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Billionaire graduation speaker pledges to pay class of 2019 student debt

Robert F. Smith, who received an honorary doctorate from Morehouse during the ceremony, had already announced a $1.5 million gift to the school. The pledge to eliminate student debt for the class of 2019 is estimated to be $40 million.

Girl, 8, found safe after abduction while walking with mom in Texas, police say

  Michigan GOP congressman says Trump conduct is ‘impeachable’

Biden rejects Democrats’ anger in call for national unity

Should Arabic numerals be taught in schools? Most Americans say no

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Attorney: Abused clients were Ohio State football players

Arnold Schwarzenegger fine after ‘idiot’ kicks him at event

  1 year after Santa Fe shooting, Texas shuns tougher gun laws

Texas lawmakers are on the brink of not passing any new gun restrictions a year after one of the deadliest high school mass shootings in U.S. history.

US warns airliners flying in Persian Gulf amid Iran tensions

U.S. diplomats warned Saturday that commercial airliners flying over the wider Persian Gulf faced a risk of being "misidentified" amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

  California girls at slumber party fight off nude intruder

Police said two 10-year-old girls having a slumber party fought off a naked man who broke into a California home through a window and sexually assaulted them. A suspect was arrested.

Newborn struck in head as Florida man live streamed crimes in Walgreens, police say

Kim Kardashian West reveals Psalm as new baby’s name

Trump administration rejects subpoena for tax returns

Alaska state legislator introduces bill criminalizing abortion

Under the proposed HB178 the intentional taking of human life “before, during, or after birth” is not protected by a right to privacy under the Alaska State Constitution, thus classifying abortion as murder.

Cafeteria worker says she lost job for giving boy free lunch

Bonnie Kimball said she was terminated March 28 by her employer a day after she gave a student lunch, even though he couldn't pay for it.

Officer quits after pulling gun on black man picking up trash

City officials said the investigation could not prove that the officer, John Smyly, acted because of Zayd Atkinson's race. Investigators found Smyly violated two department policies: police authority and public trust and conduct, the city attorney said.

  East Coast couple heads back to Idaho Shopko where they met before the store closes

The couple said it was emotional walking through the store where they met, knowing it was going to close.

Prosecutor: Mom plotted to kill pregnant woman, steal baby

One of the suspects pried Marlen Ochoa-Lopez's fingers from the cord while her mother continued to strangle the teen, according to prosecutors.

  ‘She looks exactly like me!’: Woman finds long lost father after more than 30 years

Bob Castiglione and his daughter Quila Castiglione met for the first time in 2017.

You can stay on the Spice Girls bus: It’s listed on Airbnb

The original Spice Bus from the 1997 movie “Spice Word” can be booked for a very limited time this summer.

  Missouri’s GOP-led legislature passes 8-week abortion ban

Missouri's Republican-led House on Friday passed sweeping legislation designed to survive court challenges, which would ban abortions at eight weeks of pregnancy.

  House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

Dubbed the Equality Act, the bill is a top priority of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said it will bring the nation "closer to equal liberty and justice for all."

‘Shocking’: Ohio State doc abused 177, officials were aware

Dr. Richard Strauss groped or ogled young men while treating athletes from at least 16 sports and working at the student health center and his off-campus clinic, investigators from a law firm hired by the university found.

‘Caine Mutiny,’ ‘Winds of War’ author Herman Wouk has died

He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1952 for "The Caine Mutiny," the classic Navy drama that made Captain Queeg a symbol of authority gone mad. He adapted his two-part war epic into a highly rated TV miniseries that aired in the 1980s.

  Trump says he hopes for no war as US-Iran tensions escalate

The tone contrasted with a series of moves by the U.S. and Iran that have sharply escalated tensions in the Middle East in recent days.

  Internet sensation Grumpy Cat has died

Grumpy Cat, the iconic cranky-looking feline, died Tuesday, according to the cat’s official Twitter account.

US: Flynn described efforts to interfere with cooperation

Meanwhile, the judge in the case ordered that portions of special counsel Robert Mueller's report that relate to Flynn be unredacted and made public by the end of the month.

NYPD used Woody Harrelson photo to find lookalike beer thief, report says

The report says security footage of the thief was too pixelated and produced no matches while high-quality images of Harrelson, a three-time Oscar nominee, returned several possible matches and led to one arrest.

F-16 fighter crashes into California warehouse, pilot ejects

An F-16 fighter jet crashed Thursday into a warehouse just outside March Air Reserve Base in California, sending a dozen people to hospitals for evaluation after they were exposed to debris, authorities said.

Facebook, Tweet and Insta for royalty: The queen is hiring a social media manager

What would it pay to work for the royal family? This position pays an annual salary of about £30,000, which equals a little more than $38,000, depending on your experience.

I.M. Pei, architect who designed the Louvre Pyramid and added elegant buildings to landscapes worldwide, dies at age 102

Pei's works ranged from the trapezoidal addition to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., to the chiseled towers of the National Center of Atmospheric Research that blend in with the reddish mountains in Boulder, Colorado.

Teacher’s aide used duct tape on special ed student’s arms, mouth, police say

Court documents show Davis wrapped the tape around the child’s arms three to five times. When she was done, she allegedly cut off one more piece of tape to place over the student’s mouth.

  Taco Bell-themed hotel to open for 3 nights in August

The fast-food chain says everything will be Taco Bell-themed, from the room decor to the breakfast menu to pool floaties shaped like hot sauce packets.

Obesity surgery benefits may be bigger for teens than adults

"Almost 6% of adolescents in the United States are severely obese, and bariatric surgery is now the only successful, long-term treatment option" for them, researchers say.

  LA police catch California woman who tried kidnapping 2 boys from 2 McDonald’s in 2 days

A McDonald’s security video shows a woman casually scooping up a 4-year-old boy and calmly walking out of the restaurant with him.

Tattoo ink recalled for bacterial contamination concerns

Inks contaminated with microorganisms may cause infection and serious health issues when introduced to the skin, including scarring.

Unwanted: Grenade found in Florida Goodwill store’s donation bin

The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office said workers found the grenade in a donation bin Wednesday afternoon and called 911.

  Trump launches new immigration overhaul push

The latest immigration effort by the president focuses on beefing up border security and rethinking the green card system so that it would favor people with high-level skills, degrees and job offers instead of relatives of those already in the country.

  Boy burned while handling lime juice because of skin condition

For those who have phytophotodermatitis, handling lime or any citrus juice - and then exposing that skin to the sun will cause burns, sometimes severe one.

  Saudis blame Iran for drone attack amid calls for US strikes

Recent days have brought allegations of sabotage attacks targeting oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, a drone attack on a Saudi oil pipeline claimed by Yemen's Iran-allied Houthi rebels, and the dispatch of U.S. warships and bombers to the region.

SAT adds ‘adversity score’ to test scores to give colleges more context, report says

The idea is to capture the social and economic background of each student as schools evaluate them for admission.

  Walmart warns that tariffs on China’s imports will mean higher prices

The comments came after the nation's largest retailer reported its best sale performance at its established U.S. namesake stores for the fiscal first quarter in nine years.

Author of flattering Trump biography gets pardon from president

Conrad Black, who wrote a political biography of Trump, was convicted of fraud in 2007 and spent three and a half years in prison. An appeals court reversed two convictions, but left two others in place.

  Mick Jagger back with Rolling Stones after illness to start North American tour

Tickets sold for the original dates will be honored, but those who can't attend can get refunds by accessing their Ticketmaster accounts.

Firefighter killed, 3 wounded in shooting at Wis. transit center

Police and fire departments responded to the transit center for a medical call. While they were treating the person, "the incident escalated into shots being fired."

  NYC Mayor de Blasio is seeking Democratic nod for president

The Democrat announced his bid with a video released by his campaign early Thursday morning.

Missouri Senate passes bill to ban abortions at 8 weeks

Senators approved the legislation 24-10 early Thursday with just hours left before lawmakers' Friday deadline to pass bills.

Fire officials determine PG&E equipment sparked deadly California wildfire

State fire officials said transmission lines owned and operated by the San Francisco-based utility started the Nov. 8 fire that killed 85 people and wiped out nearly 15,000 homes in the town of Paradise.

Trump disclosure shows revenue steady at key properties

Revenue from President Donald Trump's sprawling business empire largely held steady last year amid his turbulent presidency, according to his financial disclosure Thursday, with a drop in business at his Mar-a-Lago resort and small gains at his Washington hotel and Doral golf club.

Florida man slaps sleeping girlfriend with cheeseburger, deputies say

Deputies arrested 30-year-old Kyle Jamison Jones on May 4 and charged with battery.