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U.S. hate groups proliferate in Trump's first year, watchdog says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of U.S. hate groups expanded last year under President Donald Trump, fueled by his immigration stance and the perception that he sympathized with those espousing white supremacy, the Southern Poverty Law Center said on Wednesday<p>There were 954 hate groups in the …

Rights & Freedoms

The 50 Best Jazz Guitarists Of All Time

Even the very best jazz guitarists rarely receive the attention and plaudits that the genre’s horn blowers – <b>saxophonists</b> and <b>trumpeters</b>, in particular …

Guitar

Michelle Obama talks education, gender equality in Montreal

Former first lady Michelle Obama delighted and captivated her Montreal audience on Monday night, highlighting education and gender equality in an hour-long chat.<p>Months after her husband delivered a speech to a sold-out crowd, it was her turn to take the stage.<p>Obama took part in an hour-long …

Michelle Obama

Rosa Parks Was My Aunt. Here's What You Don't Know About Her.

This week would've marked her 105th birthday — it's time to move beyond the quiet seamstress narrative.<p>This is how you know her: She was the tired …

Black History

On 'Day Zero,' Cape Town will run out of water. It's not the only city at risk.

Officials in Cape Town, South Africa, recently announced that the city will run out of water, perhaps as soon as April. On “Day Zero,” Cape Town will turn off the taps, leaving some 4 million people without basic access to water. Residents are bracing for the worst, with many fearing a breakdown in …

Los Angeles

Inside the frantic 24 hours that led to a shutdown

Chuck Schumer and Donald Trump chatted over cheeseburgers, and senators from both parties talked a lot. But they could not close the deal.<p>With just hours to spare until the government ran out of money at midnight Friday, Chuck Schumer made Mitch McConnell an offer. Pass a bill to buy 24 more hours …

Republicans

Barack Obama's Birthday Gift and Message to Wife 'Miche' Will Make You Swoon

Michelle Obama is getting spoiled by her “biggest fan” on her 54th birthday — a.k.a. her husband, Barack Obama.<p>The former first lady took to her …

Michelle Obama
Relationships

Former Rep. Corrine Brown to be Sentenced

Florida Democrat was convicted in May on fraud and corruption charges<p>Former Florida Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown is set to be sentenced on Monday …

Rapper Meets 81-Year-Old Woman He Befriended While Playing Words With Friends

A 22-year-old man traveled more than a thousand miles to finally meet the elderly woman he became dear friends with while playing a popular …

Matched

Puerto Rico Is Burning Its Dead, And We May Never Know How Many People The Hurricane Really Killed

People whose bodies are cremated are largely not being counted in the official death toll. The government says it’s the fault of funeral directors, while funeral directors say they’ve received no guidance from the government.<p>AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico — Funeral home and crematorium directors are being …

Federal judge refuses to erase Joe Arpaio's conviction despite Trump pardon

A federal judge on Thursday shot down former sheriff Joe Arpaio’s bid to sweep his criminal record clean.<p>Arpaio, the controversial former lawman in Arizona’s Maricopa County, was granted a pardon by President Trump on Aug. 25. He had been found guilty of criminal contempt of a federal court order …

Joe Arpaio

Prince Harry Is Set to Visit Chicago on Halloween — and Reunite With Michelle Obama!

It’s going to be a very Harry Halloween.<p>On Thursday, Kensington Palace announced that Prince Harry will visit Chicago on Oct. 31 for the inaugural …

Chicago

‘She likes fancy words’: Md. GOP delegate’s mockery of Democratic gubernatorial candidate sparks a backlash

Maryland House Minority Whip Kathy Szeliga (R-Baltimore County) is receiving some backlash for comments about Democratic gubernatorial candidate Maya Rockeymoore Cummings that some critics have characterized as petty and divisive.<p>Szeliga wrote on her Facebook page: “Elijah Cumming’s wife running …

Government

These Badass Women Are Taking on Poachers—and Winning

The all-female Black Mambas guard South Africa’s most precious wildlife with their lives.<p>It's 6:40 a.m. when I step into a white jeep inside Balule Private Game Reserve, a protected wildlife area spanning nearly 100,000 acres on the western border of South Africa’s world-famous Kruger National …

Wildlife

FEMA removes statistics about drinking water access, electricity in Puerto Rico from website

As of Wednesday, half of Puerto Ricans had access to drinking water and 5 percent of the island had electricity, according to statistics published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency on its Web page documenting the federal response to Hurricane Maria.<p>By Thursday morning, both of those key …

The gun debate, again

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history thrust the bitter debate about gun rights back to the center of Washington politics Monday -- and everyone reached for familiar scripts.<p>As horror and disbelief rocked the nation after the massacre in Las Vegas that killed at …

Guns

Black immigrants in the U.S. face big challenges. Will African Americans rally to their side?

Immigration

My Daughters Didn't Ask for Fame: Michelle Obama on How Malia Deals with Dozens of People a Day Asking for Selfies at Harvard

Former First Lady Michelle Obama says “fame is a monster” that many people want — but her daughters are not among them.<p>During a question-and-answer …

Michelle Obama

Montel Williams Weeps as He Defends NFL Players Who 'Get Down on Their Knees and Pray That This Country Wakes Up'

Montel Williams is standing up for the NFL players’ protest of racial injustice in the wake of the backlash from President Donald Trump.<p>The former TV …

Donald Trump

White House Limits Congressional Travel to Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Sources Say

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is restricting members of Congress from making official visits as part of official delegations to the hurricane-battered U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, congressional sources from both parties said Wednesday.<p>"It's very foggy and confusing, but, yes, …

Caribbean

White House to Ask for $12 Billion Down Payment for Harvey Relief

Armed militia, clergy, more unite against white nationalists

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Clergy in robes. A woman handing out flowers. Black Lives Matter activists. Armed militia members. Students. Angry anti-fascist protesters.<p>The diverse group of people who came to oppose a weekend gathering of white nationalists in this Virginia college town seemed to …

Twitter users are revealing the identities of Charlottesville white supremacist protestors

The @YesYoureRacist Twitter account is leading the way.<p>If the white nationalists and supremacists at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., were looking to be noticed, mission accomplished.<p>A group of Twitter users — most notably the @YesYoureRacist account — have been publishing photos …

Rights & Freedoms

It's No Coincidence Oprah's California Estate is Reminiscent of a Southern Plantation: 'It's the Promised Land!'

Oprah’s 65-acre California estate is truly heavenly, but it’s filled with references to a much darker time and place.<p>The TV mogul began looking for a …

Nelson Mandela

Man's Leg Shattered After He Pushed Fiancée Out of the Way of Charlottesville Car Attack, She Says

If not for the heroic actions of her fiancé, a woman could have been seriously injured when a driver rammed his car into a group of protesters …

Rights & Freedoms

White Nationalists Who Attended Deadly Charlottesville Rally Are Being Named and Shamed on Twitter

Members of the Twittersphere are working to identify marchers who took part in the weekend’s deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, …

Rights & Freedoms

Minnesota judge backs jurors who acquitted officer of black motorist's death

(Reuters) - The jurors whose acquittal of a Minnesota police officer in the fatal shooting of a black motorist sparked public protests received a message of support from the judge who presided over the case, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported on Tuesday.<p>Ramsey County District Judge William …

Law Enforcement
Archaeology

Facebook live killer stopped by McDonalds drive-thru workers as he picked up McNuggets

Facebook Live killer Steve Stephens was undone on the third day of an intensive manhunt when suspicious McDonald's staff delayed giving him his order and telephoned police, it has emerged.<p>Stephens, who shot himself at the denouement of a police chase on Tuesday, is believed to have killed a …

Crime