|Monday, May 22, 2017 - Sarah Huckabee Sanders is on a White House tightrope|
Sanders’ meteoric rise within the Trump administration has, paradoxically, put her in one of the most precarious positions in a wildly unstable White House.
|Sunday, May 21, 2017 - A Look at the Texas Border Town at Center of Nation’s Debate|
Of the 3,800 residents of El Cenizo, about 20 percent are undocumented. The town made national headlines this month when its mayor filed a lawsuit against the state to block a new law that bans so-called “sanctuary cities.”
|Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Iran’s Pres. Rouhani Wins Re-Election in a Landslide|
With an astounding voter turnout of 74%, moderate Hassan Rouhani beat hard-liner Ibrahim Raisi by nearly 8 million votes. "The Iranian nation has chosen the path of interaction with the world."
|Saturday, May 20, 2017 - The Latest: Plane clips truck at LA airport, 8 injured|
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a collision between a plane and airport utility truck in Los Angeles (all times local):
|Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Mexican mob attacks Russian man in Cancun over insults|
Police rescued the Russian, identified as Aleksei Makeev, after the crowd stormed his apartment on Friday night, said Guillermo Brahms, secretary general of Benito Juarez municipality, which encompasses Cancun. The Russian embassy had no immediate comment.
|Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 'Nothing to Fear': Extended Interview With Texas Gov. Greg Abbott|
In a sit-down interview with NBC's Gabe Gutierrez, the governor defended SB4, a bill that would allow law enforcement officials to ask about a detainee’s immigration status.
|Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Babysitter Charged After Children, 9 and 6 Years Old, Take Her Car And Crash It|
They also found drugs in the car.
|Monday, May 22, 2017 - Cathay Pacific to sack 600 staff in major shakeup|
Hong Kong's flagship airline Cathay Pacific said Monday it would cut 600 staff including a quarter of its management, as part of its biggest shakeup in two decades to repair its bottom line. In March the company posted its first annual net loss in eight years, citing intense competition as lower cost airlines, particularly from mainland China, eat into its market share. It pledged at the time to slash costs by 30 percent after its $74 million net loss in 2016 reversed a $773 million profit in the previous year.
|Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Over 100 students walked out of a commencement speech in protest of VP Mike Pence|
Vice President Mike Pence's commencement address to the University of Notre Dame Class of 2017 didn't go as smoothly as he probably would have liked it to, thanks to protesters who walked out as the vice president began his remarks. The protest, which was organized by the University of Notre Dame student activist coalition We StaND For, saw over 100 students walking out of the commencement ceremony on Sunday afternoon to a few boos and a few cheers. SEE ALSO: The most memorable protest signs from Trump's first 100 days With 100+ participants #WalkoutND was a wonderful success. Thank you all for the support! — We StaND For (@WeStandForND) May 21, 2017 According to the
Indy Star, students had been planning this act of resistance for weeks, and knew they would not be able to re-enter the ceremony after they left. Following their exit, students gathered and celebrated their graduation outside of the Notre Dame Stadium. Protesters also lined the streets near the stadium before the ceremony, according to
South Bend Tribune, in support of the students. Those who participated in the walk-out (including audience members) also received support from the folks behind this year's Women's March. We are so proud of the @NotreDame students who staged #WalkoutND during @VP's commencement speech in protest of the admin's harmful policies — Women's March (@womensmarch) May 21, 2017 “During his time as governor of the state of Indiana and now as a Vice-President, Pence has targeted the civil rights protections of members of LBGT+ community, rejected the Syrian refugee resettlement program, supported an unconstitutional ban of religious minorities, and fought against sanctuary cities,” We StaND For said in a statement provided to conservative website Townhall. “All of these policies have marginalized our vulnerable sisters and brothers for their religion, skin color, or sexual orientation.” Pence has yet to comment on the protest itself.
UPDATE: May 21, 2017, 6:11 p.m. EDT Vice President Mike Pence's press secretary issued a statement on Twitter about Sunday's walk out. "Of 3,200 graduates less than 100 left VP's speech about freedom of speech, expression & thought," Marc Lotter wrote, "but many don't focus on the 97% who stayed." Of 3,200 graduates less than 100 left @VP's speech about freedom of speech, expression & thought, but many don't focus on the 97% who stayed https://t.co/mZNOEN6Xaj — Marc Lotter (@VPPressSec) May 21, 2017 WATCH: Researchers have invented conductive ink used to print solar panels
|Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Rep. Jason Chaffetz says Oversight committee is 'certainly pursuing' Comey documents|
House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, discuss the latest in the Russia investigation following the announcement of a new special counsel.
|Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Trump: ‘We Are Not Here to Lecture,’ But to Offer Partnership|
President Trump tells Middle East leaders in Saudi Arabia that his first priority is the safety and future of American citizens.
|Sunday, May 21, 2017 - After criticising opponents for not saying 'radical Islamic terrorism' Donald Trump rules it out of Saudi Arabia speech|
Donald Trump will not use the words "radical Islamic terrorism" during a speech in Saudi Arabia despite criticising Barack Obama for not using the phrase. Mr Trump often used anti-Islamic rhetoric during his presidential campaign and repeatedly stressed the need to say the words. "This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life, and decent people of all religions who seek to protect it," the President will say, according to excerpts of the speech released by the White House.
|Sunday, May 21, 2017 - The Greatest Show on Earth to close after 146 years|
After 146 years, the curtain is coming down on “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The owner of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus told The Associated Press that the show will close forever in May. The iconic American spectacle was felled by a variety of factors, company executives say. Feld Entertainment said the circus’s existing animals — including lions, tigers, camels, donkeys, alpacas, kangaroos and llamas — will go to suitable homes following the show’s final performance on May 21.
|Monday, May 22, 2017 - Fighting back: Students, some schools take on sexual assault|
FOREST GROVE, Ore. (AP) — A pair of Oregon school districts were intent on identifying warning signs that students might be contemplating a campus shooting when they stumbled on a threat far more pervasive yet much less discussed — sexual aggression among classmates.
|Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Lockheed Martin, Raytheon And The Future Of Arms Deals In The Middle East|
The United Arab Emirates is making a $2 billion investment to upgrade its arsenal.
|Sunday, May 21, 2017 - China warns Taiwan of continued lockout from WHO assembly|
GENEVA (AP) — China's health minister has all but slammed the door on any more participation for Taiwan at the World Health Organization's annual assembly until the island's government accepts the "One China" principle.
|Saturday, May 20, 2017 - East African leaders press EU to lift Burundi sanctions|
The presidents of Tanzania and Uganda called Saturday on the EU to lift sanctions on Burundi, but a diplomatic for the European bloc dismissed the appeal. The joint plea, by Yoweri Museveni and John Magufuli came at a meeting of the East African Community (EAC) -- which also includes Burundi, Kenya and South Sudan -- in Dar es Salaam.
|Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Pope names five new cardinals, all from outside Italy and the Vatican|
By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis is to elevate five Roman Catholic prelates from outside Italy and the Vatican to the rank of cardinal, the elite group of churchmen who are his closest advisers and can enter a conclave to choose his successor. The pope, making the surprise announcement during his weekly Sunday address, said the men came from Mali, Spain, Sweden, Laos and El Salvador. The fact that none of the five are Italian and none hold Vatican positions underscores Francis' conviction that the Church is a global institution that should become increasingly less Italian-centric.
|Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Norway to boost climate change defences of 'doomsday' seed vault|
Norway on Saturday said it would boost protection of a seed storage vault designed to protect the world's crops from disaster, after soaring temperatures caused water to leak into its entrance. Situated deep inside a mountain on a remote Arctic island in a Norwegian archipelago, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, dubbed the "doomsday" vault, is the largest of its kind and can store up to 2.5 billion seeds. Freezing temperatures inside the vault keep the seeds, sealed in packages and stored on shelves, usable for a long period of time.
|Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Two Killed In Kabul Including One German Woman And A Finnish Woman Kidnapped|
Afghanistan has witnessed kidnappings of several foreigners in recent years and the latest victim is a Finnish woman who was abducted late Saturday.
|Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Donald Trump nominates Callista Gingrich, wife of Newt Gingrich, as ambassador to the Vatican|
Donald Trump has nominated Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker and fervent Trump ally Newt Gingrich, to serve as ambassador to the Vatican. The White House announced the nomination the same day Mr Trump left for his first trip overseas as president, during which he will stop at the Vatican for an audience with the Pope. Some in Washington hope Ms Gingrich will be able to patch up relations between the president and the pontiff, who engaged in a war of words over Mr Trump’s proposed US-Mexico border wall during the campaign.
|Monday, May 22, 2017 - Venezuela protest: Pro-government supporter set on fire as death toll hits 48|
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has accused opposition protesters of setting a pro-government supporter on fire on the 50th day of the wave of protests, which has gripped the country. Footage of the man being set alight was broadcasted on state television and the man, identified as Orlando Figuera, 21, has been treated in hospital for severe burns and several stab wounds. According to reports, about 100 people, who were participating in anti-Maduro protests in Caracas, surrounded Mr Figuera, doused him in gasoline and set him alight in Plaza Altamira in the east of the country’s capital.
|Saturday, May 20, 2017 - The Latest: LA airport police says man was looking for food|
HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on a disturbance on a flight between Los Angeles and Honolulu (all times local):
|Monday, May 22, 2017 - Shelby unveils Super Snake F-150 Pickup with $96,880 price tag|
After all, Shelby is wholly synonymous with the legendary Mustang. Not only has the F-Series been America's favorite truck range for four decades now, the full-size, light-duty F-150 is the biggest-selling vehicle in the United States.
|Saturday, May 20, 2017 - The Latest: Wildfire threatens rural homes outside San Diego|
JAMUL, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a wildfire burning in rural San Diego County (all times local):
|Saturday, May 20, 2017 - President Trump's first trip abroad|
President Trump’s first foreign voyage will be an astonishingly ambitious adventure — Saudi Arabia, Israel, the Vatican, a NATO summit in Brussels, and a Group of Seven (i.e.: rich country) gathering in Sicily. He’s coming with a packed agenda of the weightiest issues in global affairs, like defeating ISIS, containing Iran, convincing the Muslim world to confront extremism, overhauling relations with crucial allies in Europe and Asia, and forging Middle East peace.
|Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Parents Arrested After Allegedly Forcing 5-Year-Old To Drink Mouthwash Because He Was Thirsty|
Their kids were reportedly abused all the time.
|Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Ecuador 'did its duty' by giving Assange asylum, Correa says|
Ecuadoran President Rafael Correa said Saturday that his country had "done its duty" by granting asylum in 2012 to Julian Assange, and said he was glad Sweden had closed its rape case against the WikiLeaks founder. "Ecuador fulfilled its duty, we gave him sovereign asylum, and finally the Swedish judicial system has closed the file and will not press charges against Assange," Correa said in a weekly report on his presidential activities.
|Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Emergency Spacewalk Tuesday By NASA Astronauts On ISS|
Expedition 51 commander Peggy Whitson and flight engineer Jack Fischer will conduct the walk Tuesday, their second in less than two weeks.
|Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Under siege in Washington, Trump reaps Saudi arms deal, stronger ties|
By Jeff Mason and Steve Holland RIYADH (Reuters) - Under political fire at home, U.S. President Donald Trump sealed a $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia on Saturday on his maiden foreign trip as he struggled to shift attention from the aftermath of his firing of the director of the FBI. The arms deal, plus other investments that U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said could total up to $350 billion, was the central achievement of Trump's first day in Riyadh, first stop on a nine-day journey through the Middle East and Europe. Speaking to journalists after a ceremony to exchange agreements, Trump said it was a "tremendous day" and spoke of "hundreds of billions of dollars of investments into the United States and jobs, jobs, jobs.
|Monday, May 22, 2017 - Body identified as missing Duke student|
Authorities said they have found the body of a Duke University student who had been missing for nearly a week.
|Monday, May 22, 2017 - California Democratic party chairman says 'F*** Donald Trump' in speech|
Outgoing boss John Burton, described by the Los Angeles Times as “a fixture in state Democratic politics for half a century”, grinned as supporters on stage at the party's convention joined him in the gesture. The party's leaders blasted alleged ties to Russia among Mr Trump's associates and presented California as the epicentre of liberal resistance to the President. “The world, literally the world, is counting on all of you, counting on California to reject Trump's deception and destructiveness,” said Lt Gov Gavin Newsom, who is among a crowded field of Democrats running for governor next year.
|Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Mother from Peru granted stay from deportation|
DENVER (AP) — A mother of two children who sought sanctuary at a Quaker meeting house in Denver to avoid U.S. immigration authorities has been granted a temporary stay from deportation.
|Monday, May 22, 2017 - First US customer gets keys to Lamborghini Centenario|
On a sliding scale, collecting a new minivan is probably towards the lower end of excitement levels, while something like a new luxury SUV is probably a lot higher up the scale. The manufacturer has promised all the Centenario's other US buyers will get their cars before the end of this year. The Lamborghini Centenario is a special model produced by the legendary Italian supercar builder to celebrate the 100th birthday of its founder, Ferruccio Lamborghini.
|Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Iran's Rouhani draws fire from US after election win|
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani was still celebrating his resounding re-election victory on Saturday when he came under pressure from the country's long-standing foe the United States. Rouhani, a 68-year-old moderate cleric who spearheaded a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, said Iranians had chosen the "path of engagement" and rejected extremism after he took 57 percent of the vote against 38 percent for hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi. "The Iranian people want to live in peace and friendship with the rest of the world, but will not accept any threat or humiliation," Rouhani said on state television.
|Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Woman Arrested After Allegedly Macing Employees At Fast-Food Chain Over Stale French Fries|
A manager was also hit in the face.
|Monday, May 22, 2017 - Drowned City: Jordan to Search for Ancient Site's Underwater Remains|
This July, archaeologists in Jordan will begin an underwater search for remains of an early Islamic city. Located at the northern tip of the Red Sea, modern-day Aqaba is Jordan's only port. In the Middle Ages, the city was known as Ayla.
|Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Myths About The Sun That Turned Out To Be Wrong|
What could the sun it possibly be if not fire?
|Sunday, May 21, 2017 - City launches 'One Chicago' campaign in response to federal immigration policies|
The city's "One Chicago" campaign kicked off Sunday at the DuSable Museum of African American History as part of Chicago's sanctuary city role.
|Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Medicaid cuts coming in Trump budget: Washington Post|
U.S. President Donald Trump's budget proposal, set to be unveiled on Tuesday, will include cuts to Medicaid and propose changes to other assistance programs for low-income citizens, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A Republican healthcare bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives in early May seeks to overhaul the national healthcare system and cut more than $800 billion over the next 10 years from Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor and disabled.
|Monday, May 22, 2017 - US Reporters Not Invited To Tillerson's Press Briefing In Saudi Arabia|
The secretary of state held the press briefing with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir, but American reporters were kept uninformed.
|Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Iraq's special forces shrink IS stronghold in western Mosul|
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq's special forces declared their aspect of the mission to reclaim Mosul completed on Saturday. However heavy fighting still looms between other Iraqi forces and the Islamic State group as IS clings to a dwindling portion of Iraq's second largest city.
|Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Thousands of cars banned from roads as Mexico City chokes in longest pollution alert for two decades|
Authorities in Mexico City have ordered cars off the streets and warned people about exercising outdoors as sprawling metropolis chokes in its worst smog for nearly two decades. Hundreds of thousands of less efficient vehicles have been banned from the roads in the Mexican capital, where a pollution alert has been in place since Monday. Ozone levels topped the 150-point threshold that typically triggers a smog alert for the following day again on Friday.
|Monday, May 22, 2017 - Philippines' Duterte heads to Russia in blow to US|
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte flew to Russia on Monday to meet his hero, seek arms and steer his nation's foreign policy further away from longtime ally the United States. The five-day trip will cement a dramatic improvement in relations with Russia since Duterte came to power last year and began unravelling his country's decades-long alliances with the United States, which he accuses of hypocrisy and bullying. "Russia must cease to be at the margins of Philippine diplomacy.
|Saturday, May 20, 2017 - Motorist who ran amok in Times Square says he tried 'to get help'|
The U.S. Navy veteran charged with killing a young woman and injuring 20 others by speeding down a crowded Times Square sidewalk in his car said in published remarks on Saturday that he had sought psychiatric care beforehand, to no avail. "I was trying to get help," Richard Rojas, 26, was quoted as telling the New York Post in a tearful jailhouse interview two days after the carnage in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. According to the Post, Rojas said he had recently spoken to a mental health counselor at a local veterans center who promised to call him on Monday.
|Monday, May 22, 2017 - Echo Dot, Amazon’s most affordable Alexa speaker, has never been cheaper than it is today|
Amazon's various hardware products go on sale from time to time, but the company often gives shoppers an opportunity to save even more money by purchasing refurbished devices. For example, the $180 Amazon Echo can be had for $135 right now if you buy a refurbished model. Amazon's refurbs are fully protected by warranties, so you really have nothing to lose — and right now there's a sale going on refurbished Echo Dots that drops the device to its lowest price ever. Normally available for a $5 discount, Amazon slashed another $7 off the price of the Echo Dot refurb today. That brings the cost down to just $37.99, which is the lowest price ever.
Here are some key details from Amazon's Echo Dot product page:
- A Certified Refurbished Echo Dot is refurbished, tested, and certified to look and work like new
- Echo Dot (2nd Generation) is a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, make calls, send and receive messages, provide information, read the news, set alarms, read audiobooks from Audible, and more
- Connects to speakers or headphones through Bluetooth or 3.5 mm stereo cable to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn
- Introducing Alexa calling and messaging, a new way to be together with family and friends. Just ask Alexa to call or message anyone with an Echo, Echo Dot, or the Alexa App.
- Controls lights, fans, switches, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, locks, and more with compatible connected devices from WeMo, Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Nest, ecobee, and others
- Hears you from across the room with 7 far-field microphones for hands-free control, even in noisy environments or while playing music
- Includes a built-in speaker so it can work on its own as a smart alarm clock in the bedroom, an assistant in the kitchen, or anywhere you might want a voice-controlled computer; Amazon Echo is not required to use Echo Dot
- Always getting smarter and adding new features, plus thousands of skills like Uber, Domino's, and more
|Monday, May 22, 2017 - Meet the 'Cyclops Kid': One-Eyed Goat Born in India|
A goat with one large eye in the middle of its forehead — a rare birth defect known as cyclopia — was born in a village in Assam, India, on May 10. Cyclopia is a severe form of a disorder called holoprosencephaly, which emerges during fetal development when the brain doesn't divide into two distinct hemispheres. A fetus with cyclopia fails to develop two eye cavities, instead forming a single central eye cavity that can contain one oversize eye or two partially fused eyeballs.
|Sunday, May 21, 2017 - How To Spot A Psychopath|
Psychopathy is a psychological disorder in which seemingly charming, normal people actually have no conscience or empathy.
|Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Newt Gingrich repeats Seth Rich conspiracy theory in Fox appearance|
Newt Gingrich introduces Donald Trump during a campaign rally in Florida last year. A prominent ally of Donald Trump suggested on Sunday that the special counsel appointed to investigate alleged links between the president’s aides and Russia should instead focus on the murder last year of a young Democratic staffer, Seth Rich, which has become the focus of conspiracy theorists. In an appearance on Fox and Friends less than two days after his wife was proposed as ambassador to the Holy See, Newt Gingrich – former speaker of the House, 2012 presidential candidate and a Trump confidante – publicly endorsed the conspiracy theory that Rich was “assassinated” after giving Democratic National Committee emails to WikiLeaks.
|Sunday, May 21, 2017 - Biden: It's time for America to regain unity and purpose|
WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden gave assurances Sunday that the country's current divisiveness brought on by a presidential election that "churned up some of the ugliest realities" of society will be temporary.