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Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., was killed Wednesday in a car accident in Indiana.
Wed, 08/03/2022 - 15:35

The 58-year-old Republican lawmaker was killed Wednesday in a car accident in her northern Indiana District, according to her office. Three others also died in the crash.

Phil Mickelson lines up a shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Bedminster Invitational LIV Golf tournament in Bedminster, N.J., on Friday.
Wed, 08/03/2022 - 14:02

Players who defected to Saudi-funded LIV Golf filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour, the first step in a legal fight that could define the rules of where players can compete.

Robert E. Crimo III, leaves the courtroom after a hearing Wednesday, in Waukegan, Ill. Accused of killing seven people and wounding dozens more in a shooting at an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago, Crimo pleaded not guilty on Wednesday.
Wed, 08/03/2022 - 13:42

The man accused of killing seven people and wounding dozens more in a shooting at an Independence Day parade in suburban Chicago pleaded not guilty on Wednesday.

Vehicles after a flood in July 2022 in Jackson, Ky. Deadly floods in the region were caused by very heavy rain.
Wed, 08/03/2022 - 12:57

As the Earth heats up, heavy rain is getting more common across the United States. That means more severe floods happen more often.

Wed, 08/03/2022 - 12:32

Journalist Will Bunch says instead of opening the door to a better life, college leaves many students deep in debt and unable to find well-paying jobs. His new book is After the Ivory Tower Falls.

Wed, 08/03/2022 - 12:32

Josephson, who died July 27, started out in 1966 as the host of a free-form morning show on WBAI in New York He later hosted shows and told jokes on many public radio stations.

Wed, 08/03/2022 - 12:32

Mother Country Radicals explores the history of the militant left-wing group the Weather Underground. I Was Never There tells the story of a regional hippie folk hero who disappeared in the late '80s.

Alex Jones arrives at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin on Tuesday.
Wed, 08/03/2022 - 12:26

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones testified that he now understands it was irresponsible of him to declare the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre a hoax.

Inside the workshop and showroom of Giovanna Alessandro, in Chernivtsi, Ukraine.
Wed, 08/03/2022 - 12:17

The town of Chernivtsi, once the wedding dress capital of the Soviet Union, is still churning out dresses — for the West. "We are staying in Ukraine," says a dressmaker. "We will build our economy."

Ayman al-Zawahiri is seen in a still from an August 2006 video shown on Al Jazeera.
Wed, 08/03/2022 - 12:11

The State Department warns of potential anti-American violence following the U.S. killing of al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Experts say his loss hurts the group, but doesn't erase the threat.

Actress Leslie Grace at the MTV Video Music Awards in Sept. 2021. Grace filmed the title role in <em>Batgirl</em> — which the studio has permanently shelved.
Wed, 08/03/2022 - 10:35

Sorry, DC universe fans: the movie, which starred 'In The Heights' actress Leslie Grace in the title role, will not be released theatrically or on HBO Max.

When the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted on Jan. 15, it sent the equivalent of  more than 58,000 Olympic-size swimming pools' worth of water into the stratosphere, researchers say.
Wed, 08/03/2022 - 10:03

"We've never seen anything like it," said atmospheric scientist Luis Millán, who works at NASA. The vapor sent skyward by the eruption will likely stay in the stratosphere for years.

Seaweed covers the Atlantic shore in Frigate Bay, St. Kitts and Nevis, on Wednesday. A record amount of seaweed is smothering Caribbean coasts from Puerto Rico to Barbados.
Wed, 08/03/2022 - 10:00

Seaweed is smothering Caribbean coasts from Puerto Rico to Barbados as tons of brown algae kill wildlife, choke the tourism industry and release toxic gases.

As Ukraine mounts its first major offensive against Russia, 29-year-old Col. Serhiy Shatalov leads a battalion of 600 men in some of the heaviest fighting. "This is war," he says. "You cannot predict nothing, absolutely nothing."
Wed, 08/03/2022 - 09:06

A 29-year-old battalion commander is leading 600 men, fighting in Ukraine's counteroffensive near Kherson. "This is war," Col. Serhiy Shatalov says. "You cannot predict nothing, absolutely nothing."

People shop for school supplies at a Target store in Miami, Fla., on July 27.
Wed, 08/03/2022 - 06:39

This year's back-to-school shopping season lands in the middle of the highest inflation in four decades — how will this affect spending?

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