Veteran Supreme Court litigator Thomas Goldstein argues that Whitaker — a Trump loyalist who was appointed to his post by the president last week — cannot take over for ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions because Whitaker hasn’t been confirmed by the Senate. The unusual vehicle for the challenge is a gun rights lawsuit that was initially filed against Sessions in his former capacity as attorney general. Goldstein is asking the justices to determine who should now be the valid defendant in the case — and many other pending cases directed at the federal government’s top law enforcement official.
It was a feel-good story for the ages — a homeless military veteran’s random act of kindness and a New Jersey couple intent on helping him get back on his feet during the holidays — that inspired people to donate more than $400,000 in an online fundraiser when it went viral last fall. “The paying it forward story that drove this fundraiser might seem too good to be true,” Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said at a press briefing in Mount Holly, N.J., on Thursday afternoon. The three were each charged with second-degree conspiracy and theft by deception. If convicted on all charges, D’Amico, McClure and Bobbitt would each face 10 to 20 years in prison.
BJ's Wholesale Club is among the big name stores whose doors will be locked on November 22. Retailers began pushing the limits in 2010 when Sears was the first to announce they would open late on Thanksgiving and stay open overnight. Fellow stores like Walmart and Target soon followed the controversial decision, opening the floodgates to stores of all sizes to open on the holiday.
The U.S. Justice Department said it is planning to prosecute controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Sources told The Wall Street Journal on Thursday that the department is also hopeful it will get Assange ― who has been holed up in an Ecuadorean embassy in London since 2012 ― into a U.S. courtroom. Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in April 2017 that the arrest of Assange would become a priority for the Justice Department.
More than a week after first igniting in Butte County, California, the news surrounding the most destructive and deadly wildfire in California history remains grim. The death toll from the Camp Fire increased to 71 on Friday, as investigators continued
The death toll in Northern California’s Camp fire rose once again on Thursday to 63 as rescue workers continue to search through the devastation left by the state’s deadliest blaze in history, authorities said. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea told those gathered at a news briefing that the number of missing persons reflected ongoing work by emergency response personnel sifting through reports, but said many of the unaccounted for may simply be displaced in shelters throughout the region. “The reason that that number went up is because after they went up, [emergency officials] didn’t stop working, they continued to work into the night,” Honea said.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis defended the use of active duty troops on the U.S.-Mexican border, saying that in some ways it provides good training for war. The Pentagon chief said that within a week to 10 days the 5,800 troops currently deployed for the border mission will have accomplished all the tasks initially requested by Customs and Border Protection, although additional tasks are now being worked out between the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security. In addition to the 5,800 active duty troops in the border area, about 2,100 National Guard troops have been providing border support since April.
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French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Morocco on Thursday to take part in the inauguration of a high-speed railway line that boasts the fastest journey times in Africa or the Arab world. The French leader, who was invited by King Mohammed VI, will attend a grand ceremony at Tangiers' newly renovated train station, with heavy security measures put in place. Macron will travel with the monarch on the high-speed train from Tangiers, a major port linking Africa and Europe, to the capital Rabat.
In a preliminary ruling, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., sided with CNN on Friday in its lawsuit against President Trump, ordering the White House to immediately reinstate correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credentials. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy J. Kelly, who was appointed by Trump, said the White House failed to provide Acosta due process in revoking his access, and he granted a temporary restraining order restoring it. The judge said that Trump does not have to call on Acosta ever again but that the CNN chief White House correspondent is owed due process before the administration can revoke his “hard,” or permanent, press pass.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) mustered a lukewarm response when asked about a group of high school students in his state who were photographed giving a Nazi salute.“I think they’re just stupid,” Walker ― who will be out of a job in January ― told reporters
If raccoons could talk, some headline-making animals in West Virginia may be slurring their words. After receiving reports of rabid raccoons in the area, the Milton, West Virginia Police Department apprehended some of the “culprits.” But, according to the Department’s Facebook post, it’s not rabies that made these animals stumble. “We have had calls on suspected rabid raccoons twice over the last two days,” the Milton Police Department Facebook post reads.
A man now thought to be one of the most prolific serial killers in the US claims he killed as many as 90 people over four decades. Investigators have been able to close four unsolved murder cases because of the confessions of Samuel Little. The 79-year-old, also known as Samuel McDowell, was already serving a life sentence in California for three murders when he confessed to a Texas investigator.
The incident happened last June when the two Navy SEALs and two special ops Marines were stationed in Mali. ABC News' Brad Mielke reports.
The number of names on the missing person’s list for Northern California’s Camp fire grew to 1,011 Friday night, nearly doubling the number reported Thursday, though fire officials warned that the list may include duplicate names. Search-and-rescue officials also discovered eight more bodies in the Camp fire’s aftermath, bringing the death total to 71. Three bodies have been recovered in the Woosley fire in Southern California, making the state’s death toll now 74.
Volunteers in Broward County, a Democratic stronghold in Florida, recounted hundreds of thousands of votes this week by order of the state ― but it was all for nothing.Joe D’Alessandro, the county’s director of elections, revealed Thursday that his team
Democrat Gil Cisneros has grabbed a narrow lead for the first time in the last undecided U.S. House contest in California. Cisneros is battling Republican Young Kim to replace retiring Republican Rep. Ed Royce in Southern California's 39th District. With ballots still being counted, an update Thursday showed Cisneros with a 941-vote lead, after Kim held an early edge in the contest.
The family of an Indonesian man killed in a Lion Air jet crash is suing Boeing, alleging that the accident may have been caused by a problem with the flight-control system in its newest 737 plane. The father of Rio Nanda Pratama filed the lawsuit Wednesday in the US state of Illinois, where the plane manufacturer is headquartered, over the death of the young doctor who was to have married his high-school sweetheart this week. Pratama's fiance Intan Syari, 26, has made headlines after she posed alone for photos in a wedding gown that she was to have worn at the couple's nuptials in Indonesia.
“We talked about border security and how to resolve all this, and we’re optimistic we have a way forward," McConnell of Kentucky said after he and Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby of Alabama met with the president. Asked what the way forward is, McConnell said, “I’ll tell you when we get it.” He declined to respond to questions about whether Trump would accept fencing as a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Funding is set to end Dec. 7 for some federal agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, the Internal Revenue Service and the National Park Service.
Speaking at Oxford University, the adult film star answered questions about her attorney, Michael Avenatti, who is facing allegations of domestic violence, and whether or not she would support him in a presidential bid.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg weighed in on the recent explosive New York Times article that reported the social network carried out a campaign to discredit those who criticized how it handled Russian interference and disinformation. “On a number of issues ― including spotting and understanding the Russian interference we saw in the 2016 election ― Mark [Zuckerberg] and I have said many times we were too slow,” she wrote. Many called out the social media giant for reportedly hiring Republican opposition research firm Definers Public Affairs to undermine and discredit anti-Facebook protesters and link them to figures such as Jewish billionaire philanthropist George Soros.
The FBI and authorities in Aruba are investigating whether the tragic death of an American woman on a Caribbean cruise was an accident or a crime. The Princess Cruises’ Royal Princess cruise ship was in the Caribbean early Tuesday when the victim, a 52-year-old woman who has not been publicly identified, plunged from an upper deck onto a lifeboat below, according to authorities. When the ship arrived at port in Aruba, local authorities launched an investigation.
Californian native Ron Westbrook saw his house burn down in this week’s horrific wildfires, but has since found out his 1915 Ford Model T is perfectly intact on a trailer at the end of his driveway. The cars that sat in his garage were burnt to ashes,
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In a speech to her supporters on Friday night, Democrat Stacey Abrams acknowledged that she’d lost the Georgia governor’s race to Republican Brian Kemp. She noted that she isn’t conceding, since the election was plagued by voter suppression. “I will