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3,000 acres and growing: Cottonwood Trail Fire, 4th wildfire in southern Utah in a week, forces evacuation

Aircraft dumped fire retardant near homes in Washington, Utah, as crews battled a blaze that authorities say was started by teenagers using fireworks. Storyful A wildfire in southern Utah has force…

Kanye West claims in rally Harriet Tubman never ‘freed the slaves,’ tearfully discusses abortion

Kanye West sent out a tweet on Independence Day calling for a "unified vision" as he announced he's running for president in 2020. USA TODAY Rapper Kanye West, who announced his intent to run for p…

Portland protests spur House Democrats to call for probe into use of federal officers against protesters

Federal agents in green camouflage uniforms have been taking into custody people in the streets of Portland, not close to federal property that they were sent to protect. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler c…

There are two COVID Americas. One hopes for an extension of federal unemployment and stimulus. The other is saving and spending.

Here's why there's a backlog of claims for unemployment and why it's only getting worse. USA TODAY Its been a rough few months for Chelsie Caudle. The mother of two has run into delays applying fo…

A ‘huge moment’ for police reform that could reshape Black communities for generations

George Floyd's brother gets emotional as he testified before the House Judiciary Committee on policing reforms. USA TODAY After years of fighting for incremental progress in the White House and the…

‘I’ll be right eventually:’ Donald Trump defends his handling of COVID-19 and the presidency

President Donald Trump wore a mask in public for the first time while visiting Walter Reed. AP Domestic WASHINGTON  Under siege over his response to COVID-19 and continued protests against systemic…

Coronavirus updates: 16 states break records for new cases in one week, one-day global record also reported; ERs becoming flooded in US

The WHO and over 200 medical experts agree with new research that shows COVID-19 could be carried by cough droplets and travel up 26 feet. USA TODAY Worldwide coronavirus infections and deaths cont…

Parents invest in backyard playsets, trampolines to keep kids entertained during coronavirus pandemic

Joel Gaskey is a sales associate at Rainbow Play Systems in Waukesha. Sales of playsets and other backyard amenities have increased as the coronavirus has continued.  (Photo: Michael Sears / Milwauk…

John Lewis’ leadership driven by sincerity ‘without arrogance,’ college roommate recalls

Civil Rights leader Bernard LaFayette talks about the beatings he and fellow Freedom Riders faced in the '60s. MONTGOMERY, Ala. It was a dark winter night in Troy, Alabama, when Bernard Lafayette sa…

‘Work is still unfinished’: Younger civil rights activists vow to continue work of Rep. John Lewis

Arrested, jailed and beaten for challenging Jim Crow laws, Lewis became a national figure in his early 20s. USA TODAY ATLANTA  As the nation mourns the loss of Rep. John R. Lewis  one of the icons …

‘You just have to accept it’: MLB’s new normal emerges as pandemic baseball takes shape

WASHINGTON A baseball game was played here Saturday night, Nationals-Phillies on South Capitol Street, and almost every moment of it betrayed what we know and believe about the game, on levels both l…

Draymond Green to work with Charles Barkley on ‘The Arena’ even though he’s ‘not a friend of mine’

SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Mark Medina is one of a few select media members to enter the NBA bubble in Orlando and he shares his first impressions of the accommodations and safety measures within…

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DHS Secretary Sets the Record Straight on Fake News on Portland Riots

Chad Wolf, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, hit back at a press conference in DHS headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday against media reports that the Trump administrati…

Trump Raises $20 Million in First-Ever Virtual Fundraiser

President Donald Trump raised an eye-popping $20 million on Tuesday night in his first-ever virtual fundraiser, from a total of more than 300,000 individual donors who participated. This is a great …

ACLU: Constitution Requires Illegal Aliens Count Toward Congressional Apportionment

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), as well as other migration lobbying organizations, claims it is “unconstitutional” not to count illegal aliens when apportioning congressional representatio…

US House poised to vote on reversing Trump’s Muslim ban

The United States House of Representatives is set to vote on Wednesday on legislation reversing President Donald Trump's controversial ban on immigration from Muslim countries. The bill, called the …
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