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Syria suicide bomb that killed four US citizens also reignites debate over US pulling troops

A suicide bomb reignited the debate over President Donald Trump's assertion that the Islamic State has been defeated and his decision to exit Syria.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 2:15 pm

Launching new missile strategy, Trump pushes wall

President Donald Trump Thursday rolled out a new strategy for an aggressive space-based missile defense system. In remarks at the Pentagon, he also slammed Democrats over the government shutdown and continued his push for a southern border wall. (Jan. 17)


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 2:11 pm

Carl Nicks: The forgotten Indiana State basketball phenom overshadowed by Larry Bird

At Indiana State, Carl Nicks would be called second fiddle. Bird-feeder. That guy who played with Larry. But Nicks was no understudy to Larry Bird.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 2:11 pm

Donald Trump calls for expanded missile defense program

During an appearance at the Pentagon, President Donald Trump said "our goal is simple: that we can detect and destroy" any incoming missile. Part of the new strategy is to create a level of sensors in space. (Jan. 17)


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 2:11 pm

Thousands of IRS workers called back without pay

The partial government shutdown that began Dec. 22 caused roughly 420,000 federal employees to work without pay. This week, the IRS said it will recall thousands of workers to handle tax returns. (Jan. 17)


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 2:10 pm

Watchdog: Thousands more migrant children may have been separated at border than previously reported

More migrant children were separated from their families at the southern border than previously acknowledged, according to inspector-general report.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 2:10 pm

LGBTQ group sends John Oliver book about gay marriage to second lady Karen Pence's school

A support group for LGBTQ young people is sending copies of a gay rights book to the Christian school where Second Lady Karen Pence teaches.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 2:01 pm

'#Sexy': The most eye-popping @WomenForCohen tweets paid for by Michael Cohen

Michael Cohen, Trump's former right hand man, had a Liberty University chief make a Women For Cohen Twitter account to portray him as a sex symbol.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 1:58 pm

Ex-NFL player Jonathan Martin to stand trial over threatening social media post

Former NFL player Jonathan Martin must stand trial on criminal threat charges stemming from 2018 Instagram post, a Los Angeles judge ruled Wednesday.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 1:46 pm

Where's Mitch? McConnell keeping his head down during government shutdown

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has a different role compared to previous government shutdowns, but is that a practical or political choice?


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 1:43 pm

Gillette commercial controversy: Men should just get over it and adapt to #MeToo era

Gillette is taking on toxic masculinity. Based on the furious reaction to this effort, the message is more needed than we realized.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 1:34 pm

Rep. Steve King raising money off controversy from white nationalism, supremacy comments

Republicans and Democrats are condemning King over his comments on white supremacy, but the congressman is using the backlash to raise campaign money.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 1:24 pm

'Blockbuster' storm heads east, could drop 40 inches of snow. Then an Arctic blast will freeze 200 million

Mudslides and flooding closed roads in California as heavy rains and snow were forecast.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 1:08 pm

UConn sophomore Megan Walker outscores Tulane with 34 points against Green Wave's 33

UConn sophomore Megan Walker scored a career-high 34 points on Wednesday, more than the entire Tulane roster in the Huskies' 75-33 win.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 12:47 pm

Super Bowl rings through the years


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 12:27 pm

Jason Spindler, U.S. businessman killed in Nairobi terrorist attack, had survived 9/11

Jason Spindler was so affected by 9/11 that he quit banking to focus on trying to make a difference overseas.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 12:24 pm

See Barack Obama's sweet message to Michelle on her 55th birthday

Barack Obama took to social media to wish his wife Michelle Obama happy birthday with a sweet message.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 12:15 pm

Hotel dishwasher granted $21 million after being forced to work Sundays

A jury in Miami decided a hotel dishwasher should receive $21.5 million in damages Tuesday.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 12:09 pm

Former VA secretary violated ethics rules by allowing employee to drive his wife around

An investigation found former VA secretary David Shulkin violated ethics rules by allowing his driver to provide transportation for his wife.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 12:05 pm

Liam Neeson's nephew Ronan Sexton dies, years after serious fall

Liam Neeson has lost a nephew, Ronan Sexton, years after the young man had a severe fall.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 12:04 pm

Soccer icon Abby Wambach announces new book, 'Wolfpack,' based on viral commencement speech

Abby Wambach, two-time Olympic gold medalist, international soccer's all-time leading scorer and feminist icon announced a new book with a sizzling Instagram video.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 11:58 am

Ad Meter update: Mercedes-Benz, Pringles reveal details about their Super Bowl plans

Super Bowl LIII is a little more than two weeks away and the plans for advertisers, such as Mercedes-Benz and Pringles, are slowly coming into focus.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 11:48 am

10 notable lines of American poetry


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 11:47 am

Les Moonves not going away quietly, fighting CBS for $120M exit package

CBS says Les Moonves has invoked his right to seek binding arbitration but maintains he was fired for cause and is therefore not entitled to severance pay.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 11:42 am

Michelle Obama turns 55: See her through the years

See 55 photos of Michelle Obama through the years. She's 55 and fabulous!


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 11:42 am

Dream picks: 6 films we fervently hope hit it big on Oscars nominations morning

Will 'Black Panther,' 'A Star Is Born' or 'Vice' clean up when Oscar nominations are announced? USA TODAY's film experts fight for their favorites.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 11:41 am

10 cheap tropical vacations for 2019

Sunny getaways are more affordable than ever in warm-weather locales like India, Mexico and the Caribbean islands.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 11:33 am

Michael Cohen offered Liberty University CIO $50,000 to rig two online polls for Trump, report says

Liberty University's CIO said Michael Cohen offered him $50,000 to rig two online polls in Trump's favor, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 11:24 am

ICE tried to deport a U.S.-born Marine, and his mom wants to know why

The ACLU says a decorated former Marine and U.S. citizen born in Michigan, Jilmar Ramos-Gomez, was mistakenly detained by ICE for deportation.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 11:14 am

UConn coach Dan Hurley, Tulsa's Frank Haith tossed after handshake

Dan Hurley and Frank Haith were ejected after shaking hands following a tense moment during Tulsa's win over UConn.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 11:13 am

A woman had a stroke next to one of Wisconsin's best hospitals. But her ambulance was turned away - and she died

Tiffany Tate collapsed next to a hospital closed to ambulances. This little-known "ambulance diversion" policy has been shown to endanger patients.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 10:58 am

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani: 'I never said there was no collusion between the campaign' and Russia

President Donald Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, said there may have been "collusion" between members of the Trump campaign and Russia.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 10:34 am

'We're going to electrify the F-Series,' Ford exec says

Ford F-150 and Super Duty surprises are in the works as Ford executives lay out plans for strengthening the company.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 10:19 am

Betty White turns 97: Her career in photos


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 10:01 am

Chris Cornell tribute concert: Photos

Stars flocked to the "I Am The Highway: A Tribute to Chris Cornell" Wednesday to honor the late Soundgarden singer, who died on May 18, 2017.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 9:48 am

New migrant caravan has left Honduras bound for the US amid government shutdown

A new migrant caravan has left Honduras bound for the U.S. amid government shutdown


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 9:43 am

Man leaps from Royal Caribbean ship in video stunt; banned for life

A 27-year-old man from Vancouver, Wash., is finding Internet fame this week with a video of himself jumping from a Royal Caribbean cruise ship.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 9:35 am

Beto O'Rourke embarks on cross-country road trip as 2020 speculation mounts

Beto O'Rourke is behind the wheel of his car again, this time on a road trip that will take him outside the confines of his home state.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 9:31 am

USA TODAY Sports' NFC, AFC Championship Game picks: Who advances to Super Bowl LIII?

Who's printing tickets for Super Sunday? USA TODAY Sports' panel of experts makes championship game picks for Rams-Saints and Patriots-Chiefs.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 9:24 am

Why Phillip Fulmer got banned from Tennessee football practice for coaching linemen

Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer saw a couple of offensive linemen he thought needed coaching during a drill so he jumped in and coached them up.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 9:13 am

Burger King goes after McDonald's with new Big King XL premium sandwich and GrubHub deal

Burger King has a new burger, the Big King XL, along with a way to get the larger burger for free.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 9:00 am

She blamed Donald Trump for hastening her death. Politics has made its way to obituaries.

Even if people can't vote from the grave, some of them are going to want to speak from it.


Posted on 17 January 2019 | 7:00 am

Louisville to rename airport for Muhammad Ali

Officials announced Wednesday that Louisville's international airport would be renamed after Muhammad Ali.


Posted on 16 January 2019 | 6:13 pm

These are the 2019 smart home products we're most excited about

These are more than shiny and fun—they're smart home game-changers


Posted on 16 January 2019 | 5:09 pm

Two elementary school students 'put into effect a plot to murder another student'

One of the students brought a bag to school with a wrench, baseball batting gloves, adjustable clamp pliers, and a multitool with a blade on it.


Posted on 16 January 2019 | 4:46 pm

The coolest cars from the Detroit auto show

From a reborn Toyota Supra to the muscle-car favorite Ford Shelby GT 500, here are the models that will turn heads at the Detroit auto show.


Posted on 16 January 2019 | 10:36 am