A father and son who fled the civil war in Syria for "the safest country in the world" were buried before hundreds of mourners Wednesday, the first funerals for victims of shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that horrified a nation known for being welcoming and diverse.
The funerals of Khalid Mustafa, 44, and Hamza Mustafa, 15, came five days after a white supremacist methodically gunned down 50 worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch — a massacre that he broadcast live on Facebook.
Hamza's high school principal described the student as compassionate and hardworking, and said he was an excellent horse rider who aspired to be a veterinarian.
The Federal Reserve left its key interest rate unchanged Wednesday and projected no rate hikes in 2019, dramatically underscoring its plan to be "patient" about any further increases.
The Fed said it was keeping its benchmark rate — which can influence everything from mortgages to credit cards to home equity lines of credit — in a range of 2.25 percent to 2.5 percent.
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On Monday, the Trump administration released several proposed changes to the Higher Education Act, which is in the early stages of reauthorization by Congress.
The proposal recommends reducing the number of federal loan repayment options and capping the amount of student loans that parents and graduate students can take on. Currently, Americans owe roughly $1.5 trillion in student loans, a 350 percent increase since 2003.
As leader of the National Council for the American Worker, Ivanka Trump unveiled the plan and told reporters, “We need to modernize our higher education system to make it more affordable, flexible and outcomes-oriented, so all Americans, young and old, can learn the skills they need to secure and retain good-paying jobs.”
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The adoptive mother of seven young children who starred on YouTube channel "Fantastic Adventures" pepper-sprayed and beat them, deprived them of food and water and grabbed their genitals to get them to perform, authorities allege.
NBC News reported that Machelle Hackney was arrested Friday along with her two adult sons. She was arraigned Tuesday on child abuse, unlawful imprisonment and child molestation charges and held without bond.
It's not clear whether she or her sons have lawyers. According to police documents, Hackney denied abusing the children, whose ages weren't released by police, and said she only spanks and grounds them or has them stand in a corner as punishment.
The "Fantastic Adventures" channel has more than 242 million views and over 700,000 followers. It was demonetized once YouTube was made aware of the arrests.
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Labrador retrievers aren't letting go of their hold on U.S. dog lovers, but German shorthaired pointers are tugging on the top ranks of doggy popularity, according to new American Kennel Club data.
Labs topped the list for the 28th year in a row. Yet there's been plenty of movement over time on the purebred pup-ularity ladder.
A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the...
Exactly 1,000 days after Britain voted to leave the European Union, and nine days before it is scheduled to walk out the door, Prime Minister Theresa May hit the pause button Wednesday, asking the bloc to postpone the U.K.'s departure until June 30.
EU leaders, who are exasperated by Britain's Brexit melodrama, said they would only grant the extension if May can win the U.K. Parliament's approval next week for her twice-rejected Brexit deal. Otherwise, the U.K. is facing a chaotic "no-deal" departure from the bloc within days, or a much longer delay that May says she will not allow while she is in power.
Withdrawing without a deal could mean huge disruptions for businesses and U.K. residents, as well as those in the 27 remaining EU countries.
Often touted for being highly nutritious, kale has joined the list of 11 other fruits and vegetables known to be “dirty,” according to an analysis by the Environmental Working Group.
The watchdog group publishes its “Dirty Dozen” list annually, in which it ranks the 12 produce items that contain the highest amount of pesticide residues. The group analyzes data from the Department of Agriculture’s regular produce testing to determine the list.
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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has rejected a plea deal from Florida prosecutors, the Boston Globe is reporting.
The Palm Beach County Attorney's Office had offered to drop prostitution charges against Kraft if he were to concede he would be found guilty during his trial. The proposed agreement, which was also offered to 24 other men accused in the widespread soliciting prostitution sting, also required defendants to complete an education course, 100 hours of community service and a screening for sexually transmitted diseases.
The Pentagon's inspector general has formally opened an investigation into a watchdog group's allegations that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has used his office to promote his former employer, Boeing Co.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed an ethics complaint with the Pentagon's inspector general a week ago, alleging that Shanahan has appeared to make statements promoting Boeing and disparaging competitors, such as Lockheed Martin.
The Green New Deal and "Medicare for All" are old news. The hottest position in the Democratic presidential field this week is abolishing the Electoral College.
Elizabeth Warren kicked things off at a CNN town hall Monday night when the Massachusetts senator drew enthusiastic applause by saying: "Every vote matters, and the way we can make that happen is that we can have national voting, and that means get rid of the Electoral College."
In the wake of the attack on two New Zealand mosques, President Donald Trump said he did not see white nationalism as a rising threat around the world, but rather “a small group of people that have very, very serious problems.”
Experts, however, say there are a number of indicators that suggest white nationalism and white supremacy — and violence inspired by them — are on the rise, in the U.S. and around the world.
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Finland, ranked for the second time the world's happiest country, is launching an unusual tourism campaign which it promises will share its secret.
The country's tourism board is holding a contest in which eight people will win a free trip to Finland and will be paired with Finnish hosts.
"Our secret is in our nature, very literally. When others go to therapy, Finns put on a pair of rubber boots and head to the woods," said a release from Visit Finland announcing its sweepstakes to "rent your very own Finn."
The Finnish participants in the program "will host travelers for three summer days and introduce them to Finnish nature through their own activities ... basically all the things that we Finns love to do in nature and what makes Finland the happiest country in the world," the release said.
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The U.S. Supreme Court appeared likely Wednesday to rule in favor of a Mississippi death row inmate who said the state prosecutor repeatedly kicked black people off the jury each time he was tried for the same murders, NBC News reported.
Curtis Flowers, who is black, was put on trial six separate times for the 1996 murder of four employees at a furniture store in Winona, Mississippi, where he had recently worked. After the state supreme court threw out the first conviction over questions about evidence, Flowers faced five more trials. Two resulted in mistrials.
But in two others, the state courts found that the prosecutor in the case, Doug Evans, wrongly excluded potential jurors on the basis of their race. In the case before the Supreme Court on Wednesday, Flowers again accused the prosecutor of impermissibly removing blacks from the jury.
Justice Clarence Thomas broke a three-year silence on the bench, asking a few questions in the last minutes of Wednesday's argument.
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A judge blocked oil and gas drilling on almost 500 square miles (1,295 sq. kilometers) in Wyoming and said the federal government must consider the cumulative climate change impact of leasing broad swaths of U.S. public land for oil and gas exploration.
The order marks the latest in a string of court rulings over the past decade — including one last month in Montana — that have faulted the U.S. for inadequate consideration of greenhouse gas emissions when approving oil, gas and coal projects on federal land.