LOS ANGELES - President Trump told Fox News' Tucker Carlson that he has "no idea" how his tax returns were leaked to journalist David Cay Johnston, who posted them online and shared them with Rachel Maddow. "I have no idea where they got it, but it's illegal and they're not supposed to have it and it's not supposed to be leaked and it's certainly not an embarrassing tax return at all. But it's an illegal thing they've been doing it, they've done it before and I think it's a disgrace," Trump told Carlson in an interview for "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on Wednesday.
MIAMI -- An Iraq war veteran accused of killing five people in a shooting at a Florida airport this year appears mentally fit to stand trial despite psychiatric health issues, a federal judge said on Wednesday, March 15. U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom said she would not order a mental competency evaluation for Esteban Santiago after his lawyers said he was taking prescribed anti-psychotic medication and participating in his defense.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump suggested more information would be coming out soon about his claim that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap of Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign.
NEW YORK -- While crossing a small wooden bridge in northwestern Iowa last Thursday, March 9, 20 rail tank cars in a mile-long train transporting ethanol flew off the tracks, sending fireballs into the sky, while thousands of gallons of the biofuel leaked into the creek below. No one was injured, in part because the accident occurred in a sparsely populated area. A similar derailment in the more dense Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, Canada, in 2013 killed 47 people after a train carrying crude oil crashed and exploded.
A South Dakota state judge has ordered ABC Broadcasting to face a potential $5.7 billion defamation lawsuit claiming it damaged Beef Products Inc by referring in a series of reports to a meat product it sold as "pink slime." Judge Cheryle Gering of the Union County Circuit Court in Elk Point, South Dakota, dismissed claims against anchor Diane Sawyer, but said ABC, a unit of Walt Disney Co, and reporter Jim Avila must defend against such claims.
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. government on Wednesday, March 15, is expected to unseal charges against two Russian spies and two criminal hackers for allegedly pilfering 500 million Yahoo user accounts in 2014, a source familiar with the matter said. The indictments, to be unsealed during a news conference in Washington, represent the first time the U.S. government has criminally charged Russian officials for cyber offenses.
NEW YORK - U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday, March 15, attacked a music video in which rapper Snoop Dogg points a fake gun at a clown-like Trump figure. "Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!," Trump wrote on his Twitter account. Snoop Dogg's satirical video for "Lavender" makes references to issues including immigration and the police killings of unarmed black men, and features characters dressed as clowns including one called Ronald Klump.
WASHINGTON - Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said that Congress was ready to "flex its muscles" if FBI Director James Comey did not answer lawmakers' questions by Wednesday about any Russian ties to the Trump campaign or provide evidence of a wiretapping warrant for Trump Tower.
WHEELING, W.Va. - When Mike Lujano and George Lenz hoisted a rainbow flag outside their business in a Victorian brownstone on Market Street two decades ago, they found that few neighbors in socially conservative Wheeling, West Virginia, knew it was a symbol of gay pride. The married owners of Edna's hair salon in this faded industrial city of 28,000 at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains never dreamed that one day they would be at a packed city council meeting, cheering the passage of an ordinance barring discrimination over sexual orientation and gender identity.
WASHINGTON - Fossils unearthed in India that are 1.6 billion years old and look like red algae may represent the earliest-known plants, a discovery that could force scientists to reassess the timing of when major lineages in the tree of life first appeared on Earth. Researchers on Tuesday described the tiny, multicellular fossils as two types of red algae, one thread-like and the other bulbous, that lived in a shallow marine environment alongside mats of bacteria. Until now, the oldest-known plants were 1.2-billion-year-old red algae fossils from the Canadian Arctic.