Today the city of Sugar Land is a sprawling suburb southwest of Houston, home to Imperial Sugar Co., shopping malls and endless cul-de-sacs. But, more than a century ago, it was a sprawling network of sugar cane plantations and prison camps. Sugar Land was better known then as the Hellhole on the Brazos. From sun up to sun down, convicts who were leased by the state to plantation owners toiled in the fields chopping sugar cane sometimes until they "dropped dead in their tracks," as the State Convention of Colored Men of Texas complained in 1883.
More than three years before she was arrested on the accusation of being a covert Russian agent, Maria Butina gave a guest lecture to about a dozen students munching pizza in a setting far removed from the country's political world: a public university in Vermillion, South Dakota. The next month she spoke to about 20 business-minded students at a public high school in Sioux Falls. And that summer, she talked to a crowd of teenagers at a politically oriented summer camp organized by South Dakota Republicans.
WASHINGTON - A day after trying to do damage control, President Donald Trump offered a fresh defense Wednesday of his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, firing off morning tweets in which he claimed that his widely panned news conference afterward actually was appreciated by "many people at the higher ends of intelligence."
At first glance, the white house on Ferguson Street in Detroit looks like any other home commonly found in American suburbs. It's front lawn is mowed and decorated with thick green shrubbery. It's peaked roof is covered in gray shingles. The interior, however, is another story.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Tuesday grudgingly sought to inch back his warm remarks about Russia and its leader during a summit in Helsinki a day earlier, saying he had misspoken when he appeared to accept Russian President Vladimir Putin's denials that Russia had interfered in the 2016 presidential election over the conclusions of his own intelligence community.
I lay on the table in an Atlanta hospital room almost a decade ago, watching as my doctor sliced me open and yanked two slimy, screaming balls of fire from my abdomen. I couldn't describe the emotions that overtook me the first time my daughter and I locked eyes; I just knew I had to protect her. My son arrived 60 seconds later, and I knew I would take care of him, too. I wanted to give my babies the world - a world many didn't think I could offer because of my age. I didn't know if I could, either, but at that moment, I stopped seeing myself as failure. I was a mother.
The 10:23 a.m. emergency call to the 23000 block of Buckland Lane was dispatched as a reported bee sting. Responding firefighters quickly discovered how big of an understatement that was. When their truck pulled up to the home in Lake Forest, California, they saw a cleaning lady being attacked by a swarm of some 80,000 bees. The woman - "approximately 50 years old," and identified only by her first name, Maria - was in the Orange County home with three other cleaners, and had stepped out to her car to grab a mop.
After President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin's news conference Monday in Helsinki, in which President Trump called the United States "foolish" and sided with Putin over American intelligence agencies who said that Russia meddled in the 2016 election, social media had plenty to say. But one theme kept cropping up: the Dixie Chicks. "Remember when Republicans were incensed about American citizens criticizing America on foreign soil? I bet The Dixie Chicks do. I know I do," tweeted Ashley Campbell.
BAGHDAD - The Islamic State is creeping back into parts of central Iraq just seven months after the government declared victory in the war against the group, embarking on a wave of kidnappings, assassinations and bombings that have raised fears a new cycle of insurgency is starting again.
MGM Resorts International sued the victims of a Las Vegas music festival mass shooting in an effort to block any potential compensation claims against it. The owner of the Mandalay Bay hotel claims a 2002 federal statute wipes out liability for any company that adopts "anti-terrorism technology,'' which it says it did. It asked a federal judge in Nevada for a declaration that the company isn't liable.