WASHINGTON - Republican supporters of legislation overhauling prison sentencing rules have a message for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.: It's now or, most likely, never. McConnell, without ever taking a public position on the bill, has told President Donald Trump and his colleagues that there simply is not enough time to take up the complex issue. Not when lawmakers have to clear a year-end bill funding a large chunk of the federal government, pass a new farm bill and try to confirm more executive and judicial branch nominees.
President Donald Trump announced Saturday, Dec. 8, that he would nominate Army Gen. Mark Milley as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, giving the president a critical opportunity to leave his imprint on the U.S. military by choosing its top officer. In a pair of morning tweets, Trump said the transition date was to be determined. Milley is a four-star general who serves as Army chief of staff. Chairman Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. is scheduled to retire next fall.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. economy added 155,000 jobs in November, missing expectations for more robust growth, and the unemployment rate stayed at a 49-year low of 3.7 percent, federal economists reported Friday. But hiring has remained strong overall as 2018 wraps up. American employers have added more than 200,000 jobs in four of the past six months, even in the face of economic curveballs such as trade tensions, jittery markets and hurricanes.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - An avowed supporter of neo-Nazi beliefs who took part in the violent and chaotic white-supremacist "Unite the Right" rally in this city last year was found guilty Friday of first-degree murder for killing a woman by ramming his car through a crowd of counterprotesters.
At first, Gillian Genser thought the headaches and vomiting were just the latest signs of autoimmune disorders she had battled for years. But then the symptoms got stranger. She felt agitated. She'd wake up nearly unable to move. Hearing vanished from one ear. Her muscles cramped and her speech slurred. What was going on? For years, doctors were baffled by what was afflicting the Toronto-based sculptor. Then, a blood test three years ago came back positive for heavy-metal poisoning. And Genser realized her art was killing her.
WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors filed new court papers Friday directly implicating President Donald Trump in plans to buy women's silence as far back as 2014 and offering new evidence of Russian efforts to forge a political alliance with Trump before he became president - disclosures that show the deepening political and legal morass enveloping the administration. The separate filings came from special counsel Robert Mueller III and federal prosecutors in New York ahead of Wednesday's sentencing of Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.
WASHINGTON - Special counsel Robert Mueller III told a judge Friday that Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, told "multiple discernible lies" during interviews with prosecutors, including about his contacts with an employee who is alleged to have ties to Russian intelligence. The allegations came in a new court filing by the special counsel that pointed to some the questions prosecutors have been asking a key witness in their closely-held investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign.
The veteran police officer shot and killed while rushing to confront a mass shooter in Thousand Oaks, California, last month was fatally struck by friendly fire rather than bullets fired by the gunman, authorities said Friday, Dec. 7. The grim revelation, made public exactly a month after the Nov. 7 massacre at the Borderline Bar and Grill, adds yet another tragic element to what witnesses and authorities alike have described as a chaotic, terrifying scene at the country-music venue.
As parents, we often seek to mollify, quell - even extinguish - our children's anger. Life is busy, we're moving fast. Anger slows us down. It stresses us out. But the disruptive quality of anger is exactly what makes it a powerful agent for social change, says Rebecca Traister in her new book, "Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women's Anger." Hers is one of two books out this fall that explore the intersection of gender and rage.
A relaxed-looking juvenile Hawaiian monk seal lounges near a sandy white beach on some green foliage. Its eyes are half-closed and it has a serene expression on its face. But the seal's calm demeanor is surprising. Why? Well, there's a long, black-and-white eel dangling from its right nostril. "It's just so shocking," Claire Simeone, a veterinarian and monk seal expert based in Hawaii, told The Washington Post on Thursday, Dec. 6. "It's an animal that has another animal stuck up its nose."