Fritz Gilbert knew in his 20s that he did not want to die at his desk. Gilbert, 55, who retired last week, started saving decades ago for what could be one of our most fraught decisions: When to retire? The question is deeply personal. It requires a brutal look at your life. Some people get a pit in the stomach when they think about saying goodbye to that paycheck. Or at the prospect of deconstructing a nest egg they spent decades building. They might worry about feeling irrelevant or bored without the stimulation of work.
Still shaken by Bobby Kennedy's assassination six days earlier, I sat in the hospital waiting room mindlessly thumbing through a May 1968 Rolling Stone while my wife, Fran, gave birth to our daughter Elle. As was customary, when everyone had been freshened up, I was permitted to see my wife and baby. At 25, having no notion of a new father's role, I tickled Elle under her chin and did my best duck imitation: "Quack, quack!"
A boy, his brother and his mother are among the victims of a shooting that police in Colorado say was prompted by a road-rage incident. The shooting happened Thursday afternoon, June 14, outside a dental clinic in Westminster, Colorado, north of Denver. Police found the victims in the parking lot of Comfort Dental suffering from gunshot wounds. The boy later died. His mother and brother are in critical condition, police said. A fourth victim, a man unrelated to the other three, is expected to survive.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump followed through Friday on his threat to crack down on China for its "very unfair" trade practices, announcing that he is imposing a 25-percent tariff on $50 billion in Chinese imports. Beijing quickly responded. In a late-night statement, China's Ministry of Commerce said it would impose trade barriers of the "same scale and the same strength." The Chinese government said Trump's tariffs were "damaging" relations and "undermining the world trade order."
Eric Abramovitz was 7 years old when he first learned to play the clarinet. By the time he was 20, the Montreal native had become an award-winning clarinetist, studying with some of Canada's most elite teachers and performing a solo with Quebec's finest symphony orchestra.
Takeisha Saunders was browsing the greeting cards aisle at a Dallas-area Target and began scanning the "husbands" section. In the run-up to Father's Day, the shelves offered plenty of choice: cards with photos, cards without photos. Cards with white couples on the cover. And one card featuring a black couple: Over a silhouette of a black couple kissing were the scripted pink letters reading: "Baby Daddy."
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Friday complimented Kim Jong Un's authoritarian rule in North Korea, observing with apparent envy that when the 35-year-old dictator speaks, "his people sit up at attention." "He's the head of a country, and I mean he's the strong head," Trump told Fox News Channel. "Don't let anyone think anything different. He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same."
AT&T closed its landmark megamerger with Time Warner on Thursday night, completing the $85 billion deal swiftly ahead of its June 20 deadline. The rapid moves came as the Justice Department said Thursday it would not seek a judicial stay of the deal, even as department officials remained undecided on whether to appeal a judge's decision earlier this week permitting the two companies to move forward. The quick closing could put further pressure on antitrust regulators to not continue fighting.
The Trump administration's plan for reviving coal power plants is unlikely to resurrect mining jobs but may boost the president's support among crucial Rust Belt voters before the midterm elections that will determine which party controls Congress. President Donald Trump has asked Energy Secretary Rick Perry to take immediate action to stem closures of coal and nuclear power plants. A draft plan invokes national security concerns to justify dramatic steps, such as mandating electricity purchases from the plants.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Friday will announce tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese products, the latest move in his intensifying campaign to rewrite the rules of global trade. The action will come one day after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Beijing for talks with Chinese leaders about the president's recent meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.