WASHINGTON - Steve Bannon is out as President Donald Trump's chief strategist, ending a controversial tenure for the self-described populist and nationalist. "White House chief of staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve's last day. We are grateful for his service and wish him the best," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
HELSINKI - Two people were killed and six people needed hospital treatment after a knife attack in the Finnish city of Turku, police said in a news conference on Friday. They said there was only one suspect so far, a young man, and added that it was unclear if the incident was related to terrorism. Police said they arrested one person after a shootout and were hunting for other possible attackers. They warned people to stay away from the city as they reinforced security nationwide.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Friday an American citizen was confirmed dead in attacks in Spain. A suspected Islamist militant killed 13 people and wounded scores of others in Barcelona.
CHICAGO - Chicago Board of Trade wheat futures fell about 1 percent to life-of-contract lows on Thursday, Aug. 17, weighed down by investment fund short selling and abundant global supplies, traders said.
LOS ANGELES - Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt on the set of the upcoming "Mission: Impossible 6," causing production on the film to go on hiatus while the actor recovers, Paramount Pictures said in a statement on Wednesday. Paramount, a unit of Viacom, said the action movie, which is one of it biggest franchises, remains on schedule to open on July 27, 2018.
Work crews in Baltimore took down four monuments to the pro-slavery Civil War Confederacy on Wednesday before dawn, avoiding protests of the sort that greeted the planned removal of a statue in the neighboring state of Virginia. Monuments, including one of Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate army in the American Civil War, and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, a Confederate general, were dismantled overnight and taken from the Maryland city's Wyman Park Dell after the city council on Monday approved the removal.
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK - U.S. President Donald Trump disbanded two high-profile business advisory councils on Wednesday after corporate CEOs quit in protest at his remarks blaming violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, not only on white nationalists but also on the protesters who opposed them. A parade of prominent Republicans and U.S. ally Britain rebuked Trump after his Tuesday comments on Saturday's bloodshed further enveloped his seven-month-old presidency in controversy and paralyzed his policy aims.
WASHINGTON - Longtime Trump communications aide Hope Hicks has been named as interim communications director, the White House said on Wednesday, in the latest personnel move for President Donald Trump as he continues to seek someone for the job. The role of communications director had last been filled by Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier who was ousted after just 10 days following an obscene tirade he made to a reporter for The New Yorker magazine.
Rescue teams searched for a downed Army Black Hawk helicopter with five crew members aboard that was last reported off the west coast of Hawaii, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Wednesday. Coast Guard Hercules and Army Black Hawk aircrews spotted debris near Kaena Point, Oahu at 11:28 p.m. local time after staff at Wheeler Army Airfield said they had lost contact with one of their UH-60 Black Hawk aircrews, the Coast Guard said.
NEW YORK - U.S. President Donald Trump insisted on Tuesday that not all of the facts were known yet about the aftermath of a white supremacist rally in Virginia that turned violent at the weekend and that both left- and right-wing groups used force.