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U.S. Labor Secretary Resigning Amid Epstein Deal

President Trump says Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is stepping down following criticism of his handling of a plea deal with wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.

R.Kelly Indicted on Federal Sex Crimes

Singer R. Kelly was arrested in Chicago Thursday after he was indicted on 13 federal counts including sex crimes, a U.S. Attorney’s office spokesman said. Joseph Fitzpatrick said the R&B singer was taken into custody about 7 p.m. local time and was being held by federal authorities. He was arrested after a 13-count federal indictment was handed down earlier Thursday…

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The limpet mines used to attack a Japanese-owned oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz last week bore “a striking resemblance” to similar mines displayed by Iran, a Navy explosives expert says, stopping short of directly blaming Tehran for the assault.


The president kicks off his reelection campaign with blistering attacks at a rally in Orlando that focused more on settling

Gloria Vanderbilt, heiress, dies at 95

FILE – In this April 4, 2016 file photo, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and Gloria Vanderbilt attend the premiere of “Nothing Left Unsaid” at the Time Warner Center in New York. Vanderbilt, the “poor little rich girl” heiress at the center of a scandalous custody battle of the 1930s and the designer jeans queen of the 1970s and ’80s, died…

Schools reckon with social stress: ‘I’m on my phone so much’

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Teachers say they’re seeing so much student anxiety that a national union newsletter labels it a “mental health tsunami.”

Many of those educators, along with doctors and researchers, say smartphones — especially the nonstop pull of social media — are at least partly to blame.

San Diego State University researcher Jean Twenge says it’s no coincidence that youth mental health issues have risen with the number of phones.

Schools are starting to react. Some are hiring outside companies to monitor students’ social media for signs of distress. Others invite in yoga

75th Anniversary of D-Day Invasion Remembered

President Donald Trump participates in a ceremony to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day at the American Normandy cemetery, Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Thousands of people and a handful of surviving U.S. D-Day veterans are gathering at the Normandy American Cemetery in France to honor thousands fallen in the pivotal invasion 75 years…

Southern Baptists Lose Members for 12th Straight Year

The nation’s largest Protestant denomination is reporting its twelfth year of declining memberships. The Southern Baptist Convention has reported total membership for 2018 at 14.8 million, down about 192,000 from the previous year. Baptisms also declined by about 7,600 to 246,442. Scott McConnell is director of the SBC’s Lifeway Research, which reported the data. He says baptisms have declined in…

The Latest: Governor maintains he was not in racist photo

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the results of an investigation into how a racist photo appeared on a yearbook page for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (all times local):

1:35 p.m.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is reiterating his longstanding denial that he’s in a racist photo that appeared on his 1984 medical school yearbook page.

Northam made the comments Wednesday after an investigation commissioned by Eastern Virginia Medical School failed determine whether Northam is in the yearbook photo of a man in blackface next to someone in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

The Democratic governor

Ferguson activist turned lawmaker resigns from Legislature

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Bruce Franks Jr., a Ferguson activist who became a prominent urban voice in Missouri’s largely conservative Legislature, is giving up his House seat, in part due to mental health struggles.

Franks was first elected in 2016, two years after he led protests in Ferguson after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown. Franks was also a leader of 2017 protests in St. Louis after a white former police officer was acquitted of killing a black suspect.

Franks, a 34-year-old Democrat, announced his resignation Thursday, the next-to-last day of the session.

In a statement, Franks

Police: South Carolina mom abandoned 2nd baby 30 years ago

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say a mother already facing a murder charge for abandoning her baby daughter in 1990 is now charged with dumping the body of her infant son nearly a year earlier.

Greenville County Sheriff’s Lt. Ryan Flood said the baby boy’s body was found in a trash bag in April 1989.

Prosecutors decided to charge 53-year-old Brook Graham with desecration of human remains and unlawful neglect of a child because the medical examiner in 1989 couldn’t determine if the baby was born alive.

Authorities say Graham was charged in April with killing a baby girl, putting her in a