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Laurie Holt holds a photograph of her son Joshua Holt, who has been jailed in Venezuela, at her home in Riverton, Utah, in July 2016. "Eventually," she says, "he'll come home and we'll be able to go back to our normal lives. And I can stop crying every night."
Mon, 03/27/2017 - 15:29

Joshua Holt, a Mormon, was on his honeymoon in Venezuela last year when he was arrested in an anti-gang operation. He's been in jail since. The U.S. has called for his release on humanitarian grounds.

The "We Are Not This" slogan is posted at the entrances to Bull McCabe's Irish Pub in May 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. The sign is protesting a law that has been in place for a year now; the AP estimates it will cost the state some $3.7 billion in business over 12 years.
Mon, 03/27/2017 - 15:29

The Associated Press tallied up business lost because of the controversial law, based on interviews and public records. The AP says its estimate of $3.76 billion over 12 years is probably low.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivers remarks during the daily White House press briefing on Monday.
Mon, 03/27/2017 - 14:42

The Justice Department's order to withhold $4.1 billion in federal grants over immigration enforcement could affect major cities including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) walks to the House floor on Capitol Hill on Friday. Nunes has been challenged by his colleagues about over how he acquired and handled classified information that he didn't share with the rest of the committee.
Mon, 03/27/2017 - 13:05

Rep. Devin Nunes secretly went to the White House grounds to view classified intelligence, before briefing President Trump and the press on information that other committee members hadn't seen.

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:58

Tressie McMillan Cottom worked in enrollment at two for-profit colleges, but quit because she felt uncomfortable selling students an education they couldn't afford. Her new book is Lower Ed.

Large German bank KfW says it quickly recovered money it had mistakenly sent to four other banks. Here, one of its Berlin offices is seen in a 2015 photo.
Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:53

It's not the first stumble for state-owned KfW, which mistakenly sent hundreds of millions of dollars to Lehman Brothers on the day it went bankrupt.

Flanked by HHS Secretary Tom Price and Vice President Pence, Donald Trump reacts after Republicans abruptly pulled their health care bill from the House floor.
Mon, 03/27/2017 - 12:47

The Affordable Care Act, passed by Democrats during Obama's presidency, has its weaknesses, but the data show it's not at all "exploding." We have the facts behind what's going on.

President Trump's son-in-law and top adviser, Jared Kushner, will talk to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Mon, 03/27/2017 - 11:45

The committee is investigating Russia's meddling in the presidential campaign and possible ties to the Trump team.

The United Airlines terminal is viewed at Newark Liberty Airport on July 8, 2015 in Newark, N.J. The airline was criticized on Sunday for enforcing its buddy pass dress code, barring from the plane two girls in their early teens who were wearing leggings.
Mon, 03/27/2017 - 11:01

A woman live-tweeted in disbelief on Sunday as two young girls were turned away for wearing leggings. Why? United, like many airlines, has an enforced dress code for people flying on "buddy passes."

The U.S. Department of Justice is one of several parts of the government that have the power to hold the president and his appointees accountable on ethics.
Mon, 03/27/2017 - 10:29

As we cover conflicts of interest in the Trump administration, a question frequently arises: What parts of the government have the power to hold the president and his appointees accountable on ethics?

Mon, 03/27/2017 - 09:49

A report from the U.N. Refugee Agency shows some surprising trends in the world's refugee crisis.

Firefighters carry a survivor they rescued from the site of an avalanche Monday in Nasu, Japan, as Self Defense Force personnel look on. Eight high school students are feared dead after an avalanche swept down on their mountain-climbing trip.
Mon, 03/27/2017 - 09:48

"Suddenly everything turned white," one student told local media. A mountaineering training exercise had drawn students and teachers from high schools across the region.

Activists Chu Yiu-ming, left, and Chan Kin-man gesture to supporters as they report to be arrested at a police station in Hong Kong. Police say the men and other Umbrella Movement activists will be charged over mass protests that took place in 2014.
Mon, 03/27/2017 - 08:01

Leaders of large demonstrations that roiled parts of Hong Kong in 2014 were told to report to police Monday on charges of causing a public nuisance.

An example of the Informed Delivery email.
Mon, 03/27/2017 - 08:01

Remember when you were excited to see what's in the mail? These days it seems we're getting fewer letters and more junk, but the U.S. Postal Service will soon let you preview what's coming your way.

Kathleen helps her son Gideon get his glasses on. Part of Gideon's brain was damaged during development, which effects his vision.
Mon, 03/27/2017 - 06:19

Cytomegalovirus is everywhere, and it usually doesn't make people sick. But if a woman gets infected while pregnant, in rare cases it can cause serious problems for the baby.

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