New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is still petitioning the federal government to compensate the Big Apple for protecting President-elect Donald Trump. Since Trump’s election victory, the New York Police Department has had to vastly increase its already intense security for the area. “New York City taxpayers should not be on the hook for 80 percent of the national bill to protect our president-elect and his family’s residence,” he said.
The operator of the converted warehouse in Oakland, Calif., where a massive fire killed at least 36 people over the weekend is facing intense scrutiny over his role as de facto landlord of a building that fire officials say was a maze of plywood, tapestries, furniture, art and apparently illegal living spaces. “What am I doing here?” Almena said. A criminal investigation is under way, though it’s unclear whether Almena is the focus.
Do you spend time in Silicon Valley or Detroit? If you don’t, know that most conversations involve these talking points: Autonomous cars are inevitable. Almost here. Will be ubiquitous. Save lives. Reduce traffic. Cut pollution. Also, mobility. And sharing
A court in Saudi Arabia handed down death sentences to 15 people Tuesday for spying for Iran, according to reports. Nimr was a well-known critic of the Saudi regime and his execution further soured relations between Sunni and Shia Muslims in the region.
Deputy Dora Linda Nishihara, 69, crashed her personal car Sunday evening after a burst sewer line and heavy rains created the massive crater in San Antonio. Authorities said two passersby rescued another driver, a man in his 60s, Sunday night before first responders arrived and realized Nishihara's vehicle was already 90 percent submerged in the water, WFAA reported. Rescuers believed it was not likely that Nishihara had survived. The other driver and one of his rescuers were taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries.
Russia said it would hold talks with Washington on Tuesday on a total rebel withdrawal from Syria's Aleppo, where the army has made sweeping advances, but opposition factions have rejected any evacuation. President Bashar al-Assad's forces have seized two-thirds of the former rebel bastion in east Aleppo since they began an operation to recapture all of the battered second city in mid-November. The assault has raised an international outcry, but Russia and China on Monday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in the city.
People carry flags and effigies during a protest prior to the season opening of the famous Milan ‘La Scala’ opera house with the original two-act version of the opera ‘Madame Butterfly’ by Giacomo Puccini, in Milan; an aerial view shows the autumn scenery
The video was unambiguous: A white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black man in the back as the man ran away. "There's a jury full of people and they cannot decide if it's illegal to shoot someone who is running away from you?" said activist Johnetta Elzie, who is black. Prosecutors plan to retry officer Michael Slager, who is scheduled to be tried separately next year on federal charges that he violated Walter Scott's civil rights.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday sided with Samsung in its big-money smartphone patent fight with Apple, throwing out an appeals court ruling that the South Korean company had to pay a $399 million penalty to its American rival for copying key iPhone designs. The justices sent the case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington to determine how much Samsung must pay. Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock said in a statement that the U.S. company remained "optimistic that the lower courts will again send a powerful signal that stealing isn't right." Samsung told Reuters in a statement the ruling was a "victory for Samsung and for all those who promote creativity, innovation and fair competition in the marketplace." Following a 2012 jury verdict favoring Apple, Samsung initially was hit with nearly $930 million in penalties, later cut by $382 million, for infringing Apple's iPhone patents and mimicking its distinctive appearance in making the Galaxy and other competing devices.
It’s rare that a vehicle can be so ahead of its time when first introduced that it remains relevant for the good part of a decade. Somehow, the Volvo XC60 has accomplished such a feat with minimal updates and fairly safe styling. The 2017 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD doesn’t look that much different from the 2010 XC60 which is actually quite impressive.
Young artists, musicians and educators were among the victims of the deadly warehouse fire that broke out in Oakland over the weekend, killing several dozen attendees of a party in an art space. According to Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy Tya Modste, 36 bodies had been recovered as of Sunday from the dilapidated, two-story Oakland warehouse known as the Ghost Ship. The San Francisco Chronicle has reported that the teenage victim was Draven McGill, a junior at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts and the son of a deputy for the Alameda County sheriff’s office.
For the last 50-plus years, muscle cars have been confronted with a basic problem: more power than traction. Until today, when Dodge revealed the 2017 Challenger GT—the first muscle car with all-wheel-drive straight from the factory. People have been retrofitting AWD systems to muscle cars for years—Ken Block’s maniacal 1,400-horsepower Hoonicorn being the most obvious example—but this marks the first time a carmaker has officially slapped such a drivetrain into a production car.
A Lowe's hardware store in Abilene, Texas, is feeling the praise online after hiring a veteran and his service dog. Air Force veteran Clay Luthy was having difficulty finding a job due to his service dog named Charlotte, who accompanies him at all times.
A visit by a white nationalist ended in a fracas at Texas A&M.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday used his final address on global terror to defend his approach to the fight, calling for coalition-building to continue battlefield successes while rejecting the use of torture. Highlighting the lines drawn during his eight years as commander in chief, Obama did not mention Donald Trump by name, but he clearly addressed his successor, who has yet to spell out his own counterterrorism strategy. "Rather than offer false promises that we can eliminate terrorism by dropping more bombs or deploying more and more troops or fencing ourselves off from the rest of the world, we have to take a long view of the terrorist threat," Obama said.
The new chief spokesman for the Islamic State group (also called ISIS) promised attacks on the United States, Russia, Europe and Iran in his first address to the terrorist outfit’s followers, which was released Monday by ISIS’s al-Furqan media division. The audio recording named Abu Hassan al-Muhajir as the successor to Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike near al-Bab, Syria, on Aug. 30. According to a translation by Rita Katz, director of the SITE Intelligence Group, Muhajir said in the message: “We will attack them in their own countries.
Three teenagers are in custody in the armed robbery of the wife of Missouri Gov.-Elect Eric Greitens, and the former Navy Seal officer who takes office next month said Tuesday it's a good thing police got to them before he did. Eric and Sheena Greitens spoke at a brief news conference, one day after Sheena Greitens was robbed at gunpoint while in her car outside a coffee shop in St. Louis. Sheena Greitens, 34, said she was thankful for the outpouring of support she received.
By Kaori Kaneko and Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Pearl Harbor this month, the first by a Japanese leader, will not be to apologize for the Japanese attack 75 years ago that drew the United States into World War Two, Abe's top aide said on Tuesday. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the purpose of Abe's Dec. 26-27 visit was to console the souls of those who died in the war. While the lack of an apology could disappoint some U.S. war veterans, Abe hopes the visit will showcase the tight alliance between the former foes.
Norwegian and Royal Caribbean cruises on Wednesday announced that they have received permission from the Cuban government to sail from the U.S. to Cuba. The Marina will sail from Miami on March 7 and Norwegian Sky will begin overnighting in Havana in spring 2017. In May, Carnival Corp. became the first U.S. company in decades to sail to Cuba.
Rescuers scrabbled through the rubble of shattered homes, shops and mosques in search of survivors Wednesday after a powerful earthquake struck western Indonesia and killed at least 97 people. The shallow 6.5-magnitude quake struck Aceh province, one of the areas worst affected by the devastating 2004 tsunami, at dawn as many in the mainly Muslim region on Sumatra island were preparing for morning prayers. "So far 97 people have been killed and the number keeps growing," Aceh military chief Tatang Sulaiman told AFP after the army took over responsibility for the search and rescue.
Anthony Pettis doesn’t seem like the sort of guy you’d want to mess with. Pettis, 29, is a professional mixed martial arts fighter, meaning his chosen occupation is ceremoniously beating other men to a bloody pulp. Between August 2013 and March 2015, Pettis was the UFC Lightweight Champion.
There is an upside to aging: Older Americans tend to be happier, according to a new poll. In the poll, from Gallup-Healthways, older adults in the United States scored higher on a survey of well-being than did their younger counterparts. On average, adults ages 55 and older scored 63.6 out of 100 on the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index in 2015, which is 3 points higher than the average score of adults younger than 55, Gallup-Healthways said.
Sherri Papini and her family have abruptly fled their home in Redding, California, and moved to an undisclosed location in the wake of her abduction, the New York Post reported Monday. According to the New York Post, the family left the house over the weekend and did not take their two dogs with them. A friend of Keith Papini, Sherri's husband, told the Post he could not "answer any questions" about the family's whereabouts.
An Irish court on Wednesday released 100 million euros ($107 million) in frozen assets for exiled former Russian oil tycoon and Kremlin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Irish Times reported. Dublin District Court judge Timothy Lucey said there were no reasonable grounds for maintaining a freeze on the funds which was imposed in 2011 following an embezzlement ruling against him in Russia. The 53-year-old former oligarch, who spent a decade in prison on controversial charges and now lives mainly in Britain while supporting opposition forces in Russia, welcomed the news.
A famous Russian submarine design bureau is working on a drone that imitates submarines. The drone, tentatively named "Surrogat," could be a useful decoy in baiting a trap…or escaping one. The Rubin Design Bureau of St. Petersberg, designer of Cold War Soviet missile submarines including the enormous Typhoon class, is working on this drone for the Russian Navy.