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Smithsonian exhibit highlights mega star Oprah Winfrey

Posted 6/12/2018 in National

One of the most recognizable openings in television history blares on a video screen: "I'm Oprah Winfrey, and welcome to The Oprah Winfrey Show!" The crowd goes wild. At the center of it all, a dancing young Oprah.



Gangs embrace social media with often deadly results

Posted 6/12/2018 in National

Lamanta Reese lived much of his gang life in virtual reality, posting videos on YouTube of him and others taunting rivals. He died at age 19 in the real world, bleeding from his head onto a porch on Chicago's South Side after one of those gang rivals, prosecutors say, shot him 11 times.



Trump signals support for states deciding if pot is legal

Posted 6/9/2018 in National

President Donald Trump said Friday that he was inclined to support a bipartisan effort in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana, a proposal that would dramatically reshape the nation's legal landscape for pot users and businesses.



Democrat lawmakers seek criminal corruption probe of EPA's Scott Pruitt

Posted 6/9/2018 in National

House Democrats on Friday formally requested that the Justice Department investigate Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt for potential criminal conduct.



#MeToo crisis jolts Southern Baptists ahead of gathering

Posted 6/9/2018 in National

The Southern Baptists are facing their own #MeToo crisis as the biggest Protestant denomination in the U.S. heads into its annual meeting next week.



Not voting could jeopardize future votes in some states

Posted 6/9/2018 in National

Do you have to vote even if you don't want to? Not doing so could put you on the path to losing your vote in some states.



Pope to oil execs: Clean energy is an 'epochal' challenge

Posted 6/9/2018 in National

Pope Francis told world oil executives Saturday that the transition to less-polluting energy sources "is a challenge of epochal proportions," and warned that the satisfying the globe's energy needs "must not destroy civilization."



Trump casts North Korea summit as 'one-time shot' for Kim

Posted 6/9/2018 in National

President Donald Trump cast his Tuesday summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un as a "one-time shot" for the autocratic leader to ditch his nuclear weapons and enter the community of nations, saying he would know within moments if Kim is serious about the talks.



Trump delivers warning on trade as he leaves G-7 summit

Posted 6/9/2018 in National

Exiting a world summit with characteristic bravado, President Donald Trump delivered a stark warning Saturday to America's trading partners not to counter his decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.



Who speaks for Robert Mueller? Rudy Giuliani is trying to

Posted 6/8/2018 in National

A series of seemingly authoritative assertions in recent weeks about the shape and scope of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election interference has helped define it in the public eye, generating countless headlines and cable chyrons about the ongoing saga that has shadowed President Donald Trump's White House.



White House visits become political litmus test for athletes

Posted 6/8/2018 in National

For victorious sports teams these days, the confetti and champagne are apt to be accompanied by a politically fraught question: Are you going to the White House?



Report: 110 Confederate monuments removed in US since 2015

Posted 6/8/2018 in National

It took generations to erect all the nation's Confederate monuments, and a new report shows they're being removed at a pace of about three each month.



Under fire over tariffs, Trump heads to G-7 summit in Canada

Posted 6/8/2018 in National

Solidifying his solo status on the world stage, President Donald Trump is lashing out at longtime allies over their critiques of his trade policies and plans an early exit from the annual Group of Seven meeting of industrialized nations.



Ryan contradicts Trump's claim that the FBI planted a 'spy'

Posted 6/8/2018 in National

In a break with President Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday that he agrees there is no evidence that the FBI planted a "spy" in Trump's 2016 presidential campaign in an effort to hurt his chances at the polls.



GOP moderate leader: Tentative immigration deal in works

Posted 6/8/2018 in National

A leader of House Republican moderates said Thursday that a tentative deal with conservatives was being discussed to help young "Dreamer" immigrants stay in the U.S. legally.



Mormons grapple with race decades after ban on black leaders

Posted 6/8/2018 in National

On June 1, the Mormon church celebrated the 40th anniversary of reversing its ban on black people serving in the lay priesthood, going on missions or getting married in temples, rekindling debate about one of the faith's most sensitive topics.



Facebook says privacy-setting bug affected as many as 14M

Posted 6/8/2018 in National

Facebook said a software bug led some users to post publicly by default regardless of their previous settings.



Record number of guns confiscated at Atlanta airport in May

Posted 6/8/2018 in National

A record-breaking number of guns was confiscated at Atlanta's airport last month, federal authorities said.



Analysis: HUD plan would raise rents for poor by 20 percent

Posted 6/7/2018 in National

Housing Secretary Ben Carson says his latest proposal to raise rents would mean a path toward self-sufficiency for millions of low-income households across the United States by pushing more people to find work. For Ebony Morris and her four small children, it could mean homelessness.



Trump likely to face a chilly reception at G-7 conference

Posted 6/7/2018 in National

Before President Donald Trump sits down with a third-generation North Korean autocrat, he will face what may well turn out to be a tougher crowd -- some of America's oldest allies.



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