The U.S. military has identified five Marines who were declared dead after their refueling plane collided with a fighter jet last week off Japan's southern coast. Search and recovery operations have ended after finding only one survivor, who was aboard the fighter jet. The five crew members identified Wednesday were on a KC-130 Hercules refueling aircraft that collided with an F/A-18 Hornet during regular training.
The president sparred with Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi for over 10 minutes in full view of reporters and press pool cameras. During the exchange, Trump said he is willing to shut down the government if Democrats don’t appropriate funding for his proposal to provide $5 billion for a wall along the Mexico border next year. Democrats have said Trump should accept a stopgap measure that would provide $1.3 billion for border fencing and barriers in 2019, which is the same amount Congress authorized for this year.
A Canadian, believed to be a former diplomat, has been detained in China, prompting concern in Ottawa and Washington, as Beijing fumes over the arrest of a senior technology executive. "We are aware of the situation of a Canadian detained in China. The International Crisis Group earlier said it was aware of reports of the detention of its employee Michael Kovrig, a Chinese-speaking expert who served as a Canadian diplomat in Beijing, Hong Kong and at the United Nations.
President Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. shared a meme on Instagram to suggest her policies would force Americans to eat dogs, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said she “doesn’t seem to know much about anything” and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee branded her “looney” for likening her election victory to the U.S. moon landing. In the tweet, which has now gone viral, Ocasio-Cortez ridiculed the Republicans who are attacking her by highlighting an embarrassing gaffe made by one of their own, white supremacist Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa).
Insurance claims from the recent spate of California wildfires, including one ranked as the most deadly and destructive in state history, have topped $9 billion and are expected to grow, the state insurance commissioner reported on Wednesday. The Camp Fire, which erupted on Nov. 8 and quickly incinerated most of the Sierra foothills town of Paradise, about 175 miles (280 km) north of San Francisco, has accounted for the bulk of the claims, just over $7 billion of the total. That fire destroyed more than 18,500 structures, including nearly 14,000 homes, in and around Paradise, and killed 86 people, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).
Attorneys for former national security adviser Michael Flynn requested late Tuesday that the retired Army lieutenant general spend no time in prison and be sentenced to one year of probation based on his cooperation with Russia special counsel Robert Mueller. "General Flynn’s respect for the law is demonstrated by his decision to accept responsibility for his actions soon after the Special Counsel’s Office reached out to him and sought his cooperation," Flynn's lawyers said. The attorneys, however, did offer a new account of Flynn's interactions with FBI agents during a Jan. 24, 2017 interview in which the newly installed national security adviser, without a lawyer present, lied about his contacts with Russia ambassador Sergey Kisylak.
An exploratory committee allows Castro to raise and spend a limited amount of money to test whether he can generate support for an official bid for the Democratic nomination through the months-long slog of caucuses and primaries set to get underway in February 2020. While he may be the most serious Latino candidate for the Democratic Party, it won’t be easy for Castro to stand out in a wide field of more than a dozen contenders that could include senators, governors, mayors and wealthy entrepreneurs.
A 21-year-old man was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in the beating death of a University of Southern California graduate student from China. Albert Ochoa is the fourth person convicted in the 2014 attack on 24-year-old engineering student Xinran Ji. Ochoa and three others attacked Ji while trying to rob him as he was walking home from a study group near the USC campus on June 24, 2014, prosecutors said.
Luxury retailer appears to be first casualty as calls for a boycott spread on social media Weibo and echoed on state-run media Growing tensions between Beijing and Ottawa over the arrest of a senior Huawei executive have inflicted damage on the luxury clothing retailer Canada Goose, as Chinese consumers call for a boycott of the brand. Shares in the company have plunged nearly 20% since the arrest last week of Huawei’s chief financial officers Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver. A Canadian judge granted bail to Meng on Tuesday evening.
Just over two years after they purchased their sprawling 1928 Spanish Colonial home from Friends creator Marta Kauffman, Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent are putting it back on the market—but not without some notable upgrades and improvements, which they detailed to AD last year. The designer couple, who have a young daughter, Poppy, originally bought the Hancock Park home from Kauffman for around $8 million in late 2016 and now have the 8,500-square-foot residence on the market for a substantially higher $13.795 million.
Donald Trump has insisted he is “not concerned” about the threat of impeachment because “the people would revolt if that happened”. The president, who has been implicated in campaign finance violations admitted by his former personal lawyer, claimed it would be “hard to impeach somebody who hasn’t done anything wrong”. Federal prosecutors said last week that Mr Trump had directed Michael Cohen to make six-figure payments to two women to stop them speaking about alleged affairs with the Republican candidate ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
The southern US state of Texas on executed a convicted killer and rapist Tuesday over a 1993 attack on a newlywed couple. Alvin Braziel, 43, died by lethal injection at the Texas state prison in Huntsville. The couple were walking on a trail in the Dallas suburbs when Braziel, aged 18 at the time, attempted to rob them at gunpoint.
Millions of Indians do not have access to sanitation and open defecation is a problem, even in developed, industrial states. The girl, E. Hanifa Zaara, didn't want to go out in the open and won a promise from her father to build a lavatory indoors, said police officer A. Valarmathi. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has been pushing a campaign to build 100 million toilets over five years but the drive has not covered large parts of the country.
Hundreds of progressive Michigan activists plan to mount a rally at the state Capitol in Lansing on Wednesday against efforts to undermine the authority of incoming statewide Democratic elected officials, weaken public-sector unions and do an end-run around popular policies on the minimum wage and paid sick leave. Whitmer has denounced Republican lawmakers’ attempts at a lame-duck power grab and warned of the political consequences for Republicans. Asked about Whitmer’s plan of action against the lame-duck GOP lawmakers, Whitmer spokeswoman Clare Liening referred HuffPost to Whitmer’s Dec. 4 statement blasting Republican lawmakers’ “incivility and discord.” Whitmer is in regular contact with a “broad array of stakeholders” in the lame-duck fight, Liening added in a follow-up exchange.
Attorneys for a former Baylor University student accused of rape have broken their silence after a judge allowed the former fraternity president to avoid serving jail time, attacking the ex-fraternity president's accuser and saying she gave "inconsistent" statements to the prosecution. Attorneys Mark Daniel and Tim Moore said that a statement in a Waco, Texas, court Monday by the woman who accused Jacob Walter Anderson was "riddled with distortions and misrepresentations." They said Anderson and the woman were seen by many people "kissing passionately" at a fraternity party where she says the assault occurred. Anderson's attorneys had declined comment when Judge Ralph Strother accepted a plea agreement Monday allowing Anderson to avoid jail or be listed as a sex offender.
Follow @Brexit on Twitter, join our Facebook group and sign up to our Brexit Bulletin. Theresa May will face a vote of confidence in her leadership of the Conservative Party as the embattled U.K. prime minister warned the rebels who want her out that they will be putting Brexit at risk. Tory members of Parliament will vote on Wednesday evening on whether they have confidence in May.
A disgruntled employee at a Canadian Walmart decided that he wasn’t going to quit quietly. In a video posted to Facebook on Friday, a 17-year-old worker named Jackson Racicot grabbed the PA mic and told everyone in the store what he really thought about working there. Racicot then dove into individual grievances, starting with his manager who apparently had called him “a waste of time.” He goes on to say that promises had been made and not kept, and details the story of how he was given only benefits of a part-time employee even though he worked full-time.
Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer — disagreed Tuesday over border wall funding, which could lead to a government shutdown. Trump gives the cameras a show By Jim Kessler Tuesday's episode in the Oval Office showed why House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer have the jobs they have: leaders of the Democratic Party in their respective chambers but also leaders for the American people. The meeting with President Donald Trump was intended to find a common-ground solution to keep the government open, but the president had other ideas.
OPEC said on Wednesday it had offset a drop in sanctions-hit Iranian oil exports and lowered the 2019 forecast of demand for its crude, underlining the challenge the producer group faces to prevent a glut even after last week's decision to trim output. In a monthly report, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said 2019 demand for its crude would fall to 31.44 million barrels per day, 100,000 bpd less than predicted last month and 1.53 million less than it currently produces. Worried by a drop in oil prices and rising supplies, OPEC and its allies including Russia last week agreed to return to supply cuts next year.
The Pentagon announced Tuesday that American observation posts in northern Syria, meant to prevent altercations between the Turkish army and US-supported Kurdish militia, have been erected, despite Ankara's request to scrap the move. US support for the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) has strained relations with Turkey, which fears the emergence of an autonomous Kurdish region on its southern border. "At the direction of Secretary (James) Mattis, the US established observation posts in the northeast Syria border region to address the security concerns of our NATO ally Turkey," Department of Defense spokesman Rob Manning said.
The FBI is joining a hate crimes investigation into an attack on a black DJ, allegedly carried out by self-confessed members of a neo-Nazi skinhead group. Eight individuals have been arrested as part of the investigation launched by the Snohomish County Sheriff's office in Washington state, and the FBI. Among those arrested was Travis Condor, a former soldier from Pittsburgh who in 2010 was sentenced to 90 days in jail for beating a homeless man with a baseball bat in Cincinnati.
Rep. Devin Nunes reacts to Flynn's interview with FBI investigators.
Stacey Abrams is not done yet. “Yes, I will run again,” Abrams said at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen conference. Abrams, a former leader of the Georgia House, lost by less than 55,000 votes to Republican Brian Kemp, who was serving as Georgia’s secretary of state, making him the state’s election overseer while running for governor.