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January 19, 2017 7:42 PM Trump Treasury pick diverges from GOP playbook

Mnuchin outlined his views amid harsh questioning from Democrats about his business background and offshore investments. Treasury secretary nominee Steven Mnuchin diverged from congressional Republicans Thursday on key policy issues, signaling a willingness to go his own way on bank regulation and tax administration. In a sometimes contentious hearing 17

January 19, 2017 1:12 PM Chelsea Manning, precedents, and why conservatives could never stand President Obama

For the first question of his final news conference as president Wednesday, President Obama was asked to defend his decision to commute Chelsea Manning's prison sentence. Let's be clear: Chelsea Manning has served a tough prison sentence, so the notion that the average person who was thinking about disclosing vital classified information would think 13

January 19, 2017 1:07 PM Raging fire collapses iconic Iranian high-rise, killing at least 30 firefighters

A high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by a fire collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring some 75 people, state media reported. The disaster struck the Plasco building, an iconic structure in central Tehran just north of the capital's sprawling bazaar. Firefighters, soldiers and other emergency responders dug through the rubble 13

January 19, 2017 10:46 AM Avalanche hits Italian hotel, many feared dead under snow

PENNE, Italy (Reuters) - A huge avalanche ploughed into a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy after a series of strong earthquakes rattled the area, and up to 30 people might be buried under the snow, officials said on Thursday. Rescue workers using flashlights on their helmets battled blizzard conditions during the night to reach the isolated hotel 14

January 19, 2017 5:10 AM Hard-Luck Hillary Clinton’s Second Case of the Inaugural Blues

Unlike in 2009, there is no consolation prize this time for a campaign that fell short. How hard it must be for Hillary Clinton to sit next to Bill on the inaugural platform for the second time as an also-ran. She’s a good soldier, and she’ll carry it off with the grace of a former First Lady, but if there were a thought bubble over her head, it would 6

January 19, 2017 4:24 AM People's Choice Awards 2017: The Big Winners List!

We've done it again! Another year and another group of winners chosen by the people. In case you missed any of the People's Choice Awards and want to check if your fave won, ch-ch-check out the big winners from the night (below)! FAVORITE MOVIE Captain America: Civil War Deadpool Finding Dory - WINNER Suicide Squad Zootopia FAVORITE ACTION MOVIE ACTOR 16

January 19, 2017 3:31 AM Nintendo Switch to Get New Fire Emblem in 2018, Relies on Phone App for Matchmaking

The steady drip of Nintendo Switch news continues. Alongside its announcement of Fire Emblem Heroes for Android and iOS, Nintendo revealed that it’s also working on a new Fire Emblem title for Switch, which will release in 2018. There wasn’t much beyond that, except the promise of a “full-scale war”. Nintendo also noted that the new game would mark the return 8

January 18, 2017 11:10 PM Obama's final contrast to Trump

The president's measured, philosophical approach to his last news conference makes Friday's turnover even more jarring. He was sober and cautious, refusing to take several servings of bait offered up to him. He insisted on the importance of principles and norms. He asked for questions from an array of reporters, including a few critics. And he spoke 16

January 18, 2017 11:06 PM After slow burn, Tim Raines blazes his way into the Hall of Fame

He hasn't gotten a hit, scored a run or padded his glittering numbers in more than 14 years. So how amazing is it that on this stunning Wednesday evening in January 2017, the great Tim Raines finds himself celebrating his election to the Hall of Fame? Let's step back and swirl this around our brains for a minute. When a man has this moment, after 10 agonizing 15

January 18, 2017 8:34 PM Fox nixes Super Bowl ad with 'controversial' wall

Fox rejected a Super Bowl commercial that featured a wall, in an apparent reference to the one President-elect Donald Trump says he'll build along the U.S. border with Mexico. The ad, for a $2.5 billion building-supply company called 84 Lumber, was considered too "controversial" for the network to air during the big game. That's according to Brunner 14