President Obama has commuted the 35-year prison sentence of Chelsea Manning, paving the way for the Army intelligence analyst turned high-profile leaker to be freed on May 17, the White House announced Tuesday. Manning was on a list of 209 commutations and 64 pardons released Tuesday, though they may not be Obama’s final acts of clemency before he leaves office at midday on Jan. 20. Edward Snowden’s name was not on the list.
Outgoing White House press secretary Josh Earnest tore into President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for health and human services secretary, Georgia Rep. Tom Price, amid a report that the Republican congressman bought stock in a medical company, then introduced legislation that would have directly benefited the company. “If he knew about it, it could very well be a violation of the law,” Schumer told CNN.
In a sometimes contentious confirmation hearing, education secretary pick Betsy DeVos pledged that she would not seek to dismantle public schools amid questions by Democrats about her qualifications, political donations and long-time work advocating for charter schools and school choice. DeVos said she would address "the needs of all parents and students" but that a one-size fits all model doesn't work in education. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont asked DeVos outright if she would have gotten the job had it not been for her family's political contributions.
Earthquakes brought an icy chill of terror to snowbound central Italy on Wednesday as four powerful shocks reverberated through an area still recovering from deadly tremors last year. The quakes, all measuring more than five magnitude, struck in the space of four hours in an area close to Amatrice, the mountain town devastated by an August earthquake that left nearly 300 people dead. Fears for the trapped intensified after a mother and child were dragged from the ruins of a collapsed country cottage near Teramo in the Abruzzo region.
The FBI in Seattle has recruited a band of amateur sleuths to help solve its 45-year-old head-scratcher of America’s most notorious skyjacker – D.B. Cooper. The amateur scientists, who call themselves Citizen Sleuths, are asking for the publics’ assistance as they gather new leads that may link Cooper to The Boeing Company as either an employee or a contractor hired by the tech giant in the 1970s. The Citizen Sleuths analyzed the clip-on tie discovered aboard the hijacked Northwest Orient passenger jet in November 1971.
The deep-sea sonar search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may not have found the plane but will reveal more about how land beneath the Indian Ocean formed over millions of years and where oil fields could lie. National geoscience agency Geoscience Australia will soon release detailed sonar mapping of 120,000 square kilometers (46,000 square miles) of seabed that was searched for the wreckage of the Boeing 777 that vanished with 239 passengers and crew on March 8, 2014. The unique information about plate tectonics would interest geoscientists as well as oil and gas explorers, said Australian National University marine geologist Neville Exon, who has advised Geoscience Australia on the sonar data.
By Pedro Fonseca RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian police used rubber bullets and tear gas on Tuesday to break up a renewed clash between drug gangs in a prison where 26 inmates were butchered by rivals in recent days. Major Eduardo Franco, spokesman for police in the state of Rio Grande do Norte where the Alcaçuz prison is located, said authorities managed to keep the rival gangs apart and so far prevent another massacre. Brazil has been hit by a wave of deadly gang clashes in prisons in the north and northeast regions of the country since Jan. 1.
Canada's ethics commissioner has opened a probe of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over his lavish post-Christmas vacation at the private island of billionaire philanthropist and spiritual leader the Aga Khan. In a letter to an opposition Conservative member of Parliament shown to AFP on Monday, Commissioner Mary Dawson said she was investigating whether Trudeau breached ethics laws in receiving a free Bahamas vacation and in using the Aga Khan's helicopter to fly to his private island. The Aga Khan's foundation has received hundreds of millions of dollars from the Canadian government to promote development and other projects in several countries.
An 18-year-old woman abducted as a newborn from a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, says she still loves the only mother she has known. Manigo met with her birth parents, Craig Aiken and Shanara Mobley, last weekend in Walterboro, South Carolina, where she was found earlier this month. "I feel like I do owe them that, to give them a chance, you know, get to know them," Manigo said.
At each new job there might be a waiting period to join the 401(k) plan or to qualify for a 401(k) match. A recent Government Accountability Office survey of 80 401(k) plans found that some groups of employees, including short-term, part-time and young workers, are often excluded from the company 401(k) plan or denied company contributions. Here's who might not be eligible to save in a 401(k) plan or keep an employer match and how much it's costing them in lost retirement savings.
Trump speaks at a press conference at Trump Tower in New York City last week. “The same people who did the phony election polls, and were so wrong, are now doing approval rating polls,” the president-elect tweeted Tuesday morning. The same people who did the phony election polls, and were so wrong, are now doing approval rating polls.
The Israeli military says border police shot and killed the "main instigator" of clashes on Monday in which hundreds of Palestinians threw rocks at security forces in the West Bank. The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the deceased as 17-year-old Qusai Hassan Al-Aamour. Israeli forces have killed 232 Palestinians in the same period, most of them identified by Israel as attackers, while the rest were taking part in violent demonstrations or clashes with security forces.
A mother who murdered her own daughter and set her alight for marrying the man of her choice has been sentenced to death, officials said Tuesday, in a case that had revolted many in Pakistan. Zeenat Bibi, aged 16, was doused with kerosene and set alight in June last year in Pakistan's teeming cultural capital Lahore, a little over a week after she wed 20-year-old motorcycle mechanic Hasan Khan against her family's wishes. A judge in an anti-terror court in Lahore sentenced her mother Perveen Bibi to death on murder and terrorism charges, prosecutor Mian Mohammad Tufail told AFP.
Logan Braatz, 6, was killed in the attack by what appeared to be pit bulls while 5-year-old Syari Sanders was taken to a hospital, according to CBS46. The attack reportedly occurred when the kids were walking to their school bus stop. Shamonta Clayton, who lives in the neighborhood, told 11Alive he was awoken by the sound of screams.
Airbus Group announced today that it plans to test an autonomous airborne taxi prototype for one passenger by the end of 2017, according to a report from Reuters. Full design schematics have not been released, but it is likely that the first prototype vehicle will use four rotors, possibly looking more like Ehang's quadcopter-style drone-which is currently in flight testing-than the aircraft pictured above. "One hundred years ago, urban transport went underground, now we have the technological wherewithal to go above ground," Airbus CEO Tom Enders said at the DLD digital tech conference in Munich, as reported by Reuters.
By Lamin Jahateh BANJUL (Reuters) - The top judge in Gambia's Supreme Court declined on Monday to rule on President Yahya Jammeh's petition to overturn his election defeat, as many Gambians wait nervously to see how the veteran leader will react to his rival's planned inauguration this week. Jammeh initially conceded defeat to opposition leader Adama Barrow following the Dec. 1 poll but later changed his mind, drawing widespread condemnation and the threat of a military intervention by regional neighbours. Whether Gambia succeeds in swearing in Barrow is viewed as a test for democracy in West Africa, a region which is seeking to draw a line under a history of coups and autocratic rule.
Video has emerged of a massive alligator strolling past an awed group of Florida tourists, as if it had not a care in the world. The gator, spotted at Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland, appeared to be about 12 feet long. Watch: After Toddler Dies, Disney
The man who shot and severely beat an Arizona state trooper last week was a former member of the Mexican federal police who was in the country illegally, authorities said. Leonard Pennelas-Escobar opened fire on Trooper Edward Andersson early Thursday after the officer had stopped on the interstate and set up flares in a bid to get motorists to slow down. Pennelas-Escobar said something unrecognizable in Spanish before shooting the trooper, and then he started landing blows with his fists and beating the trooper's head on the ground, Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead said Monday.
Apart from a few unsubstantiated theories, it was understood that human settlements in North America, made by settlers who crossed over from Russia over the Bering Strait, date back to about 14,000 years ago, which was toward the end of the last Ice Age. Such a claim had been made about 30 years ago by Jacques Cinq-Mars, an archeologist, who excavated the Bluefish Caves on the banks of the Bluefish River in Canada’s Yukon province, near the border with Alaska. Based on radiocarbon dating of animal bones he found in the caves, he proposed humans had settled in the area as far back as 30,000 years ago.
Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., testifies on Capitol Hill on Jan. 11. Donald Trump’s feud with Rep. John Lewis entered its fourth day Tuesday when the president-elect fired off still more tweets ripping Rep. John Lewis for skipping his inauguration. “John Lewis said about my inauguration, ‘It will be the first one that I’ve missed.’ WRONG (or lie)!” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.
Caroline Kennedy stepped down Wednesday after three years as U.S. ambassador to Japan, where she was welcomed like a celebrity and worked to deepen the U.S.-Japan relationship despite regular flare-ups over American military bases on the southern island of Okinawa. Appointed by President Barack Obama in 2013, she had been expected to leave with the coming change in U.S. leadership. President-elect Donald Trump's transition team has also said that all envoys who were political appointees must step down by Inauguration Day on Friday.
More than 80 dolphins known as false killer whales have died off the southwest coast of Florida after getting stranded in shallow waters, US officials said. A pod of 95 of the dolphins, which are black in color and look like killer whales without white markings, became stranded in the Gulf Coast off Everglades National Park, the park said on Twitter. "Sadly, 81 have already been confirmed dead," Everglades National Park said Monday, adding that marine mammal rescue operations were being carried out.
The Oregon Coast Guard has suspended the search for a father and son who were swept out to sea Sunday while the man's wife reportedly looked on. Authorities spent 22 hours searching by helicopter and foot for 31-year-old Jayson Dean Thomas and his 3-year
There is one constant in the world of pickup trucks—year after year, trucks become more capable and more powerful. Two years after re-entering the mid-size-truck market, the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado hits the streets carrying the same mass yet packing