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.
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.
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.
A high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by a fire collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring some 75 people, state media reported. The disaster struck the Plasco building, an iconic structure in central Tehran just north of the capital’s sprawling bazaar. Iran’s state-run Press TV announced the firefighters’ deaths, without giving a source for the information.
Months before his death, Osama bin Laden fretted about the Islamic State group's impatient, violent tactics and the fading of Al-Qaeda, documents released by the CIA Thursday showed. The latest release from the trove of documents found when Navy Seals stormed the Al-Qaeda chief's secret Pakistan compound and killed him in 2011 show bin Laden trying to keep his jihadist followers around the world aligned in his war against the United States.
Ricky Gray was pronounced dead at 9:42 p.m. following a lethal injection at the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarratt. Gray showed no emotion as he was walked into the execution chamber wearing blue jeans and handcuffs. Gray was condemned to death in 2006 for the murders of 9-year-old Stella Harvey and 4-year-old sister Ruby, and sentenced to life in prison for the slaying of their parents, Bryan and Kathryn Harvey.
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.
After a mutilated dog was discovered in Michigan, a local animal shelter is offering a reward of more than $11,000 in exchange for information about who would do such a thing. Baron, a Rottweiler, was found roaming the streets of downtown Detroit Tuesday with his ears, nose and tail cut off. "Baron is doing remarkably well considering his injuries," a veterinarian of the Michigan Humane Society said in a Facebook Live video.
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.
Rick Perry, the former Governor of Texas was spotted attempting to blow bubbles with his gum during Rabbi Marvin Hier's reading at President Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday. SEE ALSO: Donald Trump's official inauguration cups are essentially red
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.
A day after pardoning NSA whistleblower Chelsea Manning on Tuesday, the outgoing administration of President Barack Obama imposed new limits on the CIA’s power to gather private information on U.S. citizens. The amendment to the rules known as the Attorney General Guidelines (so called because they require sanction from the Department of Justice) are the first of their kind since the rules were first introduced in 1981 through an executive order, number 12333, signed by Ronald Reagan. “We are updating for the 21st century a set of rules that were previously not significantly updated since 1982,” Caroline D. Krass, the general counsel of the CIA, reportedly said during a press briefing at the CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia.
A suspect already facing a charge of murder in the death of his pregnant ex-girlfriend now has a first-degree murder charge filed against him in the slaying of an Orlando police officer. Jail records show that five new charges were filed Thursday night against 41-year-old Markeith Loyd related to the fatal shooting of Lt. Debra Clayton last week. Loyd was arrested Tuesday after a manhunt that lasted more than a week.
A bipartisan bread-breaking between congressmen after the inaugural address was notable for the absence of several prominent Democrats. Sit down and break bread at least for an hour saddle. Let's not forget that a third of the Democrats in the US House of Representatives are boycotting.
West African troops entered The Gambia on Thursday to bolster its new President Adama Barrow, as Gambians erupted in celebration at his inauguration to succeed longtime leader Yahya Jammeh, who has refused to quit. Barrow was sworn in at The Gambia's embassy in Dakar in neighbouring Senegal after Jammeh has refused to step down despite international pressure following his December election loss. Dressed all in white, 51-year-old Barrow waved to a crowd of thousands of jubilant Gambians at an inauguration ending Jammeh's 22-year rule.
A Virginia inmate was executed on Wednesday for murdering two young sisters during a 2006 killing spree, after the Supreme Court denied a stay request where he argued the use of compounded lethal drugs violated his constitutional rights. Ricky Gray, 39, died by lethal injection at 9:42 p.m. at the Greensville Correctional Center, Virginia Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Kinney said in an emailed statement. Gray's lawyers filed an emergency petition with the Supreme Court on Tuesday, saying that the three-drug combination could cause Gray unnecessary suffering and thereby violate constitutional guarantees against cruel and unusual punishment.
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.
By Paola Totaro LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has launched a raft of lawsuits that could see the U.S. billionaire secure full ownership of his island hideaway from local Hawaiian families who retain rights over the land dating back generations. Documents filed on Dec. 30 in the Hawaii State circuit court - and reported in the Honolulu Star Advertiser newspaper - show that three Zuckerberg companies filed the lawsuits under what is known as 'quiet title and partition'. Court papers seen by the Thomson Reuters Foundation reveal that more than 300 people are named in one action alone.
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.
To wit: President-elect of the United States — PEOTUS, sounds like Pee-Otus — might have already Twitter-baited North Korea into testing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of delivering a nuclear warhead all the way to Washington. OK, Donald, you tweeted us into this. First things first: Despite what you might have read in the press, Kim Jong Un did not announce that North Korea would test an ICBM in 2017.
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.
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
Steeper cuts in OPEC oil production are likely this month as producers increasingly implement a recent key deal aimed at stabilising oil prices, the IEA said Thursday. "Initial indications are that a steeper (month-on-month) decline may be on the way in January," said the International Energy Agency, which analyses energy markets for major oil consuming nations. Under a landmark deal on November 30, aimed at reducing a global supply glut that depressed oil prices, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is meant to slash its output ceiling by 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) to 32.5 million bpd, effective January 1.
Gambia's Yahya Jammeh agreed "in principle" to hand over power to President Adama Barrow on Friday, Mauritanian and Guinean sources said, but differences remained before a full deal could be reached. Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and Guinea's Alpha Conde held several hours of talks with Jammeh in which they agreed he should step aside but not how and where he would live out his exile. Troops from five African nations were stationed on the tiny nation's borders in the event the last-ditch talks fell through, as it was confirmed Conde would stay into Saturday to iron out remaining disagreements.