{FD} U.S. tour groups call warnings about travel to Cuba baseless; vow to continue taking Americans to island

Dozens of U.S. groups that organize trips to Cuba say they are continuing to take Americans to the island despite an urging by the U.S. State Department that people reconsider their plans to visit there.

{FD} Largest known underwater cave on Earth discovered in Mexico; holds clues to Mayan civilization

A team of experts in Mexico has discovered two linked underwater caverns that are more than 4,000 years old and form the largest known such cave on earth.

{FD} Cornell student’s comments on ‘Fox & Friends’ about her school’s liberal bias led to severe harassment

Last year, Cornell University student Neetu Chandak appeared on Fox and Friends to share her objection over a course description that seemed an overzealous portrayal of Donald Trump while glorifying Barack Obama.

{FD} God in cyberspace: There’s an app for that – in fact, lots of them

A mobile Bible application that resulted from an Oklahoma millennial’s interest in becoming versed in Scripture – together with a long wait at an airport that gave him lots of time to think – has been downloaded 300 million times as it approaches its 10th anniversary.

{FD} Trump’s tweet renews Navy sailor’s hope for pardon; says life has been ‘destroyed’

A U.S. Navy sailor who has fallen on hard times after serving a year in jail for taking photos of classified areas inside a nuclear submarine says a tweet by President Trump on Tuesday morning has restored his hope for a pardon.

{FD} US colleges refuse to ease sex assault rules despite slew of lawsuits filed by accused

Colleges and universities that continue to implement Obama administration guidelines when addressing sexual assault allegations are facing numerous lawsuits as well as threats of legal action.

{FD} Little-noticed law drug companies fought for: How it passed amid opioid crisis, what it does

The law that imperiled Rep. Tom Marino’s nomination as the national drug czar passed quietly in the spring of 2016, even as Congress and then-President Barack Obama declared opioid addiction a national crisis.

{FD} FBI cites black extremists as new domestic terrorist threat

The 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri has spawned a violent domestic threat – “black identity extremists” who have stepped up attacks on police, according to a report by the FBI’s counterterrorism division.

New York Hasidic village seeks to secede from town after years of power struggles

Hundreds of people turned out at a county hearing in upstate New York Tuesday to weigh in on a proposal to allow a Hasidic Jewish village to separate from the town it is part of and take annexed land and create another municipality.

{FD} Newly jailed Venezuelan opposition leader is cut off from family, whereabouts unknown

The lawyer for one of Venezuela’s most prominent opposition leaders, who was dragged in his pajamas from his home on Tuesday in a raid by police, says that the Maduro administration has refused to tell him where his client is or allow him to speak with him.

{FD} NJ doctor charged in drug ring wrote thousands of bogus opioid prescriptions

New Jersey authorities arrested an Essex County physician for allegedly writing fraudulent prescriptions for tens of thousands of painkillers as part of a drug dealing ring.

{FD} Orthodox Jewish grade school in UK fails inspection for refusal to teach about sexual orientation

An orthodox Jewish girls’ elementary school in London has failed inspection for the third time because it refuses to teach students about homosexuality and gender reassignment.

{FD} Opioid crisis: ‘We are very much at war here,’ NJ attorney general says

At a lab in New Jersey, the pressure is on to identify those substances and find another piece to the ever-changing puzzle of the killer epidemic in time to save lives by putting out warnings to the public, and giving law enforcement the data to trace the drugs to a dealer, and possibly his or her source.

{FD} Haitians worry they’re marked for deportation, but US says not true

Immigrant advocates are decrying a reported Trump administration search for evidence of criminality among Haitians immigrants, many of whom have temporary permits to be in the U.S., as a prelude to deportation. But others praise checks for criminal activity among immigrants, including Haitians, as an overdue attempt to ensure Americans’ safety.

{FD} Venezuelan authorities rely on arbitrary arrests, jailing, to silence critics, says Amnesty International

Venezuelan authorities are increasingly rounding up and even torturing innocent people in a brutal crackdown on complaints about the government and deteriorating living conditions in the beleaguered nation, according to a new report by Amnesty International released Wednesday.

{FD} Congressional leaders call Assad war criminal, say he must go

Congressional leaders from the Republican and Democratic parties condemned the suspected chemical attack on the Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun, and demanded that the Trump administration and the United Nations respond forcefully to actions believed ordered by Bashar al-Assad.