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With their second summit fast approaching, speculation is growing that President Donald Trump may try to persuade North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to commit to denuclearization by giving him something he wants more than almost anything else: an announcement of peace and an end to the Korean War.
Such an announcement could make history. It would be right in line with Trump's opposition to "forever wars." And, coming more than six decades after the fighting essentially ended, it just seems like common sense.
But, if not done carefully, it could open up a whole new set of problems for Washington.
If Pope Francis needed a concrete example to justify summoning church leaders from around the globe to Rome for a tutorial on clergy sex abuse, Sister Bernardine Pemii has it.
The nun, who recently completed a course on child protection policies at Rome's Jesuit university, has been advising her bishop in Ghana on an abuse case, instructing him to invite the victim to his office to hear her story before opening an investigation. If Pemii hadn't stepped in?
"It would have been covered. There would have been complete silence," Pemii told The Associated Press recently. "And nothing would have happened. Nobody would have listened to the victim."
A man has been arrested in the 1973 slaying of an 11-year-old in Newport Beach girl whose mysterious disappearance was featured by police in a Twitter campaign.
Orange County prosecutors and Newport Beach police declined to divulge details prior to a news conference Wednesday morning.
According to sources and news reports out of Colorado Springs, Colorado, the suspect is accused of killing 11-year-old Linda Ann O'Keefe, who lived in Corona del Mar. She was last seen alive on her way home from summer school on July 6, 1973. Her body was recovered the following morning in the Back Bay area.
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The annual winter phenomenon known as the "firefall" has returned to Yosemite National Park, transforming Horsetail Fall into what looks like a lava-spewing cascade.
The breathtaking visual scene only happens between the middle and end of February when light from the setting sun hits the waterfall at just the right angle.
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Payless ShoeSource has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is shuttering its remaining stores in North America, with gift cards and store credit good until March 11.
The filing on Monday came a day after the shoe chain began holding going-out-of-business sales at its North American stores. The company said Wednesday that it received court approval to support the orderly closing of about 2,500 stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada, as well as its e-commerce business.
The company, based in Topeka, Kansas, initially said it was closing 2,100 stores on Friday when it confirmed it was planning to liquidate its business. It has reiterated that stores will remain open until at least the end of March and the majority will remain open until May.
The first tax filing season under the new federal tax law is proving to be surprising for many Americans. Here's a look at how some of the changes are playing out.
And now for the weather on Mars: NASA's newest lander is offering daily reports on the red planet's frigid winter.
Starting Tuesday, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is posting the highs and lows online, along with wind speed and atmospheric pressure from the InSight lander.
On Sunday, InSight recorded a high of 2 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 17 Celsius) and a low of minus 138 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 95 Celsius). Compare that with Sunday's coldest U.S. temperature: minus 27 degrees (minus 3 Celsius) in Taylor Park, Colorado.
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A group of 23 co-workers in Long Island claimed the largest jackpot in New York Lottery history — one totaling $437 million!
The group claimed the prize Tuesday for the Jan. 1 Mega Millions drawing through the New Life 2019, LLC, opting to take the cash value of the annuitized prize, a single lump sum payment totaling $262,213,914, according to the New York Lottery. The group will receive a net check of $176,155,308 after required state and federal withholding.
Representatives of New Life 2019, LLC said the group plays the lottery on a weekly basis with each member putting a dollar in an envelope that one member takes to purchase the group’s tickets.
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the Constitution's ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help efforts to rein in police seizure of property from criminal suspects.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote the court's opinion in favor of Tyson Timbs, of Marion, Indiana. Police seized Timbs' $40,000 Land Rover when they arrested him for selling about $400 worth of heroin.
Reading a summary of her opinion in the courtroom, Ginsburg noted that governments employ fines "out of accord with the penal goals of retribution and deterrence" because fines are a source of revenue.
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Grand Canyon National Park officials say they are investigating whether anyone was exposed to radiation at unsafe levels while samples of uranium ore sat in plastic buckets in a park research building.
Three 5-gallon (18.93-liter) buckets have been removed from a building about a half mile (8 kilometers) from the South Rim that houses the park's archives and artifacts. About 550 people tour the collections each year, mostly by appointment.
The National Park Service is working with Arizona health and workplace safety officials on the investigation. The agency also plans to set up a hotline for anyone concerned about potential radiation exposure, said spokeswoman Vanessa Lacayo.
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Airlines canceled more than 1,000 flights on Wednesday as a mix of snow, sleet and heavy rain crossed the U.S.
American Airlines said it canceled 400 flights scheduled to depart Wednesday, mostly those on smaller, regional aircraft.
American and other carriers, including Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines said they would waive date-change fees for travelers scheduled to fly to or from airports affected by the storm if they can travel later this week.
A subway rider was killed at Grand Central Terminal when a piece of clothing got caught on a moving train, dragging him underneath the train, law enforcement sources said.
The 39-year-old victim was found in the East River tunnel of the 7 train on the Queens-bound side just outside the station, the MTA said. Service on the 7 was suspended for hours Tuesday night during the emergency response.
Sources didn't immediately have any further details on how or what clothing got caught on the train. The victim has not been identified.
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Samsung is expected to show off its latest smartphones Wednesday, the latest effort by a phone maker to come up with new features compelling enough to end a sales slump.
The new models expected in San Francisco will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Samsung's first smartphone.
Samsung is also expected to provide a glimpse at a highly anticipated smartphone with a foldable screen.
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A dog named Kingston is back with his family 101 days after he jumped out of their truck as they fled a devastating Northern California wildfire.
The 12-year-old Akita was reunited Monday with the Ballejos family, who fled the town of Paradise late last year, Sacramento television station KXTV reported.
"When I found out, (it) just about brought me to tears," said Gabriel Ballejos, Kingston's owner. "I'm so proud of him. I can't believe it. He's a true survivor, and it's a testament to the American spirit."
Mourners are gathering for the funeral of NYPD Det. Brian Simonsen, who was killed during a robbery in Queens last week.