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Word Whiz Kids Tap Memory Tricks at Spelling Bee

Word Whiz Kids Tap Memory Tricks at Spelling Bee

Spelling savants traced letters onto their palms or gazed at the ceiling on Wednesday while racking their brains in hopes of advancing to the next level of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The field
China Cheers State TV Anchor in Face-Off with FOX

China Cheers State TV Anchor in Face-Off with FOX

The highly-anticipated showdown on Wednesday night between Trish Regan of Fox Business and Liu Xin of China Global Television Network (CGTN) — the overseas arm of state-controlled China Central
Three US States Face Flooding of ‘Historic Magnitude’

Three US States Face Flooding of ‘Historic Magnitude’

Thousands of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Louisiana residents braced for more flooding Wednesday, and some evacuated their homes, as forecasts of further rain drove fears that decades-old levees girding the
Mueller Makes First Public Comments on Russia Probe

Mueller Makes First Public Comments on Russia Probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller Wednesday declined to clear President Donald Trump of obstructing justice, though the president responded by declaring himself innocent and the "case is closed." In his
US-China Trade War: Tariffs Explained

US-China Trade War: Tariffs Explained

More tariffs on Chinese goods are at least a month away, according to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. Testifying before Congress, Mnuchin said the impact on the U.S. economy is a key
US Says It Does Not Want War With Iran, Defends Boosting Military Presence

US Says It Does Not Want War With Iran, Defends Boosting Military Presence

Leading U.S. defense and security officials warn Iran was getting ready to unleash a wave of attacks across the Middle East targeting the United States and its allies when the decision was made to
Shanahan Did Not OK Efforts to Keep USS John McCain ‘Out of Sight’

Shanahan Did Not OK Efforts to Keep USS John McCain ‘Out of Sight’

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said Thursday he did not authorize and was not even aware of a White House directive to have the U.S. Navy warship USS John S. McCain “out of sight” when
China: Provoking Trade Disputes is ‘Naked Economic Terrorism’

China: Provoking Trade Disputes is ‘Naked Economic Terrorism’

Provoking trade disputes is “naked economic terrorism,” a senior Chinese diplomat said Thursday, ramping up the rhetoric against the United States amid a bitter trade war that is showing no signs of
The Warship That Couldn’t Stay Afloat

The Warship That Couldn’t Stay Afloat

During the American Civil War, the Union Navy designed a class of warships called “Casco” that could submerge its hull at will to make the boat smaller and a harder target to hit. At least, that was
Virginia Mosques Adding Security During Ramadan

Virginia Mosques Adding Security During Ramadan

Mosques around the world have stepped-up security during Ramadan following recent attacks on places of worship. Phil Dierking visited some Washington-area mosques to find out what they are doing.
Washington Restaurants Encouraged to Cater to Muslims During Ramadan

Washington Restaurants Encouraged to Cater to Muslims During Ramadan

In the Washington area, there is a push to give Muslims more dining options during Ramadan. Local restaurants would open a couple of hours earlier or later during the holy month to accommodate Muslim
WikiLeaks: Assange is ill; Misses Brief Court Hearing

WikiLeaks: Assange is ill; Misses Brief Court Hearing

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange missed a court session Thursday, apparently due to health problems. He had been expected to appear from prison via video link at a brief extradition hearing at
Washington Restaurants Urged to Cater to Muslims During Ramadan

Washington Restaurants Urged to Cater to Muslims During Ramadan

At a mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, outside Washington, a large number of Muslims are reciting evening prayers before they break their daily fast at sunset for Ramadan.Afterward, some go home to
Angela Merkel to Address Harvard's Graduating Class

Angela Merkel to Address Harvard's Graduating Class

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to address Harvard University graduates.The Ivy League school is hosting its 368th commencement ceremony Thursday with a keynote speech from Merkel.It caps
In Alabama, Commemoration Set for 'Last Slave Ship'

In Alabama, Commemoration Set for 'Last Slave Ship'

An archaeological report will be released Thursday on the discovery of what experts believe is the last ship known to have brought enslaved people from Africa to the United States.The event in the
Should Facebook Delete Fake Pelosi Video?

Should Facebook Delete Fake Pelosi Video?

When a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — one altered to show the Democratic leader slurring her words — began making the rounds on Facebook last week, the social network didn't take it
Gillibrand Lands Her 1st New Hampshire Endorsement for 2020

Gillibrand Lands Her 1st New Hampshire Endorsement for 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand has picked up her first New Hampshire endorsement, announcing that state Rep. Sue Ford says she's "the best person" for the White House. In a
Immigration Largely Absent From Democrats' 2020 Policy Blitz

Immigration Largely Absent From Democrats' 2020 Policy Blitz

Top Democratic presidential candidates are one-upping each other with ever-more-ambitious plans on global warming, gun violence, health care and abortion.Democratic presidential contenders are in a
Prosecutors Push Back on Enforcing New State Abortion Laws

Prosecutors Push Back on Enforcing New State Abortion Laws

New state abortion laws likely to become bogged down in legal challenges face another potential obstacle: prosecutors who refuse to enforce them.The Associated Press reached out to nearly two dozen