If you liked the balmy weather that dominated on the U.S. East Coast and much of the South this winter, you will probably enjoy the spring of 2017, too. The new season, which officially begins today, should bring more of the same in both regions, forecasters say, though for the East, a final twist of winter weirdness will have to play out before the region basks in the warmth again.
WASHINGTON - The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee said on Thursday they saw no evidence to support President Donald Trump's claim that the Obama administration tapped his phones during the 2016 presidential campaign. "Based on the information available to us, we see no indications that Trump Tower was the subject of surveillance by any element of the United States government either before or after Election Day 2016," Republican Chairman Richard Burr and Senator Mark Warner, the committee's Democratic vice chairman, said in a statement.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump will ask the U.S. Congress for dramatic cuts to many federal programs as he seeks to bulk up defense spending, start building a wall on the border with Mexico and spend more money deporting illegal immigrants. In a federal budget proposal with many losers, the Environmental Protection Agency and State Department stand out as targets for the biggest spending reductions. Funding would disappear altogether for 19 independent bodies that count on federal money for public broadcasting, the arts and regional issues from Alaska to Appalachia.
WASHINGTON - Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said that Congress was ready to "flex its muscles" if FBI Director James Comey did not answer lawmakers' questions by Wednesday about any Russian ties to the Trump campaign or provide evidence of a wiretapping warrant for Trump Tower.
WHEELING, W.Va. - When Mike Lujano and George Lenz hoisted a rainbow flag outside their business in a Victorian brownstone on Market Street two decades ago, they found that few neighbors in socially conservative Wheeling, West Virginia, knew it was a symbol of gay pride. The married owners of Edna's hair salon in this faded industrial city of 28,000 at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains never dreamed that one day they would be at a packed city council meeting, cheering the passage of an ordinance barring discrimination over sexual orientation and gender identity.
CALGARY, Alberta -- Canadian researchers studying urine levels in swimming pools have discovered just how high the levels are, and the results are not pretty, according to an article published on Wednesday, March 1. Researchers at the University of Alberta developed a test to measure the amount of urine and took more than 250 samples from 31 pools and hot tubs in two Canadian cities. The results showed one 220,000-gallon pool, which is about one-third of an Olympic-sized pool, had had nearly 20 gallons of urine while another smaller pool had about 8 gallons.
Department store operator J.C. Penney Co. Inc. said on Friday, Feb. 24, it would close 130 to 140 stores over the next few months, and reported a bigger-than-expected drop in same-store sales for the holiday quarter. Shares of the company were down 2.6 percent in premarket trading on Friday, after initially rising 3 percent. The company said it would also initiate a voluntary early retirement program for about 6,000 employees from among its home office, stores and supply chain personnel. Fortune reported the list of stores closing would be announced in March.
NEW YORK—Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald Trump's presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing four current and former U.S. officials.
WASHINGTON -- Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said on Thursday he hoped to have a wall along the southern U.S. border with Mexico finished within two years, according to an interview with Fox News. "The wall will be built where it's needed first, and then it will be filled in. That's the way I look at it," Kelly said in the interview. "I really hope to have it done within the next two years." He added he thought funding from Congress for the massive project would come "relatively quickly."
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said he will announce his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, Jan. 31, two days earlier than previously planned, as he looks to quickly put his imprint on the court's ideological leaning by restoring its conservative majority. Trump, in a Twitter post on Monday, said he would unveil at the White House on Tuesday his pick to fill the lingering vacancy on the court left by the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia in February 2016.