U.S. & World
impeachment 9 hours ago

Trump Impeachment Vote Underscores a Harshly Partisan Era

This coming week’s virtually certain House impeachment of President Donald Trump will underscore how Democrats and Republicans have morphed into fiercely divided camps since lawmakers impeached President Bill Clinton. Twenty-one years ago this Thursday, a Republican-led House approved two impeachment articles against Democrat Clinton. While that battle was bitterly partisan, it was blurrier than the near party-line votes expected this week

  • vandalism 44 mins ago

    Police Searching for Suspect in Beverly Hills Synagogue Vandalism

    Police are searching for a man after he allegedly vandalized a Beverly Hills Synagogue early Saturday morning. The man allegedly broke into the Nessah Synagogue where he overturned furniture, damaged relics and ransacked the inside. The synagogue’s main scrolls were not damaged during the vandalism, according to police. Police do not believe anything was stolen during the incident. Police

  • Rep. Jeff Van Drew 52 mins ago

    NJ Dem Lawmaker Plans to Become a Republican: Official

    A House freshman from New Jersey who was planning to break with his party and vote against impeaching President Donald Trump will become a Republican, a GOP official said Saturday. Top House Republicans have been told of Rep. Jeff Van Drew’s decision, according to a GOP official familiar with the conversations. The lawmaker had discussed switching parties in a

  • Greta Thunberg 7 hours ago

    Greta Thunberg Apologizes for ‘Against the Wall’ Comment

    Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has apologized for saying politicians should be put “against the wall” after critics took it to mean that she was advocating violence. The 16-year-old Swede made the comment in a speech to young activists in the Italian city of Turin on Friday. Thunberg later said she was making a literal translation from Swedish, in which…

  • California 8 hours ago

    At Least Three Dead After Probation Officer Barricaded Herself in California Home

    At least three people are dead after a woman barricaded herself inside an Ontario house early Saturday morning, authorities said. Ontario Police said they responded to a domestic violence call early Saturday morning and found a man, the woman’s husband, in the doorway of a home on F Street. “The male subject was behind the screen door when they

  • food 19 hours ago

    A Look at Fast Food Restaurants Serving Up Plant-Based Meat

    A number of fast-food chains have introduced plant-based meat alternatives in recent months, partnering with meatless companies Beyond Meat or Impossible Foods.

    They are reacting to consumers’ increased appetite for those foods: from April 2018 to April 2019, the plant-based retail market has registered 11% growth, according to data published on the Plant Based Foods Association website.

  • Christmas Shopping 7 hours ago

    Companies Scramble to Get Packages Delivered Before Christmas

    Christmas is just around the corner and packages are in danger of not making it to residents on time. Though companies are scrambling to meet the demand, delays are forcing customers to think of a Plan B.

  • Fact Check 11 hours ago

    Fact Check: Trump’s Impeachment Rage, Bloomberg on Coal

    As near-certain impeachment closes in on him, President Donald Trump raged at his accusers, the Democrats. In the process, he offered a highly selective account of the testimony of a damning witness and misrepresented the facts of a phone call at the heart of the constitutional showdown. Trump also branded Democrats crazy for wanting to impeach him after all the…

  • 2019 11 hours ago

    Houses of Worship Attacked With Deadly Frequency in 2019

    A two-week span in January illustrated the scope of this somber phenomenon. In Thailand, a group of separatist insurgents attacked a Buddhist temple, killing the abbot and one of his fellow monks. In the Philippines, two suicide attackers detonated bombs during a Mass in a Roman Catholic cathedral on the largely Muslim island of Jolo, killing 23 and wounding about…

  • climate change 12 hours ago

    Climate Talks Stall as Chile Mediates a Compromise

    Chilean officials presiding over this year’s U.N. climate talks said Saturday they plan to propose a compromise to bridge yawning differences among countries that have been deadlocked on key issues for the past two weeks. With the meeting already into extra time, draft documents presented overnight failed to achieve consensus. Observers and environmental groups warned that they risked undoing

  • horse racing 8 hours ago

    2 Horses Die in First Race at Los Alamitos

    Two horses died after the first race at Los Alamitos Race Course Saturday, adding to the death toll in a year that has seen increased scrutiny of the sport in Southern California.

  • Donald Trump 20 hours ago

    Supreme Court to Take Up Dispute Over Subpoenas for Trump Records

    The Supreme Court says it will hear President Donald Trump’s pleas to keep his tax, bank and financial records private. The justices’ decision Friday to hear cases involving demands for records from Trump’s banks and accounting firm means the court is likely to issue final rulings in June, amid Trump’s campaign for re-election.

  • Brexit 11 hours ago

    Johnson’s Win May Deliver Brexit But Could Risk UK’s Breakup

    Leaving the European Union is not the only split British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has to worry about. Johnson’s commanding election victory this week may let him fulfil his campaign promise to “get Brexit done,” but it could also imperil the future of the United Kingdom of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Scotland and Northern Ireland didn’t vote

  • Sandy Hook 16 hours ago

    Church Services, Vigils to Mark 7 Years Since Sandy Hook Shooting

    Vigils and church services are planned Saturday in Connecticut to mark the seventh anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and remember victims of other gun violence incidents. Twenty first-graders and six educators were killed at the Newtown school on Dec. 14, 2012. The Newtown Congregational Church and St. Rose of Lima Church will hold remembrance services in Newtown…

  • Cannabis in Indiana 15 hours ago

    Indiana Resisting Marijuana Trend of Neighboring States

    Indiana’s Republican leaders oppose taking steps toward following Michigan and Illinois in legalizing marijuana use during the upcoming legislative session. Indiana lawmakers have not seriously debated steps such as allowing medical marijuana or removing the threat of jail time for possessing small amounts of the drug, even as recreational marijuana sales have won approval in Michigan and Illinois and medical

  • LAPD 14 hours ago

    LAPD Officer Accused of Fondling Dead Woman’s Body Is Arrested

    An LAPD officer suspected of fondling a dead woman’s body was charged by prosecutors and arrested Thursday, authorities said. David Rene Rojas was booked by LAPD internal affairs detectives on a warrant that accused him of having sexual contact with human remains, according to the LA County District Attorney’s Office. Rojas, 27, was arrested without incident at his home

  • Jazmine Headley 9 hours ago

    Mother Who Had Son Ripped From Her Arms by NYPD Gets $625K Settlement from NYC

    A mother whose child was yanked from her arms at the hands of NYPD officers in Brooklyn has been awarded a $625,000 settlement from the city

  • Anti-Semitism order Dec 13

    Anti-Semitism Order Raises Tough Issue of Defining Prejudice

    President Donald Trump signed an order this week that expands the potential scope of anti-Semitism complaints on college campuses. At the heart of the debate around the issue are two thorny questions: when speech about Israel crosses the line into anti-Semitism, and whether the Trump administration is equipped to effectively draw that line.

  • impeachment Dec 13

    Panel Vote Sends Trump Impeachment Charges to Full House

    Democrats propelled President Donald Trump’s impeachment toward a vote by the full U.S. House on Friday, as the Judiciary Committee approved charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress in the constitutional and political storm that has divided Congress and the nation.

  • California 15 hours ago

    Louisiana Sues California Over Alligator Ban

    Louisiana is suing the state of California over its decision to ban the import and sale of alligator products, saying the ban will hurt an important Louisiana industry and ultimately could hurt the state’s wetlands. In a lawsuit filed Thursday, Louisiana said the economy surrounding alligators has played a key role in bringing back the American alligator population and is an

  • Dec 13

    A Complete Guide to the Democratic Debates for the 2020 Presidential Primary

    The first five Democratic debates of the 2020 presidential election are in the bag and the sixth will take place on Dec. 19.

  • Crime and Courts Dec 13

    NYC Drug Packaging Mill Suspect Accused of Throwing Toxic Fentanyl Powder at Cop

    Seven people are facing charges of operating a fentanyl packaging mill in New York City — and one of the accused is also facing assault charges for allegedly throwing toxic fentanyl at a police officer, prosecutors and law enforcement officials announced Friday. Members of the New York Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force, Group Z-21, obtained a search warrant for…

  • Jersey City Shootout Dec 13

    Kosher Market Surveillance Video Shows Shooters Storm In, Survivor Run for His Life

    New video shows the moment the Jersey City shooters stormed into the Kosher market, before blasting at the helpless victims inside. The surveillance video obtained by NBC News is shot from above the entrance to the JC Kosher Supermarket on Martin Luther King Drive. The U-Haul truck shooters David Anderson and Francine Graham were driving in, which New Jersey Attorney…

  • Trump Impeachment Dec 12

    If ‘Strike the Last Word’ Was an Impeachment Drinking Game, No One Would Survive

    As members of the House Judiciary Committee debated the two proposed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump Thursday morning, one phrase kept popping up: “I move to strike the last word.”
    Why were they saying that?
    Turns out, they were using a parliamentary procedure to keep talking longer than a five-minute rule would allow.

  • American Samoa Dec 13

    US Should Recognize American Samoans as Citizens, Judge Says

    A federal judge in Utah has ruled that people born in the territory of American Samoa should be recognized as U.S. citizens. It wasn’t immediately clear if Thursday’s ruling applies outside Utah. The cluster of islands in the Pacific is the only place in the country without an automatic claim to citizenship. People born in American Samoa are labeled U.S.

  • Decision 2020 Dec 13

    Democratic Hopefuls Threaten to Boycott Debate Over Union Dispute

    Democratic presidential hopefuls said Friday they may skip next week’s debate at Loyola Marymount University to honor a picket line by unionized food-service workers at the Westchester campus.

  • Movies Dec 13

    Wilde Defends ‘Jewell’ Reporter Over Sex-For-Tips Claims

    Olivia Wilde said Thursday she does not believe the real-life journalist she plays in the new film “Richard Jewel” “traded sex for tips” despite that insinuation in the movie. In a series of tweets, Wilde called late Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Kathy Scruggs bold, smart and fearless and the actress rejected headlines that suggested she thought Scruggs acted improperly. Wilde said…

  • Dallas Dec 14

    Bank Mistakenly Deposits $37 Million Into Dallas Woman’s Account

    A clerical error by her bank made a North Texas woman a millionaire for a day. KTVT-TV reports that when Dallas resident Ruth Balloon checked her bank account earlier this week, it had some extra money in it: an extra $37 million to be exact.

  • Avon Dec 14

    Ancient Artifacts Discovered During Construction in Avon

    Beneath the frozen earth and seven feet down, artifacts, from more than 12,000 years ago, were discovered in Avon last January. The archeological findings were discovered while the state Department of Transportation crews excavated a site for a bridge replacement at the intersection of Route 10 and Old Farms Road.

  • impeachment Dec 14

    Icy Silence, Frayed Connections: Impeachment Takes a Toll on Congress

    The most raucous committee in Congress sat stone-faced, barely speaking. One by one, the members around the Judiciary Committee dais voted on the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Then they bolted for the doors and the airports, in more than one case without a word. The all-business iciness during those eight gavel-to-gavel minutes reflected the gravity of advancing…

  • Fort Worth 7 hours ago

    DNA Used to Solve Decades-Old Cold Case Murder of 11-Year-Old Julie Fuller

    Fort Worth police say they’ve solved the decades-old cold case murder of an 11-year-old girl using DNA phenotyping. On June 27, 1983, Julie Fuller was reported missing after she’d gone to take out the trash at the Kensington Motel in Arlington. Fuller and her family had only recently arrived in North Texas, having moved to the United States from England….

  • reparations 9 hours ago

    Reparations Mark New Front for US Colleges Tied to Slavery

    The promise of reparations to atone for historical ties to slavery has opened new territory in a reckoning at U.S. colleges, which until now have responded with monuments, building name changes and public apologies. Georgetown University and two theological seminaries have announced funding commitments to benefit descendants of the enslaved people who were sold or toiled to benefit the institutions. While

  • Iowa 11 hours ago

    Iowa Democrats Worry ‘Medicare for All’ Hurts Key Industry

    Kim Motl doesn’t work in the health insurance industry. But her friends and neighbors do. So when she saw Sen. Elizabeth Warren recently in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Motl pressed the Democratic presidential candidate about her “Medicare for All” plan, which would replace private insurance with a government-run system. “What about the little guys that work in the insurance business,

  • Sudan 21 hours ago

    Ex-Sudan Strongman al-Bashir Gets 2 Years for Corruption

    A court in Sudan convicted former President Omar al-Bashir of money laundering and corruption on Saturday, sentencing him to two years in a minimum security lockup.

    That’s the first verdict in a series of legal proceedings against al-Bashir, who is also wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and genocide linked to the Darfur conflict in the

  • China 22 hours ago

    AP Exclusive: China Tightens Up on Info After Xinjiang Leaks

    The Xinjiang regional government in China’s far west is deleting data, destroying documents, tightening controls on information and has held high-level meetings in response to leaks of classified papers on its mass detention camps for Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities, according to four people in contact with government employees there.

  • Hong Kong 23 hours ago

    Hong Kong Police Make 3 Arrests in Another Explosives Case

    Hong Kong police said they arrested three men Saturday for testing homemade explosives that they suspect were intended for use during protests. The arrests are the latest in a rash of explosives-related cases police say they’ve uncovered since protests erupted in June over a proposed extradition law and snowballed into an anti-government movement.

  • Catholic Church 22 hours ago

    Cries of Abuse in Catholic Church Start to Be Heard in Japan

    The Japanese bishops’ conference launched a nationwide investigation into sexual abuse of women and children this year, responding to the Vatican’s demand for an urgent response to the global crisis. The results haven’t been disclosed. Similar studies have been carried out by the U.S., German and Dutch churches.

  • North Korea 18 hours ago

    North Korea Conducts Another Test at Long-Range Rocket Site

    North Korea said Saturday it successfully performed another “crucial test” at its long-range rocket launch site that would further strengthen its nuclear deterrent.

    The test possibly involved technologies to improve intercontinental ballistic missiles that could potentially reach the continental United States.

  • Pearl Harbor Shooting Dec 14

    Navy Commander: Motive Unknown for Pearl Harbor Shooting

    A Navy commander says the motive is unknown for a Pearl Harbor shooting that left two civilian workers and the attacker dead. Authorities say 22-year-old Gabriel Romero killed Roldan Agustin, 49, and Vincent Kapoi Jr., 30, and wounded Roger Nakamine, 36, who survived the Dec. 4 shooting. Romero’s job was to stand watch and provide security for the fast attack submarine USS Columbia.

  • Alex Bozarjian Dec 14

    Man Videotaped Slapping Reporter’s Rear on Live TV Charged

    A Georgia man who was videotaped slapping a female reporter’s rear on live TV was arrested Friday on a misdemeanor charge of sexual battery. Savannah police spokeswoman Bianca Johnson in Savannah confirmed that Thomas Callaway, 43, of Statesboro was charged in connection with the incident that occurred while WSAV-TV reporter Alex Bozarjian was broadcasting live as runners streamed past her

  • White Island 10 hours ago

    Specialist Teams Hope to Recover Last 2 Volcano Victims

    Police divers returned to the waters around New Zealand’s volcanic White Island at dawn Saturday to search for the remaining two victims of an eruption that left at least 16 dead and dozens severely burned. Military specialists on Friday recovered six bodies from the island in . Two more bodies of victims known to have been on the island could

  • PG&E Dec 14

    California Governor Rejects $13.5 Billion PG&E Settlement

    California gov. Gavin Newsom has rejected a bankruptcy reorganization plan that Pacific Gas and Electric reached just last week with thousands of wildfire victims, including a $13.5 billion settlement.

  • FDA Dec 14

    US Approves Fish Oil-Based Drug for Cutting Heart Risks

    U.S. regulators have approved expanded use of a fish oil-based drug for preventing serious heart complications in certain patients. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved Vascepa for reducing risk of potentially deadly or disabling cardiac complications.

  • Greta Thunberg 21 hours ago

    First Lady Appears to Condone Trump’s Criticism of Greta Thunberg

    Melania Trump on Friday appeared to condone her husband’s criticism of 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, saying through a spokeswoman that her 13-year-old son, Barron, is in a different category than the teenage climate activist “who travels the globe giving speeches.” “He is a 13-year-old who wants and deserves privacy,” spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in an emailed statement the day after President

  • Celebrity 20 hours ago

    Rapper Scarface in Runoff for Houston City Council Seat

    Jordan says he knows his celebrity carried him into a run-off election slated for Saturday. But he’s hoping he can persuade the voters who got him there to turn out again so he can represent the council’s District D.

  • trade 21 hours ago

    China and US Reach Phase One Trade Deal

    President Donald Trump said Friday that as part of the U.S.-China trade deal Washington will not charge China with any new tariffs and slightly reduce existing tariffs.

  • Tokyo 2020 Dec 13

    Tokyo Being Billed as ‘Recovery Olympics’ — But Not for All

    The torch relay for the Tokyo Olympics this summer will kick off in Fukushima. The northern prefecture was devastated almost nine years ago by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors. They’ll play Olympic baseball and softball in one part of Fukushima. This allows Tokyo organizers and Japanese officials to call these games the “Recovery Olympics.”

  • holidays Dec 13

    Fir Real, Christmas Tree Prices Are Up With Supplies Tight

    With Christmas less than two weeks away, finding the perfect tree might take some searching. The availability of real Christmas trees is tight across the United States, especially for procrastinators looking for a certain type of tree. But industry officials say everyone who wants a tree should be able to find one, they just might have to pay a little

  • White Island Dec 13

    New Zealand Recovers 6 Bodies From Toxic Volcanic Island

    Grieving families sang traditional Maori songs as New Zealand military specialists went to a volcanic island and recovered six bodies of the 16 people who died in an eruption. The bodies will be transferred to the mainland later for identification. Toxic gases are being emitted on the island and scientists warn another eruption is possible.

  • Immigration Dec 13

    Crash Shines Light on Immigrants in Christmas Tree Workforce

    It was nighttime when Pedro Lucas came home, clutching receipts showing he had paid a funeral home to have the bodies of three immigrant laborers returned to Guatemala from Oregon. The three, including two of Lucas’ cousins, were killed when a pickup truck slammed into a van carrying them and 10 other Guatemalans home from work at a Christmas tree…

  • British Elections Dec 13

    Likely Johnson Win Means Brexit Is Coming, Tough Talks Loom

    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson campaigned on one theme alone — “Get Brexit done” — and if the results of an exit poll projection are correct, that just may happen.

    The U.K. exit poll predicts that Johnson’s Conservatives won a substantial victory Thursday night in the country’s general election.

    But even if Johnson pulls Britain out of the European Union by the

  • Twitter Dec 13

    Twitter Brings Back Election Labels for 2020 US Candidates

    Twitter is bringing back special labels to help users identify accounts and tweets from U.S. political candidates.

    The company, which first used such labels for the midterms last year, said it is trying to provide users with original sources of information and prevent spoofed and fake accounts from fooling voters.

    Many political candidates already have blue checkmarks to indicate that Twitter has

  • Florida Dec 12

    Florida Man Died From Meth Overdose Before Alligator Ate Him

    A Florida man who was found eaten by an alligator this summer, died from a meth overdose before his body was ripped apart by the reptile, according to a medical examiner’s findings. Michael Ford, 45, was found face down in canal in Fort Meade on June 27 and Polk County Sheriff’s investigators theorized he might have drowned before an alligator

  • Bolivia Dec 12

    Former Bolivian Leader Morales Moves to Argentina

    Former Bolivian President Evo Morales has flown to Argentina, where the new center-left government said Thursday that it had granted him political asylum. “I’ve come to Argentina to keep fighting for the most humble people,” Morales said on Twitter. “I feel strong and excited.” Morales will live in the capital with his two children, who arrived on Nov. 23. The…

  • Congress Dec 12

    Congress Reaches Tentative Deal on Spending Bill to Avoid Government Shutdown

    Senior lawmakers announced a tentative agreement Thursday on an almost $1.4 trillion government-wide spending bill that would stave off a federal shutdown next weekend and split the differences on a number of contentious issues.

    The handshake agreement was announced by the chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., and other top members of Congress.

  • Medicare Dec 12

    Eyeing 2020, House Empowers Medicare to Negotiate Drug Costs

    Sharpening their 2020 election message, House Democrats on Thursday pushed through legislation that would empower Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices and offer new benefits for seniors. Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bill would cap Medicare recipients’ out-of-pocket costs for medicines at $2,000 a year. It would use about $360 billion of its projected 10-year savings from lower drug costs to establish

  • Armenian Genocide Dec 13

    Senate Backs Measure Affirming Century-Old Armenian Genocide

    Mass killings of more than a million Armenians by Ottoman Turks a century ago were genocide, the Senate declared Thursday in a vote that prompted angry denunciations by Turkey and accusations that the U.S. was undermining its relations with a key NATO ally.

    The Senate action follows a vote by a Senate committee to impose sanctions on Turkey after its offensive

  • vaping Dec 12

    Vaping Illness Death Count Surpasses 50 in US

    Health officials say the death toll from the U.S. outbreak of vaping illnesses has surpassed 50. U.S. health officials on Thursday said 26 states have reported deaths. The 52 deaths are among more than 2,400 hospitalized cases that have been reported across the nation this year. The median age of the people who died is 52. But most people who

  • Czech hospital shooting Dec 12

    Death Toll in Hospital Shooting in Czech Republic Rises to 7

    The death toll from a hospital shooting in the Czech Republic rose to seven on Thursday when a critically wounded woman died two days after the attack, authorities said.
    A 42-year-old man opened fire in a waiting room in the University hospital in the eastern city of Ostrava, 350 kilometers (220 miles) east of Prague on Tuesday, killing six adult patients

  • Elizabeth Warren Dec 12

    Warren Slams Moderate Rivals, Laying Bare Ideological Divide

    Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren Elizabeth Warren is lashing out at her moderate Democratic rivals seeking the White House. She says they naively accept Republican calls for unity instead of standing up to the rich and too quickly bend to the whims of their own wealthy donors. Warren didn’t name-drop former Vice President Joe Biden or South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete

  • Federal Communications Commission Dec 13

    Regulators to Set Up 3-Digit Suicide Hotline Number Like 911

    Aiming to make it easier for people to get help and to reduce the stigma associated with mental health, federal regulators are moving toward setting up a new three-digit number for people to reach a suicide prevention hotline. A law last year required the Federal Communications Commission to study assigning a three-digit number for suicide prevention. That study found evidence

  • Pentagon Dec 12

    Pentagon Watchdog Investigating $400M Border Wall Contract

    The Defense Department’s internal watchdog is investigating a $400 million border wall contract awarded to a firm that used multiple appearances on Fox News to push for the job. The Pentagon’s inspector general sent a letter Thursday to House Homeland Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson telling him the contract awarded to North Dakota-based firm Fisher Sand and Gravel Co. would be

  • Trump Impeachment Dec 12

    ‘Pot Calling the Kettle Black’: Rep. Gaetz Called Out for Bringing Up Hunter Biden’s Past Substance Abuse

    Impeachment debate surrounding the next amendment to be introduced quickly divulged into a tit-for-tat involving allegations of cocaine usage and driving under the influence charges.

    It began with Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., introducing an amendment to strike former Vice President Joe Biden from the articles of impeachment as the subject of an investigation Trump wanted Ukraine to launch and replace him

  • Major League Baseball Dec 12

    MLB, Union Agree to Testing for Opioids After Skaggs’ Death

    Major League Baseball will start testing for opioids and cocaine. But only players who do not cooperate with their treatment plans will be subject to discipline. Marijuana will be removed from the list of drugs of abuse and will be treated the same as alcohol as part of changes to the joint drug agreement between MLB and the players’ association.

  • NFL Dec 12

    10 Ex-NFL Players Charged With Defrauding Health Care Program

    Ten former NFL players were charged in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud the league’s health care benefit program by submitting false claims for medical equipment, including devices used on horses, the Justice Department said Thursday. The players were charged in two separate indictments filed in federal court in Kentucky, accusing them of conspiracy, wire fraud and healthcare fraud. Prosecutors

  • holocaust Dec 12

    Owners of Krispy Kreme, Panera, Pret a Manger to Donate Millions Over Family’s Nazi History

    One of Germany’s richest families, which owns Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Pret A Manger and other international brands, is giving millions to support Holocaust survivors as it seeks to atone for its use of forced laborers during the Nazi era and its enthusiastic support of Adolf Hitler, The Associated Press has learned.

  • Ring Camera Dec 12

    ’I’m Santa Claus’: Man Taunts 8-Year-Old Through Hacked Ring Camera

    A Tennessee family said someone hacked a Ring security camera set up in their children’s bedroom and taunted their 8-year-old daughter.

    The LeMay family, of Memphis, told NBC News they installed the device to keep an eye on their daughters. A few days later, the family said a stranger had gained access to the device.

  • Royal Caribbean Dec 12

    Parents of Toddler Chloe Wiegand Speak Out on Suing Royal Caribbean

    The parents of the 18-month-old girl who fell to her death on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship said enduring the pain of her loss and taking legal action has “been too much for all of us” after filing a lawsuit against the cruise line on Wednesday.

    Kim and Alan Wiegand spoke with NBC’s Kerry Sanders in an interview that aired on

  • Trump Impeachment Dec 13

    Judiciary Panel Presses Toward Historic Vote

    The House Judiciary Committee has debated into the evening, moving deliberately toward a historic vote to approve articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. Though split sharply along party lines, the panel is expected to send the charges to the full House for it to take pre-Christmas action next week.

  • Tessa Majors Dec 14

    Police Detail Final Moments As Barnard Student Fought Attackers in Park Robbery

    After charging a teenager in the stabbing death of a Barnard College student, detectives in court described some of the victim’s final moments as she fought off a group of attackers during an alleged robbery. New information in the investigation showed that 18-year-old Tessa Majors was in Morningside Park just before 7 p.m. Wednesday when she was a victim

  • Jersey City Shootout Dec 13

    Hate Against Jewish People, Police Fueled Jersey City Attack: NJ AG

    Hate-fueled domestic terrorism motivated the harrowing and prolonged shooting attack that killed three people inside a Jersey City kosher market and took the life of a veteran police detective earlier this week, New Jersey’s top prosecutor said Thursday. New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, who a day earlier outlined a timeline for what has been called a targeted attack

  • Boston Marathon bombing Dec 12

    Did Boston Marathon Bomber Get Fair Trial? Court Hears Arguments

    The Boston Marathon bomber’s lawyers urged a federal court to overturn their client’s death sentence, arguing Thursday that intense media coverage and signs of juror bias led to an unfair trial. The three-judge panel didn’t render a decision after hearing from both sides for about an hour each.  Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted of all 30 charges against him,

  • dog rescue Dec 12

    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

  • British Elections Dec 13

    UK’s Johnson Claims Brexit Mandate With New Conservative Majority

    Britain’s Conservative Party has secured a majority by winning 326 seats out of 650 in the House of Commons. While results are still coming in, the decisive outcome to a Brexit-dominated election means Prime Minister Boris Johnson should be able to fulfill his plan to take the U.K. out of the European Union next month. The victory makes Johnson the

  • New Zealand Dec 13

    New Zealand Recovers 6 Bodies Days After Volcanic Eruption

    New Zealand police and military specialists launched a risky operation Friday to recover the bodies of eight victims of a volcanic eruption on an island that has left at least eight others dead. Just after first light, two helicopters from the New Zealand Defence Force lifted off from the township of Whakatane and began the 50-kilometer (30-mile) journey to White

  • Donald Trump Dec 12

    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

  • Juvenile Detention Centers Dec 12

    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

  • Donald Trump Dec 12

    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…

  • North Korea Dec 12

    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

  • New England Journal of Medicine Dec 12

    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

  • Major League Baseball Dec 12

    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…

  • Harvey Weinstein Dec 12

    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.

  • NBC 5 Investigates Dec 12

    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 Dec 12

    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 Dec 12

    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 Dec 12

    Exasperated Israelis Prepare for Third Election in a Year

    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

  • Greta Thunberg Dec 12

    Trump, Facing Impeachment Vote, Attacks Teen Greta Thunberg

    President Donald Trump criticized the selection of climate activist Greta Thunberg as Time Magazine’s person of the year, tweeting about the 16-year-old Swede hours before the House Judiciary Committee was set for a historic vote to advance articles of impeachment.

    It’s the second time that Trump has mocked Thunberg, who bested Trump on a shortlist of Time’s contenders due to

  • Time Magazine Dec 11

    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.

  • Chilean Air Force Dec 12

    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

  • Afghanistan Dec 11

    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 Dec 11

    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 Dec 11

    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.

  • Boeing 737 Max Dec 11

    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 Dec 12

    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

  • Chloe Wiegand Dec 11

    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 Dec 11

    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.

  • russia probe Dec 12

    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 Dec 11

    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.

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