This may or may not come as a surprise: Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017 is "feminism." Yes, it's been a big year or two or 100 for the word. In 2017, lookups for feminism increased 70 percent over 2016 on Merriam-Webster.com and spiked several times after key events, lexicographer Peter Sokolowski, the company's editor at large, told The Associated Press ahead of Tuesday's annual word reveal. There was the Women's March on Washington in January, along with sister demonstrations around the globe. And heading into the year was Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and references linking her to white-clad suffragettes, along with her loss to President Donald Trump, who once boasted about grabbing women. The "Me Too" movement rose out of Harvey Weinstein's dust, and other "silence breakers" brought down rich and famous men of media, politics and the entertainment worlds. read more
Several people were injured and one person was in custody after an explosion near New York City's Port Authority bus terminal during Monday morning's rush hour, prompting mass chaos and halting multiple subway lines, according to a report citing law enforcement sources. NYPD and the FDNY confirmed to Fox News they are investigating reports of an explosion "of an unknown origin" near 42nd Street and Eighth Avenue. Police tweeted A, C, E subways lines are being evacuated. NYC Office of Emergency Management also tweeted there was "police activity" near West 42nd Street between Eighth and Ninth avenues and advised commuters to expect delays. Several people wrote on social media there was mass chaos at the bus terminal, some saying there was a "stampede" when an explosion was heard.
Fleetwood Mac fans just got the news they've been waiting for. The iconic '70s band plans to reunite for a farewell tour next year! Keyboardist Christine McVie confirmed the news on the BBC TV show The One Show this summer. "We're going to start rehearsing in March, next year," she told host Alex Jones. "The tour is around June. It will be global." Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie Nicks mentioned a possible tour in a Rolling Stone interview back in March. Now, McVie's comments seem to confirm the "rumours" once and for all. Fleetwood Mac last headlined a show back in November 2015. So fans of the band probably feel like this reunion is long overdue! read more
Los Angeles (CNN)A new wildfire closed Interstate 405 early Wednesday near Los Angeles' posh Bel Air area and prompted evacuations -- one in a series of blazes that have scorched more than 83,000 acres, burned scores of buildings and forced tens of thousands of people to flee over three days. Police shut down nine miles of I-405 -- one of the nation's busiest freeways -- after flames swept down the foothills toward the highway near Sepulveda Pass and the Getty Center arts complex as stunned motorists drove by shortly before 6 a.m. "It was dark until I saw a gigantic ball of orange," motorist Tiffany Lynette Anderson wrote on Instagram, where she posted a picture of fire raging beside the highway before it shut down. "On absolute fire. I'm grateful to be safe -- truly grateful."
Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday and announced plans to relocate the US Embassy there, a move expected to inflame tensions in the region and unsettle the prospects for peace. "I have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," Trump said from White House's Diplomatic Reception Room. "After more than two decades of waivers, we are no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians." The move signaled a willingness on Trump's part to prioritize fulfilling a campaign promise over the consensus among US allies in the region and beyond that the decision could stymie the peace process and increase security risks in a region that is already on edge.