Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has endured hours of prickly questioning from lawmakers as he defended the company's new globally ambitious project to create a digital currency while also dealing with widening scrutiny from U.S. regulators
President Trump hailed a "big success" in Syria and lifted sanctions against Turkey on Wednesday as his Syria envoy said war crimes had likely been committed there, USA Today reports. "We haven't seen widespread evidence of ethnic cleansing," said the Syria representative, James Jeffrey, per Reuters . "Many people fled because...
Country icon Dolly Parton is going to perform a medley of faith-based songs for the CMA Awards, including a duet she recently recorded with Australian duo for KING and COUNTRY. (Oct. 23)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez officially endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for president at a Queens, N.Y. rally on Saturday. Sanders said he wants Ocasio-Cortez to work in his White House. Sanders was asked in a joint interview with CBS News if he would consider Ocasio-Cortez to be his running mate. The congresswoman answered for him as both laughed: "I think I'm too young for that." Legally, AOC cannot be Sanders running mate as she is younger than the minimum age requirement of 35. Ocasio-Cortez was asked if she'd work in Sanders' administration should he be elected president. He interjected with a forceful "Yes, you would."
4 Dead, 94 Hospitalized After Hot Tub Display Causes Disease Outbreak. The display was in the town of Fletcher, North Carolina, during a state fair that went from September 6-15. If not sanitized correctly, Legionella bacteria can develop easily in hot tubs. The deaths stemmed from Legionnaires' disease, a severe type of pneumonia. The state's department of health has received reports of over 133 cases so far. 94 people have been hospitalized. The bacteria can also be carried through the air, meaning people can contract it without touching a hot tub. Those with weak immune systems and the elderly are very susceptible to Legionnaires'. Pontiac fever has also been detected in eight of the victims
Speculation is growing that Hillary Clinton will make a last-minute entry into the 2020 presidential race. Reports published said Democrats doubted the current 2020 field could beat Pres. Trump. Fox News confirmed that Clinton is seriously considering a run for President in 2020. The NY Times said Clinton privately stated she would enter the 2020 presidential race if she were certain she could win. They is concern that Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are likely too liberal to win the general election. Clinton staffers are said to be bitter over Sanders candidacy. Recently, Clinton spread a widely discredited and debunked internet conspiracy theory that Tulsi Gabbard was a Russian asset.
Tiffany & Co. has completely outdone itself in the niche shopping category of "luxury advent calendars," CNN reports: It's offering a $112,000 Ultimate Advent Calendar , which weighs 355 pounds and will be assembled upon delivery via the jeweler's "White Glove Service." Its 24 gifts are hidden in drawers behind...
5 Highlights From Bill Taylor's Impeachment Inquiry Testimony. Bill Taylor, replacement for former Ukrainian ambassador Marie Yovanovitch, gave a closed-door testimony to Congress on Tuesday. His testimony has been described as "incredibly damaging to the president." Here are five key moments. I found a confusing and unusual arrangement for making U.S. policy towards Ukraine. There appeared to be two channels of U.S. policy-making and implementation, one regular and one highly irregular, Bill Taylor, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, via NBC News. Taylor testified this "irregular channel" included Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sundland. In an instant, I realized that one of the key pillars of our strong support for Ukraine was threatened, Bill Taylor, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, via NBC News. This refers to the so-called "quid pro quo." . The Trump Administration seemed to threaten to withhold U.S. aid to Ukraine unless government officials announced an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. It had still not occurred to me that the hold on security assistance could be related to the 'investigations.' That, however, would soon change, Bill Taylor, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, via NBC News. Taylor testified that Sondland told him that "everything" was dependent on announcing the Biden investigation, including security assistance. President Trump did insist that President Zelenskiy go to a microphone and say he is opening investigations of Biden and 2016 election interference .., Bill Taylor, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, via NBC News. Taylor testified that without the public statement, Sondland told him the U.S. and Ukraine would be at a "stalemate" regarding aid to the country. Sondland tried to explain to me that President Trump is a businessman. When a businessman is about to sign a check to someone who owes him something, he said, the businessman asks that person to pay before signing the check, Bill Taylor, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, via NBC News. Taylor described holding aid from the Ukraine as "crazy," saying the country "did not owe President Trump anything.". President Donald Trump tweeted his response to the testimony. Neither he (Taylor) or any other witness has provided testimony that the Ukrainians were aware that military aid was being withheld. You can’t have a quid pro quo with no quo. Congressman John Ratcliffe @foxandfriends Where is the Whistleblower? The Do Nothing Dems case is DEAD!, President Donald Trump, via Twitter
Authorities say power outages have started in Northern California after the state's largest utility said it was planning a widespread blackout citing wildfire danger
On May 27, a Phoenix police officer was caught on video pointing a gun at a car holding a man, his pregnant fiancee, and their two children, yelling, "You're going to get f---ing shot" and "I'm going to put a cap in your ass." Nearly five months later, he will...
Two associates of Rudy Giuliani have pleaded not guilty to charges in a campaign-cash case as a lawyer for one suggested executive privilege could come into play
"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn’t lose any voters, okay?" then-candidate Donald Trump said . As president, he could do that without being arrested, at least while he remained in office, his lawyers argued in front of the US Second Circuit Court of...
Here's the latest for Wednesday October 23rd: Trump lifts sanctions on Turkey, says cease-fire permanent; Judge directed the State department to release Ukraine docs; 39 people found dead in a truck in England; Tokyo motor show gives glimpse into future.
Romantic attraction is a complex thing that scientists still haven't figured out. Through research and experimentation, researchers have come up with a few ideas about what women find attractive in men. Men who look older or who sport a light beard are generally considered more attractive to women. Guys who do volunteer work were found to receive more positive attention from females than those who don't volunteer. Researchers also found that women were more likely to only want short-term flings with the guys who had big muscles. Men with smaller muscle mass were sought out more frequently for long term relationships. Multiple studies indicate that women are more attracted to men who can make them laugh.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is reversing course months after threatening six-figure fines against immigrants taking sanctuary at churches
Lizzo Ties Iggy Azalea's Record for Most Weeks at No. 1 by Female Rapper . "Truth Hurts" is back on top of the 'Billboard' Hot 100 singles chart. . Lizzo returned to No. 1 after being bumped last week by Travis Scott's "Highest in the Room." . "Truth Hurts" has tied Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," featuring Charli XCX, with 7 weeks at No. 1. . Lizzo has already spent the most weeks at No. 1 by a solo female rapper, . surpassing the previous record of three weeks held by Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)." . "Truth Hurts" topped the Radio Songs chart for the fifth week, . was No. 2 on Digital Song Sales and No. 12 on Streaming Songs. . Lizzo has been accused by several producers and musicians of plagiarism in the past week
Beto O'Rourke's campaign is sinking. The former Texas congressman is fighting a losing battle to become the Democratic nominee. A new poll from SurveyUSA shows he is polling at 0% with key demographics: Asians, Poor Americans, Democrats. The Economist says his plan to confiscate guns has given the dying NRA a new life. The Fraternal Order of Police called his plan "idiotic" and "dangerous." He is even losing ground in his home state of Texas. Beto isn't polling in the top five in his own state. The Dallas Morning News reports Texas Sen. Nathan Johnson humiliated Beto by backing Joe Biden for the nomination.
Extraterrestrial enthusiasts may be disappointed to hear Edward Snowden's official take on the matter: The infamous NSA leaker doesn't think the government is hiding evidence of extraterrestrial life. While he was a contractor at the National Security Agency, "I had ridiculous access to the networks of the NSA, CIA, military,...
Most Uber Passengers Don’t Tip Their Driver, Study Finds A new study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) has found that only 16 percent of Uber rides are tipped. In its four weeks of data collection, the NBER found that nearly two-thirds of riders don’t tip at all, and only one percent tip on every trip. The remaining percentage of people only tip on an average of 25 percent of their trips. The study also found that male riders are 23 percent more likely to tip than female riders. In regards to drivers, females were nearly 12 percent more likely to receive a tip than male drivers. According to the study’s author, Uri Gneezy, the lack of tipping may be due to the layout of the ride-hailing app. Uri Gneezy, via The Verge