Trump threatens to cut federal aid if schools don’t reopen

By COLLIN BINKLEY President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to withhold federal funding if America’s schools don’t reopen in the fall despite the coronavirus, and he lashed out at federal health officials over reopening guidelines that he complained are impractical and expensive. As Trump increased his pressure on state and local officials, New York City […]

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‘An Empty Presence in My Chest’: Vanessa Guillen’s Family Calls for Change in the Military

While the country erupted in fireworks last week to celebrate America’s independence, one family spent the week leading to the holiday driving between Houston and Washington to demand justice for their daughter and sister, a Fort Hood soldier who had been missing for months. The soldier, Specialist Vanessa Guillen, 20, was last seen on April […]

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As monuments fall, Confederate carving has size on its side

STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Some statues of figures from America’s slave-owning past have been yanked down by protesters, others dismantled by order of governors or city leaders. But the largest Confederate monument ever crafted — colossal figures carved into the solid rock of a Georgia mountainside — may outlast them all. Stone Mountain’s supersized sculpture […]

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The View From Waukesha

Hi. Welcome to . From Opinion: America’s unkept promises Image This morning, the New York Times editorial board commemorated the July 4 weekend with a rollout of the latest chapter in “The America We Need” series, a Times Opinion project on economic inequality. Throughout this weekend, the board wrote, “we celebrate the creation of the […]

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Empire State building preps for post-coronavirus reality

The Empire State Building has been a symbol of America’s economic might for almost 90 years. Of late, it’s also become a symbol of its struggle with the coronavirus. The once jam-packed 102 stories of the 1,454-square-foot Art Deco skyscraper sit mostly empty in a city in shock from the country’s worst outbreak of COVID-19. […]

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After Functioning for 28 Days, U.S. Election Regulator Will Be Powerless Again

As the 2020 campaign enters its final months, the independent regulator of America’s elections will once again be without enough commissioners to do its job starting in July. One of the Federal Election Commission’s four current members, Caroline C. Hunter, a Republican, submitted a letter of resignation to President Trump on Friday, just weeks after […]

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Remington Arms preps for bankruptcy sale to Navajo Nation

Remington Arms, America’s oldest gun maker, is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is in advanced talks for a potential sale to the Navajo Nation, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. Remington is making preparations for the Native American tribe to serve as the lead bidder to purchase its assets out […]

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‘AGT’: Sofia Vergara Trips & Falls Into The Audience After Chef Boy Bonez Scares Her — Watch

Sofia Vergara backed up into the audience and fell into the crowd on ‘America’s Got Talent’ after contestant Chef Boy Bonez terrified her with an eye trick during his performance on the June 23 episode. Sofia Vergara, 47, lost her balance when she became so frightened over America’s Got Talent contestant Chef Boy Bonez pulling […]

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Trump touts nearly $1B in US infrastructure plans, proposals

America’s roads, bridges and other infrastructure are being eyed for sorely needed funding boosts, according to a series of Twitter messages from President Trump on Thursday evening. The president’s messages listed 20 states as being set to divvy up nearly $1 billion in federal dollars – with much of the money being directed to state […]

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Why Protest Movements Are ‘Civil’ Only in Retrospect

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. of the public imagination was a unifying figure who bridged America’s bitter racial divide and peacefully liberated the South from Jim Crow. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who actually existed was spied on and blackmailed by the federal government, arrested roughly 30 times, beaten, stalked and […]

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Leon Black suing mattress giant Serta Simmons over ‘unlawful scheme’ to lower debt

Billionaire Leon Black is going to the mat with America’s largest mattress maker. Black’s Apollo Global Management is suing Serta Simmons over “an unlawful scheme” to lower its $2.4 billion debt stack without the approval of all of its lenders. The alleged scheme, which would give Serta an extra $200 million in cash while also reducing […]

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Top general apologizes for appearing with Trump in photo-op

America’s top general has apologized for appearing in a photo-op with President Donald Trump following the forceful dispersal of peaceful protesters outside the White House last week, calling the move a "mistake" and saying his presence "created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics." Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs […]

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Leon Black’s Apollo to go to war over Serta Simmons debt deal, sources say

Billionaire Leon Black wants to go to the mat with America’s largest mattress maker. Black’s Apollo Global Management — together with investment firms Angelo Gordon and Gamut Capital — is gearing up to sue Serta Simmons over its efforts to lower its $2.4 billion debt stack through a refinancing because it never agreed to the […]

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March Peacefully or ‘Take the Streets’? Protesters Debate What Comes Next

MINNEAPOLIS — The unrest in America’s cities showed no signs of fading on Tuesday as embattled police forces from Atlanta to Los Angeles struggled to reclaim the streets and as protesters debated the future of the week-old uprising. Police and National Guard troops continued a heavy lockdown in Minneapolis, where the death in police custody […]

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Coronavirus mask rules could spur spike in bank robberies: regulator

The coronavirus crisis could make America’s banks an easy target for bandits, a federal regulator warns. Requiring people to wear face masks in public amid the pandemic creates a “very real risk” of a spike in bank robberies, according to Brian P. Brooks, the US Treasury’s acting comptroller of the currency. Brooks issued the warning […]

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‘America’s Got Talent’ Preview: The Bello Sisters Stun The Judges With Their Insane Flexibility

A trio of incredible acrobats will be hitting the stage during the June 2 episode of ‘America’s Got Talent.’ HL has an EXCLUSIVE preview of the Bello Sisters auditioning for the judges! The Bello Sisters are just one of the many amazing acts hoping to win America’s Got Talent season 15. The sisters — Loren, […]

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US cities assess protest damage, await another day of unrest

America’s cities boarded up windows, swept up glass and covered graffiti Sunday as the country’s most significant night of protests in a half-century promised to spill into another day of unrest fueled by killings of black people at the hands of police. The turbulence sparked by the death of George Floyd — a black man […]

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NBC, producers say ‘America’s Got Talent’ cleared by probe

An investigation of Gabrielle Union’s complaints of racism on the set of “America’s Got Talent” concluded that her allegations were unfounded, according to NBC and the show’s producers. The outside review also said that Union’s claims had “no bearing” on the show’s decision to drop her as a judge, the network and production companies FremantleMedia […]

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Trump’s New Message: Time to Move On to the Recovery

WASHINGTON — Confronted with America’s worst public health crisis in generations, President Trump declared himself a wartime president. Now he has begun doing what past commanders have done when a war goes badly: Declare victory and go home. The war, however, does not seem over. Outside New York, the coronavirus pandemic in the United States […]

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Fighters see UFC 249 as chance to spread hope, inspiration

When the UFC leads North America’s major sports back into action Saturday night with a pay-per-view show in Florida, Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje know they can’t do anything tentatively. “We’ve got to go out there and keep sports alive,” Ferguson said Tuesday after he flew into Jacksonville and was quickly tested for COVID-19. The […]

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US trade gap surges to $44.4 billion as coronavirus savages business

The US trade deficit rose in March as the coronavirus outbreak battered America’s trade with the world. The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that the gap between what the US sells and what it buys abroad widened 11.6 percent in March, to $44.4 billion, from $39.8 billion in February. US exports fell 9.6 percent, to $187.7 […]

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With split delayed, United Methodists face a year in limbo

NEW YORK — Had there been no coronavirus pandemic, America’s largest mainline Protestant denomination would be convening this week for a likely vote to break up over differences on same-sex marriage and ordination of LGBTQ pastors. Instead, the United Methodist Church was forced to postpone the potentially momentous conference, leaving its various factions in limbo […]

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Your Chicken Is No Longer Pink. That Doesn’t Mean It’s Safe to Eat.

Chicken is America’s most popular meat. But undercooked chicken, when contaminated, is also a leading source of food-borne illness. So how do you avoid giving yourself and your isolation-mates food poisoning? Many people, including Solveig Langsrud, a scientist at the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research, assume chicken follows a simple rule-of-thumb: Pink […]

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