Carozza, a representative from Ariana Grande's US record label, said the singer is okay and they are investigating what happened, according to NBC News. The North West Counter Terrorism Unit is treating it as a possible terrorist incident, reports the BBC. The Wall Street Journal notes that the explosion occurred “within the foyer area” of the Manchester Arena, one of the largest indoor stadiums in Europe. The BBC reports that the concert-goers were most young people, which makes sense since the performer at Manchester Arena was Ariana Grande. Facebook has activated its safety check for people who are at or near the arena to let family and friends know they are safe. Emergency services are on the scene and have asked people to avoid the area. BREAKING | Line of ambulances heading to #manchester arena where a major #explosion has happenedpic.twitter.com/AGfAw6H7Wo— Vocal Europe (@thevocaleurope) May 22, 2017 What we don’t know about the attack If this is, in fact, a terrorist attack The final number of fatalities and injuries

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People Offer Shelter With #RoomForManchester After Concert Tragedy
After a massive explosion in Manchester, England, local citizens have taken to Twitter to offer shelter to victims.

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Loud boom caught on dashcam video in Manchester
Police report 'a number of fatalities' at an Ariana Grande concert

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Member of 'Alt-Reich' group denied house arrest in stabbing case
<p>A white University of Maryland student accused of stabbing a black man on campus in a possible hate crime will remain behind bars after a judge denied his request for house arrest on Monday.</p>

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Teen Who Shot Dad to Allegedly Escape Abuse Pleads Guilty
The controversial case of Ohio teen Bresha Meadows, who fatally shot her father in the head last year to end what she claimed was his years-long abuse, has come to a close. In a deal with prosecutors, Bresha, now 15 years old, pleaded guilty on Monday to involuntary manslaughter and will be sentenced to a mental facility for six months, PEOPLE confirms. The judge also agreed that when she turns 21, Bresha’s conviction will be expunged from her record. She had been charged in family court with one count of murder in the July 2016 death of her 41-year-old father, Jonathan Meadows, to which she had pleaded "not true," the family court equivalent of not guilty. "[Bresha] is going to have a fresh start on her life [after spending] her entire life watching and being subjected to abuse," her attorney, Ian Friedman, tells PEOPLE. "We’re all very pleased that she’s going to get the gift of a second chance, like all of us deserve to do." "She feels so relieved, she really does," he said soon after the plea was entered. He said it was "the first time I’ve seen her smile, really smile and feel a little bit of optimism." Prosecutors could not immediately be reached for comment following Monday’s plea, which also raised the ire of Jonathan’s relatives, who have said he is being wrongfully described as abusive. Friedman says Bresha and her family are "ecstatic" that she will receive treatment. At one point, she faced the possibility she would be tried as an adult, with a maximum possible sentence of life in prison. "It’s surreal," Martina Latessa, Bresha’s maternal aunt, tells PEOPLE. "From life in prison to this, it is a victory." PEOPLE does not generally identify juveniles accused of crimes. In this case, Bresha’s family chose to go public. • Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter. According to police, Bresha shot her father in the head with his own gun at their home in Trumbull County, Ohio, early on July 28. She was 14 years old. Earlier this month, Friedman said in court that Bresha had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression as a result of her father’s alleged abuse. Bresha and her siblings were not physically abused by their father, her family previously alleged to PEOPLE, but they were allegedly subjected to verbal and emotional abuse- and also witnessed their mother be physically abused. Friedman tells PEOPLE that Bresha was able to remain positive and receive the sentence she did thanks to social media and other public attention. "I’ve not seen anything like this, where you had the subject of the prosecution being so sympathetic, where people rallied around her," he says. "[Usually,] it’s the other way around - where they see the deceased as the victim, and here this wasn’t the case. So the social media and the outpour of support was just amazing." From the beginning, Bresha’s case created national headlines. Soon after she was arrested, her mother hailed her as a hero, saying she saved them from a lifetime of abuse. However, Jonathan Meadows’ family denied the abuse accusations and told PEOPLE he was a "family man." "They’re trying to paint a picture [of him] as a villain of some sort, and to me the true story is not being told about my brother," Michael Meadows, Jonathan’s older brother, told PEOPLE last year. Michael says his family attended the hearing on Monday and was angry with the plea. "We wanted to go court, we wanted to go to trial," Michael says. "[That’s] when everything would come out. There’s a whole lot more twist and turns to this thing." "Johnny wasn’t a perfect man and he had his faults, but he wasn’t the monster that he is being portrayed as," Jonathan’s sister-in-law Jackie Meadows previously told PEOPLE. "He was just trying to raise his family through hard times like everyone else." Bresha will be receiving treatment at a private facility paid for by money raised by her family’s GoFundMe. "Where this began and where its ended you are two different places," Friedman says, "and where it is is certainly in the best interest of this young lady." This article was originally published on PEOPLE.com

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Boston art heist solved? Nope, just fraud attempt, prosecutors say
A West Virginia man was arrested on Monday and charged with fraudulently claiming he could sell some of the $500 million in artwork stolen from a Boston museum a quarter century ago, even though he had no access to the long-sought masterpieces.

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O.J. Simpson Could Be Released From Prison This Year
Simpson is set to face a parole hearing this July, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections.

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Jury selection begins for man accused of killing Baby Doe
Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of a man charged in the killing of a 2-year-old girl whose image was shared by millions of social media users after her body washed up on a Boston Harbor island.Michael McCarthy is charged in the 2015 death of Bella Bond.The girl was known only as Baby Doe for months as authorities struggled to identify her. Using photos of her remains, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children created a composite...

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Three teens denied bail in Mississippi boy's shooting death
<p>Three Mississippi teenagers charged in the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy killed last week after his mother's car was stolen from a grocery store parking lot were denied bail on Monday, local media reported.</p>

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Pa. police ambush killer transferred to death row
<p>Eric Matthew Frein -- now inmate MY0275 -- will spend the majority of his days in an 85-square-foot cell in a maximum-security prison in the southwest corner of the state.</p>

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IndyCar drivers robbed at Taco Bell drive-thru
Indy 500 driver Scott Dixon and retired racer Dario Franchitti were robbed at gunpoint in a Taco Bell drive-thru Sunday night, according to an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Report.&nbsp;

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Convicted killer of 11 women appeals to Supreme Court
A Cleveland man sentenced to die for killing 11 women and hiding the remains in and around his home has appealed his case to the U.S. Supreme Court.At issue are arguments by 57-year-old Anthony Sowell (SOH'-wehl) over the closure of an evidence hearing during his trial and his rejected offer to plead guilty.Sowell's attorneys have objected to the trial...

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Inside the Case Against Bill Cosby: Will He Go to Prison?


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Inside the Head of Dylann Roof: A Terrorist Paradigm
Never before reported documents about Roof’s psychological exams give us a look deep inside the “logic” of this murderous white supremacist and terrorists everywhere

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Police: Mom killed 2 kids to save them from evil in world
DAYTON, Ohio — Police in Ohio say a woman told them she fatally shot her two children to save them from the world's evils.The Dayton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/2qceUUP)...

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Changing tactics, NYPD focuses on help for drug users, not prison
Handcuffs and lockups are out as the weapons of choice in the battle against the city’s exploding opioid crisis.&nbsp;

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A millionaire, a hotel maid and an arrest for sex abuse
CEO John Boswell pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual abuse after a groping incident at the Mayflower Hotel.

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2nd victim in Miami restaurant shooting dies, gunman named
A second woman has died after a shooting at a Coral Way restaurant, Miami-Dade police said Sunday.

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Pot convictions go up in smoke with California legalization
Thousands of people convicted of marijuana crimes in California have asked to get their records reduced since the state legalized recreational pot.

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Cops: Man Accidentally Kills Girlfriend During Fight At Club
Aldo Saucedo, 19, was arrested for murder and aggravated assault after his girlfriend was killed while he was shooting at another man.

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A look at how a youth prison finds salvation in the arts
Ben Lear, the son of TV pioneer Norman Lear, initially wanted to make a scripted movie that dealt with prison.

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Everything points to Apple launching new MacBooks next month
Apple will unveil the next big thing for its various software operating systems at WWDC 2017, including iOS 11 and the next macOS major update. But the iPhone maker is also tipped to launch a variety of new products at the show,...

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Symantec says 'highly likely' N. Korean group behind ransomware attacks
Cyber security firm Symantec said on Monday it was "highly likely" a hacking group affiliated with North Korea was responsible for the WannaCry cyber attack this month that infected more than 300,000 computers worldwide and disrupted operations at hospitals, banks and schools across the globe.

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3 Ways VR and AI Startups Are Alleviating Isolation
<p>The smartest VR and AI startups are already targeting this market -- besides being good business, it presents an opportunity to actually improve people's lives</p>

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Why few people bother to change passwords despite the risks
We all know the risks of not changing our passwords – yet somehow it is never a priority. Louise Chunn explains why few people bother

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How to use your Android Wear watch with an iPhone
Apple and Google, together

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Hackers hit Russian bank customers, planned global cyber raids
Russian cyber criminals used malware planted on Android mobile devices to steal from domestic bank customers and were planning to target European lenders before their arrest

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A look inside Facebook's New York office
What's it really like to work at Facebook in New York City? We visited and found out.

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Facebook will let users livestream self-harm, leaked docs show
Internal manual shows how site tries to strike balance between allowing cries for help and discouraging copycat behaviour

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Sneaky teen texting codes: what they mean, when to worry
If your teen has a smartphone, chances are they spend several hours a day on text and social media.&nbsp;

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Hackers are trying to reignite the ransomware outbreak
Over the past year, two digital disasters have rocked the internet. The botnet known as Mirai knocked a swath of major sites off the web last September, including Spotify, Reddit, and TheNew York Times. And over the past week, the WannaCry ransomware outbreak crippled systems ranging from health care to transportation in 150 countries before it an unlikely “kill-switch” in its code shut it down. Now a few devious hackers appear to be trying to combine those two internet plagues: They’re using their own copycats of the Mirai botnet to attack WannaCry’s kill-switch. So far, researchers have managed to fight off the attacks. But in the unlikely event that the hackers succeed, the ransomware could once again start spreading unabated. Under Siege Since the WannaCry ransomware worm began to fan out through the internet Friday, security researchers noticed a curious feature. When it infects a computer, it first reaches out to a certain random-looking web address, apparently as part of a check that it’s not running in a “sandbox” environment, which security researchers use to test malware samples safely. If WannaCry connects to a valid server at that specified domain, the ransomware assumes it’s under scrutiny, and goes dormant. Marcus Hutchins, a 22-year-old cybersecurity analyst for the security firm Kryptos Logic, spotted that trait last week, and immediately registered the web domain in WannaCry’s code. In doing so, he effectively neutered the malware, cutting short what would have otherwise been a far worse epidemic, and instantly becoming a minor celebrity in cybersecurity circles. Since then, hackers have directed armies of zombie devices—webcams, modems, and other gadgets caught up in the expansive Mirai botnet—to funnel junk traffic to the kill-switch web address, also called a “sinkhole,” a site security researchers direct malware to in order to contain it. The presumed intention? Knock the domain offline, trigger some of WannaCry’s dormant infections to reactivate, and end the epidemic’s nearly week-long lull. “Pretty much as soon as it went public what had happened, one of the Mirai botnets started on the sinkhole,” says Marcus Hutchins, the British security researcher who registered the WannaCry kill-switch domain. Since then, he says, near-daily attacks from that first botnet and others built with the same Mirai malware have steadily ticked up in size and impact. If the DDoS assault did succeed, not all WannaCry infections would immediately reignite. The ransomware stops scanning for new victims 24 hours after installing itself on a computer, says Matt Olney, a security researcher with Cisco’s Talos team. But anytime one of those infected machines reboots, it starts scanning again. “The ones that were successfully encrypted are in this zombie state, where they’re waiting to be reactivated if that domain goes away,” says Olney. Hutchins says he doesn’t believe the source of the botnet attacks are the original malware authors but, rather, other groups of hackers hoping to kickstart WannaCry again just for the amusement of watching it spread. “They’ve obviously got no financial inventive. They’re not the ransomware developers,” Hutchins says. “They’re just doing it to cause pain.” Mirai Image The first DDoS attack, Hutchins says, was so small he barely noticed it. “It was sort of a love-tap from a botnet,” he says. But since then, he’s seen five attacks, trending upward. On Wednesday, Mirai hit the sinkhole domain with its worst flood yet, 20 gigabits per second of traffic. For comparison, that’s less than a fiftieth of the size of the Mirai DDoS that hit the DNS provider Dyn in September and knocked major websites offline, but 20 times the gigabit-per-second that DDoS-tracking firm Arbor Networks measured as an average attack in 2016. Hutchins says he has no doubt that he and his colleagues at Kryptos Logic can still keep the attackers at bay. They’ve now enlisted the services of a DDoS mitigation firm that he declines to name—he says identifying it might help the attackers make their attacks more efficient. The service should help absorb any future attacks, and even take over the domain from Kryptos Logic if necessary. But before Hutchins fully engaged that protection service, he says the pressure to keep the sinkhole online and safe from attack was intense. He pulled an all-nighter after registering it to make sure it stayed up, and didn’t sleep more than three consecutive hours until Tuesday. Even though Hutchins’ domain has protection, it’s not the only one that’s key to preventing WannaCry’s spread. Over the weekend, another variant of the worm appeared, designed to connect to a different web address. Researcher Matt Suiche, the Dubai-based founder of security firm Comae Technologies, quickly registered it to enable a new kill-switch. Suiche says that he’s also experienced at least one DDoS attack against his domain, but declined to say more, or comment on how he’s protecting it. t’s not clear exactly who’s behind the sinkhole attacks. But Hutchins says he’s fairly sure it’s not the original authors of the WannaCry malware itself. He says the attacks appear to be coming instead from known knockoffs of the original Mirai botnet that began to pop up when Mirai’s creator released the code for the internet-of-things-hijacking tool. “Now any idiot and their dog can set up a Mirai botnet,” Hutchins says. He believes the attackers are likely nihilistic, low-skilled hackers using public tools to cause mayhem for their own entertainment. In this case, however, the Mirai attacks are more than a nuisance or a temporary disruption. The WannaCry malware that those attacks seek to reactivate has caused untold thousands of victims to lose data—in some cases, permanently—and even paralyzed life-saving health care systems. That makes the repeated attacks on Hutchins’ sinkhole especially sadistic, perhaps even more so than the creation of the ransomware in the first place, Hutchins argues. “The initial developers were doing it for money,” he says. “These people are doing it just of the fun of hurting people. Which I guess is worse.”

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Free Over-the-Air TV Is Going to Get Better
Later this year, you're going to start hearing more about a new over-the-air TV standard, the first major jump in broadcast TV since the transition to all-digital signals (aka DTV) back in 2009. Technically called ATSC 3.0, the new broadcast standard is—thankfully—being more generally billed as "Next-Gen Broadcast TV." There are a few big differences between our current ATSC 1.0 broadcasts and the new ones we'll receive as part of ATSC 3.0. A key one is that the new standard is IP (internet protocol)-based, which means it can carry internet content alongside traditional TV broadcasts. The broadcasts can also include 4K video and high dynamic range (HDR) content—the two biggest selling points in TVs right now. Currently, none of that is true. If you're watching TV using a broadcast antenna, you can get regular HD shows in real time, but that's it. Here's another big plus—you'll be able to receive these new signals on mobile devices as well as TVs in your home. At the recent National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) trade show in Las Vegas, NAB president Gordon Smith called ATSC 3.0 "the world’s first broadcast standard that offers the advantages of broadcast and broadband." With next-gen TV, he said, "we see the seamless convergence of over-the-air and over-the-top," or internet-delivered, video services. There are still quite a few questions about the next wave of over-the-air TV broadcasts, including whether all of the new features will be offered to consumers free of charge. Here's what we know so far. Why Do We Need a New Standard? When our current over-the-air broadcast standard was developed more than two decades ago, few envisioned a world where higher-than-high-def TV signals would become commonplace, and people would expect to get the same content on smartphones and tablets that they did on a TV at home. ATSC 3.0 is designed to bring over-the-air TV broadcasts into this future. It's being developed by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), the same international group of broadcasters, TV manufacturers, and other tech companies that established the HDTV standards in force today. A major impetus for a new over-the-air standard is to help local broadcasters offer new services, such as video on demand, as well as more targeted ad campaigns to advertisers. But this change should also bring some clear benefits to consumers. What's in It for You? Let's start with 4K. Right now, you can't get 4K video via over-the-air broadcasts. That will change with ATSC 3.0 because the new standard uses a more efficient video format, called HEVC or H.265, the same one used by streaming services such as Netflix. That will allow broadcasters to send data-heavy 4K video over the airwaves, along with other picture enhancements, such as HDR, which yields brighter images with greater contrast and highlights and richer, more saturated colors. You'll also be able to get higher-quality "immersive" audio—so-called 3D multichannel sound—from content that supports it. And because the new signals follow the internet protocol, they'll support movie and TV show metadata, so you can get plot summaries, poster thumbnails, and actor bios, just like you do with online streaming services. In addition, ATSC president Mark Richer says, the ATSC 3.0 signals will be "more reliable" than current over-air broadcasts, "which were designed 25 years ago for living-room viewing with an outdoor antenna." Reception should beat what you get with the current system, even if you're using a less powerful indoor antenna. ATSC 3.0 has been designed from the ground up to support mobile uses, so you'll be able to receive signals on smartphones, tablets, and other portable devices, even deep inside buildings, or in cars speeding along streets and highways. And, Richer says, next-gen TV is compatible with so-called single-frequency network systems, which work like cell-phone networks. Without getting into the technical details, that means they can be used to fill in coverage in urban areas or hilly regions where interference and obstructions make traditional broadcast reception spotty. Last, next-gen TV will enable enhanced emergency alerts, so consumers will receive more precise, localized warnings during natural disasters or fast-moving weather events. When Will It Happen? There's no definite timetable, says Myra Moore, president of Dallas-based market research firm Digital Tech Consulting (DTC), but she expects ATSC 3.0 to be "rolled out over the course of several years." The move to ATSC 3.0 is voluntary for broadcasters. That wasn't the case with the DTV transition, when they were given a firm deadline for stopping analog broadcasts. This time around, each company gets to decide when to make the move—or not. The ATSC is still finalizing some elements of the new standard. The FCC, which is overseeing the effort, has said it wants to be ready to authorize the rollout by the end of the year. Even before the rules are finished, some broadcasters are pushing hard to prepare. "WRAL, an NBC affiliate in Raleigh, North Carolina, has been testing ATSC 3.0 broadcasts since last year," Moore says. "And Sinclair, the largest owner of TV stations in the U.S., seems pretty aggressive about next-gen TV." Other stations will move more slowly while they cope with another technological change, she says. They need to "repack" their stations to new frequencies in the aftermath of a government spectrum auction, which is freeing up more room for wireless broadband signals. As a result, it's unlikely that 3.0 broadcasts will be widespread until later in 2018 and early 2019. And it could take far longer than that before the transition from ATSC 1.0 to ATSC 3.0 is completed. During this time, consumers will still be able to receive the ATSC 1.0 over-air signals they've been using for years. What's the Catch? There's Always a Catch Things get tricky when it comes to the hardware in your TV. ATSC 3.0 isn't going to be compatible with ATSC 1.0 broadcasts. Because all current TVs have ATSC 1.0 tuners, they won't be able to receive the new signals. However, your current TV won't become obsolete overnight—or even within the next couple of years. Remember, the experts say there will be a fairly lengthy transition when ATSC 1.0 broadcasts will remain available even as more stations start broadcasting next-gen TV signals. During the transition, broadcasters will probably have to agree to share a common ATSC 1.0 channel in each market, at least for the foreseeable future. That will allow older TVs to continue getting over-the-air reception, albeit without any of the new features enabled by next-gen TV. But Jonathan Schwantes, senior policy counsel at Consumers Union, the policy and mobilization arm of Consumer Reports, says that some consumers could lose the ability to get some ATSC 1.0 signals if the host station is located farther away than their current broadcaster. "Our position is that next-gen TV can and will be beneficial to consumers if implemented by the FCC in a measured and conscientious manner," he says. That could include making sure the current coverage areas are preserved as much as possible, not allowing broadcasters to downgrade the quality of ATSC 1.0 broadcasts from high to standard definition, and providing consumers with education on issues such as the timing of the transition and what new equipment they may need. And at some point, enough stations will be broadcasting in the new standard that a cutoff date could be set to end ATSC 1.0 transmissions. Once that happens, older TVs will need some type of external tuner—either a settop box or maybe an HDMI or USB stick—to receive next-gen local TV broadcasts. At NAB, LG showed a networked wireless antenna in the home that received ATSC 3.0 signals and then sent them to TVs and mobile devices through the house via WiFi. However, TV manufacturers may have a tough time deciding when to start building ATSC 3.0 tuners into their sets. I asked several major TV brands how they'll handle the situation, and all agreed that at some point most HDTVs will probably come with both ATSC 1.0 and ATSC 3.0 tuners. No TV maker would say just when that would begin, but LG already is including both ATSC 1.0 and 3.0 receivers in new TV it's shipping to consumers in Korea, the first country to begin ATSC 3.0 broadcasts. Will Everything Still Be Free? Over-the-air broadcasts have always been free—buy an antenna and you were done, unless you wanted additional services such as Netflix or HBO. But that could change with the advent of ATSC 3.0. "The ATSC 3.0 standard does include an optional ingredient of conditional access—as did ATSC 1.0—to give broadcasters the flexibility to introduce new business models," ATSC's Richer says. "That could include video on demand and other features that viewers commonly use today." In other words, broadcasters could encrypt at least part of their programming, and require users to create an account and pay for access to certain features. No details are available on how this would work from the consumer's point of view. Consumers Union and other groups say they will insist that consumers continue to have access to free over-the air high-definition TV reception. That fits the overall push to ensure that the FCC holds broadcasters to the same public interest obligations with ATSC 3.0 broadcasts they had with ATSC 1.0. "We need to make sure that as this voluntary transition moves forward, consumers and competitors are not forced to bear the costs," says Schwantes. "Consumers should be able transition in just as voluntary a manner as the broadcasters themselves." Copyright © 2006-2017 Consumer Reports, Inc.

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The 5 most common online scams to watch for
Don’t be a sucker.

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Should robots have rights?
In the future, humans may need to afford rights and protections to artificial intelligence—as a way of protecting ourselves.

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The strange history of ransomware
<p>WannaCry, the latest extortionate malware to seize hard drives from Beijing to Boise, may seem like the product of the Mr. Robot writer’s room. But as viruses go, ransomware is actually an antique.</p>

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The iPhone 8 rumor mill: what to expect, or not
2017 is the tenth anniversary of the iPhone; therefore, pundits are expecting significant changes to the existing design.

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Google's peek at a voice computing future
<p>Google's peek at a voice computing future</p>

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How Your iPhone Is Making You Lonely
Devices mimicking realistic personal responses are now taking the place of their actual human counterparts.

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How to keep your inbox locked up tight
Keep your inbox locked up tight.&nbsp;

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'So surreal': Foster child defies the odds, graduates from college
On a warm evening in Los Angeles, amid the roar of applause and rowdy cheers at USC’s commencement ceremony on May 12, Felicitas Reyes clutched her college diploma and wondered if she might be dreaming. "

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Math whiz earning a master's degree — before high school ends
Stephanie Mui, 17, is the youngest graduate this weekend at George Mason University

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Boy speechless after military dad surprises him at school
Second Class Petty Officer Ryan Fountaine had been stationed in the western Pacific Ocean for seven months.

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College students knock on every dorm door for special cause
College junior Jesse Richards needed cash for a traffic ticket. He decided to challenge his roommate, Mark Schussler, to a game of "What Are the Odds?".

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Teen saves mom's life after science lesson on stroke
Two days after a Wisconsin teen learned about the signs of a stroke during science class, she used her new knowledge to save her mother’s life.

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Off to Italy to Study Painting: A Former Inmate’s Journey
George Anthony Morton, who served nine years on a drug charge, turned to painting in prison. Now he is bound for Florence for a summer of study.

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Man reunites with son after 54 years
Bruce Brooks waited five decades to meet his estranged son.

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Good Samaritans rescue driver from Fla. river
The driver nearly struck a 7-year-old boy who was fishing.

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Hospital therapy dogs tie the knot in 'pawesome' ceremony
They pledged their puppy love fur-ever.

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Indonesian slum turned 'Rainbow Village' becomes tourist hot spot
Visitors have been flocking to the village to take photographs and pose for "selfies" next to the brightly colored homes.

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Operation Song uses country music to help veterans find rhythm
Doctors at the Department of Veterans Affairs are helping some military veterans return from deployment with an unlikely prescription: country music.

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After near-death experience, soccer coach starts club for kids
A soccer coach who almost died from a rare disease is now giving back by starting a soccer league for underprivileged children. Soccer coach Hansi Herzog defines winning by the process, not always by the end result. Six years ago, he had all the simple things, like yelling and standing to watch the game, taken away. "I thought I was going to die," Herzog said. In January 2011, Herzog was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disease where the immune system attacks the nervous system. A man who spent most of his life on his feet playing soccer became paralyzed from head to toe. "Your body is gone but your brain is still there," Herzog said. Through all the struggles, his wife never lost hope. "It was horrible. I took one of my favorite pictures of him when he was healthy, and I showed it to the nurses, the doctors and I said, 'This is him, not how he is,' and I refused to see it. I said 'You're going to come through this,'" Ingrid Herzog said. "Then it was a fight for the next week or so. I coded out a couple of times — once was in front of my wife, then the other time in front of my daughter. And that's got to be the hardest thing because I remember it. I remember everything going black, falling asleep. They brought me back," Hansi Herzog said. After nearly two months paralyzed, doctors were able to reverse the symptoms, and their hope was met with reward. "That first step, I never thought I would be able to do it," he said. He hasn't stopped moving forward since. "I didn't know if I was going to walk or even get back to this sport," he said. He's back and on a mission. Herzog and his wife founded Waukesha United, a nonprofit soccer league that's affordable for all kids. "It's kind of my way of helping kids out today," he said. "To reach out and do something good. He has another chance," Ingrid Herzog said. "How many people could do that. I call him my Miracle Man." "To be on the sidelines coaching kids basically saved me," Hansi Herzog said. The Herzogs and the Waukesha United Soccer Club are looking for players of all ages and skill levels. They will have an open house on Sunday.

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Father, son graduate from New Jersey university together
A father and a son graduated from a New Jersey university on Friday, becoming the first members to earn a college degree in their family.

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Mom and son inspire thousands with creative graduation photo
A memorable photo taken this month has not only highlighted a mother’s accomplishments, but her son’s love for her.&nbsp;

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Twins celebrate turning 100 with stunning photoshoot
Centenarians Maria Pignaton Ponton and Paula Pignaton Pandolfi were photographed in fluffy skirts and flowers in time for their birthday.

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Oil company watches over pregnant polar bear under bridge
A pregnant polar bear seeking to dig her maternity den chose an unlikely spot: a snow drift along a bridge leading to an artificial production island off the north coast of Alaska.

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Mom who beat cancer twice graduates college with her daughter
Cierra Patterson, 24, called mom Tasha Oliver, 44, her "personal study buddy."

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Baby boomers look to senior concierge services to raise income
The concierges help their customers complete the relatively mundane activities of everyday life, a way for the semi- and fully retired to continue to work.

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Check out the Caribbean estate Trump is selling for $28 million
The President has called it "one of the greatest mansions in the world."

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25 massive companies that are still family owned
We reveal the 25 largest family firms.

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Tony Robbins has a warning about your retirement plans
Author and life coach Tony Robbins urges Americans to educate themselves about the fees they may be paying for portfolio management and retirement saving.

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Why rents are climbing fast in the suburbs
For decades, Americans looking for more affordable housing options have left cities for the suburbs, but it’s getting tougher to find deals on suburban rentals these days. For the first time in four years,...

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5 ways you can mess up your 401k
The humble 401k plan is a veritable money-printing machine. But it's easy to make a mess and kill the goose laying the golden eggs.

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Millennial women surge ahead of men in the job market
For decades, young men overshadowed young women in the job market, boasting higher education levels and grabbing the better-paying entry level jobs with more opportunities for advancement.&nbsp;

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Stocks climb during Trump's first international visit


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Psychotherapy site is booming since Trump was elected
Business has been booming for online counseling start-up Talkspace ever since President Donald Trump was elected.

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Food stamps, Medicaid on chopping block in Trump's budget
President Donald Trump will unveil a proposed budget this week that would drive millions of people off food stamps and cut Medicaid, targeting the social safety-net programs for the poor in a new wave of spending cuts.

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Volkswagen is selling diesel cars again
Two years after cheating on emissions tests catapulted Volkswagen into a global crisis, the automaker is again selling cars with diesel engines in the U.S., but the German brand's signature offerings won't be around too much longer.&nbsp;

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LIVE: Updates as Warriors look to sweep Spurs


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The tense, deteriorating relationship between ESPN's Mike and Mike
<p>Off-camera tension between media personalities who work together is hardly a new phenomenon.&nbsp;</p>

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Top draft prospect Jackson entered anger management program
Jackson was suspended for the first game of the Big 12 tournament.

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Video: NFL to relax celebration penalties?
The NFL will reportedly be relaxing excessive celebration penalties this Tuesday. The guys weigh in on the news.

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Stephen A. Smith takes shots at 'arrogant' Durant
"He hasn't gotten smarter."

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Report: Bears went undercover to scout Trubisky
The Bears went to the extreme to scout Mitchell Trubisky.

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T.O. pitches services to fake Twitter account of NFL GM
Every now and then retired NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, 43 years young, lets the world know he still wants to play football.&nbsp;

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LeBron, Cavs try to shake 'weird' loss to Celtics
LeBron James kept a low profile Monday, much like he did in Game 3. James did not address the media a day after one of the worst postseason games of his career.

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8 terrible playoff performances by NBA superstars
8 terrible playoff performances by NBA superstars

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2017 MLB season


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Twitter bashes Flacco for what he did to child wide receiver
The Baltimore Ravens posted some video online of quarterback Joe Flacco playing catch with kids. Twitter users bashed him for a bad throw.

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Report: Steelers' Bryant expected to practice Tuesday for 1st time since 2015
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant is expected to practice for the first time since 2015, during Tuesday's organized team activities (OTAs), according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.&nbsp;

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Carter's big plays help Yankees beat Royals
NEW YORK -- Chris Carter made a run-saving defensive play in the top of the seventh and hit a solo home run in the bottom of the inning as the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 4-2 on Monday night. The Yankees appeared to lose a 3-2 lead...

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ESPN extends Vitale's contract through 2019-2020
ESPN has re-signed Dick Vitale to a new contract that will take him through the 2019-2020, or his 41st season with the Worldwide Leader in Sports. It's...

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Twitter was left in awe of Arvidsson's R-shaped cut
Bring on the jokes

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UFC's Cyborg cited for battery after punching rival
<p>Cris Cyborg won’t be arrested but she has been cited for battery after punching fellow UFC fighter Angela Magana at the UFC fighter retreat this past weekend in Las Vegas.</p>

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Johnson opens up on concussions, mistreatment from Lions
CBS Sports NFL Writer Ryan Wilson joins Hana Ostapchuk to discuss the former Detriot wide receiver's comments about his time with the Lions.

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