Former U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan, who became the last astronaut to walk on the moon in an experience that he said made him one with the universe, died on Monday, Jan. 16, at 82, the U.S. space agency said. Cernan, who also was one of the first men to go on a spacewalk, died surrounded by his family, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said in a statement without giving details.
WASHINGTON—The International Monetary Fund on Monday, Jan. 16, said the U.S. economy would grow faster than previously expected in 2017 and 2018 based on the incoming Trump administration's tax and spending plans, but it kept its global growth forecasts unchanged due to weakness in some emerging markets. Updating its World Economic Outlook, the IMF forecast overall global growth at 3.4 percent for 2017 and 3.6 percent for 2018, unchanged from October. That compared to 3.1 percent in 2016, the weakest year since the 2007-2009 financial crisis.
ROME—McDonald's received a lukewarm reception when it opened a new branch just steps from St. Peter's Square last month, but on Monday, Jan. 16, the fast food giant accepted a challenge to adopt one of Pope Francis's cherished principles - feeding the hungry. The new restaurant, whose opening in a Vatican-owned building on Dec. 30 upset some purists, donated dozens of meals on Monday to a charity which distributed them at a walk-in clinic in Rome.
WASHINGTON - U.S. President-elect Donald Trump aims to replace Obamacare with a plan that would envisage "insurance for everybody," he said in an interview with the Washington Post published on Sunday night. Trump did not give the newspaper specifics about his proposals to replace Democratic President Barack Obama's signature health insurance law, but said the plan was nearly finished and he was ready to unveil it alongside the leaders of the Republican-controlled Congress. The Republican president-elect takes office on Friday.
President-elect Donald Trump said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal he would keep intact sanctions against Russia "at least for a period of time," and also said he wouldn't commit to the "one China" policy until he sees progress from Beijing in its currency and trade practices. In excerpts from an hourlong interview published by the Journal on Friday, Jan. 13, Trump said: "If you get along and if Russia is really helping us, why would anybody have sanctions if somebody's doing some really great things?"
TAMPA, Fla. -- A woman who was taken as a baby from hospital in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1998 has been found safe, Florida authorities said on Friday, Jan. 13. Kamiyah Mobley, now 18, was located in Walterboro, South Carolina, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, which confirmed her identity through DNA testing. She appeared to be in good health and "a normal 18-year-old woman," Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams said at a news conference.
WASHINGTON - A U.S. government watchdog said on Thursday it would examine whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation followed proper procedures in its probe of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. The inspector general's announcement comes amid outcry from Democrats who say Clinton's loss to President-elect Donald Trump was in part due to Comey's bringing Clinton's emails back into the public spotlight less than two weeks before the 2016 election.
WASHINGTON—President-elect Donald Trump said on Wednesday, Jan. 11, he would maintain ownership of his global business empire but hand off control to his two oldest sons while president, an arrangement that watchdogs said would not prevent conflicts of interest in the White House. Trump told a news conference he would resign from all positions overseeing his hotels, golf courses and hundreds of other businesses and move his assets into a trust to help ensure that he will not consciously take actions as president that would benefit him personally.
CHICAGO -- With a final shout of his campaign mantra "Yes We Can," President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged Americans to stand up for U.S.
Authorities offered a $100,000 reward on Tuesday for information leading to the capture of the man suspected in the fatal shooting of a policewoman in Orlando, Fla. Orlando Police Chief John Mina said hundreds of officers had been assigned to track down the suspect, Markeith Loyd, 41, calling the operation "an extensive manhunt." Authorities said they had received more than 300 tips on Loyd in the past day. Mina declined to say whether the suspect was still believed to be in the Orlando area.