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June 18, 2018

What Melania Trump, past first ladies have to say on 'zero tolerance' immigration policy
America's first ladies, current and former, have weighed in on the "zero tolerance" policy that is separating families seeking asylum in the United States.         ... More >>

Homeland Security chief denies policy separates families at border
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen took to Twitter to vehemently deny claims that her department's border policy dictates separation of children from their families. "We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period," Nielsen tweeted late Sunday.    ... More >>

Trump's insults, tariffs inspire Canadians to organize boycott of U.S. goods
Canadians are boycotting U.S. goods but history shows that the results of economic boycotts are mixed. Among the most successful was the Montgomery Bus Boycott.         ... More >>

Brooks Koepka's girlfriend has forgiven Joe Buck for his gaffe
After Brooks Koepka’s victory last year, Fox Sports' lead commenator Joe Buck misidentified Koepka’s girlfriend. This year he got it right.         ... More >>

Thomas Markle: Prince Harry told me to 'give Donald Trump a chance'
Thomas Markle told British broadcaster ITV on Monday that his daughter cried when he told her he wasn’t well enough to attend the ceremony last month, but was honored to be replaced by Prince Charles.         ... More >>

Secret VA nursing home ratings hide poor quality care from the public
VA nursing homes were worse than private facilities on key quality indicators last year, including rates of anti-psychotic drug prescription and residents’ deterioration, according to internal documents obtained by USA TODAY and The Boston Globe.         ... More >>

World Cup fans celebrating in Mexico City may have caused artificial earthquake
Two monitoring stations in Mexico City picked up what appears to be an artificial earthquake as fans celebrated during Sunday's World Cup game.         ... More >>

Trump adviser Roger Stone reveals new meeting with Russian
Trump and his loyalists have tried to convince the public that the FBI violated its usual operating procedures, including installing “spies” inside Trump’s campaign, though there’s no evidence that’s the case.         ... More >>

Sprint and Verizon’s latest deals offer still more definitions of 'Unlimited'
Recent wireless deals from Verizon and Sprint offered new twists on those "unlimited" plans, which are hugely popular with consumers.         ... More >>

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler arrested in Germany as Volkswagen emissions scandal lingers
The CEO of Audi was arrested in Germany on suspicion of his involvement in the Volkswagen emissions scandal. Audi boss Rupert Stadler, accused of collusion, had so far survived the fallout from the scandal despite questions over the VW luxury brand's role in rigging engines with illegal s... More >>

Strong earthquake near Osaka in Japan kills 3, injures hundreds
The magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck shortly after 8 a.m. local time north of Osaka. Dozens of domestic flights were grounded, while train and subway service in the Osaka area including the bullet train were suspended.         ... More >>

Calling 911? Your iPhone will be able to tell a first responder where you are.
Apple is teaming up with RapidSOS to securely share your location with 911 first responders, when you make a 911 call with an iPhone running iOS 12         ... More >>

Actress Mary McCormack says husband's Tesla car shot flames in traffic
The 'West Wing' star shared video of her husband's Tesla car shooting flames while in Southern California traffic. McCormack said in an accompanying tweet Friday that there was "no accident" and the incident was "out of the blue."         ... More >>

Disney issues seizure warning about 'Incredibles 2' for fans with epilepsy
After an outcry on social media, Disney has warned moviegoers that a sequence with flashing lights in Pixar's 'Incredibles 2' potentially could trigger seizures in customers with epilepsy.         ... More >>

Tony Finau costs himself $214,372 with double bogey on final hole of U.S. Open
Tony Finau’s double bogey on the final hole of the U.S. Open cost the golfer $214,372 and a tie with Dustin Johnson for third place.         ... More >>

Flash flooding wipes out roads, damages buildings in Houghton, Michigan
Storms moving across the Upper Peninsula washed out several roads in the Houghton and Hancock areas and created dozens of sinkholes across the Keweenaw Peninsula.         ... More >>

Retro motels make a chic comeback
Motels, hotels you could drive up to as a kid, are back in style. In their modern incarnation, they have better furniture and food and beverage offerings.         ... More >>

Separation of immigrant families draws lawmakers, advocates to the border on Father's Day
A group of lawmakers led by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border on Father's Day to "further investigate" a new policy separating immigrant families.         ... More >>

In 1968, music made Asbury Park a respite from unrest
Tensions were high in the summer of 1968. But in this seaside community, music kept people together.         ... More >>

Would you bid 420,000 miles to see a parked plane? These frequent-fliers did
Blockbuster bids to see a retired United Airlines Boeing 747 underscore emergence of experiential optoins for frequent-flier and travel loyalty programs.         ... More >>

Multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to Kellogg's Honey Smacks cereal, CDC says
At least 31 states have been affected by the salmonella outbreak linked to the cereal, according to the Centers for Disease and Control. The company announced the recall on Thursday, June 14.         ... More >>

Why is Harvard discriminating against Asian Americans? 'Diversity' is no excuse for racial bias.
We've decided that doling out opportunity on the basis of race is wrong. Even when it changes an institution's 'character.' Even when Harvard does it.         ... More >>

We in Congress should protect students from gun violence as well as we protect ourselves
After the 2017 congressional baseball shooting, we instantly increased security to protect Congress. Why are we so slow when it comes to school safety?         ... More >>

Readers sound off: No bias on the part of FBI, Comey? Not buying it
It's not that there was no bias. It's just a matter of whether it was directed at Trump or Clinton.         ... More >>

Meghan McCain tweets Father's Day photo, calls John McCain 'greatest father in the world'
Meghan McCain has given the public an up-close view of the powerful bond she has with her father through social media posts and media interviews.         ... More >>

After losing fight to levy 'Amazon tax,' Seattle is back to square one on helping homeless
Amazon and other businesses squelched a Seattle tax to fund homeless services, leaving the city with no clear path forward to deal with the crisis. Many cities that are experiencing a tech boom are grappling with a similar situation, but it's particularly acute for Seattle.  ... More >>

Eminem ignores Bonnaroo critics, keeps 'gunshot' sound effects at Firefly fest
You didn't really think Eminem was going to back down because of a few negative Twitter comments, did you? After riling fans with "gunshot" sound effects at Bonnaroo, he repeated them at Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Del.         ... More >>

Giuliani: Trump won't pardon targets in Russia probe while investigation is taking place
President Trump's lead attorney Rudy Giuliani backs off earlier suggestion that targets in the ongoing probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 election could be pardoned before the investigation is complete.         ... More >>

Father's Day used to highlight fight against Trump policy that separates migrant families
The Trump administration policy that separates migrant children from their parents began in May to discourage parents from bringing children across the border illegally. Activities on Father's Day, dubbed #FathersDayofAction, included congressional visits to detention centers, marches and vigi... More >>

Physicist Stephen Hawking's ashes interred at Westminster Abbey
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The most affordable summer vacations for 2018
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'Jesus wept': Today's Toon
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Highlights from the 2018 FIFA World Cup
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Iconic landmarks in every state
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1 dead and 22 injured after gunfire at New Jersey art festival
Shooting occurred shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday at community cultural event in Trenton, N.J.         ... More >>

Father's Day: Bobby Kennedy's eldest daughter remembers her daddy
Bobby Kennedy, who was killed 50 years ago this month, had 11 children. His oldest remembers his touch, his lessons and a particular gift to her mom.         ... More >>

401(k) investors: Follow the 5% rule to protect your retirement savings
Retirement investing isn't a get-rich-quick scheme. It’s about getting solid but volatile stock market-like returns gradually without much risk.         ... More >>

Forget stylish attacking moves, this is set-piece World Cup
The start of the World Cup has produced a spate of goals from set pieces         ... More >>

'Iranian Messi' feels at home at World Cup before Spain game
Iran center forward Sardar Azmoun is feeling at home at the World Cup in Russia         ... More >>

Border policy defended amid protests
Nearly 2,000 children have been taken from their parents since the Trump administration announced its "zero tolerance" policy against people illegally entering the U.S. Border Patrol Sector Chief Manuel Padilla calls the separations temporary. (June 18)         ... More >>

YouTube to face creators as Instagram, Twitch loom as rivals
After a rough year of Logan Paul, conspiracy videos, advertiser fallout and blowback from video creators, YouTube faces the community Thursday with a status update         ... More >>

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