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June 18, 2018

What the first ladies have to say about '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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Thomas Markle: I wish I could have walked Meghan down the aisle
Thomas Markle told 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 >>

Verizon's 'unlimited' mobile plan, MTV Movie & TV Awards: 5 things you need to know Monday
A dangerous bunch of hot air, Verizon's "unlimited" mobile plan, MTV Movie & TV Awards and more things to know Monday.         ... More >>

U.S. denies Syria claim that U.S.-led coalition bombed troops
Syrian state TV said the airstrike occurred around midnight in the village of al-Hari, and was carried out by the U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State. But a coalition spokesman said it had not carried out any strikes in the area.         ... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Fatherlessness is harder on Father's Day, but 'father figures,' other role models fill in
Fatherlessness during childhood has become a major part of American life due to divorce and the rise of having children outside marriage.         ... 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 >>

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 >>

5 killed in police pursuit crash in Texas involving undocumented immigrants
Fourteen people were in the Chevy Suburban when the vehicle crashed in Big Wells, Texas. Police said the SUV was traveling more than 100 mph when it ran off the road.         ... 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 >>

Google to invest $550 million in Alibaba rival JD.com
Under the partnership, JD.com products will appear on Google’s shopping service, giving JD.com access to consumers outside Asia, while Google can apply the Chinese e-commerce company’s supply chain and logistics expertise to its technology.         ... More >>

'Westworld' recap: Death, deception and Dolores
In the ninth episode of Season 2 of "Westworld," we get a shocking death, a few reveals and a bad day for the Man in Black.         ... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

Why Viking Cruises may have the most ambitious culinary program at sea
Viking Cruises is expanding its culinary offerings with new tasting menus and other additions. The line's five ships now offers one of the most diverse arrays of cuisine at sea.         ... 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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

FBI and Justice Department have gravely damaged credibility when we need them most
Former FBI director James Comey put personal views above rules and damaged the FBI: Our view         ... 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 >>

Roger Stone admits to meeting a Russian during the campaign
Former campaign consultant and close associate to President Trump, Roger Stone, admitted to meeting with a Russian man in May 2016 claiming to have “dirt” that could help Trump be elected. Veuer's Maria Mercedes Galuppo has more.         ... More >>

ShowBiz Minute: Hardwick, 3 Doors Down, US Box Office
AMC Networks: Chris Hardwick’s talk show on hold amid allegations; Ex 3 Doors Down bass player arrested; drugs, weapons found; "Incredibles 2" crushes animation record with $180 million in the U.S.. (June 18)         ... More >>

NK looked to set up back channel communications with Jared Kushner
An american businessman targeted White House adviser and President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to set up a communications back channel between the Trump’s administration and North Korea. Veuer's Maria Mercedes Galuppo has more.         ... More >>

Majority of Americans skeptical of North Korea denuclearization
President Trump says he is confident denuclearization will happen in North Korea, but according to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll many Americans disagree.         ... More >>

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