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An 8-year-old tried selling water for a trip to Disneyland. A white woman threatened to call police.

Things got tight after Erin Austin lost her job, so she struck a deal with her 8-year-old daughter, who had been eagerly anticipating a trip to Disneyland:<p>The family could still make the voyage to the Magic Kingdom if Jordan could help raise money, Austin told USA Today.<p>So the young entrepreneur …

Selling

Supreme Court won’t hear the case of Brendan Dassey, a teen sentenced to life and featured in ‘Making a Murderer’

The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a plea to intervene in the case of Brendan Dassey, whose confession to rape and murder as a teenager was portrayed as coerced in the popular Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer.”<p>As is customary, the court gave no reason for denying the petition of Dassey, …

Crime

Supreme Court won’t hear the case of Brendan Dassey, sentenced to life as a teen and featured in ‘Making a Murderer’

The Supreme Court on Monday turned down a plea to intervene in the case of Brendan Dassey, whose confession to rape and murder as a teenager was portrayed as coerced in the popular Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer.”<p>As is customary, the court gave no reason for denying the petition of Dassey, …

Crime

As more women turn to genetic testing for breast cancer, understanding risk is key

The Food and Drug Administration not long ago announced its authorization that permits genetics testing company 23andMe to market a test for gene mutations associated with risk of breast and ovarian cancer.<p>In response, 23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki asserted that the test represents a “major milestone …

Cancer

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s name stripped from children’s book award over ‘Little House’ depictions of Native Americans

Laura Ingalls Wilder was on the brink of having an award named in her honor, from the Association for Library Service to Children, when in 1952 a reader complained to the publisher of “Little House on the Prairie” about what the reader found to be a deeply offensive statement about Native Americans.<p>…

Books

Navy divers still searching for youth soccer team feared trapped in flooded cave in Thailand

About a dozen teenage players on a youth soccer team along with their coach are believed to be trapped in a cave complex in northern Thailand with water rising around them.<p>They’ve been there since Saturday, according to officials, and had yet to be located as of Monday afternoon.<p>Police Col. Komsan …

Thailand

‘He seriously messed up my hair’: Trump, Jimmy Fallon in hair-tousling sequel

In September 2016, Jimmy Fallon asked then-candidate Donald Trump a question on “The Tonight Show” in a segment that would evoke immediate backlash.<p>“I just wanted to know if there’s something we could do that’s not presidential,” Fallon said, “something that we could do now that we’re both just …

Donald Trump

‘They’re lucky we aren’t executing them’: National Guardsman faces punishment for Facebook post on migrants

With a steady pipeline of unsettling images and reports coming from the border related to the Trump administration’s child separation policy, more than half a million Facebook users have opened their digital wallets to help.<p>Since going live on June 16, an online fundraiser of the Texas-based …

Social Media

Roseanne Barr breaks down sobbing in newly released interview after racist tweet: ‘I’ve lost everything’

An interview Roseanne Barr gave to a celebrity rabbi in the days after her infamous Twitter rant was released Sunday, showing a weeping Barr pleading for forgiveness and saying: “I’m not a racist. I’m an idiot.”<p>Rabbi Shmuley Boteach released the emotional podcast interview, Barr’s first since ABC …

Roseanne Barr

Immense rains are causing more flash flooding, and experts say it’s getting worse

OLD FORT, N.C. — Brian Gentry was certain his 33,000-pound truck would be fine as he headed out into the heavy rains here in the Blue Ridge Mountains. But as he went to clear debris from a two-lane highway after more than a half-foot of rain, rocklike drops pounded the windows, and he heard the …

Weather

Minneapolis police fatally shoot man who they say was armed

MINNESOTA<p>Police investigated in fatal shooting of man<p>Minnesota state authorities are investigating after Minneapolis police fatally shot a black man they say was firing a handgun as he walked outside.<p>A demonstration was held Sunday afternoon at a police precinct headquarters, and a vigil near the …

Law Enforcement

Illicit drone flights surge along U.S.-Mexico border as smugglers hunt for soft spots

Smugglers are using video cameras and small drones to spot vulnerabilities along the U.S.-Mexico border, and the Department of Homeland Security is struggling to stop them.<p>Reports of unmanned aircraft flying along the southwestern border have spiked in recent months, with more than three dozen …

Immigration

World Digest: June 24, 2018

SYRIA<p>SDF fighters impose 3-day curfew in Raqqa<p>U.S.-backed forces in control of the Syrian city of Raqqa imposed a three-day curfew on Sunday and declared a state of emergency, saying Islamic State militants had infiltrated the city and planned a bombing campaign.<p>Witnesses said internal security …

Middle East

Trump administration says it has plan to reunite more than 2,000 separated children still in its custody

The Trump administration said it is taking steps to return more than 2,000 migrant children separated from their parents during the recent border crackdown, with plans to reunite the families and deport them from a remote detention facility in South Texas.<p>In a statement issued late Saturday, the …

Immigration

‘You’re going to jail’: Officer fired for abuse of power after pulling over daughter’s boyfriend

The dash cam was mounted just below the police cruiser’s roof, in perfect position to capture the 26-year patrolman’s transformation from concerned father to authority-abusing police officer.<p>On that day in April, John Kovach’s 18-year-old daughter, Katlyn, was dating an 18-year-old her parents …

Crime

What to do about lonely older men? Put them to work.

Glenn Sears returned to his native Honolulu seven years ago to retire, but living in a condo on the 35th floor with his “perfect wife of 58 years,” he didn’t meet many people, and many of his old friends had either moved to the mainland or died. The 83-year-old former civil engineering professor …

Loneliness

What if a pandemic hit the U.S. — are we ready?

Piles of dead bodies. Decontamination zones and overstretched hospitals. It’s the stuff of nightmares: the physical indicators of a pandemic associated with outbreaks of diseases such as Ebola in countries such as the Congo. But what if one of those pandemics — yellow fever, perhaps, or an emerging …

Disease

Commentary: Keep pot billboards away from kids

The legalization of recreational marijuana use in California has set off an advertising boom on billboards across the state. The gigantic ads try to persuade us — and our offspring — that we can easily get “chill vibes,” say “goodbye stress” or “get rid of pesky hangovers.” The proposed cure-all, …

Cannabis

Marijuana addiction is real but many users don’t realize that

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — For as long as most residents can remember, smoking marijuana has been a part of life here. The fact that California legalized the practice in January went practically unnoticed in this quiet town a half-hour’s drive north of San Francisco, where some say the normalization of …

Cannabis

World Digest: June 23, 2018

SYRIA<p>Army pounds areas held by opposition<p>The Syrian army and allied forces pounded rebel-held areas of the southwest as thousands of civilians fled to safer, opposition-held areas along the border with Jordan and Israel, aid workers and rebels said.<p>They said hundreds of families with their …

Middle East

Five lawsuits filed in Oregon allege racial profiling

OREGON<p>Five lawsuits allege racial profiling<p>Several African Americans are suing big-box stores and restaurants in Oregon, claiming employees at those places wrongly accused them of stealing because they were “shopping while black.”<p>A Portland law firm has filed five lawsuits alleging racial profiling …

British Columbia

Earthquake after Mexico beat Germany in soccer wasn’t caused by exuberant fans

Reports that ebullient soccer fans triggered a man-made earthquake in Mexico City on June 17 after the Mexican national team bested Germany, the defending World Cup champion, is nothing but sound and fury, one seismic expert has said.<p>Several minutes after the Mexican men’s national soccer team …

Mexico City

The amazing 7,500-mile annual migration of painted lady butterflies

Move over, monarchs. The painted lady butterfly <i>(Vanessa cardui)</i> now boasts the farthest known butterfly migration.<p>Though found across the world, the orange-and-brown beauties that live in Southern Europe migrate into Africa each fall, crossing the Sahara on their journey . But what happened after …

Anthropology

Selling science, and debunking pseudoscience, through great stories

What’s the truth about our world and the universe?<p>To get answers, sometimes you need to step back and see the big picture — a vast patchwork of scientific exploration and research that’s slowly piecing together our understanding, one bit at a time.<p>Big Picture Science, the SETI Institute’s weekly …

Science

Her doctor said she had the flu. It took years to find the real, and strange, illness.

Diane A. Bates lay on the floor of her bathroom in the middle of the afternoon — weak, disoriented and afraid that she might die before someone found her.<p>Bates had been battling what she had been told was a bad case of the flu for weeks. She hoped a bath might make her feel better, but she had felt …

Medicine

I wasn’t suicidal, until suddenly, terrifyingly I was

Two years ago, I freed myself from what had long felt like a shameful secret: I wrote about my experience suffering from depression. Publicly sharing details about my nearly lifelong malady proved to be a turning point in how I felt about myself. It started with less shame and stigma and soon …

Mental Health

The Big Number: Number of U.S. adult smokers hits all-time low

The number of adults in the United States who smoke has hit an all-time low, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While 13.9 percent of the adult population — roughly 30 million people — smoke, that’s well below the 41.9 percent of adults who smoked in …

Public Health

First marijuana-derived drug is on the verge of approval

At 3 months old, Marissa Parsons began having frequent seizures, some lasting a half-hour. For almost two decades, her desperate parents tried drug after drug to treat her rare type of childhood epilepsy, but the medications mostly produced side effects — pancreatitis, hives and extreme drowsiness …

Cannabis

House passes bipartisan package to fight opioid crisis

The House on Friday passed a sweeping package to fight the opioid crisis, with members of both parties approving measures that include encouraging nonaddictive pain treatment and fighting the rise of synthetic drugs such as fentanyl.<p>The suite of legislation, comprising nearly 60 bills, passed the …

Nurse Practitioners