HOUSTON, Texas -- Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush has been moved to an intensive-care unit at a Houston hospital with pneumonia and was stable and resting comfortably after doctors performed a procedure to clear his airway, his office said on Wednesday. His wife of 72 years, former first lady Barbara Bush, also was admitted to the same hospital on Wednesday as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing, the office said in a statement.
Television comedy "Will & Grace," the show that brought gay men and women into mainstream pop culture, is returning to U.S. television with 10 new episodes, broadcaster NBC said on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Emmy-winning stars Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally all will reprise their roles for the limited run that will air later in the fall of 2017 or early 2018.
LONDON—A waxwork of Donald Trump was unveiled on Wednesday, Jan. 18, amid tight security at Madame Tussauds museum after protests at a similar ceremony in Spain earlier this week. Striking a bullish pose in his navy suit and Republican red silk tie, the model stands in the museum's Oval Office exhibit, alongside German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Dalai Lama and India's Mahatma Gandhi.
WASHINGTON -- President-elect Donald Trump scrapped a proposal to move news briefings out of the White House, but said he wants his team to choose who gets into the press room. Trump, who will be sworn in on Friday as the 45th U.S. president, has had a contentious relationship with some prominent U.S. news organizations he refers to derisively as the "mainstream media."
TORONTO - Canada's self-appointed "Mr. Wonderful," a millionaire businessman and reality TV star who has proposed selling seats in the Canadian Senate, on Wednesday, Jan. 18, joined the crowded race to lead the opposition Conservatives in 2019 elections, vowing to make Canadian business more competitive. Kevin O'Leary, known for his appearances on reality shows "Shark Tank" and "Dragons' Den," where aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas, is often compared to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump in style, wealth and self-promotion.
U.S. regional bank U.S. Bancorp said Chief Operating Officer Andy Cecere would succeed Richard Davis as chief executive officer, effective April 18. Davis, who served as CEO of U.S. Bancorp for a decade, will continue as executive chairman of the board, the Minneapolis-based company said. As part of U.S. Bancorp's succession plan, Cecere was named COO in January 2015 and president in January 2016. He has been with the company since 1985.
WASHINGTON—U.S. President-elect Donald Trump extended his war of words with African-American civil rights leader John Lewis on Tuesday, Jan. 17, accusing the Democratic congressman of lying when he said Trump's inauguration would be the first that he would miss. "John Lewis said about my inauguration, 'It will be the first one that I've missed.' WRONG (or lie)! He boycotted Bush 43 also because he 'thought it would be hypocritical to attend Bush's swearing-in....he doesn't believe Bush is the true elected president.' Sound familiar!" Trump said in a pair of posts on Twitter.
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday, Jan. 17, he doubted President-elect Donald Trump had met with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel room several years ago, referring to an unverified dossier published last week that Trump has dismissed as "fake news."
ISTANBUL -- The gunman suspected of killing 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub on New Year's Day has been caught by police in the city's Esenyurt district, the Hurriyet newspaper website and other media reports said on Tuesday, Jan. 17. The man, who media quoted police as saying had operated under the cover name Abu Muhammed Horasani, was caught in a hideout with his four-year-old son, Hurriyet said. The reports could not immediately be confirmed.
LONDON - Britain will leave the EU's single market when it exits the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday, putting an end to speculation that London might try to seek a "soft Brexit". In a long-awaited speech in which she sought to define the country's future as a global player that aims to trade freely far beyond Europe, May said the final exit deal would be put to parliament for a vote.