SURPRISE, Arizona (Reuters) - Jim Stauffer thought he was doing the right thing. He had cared for his elderly mother, Doris, throughout her harrowing descent into dementia. In 2013, when she passed away at age 74, he decided to donate her brain to science. He hoped the gift might aid the search for a cure to Alzheimer’s disease.
Wall Street ended the week on a positive note on Friday, Dec. 23, as investors doubled down on a rally fueled by optimism that President-elect Donald Trump's policies will boost economic growth. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, which briefly came within striking distance of the historic 20,000 level earlier this week, recorded its seventh straight weekly gain.
Tiger Woods is scheduled to play golf with President-elect Donald Trump on Friday, Dec. 23, at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. Woods, who owns a home in Jupiter Island, Fla., and Trump were expected to tee off with two club members, according to Golf Digest. The course is not far from Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort where he and his family have been spending the holidays this week.
LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - ROME -- Anis Amri, the Tunisian man wanted in connection with the truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market that left 12 people dead, was killed Friday by Italian police following a shootout on the outskirts of Milan. Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti told reporters that a police patrol stopped Amri, 24, at a checkpoint before dawn Friday in the Milan suburb of Sesto San Giovanni. Amri pulled out a pistol and fired on one of the officers, and a shootout ensued, in which Amri was killed.
U.S. stocks fell on Thursday, Dec. 22, weighed down by weakness in retailers, as investors stepped back from a recent rally fueled by optimism that President-elect Donald Trump will invigorate economic growth. The decline pulled the Dow Jones industrial average further away from the 20,000 mark after it nearly breached that level this week for the first time.
MOSCOW — Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday, Dec. 22, dialog with the United States was frozen at most levels but that U.S. President-elect Donald Trump might have a more constructive attitude towards Russia. "We're not wearing rose-tinted glasses, we have no illusions about any breakthroughs but hope for a more constructive approach," Peskov said. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Russia was examining how it would approach the incoming administration when it takes office on Jan. 20.
BEIRUT/GENEVA (Reuters) - The Syrian army said on Thursday that it had retaken complete control of Aleppo after the last rebel fighters were evacuated from the city, handing President Bashar al-Assad his biggest victory of the war. The army said it had brought "security and safety" to Aleppo, ending four years of rebel resistance in parts of the northern Syrian city.
NEW YORK -- A passenger was removed from a JetBlue Airways Corp plane at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Thursday, Dec. 22, after verbally accosting Ivanka Trump, the website TMZ reported. Airline personnel escorted the man off the plane after he railed at President-elect Donald Trump's daughter, TMZ said. Ivanka Trump was en route to Hawaii for a vacation with her family, according to an ABC News report on the incident.
WASHINGTON—Kellyanne Conway, a Republican pollster who was widely credited with bringing a more disciplined approach to Donald Trump's presidential election campaign, will become White House counselor when he takes office next month. In her new post, Conway will play a key advisory role, helping to manage Trump's messaging and legislative priorities, the transition team said in a statement on Friday. It praised Conway, 49, as the first woman campaign manager to guide a winning U.S. presidential campaign.
(Reuters) - An man who was a member of a historic black church in Mississippi that was burned and spray-painted with the words "Vote Trump," has been arrested in the case, authorities said on Wednesday. The Greenville church was set ablaze a week before the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election, leading officials initially to view it as a politically motivated hate crime.