Veteran U.S. spies were elated to learn of the arrest this week of a suspect in a long-running mole hunt within the CIA's ranks. But their mood was tempered by skepticism that the man will ever face charges for what some believe is his role in the exposure and deaths of several CIA agents in China, according to current and former officials. The arrest Monday of Jerry Chun Shing Lee, also known as Zhen Cheng Li, a former CIA case officer, is the latest chapter in a joint FBI and CIA investigation into the devastation of the agency's spy network in China, the officials said.
WASHINGTON - Bitter divisions in both parties threatened Wednesday to derail Congress's effort to keep the federal government fully operating past the end of the week. The shutdown threat emerged on two fronts: Republican defense hawks in the House said a short-term spending plan the party introduced late Tuesday did not devote enough money to the military.
Police in Pullman, Washington, announced Tuesday night that they found Washington State quarterback Tyler Hilinski dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at his off-campus apartment. He had failed to show up to a workout earlier in the day so police went to his apartment to do a welfare check, finding a rifle next to his body and a suicide note. He was 21 years old.
The day before their wedding in September, Stephen Heasley and Andrew Borg received a package containing what they thought would be the programs for their ceremony. "Celebration," their design said in bold letters at the top. "Welcome to Andrew & Stephen's wedding." But when they opened the package, they say, they found 80 copies of a religious pamphlet instead of the 100 copies of the wedding program they had ordered. The pamphlet spoke ominously of sin, lust and temptation, according to a lawsuit they filed in United States District Court in Massachusetts.
Apple, the world's most valuable company, said Wednesday it will spend $350 billion in development and create 20,000 jobs in the United States in the next five years, outlining for the first time how it will invest in the U.S. economy following the new tax law passed late last year. Apple said that as required by the new tax law, it will pay $38 billion in taxes from its massive cash holdings overseas. The payment is so far the largest announced from the tax plan changes, experts said.
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told Democratic lawmakers Wednesday that the United States will never construct a physical wall along the entire stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border and that some of President Donald Trump's campaign promises on immigration were "uninformed." The comments put Kelly at odds with Trump, who repeatedly said during his presidential campaign that he would build a border wall that Mexico would pay for, not U.S. taxpayers.
WASHINGTON - As House Republican leaders worked to avoid a government shutdown by rounding up votes for a short-term spending bill, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly expressed optimism that Congress will work out a deal to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Kelly, while offering no timetable for when an agreement might be reached, gave an upbeat assessment of the state of play in the debate over legal status for immigrants brought to the United States illegally as children.
In this remote outpost in Siberia, the cold is no small affair. Eyelashes freeze, frostbite is a constant danger and cars are usually kept running even when not being used, lest their batteries die in temperatures that average minus-58 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter, according to news reports. This is Oymyakon, a settlement of some 500 people in Russia's Yakutia region, that has earned the reputation as the coldest permanently occupied human settlement in the world.
Story by Cara Strickland. Strickland is a freelance journalist based in Spokane, Wash. I'm often hearing that single women are more likely to buy homes on their own more than single men. Even in my early 20s, anecdotal research backed this up: Many women in my friend group were purchasing their own homes, or dreaming about doing so, and not waiting for a significant other to do it.
The NFL is requiring journalists covering Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis to provide racial identification in requesting credentials to be admitted to the Feb. 4 game. Journalists for years have been asked to provide either a Social Security number or passport number and a photo for FBI security checks for the game, but have not been asked to specify their race, a field that is mandatory in the online press pass application form.