MINNEAPOLIS — Ever since Target Field opened in 2010, with its sweeping, open-air views of the Minneapolis skyline, baseball officials, with a tinge of gallows humor, have braced themselves for the possibility of late-October/early-November playoff games in a city where the average lows for those months are 40 and 26 degrees, respectively. One year, it stood to reason, the Minnesota Twins were going to be good enough to make it happen. That year may have arrived.
At a Smithfield hog plant in central Illinois, federal meat inspectors examine pig carcasses on the slaughter line, remove diseased and contaminated meat, and mark it "condemned." They have the exclusive responsibility for performing this work.
Harvey Weinstein has reached a tentative $44 million agreement to settle lawsuits involving women who accused him of sexual misconduct, his former film studio's board members and the New York attorney general's office, according to reports Thursday, May 23, from the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has granted Attorney General William Barr "full and complete authority" to declassify government secrets, issuing a memorandum late Thursday, May 23, that orders U.S. intelligence agencies to cooperate promptly with Barr's audit of the investigation into Russia's election interference in 2016. The president's move gives Barr broad powers to unveil carefully guarded intelligence secrets about the Russia investigation, which the attorney general requested to allow him to quickly carry out his review, according to the memo.
LONDON - Theresa May announced Friday, May 24, that she will resign as her party's leader on June 7 and make way for a new British prime minister later this summer. May became the leader of Britain after the country voted in a June 2016 referendum to leave the European Union. Brexit was her No. 1 job, and she failed to deliver it. Speaking in front of the official residence at 10 Downing Street, May said she had "done my best" but was unable to sway members of Parliament to back her Brexit vision. She told Britons that compromise was not a dirty word.
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court in the District of Columbia said Thursday that it will expedite its review of President Donald Trump's request to block a congressional subpoena seeking financial records from the president's accounting firm. The brief ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit means the accounting firm will not give a House committee the president's business records while the case is pending.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Twelve hours after violent tornadoes ripped through the state of Missouri, authorities in the Jefferson City area were still sifting through debris and sweeping the most devastated residential areas searching for people to help. About two dozen people were hurt when the "Wedge Tornado" -- wider in its funnel than it is tall -- ripped through Missouri's capital as part of a storm system that hammered different parts of the state, causing widespread damage in Jefferson City and killing three people more than 170 miles away, in tiny Golden City.
WASHINGTON - Since March, when Vice President Mike Pence suddenly announced a program to get humans to the surface of the moon by 2024, NASA has been scrambling to pull off what many think is a near-impossible feat. But the agency took a significant step toward that goal Thursday, awarding a contract to a company to build the first element of a small space station that the space agency wants to put in orbit around the moon. Maxar, a company based in Colorado, will build what's known as the power and propulsion element of the orbiting outpost, known as the Gateway.
John Walker Lindh, the first person to be convicted of a crime in the "War on Terror," left an Indiana prison a free man Thursday, May 23, after 17 years behind bars, his lawyer confirmed. The Northern California native was captured months into the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan, a war that has now lasted longer than his incarceration. The revelation that a young American had joined the group that harbored the 9/11 terrorists was a national shock.
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Thursday, May 23, announced a new $16 billion farm aid package to offset losses from the U.S. trade war with China. In a conference call with reporters, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said $14.5 billion of the $16 billion would be paid directly to producers, who have been hit hard by Trump's tariff showdowns with China, Mexico and other countries. An additional $1.4 billion will be used to purchase food for food banks and schools. "This package ensures farmers will not bear the brunt" of the trade wars, Perdue said.