Hootie Johnson, who famously rejected the idea of female members at Augusta National Golf Club during his tenure as chairman and spearheaded two overhauls of the course that hosts the Masters, has died. He was 86. Johnson, a former chairman of the executive committee at Bank of America who served eight years as chairman of Augusta National from 1998-2006, died on Friday, July 14, the club said in a statement. Current Augusta National chairman Billy Payne referred to Johnson as a personal mentor on Masters matters as well as those in business and life.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - A Canadian mother who hid the decomposing remains of her six babies in a storage locker was sentenced on Friday to eight and a half years in jail, as a judge said her actions must be denounced. Andrea Giesbrecht, 43, was convicted in February of six counts of concealing the body of a child in 2014. Staff at storage company U-Haul, a subsidiary of Amerco, discovered the stinking bodies in her locker after she fell behind on payments.
WASHINGTON - The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, was killed in a strike on the group's headquarters in Kunar province earlier this week, the Pentagon said on Friday, July 14. Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said in a statement that other members of the Islamic State group were also killed in the strike on Tuesday, July 11.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of a massive annual defense bill on Friday, leaving out controversial amendments on transgender troops and climate policy but backing President Donald Trump's desire for a bigger, stronger military. The vote was 344-81 to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which sets military policy and authorizes up to $696 billion in spending for the Department of Defense.
Police in Pennsylvania found the body of one of four missing men they had been searching for on a sprawling rural farm north of Philadelphia, and a local prosecutor confirmed on Thursday that investigators were treating the case as a murder. Cadaver-sniffing dogs found the body of 19-year-old Dean Finocchiaro, as well as the remains of other people not yet identified, in a 12-foot (3.7-meter) deep grave on the 90-acre (36.4 hectare) farm this week in Solebury, Pennsylvania.
A delegation of commodity importers from China, the world's top soybean buyer, signed agreements on Thursday to buy 12.53 million tonnes of the U.S. crop in the second-largest deal between the two countries, the U.S. Soybean Export Council said. The deal comes amid uneven relations between the two countries following the election of U.S. President Donald Trump in November. Traders and analysts said the agreements provided little insight for the market, as final prices and shipment dates were not specified.
Department store operator J.C. Penney Co Inc said it was opening toy shops in all its stores and has already doubled its online assortment of toys over the last year, with plans to expand further by the holiday season. The retailer, which has over 1,000 stores, will sell toys from brands including Mattel's Fisher Price, Hasbro and Playmobil, with some stores also featuring a play area. Penney has been expanding into more categories, including appliances, as seeks new avenues of growth in a weak retail environment, particularly for department stores.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is under observation after becoming dehydrated at a charity building project in Canada, but says he is "okay," Habitat for Humanity said. Carter, 92, had collapsed at the building site in Winnipeg, local media outlets reported. In a statement, Habitat for Humanity said he was dehydrated while working in the hot sun.
WASHINGTON - Senate Republican leaders, aiming to salvage efforts backed by President Donald Trump to dismantle the Obamacare law, on Thursday unveiled revisedhealthcare legislation that lets insurers sell bare-bones policies and retains key taxes on the wealthy.
Delta Air Lines Inc on Thursday, July 13, reported a 21 percent drop in second-quarter profit because of sharply higher operating costs, despite higher passenger unit revenue, sending its shares down about 3 percent. The stock drop reversed positive gains earlier in the week driven by investor optimism about improving passenger unit revenue in the sector. The closely-watched metric measures sales relative to flight capacity.