Day two is underway. Marie Yovanovitch , the former US ambassador to Ukraine, has begun testifying on Capitol Hill in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump, and the proceeding already has resulted in something unprecedented. She was asked to respond in real time to a Friday morning tweet from Trump. Details...
"Joker" is set to become the first R-rated movie to make $1 billion at the global box office on Friday. This is despite the fact that the ultra-violent movie wasn't even released in China. Three other DC superhero movies made it $1 billion: "The Dark Knight," "The Dark Knight Rises," and "Aquaman." A sequel isn't in the works, but director Todd Phillips recently hinted at what he'd like to see one. Business Insider reports he stated it "would have to have some thematic resonance in a similar way." "Joker" cost just $55 million to produce, making it far more profitable than other superhero movies.
An Oklahoma judge who last summer ordered consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson to pay $572 million to help address the state’s opioid crisis is reducing that amount by $107 million in his final order in the case
Largest Starbucks Store Ever Debuts in Chicago. The Starbucks Roastery, which is the coffee's giant's sixth, is around 35,000 square feet. The spot is five stories tall and overtakes Starbucks' Tokyo Roastery. Other Roastery locations include Seattle, New York, Shanghai and Milan. The Chicago location was announced in 2017 and is open seven days a week. Over it has over 200 employees that not only serve, but also cocktails and baked goods. In addition to pastries from Princi, the Roastery offers pizza and has three coffee bars. The location also has a liquid nitrogen gelato bar and an experiential bar
President Donald Trump attacked former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine on Twitter. According to Reuters, Marie Yovanovitch testified that Trump said wherever she went “turned bad.” Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff then asked Yovanovitch an important question. He asked how Yovanovitch reacted and she said the attack was “very intimidating.” This comes after she was called to testify in Trump’s impeachment hearing in Congress.
While facing his own legal issues, President Trump has avoided saying whether he would pardon Roger Stone if his longtime associate were to be convicted. Now that that's happened , the president will have to decide whether to commute Stone's sentence or issue a pardon in the middle of the impeachment...
Gusty winds in the weekend forecast is raising the wildfire risk for parts of California. AccuWeather's Bill Wadell has a look at how the vegetation has dried out in Butte County.
Scientists Seek 10,000 Dogs for Aging Study. The study is the largest-ever analysis of its kind. A pill meant to slow aging will be given to 500 of the test subjects. Researchers say they hope to use their results to figure out human longevity. . "What we learn will potentially be good for dogs and has great potential to translate to human health." - Co-director Daniel Promislow, via Associated Press. The study lasts five years and is being funded by the National Institute on Aging. Vet records and DNA samples will be required. Periodically, dog owners must fill out specific surveys. Throughout the process, dogs can live at home and not change up any of their normal activities. Veterinarian visits are also required. All types and ages of dogs can participate. If you would like to nominate your pup, go to dogagingproject.org
A State Department official who has drawn praise for speaking out in the past about problems in the Foreign Service is set to testify to House impeachment investigators
Exceptionally high tidal waters have surged again through Venice. That prompted the mayor to close St. Mark's Square and call for more donations for repairs. (Nov. 15)
In his questioning of Marie Yovanovitch during Friday's impeachment hearing , GOP Rep. Mike Conaway seemed to perplex the former ambassador with one of his queries. It happened after he referred to the testimony of diplomat George Kent earlier in the week: Conaway: Kent "made some exemplary statements about you, really...
The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles is recommending delaying the execution of inmate Rodney Reed, whose conviction is being questioned by new evidence in his case
It seemed obvious that the Cleveland Browns' Myles Garrett would receive some kind of suspension after ripping the helmet off of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and hitting him in the head with it during Thursday night's game in Cleveland. Now we know for how long: at least through the...
The Alabama Public Service Commission will hold a hearing on a challenge to the fees charged by Alabama Power. Citics say the fees are some of the highest in the nation and make it harder for people to use alternative energy sources (Nov. 15)
Connecticut confirmed Thursday that two adults have died as a result of influenza-related complications. According to the CDC, 2.3% of healthcare visits this week were related to "influenza-like illness." To date, three children have died nationally of flu-related causes so far during the 2019-2020 season. According to UPI, Louisiana was the only state to report high flu activity this week. 14 states reported moderate or low activity, including Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas.
A third consecutive California governor is blocking parole for a former follower of late cult leader Charles Manson, 50 years after the hippy “family” terrorized Southern California
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Share New Archie Picture The Prince of Wales celebrated his 71st birthday on Nov. 14, and the royal couple sent Archie's "grandpa" a special message. They released the black and white photo to mark the special occasion. @sussexroyal/Instagram The Duke and Duchess of Sussex's son was christened in a private ceremony at Windsor Castle in July.
The White House said it’s unable to work with Democrats in Congress because of impeachment proceedings. Former President Bill Clinton rejected the claim as an “excuse.” Attorney General William Barr said the Trump administration wants to introduce gun control proposals. According to Politico, Bar said the plan was “sidetracked because of the impeachment process on the Hill.” But Clinton said his administration continued to make legislative progress as he faced impeachment.
It's the season of giving ... really, really, really fancy things. At least according to Oprah Winfrey and Gwyneth Paltrow, who are out with their 2019 holiday gift guides. If you were to buy all of Oprah's Favorite Things , which number about 80 this year, it would set you back a...
Thick icicles coat the railings to the lighthouse and snow was sprinkled upon the beaches as temperatures dropped into the teens on Nov. 12 in Michigan City, Indiana.
Climate Change Exposes Children to Lifelong Harm, Study Finds. The finding was released in a study conducted by 'The Lancet,' called The Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change. It was completed in collaboration with 120 experts from 35 well- known organizations including the World Health Organization (WHO). . It found that without drastic action on climate change, an entire generation will be marked by illness and disease. "Children are particularly vulnerable to the health risks of a changing climate. Their bodies and immune systems are ... more susceptible to ... environmental pollutants." - Nick Watts, Study Co-Leader, via Aljazeera. "Without immediate action from all countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions ... climate change will come to define the health of an entire generation." - Nick Watts, Study Co-Leader, via Aljazeera. Researchers found that air pollution is among the most immediate and impactful health threats to children. According to the WHO, ambient and household air pollution led to more than 7 million deaths in 2016