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.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Wednesday, Feb. 8, criticized Nordstrom Inc. for what he said was its unfair treatment of his daughter Ivanka after its decision to not purchase her clothing line for this upcoming season. Shares of the retailer fell 0.7 percent after the president's criticism. They later recovered to trade up 0.2 percent.
Highlights of the day for U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on Tuesday: CABINET AND NOMINATIONS The Senate confirms billionaire Betsy DeVos as education secretary, with Vice President Mike Pence casting an unprecedented tie-breaking vote, and another controversial nominee, Jeff Sessions for attorney general, wins committee approval.
The S&P 500 ended barely higher on Tuesday, Feb. 7, while the Nasdaq managed to scratch out a new record as gains in big tech names countered energy declines. The Dow Jones Industrial Average also hit an intraday all-time high just after the market opened, and the benchmark S&P 500 came close to yet another record high. U.S. equities have rallied sharply after President Donald Trump's election in November, spurred by hopes the Republican-led government will cut regulations and taxes and enact higher infrastructure spending.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Police stopped a "well-intentioned" man on Vancouver Island on Monday night, Feb. 6, after he tried to clear a snowed-in neighborhood street with a Zamboni, a vehicle for cleaning the ice and a fixture in arenas across hockey-mad Canada. Central Saanich police spokesman Dan Cottingham said on Tuesday the man told them he had bought the machine second-hand to drive around and spread fertilizer on his farm just outside British Columbia's provincial capital, Victoria.