Police said a homemade explosive device was the item discovered in a backpack at Pine View High School Monday, that forced the evacuation of the school. Police said if the device had detonated, it would have caused significant injury or death. Police have a suspect in custody. read more
President Donald Trump's administration has been on a deregulatory bender, particularly when it comes to environmental regulations. As of January, the New York Times counted 67 environmental rules on the chopping block under Trump. This is not one of Trump's idiosyncrasies, though. His administration is more ham-handed and flagrant about it, but the antipathy it expresses toward federal regulation falls firmly within the GOP mainstream. Republicans have been complaining about "burdensome" and "job-killing" regulations for so long that their opposition to any particular health, safety, or environmental regulation is now just taken for granted. read more
The US Office of Special Counsel announced Tuesday that White House aide Kellyanne Conway violated the Hatch Act on two occasions by "advocating for and against candidates" in last year's Alabama Senate special election.
Nashville's embattled mayor Megan Barry resigned Tuesday as part of a plea deal on a felony theft charge, about a month after she admitted to an extramarital affair with her bodyguard. When Barry first admitted January 31 to having an affair with Sgt. Robert Forrest, she said she planned to stay in office. But on Tuesday morning, she entered the guilty plea and was sentenced to three years' probation and a fine. The revelation of the affair derailed the first term of a mayor who was seen a rising star among Democrats. Forrest also pleaded guilty on Tuesday to theft of property shortly after Barry. read more
A leading Republican contender running to be the next governor of Maine said in a radio interview Monday that teachers could use fire extinguishers to combat an active shooter in a school. Shawn Moody, a state university system trustee who also ran in 2010, told a radio interviewer he supports gun rights, and that the mental health system and law enforcement had failed to prevent the shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school. But, he said, instead of passing new restrictions on gun rights, teachers could use fire extinguishers that are already in every school.
President Trump on Tuesday claimed there is "no chaos" in the White House, even as he warned of future staff changes that have fueled the notion the West Wing is spiraling out of control. "The new Fake News narrative is that there is CHAOS in the White House. Wrong!" Trump tweeted just before 8 a.m. "People will always come & go, and I want strong dialogue before making a final decision. I still have some people that I want to change (always seeking perfection). There is no Chaos, only great Energy!" read more
Apple's $5 billion Norman Foster-designed "spaceship" HQ isn't finished yet, but it's already taking out puny humans. Three calls reporting 911 medical emergencies were made about building-battered employees. The San Francisco Chronicle put in a FOI request to Santa Clara County and obtained the chilling details. One employee was reported to have serious head bleeding, while a 23-year-old reported being concussed. Two suffered head injuries by walking into glass -- and one ran into it. Readers will note how the building targets the head. The Chronicle reports that Apple had been warned of the danger of glass. The building had cunningly concealed itself to surprise its users. "When you clean the windows, you can't even tell some of them are there," Dirk Mattern, with the Santa Clara County Fire Department, said.
Donald Trump wants to help the steel industry in this country, and he's announced plans for protective tariffs, claiming that "trade wars are good, and easy to win." By way of explanation, Trump claims that steel -- and many other industries -- has been "decimated by decades of unfair trade and bad policy." He's correct about one thing: This has been a problem many decades in the making. But it's a problem rooted in disastrous decisions made by the steel companies themselves when Trump was still in elementary school. At the end of World War II, American steel had no real challengers. It produced nearly three quarters of the world's steel, and the factories of its biggest competition -- Japan and Germany -- lay in ruins. Giants like U.S. Steel looked poised to dominate the world for the foreseeable future. read more
The BBC has obtained leaked emails that show a lobbying effort to get US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sacked for failing to support the United Arab Emirates against regional rival Qatar. Major Trump fundraiser and UAE-linked businessman Elliott Broidy met US President Donald Trump in October 2017 and urged him to sack Mr Tillerson, the emails reveal. In other emails, he calls the top US diplomat "a tower of Jello", "weak" and says he "needs to be slammed". Mr Broidy says Qatar hacked his emails. read more
Word mix ups are becoming a hallmark of this President. Last year Trump praised the health care system of a nonexistent African country. Earlier this year he tweeted that his presidency is "turning out to be an enormously consensual presidency." The latest is when Trump said North Korea "called up a couple of days ago" saying they were interested in talking with the United States. Apparently he meant South Korea. read more
A former Russian spy was critically ill after exposure to an "unknown substance," British media reported in a case that immediately drew parallels to the poisoning of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko. National and local authorities said only that a man and a woman were found unconscious Sunday afternoon on a bench in a shopping mall in Salisbury, about 90 miles (145 kilometers) west of London. British media identified him as Sergei Skripal, 66, who was convicted in Russia on charges of spying for Britain and sentenced in 2006 to 13 years in prison. Skripal was freed in 2010 as part of a U.S.-Russian spy swap. read more
A worker with a crowbar on Monday pried the word "Trump" from the sign in front of the only Trump-branded hotel in Latin America, after the building's owner said he'd won a legal fight to take control of it. The removal of the Trump name from the Trump International Hotel Panama came after a days-long standoff between the majority owner, Cypriot businessman Orestes Fintiklis, and the president's company. Fintiklis had sought to fire the Trump Organization, which has a management contract until 2031, because he blames the company and the Trump brand for poor revenue. The Trump Organization has refused to leave. There followed 10 days of confrontations, including shoving matches, a power outage and several appearances by police. read more
White House chief economic advisor Gary Cohn has resigned from President Donald Trump's administration. The former Goldman Sachs president and free trade advocate Cohn, whose depature has yet to be announced, departs after Trump announced he would impose stiff tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. "Gary has been my chief economic advisor and did a superb job in driving our agenda, helping to deliver historic tax cuts and reforms and unleashing the American economy once again," Trump said. "He is a rare talent, and I thank him for his dedicated service to the American people."
On January 5, 2017, it became clear that at least two Washingtonians remained in the dark about the dossier: the President and the Vice-President. That day, in a top-secret Oval Office meeting, the chiefs of the nation's top intelligence agencies briefed Obama and Biden and some national-security officials for the first time about the dossier's allegation that Trump's campaign team may have colluded with the Russians. As one person present later told me, "No one understands that at the White House we weren't briefed about the F.B.I.'s investigations. We had no information on collusion. All we saw was what the Russians were doing. The F.B.I. puts anything about Americans in a lockbox." The main purpose of the Oval Office meeting was to run through a startling report that the U.S. intelligence chiefs were about to release to the public. But, before releasing the report, the intelligence chiefs shared a highly classified version with Obama, Biden, and the other officials. read more
A group of teenagers who survived last month's deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school are joining forces with students in Chicago to combat gun violence nationwide. More than a dozen student activists snacked on pizza Saturday while discussing how gun violence has impacted their communities, according to a tweet Sunday from Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
The wreck of a US aircraft carrier that was sunk during World War Two has been found off the coast of Australia. The USS Lexington was located at a depth of about 3km (2 miles) in the Coral Sea, about 800km off Australia's east coast. The ship was lost in the Battle of the Coral Sea from 4-8 May 1942. More than 200 crew members died in the fighting. The US Navy confirmed the ship had been discovered by a search team led by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. Pictures showed the wreck to be well preserved. read more