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Lawrence O’Donnell blamed Republicans for the Highland Park shooting, claiming they “do everything they can” to ensure Americans are the “best equipped mass murderers in the world.”
Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees didn't get a contract extension worked out before opening day, but team owner Hal Steinbrenner doesn't appear to be worried.
Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon could face a recall election if the 717,000 signatures turned in to officials Wednesday are verified.
Jerry Harris, one of the breakout stars of the Netflix docuseries "Cheer," was sentenced Wednesday to TK years in prison on federal charges involving child sexual abuse images.
Actor Brad Pitt recently shared that he believes he has prosopagnosia, or "face blindness." Fox News Digital interviewed an expert about this troubling neurological condition.
Ted Williams spotlighted 'troubling' behavior from the parents of the suspect accused of killing at least 7 at the Highland Park Fourth of July parade on 'Your World.'
Jerone Davison released a controversial campaign ad in his bid for Arizona's 4th Congressional District, where he wards off the KKK with an AR-15.
Las Vegas officials are weighing a 21-and-under curfew following two recent shootings on Fremont Street downtown. The latest shooting occurred July 4 after a fight broke out.
Two plane crash survivors were rescued by a Coast Guard crew in Alaska on Tuesday after their aircraft went down on an island.
Former New York Times journalist Alex Berenson returned to Twitter on Wednesday after he was given a "permanent "ban for allegedly violating the platform's COVID "misinformation" policy.
Operation Lone Star, which was launched last year in Texas amid surging border crossings, is under investigation by the DOJ, according to public records.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has regularly found himself at the center of controversy, from office sex scandals to alleged abuse of power while in office.
NHL teams approaching the draft are uncertain about selecting Russian players in the first round amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.
A 14-year-old girl was shot and killed Wednesday afternoon while riding in a car with other juveniles in Tacoma, Washington, police said.
The New York Times published an article on Wednesday bemoaning the loss of the Disinformation Governance Board in the Department of Homeland Security back in May.
Police in Redondo Beach, California said an armed suspect caught on video robbed a business over the July 4th holiday weekend.
Country star Granger Smith's wife Amber said that she "forgives" people who send her cruel messages regarding her son River's drowning in June 2019.
Two suspects vandalized a pro-life clinic in Miami on Sunday. The clinic had previously been vandalized, and that history led staff to install cameras that captured the incident.
A growing number of officials in Boris Johnson’s government are stepping down, adding to the pressure on the prime minister.
Republican Gov. Brian Kemp of Georgia hauled in nearly $7 million in fundraising the past two months as he runs for reelection this year against Democrat Stacey Abrams
Ohio Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan was absent from Joe Biden's Cleveland event on Wednesday, and Rep. Jim Jordan suggested the president has become a detriment to his party.
Los Angeles-area authorities pulled the body of a man from a lake next to SoFi Stadium on Wednesday after hours of searching.
Experts say the decrease in U.S. police department traffic stops played a role in an increase of DUI fatalities during the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
Rory McIlroy expressed understanding for some players joining LIV Golf but said now that the decision has been made, "don't try and come back and play over here again."
Bryan Marchment, a former longtime NHL defenseman, has died, the league announced Wednesday. Marchment, most recently a scout for the San Jose Sharks, was 53.
A Chicago pastor said his community in the South Side of the Windy City also deserves justice after Highland Park shooting attracts national attention.
An armed policeman at the Uvalde school massacre had an opportunity to shoot the gunman but missed his chance waiting for permission from a supervisor, according to a new report.
A Beverly Hills man has been charged with murder for the deaths of two women and there may be more victims, Los Angeles DA George Gascón said Tuesday at a press conference.
Democrat Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio embraced President Biden during his visit to the Buckeye State on Wednesday to tout an initiative linked to the American Rescue Plan.
Civilians flee Ukraine's eastern city of Slovyansk and Kazakh oil is hit by a Russian court ruling.
Law enforcement officials are looking into the conduct of two Providence police officers who are seen on video smashing a handcuffed man's face into the pavement over the weekend.
The mandate will be enforced with spot inspections and fines of up to 300 euros ($305) for violators.
A California sex offender died at 74 while awaiting execution. The man had been on death row for more than 40 years after killing a woman he had raped.
A Buffalo driver who was accused of shooting at police during a car chase which ended with an exchange of gunfire was arraigned Wednesday on 5 counts of attempted murder.
The annual event in Spain's Pamplona was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to coronavirus restrictions.
Also, Boris Johnson battles to keep his job and Europe labels gas and nuclear energy “green.”
A West Virginia judge struck down a school voucher law. The Hope Scholarship voucher program would have been one of the most far-reaching school choice programs in the country,
Police in Richmond say they thwarted a July 4 planned mass shooting after receiving a tip that led to the seizure of guns and arrest of the potential shooters.
Most of the 53 migrants who died in what appears to be the deadliest human smuggling case in modern U.S. history have been identified, authorities said.
A Texas police police officer had the Uvalde gunman in his sights but never fired a shot, believing — perhaps incorrectly — that he needed permission to fire.
Rhode island's environment officials have warned of a jellyfish which has a powerful sting. The species in question are adult clinging jellyfish.
A Uvalde police officer had the Robb Elementary School gunman in his sights before the suspect entered the school, but didn't fire, a new report says.
The FDA announced Wednesday that state-licensed pharmacists in the US would be able to prescribe Pfizer's Paxlovid COVID-19 pill for eligible patients as cases continue to rise.
Indiana homes and businesses were in the dark on Wednesday after waves of storms damaged power lines. Crews worked Wednesday to restore power to about 14,500 power customers.
Fox News averaged 1.4 million total viewers, finishing the week of June 27 through July 3 as the most-watched basic cable network for the third-straight week.
All but six of the 53 migrants who were found dead in a San Antonio tractor-trailer have been identified by the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office.
Florida First Lady Casey DeSantis torched the Biden administration for omitting the "real reason" behind the rampant learning loss facing American students: "Democrat lockdowns"
An NYC found late last month with significant head and face trauma succumbed to his injuries over the weekend and police are seeking three men for questioning
Wolfgang Van Halen popped the question to longtime girlfriend Andraia Allsop. Van Halen is the son of rock icon Eddie Van Halen and actress Valerie Bertinelli.
House Republicans are supporting the effort by Texas counties to declare the crisis at the southern border an "invasion" as migrant numbers remain at historic highs.
The intelligence community said leaders at the state level are at risk of being targeted by China in an effort by Beijing to lobby for federal policies starting at the local level.
A ND man was sentenced to life in prison for murdering four people in 2019. He has appealed his sentence on the basis of errors made during the jury selection process.
Favorable weather in California's Gold Country has aided firefighters against wildfires that have ravaged the state. Containment has doubled to 10%.
The state already has a majority stake in France’s main electricity and nuclear company. The move reflected President Emmanuel Macron’s desire to champion economic and energy sovereignty.
Millions of Ukrainians have fled their homes as Russia has slowly advanced in the east. Many may not have a home to go back to when the war is over.
These easy, green chicken enchiladas recipe from Cara Lanz of MidwesternHomeLife.com is a recipe you can add to your weeknight dinner repertoire for the whole family to try.
Nick Kyrgios beat Cristian Garin in three sets and advances to the semifinals the day after Australian police said Kyrgios is due in court next month.
A woman from Green Bay, accused of killing and dismembering her partner, has pleaded not guilty. An earlier ruling by a judge found the woman competent to stand trial in October.
Here's how parents and caregivers can talk with their kids following the July 4th shooting in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park, where seven people were killed.
President Biden’s communications director Kate Bedingfield will be stepping down from her post later this month to spend more time with her family.