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The Tables Have Been Turned on Sheriff Joe Arpaio

August 1, 2017 Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona is now a convicted criminal. The longest-serving lawman of the state’s most populous county, where he became a national figure known for immigration raids and sweeps aimed at rounding up illegal migrants, was found guilty Monday of contempt of court. He faces up to...

The Businesses Against the Texas Bathroom Bill

July 18, 2017 IBM is the latest major company to step up its fight against Texas’s bathroom bill, which lawmakers will likely debate in the coming week as they work through a special session. IBM sent an internal memo Monday to employees around the world that called the bill discriminatory. The company also...

Honolulu High-Rise Blaze Raises Questions About Fire Code Regulations

July 16, 2017 A fire in a Honolulu high-rise building killed three people and injured 12 others. It was only after the flames and smoke spread from a the 26th floor that many residents learned the building wasn’t equipped with sprinklers. If it had been, officials said it’s very likely the fire would...

U.S. Fears Dispute Over Qatar Will Intensify

July 7, 2017 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will fly Monday to Kuwait in an attempt to resolve the impasse over Qatar’s dispute with its Arab neighbors. The proposed visit comes just days after the expiration of a deadline Saudi Arabia and its allies set for Qatar to meet 13 demands, including...

An Appeals Court Blocks the EPA's Delay on Methane Regulations

July 5, 2017 A federal appeals court ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not have the authority to delay an Obama-era rule that placed regulations on methane emissions leaking from oil and gas wells. Scott Pruitt, head of the EPA, had placed a 90-day delay on the regulation as part of...

A 'Serious Political and Military Provocation' in the South China Sea

July 3, 2017 A U.S. Navy ship sailed near disputed islands in the South China Sea on Sunday to deliberately challenge claims made by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam. This is the second "freedom-of-navigation operation" conducted by the Trump administration, and this one saw the USS Stethem, a Navy destroyer, sail within 12 nautical...

U.S. Navy Calls Off Its Search for Missing Sailors

June 19, 2017 The search for seven missing U.S. Navy sailors who went missing after their destroyer collided with a container ship near Japan was called off Sunday. Vice Admiral Joseph Aucoin, commander of the Navy’s 7th Fleet, said divers found a “number of” bodies in a flooded compartment in the USS Fitzgerald,...

Voters Weigh In on Puerto Rico's 51st State Plan

June 11, 2017 Puerto Rican voters overwhelmingly supported the chance to become the 51st state in the U.S. on Sunday’s referendum vote, according to early tallies. It’s a significant gesture from the island, which is a U.S. territory, but low turnout, a boycott by opposition parties, and the likely pushback from Congress, make...

The US Joins the Philippines in a Battle Against ISIS

June 10, 2017 U.S. special forces have joined the Philippines military in a battle to push out Islamic terrorists who’ve seized a town in the south of the country. Three weeks ago two local extremist groups backed by ISIS, Maute and Abu Sayyaf, took Marawi City. Since then nearly 140 militants and 60...

Turkey Summons U.S. Ambassador Over Embassy Brawl

May 22, 2017 Turkey summoned the U.S. ambassador to Ankara on Monday to lodge a formal complaint with the U.S. for how it handled a brawl outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., last week. Protesters who were demonstrating against the visit of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were beaten by members of his...