One of President Donald Trump's nominees for federal judge has been withdrawn, the first failed judicial pick for the Republican president.
White House officials said Wednesday the nomination of Brett Talley, who has never argued a case in court and was rated "unanimously unqualified" by the American Bar Association, was withdrawn. The selection had faced criticism from Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
A sea otter pup known as "805" has been taken in by the Oregon Zoo after being orphaned off the California coast.
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With red-hot embers raining down on homes and rows of palm trees ablaze, San Diego fire crews set out to protect houses caught in the middle of the Lilac Fire – with one firefighter leaving behind a nice note for a couple whose home was damaged, but saved.
A cancer researcher flying from Texas to New York City told NBC News she was booted off her plane on Friday after breastfeeding her cranky son so he wouldn’t cry on the three-hour flight.
The woman, who asked to only be identified as Dr. Rui for privacy reasons — but who is an accomplished researcher and pianist, according to The Washington Post — said she and her son were forced off the Spirit Airlines plane after she asked flight attendants to give her a little extra time to finish feeding her 2-year-old and transfer him to his seat without waking him up.
“I think they had an issue with either nursing or something,” she said. “I don’t know.”
When President Donald Trump tweeted that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand had begged him for campaign contributions and would "do anything" for them, the New York Democrat interpreted it as a reference to sex, she said Wednesday on the "Today" show, pushing back against the White House's explanation of the tweet.
And Gillibrand said that the results of Tuesday's Alabama Senate election showed that Trump, whom she called a bully, doesn't share most Americans' values. Democrat Doug Jones was the projected winner of the vote in deeply Republican Alabama over Roy Moore, who received Trump's support despite allegations of sexual misconduct against him.
"I think this was an election about what we feel and our values and what we care about, and I think President Trump is wrong," Gillibrand said in an interview on the "Today" show.
The Federal Reserve is raising its key interest rate for the third time this year and foresees three additional hikes in 2018, a vote of confidence that the U.S. economy remains on solid footing 8½ years after the end of the Great Recession.
The Fed said Wednesday that it's lifting its short-term rate by a modest quarter-point to a still-low range of 1.25 percent to 1.5 percent. It is also continuing to slowly shrink its bond portfolio. Together, the two steps could lead over time to higher loan rates for consumers and businesses and slightly better returns for savers.
Confident congressional Republicans forged an agreement Wednesday on a major overhaul of the nation's tax laws that would provide generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans — Donald Trump among them — and deliver the first major legislative accomplishment to the GOP president.
Middle- and low-income families would get smaller tax cuts, though Trump and GOP leaders have billed the package as a huge benefit for the middle class. The measure would scrap a major tax requirement of Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, a step toward the ultimate GOP goal of unraveling the law.
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Nighttime sky-watchers willing to brave the cold can look forward to a spectacular display of shooting stars Wednesday night.
The Geminid meteor shower, which returns every December, is widely regarded as the most impressive of the year, according to a NASA news release.
"With August's Perseids obscured by bright moonlight, the Geminids will be the best shower this year," said Bill Cooke with NASA's meteoroid environment office. "The thin, waning crescent moon won't spoil the show."
Breaking with years of courting the U.S., Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called Wednesday for the United Nations to replace Washington as a Mideast mediator and suggested he might not cooperate with the Trump administration's much-anticipated effort to hammer out an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.
At a summit in Turkey, Arab and Muslim leaders "rejected and condemned" President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital — the trigger for Abbas' sharp policy pivot — but stopped short of backing his more combative approach toward Washington.
President Donald Trump tweeted that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand would “do anything” for campaign contributions on Tuesday, Dec. 12. Later in the day, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said...
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Republican Rep. Mo Brooks says he has prostate cancer.
The four-term Alabama lawmaker made the announcement Wednesday on the House Floor. In an interview, he said he will undergo treatment and was optimistic about the outcome.
Brooks sought the GOP nomination in the Senate race and lost. He said that after losing the primary he got a physical in which the disease was discovered.
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Two FBI officials who would later be assigned to the special counsel's investigation into Donald Trump's presidential campaign described him with insults like "idiot" and "loathsome human" in a series of text messages last year, according to copies of the messages released Tuesday.
One of the officials said in an election night text that the prospect of a Trump victory was "terrifying."
Peter Strzok, a veteran FBI counterintelligence agent, was removed over the summer from special counsel Robert Mueller's team following the discovery of text messages exchanged with Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer who was also detailed this year to the group of agents and prosecutors investigating potential coordination between Russia and Trump's Republican campaign.
CNN's Anderson Cooper said Wednesday that someone had "gained access" to his Twitter account and sent out a tweet calling President Donald Trump a "pathetic loser."
The taunt from Cooper's verified account came after Trump had tweeted in the wake of Doug Jones' projected win in Alabama's Senate election. Trump noted that he had first backed Roy Moore's primary opponent, Luther Strange.
"Oh Really? You endorsed him you tool! Pathetic loser," Cooper's Twitter account replied.
Cooper later posted that he "just woke up to find out someone gained access to my twitter account" and was investigating.
Until Wednesday, no messages had been posted to his account since Sunday.
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Virginia police have arrested a man who stripped naked after crashing his car and assaulting a driver on Route 28 near Washington Dulles International Airport on Tuesday.
According to police, the man was involved in a three-vehicle collision along Sully around 3:30 p.m. Cellphone video shows the man getting out of his car and assaulting one of the drivers involved in the accident. He then took off his clothes and roamed naked along the roadway, causing other cars to crash, according to the video.
Florida wildlife officials and prosecutors have charged three men connected to a video of a shark being dragged behind a speeding boat.
A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission news release says 21-year-old Michael Wenzel and 23-year-old Spencer Heintz of Palmetto, along with 28-year-old Robert Lee Benac of Bradenton, each face two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty.