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The story of America's first black family is starkly missing from the history booksAn ancient cemetery. A glimpse of black history, hidden for centuries. Why a baby named William and the year 1619 mean everything to this Virginia family.
      

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How an accidental encounter brought slavery to the United StatesSlavery's arrival in the United States happened by accident, but its arrival created a thriving tobacco industry and fueled the Industrial Revolution.
      

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Taylor Swift and Dixie Chicks' new song 'Soon You’ll Get Better' is one of Swift's saddest everTaylor Swift enlists the Dixie Chicks for a somber ballad about loved ones and hospital beds on her new album 'Lover'. Grab some tissues.
      

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Opinion: As coaches choose safety over game reps, it's time for NFL to cut preseason slateAs more teams opt against playing their starters in the NFL preseason, it's time to cut the slate of exhibition games in half.
      

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Brooks Koepka shoots down ESPN 'Body Issue' photo critics: 'They don't have the balls to do it'Brooks Koepka had fun during ESPN The Magazine's 'Body Issue' shoot and thinks he looks better naked than all those who criticize him anyway.
      

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White supremacy in America: Can parents stop online radicalization?Digital platforms often shield those ripe for radicalization from being detected by family members who can't, or won't, see the signs.
      

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Love 'em, hate 'em, respect 'em: The biggest villains across current sports landscapeWhat would sports be without our villains? The athletes we love to hate. Here's a look at the biggest villains across the modern sports landscape.
      

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Overstock CEO resigns after speaking of 'Deep State,' and investigations of Trump, ClintonOverstock CEO Patrick Byrne has resigned days after previous letter speaking of the "deep state'' and helping investigations of Trump, Clinton
      

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Mountain lion mauls 8-year-old boy who was playing outside his homeThe unidentified boy, who lives in Bailey, Colorado, sustained serious injuries, according to Jason Clay, spokesman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
      

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Larry King's son speaks out amid parents' divorce, slams this rumor as 'completely false'"They both deserve to be happy and that is my biggest wish," Cannon King said, following news that his parents, Larry and Shawn King, are divorcing.
      

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What could the next recession feel like? Stories from past downturns are a guideEconomists expect the next recession, whenever that is, to be less severe. But what could it be like? Stories from past downturns could be a guide.
      

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Catholic priest Joseph McLoone stole church money and spent it on himself, Grindr men, authorities sayA Catholic priest in Pennsylvania was charged with theft after he stole nearly $100,000 from his parish over several years.
      

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'Two-mouthed' fish: New York angler catches 'bizarrely beautiful' troutAn angler in New York reeled in a trout with two "mouths" while fishing on Lake Champlain. An image of the fish shared on Facebook has gone viral.
      

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Hundreds of thousands of Africans were enslaved in America. Wanda Tucker believes her relatives were the firstWanda Tucker knew when she arrived in Angola, the void she felt was bigger than any one ancestor. It was of an entire people missing its past.
      

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'Brittany Runs a Marathon': Jillian Bell on mental, physical (40 pounds) changes for movieActress Jillian Bell went through a major physical (40 pounds) and mental change to become Brittany in Sundance breakout "Brittany Runs a Marathon."
      

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Poll: Majority of Americans don't want Trump to be impeached and removed from officeA majority of Americans oppose impeachment of President Donald Trump and his removal from office, according to a poll out Thursday. Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., also asked other House committee chairs Thursday to provide records that would help in making a decision whether to pursue impeachment.
      

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Why is the Amazon rainforest on fire?The Amazon rainforest is burning at an alarming rate, with tens of thousands of fires laying waste to the world's largest tropical rainforest.
      

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Is left-leaning California a problem for Joe Biden? For a second time, candidate skips a forum thereFor the second time in less than three months, Joe Biden has opted to skip a high-profile forum of White House 2020 hopefuls in California.
      

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As a child, I had an eating disorder. WW's dieting app for kids terrifies me for my child.Weight Watcher’s new app marketing weight loss to children puts them in danger of lasting, harmful relationships with their bodies.
      

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Conor McGregor says he was 'in the wrong' for punching older man at pubFighter Conor McGregor, recently shown in video punching man in Dublin pub, says he was wrong: "That man deserved to enjoy his time in the pub."
      

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The best parenting tips Chip and Joanna Gaines have ever sharedWhen Chip and Joanna Gaines talk about design we take note, when they talk about parenting we also take note! Buzz60’s
      

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4-year-old 'Star Wars' fan hugs her Disney heroA 4-year-old girl dressed up as Rey from "Star Wars" and got to hug her at Disney World.
      

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Tourists on scooters end up on busy highwayThree men on scooters took the advice of their GPS and ended up on a Wisconsin highway.
      

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Drone captures boat speeding through tidal poolsThese drone photos of a speedboat observing tidal pools are certainly making waves.
      

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Bird or bunny? The internet is stumpedA viral video has the internet stumped. Is it a bird or a bunny?
      

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Enslaved Africans landed in Virginia in 1619. USA TODAY is committed to telling the story, past and presentThe goal of this project is to commemorate the landing of the enslaved Africans 400 years ago. We also want to hear your family stories.
      

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Prosecuting hate crimes is a top priority for Civil Rights Division: Assistant AGWe are a pluralistic nation and that's a good thing. But we can only succeed if we tolerate each other’s differences. All of us deserve to be safe.
      

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Corporations are abusing people. Here's how to better protect workers and consumers.From wage theft to predatory lending to unsafe housing, state and local prosecutors have power to hold corporations accountable. They should use it.
      

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Fiddling while home burns: Today's ToonWant to keep up with USA TODAY's editorial cartoons? Bookmark this page. We'll update it frequently.
      

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Slavery's explosive growth, in charts: How '20 and odd' became millionsA twist of fate brought the first recorded enslaved Africans to Virginia in 1619. We trace the origins of this shameful era of American history.
      

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More NRA drama: Legal team shaken up as group cuts ties with longtime outside attorneyThe ending of the relationship between the NRA and Charles Cooper, its outside counsel for the past 30 years, comes during what can only be described as a turbulent time for the powerful gun rights lobbying group.
      

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Aaron Burr's lawyer owned my family. It has been a long, tragic journey from slavery.My grandfather and father thought military service was a path out of the underclass. After centuries of bondage and oppression, it was a false hope.
      

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'People are on edge': Mass violence threats – at least 30 in 18 states – have surged since El Paso, DaytonArrests for making mass killing threats have proliferated since the shootings in El Paso and Dayton this month, with more than 25 so far.
      

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August political cartoons from the USA TODAY networkAugust political cartoons: A satirical look at current issues and events, compliments of the USA TODAY network cartoonists.
      

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Athletes awarded Presidential Medal of FreedomWith Bob Cousy being awarded the honor in 2019, 34 athletes have been given the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
      

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Stars of Roger Ailes film vs. real-life figuresCharlize Theron and Nicole Kidman take on Fox News personalities in "Bombshell." See how closely the actors resemble their real-life counterparts:
      

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Photos: Explore the Carnival Splendor cruise shipCarnival Cruise Line's Carnival Splendor is a 3,006-passenger cruise ship that will soon begin full-time cruise service out of Sydney, Australia.
      

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Little Leaguers design cleats for MLB starsPlayers in the Little League World Series designed cleats for some stars to wear for MLB Players' Weekend.
      

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Popeyes, Chick-fil-A, Wendy's? Vote on your pick for the best fast food chicken sandwichAs Popeyes, Chick-fil-A and Wendy's battle over the best chicken sandwich, it's time for our readers to weigh in.
      

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