In what's been called a 'popcorn-dropping moment', British star Lashana Lynch, will be given Bond's licence to kill in the 25th movie in the franchise, currently being shot in Italy and the UK. However, traditionalists can relax: she's not the new Bond, but a new character who takes over his secret agent number after he leaves MI6. The story begins with Bond retired in Jamaica. But spymaster M played by Ralph Fiennes calls him back in desperation to tackle a new global crisis. A movie insider said: 'There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says 'Come in 007', and in walks Lashana who is black, beautiful and a woman. 'It's a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he's been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman.
Sen. Kamala Harris said Thursday that if she wins the White House she'll push Congress to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in her first term to help state law enforcement agencies process tens of thousands of untested rape kits that could help police identify perpetrators of sexual assaults. read more
President Barack Obama penned a handwritten note to a former inmate to whom he granted clemency, praising her for making the dean's list at Southern University, where she enrolled after she left prison. read more
With 22 Republicans absent from the state Capitol, the Alaska Legislature on Wednesday failed to garner 45 votes to override Gov. Mike Dunleavy's decision to veto $444 million from the state operating budget. read more
Lloyd Blankfein says he can't figure out why Bernie Sanders is picking on him. "I think he's always looked down on me because he grew up in a fancier neighborhood in Brooklyn," Blankfein said in a tweet. Earlier this week, Sanders gleefully published a list of "anti-endorsements" on his presidential campaign website -- a compilation of negative comments by luminaries of Wall Street and beyond, including JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Blankfein and former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. On his website, the Vermont senator approvingly quotes Franklin Roosevelt, asking that readers "judge me by the enemies I have made."