In the perpetual pop culture war between players and haters, U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald of California might be expected to remain neutral. But on Tuesday, Feb. 13, he took a side in a skirmish over the lyrics to the Taylor Swift hit "Shake It Off." In an order peppered with judicial shade, Fitzgerald threw out a lawsuit claiming Swift lifted the lyrics to her 2014 track from the 2001 song "Playas Gon' Play" by the girl group 3LW.
At least one person was injured in a shooting Wednesday morning at one of the secure entry gates at the National Security Agency in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, and authorities briefly closed Route 32 during the investigation. Larry Whitley, a spokesman for Fort Meade police, said one person was injured in the incident and taken to a hospital. He said he didn't know how the person was injured or whether the person was a law enforcement officer or a civilian.
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea - As Shaun White celebrated his third Olympic halfpipe title, much of the vast, unwieldy social media universe celebrated. They remembered the 31-year-old as a younger man, winning gold in at the 2006 Olympics and again in 2010, and they remembered his disappointing fourth-place finish four years ago at the Sochi Olympics. Many others remembered what happened between Sochi and these Pyeongchang Olympics, which included allegations of sexual harassment and a lawsuit that White faced in 2016.
It is time to wish all those beautiful, rule-breaking moths out there a very happy Galentine's Day. One of the most enduring legacies of "Parks and Recreation" began during the second season, when Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope showers her female friends with thoughtful gifts and asks the camera, "Oh, what's Galentine's Day?"
If you do an online search about sugar, you may become convinced that it's evil and addictive - and that your sweet tooth will lead you to ruin. You'll also see plenty of advice for how to curb your craving for sugary goodness. But what do we really know about how sugar affects us? Does eating sugar make us want to eat more of it?
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should be indicted in two corruption cases, police recommended Tuesday, ramping up pressure on the leader who has served more than a decade in office. After months of investigations, Israeli police said they believe there is sufficient evidence against the prime minister to indict him on suspicion of accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust.
When the four delivery workers found the woman in the middle of the road, she was covered in so much blood that they couldn't tell the color of her hair. Whoever had done this to her, authorities said later, had stabbed the 19-year-old repeatedly, then thrown her out of a car near a remote, hilly road north of San Jose, leaving her for dead. But she wasn't. And in the two hours between when she was found and her death Monday morning, she managed to give investigators evidence that could send those suspected of killing her to prison for the rest of their lives.
WASHINGTON - FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday contradicted the White House's account of when the bureau informed officials about the status of a senior aide's security-clearance investigation. White House officials said that they were first contacted in the summer by the FBI about senior aide Rob Porter's clearance. They also said that the investigation was never completed and that they did not know the extent of the allegations against Porter. He stepped down last week after accusations of spousal abuse by his two ex-wives.
Abby Beckley thought her left eye was irritated because of a stray eyelash. She rubbed her eye, flushed it with water, but when the discomfort remained, she peered into the mirror. She thought she saw a piece of clear fuzz. She pinched it with her fingers and pulled it out. It was a worm. About half-inch long, translucent and threadlike. "It was alive and squiggling around," she recalled.
U.S. forces killed scores of Russian mercenaries in Syria last week in what may be the deadliest clash between citizens of the former foes since the Cold War, according to one U.S. official and three Russians familiar with the matter. More than 200 contract soldiers, mostly Russians fighting on behalf of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad, died in a failed attack on a base held by U.S. and mainly Kurdish forces in the oil-rich Deir Ezzor region, two of the Russians said. The U.S. official put the death toll at about 100, with 200 to 300 injured.