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Terror attack at Ariana Grande concert in Manchester: What we know

At least 22 people died and 59 were injured after a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device at a concert by the American pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena in northern England on Monday night.<p>Here's what we know so far:<p>What happened?<p>The blast occurred just before 10:35 …

Terrorism

'Dancing with the Stars': Rashad Jennings takes the lead in the finale

Here we are... granted, we thought it would be with Nancy, Simone, Heather, and Normani. But we’re here—<i>Dancing with the Stars</i> finale night (part one, of course). Heading into tonight, it appeared Normani was the only contender, but after a record number of 40s were awarded, it’s anyone’s game. …

Simone Biles

Manchester Arena terror attack: Death toll climbs to 22

LONDON —The death toll in the deadly suicide bombing at a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in Manchester, northern England, climbed to 22 people Tuesday. Children were among the dead.<p>Fifty-nine others were injured in the blast at 10.33 pm local time Monday as the concert ended. Greater …

Terrorism

O.J. Simpson faces parole hearing after spending nearly a decade in a Nevada prison

RENO, Nev. — O.J. Simpson could be released this year on parole after spending nearly a decade behind bars at a prison 90 miles east of Reno.<p>Simpson, now 70, is scheduled for a parole hearing in July, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections. The date for that hearing will be set in …

Crime

In wake of blast at Ariana Grande concert, venue safety comes into question

Deadly blasts outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, have renewed concerns about venue safety for entertainers and audiences alike.<p>At least 22 people died and scores were injured Monday night after one or more explosions tore through the crowd outside Grande's concert at …

Terrorism

Ariana Grande reaches out after Manchester attack: 'I'm so, so sorry'

Ariana Grande spoke out hours after an explosion following her concert Monday night killed 19 people and injured at least 50.<p>"Broken," the pop star tweeted at 3:41 a.m. local time in U.K. "From the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don't have words."<p>A deadly explosion outside the Manchester …

Ariana Grande

DeVos: School choice should expand, but not from Washington D.C.

INDIANAPOLIS — Rather than reveal President Trump's national education proposal as initial reports suggested on Monday, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos — addressing the American Federation for Children in Indianapolis — spoke adamantly about how education shouldn't be run from Washington, …

Education

Zack Snyder steps away from 'Justice League' due to family tragedy

Zack Snyder is stepping away from his directing duties on the superhero epic <i>Justice League</i> to deal with the death of his 20-year-old daughter.<p>Warner Bros. confirmed to USA TODAY that Joss Whedon (<i>The Avengers</i>) will finish post-production on the upcoming DC Comics film starring Henry Cavill as …

Batman

Predators eliminate Ducks to reach first Stanley Cup Final

NASHVILLE – Colton Sissons completed his hat trick with six minutes left in regulation to give the Nashville Predators a 6-3 win against the Anaheim Ducks and a place in the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in the franchise’s 19-year history.<p>The Predators will play the winner of the Pittsburgh …

Ice Hockey

Warriors sweep Spurs, advance to NBA Finals with historic 12-0 record

SAN ANTONIO – You knew it was over when Steph Curry put on his wizard’s hat in the first quarter.<p>Sure, it was just four minutes in. And yes, the score of Game 4 in the Western Conference finals was still in single digits.<p>But there was something about the way the Golden State Warriors star dribbled …

Basketball

Don't expect Congress to pass Trump's controversial budget plan

After taking a break next week for Memorial Day, the Republican-controlled Congress will start to craft federal spending plans for next year — but they will not be starting with the budget blueprint President Trump is sending over Tuesday.<p>Trump's budget plan sets out dramatic spending cuts and a …

Donald Trump

Blasts at Ariana Grande concert eerily similar to attack at Paris' Bataclan

A possible terrorist attack at an Ariana Grande concert in the United Kingdom Monday night that left 19 dead bore eerie similarities to an attack in Paris in November 2015 during a rock concert.<p>Eighty-nine people died when three gunmen opened fire during an Eagles of Death Metal concert at the …

Terrorism

ESPN's 'Mike & Mike' could end soon as relationship sours

ESPN’s Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg aren’t speaking to each other much when the cameras and microphones aren’t live, according to a published report on Monday.<p>The relationship between the two has deteriorated to the point where their <i>Mike & Mike</i> ESPN Radio show, which also airs on ESPN2, may not …

Hall of Fame

At Manchester Arena, panic among the pink balloons

It was a surreal scene at the Manchester Arena.<p>Fans, still in the grips of an energetic Ariana Grande concert, spilled out of the U.K. arena Monday night laughing and smiling as the show came to a resounding close. But the happiness turned to horror, witnesses say, when one or two loud bangs …

Terrorism

Bitcoin hits record $2,000 — and rising

SAN FRANCISCO — Bitcoin, sometimes frowned upon as a currency of the underworld, is fast gaining currency in the financial world.<p>The crypto-currency soared past $2,000 for the first time over the weekend as investors increasingly treat it as a new gold standard and countries such as Japan and China …

Bitcoin

What we know about the Ariana Grande concert explosion

At least 19 people died and 50 were injured after one or more explosions tore through the crowd at a concert by the American pop star Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom Monday.<p>What happened?<p>The blast occurred just before 10:35 p.m. local time as the concert was wrapping up, …

Terrorism

Fact check: Newt Gingrich spreads Seth Rich conspiracy theory

Newt Gingrich claimed that a Democratic National Committee staffer “apparently was assassinated” after “having given WikiLeaks something like … 53,000 [DNC] emails and 17,000 attachments.” But there’s no evidence for his claim.<p>The former Republican House speaker is spreading a conspiracy theory …

Crime

Trump says budget can balance with major cuts to safety-net programs

WASHINGTON — President Trump is proposing major cuts to health care, food assistance and other safety-net programs for the poor to balance the budget in 10 years while increasing spending for the military and other priorities.<p>But even if Congress goes along with the budget the president will send …

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Michael Flynn is taking the 5th. So what does that mean?

President Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn told the Senate Intelligence Committee Monday that he won't turn over documents related to the committee's investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government's efforts to sway the 2016 …

Michael Flynn

Stars react to deadly blast at Ariana Grande concert

Shock filled Twitter following a deadly blast Monday night at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. The Greater Manchester Police Department reported via Twitter "a number of confirmed fatalities" at the Manchester Arena and "others injured." At least 20 people were dead, NBC News was …

Ariana Grande

AG Jeff Sessions demands proof 'sanctuary cities' complying with immigration law

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration will require cities and other local jurisdictions to prove that they are complying with federal law mandating that they share information with federal immigration authorities – or risk losing millions in grant funds.<p>The directive issued Monday by Attorney …

Immigration

President Trump's Twitter could be a boon for foreign intelligence gathering

President Trump is well-known for waking up early, watching cable news and fires off short missives on Twitter about whatever he's thinking that day.<p>With a waiting audience of 30 million followers, Trump denounces certain media organizations as "fake news," extols his own victory in the …

Donald Trump

Argentinian company takes aim at LaVar Ball's Big Baller Brand

The founders of the Argentinian streetwear and lifestyle company, Baller Brand, called LaVar Ball a “thief” in an Instagram post on Friday, although a legal expert told USA TODAY Sports that Ball's Big Baller Brand isn't in any legal danger.<p>Diego and Leandro Franco, brothers who founded the company …

Basketball

Reports: Explosions at Ariana Grande concert in U.K.

At least one explosion at a concert given by singer Ariana Grande sent terrified fans running for the exits Monday in Manchester in the United Kingdom, according to <i>Variety</i> and various other media organizations.<p>Grande herself appears to be uninjured. It's unclear if concert-goers or staff at the …

Terrorism

What a potential T-Mobile-Sprint merger means for you

NEW YORK<b>—</b>Speculation that T-Mobile and Sprint might pair up is mounting thanks to comments from both wireless carriers' executives, raising questions about what such a merger might mean for consumers who have largely benefited from the fierce competition that has come to define the business.<p>The …

FCC

Sweden puts entire country up on Airbnb

SAN FRANCISCO — Sweden has listed its entire countryside on Airbnb, as a place anyone can hike, camp or even pick mushrooms and berries, for free.<p>Not that this is a special offer available only to Airbnb users. Sweden, as well as the other Nordic countries of Denmark, Finland and Norway, has since …

Sweden