Billionaire investor Carl Icahn on Friday ended his role as a special adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump after facing criticism that his recommendations on policy could help his own investments. Some Democratic lawmakers and biofuels advocates have argued that Icahn's policy recommendations to the Republican administration create a conflict of interest with his businesses, including oil refining company CVR Energy Inc . Icahn has denied any conflict of interest.
WASHINGTON - Three girls under 10 years of age were found slain on Friday in a Maryland home and police have launched an investigation into the killings, officials said. A family member who returned to the home in Clinton, a suburb of Washington, discovered the bodies and called police at about 7:30 a.m. EDT. The girls were pronounced dead by fire department personnel, Prince George's County police spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said. "We are now in the midst of a major investigation into what happened to these children," Donelan told a news conference.
WASHINGTON - Steve Bannon is out as President Donald Trump's chief strategist, ending a controversial tenure for the self-described populist and nationalist. "White House chief of staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve's last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
HELSINKI - Two people were killed and six people needed hospital treatment after a knife attack in the Finnish city of Turku, police said in a news conference on Friday. They said there was only one suspect so far, a young man, and added that it was unclear if the incident was related to terrorism. Police said they arrested one person after a shootout and were hunting for other possible attackers. They warned people to stay away from the city as they reinforced security nationwide.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday an American citizen was confirmed dead in attacks in Spain. A suspected Islamist militant killed 13 people and wounded scores of others in Barcelona.
CHICAGO - Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures fell about 1 percent to life-of-contract lows on Thursday, Aug. 17, weighed down by investment fund short selling and abundant global supplies, traders said.
LOS ANGELES - Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt on the set of the upcoming "Mission: Impossible 6," causing production on the film to go on hiatus while the actor recovers, Paramount Pictures said in a statement on Wednesday. Paramount, a unit of Viacom, said the action movie, which is one of it biggest franchises, remains on schedule to open on July 27, 2018.
Work crews in Baltimore took down four monuments to the pro-slavery Civil War Confederacy on Wednesday before dawn, avoiding protests of the sort that greeted the planned removal of a statue in the neighboring state of Virginia. Monuments, including one of Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate army in the American Civil War, and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, a Confederate general, were dismantled overnight and taken from the Maryland city's Wyman Park Dell after the city council on Monday approved the removal.
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - U.S. President Donald Trump disbanded two high-profile business advisory councils on Wednesday after corporate CEOs quit in protest at his remarks blaming violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, not only on white nationalists but also on the protesters who opposed them. A parade of prominent Republicans and U.S. ally Britain rebuked Trump after his Tuesday comments on Saturday's bloodshed further enveloped his seven-month-old presidency in controversy and paralyzed his policy aims.
WASHINGTON - Longtime Trump communications aide Hope Hicks has been named as interim communications director, the White House said on Wednesday, in the latest personnel move for President Donald Trump as he continues to seek someone for the job. The role of communications director had last been filled by Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier who was ousted after just 10 days following an obscene tirade he made to a reporter for The New Yorker magazine.