Winter got off to a fast start in the Lower 48 even before it was technically winter. Waves of cold gripped the eastern two-thirds of the U.S. and several winter storms tracked across the region. Conditions have since eased some but the heart of winter lies ahead. Will cold and snowy conditions return and turn more harsh? The polar vortex, the roaring river of air winding around the North Pole, holds the cards. What they reveal could be very disturbing and a harbinger of extreme winter weather conditions in the eastern U.S.
Months after President Donald Trump took office, Russia's disinformation teams trained their sites on a new target: special counsel Robert Mueller III. Having worked to help get Trump into the White House, they now worked to neutralize the biggest threat to his staying there.
Les Moonves, the once-powerful head of CBS, will not receive any severance payment in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations, the CBS Board of Directors announced Monday. The network made the announcement after the completion of a company investigation that found Moonves was guilty of "willful and material malfeasance" and a failure to comply with the investigation. He was set to receive as much as $120 million as part of his severance package, depending on the results of the inquiry.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Dec. 18, retreated from his demand that Congress give him $5 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, backing down amid acrimonious GOP infighting that left him with few options four days ahead of a partial government shutdown. The news, delivered by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders in an interview on Fox News, represented a major shift from Trump's declaration last week that he would be "proud" to shut down the government to get the money he wanted for his border wall.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed fellow Republican Rep. Martha McSally to the Senate, he announced Tuesday, picking a favorite of GOP leaders to fill the seat John McCain held for decades. McSally, who lost a close race for Arizona's other Senate seat this year, will succeed Republican Sen. Jon Kyl. Kyl will step down at the end of the year following a brief time in McCain's seat after McCain's death in August.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has agreed to shut down his embattled personal charity amid allegations that he used it for his personal and political benefit and give away its remaining funds, the New York attorney general announced Tuesday, Dec. 18. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood announced that the Donald J. Trump Foundation is dissolving as her office pursues its lawsuit against the charity, Trump and his three eldest children.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment Monday charging two business associates of Michael T. Flynn with acting as agents of the Turkish government, describing in remarkable detail how the three attempted to convince the U.S. to expel a rival of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Authorities have no idea how many deer the Berry family and their associates illegally killed in the fields and forests of southern Missouri over the last decade, but the details of their poaching operation would make any animal lover's stomach turn. Over nearly nine years, David Berry and his two sons, David Berry Jr. and Kyle Berry, killed the deer, mostly at night, then cut off their heads and antlers - leaving the bodies to rot where they fell. There was some financial motivation in the carnage, but authorities said collecting the deer heads was mostly about ego.
The open letter was posted on the Facebook page of Ohio's North Ridgeville Police Department on Sunday, Dec. 16. It was addressed to "the 18-year-old kid I stopped on SR 10." "You're welcome," the letter began his 532-word letter, which has since gone viral online. "I'd like to believe that you were minutes away from creating an unspeakable Christmas tragedy when I stopped you. If not only killing yourself, you were well on your way to killing some innocent person who was minding their own business doing nothing else wrong but being in front of you."
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., announced Monday that he would not seek reelection in 2020, a move likely to bring a close to a long political career characterized by his ability to seek consensus and work with politicians from both parties. Alexander, 78, a former Tennessee governor and U.S. education secretary who twice ran for president, had been weighing his political future for months, promising to announce a decision by the end of the year.