Pope Francis's once-overwhelming popularity in the U.S. has taken a major hit since a new report on sexual abuse was released in August, according to two new polls.
WASHINGTON - The Senate on Tuesday passed a short-term spending bill that would keep the government running through Dec. 7, aiming to avert a government stutdown and put off a fight over funding for President Donald Trump's border wall until after the midterm elections.
Netflix won the most Emmy awards of any TV network Monday night, capping a sudden and dramatic rise to the top of the entertainment industry for a company that got its start as a DVD-by-mail operation. Netflix earned seven awards during the prime-time presentation of Emmys and 23 overall, both records for the streaming giant. Its biggest prizes came for "The Crown,'' a period drama about the British royal family, and "Godless,'' a Western miniseries.
WASHINGTON - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said Tuesday that next week's hearing regarding accusations of sexual assault by Judge Brett Kavanaugh will be limited to two witnesses: the Supreme Court nominee and his accuser. During a radio interview, Grassley said that Kavanaugh has agreed to participate in Monday's hearing but that his staff has not heard from Christine Blasey Ford.
A 45-year-old American woman shattered a two-decade-old cycling speed record Sunday, pedaling 183.9 mph across Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats in the slipstream of a specially designed racecar. The record for paced cycling speed was previously held by Dutch rider Fred Rompelberg, who hit a top speed of 167 mph in 1995.
Pennsylvania Catholics are suing all eight dioceses in the state, claiming that Catholic leaders there systematically covered up ongoing sexual abuse by priests. A massive grand jury report released last month in the state has prompted a nationwide reckoning with the staggering scale of sexual abuse in the history of the Catholic Church and has brought Washington's Cardinal Donald Wuerl to the brink of resignation.
Anderson Cooper spent the last 10 minutes of his show on Monday night responding to a critic: the president's son. On Sunday, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted out a photo of Cooper standing in waist-deep water during a hurricane, with a caption suggesting that the CNN anchor was lying to make the president look bad. Trump Jr. also seemed to suggest that Cooper's hurricane coverage had been overly dramatic, and was aimed at improving the network's ratings.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - When Dazia Lee tries to bring order to the disorder of that night, it helps her to think in numbers. She thinks of the exact times of every decision, every call, every bit of bad news - reference points leading until the very last when, at 10:20 a.m. on Monday, she received a call from a county detective saying that the body of her 1-year-old son, Kaiden, had been found 15 feet underwater. The story of how that happened began the night before, on Sunday, at 7:02.
It sounds like the opening for another stoner movie, maybe "Harold and Kumar Go to Heaven." Giant bundles of marijuana, apparently containing individually wrapped five-kilo bricks, have been washing up on the shores of Florida since the approach of Hurricane Florence last week, possibly from a boat that was either capsized by the storm or an airplane drop that went awry. This set off a minor ethical dilemma among the beachgoers of Flagler, St. Johns and Volusia counties in the Daytona Beach area: Does one grab the weed and run, or call the cops?
Elon Musk attempted to write the next chapter in his quest to open up space to the masses by announcing on Monday night the first paying tourist that his company, SpaceX, would fly on a trip around the moon. Speaking at SpaceX's headquarters outside of Los Angeles, he introduced Yusaku Maezawa, a Japanese billionaire entrepreneur who founded the fashion label, Zozo. "Finally, I can tell you that I choose to go to the moon," Maezawa said.