Trump considering pardon of late boxing champ Jack Johnson

President Trump took a break from railing against the Democrats and the Russia investigation to weigh in on the case of a long-dead boxer — and to name-drop a Hollywood star — Saturday. “Sylvester Stallone called me with the story of heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson,” Trump tweeted at 3:02…

Trump taunts Democrats over Russia collusion lawsuit

President Trump needled the Democratic Party Saturday over its multimillion-dollar lawsuit claiming damages for an alleged conspiracy between Wikileaks, the Russian government, and the Trump campaign to swing the 2016 presidential election. “So funny, the Democrats have sued the Republicans for Winning,” Trump goaded in a 2:52 pm tweet. “Now…

Diplomatic progress with North Korea may not help Pompeo’s confirmation

A surprise declaration from Kim Jong-Un that North Korea would halt nuclear tests was met with international praise Saturday, but the diplomatic success may not make it any easier for CIA Director Mike Pompeo to win confirmation as the next secretary of state. Pompeo met with Kim over Easter weekend…

Admirer of Columbine shooters sentenced to life in prison

A twisted Illinois woman who admired the Columbine High School shooters was sentenced to life in prison — on the 19th anniversary of the massacre, according to reports. Lindsay Souvannarath of Geneva, Illinois — who plotted to go on a Valentine’s Day shooting rampage — will have no chance at…

Sessions may have spared Rosenstein by threatening to quit

Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have saved his deputy by threatening to quit himself. President Trump had Deputy AG Rod. J. Rosenstein in his crosshairs last week after the FBI raided the office, home and hotel room of Trump’s longtime personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen. The president reportedly blamed…

Cops responding to dying teen’s 911 calls didn’t get out of car to look for him

The cops who responded to a Cincinnati teen’s desperate 911 calls as he was suffocating to death under the seat of his minivan did not even bother to get out of their patrol car to look for him, bodycam footage shows. The footage, released Friday, shows Cincinnati Officers Edsel Osborne…

Presidents pay their respects as Barbara Bush is laid to rest

The nation bid farewell to Barbara Pierce Bush, the former First Lady who holds a unique place in American history, as her Houston funeral service got underway at noon Saturday. Bush, the wife of the country’s 41st president and the mother of its 43rd, stands alone with Abigail Adams at…

Four Palestinians killed in clashes at Gaza border

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — Gunfire from Israeli soldiers across a border fence killed four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, and wounded more than 150 others, health officials said, as several thousand people in blockaded Gaza staged a fourth round of weekly protests on the border with Israel. Huge black…

Trump slams ‘third rate’ NYT reporter over Cohen story

President Trump lashed out at “the dishonest media” in defense of his longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen, who is under pressure from prosecutors in the wake of the FBI raid on his office and home last week. “The New York Times and a third rate reporter named Maggie Haberman, known…

More rain adds to Hawaii flooding but alerts get downgraded

HONOLULU — Weather officials downgraded flash flood alerts in Hawaii on Friday after more rain on the island of Kauai added to flooding left behind by last weekend’s deluge. The National Weather Service lifted a flash flood warning for Kauai and a flash flood watch across the Hawaiian islands. The…

Probe clears CIA director pick of destroying waterboarding tapes

WASHINGTON — Countering resistance to President Donald Trump’s pick for CIA director, the spy agency have given lawmakers a declassified memo showing she was cleared years ago of wrongdoing in the destruction of videotapes showing terror suspects being waterboarded after 9/11. Gina Haspel is facing opposition from some Democrats and…

Iran vows ‘expected and unexpected’ moves if US exits deal

DUBAI – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday Iran’s atomic agency was ready with “expected and unexpected” reactions if the United States pulls out of a multinational nuclear deal, as U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to do. “Our Atomic Energy Organization is fully prepared … for actions that…

Authorities say Palestinian lecturer shot dead in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR – Two unidentified men shot and killed a 35-year-old Palestinian man in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday morning, Malaysian and Palestinian authorities said. The Islamist group Hamas, which exercises de facto control over Gaza, said one of its members was “assassinated” in Malaysia but stopped short of accusing Israel’s…

Greyhound bus accidentally drives 114 miles in wrong direction

Passengers aboard a Greyhound bus bound for New York City from Cleveland were left fuming Thursday after mechanical problems and a surprise detour kept the bus in Ohio. The bus left Cleveland more than three hours behind schedule, passengers told News 5 Cleveland. It was supposed to leave at 2:30…

Woman gets 3 years for involvement in beating of special needs man

CHICAGO — A Chicago woman involved in a beating of a mentally disabled teen that was shown on Facebook Live has been sentenced to three years in prison. Twenty-five-year-old Tanishia Covington learned her sentence Friday after pleading guilty to a hate crime, intimidation and aggravated battery. Covington apologized in court…

Florida deputy arrested on child porn charges

ORLANDO, Fla. — A Florida sheriff’s deputy is facing charges of receiving child pornography through the Canadian-based social media messaging app Kik. Federal prosecutors say 36-year-old Orange County Deputy Kevin Hutchinson was being interviewed Thursday as part of an investigation he transmitted child pornography when they found files he received…

Temple frat house suspended after 2 students allege sex assaults

PHILADELPHIA — A Temple University fraternity house where two teenage students said they were sexually assaulted has been suspended, and police are investigating. A 19-year-old student reported she was assaulted at Alpha Epsilon Pi’s fraternity house in February by one of the fraternity’s members, police Capt. Mark Burgmann said on…

Dad holding daughter in his lap fatally stabbed in restaurant

LOS ANGELES — A homeless man was charged Friday with murder in a random attack on a California father who was stabbed in the neck as his 5-year-old daughter sat in his lap in a crowded beachside steakhouse. Jamal Jackson, 49, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of…

Suspect says ‘sorry’ after shooting at high school leaves one injured

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A gunman carrying a shotgun in a guitar case opened fire at a Florida high school, wounding one student as other students and teachers piled desks and cabinets against classroom doors to make barricades. The 19-year-old suspect was later arrested and apologized as he was led…

Off-duty LAPD officer charged with murder in fiery DUI crash

LOS ANGELES — An off-duty Los Angeles police officer was charged Friday with murder in a fiery freeway crash that killed three members of a family. Edgar Verduzco, 27, also was charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence in connection with the Sept. 26 crash. Verduzco appeared in…

Clintons felt Jeb Bush was biggest GOP threat, new book says

Hillary Clinton lamented that “they were never going to let me be president” on election night in 2016, a new book detailing her White House bids claims. The Daily Beast obtained book excerpts of “Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling.” The book reportedly references…

Kite bombs hit Israel from Gaza City thanks to heavy winds

Palestinian terrorists flew kites attached with firebombs into Israel on Friday. The kites — each with Molotov-cocktail-like bombs tied to their tails — were floated over border fences from Gaza City and other areas. They are a new tactic in violent Palestinian border protests that have ignited clashes with Israeli…

Ex-teacher avoids jail time after admitting to sex romps with students

A former substitute teacher must register as a sex offender, but she avoided prison time after being sentenced Thursday on charges involving sexual contact with students. Madeline Marx, 24, did receive five years of probation on each of two counts of sexual battery, according to Cleveland.com. If she violates the…

Trump slams OPEC for ‘artificially’ high oil prices

President Trump slammed OPEC on Friday, accusing the bloc of 14 oil-producing nations of inflating oil prices when gas prices in the US are already the highest in nearly three years. “Looks like OPEC is at it again. With record amounts of Oil all over the place, including the fully…

CDC warns people to avoid ‘all types of romaine lettuce’ amid E. coli outbreak

Following an E. coli outbreak in 16 states, officials are expanding their warning, advising people to avoid buying “all types of romaine lettuce” grown in Arizona. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an updated statement on Friday urging consumers not to buy or consume romaine lettuce “unless you can…

Sessions told White House he’d probably walk if Rosenstein is axed: report

Jeff Sessions reportedly told the White House that he would find it difficult to remain as attorney general — and would likely walk — if President Trump were to fire his deputy, Rod J. Rosenstein, in the middle of the Russia investigation. He made the veiled threat last week during…

Teen who says he keeps pythons to protect his cash arrested

This Florida teen’s snakes protect his money — but can’t keep him out of jail. Christopher Hungria, 19, was busted after skipping a court appearance Wednesday on charges for having the unregistered pythons at his Hollywood home, news station WPLG reported. The teen — who can be seen on social…

Judge accused of lying during murder investigation

BELLEVILLE, Ill. — A state judicial board has filed a complaint accusing a judge in southwestern Illinois of lying to investigators when they questioned him about a suspect in a murder who had been his roommate. The Illinois Judicial Inquiry Board complaint submitted this week with the Courts Commission could…

Putin’s pen sells for $77,170 at auction

Putin finally proved he can do the write thing! A crystal-encrusted pen that Russian President Vladimir Putin used to ink political deals sold at an auction for a cold hard $77,170 in cash, according to a report Friday. Putin’s black Parker pen — which is embossed with the Russian coat…

North Korea announces it will suspend nuclear, missile tests

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un made the surprise announcement Friday that the country will suspend all nuclear and missile tests — in advance of an anticipated summit with President Trump. The president immediately praised the move on Twitter, with a statement that called the nuke ban a positive move…