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Banana shipment contained nearly $18M in cocaine, authorities say

Criminal justice authorities in Texas got more than they expected Friday when a local port donated 45 boxes of unclaimed bananas.<p>Underneath the fruit, the boxes contained nearly $18 million in cocaine, officials said.<p>Two pallets of bananas were donated to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice …

Pope begins Baltics pilgrimage as Russia threat looms large

next<p>prev<p>Russia will be the elephant in the room as Pope Francis begins a four-day visit to the Baltics amid renewed alarm about Moscow's intentions in the region it has twice occupied.<p>Francis boarded a special Alitalia flight that lands early Saturday in Vilnius, the Lithuanian capital, for a …

NBC News chief Andy Lack protected high-profile male talent accused of sexual misconduct: report

From one company to another, accused sexual harassers continued to flourish under the leadership of NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack, according to a report.<p>Lack’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men and what role he played in NBC News’ killing of a story about disgraced …

Matt Lauer

Florence death toll rises to 43 as floods wreak havoc in Carolinas

The death toll has now risen to 43 dead in the aftermath of former Hurricane Florence, authorities said.<p>There are now 32 confirmed deaths in North Carolina, a statement released by Gov. Roy Cooper's office said Friday. Other deaths were reported earlier in South Carolina and Virginia.<p>Cooper’s …

North Carolina

Ben Carson defends Kavanaugh, says opponents 'desperate' to control courts

The controversy surrounding Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination was created by opponents who have become “desperate” to regain control of the courts, a member of President Trump's Cabinet said Friday.<p>Ben Carson, secretary of Housing and Urban Development, told a conservative audience at the …

Ben Carson

The United Nations that Kofi Annan served pays tribute

Two secretary-generals and diplomats from the world that Kofi Annan served for nearly 45 years paid tribute to him at the United Nations Friday, but the most moving words were from his wife and son who urged people everywhere to continue his fight for a fairer and peaceful planet.<p>The ceremony in …

United Nations

Grassley grants Kavanaugh accuser another extension

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley late Friday night granted another extension to Christine Blasey Ford to decide on whether she will testify to the committee.<p>The new deadline was unclear, but Ford had requested that a 10 p.m. ET Friday deadline be extended until Saturday.<p>Ford has …

Chuck Grassley

Small North Carolina town latest to feel Florence's fury

A North Carolina town inundated by river water after a levee breached is among the latest towns to feel the life-threatening punch of Hurricane Florence.<p>Benetta White and David Lloyd slogged through waist-deep water to escape when Cape Fear River water came pouring into their yard late Thursday. …

North Carolina

Minnesota state lawmaker ends reelection bid amid daughter's allegations of inappropriate touching

Minnesota state Rep. Jim Knoblach announced Friday that he would be ending his reelection campaign amid allegations he inappropriately touched his adult daughter for over 10 years.<p>The abrupt announcement from the 60-year-old Minnesota Republican came just hours after his attorney denied the …

Elections

China cancels trade talks with US amid escalation in tariff threats

China scotched trade talks with the U.S. that were planned for the coming days, according to people briefed on the matter, further dimming prospects for resolving a trade battle between the world’s two largest economies.<p>The decision to pull out of the talks follows the latest escalation in trade …

Tariffs

California man arrested in 10 'horrific' cold-case rapes

A married 58-year-old man has been arrested in connection with at least 10 rapes across Northern California between 1991 and 2006 in what's known as the NorCal Rapist case, Sacramento police announced Friday.<p>Roy Charles Waller of Benicia was arrested without incident at the University of California …

Northern California

The Latest: Shooting victim was recent immigrant from Nepal

The Latest on a shooting at a Maryland drugstore warehouse (all times local):<p>5 p.m.<p>A family friend says one of the victims killed in a shooting at a drugstore distribution center in Maryland was a mother of two who had recently moved to the U.S. from Nepal to try to give her kids a better …

Rite Aid

Gregg Jarrett: Rod Rosenstein's coup attempt to depose Trump should not go unpunished

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s actions, as recounted by the New York Times Friday, are the equivalent of an attempted coup -- a plot to overthrow the president.<p>As the Times reveals, Rosenstein was furious that Democrats blamed him for the firing of FBI Director James Comey.<p>Rosenstein, who …

Andrew McCabe

Source in room says Rosenstein's 'wire' comment was case of sarcasm

A source who was in the room during the meeting at which Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly talked about someone perhaps wearing "a wire" while meeting with President Trump tells Fox News the comment was "sarcastic."<p>The meeting in question took place at Main DOJ on May 16, 2017. This …

Andrew McCabe

Ted Cruz, Beto O'Rourke clash in first debate over Trump, immigration and the Supreme Court

Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Democratic congressman Beto O’Rourke met Friday night at Southern Methodist University in Dallas in the first debate of three scheduled prior to the Nov. 6 vote over Cruz's seat.<p>In a substantive but often contentious back-and-forth, the two men tackled a variety …

Ted Cruz

Obama campaigns for Pennsylvania Dems: 'On Nov. 6, you have a chance to restore some sanity to our politics'

Former President Obama took the stage at a Pennsylvania rally on Friday in an effort to help Democrats regain control of Congress, stressing the need to vote in the midterms: “On Nov. 6, you have a chance to restore some sanity to our politics.”<p>While campaigning for Sen. Bob Casey and Gov. Tom Wolf …

Donald Trump

Politicians caught padding their resumes, from fake diplomas to biographical discrepancies

Within the past year, several political candidates have gone to great lengths to prove they're worthy of election — even if that means exaggerating on their resumes to get ahead.<p>From faking diplomas to spreading questionable details about their family backgrounds, many politicians have been accused …

Florida

Stumping in Missouri, Trump says he'll clear out ‘lingering stench’ at FBI, DOJ

President Trump took aim at the FBI and the Department of Justice during a rally in Springfield, Mo., on Friday night, vowing to "get rid of" what he described as "a lingering stench" at the agencies.<p>His remarks came amid reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last year suggested …

U.S. Department of Justice

Manhunt ends for Pennsylvania man who allegedly threatened Trump

The manhunt for a Pennsylvania man who allegedly threatened to “put a bullet” in President Trump’s head has finally ended, officials said Friday.<p>Shawn Richard Christy, 26, surrendered after being tracked down to a ravine just north of Route 30 in Mansfield, Ohio, about 4:30 p.m., just three hours …

Donald Trump

UN aid chief: Fight against famine is being lost in Yemen

next<p>prev<p>The U.N. humanitarian chief warned Friday that the fight against famine is being lost in Yemen, which is already facing the world's worst humanitarian crisis with 75 percent of its 29 million people in need of assistance.<p>Mark Lowcock called the situation "bleak" and told the Security …

UN Security Council

West Nile virus cause of New Jersey man's death, health officials say

A Lodi, New Jersey man recently infected with the West Nile virus died Saturday, state health officials said.<p>A spokesperson for the New Jersey Department of Health confirmed the death to Fox News on Friday, noting his passing marked the state’s first West Nile-related death this year.<p>The man, …

New Jersey

Wisconsin workplace shooting suspect had revoked gun permit

The gunman in a Wisconsin workplace shooting was taken to a mental health hospital and barred from purchasing firearms in 2004 after telling South Dakota police that he thought co-workers were "talking bad about him," according to court records and police.<p>Anthony Tong also said he believed his …

South Dakota

How Rod Rosenstein is connected to Trump, Russia investigation

Who is Rod Rosenstein?<p>As the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election – and any involvement from the Trump campaign – forges ahead, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has found himself on the receiving end of some Republicans’ ire.<p>Two months after a handful of …

Russia Probe

High winds, tornadoes wreak havoc across southern Minnesota

Several tornadoes struck southern Minnesota as severe storms packing powerful winds and heavy rain left a trail of destruction overnight, the National Weather Service said Friday.<p>The extreme weather late Thursday damaged homes and businesses, and turned a small airport upside down, but didn't …

Colombia honors 14 sniffer dogs at emotional retirement

next<p>prev<p>Fourteen police dogs received medals and diplomas during an emotional retirement ceremony in Colombia's capital Friday as they wrapped up years of service sniffing out drugs, bombs and bodies.<p>Some of the German shepherds, pit bulls and golden retrievers were treated to special scented baths …

Rare Marilyn Monroe artifacts up for auction

Extremely rare items from the final years of Marilyn Monroe’s life are up for auction in the U.K. on Saturday.<p>The auction includes a typed receipt from the star’s psychiatrist Dr. Ralph R. Greenson. Typed on personalized notepaper from the doctor's office, the receipt notes that Monroe was billed …

Marilyn Monroe

New York City woman stabs five, including three newborns, at unlicensed daycare center

A New York City woman is in custody after police say she entered an unlicensed daycare and stabbed five people, including three newborn babies.<p>Police responded to a 911 call at a three-story, multi-family home in the Flushing section of Queens early Friday morning and discovered a gruesome …

New York City

Virginia wildlife officials share 'extremely rare' photos of two-headed copperhead snake

Officials with the Virginia Wildlife Management and Control took to Facebook to share “extremely rare photos” of a two-headed copperhead snake.<p>The snake was spotted last week in a Woodbridge, Va. resident’s backyard, according to the department. In addition to the photos, wildlife management …

Texas Senate seat competitive battle between Cruz, O'Rourke: A look at the candidates

Incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz is locked in a competitive race for re-election in Texas as Rep. Beto O’Rourke has outraised him and garnered national attention.<p>As the gap between the two men continues to close as November nears, Democrats see the Texas seat as one they can pick up to gain control of the …

El Paso

Keith Ellison accused by former girlfriend of emotional, physical abuse: What to know

While senators grapple over what to do with the sexual assault accusation levied against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, a Minnesota political activist is continuing to allege Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., was physically and emotionally abusive when they dated.<p>Karen Monahan, a Sierra Club …

Keith Ellison