Thanks to the tax cuts President Trump signed at the end of 2017, fewer people will be deducting mortgage interests rates and tax payments.Windfall for businesses »
A Dallas police officer has died and another remains in critical condition after a shooting at a Home Depot on Tuesday. Officer Rogelio Santander, 27, died Wednesday morning, the Dallas Police Department told multiple media outlets. The two officers were responding to a call from an off-duty officer to assist in an arrest at the store late Tuesday afternoon, Dallas Police Chief Renée Hall told reporters at a news conference that day.
One of the prosecutors who brought the case against I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby says President Trump’s pardon of the ex-top aide to former Vice President Dick Cheney sends a not-so-subtle message to potential witnesses in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation: Stay loyal to Trump and Trump will stay loyal to you. “I don’t see any other logic to it,” Peter Zeidenberg, top deputy to the special counsel in Libby’s case, Patrick Fitzgerald, said in a recent interview for Yahoo News’ Skullduggery podcast.
WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump’s unrelenting attacks on the free press have created a “Trump effect” promoting antagonism against journalists in the U.S. and abroad, the media watchdog and advocacy group Reporters Without Borders said Wednesday in its annual World Press Freedom Index. The group, also known as Reporters Sans Frontières, attributed the downgrade to Trump’s incendiary anti-press rhetoric and his attempts to curtail media access. The rankings cite an overall decline in global press freedom, with a “climate of hatred” for the press that is “openly encouraged by political leaders.” The report said this is occurring in authoritarian countries that regularly rank at the bottom, including Egypt, Syria, Turkey, Russia, China and North Korea.
Rachel Maddow shows how Robert Mueller has worked with other departments and agencies in the course of the Trump Russia investigation, ensuring that even if the special counsel is fired, the elements of the investigation live on.
After successfully blocking off all lanes of traffic on the highway below, Michigan State troopers allowed 13 semi truck drivers through the barricade and instructed them to park their vehicles side by side underneath the overpass. The Michigan State Police took to Twitter later that day to share a photo of their clever maneuver and to urge those who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts to seek help.
The husband of the passenger killed in the mid-air engine explosion aboard a Southwest Airlines plane tells NBC News that his late wife was constantly sending inspirational text messages to friends, spreading love and kindness.
A father whose daughter died in the Florida high school massacre said an investigative commission will discover the deaths could have been avoided it weren't for egregious errors made by law enforcement and school officials. Andrew Pollack is one of three victims' fathers appointed to the 16-member commission investigating the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead, including his 18-year-old daughter, Meadow. The commission held its first meeting Tuesday, hearing from a Broward Sheriff's Office detective who laid out the gunman's actions during the shootings.
The head of the Jewish community in Germany has urged Jews to not to wear kippahs — traditional skullcaps — due to heightened concern over recent anti-Semitic attacks. “Defiantly showing your colors would in principle be the right way to go,” Josef Schuster, the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said on Berlin public radio, according to the BBC. Jewish organizations have also voiced concern over other recent anti-Semitic incidents.
Earlier this month, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt denied having any conflicts of interest with Steven Hart, the lobbyist who’s home he has been renting a room in for the generous rate of $50 a day. “Mr. Hart has no client that has business before this agency,” Pruitt said. Hart’s firm Williams & Jensen has represented Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, for more than a decade and continued to lobby EPA on their behalf in early 2018.
The Toronto van attack, which killed 10 people and injured many more, seemed like an unexplained and unexpected act of brutality. Shortly before the attack on Monday, a chilling post appeared on the suspect's now-deleted Facebook feed. It saluted Elliot Rodger, and went onto use a number of words common to the dark internet community that appeared to have spawned it.
Police say a man is in custody who may be responsible for a series of 12 homicides and 45 rapes across California nearly five decades ago. The so-called Golden State Killer stoked fears throughout the 1970s and ’80s. The case received renewed media attention earlier this year with the publication of the book I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, by the late Michelle McNamara.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday gave its stamp of approval to a government review process prized by high technology companies as an easy and cheap way to combat "patent trolls" and others that bring patent infringement lawsuits. The justices ruled 7-2 that a type of in-house patent review at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office does not violate a defendant's right under the U.S. Constitution to have a case adjudicated by a federal court and jury. The court ruled against Oil States International Inc , a Houston-based oilfield services company that had challenged the legality of the process, called inter partes review (IPR).
At 93, the longest-living president, according to a family spokesman, is responding to treatments and appears to be recovering.
French President Emmanuel Macron drew Wednesday on the “shared bond” of U.S.-French relations to call for a rejection of isolationism and instead for the countries to bond together anew for a 21st century security. Speaking almost directly to President Donald Trump, Macron quickly turned to the top issues of Syria, free trade and the Paris accord on climate change — issues where he and Trump disagree — as he urged the United States not to retreat from world affairs, but to embrace its historic role as a military leader of world affairs. Macron was speaking as part of his visit to the United States.
Police are investigating after a pit bull was seen viciously attacking a woman inside a New York City subway car last week. Other riders tried to free the woman’s foot from the dog’s grip. The whole incident was caught on tape, and authorities are now trying to identify the dog's owner.
A grainy video of female officers from Iran's morality police assaulting a young woman whose headscarf only loosely covered her hair has sparked a new public debate on the decades-long requirement for women in the Islamic Republic. While officials of all ranks up to President Hassan Rouhani have weighed in on the incident, it has seen women in Iran not only question the rule that they must wear the hijab in the street but also their faith in the theocratic Shiite-dominated nation. "I used to be a person who would always say her prayers and deeply believed in God," said Afrouz, 28, who like other women who spoke to The Associated Press in Tehran would only give their first name for fear of retribution.
Choosing a name can be one of the more frustrating parts of preparing for a new baby. The options are seemingly infinite, and you want to make sure you get it right. You may think you’ve found a great option ... until you remember that awful kid from
Authorities arrested the man accused of shooting two police officers and a security guard, and leading officers on a massive manhunt. ABC News' Kendis Gibson reports.
Armenia's opposition lawmaker Nikol Pashinyan led mass anti-government protests that culminated in the resignation of newly appointed Prime Minister Serzh Sarkisian and has declared he is ready to lead the country. A fortnight ago, few in Armenia would have believed that the 42-year-old could bring tens of thousands of people out onto the streets of Yerevan and other cities, eventually forcing the veteran leader to resign. Before these protests, Pashinyan was mostly associated with the tragic events following the 2008 presidential vote that first brought Sarkisian to power, when 10 people died in clashes between police and supporters of the defeated opposition candidate.
People who practice polyamory understand the world’s curiosity: Loving more than one person at one time isn’t entirely conventional. Below, polyamorous men and women share 12 questions they get asked all too often. “More than any other question, this one makes laugh because polyamory is actually the opposite of cheating.
A monkey can’t sue over copyright infringement of his selfies because he’s not human and therefore has no standing to do so, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday. “We must determine whether a monkey may sue humans, corporations, and companies for damages and injunctive relief arising from claims of copyright infringement,” Judge Carlos Bea wrote in the opinion for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The case involved a series of heart-melting snaps of Naruto, a grinning crested macaque, in 2011.
A chilling Facebook message posted before a van plowed onto a crowded Toronto sidewalk has raised the possibility the suspect in the attack nursed grudges against women and it is bringing back memories of a 1989 massacre of 14 women that remains one of Canada’s most traumatic acts of violence. A crowd gathered late Tuesday in Toronto’s North York community to pay their respects to the van victims at a makeshift memorial of roses, candles and messages of condolence. “I needed to come here to show that I’m not afraid of this city,” said Meena Chowdry, wiping away tears.
By Sarah N. Lynch and Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Questions about President Donald Trump and the investigation into whether his 2016 election campaign colluded with Russia overshadowed a Senate hearing on Wednesday with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been a frequent target of Trump's wrath. Sessions was the sole witness at the hearing on the Justice Department's proposed 2019 budget, where Democrats repeatedly drew the spotlight to the Russia probe.
At first glance, it would seem odd that the German juggernaut Mercedes-Benz would select China as the country to debut its new Maybach SUV concept. China has also surpassed the United States and the European Union to become the world's largest auto market. All the while, Chinese luxury consumers have a big appetite for over-the-top amenities in their vehicles.
Puerto Rico's Senate has ordered government agencies to explain why tens of thousands of people in rural areas remain without power or appropriate shelter as anger grows about the lack of basic services more than seven months after hurricanes Irma and Maria. The agencies have been given five days to present a plan on how and when they will address the needs of rural towns, an order that came as police in a small mountain town blocked power crews from leaving Tuesday. Joining the protest was the mayor and dozens of people who noted that nearly 40 percent of Las Piedras' inhabitants were still without electricity service as crews prepared to leave for another town on company orders.