A 30-foot hole has appeared in a section of the tallest dam in the United States that is expected to worsen, but there was no immediate threat it will fail, endangering thousands of area residents, California state officials said on Friday. State authorities and engineers on Thursday, Feb.
WASHINGTON -- Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway drew sharp criticism from a top Republican lawmaker and complaints on Thursday, Feb. 9, over the ethics of using her position to promote product lines of President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka, a day after he attacked a retailer for dropping them. Federal ethics rules prohibit executive branch employees from using their positions to endorse products or for the private gain of friends. The law does not apply to the president.
Facebook said it would provide information about ads displayed on its platform for an audit, months after the social network admitted to overstating key ad metrics. The audit by media regulator Media Rating Council (MRC) will likely provide more clarity to advertisers. Facebook said in September that a metric for average user time on videos was artificially inflated as it only counted videos viewed for over three seconds.
BOSTON/NEW YORK -- The fiercest snowstorm of the winter slammed the northeastern United States on Thursday, Feb. 9, leaving a foot of snow in places, canceling thousands of flights and shutting down schools. At least two deaths were blamed on the storm. The storm, which came a day after temperatures had been a spring-like 50 to 60 degrees, had wind gusts up to 50 mph and left roads and sidewalks dangerously slick in densely populated cities such as New York, Boston and Hartford, Conn.
LOS ANGELES—Prince and George Michael will be honored at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, with separate tributes, but organizers did not say on Wednesday which musicians will perform them. Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said "Purple Rain" singer Prince, and British star Michael, who both died suddenly in 2016, were "pop icons who showcased rare musical genius and otherworldly charisma."
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Police stopped a "well-intentioned" man on Vancouver Island on Monday night, Feb. 6, after he tried to clear a snowed-in neighborhood street with a Zamboni, a vehicle for cleaning the ice and a fixture in arenas across hockey-mad Canada. Central Saanich police spokesman Dan Cottingham said on Tuesday the man told them he had bought the machine second-hand to drive around and spread fertilizer on his farm just outside British Columbia's provincial capital, Victoria.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's choice of billionaire Betsy DeVos to be education secretary was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 7, but only after Vice President Mike Pence was called in to break a tie that threatened to defeat her. The tie-breaking vote, which Senate officials said was unprecedented to confirm a president's Cabinet nominee, came after two Republicans joined with 46 Democrats and two independents in opposition to DeVos.
WASHINGTON — Two U.S. Republican senators plan to unveil legislation on Tuesday, Feb. 7, aimed at curbing legal immigration into the United States by halving the overall number of people allowed to live as legal permanent residents, one of the bill's authors said. The measure would limit the total number of total green cards issued to about 500,000 per year, down from about 1 million, and focus on allowing in people seeking to reunite with their immediate family, Republican Sen. Tom Cotton told MSNBC.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- A Canadian judge found a mother guilty on Monday of concealing the decomposing remains of her six babies in a storage locker. Andrea Giesbrecht, who turns 43 this week, was charged with six counts of concealing the body of a child in October 2014. Staff at U-Haul discovered the stinking bodies in her locker after she fell behind on payments. Police then found the remains of five boys and a girl, at gestational ages ranging between 34 and 40 weeks, in garbage bags, plastic bins and pails, along with children's toys and clothing.
CALGARY, Alberta—Rangers have successfully reintroduced a herd of plains bison to Canada's oldest national park, officials said on Monday, Feb. 6, more than 130 years after the iconic North American animal last grazed the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies. Parks Canada moved 16 bison from a protected herd in central Alberta into an enclosed pasture in Banff National Park in the west of the province last week.