BERLIN - The United States is far from being the only country where connections between politicians and Russian officials have recently come under renewed scrutiny. European parties - ranging from the far right to the far left - are facing similar accusations. In an extensive new report, focusing on Western and Southern Europe, the Atlantic Council think tank examines the extent to which Russia has succeeded in influencing the parties that are currently believed to be most favorable toward the Kremlin.
Ever since Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio played star-crossed lovers in "Titanic," fans of the movie have pined for the two to get together in real life. Maybe the A-listers are partly to blame, for being such persuasive actors. Whatever the case, despite 20 years of evidence - including her habit of marrying quirky Brits and his love of 20-something models - hope never dies.
Having a dog can bring a lot of love into your life. It could also make it last a little longer. A group of academics from Uppsala University in Sweden analyzed the health records of 3.4 million people in that northern European country, where databases contain detailed information on most everyone's hospitalizations, medical history and even whether they own a dog. Such detailed records made it relatively easy to suss out the impact of having a canine companion. The results were heartwarming.
It was on a November evening in 2014, after a tailgate party on her University of Minnesota campus, that Abby Honold was brutally raped by a fellow student. Despite going to the hospital in an ambulance with bruises and bite marks, despite reporting everything to police, it would take more than a year for Honold to find justice.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump and GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan, Wis., won a major victory as the House passed the tax bill Thursday, the central piece of the Republican plan to boost the U.S. economy. No Democrats voted for the bill. Ryan could lose 22 GOP votes, but in the end, he only lost 13.
Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy E. Nehls said he was looking for a truck bearing a profanity-laced anti-Trump sticker - and that authorities in his Texas county were considering charging its owner with disorderly conduct. But his threat immediately raised the alarm among free speech advocates - and caused the sheriff to walk back his statement and retreat from social media. Nehls posted a photo of the truck Wednesday on his personal Facebook page after he said he'd received several complaints from unhappy people in the Houston-area county.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, received and forwarded emails about a "Russian backdoor overture and dinner invite" during last year's campaign that he kept from Senate Judiciary Committee investigators, according to lawmakers demanding that he produce the missing records.
Cygnus and Arcturus are two Detroit-area cats with some very big claims to fame. Arcturus, a spotted Savannah who measures 19.05 inches high, in the fall won the Guinness World Record for tallest domestic cat. At the same time, his housemate Cygnus, a fluffy Maine coon with a 17.5-inch feather-duster hanging from his rear, snagged the world record for longest tail. Now they're missing following a fire that destroyed their home, and their owners are offering a very big reward to whoever finds them and two other cats: $25,000 each - or $100,000 for all four - to be paid in bitcoin.
It's really the picture that does it. Even by the standards of the sexual harassment stories we've heard in recent months, there is something particularly revolting about the sight of Al Franken, now a Democratic senator from Minnesota, reaching for the breasts of a sleeping woman, a naughty grin on his face as he turns toward the photographer.
Federal regulators rolled back a series of decades-old regulations on Thursday, in a move that will make it far easier for media outlets to be bought and sold - potentially leading to more newspapers, radio stations and television broadcasters being owned by a small handful of companies.