Current News

/

ArcaMax

Shopkeepers in Venezuela fortify their businesses against violent protesters

Current News / News & Features /

CARACAS, Venezuela -- The thick steel door with welded reinforced plates being installed at Yadira Castro's small shop seems like it might be more appropriate for a prison or a bank.

But after looters recently rampaged through her neighborhood, pried her door open and emptied her store of snacks, bread and cigarettes, what might be seen as ...Read more

Trump can claim success in effort to gut environmental rules

Current News / News & Features /

WASHINGTON --In a Trump administration beset by lost opportunities, muddled strategies and frequent missteps in its first 100 days, one area stands out for its disciplined approach and early successes: the assault on environmental regulations.

Unlike the Affordable Care Act repeal debacle or immigration orders that are tangled in federal courts...Read more

EU makes demands of Britain as Brexit talks near

Current News / News & Features /

BRUSSELS –– European Union leaders listed demands that British Prime Minister Theresa May must satisfy before they will discuss the trade deal she wants, and urged her to be more realistic in her expectations.

Any doubts about the scale of the task facing the U.K. in withdrawing from the EU after four decades were laid to rest at a Brussels...Read more

Turkey blocks Wikipedia without explanation

Current News / News & Features /

ANKARA, Turkey –– The Turkish government agency in charge of internet technologies blocked access to Wikipedia Saturday without explaining why.

The ban was imposed after "technical analysis and legal consideration," the Information and Communication Technologies Authority said, without citing any violation of Turkish law. The agency didn't ...Read more

Trump's first 100 Days put US allies 'off-balance,' Obama adviser Rice Says

Current News / News & Features /

WASHINGTON –– President Donald Trump's foreign policy has shaken long-time U.S. allies and left them off-balance, to his predecessor's top national security aide said.

The U.S. "is supposed to be the grown-up at the dinner table," former national security Adviser Susan Rice said in an interview to air Sunday on CNN. "We're not supposed to ...Read more

Ethics agency to review waivers for Trump appointees

Current News / News & Features /

WASHINGTON –– The federal ethics agency is reviewing every waiver of conflict-of-interest rules that President Donald Trump's appointees have received.

A memorandum from the U.S. Office of Government Ethics seeks documentation of waivers granted to appointees ordinarily required to recuse themselves from matters in which they or family ...Read more

US nuclear bomb budget falls short, audit finds

Current News / News & Features /

WASHINGTON –– Building new atomic bombs to replace the oldest such weapons in the U.S. arsenal will cost 35 percent more than the Energy Department has budgeted, and production will start two years late, according to an internal department estimate cited in a congressional audit.

The estimate for the B61-12 program was produced last fall by...Read more

Trump's top candidate for NY prosecutor angered US lawyers in Chicago

Current News / News & Features /

NEW YORK -- President Donald Trump's leading candidate to run the nation's most prestigious prosecutor's office infuriated government lawyers a decade ago by testifying as a defense witness for a former Illinois governor facing U.S. corruption charges.

It was a bizarre spectacle because the witness, Edward E. McNally was then the top federal ...Read more

Trump tax plan seen turning 'everyone and their dog' into an LLC

Current News / News & Features /

NEW YORK -- The Trump administration's proposal to cut the tax rate on partnerships and limited liability companies could set off a stampede of individual taxpayers trying to reclassify themselves as so-called pass-through businesses to take advantage of the savings, according to tax experts.

Call it the Kansas problem.

In 2012, Kansas ...Read more

Cassini's ringside seat at Saturn

Current News / News & Features /

LOS ANGELES--Great news for Cassini fans: The NASA spacecraft sent word this week that it successfully completed its first pass through the uncharted territory between Saturn and its rings.

More than 100 members of the Cassini team and their families had gathered in the Von Karman Auditorium at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada ...Read more

Trump at NRA convention: I will 'never, ever' weaken gun rights

Current News / News & Features /

ATLANTA -- President Donald Trump pledged Friday that an "eight-year assault" on gun rights was over, invoking many of his tried-and-true favorites from the campaign trail to a friendly crowd in Atlanta at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting.

As thousands of supporters roared their approval, Trump pledged to put "America first" and ...Read more

EU says it is already Europe 1, Britain 0 as Brexit reality dawns

Current News / News & Features /

BRUSSELS -- European Union leaders headed into their first Brexit summit are convinced that when it comes to the pending talks with the U.K. they're already winning.

Governments approached Saturday's meeting in Brussels by repeatedly toughening their negotiating position and reinforcing the united front they adopted since Britain voted to quit ...Read more

Nation and world news briefs

Current News / News & Features /

Friendly fire may have killed 2 U.S. Army Rangers in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military is investigating whether friendly fire killed two Army Rangers during an operation this week to seize an Islamic State leader in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Friday.

There are "some initial indications" that either fellow U.S. troops or Afghan ...Read more

Venezuela begins formal exit from OAS

Current News / News & Features /

CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuela took a first, unprecedented step toward leaving the Organization of American States, or OAS, on Friday, amid mounting diplomatic pressure on President Nicolas Maduro.

Venezuela's ambassador to the Washington-based regional body, Carmen Luisa Velasquez, delivered an official letter beginning the process of ...Read more

Tillerson calls for stiffer sanctions on North Korea as Pyongyang launches another missile

Current News / News & Features /

WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday urged the United Nations Security Council to impose new economic sanctions on North Korea, warning of a "catastrophic" outcome if the world fails to block Pyongyang's rush to develop a nuclear warhead that it can put atop a long-range missile.

In his debut speech at the U.N., Tillerson ...Read more

Friendly fire may have killed 2 U.S. Army Rangers in Afghanistan

Current News / News & Features /

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. military is investigating whether friendly fire killed two Army Rangers during an operation this week to seize an Islamic State leader in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Friday.

There are "some initial indications" that either fellow U.S. troops or Afghan forces fighting with them may have struck the two soldiers by ...Read more

Latest North Korean missile test ends in failure

Current News / News & Features /

SEOUL, South Korea -- An attempt by North Korea to launch a ballistic missile on Saturday ended in failure, South Korean media reported.

North Korea attempted to launch the missile from an area north of Pyongyang, however it exploded seconds after liftoff, the Yonhap news agency reported, citing the South Korean military.

The launch comes amid...Read more

Newest Trump order targets Obama's marine sanctuaries for possible oil drilling

Current News / News & Features /

WASHINGTON -- The executive order President Donald Trump signed Friday could ease offshore oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans and possibly lead to oil exploration in new marine sanctuaries, including some off the California and Florida coasts.

"We are opening it up," said Trump, referring to the administration's plan to allow oil ...Read more

Trump makes it clear: He owes the NRA, big time, and plans to pay it back

Current News / News & Features /

ATLANTA -- In the first presidential speech to the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in more than three decades, Donald Trump on Friday pledged to repay gun owners for helping to propel him to his stunning rise to the White House.

"I am here to deliver you good news," Trump said. "The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment ...Read more

Congress backs one more week of government spending, averts shutdown

Current News / News & Features /

WASHINGTON -- Congress averted a partial government shutdown Friday, approving a one-week spending measure to keep agencies and services running while lawmakers negotiate a longer-term spending deal.

The Senate approved the one-week continuing resolution by voice vote after the House of Representatives passed the stopgap bill by 382-30.

The ...Read more

Social Connections

Comics

Barney & Clyde Zack Hill Brilliant Mind of Edison Lee Candorville Crankshaft Fort Knox