Kevin McAleenan, a career civil servant who became the unlikely point man for President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policies, is stepping down as acting Homeland Security secretary after six months on the job.
McAleenan told The Associated Press he was leaving on his own terms — a contrast to other top administration officials pushed out during Trump's tenure. But his departure ends an awkward period of leadership — one in which McAleenan delighted Trump by getting border crossing numbers to fall yet remained an outsider in an administration where top figures — including in his own department — were brash Trump supporters popular on conservative media.
Testifying in defiance of President Donald Trump's ban, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch told House impeachment investigators Friday that Trump himself had pressured the State Department to oust her from her post and get her out of the country.
Yovanovitch told lawmakers investigating Trump's dealings with Ukraine that there was a "concerted campaign" against her based on "unfounded and false claims by people with clearly questionable motives."
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When Wu Xintong's favorite team, the Los Angeles Lakers, played the Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai this Thursday, she broke a viewing streak of more than 10 years and deliberately missed the game.
Until recently, the 20-year-old student in northern Hebei province had followed her idol, Kobe Bryant, religiously. She meticulously recorded in a notebook the details of every Lakers performance, down to the time stamps of certain players' moves. By her own accounting, two-thirds of her closet is filled with Lakers jerseys and other purple and gold apparel, not to mention the Lakers mugs, stickers and cellphone cases she keeps in a box.
University of California, Los Angeles
California will be the first state to require abortion medication on college campuses under a law signed Friday by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The law takes effect in 2023 and only applies to the 34 campuses in the University of California and California State University systems. But the law will only be implemented if a state commission can raise more than $10 million in private donations to pay for it.
Former California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill last year, arguing it was not necessary because abortion services were readily available off campus.
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An aggressive wildfire in Southern California seared its way through dry vegetation Friday and spread quickly, destroying more than a dozen homes as tens of thousands of residents were ordered to get out of its way, authorities said.
The blaze broke out Thursday evening in the San Fernando Valley and spread westward, burning its way into hilly subdivisions on the northern edge of Los Angeles as terrified residents grabbed what they could and ran. One man went into cardiac arrest and died, authorities said.
Those who left included Edwin Bernard, who said he never saw the flames arrive so quickly or come so close to his home as this time.
An autopsy has concluded that a planned power shutdown did not cause the death of a Northern California man dependent on oxygen who died about 12 minutes after PG&E shut down power in El Dorado County, California, on Wednesday.
The El Dorado County Sheriff's office said Friday that 67-year-old Robert Mardis died from severe coronary disease. The office said the power outage was not a cause of his death and that the investigation has closed.
Pacific Gas & Electric had shut off power to roughly 2 million people due to wildfire risk. It says electricity will be restored to 98% by Saturday.
President Donald Trump on Friday pressed his argument that the House impeachment inquiry is nothing more than a new attempt to overturn his election based on "a lot of crap."
Trump found a sympathetic audience in Louisiana, where an arena packed with his supporters roared at his profane denunciations of the proceedings hundreds of miles away in the nation's capital.
"They've been trying to stop us for more than three years with a lot of crap," he said, referring to the investigation into Russian election interference that concluded earlier this year.
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A federal appeals court has ruled that President Donald Trump's financial records must be turned over to the House of Representatives.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said Friday that lawmakers should get the documents they have subpoenaed from Mazars USA. The firm has provided accounting services to Trump.
PNC Bank has forgiven the debt of a suburban Chicago mom whose child is battling cancer after she received a bogus check from a seemingly kind stranger.
Deni Evernden, of Brookfield, told NBC 5 on Thursday that she was charged overdraft fees from the bank that initially cleared the $3,500 check after she spent the money on rent and other bills.
"I thought it was a blessing at first; now I'm frustrated and angry," Evernden said of her experience.
A Brooklyn-based design company unveiled a new line of 'Jesus Shoes' on Tuesday, complete with holy water, frankincense and a crucifix. The shoes cost as much as $4,200 a pair and sold out in minutes.
Speaking to reporters Friday, President Donald Trump said China and the U.S. are close on a limited deal including farm exports and that a U.S. tariff increase planned for Tuesday will no longer go into...
Turkish forces faced fierce resistance from U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters on the third day of Ankara's offensive in northern Syria, as casualties mounted, international criticism of the campaign intensified and estimates put the number of those who fled the violence at 100,000. In a complicating twist, Washington said its troops also came under fire from NATO ally Turkey.
A Pennsylvania teacher is on leave after a parent posted a video of her going on a racist rant in a school parking lot.
The incident took place Thursday morning in the parking lot of Drexel Hill Middle School in Upper Darby. A parent of a student said he got into a minor car accident with a teacher at the school. He said the teacher then began to make racist and derogatory remarks toward him. He recorded part of the exchange.
The actress and activist was arrested during a climate change protest in Washington, D.C., on Friday.
Guinness World Records
A Hawaii family has won a place with the Guinness World Records for the world’s heaviest avocado.
The Pokini family from the island of Maui received the Guinness certificate this week for the avocado weighing 5.6 pounds (2.54 kilograms), The Maui News reported Thursday.