WASHINGTON -- Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway drew sharp criticism from a top Republican lawmaker and complaints on Thursday, Feb. 9, over the ethics of using her position to promote product lines of President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka, a day after he attacked a retailer for dropping them. Federal ethics rules prohibit executive branch employees from using their positions to endorse products or for the private gain of friends. The law does not apply to the president.
Facebook said it would provide information about ads displayed on its platform for an audit, months after the social network admitted to overstating key ad metrics. The audit by media regulator Media Rating Council (MRC) will likely provide more clarity to advertisers. Facebook said in September that a metric for average user time on videos was artificially inflated as it only counted videos viewed for over three seconds.
SAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. federal appeals court on Thursday unanimously upheld a 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.
Jason Day ground out a two-under-par 69 to sit two strokes off the lead on Thursday when the opening round of the weather-hit Pebble Beach National Pro-Am was suspended for the day with only half the field back in the clubhouse. Australian Day had to contend with driving wind and rain over his last four holes before organizers halted play at 1:34 p.m. PST (2134 GMT) due to unplayable conditions on the Monterey Peninsula in California.
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.
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.