First lady Melania Trump's parents became U.S. citizens in a naturalization ceremony in New York on Thursday, completing a years-long immigration process even as President Trump has called for new laws to bar Americans from sponsoring parents and other relatives. Michael Wildes, an attorney for Viktor and Amalija Knavs, who had been living in the country as legal permanent residents after leaving their native Slovenia, confirmed that his clients took the oath of citizenship.
In his years of working as a bus driver in West Palm Beach, Florida, Terrence Barber says he'd seen it all: people using alcohol or drugs on the bus or having sex. Others peeing or defecating. But what happened this past Mother's Day cut through his ability to remain calm and professional on the job. It also cost him his job.
Vice President Mike Pence laid out an ambitious plan Thursday that would create a military command dedicated to space this year and eventually establish a "Space Force" as the sixth branch of the U.S. military. In a speech at the Pentagon, Pence warned of the advancements that potential adversaries were making and issued what amounted to a call to arms to preserve the military's dominance in space. "Just as we've done in ages past, the United Statesl meet the emerging threats on this new battlefield," he said. "The time has come to establish the United States Space Force."
The source of all light and life on Earth is also the source of one of its biggest natural threats: space weather. The sun's atmosphere regularly erupts with fast-moving flashes of protons and explosions of energetic particles that can hit Earth within minutes and disrupt radio communication, interfere with GPS and fry the electric grid. A "worst case scenario" space weather event could cause more damage than Hurricanes Katrina, Harvey and Sandy combined.
WASHINGTON - A federal judge in Washington halted a deportation in progress Thursday and threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt after learning that the Trump administration started to remove a woman and her daughter while a court hearing appealing their deportations was underway. "This is pretty outrageous," U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan said after being told about the removal. "That someone seeking justice in U.S. court is spirited away while her attorneys are arguing for justice for her?"
U.S. Customs and Border Protection named Carla Provost to lead the Border Patrol Thursday, August 8, making her the first woman to hold the agency's top job in its 94-year history. The announcement was not a surprise, as Provost has been the Border Patrol's acting chief for more than a year. She will oversee 20,000 agents as well as the Trump administration's effort to construct a border wall and clamp down on illegal migration.
OXFORD, Md. - In a small white warehouse in a tiny Chesapeake Bay town, 90-year-old Lincoln Parkes spends his days making wheelchairs for dogs. Or cats. Or rabbits. Or chickens. Not horses, though, as Parkes is "not a horse person."
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. - Marie Laman carefully removes a black bow tie from its box and slips it around her son's neck. It's his first bow tie, for his first formal dance. A moment for a mother to savor. "I don't want to do this," Kyle says. He is slumped on his bed, tugging at the sleeves of his dress shirt. "This is so stupid." Marie, still struggling with the tie's clasp, doesn't respond. Suddenly, Kyle shoves her away. "You're choking me," he says. "Stop. Stop!" He stands and retreats to the bathroom, slamming the door.
For Saudi Arabia, a new version of checkbook diplomacy is taking shape. The kingdom used to pursue a behind-the-scenes foreign policy, deploying its oil wealth as a carrot. Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is ready to wield it like a stick. That's the implication of his shock move to penalize Canada for criticizing Saudi treatment of women activists. With diplomatic ties and new business deals frozen, and the managers of Saudi wealth funds under orders to sell Canadian holdings, the measures were unexpected and sweeping.
The suspected child abductor found last week with 11 children and four other adults at a squalid New Mexico compound had trained at least one of the minors to use an assault rifle in preparation for a school shooting, prosecutors said in court documents filed on Wednesday. The children, who officials have said were between the ages of 1 and 15, were taken to the compound by some adults for the purpose of receiving weapons training for future acts of violence, the documents said.