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Police officers stand by the body of a man who was killed after an alleged stabbing attack on Saturday in the Siberian city of Surgut, Russia.
Sat, 08/19/2017 - 12:56

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack, but Russian officials appear to discount the possibility, saying the initial investigation is not focusing on terrorism as a "main theory."

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will skip the Kennedy Center Honors later this year. It will be the fourth time in 40 years of the event that the sitting president won't be attendance.
Sat, 08/19/2017 - 12:55

Three of the five honorees had already spoken out against the president and said they either planned to boycott a White House event or were considering it.

Counterprotesters assemble at the Statehouse before a planned "Free Speech" rally by conservative organizers begins on the adjacent Boston Common, on Saturday.
Sat, 08/19/2017 - 10:43

Thousands of counterprotesters gathered in Boston Common to meet the rally participants, who said they have no connection to those who perpetrated violence in Charlottesville, Va., last week.

A photo of the statue taken in months before it was damaged and then removed, shows Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee at the entrance to Duke Chapel in Durham, N.C.
Sat, 08/19/2017 - 09:51

The university president said he had ordered the statue removed as a safety measure and to reflect the "abiding values" of the school, following vandalism earlier this week.

An undated handout photo sourced from social media shows 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub, who is suspected of being the driver of the vehicle that killed 14 people in the Las Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona, Spain.
Sat, 08/19/2017 - 09:47

Officials say they have dismantled the jihadi cell responsible for the vehicle attack that killed 14 people but are continuing a manhunt for three suspects still at large.

An English couple on vacation in Greece composed this note, rolled it up in a bottle and, on July 4, tossed it into the Mediterranean Sea. A Palestinian fisherman caught it in his net this week. He says it's the first piece of personal mail he has ever received.
Sat, 08/19/2017 - 09:00

Vacationers from England tossed the bottle into the Mediterranean. It floated nearly 500 miles and into the net of a Palestinian fisherman. He said it was the first piece of mail he had ever received.

Congressmen Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., Kevin Brady of Texas, Peter Roskam, R-Ill. and Dave Schweikert R-Ariz., stand outside Rancho del Cielo in California, where they were crafting a tax overhaul.
Sat, 08/19/2017 - 08:00

While the president was laying blame on "both sides" for violence in Charlottesville, Republicans were meeting to hammer out a tax overhaul. But they worry about whether Trump can make the sale.

Mary Abagi on her farm. She used the payout from her merry-go-round savings club to buy a goat.
Sat, 08/19/2017 - 06:00

Skeptics say if you hand cash to the impoverished, they'll mismanage it. But it turns out, many poor people are great at saving — thanks to this ingenious system.

The Eclipse Magic Cone features a black waffle cone made with coconut ash and tipped with edible gold, and an interior filled with spiced marshmallow fluff and a golden-yellow ice cream flavored with ginger and turmeric.
Sat, 08/19/2017 - 06:00

What can you do when the Earth plunges into total darkness on Aug. 21? Eat, of course! And there are many space-themed treats to keep the skywatching party going.

President Trump speaks on the phone in January with Russian President Vladimir Putin, joined by top White House figures Reince Priebus (from left), Vice President Pence, Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer and Michael Flynn. Only Pence remains.
Sat, 08/19/2017 - 06:00

The president has completed a full purge of top White House aides instrumental in his election. Their ouster could be a big gamble, as Trump finds himself with fewer and fewer allies.

Paul Miller shares a joke with his grandson, Max. They play poker together, but as a numbers guy, Miller is hard to beat.
Sat, 08/19/2017 - 05:30

Paul Miller was once recognized as the oldest active accredited classroom teacher in the U.S. He reflects on his long career.

The Ku Klux Klan protests on July 8, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va.
Sat, 08/19/2017 - 05:00

In the comments of residents processing what happened in Charlottesville, a common refrain emerged: "This is not us." But the city's history tells a different story.

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 23:38

On the same night in Florida, two police officers were shot in Kissimmee, near Orlando, and two were shot in Jacksonville. One officer shot in Kissimmee has died. Two others were shot in Pennsylvania.

According to a new study, among families in the middle socioeconomic group the older, September-born kids were 2.6 percent more likely to attend college and 2.6 percent more likely to graduate from an elite university.
Fri, 08/18/2017 - 18:30

Starting kindergarten later could boost kids' grades and improve their odds of attending a top college. Being the youngest kid in class can hurt their academic performance.

Charities are canceling plans for fundraising events at President Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club. The cancellations come in the wake of his controversial comments about the events in Charlottesville, Va.
Fri, 08/18/2017 - 18:09

For years, major charities have been holding fundraisers at Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach resort owned by President Trump. Now, in the wake of his comments on Charlottesville, many are turning away.

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