Editors USA TODAY Published 8:05 p.m. UTC Sep 4, 2018 Senate Judiciary Committee begins its hearing on Kavanaugh Senate hearings for President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that begin Tuesday are expected to be contentious as Democrats plan on grilling the nominee on his judicial record and legal philosophy. The battle has been controversial from the start since the nominee will be filling the seat of retiring justice Anthony Kennedy, the court’s swing vote on many key issues including abortion rights, affirmative action and same-sex marriage. Democrats are complaining of lack of transparency, claiming much of Kavanaugh's record and key documents are being withheld from the public. “There will be sparks at this hearing. Sparks will fly," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut. "And there will be a lot of heat.” Tropical Storm Gordon expected to strengthen to hurricane as it hits the Gulf Coast A hurricane … [Read more...] about Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, Tropical Storm Gordon, USA Gymnastics: 5 things to know Tuesday
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Grant Suneson and Michael B. Sauter 24/7 Wall Street Published 11:09 p.m. UTC Aug 17, 2018 The U.S. high school graduation rate rose last year, a sign education systems across the country are finding greater success in preparing children for the future. Finishing school is just one indication of the quality of a child’s upbringing. Early education, health and safety are crucial to providing children with the best chance to become healthy, productive adults. When choosing where to raise their children, parents look at factors like these. However, some parts of the country struggle to provide a good environment for childhood development. Children in areas with high crime rates, low graduation rates, and low preschool enrollment rates are more likely to struggle later in life in their work and health. 24/7 Wall Street reviewed a number of educational, health, and safety measures to determine the worst cities to raise children in the United States. Our index included … [Read more...] about These are the 25 worst cities in the U.S. to raise children
There was not a mythical bird rising from the blazing heat in Phoenix on Thursday but a sight almost as extraordinary: An expert cross from the Manchester United right wing. Antonio Valencia reacquainted himself with the first man during his 45 minutes and it was the terrific Tahith Chong who provided the centre which ended with Juan Mata equalising. Cristiano Ronaldo might have been the last United player to deliver with such accuracy from that side. Okay, that is a slight overstatement. Valencia used to operate with the efficiency of Andrei Kanchelskis and Nani was capable of spontaneous genius. Still, the right wing role has been a recurring problem position for United since Ronaldo left in 2009 and their dealings in the transfer market reflect that. United have signed just three senior right wingers in Ronaldo's absence: One is now a converted right-back, another started twice and the other was Bebe. Wilfried Zaha and Bebe appeared 11 times between them and that mysterious 'ball' … [Read more...] about Why do Manchester United struggle to sign right wingers?
1. Hike into the Grand CanyonThere are countless ways to see the Grand Canyon (pictured above) - you can fly into it on a helicopter, drive up to its edges or kayak deep within its core. But if you have nerves of steel and a couple of days to spare, then hiking down into its belly is a once in a lifetime experience… the original, and still the best. While you're at it: Check out the lesser-known Antelope Canyon in Arizona - its undulating colours are out of this world. Do it: Arizona Outback Adventures offers guided hikes. See aoa-adventures.com. 2. Eat a proper New York slice of pizzaWant to start a fight in New York? Strike up a debate about the best slice in the city. It's no secret that New Yorkers love their pizza, and boy, do they do it well - huge slices come fresh from the embers, with a charred, chewy crust and bubbling cheese. You could get fancy, but in my opinion the best slice is one that costs $3, eaten while standing at the counter. Try Joe's Pizza … [Read more...] about The US Bucket List: 30 things to do in America before you die
Produced by Josh Gelman, Alvin Patrick and Jaime Hellmann Lorenzen Wright made headlines as the seventh overall pick in the 1996 NBA draft – but he also won the hearts of so many because of his impact on thousands of kids who were inspired by him. That ended in July 2010 during a call to 911. The chilling recording captured the 34-year-old's dying word: "Goddamn." A dispatcher then heard repeated gunshots – 11 in all – unaware where it was happening or who was on the other end of the line. "You can just listen to that tape and know he was in trouble," says Toney Armstrong, former director of police at the Memphis Police Department, who oversaw the investigation. "We literally threw everything we had at this investigation. We really wanted to solve it. We really, really wanted to solve this case." As Memphis mourned, months turned into years and the city became obsessed with solving the murder of its favorite son. Then, seven long years after the murder, police got … [Read more...] about New twist in probe of slain NBA star Lorenzen Wright