Monthly Archives: December 2018

Lawmaker who suggested Trump use ‘own funds’ to help pay for border wall has history of missing votes: report

A congressman who last week suggested that President Trump ought to fork over his “own funds” to help fund the border wall, reportedly has a history of missing votes on Capitol Hill. Continue reading

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NASA’s New Horizons set to ring in new year with fly-by past icy planetary object

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft, which has yielded the first close-up views of Pluto, was poised to ring in the new year by flying past the ancient icy object “Ultima Thule” some billions of miles away from Earth. Continue reading

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro to take power amid high hopes and fears

Once an outsider mocked by fellow lawmakers for his far-right positions, constant use of expletives and even casual dressing, former army captain Jair Bolsonaro is taking office as Brazil’s president Tuesday. Continue reading

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Peru’s chief prosecutor attempts to derail corruption probe

Peru’s attorney general late Monday dismissed a team investigating the far-reaching Odebrecht corruption scandal, setting off street protests in cities across the country. Continue reading

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Leaving Pentagon, Mattis urges workers to ‘keep faith’ in US

Outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is quoting President Abraham Lincoln in a farewell message to defense employees, urging them to stay focused on their mission. Continue reading

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President Tsai says Taiwanese want to maintain self-rule

Taiwanese treasure their autonomy from China, the leader of the self-governing island said Tuesday, warning city and county officials to be open about and exercise caution in any dialogue with the Chinese. Continue reading

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5.0 magnitude earthquake rattles Alaska

A 5.0 magnitude earthquake has rattled Alaska residents on New Year’s Eve but no damage or injuries are reported. Continue reading

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Texas pediatrician killed saving son from falling tree at Great Smoky Mountains National Park, family says

A woman from Texas was killed while shielding her son from a tree knocked down by high winds in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee last week, according to her family. Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton calls 2018 ‘a dark time for our country’

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton bid farewell to 2018 on Instagram Monday by calling the previous 365 days “a dark time for our country.” Continue reading

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Hey, America, civility and coming together rests in our hands this year – It doesn’t come from government

Civility and coming together rests in our hands – not the government’s hands, political parties, or special-interest groups. We can change things and it doesn’t take an act of Congress. Continue reading

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US citizen arrested in Russia on spying charges because Putin wants hostage, prominent Kremlin critic says

Russia’s domestic security agency said Monday that it has arrested a U.S. citizen on espionage charges, and a prominent Kremlin critic is claiming the arrest happened because Russian President Vladimir Putin wants a hostage. Continue reading

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Dana White out as chief Pentagon spokeswoman

Charles E. “Charlie” Summers, Jr., a former Maine Republican politician and Navy reserve captain, has been named as the new chief spokesman for the Pentagon, replacing Dana White, who held the post under outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. Continue reading

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New state laws for the new year: California limits gun rights, minimum wages increase

Several new state laws are set to take effect on New Year’s Day, including unprecedented minimum wage hikes, equal pay requirements and new abortion statutes — and in California, the legislation will curb gun rights, reduce criminal sentences and forc… Continue reading

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Car hits pedestrians on Tokyo road, injures 8

A car slammed into pedestrians early Tuesday on a street where people had gathered for New Year’s festivities in downtown Tokyo, injuring eight people, police said. Continue reading

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Elizabeth Warren drinks beer, gives 2020 thoughts in Instagram livestream

In a seemingly spontaneous livestream posted on Instagram that channeled similar social-media efforts by former Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke and incoming New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth… Continue reading

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NKorean leader says he’s ready for more talks with Trump

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Tuesday he hopes to extend his high-stakes nuclear summitry with President Donald Trump into 2019, but also warns Washington not to test North Koreans’ patience with sanctions and pressure. Continue reading

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Kim Jong Un says he’s willing to meet Trump at any time, in New Year’s message

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Tuesday that he is prepared to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump at any time, but warned that he would pursue an “alternative course” if Washington kept up sanctions and other pressure on Pyongyang. Continue reading

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Texas officials have image of pickup involved in attack

Authorities are asking Houston-area residents to review video surveillance for any images of a pickup whose driver they say fired into a car carrying a family, killing a 7-year-old girl and wounding the child’s mother. Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve Times Square drone grounded due to weather, NYPD says

A rainy New Year’s Eve in New York has some Times Square revelers ponying up to keep dry, while police are scrapping plans to deploy a drone to keep watch over the crowd for the first time. Continue reading

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Knife attack at Manchester’s Victoria Station wounds 3, including police officer

A knife-wielding man seriously injured three people, one of them a police officer, at Victoria Station in Manchester, U.K., Monday night before he was taken into custody.  Continue reading

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