NEW YORK—Fresh off her performance at the Super Bowl halftime show in Houston, Lady Gaga on Monday, Feb. 6, announced a North American and European tour. The tour, starting in Vancouver on Aug. 1, will promote the singer's latest studio album, "Joanne." She will also play dates in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, England and other European cities through Dec. 14.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—President Donald Trump said in remarks broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 5, that he would put Vice President Mike Pence in charge of a commission to probe what he believes was voter fraud in last November's election. There is an overwhelming consensus among state officials, election experts, and politicians that voter fraud is rare in the United States, but Trump has repeatedly said he thinks perhaps millions of votes cast in the Nov. 8 election were fraudulent.
WASHINGTON—U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday, Feb. 5, defended President Donald Trump's attack on a federal judge who blocked a travel ban on citizens of seven mainly Muslim nations, as the first major legal battle of the Trump administration intensified. Trump blasted Judge James Robart as a "so-called judge" on Saturday, a day after the Seattle jurist issued a temporary restraining order on the ban. A U.S. appeals court later on Saturday denied the government's request for an immediate stay of the ruling.
NEW YORK—U.S. refiners are facing the prospects of weakening gasoline demand for the first time in five years, stoking fears that earnings this year may be even worse than the dismal performances seen in 2016. The sign of weakening U.S. gasoline demand comes as U.S. refiners are in the midst of reporting their worst year of earnings since the U.S. shale boom started in 2011. The oil boom turned to bust in 2014, and U.S. independent refiners reaped the profits as plunging pump prices and a growing economy helped fuel a surge in demand.
WASHINGTON—The Trump administration's immigration order barring citizens from seven mainly Muslim countries and temporarily blocking refugees was in legal limbo on Sunday, Feb. 5, after an appeals court denied the Department of Justice's request to restore the ban. The overnight ruling dealt a further setback to Trump, who has denounced the judge in Seattle who blocked his executive order on Friday. In tweets and comments to reporters, the president has insisted he will get the ban reinstated.
LOS ANGELES -- Lady Gaga's Super Bowl 51 halftime show Sunday, Feb. 5, will light up the sky with a coordinated swarm of several hundred aerial drones -- forming different shapes as they hover above Houston's NRG Stadium. The 12-minute halftime show, sponsored by Pepsi, will feature Lady Gaga performing under a canopy of shimmering drones, CNN reported Saturday citing sources familiar with the production, which Variety can confirm. It's the first time drones will be used in a live TV event, and the first time the robotic aircraft will appear in the Super Bowl.
PARIS -- The machete-wielding attacker who was shot by a French soldier outside the Louvre museum refused to speak to investigators when questioned after being placed in formal detention at a hospital, a source at the Paris prosecutor's office said on Sunday.
ROME -- Posters accusing Pope Francis of attacking conservative Catholics appeared around Rome this weekend and were swiftly covered up by city authorities. The posters, put up during the night between Friday and Saturday by mystery activists, featured a picture of a stern-faced pope and the slogan: "Where's your mercy?" The text accused Francis of several interventions targeting conservatives, including what the posters called "the beheading of the Knights of Malta."
Kurt Warner's unlikely rise from stocking shelves at a grocery store in his mid-20s to arena league star quarterback before making it to the NFL where he became a Super Bowl MVP was already an incredible rags-to-riches story.
NEW YORK -- New York authorities were preparing on Sunday, Feb. 5, to charge a man arrested over the weekend in last summer's killing and sexual assault of a 30-year-old female jogger on an isolated running path in the borough of Queens, officials said. Police late on Saturday arrested Chanel Lewis, 20, an unemployed resident of Brooklyn with no prior criminal record. Prosecutors would charge him with murder and sexual assault after the necessary papers are prepared, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.