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Melania Trump, and son Barron, continued a time-honored, first lady tradition on Monday: receiving the official White House Christmas tree.
A military band quartet played holiday tunes as a horse-drawn wagon carried the 19 1/2-foot Balsam fir from Wisconsin up the White House driveway.
The first lady, wearing a holiday red turtleneck and a coat draped over her shoulders, and Barron, in a dark suit coat, white shirt and dark slacks, emerged from the North Portico. They circled the tree and walked over to Jim and Diane Chapman, who presented it. The Chapmans own a Wisconsin Christmas tree farm and won an annual contest sponsored by the National Christmas Tree Association.
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Businessman Kyle Graves shot himself in the ankle so emergency room doctors would feed his opioid habit.
Ex-trucker Jeff McCoy threatened to blow his brains out if his mother didn't hand over his fentanyl patches.
Bianca Knight resorted to street pills when her opioids ran out, envisioning her law career dreams crumble.
These are three Americans who started using powerful painkillers legitimately but, like millions of others, got caught in the country's worst drug epidemic.
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A Mexican man accused of killing a woman on a San Francisco pier in a case that set off a national debate over immigration policy brought the gun and deliberately shot it at people, "playing his own secret version of Russian roulette," a prosecutor said in her closing argument Monday.
Jose Ines Garcia Zarate was playing his own game, San Francisco Deputy District Attorney Diana Garcia told jurors, deriding as implausible the defense argument that he accidentally shot a weapon he didn't know was a firearm.
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Dartmouth College students say three psychology professors facing sexual misconduct allegations created a "hostile academic environment" marked by excessive drinking, favoritism and at times inappropriate behavior.
The attorney general's office began a criminal investigation last month after learning about allegations involving professors Todd Heatherton, Paul Whalen and Bill Kelley.
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President Donald Trump announced Monday the U.S. is putting North Korea's "murderous regime" on America's terrorism blacklist, despite questions about Pyongyang's support for international attacks beyond the assassination of its leader's half brother in February.
Trump said the designation as a state sponsor of terror was long overdue, and he promised a new wave of sanctions as part of a "maximum pressure campaign" over North Korea's development of nuclear weapons that could soon pose a direct threat to the U.S. mainland.
North Korea will join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the blacklist. The North had been designated for two decades until 2008 when it was removed in a bid to salvage international talks aimed at halting its nuclear efforts. The talks collapsed soon after and haven't been revived since.
Two turkeys will be pardoned by President Donald Trump on Nov. 21, just ahead of Thanksgiving. After their presidential pardon spares them, Drumstick and Wishbone will spend the rest of their lives living...
Virginia election officials say dozens of voters were wrongly assigned ballots in a district that could determine party control in the House of Delegates.
The State Board of Elections voted to temporarily put off certifying two House district elections Monday over concerns that voters in the 28th District -- in Stafford County -- were given ballots for the neighboring 88th district instead.
Control of the state House may hinge on the outcome of the 28th district, where Republican Bob Thomas leads Democrat Joshua Cole by 82 votes.
Department of Elections Commissioner Edgardo Cortes said that his staff had identified 83 voters from the 28th District who were wrongly listed and that there could be more.
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The ads leap out from the pages of almost any gun magazine: Soldiers wearing greasepaint and camouflage wield military-style rifles depicted as essential to the American way of life. A promotional spot by the Mossberg brand boasts of weapons "engineered to the specs of freedom and independence."
The ad campaigns by major gun makers continue unabated after mass shootings at a Las Vegas country music concert and a Texas church, and the slick messages are big drivers of sales ahead of Black Friday, by far the heaviest shopping day each year for firearms.
But the marketing tactics for the semi-automatic weapons known as AR rifles are under new scrutiny following the recent attacks. Gun-control activists say the ads risk inspiring the next shooter, while gun-rights advocates insist the weapons are being blamed for the works of deranged individuals.
President Donald Trump designated North Korea a state sponsor of terror during a cabinet meeting Monday. Citing repeated nuclear threats, support of international terror and Kim Jong Un's suspected involvement...
Two nurses lost their licenses after an NBC television station in Georgia persuaded courts to unseal a video secretly recorded by the family of a man who died in their care.
The video shows the World War II veteran repeatedly calling for help, saying he can't breathe. It also shows the nurses failing to take life-saving measures and laughing as they try to start an oxygen machine.
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The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court on Monday asked judges to authorize an investigation in Afghanistan into allegations including rape and torture by the U.S. military and CIA, crimes against humanity by the Taliban and war crimes by Afghan security forces.
The announcement marked the first time ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has gone after Americans for alleged war crimes and sets up a possible showdown with Washington.
As well as alleged crimes by American troops in Afghanistan, Bensouda wants to investigate CIA operatives for their roles in secret detention facilities in Afghanistan and other countries that are court members.
Debra Tate got the call from Corcoran State Prison around 8:30 p.m. Sunday -- the man who ordered the killing of her sister was dead.
It wasn't a surprise. She'd been expecting it for at least a week after hearing about Charles Manson's poor health.
But it still took some time for her to process her feelings. After the phone call Sunday night, Tate said she prayed.
A pair of explosions rocked a gigantic cosmetics manufacturing plant in New York's Orange County Monday, killing one worker and injuring nearly three dozen other people as thick plumes of noxious black smoke speweed from the roof and the blasted-out sides of the building, according to authorities and footage posted to social media.
The the body of the worker who died in the blasts at Verla International plant, a 52,000 square-foot facility on Temple Hill Road in New Windsor, was found inside the plant after missing most of the day Tuesday. His identity hasn't yet been released.
A 6-foot crocodile was spotted sun bathing on a Florida beach Monday morning, drawing dozens of onlookers as it sat in the surf.
Police responded to Hollywood Beach near N. Surf Road and Haynes Street after witnesses reported seeing the crocodile walking along the shore around 7:30 a.m.
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Summer thunderstorms in North America will likely be larger, wetter and more frequent in a warmer world, dumping 80 percent more rain in some areas and worsening flooding, a new study says.
Future storms will also be wilder, soaking entire cities and huge portions of states, according to a federally-funded study released Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.
The U.S. in recent years has experienced prolonged drenchings that have doused Nashville in 2010, West Virginia and Louisiana in 2016 and Houston this year. The disasters cost about $20 billion a year in damage.