Jane Wyman could have had a bestseller. But the Oscar-winning actress wouldn't dish about her ex-husband. Not when Ronald Reagan was governor of California and not when he made history as the nation's first divorced president. Before Reagan, men with failed marriages were considered too tainted for the White House. Nelson Rockefeller's divorce may have cost him the Republican primary nomination for president in 1964.
The Boy Scouts of America will allow girls into its ranks for the first time in its nearly 100-year history, its leaders announced Wednesday, the latest move to adapt the organization's rules in an era of declining membership. The organization said that its board unanimously approved the decision to allow girls into its Cub Scout program, with plans to develop other programs for older girls in the coming years, after years of requests from families and girls themselves.
When the news broke that film producer Harvey Weinstein had apparently sexually harassed numerous actresses and other employees, Ben Affleck, who had starred in one of his films, said he was upset. "Saddened and angry," he wrote on Twitter, that "a man who I worked with used his position of power to intimidate, sexually harass and manipulate many women over the decades." pic.twitter.com/f5AgemRXds
Authorities in Louisiana have issued arrest warrants for eight students and two others on hazing charges related to the death of Maxwell Gruver, a Louisiana State University freshman who died after a gathering at a school fraternity.
WASHINGTON - A Democratic congressman stopped just short of forcing a House vote on President Donald Trump's impeachment Wednesday, pulling back under apparent pressure from his own party. Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, read his impeachment resolution on the House floor Wednesday afternoon, bringing it up under rules that would force a rapid vote. But when, less than an hour later, the House's presiding officer called the resolution up for action, Green did not appear on the floor to offer it.
A 3-year-old boy was found wandering alone through a 10-acre corn maze in northern Utah after his family left him behind, not realizing the small child was missing until the next morning, police say. The distraught toddler was discovered by a good Samaritan on Monday night, Oct. 9, near the entrance of the Crazy Corn Maze in West Jordan, near Salt Lake City. "He was crying and upset and obviously scared," Kendall Schmidt, co-owner of the corn maze, told The Washington Post in a phone interview Wednesday. "We were trying to calm him down."
A Salt Lake City police detective was fired and his supervisor demoted Tuesday for their roles in the violent arrest of a nurse who was manhandled and shoved screaming into a squad car as she tried to protect the legal rights of an unconscious patient.
Less than two months after the country's largest soda tax went into effect, embattled lawmakers in Cook County, Illinois -- the home of Chicago -- are already poised to repeal it. The tax has been plagued, in its very short life, by legal challenges, implementation glitches and a screeching, multi-million-dollar media battle between the soda industry and public health groups. On Tuesday, in recognition of growing public pressure, Cook County's Board of Commissioners is expected to vote to roll back the tax, effective as soon as Dec. 1.
Sara and Charles Rippey lived together for much of their century-long lives. She was 98; he was 100. They met almost 90 years ago, as grade-schoolers in Hartford, Wis., the New York Times reported. They married in 1942, and had just celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary with all five of their children in March. But on Sunday night, they died together in their house in Napa, California, when a wind-whipped wildfire engulfed the property, causing the roof to cave in and the windows to explode, leaving the couple trapped inside.
NEW YORK - Thomas J. Barrack Jr., a billionaire who is one of President Trump's oldest friends, had spent weeks trying to smooth the way for a May presidential meeting in Saudi Arabia with Gulf leaders. All initially went well. Trump praised Qatar - where Barrack, who is Arab American, has deep business ties - as a "crucial strategic partner." Then Trump reversed course a few weeks later and attacked Qatar as "a funder of terrorism at a very high level."