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Pantera drummer and co-founder, Vinnie Paul, dies at 54, reports say


Vinnie Paul, the drummer and co-founder of iconic heavy metal band Pantera, has died, the music group announced on Facebook. He was 54.

Netflix executive fired over repeated use of racial slur in front of colleagues


Netflix spokesman Jonathan Friedland confirmed that he was leaving the company, saying he was insensitive in speaking with his team about words that offend in comedy.


Saudi women drivers, Tennessee Pride, World Cup and 5 things to know this weekend

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Saudi Arabia gives women the right to drive vehicles, summer airfare hits peak rates and more things to start your weekend.


Ex-teacher accused of having sex with minor linked to Anthony Weiner scandal, report says

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The Gaston County Sheriff’s Office says Jonathan Conrad Busch, 54, is charged with sex offenses involving the


Pearl Bailey play's premiere canceled over writer's 'culturally insensitive' emails


"Pearl's in the House," a play about Pearl Bailey set to premiere at the Cedar City festival, was cut after discovery of “culturally insensitive” emails.


Facebook posts suggesting immigrants should be shot at the border have sparked outrage

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In separate incidents this week, Phillip McCain of Alabama and Lori McAllen of Oregon faced national backlash for their connection to social media posts suggesting that immigrants illegally crossing the U.S. border should be shot.

Shackled siblings were choked, caged and thrown down stairs, prosecutor says

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David and Louise Turpin are charged with 49 counts related to child abuse and torture. Their 13 children were rescued from their home in January.


DOJ: Trump's immigration crackdown 'diverting' resources from drug cases

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Federal prosecutors in California have taken steps to make it harder to prosecute people smuggling drugs so it can bring more cases against immigrants

Son decapitated mother using butterknife, his teeth and bare hands, deputy testifies


Capt. Ray Boggs testified at a preliminary hearing that Johnson admitted he killed his mother and took her body outside so it would not smell.


Tom Arnold gives rambling CNN interview as the Michael Cohen saga just got even weirder

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The saga around a possible Tom Arnold project with former Trump attorney MIchael Cohen just got weirder after Tom Arnold gave an interview on CNN.

Another chaotic week: How Trump scrambled to address border crisis

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Trump is facing perhaps the biggest backlash to his immigration policies since the early days of his administration, but with no clear exit.


Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin sues his family alleging fraud


Buzz Aldrin sues family alleging fraud. His children, in turn, express fears he is a victim of manipulation.

Dept. of Homeland Security looks for new immigrant family detention sites along U.S.-Mexico border


The Department of Homeland Security is trying to identify new facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border to house immigrant families, at least 15K beds.

FBI agent Peter Strzok subpoenaed after anti-Trump text messages


Peter Strzok, the FBI agent wrapped in controversy because of text messages he'd written about President Trump and his role in several of the most politically contentious investigations at the bureau in recent months has been subpoenaed to…


Asylum 101: Here are the basics of what it is and who gets it


Here's a primer on immigration, asylum and zero tolerance.

Texas border chaos: Courts, families, government collide in zero-tolerance debacle

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Confusion reigns on the border as immigration officials, prosecutors and Border Patrol agents scramble to fulfill the president’s demand to maintain a zero-tolerance approach to unauthorized migrants while simultaneously keeping families…

NHL draft 2018: Scouting reports on the first-round picks

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Buffalo Sabres make Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin the first pick of the 2018 NHL draft; analysis on all of the first-round picks.

What happens when migrants seeking asylum get to the border?

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In Nogales, Sonora, local groups and volunteers operate a camp for migrants seeking asylum to curve a crisis at Arizona's busiest port of entry.

Facebook fundraiser to help immigrant children tops $19 million with donations from around the world


More than $19 million has been donated to the Facebook campaign set up five days ago with donations streaming in from around the globe.

'You better get out of here': Accused Parkland shooter told student to run before opening fire

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Nikolas Cruz, the accused gunman in the Parkland high school shooting, told a student to "get out of here" and run before he started his attack, according to court documents released Friday.

Florida's Brightline trains could run from Miami to Tampa


Brightline on Friday announced it is getting serious about a long-discussed Orlando-to-Tampa extension.

MLB suspends Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna for 75 games for violating domestic violence policy

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Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna was suspended 75 games without pay for violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence related to an incident in May.


Dog dies of heat in parked vehicle as man overdoses on drugs


A parking lot overdose claimed the life of a man and heat exposure killed his dog, police discovered Friday morning.

Bill Cosby's three honorary degrees rescinded by University of Maryland Board of Regents

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The University System of Maryland Board of Regents has rescinded three honorary degrees previously awarded to disgraced comedian Bill Cosby.

Immigration, ethics, Russia: Welcome to Trump World, where all scandals are above average


Russia is worse than Watergate, the ethics mess is unprecedented and the immigrant children crisis dwarfs Katrina. Donald Trump created this tragedy.

USA TODAY tracking where separated children sent


Reporters across the USA TODAY Network have tracking the locations where immigrant children separated from their parents are sent and you can help us.

Thousands of bourbon barrels spill from collapsed warehouse in Kentucky

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About 9,000 of the roughly 20,000 barrels held in the warehouse at Barton 1792 Distillery were involved in the collapse.

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Supreme Court rules on cell phone tracking data


The Supreme Court, in a 'narrow' 5-4 decision, has held that the government and law enforcement need a warrant to gain access to cell phone records pertaining to location data.

'Womp, womp': Speakers bureau dumps Lewandowski after he mocks migrant with Down syndrome


Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski suffered some fallout for appearing to snidely dismiss a migrant girl with Down syndrome during an appearance on Fox News.

'Fox & Friends' host Brian Kilmeade on border separations: 'These aren't our kids'

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Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade defended President Donald Trump's "zero tolerance" immigration policy Friday morning and said "these aren't our kids" when referring to migrant children being separated from their parents.