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Trump administration rescinding rules for oil, gas drilling. Trump administration rescinding rules for oil, gas drilling.
President Trump's administration is rescinding proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing and other oil- and gas-drilling practices on government lands, government officials announced Thursday. The rules developed under former president Barack Obama would have applied mainly in the West, where most federal lands are located. Companies would have had to disclose the chemicals used in fracking, whic...
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The White House's famous magnolia tree to be cut back. The White House's famous magnolia tree to be cut back.
A historic tree that has stood at the White House for nearly 200 years is scheduled to be cut back. The "Jackson" magnolia was planted by President Andrew Jackson as a tribute to his recently deceased wife. It has been a backdrop to historic ceremonies and even featured on the $20 note between 1928 and 1988. But experts say the tree is damaged and poses a safety hazard. First Lady Melania...
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Wintry mess of snow and ice to linger across U.S. Wintry mess of snow and ice to linger across U.S.
A blast of lingering, frigid air across the northern U.S. will keep the snow coming this week from the Pacific Northwest to the Great Lakes, the National Weather Service said Tuesday. Christmas week will be cold and snowy for much of the northern and higher-elevation areas of the country. Snowfalls of 3 to 4 feet — the largest of the season so far — are expected for the next few days east of La...
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California Thomas fire becomes largest in state's history. California Thomas fire becomes largest in state's history.
A deadly wildfire which has destroyed more than 700 homes in California is now the largest blaze in the state's recorded history. The Thomas fire has burned more than 1000sq km - an area greater than New York City, Brussels and Paris combined. The blaze broke out in Santa Paula in early December and has moved west towards the coast, one of several major fires in California in recent months. ...
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Ex-Marine cites Trump's Jerusalem decision in planned ISIS attack on Christmas: FBI. Ex-Marine cites Trump's Jerusalem decision in planned ISIS attack on Christmas: FBI.
A former U.S. Marine and expert marksman was charged Friday in a foiled ISIS-inspired attack planned for Christmas on San Francisco's Pier 39, according to federal court documents. Everitt Aaron Jameson, a Muslim convert living in Modesto, Calif., cited President Trump's decision to name Jerusalem the capital of Israel as one of his reasons behind the plot on the famed pier, which the FBI says...
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Teen’s tweet leads to $190K donation for Tennessee children's hospital. Teen’s tweet leads to $190K donation for Tennessee children's hospital.
MEMPHIS — It's been quite a month for Danni Messina, and both she and the patients of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital are the richer for it. "It's been insane," Messina said Wednesday while standing inside the Danny Thomas/ALSAC Pavilion on the St. Jude campus. That was perhaps the most succinct summation of the day for Messina's coaster ride, an odyssey that began with a November twe...
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U.S. life expectancy drops for a second year as drug deaths spike. U.S. life expectancy drops for a second year as drug deaths spike.
Health researchers have some grim news for Americans: We are dying younger, and life expectancy is now down for the second straight year — something not seen in more than half a century. One undeniable culprit is the opioid epidemic, which is cutting down young adults at alarming and increasing rates, the researchers say. The numbers are “disturbing,” said Robert Anderson, chief of the mort...
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Trump, Republicans feel confident as they prepare for vote on tax bill. Trump, Republicans feel confident as they prepare for vote on tax bill.
WASHINGTON — Republicans were touting plans Sunday to vote on a measure this week that would overhaul the nation's tax system and give them a much-needed legislative victory as Congress wraps up the year. Sen. John Cornyn, one of the Senate Republican leaders, said he’s confident the Senate will approve the tax bill and vote on it as soon as Tuesday. “This is good news for the American peopl...
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Suspect in Times Square blast timed assault for maximum impact. Suspect in Times Square blast timed assault for maximum impact.
NEW YORK — The suspect in an attempted terror attack near Times Square has told investigators that he specifically timed the assault to coincide with the Christmas season for the greatest possible impact — lashing out in the name of the Islamic State, a law enforcement official said Monday. The official, who is not authorized to comment publicly while the investigation is ongoing, said Akayed U...
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Southern California braces for high winds over weekend, threat of more wildfires. Southern California braces for high winds over weekend, threat of more wildfires.
Firefighters battling a half-dozen fires that have raged in Southern California this week braced Saturday for a weekend of high winds that could trigger more rapid or dramatic increases in wildfire activity in the dry, tinder-box conditions. The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Warning for parts of San Diego county, with the strongest winds expected in the mountains and inland valleys...
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