BOSTON/NEW YORK -- The fiercest snowstorm of the winter slammed the northeastern United States on Thursday, Feb. 9, leaving a foot of snow in places, canceling thousands of flights and shutting down schools. At least two deaths were blamed on the storm. The storm, which came a day after temperatures had been a spring-like 50 to 60 degrees, had wind gusts up to 50 mph and left roads and sidewalks dangerously slick in densely populated cities such as New York, Boston and Hartford, Conn.
Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court on Thursday unanimously upheld a temporary suspension of President Donald Trump's order that restricted travel from seven Muslim-majority countries. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling came in a challenge to Trump's order filed by the states of Washington and Minnesota. The U.S. Supreme Court will likely determine the case's final outcome.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Thursday, Feb. 9, said he would make a major tax announcement in a few weeks, and the dollar surged after his remarks, despite signals from Congress that the timeline for tax reform was slipping. "Lowering the overall tax burden on American business is big league. That's coming along very well. We're way ahead of schedule," Trump said during a White House meeting with airline industry executives.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley on Thursday, Feb. 9, appointed his state's attorney general to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Republican Jeff Sessions' confirmation as the next attorney general of the United States.
The S&P 500 ended slightly higher on Wednesday, Feb. 8, as investors digested mixed earnings reports, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped as bank stocks weighed. The Nasdaq gained moderately to close at a record high for a second straight day, lifted by big tech names such as Facebook and Apple. Allergan shares rose 3.7 percent after the drugmaker's fourth-quarter profit and revenue topped estimates. Gilead Sciences shares tumbled 8.6 percent and were the biggest drag on the benchmark S&P after the biotech company's weak forecast for its hepatitis C medicines.
WASHINGTON - A U.S. District Court judge on Wednesday, Feb. 8, upheld the Labor Department's controversial "fiduciary" rule governing retirement investment advice, in a stunning defeat for the business and financial services groups that had sought to overturn it.
Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday:
Former world No. 1 Tiger Woods has accepted that he will "never feel great" again after suffering a number of back and knee injuries in recent years. The 14-times major champion returned to action in December following a 15-month layoff but was forced to pull out of the Dubai Desert Classic last week after the first round due to a back spasm. "There were a lot of times I didn't think I was going to make it back. It was tough, it was more than brutal," Woods told Dubai magazine Vision.
LOS ANGELES—Prince and George Michael will be honored at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, with separate tributes, but organizers did not say on Wednesday which musicians will perform them. Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said "Purple Rain" singer Prince, and British star Michael, who both died suddenly in 2016, were "pop icons who showcased rare musical genius and otherworldly charisma."
NEW YORK—Lady Gaga hit back at cyberbullies who made fun of her body during her spectacular halftime show at Sunday's Super Bowl. "I heard my body is a topic of conversation so I wanted to say, I'm proud of my body and you should be proud of yours too," the "Born This Way" singer wrote on her Instagram page on Tuesday. "No matter who you are or what you do. I could give you a million reasons why you don't need to cater to anyone or anything to succeed. Be you and be relentlessly you," she added.