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  • Tavis Smiley’s show suspended by PBS amid misconduct allegations

    PBS has suspended distribution of “Tavis Smiley” amid “troubling allegations” against the news show’s namesake host. The organization said Wednesday that it had hired an outside law firm to handle an investigation into the matter. “The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today’s decision,” a statement from PBS reads. No details about the allegations were released. Smiley did not respond to […]

  • Joe Biden consoles Meghan McCain on father’s cancer diagnosis

    Joe Biden and Meghan McCain shared an emotional moment Wednesday, with the former vice president consoling the daughter of his friend and onetime political rival Sen. John McCain. Visiting ABC’s “The View” to talk about his book, “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose,” Biden was asked by McCain, a co-host on the morning show, about his son Beau’s cancer diagnosis. McCain’s father was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain tumor, in July. Beau Biden passed away […]

  • USA Today bashes Trump as ‘not fit to clean the toilets’ in Obama’s presidential library

    USA Today isn’t known for its blistering opinion pieces. Which makes the one the paper’s editorial board just published on President Donald Trump all the more savage. “With his latest tweet, clearly implying that a United States senator would trade sexual favors for campaign cash, President Trump has shown he is not fit for office,” reads the editorial. “Rock bottom is no impediment for a president who can always find room for a new low.” The reference here is Trump’s tweet Tuesday morning in […]

  • Alabama election: Doug Jones scores stunning win over Moore

    Democrat Doug Jones has scored a stunning win against Republican Roy Moore to win the Senate seat in Alabama, CNN projects. The dramatic win comes after allegations against Moore of sexually abusing teens and his history of controversial comments about women and minorities. It will be enough for a reliably red state to elect its first Democratic senator in a generation. A Jones win will trim the Republican Senate majority to 51-49 and deals a major blow to President Donald […]

  • How Keaton Jones’ bullying plea brought him more bullying

    It started off so neatly: the perfect story to cap a rocky year, a reminder that commonality exists in the face of division. On Friday, an 11-year-old Knoxville, Tennessee, boy woefully recounted to his mother his experience with middle-school bullies. His mother posted the teary plea online and citizens across the internet responded en masse to say: Keaton Jones, we’ve got your back. Now, in place of that solidarity lie confusion, questions and anger. The mother’s old social media postings […]

  • America’s healthiest and least healthy states

    Despite years of efforts to even out health disparities across the United States, some states are dramatically healthier than others, according to a new report. Massachusetts, Hawaii, Vermont, Utah and Connecticut rank as the five healthiest states, while West Virginia, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi rank the least healthy in America’s Health Rankings, according to the report by the United Health Foundation. The rankings take into account a variety of health factors, such as rates of infectious diseases, obesity, physical […]

  • Jimmy Kimmel makes emotional return with baby son after his heart surgery

    Late night audiences were given two Kimmels on Monday night. Jimmy Kimmel‘s young son, Billy, made an appearance on his father’s late night broadcast, “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” after undergoing a second heart surgery last week. “Hi, I’m Jimmy. This is Billy,” Kimmel said holding his son, who was born in April with a serious heart issue. “He’s fine everybody. He may have pooped, but he’s fine.” As he choked up during the show, the host joked that “Daddy cries on TV, […]

  • Tax overhaul could mean major changes to your paycheck

    If Republicans succeed in passing a tax overhaul by Christmas, the law could mean major changes for your take-home pay — not all of them welcome. But those changes probably won’t be reflected in your paycheck in time for the New Year. The American Payroll Association, whose members represent 17,000 employers, warned lawmakers Monday that they were creating a “herculean task” for companies and payroll service providers by leaving them such a short time to start implementing the new provisions, […]

  • Girl has blunt message for insurance company after brain surgery request denied

    Cara Pressman sobbed in the big red chair in her living room. The 15-year-old tried to absorb the devastating news relayed by her parents: that their insurance company, Aetna, denied her for a minimally invasive brain surgery that could end the seizures that have haunted her since she was 9 years old. “When my parents told me, I went kind of blank and started crying,” she said. “I cried for like an hour.” Her friends had been lined up to […]

  • Saudi Arabia lifts 35-year ban on movie theaters

    Saudis will soon be able to go to the movies for the first time more than 35 years. From early next year, commercial movie theaters will be granted licenses, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture and Information said in a statement on Monday. It expects the first cinemas to open their doors in March. “This marks a watershed moment in the development of the cultural economy in the Kingdom,” Minister of Culture and Information Awwad Alawwad said in the statement. Saudi […]

  • Bodycam video released after jury acquits ex-cop of murder

    New body camera footage captures the tense moments before an Arizona police officer shot an unarmed man dead last year, as the man begged officers not to fire. Police in Mesa, Arizona released the footage last week, after a jury acquitted former Mesa officer Philip “Mitch” Brailsford of second-degree murder and reckless manslaughter charges related to the January 2016 shooting of Daniel Shaver, of Texas. Brailsford shot Shaver after police responded to a call saying a man was pointing a […]

  • Race to the finish for Alabama’s special Senate election

    The race to the finish for Alabama’s special Senate election was a tale of two campaigns on Sunday, with Democratic candidate Doug Jones barnstorming the state while his Republican opponent, Roy Moore, largely stayed quiet. Jones capped a busy day with remarks at Progressive Union Missionary Baptist Church in Huntsville, saying he believed the women who have accused Moore of pursuing relationships when they were teens and he was in his 30s. Those allegations include accusations that Moore sexually abused […]