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Subtropical Storm Alberto heads to the Gulf Coast

Posted yesterday in National

Florida and Mississippi launched emergency preparations Saturday ahead of the arrival of Subtropical Storm Alberto, a slow-moving system expected to cause wet misery across the eastern U.S. Gulf Coast over the holiday weekend.



US forecasters expect 10-16 tropical storms in active season

Posted 5/25/2018 in National

U.S. government forecasters said Thursday that they expect an active Atlantic hurricane season -- an announcement that came as odds increased that the first tropical weather system of the year was forming in the Gulf of Mexico.



North Korea keeps hopes of talks alive after Trump cancellation

Posted 5/25/2018 in National

North Korea said Friday that it's still willing to sit for talks with the United States "at any time, (in) any format," a remarkably restrained and diplomatic response, from a nation noted for its proud belligerence, to U.S. President Donald Trump's abrupt cancellation of a summit with the North's autocratic leader, Kim Jong Un.



Morgan Freeman apologizes in wake of harassment accusations

Posted 5/25/2018 in National

Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman apologized on Thursday to anyone who may have felt "uncomfortable or disrespected" by his behavior, after CNN reported that multiple women have accused the A-list actor of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior on movie sets and in other professional settings.



Shooting survivors share their stories with Texas governor

Posted 5/25/2018 in National

Survivors of last week's shooting at a high school near Houston told gripping stories of dodging bullets, hiding from the attacker and seeing classmates get shot as they pleaded with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for more armed security to keep campuses safe.



Dem, GOP leaders get classified briefings on Russia probe

Posted 5/25/2018 in National

Republican and Democratic lawmakers huddled Thursday in classified briefings about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a highly unusual series of meetings prompted by partisan allegations that the bureau spied on Donald Trump's campaign.



Rachel Dolezal, who posed as black, accused of welfare fraud

Posted 5/25/2018 in National

A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was outed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud.



Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson a century later

Posted 5/25/2018 in National

President Donald Trump has granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing's first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson's name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially charged conviction.



Feds: Uber self-driving SUV saw pedestrian, did not brake

Posted 5/25/2018 in National

The autonomous Uber SUV that struck and killed an Arizona pedestrian in March spotted the woman about six seconds before hitting her, but did not stop because the system used to automatically apply brakes in potentially dangerous situations had been disabled, according to federal investigators.



Harvey Weinstein arrives to surrender in sex assault probe

Posted 5/25/2018 in National

Harvey Weinstein turned himself in to police Friday morning to face the first criminal charges to be filed against him after months of sexual abuse allegations from scores of women that destroyed his career and set off a national reckoning known as the #MeToo movement.



Trump administration explores tariffs on autos, auto parts

Posted 5/24/2018 in National

The Trump administration launched an investigation into whether tariffs are needed on the imports of automobiles into the United States, moving swiftly as talks over the North American Free Trade Agreement have stalled.



Judge: President can't block critics on Twitter

Posted 5/24/2018 in National

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that President Donald Trump is violating the First Amendment when he blocks critics on Twitter because of their political views.



Texas shooting survivors seek purpose in shadow of Parkland

Posted 5/24/2018 in National

She had seen the memorials on television, the familiar white crosses erected after each massacre, and now there were 10 of them lined up on her high school's lawn.



Texas governor supports 2 small gun rules after shooting

Posted 5/24/2018 in National

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday he could support stronger regulations for gun storage and quicker reporting to law enforcement when a court has determined someone is mentally ill in order to keep them from having weapons.



US government set to release hurricane season outlook

Posted 5/24/2018 in National

U.S. government forecasters are set to release their prediction for how many hurricanes and tropical storms they expect to form over Atlantic and Caribbean waters in the next six months.



Texas governor's school safety talks to tackle gun control

Posted 5/23/2018 in National

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's meetings on school violence and safety promised to wade into the thorny issue of gun control with the next round, even though the Republican has been a staunch supporter of gun rights and worked to expand them in the state in recent years.



Texas school shooting suspect's father thinks he was bullied

Posted 5/23/2018 in National

A 17-year-old student accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Texas high school should be seen as a "victim" because he may have recently been bullied, causing him to lash out, his father said.



Democrats nominate first woman as GOP race heads to runoff

Posted 5/23/2018 in National

In Georgia's gubernatorial primary, Democrats elected a woman who could become the first black female governor in American history, but no Republican candidate gathered more than 50 percent of the vote -- so the top two face a July runoff.



Cohen partner pleads guilty in deal requiring cooperation

Posted 5/23/2018 in National

A longtime business partner of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen, whose business dealings are being scrutinized by federal prosecutors, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in a state tax fraud case that requires him to cooperate in any ongoing investigation, according to a person briefed on the deal.



Congress moves to dismantle key post-crisis bank rules

Posted 5/23/2018 in National

Congress moved Tuesday to dismantle a chunk of the rules framework for banks, installed to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 financial crisis that brought millions of lost jobs and foreclosed homes.



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