Sleeping in on a day off feels marvelous, especially for those of us who don't get nearly enough rest during the workweek. But are the extra weekend winks worth it? It's a question that psychologist Torbjorn Akerstedt, director of the Stress Research Institute at Stockholm University, and his colleagues tried to answer in a study published Wednesday in the Journal of Sleep Research.
WASHINGTON - Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, now has a permanent security clearance and recently sat for six to seven hours of questioning by special counsel Robert Mueller's team on a wide range of topics including Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey, according to a person briefed on the matter.
Rudy Giuliani has spent his first month as Donald Trump's lawyer leading an all-out assault on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation -- setting deadlines, issuing public demands and repeatedly offering his take on their private negotiations. Mueller has kept his silence.
WASHINGTON - Breaking nearly six months of silence on the topic Wednesday, Kerry Perry, the president and CEO of USA Gymnastics, told a Congressional subcommittee investigating sexual abuse of Olympic athletes that she was "appalled and sickened by the despicable crimes of Larry Nassar." And for the first time, Perry apologized to the hundreds of victims of the former Olympic doctor and vowed, "Those days are over."
When retired Marine Johnny "Joey" Jones sat down in a roller coaster at Six Flags Over Georgia, he was told he could not stay on the ride. Jones, who served as a bomb technician, said he is used to making accommodations for his disability: He lost both of his legs at his knees when he stepped on an IED in 2010 in the Safar Bazaar in Afghanistan. Still, the 31-year-old veteran said, he had not seen the handicapped sign at the Six Flags near Atlanta on Sunday, and anyway, the ride was similar to ones that he had ridden at other theme parks.
WASHINGTON - New Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought Wednesday to mitigate lawmakers' concerns that President Donald Trump's diplomatic venture with North Korea is faltering, stressing that the United States had made "zero concessions" to the regime and would continue to hold firm until Pyongyang makes "credible steps" toward denuclearization. "We have made zero concessions to Chairman Kim to date, and we have no intention of doing so," Pompeo told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday, during his first congressional grilling as secretary of state.
InfoWars host Alex Jones is facing yet another defamation suit related to his comments about the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which left 26 dead. Jones has wrongly claimed the shooting was staged and didn't occur. The suit was filed in Connecticut Superior Court by six families of victims killed in the attack, as well as an FBI agent who responded to the scene. Jones, his companies, and a frequent contributor to his show are listed as defendants.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump asserted Wednesday that the FBI's use of a confidential source to seek information from his campaign aides was shaping up as a major scandal and that lawmakers would soon realize that "a lot of bad things happened."
ATLANTA - NFL owners approved a new national anthem policy Wednesday that gives individual teams the authority to set their own anthem-related rules and permits players to remain in the locker room during the playing of the anthem, according to a person familiar with the deliberations.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged -- after prodding by lawmakers -- that he backs the finding by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the U.S. presidential campaign to hurt Hillary Clinton and ultimately help Donald Trump. Pompeo, who previously was Trump's CIA director, was pressed by Democrats on whether he accepted that finding during testimony Wednesday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.