Bella Hadid is issuing an apology after fans accused her of disrespecting Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on her Instagram. The 22-year-old supermodel faced backlash over the weekend for posting an Instagram Story of the sole of her foot facing three planes, including a Saudi plane and a UAE plane that featured each country's flag. The hashtag #BellaHadidIsRacist followed. ...

Author Nicholas Sparks is apologizing for past words he has written -- resurfaced emails that portrayed a lack of tolerance to the LGBTQ community. Sparks, co-founder of the Epiphany School of Global Studies in New Bern, North Carolina, wrote a long message on his Facebook page Monday stating his beliefs after past emails were revealed in The Daily Beast. The emails showed Sparks ...

ALBANY, N.Y. - Undocumented immigrants in New York will have access to driver's licenses under a law green-lighted by the Legislature on Monday and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo hours after he'd tried to tap the brakes on the controversial measure. Cuomo has repeatedly expressed support for the bill - but raised last-minute concerns Monday about whether the information about undocumented ...

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SAN DIEGO - Jury selection Monday in the court-martial of a San Diego-based Navy SEAL charged with multiple war crimes, including premeditated murder, resulted in a potential panel of seven Marines and five sailors. But the jury panel isn't set yet. The prosecution and defense can challenge any of them Tuesday during the second phase of jury selection. Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward R. ...

GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemala's presidential election appeared headed for a runoff between a former first lady and a former prisons chief after none of the 19 candidates won a majority of votes in Sunday's balloting. With 98% of the ballots counted, the country's electoral tribunal reported Monday that former first lady and businesswoman Sandra Torres was leading with 25.7% of the vote. Alejandro ...

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QUITO, Ecuador - Ecuador's defense minister on Monday defended his country's decision to allow U.S. anti-drug overflights to land in the environmentally sensitive Galapagos Islands, saying the planes will use the landing strips "no more than three days (per month) ... in situations of emergency or refueling." Critics, however, including former President Rafael Correa, have assailed the plan as ...

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WASHINGTON - Bryce Harper will have to wait another day to see if his old fans have changed their outlook on him. Monday night's series opener against the Nationals was postponed after a 2-hour, 55-minute rain delay. The game will be made up on Wednesday as part of a split-doubleheader. The first game will begin at 1:05 followed by the second game at 7:05 p.m. The Phillies will return Tuesday ...

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera, scheduled to appear Monday afternoon in Atlantic City Municipal Court on charges that he assaulted his girlfriend inside a casino, has waived his initial appearance, according to court officials. On Monday afternoon, Major League Baseball announced that it had extended Herrera's administrative leave, which was set to expire Monday, ...

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LONDON - He's admitted smoking opium, pledged to revive the most unpopular plan in the history of Britain's Parliament and acknowledged that he has many weaknesses and a lot to learn. But Rory Stewart, the rank outsider in the contest to become Britain's next leader, is suddenly winning support and giving his bigger-name rivals a reason to worry. Officials working for three better-known ...

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SAN DIEGO - It's a scene right out of "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss: All that's left is the trunk. A century-old Monterey Cypress tree in La Jolla's Ellen Browning Scripps Park - thought by many locals to be the inspiration for the foliage in Seuss' 1971 story about ecological devastation - fell down last Thursday. City officials are investigating the cause. "The tree was not dead at the time it ...

WASHINGTON - Best Buy Inc. warned Monday that a Trump administration threat to tax all Chinese-made consumer electronics up to 25 % "could be immediately passed on to U.S. consumers." Jason Bonfig, Best Buy's chief merchandising officer, said in testimony to the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) that companies are running out of inventory purchased at pre-tariff prices and can no longer absorb ...

A union representing thousands of workers at Southwest and Alaska airlines is asking its members not to fly American Airlines because of a court fight involving the world's largest carrier and its mechanics. "If you care about your families' safety, do not put them on an American Airlines flight until this injunction is vacated," Aircraft Mechanics Fraternal Association's national director ...

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It's never good news when your company's trending hashtag is #TargetApocalypse. In an era of social media whiplash and cutthroat competition from Amazon, Walmart and other mass merchandisers, Target Corp. took a hit to its image - and bottom line - after a difficult weekend in which it ran afoul of technical glitches two days in a row. Whether the impact will be lasting, experts say, depends ...

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The chief executives of United Technologies Corp. and Raytheon Co. on Monday defended the proposed merger of their companies to skeptical industry analysts, the second time in a week they explained the rationale for the massive aerospace and defense tie-up. Investors haven't warmed to the deal, which would create a rebranded Raytheon Technologies Corp. with annual revenue of about $75 billion. ...

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. - A couple loading groceries into a car at a Costco in Chula Vista on Monday afternoon was shot several times by a gunman who then turned the weapon on himself in a deadly domestic violence ambush, police said. The shooter died at a hospital, and the injured couple - a man and a woman - were in surgery after the shooting, Lt Dan Peak said. The woman's infant, who had been ...

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WASHINGTON - Democratic Rep. Katie Porter on Monday called for an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, the first freshman House member from California to do so. "After weeks of study, deliberation, and conversations with Orange County families, I've decided to support an impeachment investigation of the president," Porter said in a video posted on her social media channels. "I have ...

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RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina Children's Hospital will stop performing complicated heart surgeries while an outside group examines its practices, hospital officials announced Monday. The decision to temporarily suspend some child heart surgeries at the UNC-run hospital comes after a report by The New York Times about high death rates. The newspaper reported on mortality rates higher than the ...

Gunman shot dead after opening fire on federal courthouse in downtown Dallas DALLAS - A man in a mask and combat gear was fatally shot Monday morning in downtown Dallas after he opened fire with an assault weapon outside the Earle Cabell Federal Building. No one else was injured. FBI Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno identified the gunman as Brian Isaack Clyde, 22, at a news conference ...

To make America happy again, society has to figure out how to make our country whole. Understanding what divides Americans - and what gives them hope - could be critical to improving their well-being and the nation's. By tracking patterns in well-being, and creating programs based on the results, we can take steps toward tackling the malaise that afflicts many of us, including the physically ...

My father's gravestone is lined on three sides with Chinese characters, most of which I, as an ABC (American-born Chinese), cannot read. The words I can make out say that Wilbur Kuotung Woo was born in Guangdong province in a village called Ngow Mo Leng, or Cow's Hair Ridge. I wish I knew what inspired such a rustic name; I should have asked him years ago on a trip to the Woo ancestral ...

I have become an angry Catholic. While I have been a faithful, life-long member of my church, and a long-time parishioner within the Archdiocese of Baltimore, I don't think I could get any more cynical about my church's leadership. Like a lot of Catholics, I've been waiting for church leaders to do something meaningful in response to the sexual abuse crisis. I had high hopes for the Vatican ...

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon's plan to remove any considerations of race from his prosecutors' initial decisions about what charges to file in criminal cases reinvigorates an old debate: Is justice best served when it is all-seeing and all-knowing? Or when it is blind? Gascon last week announced his plans to use a tool, developed by the Stanford Computational Policy Lab, to ...

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Entitlement can be toxic. When the Phillies remade the bones of their roster and spent money with little regard for intelligence this offseason, expectations ballooned far beyond any reasonable level. Should they be a winning team for the first time in eight years? Absolutely. How about a wild-card slot? OK. Division title? Maybe, if the Nationals continued to implode and the Braves somehow ...

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NEW YORK - Welcome back, Paul. Convicted felon and ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was transferred Monday to the notorious Manhattan jail that's home to the likes of Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter. Manafort, who hasn't been back to the Big Apple since the days of the 2016 campaign, was moved in the early morning ...

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WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said Monday it was sending about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East in response to growing tensions with Iran, the latest increase of U.S. forces in the volatile region. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the additional forces were being deployed "for defensive purposes to address air, naval and ground-based threats." He did not say which units would go, ...

LOS ANGELES - A California middle school aide died this month while climbing in Yosemite National Park, authorities said. Patricia "Trish" Stoops, 57, died June 8 in a rappelling accident at the Central Pillar of Frenzy, one of the popular rock-climbing lines at Yosemite. "She had taken the lead to get the team down before dark and something, what exactly still isn't clear, went horribly ...

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Jose Baez, the lawyer who famously won an acquittal for Casey Anthony, no longer wants to defend Harvey Weinstein against sexual assault allegations in New York City, a representative for the disgraced mogul said Monday. If Baez were to depart, he would be the third high-powered defense attorney to distance himself from Weinstein this year. The Miramax co-founder, who has been accused of a ...

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - An Air Force major drowned in a Caribbean Princess cruise ship pool Friday morning, the Broward medical examiner's office said. Stephen Osakue, 37, worked for the Air Force as a research pharmacist, according to a statement by the medical examiner's office on Monday. Osakue was based at Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi. In an emailed statement, Princess Cruises ...

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WASHINGTON - House Democrats are likely to propose a repeal of a controversial provision in the 2017 tax overhaul that imposes a tax on some coveted benefits for employees at nonprofit organizations such as houses of worship, according to one Democratic and one Republican congressional aide. The change, which is to be included in package of tax bills that could be debated as soon as Thursday, ...

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WASHINGTON - Israel won't take part in a U.S.-led economic summit in Bahrain this month, an event seen as a first step in the Middle East peace plan being developed by the White House. The decision against going to Bahrain was made in coordination between Israel and the U.S., according to an Israeli official in the prime minister's office. The session, set for June 25-26, is meant to present ...