Friday was a busy day at the Human Resources Administration office in Brooklyn's Boerum Hill, where New Yorkers can apply for food stamps and other forms of public assistance. Lines were moving slowly and the drab gray building was packed. Jazmine Headley just wanted to get a voucher for city-funded day care so she could find someone to look after her 1-year-old son, Damone, while she went to work as a cleaner, her mother would later tell reporters.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, Dec. 10, declined to review lower court decisions that blocked efforts in two states to end public funding to Planned Parenthood, refusing, for now, to get involved in state battles over abortion rights. The cases did not touch on abortion itself, but three justices who said the court should have accepted the cases said that was the reason the court declined to get involved.
The United States joined a controversial proposal by Saudi Arabia and Russia this weekend to weaken a reference to a key report on the severity of global warming, sharpening battle lines at the global climate summit in Poland aimed at gaining consensus over how to combat rising temperatures.
The Trump administration has shut down at least one government-run study that uses fetal tissue implanted into mice even before federal health officials reach a decision on whether to continue such research, which is opposed by anti-abortion groups. A senior scientist at a National Institutes of Health laboratory in Montana told colleagues that the Health and Human Services Department "has directed me to discontinue procuring fetal tissue" from a firm that is the only available source, according to an email he sent to a collaborator in late September.
An old check allegedly exposed decades of lies. For nearly 28 years, Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper was the principal at St. James Catholic School, an elementary school in Torrance, California, a coastal suburb southwest of Los Angeles. Around the same time when Kreuper announced she was retiring earlier this year, a family at the school asked for a copy of an old check they had written to St. James. When staff members found the check, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported, they realized it had not been deposited in St. James's account but a different bank account.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump asserted Monday that payments to buy the silence of two women about alleged affairs were not illegal campaign contributions, as federal prosecutors contend, but instead a "simple private transaction." In morning tweets, Trump sought to counter assertions in a court filing Friday that he had directed his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to try to silence the women in a bid to influence the 2016 presidential election. Cohen has pleaded guilty to the alleged crime, saying he acted at Trump's direction.
It was a seemingly minor typo, in a brief posting on an emailing list for Boy Scouts in northern Virginia. But to the Girl Scouts, it was a red flag. A Boy Scout volunteer from a United Methodist Church in Woodbridge, Virginia, was inviting young men and women to an upcoming information session, part of a nationwide recruiting push as the Boy Scouts prepare to include older girls for the first time next February. The church, Scoutmaster Lee Hutchins wrote, would be chartering "one of our Girl Scouts BSA Troops." Girl Scouts BSA?
The Russian ambassador. A deputy prime minister. A pop star, a weightlifter, a lawyer, a Soviet army veteran with alleged intelligence ties. Again and again and again, over the course of Donald Trump's 18-month campaign for the presidency, Russian citizens made contact with his closest family and friends, as well as figures on the periphery of his orbit.
Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk told CBS's "60 Minutes" that he may be willing to buy some of the five factories General Motors Co. will idle next year, making him the second rival in two days to step up with possible job-creating moves as GM takes political heat for cutting workers. Musk made the statements in an interview with Leslie Stahl that will air Sunday. CBS released excerpts Friday.
As the Camp Fire raged, killing at least 85 people and displacing thousands more in Northern California, Madison waited patiently. The Anatolian shepherd's owner, Andrea Gaylord, was not able to get to her home in Paradise, California, when the fire began to spread Nov. 8 - meaning Madison was left behind. For weeks, all Gaylord could do was pray for Madison's safety, according to California-based animal rescue organization K9 Paw Print Rescue.