Two of the three China-based bidders for the Chicago Stock Exchange have withdrawn from the group trying to acquire the market, according to a person familiar with the matter. Chongqing Jintian Industrial Co. and Chongqing Longshang Decoration Co. are pulling out of the deal, according to the person, who asked not to be identified discussing private negotiations. That leaves Chongqing Casin Enterprise Group Co. plus several U.S. entities in the buyer's group. Will Ruben, a spokesman for the exchange at 3Points Communications, declined to comment.
The Carolina Panthers promised to punish a fan who was caught on video punching a 62-year-old man in the face multiple times during the team's 28-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday.
WASHINGTON - She was a bank teller, not an actress. And her boss was a branch manager, not a powerful movie mogul. But nearly four decades before the explosive sexual harassment and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein by women in Hollywood, Mechelle Vinson filed a lawsuit against her supervisor that ended at the U.S. Supreme Court and redefined sexual harassment in the workplace.
SANTA ROSA, Calif. - The horrific scale of death and destruction is coming into focus, even as wildfires continue to rage throughout Northern California. Thirty-six confirmed dead, many of them elderly. One victim was 14 years old. Hundreds still missing on Friday, Oct. 13. Thousands of homes and businesses destroyed, including whole neighborhoods reduced to smoldering rubble. "We all have suffered a trauma here, and we're going to be a long time in recovering from this incident," Santa Rosa Mayor Chris Coursey told reporters.
Federal prosecutors in Washington appear willing to limit the scope of search warrants for the Facebook accounts of local activists connected to protests of President Donald Trump's inauguration. The U.S. attorney's office for a District of Columbia told a judge Friday that the government has "little interest" in obtaining the names of thousands of people who "liked" the Facebook page of a political group that helped plan the Jan. 20 demonstrations, and agreed to narrow the timeline for photos the government is seeking as part of its investigation.
WASHINGTON - Social Security checks are going up 2 percent in 2018, the U.S. government announced Friday, Oct. 13. It's the first substantial raise in years. More than 66 million Americans receive Social Security payments. Most recipients are seniors over age 65, but some payments also go to the severely disabled and orphans. The average check is currently $1,377 a month, meaning next year's increase will raise the typical payment by $27 a month. For Sandy Lacoss of Woodstock, Vermont, the pay bump can't come soon enough.
Las Vegas police said Friday that the gunman who opened fire on a country-music festival far below his hotel suite did not shoot a security guard six minutes before that rampage, contradicting a timeline that they had offered earlier this week. The change marked the latest shift in the official narrative of what happened before and during the massacre, during which Stephen Paddock fired from his high-rise suite in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killing 58 people and injuring hundreds more.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump on Friday announced that he will abide by an international nuclear deal with Iran for now, but ask Congress to attach new caveats that could either alter the deal or lead to its rupture. Trump will withdraw presidential "certification" or endorsement of the agreement negotiated by his predecessor, but will not immediately bust the deal by reimposing U.S. sanctions on Iran's disputed nuclear program.
Charles Schulz once drew his iconic dog Snoopy losing everything in a house fire. This week, for Schulz's widow, that scenario became all too real. Jean Schulz safely escaped the fires as they began sweeping through Santa Rosa, California, before dawn Monday, but the blaze burned to the ground the home where she and the late "Peanuts" creator long lived. "I am devastated by the loss of the home I shared with Sparky for 25 years," Schulz tells The Washington Post, "the memories of which filled me with happiness every day."
As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, one of the congressional committees investigating Russian interference in last year's election, Charles Grassley is in a better position than most other Republicans in Congress to tighten the screws on the Trump administration. So President Donald Trump raised eyebrows when he telephoned the senior senator from Iowa at the end of August. The topic of their conservation was not Russia, Grassley's office insisted - it was ethanol.