The president is celebrating nearly 250 years of U.S.-French relations with a glitzy, state dinner for French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday.Congressional Democrats, journalists not invited »
Four young protesters and a police officer were killed in increasingly violent clashes over social security cuts in Nicaragua, Associated Press reported Friday. Protests began Wednesday after a new law was signed increasing tax contributions and cutting pension income in the social security system.
Daniel Fried, Barack Obama. The former State Department diplomat who oversaw U.S. government sanctions policy said he was “extremely” frustrated when the Obama administration issued “weak” and “frankly inadequate” sanctions against Russia in December 2016 in response to that country’s campaign to disrupt the U.S. presidential election.
Recreational marijuana is already legal in nine states and now Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer says he is planning to introduce a bill to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.
Two deputies were killed when a man shot at them through a window while they were eating at a Chinese restaurant in Trenton, Florida, on Thursday afternoon. A gunman walked up to Ace China Restaurant and shot at Sgt. Noel Ramirez, 30, and Deputy Taylor Lindsay, 25, about 3 p.m., according to the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office, where the deputies worked. The adult male gunman was found dead outside the restaurant, Sheriff Robert D. Schultz said during a news conference.
Thousands of students walked out of classes across the United States on Friday, marking the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School with a show of unity aimed at pressuring politicians to enact tighter gun restrictions. Students from more than 2,600 schools and institutions were expected to leave their classes at 10:00 a.m. local time, organizers said. Many wore orange, a color that has come to represent the movement against gun violence, as they observed a 13-second silence in honor of those killed at Columbine.
A dog feared to cancer had actually eaten four teddy bears, but the vet did not realise until halfway through the operation. Eight-year-old St Bernard Maisy was taken for a CT scan after she was taken ill, which showed a mass on her spleen and an unusually full stomach, seemingly showing she had not digested her food properly. It would not be unusual for Maisy, an elderly dog, to have cancer at her advanced age.
At least some passengers aboard a deadly Southwest Airlines flight have received $5,000 checks with “sincere apologies” from the carrier. The airline issued the payments after a Tuesday flight from New York City to Dallas was rocked by an engine explosion in midair, killing one passenger. In a letter accompanying the checks, Southwest said the payment was a goodwill gesture for the ordeal, CNN reported.
The U.S. has opened a probe into alleged coordination by AT&T Inc , Verizon Communications and a telecommunications standards organisation to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers, a person briefed on the matter said on Friday. Verizon and AT&T acknowledged the government probe and said they were working with regulators. Verizon called it "much ado about nothing," adding that it has been working with the Justice Department for several months "regarding the inquiry," according to spokesman Rich Young.
Lockheed Martin Wants to Merge an F-22 and F-35 Into 1 Fighter for Japan. Reuters is reporting that Lockheed Martin is pitching an F-22 and F-35 combination to Japan to meet Tokyo’s requirement for a next-generation air superiority fighter. While the details of the proposed aircraft are unknown, presumably Lockheed would draw upon the F-35’s exponentially more advanced sensor and avionics technology and package that equipment into a modified Raptor airframe that offers grotesquely superior aerodynamic performance (compared to the Joint Strike Fighter).
The Trump administration is lashing out at China, Iran, Russia and North Korea for being "forces of instability" because of human rights abuses of their own citizens and others. In its annual global human rights reports released on Friday, the State Department singled out the four countries for egregious rights violations, including restricting the freedoms of speech and assembly and allowing or committing violence against religious, ethnic and other minority groups. "The governments of China, Russia, Iran and North Korea, for example, violate the human rights of those within their borders on a daily basis and are forces of instability as a result," acting Secretary of State John Sullivan said in an introduction to the reports — one for each country and territory in the world.
President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Michael Cohen withdrew lawsuits against BuzzFeed News and Fusion GPS on Wednesday to focus on the investigation against him that led to an FBI raid last week. Cohen filed a pair of defamation lawsuits against
Shares in Japanese drug maker Takeda dropped Friday after a potential rival in its bid to take over Ireland's Shire Pharmaceuticals said it was no longer considering making an offer. Analysts had raised the prospect of a bidding war between Takeda and Botox-maker Allergan after the global pharma giant said it was also considering making a bid for Shire. Takeda was trading down as much as 3.98 percent on Tokyo trade on Friday morning.
Actress Natalie Portman has pulled out of accepting a prestigious award in Israel because she said her conscience prevented her from doing so, the Genesis Prize Foundation said. The prize was established in 2013 to honor those who inspire Jewish values.
A Minneapolis-area church pastor who also drives a school bus says his rights to free speech and to practice his religion were violated when he was taken off his route for leading students in prayer. It is not the first time George Nathaniel, 54, has faced consequences for leading prayers. Nathaniel was fired from driving children to school in the town of Burnsville, Minnesota, four years ago for the same reason.
Kids may say the darndest things, but parents tweet about them in the funniest ways. So each week, we round up the most hilarious 280-character quips from moms and dads to spread the joy.Scroll down to read the latest batch and follow @HuffPostParents
Southwest Airlines Co clashed with engine-maker CFM over the timing and cost of proposed inspections after a 2016 engine accident, months before the explosion this week of a similar engine on a Southwest jet that led to the death of a passenger, public documents showed. The proposed inspections would have cost $170 per engine for two hours of labor, for a total bill to U.S. carriers of $37,400, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said in its August 2017 proposal, citing the engine manufacturer. The documents reveal that airlines including Southwest thought the FAA had "vastly understated" the number of engines that would need to be inspected - and therefore the cost.
Two Air National Guard members have been punished over the use of a hand puppet during a re-enlistment ceremony. The colonel who led the proceedings has been demoted to lieutenant colonel and immediately retired, officials said. Master Sgt. Robin Brown, who used a dinosaur puppet to recite her service oath, has been removed from her post with the Tennessee Joint Public Affairs Office and faces further administrative action.
A Syrian-German jihadist linked to the 9/11 attacks on the United States has been captured in Syria by US-backed forces, the Pentagon said on Thursday. Mohammad Haydar Zammar, who has been accused of recruiting some of the 9/11 Al-Qaeda hijackers, was captured over a month ago by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a Kurdish-led militia backed by the US. News of his capture was first reported on Wednesday by the Kurdish group.
Earlier this week, Fox News declared its “full support” for Sean Hannity after it was revealed the conservative commentator was also a client of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney. Although Hannity has spent months defending Cohen on his nightly program, his failure to divulge such information to his viewers or to his bosses has not jeopardized his standing with the network. It does make clearer, however, the extent of Fox News’ corruption as a propaganda mill for the Trump presidency and its dishonesty as a news organization.
Visitors to a zoo in southeastern China killed one kangaroo and injured another by throwing bricks at them in an attempt to get a reaction from the big marsupials, state media reported. A 12-year-old female kangaroo suffered a severely injured foot when it was struck by bricks and concrete chunks on February 28 at the Fuzhou Zoo in Fujian province, China Central Television reported. The report included pictures of the first kangaroo's smashed and nearly severed foot, and of the animal receiving treatment via intravenous drip before it died.
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Also, you probably shouldn’t go around telling people you’re the nephew of a celebrity athlete like Alex Rodriguez. Norberto Susini, 29 and the alleged nephew, met a pair of men in Times Square to sell a $600,000 Lamborghini, but things didn’t go as planned. The two men trying to buy the car, Lamin Vucetovic, 33, and Anthony Gilkes, 30, picked up Susini in a Rolls-Royce at about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to the New York Post.
Indonesian fishermen rescued 76 Rohingya Muslims stranded off the coast of Aceh on Friday, authorities said, in the latest attempt by members of the persecuted ethnic group to flee Myanmar by sea. It was unclear how long they had been at sea, said Riza Yulianto, the police chief of Bireuen regency in Aceh on the island of Sumatra. Aceh's Disaster Mitigation Agency said the Rohingya told local authorities that they wanted to reach Australia.
Baking for others is a delicious form of altruism that’s been proven to boost your overall sense of well-being and help connect you with the people you love. But what if you just don’t have time for altruism during the busy workweek? That’s what weekends