Donald Trump on Friday expressed support for restricting voting rights. The president-elect recalled seeing extremely long lines in Florida during the state's early voting period ahead of Election Day, suggesting "many things can go wrong" with so much time allocated to allow citizens to vote. "They had that long early voting in Florida. It's so long, and so many things can go wrong when you have that long period of time, right?" Trump told the crowd in Baton Rouge. "That long, long, long period. Used to be you'd have a day, you vote. Now you're going forever. Weeks and weeks."
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani will not serve in Donald Trump's incoming administration, the President-elect announced Friday. The transition team released a statement Friday saying Giuliani removed himself from consideration for a position last month, a description contradicted by CNN reporting that the New Yorker was told he would not get the secretary of state position this week. Trump loyalists -- both high profile surrogates like Giuliani and campaign staffers --who have supported his campaign from the early days are expressing frustration that they are being shut out, complaining that they haven't been given assurances about administration jobs.
Samsung Electronics said Friday that a software update for Galaxy Note 7 smartphones will be released mid-December in the United States preventing them from charging and functioning as mobile phones, rendering them useless. The smartphone maker said that more than 93 percent of all recalled Galaxy Note 7 devices had been returned as a part of its exchange program. The Note 7 poses a risk of catching fire and had been banned from being taken onto flights or stored in luggage.
Van Williams, who portrayed the masked crimefighter Green Hornet in a memorable companion TV series to Batman in the 1960s, died November 29 of kidney failure at his Scottsdale, Arizona, home. He was 82. The actor, who earlier played bachelor private eye Kenny Madison on the detective series Bourbon Street Beat and Surfside 6, retired from acting in 1982. He spent years as a reserve deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and worked for its search and rescue team. "I didn't really care that much for the acting business," Williams said in a 2007 interview. "I didn't like the people in it, the way they operated and all the phoniness and back-stabbing. It was not a very pleasant education for a guy from Texas whose handshake was his word." read more
President Barack Obama has ordered intelligence officials to conduct a review on the election-season hacking that raised new concerns about foreign meddling in U.S. elections. U.S. intelligence officials accused Russia of being behind the breaches as part of an effort to interfere with the presidential election. In the months leading up to the election, email accounts of Democratic party officials and a Hillary Clinton campaign aide were breached. "Given President-elect Trump's disturbing refusal to listen to our intelligence community and accept that the hacking was orchestrated by the Kremlin, there is an added urgency to the need for a thorough review before President Obama leaves office next month," said Rep. Adam Schiff, senior Democrat on the House intelligence committee.
President-elect Donald Trump is receiving an average of one presidential intelligence briefing a week, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter, far fewer than most of his recent predecessors. Although they are not required to, presidents-elect have in the past generally welcomed the opportunity to receive the President's Daily Brief (PDB), the most highly classified and closely held document in the government, on a regular basis. Indiana Governor Mike Pence, Trump's vice president-elect, has been receiving his own PDB at least six days a week, the sources familiar with the matter said. read more
At another post-election campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa, President-elect Donald Trump defended his choice of so many billionaires and millionaires in his Cabinet. "I want people that made a fortune because now they're negotiating with you. It's not different than a great baseball payer or a great golfer," Trump said. Trump vowed during his campaign to "drain the swamp" of Washington insiders and lobbyists in Washington D.C. who he claimed profited at the expense of hard-working Americans. read more
Mark Zuckerberg may intend to pursue government service while retaining control of Facebook, according to recently unsealed court filings in a case pitting the CEO against minority investors. The class-action lawsuit was first filed in late April, after Zuckerberg proposed a corporate shake-up that would dilute the voting power of shareholders -- giving him "eternal control" of the company, in the words of the shareholders' lawyers. Text messages excerpted in the court documents reveal that Zuckerberg and two board members discussed the CEO's possible government service, and argued about how to present it to shareholders.
Musician Greg Lake, a prog-rock pioneer who co-founded King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, has died. He was 69. Born in the southern English seaside town of Poole in 1947, Lake founded King Crimson with guitarist Robert Fripp in the late 1960s. The band pioneered the sprawling, ambitious genre that came to be known as progressive rock. He went on to form ELP with keyboardist Keith Emerson and drummer Carl Palmer. With Lake as vocalist and guitarist, ELP impressed the crowds at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, in a lineup that also featured Jimi Hendrix and the Who. read more
The overall U.S. death rate has increased for the first time in a decade, which led to a drop in overall life expectancy for the first time since 1993, particularly among people younger than 65. On average, the overall life expectancy, for someone born in 2015, fell from 78.9 years to 78.8 years. The life expectancy for the average American man fell two-tenths of a year -- from 76.5 to 76.3. For women, it dropped one-tenth -- from 81.3 to 81.2 years.
John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95. Glenn died at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he was hospitalized for more than a week.
Stephen Colbert has had enough. The Late Show host spent 10 minutes on his Wednesday night program railing against conspiracy theorists for creating the "Pizzagate" hoax that led an armed man to target Washington, D.C., restaurant Comet Ping Pong over the weekend. Colbert also called out President-elect Donald Trump's national security adviser pick, Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, for posting a link on Twitter to the hoax with the remarks, "u decide." "OK, then I decide a guy who spreads this --- shouldn't be in charge of national security," Colbert said to applause. Later, after detailing how Wikileaks, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and a sub-thread on Reddit involved his former Comedy Central TV show, The Colbert Report, in the whole mess, the comedian had only four words. read more
Germany's highest court has ruled that ultra-conservative Muslim girls must take part in mixed swimming classes at school, finding against an 11-year-old pupil who had argued that even wearing a burkini, or full-body swimsuit, breached Islamic dress codes. Germany is in the grip of a heated public debate about the role of Islam in society as it seeks to integrate more than a million mainly Muslim asylum seekers fleeing war and persecution who have entered this year and last.
Former and current black employees on Tuesday filed a class action lawsuit against Atlanta-based CNN, Turner Broadcasting and parent company Time Warner for racial discrimination. "As a result of the current discrimination lawsuit filed on behalf of DeWayne Walker vs. CNN, Time Warner and Turner, we have uncovered stories involving abuse of power, nepotism, revenge, retaliation and discrimination," Daniel Meachum said. read more