MEXICO CITY - In the past few opiate-soaked years, U.S. officials say, nearly all the heroin coursing through American cities has come from one place: Mexico. U.S. authorities have expressed alarm at what they call an explosion of opium poppy in their southern neighbor. Echoing a federal drug agency assessment, President Donald Trump has declared that "an astonishing 90% of the heroin in America comes from south of the border" and cited that as one reason to build a giant border wall.
The Academy of Country Music Awards usually kicks off with a boisterous opening number - this year, on Sunday night, April 15, the show started on a much quieter note. Five country stars (Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett) paid tribute to the victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in October.
A federal judge will consider President Donald Trump's extraordinary request that she block his own Justice Department from viewing evidence about his private lawyer seized last week in an FBI raid. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood on Monday will weigh Trump's arguments at a hearing that will decide the next steps in a fast-moving investigation of the lawyer, Michael Cohen. Trump's attorneys and Cohen will be in court -- along with Stormy Daniels, the adult-film star who claims she had sex with Trump in 2006 and took a $130,000 hush payment shortly before the 2016 election.
At least seven inmates are dead and 17 other people are injured after hours-long rioting at a maximum-security prison in South Carolina, the Associated Press reported. Several fights broke out among inmates at the Lee Correctional Institution around 7:15 p.m. Sunday, April 15, and it took authorities until 3 a.m. Monday to secure the facility, prisons spokesman Jeff Taillon told the AP. No officers were among those killed or harmed, Taillon added.
In 2017, Italy landed the No. 1 spot on the Bloomberg Global Health Index. Eating all that pasta pays off.
James Comey has written the Washington Book of the Moment, but he clearly does not want "A Higher Loyalty" to simply be one more Washington book of the moment. This is no "Game Change" or, God forbid, "Fire and Fury," insider tales gauged by the scores they settle, nuggets they unearth and screenplays they elicit. One look at its austere cover and ponderous subtitle and you know this is meant as a lasting, highbrow work - a big-think story of values and institutions clashing with tribalism and self-interest in Washington.
BEIRUT - U.S.-led strikes against Syrian chemical weapons facilities prompted defiant celebrations in Damascus on Saturday, April 14, as it became clear that the limited attack posed no threat to President Bashar al-Assad's hold on power and would likely have no impact on the trajectory of the Syrian war.
A Pennsylvania food manufacturer is recalling 8, 757 pounds of ready-to-eat salad products following an E. coli outbreak that has spread to several states and sickened dozens of people. Fresh food Manufacturing Co., based in Freedom, Pennsylvania, is recalling the prepackaged products after learning last week from their romaine lettuce supplier that the vegetables may have been contaminated with Escherichia coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Saturday. Officials said the recalled products have not been tied to any E. coli-related illnesses.
MINDURI, Brazil - Welcome to Paradise Farm. In the fertile hills of southeast Brazil, scores of Christian workers tend banana and citrus fields, rousing iridescent butterflies in the noonday sun. In the evenings, laborers come home to cement dorms, communal meals and prayer sessions far from the secular distractions of urban life. "We are all Christians who follow the New Testament," said Paulo Henrique da Silva, president of the cooperative that manages the farm. "We came together to live as one."
Milos Forman, a Czech-born filmmaker who fled his homeland in the 1960s and became a two-time Oscar winner as the director of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Amadeus," with films that highlighted madness, rebellion and free expression, died April 14 at a hospital in Danbury, Connecticut. He was 86. His agent, Dennis Aspland, announced the death in a statement. The cause was not disclosed.