2017 Archives

--Before he left the NATO summit, Trump says he told allies he was `extremely unhappy' with defense spending, claims `substantially' upped commitment.
--The president  travels to London next, where he'll first meet with US embassy staff, and then attends a black tie dinner with PM Theresa May and her husband. There are also new concerns that transatlantic relations have reached a crisis point after the president blasted U-S allies, criticizing Germany for getting much of its natural gas from Russia.

The FBI official whose anti-Trump tweets cost him his a job on the Independent Counsel's team testifies before the House Judiciary Committee Thursday as part of their look at the actions of FBI and Justice during the presidential campaign. Peter Strzok has already spoken to the committee behind closed doors in a day long session last month. The FBI lawyer Strzok exchanged the texts with, Lisa Page, refused a subpoena to appear in closed session with the committee Wednesday.

Some American Airlines passengers fuming after their flight was diverted. The flight from Charlotte, North Carolina to Wilmington, Delaware Tuesday night landed in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina instead   An air traffic controller apparently telling the pilots that Wilmington's airport was closed after 11 p.m., when in fact it was not.

A Nevada judge has blocked the execution of a twice-convicted murderer after a pharmaceutical company objected to the use of one of its drugs for the man's lethal injection. 47-year-old Scott Raymond Dozier has said he'd prefer death to life in prison. He was convicted of brutally murdering two people in separate incidents. New Jersey-based Alvogen urged the judge to block the use of its sedative midazolam, saying the state illegally secured the product through subterfuge and intended it for unapproved purposes.

A utility spokesman says a contractor punctured a 4-inch gas main before a huge explosion that leveled several buildings in southeastern Wisconsin Tuesday. Police in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin say they are investigating the death of a firefighter in the blast.  Sun Prairie Fire Chief Christopher Garrison told reporters "We didn't lose a firefighter yesterday we lost a family member...we lost a friend."

Papa John's founder John Schnatter submitted his resignation to the University of Louisville board of trustees Wednesday after a story came to light about his use of the N-word during an internal conference call. Louisville board of trustees chairman J. David Grissom said in a statement that Schnatter resigned, though Grissom said he believed "his comments, while inappropriate, do not reflect his personal beliefs or values." The incident happened in May during a meeting with a public relations firm trying ro restore his image. Schnatter left his position as Papa John's CEO in December after saying he thought NFL players should stand for the national anthem. 

The first video has emerged showing some of the 12 boys receiving treatment in a hospital after surviving more than two weeks inside a partly flooded cave in northern Thailand.  The footage, released by Thai officials Wednesday, shows eight of the boys sitting up in their hospital beds, clad in hospital gowns and face masks. They wave to the camera, give the peace sign and press their hands together in prayer to show gratitude. 

Porn actress Stormy Daniels was arrested at an Ohio strip club and is accused of letting patrons touch her in violation of a state law, her attorney said early Thursday. While Daniels was performing at Sirens, a strip club in Columbus, some patrons touched her in a "non-sexual" way, her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, said. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, was in police custody early Thursday morning and was expected to face a misdemeanor charge, Avenatti said. A Columbus police spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

A woman who was among the 11 survivors of a plane that crashed in Alaska, described the "terrifying" experience and praised the first responders for their efforts in rescuing them. On Tuesday morning, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued 11 people after the charter plane they were traveling in crashed on the Prince of Wales Island while en route to nearby Ketchikan, Alaska. Ketchikan resident Christine Newbill said that during the ordeal she was scared that the plane was going to collide "head on into the mountain." "And we didn't, so I'm very thankful for that," she told ABC News

Serena Williams plays in the semifinals of Wimbledon Thursday -  more than a month since dropping out of the French open due to injury and less than year since giving birth to her daughter.  She plays Julia Goerges for a spot in the final. And defending champion Roger Federer is out after a surprise defeat from South Africa's Kevin Anderson.

Croatia was able to score a tying goal in the second half, and the game-winner in extra time on Wednesday in a World Cup semi-final in Russia, beating England 2-1.  Croatia faces France in its first-ever World Cup final in Sunday.

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