WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump sought the firing of Robert Mueller III last June, shortly after the special counsel took over the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and he backed off only after White House Counsel Donald McGahn threatened to resign over the move. The extraordinary showdown was confirmed by two people familiar with the episode, which was first reported by the New York Times.
Alexa, what time is the apocalypse? Ulp. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists advanced the symbolic Doomsday Clock a notch closer to the end of humanity Thursday, moving it ahead by 30 seconds. It is now set at two minutes to "midnight." In moving the clock 30 seconds closer to the hour of the apocalypse, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists cited "the failure of President Trump and other world leaders to deal with looming threats of nuclear war and climate change."
A friendly warning: Spoiler spoiler spoiler. "This Is Us," NBC's award-winning blockbuster series, is known for its tear-jerking tendencies. Call it mawkish. Call it manipulative. The most cynical might call it emotional terrorism. But now it's come to, um, this? Culinary terrorism? The show's two-season path to revealing how - spoiler reminder! - patriarch Jack died firmly placed the blame in Tuesday's episode on a faulty secondhand slow-cooker, the humble, downright beloved American appliance. As The Washington Post's Elahe Izadi summarized:
Casey Affleck will no longer present the Oscar for best actress at the 2018 Academy Awards. A representative for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences confirmed the actor's withdrawal on Thursday, according to Variety. Affleck won an Oscar last year for his lead performance in "Manchester by the Sea," and it has become a tradition for the previous year's winner to present the opposite gender's award the following year. Affleck was not immediately available for comment, according to Variety. His replacement has not yet been announced.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's immigration proposal to Congress will include a path to citizenship for an estimated 1.8 million young undocumented immigrants, White House officials said Thursday, more than twice the number of "dreamers" who were enrolled in a deferred action program Trump terminated last fall. The figure represents a significant concession to Democrats but is likely to produce sharp blowback among conservative Republicans, even as the White House cast the move as one piece of an immigration framework that would significantly tighten border control laws.
An ancient jawbone uncovered from a collapsed cave on the coast of Israel is at least 175,000 years old, and it belonged to a member of our own species. Sophisticated stone tools were discovered nearby. The find, reported Thursday in the journal Science, is by far the oldest human fossil ever uncovered outside Africa, where our Homo sapiens originated. It pushes back the timeline of when modern humans began venturing to other continents by about 60,000 years and suggests people made several short-lived excursions into Eurasia millennia before we finally conquered the globe.
The teenagers' newspaper story started with a simple question: Why had a well-liked history teacher at their high school been missing? Was there a medical issue, or something else? Conor Spahr, 18, a senior at Herriman High School and a news editor at its newspaper, the Herriman Telegraph, set out to find out. There were rumors floating around, but he and the paper's editor-in-chief, Max Gordon, 17, wanted to know what really happened.
One question looms over most business travelers: How soon should I leave for the airport? The road warrior may wield a decent sense of traffic hassles, terminal trekking and rental car-return times, but the length of one's stay in a TSA security line is largely a matter of guesswork. Screening throws in a wildcard that can make you late for the gate-and your flight. It's one reason airports are keen to post wait-times, though unfortunately that's usually available only when you're at the airport.
This year's flu season is already the most widespread on record since health officials began keeping track 13 years ago, and has already caused the deaths of more children than what normally would be expected at this time of the year, federal health officials have said.
Malala Yousafzai, the youngest winner of the Noble Peace Prize, used the stage at the World Economic Forum on Thursday to send a message to President Donald Trump and other powerful men on the state of gender equality in today's world. When asked what her message to "someone like Trump" would be, Yousafzai, the 20-year-old women's empowerment activist, said she was "so disappointed to see that people in high positions talk about women in unequal terms and do not accept them as equals."