Politics

California Gov. Jerry Brown issues order deploying 'up to 400' National Guard troops but lays out strict terms

California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday that he will be deploying “up to 400” members of the National Guard “to combat” criminal activity – as President Trump slammed the Democratic leader a day before for “trying to back out” of an

United States

Puerto Rico island-wide blackout caused by damaged transmission line, officials say

A blackout that affected the entire island of Puerto Rico on Wednesday was caused by a transmission line inadvertently taken out by an excavator, officials said.

United States

Dozens of Houston-area students hospitalized after 2 school buses crash

More than two dozen students and adult chaperones have been taken to Houston-area hospitals following a traffic collision involving two school buses carrying fifth-graders.

United States

Florida mother allegedly killed her newborn twins; one found in trash

A Florida mother told police she thought she was suffering from heartburn, before she birthed stillborn twins over a toilet at her home, according to court documents.

Politics

EPA claims 'American ingenuity,' not Paris accord, cutting greenhouse gas emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions continue to drop in the U.S., and the Environmental Protection Agency is crediting “American ingenuity.”

United States

Death of H.R. McMaster's father under investigation, reportedly 'suspicious'

Authorities in Pennsylvania are reportedly looking into the "suspicious" death of the father of former National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster.

Sport

Erin Popovich, wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, dies at 67

Erin Popovich, the wife of San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, has died, the team announced Wednesday evening. She was 67.

World

Social security protest leads to clashes in Nicaragua

A protest over social security changes in Nicaragua has led to clashes between opponents of the measure and government backers.

Health

Proposed Illinois ban on youth tackle football dead for now

A proposal aimed at delaying the effects of helmet-banging head trauma by banning Illinois children younger than 12 from playing tackle football lacks the votes this spring, its sponsor said Wednesday.

United States

3 former US Army soldiers convicted in contract killing

A former U.S. Army sniper and two other ex-soldiers have been convicted in New York for the contract killing of a woman in the Philippines.

United States

Southwest jet's broken fan blade triggered chain reaction of disaster, investigators say

The series of events that unfolded on a Southwest airliner on Tuesday after one of the jet's engines exploded mid-flight may have been triggered by a broken fan blade, investigators said Wednesday.

Politics

Trump: US will punish Russia with sanctions 'as soon as they very much deserve it'

President Trump told reporters Wednesday evening that the U.S. will levy new sanctions against the Russian government "as soon as they very much deserve it."

World

Ecuador's president accuses predecessor of ties to rebels

Ecuadorean President Lenin Moreno says he wants his leftist predecessor Rafael Correa investigated for allegedly taking campaign contributions from Colombian guerrillas.

United States

Atlanta airport: Departing jet with engine smoke returns

Authorities say a jet that departed from Atlanta's airport reported smoke coming from an engine and it returned to the airport where firefighters immediately doused the engine.

World

First Saudi cinema opens with popcorn and 'Black Panther"

The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots Wednesday evening as Hollywood's blockbuster "Black Panther" premiered in Saudi Arabia's first movie theater.

Life & Style

Walmart rates better than other supermarkets on food waste

According to a new report, grocery stores continue to throw away a lot of food.

United States

Delta jet makes emergency landing as smoke pours from engine 1 day after Southwest disaster

A Delta jet departing from the world's busiest airport made an emergency landing Wednesday after smoke was seen pouring from one of the plane's engines.

United States

Students protest over racist slurs on Indiana college campus

Dozens of students confronted the president of western Indiana's DePauw University over racist messages recently found around campus, a day after protesters interrupted an event with actress Jenna Fischer.

United States

Houston 911 operator found guilty of hanging up on callers

Prosecutors say a former 911 operator in Houston has been found guilty of hanging up on people calling for emergency services and sentenced to 10 days in jail and 18 months of probation.

United States

Sheriff: Video shows slaying suspect at Florida hotel

Authorities say a Minnesota woman suspected of killing her husband was spotted in north Florida shortly after killing a woman and stealing her identity in southwest Florida.

World

Colombia could use drones to fight cocaine production

Colombia's police could start using drones to tackle a five-year surge in cocaine production that has jeopardized relations with the United States.

United States

Broward sheriff ordered by judge to release additional Parkland response video, report says

A Florida judge on Wednesday reportedly ordered the Broward County Sheriff’s Office to release video clips from a number of security cameras outside the Parkland high school where Nikolas Cruz opened fire on Feb. 14.

World

Board reveals austerity measures in Puerto Rico fiscal plans

New austerity measures are looming for Puerto Rico as a federal control board overseeing the U.S. territory's finances prepares to approve several fiscal plans that will serve as the island's economic blueprint for the next five years.

Entertainment

'The Simpsons' showrunner shares Barbara Bush's 1990 letter to Marge Simpson

In the wake of the death of former First Lady Barbara Bush, a “The Simpsons” showrunner is paying his respects by sharing a very kind letter she wrote to the character Marge Simpson.

United States

Michigan State VP knocks Nassar victim, then apologizes

A Michigan State University official is apologizing after emails show her criticizing a Larry Nassar victim who had accused the school's president of trying to pressure the woman to settle a lawsuit.

United States

911 operator who hung up on emergency calls is sentenced to jail

A former 911 operator who hung up the phone "thousands" of times on people attempting to call in emergencies in Harris County, Texas has been sentenced to jail time.

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