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Everything you need to know about the federal government shutdown

Good morning! Your federal government is officially shut down. Wonder how it all affects you? We've got everything you need to know about it in this special Saturday edition of CNN's 5 Things newsletter. (You can also get... More>>

Simona Halep wins record Australian Open classic, Maria Sharapova exits

The top two seeds at a grand slam having to save match points in the first week? As unlikely as it sounds, it has happened at the Australian Open. More>>

Why Democrats may be making the wrong bet on the shutdown

Although Democrats appear to have the backing of their base in their fight to extend the program allowing some people brought to the US illegally as children to stay, there are some warning signs that going to the carpet... More>>

UK, Canada warn tourists after violent crime in Jamaica's Montego Bay

British and Canadian authorities are warning their nationals visiting Jamaica's Montego Bay to limit their movements following a state of emergency over violence and shootings in the tourist hotspot. More>>

'The least bad option:' Germany limps toward a new government

Six hundred delegates from Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) will descend on the city of Bonn this Sunday for a special party congress. More>>

Everything you need to know about women's marches this weekend

This weekend is the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's swearing-in. But hundreds of thousands of activists across the US also are marking the anniversary of last January's Women's March, and the movement it... More>>

Israel and Trump: United against the world

The Israeli Prime Minister stood before a crowd of journalists, a collection of reporters from the foreign press, gathered for an annual civil New Year's toast. More>>

Trump and Africa: a missed opportunity in US President's first year?

Let's get this out of the way first: It's a bit of a misnomer to talk about "Africa" as a single entity. More>>

Blame game begins after Senate fails to stop shutdown

First came the failed vote. Then the finger-pointing. More>>

A year of Trump: (Almost) everything that happened

It will be impossible to adequately explain in decades to come just what it was like to be alive in the exhausting first year of Donald Trump's presidency. More>>

Shutdown drama shows Washington's failure to lead

Even by Washington's standards, the sequence of busted negotiations, partisan dysfunction, and blame games that shut down the federal government at midnight on Friday was baffling. More>>

The government just shut down. What happens next?

In the final moments leading up to Friday's midnight deadline, Senate Republicans and Democrats were unable to agree on a stopgap funding measure to continue government services. More>>

Trump and Schumer came close to a deal. Then it fell apart

After his morning television shows had ended and as the deadline to fund the government loomed, President Donald Trump placed a call to the man in Washington he believed held all the cards: Sen. Chuck Schumer. More>>

Government shuts down as lawmakers still searching for a deal

The federal government shut down at midnight Friday as senators continued to scramble to reach a deal to fund the government. More>>

URGENT - Federal government shuts down

(CNN) -- Clock strikes midnight as Democrats and Republicans in Congress can't agree on a spending bill, causing the first federal government shutdown since 2013. More>>

White House slams Democrats as 'obstructionist losers'

The White House issued a harshly worded statement late Friday condemning the Senate's failure to avert a government shutdown, calling Senate Democrats "obstructionist losers, not legislators." More>>

How senators voted on the government shutdown

Legislation to prevent the government from shutting down failed Friday night in the Senate ahead of the midnight deadline. The total was 50-49, but 60 votes were needed for passage. More>>

FBI opened inquiry into Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens

The FBI recently opened an inquiry into Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, two US officials told CNN, as he fights an allegation of blackmail and faces calls to resign just a year into his job. More>>

Making North Korea Great Again. How realistic are Kim's ambitious new year plans?

Kim Jong Un's annual New Year's Day address is akin to the State of the Union for US Presidents. More>>

CNN boss Jeff Zucker may be in mix for ESPN job

Is there a chance Jeff Zucker could jump from one iconic media brand, CNN, to another, ESPN? More>>

'Star Wars Rebels' sets 90-minute series finale

"Star Wars" is officially closing one chapter in its universe, with the animated series "Star Wars Rebels" to conclude March 5 with a 90-minute series finale. More>>

North Haven police apologizes for controversial Facebook post

The North Haven Police Department posted an apology about a controversial Facebook post that upset residents. More>>

Turkey shells Kurds in Syria as full military offensive looms

Turkey intensified its shelling of Kurdish fighters in neighboring Syria on Friday as it ramped up threats to launch a full military offensive across the border, a move that would stoke tensions with the United States. More>>

Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, medical examiner says

Musician Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose of several medications, a statement from his family, posted on tompetty.com, and a news release from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner said Friday. More>>

Officials: The kids were starved. The dogs were well-fed.

When authorities arrived Sunday night to a home in the California town of Perris, they found a family with 13 children, most of them starved and startlingly skinny. More>>

InTouch's Stormy Daniels interview: The rare unflattering tabloid story for President Trump

When In Touch Weekly published an interview this week with a porn actress who claimed to have had a sexual relationship with Donald Trump, it created another firestorm for the White House to put out. More>>

Pence leaves for Middle East as government shutdown looms

Vice President Mike Pence went ahead with his delayed trip to the Middle East on Friday, despite the looming government shutdown. More>>

Chuck Schumer's big moment

The high-stakes standoff over government funding has thrust Chuck Schumer into the brightest spotlight of his young tenure leading Senate Democrats. He faces intense pressure to resolve a thicket of policy issues while... More>>

For Russia, the sweet taste of Trump's victory has turned sour

On the night of Donald Trump's inauguration as US President, champagne corks popped in Moscow. More>>

5 Ways the government shutdown could be bad for your health

A government shutdown could potentially hurt the health of more than the government workers who will be plagued with the uncertainty and stress of not knowing when they'll get back to work and collect a paycheck. The... More>>

Twitter to tell 677,775 people they interacted with Kremlin-linked trolls

Twitter will inform nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. that they either followed a Kremlin-linked troll account, or retweeted or liked a tweet sent by one of the accounts, the social media company said Friday. More>>

Lebanese state media: 12 Syrian refugees found frozen near border

The bodies of 12 Syrian refugees who crossed into Lebanon were found frozen Friday in a mountainous area near the border, Lebanon's state-run National News Agency reported. More>>

Landrieu asks residents to find leaks, conserve water

While a boil water advisory is still in effect for the east bank of Orleans Parish, Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the city is in a "much better position today than we were yesterday." More>>

Los Angeles Times publisher on leave amid investigation

The CEO and publisher of the Los Angeles Times is on an unpaid leave while under investigation by the paper's parent company, Tronc, following an NPR report about what it said was "questionable behavior" in his past. More>>

Governing from crisis to crisis isn't governing

Whether or not Congress makes a deal to avoid a government shutdown before midnight tonight, they've already failed. More>>

PD: School board member overdoses in car

An Akron School Board member overdosed in his vehicle Thursday night and was administered four doses of naloxone before being taken to a hospital for treatment, according to Akron police. More>>

#2020Vision: Shutdown politics; Harris vs. Booker in a clash of styles; Biden gets good polling news

Our weekly roundup of the news, notes and chatter about the prospects for the next Democratic presidential race, from Eric Bradner, Greg Krieg and Caroline Kenny: More>>

58-Year old Kentucky man charged with assaulting Sen. Rand Paul

A 58-year old Kentucky man is being charged with assaulting a member of Congress connected with the November attack on GOP Sen. Rand Paul while he was mowing his yard wearing headphones. More>>

21 Deaths now linked to the flu in Connecticut

Twenty-one deaths are now linked to the flu, according to the state Department of Public Health. More>>

Employee sues Fannie Mae, saying she was hired for IT but boss required sex

A former adult dancer is suing Fannie Mae for sexual harassment and hostile work environment, claiming she was hired under the guise of working for the IT department but was instead expected to serve as personal... More>>

Facebook to rank news outlets by trustworthiness

Facebook wants to make sure its users aren't duped by stories from untrustworthy news publications. So it's asking users which news publications they trust. More>>

Sonia Sotomayor Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of Sonia Sotomayor, associate justice of the US Supreme Court. More>>

What we learned from the Las Vegas shooting report

Authorities on Friday released a preliminary investigative report on the Las Vegas shooting in response to a large public interest in the case. More>>

The 10 most powerful lines from Aly Raisman at Larry Nassar's sentencing

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman said last week that she didn't know whether she would take the stand to deliver a victim impact statement at the sentencing of her abuser, former team doctor Larry Nassar, who has pleaded guilty... More>>

Man arrested in connection to murder of Fort Collins woman found in state park

Police have arrested an acquaintance of a Fort Collins woman found dead last week who had been missing for more than a month, officials said Thursday. More>>

Mother of shooting victim reacts to suspected serial killer's arrest

The mother of a man killed last month in Glendale shared her emotional reaction after learning Thursday that a man suspected of killing her son and eight other people is in jail. More>>

Here's what the last government shutdown looked like

About 850,000 federal employees were sent home, with a total of 6.6 million work days lost. More>>

Metro Detroit couple fighting for right to keep four pigs in their home

You are welcome to stay- but your livestock has to go. That is the message the city of Ypsilanti is giving a couple living in a house with four potbelly pigs. More>>

Government shutdown: Where the senators stand

Now that the House has passed a short-term spending bill on Thursday, the Senate will need 60 votes to move it forward. More>>

New Trump initiatives: A win for anti-abortion activists, protections for 'conscience' objections

Coinciding with Friday's March for Life in Washington, President Donald Trump's administration announced new measures to support the anti-abortion cause. More>>

What Trump was saying during the last government shutdown

Seven months after former President Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term, House Republicans, with a shove from Sen. Ted Cruz, faced down the White House with an ultimatum: Sign off on legislation that delays or... More>>

Fusion GPS leader suspected 'crime' when probing Trump team and Russia

Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson used his six-hour interview with the House Intelligence Committee in November to defend the crafting of the now-infamous opposition research dossier on Trump and Russia and detail the... More>>

Doctors using virtual care visits to treat flu patients from home so they aren't infecting others

Two major hospitals in the Tampa Bay area allow you to receive a diagnosis and prescription without leaving your home, helping prevent spreading the flu. More>>

Tide Pods: P&G's big innovation gone wrong

People keep eating one of Procter & Gamble's most successful innovations in years: Tide Pods. More>>

The Democratic Party is progressing -- some members need to catch up

In the 2 1/2 years since Sen. Bernie Sanders launched his presidential campaign, the Democratic Party has felt the Bern. A $15 minimum wage, campaign finance reform, access to a free college education and health care for... More>>

2 Different White House approaches to Russia testimony leave lawmakers scratching their heads

The White House move this week to limit Steve Bannon's congressional testimony while permitting a current administration official to speak freely reveals how precisely it is controlling what is shared with lawmakers. More>>

Fed official appointed by Trump lays out plan for easing bank rules

The Federal Reserve's regulatory czar laid out his plans Friday to relax regulations on Wall Street banks. More>>

Discriminatory "Freedom of Conscience" bill introduced in Oklahoma Senate

A Senate bill, authored by Sen. Brecheen (R), is in the works for the 2018 legislative session. More>>

Nunes' FBI memo becomes conservative rallying cry

House conservatives are demanding the public release of a memo spearheaded by Rep. Devin Nunes, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, detailing allegations of FBI missteps during the 2016 election -- a move... More>>

Nancy Pelosi Fast Facts

Here's a look at the life of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a representative from California since 1987. More>>

Hank Aaron Fast Facts

Here is a look at the life of Baseball Hall of Fame player Hank Aaron. More>>

This was GE's worst week since the Great Recession

The last time General Electric had a week this terrible, the Dow was below 7,000. More>>

Despite Zinke pledge, Interior official says no decision yet on Florida offshore drilling

The federal official overseeing offshore drilling policy said there has been no "official decision" that Florida is off the table, contradicting a public announcement by his boss, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. More>>

A New Jersey suburb wants to fine you $200 for driving through during rush hour

A New Jersey suburb is getting tired of out-of-towners using navigation apps that send them through its narrow side streets on their way to and from the George Washington Bridge. More>>

Justice Department says it will re-try Sen. Bob Menendez

The Justice Department filed a notice Friday to re-try Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez on federal bribery and corruption charges. More>>

Los Angeles Times employees vote to form union

The newsroom employees of the Los Angeles Times have voted to form a union for the first time ever amid growing turmoil at the storied paper. More>>

Feds file charges in two cryptocurrency fraud cases

The federal government is continuing to clamp down on the fast-moving market for cryptocurrencies, charging two bitcoin traders with fraud on Thursday. More>>

Donald Trump Jr. to host Trump Tower buyers from India

Buyers who sign up early for new Trump-branded apartments in India are being given the chance to meet with Donald Trump Jr. More>>

Delta flies 250,000 service animals a year. Now the rules are changing

Boarding a Delta flight with your service pooch is about to get tougher. More>>

Government shutdowns: A look back at modern 'funding gaps'

When the clock strikes midnight, the US government could shut down in historic fashion. More>>

CNN poll: DACA not worth a shutdown, except to Democrats

With hours to go before a midnight deadline for Congress to fund the government or shut it down, most Americans say avoiding a shutdown is more important than passing a bill to maintain the program allowing people brought... More>>

What happens at Davos?

Thousands of the world's richest and most powerful people are preparing for a pilgrimage to Davos. More>>

CNN Poll: President Trump's approval rating edges up to 40%

President Donald Trump's approval rating ticked up to 40%, his highest mark since last September but still the lowest for any elected president at the one-year mark since modern public opinion polling began, according to... More>>

Preliminary report on Las Vegas massacre does not reveal motive

A preliminary report about the October 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas does not reveal a motive for gunman Stephen Paddock's actions, but does shed a little more light on how he planned the attack. More>>

Popular French bistro to close following minimum wages hikes

A popular valley restaurant is closing up shop, saying the increase in minimum wage and new labor laws was too much to afford. More>>

Upset customers still wait for puppy socks gifts

It's now almost a month after Christmas, and some people are still waiting for their gifts to arrive. More>>

Who's affected by a shutdown: By the numbers

If Congress can't agree on a plan to fund the federal government before time runs out, a shutdown is expected to affect millions of Americans. More>>

US troops help Somali forces rescue 30 children from terror camp

US troops helped Somalia's security forces rescue approximately 30 child conscript soldiers Thursday during a raid on an al-Shabaab camp, a US military official tells CNN. More>>

This is what happens during a US government shutdown

If both houses of Congress are unable to pass a funding proposal -- which, at this point, looks very possible -- the United States federal government will shut down Friday. More>>

In Crowded New York City, 'Sidewalk Rage' Is A Common Occurrence

With too many people, and too little space, patience seems to be wearing thin on the streets of New York City these days. More>>

'The Worst Nightmare:' A Mother's Emotional Warning After Daughter, 27, Dies From Flu

An Orange County mom has an emotional warning after her healthy 27 year old daughter died of the flu. More>>

Trump has replaced old international allies with new ones

"How to Win Friends and Influence People," a self-help book by Dale Carnegie, was first published in 1936. It has since sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. More>>

Mother Who Fought Off Suspected Serial Groper Shares Her Story

Surveillance video shows a North Texas mom fighting back after a man attacks her in front of her daughter. More>>

Retired Couple Mistakenly Donates Soup Can Full Of Cash To Food Pantry

They wanted to donate soup but gave away a small fortune instead. A retired Middleton couple is out $2,500 they meant to stash in a tomato soup can. Now the family is hoping to get the money back. More>>

Md. Cop's Basketball Moves In One-On-One Game Goes Viral

Good police officers are always looking for ways to better connect with the community they serve. More>>

Anti-abortion bill passes the House ahead of 'March for Life'

An anti-abortion rights bill passed in the House Friday morning ahead of the March for Life, the biggest yearly event for anti-abortion activists in Washington. More>>

Mattis: military will 'continue what we are doing' but shutdown will have a 'terrible impact'

Secretary of Defense James Mattis warned Friday that a government shutdown will have "a terrible" impact on the US military, just hours before a deadline for the Senate to pass a bill to keep the government open. However,... More>>

Australian Open heat: Players being sent to 'abattoir'

It was another scorcher at the Australian Open and for the second day in a row, a French player bore the worst of it then took aim at organizers. More>>

Ricky Martin accidentally hears WGN reporter's fangirl freak-out on live TV

WGN Morning News' Around Town reporter Ana Belaval is a huge Ricky Martin fan. And now, the singer/actor knows it, too. More>>

Four ways Trump's first year has made us less safe

The Trump team, like so many administrations before them, has been preparing to sell the accomplishments of its first year in office. If the government shuts down, these efforts won't matter because it will all be... More>>

Paramedics called to Justice Sonia Sotomayor's house for low blood sugar

US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor suffered "symptoms of low blood sugar" and paramedics were called to her home Friday, according to a Supreme Court spokesperson. More>>

Damaged Navy destroyer arrives on Gulf Coast for repairs

A U.S. Navy destroyer damaged in a collision last summer arrived on the Gulf Coast Friday. More>>

Kelly's hardnose tactics vex some in West Wing

After moving into his West Wing corner office, John Kelly, President Donald Trump's chief of staff, replaced the three large flatscreen televisions over the fireplace with a portrait of Abraham Lincoln. More>>

What happened this week (in anything but politics)

A couple says, "I do." An actor says, "Maybe." And Amazon says, "No way." Here's this week's politics-free side of the news. More>>

Democratic House Intel member alleges 'plenty of evidence to suggest' Trump Organization money laundering

California Rep. Jackie Speier, a Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, is making the accusation that past Trump Organization real estate deals show evidence of money laundering. More>>

Vladimir Putin takes dip in freezing water to mark Epiphany

Russian President Vladimir Putin stripped down to his bathing trunks in freezing temperatures Friday before immersing himself in icy waters to mark the feast of the Epiphany. More>>

Burned freeway patched to avoid days of closure

It took a team effort, but southbound I-15 at the site of an explosive tanker fire Thursday night that snarled traffic for hours will be open in time for Friday's evening commute. More>>

North Korea plans military parade on eve of the Olympics, diplomats say

The Winter Olympics opening ceremony may not be the only parade North Korea is planning on participating in next month. More>>

Supreme Court to hear travel ban 3.0 challenge in April

The Supreme Court said Friday that it would take up a challenge to the latest version of President Donald Trump's travel ban. More>>

Baltimore mayor ousts police commissioner, saying violence isn't dropping fast enough

Baltimore's mayor on Friday ousted city Police Commissioner Kevin Davis in favor of one of his deputies, saying the city wasn't reducing violence fast enough amid a soaring homicide rate. More>>

Check out the new 'Heathers'

Before "Mean Girls," there was "Heathers." More>>

This blood test may be able to detect 8 types of cancer, study says

Scientists have made progress on developing an experimental blood test that could detect many types of cancer in their early stages, and possibly even their locations in the body. More>>

List of actors refusing to work with Woody Allen grows

Is it #TimesUp for famed director Woody Allen? More>>

String of brutal rapes shocks India

Five alleged rapes, mostly of minors, within five days in the northern Indian state of Haryana, has forced the issue of sexual violence back onto India's national agenda, provoking widespread condemnation. More>>

'Hillbilly Elegy' author will not run for Senate

Despite a conversation with the top Senate Republican, "Hillbilly Elegy" author JD Vance will not run for Senate in Ohio, he announced Friday. More>>

Reality show crew allegedly tried to sneak fake bomb past airport security

Nine members of a reality TV production crew were arrested Thursday at Newark International Airport after allegedly trying to sneak an "inert device" through security. More>>

Republican leaders pressure members against Durbin-Graham DACA bill

Republican Senate leadership is waging a quiet, behind-the-scenes pressure campaign to encourage GOP members to not sign onto a bipartisan immigration deal. More>>

Trump touts year of anti-abortion policies in Rose Garden speech

President Donald Trump touted his administration's anti-abortion record on Friday during remarks that made him the first sitting president to speak via video feed to the March for Life gathering in Washington. More>>

Health officials investigate after pictures show unsanitary conditions at hospital

State and local health agencies are investigating after pictures showing filthy conditions in a hospital were posted online. More>>

Van Jones kicks off new show with Jay-Z

CNN's Van Jones has a brand new show, and it's premiering with one serious superstar of a guest: rapper Jay-Z. More>>

Flu widespread throughout the nation, 30 children dead

This year's flu season ranks among the most severe in recent years. More>>

Amazon's HQ2: Experts reveal their predictions

The race is on: Amazon has announced its list of 20 cities that are finalists to host its second headquarters. But who will -- and who should -- win? CNN Opinion teamed up with CNNMoney to ask experts and thinkers for... More>>

African nations set to approve huge free trade deal

The African continent is on the cusp of something big. More>>

URGENT - Police release preliminary report on Las Vegas massacre

(CNN) -- Las Vegas Metropolitan Police released a preliminary investigative report about the October 1 mass shooting that left 58 people dead, Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo told reporters Friday. Lombardo said he... More>>

'Lady Bird,' Jay-Z nominated for GLAAD Media Awards

GLAAD announced the nominees for the organization's media awards on Friday, which recognize LGBTQ-inclusive content. More>>

Corporate America's nightmare in Venezuela is getting worse

Venezuela has more crude oil than any other nation. But the crisis there is so bad that even oil companies are losing big money. More>>

This suspected serial killer was once an aspiring rapper

Before he became a suspected serial killer, Cleophus Cooksey was trying to break out as a rapper. More>>

Shutdown threat scuttling lawmaker travel plans as House members told to stay in DC

The House of Representatives wrapped its final votes Friday before a weeklong recess, just hours before the federal government is expected to shutdown, but it was unclear of lawmakers would leave Washington, DC, as... More>>

Women who marched, one year later: 'We are exhausted but we're here and we're still marching'

One year ago, Allison Busch-Vogel of South Orange, New Jersey rented four buses even before she knew if she could fill them. More>>

Why isn't the Stormy Daniels story a bigger deal?

Donald Trump's personal lawyer formed a private company just before the 2016 election to pay $130,000 in exchange for a porn star's silence about her alleged 2006 relationship with the now-President of the United States,... More>>

Olympian Aly Raisman tells Nassar in court: 'The tables have turned, Larry'

Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman delivered a forceful speech in court Friday, praising the "army of survivors" who have spoken out against former team doctor Larry Nassar. More>>

Have you seen these sad faced, house shaped pinatas?

You may have noticed these colorful pinatas popping up around Dallas. More>>

Mark Cuban says you can buy your Mavs tickets with BitCoin, but should you?

Buying Mavs tickets is about to go digital in every way. More>>

Fort Worth pawn shop says they have stolen wedding ring

If you know someone named Lacy who is missing this diamond wedding ring, let a girl know there's a pawn shop that has it. More>>

Planned Parenthood leader: Women are America's unstoppable force

One year ago, I took a flight from Miami to Washington, hoping to arrive in time for the Women's March the next morning. Our flight attendant leaned over to me and asked, "Do you think it's going to make any difference,... More>>

21 Deaths now linked to the flu in Connecticut

Twenty-one deaths are now linked to the flu, according to the state Department of Public Health. More>>

Activists, supporters rally for man facing deportation

Another Connecticut family is fighting to stay together, after the father of two received deportation orders. More>>

White House slams Democrats, preps for shutdown

With the clock ticking down to a potential government shutdown, the White House on Friday sought to put the spotlight on Democrats. More>>

Officers honored for saving disabled woman's life

Three officers were honored by the Bristol Police Department for a daring house fire rescue. More>>

Amazon hikes the price of Prime monthly memberships by 18%

Amazon Prime is about to get more expensive for anyone with a monthly subscription. More>>

Former FBI director James Comey to co-teach course on ethical leadership at William & Mary

Former FBI director James Comey will be teaching a three credit course on ethical leadership for William & Mary starting in the fall, the school announced Friday. More>>

Breaking down Arizona's '6-day rule' when it comes to pets

A stray pup found in Phoenix by a Good Samaritan is stirring up a lot of controversy in the community. More>>

Coke: We'll recycle one can or bottle for every one we sell

Coca-Cola is pledging to keep more of its cans and bottles out of landfills. More>>

Source: Trump cancels Mar-a-Lago trip ahead of anticipated government shutdown

President Donald Trump has canceled his planned trip to his posh Florida resort Friday, anticipating that lawmakers can't avert the looming government shutdown set to take effect at midnight, according to a government... More>>

Lupita Nyong'o penning children's book about colorism

Lupita Nyong'o has spoken powerfully about discrimination against darker skin and now she's writing a book about it. More>>

Perfect place for a distillery? Behind bars

Redd Rowland was known in the 1950s for owning a monkey that would do a trick and then doff its little hat in hopes of a tip. But Rowland was also quite a bootlegger, and the Cabarrus County sheriff eventually sent a squad... More>>

Here's what to watch in Congress: 'This is going to get worse before it gets better'

The government will shut down at 12:00:01 a.m. ET, Saturday morning. Nobody on either side -- Senate or House; Republican or Democrat -- sees a different path at this point. More>>

What's happening in sport? Five things to know

Tennis' "bad boy" Nick Kyrgios did good in front of his home crowd at the Australian Open on Friday. More>>

Former FBI Director James Comey to teach ethical leadership class

Former FBI Director James Comey will teach a course on ethical leadership at William and Mary beginning in the fall, according to an article on the Virginia college's website. More>>

Six Nations: What's behind France's 'disastrous' form?

It was a chance to cause a shake-up in rugby's pecking order -- for Japan, an emerging nation on the rugby map, to overturn France in Paris. More>>

Turpin case: Siblings allegedly starved, shackled and taunted with food

For years, the 13 starving children lived in squalor, shackled with padlocks while their parents taunted them with pies left on the counter of their California home, authorities say. More>>

There's only been one female head of government in modern history who gave birth while in office

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern isn't the first prime minister to expect a baby while in office. More>>

Look out Red Bull. Monster is flying

Monster is beating Red Bull at home and aiming to cut its rival's lead overseas. More>>

'This is depraved conduct,' DA says of California couple accused of torturing kids

A California district attorney painted a horrible picture of physical and emotional abuse as he announced torture charges Thursday against a Riverside County couple accused of keeping their 13 children captive and... More>>

Former Trump appointee apologizes for racist and other inflammatory comments that led to his resignation

Former Trump administration appointee Carl Higbie apologized Friday for the racist, sexist, anti-Muslim and anti-LGBT comments he made on the radio. More>>

IG: Homeland Security violated court orders during travel ban

The Department of Homeland Security was "caught by surprise" by President Donald Trump's first travel ban executive order, issued a week after he took office, and violated two court orders in preventing some travelers from... More>>

Mother breaks silence about infant daughter's bathtub drowning

A young eastern Idaho mother who served time in jail after her infant daughter drowned in the bathtub is breaking her silence about what happened. More>>

Stunning satellite image shows Northern Lights over the Great Lakes

A stunning satellite from the Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, shows the Aurora Borealis over the Great Lakes on Thursday night. More>>

Tow driver dodges death when car crashes, lands on top of his truck

Tow truck driver Fred Kennedy is lucky to be alive after narrowly dodging a car that crashed on top of his tow truck. More>>

Trump slams Senate Dems as shutdown looms

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday morning to express his displeasure with Senate Democrats with hours to go before the government potentially shuts down. More>>

Electricians are unearthing fascinating things as they rewire Buckingham Palace

If walls could talk, Buckingham Palace would certainly have some fascinating conversations. The headquarters of the British Monarchy is currently undergoing a 10-year electrical update, and the project is uncovering the... More>>

¯\_(?)_/¯ Why no one knows anything as the government nears a shutdown

The federal government will run out of money and shut down at midnight. And, right now, no one in Washington has the slightest clue how to stop that from happening. More>>

$6 Million in chips stolen in Wynn casino heist

Wanted: $6 million in missing gaming chips. Last seen: The lavish Wynn casino in Macau. More>>

Forget bitcoin. Here come the blockchain ETFs.

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are all the rage with investors -- even as their prices have taken some big hits lately. More>>

Oregon Democratic senator won't back stopgap spending bill

Sen. Jeff Merkley said he will vote against the short-term spending measure Republicans put forth to fund the government and avert a shutdown before the Friday midnight deadline. More>>

Woman who started France's #MeToo campaign faces lawsuit by man she accused

The woman who began France's own version of the #MeToo movement is being sued for slander by the man she accused of making lewd comments about her. More>>

U.S. could become world's biggest oil producer in 2018

The United States could soon be pumping more oil than any country on earth. More>>

Germany has a shortage of workers. Can refugees help?

Years of robust growth and rising employment is causing a problem in Germany: Companies can't fill jobs. More>>

Pope Francis defends Chilean bishop accused of covering up sex scandal

Pope Francis' South America trip, billed as a pilgrimage of peace and unity, has struck a controversial chord after he defended a Chilean bishop accused of covering up sexual abuse. More>>

In Iowa, doubt creeps in even among Trump supporters

Since Donald Trump came along, they have a "safe word" at the Table of Knowledge inside Darrell's Diner in Monticello, Iowa. More>>

Trump's defense strategy sees China and Russia as biggest threats

The Pentagon now sees China and Russia as "the central challenge" facing the US military, according to the unclassified pages of the Trump administration's new National Defense Strategy. More>>

Three Amazon finalists are inside the Beltway. What gives?

On Thursday morning, the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce held a regional conference with a panel full of local economic development officials. Ten minutes before the event started, they were given some welcome news:... More>>

Why you need to budget weekly (not monthly)

Sometimes it can feel like you've got a lot of balls in the air, money-wise. In the midst of all this juggling, how long can you keep your eye on your budget? More>>

Boston is top pick to win Amazon's HQ2 on Irish gambling site

An Irish gambling site now has Boston as the top contender to win Amazon's second headquarters. More>>

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