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Men arrested at Philly Starbucks get apology from police commissioner

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:05:00 PDT

Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn't use the restroom because he wasn't a paying customer.

He thought nothing of it when he and his childhood friend and business partner, Donte Robinson, were approached at their table and were asked if they needed...

Trump's divisive pick to run NASA wins narrow confirmation

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:42:00 PDT

The Senate on Thursday narrowly confirmed Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., as NASA administrator, despite deep concerns from Democrats that he lacks the scientific and management expertise to lead the space agency.

The vote to install the three-term lawmaker was 50-49. President Donald Trump had...

Miguel Diaz-Canel becomes Cuba's first leader outside Castro dynasty in nearly six decades

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:09:00 PDT

Raul Castro said Thursday that he expected 57-year-old Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez to serve two five-year terms as president and eventually take Castro's place as head of the Communist Party, potentially dominating Cuban politics until 2031.

It was the first time Castro has laid out a clear...

8-year-old girl's gang rape and murder triggers new outrage over India's rape culture

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:34:00 PDT

The young girl's body lay for three days in the forest where they left her.

Eight-year-old Asifa Bano had been raped, strangled with her own scarf and been bashed in the skull with a rock, police said.

The case - one more devastating example of child rape and killing in a country where such crimes...

Southwest Airlines sought more time for engine inspections

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:46:00 PDT

Southwest Airlines sought more time last year to inspect fan blades like the one that snapped off during one of its flights Tuesday in an engine failure that left a passenger dead.

The airline opposed a recommendation by the engine manufacturer to require ultrasonic inspections of certain fan blades...

Trump escalates feud with California governor over National Guard deployment

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:51:00 PDT

President Donald Trump has threatened to upend a tentative agreement between the state of California and federal officials to mobilize National Guard personnel and send them to the Mexican border, declaring via tweet Thursday that his administration will not pay for the deployment.

Gov. Jerry Brown,...

No criminal charges in Prince's death, ending two-year investigation

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:20:00 PDT

No criminal charges will be filed in Prince's death, and evidence shows that the musician thought he was taking a common painkiller instead of a counterfeit pill containing the fentanyl that killed him, a Minnesota prosecutor said Thursday.

Carver County Attorney Mark Metz said investigators found...

Inspector general referred findings on McCabe to U.S. attorney for consideration of criminal charges

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:21:00 PDT

The Justice Department inspector general referred its finding that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe repeatedly misled investigators who were examining a media disclosure to the top federal prosecutor in the District of Columbia to determine whether McCabe should be charged with a crime,...

Syracuse fraternity suspended after racist videos released

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 12:14:00 PDT

Video showing a group of men laughing uproariously at performances punctuated by racist language against blacks, Jews and Hispanics and simulated sex acts has roiled the campus of Syracuse University, and a fraternity there has been suspended.

Chancellor Ken Syverud said Wednesday that the school...

Houston 911 dispatcher who hung up on thousands of callers sentenced to 10 days in jail

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:20:00 PDT

It took Hua Li two minutes and three tries to get help from Houston 911 as a convenience store owner lay bleeding to death on the floor of his store after being shot.

Li was about to walk into a Raceway in Houston to buy a lottery ticket in May 2016 but was stopped by another person's warning:...

After Syria missile strikes, U.S. stuck in holding pattern

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:28:00 PDT

The drama of U.S. and allied missile strikes on Syria has obscured a sobering fact: The U.S.-led campaign to eliminate the Islamic State from Syria has stalled.

The U.S. has 2,000 troops in Syria assisting local Arab and Kurdish fighters against IS, even as President Donald Trump resists deeper...

It's another boy! Michigan family welcomes birth of 14th son

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:48:00 PDT

There will be no shortage of hand-me-downs for this Michigan kid.

The Grand Rapids Press reports that Kateri and Jay Schwandt welcomed the birth of their 14th son on Wednesday, five days before he was due. They have no daughters.

WOOD-TV reports that the boy weighs 8 pounds, 4 ounces and is 21...

Ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort in court asking to have criminal case dropped

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:24:00 PDT

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his attorneys were returning to federal court Thursday asking to have his criminal charges in Washington dismissed in their latest challenge to the case brought by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Manafort's attorneys have argued Mueller exceeded...

Police say Michigan mother left two infants in suitcase on curb

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:47:00 PDT

Police say a 26-year-old Michigan woman left her two infant daughters inside a suitcase on the side of the road as child welfare workers arrived to take the children away.

Police say officers assisting Child Protective Services workers Wednesday were unable to find the children inside the Flint...

Expert testifies Benadryl, quaaludes could've affected Bill Cosby accuser

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:07:00 PDT

Bill Cosby's chief accuser could have been made woozy either by the cold and allergy medicine Benadryl or by quaaludes, a prosecution expert testified Thursday at the comedian's sexual assault retrial.

The identity of the pills that Cosby gave Andrea Constand before a 2004 sexual encounter at his...

Trump attorney Michael Cohen drops pair of libel suits over Russia dossier

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 10:43:00 PDT

Lawyers for President Donald Trump's attorney Michael Cohen withdrew defamation lawsuits late Wednesday against BuzzFeed and the political research firm Fusion GPS related to a dossier that included claims Cohen helped organize Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election.

The lawsuits...

Mortgage rates climb to highs not seen in four years

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:00:00 PDT

Mortgage rates broke out of their rut this week, with the 30-year fixed-rate average reaching its highest level in four years.

According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average climbed to 4.47 percent with an average 0.5 point. (Points are fees paid to...

'It's a new era': First Saudi cinema opens with popcorn and 'Black Panther'

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:46:00 PDT

The lights dimmed and the crowd of men and women erupted into applause and hoots as Hollywood's blockbuster "Black Panther" premiered in Saudi Arabia's first movie theater.

Though it was a private, invitation-only screening on Wednesday evening, for many Saudis it marked one of the clearest moments...

Trump vows to 'walk out' of meeting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un if it's not 'fruitful'

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:53:00 PDT

President Donald Trump voiced optimism Wednesday about his potential summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, but he vowed to cancel the meeting or walk out if there are signs it "is not going to be fruitful."

Trump also said his administration is negotiating with Pyongyang for the release...

Senate allows babies in chamber despite concerns from older, male senators

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:10:00 PDT

The Senate has voted unanimously to let the babies of its members into the tradition-bound chamber.

The inspiration for the historic change of rules was Sen. Tammy Duckworth's daughter Maile Pearl, born April 9. Duckworth, now the only senator in U.S. history to give birth while in office, wants...

Republican plan to tighten food stamp work requirements advances despite opposition

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:23:00 PDT

House Republicans pushed forward Wednesday with a plan to strengthen work requirements for food stamps, even as Democrats excoriated the proposal as an "ideological crusade" that would hurt the poor, burden state governments and endanger the passage of major food and farming legislation.

The plan,...

Ex-Playboy model settles lawsuit over Trump hush money

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:42:00 PDT

Former Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal has reached a settlement with tabloid publisher American Media Inc., ending a lawsuit over the rights to the story of the affair she says she had with Donald Trump a decade ago.

The settlement means McDougal is no longer bound by the contract with AMI, the...

'That's how she's wired': Southwest pilot lauded for handling crisis

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:32:00 PDT

The Southwest Airlines pilot being lauded as a hero in a harrowing emergency landing after a passenger was partially blown out of the jet's damaged fuselage is also being hailed for her pioneering role in a career where she has been one of the few women at the controls.

Tammie Jo Shults, one of...

Miguel Diaz-Canel selected as next president of Cuba

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:21:00 PDT

A 57-year-old bureaucrat will take Raul Castro's place as the president of Cuba on Thursday as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure the long-term survival of one of the world's last communist states.

Members of the National Assembly voted Wednesday on Miguel Mario...

She shared drug-smuggling vacation on social media. Now 'Cocaine Babe' is off to prison.

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:01:00 PDT

A Canadian woman who tried to smuggle millions of dollars worth of cocaine into Australia has been convicted and sentenced to eight years behind bars.

Melina Roberge, 24, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to smuggling 95 kilos (209 pounds) of the drug into the Sydney Harbour in 2016,...

Kris Kobach helped lead Trump's election panel. A judge just found him in contempt in a voter ID case

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:54:00 PDT

A federal judge has found Kansas' chief election official, Kris Kobach - a Republican who helped lead the much-criticized commission set up by President Donald Trump to investigate supposed voter fraud - in contempt of court in a sharply worded ruling that said Kobach acted "disingenuously," and...

Gov. Brown says agreement reached on California guard deployment to border

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 21:55:00 PDT

Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday he reached an agreement with the federal government that California's National Guard troops will deploy to the border to focus on fighting transnational gangs as well as drug and gun smugglers. The announcement comes after a week of uncertainty in which President...

IRS blames Tax Day woes on glitch in file that houses personal records

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:04:00 PDT

The Internal Revenue Service's online tax filing systems failed widely on Tax Day because of a hardware "glitch" in the part of the agency's operating system that houses taxpayers' personal tax records, according to the tax collection agency.

The malfunctioning of IRS's "master file" was discovered...

George W. Bush says former first lady Barbara Bush didn't fear death

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:50:00 PDT

Former President George W. Bush said Wednesday that his mother, Barbara Bush, didn't fear death because she believed in an afterlife and that she would be "wonderfully received in the arms of a loving God."Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92 at her home in Houston, was "warm and wonderful,...

Southwest rushes engine checks amid first-of-its-kind crisis

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 09:08:00 PDT

Southwest Airlines is stepping up engine inspections as the discount carrier known for its quirky cheerfulness and strong safety record grapples with the aftermath of its first accident to kill a passenger.

Ultrasonic examinations of the fan blades on its CFM56 engines will be completed within...

Nanny who killed kids while parents were away is convicted of murder

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:05:00 PDT

A nanny who stabbed two children to death at their home while their mother was taking a sibling to a swimming lesson and their father was out of town was convicted of murder on Wednesday despite her claims she was too mentally ill to be held responsible.

Jurors found that Yoselyn Ortega killed...

Largest maker of bump stocks will stop accepting orders

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:07:00 PDT

The largest manufacturer of bump stocks, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like automatic firearms, announced Wednesday that it will stop taking orders and shut down its website next month.

The announcement comes about a month after President Donald Trump said his administration...

Excavator blamed for blackout that left 1.4 million without power in Puerto Rico

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:15:00 PDT

An island-wide blackout hit Puerto Rico on Wednesday after an excavator accidentally downed a transmission line, officials said, as the U.S. territory struggles to repair an increasingly unstable power grid nearly seven months after Hurricane Maria.Officials said it could take 24 to 36 hours to...

Former first lady Barbara Bush, known for humor and literacy work, dies at 92

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:53:00 PDT

Barbara Bush, the first lady whose plainspoken manner and utter lack of pretense made her more popular at times than her husband, President George H.W. Bush, died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. She was 92.

Mrs. Bush brought a grandmotherly style to buttoned-down Washington.

"What you see with...

U.N. team fired on at suspected Syria chemical attack site

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:07:00 PDT

Assailants opened fire at a U.N. security team visiting the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria, an official said Wednesday, forcing it to retreat to its base and further delaying a fact-finding mission by outside experts to examine the claims.Gunmen shot at the U.N. team in Douma...

Woman killed by ex-boyfriend during Facebook livestream, say Louisiana police

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 14:07:00 PDT

Louisiana police say a woman died after an ex-boyfriend shot her while she pleaded for him to stop during a livestream on Facebook.Funeral services are Saturday for 27-year-old Rannita Williams. The Shreveport Times reports multiple gunshots could be heard on the video and she called out, "Stop,...

3 men convicted in Kansas plot to bomb Somali refugees

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 12:19:00 PDT

A federal jury on Wednesday found three men guilty of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali refugees in Kansas.Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen were convicted of one count of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and one count of conspiracy against...

Black art spurs gold rush as collector stampede drives up prices

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:44:00 PDT

Amy Sherald once waited tables at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Today she's a trustee, with collectors and other museums clamoring for her work after unveiling her portrait of Michelle Obama at the National Portrait Gallery earlier this year.

Black artists, long overlooked and undervalued, now occupy...

What did Kim and Pompeo discuss during their meeting? Here are 3 core issues

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:14:00 PDT

In an effort to lay the groundwork for direct talks between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, CIA Director Mike Pompeo made a top-secret visit to North Korea over Easter weekend, The Washington Post revealed Tuesday. Acting as an envoy for Trump after he was nominated...

George and Barbara Bush: A 'storybook' 73-year marriage

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:57:00 PDT

They met at a Christmas dance. She was 16. He was 17.

Three years later they were married. The couple stayed together for 73 years, becoming the longest-married couple in presidential history.

"George Bush knows how I feel," Barbara Bush had said. "He is the hero... He is my hero."

Former first...

'Con job': Trump takes aim at Stormy Daniels for releasing sketch of man she says threatened her

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:37:00 PDT

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that a porn actress is pulling "a total con job" by promoting an artist's sketch of a man she says threatened her to keep silent about an alleged sexual encounter with Trump years ago.

The sketch depicts a white male in his 30s or 40s and carries a description...

Iceland: Bitcoin heist suspect has likely fled to Sweden

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:59:00 PDT

A man suspected of masterminding the theft of about 600 computers used to mine bitcoins and other virtual currencies has likely fled to Sweden after breaking out of a prison in Iceland, officials said Wednesday.

Swedish police spokesman Stefan Dangardt says no arrest has been made in Sweden but...

CIA Director Pompeo secretly met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over Easter weekend

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:57:00 PDT

CIA Director Mike Pompeo made a top-secret visit to North Korea over Easter weekend as an envoy for President Donald Trump to meet with that country's leader, Kim Jong Un, according to two people with direct knowledge of the trip.

The extraordinary meeting between one of Trump's most trusted emmisaries...

Woman killed on Southwest plane that made emergency landing in Philadelphia was nearly sucked out window

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 07:25:00 PDT

A Southwest Airlines jet blew an engine at 32,000 feet and got hit by shrapnel that smashed a window, setting off a desperate scramble by passengers to save a woman from getting sucked out. She later died, and seven others were injured.

Passengers dragged the woman back in as the sudden decompression...

IRS gives all taxpayers an extra day to file after website issues

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:40:00 PDT

Americans are getting an extra day to file their taxes after key elements of the IRS website crashed on deadline day.

The IRS said that individuals or businesses with a filing or payment due Tuesday now have until midnight Wednesday to complete the task.

Earlier Tuesday, Americans who had waited...

'It smells like death:' Alabama endures New York City 'poop train'

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 21:38:00 PDT

A stinking trainload of human waste from New York City is stranded in a tiny Alabama town, spreading a stench like a giant backed-up toilet — and the "poop train" is just the latest example of the South being used as a dumping ground for other states' waste.

In Parrish, Ala., population 982, the...

Sean Hannity's rising role in Trump's world: 'He basically has a desk in the place'

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:05:00 PDT

The phone calls between President Donald Trump and Sean Hannity come early in the morning or late at night, after the Fox News host goes off the air. They discuss ideas for Hannity's show, Trump's frustration with the ongoing special counsel probe and even, at times, what the president should tweet,...

Missouri GOP legislative leaders call on Gov. Eric Greitens to resign, but he says he won't quit

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:49:00 PDT

Missouri's top Republican legislative leaders abandoned fellow GOP Gov. Eric Greitens on Tuesday, calling on him to resign instead of continuing to fight allegations that he illegally took advantage of both a charity he founded and a woman with whom he had an affair.

Greitens quickly replied that...

Cohen raid puts Trump off talking to Mueller

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:13:00 PDT

The FBI seizure of records from President Donald Trump's personal attorney last week deeply rattled the president - souring him on his long-stated preference to sit down for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller III and prompting him to renew efforts to hire more legal firepower, people...

Police release 911 call as Starbucks says it will close more than 8,000 stores for racial-bias training

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:47:00 PDT

Starbucks, moving swiftly to confront a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores in Philadelphia, plans to close more than 8,000 U.S. stores for several hours next month to conduct racial-bias training for nearly 175,000 workers.The announcement Tuesday comes...

GOP leader McConnell: 'We'll not be having' vote on bill to protect Mueller

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:11:00 PDT

The Senate's top Republican appeared Tuesday to quash new momentum behind a bill giving special counsels such as Robert Mueller III legal recourse if they are fired, telling Fox News that he would refuse to put it to a floor vote.

"I'm the one who decides what we take to the floor. That is my responsibility...

Haley says 'I don't get confused' after White House official suggests she misunderstood Russia sanctions

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 17:10:00 PDT

U.N. ambassador Nikki Haley refuted a White House official's suggestion Tuesday that she had bungled an announcement of new Russia sanctions out of "confusion."

"With all due respect, I don't get confused," Haley told Fox News host Dana Perino. Perino read the quote on the air Tuesday as she discussed...

'Sheer panic' grips cabin in first fatal U.S. flight since 2009

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:05:00 PDT

When the plane engine blew up and the oxygen masks rained down, only one thought dominated Marty Martinez's mind: sending a goodbye message to his parents.

"I had no reason to be hopeful," Martinez said. People were screaming. A window was smashed out by engine debris. Even the flight attendants...

Starbucks is turning to a type of workplace training that 'really took off after Ferguson'

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:00:00 PDT

Starbucks, battling an uproar over two black men who were arrested while waiting at one of the coffee chain's stores last week, said Tuesday it would close more than 8,000 of its company-owned stores in the United States for several hours on May 29 to provide "racial bias" training for nearly 175,000...

Fox News says Sean Hannity has 'full support' after learning he shares lawyer with Trump

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 14:05:00 PDT

Fox News Channel said Tuesday that it was as surprised as anyone to learn that Sean Hannity shared a lawyer with President Donald Trump but that its popular prime-time host "continues to have our full support."

Hannity is a hot topic for journalism ethics experts and comedians alike after his relationship...

Stormy Daniels releases sketch of man she says threatened her in 2011

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:15:00 PDT

Stormy Daniels injected fresh mystery into the sensational story of the president, the fixer and the porn star on Tuesday, releasing an artist's sketch of the man she says threatened her in a Las Vegas parking lot to stay quiet about her sexual tryst with Donald Trump.

After teasing the reveal...

Two Sandy Hook families file lawsuit against Alex Jones, Infowars

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:40:00 PDT

Families of two children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School have filed lawsuits in Texas against controversial radio talk show host Alex Jones for continually claiming the massacre never happened.

Neil Heslin, the father of Jesse Lewis, and Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, whose son...

Gorsuch joins liberal justices as Supreme Court strikes down part of immigration law

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:57:00 PDT

The Supreme Court said Tuesday that part of a federal law that makes it easier to deport immigrants who have been convicted of crimes is too vague to be enforced.

The court's 5-4 decision — in an unusual alignment in which new Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the four liberal justices — concerns a catchall...

Bills to curtail LGBT rights are failing in state legislatures

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:26:00 PDT

In a striking shift from recent years, major legislation curtailing LGBT rights has been completely stymied in state capitols around the country this year amid anxiety by Republican leaders over igniting economic backlash if they are depicted as discriminatory.In the thick of this year's legislative...

International chemical weapons inspectors reach Syrian town

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:15:00 PDT

International inspectors on Tuesday entered the Syrian town where an alleged chemical attack was carried out earlier this month, following delays by Syrian and Russian authorities.

The fact-finding mission from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is investigating reports that...

U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania, moderate GOP voice, to resign in May

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:16:00 PDT

U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pennsylvania) will leave office in May, he announced Tuesday morning, hastening his planned departure from Congress.

Dent, regularly sought out by national media outlets as one of Congress’ leading centrist voices and a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, had already...

Out of Thin Mints? A chickpea version goes on sale in June

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:37:00 PDT

They're not Thin Mints. They're not even cookies. But the forthcoming Thin Mints Chickpea Snacks apparently taste so much like the real thing the Girl Scouts of the USA have officially blessed the little chocolate-dipped nuggets from Biena Snacks.

The product officially debuts in June at Whole...

Massachusetts court says ban on stun guns violates Second Amendment

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:56:00 PDT

Massachusetts' highest court ruled Tuesday that the state's ban on civilian possession of stun guns violates the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The decision marked a reversal for the court, which reached an opposite conclusion in a different case in 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court, however,...

Starbucks CEO meets with 2 black men arrested at Philadelphia store

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:21:00 PDT

The chief executive of Starbucks has personally apologized to two black men who were arrested while waiting at one of the coffee chain's stores last week, an incident that triggered heated protests and calls for a boycott.

Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson apologized in a private meeting with the two...

Tesla pauses production of Model 3 again

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:56:00 PDT

Tesla Inc. is suspending production of the Model 3 sedan for at least the second time in roughly two months, just after Chief Executive Elon Musk admitted to mistakes that hindered his most important car.

The company informed employees that the pause will last four to five days, Buzzfeed reported...

Trump resumes war of words with California governor over border troops

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:47:00 PDT

When President Donald Trump last month made his first trip to California since taking office, he bashed Gov. Jerry Brown for doing "a terrible job" and groused about the state's high taxes and immigration policies.

Brown, a Democrat who presides over the nation's most populous state, one that has...

Federal judge weighs outside review of Trump-Cohen records; Hannity revealed as client of president's lawyer

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:47:00 PDT

A federal judge signaled Monday that she is unlikely to grant President Donald Trump's request to let him unilaterally determine what material seized last week from his personal lawyer is privileged, but she indicated that she may appoint an outside attorney to assess the records in an effort to...

California town declares itself exempt from state's sanctuary city policy

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:06:00 PDT

The conservative backlash against California's so-called sanctuary law has taken the form of lawsuits and public tongue-lashings.

But one tiny city in Orange County took the step of declaring itself legally exempt.

After a peaceful but noisy confrontation Monday by demonstrators on both sides of...

Marijuana-based seizure treatment gets positive review from FDA

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:25:00 PDT

A closely watched medicine made from the marijuana plant reduces seizures in children with severe forms of epilepsy and warrants approval in the United States, health officials said Tuesday.

British drugmaker GW Pharmaceuticals is seeking permission to sell its purified form of an ingredient found...

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor breaks shoulder in fall at home

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:42:00 PDT

The Supreme Court says Justice Sonia Sotomayor broke her left shoulder in a fall at her Washington home.

The court says the 63-year-old Sotomayor will wear a sling for several weeks and undergo physical therapy. She is not expected to miss any time on the bench. The justices are hearing arguments...

UK: Nerve agent that poisoned spy was in liquid form

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 05:41:00 PDT

The nerve agent used on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia was delivered in liquid form, British officials said Tuesday, as they revealed it will take months to clean up the toxic trail the poison left around the city of Salisbury.

The U.K. Environment Department said nine...

Destruction, traumatized residents in Syrian town of Douma

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 04:53:00 PDT

Two days after Syrian troops declared Douma liberated from rebel fighters and 10 days since a suspected chemical attack, a tour of the town just east of Damascus on Monday revealed widespread destruction and traumatized residents who recalled months spent cowering in crowded underground shelters...

Syrian state media report new missile attack in Homs region

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 23:01:00 PDT

Syrian state-run media reported that the country's air defenses confronted a new "aggression," shooting down missiles over the central region of Homs early on Tuesday.

The reports did not say who carried out the pre-dawn strikes. The government-run Syrian Central Media said the missiles targeted...

A Minnesota grandmother befriended a woman who looks like her, stole her ID and killed her, police say

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 04:56:00 PDT

With her platinum blonde hair and a cherubic smile, Lois Riess looks in photos like what she is - a 56-year-old grandmother from small-town America.

And that, authorities say, makes her even more dangerous.

For the past three weeks, police say, Riess has led them on a nationwide pursuit - from...

Trump still intends to get U.S. troops out of Syria as soon as possible, White House says

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 18:10:00 PDT

The White House said Monday that President Donald Trump still intends an early exit for U.S. troops in Syria, as French President Emmanuel Macron attempted to walk back his suggestion that he had convinced Trump to keep them there for the "long term."

Macron's remarks on Sunday had hinted at a...

Federal judge halts Trump's ban on transgender troops until trial

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:00:00 PDT

A U.S. judge in Seattle has ordered President Donald Trump not to ban transgender troops from serving in the military, saying it's unclear whether recent changes to his administration's policy are constitutional.

U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman was one of four judges nationwide who blocked Trump...

What's in those seized records? Trump's biggest new worry

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:37:00 PDT

President Donald Trump and his allies have hit a new level of anxiety after the raid on his personal attorney's office, fearful of deeper exposure for Trump, his inner circle and his adult children — and more than concerned that they don't know exactly what is in those records and electronic devices...

Body of last missing family member found in California river

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 21:47:00 PDT

Searchers on Monday found the body of a 12-year-old boy in a Northern California river — the last of four family members who perished when their sport utility vehicle plunged into the rain-swollen torrent.

The body of Siddhant Thottapilly was found at about 4 p.m. submerged in the Eel River about...

Video shows police punching a Harvard student after he was found naked in the street

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:53:00 PDT

Police in Cambridge, Mass., are being criticized for the arrest of a black Harvard student in which the 21-year-old was pinned down and struck in the stomach repeatedly by an officer.

The student, who police identified as Selorm Ohene, was arrested around 10 p.m. Friday and charged with disorderly...

McCain has surgery after intestinal infection; aides say he's in stable condition

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:35:00 PDT

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who has been home in Arizona battling brain cancer, underwent surgery because of an intestinal infection, his office announced Monday evening.

McCain, 81, is in "stable condition," the statement said, after the surgery at Phoenix, Arizona's Mayo Clinic. The infection...

Stories that sparked #MeToo movement win Pulitzer Prize for public service

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:19:00 PDT

The New York Times and The New Yorker won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday for breaking the Harvey Weinstein scandal with reporting that galvanized the #MeToo movement and set off a worldwide reckoning over sexual misconduct in the workplace.

The Times and The Washington Post took the ...

Former first lady Barbara Bush in failing health, granddaughter says she's 'a fighter'

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:22:00 PDT

Former first lady Barbara Bush, who was reported in "failing health" over the weekend, is in "great spirits" and the family is grateful for "everybody's prayers and thoughts," her granddaughter said Monday.

Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a news release Sunday that "Mrs. Bush, now age...

Scott Pruitt broke law with $43,000 phone booth, investigators find

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:15:00 PDT

The embattled chief of the Environmental Protection Agency broke federal law when he spent more than $43,000 of agency funds to install a soundproof telephone booth in his office, federal investigators have found.

The Government Accountability Office concluded that Scott Pruitt violated the Antideficiency...

Trump put the brakes on new Russian sanctions, reversing Haley's announcement

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:30:00 PDT

President Donald Trump on Monday put the brakes on a preliminary plan to impose additional economic sanctions on Russia, walking back a Sunday announcement by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley that the Kremlin had swiftly denounced as "international economic raiding."


'Night Court' actor Harry Anderson, 65, found dead in home

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 18:07:00 PDT

Harry Anderson, the actor best known for playing an off-the-wall judge working the night shift of a Manhattan court room in the television comedy series "Night Court," was found dead in his North Carolina home Monday.

Anderson was 65.

A statement from the Asheville Police Department said officers...

Russia accused of tampering with the site of alleged Syrian chemical attack

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:52:00 PDT

Chemical weapons inspectors in Syria said Monday that they are being denied access to the site of an alleged chemical attack that was used to justify U.S.-led airstrikes over the weekend, amid growing suspicions that evidence of the incident may have been tampered with.

Pro-government media broadcast...

The spotlight's on Facebook, but Google is also in the privacy hot seat

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:29:00 PDT

No one at Google envied Mark Zuckerberg last week as he was being grilled by Congress. But for years, they certainly coveted the personal data that made Facebook a formidable digital ad player. And the strategies they set to compete have now placed Google squarely in the cross hairs of a privacy...

California rejects Trump administration's proposed duties for border troops

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:02:00 PDT

The Trump administration said Monday that California Gov. Jerry Brown rejected terms of the National Guard's initial deployment to the Mexican border, but a state official said nothing was decided.

"The governor determined that what we asked for is unsupportable, but we will have other iterations,"...

Starbucks to train workers on 'unconscious bias,' CEO says

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 15:20:00 PDT

Starbucks wants to add training for store managers on "unconscious bias," CEO Kevin Johnson said Monday, as activists held more protests at a Philadelphia store where two black men were arrested after employees said they were trespassing.

Johnson, who has called the arrests "reprehensible," arrived...

The morning after Comey's interview airs, Trump takes fresh aim at the fired FBI director

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:41:00 PDT

President Donald Trump took fresh aim at fired FBI director James B. Comey on Monday, lambasting his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server and asserting again that Comey and another FBI official had committed crimes.

Trump's comments on Twitter were his first since Comey's...

Bodies 'stacked on top of each other' in deadly prison riot in South Carolina, inmate says; 7 killed

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:46:00 PDT

Inmates armed with homemade knives fought each other for about seven hours over territory and money, leaving seven of them dead in the worst U.S. prison riot in a quarter-century, officials said Monday. An inmate who witnessed the violence told The Associated Press that bodies were "literally stacked...

Crews find 2 bodies and vehicle that went into California river

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 10:01:00 PDT

Crews searching for a family whose vehicle plunged into a rain-swollen Northern California river more than a week ago have found the sport utility vehicle and the body of a man and a girl inside it, authorities said Monday.

Searchers located the car Sunday in the Eel River and recovered the bodies...

NASA's newest planet hunter to launch tonight

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:56:00 PDT

At the moment when NASA's newest planet hunter launches, scheduled for Monday evening, astronomers will know of nearly 4,000 alien worlds outside our solar system.

When the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite completes its mission two years from now, scientists expect, TESS will have increased...

Minnesotans stranded in Mexico after airline cancels last flights of the season due to snow

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:20:00 PDT

Heather Garnett of Minneapolis and her family were among hundreds of Minnesota travelers whose flights home from Los Cabos, Mexico, were canceled Saturday because of the snow.

But they were doubly stranded when they learned that Sun Country Airlines had ended its season Saturday and had no more...

She was tossed from a hospital on a cold night wearing only a gown. The viral video followed years of struggles.

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:07:00 PDT

Cheryl Chandler doesn't remember her response to a viral video of her daughter being thrown out of a hospital on a cold night in Baltimore. A friend told her she screamed.

"I realized it was Rebecca," Chandler said. "I couldn't make my hands work to call someone."

For viewers, the January video...

Gunfire at Vegas company picnic kills one, suspect at large

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:17:00 PDT

Las Vegas police are searching for a man accused of opening fire on a Strip resort's company picnic, killing a woman and critically injuring a man in what investigators are calling workplace violence.

Police say 42-year-old Anthony Wrobel walked up to a table at The Venetian picnic and fired, striking...

UK's May tells lawmakers Syria strikes were legal and moral

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 14:54:00 PDT

British Prime Minister Theresa May told restive lawmakers Monday that military airstrikes on Syria were right both legally and morally, and she accused Syria and its ally Russia of attempting to cover up evidence of a deadly chemical weapons attack.

May faced down her domestic critics as France's...

Syrians rally in Damascus in support of Assad's military

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 04:31:00 PDT

Hundreds of Syrians gathered on Monday in a landmark square in Syria's capital, Damascus, rallying in support of their armed forces, which they say succeeded in confronting the unprecedented joint airstrikes by the West over the weekend.

State TV broadcast the rally live from the central Omayyad...

Comey says Trump 'morally unfit to be president,' possibly susceptible to Russian blackmail

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 21:33:00 PDT

Former FBI Director James Comey said in his first televised interview since being fired that he believed Donald Trump was "morally unfit to be president" and that it was "possible" that the Russians had material that could be used to blackmail him.

In a wide-ranging conversation with George Stephanopoulos...

U.S. to hit Russia with new sanctions for aiding Syria's Assad

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 21:58:00 PDT

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley has indicated new economic sanctions will be announced Monday against Russia for enabling the government of Syrian leader Bashar Assad to continue using chemical weapons.

The ambassador to the U.N. said Russia has blocked six attempts by the U.N. Security Council to...