Florida Gov. Rick Scott defied his longtime allies at the National Rifle Association on Friday to sign into law a new set of gun regulations, more than three weeks after a school shooting claimed 17 lives in his state. "I am going to do what I think are common-sense solutions," the Republican governor said after the signing. "I think this is the beginning. There is now going to be a real conversation about how we make our schools safe."
LOS ANGELES - Will it happen? Could it happen? The news Thursday that Barack and Michelle Obama are in talks with Netflix to create nonfiction shows sent the intrigue-meter spiking from Washington to the West Coast. The development, reported by The New York Times, has the ex-president and ex-first lady negotiating with Netflix for issue-driven shows. The former first couple would serve as producers and maybe even star; a talk-show format isn't out of the question.
A neighbor of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., pleaded guilty Friday to a violent November attack over landscaping that left the senator with six broken ribs and sidelined him from work in Congress on the tax overhaul. Rene Boucher, 59, was found guilty of one count of assaulting a member of Congress during a brief hearing in federal court in Kentucky, his attorney said. He is scheduled to be sentenced on June 15.
It has been one month since the story became public of the abuse I suffered at the hands of my ex-husband, Rob Porter, along with accusations from his first wife, Colbie Holderness. Yet the White House has still not acknowledged our names or apologized to us for mishandling the situation.
A nurse has been suspended and a Wisconsin hospital is under review after five infants suffered unexplained bruises and fractures to their arms, legs and heads, according to a federal inspection report. The report, from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said UnityPoint Health-Meriter in Madison did not take necessary steps to protect its tiniest, most vulnerable patients after an infant in the hospital's newborn intensive care unit turned up with bruises last April, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
Claire's Stores, the fashion accessories chain where legions of preteens got their ears pierced, is preparing to file for bankruptcy in the coming weeks, according to people with knowledge of the plans.
It was all about the land. The 7 11 Ranch stretches over 700 empty acres on the wind-tossed western slopes of Colorado's Rocky Mountains. The closest town - Gunnison - is a 20-minute drive. China blue skies cap swinging fields of grass. Foothills climb the horizon. Horse trails rope around the hulking boulder outcroppings. Rainbow and cutthroat trout nose up Quartz Creek. Six cabins are clustered on the property, arranged around the main house, a log structure hung with animal skulls and antlers.
Toys "R" Us Inc. is making preparations for a liquidation of its bankrupt U.S. operations after so far failing to find a buyer or reach a debt restructuring deal with lenders, according to people familiar with the matter. While the situation is still fluid, a shutdown of the U.S. division has become increasingly likely in recent days, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. Hopes are fading that a buyer will emerge to keep some of the business operating, or that lenders will agree on terms of a debt restructuring, the people said.
"SC6″ is about to be deep-sixed. Host Michael Smith is leaving the 6 p.m. edition of "SportsCenter," and it's happening immediately. Smith's final show is set to take place Friday. Smith's former on-air partner, Jemele Hill, left the show in January to become a contributor to ESPN's Undefeated vertical and to some of the network's other programs. The news about Smith was first reported Thursday by Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch, and ESPN confirmed it Friday, several hours before Smith's last go-round with "SC6."
The selfie-snapping animals are at it again. Two emperor penguins in Antarctica captured a short video of themselves after coming across a camera left on the ice by a human. The Australian Antarctic Division posted the comical, 38-second clip to its social media channels Thursday. One of the group's expeditioners, Eddie Gault, had placed the camera on the ground near the Auster Rookery - home to a large emperor penguin colony - while visiting the nearby Mawson research station.