Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend




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  • 2019-05-19 22:27:47Z
  • By USA TODAY
Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend
Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend  

Trump breaks with Alabama GOP on abortion

President Donald Trump called himself "strongly Pro-Life" in several tweets Saturday night while appearing to challenge key provisions of strict abortion laws recently passed in Republican-controlled states. "I am strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions - Rape, Incest and protecting the Life of the mother - the same position taken by Ronald Reagan," Trump said on Twitter. Trump's comments came within days of Alabama passing a near-total abortion ban, putting in place the nation's most restrictive law on the procedure. Unlike other laws restricting abortion, the Alabama law does not make any exceptions for instances of rape or incest.

Trump admin readies to send migrants 'across the entire nation'

The Trump administration is preparing to send Central American migrants caught along the southern border to Border Patrol stations "across the entire nation," according to a senior Border Patrol official who confirmed the plans Friday. With more than 4,500 people caught each day crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, the agency has run out of room at Border Patrol facilities in the four border states. The agency has started looking at its facilities around the country, meaning states from Oregon to North Dakota to Maine may receive planeloads of migrant families in weeks to come. On Tuesday, Customs and Border Protection sent its first plane full of migrants from Texas to San Diego.

A billionaire's gift to college class: I'm paying off your student loans

Investor and philanthropist Robert F. Smith surprised the Morehouse College class of 2019 with a special graduation gift: He's paying all their student loan debt. "My family is going to create a grant to eliminate your student loans!" Smith told graduates during his commencement address. "You great Morehouse men are bound only by the limits of your own conviction and creativity." His gift to nearly 400 graduating seniors is estimated at $40 million, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Smith, founder of Vista Equity Partners, is worth an estimated $5 billion according to Forbes, which made him the wealthiest African American in the country in 2018.

A GOP lawmaker calls for Trump's impeachment. Trump calls him a 'loser'

President Donald Trump responded to a Republican House member's call for his impeachment Sunday, calling the lawmaker a "loser." On Saturday, Rep. Justin Amash tweeted that Attorney General Barr "deliberately misrepresented" the report from Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference, which he said shows Trump "engaged in impeachable conduct." The Michigan Republican made the statement "only after having read Mueller's redacted report carefully and completely," he said. Trump said in a tweet on Sunday that he was "never a fan" of Amash and that he did not believe Amash had read Mueller's report.

Tony Robbins accused of sexual misconduct

Self-help guru Tony Robbins is now in the crosshairs of the #MeToo movement, accused of sexual misconduct by former fans and staffers, and of regularly berating victims of rape, violence and abuse as a form of "therapy." The allegations came Friday in a lengthy story by BuzzFeed News following a yearlong investigation based on leaked recordings, internal documents, and dozens of interviews with fans and insiders. Nevertheless, some of the men and women interviewed said they might be offended by some of Robbins' past behavior but remain grateful to him for "saving" or "changing" their lives, they told BuzzFeed.

Dozens walk out before Pence's commencement address

Dozens of graduates and faculty at Taylor University walked out of graduation exercises minutes before the introduction of Vice President Mike Pence, who delivered the school's commencement address Saturday. The protest, planned prior to the ceremony, came after faculty and students at the Christian liberal arts school debated the appropriateness of the vice president at the commencement. Most of Taylor's graduating class remained seated for Pence, who received a standing ovation after the walkout. Pence used the address to urge a religious resolve among the Christian school's graduates and faculty.

Columbine school shooting survivor Austin Eubanks found dead

Austin Eubanks, a survivor of the Columbine High School shooting, was found dead Saturday at his Colorado home, according to Routt County Coroner Robert Ryg. Eubanks, 37, struggled with addiction throughout his 20s but went on to serve as chief operations officer for Foundry Treatment Center, traveling the country speaking about the opioid crisis. He "lost the battle with the very disease he fought so hard to help others face," according to a statement from his family. An autopsy was scheduled for Monday. During the 1999 Columbine attack, Eubanks was shot twice and watched his best friend, Corey DePooter, die as they took refuge under a table in their school's library.

'Tornado Alley is certainly waking up'

A wide swath of the nation braced Sunday for severe storms capable of ruinous wind gusts, hail and tornadoes after communities from Iowa to Texas and Louisiana woke up to damage from the last round of angry weather. "Tornado Alley is certainly waking up with significant, severe weather," AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer said. More than 60,000 homes and businesses remained without power in Texas and Iowa on Sunday, down from almost 150,000 late Saturday. Tornado reports began Friday in Nebraska and Kansas. Almost a dozen were reported in Texas and Oklahoma on Saturday. Forecasters warn that Monday could be the worst of it.

Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry celebrate one year of marriage

Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry are celebrating one year of marriage with some never-before-seen pictures from their royal wedding last year. The couple, who welcomed son Archie Harrison just days ago, shared a black-and-white video montage on their official Instagram account featuring behind-the-scenes moments from their big day on May 19, 2018. "Thank you for all of the love and support from so many of you around the world," the Duke and Duchess of Sussex wrote.

Jockey thrown from his horse at Preakness

Jockey John Velazquez was thrown from No. 9 horse Bodexpress moments after the gates opened Saturday at the start of the 144th Preakness Stakes. Despite losing its rider, the horse still charged down the outside of the track. Bodexpress stayed with the field the entire race and initially evaded outriders trying to corral him. "He wasn't behaving well in the gate," an uninjured Velazquez said on NBC. Bodexpress got most of the attention at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, but it was War of Will who came out on top. The win served as redemption for a controversial Kentucky Derby that saw War of Will directly affected by Maximum Security, the horse that came in first before getting disqualified for interference as the two horses almost clipped heels.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Here's the biggest news you missed this weekend

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