Houston region swamped and shut down by ‘historic’ flood

Amid historic flooding, people in Houston are abandoning their waterlogged cars in the streets and leaving their homes for higher ground. A flood event of excessive proportions has crippled Houston and a vast region surrounding it.  Five to 17 inches of rain have fallen in the area in less than 24 hours, inundating homes and […]

New Jersey school board member quits over anti-Muslim comments

A New Jersey school board member resigned on Friday after drawing fire for anti-Muslim Facebook posts, including one saying, “America needs to get rid of people like you,” the board president said. Elmwood Park Board of Education member Gladys Gryskiewicz had come under pressure to step down after attention was drawn to the posts on […]

FBI paid more than $1.3 million to break into San Bernardino iPhone

Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said on Thursday the agency paid more to get into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters than he will make in the remaining seven years and four months he has in his job. According to figures from the FBI and the U.S. Office of Management […]

Music legend Prince dead at 57

Prince, the musical genius, was found dead Thursday in his Minnesota home. He was 57. Sources told the site doctors advised him to stay 24 hours, but he flew home within three hours. The site posted a photo of Prince reportedly taken at a Walgreens near his home around 7 p.m. Wednesday — his fourth […]

Demonstrators rally in support of Obama’s non-deportation orders

Rallies in support of President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration are expected Monday in several U.S. cities as a challenge to those executive orders comes before the Supreme Court. About 20 demonstrations are planned, including in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Houston, Denver and other cities. Demonstrators camped overnight outside of the Supreme Court building […]

Heavy rain drenches Houston, closing schools, airport

Heavy rain inundated the Houston area with as much as 10 inches in just six hours Monday morning. Officials are comparing the flood to Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 when more than 2 feet of rain drenched Southern Texas. “This is a major rain event,” Harris County judge Ed Emmett said. “I hate to use […]

Supreme Court hands win to unions, splits 4-4 without Scalia

Public sector unions triumphed before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday when the justices preserved a vital source of cash for organized labor, splitting 4-4 on a conservative challenge that had seemed destined for success until Justice Antonin Scalia’s death last month. The case brought by non-union public school teachers in California had targeted fees […]

Judge refuses to toss model’s defamation lawsuit against Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby on Tuesday lost his bid to throw out a defamation lawsuit brought against the comedian and his former lawyer by supermodel Janice Dickinson, clearing the way for a trial in the sensational case. Dickinson claims in the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit that Cosby and his former attorney, Martin Singer, defamed her when […]

Obama announces new moves to fight opioid and heroin abuse epidemic

The Obama administration is making it easier for doctors to use anti-addiction drugs in the fight against an exploding epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse. It’s part of a package of new initiatives announced Tuesday that includes other efforts to expand addiction treatment and increase coverage for mental health and substance abuse services. These […]

Fidel Castro blasts Obama’s trip: Cuba doesn’t need ’empire’ for anything

As Cubans debate the impact of President Barack Obama’s historic trip to the island last week, one prominent figure is lambasting the visit: Fidel Castro. In a full page column titled “Brother Obama,” published in the Cuban communist-party newspaper Granma, the former Cuban president rejected Obama’s visit and words of reconciliation. “We don’t need the […]

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