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  • USA Advances to Women’s World Cup Final with Narrow Win Over England

    LYON, France — For the ability to rise to the occasion, for the aptitude to turn a blind eye to pressure and produce on the grandest of stages, there is still no team quite like the US as the defending champion saw off a talented England team 2-1 to reach the Women’s World Cup final. England’s Ellen White had negated Christen Press’s early opener, but on her 30th birthday Alex Morgan headed home before the break to score what proved to be the winner. Though challenged by […]

  • Vandals Spray Painted the ‘Bean’ Sculpture at Chicago’s Millennium Park

      CHICAGO, Illinois — Seven people were arrested after the famous “Bean” sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium Park was vandalized. The stainless steel structure, officially known as the Cloud Gate, was spray painted with graffiti, Chicago Police Department spokeswoman Kellie Bartoli told CNN. It’s one of the top tourist attractions in Chicago. Benches and a memorial wall dedicated to cancer survivors in nearby Maggie Daley Park were also defaced. The seven suspects were taken into custody early Tuesday morning and charges are pending, Bartoli said. […]

  • Kansas Farmers Begin Planting Hemp

    DE SOTO, Kansas — It’s a new era for Kansas farmers, as hemp is being planted for the first time in decades. After months of anticipation, farmers like Bobby Gabriel can start plowing the land to grow hemp on 80 acres of land. “This is something new right here, this whole hemp deal is something brand new,” Gabriel said. On Monday, Gabriel and many other surrounding farmers got together to weigh how many hemp seeds can go into each bin […]

  • Packaged Vegetables Distributed to Iowa Trader Joe’s Stores Recalled Due to Listeria Risk

    Some packages of butternut squash, cauliflower, zucchini and vegetable bowls sold under the brands Green Giant, Trader Joe’s and Signature Farms have been recalled, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The vegetable products were voluntarily recalled by manufacturer Growers Express due to concerns about possible contamination with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes, the FDA said in a Monday statement. The packaged vegetables were produced at a factory in Biddeford, Maine, and were distributed to grocery stores across the United States, […]

  • England vs. USA: English Women Chase World Cup History Against ‘the Team Everyone Wants to Beat’

      LYON, France — Days after seeing off France in a grueling encounter in Paris, the US faces another monster Women’s World Cup fixture. All eyes now turn to Lyon, France’s culinary capital and host city to a semifinal in which arguably the two best teams remaining in the competition scrap it out for a place in the final. A confident England awaits. If the US is to successfully defends its title, it will certainly have done it the hard way because should the defending champion […]

  • Angels Pitcher Tyler Skaggs Dies at 27 in Texas

    LOS ANGELES, California — Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died Monday, prompting the postponement of a game with the Texas Rangers, officials said. Skaggs, 27, was found in a hotel room in a Dallas-Fort Worth suburb, police said. Angels statement on the passing of Tyler Skaggs. — Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) July 1, 2019 Skaggs was unresponsive at about 2:18 p.m. in a Hilton hotel room in Southlake, police said in a statement. He was pronounced dead at the scene, […]

  • Who Was Mackenzie Lueck? Friends Remember the Slain Utah College Student as a Friendly ‘Ball of Light’

    UTAH — Slain University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck has been described by friends as a positive, outgoing person and a “bubble of happiness.” Those that knew her are now mourning her death and trying to understand what happened after she left a park with a man in the early hours of June 17. Mourners plan a vigil Monday at 6 p.m. Utah time at the university.   Mackenzie was “a ball of light” Carly Reilly told CNN affiliate KSL that she […]

  • Family, Friends Raise Money for Scholarship in Honor of Micalla Rettinger

    BLUE SPRINGS, Missouri — Two months have passed since 25-year-old Micalla “KK” Rettinger was fatally shot while driving home with her boyfriend and a coworker in Waterloo, Iowa. Despite a $58,000 reward, the family still does not know who fired the bullet that claimed the former University of Northern Iowa softball star’s life. “The official word is there is no word,” Dr. Steve Rettinger, Micalla’s father said, “I haven’t even gotten a death certificate yet.” Comfort is scarce, but Rettinger […]

  • Mexican City Covered in Several Feet of Ice After Freak Summer Hailstorm

    Guadalajara had been enjoying a sweaty summer for the past few weeks until the weekend brought a shocking surprise. The Mexican city woke up Sunday morning to more than 3 feet of ice in some areas after a heavy hailstorm swept through the region. As government officials scrambled to contain the damage and clear up roads, residents captured jaw-dropping footage of vehicles and residences swallowed by ice. Enrique Alfaro Ramirez, the governor of Jalisco, of which Guadalajara is the capital, […]

  • Trump Takes 20 Steps into North Korea, Making History as First Sitting U.S. Leader to Enter Country

    NORTH KOREA — President Donald Trump shook hands with Kim Jong Un on Sunday and took 20 steps into North Korea, making history as the first sitting US leader to set foot in the country. Trump crossed the low stone curb separating the North and South at 3:45 p.m. local time, making his way alongside a grinning Kim into a country that’s long been a global pariah for its nuclear ambitions and dismal record on human rights. The event, seemingly […]

  • Cell Phone Photos and a Rideshare Helped Lead to Man’s Arrest in the Killing of Mackenzie Lueck

      UTAH — Cell phones and social media were at the heart of the investigation that led to an arrest in the killing of a University of Utah student who vanished nearly two weeks ago. Investigators tracking her cell phone discovered that 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck and the man expected to be charged with her murder were both in the park where she was last seen on June 17 within a minute of one another. That was around the time Lueck’s […]

  • Supreme Court to Decide Future of DACA Protections for Undocumented Immigrants

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Supreme Court said Friday it will review next term President Donald Trump’s decision to terminate an Obama-era program that protects hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children, setting up a potential decision in the heart of the 2020 presidential election. A decision siding with the administration could strip protections for nearly 700,000 so-called Dreamers. Immigration was a signature issue during Trump’s first presidential campaign and will be again in the […]

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