'Excited and scared': Hawaii volcano spews huge cloud of ash

Hawaii Volcano-4

A geophysicist says a plume that’s rising from the Kilauea volcano summit on Hawaii’s Big Island...


Today in History

Today in History Today is Sunday, May 20, the 140th day of 2018. There are 225 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 20, 1899, taxi driver Jacob German was pulled over and arrested by a police officer riding a bicycle for speeding down Manhattan’s Lexington Avenue in his...


Florida's expensive race for governor highlights lax laws

Florida Governor Campaign Law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s wide-open race for governor won’t be decided for another six months, but it’s already triggered a wave of expensive television ad buys from groups taking advantage of gray areas in the state’s campaign finance laws. Campaigns are interpreting the law so liberally...


Iraqi, Syrian guides bring views to Philadelphia museum

Penn Museum Middle Eastern Guides

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Three Iraqi natives and a Syrian woman have been enlisted as guides to share a modern cultural perspective with visitors to new Middle Eastern galleries at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia. The guides intersperse personal stories with historic content as they lead groups through...


Portrait honors Henrietta Lacks, whose 'immortal' cells led to medical breakthroughs

Special To The Washington Post. Henrietta Lacks portrait National Portrait Gallery --- The National Portrait Gallery is filled with portraits of presidents and great leaders, many of whom - Barack Obama, Susan B. Anthony and others - you probably recognize. But though a new portrait may look a bit...


Arrest records of Rosa Parks, MLK to be preserved

Rosa Parks MLK Records

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Yellowing court records from the arrests of Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and others at the dawn of the modern civil rights era are being preserved and digitized after being discovered, folded and wrapped in rubber bands, in a courthouse box. Archivists at historically...


Texas lieutenant governor calls for 'hardening' of schools

School Shooting Texas

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called Sunday for a “hardening” of the nation’s school buildings in the wake of the attack by a 17-year-old student who killed 10 people at a high school near Houston. Patrick, a Republican, blamed a “culture of violence” and said more needs to be...


'World's most expensive Witch Hunt': Trump lashes out at New York Times, Democrats

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump lashed out Sunday at “the World’s most expensive Witch Hunt,” trashing a new report in the New York Times that said an emissary representing the governments of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates offered help to Trump’s 2016...


Northern states taking down vestiges of racism, intolerance

Erasing Racism Monuments

DETROIT (AP) — A nearly 80-year-old statue depicting a European settler with a weapon in his hand towering over a Native American that some say celebrates white supremacy has been dismantled by crews in southwestern Michigan’s Kalamazoo. And at the University of Michigan, regents have voted to...


Boy, 12, bitten by rattlesnake after crashing four-wheeler

GEORGETOWN, Texas (AP) — Authorities in Central Texas say a 12-year-old boy involved in the wreck of a four-wheeler also has been bitten by a rattlesnake. Few details are available about the Saturday evening incident in Georgetown in Williamson County, just north of Austin. Williamson County...


Oliver North, incoming NRA chief, blames school shootings on 'culture of violence'

(c) 2018, The Washington Post. Two days after a 17-year-old opened fire in his Texas high school, killing at least 10, incoming National Rifle Association president Oliver North said students “shouldn’t have to be afraid” to go to school and blamed the problem on “a culture of violence” in which...

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