EMERSON, Manitoba - Jaime French was jarred out of bed in Emerson, Manitoba early one morning this month by pounding at her front door, just yards from the U.S. border. A face peered in through the window, flanked in the darkness by others. Outside were 16 asylum seekers, arriving at one of the first houses they saw after crossing a lightly monitored border between Canada and the United States. "They banged pretty hard, then 'ring ring ring' the doorbell," said French, a mother of two young girls. "It was scary. That really woke me up."
A British songwriter and guitarist has sued U2, claiming the band stole one of his works for a song on its blockbuster 1991 album "Achtung Baby." In a complaint filed on Monday night in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Paul Rose sought at least $5 million in damages from U2 lead singer Bono and bandmates The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr., as well as Island Records. Rose, who said he has a dozen of his own albums, said the Irish band lifted "signature elements" of his copyrighted song "Nae Slappin" for its hit song "The Fly."
WASHINGTON -- Donald Trump gets a chance to put the rocky start to his presidency behind him with a speech to the U.S. Congress where he will lay out his plans for the year including a healthcare overhaul and military buildup. The speech at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in the chamber of the House of Representatives will be Trump's biggest chance yet as president to command a large prime-time audience and describe his agenda after a first month in office characterized by missteps, internal dramas and acrimonious disputes with the news media.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump will sign a measure on Tuesday directing regulators to review an Obama administration regulation that expanded the number of federally protected waterways, a senior White House official said. Trump's order will also direct the Justice Department to ask a federal court to put legal challenges to the rule on hold as the administration conducts its review, the official said.
WASHINGTON—A Pentagon-led preliminary plan to defeat Islamic State was delivered to the White House on Monday, Feb. 27, and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was expected to brief senior administration officials, a Defense Department spokesman told reporters. Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters that it was the framework for a broader plan and looked at Islamic State around the world, not just Iraq and Syria. Davis said the plan would define what defeating Islamic State meant and was one that would "rapidly" defeat the militant group.
WASHINGTON -- Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross easily won confirmation as U.S. commerce secretary on Monday, Feb. 27, clearing President Donald Trump's top trade official to start work on renegotiating trade relationships with China and Mexico. The U.S. Senate voted 72-27 to confirm the 79-year-old corporate turnaround expert's nomination, with strong support from Democrats.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- SpaceX plans to launch two paying passengers on a tourist trip around the moon next year using a spaceship under development for NASA astronauts and a heavy-lift rocket yet to be flown, the launch company announced on Monday, Feb. 27. The launch of the first privately funded tourist flight beyond the orbit of the International Space Station is tentatively targeted for late 2018, Space Exploration Technologies Chief Executive Elon Musk told reporters on a conference call.
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump is seeking what he called a "historic" 9 percent increase in military spending, even as the United States has wound down major wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and remains the world's strongest military power.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, Feb.
LONDON—Britain's inquiry into historical child sex abuse scandals, some involving celebrities and politicians, finally opened its first public hearing on Monday, Feb. 27, after a sleuth of problems that led to three chairmen quitting in the three years since its launch. The inquiry is one of the largest and most expensive ever undertaken in Britain. It was set up in July 2014 by now-Prime Minister Theresa May in her former role as interior minister after a series of abuse scandals that dated back decades and shocked the public.