WASHINGTON—U.S. President Donald Trump vowed on Tuesday, Jan. 24, to bring federal intervention to bear in Chicago to quell the "carnage" of gun violence plaguing America's third-largest city unless local officials can curb the murder rate on their own. Trump appeared to be seizing on a story published by the Chicago Tribune on Monday reporting at least 228 people shot in the city so far this year, up 5.5 percent from the same period last January, with at least 42 homicides to date, an increase of 23.5 percent.
AUSTIN, Texas -- Former U.S. President George H.W. Bush is improving from a case of pneumonia that has kept him in a Houston hospital for more than 10 days and could go home by the weekend, a spokesman for the president's office said on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Bush, 92, the country's oldest living ex-president, is working with physical therapists to build strength, spokesman Jim McGrath said in a statement. On Monday, Bush was moved out of the intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Hospital, where has been since Jan. 14 after experiencing shortness of breath.
NEW YORK -- Opponents of two controversial oil pipelines face a long and difficult legal path if the U.S. government approves their construction, experts said after the Trump administration issued orders on Tuesday, Jan. 24, intended to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access projects.
U.S. oil producer Hess Corp. posted a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss on Wednesday, Jan. 25, helped by cost cuts, and executives forecast a rebound in activity this year as crude prices edge higher. The cautiously optimistic outlook for 2017 comes as the number of drilling rigs and other oilfield equipment deployed across the United States continues to rise, with oil executives betting their industry is on the rebound after a two-year price downturn.
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Secret Service may discipline a senior official who suggested on Facebook that she did not want to "take a bullet" for President Donald Trump, the agency and a newspaper said. The online comments, which were first reported by the Washington Examiner newspaper on Tuesday, Jan. 24, were made over seven months by Kerry O'Grady, special agent in charge of the agency's Denver district.
Usain Bolt has lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals after Jamaica teammate Nesta Carter was found guilty of doping at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Carter was found to have taken the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine, the International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday. The Jamaica team must return their medals. Trinidad and Tobago will be promoted to gold, Japan move up to silver and fourth-placed Brazil will be awarded bronze, subject to any further results from the IOC anti-doping retesting program.
WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would seek a major investigation of alleged voter fraud in the November election, despite overwhelming consensus among state officials, election experts and politicians that voter fraud is rare in the United States. "I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER FRAUD, including those registered to vote in two states, those who are illegal and....even, those registered to vote who are dead (and many for a long time). Depending on results, we will strengthen up voting procedures!" Trump said on Twitter.
A Michigan man whose drug-related prison sentence was commuted by former President Barack Obama was shot dead this week at a federal halfway house, according to local media reports. Demarlon Thomas, 31, was shot and killed on Monday night, Jan. 23, by a man with an assault-style rifle in Saginaw, Michigan, around 100 miles northwest of Detroit, according to local CBS affiliate WNEM. A spokesman for the Michigan State Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average traded above 20,000 for the first time on Wednesday, Jan. 25, resuming a rally that began in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's election victory. The rally was reignited by Trump's signing of numerous executive orders since his inauguration on Friday, Jan. 20. The index came within a point of the historic level on Jan. 6, as investors banked on pro-growth policies and tax cuts from the new administration.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is expected to sign executive orders starting on Wednesday, Jan.