A small moth with a yellowish-white coif of scales has been named after U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, in honor of the former reality TV show host and real estate magnate's signature hairdo. The new species, dubbed Neopalpa donaldtrumpi, lives in a habitat that spans southern California and Mexico's Baja California and was named by evolutionary biologist Vazrick Nazari in an article published in the scientific journal ZooKeys.
WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama commuted the prison sentences of 330 federal inmates, particularly drug offenders, on Thursday, Jan. 19, making his quest to reduce what he viewed as overly harsh punishments one of his final acts in office. Obama leaves the White House on Friday, when Republican President-elect Donald Trump will succeed him. The commutations were the most done in a single day, the White House said, and brought the total number of sentences reduced by Obama to 1,715.
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."