BEIRUT - The Islamic State asserted responsibility Wednesday for a suicide blast in the U.S.-patrolled city of Manbij in Syria, the first such attack since President Donald Trump said American forces would withdraw from the country because the militant group has been largely defeated. In a message posted to Twitter, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State said that U.S. service members were killed while conducting a routine patrol in the city but did not say how many died or provide further details.
The swirling winds tens of thousands of feet high in the sky above the Arctic - the dreaded polar vortex - broke apart into three parts to ring in 2019. Now the eastern half of the United States is about to feel the consequences. Weather models project the onset of a severe and punishing winter weather pattern in just over 10 days, with extreme cold and heightened storminess. In fact, the transition to this harsh winter pattern has likely already begun.
WASHINGTON - As the longest government shutdown in history continues, President Donald Trump is not the only member of the first family affected. First lady Melania Trump also has a skeleton crew. The White House residence staff - who cater to the first family and maintain the White House - is down to 21 people from its usual 79, according to a shutdown memo from the Office of Management and Budget. The first lady's staff, which promotes her work, has been cut in half down from 10 to five, according to her spokeswoman.
A flaw in Epic Games Inc.'s Fortnite opened the accounts of millions of users to the risk of a malicious attack, researchers from Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. said in a report Wednesday, Jan. 16.
WASHINGTON - Attorney general nominee William Barr suggested Tuesday that any report written by special counsel Robert Mueller III might not be made public, signaling the possibility of future battles within the government over his findings. The remarks by Barr, who is expected to be confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate, highlight the uncertainty surrounding how he will grapple with what many expect will be the final steps of Mueller's investigation into President Donald Trump, his advisers, and Russian interference in the 2016 election. Barr pledged at his confirmation hearing Tu
Netflix is raising U.S. subscription prices 13 to 15 percent in the biggest rate increase in its history, the company announced Tuesday. Although the company has raised prices in the past, this is the first increase that will be applied to all 58 million U.S. subscribers, as well as subscribers in 40 countries in Latin America where Netflix bills in U.S. dollars. The most popular subscription plan will now cost $13 a month, up from $11. The cheapest subscription will cost $8.99, up from $7.99.
SUWANNEE COUNTRY, Fla. - Three young children were playing outside their mobile home in rural Florida when something caught their attention - a chest freezer that was sitting on the lawn, unplugged, waiting to be put to use. A mother of one of the children had gone inside to use the restroom and, when she returned, the children were gone, authorities said. Authorities said the trio had climbed inside the appliance and closed the door - inadvertently latching a metal hasp that had been installed for a padlock. Investigators believe that it trapped them inside.
It started last week with a simple question in the Canadian city of Edmonton. Air traffic controllers there wondered how they could help their counterparts in Anchorage, with whom they frequently communicated over the airwaves - and who were closing in on three weeks of a U.S. government shutdown, working without pay. The Edmonton air traffic controllers opted for a universal symbol of goodwill: They sent pizzas. It was a "small gesture of kindness," the president of the Canadian Air Traffic Control Association would tweet later, but a "big gesture of solidarity."
Carlos Mark Vera looked nervous. It was mid-November in a private room upstairs at the Monocle, the longtime haunt of Capitol Hill's gentry, where signed photos of aged congressmen line the walls like movie-star headshots in a Hollywood dry cleaner. Their faded stares and the restaurant's austere setting were doing little to calm Vera before his guests had arrived. "Everything is late," he said in his clipped, speedy cadence as he glanced at the clock. He watched as the tiny crew he'd gathered hung banners and rearranged tables to maximize mingling. Fifteen minutes to go.
Carol Channing, the raspy-voiced, saucer-eyed, wide-smiling actress who played lead roles in the original Broadway musical productions of "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" and "Hello, Dolly!" and delivered an Oscar-nominated performance in the 1967 movie musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie," died Jan. 15 at her home in Rancho Mirage, California. She was 97. Her publicist, B. Harlan Boll, announced the death and said the cause was two strokes in the last year.