GENEVA, Switzerland - North Korea said on Tuesday, Feb. 14, its missile launches were "self-defense measures," rejecting U.N. Security Council criticism of its weekend test, but the United States demanded international action against Pyongyang's weapons programs. North Korea's ballistic missile firing on Sunday was its first direct challenge to the international community since U.S. President Donald Trump took office on Jan. 20.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate voted to confirm former banker and Hollywood financier Steven Mnuchin as Treasury secretary on Monday, installing the Trump administration's point-man on tax reform, financial de-regulation and economic diplomacy efforts. The Senate voted 53-47 to confirm the Goldman Sachs veteran's nomination on a mostly party-line vote, with only one Democrat, Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voting in favor.
LOS ANGELES, Feb 13 - Playboy magazine is returning to its roots, bringing nudes back just a year after abandoning full frontal shots of women saying they had become outdated. Under the headline "Naked is Normal," the magazine will bring nude pictorials back in its March/April edition, the company said on Monday. “I’ll be the first to admit that the way in which the magazine portrayed nudity was dated, but nudity was never the problem because nudity isn’t a problem,” Playboy’s chief creative officer Cooper Hefner said in a statement on the magazine's website.
U.S. equity indexes hit record highs on Monday, Feb. 13, with the benchmark S&P 500's market value topping $20 trillion as investors bet tax cuts promised by President Donald Trump would boost the economy. Trump vowed last Thursday to make a major tax announcement over the next few weeks, adding fuel to a rally that had stalled amid worries about the potential impact of his protectionist trade stance and a lack of clarity about other policy reforms.
The 41-year-old son of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State University assistant football coach convicted of sexually abusing young boys, was charged in Pennsylvania on Monday, Feb. 13, with sexually abusing two young sisters, according to a police complaint filed in court. Jeffrey Sandusky was accused of soliciting oral sex and naked photographs from the teenage daughters of a woman he was dating and living with, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Monday: CANADA Trump says the United States will be "tweaking" its trade relationship with Canada, stopping short of calling for a major realignment in a development likely to please visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
VIENNA, Austria - Austrian police have detained a man for glorifying the Nazi regime, after he appeared in public dressed as Adolf Hitler, a police spokesman said. The 25-year-old was arrested on Monday night, Feb. 13, in Braunau am Inn, the Hitler's birthplace, the spokesman said. The daily newspaper Oberoesterreichische Nachrichten said on Saturday the man had been seen outside the house in which Hitler was born and in a local bookstore browsing through magazines about World War Two.
BOSTON—Hundreds of flights were canceled, scores of vehicle crashes reported and schools and government offices shuttered as the third winter storm in five days slammed New England on Monday, Feb. 13 Government offices were closed throughout Maine, with much of the state's coast expecting to see 18 inches to 24 inches of snow by the day's end, according to the National Weather Service. "Travel conditions are expected to remain treacherous throughout Monday," said Maine Gov. Paul LePage. "Stay off the roads and avoid traveling unless it is an absolute emergency."
CALGARY, Alberta - Parks Canada has reintroduced a herd of plains bison to the country's oldest national park in Banff, Alberta, officials said on Monday, more than 130 years after the iconic North American animal last grazed the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies. The conservation team moved 16 bison from a protected herd in central Alberta into an enclosed pasture in Banff National Park in the west of the province last week.
LONDON — The family of George Michael is "extremely upset" that a recording of an emergency call about the singer on the day he died at his southern England home was leaked to the press, lawyers said. "George's family and friends are extremely upset and truly appalled that such a personal, painful and clearly confidential recording has been leaked," said a statement by the family's lawyers, cited by the BBC.