National News

UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi performs her final collegiate routine

Katelyn Ohashi finished her final collegiate gymnastics routine appropriately, by dropping a pretend mic. The University of California, Los Angeles, senior gymnast scored a 9.95 in her final performance at the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics National Championship. Her routine, once again, went viral over the weekend. Ohashi made headlines in January for her perfect 10 routine.…

The Philadelphia Flyers remove a statue of Kate Smith over her racist songs

A year after her 1986 death, the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers erected a statue to honor renowned singer Kate Smith, whose rendition of “God Bless America” was played during home games for decades, including the 2018-2019 season. But on Sunday the Flyers announced they had removed the statue, saying the team had discovered some of her…

Weeks after Nipsey Hussle’s slaying, many questions remain unanswered

Three weeks after Nipsey Hussle was fatally gunned down in Los Angeles, the community continues to mourn and seek answers. As so often is the case, answers are elusive as an investigation into the 33-year-old rapper’s killing continues. Police have declined to divulge certain details they say could affect the outcome of the case against…

The Easter story helps an ‘outcast’ preacher find her way back home

The Rev. Barbara Brown Taylor was attending a seminar one day when someone asked her a question that she hasn’t been able to forget. “What is the story you are working on that doesn’t have an ending yet?” Taylor gave one answer that day but today she has another: The story she can’t quite figure…

At least 5 dead after days of powerful storms in parts of the US

The powerful storms that ripped through parts of the United States last week killed at least five people in Mississippi, Florida and Alabama, officials said. Mississippi reported an additional death Saturday, bringing the total number to three in that state, the emergency management agency said. It said 16 confirmed tornadoes hit the state Thursday. In…

Woman caught on video tossing a plastic bag full of puppies near a trash bin

Seven puppies were found next to a dumpster in Coachella, California, and authorities say they are looking for the woman caught on camera leaving them. The woman is accused of leaving the newborn puppies in a plastic bag near a dumpster behind a NAPA Auto Parts store on Thursday afternoon, according to Riverside County Animal…

A German auction house is helping return Nazi-looted art to their rightful owners

Nina McGehee always knew that her family fled Europe before World War II broke out. But she only recently learned about what they left behind. McGehee’s great-grandfather, Siegfried Laemmle, was a German art and antiquities dealer with a successful business in Munich. He was also Jewish, and like all Jewish art dealers in the Third…

A bill in Washington state would allow the composting of human remains

Lawmakers in Washington state passed a bill Friday that would allow human remains to be composted. If Gov. Jay Inslee signs Senate Bill 5001 into law, it will take effect May 1, 2020. Right now, if a person dies in Washington, the body can only be cremated or buried, according to the bill’s sponsor, state…