Senators Voice Doubts On Asia Trade Deal
Senators from both parties provided a reality check Thursday to the Obama administration's optimism over its trade agenda following some progress in key negotiations with Japan. But Democratic lawmakers, including New York's Sen. Charles Schumer, told the administration's top trade official Thursday that the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership won't win congressional approval anyway, unless it also addresses alleged currency manipulation by Japan. The committee's top-ranking Republican, Sen.
Senegal Confirms Its First Case Of Ebola
The Senegalese Ministry of Health said Friday that a man infected with Ebola traveled to Senegal, becoming the first recorded in the country, of an outbreak that has hit four other West African countries and has killed more than 1,500 people. Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck told reporters that the infected person is a university student from Guinea who sought treatment at a hospital in Senegal's capital, Dakar, this week. She said the young man said he had had contact with Ebola patients while he was in Guinea, and was immediately put under quarantine.
Ariana Grande Is "Happy" With Her Love Life
Surprise, surprise: Ariana Grande doesn't want to talk about her love life. Though it's no secret the diva-in-training is dating Big Sean, she's not ready to discuss the details of their fledgling romance. Before the 21-year-old singer performed "Problem," "Break Free" and "Bang Bang" on NBC's Today Friday, Matt Lauer asked Grande if "anyone" has captured her attention in Hollywood. She said, "Oh, my goodness! Y'all are putting me on the spot. I'm happy.
Captain Of Doomed South Korea Ferry Says Lack Of Checks Was Customary
Yonhap news agency reported the captain of a ferry that capsized in April, in South Korea's worst maritime accident in decades, told a court on Friday he was just following established practice in not making safety checks before the vessel set off. Lee Joon-seok, 68, appeared disoriented and unable to properly understand questions when he took the stand for the first time. Lee and three crew members are being tried in court for homicide, in the southwestern city of Gwangju. Lee was among 15 crew members accused of abandoning the sharply listing ferry, after telling the passengers--most of them school children on a trip to the holiday island of Jeju--to stay put in their cabins.
Abercrombie & Fitch Drops Its Logo From Clothes
After its seventh quarterly loss, Abercrombie & Fitch has announced it is pulling its ubiquitous label from its clothing in an an attempt to reverse the trend. The company made a somewhat opaque announcement Thursday, reporting its disappointing second-quarter results, saying: "We are confident that the evolution of our assortment will drive further improvements going forward, in particular as we move past the headwind of adverse likes in our logo business as we work to strategically reduce that element in our assortment."
5 Seconds Of Summer -- Bassist Calum Hood Cops To Flashing Dong On Internet
5 Seconds of Summer's bass player now has a viral penis -- which is not as bad as it sounds -- but yes ... his junk's being passed around the Internet after he flashed it on Snapchat. Calum Hood learned a hard lesson when he sent the revealing video to someone who then reposted it as a Vine for the world to see. Even though you never see 18-year-old Hood's face in the video ... he actually admitted it was him, tweeting ..."I'm still just a teenage kid learning from mistakes."
Ebola In Mind, US Colleges Screen Some Students
College students from West Africa may be subject to extra health checks when they arrive to study in the United States, as administrators try to insulate campuses from the worst Ebola outbreak in history. With the virus continuing to kill in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, the expected arrival of thousands of students from those countries has U.S. authorities on alert--but cautioning against alarm. Fatima Nor, an 18-year-old freshman at the University at Buffalo, where about 25 students from Nigeria are enrolled for fall, said "I can see why there would be concern; there's no vaccine for it."
Bobby Shmurda Busted On Felony Gun Charge
Rapper Bobby Shmurda doesn't just rap about guns, he's got 'em in real life ... and got busted for one in New York City recently. According to court documents, Shmurda was arrested in the Brownsville area of Brooklyn on June 3rd. The doc says cops spotted Shmurda showing off the weapon in an apartment--and when they went to investigate, he tried to hide it in a couch. Shmurda was doing a nightclub appearance Wednesday night in New Jersey, when someone fired off two shots in the parking lot.
Britney Spears Has A "S---ty Day" Post-Split
Britney Spears is focusing on the positive. Hours after the pop princess revealed she'd broken up with David Lucado amid allegations that he cheated on her with another woman, Spears, 32, shared a silly Instagram video with fans. Spears previously announced her single status in a tweet, writing, "Ahhhh the single life!" While a source told E! News Thursday that Spears was "heartbroken," she will pull through. The source said, "She's a strong girl and he was never right for her.
U.N. Tries To Locate Fijian Peacekeepers Seized On Golan Heights
U.N. officials shuttled along the rocky frontier between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Friday, trying to establish the whereabouts of 43 United Nations peacekeepers seized by al-Qaeda-linked militants inside Syria. Israeli forces took up positions at Quneitra, a fortified crossing between Syria and the Golan, barely 400 meters from Nusra Front militants, who attacked a U.N. base on the Syrian side of the border on Wednesday and seized the 43 Fijians. Military officers in the Philippines said about 80 U.N. soldiers from the Philippines, all of whom serve with UNDOF, a U.N. force that has monitored the disengagement zone between Israel and Syria since the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, remain locked down in two camps on the Syrian side of the frontier.