Donald Trump shifts on Puerto Rico, releases aid as election nears

Trump has spent much of his administration blasting Puerto Rican officials as corrupt and inept, and he has opposed spending to rebuild a power grid and other infrastructure that was wiped out by the Hurricane Maria in September 2017. He’s now portraying himself as the territory’s best friend. “I’m the best thing that ever happened …

Trump’s list of possible Supreme Court nominees

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death Friday, just six weeks before Election Day, is expected to unleash a pitched battle over whether President Donald Trump should nominate _ and the Republican-led Senate should confirm _ her successor, or whether the seat should remain vacant until the outcome of Trump’s race against Democrat Joe Biden is known.

Hundreds gather at Supreme Court to mourn Ginsburg’s death

Scores of memorial candles flickered in the wind along the front steps of the court as people knelt to leave bouquets of flowers, small American flags and handwritten condolence messages for Ginsburg, who died Friday of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87 after 27 years on the court. Prayer candles with Ginsburg’s photo on them …

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (87), a diminutive yet towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. Her death just over six weeks before Election Day is likely to set off a heated battle over whether Prez …

Trump says US dealing well with ‘tough,’ ‘smart’ Taliban

President Donald Trump on Friday complimented the Taliban for being tough and smart, and said the United States is dealing well with the Afghan militant group. The Taliban, whose rigid Islamist government was overthrown by U.S. forces which invaded Afghanistan a month after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, began peace negotiations with the Afghan government …

US sends troops, armoured vehicles to Syria to counter Russia

Navy Captain. Bill Urban, spokesman for US Central Command, said the US has also sent in radar systems and increased fighter jet patrols over the region to better protect American and coalition forces. “The United States does not seek conflict with any other nation in Syria, but will defend Coalition forces if necessary,” said Urban.

Lightning storm, easterly wind: How the wildfires got so bad

The massive wildfires renewed a longstanding debate over whether climate change or a lack of aggressive forest management played the bigger role this time around. Numerous studies have found that a warming Earth, which leads to higher temperatures and drier landscape, increases the likelihood of extreme events and contributes to their severity.