Trump defends Senate candidate Moore despite misconduct allegations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump defended embattled U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore on Tuesday, saying the Alabama Republican had denied allegations of sexual misconduct and emphasizing that he did not want Moore’s Democratic opponent to win. Trump previously said that Moore should step aside if the allegations were true. Speaking to reporters at the White House before leaving Washington for Florida, Trump left open the possibility of campaigning for Moore, saying he would make an announcement on that next week. The president also ripped into Moore’s opponent, Democrat DougRead More

Citi hit with $6.5 million in U.S. fines over student loans

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) said on Tuesday it had ordered Citibank to pay $6.5 million for allegedly harming borrowers with student loan servicing failures. FILE PHOTO: A view of the exterior of the Citibank corporate headquarters in New York, New York, U.S. May 20, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo The agency said it ordered Citibank to end illegal loan practices and pay $3.75 million in redress to consumers and a $2.75 million civil penalty. Mark Costiglio, a spokesman for Citi, said “we are pleased toRead More

Kendall Jenner ousts Gisele Bundchen as world’s top-earning model

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Kendall Jenner topped a list on Tuesday of the world’s highest paid models, edging Gisele Bundchen out of the No. 1 spot for the first time in 15 years in a ranking that reflected the growing power of social media influencers. FILE PHOTO: Model Kendall Jenner displays a creation from the Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2018 show at the Milan Fashion Week in Milan, Italy, September 23, 2017. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini Ashley Graham became the first plus-size woman to make the annual Forbes list of top earning models,Read More

Formerly conjoined twins sent home 5 months after separation – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

A pair of formerly conjoined twins are being discharged from the hospital just in time for Thanksgiving after a successful surgery to separate them. Erin and Abby Delaney were born joined at the head on July 24, 2016 — 10 weeks premature. In June, they underwent a rare separation surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Erin and Abby suffered from brain bleeds after the surgery and were even placed in an induced coma for a few weeks. However, five months later, the girls are thriving and were sent homeRead More

White House promises welfare overhaul details early next year

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration will provide details of its plans to overhaul welfare in the first few weeks of 2018, a White House spokeswoman said on Monday. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders attends the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, U.S. November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria “This is something that the president has a great deal of interest in and I think you can count on probably the first part of next year seeing more specifics and details come out onRead More

Rising Medicare costs leave many U.S. seniors with a flat COLA

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Millicent Graves will get a raise from Social Security next year, but her household budget will get worse, not better. FILE PHOTO: An elderly couple looks out at the ocean as they sit on a park bench in La Jolla, California November 13, 2013. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo – The 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) announced by Social Security for 2018 last month will boost Graves’ monthly benefit by $20.70. But in reality, that increase will be wiped out by a higher Medicare Part B premium, which will beRead More

Gary Oldman slays dragons to play Churchill in ‘Darkest Hour’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Gary Oldman has played Beethoven, Lee Harvey Oswald, Sid Vicious and Pontius Pilate in his 35-year acting career, but he says taking on Britain’s Winston Churchill was by far the most daunting. British actor Gary Oldman, who stars in the film “Darkest Hour” about Winston Churchill, poses for a portrait in Beverly Hills, California U.S. November 9, 2017. Picture taken November 9, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson Months of research, four hours for makeup and costumes every day, and capturing the famous voice of Britain’s wartime prime ministerRead More

Ex-banker Otting confirmed as U.S. Comptroller of the Currency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former banking executive and associate of U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday to be U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, serving as the leading regulator of national banks. The Senate approved Joseph Otting by a vote of 54-to-43, with the confirmation expected. Otting, who will be sworn in as head of the OCC within days, will overlook such big banks as Bank of America Corp, JPMorgan Chase & Co and Wells Fargo & Co. Otting spent more than 30 years asRead More

Argentina says it may have received signals from missing sub – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

Argentina’s Navy detected seven brief satellite calls Saturday that officials believe may have come from a submarine with 44 crew members that hadn’t been heard from in three days. The communication attempts “indicate that the crew is trying to re-establish contact, so we are working to locate the source of the emissions,” the Navy said on its Twitter account, adding that the calls lasted between four and 36 seconds. Argentine authorities clarified that it has not been confirmed the calls came from the submarine, the ARA San Juan, though thatRead More

6 European destinations that are still warm in December – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

Europe isn’t usually our first thought when we’re planning a December trip. The Caribbean, Asia, and really the whole Southern Hemisphere usually come to mind first — and for good reason. They are, on the whole, much warmer in the winter months. But there are some European destinations that also aren’t prone to winter’s chill. Just look to the Mediterranean. You may not be inspired to jump in the hotel pool, but you will be able to leave your winter jacket behind as you enjoy some sunshine and fresh air.Read More