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Florida algae crisis: Is it safe to visit? Here's what you need to know
August 16, 2018
Dead sea turtles, empty beaches and health fears: What we know about the Sunshine State's unfolding algae-fueled environmental disaster
'Really sick, abusive stories': 40 Pennsylvania priests confessed their crimes; little was done afterward
August 16, 2018
These Catholic clergy were transferred to other churches or schools. Now many won't have to face charges because of the state statute of limitations.
'Ocean of compassion': Support pours in for couple who accidentally started deadly Carr Fire
August 15, 2018
A Redding woman wanted to send a message of sympathy and compassion to the couple in the car that ignited the deadly Carr Fire. Others responded, too.
Police: Boy Stabs Girl At Okla. School Assembly
August 17, 2018
A boy stood up and repeatedly stabbed a 14-year-old girl during an assembly at an Oklahoma high school on the first day of classes Thursday. The local sheriff's spokesman says she was airlifted to a hospital. A boy, also 14, is in custody. (Aug. 17)
Aretha Franklin Honored Outside Apollo Theater
August 17, 2018
Fans gathered outside New York's famed Apollo Theater to remember Aretha Franklin. The singer known as the Queen of Soul died on Thursday at the age of 76. (Aug. 17)
Police arrest man after dozens of possible drug overdoses around New Haven park in one day
August 16, 2018
Dozens of people in New Haven have been treated for possible drug overdoses since last night, authorities said Wednesday afternoon. No fatalities have been reported, but at least one patient was “very sick” earlier.
Mattis Disputes $92M Military Parade Cost Report
August 17, 2018
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says he hasn't seen an estimated cost of the planned military parade in Washington. The Defense Department said the parade would not happen in 2018, after the AP reported its estimated cost is $92 million. (Aug. 17)
Mattis: Taliban Likely To Continue Attacks
August 17, 2018
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the Taliban offensive on Ghazni, Afghanistan had six goals and that militants failed to reach them. He says the offensive will likely continue at least until Afghanistan holds elections in October. (Aug. 17)
Confused by noise outside his window, a man shot and killed granddaughter, police say
August 17, 2018
A 72-year-old Ohio man is accused of shooting through a bedroom window, not knowing his granddaughter was on the other side.
Today in History for August 17th
August 16, 2018
Highlights of this day in history: Hurricane Camille hits Gulf Coast; President Clinton admits relationship with Monica Lewinsky; Gold found in Canada's Yukon; Robert Fulton's steamboat ride; Rudolf Hess dies; Actor Robert DeNiro born. (Aug. 17)
How hospitals are failing mothers, in graphics
July 26, 2018
The U.S. healthcare system is one of the most expensive in the world. Yet America's maternal death rate is the highest among developed nations.
Tesla whistleblower claims rampant theft, drug dealing at Nevada Gigafactory
August 16, 2018
A former Tesla employee is claiming the company improperly spied on workers and ignored or covered up complaints of rampant theft and drug dealing at the company’s Nevada Gigafactory. He is represented by the same lawyer as whistleblower Martin Tripp.
Free tuition for all NYU medical students – a $55,018 per-year surprise
August 16, 2018
"No more tuition ... The day they get their diploma, they owe nobody nothing,"  said Kenneth G. Langone, NYU Langone board of trustees chair. Sticker price for tuition at the NYU School of Medicine is $55,018 per-year.
Bodies of missing mom, 2 daughters found in Colorado, authorities say; father arrested
August 16, 2018
Christopher Watts – who is accused of killing his pregnant wife and two children – appeared in court for the first time Thursday.
Colorado Man Arrested in His Family's Death
August 16, 2018
A Colorado man whose wife and daughters disappeared this week has been arrested on suspicion of killing them. Christopher Watts lamented to a Denver television station how much he missed his family. (August 16)
Colorado baker sues again, this time over transgender issue
August 16, 2018
The Colorado baker whose refusal to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple — citing religious beliefs — made it all the way to the Supreme Court is suing the state again.
Measles outbreak hits 21 states, District of Columbia, and is on track to surpass last year
August 16, 2018
From Jan. 1 to July 14, 107 people had contracted the highly contagious virus, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Queen of soul also leaves civil rights legacy
August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin's song "Respect" became a battle cry for black America. The Queen of Soul was a close friend of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and she never hesitated to support the civil rights movement financially or with her performance. (Aug. 16)
Mind blown: Oldest galaxies in the universe found
August 16, 2018
At 13 billion years old, the galaxies began to form "only" about 100 million years after the Big Bang.
Lies and cover-ups: Catholic church in Pennsylvania had 'playbook' to keep priest abuse secret, FBI said
August 16, 2018
The FBI concluded that it was "as if there was script" for church and diocese officials to follow to keep the crimes that priests committed a secret.
New Jersey man accused of importing scorpions and millipedes, selling them on Facebook
August 16, 2018
Wlodzimie Lapkiewicz, 29, of Metuchen was accused of ordering international shipments packed with up to 69 of the imposing arachnids.
Man accused of killing pregnant wife, kids gave interview before arrest
August 16, 2018
Listen to what Christopher Watts told KUSA the day before he was arrested in the murders of his pregnant wife Shanann and their two young daughters.
Deputies free bear stuck in car with beanbag gun
August 16, 2018
Dramatic dashcam video captured by California sheriff's deputies shows an officer firing a round of nonlethal beanbags into a car's rear window to free a bear that had become trapped in the car. (Aug. 16)
Aretha Franklin's epic Obama inauguration performance
August 16, 2018
Aretha Franklin brought down the house at President Barack Obama's first inauguration in 2009. Her performance was as memorable for her hat as it was for her rendition of "America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)." (Aug. 16)
Artists sing their respects for Aretha Franklin
August 16, 2018
Various artists sing 'Respect,' the song written by Otis Redding and popularized by Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at age 76. (Aug. 16)
Authorities 'quite certain' they've found pregnant Colorado mom's body
August 16, 2018
Shanann Watts and her two young daughters were reported missing days earlier. Her husband, Christopher Watts, is accused of their murders.
Judge to decide whether deported parents can be reunited with children in U.S.
August 16, 2018
The government has reunited nearly 2,000 separated migrant children with their parents or other sponsors, but the judge overseeing the case must now decide whether parents who were deported can return to the U.S.
AP Top Stories August 16 P
August 16, 2018
Here's the latest for Thursday August 16th: Aretha Franklin, the 'Queen of Soul' has died; Newspaper editorial boards around the US are pushing back aginast President Trump's demonizing of teh news media; Stocks surged on hopes of warming US/China relations.
August political cartoons from the USA TODAY NETWORK
August 16, 2018
What are the richest countries in the world?
June 21, 2018
The day in pictures
August 16, 2018
US skyscrapers: Tallest building in every state
March 06, 2018
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