PHILADELPHIA - An unsettling notion started to sprout here as fall ceded to early winter, an idea that could not taint or diminish last year - nothing could - but threatened to spoil the afterglow. What if it was a fluke? What if the Philadelphia Eagles' Super Bowl triumph was only a blip, a one-year anomaly, a cherished achievement here, but a source of confusion everywhere else?
A task force commissioned by President Donald Trump to evaluate the Postal Service's business model is recommending a slew of options to stabilize its long-term finances. But it did not go so far as to say the financially strapped Postal Service is losing money to Amazon.com, a company which contracts services from the Postal Service and that has consistently drawn Trump's ire. Even though the report does not specifically cite Amazon, it does recommend a reevaluation of the pricing for e-commerce packages and other non-essential mail shipped by companies like Amazon.
Former vice president Joe Biden said Monday that he considers himself "the most qualified person in the country" to be president and that he would make a decision about moving forward with a 2020 bid in the next two months. His comments came during a book-tour stop at the University of Montana at which Biden also acknowledged he has some liabilities, including being a "gaffe machine," but said none of those would scare him from running. Biden, 76, would join what is expected to be a crowded field of Democrats, including several senators, looking to topple President Trump.
WASHINGTON - The campaign organization for House Republicans was the victim of a cyberattack that exposed email accounts to an unknown intruder during the 2018 election cycle, people familiar with the matter said.
Following a colossal data breach that compromised sensitive personal information, including some passport numbers, of hundreds of millions of guests, Marriott International has agreed to pay for passport replacements if the company finds customers have been victims of fraud.
Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer will retire after the Buckeyes face Washington in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day, with Buckeyes offensive coordinator Ryan Day taking his place. Yahoo's Pete Thamel and Cleveland.com's Doug Lesmerises were the first to report the news Tuesday morning. Ohio State then confirmed the move and will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST.
Farewells are scheduled for several days at the Capitol.
Now is the time for icing and glitter, sprinkles and fairy dust. Even if your holiday cookie decorating game is not top-notch, or you only have so much time and energy to devote to the craft, I've got you covered. All it takes is a little planning and organization. All ages can join in, and it won't cost much. The five styles in my toolbox are simple yet stunning: Bedazzled Edges, Dipped and Sprinkled, Poinsettias, Candy Cane Hearts and Santa Hats. First, here's what you'll need:
HONOLULU - Officials at a preschool in Hawaii have apologized after young children were given Pine-Sol instead of apple juice to drink during a morning snack time, a mix-up that health officials said occurred because the two liquids were "the same color." The incident involving the household cleaning liquid took place on Tuesday at the preschool at Kilohana United Methodist Church in Honolulu.
WASHINGTON - Congressional leaders and White House officials agreed Monday, Dec. 3, to extend a government funding deadline by two weeks, until Dec. 21, setting up the possibility of a shutdown showdown just ahead of Christmas. The decision, confirmed by aides involved in the talks, was made because of the observances surrounding the death of former President George H.W. Bush. The former president will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda ahead of a service at the National Cathedral on Wednesday. The House has canceled all votes for this week.