NEW YORK - A federal judge on Wednesday, Dec. 12, sentenced President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen to three years in prison for financial crimes and lying to Congress, as the disgraced former "fixer" apologized for his conduct but also said he felt it was his duty to cover up the "dirty deeds" of his former boss.
A 102-year-old Australian great-grandmother steadied herself on a cane as she walked to an airplane, then stepped inside, flew up to 14,000 feet - and jumped out. Irene O'Shea safely landed her tandem parachute jump Sunday, Dec. 8, and said it was similar to the two other jumps she's made, when she was 100 and 101. "I felt normal, about the same" as during previous jumps, she told the Australian newspaper the Advertiser about her parachuting in Langhorne Creek, a town in South Australia state.
LONDON - Lawmakers in Britain's Conservative Party on Wednesday, Dec. 12, triggered a "no confidence" vote against Prime Minister Theresa May, threatening her leadership as she struggles to secure a deal for Britain to leave the European Union. May quickly responded that she would not resign but would defend her vision for Brexit. She warned rebellious lawmakers that ousting her would not make getting a Brexit deal any easier, but instead would bring delay and confusion.
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Stormy Daniels must pay President Donald Trump more than $293,000 in legal fees in her failed defamation lawsuit, a decision that the president's team hailed as a "total victory" but that Daniels' attorney vowed would "never hold up on appeal." U.S. District Judge James Otero ruled that Daniels must pay Trump $293,052.33 in "attorneys' fees, costs and sanctions," a figure representing 75 percent of the amount Trump had been seeking.
President Donald Trump has been among the most unpopular new presidents in history for almost the entirety of his first two years in office. Yet through it all, Democrats have been somewhat timid. They don't talk about impeachment. They didn't really make their 2018 election messaging about him. And the Democratic leaders of the House and Senate have generally treated him with kid gloves. Maybe they worried it would just motivate the GOP base.
The Trump administration on Tuesday, Dec. 11, proposed to sharply limit the federal government's authority to regulate the pollution of wetlands and tributaries that run into the nation's largest rivers, a move that could ease development by home builders, farmers and shale oil and gas drillers. The administration said it would introduce a "new construct," limiting regulation to streams that held water in a "typical year" as measured against the past 30 years of precipitation.
More than 28,000 pounds of Jimmy Dean sausage has been recalled over fears over metal tainting in meat distributed to 21 states, the company said Tuesday, Dec. 11, in a move to protect consumers from products that pose the greatest health risk under the Agriculture Department's recall regulations. Five consumer complaints of metal-infused sausage led the agency's food safety office to trigger the alert, the USDA said, after the sausage left a Tennessee-based facility and was distributed across the country. No health impacts have been reported as of Tuesday, the agency said.
With cameras rolling, Democrats refuse President Trump's demands on building a border wall; he threatens a shutdown.
WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, Dec. 11, that the Senate will vote this month on a sweeping overhaul of the criminal justice system that has proven deeply controversial within the Senate Republican ranks. McConnell, R-Ky., said in a floor speech that the Senate will take up the legislation, written by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and several other Democratic and GOP senators, in December, perhaps as early as the end of this week.