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Trump cancels summit with North Korea over perceived threats

President Trump canceled a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un planned for next month. While diplomacy with Pyongyang had become Trump's top focus, he said a recent statement from the North had "tremendous anger and open hostility." 

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Kneel if you like, but stay out of sight: NFL muddles issue with new anthem policy

With its popularity threatened, the NFL wanted to put the focus back on football. Instead, the league raised all sorts of potential questions heading into next season.

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Texas mulls school safety in wake of mass shooting

Some students have voiced support for installing metal detectors at school entrances or embraced the idea of arming teachers. 

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
More than 'beautiful words': How one school fights to keep racial equity

At this Missouri school, an intentional focus on parity leads to open discussions about race, with students learning skills they are carrying forward into other settings. 

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
After mass shootings, students hope to change sense of siege to surge in activism

Summer used to mean weeks of fun and freedom for students. This year, led by survivors of school shootings, summer means introspection and tackling a societal issue that had previously been seen as hopeless: gun violence in schools.

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Confronting Iran, US tests diplomatic strength without unity

Beyond outlining harsh measures to constrain Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech Monday at the Heritage Foundation seemed to imply a fundamental question about US foreign policy: Can it achieve key goals without a coalition of its most powerful allies?

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
With fewer incoming refugees, US resettlement centers dwindle

Dozens of resettlement offices around the country are closing or downsizing following the Trump administration's decision to slash the numbers of refugees allowed entry to the US. For local communities, these organizations are vital to helping new arrivals assimilate. 

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Why school shootings seem to happen mostly in small towns

Tight-knit communities with low crime rates and good schools can make struggling teenagers feel on the outside, experts say. Other contributing factors behind mass shootings are the strong presence of guns and the tendency among teens to emulate the acts of others.

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Trump, his critics, and the basic divide over the FBI

In calling for the investigation of his investigators, President Trump appears to have embraced the adage that the best defense is a good offense. How good an offense? Legal experts are weighing in.

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
With lack of incentives, few Americans are giving up their bump stocks

Months after the Las Vegas shooting, seven states now prohibit the sale and possession of the device, which increases the firing rate of a semiautomatic gun to the rate of a fully automatic. An estimated 520,000 bump stocks are owned by Americans. 

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Two Staceys: Georgia Democrats weigh both race and gender in governor's race

Gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who is black, is a trailblazer in the Republican-controlled state – but so is Stacey Evans, who is white. Georgia voters will grapple with who could become the state's first female governor at the Democratic primary on Tuesday. 

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
With compassionate outreach, a city cuts its drug overdose rate in half

Huntington, W.Va.’s, new model of following up with those who have overdosed has proved so successful that the West Virginia Legislature approved funding to expand the program to every county in the state.

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
How regime change, with modifications, has new life under Trump

How to deal with rogue nations? Recent US experiments with "regime change" in Iraq and Afghanistan appeared to delist the policy as an option. But in the latest iteration of the Trump administration, a freshened "troop-less" version is getting a look.

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Texas school shooting draws attention back to student gun control efforts

A shooting at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, on Friday marks the deadliest assault on a school since the massacre in Parkland, Fla. The attack will add urgency to the national student movement for gun control, observers say.

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Gina Haspel makes history as first female CIA director

In the closest vote in history, Gina Haspel has been confirmed by the Senate as the next CIA director. While backed by many senior intelligence officers, opponents expressed concern about her involvement in the agency's interrogation program after 9/11. 

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
As sports betting expands, gambling addiction services fall behind

After the Supreme Court's decision earlier this week permitting sports betting, those involved in gambling addiction recovery are worried that without robust support systems problem gambling will only increase. The national average, among the 40 states that spend on gambling addiction help, is 37 cents per capita.

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
For more US parents, paid family leave becomes reality

California led the way by being the first state to provide paid family leave for workers to care for sick family members or to bond with a new child. In January, the state expanded its benefits. The idea is gaining ground in the United States, showing a shift toward more compassionate workplace practices. 

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Teen 'Peace Warriors' fight gun violence in Chicago and beyond

The Peace Warriors of North Lawndale College Prep High School provide support to students who have lost loved ones to gun violence. The teens, who advocate for more funding for mental health clinics and schools in low-income neighborhoods, have become leaders in the national youth movement against gun violence.

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
In wake of shootings, schools grapple with how to handle violent threats

When students threaten their peers or teachers, schools are often confronted with a difficult question: remove the aggressor and risk violating their right to an education or leave the community vulnerable?

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
US birth rate declines to 30-year low

The drop in birth rates last year is surprising given baby booms often mirror economic ones, and last year saw low unemployment and a growing economy. Several other factors are driving the decrease including changing attitudes about motherhood and changing immigration patterns.

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
North Korea, in word and deed, signals how tough negotiations will be

How big a deal is North Korea's missile-test "shutdown," really? We look at the complexity of Pyongyang's negotiating style – it just broke off South Korea talks over joint military exercises with the United States – and the care the US will need to use if the Trump-Kim summit is realized.

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Florida addresses pedestrian fatalities with engineering strategy

In Florida, where pedestrian deaths have been rising, officials are searching for solutions by turning to engineers to devise new safety measures. The recent collapse of a bridge near the Florida International University, which was built as part of the state's engineering strategy, should not deter efforts, experts say. 

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Wanted in Ohio: Workers who can pass a drug test

Employers across Ohio are struggling to find qualified workers to hire amid the opioid crisis, which has disproportionately affected working-class men – and compounded a shortage in skilled labor.

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Development transforms US rural landscape, pricing out farmers

Between 1992 and 2012, more than 31 million acres of farmland were lost in the United States. The rural landscape continues to be radically altered as farms are split or sold as real estate. 

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Teachers dig deep into their own pockets to pay for supplies, study finds

Nearly all public school teachers in the US report paying for school supplies with their own money, according to a study from the National Center of Education Statistics, and few receive any form of reimbursement. 

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Gaza and Jerusalem: Assessing the real costs of 'low-cost' US diplomacy

The optics were inescapably awful. Even as VIPs in Jerusalem dedicated the relocated US embassy, Israeli soldiers killed dozens of Palestinian protesters in Gaza. But beyond the timing, the partisan nature of the move has implications for Mideast peace and US diplomacy.

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
A new push on immigration roils the midterms – and House Republicans

Politics has long made immigration one of the most intractable issues in Congress. But now, campaign imperatives may be spurring action. Facing tough reelection battles, some moderate House Republicans are breaking with their party leaders to try to force votes on "Dreamers."

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Legislators work to shift culture in statehouses in wake of #MeToo

Seven months after the #MeToo movement, at least 16 state legislators have resigned or been expelled. As many legislative sessions end, many policies, including creating a private way for victims to come forward and a nonpartisan system of punishment, remain unchanged.

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Las Vegas casinos prepare as sports betting niche opens to the country

Prior to Monday's Supreme Court ruling, Nevada was the only state with legal wagering on sports games. But now, as states across the country look to open sports betting operations, Nevada's gambling hub is strategizing on how to adapt to the new market dynamic. 

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Seattle implements tax on big business to provide for homeless

The Seattle City Council approved a so-called "head tax" for major companies, including Amazon, to help with the region's widespread homelessness problem. Proponents see the vote as a step toward urban equality while critics worry about damaging the local economy. 

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
American Muslims and Jews band together in the face of Mideast turmoil

American Jews and Muslims have been forming alliances to build trust as an antidote to violence in their homelands. They have visited each other's places of worship, trained executives in cultural understanding, and joint groups have toured civil rights sites in the South. 

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
For women in law, 'RBG' is their superhero movie

To be just the second woman appointed to the US Supreme Court is to blaze trails, which Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg did throughout her career – for decades before Millennials coined her the 'Notorious RBG.' For women, especially women judges and lawyers, she's an icon.

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Fifty years after King’s assassination, the Poor People’s Campaign relaunches

Why relaunch an antipoverty campaign 50 years after the first one was derailed by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination? Organizers of the new Poor People’s Campaign, which launches May 14, say they see the same problems, compounded by a tendency today to see poverty as a personal moral failing.

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Desegregation stalls, but voluntary efforts to boost it show promise

Segregation is on the rise, with a majority of Americans saying it is an important issue. Individual schools and districts are trying to address it, and new research suggests their approaches are having an impact. Part 1 of an occasional series. 

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
South Dakota seeks to strengthen victim-centered criminal justice

Marsy's Law, which requires crime victims to be updated about developments to their cases, has seen growing support around the US. But in South Dakota, law enforcement has found unexpected burdens with the legislation – and is now pushing to amend it. 

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Virginia students plan for mission to space

In the fall, miniature satellites will be launched into space aboard an International Space Station resupply rocket. Students in Southwest Virginia will be tracking their progress as part of a program designed to inspire technological innovation in a region traditionally focused on coal. 

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Suspicions of Native American teens point to cultural disconnect

The treatment of two Mohawk teens on a campus tour of Colorado State University has stirred discussions about tolerating cultural differences within American society. Among the 1 percent of US college students who are Native American, less than half complete a four-year degree.

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
In Schneiderman case, signs of a broader ethical dissonance

The latest in a line of US politicians accused of abusing women behind closed doors, former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman had emerged as a champion of the #MeToo movement. He resigned Monday amid allegations he assaulted four women.

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
National program brings American Indian culture to Native students

Under the Title VII Indian Education program, schools around the country can infuse workshops on indigenous culture into their curricula. In Utah, the program has helped students perform better in school, especially for those who are American Indian.

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
US job program for foreign graduates quadruples in size

A program that makes it possible for foreign students to work in the United States after graduation has expanded over the past decade due to increased hiring in the technology sector, according to a Pew Research Center study, despite falling numbers of foreign students.

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Mueller aside, Trump now faces legal peril from a host of sources

A web of lawsuits involving President Trump and his associates – filed by Russian oligarchs, the Democratic Party, and a porn star, among others – may seem primarily like a source of cable news entertainment. But this civil litigation could pose grave risks to Mr. Trump and his presidency. 

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Why cracking California’s homeless crisis will take more than money

California prides itself on its progressive, innovative culture – and it has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into tackling its homeless crisis, only to see it get worse. That may be because you can't solve homelessness by just trying to solve homelessness, as one expert puts it.

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Concerns of court backlog intensifies as border prosecutions rise

Some judges and attorneys worry that the courts are headed to backlogs due to lack of resources similar to those experienced seven years ago at the height of Obama-era crackdowns on immigrants illegally crossing the border. 

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
US universities invest in student entrepreneurship

Almost half of all universities now have some sort of incubator or accelerator program to support student entrepreneurs. As venture capitalists invest heavily in entrepreneurs and the gig economy continues to grow, these programs have nurtured skills and created jobs. 

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Local authorities struggle with ICE over bringing detainees to court

Last year, Massachusetts refused requests from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to send unauthorized immigrants with criminal charges to the department after they had been tried. Since then, ICE has largely denied detained people their day in court. 

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
California moves to require solar panels on all new homes by 2020

California, the nation's No. 1 market for solar installation, is only requiring solar panels for newly built homes and apartments but many homeowners are installing panels using rebate programs as the state works toward zero net energy for residential buildings. 

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Haspel nomination clouded by her past – but also by today’s context

Senators questioned Gina Haspel, nominated by President Trump to lead the CIA, about her role in overseeing ‘enhanced interrogation’ techniques. Although she now says she opposes the methods, Trump himself has voiced support for them.

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Iran and North Korea ... and the art of the denuclearization deal

President Trump has consistently heaped scorn on the Iran deal achieved by his predecessor. But his announcement that the US was pulling out also presented an opportunity to tout his approach to talks with North Korea. Even as he defied critics and the advice of allies, he was saying: This is how to do a deal.

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
Special delivery: Text messages bring courses to disconnected students

Young innovators noticed gaps in accessibility for some students and are creating entrepreneurial learning opportunities around the world, including in besieged Yemen. 

05/24/2018 05:35 PM
An unprecedented effort to stem opioid crisis – and the judge behind it

Judge Daniel A. Polster in Cleveland is overseeing some 700 lawsuits through a process that has been used to address everything from the Volkswagen emissions scandal to the use of Agent Orange in Vietnam.

05/24/2018 05:35 PM