NEWS

California becomes the first state to break down Black employee data by lineage
NATIONAL
Jaclyn Diaz | August 16, 2022
California's state flag flies in Los Angeles in January 2017. Mark Ralston | AFP via Getty Images California is the first state to require its agencies to present a separate demographic category for descendants of enslaved people when collecting state employee data. According to a recently signed law, the State ...
A$AP Rocky faces 2 felony assault charges from an incident in Hollywood last year
NATIONAL
Jaclyn Diaz | August 16, 2022
Rapper A$AP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was officially charged this week with two counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm in connection with a shooting that occurred in Hollywood last November. Mayers, 33, was initially arrested in April and later released on bond in relation to this ...
Sources: Longtime Trump Organization executive is negotiating guilty plea to fraud
NATIONAL
Andrea Bernstein, Ilya Marritz | August 16, 2022
The Trump Organization's longtime Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg, center, departs court, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, in New York. John Minchillo | AP NEW YORK — Allen Weisselberg, the longtime chief financial officer of the Trump Organization, is in talks to plead guilty in a wide-ranging fraud case, two people ...
‘Better Call Saul’ finale soars as a meditation on consequences and regret
ARTS
Eric Deggans | August 16, 2022
Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman. Greg Lewis | AMC/Sony Pictures Television (Fair warning: This story has LOTS of spoilers about the Better Call Saul finale episode, "Saul Gone.") In the end, the question that loomed largest in the poignant, masterful series finale of AMC's magnificent drama Better Call Saul wasn't ...
$3.9 billion in debt is canceled for former students of ITT Tech
EDUCATION
The Associated Press | August 16, 2022
An ITT Technical Institute campus in Rancho Cordova, Calif., is seen on Sept. 6, 2016. Students who used federal loans to attend ITT Tech as far back as 2005 will automatically get that debt canceled. Rich Pedroncelli | AP WASHINGTON — Students who used federal loans to attend ITT Technical ...
TS/SCI: What an abbreviation reveals about the files seized from Mar-a-Lago
NATIONAL
Wynne Davis | August 16, 2022
Officials removed a cache of documents from former President Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Fla., last week. Giorgio Viera | AFP via Getty Images When the FBI searched former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort last week, agents seized 11 sets of classified documents, including ones marked "Top Secret," ...
In ‘Elizabeth Finch,’ Julian Barnes addresses collective vs. personal memory
ARTS
Heller McAlpin | August 16, 2022
Knopf "History is that certainty produced at the point where the imperfections of memory meet the inadequacies of documentation," Julian Barnes wrote memorably in his 2011 Booker Prize-winner, The Sense of an Ending. His latest novel, Elizabeth Finch, is a dual-pronged exploration of both personal and ancient history which asks, ...
To encourage fans to vote, the NBA won’t hold games on Election Day
POLITICS
Deepa Shivaram | August 16, 2022
The National Basketball Association announced it will not hold any games on November 8 — Election Day for the 2022 midterms — in order to encourage fans to make a plan to vote. Ashley Landis | AP Updated August 16, 2022 at 2:16 PM ET The NBA won't hold any ...
Over the river from a Russian-occupied nuclear plant, a Ukrainian town fears a spill
WORLD
Joanna Kakissis | August 16, 2022
The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine's Enerhodar, Zaporizhzhia region, is seen through barbed wire on the embankment in Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk region, central Ukraine, on July 20. Russian soldiers have been shelling Nikopol from the premises of the nuclear power plant. Dmytro Smolyenko | Future Publishing via Getty Images NIKOPOL, ...
Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19
POLITICS
Barbara Sprunt | August 16, 2022
First Lady Jill Biden rides her bicycle along the beach while on vacation in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, on August 14, 2022. Nicholas Kamm | AFP via Getty Images First lady Jill Biden, 71, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms, according to a statement from her ...