As if Americans didn't have enough chicken on the menu already, production of the nation's most-popular meat is headed for the biggest growth spurt in more than a decade. Companies including Tyson Foods and Sanderson Farms are leading an industry expansion with new processing plants from Tennessee to Texas, fueled by years of profit gains from cheap feed grain and record demand. Even retailer Costco is getting into the act, building its first-ever poultry plant in Nebraska.
As more Americans take advantage of genetic testing to pinpoint the makeup of their DNA, the technology is coming head-to-head with the country's deep-rooted obsession with race and racial myths. This is perhaps no more true than for the growing number of self-identified European-Americans who learn they are actually part African. For those who are surprised by their genetic heritage, the new information can often set into motion a complicated recalibration of how they view their identity.
A senior White House official announced Wednesday he will resign following allegations by his two ex-wives of physical and emotional abuse. The official, Rob Porter, served as the staff secretary and often controlled the paper flow to President Donald Trump's desk, along with his daily schedule. Porter also oversaw the White House's policy implementation process and worked closely with Chief of Staff John F. Kelly to try to instill discipline in the chaotic West Wing. He often spent hours of the day with Trump and frequently traveled with him on Air Force One.
COCOA BEACH, Fla. - Before founding SpaceX in 2002, Elon Musk had a wild plan to fly a plant to Mars. The idea was to show life on the desolate planet, a brushstroke of vibrant green on a lifeless red canvas. If nothing else, it would inspire people, he figured, reignite interest in space, while furthering his ambitions to push deeper into the cosmos, even though at the time he had never flown a rocket.
Congressional leaders on Wednesday unveiled a sweeping budget deal that would add about $400 billion in federal spending over the next two years, delivering the military funding boost demanded by President Donald Trump alongside the increase in domestic programs sought by Democrats. With a Thursday midnight government shutdown looming, the accord holds the promise to break a months-long partisan standoff centered around federal spending, though some roadblocks remain.
In the fall of 2016, a little more than a month before Donald Trump was elected president, Christopher Steele had the undivided attention of the FBI. For months, the British former spy had been working to alert the Americans to what he believed were disturbing ties Trump had to Russia. He had grown so worried about what he had learned from his Russia network about the Kremlin's plans that he told colleagues it was like "sitting on a nuclear weapon."
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's vision of soldiers marching and tanks rolling down the boulevards of Washington is moving closer to reality in the Pentagon and White House, where officials say they have begun to plan a grand military parade later this year showcasing the might of America's armed forces.
Casino magnate Steve Wynn stepped down from his position as CEO and chairman of the board for Wynn Resorts on Tuesday in the wake of multiple allegations of sexual harassment. The allegations came to light in a January story in the Wall Street Journal that said dozens of people accused the billionaire of sexual misconduct. Wynn has denied any wrongdoing, calling the allegations "preposterous."
WASHINGTON - Two of the nation's top financial regulators said Tuesday that Congress may need to grant them new powers if they are to protect consumers from fraud on cryptocurrency exchanges, the digital trading platforms where investors swap dollars for bitcoin or other virtual currencies.
WASHINGTON - The House took an initial step Tuesday toward averting another government shutdown this week, but further progress hung on whether top leaders could finalize a sweeping deal to deliver the defense spending boost President Donald Trump has long demanded alongside an increase in domestic programs championed by Democrats. Government funding is set to expire at midnight Thursday, raising the possibility of a second partial shutdown in less than a month. The House bill, which passed 245 to 182, would fund most agencies through March 23.