Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Labor strongly defended immigration reform in remarks several years ago and also criticized border security as a waste of money and overly intrusive — positions that put him at odds with the president-elect’s campaign promises to crack down on immigration. Andrew Puzder, CEO of the fast-food chain conglomerate CKE Restaurants, said that passing immigration reform that offered a path to legalization for many of the millions of undocumented immigrants in the country was “the right thing to do” and would boost the economy, in a question-and-answer session organized by conservative think tank the American Enterprise Institute in 2013.
We celebrate the life of Astronaut and long time Senator John Glenn, who died today at the age of 95. Glenn was the last living member of the Mercury 7 astronauts. Glenn had been hospitalized in an Ohio State University Medical Center as of last week.
A UPS driver has been hailed as a hero after cops say he helped to save a Missouri woman who'd been beaten and held captive by her husband for more than 15 hours. According to police, the driver arrived that morning and, as he took the package from the woman, she wrote "contact 911" on it. The concerned driver did just that and deputies soon arrested 33-year old James Jordan.
Today on Drive Wire: Uber has released a list of behaviors that can get users banned from the ride-hailing app. Uber users are prohibited from damaging other people’s property, committing fraud, or drinking in the car—where it isn’t legally permitted, of course.
A Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter crashed earlier today off the coast of Japan. The Hornet was conducting training at the time of the accident. The aircraft was part of the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing headquartered on the island of Okinawa but was stationed on mainland Japan.
The U.S.-led coalition has killed 50,000 Islamic State militants in the last two years in Iraq and Syria, a senior U.S. military official said Thursday, describing a conservative total that is a bit larger than what others have stated before. In August, Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland said about 45,000 combatants have been taken off the battlefields. Speaking to a small group of reporters Thursday, the military official said coalition airstrikes could be more aggressive in places like Mosul, where Iraqi troops are battling to retake the city, but civilian casualties are a risk.
Ronald Smith, 45, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m. (0505 GMT) at the Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, where he was executed by lethal injection, a spokesman for the Alabama Department of Corrections said. Smith was executed after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted a second stay on the execution, having twice put it on hold on Thursday. The Supreme Court gave no explanation for any of its three orders issued in the case on Thursday.
A major 7.7-magnitude quake struck Friday off the Solomon Islands triggering severe shaking and a tsunami warning, but there were no reports of any serious damage, officials said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre initially said there could be possible "widespread, hazardous" tsunami waves, forcing villagers to flee to higher ground. The epicentre of the quake, which hit at 4:38 am (1738 GMT Thursday), was located 68 kilometres (42 miles) west of Kirakira, a provincial capital in the Solomon Islands, at a depth of 48 kilometres, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.
Young artists, musicians and educators were among the victims of the deadly warehouse fire that broke out in Oakland last 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.
More than 300 American Muslim leaders are imploring Donald Trump to reject the anti-Muslim policies he touted during his presidential campaign, as well as administration appointments that will bring Islamophobic attitudes into the White House. “It is deeply concerning that you have announced the appointment of individuals to your upcoming Administration with a well-documented history of outright bigotry directed at Muslims or advocating that Muslims should not have the same rights as their fellow Americans,” reads the letter the leaders sent to the president-elect this week.
The GIFs run the gamut across the space agency’s expansive spread of missions. The GIFS have been scattered across the space agency’s GIPHY and Pinterest pages, so feel free to browse them both at your leisure and see what gems you can dig up.
A throwback photo of Sherri Papini was shared online as reports about the California mother's ordeal while she went missing for three weeks continue to emerge. According to the Daily Mail, the picture was posted by Sherri's mother, Loretta Graeff, on her Facebook page. The Daily Mail reported that the photo was posted on Nov. 28, less than a week after Sherri was found heavily battered on Thanksgiving morning after being spotted by a motorist on Interstate 5 in Woodland, more than 150 miles from her home.
Pakistani military helicopters on Thursday, Dec., 8, ferried remains of plane crash victims to the capital, Islamabad, as aviation authorities said they opened a probe into the crash that killed 47 passengers and crew the day before in the country’s northwest. The small twin-propeller aircraft was traveling from the scenic mountain resort city of Chitral to Islamabad on Wednesday when one of its engines failed shortly after takeoff and crashed in the hillside village of Gug in the district of, according to Pervez George of the Civil Aviation Authority. The plane belonged to the Pakistani national carrier, the Pakistan International Airlines, and had 42 passengers and five crew members on board, PIA spokesman Daniyal Gilani said.
With the exception of the addition of the Lamborghini Aventador SV, the 691-horsepower Aventador has remained relatively unchanged since it entered production almost six years ago. A patent unearthed by Autocar showed that a new model called the Aventador S is on its way. There's no official word on what changes the Aventador might be on the receiving end of, but it is likely there will be a moderate physical facelift, as is usually the case for cars deep into their life cycle.
John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. Glenn died at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he was hospitalized for more than a week, said Hank Wilson, communications director for the John Glenn School of Public Affairs. John Herschel Glenn Jr. had two major career paths that often intersected: flying and politics, and he soared in both.
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a compromise version of an annual defense policy bill on Thursday without controversial provisions such as requiring women to register for the draft or allowing contractors to make religion-based hiring decisions. Ninety-two senators backed the $618.7 billion National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, and seven opposed it. Because it passed the House of Representatives by a similarly large margin last week, the bill now goes to the White House for President Barack Obama to veto or sign into law.
Michael Alan Williamson is serving a life sentence for armed robbery and assault and battery with intent to kill. Breaking overnight two major manhunts are under way this morning in this south South Carolina. Prison officials are looking for Michael Williamson who they say broke out of McCormick correctional institution.
Ditching your crappy apartments and moving into vans full-time is a thing, again. This isn’t exactly a new phenomenon as Americans have always had a fascination with vans. People are fed up with the hustle and bustle of the daily grind and are turning in their resignations at Starbucks to hit the road indefinitely.
Newt Gingrich speaks to the media after a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York on Nov. 21. “I have a job,” Newt Gingrich told me this week, when I asked him if there was a job he might accept in the new administration. Yes, he would have accepted the vice presidency had Donald Trump asked him.
Researchers have discovered the partial tail of a feathered dinosaur that was preserved in amber some 99 million years ago, according to a study released Thursday. "This is a new source of information that is worth researching with intensity and protecting as a fossil resource," said Ryan McKellar, one of the scientists who worked on the study published in the US journal Current Biology.
A while back, two editors at The Drive had a spirited office debate about what is the best sounding, naturally-aspirated V-8. Unable to reach to a calm consensus (there was talk of trading blows in the parking lot), we decided to turn the question over
Beverly Hills Cop actor Judge Reinhold has been charged with disorderly conduct after exhibiting some bizarre behavior at a Texas airport Thursday night. The actor was taken into custody at Love Field Airport in Dallas after ripping off his shirt and screaming obscenities during a TSA screening. TSA agents called Dallas Police.
Today on Drive Wire: Dodge has announced the first all-wheel-drive muscle car with the 2017 Challenger GT. While we've known about the impending Challenger GT for a couple of months now, the fact that it will be all-wheel-drive instead of the standard rear does come as a surprise. People have been retrofitting all-wheel-drive systems to muscle cars for years, but the new Dodge Challenger GT will be the first muscle car with no retrofitting necessary.
In an effort to combat illegal mining and logging, agents of the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, supported by military police, conduct operations in the municipality of Novo Progresso, Para State, northern Brazil
Islamic State seized more territory from Syrian government forces near the ancient city of Palmyra on Friday in fierce clashes that raged for a second day, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said. The jihadists launched an attack late on Thursday in which they captured grain silos northeast of Palmyra and have since taken at least partial control of oil and gas fields to its northwest. Dozens of Syrian troops have been killed in the fighting, the British-based Observatory, which tracks the war using sources on the ground, said.