WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo notified lawmakers Friday that President Donald Trump is invoking his emergency authority to sidestep Congress and complete 22 arms deals that would benefit Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and other countries, despite lawmakers' objections to the transactions. Republicans and Democrats urged the Trump administration this week not to take the rare step of exploiting a legal window to push through deals - worth about $8 billion, according to congressional aides - that lawmakers have blocked from being finalized.
A federal judge has temporarily blocked part of President Donald Trump's plan to build a wall along the southern border with money Congress never appropriated for that purpose. U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr., of the Northern District of California, said those challenging Trump's actions had a good chance of prevailing on their claims that the administration is acting illegally in shifting money from other programs to pay for the wall.
WASHINGTON - The United States will deploy about 1,500 troops to the Middle East, President Donald Trump said Friday, in his administration's latest step to address what it says are increased threats from Iran. "We're going to be sending a relatively small number of troops, mostly protective, and some very talented people are going to the Middle East right now, and we'll see what happens," he said outside the White House. "It'll be about 1,500 people."
MINNEAPOLIS — Ever since Target Field opened in 2010, with its sweeping, open-air views of the Minneapolis skyline, baseball officials, with a tinge of gallows humor, have braced themselves for the possibility of late-October/early-November playoff games in a city where the average lows for those months are 40 and 26 degrees, respectively. One year, it stood to reason, the Minnesota Twins were going to be good enough to make it happen. That year may have arrived.
At a Smithfield hog plant in central Illinois, federal meat inspectors examine pig carcasses on the slaughter line, remove diseased and contaminated meat, and mark it "condemned." They have the exclusive responsibility for performing this work.
Harvey Weinstein has reached a tentative $44 million agreement to settle lawsuits involving women who accused him of sexual misconduct, his former film studio's board members and the New York attorney general's office, according to reports Thursday, May 23, from the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has granted Attorney General William Barr "full and complete authority" to declassify government secrets, issuing a memorandum late Thursday, May 23, that orders U.S. intelligence agencies to cooperate promptly with Barr's audit of the investigation into Russia's election interference in 2016. The president's move gives Barr broad powers to unveil carefully guarded intelligence secrets about the Russia investigation, which the attorney general requested to allow him to quickly carry out his review, according to the memo.
LONDON - Theresa May announced Friday, May 24, that she will resign as her party's leader on June 7 and make way for a new British prime minister later this summer. May became the leader of Britain after the country voted in a June 2016 referendum to leave the European Union. Brexit was her No. 1 job, and she failed to deliver it. Speaking in front of the official residence at 10 Downing Street, May said she had "done my best" but was unable to sway members of Parliament to back her Brexit vision. She told Britons that compromise was not a dirty word.
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.