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Al Franken likes Elizabeth Warren. Ted Cruz? Not so much – USA TODAY

CLOSE x Embed x Share Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) shares stories of his friends and foes in the Senate. USA TODAY In an interview on his new book, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken dishes on his fellow senators. After all, who could do it better? The tongue-in-cheek title of the memoir, being published May 30 by Twelve, is Al Franken: Giant of the Senate, by Al Franken. Here’s what he told us….

Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Manchester bombing: Details about suicide bomber Salman Abedi emerge – USA TODAY

CLOSE x Embed x Share Police confirm they have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection to the Manchester arena bombing that killed 22 and injured 59. Elizabeth Keatinge (@elizkeatinge) has more. Buzz60 Police offices add to the flowers for the victims of Monday night pop concert explosion, in St Ann’s Square, Manchester, Tuesday May 23, 2017. A 23-year-old man was arrested in connection with Monday’s Manchester concert bomb attack. The…

Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Manchester bombing attacker identified; ISIS claims responsibility – USA TODAY

CLOSE x Embed x Share Police confirm they have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection to the Manchester arena bombing that killed 22 and injured 59. Elizabeth Keatinge (@elizkeatinge) has more. Buzz60 Police officers relocate tributes in St Ann’s Square in Manchester, England May 23, 2017, that were laid as a mark of respect to those in killed and injured in a deadly terror attack at the concert the night…

Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Cortez Kennedy, Hall of Famer and ex-Seahawks great, dies at 48 – USA TODAY

NFL Hall of Fame lineman Cortez Kennedy was found dead on Tuesday. He spent his entire career with the Seattle Seahawks. USA TODAY Sports

Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

DeVos: School choice should expand, but not from Washington DC – USA TODAY

CLOSE x Embed x Share Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education, addresses media members during a brief press conference before a speech at the American Federation for Children’s conference, Westin Hotel, Indianapolis, Monday, May 22, 2017. Robert Scheer/IndyStar Betsy DeVos, U.S. Secretary of Education, heads toward a reception on the evening she is due to speak at the American Federation for Children’s conference, Westin Hotel, Indianapolis, Monday, May 22, 2017….

Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

At least 22 dead in explosion at Ariana Grande concert in UK; terror suspected – USA TODAY

CLOSE x Embed x Share An explosion killed at least 19 people and injured dozens more at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. USA TODAY Police and fans close are pictured outside Manchester Arena after at least 19 people were killed following an explosion at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.(Photo: Dave Thompson, Getty Images) LONDON — A deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande concert…

Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Confederate monuments, more than 700 across USA, aren’t going away anytime soon – USA TODAY

CLOSE x Embed x Share After decades standing sentinel, New Orleans’ Confederate monuments are all gone, with a likeness of Gen. Robert E. Lee the last to go amid debate over whether they represented Southern heritage or were symbols of slavery and oppression of blacks. (May 19) AP In this July 2, 2015, file photo, the Confederate Memorial Fountain is shown in Helena, Mont.(Photo: Matt Volz, AP) After the church…

Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

At least 19 dead in explosion at Ariana Grande concert in UK; terror suspected – USA TODAY

CLOSE x Embed x Share An explosion killed at least 19 people and injured dozens more at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. USA TODAY Police stand by a cordoned off street close to the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. There have been reports of explosions at Manchester Arena where Ariana Grande had performed this evening.(Photo: Dave Thompson, Getty Images) LONDON — A deadly explosion at an Ariana Grande…

Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Trump swats away Israel report, while Melania swats away Trump – USA TODAY

CLOSE x Embed x Share President Donald Trump insisted Monday he “never mentioned Israel” during his recent Oval Office meeting with Russian officials. Trump made the comments to reporters alongside Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. (May 22) AP President Trump visits the Western Wall on May 22, 2017, in Jerusalem.(Photo: Evan Vucci, AP) Trump sidesteps awkwardness in Israel — most of it, anyway After landing in Israel to…

Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Confederate monuments, more than 700 across USA, aren’t going away anytime soon – USA TODAY

CLOSE x Embed x Share After decades standing sentinel, New Orleans’ Confederate monuments are all gone, with a likeness of Gen. Robert E. Lee the last to go amid debate over whether they represented Southern heritage or were symbols of slavery and oppression of blacks. (May 19) AP In this July 2, 2015, file photo, the Confederate Memorial Fountain is shown in Helena, Mont.(Photo: Matt Volz, AP) After the church…

Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

More than 600K foreigners overstayed visas in 2016 – USA TODAY

CLOSE x Embed x Share A new Homeland Security report states that “visa overstays” make up 40% of the undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Ryan Sartor (@ryansartor) has that story. Buzz60 A sign points passengers to the mobile passport control window set up for international travelers arriving at Miami International Airport on March 4, 2015, in Miami, Fla.(Photo: Joe Raedle, Getty Images) More than 600,000 foreign travelers who legally entered…

Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Trump administration extends protections for Haitians for six more months – USA TODAY

Nurse Suzan Johnnson from Boston checks the arm of an orphan after being vaccinated at the Be Like Brit orphanage in Grand Goave, Haiti, on Jan. 8, 2015.(Photo: Thomas Freteur) The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday that it will extend immigration protections for 58,000 Haitians living in the United States for six more months, but urged them to start returning to the poverty-stricken Caribbean nation as the protections may not…

Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Michael Flynn refuses Senate subpoena, invokes Fifth Amendment – USA TODAY

CLOSE x Embed x Share Former national security adviser Michael Flynn has refused to cooperate with a subpoena from the Senate Intelligence Committee. Video provided by Newsy Newslook In this Feb. 13, 2017, file photo, Michael Flynn arrives for a news conference in the East Room of the White House.(Photo: Evan Vucci, AP) WASHINGTON — Embattled former national security adviser Michael Flynn is asserting his right against self-incrimination in declining…

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017

Confederate monuments, more than 700 across USA, aren’t going away anytime soon – USA TODAY

CLOSE x Embed x Share After decades standing sentinel, New Orleans’ Confederate monuments are all gone, with a likeness of Gen. Robert E. Lee the last to go amid debate over whether they represented Southern heritage or were symbols of slavery and oppression of blacks. (May 19) AP In this July 2, 2015, file photo, the Confederate Memorial Fountain is shown in Helena, Mont.(Photo: Matt Volz, AP) After the church…

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017

North Korea says it will mass-produce ballistic missile – USA TODAY

CLOSE x Embed x Share North Korea claims it has test launched and is ready to deploy a medium-to-long range ballistic missile that it calls an “answer” to President Trump’s policies. It says the missile is capable of reaching Japan and major US military bases there. (May 22) AP In this undated photo distributed by the North Korean government on May 22, 2017, a solid-fuel Pukguksong-2 missile lifts off during…

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017

Gender confirmation surgeries on the rise shows report by American Society of Plastic Surgeons – USA TODAY

Surgeons conduct an operation.(Photo: Christopher Furlong, Getty Images) Gender confirmation surgeries are on the rise in the United States, according to newly released data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  There has been an almost 20% increase in gender confirmation surgeries from 2015 to 2016, with more than 2,300 gender confirmation surgeries being performed in 2016, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, which has been tracking national statistics…

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017

Young Guns Sargent, De La Torre Fire USA to 3-3 Comeback Draw in World Cup Opener vs. Ecuador – U.S. Soccer (press release) (registration) (blog)

INCHEON, Korea Republic (May 22, 2017) – The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team used Luca De La Torre’s cool finish in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time to earn a valuable 3-3 draw against Ecuador in the opening match of the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup at Incheon Football Stadium. The goal came on the heels of a brace from U-20 MNT debutant Josh Sargent, whose two goals…

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017

Supreme Court ruling wipes out Republican-drawn House districts in NC – USA TODAY

The U.S. Supreme Court is reviewing stays of executions for two Arkansas inmates scheduled to die on April 24, 2017.(Photo: Win McNamee, Getty Images) WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that racial considerations pervaded the way North Carolina lawmakers drew congressional maps after the 2010 Census in order to maximize Republicans’ advantage. The 5-3 ruling, written by Justice Elena Kagan, was the latest in a series of decisions by the justices…

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017

Do You Know Where Your Beauty Products Come From? – Forbes

Argan oil, shea butter and coconut oil are just a few examples of hero ingredients that have become ubiquitous in beauty products. But have you ever wondered where they come from? While the ingredients are the same, there are plenty of ways to source them. When you buy Fair Trade certified—meaning the producers in developing countries were paid a fair wage—you’re ensuring that the ingredients were environmentally, socially and economically…

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017

How Trump can avoid nuclear war with North Korea – USA TODAY

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on May 14, 2017.(Photo: Korean Central News Agency, via AFP/Getty Images) Today, for the first time in seemingly a generation, the possibility of nuclear war looms over daily life once again. North Korea is now regularly testing ballistic missiles, including two so far this month alone. I’ve spent the last five years studying the U.S. government’s Doomsday plans through the Cold War, examining how shifting eras,…

Posted: Monday, May 22, 2017