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  • Best Buy opens investigation into allegations of misconduct by CEO

    Best Buy is investigating allegations of misconduct against its CEO Corie Barry, a company spokesperson said on Friday. The board launched the review after receiving a letter containing the allegations, the spokesperson said. “Best Buy takes allegations of misconduct very seriously,” the spokesman said in an emailed statement to CNN Business. “Upon the receipt of an anonymous letter containing allegations against our CEO, the Audit Committee of the Board immediately retained outside counsel, Sidley Austin LLP, to conduct an independent […]

  • CDC screens passengers from Chinese city due to new virus

    More than 100 staffers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are being deployed to three US airports to check passengers arriving from Wuhan, China, for fever and other symptoms of a mysterious new virus that’s killed two and infected dozens in China, the CDC announced Friday. It’s a highly unusual step. The last time the CDC did routine passenger health screening was during the 2014 Ebola outbreak, according to Dr. Martin Cetron, director of the CDC’s division […]

  • Disney to rebrand its movie studio as ’20th Century Studios’

    20th Century Fox is an icon of Hollywood history. Its epic fanfare title card has appeared in front of “The Sound of Music,” “Star Wars” and other major films over the past 85 years. But in 2020, that name is going to change. Disney is dropping the “Fox” name from its “20th Century Fox” brand, renaming the longtime studio as just “20th Century Studios.” Its art house production company, Fox Searchlight, will now be known as “Searchlight Pictures.” Disney closed a […]

  • Trump administration updates federal guidance for public school prayer

    WASHINGTON– The Trump administration on Thursday announced it is updating federal guidance for prayer in public schools and other initiatives aimed at protecting religious freedom, which administration officials said are aimed at reducing discrimination against people and groups of faith. The changes, announced on National Religious Freedom Day, include proposing new rules from nine federal agencies on social services programs, updating federal guidance on prayer in public schools and instructing federal agencies to ensure states do not condition grants of federal […]

  • States sue USDA over new food stamps work requirement

    The District of Columbia and New York state filed a lawsuit along with 13 other states and New York City against the US Department of Agriculture on Thursday challenging new Trump administration regulations that will require more food stamp recipients to work in order to receive benefits. The move is a key part of the administration’s efforts to overhaul the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as the food stamp program is formally known. The new requirement, set to go into effect in April, limits states’ […]

  • Ken Starr, Alan Dershowitz added to Trump’s impeachment defense team

    President Donald Trump is adding three seasoned lawyers to his impeachment legal defense team, people familiar with the matter said, including Kenneth Starr, the hard-charging prosecutor whose work led to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment. Alan Dershowitz, the constitutional lawyer, and Robert Ray, Starr’s successor at the Office of Independent Counsel during the Clinton administration, are also joining the team, the people said. The three are expected to join a legal team headed by White House counsel Pat Cipollone and outside […]

  • Religious cult tortured and killed pregnant woman and 6 children in Panama, authorities say

    A pregnant woman and six children — including a 1-year-old baby and a 3-year-old — were tortured, slaughtered and buried in a mass grave in Panama as part of a bizarre, ritualistic killing by a religious cult, authorities have said. Nine indigenous people have been arrested and will be charged over the grisly attack, which took place in a remote part of the Ngäbe-Buglé region, home to a large community of native Panamanians. Authorities said the bodies of three boys […]

  • San Francisco Giants make Alyssa Nakken first full-time female coach in MLB history

    Alyssa Nakken, a former softball star at Sacramento State, will join the San Francisco Giants coaching staff as the first female full-time assistant in Major League Baseball history. Giants Manager Gabe Kapler, who was hired in November, added Nakken and Mark Hallberg to his staff on Thursday, the team announced. Kapler said they will help build a winning culture in the clubhouse. “In every organization, environment affects performance, and baseball clubhouses are no different,” Kapler said. “That’s why in addition […]

  • Wisconsin woman left ER to find another hospital after long wait; she died 2 hours later

    Tashonna Ward walked into an emergency room in Milwaukee one evening this month to get treatment for chest pains and shortness of breath. After waiting more than two hours, the 25-year-old left and went to seek help at an urgent care, the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner said in a report. She collapsed by her car as soon as she arrived at the urgent care, and was pronounced dead not long after. Her family wants to know why it took so […]

  • Several U.S. troops were injured in Iran missile attack last week despite Pentagon saying otherwise

    Several U.S. service members were injured during last week’s Iranian missile attack on Al-Asad airbase in Iraq despite the Pentagon initially saying that no casualties had taken place. “While no U.S. service members were killed in the Jan. 8 Iranian attack on Al Asad Air base, several were treated for concussion symptoms from the blast and are still being assessed,” the US-led military coalition fighting ISIS in Iraq and Syria said in a statement Thursday. “Out of an abundance of […]

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