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Volunteers distribute free food at the mobile pantry in Hurley, Va. Poverty in the coal-mining region is 29 percent, twice the national average. Unemployment is also high, and younger families are moving out.
Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:12

Pantries in southwest Virginia — where poverty is rampant and coal jobs are vanishing — will take whatever they can get to stock bare shelves. Some also offer help with health care and job training.

Motorcycle champion Nicky Hayden on May 12 in Misano Adriatico, Italy. Hayden died Monday after being hit by a car while bicycling.
Mon, 05/22/2017 - 15:52

Hayden was riding a bicycle on the Rimini coast when he was hit by a car, suffering traumatic head and chest injuries.

Bonding of the daughters and family members was immediate, emotional and powerful.
Mon, 05/22/2017 - 15:51

On Saturday, jubilant families were reunited with the daughters who'd been held captive by Boko Haram for three years.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, pictured in April, is extending the Temporary Protected Status designation for Haitians in the U.S. until January 2018. But he says conditions are improving in Haiti, seven years after an earthquake killed more than 200,000 people there.
Mon, 05/22/2017 - 15:48

Some 58,000 Haitians are in the U.S. under a program known as Temporary Protected Status, which Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has extended for six months.

Elephants cross the road at Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, not far from where an elephant crushed a man to death on Friday.
Mon, 05/22/2017 - 15:28

Theunis Botha was leading a hunting group when the elephant charged and lifted him up in the air. At that point, a member of Botha's party fatally shot the animal.

John Goodenough's work led to the lithium-ion battery, now found in everything from phones to electric cars. He and fellow researchers at the University of Texas, Austin say they've come up with a faster-charging alternative.
Mon, 05/22/2017 - 14:50

In 1980, John Goodenough's work led to the lithium-ion battery, now found in everything from phones to electric cars. He and fellow researchers say they've come up with a faster-charging alternative.

Bill Cosby arrives for jury selection in his sexual assault case at the Allegheny County Courthouse in Pittsburgh on Monday.
Mon, 05/22/2017 - 14:45

A third of the potential jurors say they've already formed opinions about Cosby's guilt or innocence. The case involves one of scores of sexual assault allegations against the comedian.

The camp at Mungote is one of the largest for internally displaced persons in the Democratic Republic of Congo, with over 12,000 residents who fled their homes due to ongoing conflict and violence.
Mon, 05/22/2017 - 14:43

The world is riveted by the ongoing refugee crisis. Less so by the ongoing — and much larger — internally displaced persons crisis.

Richard Oakes, seen in November 1970, led a group that occupied Alcatraz from November 1969 to June 1971.
Mon, 05/22/2017 - 14:41

The late activist and Google doodle honoree stormed the island with dozens of other activists in 1969, citing a century-old treaty in claiming it for Native Americans. He would have been 75 on Monday.

The Nepalese Tourism Department has reportedly issued a record 371 permits this year to scale Mount Everest.
Mon, 05/22/2017 - 14:02

An American doctor who was trying for a second time to conquer the mountain after surviving an avalanche in 2015 was among those who died.

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:30

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Tom Ricks says the writings of Winston Churchill and George Orwell still resonate today. Ricks also discusses the generals serving in the Trump administration.

The Texas state House has passed an amendment prohibiting transgender students from using public school bathrooms that correspond to their gender identity. A separate Legislature measure allowing religious exemptions for adoption and foster care is headed to Gov. Greg Abbott for his signature.
Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:28

A proposal governing bathroom use by transgender students in public schools has moved forward. A bill to allow adoption agencies to deny gay, unmarried or non-Christian would-be parents has passed.

A candlelight vigil was held at a bus shelter at the University of Maryland in College Park, Md, Sunday where visiting student Richard W. Collins III was fatally stabbed.
Mon, 05/22/2017 - 11:45

The FBI was involved after it was discovered that Sean Christopher Urbanski, who allegedly stabbed a black student to death on campus, was a member of a Facebook group called "Alt-Reich: Nation."

Together with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi and Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, President Trump touches a lit-up globe that activated a video at the inauguration of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Mon, 05/22/2017 - 11:30

It seemed an innocuous gesture: President Trump joined two other world leaders in laying their hands on a lit-up globe at an event in Saudi Arabia. Then, Twitter caught wind of it.

The two congressional districts at issue in the Supreme Court case <em>Cooper v. Harris</em>.
Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:45

"A State may not use race as the predominant factor in drawing district lines unless it has a compelling reason," Justice Elena Kagan said in the court's opinion upholding a lower court ruling.

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