WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump had no Plan B. After announcing the exit of his chief of staff, John Kelly, and being turned down by his pick to replace him, Nick Ayers, Trump found himself Monday in an unexpected predicament - scrambling to recruit someone to help run the executive branch of the federal government and guide the administration through the political tumult and possible legal peril ahead.
WASHINGTON - Democratic leaders plan to offer President Donald Trump $1.3 billion in funding for a border fence when they meet Tuesday at the White House, a bid that falls far short of the $5 billion Trump is demanding to fund a border wall. Democrats, Republicans and the White House have until Dec. 21 reach a budget deal if they are to avert a partial government shutdown, but talks are deadlocked over funding for the wall.
Before Elizabeth Lecron bought black powder and hundreds of screws for a pipe bomb, authorities say, she wrote a series of letters and sent Nazi propaganda to a man who had carried out the kind of act she revered: Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof.
WASHINGTON - Former FBI director James Comey said President Donald Trump would be "in serious jeopardy of being charged" by prosecutors in New York if he were not the occupant of the White House. In an interview Sunday with MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace at the 92nd Street Y in New York, Comey weighed in on last week's court filing by federal prosecutors in New York that directly implicated Trump in plans to buy the silence of women who alleged affairs with him.
BLAINE, Minn. - The Grinch stealing Christmas is supposed to be a story reserved for movies and books. However, a community in Blaine, Minnesota, experienced the real thing, when two thieves stole a red Salvation Army kettle from outside a Cub Foods store on Dec. 4. Surveillance video shows two people stealing the money intended to go toward Salvation Army services, which include food, shelter, rehabilitation and disaster relief for the poor. The thieves appear to have used bolt cutters to remove the donation bucket from its stand.
WASHINGTON - The Trump administration's policy restricting transgender men and women from serving in the U.S. military returns Monday to a federal appeals court in Washington. The Justice Department last month asked the Supreme Court to short-circuit the appeals process and to rule on the issue this term. That administration request came after three lower court judges in cases throughout the country temporarily blocked the restrictions in challenges from civil rights and gay rights organizations. Thousands of transgender troops have continued to serve and enlist.
It's an annual holiday tradition that kicks off at Thanksgiving and continues through New Year's: food guilt. Caught between the desire to enjoy holiday favorites and the fear of putting on extra pounds, people bond over the sharing of timeworn tips such as "eat before you go to a party" or "try to fill up on vegetables before you hit the rest of the buffet" - joyless cliches that really don't work. Then, on Jan. 2, they join a gym.
Google revealed Monday, Dec. 10, that its soon-to-be-shuttered social network suffered from another security lapse, a software bug that could have allowed third-party apps and developers to gain access to 52 million users' personal information without their permission.
About 120 people showed up for Rep. Beto O'Rourke's recent town hall, his first since losing his U.S. Senate race. The Texas Democrat then went home to live-stream himself cooking a chicken dinner with his wife, daughter and their pet snake, Monty. That 45-minute broadcast attracted 257,000 views on Facebook - along with more than 12,400 comments.
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.