Eric Trump insisted Friday on Fox News that his father was simply having “fun” this week when he praised Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) as “my kind of guy” for assaulting a Guardian reporter last year. “He wasn’t the guy that body-slammed anybody,” the younger Trump said of his dad. Gianforte attacked The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs last year after Jacobs asked him a question about health care, body-slamming and punching the reporter and breaking his glasses.
Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafortappearedin court in awheelchair on Friday as his lawyer expressed concerns about Manafort’s health related to his confinement. Manafort was in Virginia federal court for a hearing to determine his sentencing date, which a judge scheduled for Feb. 8. “We do think there are significant concerns with Mr. Manafort’s health, and much of that has to do with the terms of Mr. Manafort’s confinement,” defense attorney Kevin Downing told the judge at the hearing.
Fallout over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi captured headlines this week. Turkish media reportedly obtained audio that indicates Khashoggi was tortured, killed and dismembered inside the consulate. Khashoggi was critical of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman in his reporting, and many people, including Sen. Lindsey Graham believe the putative leader had the journalist murdered. Other major headlines of the week included the death of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Michael and lottery fever over the massive Mega Millions jackpot.
After a long history of endorsing Republican candidates, the Houston Chronicle is shifting gears to throw its support behind Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the Democrat challenging GOP Sen. Ted Cruz in the midterm elections. “With eyes clear but certainly not starry, we enthusiastically endorse Beto O’Rourke for U.S. Senate,” the paper’s editorial board wrote on Friday.
Punjab state's Chief Minister Amarinder Singh told reporters on Saturday that 59 people had died with 57 injured in the accident and that an official inquiry would be carried out over the next four weeks. A large crowd had formed near the tracks on the city's fringe for the burning of effigies as part of a major Hindu festival on Friday when the train sped through the gathering in darkness, officials and witnesses said. Grieving relatives and residents, some of whom were still scouring the bloodied fields for belongings of their loved ones, said there was no warning from the train as it rolled down the tracks just as firecrackers exploded in the sky in the annual Dusshera festival.
The United States has asked United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to come up with an exit strategy for the UN's mission in Kosovo after a nearly two-decade presence there. US Ambassador Nikki Haley argued that UNMIK, as the mission is known, remains "unchanged" even though it "has long fulfilled its mandate" of supporting peace. Haley urged Guterres to "initiate a strategic review of UNMIK to develop an exit strategy," according to a letter dated October 9, a copy of which was obtained by AFP.
To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. It’s been three weeks since Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gave her testimony before the nation and I’m still struggling to move on. In October 1991, I sat perched on a stool in Mr. Bundeson’s seventh grade woodshop class listening with fascination as Anita Hill testified about her experience of sexual harassment by then Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.
The tentative settlement, which needs a judge's approval, will provide compensation ranging from $2,500 up to $250,000 to women who say Dr. George Tyndall abused them between 1988 and 2016, USC Interim President Wanda Austin said in a statement . About 500 current and former students have now made accusations against Tyndall and filed various lawsuits. Tyndall spent about three decades as a USC staff gynecologist before retiring last year after a university investigation concluded there was evidence that he sexually harassed students during exams.
Police removed the hidden remains of 63 fetuses from a Detroit funeral home Friday. It’s the second funeral home in the area found to be harboring the bodies of deceased infants and still borns in the last few weeks. The grisly discovery was made at Perry Funeral Homes after police executed a search warrant to search the premises.
Students wept over the coffins of classmates Friday at the funeral of 20 people killed in a school shooting in Crimea dubbed the “Russian Columbine,” the worst massacre of its kind in the region’s history.Eighteen-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov opened fire
Iowa Rep. Steve King urged President Trump on Thursday to follow through on his promise to shut down the southwest border if Mexico does not block a caravan of Central American migrants from making their way toward the United States. During an appearance on a talk show of conservative Des Moines radio personality Simon Conway on Thursday evening, King described the caravan, which had reportedly grown to include more than 3,000 migrants since its departure from Honduras, as an “invasion.” He also endorsed Trump’s threats to cut off U.S. aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador — the so-called Northern Triangle countries from which a vast majority of children and families who’ve sought asylum at the U.S. border with Mexico in recent years have come, many of them fleeing rampant gang violence in their homelands.
Saudi Arabia's admission -- after emphatic denials -- over the killing of critic Jamal Khashoggi is aimed at shifting the responsibility away from the powerful crown prince, whose position so far appears unshaken, analysts say. The kingdom sacked two top aides to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as well three intelligence officials and arrested 18 Saudi suspects, in what some analysts called a scapegoating to quell the global outrage over Khashoggi's killing. After 17 days of vehement denials, the kingdom's assertion on Saturday that the journalist was killed in a "brawl and fist fight" inside a Saudi consulate in Istanbul –- without revealing the whereabouts of his body -- fell on sceptical ears around the world.
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker (I) suspended his re-election campaign on Friday. Governor Walker is suspending his race for Governor. “Every decision I have made as your governor, I have made on the basis of what I believe is best for Alaska.
Most of the casualties in a train disaster that killed dozens of people in northern India were migrant workers, a former state government official said Saturday. R.C. Yadav, former chairman of Punjab state's Workers Welfare Board, said that many of the 60 killed and dozens injured when a speeding train ran over a crowd celebrating the Hindu festival of Dussehra on Friday night had left their families in neighboring states to work in factories and shops in Punjab. Most "of those killed are these poor workers," Yadav said, adding that some earned as little as 7,000 rupees ($95) per month.
In total, more than 3.3 million customers lost power from Florida to New York after Michael struck the Florida Panhandle on Oct. 10 as a Category 4 storm with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour (250 kph). Some customers in the hardest-hit parts of Florida may have to wait another week or two until service is restored, utilities said. The Florida Division of Emergency Management said on Twitter that about 102,565 homes and businesses in the state still had no power.
A new treatment could offer up to ten months extra life for women with one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer, following a successful British trial. Using a combination of immunotherapy and chemotherapy, the body’s own immune system can be tuned to attack triple-negative breast cancer, scientists found. The research, carried out by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, also showed that the combined treatment reduced the risk of death or the cancer progressing by up to 40 per cent.
Millions of Americans are using DNA test kits sold online to research their ancestry, either out of simple curiosity or to find answers about their identity. In a country whose population, for the most part, arrived in various waves of migration -- and where genealogy has caught the public imagination -- the DNA tests have proven wildly successful.
Twenty-six-year-old Kenzie Houk had been shot in the back of the head, and police charged Jordan Brown, the son of Houk's fiancÃ?(c), for her murder.
The stakes in Saturday's parliamentary elections in Afghanistan have never been higher, coming just two days after the Taliban assassinated two top provincial officials in an audacious attack on a security conference attended by the top U.S. military commander in the country. The attack came just as Washington is trying to find a peace deal that will allow the U.S. to draw down its forces and extricate itself from the 17-year war, the longest in American history. On Friday, Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission postponed polls in southern Kandahar province for one week in response to the brazen attack that killed the powerful provincial police chief, Gen. Abdul Raziq, who was gunned down Thursday as participants wrapped up a day-long meeting to lay out security plans for Saturday's elections.
A large, U.S.-bound group of Central American migrants that President Donald Trump has been attacking all week reached Mexico’s southern border Friday and started to cross over after a clash with law enforcement. The caravan of mostly Honduran nationals stopped before the Mexico-Guatemala border Friday morning and temporarily retreated, The Associated Press reported. Hundreds of Mexican police officers in riot gear awaited the group of up to 4,000 would-be asylum-seekers. Some then rushed a border fence and attempted to push their way through, prompting police to deploy smoke canisters, according to the AP.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) visited Austria in August and gave an extensive interview to a far-right publication there in which he spelled out, in clearer and more shocking terms than he ever has before, his white nationalist worldview. The eight-term congressman, up for re-election next month, talked to Caroline Sommerfeld of the Austrian far-right propaganda site Unzensuriert (which means “uncensored” in English). Sommerfeld is a prominent intellectual in Europe’s neo-fascist identitarian movement, which has deep connections to America’s so-called alt-right.
The diocese of Buffalo in New York state acknowledged Friday having received a demand for documents believed to be linked to a federal investigation into sexual abuse. On Thursday, the US for the first time opened a federal investigation into abuse committed by Catholic clergy, issuing a subpoena to dioceses in Pennsylvania two months after the publication of a report on decades of sexual abuse in the state. Local media in Buffalo earlier said they had obtained internal messages from the Buffalo diocese dated from May and June and indicating that the attorney's office had demanded documents related to allegations of clergy sex abuse.
At least 17 people have died after an express train derailed and flipped over on a popular coastal route in Taiwan on Sunday. The Taiwan Railways Administration confirmed 17 people had been killed and said 132 people had also been injured in the accident in northeastern Yilan county. Images from the site showed the Puyuma Express train completely derailed and lying zig-zagged across the track.
A suicide bomber killed 15 people in Kabul, the most serious of a series of smaller-scale attacks that caused dozens of casualties across the country but did not deter voters who endured long queues to cast their ballot. "Today the people gave an unanswerable response to the enemies of Afghanistan," government spokesman Haroon Chakansuri told reporters. Voting should have been over by the time the suicide bomber struck a polling station in the north of Kabul, killing 10 civilians and five police, but polling stations were kept open longer than normal to cope with large numbers of people who had been unable to cast ballots.
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):4 p.m.U.S. stocks gave up an early rally and struggled to another mixed finish as investors continued sell former favorites like retailers.Homebuilders also fell sharply