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  • Jeffrey Epstein Has Died by Suicide, Sources Say

    NEW YORK — Jailed multimillionaire financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein has died by suicide, two law enforcement sources said Saturday, one day after a court unsealed new details of the claims against him. Epstein, who was awaiting trial on federal charges accusing him of sexually abusing underage girls, was found unresponsive in his cell at New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center, a federal detention facility, around 6:30 a.m. ET., the Federal Bureau of Prisons said. Staff at the facility started life-saving measures, and […]

  • Joe Biden’s Campaign Says he Misspoke When he Said ‘poor kids’ are Just as Bright as ‘white kids’

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign says he misspoke when he told a group of Hispanic and Asian voters in Iowa on Thursday that “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids” before he attempted to correct himself. Biden, who’s been on a campaign swing through Iowa, was speaking on education at a town hall hosted by the Asian and Latino Coalition in Des Moines, Iowa. “We have this notion that somehow […]

  • Trump Says He Believes NRA Will ‘get there’ on Background Checks

    President Donald Trump said Friday there has been “tremendous support” for changing background check laws and appeared optimistic that the National Rifle Association would come around on the issue, despite public statements from the NRA against certain changes to current law. “I really believe that the NRA — I’ve spoken to them numerous times — they’re great people… and frankly I really think they’re gonna get there also,” Trump told reporters outside the White House on whether the NRA will […]

  • Cathedral Installs Giant Slide But Insists It’s Not a Gimmick

    A historic cathedral in England has installed a giant indoor fairground slide, supposedly so visitors can see its roof up close. The 50-foot-high ride, known in Britain as a helter-skelter, was unveiled Thursday at Norwich Cathedral in eastern England and will be open to the public to enjoy for 10 days. The church, completed in 1145, insists the initiative is no gimmick — in fact, a clergyman said the idea came to him while he was visiting the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. “I […]

  • Beto O’Rourke to Skip Iowa Trip, Stay in El Paso

    Beto O’Rourke is skipping a planned trip to Iowa this weekend, as his hometown grieves after the mass shooting here, he told reporters Wednesday. The former Texas congressman will miss the Iowa State Fair, which Democratic presidential contenders will swarm in the coming days. He will also miss the Wing Ding dinner, a major event for state party officials and activists. He told CNN he hasn’t decided when he will return to the campaign trail. He announced his decision to […]

  • Ohio Lawmaker Blames ‘drag queen advocates,’ Video Games and Obama for Shootings

    An Ohio Republican state lawmaker on Sunday blamed mass shootings in the US on former President Barack Obama, “fatherlessness,” video games and “drag queen advocates” following two shootings this weekend in Texas and Ohio that left more than 30 dead. The state’s Republican Party is now calling for her resignation. The comments from state Rep. Candice Keller – whose district is close to Dayton, Ohio, where a gunman opened fire early Sunday in a popular downtown area, leaving nine dead […]

  • Toni Morrison, ‘Beloved’ Author and Nobel Laureate, Dies at 88

    Toni Morrison, author of seminal works of literature on the black experience such as “Beloved,” “Song of Solomon” and “Sula” and the first African-American woman to win a Nobel Prize, has died, her publisher Knopf confirmed to CNN. She was 88. Morrison’s novels gazed unflinchingly on the lives of African Americans and told their stories with a singular lyricism, from the post-Civil War maelstrom of “Beloved” to the colonial setting of “A Mercy” to the modern yet classic dilemmas depicted […]

  • Chinese Companies Halt Purchases of US Agricultural Products

    Chinese companies have halted purchases of US agricultural products, marking the latest escalation of the trade war between the United States and China. The halt in purchases comes in response to the Trump administration’s announcement of new tariffs on Chinese imports last week, China’s Commerce Ministry said Tuesday morning. The new 10% tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese imports are set to take effect on September 1. China’s Commerce Ministry called the new tariffs a “serious violation of the consensus reached by the […]

  • US Stocks Post Worst Day of the Year After China Devalues its Currency

      A dramatic escalation of the trade war between the United States and China sparked a worldwide sell-off in markets on Monday. The Dow closed down 767 points, and the Nasdaq Composite — a proxy for the technology companies that will be most harmed by a trade war — suffered its longest losing streak since November 2016. The Chinese government devalued the yuan to fall below its 7-to-1 ratio with the US dollar for the first time in a decade Monday. A weaker currency could soften […]

  • Trump Condemns ‘racist hate’ and White Supremacy but Does Not Acknowledge His Own Rhetoric

    President Donald Trump called on the nation to condemn racism and white supremacy in a speech on Monday, vowing to take action to prevent further gun massacres following two mass shootings over the weekend. But in scripted remarks delivered from the White House, Trump stopped short of acknowledging his own divisive and racist rhetoric. And he failed to endorse any measures that would expand background checks for firearm sales, despite endorsing such laws earlier in the day. “The shooter in […]

  • Democrats Demand McConnell Convene Senate to Pass Background Checks After Mass Shootings

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the nation reeled Sunday morning from news of a second mass shooting in the span of 13 hours, Democratic lawmakers began demanding that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell take action this week on long-stalled gun control legislation they argue could help prevent the next large-scale tragedy. “I hope that Sen. McConnell would bring the Senate back tomorrow and pass the background check bill and send it to the President. The President must sign it. Period,” Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod […]

  • El Paso Shooting is Being Treated as a Case of ‘Domestic Terrorism,’ U.S. Attorney Says

      EL PASO, Texas — Federal authorities are treating the El Paso mass shooting as a case of domestic terrorism, according to the US Attorney for the Western District of Texas. The Justice Department is also “seriously considering” bringing federal hate crime and federal firearm charges, which carry a possible death penalty, US Attorney John Bash said in a news conference. Three sources have identified the suspect as 21-year-old Patrick Crusius of Allen, Texas. The case appears to meet the statutory […]

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