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Prominent U.S. religious conservatives defend Trump after Charlottesville

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WASHINGTON Two prominent religious conservatives defended U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday after he was widely criticized for blaming both white nationalists and counter-protesters for last weekend's violence at a Virginia rally organized by neo-Nazis and white supremacists.

U.S. Navy says USS John S. McCain sailing to port under own power

SINGAPORE A U.S. warship damaged after colliding with a merchant vessel east of Singapore on Monday is sailing under its own power and heading to port, the U.S. Navy said.

World, Aug 20 2017

U.S. national monument review to test key land protection law

WASHINGTON U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will recommend on Aug. 24 whether to eliminate or shrink nearly two dozen national monuments, creating the first major test for a 111-year-old law that gives presidents the power to protect swaths of public land.

Boston march against hate speech avoids Charlottesville chaos

BOSTON Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Boston on Saturday to protest a "free speech" rally featuring far-right speakers a week after a woman was killed at a Virginia white-supremacist demonstration. | Video

Aug 20 2017

Illinois town gears up to become heart of U.S. eclipse

CARBONDALE, Ill. The small southern Illinois town of Carbondale was revving up on Sunday to become eclipse central, on the eve of the total solar eclipse that will traverse the continental United States for the first time in 99 years.

Aug 20 2017

Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies at 84

Dick Gregory, a comedian who lambasted racism and played a prominent role in the 1960s civil rights movement after becoming one of the first black comics to perform for white audiences, died on Saturday at age 84, his son said.

Entertainment, People Aug 20 2017

Unwavering Trump voters say they will not miss Steve Bannon

CHICAGO Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon's firing has been met with a collective shrug by some of President Donald Trump's most committed supporters who argue the controversial nationalist became an obstacle to the administration's agenda.

Politics, Election 2016, Aug 19 2017

Duke University removes contentious Confederate statue after vandalism

Duke University removed a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from the entrance of a chapel on the Durham, North Carolina, campus, officials said on Saturday, days after it was vandalized.

Aug 19 2017

Trump, first lady will not attend Kennedy Center Honors: White House

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not attend the Kennedy Center Honors in December, the White House announced on Saturday, after several honorees said they would boycott a White House reception before the show. | Video

Politics, Election 2016, Aug 19 2017

Canada's Trudeau warns against entering country 'irregularly'

MONTREAL Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who once took to Twitter to welcome Syrian refugees into the country, said on Sunday that there would be "no advantage" to entering "irregularly."

Aug 20 2017

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