Rasha Ali USA TODAY Published 11:54 AM EDT May 7, 2019 The USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience tour is kicking off on Sept. 7 by making a return to Brooklyn, New York. The New York event will have a star-studded lineup with "Queer Eye" star Antoni Porowski, Food Network's Alex Guarnaschelli and WWE's Brie and Nikki Bella, dubbed the Bella Twins. The food tour offers a culinary exploration of different regional and national cuisines and wines in 10 U.S. cities. Attendees will be able to sample foods and wines from national and local chefs and have the opportunity to attend wine seminars and meet and greets with celebrity guests. The Brooklyn stop of the tour features 30 New York restaurants showing off their gourmet bites, wine and craft beer. Both Porowski and Guarnaschelli will also be hosting cooking demonstrations as well as meet and greets there. More: USA TODAY Network to host annual Wine & Food Experience Tour with … [Read more...] about Bella Twins kick off USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience in N.Y.
opinion USA TODAY Published 7:00 AM EDT Apr 14, 2019 We're not even halfway through 2019 and already 2020 presidential candidates are knocking on doors, going town halls and cozying up to late-night hosts. From Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker to Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Gov. Bill Weld to newcomers like Howard Schultz and Andrew Yang, the field is ... crowded. And we want to get your thoughts on the matter by answering the following question: In this increasingly crowded presidential field for 2020, which candidate is standing out to you and why? Send us a letter to: [email protected] Letters can be up to 300 words. Please include your name, address and phone number. At the end of the week, we will be posting a selection of the best responses. Join the national conversation and let's start meaningful dialogues. And to get the juices flowing, vote for your favorite candidate in the poll below! Check back next week for the best … [Read more...] about Tell USA TODAY: Which 2020 candidate is standing out, why?
Christal Hayes USA TODAY Published 9:34 PM EDT Apr 11, 2019 WASHINGTON – Matthew Albence, the deputy director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, has been tapped to head the agency after a major shakeup within the Department of Homeland Security. Albence, who once compared family detention centers to "summer camp," will oversee the massive agency in an acting capacity beginning Friday, two administration officials speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss a private email told USA TODAY. Albence will take over for Ronald Vitiello, who had been working in the position until President Donald Trump suddenly pulled his nomination last week to go in a "tougher direction." In the aftermath, Vitiello offered his resignation. He is one of several key officials who have left the leadership ranks of the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees ICE, over the last week, including DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. … [Read more...] about Matthew Albence will be tapped to lead ICE, sources tell USA TODAY
Cydney Henderson USA TODAY Published 1:11 AM EDT Apr 3, 2019 A candlelight vigil meant to honor the life and legacy of rapper and community activist Nipsey Hussle soon turned into a chaotic stampede where at least one person was stabbed. USA TODAY video producer Harrison Hill was among hundreds of people gathered at a makeshift memorial for Hussle Monday at his boutique, The Marathon Clothing, the same location where the rapper was gunned down a day earlier. Hill described the atmosphere as "amazing," adding that, "everyone was respectful. There were hundreds of candles, everyone was praying." Nipsey Hussle's death: Lauren London says 'I’m lost without' Nipsey Hussle; alleged killer Eric Holder arrested But the calm soon turned to a storm as the sun set. The peaceful day of mourning erupted into chaos after the Los Angeles Police Department said a man brandished a handgun and another person attempted to disarm him, sparking a destructive … [Read more...] about Nipsey Hussle: USA TODAY was there when peaceful vigil turned to chaos
Scott Gleeson USA TODAY Published 5:40 PM EDT Mar 16, 2019 Ever make an NCAA tournament pick on your bracket and immediately regret it several minutes into the game? USA TODAY Sports has a new bracket game and it's the first of its kind to allow fans to switch their picks during live tournament games this March Madness. That means during last year's NCAA tournament first-round game between top-seeded Virginia and 16th-seeded UMBC there would've been an option to change your pick once it was clear history was on pace to be made. Better yet, once it was clear the No. 1 overall seed was out of the field, you could alter your round of 32, Sweet 16 and Elite picks, and so on. Want to send a No. 11 seed to the Final Four like Loyola-Chicago did last year but have the safety net of changing it later on if that Cinderella pick fails? Consider this a remedy to being shy on making bracket-busting upset picks. SIGN UP: Create a pool! … [Read more...] about March Madness: USA TODAY Sports Brackets means your picks can’t lose