WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump granted a posthumous pardon to boxer Jack Johnson on Thursday, wiping clean his 1913 Mann Act conviction. Johnson, the first black heavyweight champion, was convicted under federal legislation that made it illegal to cross state lines with a woman "for the purpose of prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose." Jim Crow-era prosecutors often used the legislation as an anti-miscegenation device.
WASHINGTON - Reversing its earlier position, the White House will allow top Democrats to join Republicans for a briefing Thursday on a confidential FBI source who aided in the investigation of whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia, and Chief of Staff John Kelly will sit in on the discussions, the Justice Department announced. After a day of furious negotiations and evolving public messages from the White House, the administration set two separate briefings with lawmakers to discuss the matter.
Beekeepers in the U.S. reported an increase in honeybee deaths over the last year, possibly the result of erratic weather patterns brought on by a changing climate, according to the scientist leading an annual survey on the insects. U.S. beekeepers said 40 percent of their hives, also called colonies, died unexpectedly during the year that ended March 31, according to a survey released Wednesday by researchers from Auburn University and the University of Maryland. That's up from 33 percent a year earlier.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Thursday canceled a planned summit next month with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, citing "tremendous anger and open hostility" from the rogue nation in a letter explaining his abrupt decision.
The three-day-long gun-debate beef this week between Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and the National Rifle Association's Dana Loesch started with a Facebook post. "I'm not ashamed to admit I've shed tears of sadness, pain and anger," Acevedo wrote on May 18. "I know some have strong feelings about gun rights but I want you to know I've hit rock bottom and I am not interested in your views as it pertains to this issue."
TOKYO - North Korea claimed Thursday it destroyed its key nuclear weapons testing site, setting off explosions to collapse underground tunnels hours before President Donald Trump called off a planned June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Less than two weeks ago, Amber Kornak posted about her new job on Facebook.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is claiming victory following the adoption of a new NFL policy that could bring disciplinary action for players who kneel or make other protests during the national anthem. "You have to stand proudly for the national anthem or you shouldn't be playing," Trump said in an interview that aired Thursday morning on "Fox & Friends" on Fox News. He added that those who protest "maybe shouldn't be in the country."
Sherita Dixon-Cole, a 37-year-old woman from northeast Texas, was pulled over early Sunday by a Department of Public Safety officer who suspected her of driving while intoxicated. The story Dixon-Cole spun afterward was alarming: She claimed the trooper repeatedly told her he'd let her go in exchange for sexual favors. When she said no, she claimed the trooper sexually assaulted her, according to a statement Monday from her attorney.
The San José, the largest galleon and the flagship of one group of Spanish ships that started sailing in the 16th century, was big and - thanks to 62 bronze cannons engraved with dolphins - deadly enough to deter or destroy ships, whether pirates or rival nations.