President Donald Trump basked in Saudi Arabia's lavish royal welcome Saturday as he left behind, at least temporarily, the snowballing controversies dogging him in Washington. Trump rewarded his hosts with a $110 billion arms package aimed at bolstering Saudi security and a slew of business agreements.
"That was a tremendous day, tremendous investments in the United States," Trump said during a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef.
The visit to the kingdom's capital kicked off Trump's first foreign trip as president, an ambitious, five-stop swing that will take him through the Middle East and into Europe. He is the only American president to make Saudi Arabia — or any Muslim-majority nation — his first overseas trip.
For some circus fans Saturday, it was a chance to say goodbye to beloved childhood memories. For others, it was a bucket list fulfillment.
Lions, tigers and clowns, no more. Oh my. It's curtains for the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
This weekend, the most famous American circus ends its 146-year reign as one of the world's biggest big tops.
The 82 Nigerian schoolgirls recently released after more than three years in Boko Haram captivity reunited with their families Saturday as anxious parents looked for signs of how deeply the extremists had changed their daughters' lives.
Brightly dressed families rushed through the crowd in the capital, Abuja, and embraced. One small group sank to their knees, with a woman raising her hands as if praising in church. Some danced. Others were in tears.
"I am really happy today, I am Christmas and new year, I am very happy and I thank God," said mother Godiya Joshua, whose daughter Esther was among those freed.
Before firing up the grill this weekend, people should check their hot dogs after a recall of more than 200,000 pounds of ready-to-eat hot dog products.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Nathan’s and Curtis brand hot dogs are being recalled because they may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal. John Morell and Co. is recalling 210,606 pounds of the products.
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The owner of this weekend’s Preakness Stakes winner will have a more-valuable horse, an oversized floral garland and fleeting fame. And, of course, a copy of the storied and "priceless" Woodlawn Vase.
The Woodlawn Vase, an ornate, solid sterling silver Tiffany-designed piece dating to 1860, is touted as “the most expensive trophy in American sports” by Preakness officials. An 1983 insurance appraisal valued the vase, which stands 34 inches tall and weighs 29 pounds, at $1 million. Today the vase is estimated to be worth $4 million.
Cloud Computing caught Classic Empire in the final strides Saturday to win the Preakness by a head.
The 13-1 long shot was one of five fresh horses in the race that didn't run two weeks ago in the Kentucky Derby.
Derby winner Always Dreaming and Classic Empire dueled for most of the race before Classic Empire stuck his nose in front midway on the far turn. It looked as if Classic Empire would go on to win, but Cloud Computing ran him down on the outside.
Irwin Medway is a WWII veteran who has received a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star, and several other awards for military service. Now, the 93-year-old can add an honorary college degree to that list.
Medway received an honorary Doctorate of Humanities degree from Villanova University on Friday after taking classes every semester for the last 24 years.
"I’m a very bold, old person," Medway said.
The secret to Medway’s boldness in the classroom? He always sits up front and takes plenty of class notes.
Ignoring President Donald Trump's past admonition, U.S. first lady Melania Trump did not cover her head Saturday when they arrived in Saudi Arabia on the opening leg of his first international tour since taking office.
Two years ago, then-citizen Trump criticized then-first lady Michelle Obama's decision to go bare-headed on a January 2015 visit with her husband.
"Many people are saying it was wonderful that Mrs. Obama refused to wear a scarf in Saudi Arabia, but they were insulted. We have enuf enemies," Trump tweeted at the time, including a short-hand spelling for "enough."
After landing in Honolulu on a flight from Los Angeles, passengers described a midair disruption involving an unruly man whose attempts to get to the front of the jetliner prompted flight attendants and passengers to subdue him. and fighter jets to escort the plane.
Passengers noticed him before the plane even took off.
Mark and Donna Basden were among the first to board the plane Friday and found a laptop in the seat pocket of Mark Basden. The Albuquerque, New Mexico, couple assumed it was from the previous flight.
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After a three-and-a-half-hour rescue mission, the passengers on a halted roller coaster in Arlington, Texas, have all been freed, according to a Six Flags spokeswoman.
A portion of the new Six Flags Over Texas roller coaster "The Joker" was stuck with eight passengers aboard early Saturday morning. Crews from the Arlington Fire Department were dispatched around 12:30 a.m. Once they arrived, they called for backup from the technical rescue team.
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Former FBI Director James Comey will testify in open session before one of the legislative committees investigating possible collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia, committee leaders announced Friday.
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C. and Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., said the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will schedule the open hearing for sometime after Memorial Day.
“The Committee looks forward to receiving testimony from the former Director on his role in the development of the Intelligence Community Assessment on Russian interference in the 2016 US elections, and I am hopeful that he will clarify for the American people recent events that have been broadly reported in the media,” said Burr.
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President Trump told Russian officials that firing the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, had relieved “great pressure” on him, according to a document summarizing the meeting.
“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”
One D.C. artist is gaining popularity after projecting pictures, phrases and hashtags about President Donald Trump and other powerful Republicans onto buildings in the nation's capital.
Most recently, Robin Bell projected hashtags and images against Attorney General Jeff Sessions onto the Department of Justice building Thursday night. On Monday, Bell lit up the entrance to Trump International Hotel with the words "Pay Trump Bribes Here" and "Emoluments Welcome."
He uses a projector and computer program to create modern messages that he says meld art and protest.
A senior White House adviser has been singled out as a “significant person of interest” in the federal law enforcement probe of possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.
A report published Friday by The Washington Post cites people familiar with the matter, who would not identify the individual under scrutiny by name. They did say that the senior adviser is “someone close to the president.”
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A student who attended Bowie State University was killed after he was assaulted in an unprovoked attack on the University of Maryland College Park campus early Saturday morning, police said.
The victim was with two friends near Montgomery Hall on Regents Drive at about 3 a.m. Saturday morning when he was attacked by a University of Maryland student, police said. He was seriously injured and taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police said the assault involved a knife, but it was not immediately clear if the victim was stabbed.