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The Senate on Thursday confirmed Alex Acosta as secretary of labor, filling out President Donald Trump's cabinet as he approaches his 100th day in office.
The 60-38 vote confirms Acosta to the post. Once sworn as the nation's 27th secretary of labor, the son of Cuban immigrants will lead an a sprawling agency that enforces more than 180 federal laws covering about 10 million employers and 125 million workers.
Republican lawmaker Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz revealed internal hardware that has been holding his foot together for the last 12 years on his Instagram account.
Recently Chaffetz announced he would be taking a leave of absence. According to his Instagram post which reveals an x-ray of his foot, he said he would have the medical screws and plates removed from his foot after doctors advised him that the hardware could lead to a serious infection.
In the post, Chaffetz wrote, "Yes, I wish I could say I was cliff diving in Mexico but the truth is I fell off a ladder while repairing something in my garage."
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Syria's military said Israel struck a military installation southwest of Damascus International Airport before dawn Thursday, setting off a series of explosions and raising tensions further between the two neighbors.
Apparently seeking to interrupt weapons transfers to the Hezbollah group in Lebanon, Israel has struck inside Syria with increasing frequency in recent weeks, making the war-torn country a proxy theater for Israel's wider war with Iran.
The increasing tempo of attacks risks inflaming a highly combustible situation drawing in Israel, Syria and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, a staunch ally of President Bashar Assad's government with thousands of fighters in Syria. Israel's military said later Thursday that its Patriot Missile Defense system intercepted an incoming projectile from Syria over the Golan Heights.
An acute shortage of gasoline in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang that has sparked price hikes and hoarding is raising fears of potentially crippling pain at the pumps if things don't get better soon — and driving rumors that China is to blame.
The shortage, which is extremely unusual if not unprecedented, began last week when signs went up at gas stations around the city informing customers that restrictions on sales would be put in place until further notice. With no indication as of Wednesday night of when the restrictions might be lifted — or why they have been imposed — drivers continue to scramble to fill up their tanks and whatever other containers they can find.
Prices, meanwhile, have shot up. They had been fairly stable, typically at about 70-80 cents a kilogram, but on Wednesday at least one station was charging $1.40. Gasoline is sold by the kilogram in North Korean filling stations. One kilogram is roughly equivalent to one liter, so a gallon at the station costs about $5.30.
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President Donald Trump's team boasted Wednesday that its tax-cut plan would light Americans' financial burdens, ignite economic growth and vastly simplify tax filing.
Yet the proposal so far remains short of vital details, including how it would be paid for. And based on the few specifics spelled out so far, most experts suggest that it would add little to growth while swelling the budget deficit and potentially handing large windfalls to wealthier taxpayers.
Road crews standing at the base of a Northern California hillside ran to safety as rocks and dirt tumbled onto the 101 Freeway.
Photographer Wendy Kornberg captured dramatic video of Sunday's slide, which shut down the freeway about 6 miles north of Leggett. As her camera picked up the ominous sound of the slide, Kornberg yelled, "Run!"
Four workers in reflective safety gear can be seen walking away before picking up the pace as large rocks began bouncing down onto the freeway and knocking over a concrete barrier.
"Holy cow, oh my god. Are you kidding me?" Kornberg exclaimed in the video.
Armed police carrying out a counterterrorism operation Thursday swooped in on a man they said was carrying knives in a bag near Britain's Parliament and arrested him on suspicion of planning terrorist acts.
London's Metropolitan Police said the 27-year-old man was stopped and detained "as part of an ongoing operation" by the force's counterterrorism unit.
No one was injured in the incident, which unfolded just yards from where an attacker killed five people with a vehicle and a knife last month. It sent a jittery jolt through an area that has been on edge since the March 22 attack.
A Miami Police Department officer, who at one time was honored by the governor of Florida for heroism, was arrested Wednesday after a warrant was issued on several charges including false imprisonment and battery.
Officer Alexi Figueroa, 27, turned himself in following an investigation by the Miami-Dade Police Department and the State Attorney’s Office.
According to an arrest warrant, the charges stem from an incident that happened in the early morning hours of Jan. 26, 2016.
The warrant said a 19-year-old woman left her home to go to a store when Figueroa, who was in a marked City of Miami police car, stopped and called out to her.
The woman complied and once in the car, Figueroa started talking to her inappropriately, "as if he was interested in some type of sexual encounter with her," the warrant said.
At one point, the officer leaned over toward her, kissed her on the mouth and put his hand down her shirt, the warrant said.
The victim said she was shocked and startled by the officer's conduct and "felt compelled to do what he told her, since he was a police officer in a marked police car in a police uniform," the warrant said.
A police union rep released a statement saying Figueroa is "looking forward to his day in court to be exonerated of these charges."
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A prosecutor in Massachusetts says 750 bags of heroin were found stuffed inside a teddy bear in a child's bedroom during a drug raid.
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A woman who was stuck on the top part of a construction crane in downtown Toronto for hours was rescued Wednesday after being strapped to a rappelling firefighter and lowered to the ground.
The woman had been perched on a gently swaying large pulley device for at least four hours and was clinging to a steel cable when a rescuer reached her.
Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg said his crew had never seen an incident like this before.
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President Donald Trump said he has told the leaders of Mexico and Canada that he will not pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement at this time, but could still withdraw if he concludes a renegotiated pact is not "a fair deal for all."
Trump tweeted early Thursday that he has agreed to remain a partner in the much-discussed trade agreement in calls he received from Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The White House released a statement late Wednesday saying only that Trump had assured the two leaders in phone conversations that the U.S. would not withdraw from NAFTA at this time.
In his Twitter post, Trump called America's relationships with the two hemispheric neighbors "very good" and said the prospects of a renegotiated deal are "very possible." But he also said that his consent to remaining in NAFTA for now is "subject to the fact that if we do not reach a fair deal for all, we will then terminate NAFTA."
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Arkansas prepared to execute its fourth inmate in eight days Thursday night, wrapping up an accelerated schedule of lethal injections that was set to beat the expiration date of one of the drugs.
Kenneth Williams, 38, was scheduled to die at 7 p.m. Thursday, but the state was awaiting word from the U.S. Supreme Court on Williams' last appeals before moving forward. His death warrant expires at midnight.
Court filings Thursday afternoon followed two threads: that Arkansas executions this week were so flawed that there is little doubt Williams will suffer as he dies, and that he has an intellectual disability that would make him ineligible for execution.
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United Airlines says it will raise the limit — to $10,000 — on payments to customers who give up seats on oversold flights and will increase training for employees as it deals with fallout from the video of a passenger being violently dragged from his seat.
United is also vowing to reduce, but not eliminate, overbooking — the selling of more tickets than there are seats on the plane.
The airline made the promises Thursday as it released a report detailing mistakes that led to the April 9 incident on a United Express plane in Chicago.
United CEO Oscar Munoz told NBC News' Lester Holt that the situation "was a system failure," explaining that he has made changes at the company because the incident with Dao "should have never happened."
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An Ohio man with mental health problems kidnapped a neighbor who had reported receiving harassing phone calls from him and kept her trapped in a small pit in his backyard shed, where her cries for help alerted others and led to her rescue, police said.
Police in Blanchester, about 40 miles northeast of Cincinnati, said the owner of the shed, Dennis Dunn, was arrested Wednesday morning and was jailed. They said Dunn has a history of mental health issues.
The woman's mother initially reported her missing about 2 a.m. and called police about 4 a.m. to report cries from a shed behind Dunn's house, police said. A responding officer arrived to find the woman in the shed, crouching in a pit about 2 feet wide by 2 feet long and about 3 1/2 feet deep with wood over the top of it.