WASHINGTON - The Trump administration's policy restricting transgender men and women from serving in the U.S. military returns Monday to a federal appeals court in Washington. The Justice Department last month asked the Supreme Court to short-circuit the appeals process and to rule on the issue this term. That administration request came after three lower court judges in cases throughout the country temporarily blocked the restrictions in challenges from civil rights and gay rights organizations. Thousands of transgender troops have continued to serve and enlist.
It's an annual holiday tradition that kicks off at Thanksgiving and continues through New Year's: food guilt. Caught between the desire to enjoy holiday favorites and the fear of putting on extra pounds, people bond over the sharing of timeworn tips such as "eat before you go to a party" or "try to fill up on vegetables before you hit the rest of the buffet" - joyless cliches that really don't work. Then, on Jan. 2, they join a gym.
Google revealed Monday, Dec. 10, that its soon-to-be-shuttered social network suffered from another security lapse, a software bug that could have allowed third-party apps and developers to gain access to 52 million users' personal information without their permission.
About 120 people showed up for Rep. Beto O'Rourke's recent town hall, his first since losing his U.S. Senate race. The Texas Democrat then went home to live-stream himself cooking a chicken dinner with his wife, daughter and their pet snake, Monty. That 45-minute broadcast attracted 257,000 views on Facebook - along with more than 12,400 comments.
Friday was a busy day at the Human Resources Administration office in Brooklyn's Boerum Hill, where New Yorkers can apply for food stamps and other forms of public assistance. Lines were moving slowly and the drab gray building was packed. Jazmine Headley just wanted to get a voucher for city-funded day care so she could find someone to look after her 1-year-old son, Damone, while she went to work as a cleaner, her mother would later tell reporters.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, Dec. 10, declined to review lower court decisions that blocked efforts in two states to end public funding to Planned Parenthood, refusing, for now, to get involved in state battles over abortion rights. The cases did not touch on abortion itself, but three justices who said the court should have accepted the cases said that was the reason the court declined to get involved.
The United States joined a controversial proposal by Saudi Arabia and Russia this weekend to weaken a reference to a key report on the severity of global warming, sharpening battle lines at the global climate summit in Poland aimed at gaining consensus over how to combat rising temperatures.
The Trump administration has shut down at least one government-run study that uses fetal tissue implanted into mice even before federal health officials reach a decision on whether to continue such research, which is opposed by anti-abortion groups. A senior scientist at a National Institutes of Health laboratory in Montana told colleagues that the Health and Human Services Department "has directed me to discontinue procuring fetal tissue" from a firm that is the only available source, according to an email he sent to a collaborator in late September.
An old check allegedly exposed decades of lies. For nearly 28 years, Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper was the principal at St. James Catholic School, an elementary school in Torrance, California, a coastal suburb southwest of Los Angeles. Around the same time when Kreuper announced she was retiring earlier this year, a family at the school asked for a copy of an old check they had written to St. James. When staff members found the check, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported, they realized it had not been deposited in St. James's account but a different bank account.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump asserted Monday that payments to buy the silence of two women about alleged affairs were not illegal campaign contributions, as federal prosecutors contend, but instead a "simple private transaction." In morning tweets, Trump sought to counter assertions in a court filing Friday that he had directed his former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, to try to silence the women in a bid to influence the 2016 presidential election. Cohen has pleaded guilty to the alleged crime, saying he acted at Trump's direction.