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  • A Syrian mother, displaced from her home in Deir Ezzor, dresses her child with clothes received as part of humanitarian aid provided by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) at her camp in the eastern Syrian city of Hasakeh on Aug. 16, 2018. (Credit: DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    U.S. Ends Funding for Stabilizing Syria, Stresses Commitment to Defeating ISIS

    The US will end funding for stabilization efforts in Syria in another sign of President Donald Trump’s intent to pull out of the long-running conflict. The State Department said Friday that it would redirect $230 million that had been intended to help rebuild Syria to other foreign priorities it declined to describe. Officials said the shortfall would be more than made up by allies’ contributions of $300 million for stabilization projects in Syria, including demining and irrigation. The officials said […]

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    Hotline for Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Pennsylvania Clergy ‘Lit Up’: State AG

    The clergy sex abuse allegations in Pennsylvania have prompted robust feedback from survivors, the state attorney general’s office says. Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a tweet earlier this week that the hotline for clergy sex abuse has been “lit up.” Since Tuesday afternoon, after a grand jury report was released detailing the abuse allegations, Shapiro said Wednesday that more than 150 calls and e-mails poured in. And since then, the office said Friday, “the hotline remains, live, active and […]

  • Colorado Man Pleaded for Safe Return of His Pregnant Wife, 2 Daughters Hours Before His Arrest

    Nearly 24 hours before Chris Watts was arrested in the disappearance of his pregnant wife and young daughters in Colorado, he stood outside his house and publicly pleaded for their safe return. “I hope that she’s somewhere safe right now with the kids,” he said Tuesday, a day after his wife and daughters vanished from their home in Frederick. “If somebody has her and they’re not safe, I want them back now.” A day later, on Wednesday night, he was […]

  • U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House on August 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

    Trump Says He Canceled Military Parade, Blames Washington Officials for ‘Ridiculously High’ Cost Estimate

    President Donald Trump sought to cast blame Friday for the cancellation of his planned military parade on Washington city council officials, saying they had inflated the cost. Soon after the President tweeted, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser claimed she “got thru” to Trump about costs for the parade, which at one point was calculated to run about $12 million but had soared to an estimated $92 million by the time Trump canceled the event. “The local politicians who run Washington, D.C. […]

  • Massachusetts Man Accused of Kidnapping, Raping and Killing 3 Women Whose Bodies Were Found in His Home

    A Massachusetts man has been indicted on 52 charges and is accused of raping, kidnapping and killing three women, whose bodies were found in his home in May. The charges against Stewart Weldon include three counts of first-degree murder, eight counts of strangulation, nine counts of aggravated rape, two counts of rape, five counts of aggravated kidnapping and four counts of kidnapping. According to the indictment from the Hampden County Grand Jury, Weldon is accused of assaulting and beating the […]

  • Georgia Police Use Taser on 87-Year-Old Woman Using Knife to Cut Dandelions

    An 87-year-old grandmother using a knife to cut dandelions in the woods near her rural Georgia home last week was taken down by a police Taser and arrested, according a police report. Martha Al-Bishara was arrested for criminal trespass and obstruction of a police officer, according to the report. Chatsworth Police said Al-Bishara did not drop a steak knife despite several commands and a demonstration by officers. At one point, she walked toward officers with the knife, police said. Police […]

  • Aretha Franklin performs at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, on March 5, 2012. (Credit: Rick Diamond / Getty Images)

    How Aretha Franklin Energized Civil Rights, Women’s Rights Movements With 1 Hit Song

    Nobody would call Aretha Franklin a central figure of the civil rights movement. And she was not an overt feminist. But the singer, who died Thursday at 76, shot to fame in 1967 with a hit song that inspired millions of women and African Americans during a turbulent period of social upheaval in America. You know the tune, and you even know how to spell it: R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Franklin’s signature song and biggest hit, “Respect” burst from dance halls, car radios and […]

  • American soul singer Aretha Franklin, seen when she was a star on the Atlantic record label. (Credit: Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

    ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin Dies at the Age of 76

    Aretha Franklin, whose gospel-rooted singing and bluesy yet expansive delivery earned her the title “the Queen of Soul,” has died, a family statement said Thursday. She was 76. Franklin died at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, surrounded by family and friends, according to a statement on behalf of Franklin’s family from her longtime publicist Gwendolyn Quinn. The “official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips […]

  • Donald Trump listens during a meeting with inner city pastors in the Cabinet Room of the White House on August 1, 2018. (Credit: Oliver Contreras - Pool/Getty Images)

    Pentagon Postpones Trump’s Military Parade to 2019 Amid Criticism Over Cost

    The Department of Defense says the military parade originally scheduled for Veterans Day will be postponed. “The Department of Defense and White House have been planning a parade to honor America’s military veterans and commemorate the centennial of World War I,” Defense Department spokesman Col. Rob Manning said in a statement Thursday. “We originally targeted November 10, 2018 for this event but have now agreed to explore opportunities in 2019.” The parade was scheduled for the day before the 100th […]