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Iowa’s longest-serving GOP lawmaker joins the Democrats because of Trump

The Iowa Legislature’s longest-serving Republican announced Tuesday that because of President Donald Trump, he will be joining the Democratic Party, calling Trump “a poor example for the nation and particularly for our children.” State Rep. Andy McKean, who has served in both Iowa’s Senate and House chambers, identified with the Republican Party for 35 years…MORE

Skydiver reunited with prosthetic leg he lost while 10,000 feet in the air

A worker at a California lumber yard made an unusual discovery on Monday: A prosthetic leg wearing a blue Nike shoe was found on the ground. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office investigated the discovery and after calling some folks at the nearby airport they solved the mystery. It turns out the owner, who police identified…MORE

Former Police Chief Jane Castor elected first LGBTQ mayor of Tampa, Florida

Former Police Chief Jane Castor became the first LGBTQ person elected mayor of Tampa, Florida, on Tuesday, easily winning a runoff. Castor said her victory “sends a resounding message to our community — no, it sends a resounding message to the nation — that Tampa celebrates its diversity and lifts everyone up in a positive…MORE

Acting DHS chief: Family separations policy ‘not worth it’

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said Tuesday that the family separations policy had resulted in the department “losing public trust” such that “from an enforcement perspective, it’s not worth it,” and reinstating them is not on the table. McAleenan’s comments come after CNN reporting earlier this month that President Donald Trump pushed to bring…MORE

‘Jeopardy!’ contestant wins again, bringing his total to more than $1 million

James Holzhauer is making “Jeopardy!” look easy. The professional sports gambler wowed the game show’s audience again after he won for the 14th time Tuesday. Holzhauer won $118,816 in the game that aired Tuesday. That brought his total earnings on the Alex Trebek-hosted show to $1,061,554. He’s the second person in the show’s history to…MORE

A replica of one of Columbus’ ships has sunk in Texas

The replica Columbus ship La Niña, located in Texas, sank to the bottom of the marina on Tuesday. The ship, made in Spain, took on water sometime in the early hours of Tuesday and now sits on the muddy bottom of the Corpus Christi marina. “She sank fast, but she is a survivor,” said Kim…MORE

Former pharmaceutical company execs hit with drug trafficking charges

Two former executives of a pharmaceutical distributor company are facing criminal drug trafficking charges on accusations of illegally distributing opioids and conspiring to defraud the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the first time distributors have been criminally charged with these crimes. Federal prosecutors say that between 2012 and 2017, the Rochester Drug Co-Operative, which buys medicines…MORE

Brooklyn man sentenced to life without parole in slaying of jogger

A Brooklyn man convicted of brutally killing a jogger in Howard Beach, Queens, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Authorities said Chanel Lewis, 22, pulled Karina Vetrano, 30, from a running path on August 2, 2016, sexually abused her and strangled her to death not far from her home.…MORE

The real story of the 2018 midterms was the youths

For decades of elections, the “youth” vote was like the city of Atlantis. It promised untold (political) riches, if only you could find it. And like Atlantis, no one could. Sure, Barack Obama galvanized young people in 2008 and, to a lesser extent, 2012. But that felt like a personality-driven movement, as young people viewed…MORE