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Another NRA official leaves organization amid turmoil

Another NRA official leaves organization amid turmoil

Another official with the National Rifle Association has left as the organization faces legal troubles, allegations of financial misconduct and other high-profile staff departures. Jennifer Baker has exited her role as the director of public affairs for the NRA lobbying arm, a source confirmed to CNN Thursday. Andrew Arulanandam, an NRA spokesman, did not comment…MORE

Millions of people threatened by a potentially deadly heat wave in the coming days

Millions of people threatened by a potentially deadly heat wave in the coming days

A dangerous and potentially deadly heatwave threatens much of the continental US, with dozens of record high temperatures both in the daytime and in the evening expected this weekend. More than 150 million people in nearly 30 states were under a heat watch, warning or advisory on Thursday morning, according to CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen.…MORE

FBI warrants show Trump’s close involvement in hush money effort

FBI warrants show Trump’s close involvement in hush money effort

Federal search warrants released Thursday detail how Donald Trump and others scrambled in the final weeks of the 2016 campaign to arrange a hush-money deal to hide his alleged affair and contain the fallout from related stories in the press. The internal chaos consumed Trump, then-attorney Michael Cohen, campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks and even reached…MORE

California man who drove autistic sons and partner off pier charged with murder

California man who drove autistic sons and partner off pier charged with murder

The California father whose two autistic sons died after he drove off a wharf in the Port of Los Angeles has been charged with capital murder, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Ali Elmezayen, 45, of Hawthorne, California, was charged Wednesday with two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, the…MORE

Newly released data shows flow of billions of pain pills from drug companies

Newly released data shows flow of billions of pain pills from drug companies

A database charting the course of opioid pills across the country is being made public following a judge’s decision, shedding new light on the scope of the drug industry’s alleged role in the opioid crisis. The Washington Post reports that 76 billion prescription pain pills from the country’s biggest pharmaceutical companies poured into the US…MORE

House chaplain prays to cast ‘spirits of darkness’ from Congress

House chaplain prays to cast ‘spirits of darkness’ from Congress

You know things are bad in Congress when the chaplain’s morning prayer on the House floor sounds like an exorcism. On Thursday, the Rev. Patrick Conroy told members of Congress it has been a “difficult and contentious week in which darker spirits seem to have been at play in the people’s house.” “In Your most…MORE

The world’s silence on Trump’s racism is deafening

The world’s silence on Trump’s racism is deafening

The silence from other world leaders in condemning US President Donald Trump’s most recent racist comments has been deafening. There have been remarks from Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who said: “That’s not how we do things in Canada,” and that a “Canadian is a Canadian.” The outgoing British Prime Minister, Theresa May, said that…MORE

Toys ‘R’ Us is coming back to the United States

Toys ‘R’ Us is coming back to the United States

Toys “R” Us’ long-awaited comeback is finally official. Its owner, Tru Kids Brands, announced Thursday that Toys “R” Us is being reborn in the United States with two new stores. The return comes more than a year after the chain collapsed, resulting in the closure of all 700 of its American stores. The new stores…MORE

Question of the Day

July 18

Q: Astronauts say space smells like a combination of diesel fuel and this common food smell… A: Barbeque

July 17

Q: Scientists have studied this rock star’s DNA to try to figure out how he has survived despite years of substance and alcohol abuse… A: Ozzy Osbourne

July 16

Q: A study says eating 2-servings of this every week could help elderly people avoid cognitive impairment… A: Mushrooms