WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court in the District of Columbia said Thursday that it will expedite its review of President Donald Trump's request to block a congressional subpoena seeking financial records from the president's accounting firm. The brief ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit means the accounting firm will not give a House committee the president's business records while the case is pending.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Twelve hours after violent tornadoes ripped through the state of Missouri, authorities in the Jefferson City area were still sifting through debris and sweeping the most devastated residential areas searching for people to help. About two dozen people were hurt when the "Wedge Tornado" -- wider in its funnel than it is tall -- ripped through Missouri's capital as part of a storm system that hammered different parts of the state, causing widespread damage in Jefferson City and killing three people more than 170 miles away, in tiny Golden City.
WASHINGTON - Since March, when Vice President Mike Pence suddenly announced a program to get humans to the surface of the moon by 2024, NASA has been scrambling to pull off what many think is a near-impossible feat. But the agency took a significant step toward that goal Thursday, awarding a contract to a company to build the first element of a small space station that the space agency wants to put in orbit around the moon. Maxar, a company based in Colorado, will build what's known as the power and propulsion element of the orbiting outpost, known as the Gateway.
John Walker Lindh, the first person to be convicted of a crime in the "War on Terror," left an Indiana prison a free man Thursday, May 23, after 17 years behind bars, his lawyer confirmed. The Northern California native was captured months into the fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan, a war that has now lasted longer than his incarceration. The revelation that a young American had joined the group that harbored the 9/11 terrorists was a national shock.
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration on Thursday, May 23, announced a new $16 billion farm aid package to offset losses from the U.S. trade war with China. In a conference call with reporters, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said $14.5 billion of the $16 billion would be paid directly to producers, who have been hit hard by Trump's tariff showdowns with China, Mexico and other countries. An additional $1.4 billion will be used to purchase food for food banks and schools. "This package ensures farmers will not bear the brunt" of the trade wars, Perdue said.
WASHINGTON - The feud between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats reached new heights of animosity Wednesday after Trump angrily walked out of a White House meeting on the nation's infrastructure, insisting he would not work with Democrats unless they abandon their inquiries into his businesses, presidency and personal finances. "Get these phony investigations over with," Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden, moments after he spent three minutes in the Cabinet Room raging against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and other
The Environmental Protection Agency is pulling from the market a dozen products containing pesticides known to be toxic to a linchpin of the U.S. food system -- the honeybee. The agency announced Monday, May 20, it has canceled the registrations of 12 pest-killing products with compounds belonging to a class of chemicals known as neonicotinoids, as part of a legal settlement.
U.S. antitrust officials are investigating potentially anti-competitive practices in the residential real estate brokerage business, with a focus on compensation to brokers and restrictions on their access to listings. The probe was detailed in a civil investigative demand, which is akin to a subpoena, issued by the Justice Department to CoreLogic Inc., which provides real estate data to government agencies, lenders and other housing-market participants.
BALTIMORE -- Baltimore still isn't able to provide basic city services two weeks after a powerful ransomware attack. And a full recovery may take months, Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young says. The damage includes police surveillance cameras that are shut down and utilities payment systems that were forced offline. Broad phone and email outages are also forcing city workers to do what work they can with personal laptops and email accounts, Ars Technica's Sean Gallagher reports.
WASHINGTON -- A group of mostly Democratic states filed lawsuits against the Trump administration on Tuesday, May 21, challenging a new federal rule that gives health care providers, insurers and employers greater latitude to refuse to provide or pay for medical services that they say violate their religious or moral beliefs.