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Watchdog probe of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke sent to Justice Department, reports say

WASHINGTON – The Justice Department has been referred an investigation into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, raising the possibility for criminal charges, according to the Washington Post and CNN. The probe was one of several the Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General had opened into allegations that Zinke, who heads the agency, used his office for personal Read More…

Another NASA space telescope shuts down in orbit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – Another NASA space telescope has shut down and halted science observations. Less than a week after the Hubble Space Telescope went offline, the Chandra X-ray Observatory did the same thing. NASA said Friday that Chandra’s automatically went into so-called safe mode Wednesday, possibly because of a gyroscope problem. Hubble went Read More…

Forbes Slammed for Wilbur Ross ‘Grifting’ Report

A Forbes report alleging Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross “grifted” more than $120 million from former business partners has been widely slammed for relying heavily on anonymous sources and being laced with “petty” accusations, raising questions of whether the magazine’s Chinese owners were ultimately bashing Ross for his tough pro-American stance in trade talks with Beijing. Read More…

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Social media use linked to body image

NBC News Spending too much time on social media may be bad for your self esteem. A new study surveyed women between 18 and 27 years old. It found those who liked or commented on pictures of people they consider more attractive than themselves — felt worse about their own bodies. Women in the 18-to-27 Read More…

Australian senator declares himself a woman during clash over abortion

A senator in Australia has created controversy following comments in which he “declared [his] gender” to be female in an attempt to shield himself from criticism over his stance on abortion.National Party Sen. Barry O’Sullivan made the comments in Australian Parliament on Wednesday, saying he was tired of being attacked for his beliefs.Story continues below“I’m Read More…

School bans Canada Goose, Moncler and Pyrenex coats to stop kids who can’t afford £1k jackets feeling poor

The school has banned jackets from brands including Moncler, Pyrenex and Canada Goose (like the one seen above) in order to “poverty-proof” the school. (Matthew Sperzel/Getty Images) Pupils have been banned from wearing expensive designer coats to school to stop other kids feeling poor. Woodchurch High School in Wirral, in Northwest England, says students are no Read More…

Charges dismissed against former Logan County Commonwealth's Attorney

RUSSELLVILLE, Ky. (WBKO) — Criminal charges were dismissed Friday against Logan County Commonwealth’s Attorney Joyce Gail Guiling. A special grand jury indicted Guiling and her ex-husband on multiple charges back in October of 2017. In July 2017, the Attorney General’s office assigned Christian County Commonwealth’s Attorney, Lynn Pryor, as special prosecutor in a case pending Read More…

Oprah's friend and self-help guru Marianne Williamson says she's considering a 2020 presidential bid

Marianne Williamson, author and self-help guru, announced she’s considering running for president in 2020.<br data-cke-eol=”1″> (Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images) Marianne Williamson, author and self-help guru, announced she’s considering running for president in 2020. Williamson, 66, revealed Thursday she’s formed an exploratory committee regarding the possibility of running as a Democrat in 2020. “We had a miracle Read More…

Trump says he has finished answering Mueller probe questions

President Trump said Friday he has finished answering questions to written questions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but he hasn’t submitted them yet. “I haven’t submitted them yet…I just finished them,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. The answers concern questions about whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign. Read More…

Veterans get 2nd chance in special Utah court

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Pushups near the witness stand, rounds of enthusiastic applause and history lessons from the bench: It’s no ordinary day in court when hearings just for military veterans take place. “It’s a yes-sir, no-excuses-sir court,” 3rd District Judge Royal Hansen explained from the bench. “When veterans court says this is a Read More…

Charges dropped against ex-radio host in tomahawk incident

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) – Prosecutors have dropped charges against an ex-Tennessee radio host who police say swung a tomahawk at the windshield of another driver, who then shot his arm. Hamilton County district attorney spokeswoman Melydia Clewell tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press there was insufficient evidence against Jeffery Styles, formerly of WGOW. The prosecutor’s Read More…

Alabama sheriff's office mistakenly orders 24,000 rolls of toilet paper

Officials in an Alabama county have a financial mess to wipe up after the sheriff’s department mistakenly ordered 24,000 extra rolls of toilet paper. WAFF-TV reports the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office mistakenly spent $22,000 on toilet paper and another $9,000 for 450 cases of trash bags. That’s a big problem, because its entire budget for janitorial supplies Read More…

Mark Penn: Congress needs to end partisan paralysis and start getting things done – Here’s how

Congress finalizes new leadership Mitch McConnell expected to remain Senate majority leader as Nancy Pelosi eyes House Speaker role; Mike Emanuel reports from Capitol Hill. Millions of us have complained for years about the partisan paralysis that keeps Congress from working effectively to get things done for the American people. The situation may worsen in Read More…

Trump admin. sued over rules blocking medical marijuana patients from gun ownership

Lawyers for a medical marijuana patient have sued the Trump administration over a federal law that bans licensed firearm dealers from selling guns to people who use the plant in states that permit it. Attorneys representing Dr. Matthew Roman filed the Second Amendment lawsuit in Philadelphia federal court Thursday against the U.S. government — and Read More…

Suspected mass serial killer admits to 90 murders

DALLAS — A man convicted of three California murders and long suspected in numerous other deaths now claims he was involved in about 90 killings nationwide spanning nearly four decades, and investigators already have corroborated about a third of those, a Texas prosecutor said Thursday. Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland said 78-year-old Samuel Little Read More…

Breakingviews TV: Tencent time

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