WASHINGTONDefense Secretary James Mattis at the commissioning ceremony for the USS Gerald R. Ford at Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, July 22, 2017. Mattis said Aug. 20 that President Donald Trump, who had been accused by lawmakers of dragging his feet on Afghanistan, had settled on a new strategy after a “rigorous” review. (Hilary Swift/The New York Times) - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday the United States would send over 3,000 troops to Afghanistan and that most were either on their way or had been notified of their deployment.
An Ohio man who tried to discipline his 6-year-old daughter by chasing her around in a clown mask has been charged after she ran screaming to a stranger's apartment - prompting that neighbor to fire a gunshot into the air, police say. The incident occurred just before 10 p.m. Saturday, when 25-year-old Vernon Barrett Jr. donned a clown mask and began chasing his young daughter outside their apartment in Boardman Township, a suburb of Youngstown, Ohio.
Find a complete list of Emmy winners at the bottom of this article. This is us, up to our eyeballs in great television, and grateful for the distraction. Host Stephen Colbert stuck to this theme in his jaunty opening musical number at Sunday's exuberant 69th Primetime Emmy Awards show on CBS. "My HBO Go password is SEXBOT1-2-3," he sang. "The world's a little better on TV."
Jimmy Kimmel had a lot to discuss with Sean Spicer on Wednesday night, as President Donald Trump's embattled former press secretary stopped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live" for his first interview since leaving the White House. "He survived one of the worst jobs ever and is free, at last, to speak about it," Kimmel said by way of introduction, as Spicer walked out to big applause.
After high winds and heavy rains brought by Hurricane Harvey, a mysterious sea creature with fangs and no face washed up on the shoreline in southwest Texas - giving the Internet a challenging task: to identify it. Preeti Desai, social media manager at the National Audubon Society, posted pictures of the critter earlier this month on Twitter, asking, "What the heck is this??" Desai, who said she had accompanied conservationists assessing the damage from the storm, spotted the creature on a beach in Texas City, about 15 miles from Galveston.
NEW YORK - A federal judge on Wednesday revoked the $5 million bail of Martin Shkreli, the infamous former hedge fund manager convicted of defrauding investors, after prosecutors complained that his out-of-court antics posed a danger to the community. While awaiting sentencing, Shkreli has harassed women online, prosecutors argued, and even offered his Facebook followers $5,000 to grab a strand of Hillary Clinton's hair during her book tour. Shkreli, who faces up to 20 years in prison, apologized saying that he did not expect anyone to take his online comments seriously.
Staunch conservative allies of President Donald Trump erupted in anger and incredulity late Wednesday after Democrats announced the president had agreed to pursue a legislative deal that would protect thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation but not secure Trump's signature campaign promise: building a massive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. As midnight neared, thousands of social media accounts came alive as elected officials and activists on the right dashed off tweets and posts to share their shock.
The hundreds of people waiting on the dock in St. Thomas on Friday night had just survived a hit from Hurricane Irma that had crippled the airport and devastated pretty much every building not made of concrete. Supplies of food and water were dwindling. Electricity was spotty. And Hurricane Jose had not turned north yet. The people on the island feared that the second storm could boom in, bringing more misery to St. Thomas. But a large ship with enough room to transport all the tourists was approaching the dock. Just in time, help had come. Just not for everyone.
Three people - an 11-year-old boy and his parents - died after they fell into boiling mud in a volcanic crater in Pozzuoli, an Italian city not far from Naples. The family was visiting Solfatara, a shallow volcanic crater frequented by tourists, on Tuesday when the boy wandered into a restricted area and slipped into a nearly 10-foot-deep pit, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. His father and mother fell into the hole trying to save him.
Authorities in suburban Chicago are investigating a young woman's mysterious death over the weekend, a case that's gained national attention as her mother angrily suggested there was foul play and accused police and others of failing to act fast enough upon learning of the disappearance. Kenneka L. Jenkins, 19, was found dead inside an industrial walk-in freezer at Rosemont's Crowne Plaza around midnight Sunday, more than 24 hours after leaving her home on Chicago's West Side to party with friends at the hotel and conference center near O'Hare International Airport.