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September 19, 2018

Fighting for Vietnam: Puerto Rico braces for redevelopment
As post-Maria island shifts from recovery to long-term rebuilding, some neighborhoods anticipate a renewed push from developers.         ... More >>

First-hand accounts from 8 Hollywood professionals hoping for change
As #MeToo hits its first anniversary, we share the voices of people who have experienced sexual harassment and assault in the entertainment industry.         ... More >>

Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford faces chorus of doubt, even after #MeToo
'After 36 years?' Debate over Christine Blasey Ford's accusations against Trump nominee Brett Kavanaugh shows distrust of sexual assault survivors, even after #MeToo.         ... More >>

Mark Cuban will make $10M donation after Mavericks investigation reveals 'disturbing, heartbreaking' findings
The investigation into the Dallas Mavericks revealed nearly 20 years of workplace misconduct. Fifteen females were harassed by former CEO Terdema Ussery.         ... More >>

Gunman dies after wounding 4 in shooting rampage at Wisconsin office building, authorities say
The suspect, who was shot by police, opened fire at a building housing a software company         ... More >>

How a lauded CIA veteran-turned-candidate got branded with terrorism claims
The U.S. Postal Service wrongly released Abigail Spanberger's personnel file. Now the GOP is targeting her for teaching at a Saudi embassy school, dubbed "Terror High."         ... More >>

Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz allegedly killed four women, Erika Peña is the one who got away
The aunt of a woman who escaped from a Border Patrol agent accused of mass murder says all the victims knew him as a client.         ... More >>

Meet the 'lawnmower parent,' the new helicopter parents of 2018
'Lawnmower parents' may go so far as to ask someone to blow their child's hot food in the cafeteria. They're the new helicopter parents and mow down comforts, challenges and discomforts.         ... More >>

Tom Selleck steps down from NRA board but remains a member, publicist confirms
Tom Selleck, star of "Magnum, P.I." and now "Blue Bloods," stepped down from the NRA's board in the middle of his fifth three-year term.         ... More >>

Texans coach Bill O'Brien rips superintendent for racist remark on QB Deshaun Watson
Texans coach Bill O'Brien called Onalaska ISD superintendent Lynn Redden "ignorant" for saying "you can't count on a black quarterback."         ... More >>

Multiple people reported injured in shooting at judge's office in Fayette County, Pa.
Police were responding to a shooting at a judge's office in Fayette County, Pa., on Wednesday, according to media reports.         ... More >>

Cody Wilson, champion of gun blueprints for 3D printers, accused of sexual assault
Cody Wilson, the Texas man at the center of a legal battle for offering blueprints for making guns for 3D printers, is accused in court documents of sexually assaulting a teen girl, according to media reports.         ... More >>

Family, friends bid Burt Reynolds farewell at private Florida funeral, reports say
Family and friends gathered Wednesday to say goodbye to the "Smokey and the Bandit" star, who died Sept. 6.         ... More >>

Believing Kavanaugh or Blasey Ford before hearing testimony is bias, not blind justice
Democratic senators say they believe Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, but belief before the hearing isn't blind justice. It's bias.         ... More >>

Wanda Barzee, one of the kidnappers of Elizabeth Smart, released from prison
Wanda Barzee, 72, pleaded guilty to kidnapping and other charges in the Elizabeth Smart case in 2003 and was sentenced to concurrent, 15-year sentences in federal and state courts.         ... More >>

Mosquitoes are eating plastic. Why that's a big problem.
A Biology Letters study found that when a mosquito larvae eats microplastic, that plastic can remain in the insect's body into adulthood.         ... More >>

Huge spelling mistake painted on Cathay Pacific airplane
Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific shared a spelling error on social media Wednesday, which shows a misspelled name on the side of their aircraft.         ... More >>

Mollie Tibbetts slaying suspect Cristhian Bahena Rivera pleads not guilty
The arrest of Cristhian Bahena Rivera ended a five-week search for the University of Iowa student. Bahena Rivera's trial is set for April 2019.         ... More >>

Urban Meyer docked more than $570,000 as part of his Ohio State suspension
The three-game suspension handed down by Ohio State on football coach Urban Meyer resulted in him losing more than $570,000, according to school documents.         ... More >>

Can you afford that new vehicle? 25 most expensive car models to insure
Car insurance premiums have risen sharply in recent years, increasing by 33% between 2010 and 2016. And the amount a typical American pays for car insurance depends on many factors, including driver age, driving record, and location.         ... More >>

Senators debate path ahead on Kavanaugh allegations
Senate Democrats say the FBI should look into the sexual-assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as his accuser wants. Republicans say that's unnecessary because the Senate is conducting its own investigation. (Sept. 19)         ... More >>

Why Donald Trump needs to be involved in North and South Korea peace talks: Today's talker
South and North Korea signed an agreement that both said would usher in a new era of peace. But what concessions does it demand of America?         ... More >>

Coast Guard helicopter: Eyes in the skies search for Florence victims on the ground
From the air, the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter spots boats navigating through large swaths of water. The tops of roofs are the only sign that the area in Brunswick County is a neighborhood instead of a river. While Florence has moved on, floodwaters still posed a danger in North... More >>

Note to bigots: Read Bill of Rights, watch Mister Rogers and lay off Kaepernick
My local principal called Colin Kaepernick an 'anti-American thug.' The Make America White Again crowd needs lessons in patriotism and kindness.         ... More >>

Brett Kavanaugh confirmation train slows down in search of truth
Both Christine Blasey Ford and the Supreme Court nominee should testify over 'rape attempt' accusation: Our view         ... More >>

Risky market? By one measure, U.S. stocks 50% pricier than at 2000 top
Stock market valuations are getting rich, and they could slow the record-long bull market's future gains.         ... More >>

6 marvelous things we learned from Brie Larson's first 'Captain Marvel' trailer
Finally, what the superhero-loving world has been waiting for: the first 'Captain Marvel' trailer starring Brie Larson as the powerful Carol Danvers.         ... More >>

Best airports? Las Vegas, Orlando and John Wayne are tops, says J.D. Power
At the other end of the spectrum, the worst airports were again found in the New York City metro area, where LaGuardia and Newark earned poor marks.         ... More >>

'The City' podcast: true stories about how power works in urban America
'The City' tells true stories of how power works in urban America. Season 1: Chicago, 1990         ... More >>

Florence unleashes havoc on Carolinas
Florence unleashes havoc on Carolinas         ... More >>

September's #avgeek photo gallery
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Emmy Awards 2018: Stars walk the gold carpet
Stars shine on the 2018 Emmy Awards gold carpet         ... More >>

Key NFL players with major injuries for 2018 season
Here are NFL players who were expected to be major contributors this season, but instead suffered significant injuries.         ... More >>

September political cartoons from the USA TODAY NETWORK
Cartoonists from across the country draw their takes on news and politics.         ... More >>

Blake Lively shuts down 'double standard' critics in Robert Redford-inspired pink suit
Blake Lively rocked a pink suit in a who-wore-it-best-style image of herself next to legendary actor Robert Redford, and clapped back at critics.         ... More >>

'Sesame Street' denies writer's claim that Bert and Ernie are gay: They are 'best friends'
"Sesame Street" says Bert and Ernie, the the odd-couple roommates on the children's TV show, "remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation."         ... More >>

Coast Guard boat crew offers relief from Florence and a bright light in the storm
A U.S. Coast Guard team has been a bright light, helping people feel a small sense of relief during Hurricane Florence.         ... More >>

Gender quotas: California ponders breakthrough bill to boost female executives
A California bill would require companies headquartered in the state to have at least one female board member by 2019. What are the ramifications?         ... More >>

Cristiano Ronaldo gets first red card in 154 games of Champions League play
Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo made tearful departure from Juventus Champions League debut after he received his first red card in 154 games.         ... More >>

Chiefs unleash deep, talented arsenal on opposing defenses
The Chiefs could have one of the deepest, most talented array of playmakers in the NFL, and a blooming star in quarterback Patrick Mahomes to make everything click         ... More >>

Man City humbled in 2-1 loss to Lyon in Champions League
Manchester City's expensively-assembled team was humbled by Lyon in the Champions League, losing 2-1 at the start of its quest to win European football's biggest prize for the first time         ... More >>

Jets waive 2017 third-rounder WR ArDarius Stewart
The New York Jets have waived wide receiver ArDarius Stewart, who served a two-game suspension to start the season         ... More >>

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