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A sketch of Taylor Swift and her attorneys in Denver Federal Court during the Swift groping trial in Denver U.S. Aug. 8, 2017.

Taylor Swift says DJ subjected her to long, ‘horrifying’ grope

By Keith Coffman and Jann Tracey, Reuters on Aug. 11, 2017, at 6:21 a.m.
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Taylor Swift testified on Thursday she was subjected to a “very long” and “intentional” grope by a Colorado disc jockey who appeared to be drunk during a photo session four years ago.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Trump's golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey, on August 10, 2017.

Trump declares opioid crisis is a national emergency, pledges more money and attention

By John Wagner, Washington Post on Aug. 10, 2017, at 4:07 p.m.
“It’s a national emergency. We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis,” President Trump said on Thursday.
A life reconstruction of Lemmysuchus by Mark Witton is shown in this handout photo of the artist's depiction taken April 7, 2017.

Meet the brutally violent prehistoric crocodile named for Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister

By Travis M. Andrews, The Washington Post on Aug. 10, 2017, at 11:23 a.m.
Much like Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, this crocodile “ain’t no nice guy.”
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presides over a military parade held in Pyongyang to mark the 105th birthday of late founder Kim Il-sung on April 15, 2017.

North Korea calls Trump’s warning a ‘load of nonsense’

By Doina Chiacu, Idrees Ali and Christine Kim, Reuters on Aug. 10, 2017, at 7:15 a.m.
North Korea is working on plans for a missile strike near the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, calling President Donald Trump’s warning of “fire and fury” a “load of nonsense” and that only “absolute force can work on him.”
A United Airlines jet takes off from Washington National Airport in Washington, Aug. 9, 2017.

United Airlines apologizes for death of dog on flight

By Reuters on Aug. 10, 2017, at 6:57 a.m.
United Airlines has apologized to the owners of dog who died in an aircraft cargo hold during a flight from Houston to San Francisco, the latest death of an animal under the airline’s care.

Virginia Bouvier, who worked for peace in Colombia, dies at 58

By Bart Barnes, The Washington Post on Aug. 10, 2017, at 6:53 a.m.
Virginia M. Bouvier, the chief of operations in Colombia for the U.S. Institute of Peace who played a vital role in reaching a 2016 peace treaty between rebel guerrillas and the government, died July 29 at a hospital in Washington.

Russian surveillance plane soars over Pentagon, Capitol and other Washington sites

By Dan Lamothe, The Washington Post on Aug. 10, 2017, at 6:21 a.m.
The Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-154 aircraft made the flight through the Treaty on Open Skies, which Russia, the United States and 32 other nations have signed.
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Geneva Belden cuts up cucumber for her guinea pig, Pretty Girl, at her home in Bangor on Jan. 19. Belden fell on two occasions under the watch of service provider Branches. While those injuries were not necessarily caused by abuse or neglect, the state should have investigated those cases but never did.

Federal audit: DHHS failed to investigate deaths, suspected abuse of disabled adults

By Erin Rhoda and Matthew Stone on Aug. 10, 2017, at 12:15 a.m.
It didn’t investigate the deaths of any of the 133 people with developmental disabilities who died between January 2013 and June 2015, and failed to report suspicious deaths to law enforcement agencies to determine if crimes had been committed.
A pharmacist holds prescription painkiller OxyContin, 40mg pills, made by Purdue Pharma L.D.

Study: Doctors received more than $46 million from drug companies marketing opioids

By Katie Zezima, Washington Post on Aug. 09, 2017, at 7:33 p.m.
One in 12 doctors has received money from drug companies marketing prescription opioid medications.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts during the long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) test launch in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15, 2017.

North Korea will develop Guam strike plan by mid-August

By Christine Kim and Soyoung Kim, Reuters on Aug. 09, 2017, at 7:22 p.m.
North Korea’s official news agency KCNA described Trump’s threat as a “load of nonsense.”
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Opioids such as OxyContin, pictured here, have contributed to the rise in overdose deaths.

Drug overdose deaths spiked nationally in 2016

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Aug. 09, 2017, at 4:53 p.m.
More than 64,000 Americans died by overdose in the first nine months of 2016, compared with the record number of 52,404 people who overdosed in all of 2015.
President Donald Trump delivers remarks on opioid addiction and North Korea to reporters at Trump's golf estate in Bedminster, New Jersey, Aug. 8, 2017.

Active-duty military members sue Trump over transgender ban

By Robert Barnes, The Washington Post on Aug. 09, 2017, at 1:02 p.m.
Five active-duty service members sued President Donald Trump Wednesday over his intentions to ban transgender personnel from serving in the military.
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Kim Jong Un attends the Korean People's Army Tank Crews' Competition in Pyongyang, North Korea,April 1, 2017.

Tillerson says he doesn’t believe there is any imminent threat from North Korea

By Carol Morello, The Washington Post on Aug. 09, 2017, at 12:19 p.m.
“I think what the president was just reaffirming is that the United States has the capability to fully defend itself from any attack, and our allies, and we will do so,” he said. “So the American people should sleep well at night.”
Paul Manafort of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's staff listens during a round table discussion on security at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, Aug. 17, 2016.

FBI raided home of former Trump campaign chief Manafort

By Carol D. Leonnig, Tom Hamburger and Rosalind S. Helderman, The Washington Post on Aug. 09, 2017, at 11:40 a.m.
The search warrant indicates investigators may have argued to a federal judge they had reason to believe Paul Manafort could not be trusted to turn over all records in response to a grand jury subpoena.
South Korea-born Canadian pastor Hyeon Soo Lim stands during his trial at a North Korean court in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang, Dec. 16, 2015.

Amid standoff with US, North Korea releases jailed Canadian pastor

By Reuters on Aug. 09, 2017, at 11:18 a.m.
North Korea freed a Canadian pastor serving a life sentence there on humanitarian grounds, the official KCNA news agency said Wednesday, just hours after the United States warned it would counter any threat from the North with “fire and fury.”
Sammantha Allen is shown in police booking taken July 28, 2011.

Woman who left 10-year-old cousin to die in a sweltering box gets death penalty

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr., The Washington Post on Aug. 09, 2017, at 8:03 a.m.
Sammantha Allen, 29, was convicted of first-degree murder and four counts of child abuse for making her young cousin exercise in the sweltering Arizona heat and then padlocking her in the box, which measured just 31 by 14 by 12 inches.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints' temple is pictured in Salt Lake City, Utah, Jan. 27, 2015.

Mormon leader ousted; first excommunication of one of its leaders in decades

By Michelle Boorstein, The Washington Post on Aug. 09, 2017, at 7:52 a.m.
The Mormon Church has excommunicated one of its top officials, church officials confirmed Tuesday. It was not immediately clear why.
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Pastor Robert Jeffress speaks before President Donald Trump at the Celebrate Freedom Rally in Washington, July 1, 2017.

‘God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un,’ evangelical pastor says

By Sarah Pulliam Bailey, The Washington Post on Aug. 09, 2017, at 7:40 a.m.
“When it comes to how we should deal with evil doers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary — including war — to stop evil.”
Zoo Atlanta photo shows Chantek the orangutan after the passing of the male orangutan who was among the first apes to learn sign language, in this photo released on social media in Atlanta, Georgia, Aug. 7, 2017.

U.S. orangutan Chantek, ‘the ape who went to college,’ dies at 39

By David Beasley, Reuters on Aug. 09, 2017, at 6:11 a.m.
Chantek, a male orangutan who was among the first apes to learn sign language, could clean his room and memorized the way to a fast-food restaurant, died on Monday at age 39, Zoo Atlanta said.
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reacts during the long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) test launch in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on May 15, 2017.

North Korea considering strike on Guam after Trump warns of ‘fire and fury’

By Christine Kim and James Oliphant, Reuters on Aug. 08, 2017, at 8:55 p.m.
Pyongyang said it was “carefully examining” a plan to strike Guam, an island of around 162,000 in the western Pacific and the site of a U.S. military base.