WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is moving closer to freeing the embattled Chinese company ZTE Corp. from severe penalties over export law violations, telling reporters that existing restrictions had harmed American firms that sell material to China.
WASHINGTON - House Democrats are questioning Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen's commitment to improving election security after she told reporters that she is unfamiliar with a key finding in the intelligence community's assessment of Russian interference in the 2016 election: that the Kremlin intended to help President Donald Trump win.
The New York lawyer propelled to ignominy after a video showed him making xenophobic remarks at a deli apologized Tuesday in a brief statement, saying the video did not depict the "real me." Aaron Schlossberg said he regretted the hurt he had caused, apologized for the way he expressed himself, and said that he was not a racist, but stopped short of disavowing specifics about his remarks.
Saturday was Jacob Kosinski's big day. His whole family, many from out of town, saw the Charleston, South Carolina, student graduate from his Christian-based homeschool program with a 4.89 grade point average and the coveted honor of summa cum laude. His mother, Cara Koscinski organized a graduation party for her 18-year-old son. For the occasion, she ordered a cake online from her nearest grocery store, Publix, which lets customers build their own cakes complete with a customized inscription, which they enter into a little message box.
A despondent Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, troubled over the end of his marriage or some other unbearable sadness, was the only person awake on the doomed plane full of unconscious people, one theory goes. The suicidal pilot disabled communications on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, took a final pass over his hometown, then torpedoed the Boeing 777 into the Indian Ocean, experts insisted.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump expressed confidence Tuesday that North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is "serious" about negotiating over denuclearization, but he acknowledged a "substantial chance" that a summit planned for June 12 in Singapore could fall through. "We're moving along. We'll see what happens," Trump told reporters at the White House, after welcoming South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a meeting. "If it doesn't happen, maybe it will happen later." Later Trump said: "It may not work out for June 12."
Lawyers for Paul Manafort accused prosecutors working with Special Counsel Robert Mueller of smearing their client through unflattering media accounts that originated with illegal grand jury leaks. The lawyers on Monday urged U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis to hold a hearing focusing in particular on communications involving Andrew Weissmann, one of the Mueller prosecutors, with The Associated Press.
The United States has pledged to provide $8 million to support the global response to the growing Ebola outbreak in Congo, officials said Tuesday. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced $7 million commitment Tuesday at the World Health Assembly in Geneva that added to an initial $1 million pledge last week.
In a country that hasn't been at war for more than 200 years, preparing for the worst means going back to the basics. "Good hand hygiene is important for avoiding infection," cautions a new leaflet that is due to be distributed to all 4.8 million Swedish households by the government in Stockholm in an effort to increase the nation's war and crisis readiness. Next to a drawing that depicts fighter jets and tanks in the picturesque and historically peaceful Swedish landscape, the authors urge their readers to take the advice seriously.
Joyce Brenny, chief executive of Brenny Transportation in Minnesota, gave her truck drivers a 15 percent raise this year, but she still can't find enough workers for a job that now pays $80,000 a year. A year ago, when customers would call Brenny, she could almost always get their goods loaded on a truck and moving within a day or two. Now she's warning customers it could take two weeks to find an available truck and driver.