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Florida algae crisis: Is it safe to visit? Here's what you need to know

Florida algae crisis: Is it safe to visit? Here's what you need to know

Dead sea turtles, empty beaches and health fears: What we know about the Sunshine State's unfolding algae-fueled environmental disaster
Queen of soul also leaves civil rights legacy

Queen of soul also leaves civil rights legacy

Aretha Franklin's song "Respect" became a battle cry for black America. The Queen of Soul was a close friend of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and she never hesitated to support the civil rights
Mind blown: Oldest galaxies in the universe found

Mind blown: Oldest galaxies in the universe found

At 13 billion years old, the galaxies began to form "only" about 100 million years after the Big Bang.
Lies and cover-ups: Catholic church in Pennsylvania had 'playbook' to keep priest abuse secret, FBI said

Lies and cover-ups: Catholic church in Pennsylvania had 'playbook' to keep priest abuse secret, FBI said

The FBI concluded that it was "as if there was script" for church and diocese officials to follow to keep the crimes that priests committed a secret.
New Jersey man accused of importing scorpions and millipedes, selling them on Facebook

New Jersey man accused of importing scorpions and millipedes, selling them on Facebook

Wlodzimie Lapkiewicz, 29, of Metuchen was accused of ordering international shipments packed with up to 69 of the imposing arachnids.

Man accused of killing pregnant wife, kids gave interview before arrest

Listen to what Christopher Watts told KUSA the day before he was arrested in the murders of his pregnant wife Shanann and their two young daughters.
Deputies free bear stuck in car with beanbag gun

Deputies free bear stuck in car with beanbag gun

Dramatic dashcam video captured by California sheriff's deputies shows an officer firing a round of nonlethal beanbags into a car's rear window to free a bear that had become trapped in the car. (Aug.
Aretha Franklin's epic Obama inauguration performance

Aretha Franklin's epic Obama inauguration performance

Aretha Franklin brought down the house at President Barack Obama's first inauguration in 2009. Her performance was as memorable for her hat as it was for her rendition of "America (My Country 'Tis of

Artists sing their respects for Aretha Franklin

Various artists sing 'Respect,' the song written by Otis Redding and popularized by Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at age 76. (Aug. 16)

Authorities 'quite certain' they've found pregnant Colorado mom's body

Shanann Watts and her two young daughters were reported missing days earlier. Her husband, Christopher Watts, is accused of their murders.
AP Top Stories August 16 P

AP Top Stories August 16 P

Here's the latest for Thursday August 16th: Aretha Franklin, the 'Queen of Soul' has died; Newspaper editorial boards around the US are pushing back aginast President Trump's demonizing of teh news
Judge to decide whether deported parents can be reunited with children in U.S.

Judge to decide whether deported parents can be reunited with children in U.S.

The government has reunited nearly 2,000 separated migrant children with their parents or other sponsors, but the judge overseeing the case must now decide whether parents who were deported can return
'Really sick, abusive stories': 40 Pennsylvania priests confessed their crimes; little was done afterward

'Really sick, abusive stories': 40 Pennsylvania priests confessed their crimes; little was done afterward

These Catholic clergy were transferred to other churches or schools. Now many won't have to face charges because of the state statute of limitations.
Colorado man charged in slaying of pregnant wife and two daughters

Colorado man charged in slaying of pregnant wife and two daughters

Colorado man Chris Watts told law enforcement Thursday that he killed his pregnant wife and two children, a day after expressing his concern on TV.
Florida school receiving death threats after turning away 6-year-old with dreadlocks

Florida school receiving death threats after turning away 6-year-old with dreadlocks

Educators and activists are outraged after Clinton Stanley Jr. was turned away on his first day of school because of his dreadlocks.

6-year-old boy with locs turned away by school

A private Christian school in Florida is taking heat after the boy's dad posted video of the school turning the first grader away because of his hair.
Artists Sing Their Respects For Franklin

Artists Sing Their Respects For Franklin

Various artists sing 'Respect,' the song written by Otis Redding and popularized by Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday at age 76. (Aug. 16)
Deputies Free Bear Stuck in Car With Beanbag Gun

Deputies Free Bear Stuck in Car With Beanbag Gun

Dramatic dashcam video captured by California sheriff's deputies shows an officer firing a round of nonlethal beanbags into a car's rear window to free a bear that had become trapped in the car. (Aug.
Mind blown: Oldest galaxies in the universe discovered

Mind blown: Oldest galaxies in the universe discovered

At 13 billion years old, the galaxies began to form "only" about 100 million years after the Big Bang.
US State Department Forms Iran Action Group

US State Department Forms Iran Action Group

Sec. of State Mike Pompeo formed a group to coordinate and run U.S. policy toward Iran as the Trump administration moves ahead with efforts to force changes in the Islamic Republic's behavior after