WASHINGTON - The White House was thrown on the defensive Thursday over President Donald Trump's choice to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, forcing officials to fend off mounting skepticism that Ronny Jackson has the experience to run the government's second-largest agency.
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - On April 1, hundreds of millions of marshmallow chicks and bunnies called Peeps will peer out from Easter baskets at American children. They are a pastel symbol of Easter joy, but behind the wax-eyed candy is a company at war with its union workforce over rising pension costs - an escalating legal tangle that could soon upend the retirement plans of 10 million Americans.
OTTAWA - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau no longer looks invincible. After showing a steady lead in public opinion surveys for more than two years after his surprise October 2015 election victory, Trudeau appears to be politically vulnerable. And that's despite a buoyant economy, what's seen as a steady hand in NAFTA trade talks with President Trump, and a weak political opposition.
WASHINGTON - Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday rebuffed - at least for now - a call from GOP leaders to appoint a second special counsel to look into the FBI's handling of its most high-profile probes and announced that he has asked the U.S. attorney in Utah to spearhead a broad review.
The athletic wear company Under Armour disclosed Thursday that data tied to its fitness app was breached earlier this year, affecting 150 million user accounts. The stolen information included usernames, email addresses and hashed passwords, the company said. Under Armour said that the breach occurred in February and that the company is continuing to investigate the situation. It is not yet known who is behind the breach.
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on Thursday launched an online fundraiser to help cover the legal costs that might come as he navigates investigations and congressional inquiries and explores whether he will sue over his abrupt ouster from the bureau. McCabe's team unveiled the legal defense fund, hosted on the GoFundMe website, about 2 p.m. By 3:30 p.m., it had raised more than $18,700 toward a $150,000 goal.
Fox News host Laura Ingraham has apologized a day after taunting Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg over his college rejections. On Wednesday morning, the "Ingraham Angle" host had tweeted a story from a conservative news site that described Hogg as a "Gun Rights Provocateur" who had not gained acceptance to four University of California schools. "David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it," Ingraham tweeted. "(Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA. . .totally predictable given acceptance rates.)"
WASHINGTON - The 133-year-old Biological Survey Unit, slated to be closed this year, has gotten a short reprieve from the budget ax, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post. The U.S. Geological Survey, which oversees the division, had planned to close it this spring. The unit, which boasts a $1.6 million annual budget and six employees, helps maintain nearly a million bird, reptile and mammal specimens and historic field notes housed at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
Soybean acreage in the U.S. this year will exceed corn plantings for the first time in 35 years, according to a government survey, suggesting American farmers remain undeterred by possible Chinese trade sanctions.
The vegans planned their protest for the middle of the restaurant's busy dinnertime shift. The group of animal rights activists were incensed that Antler Kitchen & Bar, a locavore restaurant in Toronto that says it highlights regional ingredients, served foie gras and farmed meat "meant to run in the wild." So a group of them stood in front last week chanting "you've got blood on your hands," and holding a banner that read MURDER in hot pink lettering. Then came the counterprotest.