President Donald Trump gave Republican congressional leaders a rallying cry and even a roadmap as they try to push through a sweeping and divisive agenda on health care, taxes and more.
In his first address to a joint session of Congress, Trump said largely what GOP leaders were hoping to hear Tuesday night, staying on-message and talking in optimistic tones, even weighing in at one point to settle a brewing dispute over how to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday morning that Trump showed Congress and the nation his "broad shoulders, big heart, reaching out, focusing on the future." Pence spoke on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
A spring-like storm system that killed at least three people as it spawned tornadoes and damaged dozens of homes in the central U.S. rumbled eastward Wednesday, putting about 95 million people in its path, forecasters said.
The compact but strong storms, known as supercells, raked parts of Arkansas, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee on Tuesday and Wednesday. Meanwhile, wind-whipped wildfires destroyed homes in Texas.
Forecasters with the Storm Prediction Center said severe thunderstorms that could spawn tornadoes were expected in parts of Kentucky and Tennessee on Wednesday morning before moving into mid-Atlantic states and southern New England. New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. could also be affected.
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The Dow Jones industrial average climbed above 21,000 Wednesday morning, a new record high that comes after President Donald Trump's first speech to Congress, CNBC reported.
The Dow leapt up more than 200 points, trading up about 1 percent. It's been just over a month since the index broke the 20,000-point mark. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq were up about 0.85 percent soon after the market opened.
Trump's speech was praised for its positive tone but he didn't give many specifics about tax reform and deregulation, two key components of the market's post-election rally.
Quincy Krosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial, told CNBC the speech's tone "has gone a long way for the market" as it "assuaged fears that his agenda was not going to be able to be passed."
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President Donald Trump, in his first address to Congress on Tuesday, announced he's establishing a new office within the Department of Homeland Security to protect victims of crimes committed by people who are in the country illegally.
He said the office is called VOICE: Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement.
Kellyanne Conway wants the controversy over her kneeling on a couch in the Oval Office put to bed, NBC News reported.
The presidential counselor was photographed looking at her phone while kneeling during a meeting with leaders from historically black colleges and universities Monday, which some observers suggested was disrespectful.
The photo went viral on Tuesday, and Conway went on Fox Business Network's "Lou Dobbs Tonight" that night to explain she had simply been asked to take a picture from a specific angle.
"I was being asked to take a picture in a crowded room with the press behind us, and I was asked to take a certain angle and was doing exactly that," Conway said. "I certainly meant no disrespect. I didn't mean to have my feet on the couch."
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Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez killed two men in a hail of gunfire after he became enraged by "a simple bump, a spilled drink and an exchange of looks" in a Boston nightclub, a prosecutor said Wednesday in opening statements in his double-murder trial.
Prosecutor Patrick Haggan told the jury that Hernandez had a brief encounter with Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in the early morning hours of July 16, 2012. Two hours after de Abreu accidentally bumped into Hernandez and spilled his drink, Haggan said, Hernandez opened fire on the men's car as they waited at a stoplight.
Haggan said the encounter to most people would be "simply trivial," but Hernandez misinterpreted it as a sign of disrespect.
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Some 50 countries have signed up to attend a family planning conference in Brussels aimed at making up the gap left by President Donald Trump's ban on U.S. funding to groups linked to abortion, organizers said Wednesday. The participants agreed to attend the conference scheduled for Thursday on short notice and will discuss using pledges from other nations and the private sector to "make sure that the impact on the field is completely taken away," Belgian Vice Premier Alexander De Croo said.
Federal scientists forecast that Oklahoma will continue to have the nation's biggest man-made earthquake problem this year but it probably won't be as shaky as recent years.
In its annual national earthquake outlook, the U.S. Geological Survey reported Wednesday that a large portion of Oklahoma and parts of central California have the highest risk for a damaging quake this year: between 5 and 12 percent. The outlook is published in the journal Seismological Research Letters.
Natural elevated quake risks exist through much of California, Seattle and the area where Missouri, Tennessee, Arkansas, Kentucky and Illinois come together, known as New Madrid.
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Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu told a Miami federal jury Wednesday that he ate a chunk of a fake passport while flying to the U.S. to cover up his illegal travel as part of a Cuban ballplayer smuggling operation.
Abreu testified he ordered a beer on an Air France flight from Haiti to Miami and slowly consumed the page containing a false name and his photo. Abreu said he traveled illegally because he was worried he would miss an October 2013 deadline and lose the $68 million contract he later signed with Chicago.
Tiny tubes and filaments in some Canadian rock appear to be the oldest known fossils, giving new support to some ideas about how life began, a new study says.
The features are mineralized remains of what appear to be bacteria that lived some 3.77 billion to 4.28 billion years ago, the scientists said. That would surpass the 3.7 billion years assigned to some other rock features found in Greenland, which were proposed to be fossils last August.
Such early-life findings are not as clear-cut as, say, digging up a dinosaur bone. The key question is always whether the rock features were really produced by living things. The new study hasn't convinced everybody.
Across America, hundreds of thousands of school children are suspended, expelled or arrested each year. An NBC investigation shows that black students with disabilities are arrested, suspended or expelled far more often than other children.
The widow of the gunman who killed dozens of people at a Florida nightclub is not a danger to the public and will be released from jail ahead of her trial on charges of aiding the attack, a federal judge in California decided Wednesday.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu also said there is no evidence that Noor Salman, 31, has connections to the Islamic State group or holds extremist views. Her husband, Omar Mateen, pledged allegiance to several terror organizations during the shooting that killed 49 people at Pulse nightclub in Orlando before police killed him.
Prosecutors argued against Salman's release on $500,000 bail, calling her a danger to the public. She will stay behind bars for two days so the government can appeal.