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Trump Impeachment 14 mins ago

Watch Impeachment Debate: Judiciary Panel Moves Closer to Historic Vote

The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday is moving closer toward a vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, kicking off a second session hours after a prime-time hearing to consider the historic charges at the Capitol.

  • New Zealand 2 hours ago

    New Zealand Planning Retrieval of Bodies on Volcanic Island

    New Zealand military specialists will land on a small volcanic island just after first light Friday to attempt to retrieve the bodies of eight victims of an eruption that claimed eight other lives and severely burned survivors. Authorities say the recovery attempt will go ahead even though scientists believe another eruption is possible on White Island. Weather concerns appeared to

  • British Elections 5 hours ago

    UK Voters Decide Who They Want to Resolve Brexit Impasse

    British voters are deciding who they want to resolve the stalemate over Brexit in an election seen as one of the most important since the end of World War II. Thursday’s parliamentary election pits Prime Minister Boris Johnson against opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn. Johnson says he will take Britain out of the European Union by Jan. 31. Corbyn promises another

  • Donald Trump 6 hours ago

    Appeals Court to Rehear Arguments in Trump Hotel Lawsuit

    A federal appeals court is set to rehear a lawsuit that accuses President Donald Trump of illegally profiting off the presidency through his luxury Washington hotel. Earlier this year, a three-judge panel threw out a lawsuit alleging Trump of violating the Constitution by accepting profits through officials who stay at the Trump International Hotel. On Thursday, the state of Maryland

  • Jersey City Shootout 10 hours ago

    Jersey City Shooters Identified, Were Prime Suspects in Other Homicide

    The two people who stormed a kosher grocery store in Jersey City with rifles, killing three people inside and also murdering a veteran detective, have been identified as David Anderson and Francine Graham, four law enforcement sources familiar with the case tell News 4. A senior law enforcement official says the attack is now being investigated as a possible hate…

  • Harvey Weinstein 12 hours ago

    Weinstein Reaches Tentative $25M Deal With Accusers

    A tentative $25 million settlement revealed Wednesday to end nearly every sexual misconduct lawsuit brought against Harvey Weinstein and his former film studio’s board was praised by a plaintiff and some lawyers but criticized by others who say those who opt out are punished.

  • dog rescue 40 mins ago

    WATCH: Man Rescues Dog After Leash Gets Caught in Elevator

    A 27-year-old Texas man saved his neighbor’s small dog when the Pomeranian’s leash got caught in an elevator door, NBC News reported. Security camera video footage shows Johnny Mathis getting off the elevator at his Houston apartment building and a woman walking in with her dog in tow. The elevator door closes before the dog is able to get

  • Juvenile Detention Centers 10 hours ago

    Fewer Kids Report Sex Abuse in US Juvenile Detention Centers

    A new federal report has found the number of kids who say they have been sexually victimized in juvenile detention centers has dropped across the U.S. compared with past years. But remarkably high rates of sexual abuse persist in 12 facilities stretching from Oregon to Florida, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics report released Wednesday. The report analyzed data

  • North Korea 11 hours ago

    US: North Korea Missile Tests Are ‘Deeply Counterproductive’

    The United States warned North Korea Wednesday that its “deeply counterproductive” ballistic missile tests risk closing the door on prospects for negotiating peace but said it is “prepared to be flexible” and take concrete, parallel steps with Pyongyang toward an agreement.

    U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft delivered the message at a Security Council meeting less than three weeks before North Korean leader

  • Chilean Air Force 12 hours ago

    Chilean Air Force Locates Possible Debris From Missing Plane

    Debris believed to be from a military transport plane carrying 38 people that vanished two days ago en route to the Antarctic has been discovered in the frigid, treacherous waters between the icy continent and South America, Chile’s Air Force said Wednesday. Air Force Gen. Eduardo Mosqueira said “sponge” material, possibly from the plane’s fuel tank, was found floating

  • Major League Baseball 13 hours ago

    All MLB Teams to Expand Protective Netting for 2020 Season: Commissioner

    All 30 Major League Baseball teams will expand the protective netting in stadiums starting with the 2020 season, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred told CNBC in an interview Wednesday. The protective netting will extend “substantially beyond the end of the dugout,” Manfred told CNBC at the league’s winter meetings in San Diego. The change comes after a 2-year-old girl who was…

  • Donald Trump 11 hours ago

    Trump Signs Order Targeting College Anti-Semitism

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday targeting what his administration describes as a growing problem with anti-Semitic harassment on college campuses. Trump has sought to closely align himself with Israel, a move that appeals to many evangelical voters, too. He said Wednesday that the order sends a message to universities: “If you want to accept the tremendous amount…

  • New England Journal of Medicine 12 hours ago

    More Americans Are Dying at Home Rather Than in Hospitals

    For the first time since the early 1900s, more Americans are dying at home rather than in hospitals, a trend that reflects more hospice care and progress toward the kind of end that most people say they want. Deaths in nursing homes also have declined, according to Wednesday’s report in the New England Journal of Medicine. “It’s a good thing. Death

  • NBC 5 Investigates 4 hours ago

    If You Call Chicago 911 and Don’t Know Your Street Address, Will the Dispatcher Send Help?

    NBC 5 Investigates uncovered an excruciating series of 911 calls from a man suffering a stroke in a Chicago hotel. Dispatchers insisted they could not send help until he provided the street address. Now the city concedes “more should have been done” — but won’t talk about the case on camera — and still hasn’t responded to the man.

  • impeachment 3 hours ago

    Judiciary Panel Takes First Steps Toward Impeachment Vote

    The House Judiciary Committee has taken the first steps toward voting on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, beginning a marathon two-day session to consider the historic charges with a lively prime-time hearing at the Capitol.

    Democrats and Republicans used the otherwise procedural meeting Wednesday evening to deliver sharp, poignant and, at times, personal arguments for and against impeachment. Both

  • Donald Trump 16 hours ago

    Imprisoned Ex-Trump Lawyer Michael Cohen Asks for Reduced Sentence, Blasts ‘Barr-Led’ Justice Department

    President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen on Wednesday asked a judge to consider either reducing his three-year prison term or release him on a new sentence of home confinement and community service.

  • Israel 14 hours ago

    Israel to Hold 3rd Straight Election, Prolonging Stalemate

    Israel’s deadlocked parliament on Wednesday failed to meet a midnight deadline to form a coalition government, triggering an unprecedented third election in a 12-month period while giving scandal-plagued Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a welcome break as he fights to save his political career.

    The move prolongs a year-long political stalemate that has paralyzed the government and undermined public trust in the

  • Time Magazine 16 hours ago

    Thunberg ‘a Bit Surprised’ to Be Time Person of the Year

    Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg said she was surprised and honored Wednesday to be named Time’s youngest Person of the Year, while adding that others in the global movement she helped inspire deserve to share the accolade. As she left a U.N. climate conference in Madrid, Thunberg told The Associated Press that she was “a bit surprised” at the recognition.

  • Afghanistan 17 hours ago

    US Considers Leaving Smaller Number of Troops in Afghanistan

    The Pentagon is considering several options to reduce the number of troops in Afghanistan, including one that would shift to a narrower counterterrorism mission, the top U.S. military officer told Congress on Wednesday. Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did not disclose any potential troop totals, but he agreed that leaving a minimal U.S. footprint in

  • United Kingdom 17 hours ago

    Leaders Scramble for Final Votes as UK’s Ugly Election Ends

    Britain’s election has been like the country’s late-autumn weather: chilly and dull, with blustery outbursts. On the last day of the campaign, political leaders dashed around the U.K. on Wednesday trying to win over millions of undecided voters who will likely determine the outcome. Opinion polls suggest Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have a lead over the main opposition Labour Party

  • Rudy Giuliani 17 hours ago

    Investigation Into Alleged FBI Leaks to Giuliani During 2016 Campaign Is Ongoing, DOJ Watchdog Says

    The Department of Justice inspector general’s office is still investigating alleged leaks from the FBI’s New York field office regarding the Hillary Clinton email investigation to Rudy Giuliani in the final days of the 2016 campaign, the IG testified Wednesday.

  • personal finance 18 hours ago

    Fed Keeps Rates Unchanged. Here’s Exactly What That Means to You

    The Federal Reserve’s decision Wednesday to keep interest rates steady put the cap on a tumultuous year for consumers. After raising the federal funds rate nine times in three years, with the last hike just one year ago as financial markets were melting down, concerns about a slowing economy and a looming U.S.-China trade war then caused the U.S. central

  • Facebook 19 hours ago

    Facebook Rebuffs US AG Over Encrypted Messages

    Facebook is rebuffing efforts by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to give authorities a way to read encrypted messages. The heads of Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Messenger services told Barr and his U.K. and Australian counterparts that Facebook is moving forward with plans to enable end-to-end encryption on all of its messaging services. End-to-end encryption locks up messages so that not

  • Coast Guard 19 hours ago

    Congressional Report Finds Coast Guard Failed at Investigating Harassment

    A congressional investigation released Wednesday has found that the U.S. Coast Guard’s leadership has failed to conduct prompt, thorough and impartial investigations of harassment and bullying allegations. It concludes that the service needs to make “significant improvements” in its policies and procedures to address harassment and bullying. Congress launched the 18-month investigation after questions were raised about how complaints were

  • YouTube 20 hours ago

    YouTube Cracks Down on Racist, Sexist and Similar Insults

    YouTube is taking another step to curb hateful and violent speech on its site. The video streaming company said it will now take down videos that lob insults at people based on race, gender expression or sexual orientation. The Google-owned company will also prohibit veiled threats at violence. YouTube has been accused of allowing and fostering hate speech and extremism

  • Boeing 737 Max 17 hours ago

    FAA Predicted More Fatal Boeing 737 Crashes Before Second Crash, Docs Show

    The Federal Aviation Administration predicted more fatal crashes of the Boeing 737 Max after a Lion Air flight went down in October 2018, an internal document released Wednesday showed, but the agency allowed the planes to keep flying until a second Max crashed earlier this year. The FAA and other air safety regulators around the world didn’t ground the planes until

  • Alex Bozarjian 8 hours ago

    Female TV Reporter Seeks Criminal Charges Against Man Who Slapped Her Backside on Camera

    A TV news reporter who was covering a road race in Georgia when she was slapped on the backside by a runner is seeking criminal charges against the man she said “violated” her.Get more at NBC News

  • Student Debt 20 hours ago

    University of Phoenix Agrees to Cancel $141 Million in Student Debt

    The University of Phoenix for-profit college and its parent company will pay $50 million and cancel $141 million in student debt to settle allegations of deceptive advertisement brought by the Federal Trade Commission. The deal announced Tuesday settles a dispute over an ad campaign unrolled in 2012 touting partnerships with companies including Microsoft, Twitter and Adobe and suggesting the school

  • Aung San Suu Kyi 19 hours ago

    Nobel Laureate Suu Kyi Defends Myanmar Army in Genocide Case

    Nobel Peace Prize winner and former political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi has denied that Myanmar’s armed forces committed genocide against her country’s Rohingya people. The former pro-democracy icon who leads Myanmar appeared before the United Nation’s top court on Wednesday to defend the army that kept her under house arrest for 15 years. Suu Kyi received the 1991 Nobel

  • Chloe Wiegand 16 hours ago

    Family of Chloe Wiegand, Who Died Falling From Cruise Ship, Sues Royal Caribbean

    The Wiegands are seeking an unspecified amount of damages for their daughter’s death. In the suit filed in federal court in Miami, they say the cruise line failed to “provide reasonably safe children entertainment areas,” failed to “adequately mark the open windows,” and failed to “install safety prevention devices on windows,” among other grievancesGet more at NBC News

  • New Zealand 15 hours ago

    New Zealand Volcano Vents Steam, Death Toll Now at 16

    The death toll from the eruption of a New Zealand island volcano is now believed to be 16 after authorities announced two people who had been hospitalized died. Thursday’s announcement of the new deaths came as the volcano vented more steam and mud. That prompted authorities to delay plans to recover bodies still on the volcanic White Island.

  • breakfast cereals 22 hours ago

    Hershey’s Kisses Have Officially Entered the Cereal Aisle

    The cereal aisle has long been a curious place, an odd balance between healthy options and those that seem downright like dessert in a bowl with milk. While we’re rather used to pastries and cookies being reimagined as breakfast cereal, it’s not so often that candy goes that route — but Hershey’s Kisses have just been reinvented in a sweet new way….Get

  • Corpus Christi 23 hours ago

    Suspect Arrested After Lockdown at Naval Station in Corpus Christi

    A naval air station in Texas was locked down Wednesday after an armed person who was later taken into custody was reported on base, officials said. Naval Air Station-Corpus Christi was locked down Wednesday morning and those on base were told to shelter in place, but that order was lifted later in the morning. Spokeswoman Francoise “Fifi” Kieschnick told the…

  • Trump Impeachment 24 hours ago

    Analysis: Trump Faces Narrow But Consequential Charges

    The articles of impeachment offered up Tuesday against President Donald Trump are narrow, but consequential. They are also likely to be approved by Democrats alone. The impending vote will thrust Trump into a club no president wants to join: only the third American leader to be impeached by the House of Representatives. He’s confronting his allegations without a hint of contrition,

  • russia probe 12 hours ago

    DOJ Watchdog Caught in Political Crossfire Over Russia Report

    The Justice Department’s internal watchdog told Congress on Wednesday that he is concerned that “so many basic and fundamental errors” were made by the FBI as it investigated ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Michael Horowitz’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee comes two days after the release of a report that identified significant problems with applications to receive

  • Time Magazine 17 hours ago

    Teen Activist Greta Thunberg Is Time’s 2019 Person of the Year

    Teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg has been named the 2019 TIME Person of the Year, becoming the youngest figure to receive the distinction in its 92-year history.

    The 16-year-old from Sweden has become a prominent face in the fight to save the environment from the effects of climate change.

  • Decision 2020 Dec 11

    Democrats’ Divide: Free College for All or for Some?

    Pete Buttigieg’s latest ad on college affordability was a relatively quiet one: The presidential candidate is seen explaining his plan for free public college tuition for some to a small group of nodding middle-aged voters, his measured tone hardly shifting as he takes an indirect swipe at his Democratic rivals.  But the message was received and returned — in

  • Jersey City Shootout 8 hours ago

    Jersey City Kosher Market Was ‘Clearly’ Targeted, Motive Still Unclear: Officials

    Two rifle-wielding individuals parked a van — with a crude pipe bomb inside — outside a kosher grocery store in Jersey City Tuesday, calmly got out of their vehicle and immediately opened fire on people inside the store, authorities said the next morning, reiterating their claim the market was “clearly” targeted. Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Public Safety Director…

  • Yankees Dec 11

    Yankees Land Gerrit Cole on Record $324M, 9-Year Deal: Source

    Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees have agreed to a record $324 million, nine-year deal, a person familiar with the contract told The Associated Press on Tuesday night.

  • Pete Buttigieg Dec 11

    Buttigieg Discloses Ex-Clients as Fundraising Swing Begins

    Facing intense pressure to answer questions about his work in the private sector, Democratic presidential contender Pete Buttigieg on Tuesday disclosed a roster of former consulting clients that include a major health insurance provider, a nationwide electronics retailer, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Defense. He also opened a big-dollar fundraiser for the first time to

  • Philip McKeon 21 hours ago

    Philip McKeon, ‘Tommy’ on ’80s Sitcom ‘Alice,’ Dies at 55

    Philip McKeon, who as a child actor was featured as the son of Linda Lavin’s Alice Hyatt in the 1980s CBS situation comedy “Alice,” has died in Texas at age 55, a family spokesman said. Spokesman Jeff Ballard said McKeon died Tuesday after a long illness. He said further details on where and how McKeon died were being withheld at…

  • Cuba Gooding Jr. Dec 11

    Cuba Gooding Jr. Accused by 7 More Women of Sexual Misconduct

    Seven more women have accused actor Cuba Gooding Jr. of forcible touching or sexual misconduct, according to a motion filed by prosecutors Monday in New York City. Gooding, 51, faces three misdemeanor counts of forcible touching and three misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse involving incidents with three women, who allege the actor groped them without their consent. He has pleaded not guilty.

  • Donald Trump Dec 11

    Trump to Sign Order Targeting Anti-Semitism at Colleges

    President Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Wednesday targeting antisemitism on college campuses, the White House said. The order, which is likely to draw criticism from free speech advocates, will broaden the federal government’s definition of antisemitism and instruct it to be used in enforcing laws against discrimination on college campuses, according to three U.S. officials. The

  • nbc 7 investigates 19 hours ago

    TSA Agents Find More Guns Than Ever at Airports Nationwide

    Transportation Security Administration agents are finding more guns than ever before in carry-on bags at airport checkpoints nationwide, according to TSA data obtained by NBC 7 Investigates.

  • Virginia Dec 11

    Monumental Statue of Black Man Defies Confederate Monuments

    A massive bronze sculpture of a young black man in a hoodie astride a horse was permanently installed Tuesday in Virginia’s capital city, not far from one of the country’s most prominent displays of Confederate monuments. At least 1,000 people crowded the lawn of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as “Rumors of War” was unveiled in its new

  • Pentagon Dec 11

    Pentagon Orders Review of International Student Vetting

    The Pentagon is ordering a broad review of vetting procedures for international students who participate in training on military installations. The review is a direct reaction to last week’s deadly shooting at a Pensacola Navy base by a Saudi aviation student. The memo was signed by Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist and says screening must be strengthened and the review

  • russia probe Dec 10

    Prosecutors OK With Probation for Ex-Trump Aide Rick Gates

    The Justice Department is not opposing a sentence of probation for a former Trump campaign official who cooperated extensively in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Prosecutors say in a sentencing memorandum that Rick Gates provided “extraordinary assistance,” meeting with investigators more than 50 times. They say he testified in three criminal trials and admitted to his participation in crimes about

  • Chilean Air Force Dec 10

    Chile Combs Antarctic for Missing Plane With 38 Aboard

    Searchers using planes, ships and satellites were combing Antarctic seas on Tuesday, hunting for a Chilean Air Force transport plane carrying 38 people that vanished en route to a base on the frozen continent. Seven hours after contact was cut off, the Air Force declared the plane a loss, though there was no sign of what happened to it. The…

  • U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement Dec 10

    Democrats Agree to North America Trade Pact: What’s in It?

    After months of political wrangling, House Democrats agreed Tuesday to President Donald Trump’s revamped version of a 25-year-old North American free trade agreement. But they pried some concessions out of the Trump administration before saying they’d go along. Tuesday’s announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi probably clears the way for congressional approval of Trump’s U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, though pockets of

  • Trump Impeachment Dec 10

    Hints of Mueller: How the Russia Probe Informs Democrats’ Case on Impeachment

    House Democrats announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday that focus narrowly on allegations related to Ukraine, but the ghost of Robert Mueller appears to inform both.

  • Lisa Page Dec 10

    Trump Target Lisa Page Sues Justice Department, FBI Over ‘Unlawful’ Disclosure of Texts With Peter Strzok

    Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page — who has been a frequent target of President Donald Trump’s barbed tweets and comments — on Tuesday sued the Justice Department and the FBI over what she claims were illegal and “improper” disclosures to media outlets of her nearly 400 text messages with an FBI agent with whom she was having an affair. Page’s

  • Greta Thunberg Dec 10

    Greta Thunberg Changes Twitter Bio in Response to Brazil President’s ‘Brat’ Insult

    Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro has called young Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg a “brat” after she expressed concern about the slayings of indigenous Brazilians in the Amazon. Bolsonaro questioned the coverage news media have given to the 16-year-old, who earlier tweeted a link to a story about the murder of two indigenous people in Brazil’s Maranhao state. In his

  • Walmart Dec 10

    Walmart Canada Removes Sweater Featuring Santa as Fan of ‘Colombian Snow’

    The sweaters, advertised as “Men’s Let it Snow Ugly Christmas Sweater,” had been sold by a third-party seller on the website of the company’s Canada division, a spokesman said in a statement.Get more at NBC News

  • Russia Dec 11

    Trump Meets Russian Official as Impeachment Charges Unveiled

    President Donald Trump is meeting with the Russian foreign minister at the White House just hours after House Democrats announced articles of impeachment against him. Democrats claim Trump enlisted Ukraine to investigate his political rivals, including Joe Biden, while temporarily withholding aid from the country, which is fighting Russian aggression. Sergey Lavrov met earlier with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,

  • Exxon Mobil Dec 10

    Exxon Mobil Prevails in Lawsuit Over Climate Regulations

    Exxon Mobil has prevailed in a lawsuit accusing the energy giant of downplaying the toll that climate change regulations could take on its business.

  • russia probe Dec 10

    Trump Lashes Out at FBI Director Wray Over IG Report

    President Donald Trump lashed out Tuesday at FBI Director Chris Wray over his characterization of a Justice Department inspector general report on the early days of the Russia investigation, claiming in a tweet early Tuesday the bureau is “badly broken” and incapable of being fixed. The Department of Justice’s internal watchdog concluded in its report issued Monday that the

  • dictionary Dec 10

    Merriam-Webster Declares ‘They’ Its 2019 Word of the Year

    Merriam-Webster has named the pronoun “they” its 2019 word of the year. The word and its emergence as a nonbinary alternative to “he” and “she” experienced a 313 percent increase in look-ups on Merriam-Webster.com. Editor at large Peter Sokolowski says he was surprised by the data but the word has been the subject of a lot of talk this year.

  • Nancy Pelosi Dec 10

    Democrats, White House Forge New North American Trade Deal

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is expected to announce her endorsement of a modified North American trade pact Tuesday morning. That concludes a long set of negotiations and gives President Donald Trump a major Capitol Hill win on the same day Democrats are set to announce impeachment their charges against him.

  • Boris Johnson Dec 10

    UK’s Boris Johnson Criticized for Putting Reporter’s Phone in Pocket After Being Asked to Look at Photo of Sick Child

    Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is trying to get his campaign back to the issue of Brexit after being accused of a lack of empathy for looking away from an image of child sleeping on a hospital room floor while awaiting treatment. The story of 4-year-old Jack has overshadowed campaigning for Thursday’s general election as Johnson and his Conservatives pushed

  • Sweden Dec 10

    In Sweden’s Arctic, Ice Atop Snow Leaves Reindeer Starving

    Global warming is threatening reindeer herding in Sweden’s arctic region as unusual weather patterns jeopardize the migrating animals’ grazing grounds. Rainfall during the winter has led to thick layers of ice that block access to food. Already pressured by the mining and forestry industry, and other development that encroaches on grazing land, Sami herding communities fear climate change could mean

  • White Island volcano Dec 10

    6 Dead from New Zealand Volcano as Helpers Describe Horror

    Survivors of a powerful volcanic eruption in New Zealand ran into the sea to escape the scalding steam and ash and emerged covered in burns, say those who first helped them. The accounts Tuesday came as some relatives were forced to continue waiting for news of their loved ones, with authorities deciding it remained too dangerous for crews to land…

  • Czech hospital shooting Dec 10

    6 Dead After Shooting in Czech Hospital; Suspect Shoots Self

    Police and officials say six people have been killed and three wounded in a shooting in a hospital in the eastern Czech Republic. The apparent suspect later shot himself dead as police approached his car. The shooting happened Tuesday morning in the University hospital in the city of Ostrava. People have been evacuated from the hospital and security has been

  • Dec 10

    California Fines CVS $3.6 Million For Failing to Recycle

    California is fining the nation’s largest pharmacy health care provider a record $3.6 million for failing to redeem deposits on bottles and cans at some of its locations, regulators said Monday. The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, better known as CalRecycle, said its investigation found that 81 of CVS Pharmacy’s 848 retail stores in California refused to redeem…

  • impeachment Dec 11

    Democrats’ Impeachment Charges Say Trump ‘Betrayed’ US

    House Democrats are poised to unveil two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. That’s according to two sources familiar with the discussions but unauthorized to discuss the proceedings and granted anonymity. One of the people says Democrats are expected to put forward one charge against the Republican president of abuse of power and another of obstruction of Congress. Democratic

  • Rossi Lorathio Adams II Dec 10

    Social Media Influencer Gets 14 Years in Prison for Plot to ‘Hijack’ Website at Gunpoint

    A 27-year-old social media influencer was sentenced to federal prison Monday for an armed plot to threaten a man in an effort to obtain a website domain name. Rossi Lorathio Adams II was found guilty for one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by force, threats, and violence, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District

  • Afghanistan Dec 10

    US Misled Public on Progress in Afghanistan War: Report

    The Washington Post reports that three White House administrations have misled the public about failures in the Afghanistan war, often suggesting success where it didn’t exist. Thousands of pages of documents obtained by The Post reveal deep frustrations about America’s conduct of the Afghanistan war, including the ever-changing U.S. strategy. The documents quote officials close to the 18-year war effort

  • IBM Dec 10

    Inventor of Ubiquitous Universal Product Code, George Laurer, Dies at 94

    The inventor of the Universal Product Code has died. The ubiquitous black bars and 12-digit numbers transformed retail and other industries around the world. A funeral for George Laurer was held Monday in North Carolina, A funeral home confirmed Lauer’s death last week at age 94. Laurer was an electrical engineer with IBM in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park in

  • Merger Dec 9

    State AGs Look to Head Off T-Mobile-Sprint Deal in Court

    T-Mobile is about to face 14 state attorneys general in court in defense of its attempt to buy Sprint for $26.5 billion.

  • Donald Trump Dec 9

    Trump, Dems in Tentative Deal on North American Trade Pact

    House Democrats have reached a tentative agreement with labor leaders and the White House over a rewrite of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal that has been a top priority for President Donald Trump. That’s according to a Democratic aide not authorized to discuss the talks and granted anonymity. Details still need to be finalized and the U.S. Trade Representative will need

  • Ukraine Dec 9

    Russia, Ukraine to Revive Peace Process, Exchange Prisoners

    The presidents of Ukraine and Russia have agreed to revive the peace process on the bloody separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine also agreed to an exchange all prisoners. But the two failed to resolve crucial issues such as a timeline on local elections and control of the borders

  • Miami Art Basel Dec 9

    Man Who Ate $120K Art Banana Said He Would’ve Done it Sooner, But Wasn’t Hungry Yet

    A performance artist on Monday defended his banana-eating work over the weekend at Art Basel in Miami Beach, boasting he would have done it even earlier but “I was not too hungry,” NBC News reported.

    David Datuna stunned the art world on Saturday when he chowed down on a banana that was taped to a wall, a work titled “Comedian” by

  • Pete Frates Dec 10

    Pete Frates, Whose Battle With ALS Inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge, Dies

    Pete Frates, the inspiration for the Ice Bucket Challenge to benefit ALS, has died, according to his family. The Beverly native and former Boston College baseball star was diagnosed with the progressive disease, known both as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Lou Gherig’s disease, in 2012, when he was 27. He helped start the Ice Bucket Challenge two years later, and

  • Donald Trump Dec 10

    Russia Probe Was Valid, Not Motivated by Political Bias: Watchdog Report

    The FBI was justified in opening its investigation into ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia and did not act with political bias despite “serious performance failures” up the bureau’s chain of command, the Justice Department’s internal watchdog said in a highly anticipated report Monday. The findings undercut President Donald Trump’s claim that he was the target of a

  • Department of Justice Dec 9

    Read Justice Department Inspector General’s Report on Russia Probe

    The Justice Department’s internal watchdog report on the origins of the Russia investigation was released on Monday. Here is the report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

  • Amazon Dec 9

    Amazon Says Trump’s ‘Improper Pressure’ Doomed Pentagon Bid

    Amazon says President Donald Trump’s “improper pressure” and behind-the-scenes attacks harmed its chances of winning a $10 billion Pentagon contract. The Pentagon awarded the cloud computing contract to Microsoft in October. Amazon argues in a lawsuit unsealed Monday that the decision should be revisited because of “substantial and pervasive errors” and Trump’s interference. Amazon and its founder Jeff Bezos have

  • Michelle Obama Dec 9

    Michelle Obama Speaks Out on Impeachment Proceedings: ‘It’s Surreal’

    Michelle Obama views the impeachment proceedings involving President Donald Trump as “surreal,” but believes the nation can make it through the current political turmoil.

    The former first lady gave her thoughts on the impeachment inquiry in an exclusive interview with Jenna Bush Hager on Today Monday during a trip to Vietnam to raise awareness about the importance of educating young girls.

  • Supreme Court Dec 9

    Supreme Court Leaves Kentucky’s Ultrasound Law in Place

    The Supreme Court has left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions. The justices did not comment Monday in refusing to review an appeals court ruling that upheld the law. The American Civil Liberties Union challenged the law on behalf of Kentucky’s lone abortion clinic. The ACLU argued that

  • Kim Jong Un Dec 9

    North Korea Calls Trump ‘Erratic’ Old Man Over Tweets

    North Korea in recent weeks has said it is unwilling to continue rewarding Trump with meetings and summits he could chalk up as foreign policy wins unless it gets something substantial in return. The North’s stance has raised doubts about whether Kim will ever voluntarily give away a nuclear arsenal he may see as his biggest guarantee of survival.

  • Paul Volker Dec 9

    Paul Volcker, the Carter-Reagan Fed Chairman Who Beat Inflation, Dies at Age 92

    Paul Volcker, who as chairman of the Federal Reserve under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan helped tame inflation with 22% interest rates that also crunched American manufacturing, farming, and real estate but led the way to two decades of expansion, has died. He was 92. He died on Sunday, according to The New York Times and The Washington Post.

  • Finland Dec 9

    Finland’s Sanna Marin to Become World’s Youngest Prime Minister

    Finland’s next prime minister is breaking the mold in multiple ways. At 34, she will be the youngest government leader in the world when she takes the reins, probably on Tuesday. She is a new mother and says she experienced discrimination as a child when her mother was in a same-sex relationship. She leads a center-left coalition of five parties.

  • Russia Dec 9

    World Anti-Doping Agency Imposes 4-Year Ban on Russia

    Russia was slapped Monday with a four-year ban from international sports events, including next summer’s Tokyo Olympics, over a longstanding doping scandal, although its athletes will still be able to compete if they can show they are clean competitors. The ruling by the World Anti-Doping Agency’s executive committee means that Russia’s flag, name and anthem will not appear at

  • Hong Kong Dec 9

    Tally of Arrests in Hong Kong Protests Surges Past 6,000

    Hong Kong police say they have made 6,022 arrests and fired nearly 16,000 tear gas rounds during six months of anti-government protests that have shaken the city. Police say the arrests included 11 people detained in raids over the weekend that netted a pistol and other weapons. Police suspect the weapons were intended for use during a demonstration attended by…

  • Donald Trump Dec 9

    Fact Check: Trump, GOP Misfires on Ukraine, Mueller Probe

    Facing almost-certain impeachment, President Donald Trump and his GOP allies are blasting theHouse inquiry into whether he abused his office as illegal and declaring him completely free of taint on Ukraine and in the Russia investigation. Those claims are untrue. When certain associates and acquaintances of Trump get into hot water, he also suddenly forgets he ever knew them. Various…

  • Uighur Human Rights Policy Act Dec 9

    China Claims Everyone in Xinjiang Camps Has ‘Graduated’

    People who were at vocational training centers in China’s far west Xinjiang have all “graduated” and are living happy lives, an official said Monday. But Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities from the region say their family members continue to be arbitrarily detained in camps and prisons. Shohrat Zakir, Xinjiang’s Uighur governor, made the remarks during a press

  • Second Amendment Dec 9

    Accidental Shootings Raise Questions About Arming Teachers

    As the country looks for ways to deal with mass shootings at schools, some have responded by saying more people should carry guns, including teachers. “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” President Donald Trump told the National Rifle Association convention in April. More states are allowing teachers to…

  • Donald Trump Dec 10

    Impeachment Witness: Trump Poses Election ‘Danger’

    President Donald Trump’s efforts to “cheat to win an election” are a threat to national security, the top Democratic investigator testified Monday as the House Judiciary Committee pushes ahead with articles of impeachment. In an acrimonious daylong hearing, Democrats outlined their case against the president, saying Trump’s push to have Ukraine investigate rival Joe Biden while withholding U.S. military

  • Fordham Heights Dec 10

    Bathroom Floor Collapses Under NYC Dad Bathing His Child

    Jose Pilarte was going to give his 4-year-old a bath early Sunday when the entire bathroom floor collapsed underneath him, leaving his daughter stuck and terrified in the tub. Cellphone video provided by the family shows Pilarte wedged between the cellar’s wall and bathroom floor debris at his Bronx apartment on Creston Avenue. His wife can be heard in

  • New Zealand Dec 9

    Up to 13 Feared Dead in Volcanic Eruption Off New Zealand

    A volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted Monday with a towering blast of ash and scalding steam as dozens of tourists were exploring its moon-like surface, killing five people and leaving eight others missing and feared dead, authorities said. Helicopter crews landed on White Island despite the danger and helped evacuate the dozens of survivors, some of them critically…

  • impeachment Dec 8

    House Judiciary Chair Nadler Says Impeachment Articles Will ‘Presumably’ Be Introduced This Week

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Sunday that his panel will “presumably” present articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump this week, NBC News reports. “We’ll bring articles of impeachment presumably before the committee at some point later in the week,” Nadler, D-N.Y., said in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press.” On Monday, the committee will hear from both…Get

  • NATO Dec 8

    America’s Influence, Once So Dominant, Waning Under Trump

    It’s whispered in NATO meeting rooms and celebrated in China’s halls of power. It’s lamented in the capital cities of key U.S. allies and welcomed in the Kremlin. Three years into Donald Trump’s presidency, America’s global influence is waning. In interviews with The Associated Press, diplomats, foreign officials and scholars from numerous countries describe a changing world order in

  • refugees Dec 8

    North Dakota County May Become US’s 1st to Bar New Refugees

    Reuben Panchol was forced to leave war-torn Sudan decades ago as a child, embarking on an odyssey that eventually brought him to the American Midwest and left him eternally grateful to the country that took him in. “I am an American citizen, a North Dakotan,” said Panchol, a 38-year-old father of four. “And without North Dakota, I couldn’t have

  • carbon footprint Dec 9

    Climate Scientists Try to Cut Their Own Carbon Footprints

    For years, Kim Cobb was the Indiana Jones of climate science. The Georgia Tech professor flew to the caves of Borneo to study ancient and current climate conditions. She jetted to a remote South Pacific island to see the effects of warming on coral. Add to that flights to Paris, Rome, Vancouver and elsewhere. All told, in the last three…

  • russia probe Dec 8

    Watchdog Expected to Find Russia Probe Valid, Despite Flaws

    The Justice Department’s internal watchdog will release a highly anticipated report Monday that is expected to reject President Donald Trump’s claims that the Russia investigation was illegitimate and tainted by political bias from FBI leaders. But it is also expected to document errors during the investigation that may animate Trump supporters. The report, as described by people familiar with

  • Election 2020 Dec 10

    Andrew Yang Keeps It Fun, But Messages Are Serious

    Of all the many Democrats running for president, Andrew Yang is having the most fun. Unburdened by expectations and unbothered by political convention, the tech entrepreneur has spent months cruising around the country, mixing his dark warnings about America’s new tech economy with doses of humor and unscripted bluntness. He has crowd-surfed, skateboarded and made memorable quips at nationally

  • Kennedy Center Dec 9

    ‘Sesame Street’, Ronstadt Receive Kennedy Center Lifetime Honors

    Actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt and the disco-funk band Earth Wind and Fire shared the spotlight Sunday night as part of the latest group of recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievement in the arts. Also in this year’s class were conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and long-running children’s TV show “Sesame Street.” Sunday’s event featured a

  • North Korea Dec 8

    North Korea Conducts ‘Important Test’ at Once-Dismantled Site

    North Korea said Sunday that it carried out a “very important test” at its long-range rocket launch site that it reportedly rebuilt after having partially dismantled it at the start of denuclearization talks with the United States last year. The announcement comes amid dimming prospects for a resumption of negotiations, with the North threatening to seek “a new way” if…

  • Oct 15

    Google Reveals New Pixel Buds, Pixel 4 Phone, Gaming System and More

    Google held their annual “Made By Google” event in New York City Tuesday, where they introduced a new phone, computer, home system, earphones and even a game-streaming platform. “Our mission is to bring a better Google for you,” said Rick Osterloh, the company’s senior vice president of hardware. Matt Vokoun, Google’s director of product management, said that the new offerings

  • Sep 19

    Many Homes Still Without Roofs in Puerto Rico, 2 Years After María

    When Doña Milagros Matos Marquez and her husband Don Cruz Marquez received the news that Hurricane María was approaching Trujillo Alto in Puerto Rico, they expected some rain and maybe a little bit of wind, like with previous storms. Instead María blew their roof off once the storm made landfall exactly two years ago on Friday. In the months after

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