WASHINGTON - Hate crimes in America rose 17 percent last year, the third consecutive year that such crimes increased, according to newly released FBI data. Law enforcement agencies reported 7,175 hate crimes occurred in 2017, up from 6,121 in 2016. That increase was fueled in part by more police departments reporting hate crimes data to the FBI, but overall there is still a large number of departments that report no hate crimes to the federal database.
BROOKLYN - Joaquín Guzmán, the famed Mexican drug lord known as "El Chapo," has spent the past 22 months in a small, windowless cell in Lower Manhattan awaiting trial. On Tuesday, at a federal district court in Brooklyn, that trial will finally start. "This is such an important case, because no single individual in Mexico is more responsible for the last decade of violence than Chapo Guzmán," said David Shirk, a professor at the University of San Diego who focuses on Mexican politics and U.S.-Mexico border issues.
At first, 14-year-old Brett Corbett told his mom he was sent to the principal's office sopping wet because the kids dared him to swim in the creek behind the school, in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. But then the videos emerged and, with them, an appalling story of bullying.
Days after Hurricane Florence rammed into the North Carolina coast, President Donald Trump was on his way to comfort those who lost homes or loved ones. He met with the state's Democratic governor; he sat for a briefing; he paused to ask residents in New Bern, "Hi, everybody, how's your house?" When Hurricane Harvey pummeled Texas last year, he traveled to Houston, and when Hurricane Michael hit Florida and Georgia last month, he and the first lady quickly went to the Gulf Coast.
The maker of chocolate M&M's and Snickers sees a growing risk on the horizon: sliding cocoa supply from one of the world's top growers. The answer? Comics and WiFi. Mars Inc., maker of candy famous to consumers across the world, is among firms trying to lure millennials into cocoa farming in Indonesia, where aging planters, decaying trees, pests and diseases have depressed output so much that the nation has become a net importer. The hope is that the younger set, attracted by free Internet, will get hooked on cocoa at themed cafes and be persuaded to return to the farms.
WASHINGTON - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was not on the bench Tuesday for the first session of the Supreme Court since her discharge from the hospital with fractured ribs but is improving, a spokeswoman said. "She continues to improve and is working from home this morning," said Kathy Arberg, the court's public information officer. The court's meeting was a brief non-argument session, which justices often skip. The court issued lists of cases it had accepted and rejected for this term.
Kerry Braxton-Andrew was running late as he hustled across Mexico City's Roma district. His brother Patrick's flight was scheduled to land at 4 p.m. on Oct. 30. They were planning to meet at their hotel an hour later. But Kerry had gotten caught up wandering the streets of the busy capital, delaying the rendezvous. However, when he tapped out text messages to Patrick, he didn't get a reply. "I didn't want to think the worst, obviously," Kerry told The Washington Post.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has has told advisers he has decided to remove Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and her departure from the administration is likely to occur in the coming weeks, if not sooner, according to five current and former White House officials.
SINGAPORE - U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said Tuesday that an audio recording of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death inside an Istanbul consulate did not appear to provide any link between the killers and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Bolton, speaking on the sidelines of a regional summit in Singapore, said that while he had not listened to the tape himself, "those who have listened to it" concluded that Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler is not implicated.
More than two dozen residents of the retirement community burned to death in cars, in homes, and on foot; more than 200 people still unaccounted for.