August 17, 2017 RSS feed / Nation/World

Overdoses on the road: Drugged driving becoming more common

COLUMBUS, Ohio   An SUV crashed after all four occupants overdosed on heroin in North Carolina. The same day, a man in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, grabbed the steering wheel after his grandson lost consciousness while driving. More...

Trump signs law expanding college assistance for vets

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. Military veterans are getting unlimited access to college assistance under legislation President Donald Trump has signed into law. More...

U.S.: War would be ‘horrific’ but North Korea nukes ‘unimaginable’

BEIJING   A military solution to the North Korean missile threat would be “horrific” but allowing Pyongyang to develop the capability to launch a nuclear attack on the United States is “unimaginable,” the top U.S. More...

Heyer’s family: Fight injustice like she did

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AP Explains: How the Texas ‘bathroom bill’ keeps faltering

AUSTIN, Texas A Texas version of a North Carolina-style “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people again sputtered out. More...

China urges North Korea, U.S. to ‘hit the brakes’ on threats

BEIJING   China has urged the United States and North Korea to “hit the brakes” on threatening words and work toward a peaceful resolution of their tense standoff created by Pyongyang’s recent missile tests and threats to fire More...

View from the street:

Police stood by as adversaries fought

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. It started with threats, taunting and racial slurs, and escalated to total pandemonium — hand-to-hand combat in the streets of Charlottesville. More...

City to mourn Heather Heyer today

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.   Mourners will gather in Charlottesville, Virginia, today to honor the woman who was killed when a car rammed into a crowd of people protesting a white nationalist rally that descended into violence last weekend.  More...

Trump leaves top strategist’s future in limbo: ‘We’ll see’

NEW YORK President Donald Trump is saying “we’ll see what happens” with top strategist Steve Bannon. The president refused to express confidence in Bannon during an impromptu news conference Tuesday. More...

Poll: Charters losing support

WASHINGTON Expanding charter schools around the country is losing support among Americans, even as President Donald Trump and his administration continue to push for school choice, according to a survey released today. More...

Deadly Virginia rally accelerates removal of Confederate statues

In Gainesville, Florida, workers hired by the Daughters of the Confederacy chipped away at a Confederate soldier’s statue, loaded it quietly on a truck and drove away with little fanfare.  More...

Council: Vehicle deaths dip slightly in 2017

WASHINGTON Preliminary data show U.S. motor vehicle deaths and injuries were down slightly in the first six months of 2017, although they were still significantly higher than they were two years ago, the National Safety Council said today. More...

Both Korean leaders, U.S. signal turn to diplomacy amid crisis

SEOUL, South Korea   North Korea’s military today presented leader Kim Jong Un with plans to launch missiles into waters near Guam and “wring the windpipes of the Yankees,” even as both Koreas and the United States signaled the More...

UK may seek ‘temporary’ EU customs union

LONDON   Britain might seek to remain in a customs union with the European Union for a time to avoid border chaos after leaving the bloc, the government’s Brexit department said today.  More...

3,000 firefighters in Portugal combat raging wildfires

LISBON, PORTUGAL   Portuguese officials say 3,000 firefighters are struggling to put out more than 150 raging wildfires in Portugal, as persistent hot and dry weather stoke the flames.  In one case, more than 800 firefighters supported by a More...

Stunt driver dies while filming ‘Deadpool 2’

VANCOUVER, British Columbia   “Deadpool 2” star Ryan Reynolds is mourning the death of a motorcycle stunt driver killed during production Monday.  Reynolds released a statement on Twitter a few hours after the accident near the More...

Texas towns eager for Exxon plant

TAFT, Texas Congeniality is a big deal in Taft. The Corpus Christi Caller- Times reports the community promotes itself, on road signs and banners, as the “Friendliest cotton pickin’ town in Texas,” after all. More...

Diverse group unites against white supremacists

Activists, students, clergy and more oppose Neo-Nazis, KKK and other Virginia rally-goers

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. Clergy in robes. A woman handing out flowers. Black Lives Matter activists. Armed militia members. Students. Angry anti-fascist protesters. More...

Analysis: Trump reluctant to condemn white nationalists

WASHINGTON Why doesn’t President Donald Trump just unequivocally condemn white supremacists? More...

One-fifth of Americans find workplace hostile or threatening

WASHINGTON   The American workplace is grueling, stressful and surprisingly hostile.  So concludes an in-depth study of 3,066 U.S. workers by the Rand Corp., Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles. More...