The superintendent for the Wyoming school district that one of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominees recently cited during her confirmation hearing said that despite what you may have heard, there are no guns in the building. Betsy DeVos, Trump’s pick for education secretary, declined to say that guns have no place in schools during her Tuesday hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. During a tense exchange with Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., DeVos brought up Wapiti Elementary School in rural Wyoming as an example of a place that would need to have firearms in the building to protect against grizzly bears.
On Friday morning during the traditional welcoming to the White House of the incoming president and first lady by the outgoing president and first lady before the inauguration, Melania Trump presented Michelle Obama with a gift from Tiffany & Co. in the company’s signature robin’s-egg-blue box and white satin ribbon. Melania Trump brought a gift from Tiffany & Co. to the White House on Inauguration Day.
The latest set of declassified documents — letters to family, expense account entries and observations on world events —was compiled and formed from the remnants of some items seized by the U.S. Navy Seals during their operation that led to the killing of Osama Bin Laden on May 2, 2011. "I was told that you went to a dentist in Iran and you were concerned about a filling she put in for you," bin Laden wrote. Writing in another undated letter sent to his sons Uthman and Mohammed, who were being allowed to leave Iran, he says: "If they inject you with a shot, this shot might be loaded with a tiny chip.
Islamic State militants put at least 12 people to death in execution-style killings in the ancient city of Palmyra, which they re-captured from the government for a second time in December, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Thursday. The jihadist group beheaded four of the people - state employees and teachers - outside a museum, the group said. The eight others - four of them government soldiers and four of them rebel fighters captured elsewhere in Syria - were shot.
In a discussion of OneWest, the name given to the failed bank IndyMac after Mnuchin and a group of investors took it over, Brown asked during Mnuchin’s Senate confirmation hearing, “Is it true that OneWest’s independent audit firm found it violated the Civil Service Relief Act by initiating foreclosures on 54 active duty military families? Then-Attorney General Kamala Harris — who was elected to the U.S. Senate in November — declined to pursue charges.
A suspected thief accused of stealing a bucket filled with $1.6 million in gold flakes off an armored truck in New York City has been apprehended in Ecuador. After a search that spanned thousands of miles across two continents over the course of months, authorities arrested Julio Nivelo Thursday. After surveillance video allegedly first captured Nivelo walking away with an 86-pound bucket of gold flakes in September, authorities followed a trail from the Big Apple to Orlando then California until they finally made their way to Nivelo's native country.
On his last day as vice president, Joe Biden briefly revived a tradition he had followed faithfully as a U.S. senator for Delaware: He rode the commuter train home from Washington. Marching band members and alumni from Biden's alma mater, the University of Delaware, joined scores of uniformed Delaware National Guard troops, schoolchildren and hundreds of other well-wishers to greet the Bidens at a celebration on Wilmington's riverfront, a stone's throw from the Amtrak station that bears his name.
Global payments company Western Union will pay $586 million to settle a US criminal investigation that found it had a weak anti-money laundering program and looked the other way when employees collaborated in fraud. The settlement, which includes a deferred prosecution agreement, concerns violations uncovered between 2004 and 2012 in which the company failed to adequately safeguard its money transfer system from transactions that could have supported illicit activity such as human trafficking, drug dealing and other crimes. Western Union employees also worked to help customers get around requirements to file a currency transaction report when more than $10,000 is wired to a client in a single day.
From packing up family photos to taking in the presidential view, check out how the Obamas are spending their last day in the White House.
Protesters set fires and hurled bricks in a daylong assault on the city hosting Donald Trump’s inauguration, registering their rage against the new president in a series of clashes that led to more than 200 arrests. Police used pepper spray and stun grenades to prevent the chaos from spilling into Trump’s formal procession and evening balls. Police in riot gear used pepper spray from large canisters to help contain the violence, which erupted periodically throughout the day.
Former President Barack Obama's Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza has shared thousands of personal photos throughout the years. From Obama playing with kids to serious and intense moments, Souza gave the world a sneak peek inside the life of Obama and his family during their eight years in the White House. Now, Souza has shared a final farewell.
A University of Missouri-Kansas City student has been missing since Sunday following an early morning text to a friend about being pulled over by the police, the Kansas City Star reported. Anderson, 20, was talking about being pulled over by a North Kansas City police officer for making an unsafe lane change. You pretty much always know where she’s at,” Toni’s mother Liz Anderson told local news outlet KSHB Kansas City.
By Elaine Lies and Megumi Lim TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese hotelier's denial of a 1937 massacre by Japanese troops in the Chinese city of Nanjing has prompted Chinese social media calls for a boycott of travel to Japan, threatening tourist arrivals days before the Lunar New Year holidays. The furor erupted over books by Toshio Motoya, the president of Tokyo-based hotel and real estate developer APA Group, which contain his revisionist views and are placed in every room of the company's 400-plus APA Hotels. In one, printed in English and Japanese and entitled "The Real History of Japan", he says the "Nanking Massacre story" was "impossible", blaming looting and killings on members of a branch of the Chinese military who had shed their uniforms.
Just this week the New York Times documented precisely how a recent graduate of Davidson College made $22,000 off a single fake news story about ballots for Hillary Clinton being discovered in an Ohio warehouse. The most notable current fake news target in the developed world happens to be Germany.
An Ohio mom is facing charges after cops say she taped her toddler son to a wall while broadcasting the act on Facebook Live. A WSYX viewer in Reynoldsburg sent in the video in which cops say Shayla Rudolph taped her 2-year-old son's mouth shut before leaving him attached to the wall with boxing tape for 15 minutes.
Crammed into a dome with one bathroom, six scientists will spend eight months munching on mostly freeze-dried foods — with a rare treat of Spam — and have only their small sleeping quarters to retreat to for solace. The man-made dome that the four men and two women call home is outfitted with futuristic white walls and an elevated sleeping platform on the world's largest active volcano in Hawaii. A video released by the group shows the six scientists in matching red polo shirts arriving and entering the dome to farewell handshakes from program associates.
Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow was to take power Thursday, capping weeks of tension over Yahya Jammeh's refusal to quit which has seen Senegalese and Nigerian troops massing at the border and tourists racing to leave. With Senegalese troops backed by Nigerian forces and fighter jets gathering, the country appeared on the brink of a military crisis although the army chief insisted his soldiers would not get involved in a "political dispute" nor prevent foreign forces from entering The Gambia. Despite a midnight (0000 GMT) deadline for the expiry of Jammeh's term, the situation remained calm in the city overnight, witnesses said following a last-minute mediation attempt by the Mauritanian president.
Back in 2015, the U.S. Army partnered with with Mallory Aeronautics with the hope of building a hoverbike, a rectangular prop-powered flying device that could someday theoretically carry both supplies and troops. You'll note that, despite the JTARV's elongated shape that would definitely accommodate a human rider, officials make no mention of that use-case, preferring instead to discuss it as an riderless supply drone. Of course this was coming from an independent contractor, not the Army itself.
President-elect Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20 and Yahoo News will be there to bring you live coverage of the historic Inauguration Day in 360 video.
When Samsung's ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 smartphone began catching fire in the hands of users, most folks chalked it up to a faulty battery. The Korean tech giant plans to divulge exactly what went wrong with its fiery phablet at a special press conference on Monday (Jan. 23), though a new report may already have given us the answer. Citing "people familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal reports that the Note 7 explosions were due to a mix of some batteries being irregularly sized and others having manufacturing issues.
Some parents recently got a shocking sight when they cut open their child's favorite teething toy, Sophie the Giraffe: The toy's innards were teeming with mold. This week, Good Housekeeping reported several instances of parents cutting open Sophie the Giraffe and finding mold inside the toy. Now, a number of parents have taken to social media to share their pictures of Sophie's insides filled with black mold.
Hillary and former President Bill Clinton arrive on Capitol Hill to attend the inauguration of Donald Trump. Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric discusses Ms. Clinton's campaign and the statement the Clintons make about the peaceful transfer of power by attending this event.
(Reuters) - Lawyers for a convicted killer are calling for an investigation into his Wednesday night execution in Virginia, saying a delay in the process suggested he underwent "pain and suffering inconsistent with his constitutional rights."
Four Chicago police officers were suspended for not having properly functioning dashboard cameras during the 2014 shooting death of a black teenager by a white officer that sparked protests and led to the ouster of the city's police chief, officials said. The officers' suspensions were disclosed Wednesday in a quarterly report issued by Chicago's Office of the Inspector General, which noted that the city's police superintendent "issued one week suspensions for each of the four individuals." A police department spokesman confirmed the suspensions.
ATLANTA (AP) — In a story Jan. 17 about two dogs attacking children, The Associated Press erroneously reported the breed of dogs involved. The dogs were a pit bull mix and a border collie, not two pit bulls.A corrected version of the story is below:Owner