Democrat Jones wins stunning red-state Alabama Senate upset

In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations. It was the first Democratic Senate victory in a quarter-century in Alabama, one of the reddest of red states, and proved anew...
In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed...

Alaska lawmaker bucks party, refuses to quit amid claims

An Alaska lawmaker who has been accused by several women of inappropriate behavior refused to resign on Tuesday amid calls for him to leave his post from leaders of the House majority and the head of the state Democratic Party. State Rep. Dean Westlake, who is recovering from heart surgery, said he sought the counsel of friends, family, native leaders, elders, and God when making his decision to remain...
An Alaska lawmaker who has been accused by several women of inappropriate behavior refused to resign on Tuesday amid calls for him to leave his post from leaders of the House majority and the head of...


Things to know about Alabama's new US senator, Doug Jones

Things to know about Alabama's new US senator, Doug Jones

Doug Jones, a Democrat who once prosecuted two Ku Klux Klansmen in a deadly church bombing and has now broken the Republican lock grip on Alabama, is the state's new U.S. senator. Here are some facts about Jones: CLOSE TO HOME Jones, 63, grew up in the working-class city of Fairfield, just west of Birmingham, an area where steel mills once belched smoke that left a rust-colored haze hanging over the...
Democrat Doug Jones wins election to US Senate from Alabama

Democrat Doug Jones wins election to US Senate from Alabama

Democrat Doug Jones wins election to the U.S. Senate from Alabama, as voters in the deeply conservative and heavily Republican state deal a stark political blow to President Donald Trump and narrow the GOP's majority in the Senate to two seats. The state's former U.S. attorney beat Roy Moore, a former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court whose campaign was upended by allegations of sexual misconduct...
FBI agent removed from Russia probe called Trump an 'idiot'

FBI agent removed from Russia probe called Trump an 'idiot'

Two FBI officials who would later be assigned to the special counsel's investigation into Donald Trump's presidential campaign described him with insults like "idiot" and "loathsome human" in a series of text messages last year, according to copies of the messages released Tuesday. One of the officials said in an election night text that the prospect of a Trump victory was "...
US Sen. Elizabeth Warren gets 2nd turn as comic book hero

US Sen. Elizabeth Warren gets 2nd turn as comic book hero

All comic book heroes need a sequel — even U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The Massachusetts Democrat was the focus last year of a 22-page comic titled "Female Force: Elizabeth Warren," which told the story of Warren's rise from Oklahoma schoolgirl to U.S. senator and champion of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. Now publisher TidalWave Comics is bringing out a sequel, "Female...
Judge bars ex-Speaker Hastert from being alone with minors

Judge bars ex-Speaker Hastert from being alone with minors

A federal judge in Chicago on Tuesday ordered that Dennis Hastert never be left alone with anyone under 18 unless another adult is present who is aware of the former U.S. House speaker's conviction in a hush-money case that revealed he had sexually abused several high school students. U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin didn't explain in his brief order why that and other new restrictions on the...
CNN's Acosta complains of White House threat

CNN's Acosta complains of White House threat

CNN's Jim Acosta says he was warned by the White House press secretary Sarah Sanders not to ask a question during President Donald Trump's bill signing ceremony on Tuesday, further evidence of sour relations between the network and administration. Acosta said Sanders told him that if he asked Trump a question, "she could not promise that I would be allowed into a pool spray again." Sanders...
The Latest: Moore not conceding Senate race to Jones

The Latest: Moore not conceding Senate race to Jones

The Latest on Alabama's U.S. Senate election (all times local): 10:40 p.m. Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is not conceding to Democrat Doug Jones, telling campaign supporters "it's not over." "It's going to take some time," the candidate says during a brief appearance before supporters. Campaign chairman Bill Armistead says that because the vote is close and approaching...
Tillerson softens US stance on possible talks with NKorea

Tillerson softens US stance on possible talks with NKorea

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday softened America's stance on possible talks with North Korea, calling it "unrealistic" to expect the nuclear-armed country to come to the table ready to give up a weapons of mass destruction program that it invested so much in developing. Tillerson said his boss, President Donald Trump, endorses this position. Tillerson's remarks came two weeks...
Franken back at Senate job despite soon-to-be-gone status

Franken back at Senate job despite soon-to-be-gone status

Al Franken is the Senate's dead man walking, still doing his day job despite his soon-to-be-gone status. The two-term Minnesota lawmaker told a somber Senate last Thursday he would resign amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and in the face of vanishing support from fellow Democrats. Franken was back at work this week, casting votes in the Senate, participating in a committee hearing and...
Lawyers clash over impact of Trump's rules on birth control

Lawyers clash over impact of Trump's rules on birth control

Lawyers for California and the U.S. Department of Justice clashed in court Tuesday over whether new rules from President Donald Trump's administration would dramatically reduce women's access to free birth control. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Ethan Davis urged a federal judge not to grant the state's request to block the policy change to President Barack Obama's health care law, saying it was...
Watchdog to probe EPA chief's purchase of soundproof booth

Watchdog to probe EPA chief's purchase of soundproof booth

A government watchdog will examine whether the head of the Environmental Protection Agency misused taxpayer money by purchasing a soundproof booth for making private phone calls from his office. The EPA's Office of the Inspector General confirmed the latest investigation Tuesday, following a request by congressional Democrats. It will be at least the third probe launched into EPA Administrator Scott...
As Mueller closed in, pressure mounted on Flynn and family

As Mueller closed in, pressure mounted on Flynn and family

In the days before he pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and as he braced for the public revelation that he'd morphed from government target to government cooperator, Michael Flynn was reveling in the pleasures of a new grandchild, swapping cheerful observations about babies with a longtime friend and fellow grandfather. At the same time, President Donald Trump's former national security adviser...
Trump to release national security strategy next week

Trump to release national security strategy next week

President Donald Trump is set to unveil his first National Security Strategy next Monday. National security adviser H.R. McMaster said the strategy will incorporate four core national interests: the protection of American people; advancing American prosperity; "preserving peace through strength"; and advancing American influence. Speaking with his British counterpart Tuesday at an event...
Senate OKs Trump judicial pick who was rated 'not qualified'

Senate OKs Trump judicial pick who was rated 'not qualified'

The Senate on Tuesday narrowly confirmed one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees despite a rare "not qualified" rating from the American Bar Association. On a party-line vote of 50-48, the Republican-led Senate backed Leonard Steven Grasz to serve on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Grasz served for more than 11 years as Nebraska's chief deputy attorney general and was general...
Trump signs $700 billion military budget into law

Trump signs $700 billion military budget into law

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed into law a sweeping defense policy bill that authorizes a $700 billion budget for the military, including additional spending on missile defense programs to counter North Korea's growing nuclear weapons threat. But there's a catch. The $700 billion budget won't become reality until lawmakers agree to roll back a 2011 law that set strict limits on federal spending...
The Latest: GOP agrees to lower top tax rate for individuals

The Latest: GOP agrees to lower top tax rate for individuals

The Latest on the Republican tax overhaul (all times local): 5 p.m. Congressional aides say Republican negotiators have agreed to lower the top tax rate for individuals from 39.6 percent to 37 percent as the final parameters of a sweeping tax package are starting to take shape. The agreement was confirmed by two congressional aides who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday...
San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee leaves behind city in turmoil

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee leaves behind city in turmoil

Under Mayor Ed Lee's seven-year watch, San Francisco went from a city mired in recession to a technology-fueled economic powerhouse where housing costs skyrocketed and the chasm between the wealthy and everyone else grew. Lee died Tuesday at 65 after collapsing while grocery shopping. He leaves behind a rapidly transforming city where the median home value is more than $1.2 million and grumpy residents...
Steve Bannon rescued Roy Moore’s campaign against all odds

Steve Bannon rescued Roy Moore’s campaign against all odds

 On the night of Nov. 14, Roy Moore's campaign for an Alabama Senate seat looked all but finished.  After five women came forward with accounts of Moore's alleged sexual misconduct with them as teenagers, including one who was 14 years old, the GOP candidate was abandoned by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and many Republicans in Congress, and the Republican National Committee cut...
Roy Moore would be a ‘threat’ to teenage pages at the Capitol, congresswoman says

Roy Moore would be a ‘threat’ to teenage pages at the Capitol, congresswoman says

Controversial Alabama judge and U.S. Senate hopeful Roy Moore would pose a threat to the teenagers who work as pages in the Senate if he is elected, a congresswoman said.  The unusual warning about a potential incoming senator was revealed Monday in a letter sent Friday by Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis., to the administrative body that runs the Senate, the office of the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper...
The Latest: Pelosi calls Trump tweet 'disgusting'

The Latest: Pelosi calls Trump tweet 'disgusting'

The Latest on President Donald Trump and allegations of sexual misconduct (all times local): 3:50 p.m. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says President Donald Trump's tweet disparaging Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (KEER'-sten JIHL'-uh-brand) is "disgusting and disgraceful, and of course obviously not true." Trump tweeted Tuesday that Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, would come to his office...
Administration explains how tax plan would pay for itself, gets attacked for assumptions

Administration explains how tax plan would pay for itself, gets attacked for assumptions

For months, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said that the Republican tax plan wouldn't add a penny to the national debt, pledging that more than 100 people in his agency were "working around the clock" to calculate how much additional growth would come from the plan. On Monday, the Treasury Department released the fruit of those efforts: a one-page document asserting that the $1.5...
Former Flynn associate denies allegation of Inauguration Day communication

Former Flynn associate denies allegation of Inauguration Day communication

An official with a company that former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn advised on a proposal to build nuclear power plants in the Middle East denied that Flynn communicated with the firm's managing director about the project on Inauguration Day.  Thomas B. Cochran, senior scientist at ACU Strategic Partners, described the charges by a congressional witness as "patently false and...
Trump says accusations of sexual misconduct 'fabricated'

Trump says accusations of sexual misconduct 'fabricated'

President Donald Trump, pushing back against women accusing him of sexual misconduct, insisted Tuesday he's the target of "false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don't know and/or have never met." Trump lashed out on Twitter a day after three women who previously accused him of sexual harassment shared their stories on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today." Trump says Democrats...
While Democrats call for resignations, conservative women stand by colleagues accused of sexual misconduct

While Democrats call for resignations, conservative women stand by colleagues accused of sexual misconduct

Conservative women, shaped by a mixture of party loyalty and a rejection of gender-driven politics, have shown little evidence that they will follow the example of their Democratic sisters and publicly cut ties with men in their political camps who have been accused of sexual misconduct.  After female Senate Democrats prompted the resignation of Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., last week, saying they...
A campaign memoir that shows Trump, at least partly, as he is

A campaign memoir that shows Trump, at least partly, as he is

President Donald Trump likes gold fixtures, marble tiles and the trappings of grandeur. When he talks about himself in interviews and in his books, he talks in superlatives. He has billed himself as masterful negotiator. He has described himself as having the world’s best memory. He almost never apologizes, and he rarely admits to having flaws.  Over the years, his advisers and aides have...
Texas Congressman runs what aides call a hostile workplace

Texas Congressman runs what aides call a hostile workplace

When Lauren Greene, a former communications director for Rep. Blake Farenthold, sued him claiming sexual harassment, among her complaints was that he “disclosed that a female lobbyist had propositioned him for ‘a threesome.'”  Farenthold, in legal documents, said that Greene had it wrong. The woman was not a lobbyist, he said.  As allegations of sexual misconduct rock Capitol...
Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military

Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military

Transgender recruits will be allowed to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, the Pentagon said, as President Donald Trump's ordered ban suffered more legal setbacks. The new policy divulged Monday reflects the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump's demand earlier this year to bar transgender individuals from the military. Three federal courts have ruled...
5 things to watch in Alabama's high stakes Senate race

5 things to watch in Alabama's high stakes Senate race

As Alabama votes to fill the seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the choice between Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones has taken on outsized significance. Moore has faced allegations of sexual misconduct with teenagers, dividing the GOP and giving Democrats hope of picking up a seat in a reliably red state. But the stakes for both parties extend beyond Alabama. Here is what to...
Dems divided on when to fight over fate of young immigrants

Dems divided on when to fight over fate of young immigrants

For Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a passionate, liberal Democrat of Puerto Rican descent, there is no more important issue in the year-end budget showdown than protecting from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children — and who have only known America as their home. The fate of these "Dreamers," as they are commonly known, is one of...
Tax package would lower top tax rate for wealthy Americans

Tax package would lower top tax rate for wealthy Americans

Congressional Republicans on Tuesday rushed toward a deal on a massive tax package that would reduce the top tax rate for wealthy Americans to 37 percent and slash the corporate rate to a level slightly higher than what businesses and conservatives wanted. In a flurry of last-minute changes that could profoundly affect the pocketbooks of millions of Americans, House and Senate negotiators agreed to...
US-based climate scientists to take research to France

US-based climate scientists to take research to France

It is a dream come true for U.S.-based climate scientists — the offer of all-expenses-paid life in France to advance their research in Europe instead of in the United States under climate skeptic President Donald Trump, two of the winners say. American scientist Camille Parmesan and British scientist Benjamin Sanderson are among the 18 initial winners, including 13 based in the U.S., of French...
New CDC Director questioned about financial conflicts

New CDC Director questioned about financial conflicts

A U.S. Senator is criticizing the director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for an apparent financial conflict of interest that the senator says may prevent the director from doing her job. Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald became director of the Atlanta-based CDC in July, and was required to sell a range of stocks she owned, including beer and soda companies, the tobacco company Philip Morris International...
Republicans jump in as elections to replace Rep. Franks set

Republicans jump in as elections to replace Rep. Franks set

The Arizona governor on Monday set the dates for special elections to fill the vacancy created when U.S. Rep. Trent Franks resigned over sexual misconduct allegations, setting off a Republican scramble to win a rare open congressional seat. Two Republicans immediately announced they would run in the Feb. 27 primary: Bob Stump, a former utility regulator and state Sen. Steve Montenegro. Both are painting...
Fate of young immigrants divides Dems on last-minute budget

Fate of young immigrants divides Dems on last-minute budget

For Illinois Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a passionate, liberal Democrat of Puerto Rican descent, there is no more important issue in the year-end budget showdown than protecting from deportation hundreds of thousands of immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children — and who have only known America as their home. The fate of these "Dreamers," as they are commonly known, is one of...
Trump wants to send man back to moon, on to Mars

Trump wants to send man back to moon, on to Mars

President Donald Trump wants to send man back to the moon — and on to Mars. Trump signed a policy directive Monday instructing the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to "refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery." The move, Trump said, "marks an important step in returning American astronauts to the moon for the first time since 1972 for long-time...
The Latest: Sanders says Trump already addressed allegations

The Latest: Sanders says Trump already addressed allegations

The Latest on sexual misconduct allegations against President Donald Trump (all times local): 2:55 p.m. The White House is pushing back on sexual misconduct allegations against President Donald Trump, saying he has already denied them. Three women who previously accused Trump of sexual harassment shared their stories Monday on NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today." They're calling for a congressional...
Tribes: Monument co-management proposal is slap in the face

Tribes: Monument co-management proposal is slap in the face

President Donald Trump's decision to drastically reduce and break up a national monument in Utah wasn't the only blow Native American tribes say they were dealt last week. The president's proclamation on Bears Ears National Monument also contained a little-known plan that changes the makeup of a tribal advisory commission for the remote monument filled with canyons, plateaus, rivers and rust-colored...
Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military

Pentagon to allow transgender people to enlist in military

Transgender recruits will be allowed to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, the Pentagon said Monday, as President Donald Trump's ordered ban suffered more legal setbacks. The new policy reflects the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump's demand earlier this year to bar transgender individuals from the military. Three federal courts have ruled against...
Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to fill Al Franken's Senate seat, reports say

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to fill Al Franken's Senate seat, reports say

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith will be appointed to fill the U.S. Senate seat of fellow Democrat Al Franken, the Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio are reporting. Gov. Mark Dayton will announce Smith's appointment at a news conference Wednesday morning, the outlets reported, citing unnamed sources familiar with the decision. Both outlets reported that Smith, 59, also will vie for the...
North Korean 'ghost ships' are turning up at alarming rates

North Korean 'ghost ships' are turning up at alarming rates

Japan’s recent decision to up its patrols in response to rising appearances of mysterious ships implies there might be a serious problem with North Korea’s food supply. The Guardian reports that at least 28 North Korean boats washed ashore or were found adrift in Japanese waters, the result of North Korean fishermen’s decision to push farther and farther out to sea to make bigger...
3 men facing felony charges in connection with shark-dragging video

3 men facing felony charges in connection with shark-dragging video

Three South Florida men have been charged in connection with a widely viewed video showing a shark being dragged behind a fast-moving boat. Michael Wenzel, 21, of Palmetto, Robert Lee Benac, 28, of Bradenton, and Spencer Heintz, 23, of Palmetto, were all charged with multiple crimes in connection with the video and other social media posts. The charges came after a four-month investigation, the Florida...
5 things to know about Doug Jones, winner of the Alabama Senate race 

5 things to know about Doug Jones, winner of the Alabama Senate race 

After sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore in the weeks leading up to the Dec. 12, 2017, special election in Alabama, critics began lining up behind Democrat Doug Jones in the closely watched race. In a dramatic turn of events, Jones pulled off a nailbiter of a win against Moore. Here's what we know about Jones, a 63-year-old former federal prosecutor...
‘Man flu’ is real, scientists say men experience worse symptoms

‘Man flu’ is real, scientists say men experience worse symptoms

Don’t accuse men of overreacting when they’re sick — the “man flu” is real, according to a new study. Dr. Kyle Sue, a clinical assistant professor in family medicine with the Memorial University of Newfoundland, published an article in the British Medical Journal, contending that men seem to experience worse symptoms of cold an flu than women. Sue’s study also noted...
Drunk man steals taxi, crashes through gates of Trump’s FL golf club, police say

Drunk man steals taxi, crashes through gates of Trump’s FL golf club, police say

Robert Smith of New Jersey was far away from his hometown when he allegedly stole a taxi on Saturday night and smashed it through the gates of the Trump National Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida. A taxi driver picked up the 56-year-old tourist at a bar just before 11 p.m. and Smith reportedly directed the cabbie to a residence at the Trump club. While en route, the driver says that Smith hit him on the...
Judge sentences Panthers fan who sucker punched another fan at game

Judge sentences Panthers fan who sucker punched another fan at game

The Carolina Panthers’ fan who was captured on cellphone video, sucker punching another fan in the stands during the Philadelphia Eagles game in October will have to spend a few weekends behind bars. On Tuesday, Kyle Maraghy pleaded guilty to the assault after video of the attack went viral. The cellphone video, which was posted on Instagram, shows Maraghy repeatedly punching...
Report: You’ll need an even bigger salary to buy an ‘average’ house in Atlanta now

Report: You’ll need an even bigger salary to buy an ‘average’ house in Atlanta now

Buying a home is no small feat. In fact, there are many components to consider before making the big purchase, including your salary. So how much do you need to make to snag a house in Atlanta? »RELATED: Here's what you need to earn to afford rent in Atlanta  According to a recent report from HSH, you should earn $43,388.44 a year.  However, it increases to $50,105.27 if...
Grocery store helps reunite toddler with lost stuffed rabbit named Rabby

Grocery store helps reunite toddler with lost stuffed rabbit named Rabby

A 3-year-old Texas boy was reunited with his beloved stuffed animal thanks to a Round Rock grocery store, caring community members and social media.  According to a Facebook post by Ashley Inglet Sanchez, she and her son Noah were at the H-E-B grocery Friday night shopping for a Christmas party. When they were leaving the store, Noah realized his favorite stuffed animal, a rabbit named...
What is CHIP? 7 things to know about the Children’s Health Insurance Program

What is CHIP? 7 things to know about the Children’s Health Insurance Program

Amid efforts to unsuccessfully repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in the fall, lawmakers let the Children’s Health Insurance Program (or CHIP) to expire on Sept. 30. And now, doctors and patients are worried that money for the program, which provides 9 million kids across the country with low-cost health insurance, will run out. In fact, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation...
Lawmakers call for investigation into Trump sexual misconduct allegations

Lawmakers call for investigation into Trump sexual misconduct allegations

More than 100 Democratic lawmakers are calling on the House Oversight Committee to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct levied against President Donald Trump, a group of female U.S. representatives said at a news conference Tuesday. More than a dozen women have accused the president of forced kissing, unwanted groping and making inappropriate sexual comments since 2015, when Trump announced...
6-year-old boy makes $11 million doing toy reviews on YouTube

6-year-old boy makes $11 million doing toy reviews on YouTube

A 6-year-old boy is making millions for his family by reviewing toys on YouTube. A Forbes list of 2017’s highest-paid YouTube stars has the child, who only goes by Ryan and is the face of the Ryan ToysReview channel, is listed as making $11 million pretax income.  A 2016 profile of Ryan shows that the then-5-year-old started reviewing toys on the website after seeing other...
Geminid meteor shower to peak in coming days

Geminid meteor shower to peak in coming days

The peak of the Geminid meteor shower is set to make for a spectacular view of the cosmos this month. December’s robust Geminids are known to throw as many as 120 bright meteors per hour and can be viewed during the evening hours as well as predawn. Astronomers expect the most meteors to be visible Tuesday night through Thursday.  “This is it, the shower we’ve all been waiting...
Having more older brothers increases men’s odds of being gay, study confirms

Having more older brothers increases men’s odds of being gay, study confirms

Gay men have, on average, a greater number of older brothers compared with their heterosexual counterparts. The pattern, referred to as the fraternal birth order effect, isn’t new to scientists, but researchers from Canada’s Brock University, the University of Toronto and from Harvard Medical School now believe they have a biological explanation. According to the study, published...
Trump vows Americans will return to the moon. The question is how?

Trump vows Americans will return to the moon. The question is how?

Once again, the Trump administration has pledged to restore America’s leadership in space by teaming with the private sector and returning to the moon. Speaking at a White House ceremony Monday, President Donald Trump offered high ambitions, but few specifics in signing a new space policy directive that had no timeline and promised no funding for future missions. With Apollo astronaut Harrison...
Alabama dad criticizes Roy Moore in memory of his gay daughter

Alabama dad criticizes Roy Moore in memory of his gay daughter

An Alabama father who said that his daughter took her life because “she didn’t want to be gay anymore” stood outside Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore’s rally in Midland City on Monday to urge people not to vote for the former judge. Photos from the rally showed peanut farmer and Midland City native Nathan Mathis holding a photo of his daughter in a basketball uniform. Near...
PolitiFact: Blunt has a point on Congress’ sex harassment policy

PolitiFact: Blunt has a point on Congress’ sex harassment policy

The U.S. Senate needs to clean up its own house when it comes to sexual harassment charges, regardless of whether Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore wins his Dec. 12 election, Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt has argued. Accusations of sexual misconduct against Moore have dominated his campaign. Sexual misconduct claims were also made against Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who announced his resignation on Dec....
Trump sends sexually suggestive and demeaning tweet about female senator

Trump sends sexually suggestive and demeaning tweet about female senator

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump attacked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., in a sexually suggestive tweet Tuesday morning that implied Gillibrand would do just about anything for money, prompting an immediate backlash. "Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Charles E. Schumer and someone who would come to my office 'begging' for campaign contributions not so long...
Who is Keaton Jones, the bullied boy inspiring thousands around the world?

Who is Keaton Jones, the bullied boy inspiring thousands around the world?

A video posted by Tennessee mom Kimberly Jones Friday of her bullied son’s heartbreaking experience has been making the rounds on social media and inspiring thousands, including big-name celebrities such as actors Millie Bobby Brown and Chris Evans, rapper Snoop Dogg and more. In the video, Jones’ 11-year-old son, Keaton, tearfully tells viewers that students made fun of the way he looks...
Muslim radio producer says  Uber driver canceled ride because ‘Jerusalem belongs to the Jews’

Muslim radio producer says Uber driver canceled ride because ‘Jerusalem belongs to the Jews’

Meha Ahmad, a 31-year-old radio producer in Chicago, Illinois, said she and her family were refused an Uber ride Sunday on the basis of her religion. The WBEZ Chicago shared detailed accounts of the incident on Twitter, including updates from the rideshare company, which suspended the driver’s account during an internal investigation. According to Ahmad, she and her family — including...
Charles Barkley says he’s ‘nervous’ about Alabama special election, Roy Moore

Charles Barkley says he’s ‘nervous’ about Alabama special election, Roy Moore

Alabama native and former NBA player Charles Barkley says he is nervous about Tuesday’s special election to fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat in the state. Speaking to CNN Monday, Barkley indicated he was worried about the outcome of the race, between Democrat Doug Jones and Republican nominee Roy Moore. Barkley is supporting Jones. “I got to say, I can’t believe we’re in...
Anthony Bourdain, Tom Colicchio slam Mario Batali amid allegations

Anthony Bourdain, Tom Colicchio slam Mario Batali amid allegations

It doesn’t seem that the sexual misconduct allegations brought against celebrity chef Mario Batali were that shocking to some of his colleagues. In an article published in Eater New York Monday, four women detailed their alleged experiences with sexual misconduct against the “The Chew” star. One chef said that 10 years ago, Batali groped her with his bare hands...
Charles Manson cause of death revealed to include cancer

Charles Manson cause of death revealed to include cancer

The cause of death of cult leader Charles Manson has been revealed. TMZ reported Monday that the death certificate of the mass murderer was released by the Kern County coroner. It reveals that Manson had colon cancer, which is listed as one of the causes of death. At the time of Manson’s Nov. 19 death, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said he died of natural causes...
2017 Christmas shipping deadlines for Amazon, Walmart, FedEx, UPS and more

2017 Christmas shipping deadlines for Amazon, Walmart, FedEx, UPS and more

With Christmas two weeks away, the deadline to ship gifts so they make it by the 25th is fast approach.  Here, from BestBlackFriday.com, is a list of some of the holiday shipping deadlines from department stores, online shopping sites, FedEx, UPS and the United States Postal Service.  Click here for the complete list of 2017 holiday shipping deadlines for more than 55 stores. ...
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, girlfriend Lauren Hashian are expecting again

Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, girlfriend Lauren Hashian are expecting again

The daughter of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and girlfriend Lauren Hashian was part of a very special announcement the actor posted to Instagram Monday. Sitting in front of a Christmas tree, Jasmine sat beneath a sign that read “It’s a girl! Can’t wait to be a big sister!!! And finally be the boss!” In the caption, Johnson gushed over the family’s newest addition...
How and when to watch the dazzling Geminid meteor shower this week

How and when to watch the dazzling Geminid meteor shower this week

The holiday season is about to get a lot brighter this year with the famous Geminid meteor shower sparkling the night sky. If  you plan to catch a ride aboard the train at Macy’s Pink Pig in Atlanta — a local holiday tradition — or attend one of the most spirited holiday parades in the country, you may also want to squeeze in some time for this celestial spectacle...
PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: Trump’s denial of Russian meddling

PolitiFact’s Lie of the Year: Trump’s denial of Russian meddling

A mountain of evidence points to a fact: Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential election of 2016. In both classified and public reports, U.S. intelligence agencies have said Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered actions to interfere with the election. Those included the cyber-theft of private data, placement of propaganda against particular candidates, and an overall effort to undermine public...
Alabama Senate race: Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore

Alabama Senate race: Doug Jones defeats Roy Moore

MOBILE, Alabama – Democrat Doug Jones won election to the U.S. Senate from Alabama in a sharp blow to President Trump that narrows the GOP’s majority in the Senate to two. He beat Roy Moore, a former chief justice of the state Supreme Court who had been accused of sexual misconduct. As Alabama’s special election neared the finish line on Monday, Moore, with the help of former aide...
Hitler-themed homework assigned to middle-schoolers angers parents

Hitler-themed homework assigned to middle-schoolers angers parents

Parents in a Chicago suburb are furious after their kids brought home a homework assignment called “If You Give Hitler a Country.” The assignment reportedly told the students to “create a comic strip for little kids that exemplifies Europe’s appeasement towards Hitler.” At Woodland Middle School in Gurnee, Illinois, eighth-grader Michael Masterton told WGN that...
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dead at 65

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dead at 65

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, the city's first Asian-American mayor, died suddenly Tuesday morning after a heart attack, officials said in a statement. He was 65. >> Read more trending news 
North Carolina sheriff responds after 'tasteless' Narcan meme released

North Carolina sheriff responds after 'tasteless' Narcan meme released

One sheriff’s department is under fire after a meme circulated through what Sheriff Charles McDonald referenced as an interdepartmental email of crime analysis and a “tasteless attempt at humor,” according to WLOS. According to the report, the image of Narcan was passed around the Hendersonville, North Carolina Sheriff’s Department followed by the text, “Robbing...
Father’s heart-warming talk with emotional 6-year-old daughter goes viral

Father’s heart-warming talk with emotional 6-year-old daughter goes viral

A video of an Ohio man consoling his daughter has gone viral with its positive message. Randy Gaines of Kettering didn't know his wife, Deceena Gaines, was recording him at the time, but neither of them knew the video was going to reach over 3.2 million views by Monday afternoon.  On Dec. 2, Gaines found his 6-year-old daughter upset in her room because he had teased her by calling her a...
Trump signs directive to send Americans back to the moon, eventually Mars

Trump signs directive to send Americans back to the moon, eventually Mars

President Donald Trump signed a new space mandate at a White House ceremony Monday afternoon, announcing his administration’s intent to send American astronauts back to the moon and eventually to Mars.  Space Policy Directive 1 “will refocus America’s space program on human exploration and discovery,” Trump said during remarks at the ceremony.” “It marks an...
Officials: Targeting welfare programs will help spur economic growth

Officials: Targeting welfare programs will help spur economic growth

Some House Republicans believe that Congress should cut Americans off government anti-poverty programs in part to help grow the national economy. “For us to achieve 3 percent GDP growth over the next 10 years from tax reform, we have to have welfare reform. We need people who are mentally and physically able to work to get into the workforce,” Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, said. “In my...
Trump to pitch tax plan; Treasury offers rosy estimate

Trump to pitch tax plan; Treasury offers rosy estimate

President Donald Trump on Wednesday will try to sell the American people on an unpopular Republican tax overhaul that his administration claims will generate a large part of $1.8 trillion in new revenue — a figure that a top Democratic lawmaker dismissed as “fake math.” The White House said Monday that Trump’s pitch will focus on how the GOP tax reform plan will lead to a brighter...
5 things to know about NASA’s big Kepler reveal on Thursday

5 things to know about NASA’s big Kepler reveal on Thursday

Researchers at NASA plan to reveal the latest discovery made by its “planet-hunting” Kepler space telescope Thursday, the agency announced in a press release. The Kepler mission, NASA Discovery’s tenth mission, first launched in March 2009 with a goal to survey the Milky Way and hunt for Earth-size and smaller planets near the galaxy or “habitable” regions of...
Kesha, Macklemore announce 2018 tour

Kesha, Macklemore announce 2018 tour

Kesha is about to embark on her first tour in five years and is teaming up with Macklemore to do so. Billboard reported that the musicians announced “The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore Tour” Monday across their social media platforms and in the form of a promotional video. The tour will be  the first for Kesha since being involved in a nasty round of lawsuits with her former...
California wildfires: Why you shouldn’t intervene with wildlife

California wildfires: Why you shouldn’t intervene with wildlife

Days after a video of a man appearing to rescue a wild rabbit from California wildfire flames made headlines, numerous experts are saying his actions weren’t a good idea. Video taken Dec. 7 in La Conchita, California, showed an unidentified man dressed in shorts and a hoodie corralling a wild rabbit  along Highway 1.  California Fish and Wildlife spokesman Peter Tira ...
Mother says she was kicked off flight for breastfeeding son

Mother says she was kicked off flight for breastfeeding son

A mother, her children and elderly parents, were kicked off a Spirit Airlines flight Friday for refusing to listen to crew instructions, the airline said.  However, Mei Rui, an acclaimed pianist and cancer researcher, tells it differently, according to KHOU. She was on a flight from Houston to Newark, New Jersey, to attend a recording as part of a clinical research study. The 6:30 a.m. flight...
Trump accusers call for congressional investigation into alleged sexual misconduct

Trump accusers call for congressional investigation into alleged sexual misconduct

Update 3:15 p.m. Dec. 11: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied the allegations levied against President Donald Trump in a news briefing Monday, telling reporters that the president has “addressed these accusations directly and denied all of these allegations.” "The American people knew this and voted for the president, and we feel like we're ready...
Who was Max Born? Google honors Nobel Prize-winning physicist who escaped the Nazis

Who was Max Born? Google honors Nobel Prize-winning physicist who escaped the Nazis

In honor of what would have been German physicist Max Born’s 135th birthday, the Google Doodle team put together a colorful illustration for the search engine’s homepage. Born is remembered for his major contributions to quantum mechanics, a field of study that has led to the invention of computers, lasers, medical imaging devices (MRI) and more. According to Biography...
Woman arrested, accused of threatening to ‘kill everybody’ on Southwest flight

Woman arrested, accused of threatening to ‘kill everybody’ on Southwest flight

A woman was arrested after she was accused of smoking on a plane and threatening to kill passengers on the flight. KOIN reported that the woman was on a Southwest Airlines flight from Portland, Oregon to Sacramento, California,  Saturday. Passenger-recorded video appears to show a woman yelling at crew. “I swear if you don’t (expletive) land I will (expletive) kill everyone on this...
‘Welcome to Florida’ sign covered in snow

‘Welcome to Florida’ sign covered in snow

Visitors to the Sunshine State got a winter’s greeting when the “Welcome to Florida” sign was seen blanketed in snow.  The image of the snowy welcome sign was shared by news website northescambia.com. The state, as well as much of the Deep South, was hit by uncharacteristic cold over the weekend, which dropped flurries and left people without power in some states. ...
Man killed in fiery crash after buying daughter’s Christmas presents

Man killed in fiery crash after buying daughter’s Christmas presents

A young Idaho father was killed Friday night when he crashed his car on the way home from buying his 3-year-old daughter’s Christmas presents, police and family said. Idaho State Police officials reported that Andrew P. Blum, 29, of Spokane, Washington, was driving a maroon 2002 Mazda Tribute near Priest River when he lost control of the car in a curve. The car flipped in a ditch and, according...
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