Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., and Mike Espy, a former congressman and former U.S. agriculture secretary. Mississippi Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith apologized Tuesday evening for a recent remark that evoked the South’s ugly past of racial terror against African-Americans and has turned what should be an easy win for the GOP in a runoff election for the U.S. Senate into an unexpectedly competitive race. There was no ill will, no intent whatsoever in my statement,” Hyde-Smith said in a debate with Democrat Mike Espy.
As Northern California still reels from the deadly, ongoing Camp fire ― with dozens dead, hundreds still missing and thousands left homeless ― local communities and groups are stepping up to make sure those displaced will get a Thanksgiving meal this week. About 26,000 people have been displaced from Paradise and other communities, and about 700 remain listed as missing. Nearly 1,000 people were still sleeping in Red Cross and community shelters across the state as of Monday night, the group said.
President Donald Trump sparked an immediate backlash on Twitter early Wednesday after he thanked Saudi Arabia for helping lower global oil prices. Hundreds of tweeters expressed incredulity at Trump’s post, which came a day after his bizarre statement that the U.S. would remain a “steadfast partner” of Saudi Arabia ― even if Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the brutal slaying of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Enjoy! $54, was just $82,” Trump tweeted.
The presidential pardon of the Thanksgiving turkey has become an annual event, but the peace pact between the fowl and the White House is a relatively new thing. The first president to unofficially pardon a turkey was Abraham Lincoln, who instructed the White House to save a bird given to the president. Lincoln’s son had grown fond of the bird (and the president was a big animal lover).
An American missionary killed in a hail of arrows by an island tribe untouched by modern civilisation was bent on converting them to Christianity, it emerged Thursday. John Allen Chau, 27, was attacked last week as he illegally set foot on the remote North Sentinel Island in the Indian Ocean, after paddling his kayak towards the shore carrying fish and a football as gifts, according to a journal quoted by different media. North Sentinel in the Bay of Bengal is home to the Sentinelese people, believed to number only around 150.
Aerial view of devastation left by wildfires in Northern California.
Former President Barack Obama lent a helping hand at a food bank in Chicago on Tuesday. “You guys are doing such a great job helping out,” Obama told one young volunteer, who beamed with pride during her encounter with the former POTUS. The nonprofit organization tweeted its thanks to Obama for swinging by.
A transmission line that utility Pacific Gas & Electric Company says malfunctioned minutes before Northern California's deadly wildfire was supported by steel towers that toppled over in a fierce 2012 storm. The Mercury News of San Jose reported Tuesday that trouble on PG&E's 115,000-volt Caribou Palermo line date to December 2012, when five towers toppled. PG&E proposed replacing six towers on the line by 2013 and finished the repairs in 2016.
ROCK HALL, Md. ― When Dollar General said it would open a store here in 2013, Jeff Carroll warned it would crush the business he’d operated for the previous decade. Laws vary by state, and there’s usually not much that can be done.
Kim was selected Wednesday morning in a snap election organized at Interpol’s general assembly in Dubai following the arrest in China of former president Meng Hongwei last month. Interpol didn’t disclose on its website the margin of victory for the South Korean in the election, which was organized on a one country-one vote basis. The election had become deeply political in recent days as U.S. and other western countries warned that if elected, Prokopchuk, as a high-ranking police official in Russia, could abuse Interpol protocols to harass political opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Police are investigating an incident at a Minnesota McDonald’s in which a man reportedly pulled a gun on a group of Muslim teenagers on Monday night. Several videos of the incident have been uploaded to Twitter, showing a group of young people yelling
The Trump administration’s crackdown on refugees crossing into the U.S. from Mexico was suspended late Monday by a federal judge, prompting a response from the Justice Department and the Homeland Security Department, which said they would continue to defend the administration’s authority to deal with the “crisis” at the border.
In case you missed it, the next White House Correspondents' Association dinner won't feature a comedian, circumventing tradition. It comes after Michelle Wolf's utter roasting of the Trump administration and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders at this year's event, which they didn't like.
Police sources told local media that Mr Chau was a missionary and travelled to the island to convert the Sentinelese tribe to Christianity. Mr Pathak said authorities are still consulting with tribal welfare experts to determine how best to retrieve Mr Chau's body. The case has cast a rare spotlight on the Sentinelese tribe, one of the last in the world thought to be untouched by modern civilisation.
Far-right figure Laura Loomer was banned by Twitter on Wednesday after attacking newly elected Democratic representative Ilhan Omar. According to Loomer, she was banned by the social media site after tweeting about the Minnesota politician. “Isn’t it ironic how the twitter moment used to celebrate ‘women, LGBTQ, and minorities’ is a picture of Ilhan Omar?” Loomer wrote.
You shouldn’t have to skim dozens of different sites to find the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals that are worth it. You’ll save most when you shop early, with deals like 15 to 25 percent off at Sephora, deep discounts and free sets at Ulta and 25 percent off at Dermstore.
A leading international aid group said Wednesday that an estimated 85,000 Yemeni children under the age of 5 may have died of hunger and disease since the outbreak of the country's civil war in 2015. Save the Children based its figures on mortality rates for untreated cases of severe acute malnutrition, or SAM, in young children. The United Nations says more than 1.3 million children have suffered from SAM since a Saudi-led coalition went to war with Yemen's Houthi rebels in March 2015.
A Kansas county official has tendered his resignation amid backlash over remarks he made to a black city planner about a “master race” at a public meeting earlier this month. Leavenworth County Commissioner Louis Klemp announced his resignation would take effect at 9 a.m. local time Tuesday in a letter addressed to Leavenworth County Clerk Janet Klasinski and obtained by HuffPost.
This past March, when the federal government announced tariffs on steel and aluminum at 25 and 10 percent, respectively, the AIA issued a statement against the increased costs that would be incurred by the design industry. “Any move that increases building costs will jeopardize domestic design and the construction industry,” it stated. On July 6, more tariffs levied on myriad Chinese imports began, starting with an additional 25 percent duty that largely affected heavy machinery and equipment.
Higgins was one of 16 Democrats who signed a letter earlier this month pledging not to support Pelosi for speaker. On Wednesday, however, Higgins told The Buffalo News that he had decided to back Pelosi after she agreed to prioritize two of his main goals in the next Congress: infrastructure reform and allowing people to buy into Medicare at age 50. “I have an agreement in principle with the Democratic leader that those are going to be two priorities, and that I will be the lead person on the Medicare buy-in,” Higgins said in the interview.
Trump lawyers said the answers only cover events before Trump became president and Russian-related topics. There were no responses to questions related to his time as president or whether Trump tried to impede an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election by firing FBI director James Comey. The president’s legal team doesn’t expect to answer any additional questions from Mueller beyond a few follow-ups, though they have no assurances from Mueller that he won’t pursue further queries, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said.
US troops stationed on the border with Mexico ahead of the expected arrival of a Central American migrant caravans can intervene to quell violence but will be armed only with batons, Defense Minister Jim Mattis said on Wednesday. The White House has given almost 5,800 troops posted along the frontier guidance that they can come to the aid of any Customs and Border Protection agents who come under attack, Mattis told reporters. In all, some 8,000 migrants are currently crossing Mexico in several caravans, according to the Mexican interior ministry.
It's been 12 days since Christina Taft started the frantic search for her mother Victoria, who refused to evacuate their Paradise home as flames neared, and six days since she gave authorities a cheek swab to identify remains that are likely her mother's. With 79 people killed in the nation's deadliest wildfire in at least a century, there are still nearly 700 names on the list of those unaccounted for.
Members of one of the world's last tribes untouched by modern civilisation have killed an American who ventured illegally onto their remote island, Indian police said Wednesday. John Allen Chau, 27, was hit by a hail of arrows as he set foot on North Sentinel Island, part of the Indian Andaman Islands, last Saturday, official sources told AFP. North Sentinel is home to the Sentinelese people, believed to number only around 150.
Daily Digit is the story behind the numbers that make our world work. Today we’re looking at abortions and the right to choose. In 1973, the Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade decriminalized abortion in the U.S. According to a new study by Pew Research Center, nearly 60% of Americans believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases. Unsurprisingly, the views about this issue vary widely between the political parties. Among the general public, the study shows there’s no significant difference in opinion between men and women. But support varies by race, with whites and blacks more accepting than members of Hispanic groups. And support is higher among individuals with higher education. Do you think abortion should be legal?