WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has awarded the Medal of Honor to a Navy SEAL who oversaw a daring assault and rescue mission on a snowy Afghanistan mountaintop in 2002. Trump presented the nation’s most prestigious honor for battlefield bravery to Master Chief Special Warfare Operator Britt K. Slabinski on Thursday at the White House. Trump said Slabinski is a “special man” and a “truly brave person.” The White House said Slabinski repeatedly exposed
HONOLULU — Lava entered the ocean from a third flow Thursday, marking the third week of a Hawaii volcano eruption that has opened up nearly two dozen vents in rural communities, destroyed dozens of buildings and shot miles-high plumes of ash into the sky. Low lava fountains were erupting from a nearly continuous 2-mile-long portion of the series of fissures that have opened up in the ground, scientists said Thursday. The fountains were feeding channelized lava flows down to the coast.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday abruptly canceled his summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, blaming “tremendous anger and open hostility” by Pyongyang — a decision North Korea called “regrettable” while still holding out hope for “peace and stability.” In a letter to Kim announcing his decision to back away from the June 12 summit, Trump pointed to America’s vast military might and warned the rising nuclear power
WASHINGTON — Republican and Democratic lawmakers huddled Thursday in classified briefings about the origins of the FBI investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election, a highly unusual series of meetings prompted by partisan allegations that the bureau spied on Donald Trump’s campaign. Democrats emerged from the meetings saying they saw no evidence to support Republican allegations that the FBI acted inappropriately, although they did express grave
MINNEAPOLIS — Wisconsin officials were testing for environmental and health hazards Thursday after an accident at a frac sand mine sent millions of gallons of sludge into waterways, tinting them orange as the thick plume traveled downstream into the Mississippi River. A contractor’s bulldozer slid into a pond earlier this week at the Hi-Crush mine in Whitehall, leading to an hourslong effort to rescue the man from a 15-foot-deep pond. Rescuers freed the driver after emptying an
WASHINGTON — Stabilization efforts that have been at the heart of military and foreign policy in Afghanistan since the U.S. invaded in 2001 have largely failed, according to a report by a government watchdog. Projects were poorly planned or mismanaged, fostering widespread distrust by Afghan civilians, the report issued Thursday by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction found. Many projects, the report found, faltered after American troops left an area.
Eau Claire’s public pool is extending its hours over Memorial Day weekend to help people cool off while the weather gets hot. Fairfax Park Pool will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 to 7 p.m. Sunday and noon to 7 p.m. on Monday. Normally the pool would be open 2 to 6 p.m. on those three days, which serves as the first days it is open for the year. The pool’s regular open swim summer hours start on Saturday, June 2, according to a schedule on the city’s website. The
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dramatic diplomatic turn, President Donald Trump canceled next month’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Thursday, citing the “tremendous anger and open hostility” in a recent statement by the North. Trump said in a letter to Kim released by the White House that, based on the statement, he felt it was “inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting.” Adding his own threat, he said that while the North Koreans
HONOLULU— Blue flames from burning methane are the latest natural phenomena being seen at the eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. Nighttime photos released Wednesday by the U.S. Geological Survey show the flames spouting from cracks in the pavement in the Leilani Estates neighborhood where the volcano has been gushing lava on the big island of Hawaii for the past three weeks. The volcano produces methane when hot lava buries and burns plants and trees. “The methane gas
ATLANTA — Stand or stay out of sight. Looking to quell a national debate that was sparked by Colin Kaepernick, stoked by President Donald Trump and some say chipped away at the very popularity of America’s game, NFL owners approved a new policy Wednesday that allows players to protest during the national anthem by staying in the locker room but forbids them from sitting or taking a knee if they’re on the field. Commissioner Roger Goodell called it a compromise aimed at