WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump insisted Thursday that he was "under no pressure to make a deal with China," signaling a readiness to escalate his trade war with Beijing. "They are under pressure to make a deal with us," Trump tweeted in reference to China. "Our markets are surging, theirs are collapsing." The president's statement sought to downplay any hope that the United States would extend a hand toward reconciling the trade conflict, amid word that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had invited Chinese officials to return to talks.
As many as 1,000 asylum seekers whose claims were heard and rejected by the government under traumatic circumstances of family separation will get a second chance under an agreement announced late Wednesday. While the government did not agree to return parents already removed from the country, it said it would consider "individual cases in which plaintiffs's counsel believes the return of a particular removed" class member "may be warranted."
Pope Francis has ordered an investigation of Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, in connection with sexual harassment charges and accepted his resignation, the Vatican announced Thursday. The pope instructed Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore to conduct a probe into allegations that Bransfield, 75, sexually harassed adults, the Catholic News Service reported. Lori was also appointed as apostolic administrator of Wheeling-Charleston.
The testimony pouring out of the witness was grim, as disturbing as anything a criminal jury could be tasked to absorb. There in an Oregon courtroom in March 2017 was a daughter accusing her own father of sexual abuse.
Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has dramatically escalated his efforts to stop an "epidemic" of teenage vaping, announcing Wednesday, Sept. 12, a massive enforcement action against retailers for allegedly selling e-cigarettes to minors and warning manufacturers of a potential ban of flavored e-cigarette liquids.
I suspect you've never eaten a brownie and thought, "Hmm, there's too much chocolate in here." That's the point of a brownie, right? A delectable, indulgent, classic Chocolate Delivery Vehicle, or CDV.* (*Trademark pending).
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Hurricane Florence will begin to lash the Carolinas with powerful winds and violent surf Thursday in what is shaping up as the most dangerous tropical cyclone to hit the region in a generation. Forecasters warn that when it nears land, it could shift to low gear and then meander unpredictably along the coast, sucking energy from the warm ocean as it pounds coastal communities.
ROME - Alarmed by sexual abuse scandals in multiple countries, Pope Francis is summoning senior bishops for a first-of-its-kind meeting early next year to discuss the prevention of abuse by Roman Catholic clerics and the protection of children, the Vatican announced Wednesday. The announcement of the extraordinary conclave, scheduled for Feb. 21 to 24 at the Vatican, comes as Francis faces pressure to rectify the Vatican's slow-footed response to abuse and enact safeguards many Catholics say should have been created years earlier.
To understand how big the screens are on the 2018 crop of new iPhones, I brought a few visual aides to Apple's grand unveiling Wednesday at its Silicon Valley headquarters. The largest of Apple's three new phones, called the iPhone Xs Max, has a 6.5-inch screen (measured on the diagonal) that's longer than a ham and cheese from Subway. It's also larger than a double-wide Snickers bar, a Batman toy and the heel on a pair of red 6-inch stilettos.
Archaeologists who excavated a seaside cave in South Africa have discovered what they say is the world's oldest drawing. It is an abstract pattern, a crosshatch of red lines, like a hashtag, on a rock flake. The scientists who found it determined that the pattern is about 73,000 years old. This mark is about 30,000 years older than Paleolithic animal figures and hand stencils scrawled on cavern walls in Europe and Indonesia.