An airline maintenance worker in Oklahoma found 31 pounds of cocaine in the nose cone of an American Airlines jet after it arrived from Colombia, police said on Monday, Jan. 30. Seven bricks of the drug, with a street value of at least $200,000, were discovered on Sunday night at the carrier's maintenance base in Tulsa, the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post. "A technician went to check the electronics bay ... and some of the insulation looked new.
LONDON -- Less than two weeks after Donald Trump's inauguration and amid anger over his immigration policy, hundreds of Britons are betting that the U.S. president will not last a year in office. Bookmaker Ladbrokes is offering odds of 4/1, or 4 pounds for every one pound wagered, on the real-estate tycoon being replaced as president of the United States in 2017.
WASHINGTON - In a break with his party's traditional stance on gay rights, Republican U.S. President Donald Trump vowed on Tuesday, Jan. 31, to uphold protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people working for federal contractors. The White House said in a statement that Trump, who took office this month, would continue to enforce an executive order signed in 2014 by his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama.
QUEBEC CITY/TORONTO -- A French-Canadian university student was the sole suspect in a shooting at a Quebec City mosque and was charged with the premeditated murder of six people, Canadian authorities said on Monday, Jan. 30, in what Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called "a terrorist attack." Court documents identified the gunman in the attack on Sunday evening prayers as Alexandre Bissonnette. He was also charged with five counts of attempted murder, according to court papers.
NEW YORK—Major U.S. stock indexes posted their largest drop so far in 2017 on Monday, Jan. 30, as investors worried that a curb on immigration ordered by Donald Trump was a reminder that some of the U.S. president's policies are not market-friendly. An executive order issued by Trump on Friday banned immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, including legal residents and visa holders, and temporarily halted the entry of refugees. Over the weekend, thousands of people rallied in major U.S. cities and at airports in protest.
Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush was discharged from a hospital in Houston on Monday after being treated for pneumonia, his spokesman said. Bush, 92, was released from Houston Methodist Hospital, where he was taken on Jan. 14 after experiencing shortness of breath, spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement.
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.
BAGHDAD/CAIRO - A global backlash against U.S. President Donald Trump's immigration curbs gathered strength on Sunday as several countries including long-standing American allies criticized the measures as discriminatory and divisive. Governments from London and Berlin to Jakarta and Tehran spoke out against Trump's order to put a four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily ban travelers from Syria and six other Muslim-majority countries. He said the move would help protect Americans from terrorism.
MOSCOW/LONDON/MILAN—More than a month after Russia announced one of its biggest privatizations since the 1990s, selling a 19.5 percent stake in its giant oil company Rosneft, it still isn't possible to determine from public records the full identities of those who bought it. The stake was sold for 10.2 billion euros to a Singapore investment vehicle that Rosneft said was a 50/50 joint venture between Qatar and the Swiss oil trading firm Glencore.
CHICAGO—U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to back out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, a $62 billion market for U.S. farmers, provides a fresh threat to a slumping agricultural economy that has grown increasingly dependent on exports. Agricultural groups expressed disappointment over the move and urged the new administration to find alternative ways to boost product shipments to Asian countries. Trump announced the cancellation on Monday, Jan. 23, quickly fulfilling a campaign promise.