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  • Mayor says Lee statue must go as debate over U.S. slave past rages August 18, 2017
    RICHMOND, Va. (Reuters) - The mayor of Charlottesville called on Friday for a special session of Virginia's legislature to let localities decide the fate of Confederate monuments like the statue at the center of a far-right rally last week that turned deadly.
  • Roadblocks, weapons bans as Boston braces for 'Free Speech' rally August 18, 2017
    BOSTON (Reuters) - Boston officials are planning road blockades and even banning food vendors from the historic Boston Common as they step up security around a "Free Speech" rally on Saturday featuring right-wing speakers, aiming to avoid a repeat of last weekend's violence at a white supremacist rally in Virginia.
  • What's in a name? Virginia school enters Confederate symbols battle August 18, 2017
    MANASSAS, Va. (Reuters) - In the northern Virginia county where Confederate general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson earned his famous moniker, a battle has begun to remove his name from the local high school where it appears in large white letters on the red brick facade.
  • California mass killer spared death penalty over prosecutor misconduct August 18, 2017
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A California man convicted of the worst mass killing in Orange County history was spared the death penalty on Friday after a judge found that serious misconduct by prosecutors had violated his rights to a fair trial.
  • Judge rejects bid by Polanski's 1977 rape victim to end case August 18, 2017
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles judge on Friday rejected a request by the woman who was raped by director Roman Polanski 40 years ago to have the criminal case against him dismissed.
  • No sanctions for Detroit jail's group strip searches: court August 18, 2017
    (Reuters) - The Wayne County jail in downtown Detroit is not liable to inmates who were subjected to group strip searches when the number of inmates awaiting processing made individual searches impractical, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.
  • Tillerson says one American dead in Spain attack August 18, 2017
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A San Francisco area man on a delayed honeymoon was among the 13 people killed in Thursday's attack in Spain, his family told a local television station on Friday, hours after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed that an American citizen was dead.
  • Tillerson condemns racism, calls for national reconciliation August 18, 2017
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson issued a forceful condemnation of "bigotry in all its forms" on Friday and called for national reconciliation as he promised to work toward making the government more racially diverse.
  • Solar eclipse to be streamed live for first time, from balloons August 18, 2017
    CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - Next week's solar eclipse will be streamed live online for the first time, from the vantage point of helium-filled balloons across the United States, providing the public with sky-high views as the moon blocks the sun.
  • Ranchers in parched U.S. Northern Plains welcome hay lottery August 18, 2017
    (Reuters) - Hundreds of livestock ranchers in the drought-stricken U.S. Northern Plains are embracing what organizers say is the first lottery designed to provide some much-needed relief to their operations.

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  • Trump ousts Bannon, his influential, divisive strategist
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Steve Bannon, the blunt-spoken and divisive strategist who rose from Donald Trump's conservative campaign to a top White House post, was pushed out by the president Friday, capping a turbulent seven months marked by the departure of much of Trump's original senior staff....
  • Soothing the nation? Trump struggles like no other president
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- For Susan Bro, mother of the woman killed at a rally organized by white supremacists, the president of the United States can offer no healing words....
  • Spanish plan for carnage started with botched explosion
    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- A cell of at least nine extremists meticulously plotted to combine vehicles and explosives in a direct hit on tourists, and managed to carry off most of their deadly plan, killing 14 people, authorities said Friday. Police in Spain and France pressed a manhunt for any remaining members of the group, which Islamic State claimed as its own....
  • Barcelona's victims include US man celebrating anniversary
    PARIS (AP) -- The dead and injured in Barcelona were a snapshot of the world - men, women and children from nearly three dozen nations - testifying to the huge global appeal of the sun-kissed city....
  • Trump studying options for new approach to Afghan war
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is "studying and considering his options" for a new approach to Afghanistan and the broader South Asia region, the White House said Friday after the president huddled with his top national security aides at Camp David....
  • Trump won places drowning in despair. Can he save them?
    ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) -- One-hundred-fifty baskets of pink petunias hang from the light posts all over this city, watered regularly by residents trying to make their community feel alive again. A local artist spends his afternoons high in a bucket truck, painting a block-long mural of a little girl blowing bubbles, each circle the scene of an imagined, hopeful future....
  • Dems risk culture war fight in Charlottesville response
    ATLANTA (AP) -- President Donald Trump's widely criticized response to white supremacist violence in Virginia has left Democrats in a quandary: how to seize the moral high ground without getting sucked into a politically perilous culture war....
  • Judge refuses to end Roman Polanski sex assault case
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Los Angeles judge on Friday denied the impassioned plea of Roman Polanski's victim to end a four-decade-old sexual assault case against the fugitive director....
  • Finnish police shoot man who stabs 8 people in Turku; 2 dead
    HELSINKI (AP) -- A man stabbed eight people Friday in Finland's western city of Turku, killing two of them, before police shot him in the thigh and detained him, police said. Authorities were looking for more potential suspects in the attack....
  • Taylor Swift left 'a blank space, baby' on social media
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Taylor Swift had a "blank space, baby" across social media Friday - and Swifties went wild....

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