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10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. LOCAL GROUP SUSPECTED IN SRI LANKA BOMBINGS ON EASTER The coordinated bombings that ripped through churches and luxury hotels, killing more than 200 people, were carried out by seven suicide bombers from a domestic militant group. 2. WITNESS DESCRIBES ‘PANIC MODE’ FOLLOWING BOMBINGS People were being evacuated, others were being dragged. Blood and ambulances […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. DONATIONS POUR IN FOR NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL Nearly $1 billion in global contributions have been made to restore the fire-ravaged, 12th century landmark in Paris, and France’s president wants the work completed in five years. 2. COLUMBINE THREAT BY WOMAN WITH GUN SHUTS DENVER-AREA SCHOOLS Authorities are searching for 18-year-old Sol Pais, who they […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. FIRE OUT BUT MUCH WORK AHEAD FOR DAMAGED NOTRE DAME Experts are assessing the blackened shell of Paris’ iconic cathedral to establish next steps to save what remains after a devastating fire destroyed much of the almost 900-year-old building. 2. REDACTED SPECIAL COUNSEL REPORT COMING THIS WEEK Trump is stepping up his attacks in […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. WHO’S CHANGING HIS TUNE ON WIKILEAKS President Donald Trump declares “I know nothing about WikiLeaks” after its founder Julian Assange was hauled out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to face charges, a stark contrast to how candidate Trump showered praise on the hacking organization during his 2016 presidential campaign. 2. WIKILEAKS’ STATUS IN […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. TRUMP’S VICTORY LAP MAY BE PREMATURE The scramble to frame the Russia investigation’s findings in the best political light is sure to be renewed in coming days when Mueller’s report is expected to be released in redacted form. 2. 12 DAYS OF TURMOIL SHOOK HOMELAND SECURITY Trump’s anger over the situation on the U.S.-Mexico […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. TRUMP REVELS IN RETELLING EARLY RESULTS OF MUELLER PROBE A fired-up President Donald Trump turned the findings of the Russia investigation into a political weapon at a Michigan rally. 2. WHO’S TURNING UP THE PRESSURE FOR MUELLER REPORT Democrats intensified their demands for Robert Mueller’s full report after learning the special counsel’s findings from […]

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. MUELLER’S REPORT COMPLETED, DEBATE CONTINUES The stage is set for new rounds of political and legal fighting after the special counsel did not find evidence that Trump’s campaign “conspired or coordinated” with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election. 2. TRUMP’S LEGAL WOES MAY BE FAR FROM OVER Federal and state investigators in New […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. ETHIOPIA TO SEND PLANE’S BLACK BOX ABROAD The black box from the doomed Ethiopian Airlines jetliner will be sent overseas for analysis but no country has been chosen, an airline spokesman tells the AP. 2. CARDINAL PELL SENT TO PRISON FOR MOLESTATION The most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse is sentenced to […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. FAA JOINS ETHIOPIA CRASH PROBE U.S. aviation experts join the investigation into the deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jetliner, as a growing number of airlines and countries ground the Boeing 737 Max 8 planes. 2. TRUMP’S CAMPAIGN AGENDA FOUND IN NEW BUDGET His budget for the next fiscal year focuses on deep spending […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. NO DEAL IN HANOI Declaring “sometimes you have to walk,” Trump did just that after nuclear disarmament talks with Kim Jong Un collapsed after the two sides failed to reach a deal due to a standoff over U.S. sanctions on North Korea. 2. HOW KIM MADE HISTORY For what is almost certainly the first […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. ODDS SEEM AGAINST TRADE WAR BREAKTHROUGH U.S. and Chinese negotiators begin talks aimed at settling a half-year dispute that has weakened both sides, rattled financial markets and clouded the global economic outlook. 2. LAWMAKERS HOPEFUL OF PACT THAT WOULD PREVENT SHUTDOWN Capitol Hill negotiators say they could easily reach a deal on a homeland […]

Ceremony finalizes long trek to US citizenship

Ceremony finalizes long trek to US citizenship

In a celebration of the American melting pot, 275 people crowded in with family and friends to take the oath of citizenship Jan. 17 in Pensacola, completing a lengthy process to call the U.S. home. Among their ranks were people from all corners of the globe, with native languages ranging across the spectrum. Read the […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. MAY BATTLES TO KEEP BREXIT ON TRACK European Union countries are also debating how to move forward now that the U.K. Parliament rejected the prime minister’s deal with the bloc and with the March 29 deadline looming. 2. WHO BLINKS FIRST MATTERS IN WALL FIGHT Border wall aside, the shutdown dispute over whether to […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. TRUMP, LAWMAKERS STILL AT LOGGERHEADS No one budges at the president’s closed-door meeting with congressional leaders, so the partial government shutdown persists over his demand for billions of dollars to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. 2. WHAT’S UNIQUE ABOUT NEW CONGRESS The 116th U.S. Congress is making history for seating […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. WORLD LEADERS GO SOUTH The U.S.-China trade dispute and the conflict over Ukraine could overshadow the usual agenda of issues like development, infrastructure and investment at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires. 2. LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION President Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, confessed in a surprise guilty plea that he lied to […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. PARADISE LOST In a matter of hours last week, the town of 27,000 in California disappeared — it literally went up in smoke in the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in state history. Memories are all that’s left for many of the survivors. 2. THE DEATH TOLL KEEPS RISING At least 63 are now dead […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. MICHAEL CHARGES INTO SOUTHEAST AFTER SLAMMING FLORIDA As the tropical storm continues to weaken it is still menacing the flood-weary Southeast with heavy rains, blustery winds and possible spinoff tornadoes. 2. SENSE OF IMPUNITY EMBOLDENS AUTOCRATS TO GET RID OF ENEMIES Dictators and autocrats have always sought to silence dissenters, and in the case […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. WHO COULD TELL HER STORY ABOUT TOP COURT CANDIDATE Christine Blasey Ford may testify against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, breathing new life into the prospect of a dramatic Senate showdown over Ford’s accusation that he assaulted her when both were in high school. 2. CAROLINAS STRUGGLE WITH HUGE STORM’S AFTERMATH The trillions of […]

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. WHO’S OUT AT CBS The #MeToo era with a strong movement fighting sexual misconduct fells Leslie Moonves, one of the TV industry’s most powerful executives. 2. FEARSOME HURRICANE COULD STRIKE US SOUTHEAST Florence, forecast to be a Category 4 storm, could strike a direct and dangerous blow anywhere from the Carolinas to the Mid-Atlantic […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. TRUMP DENOUNCES NYT COLUMN AS OFFICIALS CRY ‘NOT ME!’ As the denials poured in from Cabinet-level officials, President Donald Trump said in an interview with Fox News it was unfair for the person to pen the editorial anonymously because there’s no way to discredit it. 2. IRAN SUMMIT HOLDS KEY TO LOOMING SYRIA BATTLE […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. WITH COHEN PLEA, GOP FACES FAMILIAR QUANDARY The former Trump attorney and fixer pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations and other charges, increasing pressure on the Republican Party in a midterm election year. 2. WHO IS INDIVIDUAL 1 That’s the moniker federal prosecutors gave Trump in the Michael Cohen case and documents also lay out […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. TAX CUTS TAKE BACKSEAT TO FEAR IN GOP POLITICS In primary season, Republican candidates are embracing the general-election strategy of using anxiety as a tool to motivate voters. 2. HOW MOSCOW REACTED TO NEW US SANCTIONS A senior Russian lawmaker denounces Washington’s response to the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain as “lynch […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

10 Things to Know for Thursday

1. WHAT PONTIFF IS SAYING ABOUT CAPITAL PUNISHMENT Pope Francis changes the church’s teaching on death penalty, says it is always inadmissible because it “attacks” human dignity. 2. DONOR TO CLINTON, TRUMP HELPED ‘HIGH-RISK’ MERCHANTS Records obtained by the AP show that a prominent political donor has helped pornographers, payday loan debt collectors and offshore […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. ALARMS BLARE ABOUT RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE IN US ELECTIONS The Trump administration is facing bipartisan criticism that it has no clear national strategy to protect the country during the upcoming midterms and beyond. 2. MIRACLE IN MEXICO All 103 aboard an Aeromexico jetliner have survived a fiery crash in Durango after the pilot aborted takeoff […]

10 Things to Know for Friday

10 Things to Know for Friday

1. GUESS WHO’S COMING TO WASHINGTON? Unbowed by swirling criticism of his summit encounter with Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump swiftly invited the Russian leader to the White House this fall for a second get-together; Moscow says it’s ‘open’ to the invite. 2. WHO WANTS TRUMP TRANSLATOR TO EMERGE FROM SHADOWS Democrats want President Donald […]

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

10 Things to Know for Wednesday

1. TRUMP WALKS BACK POSITION ON US INTELLIGENCE The U.S. president contends his summit with Russian leader Vladimir Putin was a “great success” and backs off earlier remarks undermining U.S. intelligence agencies. 2. TRUMP TAKES ‘AMERICA FIRST’ TO UNSEEN LEVELS The president’s tumultuous trip across Europe, historians say, smashed the conventions of American leaders on […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. WHO’S FEELING THE HEAT AFTER HELSINKI SUMMIT Trump’s extraordinary performance alongside his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin fuels criticism of his presidency from both right and left. 2. RUSSIANS PRAISE PUTIN, PITY TRUMP While the U.S. leader went home to widespread criticism after their Finnish summit, the Russian president came home to universal praise. 3. […]

10 Things to Know for Monday

10 Things to Know for Monday

1. TRUMP-PUTIN READY FOR ONE-ON-ONE SUMMIT The meeting in Finland is playing out against a backdrop of fraying Western alliances, a new peak in the probe into Russian election meddling and fears in some quarters that Moscow’s aggression may go unpunished. 2. HOW TRUMP SAYS MONARCH CHARACTERIZED BREXIT The president tells a British interviewer that […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. ‘IT’S A HUGE MINEFIELD’ Trump and his allies reach a new level of anxiety after the raid on his personal attorney’s office, since they don’t know exactly what was in the records and electronic devices seized last week. 2. WHICH RAPPER HAS CAUSE TO CELEBRATE Kendrick Lamar wins the Pulitzer Prize for music, making […]

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

10 Things to Know for Tuesday

1. US, EUROPE PUNISH RUSSIA OVER SPY CASE Western nations band together to expel more than 100 Russian diplomats they accuse of being spies, punishing Moscow for its alleged poisoning of an ex-intelligence officer in Britain. 2. CIVIL RIGHTS ICON DIES AT 76 As a young girl in Kansas, Linda Brown found herself at the […]