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NCAA Clears Michigan State Of Rules Violations In Larry Nassar Case

Michigan State announced Thursday that the NCAA has cleared them of any rules violations in relation to sexual abuse committed by former gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, and of allegations raised in a February ESPN report accusing the athletic department of mishandling sexual assault complaints made against football players and basketball assistant. In a news release, Michigan State said it recently had received a letter from Jonathan F. Duncan, NCAA vice president for enforcement, informing the school the NCAA was closing both inquiries. The NCAA opened its inquiry in January; two Michigan State officials have been charged with crimes in connection with their handling of prior complaints (including, most recently, the school’s former longtime gymnastics coach, Kathie Klages) and legal experts questioned whether mishandling allegations of sexual abuse fell under the jurisdiction of the NCAA, which traditionally polices athletic departments for competitive violations.  The ESPN report accused Michigan State officials of “a pattern of widespread denial, inaction and information suppression” relating to sexual assault claims involving the basketball and football teams. While the NCAA found no rules violations, Michigan State’s Title IX office, which handles allegations of gender discrimination and sex crimes on campus, has drawn criticism for its handling of several cases over the last few years — most notably a 2014 complaint by a Nassar accuser that ultimately exonerated him. ... [Read Full Story]

President Trump Cancels Planned January 2019 Pay Increase For Civilian Federal Workers

President Trump announced Thursday that he was canceling a pay raise due to most civilian federal employees in January, citing budgetary reasons. In a letter to congressional leaders, the president wrote that locality pay increases would cost $25 billion. Those increases would come on top of a 2.1 percent across-the-board increase for most civilian employees. “We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases,” Trump wrote before announcing that for 2019, “both across-the-board pay increases and locality pay increases will be set at zero. Trump’s letter added: “these alternative pay plan decisions will not materially affect our ability to attract and retain a well‑qualified Federal workforce.”... [Read Full Story]

Charges Dismissed Against Three Suspects In New Mexico Compound Case

A judge on Wednesday dismissed child neglect charges against three of five people arrested at a remote desert compound in northern New Mexico where 11 children were found living in filth and the body of a 3-year-old boy was discovered. Judge Emilio Chavez ruled that he could not keep the three in custody because prosecutors missed a 10-day limit for an evidentiary hearing to establish probable cause for the neglect charges. Prosecutors could still seek charges for Lucas Morton, Subhannah Wahhaj and Hujrah Wahha by asking a grand jury to indict them, but offered no immediate indication on how they would proceed. Authorities are pushing ahead with other charges filed against the dead boy’s father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, and his partner, Jany Leveille. They were due in court and are accused of child abuse resulting in death, which could carry life sentences in connection with the death of Abdul-ghani Wahhaj.... [Read Full Story]

White House Counsel Don McGahn To Depart In The Fall

President Donald Trump is tweeting that his White House counsel, Don McGahn, will be departing in the fall after the Senate confirmation vote for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the Supreme Court. Trump praised his top White House lawyer on Wednesday, saying he has “worked with Don for a long time and truly appreciate his service!” McGahn has played a major role in Trump’s overhaul of the federal judiciary with conservative judges. And he played a prominent role in Trump’s selection of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and the president’s nomination of Kavanaugh. McGahn had threatened to resign last year if Trump continued to press for the removal of Robert Mueller as the special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russian election interference.... [Read Full Story]

Pope Francis Apologizes Amid Call For His Resignation

Pope Francis issued an apology for the “crimes” of the Catholic Church in Ireland, saying church officials didn’t respond with compassion to the many abuses children and women suffered over the years. Francis read the apology out loud at the start of Mass in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. Protesters marched through the Irish town of Tuam and recited the names of an estimated 800 babies and young children who died at a Catholic Church-run orphanage there, most during the 1950s. Francis told the hundreds of thousands of people who turned out for Mass that he met Saturday with victims of all sorts of abuses: sexual and labor, as well as children wrenched from their unwed mothers and forcibly put up for adoption. Ireland has thousands of now-adult adoptees who were taken at birth from their mothers, who had been forced to live and work in laundries and other workhouses for “fallen women.”  Meanhile, conservative Catholic news outlets published a letter attributed to a former Vatican ambassador to the U.S. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano which accused Vatican officials of knowing about the sexual escapades of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick since 2000, but making him a cardinal anyway. Francis accepted McCarrick’s resignation as cardinal last month after a U.S. church investigation determined an accusation he molested a minor was “credible.” The Vatican didn’t immediately comment on the letter.... [Read Full Story]

Ex-Texas Police Officer Found Guilty Of Murder For Killing Unarmed Black Teen

A white former Texas police officer was found guilty of murder on Tuesday for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager last year as the boy left a house party in a car full of teenagers. Officer Roy Oliver was fired from the Balch Springs Police Department days after the April 2017 shooting. Oliver killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards after the then-officer fired into a moving car carrying five black teenagers leaving a local house party. Edwards was in the front passenger seat. Oliver testified during the Dallas County trial that he opened fire after seeing the car move toward his partner. He says he thought his partner was in danger; however his partner told jurors he didn’t fear for his life and never felt the need to fire his weapon. Testifying in his own defense, Oliver told the jury the car was about to hit his partner and said he felt he had no other option but to fire. Gross, however, testified that he did not fear for his life and never felt the need to fire his weapon. ... [Read Full Story]

Senator John McCain’s Final Words: A Farewell Letter To America

Sen. John Sidney McCain III, who rose to the pinnacle of American politics after enduring years as a prisoner of war, died Saturday at the age of 81. At a Monday news conference, the senator’s former presidential campaign manager and family spokesman, Rick Davis, read Sen. McCain’s farewell letter addressed to his fellow Americans. “As John McCain faced mortality, he asked that a letter he has done be read  and added taht the letter was “John’s final words.” In the letter, McCain warned that “tribal” politics weaken America’s greatness and standing in the world. He also expressed optimism in the American people’s ability to work together for the common good. He praised America’s role in liberating “more people from tyranny and poverty than ever before in history” and said the country’s standing and ideals are threatened “when we confuse our patriotism with tribal rivalries … We weaken it when we hide behind walls rather than tear them down.” Ending the letter on an optimistic note, McCain said Americans will get through the challenges facing the country by working together. “We have always had so much more in common than in disagreement,” McCain wrote.  You can see Sen. McCain’s full letter in the linked article below. ... [Read Full Story]

U.S. And Mexico Reach NAFTA Deal

The United States and Mexico agreed on Monday to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), putting pressure on Canada to agree to the new terms on auto trade and other issues to remain part of the three-nation pact. President Trump and outgoing Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto said talks with Canada would begin immediately. The Mexico-U.S. discussions focused on crafting new rules for the automotive industry. A spokesman for Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada would continue to negotiate, but would only sign a new agreement that is good for the country. The United States, Mexico and Canada do more than 1 trillion dollars in trade between them every year. Trump is expected to send formal notice to the U.S. Congress by the end of the week about his intentions to sign a new trade agreement within 90 days, which would give Mexico’s Pena Nieto time to sign it before he leaves office, the senior U.S. trade official said. U.S., Mexican and Canadian stocks opened higher on Monday on optimism about a trade deal.... [Read Full Story]

Sen. John McCain Memorial And Remembrance Plans Made: Will Lie In State At The U.S. Capitol

Memorial and remembrance plans are being made for Arizona Sen. John McCain, a day after he died following a battle with brain cancer. He will lie in state at both the U.S and Arizona Capitols. McCain will then be buried at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, Md. The senator graduated from the Naval Academy and has said multiple times that he wanted to be laid to rest there. Fellow Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake have said that former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have been asked to eulogize the senator. On Sunday, congressional leaders announced that McCain will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made the announcement, in coordination with congressional leaders from both parties. The ceremony will take place on Friday, August 31. McCain will also lie in state at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, August 29.  Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said in a tweet that “this is a rare and distinct occurrence for a truly special man. John McCain is Arizona, and we will honor his life every way we can.”  Memorial services will be held at North Phoenix Baptist Church on Thursday, Aug. 30, and at the Washington National Cathedral on Saturday, Sept. 1. McCain will be laid to rest at the Naval Academy the following day.... [Read Full Story]

Four Dead In Mass Shooting At Video Game Tournament In Jacksonville, Florida

A gunman killed four people and wounded several others on Sunday when he opened fire at a video game tournament that was being streamed online from a restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida. Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said one white male suspect was dead at the scene.  The shooting took place at the Jacksonville Landing, a waterfront dining, entertainment and shopping site in the city’s downtown. It occured during a regional qualifier for the Madden 19 online game tournament at the GLHF Game Bar inside a Chicago Pizza restaurant, according to the venue’s website. The bar was livestreaming the football video game competition when the gunfire started, according to video of the stream shared on social media. Multiple reports are saying that the shooter was a gamer who was competing in the tournament and lost. Citing messages from another player in the room, the gunman appeared to target several victims before killing himself. ... [Read Full Story]

Hurricane Lane Downgraded To Category 3 As It Brings Heavy Rains To Hawaii

As Hurricane Lane began to settle in on Hawaiians, Honolulu braced itself by opening emergency shelters, closing beaches and parks, canceling school for the remainder of the week, as well as putting non-essential government workers on leave. Though the National Weather Service has downgraded the storm to a Category 3, Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell on Twitter urged people to prepare for the storm and to remain home if possible. “We do not want people out on the streets as Hurricane Lane approaches,” the mayor said. “We’re using a lot of caution here.” The powerful hurricane unleashed torrents of rain and landslides Thursday that blocked roads on the rural Big Island. As of Friday morning, Lane has already dumped more than 31 inches of rain on Hawaii’s Big Island, bringing catastrophic flooding and the life-threatening flooding could even lead to landslides or mudslides.The center of the hurricane sustained winds of 130 mph was expected to move close to or over portions of the main islands. Rainfall rates in the outer bands of the hurricane may reach 1 to 3 inches per hour, meaning flash flood watches will remain in effect through late on Friday. Lane expected to remain a hurricane for the next 12 to 24 hours but increasing wind shear could weaken the storm more quickly over the next two to three days. The storm is forecast to pull away from Hawaii by late Saturday.... [Read Full Story]

American Media CEO David Pecker Granted Immunity In Michael Cohen Case

David Pecker, the CEO of American Media Inc.,the publisher of the National Enquirer, has been granted immunity and is cooperating with federal prosecutors as part of the investigation of Michael Cohen and payments made to two women who claim to have had affairs with Donald Trump Court documents unsealed at the time of Cohen’s guilty plea earlier this week outline a pattern of cooperation between AMI and the Trump campaign starting in 2015. Prosecutors claim that AMI and the Enquirer tipped off the Trump campaign of potentially damaging stories. In the case of Karen McDougal, who claims she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and 2007, AMI’s Dylan Howard arranged a $150,000 payment for her limited life rights. Pecker is a friend of Trump’s and would have access to emails and other records to corroborate prosecutors’ claims about the payments and whether Trump was aware of them.... [Read Full Story]

Senate Democrats Call For Delaying The Hearings For Judge Kavanaugh’s Nomination To Supreme Court

A number of Democrats are calling for the Senate to delay the hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, this coming after former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was found guilty on charges including tax fraud. Additionally, former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts, including two campaign finance violations involving payments to silence women who allegedly had an affair with President Trump before the 2016 election. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor Wednesday that he believed the hearings should be delayed, in large part because Kavanaugh has previously shown support for the idea that a president cannot be indicted. ... [Read Full Story]

Former Trump Attorney Michael Cohen Pleads Guilty To Campaign Finance Violations

Former longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen pleaded guilty Tuesday to eight counts, including two campaign finance violations involving payments to silence women he believed could be detrimental to the 2016 presidential campaign. Cohen testified in federal court that Donald Trump himself directed Cohen to commit a crime.  Cohen’s sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 12, with bail set at $500,0000. The government calculates he should spend between 51 and 63 months in prison. Federal prosecutors claimed Cohen concealed more than $4 million from the IRS and, in 2016, made $280,000 in payments to two women who planned to speak publicly about their affairs with a “presidential candidate.”  In all, Cohen pleaded guilty to five counts of tax evasion; one count of making false statements to a financial institution; one count of willfully causing an unlawful corporation contribution; and one count of making an excessive campaign contribution at the request of a candidate.... [Read Full Story]

Body Found In Search For Missing Iowa Student Mollie Tibbetts; Suspect Arrested

An undocumented immigrant has been charged with first-degree murder in the presumed death of Mollie Tibbetts, an Iowa college student who went missing on July 18, officials said Tuesday. The body that officials believe is that of Tibbetts, 20, was found Tuesday. Authorities said surveillance video helped them determine a suspec, who led them to a cornfield where the woman’s remains were found. The suspect, Christian Rivera, 24, is an undocumented immigrant who authorities believe has been in the area for four to seven years. Authorities say the suspect followed Tibbetts on July 18 and then abducted her. An autopsy will be performed on Wednesday to determine when Tibbetts died and how. Tibbetts, a University of Iowa student, was last seen jogging on July 18 in the small community of Brooklyn, Iowa, about an hour east of Des Moines, according to the Poweshiek County Sheriff’s Office.... [Read Full Story]

Former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort Found Guilty On Eight Counts In Tax Fraud Trial

Paul Manafort was found guilty Tuesday on eight of 18 counts in his financial fraud trial, with a mistrial declared on ten other counts. Manafort, former manager of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, was convicted on one count of failure to disclose a foreign bank account, two counts of bank fraud, and five counts of tax fraud. He faced a 32-count indictment stemming from a probe by special counsel Robert Mueller. The charges are not related to his work with Donald Trump, but rather focused on accusations of financial crimes stretching back to his time as a political consultant in Ukraine more than a decade ago.... [Read Full Story]

Woman Killed In Apparent Alligator Attack In Hilton Head, South Carolina

A woman was killed Monday morning in an apparent alligator attack on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. Witnesses told investigators the woman was walking her dog near a lagoon about 9:30 a.m. when she was attacked and pulled underwater by the animal. Emergency responders found the woman’s body in the lagoon; she as identified her as Cassandra Cline, 45, of Hilton Head Island. An alligator believed responsible for the attack was found and killed at the scene, the sheriff’s office said. The attack happened off Wood Duck Road in Sea Pines Plantation. While alligator attacks on humans are rare, they are not unheard of in the Deep South. In June, a Florida woman walking her dogs was pulled into the water and killed by an alligator.  An autopsy is being conducted at the Medical University of South Carolina to determine the cause of the death.... [Read Full Story]

Colorado Man Charged With First-Degree Murder In Killings Of Pregnant Wife, 2 Daughters

A Colorado man was charged Monday with first-degree murder in the killings of his pregnant wife and their two young daughters, prosecutors said. Chris Watts is being held in the deaths of Shanann Watts, 34, and daughters Bella, 4, and Celeste, 3. Two additional first-degree murder charges accuse him of causing the death of a child under age 12. Watts also faces three counts of tampering with a body, and a count of first-degree unlawful termination of a pregnancy. Watts, 33, is being held without bond, with his next court appearance scheduled for Tuesday morning. Shanann, Bella and Celeste were reported missing August 13 from their home in Frederick, Colorado. Their bodies were found Thursday at the site of a petroleum and natural gas company where Chris Watts had worked.... [Read Full Story]

Wildfire Moves Closer To Glacier National Park’s Scenic Road

A wildfire in Montana’s Glacier National Park is forcing more evacuations, and has burned within a mile of the scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road. It was reported Sunday that officials say protecting the highway through the park is their priority, with firefighters taking precautions to keep it from spreading there.  Operations chief Rocky Gilbert said the concern is that destabilization could lead rock and trees to fall for years. Officials evacuated the Fish Creek Campground and told residents in the small town of Apgar on Lake McDonald that they might have to leave. The historic Lake McDonald Lodge and private cabins along Going-to-the-Sun Road are already under evacuation orders. A wildfire near California’s Yosemite National Park has been fully contained following a recent week-long closure, ... [Read Full Story]

President Trump Trump Says He Has “Nothing To Hide” In Russia Probe

In a series of tweets Sunday morning, President Trump is defending himself and the White House from the ongoing Russia probe, saying he has “nothing to hide” — this amid reports that White House Counsel Don McGahn is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Mr. Trump slammed a New York Times report that McGahn had been cooperating “extensively” with Mueller over the last nine months and has submitted to a series of three interviews with investigators – totaling 30 hours of face-time.  Trump tweeted: “The failing New York Times wrote a fake piece today implying that because White House Councel [sic] Don McGahn was giving hours of testimony to the Special Councel [sic], he must be a John Dean type “RAT,”” Mr. Trump tweeted. He stated that he “allowed” McGahn and “all others” to testify, and that he “didn’t have to.” ... [Read Full Story]

Authorities Recover Bodies Of Missing Colorado Woman And Daughters The Day After Arresting Woman’s Husband For Their Murder

The bodies of a pregnant missing Colorado woman and her 2 young daughter have been recovered in a Denver suburb, just one day after authorities arrested the woman’s husband on suspicion of three counts of murder. Searchers on Thursday afternoon found what appear to be the bodies of 4-year-old Bella Watts and 3-year-old Celeste Watts. The remains of their mother, 34-year-old Shanann Watts, were found earlier on property in northern Colorado owned by Anadarko Petroleum Corp, where the suspect, Chris Watts, had been employed. Shanann Watts (who was 15 weeks pregnant), and her daughters were reported missing on Monday afternoon. Her husband and the children’s father, Chris Watts, 33, was taken into custody Wednesday night in connection with their disappearance. Their case had made national headlines as her husband took to the airwaves earlier this week to plead for his family’s safe return. “This is the worst possible outcome that any of us can imagine,” Colorado Bureau of Investigation director John Camper said in a press conference on Thursday.  Colorado prosecutors say they believe Watts killed his pregnant wife and two daughters in their home, though they would not provide any further details. ... [Read Full Story]

FDA Approves First Generic Competitor To Mylan’s EpiPen

U.S. health officials have approved a new generic version of EpiPen, the emergency allergy medication. The Food and Drug Administration’s action Thursday opens the door to more competition for a drug that has faced public outrage over its price tag. The injections are stocked by schools and parents to treat allergic reactions to food and bug bites. The new generic version will be sold by Teva Pharmaceuticals. EpiPen maker Mylan has dominated the $1 billion market for two decades and competing shots are not widely marketed or prescribed by doctors. In 2016, Congress blasted Mylan for raising the price to $600, a five-fold increase over nearly a decade, in which the company responded to by launching its own lower-cost generic version for $300.... [Read Full Story]

White House Revokes Ex-CIA Director’s Security Clearance

President Donald Trump is revoking the security clearance of former Obama administration CIA director John Brennan, the White House said Wednesday. “Mr. Brennan has recently leveraged his status as a former high-ranking official with access to highly sensitive information to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations, wild outbursts on the internet and television about this administration,” press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. Brennan has been deeply critical of Trump’s conduct, calling his performance at a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Finland “nothing short of treasonous.” Sanders said the security clearances of other current and formers officials are also “under review.” They include former FBI Director James Comey; James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence; former CIA Director Michael Hayden; former national security adviser Susan Rice; and Andrew McCabe, who served as Trump’s deputy FBI director until he was fired in March. ... [Read Full Story]

Traces Of Weed Killing Chemicals Found In Popular Breakfast Food

Some popular breakfast foods and cereals marketed to children contain a weed-killing chemical that some health authorities have linked to cancer. New research out Wednesday morning discovered trace amounts of glyphosate in oats, granolas, and snack bars. Scott Faber, vice president of government affairs with the Environmental Working Group (EWG) said “we’re very concerned that consumers are eating more glyphosate than they know.” They found glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto weed-killer RoundUp, in all but two samples. EWG used its own more stringent standards to conclude that products with excessive levels of the herbicide included Quaker “Old Fashioned Oats,” Cheerios, Quaker “Dinosaur Egg” Instant Oats, Great Value Instant Oats, and Back To Nature Classic Granola Clusters. Quaker responded to the EWG’s report with a statement which read in part, “We proudly stand by the safety and quality of our Quaker products.” General Mills responded by saying, “Our products are safe and without question they meet regulatory safety levels. The EPA has researched this issue and has set rules that we follow.”... [Read Full Story]

Report Identifies More Than 1,000 Children As Victims Of Priest Abuse

More than 1,000 children were molested by hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in six cdioceses, while senior church officials took steps to cover it up, according to a landmark grand jury report released Tuesday. The grand jury said it believes the “real number” of abused children might be “in the thousands” since some records were lost and victims were afraid to come forward. The report said more than 300 clergy committed the abuse over a period of decades.The report faulted Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the former longtime bishop of Pittsburgh who now leads the Washington archdiocese, for what it said was his part in the concealment of clergy sexual abuse. Wuerl defended himself, releasing a statement Tuesday that said he had “acted with diligence, with concern for the victims and to prevent future acts of abuse.” The Pennsylvania grand jury heard from dozens of witnesses and reviewed more than a half-million pages of internal documents from the Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton dioceses. The identities of those clergy members remain under court seal.... [Read Full Story]

Italian Bridge Collapse Sends Cars Plunging, Killing At Least 26

 A 51-year-old highway bridge in the Italian port city of Genoa collapsed on Tuesday, killing at least 26 people and injuring 15 others. Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte called it “an immense tragedy … inconceivable in a modern system like ours, a modern country.” The disaster, on a major interchange connecting Genoa and other northern cities with beaches in eastern Liguria into France, focused attention on Italy’s aging infrastructure. What caused the Morandi Bridge to fall remained unknown, and prosecutors said they were opening an investigation but had not identified any targets. Transport Minister Danilo Toninelli said the collapse was “unacceptable” and that if negligence played a role “whoever made a mistake must pay.”  Officials in the Liguria region said Tuesday night that 26 people had died, saying two more bodies had been found and one of the 16 injured had died in surgery. ... [Read Full Story]

FBI Fires Agent Peter Strzok In Wake Of Anti-Trump Text Messages

Peter Strzok, a longtime FBI agent who was removed from the Russia investigation over anti-Trump text messages, has been fired by the agency, it was announced on Monday. The FBI had been reviewing Strzok’s employment after the politically charged text messages were discovered last year. President Donald Trump’s allies have seized on the texts, saying they show the investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia is tainted by political bias. Strzok was fired late Friday by FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich, said his lawyer, Aitan Goelman.... [Read Full Story]

2 Strong Earthquakes Hit Central And Northern Alaska Regions

Alaska’s North Slope was hit Sunday by the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the region, according to the state’s seismologist. At 6:58 a.m. Sunday,  magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck an area 42 miles east of Kavik River Camp and 343 miles northeast of Fairbanks, the state’s second-biggest city. The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake had a depth of about 6 miles. State seismologist Mike West reported that the earthquake was the biggest recorded in the North Slope. Later Sunday, another magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit at 1:15 p.m. near the city of Kaktovik on Alaska’s North Slope, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The epicenter was southwest of Kaktovik, which has about 290 people. Several aftershocks were reported across northern Alaska. The Alaska Earthquake Center said there were no reports of damage.... [Read Full Story]

“Unite The Right” Rally Draws White Nationalists And Counter-Protesters To Washington, D.C.

White nationalists and counter-protesters gathered in front of the White House Sunday to mark one year since the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. Police in Washington, D.C. ordered tight security for the “Unite the Right” rally. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency in Charlottesville ahead of the anniversary. Last year, one woman, Heather Heyer, was struck and killed by a car driven by a white supremacist. That rally began as a protest against a plan to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, which still stands in Charlottesville. Also on Sunday morning, more than 200 people gathered at Charlottesville’s Washington Park to protest racism, gathering to recite poetry, sing songs and hold a moment of silence.... [Read Full Story]