Donald Trump has falsely claimed texts between former FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page were "wiped clean and gone" – despite a new report revealing the messages were not initially included in a Justice Department probe due to a technical error. “Such a big story that will never be covered by the Fake News,” he continued. The FBI’s automated collection tool failed to collect five months of text messages between the agents due to a technology failure, according to a report released by the Justice Department’s office of the inspector general.
The U.S. Education Department said it will forgive $150 million in federal student loans as part of a 2016 rule that Secretary Betsy DeVos previously tried to block. Department officials began notifying 15,000 students on Friday that their loans will automatically be erased because they attended colleges that closed while they were still in school or shortly after they finished. About half of them attended campuses under the for-profit Corinthian Colleges chain, which collapsed in 2015 amid widespread accusations of fraud.
Kosovo on Friday passed laws to build an army, asserting its statehood in a US-backed move that prompted outrage in Serbia, which does not recognise its former province's independence. Kosovo has been guarded by NATO-led peacekeeping troops since it broke away from Belgrade in a bloody separatist war in 1998-99. Now, new legislation will transform a small crisis-response outfit, the Kosovo Security Force (KSF), into an defence army with 5,000 troops.
The ruling will have no immediate impact on the health insurance markets and is expected to have a long legal road ahead. Still, the timing couldn’t be more confusing for the millions of people who buy their own health insurance on the exchanges created by the ACA, commonly referred to as Obamacare. Saturday (midnight PST) is the last day to choose a health insurance plan for 2019, and there is usually a surge of signups as the deadline nears.
Egypt has discovered a 4,400-year-old-tomb and expects to find more buried treasure. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
What happened to Jakelin Caal? The death of the 7-year-old Guatemalan girl in Border Patrol custody has sparked an investigation and renewed questions about the detention and treatment of migrants, as well as the consequences of strict border policies that encourage more of them to attempt entry via more dangerous routes through unguarded sections of the border. According to the Washington Post, which first reported the incident on Thursday night, the girl and her father were apprehended by Border Patrol agents one week earlier after crossing, as part of a group of more than 150 people, at a remote area of the desert in New Mexico.
Brazil on Friday launched the first of five attack submarines built with French technology in a 35 billion-real ($8.9 billion) program planned to end in 2029 with delivery of a nuclear-powered submarine. President Michel Temer and his right-wing successor, President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, both pressed the button that lowered into the sea the 1,700-ton submarine named Riachuelo at a Rio de Janeiro naval base. Temer's wife, Marcela, had christened the vessel, by smashing a champagne bottle against its hull.
Winter weather can be so, so dangerous for your pupper’s paws. When it gets very cold out, the snow or even the cold pavement can give your dog frostbite on its paws in a matter of minutes. Your dog’s paws absolutely need protection, but not all pups are willing to leave those little booties on their feet.
Scandal-ridden CBS is shelling out $20 million to more than a dozen organizations fighting sexual harassment and assault following the ouster of CEO Les Moonves. The network announced the recipients on Friday after it had previously pledged $20 million to be taken out of Moonves’ severance package when he left in September. At least a dozen women have accused him of sexual harassment or assault, which he has vehemently denied or tried to paint as consensual in some cases.
WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – At least $10,000 was returned to the East Rutherford Police Department on Thursday night after a Brink's truck dropped cash on a busy New Jersey road during morning rush hour. Drivers on both sides of Route 3 came to a halt to try to grab some of the money fluttering around the highway, but the money doesn't belong to them and should be returned, police said. The money technically belongs to Brink's until it is delivered to its ending destination, said East Rutherford Police Capt. Phil Taormina.
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As he considers running for president, Joe Biden is talking with friends and longtime supporters about whether, at 76, he's too old to seek the White House, according to several sources who have spoken with the former Democratic vice president. The discussions suggest Biden is aware that his age may be the biggest hurdle to launching another bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, especially in an era when many in the party yearn for a new generation of leadership. Past and current advisers to Biden have held frequent conversations about options to alleviate concerns about age, including teaming him with a younger running mate.
US pharmaceutical and cosmetics group Johnson & Johnson saw its shares plunge Friday after a media report alleged the group had deliberately concealed for decades that its baby powder sometimes contained asbestos. A lengthy investigation by the Reuters news agency, which reviewed thousands of company documents, showed the company marketed talc-based products that, at least between 1971 and the beginning in the 2000s, sometimes contained asbestos. The company's executives, researchers, doctors and lawyers were aware but deliberately chose not to disclose this information and not to refer it to the authorities, according to the report.
Storm Deirdre caused travel hazards, power outages and disruptions this weekend across the United Kingdom. Winds have gusted over 70 mph (110 km/h) at Pembrey Sands in southern Wales. "Leeds and Bradford endured an extended period of freezing rain from the midday to the afternoon hours of Saturday," AccuWeather Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.
As Prime Minister Theresa May prepares to face lawmakers in Parliament on Monday, her team pushed back on reports that cabinet ministers have been working on the possibility of a second referendum on leaving the European Union. Unreasonable People’ Blocking Deal: Ireland (12:45 p.m. Unreasonable people” in the U.K. are blocking the Brexit withdrawal agreement from passing, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said Sunday.
Fighting broke out on the outskirts of Yemen's port city of Hodeidah on Friday, residents said, a day after a ceasefire agreement was reached by the warring parties at U.N.-sponsored peace talks. The main port used to feed Yemen's 30 million people is held by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that also controls the capital Sanaa and has been battling against a Saudi-led Arab coalition seeking to restore a government ousted in 2014. Hodeidah has been the focus of fighting this year, raising global fears that a battle could cut off supply lines and lead to mass starvation.
A journalism group at Indiana State University is taking steps to honor alumnus and slain Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The Tribune-Star reports that the university's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists hopes to dedicate a meeting space to Khashoggi, who was also recently named Time Person of the Year . Graduate student Andrew Hile is the university's SPJ president.
In a note to a judge in Washington DC, he added: “He does not need to be warned it is a crime to lie to federal agents to know the importance of telling them the truth. The defendant undoubtedly was aware, in light of his “many years” working with the FBI, that lying to the FBI carries serious consequences. Earlier this month, Mr Mueller told a court that the 60-year-old former general, who last year pleaded guilty to one charge of lying to the FBI over his contacts with Russian officials, among them Russia’s former US ambassador Sergey Kislyak, had been so cooperative he should not go to jail.
Michelle Obama may have left the White House nearly two years ago but she clearly still has the power to get kids – and even Santa Claus – moving. The former first lady had just finished reading "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" to the patients at Children's Hospital Colorado Thursday and was taking questions when a kid asked her about her favorite dance steps. Naturally, she complied, busting a few moves.
UPDATE 12/14/18: The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric starts at $37,495, which just so happens to be the exact same starting price as its closest rival, the 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV. The affordable-EV space has a new hero of driving range, and it’s the Hyundai Kona Electric. This battery-powered crossover has been officially EPA rated to go 258 miles on a single charge, the longest estimated range of any electric vehicle currently on sale that isn’t built by that company run by Elon Musk.
The White House press shop is brushing off reports that federal prosecutors in New York are investigating the over $100 million that was raised from donors for President Trump’s inauguration last year. Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley was asked about the probe by Yahoo News when he briefly spoke to reporters on the White House lawn Friday morning. “As you guys know, at the time of the inauguration, the president was trying to establish a government and right all the wrongs of the Obama administration.
The parents of a young teen who committed suicide say the priest told the mourners that their son may be kept out of heaven over his suicide.
Prominent insurance company Pacific Life has pulled its commercials from Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program because of his controversial comments that immigrants are making America “dirtier. A company statement posted on Twitter noted: “We strongly disagree with Mr. Carlson’s statements. Our customer base and our workforce reflect the diversity of our great nation, something we take great pride in.
The Palestinian leadership on Saturday described as "irresponsible" Australia's recognition of west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying it violated international law. The country became one of just a few to follow US President Donald Trump's lead and recognise the contested city as Israel's capital, saying. Australia said it would open a defence and trade office in the west of the holy city and Prime Minister Scott Morrison also committed to recognising a future state of Palestine with east Jerusalem as its capital.
Israeli forces on Saturday demolished the family home of a Palestinian charged with killing an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank, the military and witnesses said. Israel says Islam Abu Humaid, 32, threw a 40 pound (18 kg) marble plate from a rooftop, killing an Israeli special forces sergeant, Ronen Lubarsky, 20, during a May arrest raid in El Amari refugee camp in the Palestinian city of Ramallah. Israeli forces arrived at the El Amari camp before dawn on Saturday, sealed off the four-storey Abu Humaid house and destroyed it, the military said in a statement.