When the animal control investigator first got the call, he didn't believe it. "What you're saying is just not computing," Jack Breckenridge replied. What he'd been told, Breckenridge recalled Tuesday, was that 33 abused Chihuahuas had just been pulled from an SUV where they seemed to have been living for days. The Ford Expedition was parked outside an apartment building in Montgomery County, Maryland. The conversation - last fall - started a lengthy investigation that has the dogs' former owner facing a July trial on 33 counts of animal cruelty.
Nikki Haley might as well have called the White House a bunch of liars. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday rebuffed White House aides' claims that she bungled an announcement of new sanctions against Russia. After Haley said Sunday that the sanctions were on the way by Monday, the White House appeared to change course and said a decision had not been made. But rather than an admission that President Donald Trump had had a change of heart, word ventured out that Haley had gotten out over her skis.
Former president George W. Bush on Wednesday, April 18, recalled that his mother was strong, lucid and funny when he saw her in the hospital about a week ago, during what he characterized as a "wonderful visit." The former president shared the story about Barbara Bush the day after her death at age 92, during an interview Wednesday morning on the Fox Business channel.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - President Donald Trump expressed optimism Wednesday, April 18, that his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can help make the world safer, and he said his envoy, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and Kim have already forged a "good relationship." Tweeting in the early morning before a round of golf with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump confirmed that Pompeo had traveled to North Korea for direct talks, as first reported by The Washington Post.
The pilot's voice was calm yet focused as her plane descended with 149 people on board.
A Canadian woman who tried to smuggle millions of dollars worth of cocaine into Australia has been convicted and sentenced to eight years behind bars. Melina Roberge, 24, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to smuggling 95 kilos (209 pounds) of the drug into the Sydney Harbour in 2016, following an exotic weeks-long cruise that she and an accomplice documented on social media.
SEOUL - South Korea and the United States are looking for a way to guarantee "a bright future" for North Korea if its leader, Kim Jong Un, will give up his nuclear weapons program, the national security adviser in Seoul said Wednesday, as preparations for next week's inter-Korean summit gather pace. The mood in South Korea has changed dramatically in just a few months, from palpable fear of another Korean war to cautious optimism about progress on the decades-long standoff on the peninsula.
WASHINGTON - A week after his surprise decision to leave Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan moved on several fronts this week to reassert control of the House Republican conference and snuff out efforts to accelerate his departure. On Tuesday morning, April 17, Ryan, R-Wis., told House GOP lawmakers that he had the support of the constituency that might matter most: big-dollar Republican donors, who have written and will continue to write checks to finance GOP campaigns ahead of November's midterm elections.
Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday, April 17, said she didn't fear death. That may be because the 92-year-old former first lady faced it before, in the hardest way imaginable.
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service announced late Tuesday that it will let taxpayers submit tax returns without penalty through Wednesday, after a long day of technical problems that fueled confusion about what is already one of Americans' most frustrating interactions with their government.