GOP Sen. Roberts: I ?deeply regret? quip about insurance coverage for mammograms
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., speaks at Secretary of Agriculture nominee Sonny Perdue?s confirmation hearing. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., expressed remorse Thursday for making a sarcastic comment implying that coverage for mammograms shouldn?t be a requirement for the GOP?s insurance plan. Mammograms are essential to women?s health & I never intended to indicate otherwise,? he tweeted.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan dismisses Trump Jr.?s Twitter jab following attack
London Mayor Sadiq Khan declined to respond to an insult from U.S. President Trump?s son hours after a terrorist attack at the Houses of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday. ?You have to be kidding me?!? Trump Jr. wrote. Trump Jr. mischaracterized Khan?s statements as if he had said that terrorism is an inevitable consequence of living in a big city and that nothing could be done.
White man who wanted to harm blacks arrested in New York stabbing: police
A white man who police said traveled to New York City to harm black people turned himself in with knives in his pocket at a Manhattan police station on Wednesday, a day after authorities say he fatally stabbed a black man on a city sidewalk. James Harris Jackson, 28, told police he left his home in Baltimore on Friday and took the bus to New York "because it is the media capital of the world and he wanted to make a statement," Bill Aubrey, a deputy chief at the New York Police Department, told reporters. On Monday night, Jackson crossed paths with Timothy Caughman, a black man who was rummaging through garbage on a sidewalk in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, according to police.
Jewish youth arrested in Israel over anti-Semitic threats abroad
A Jewish youth was arrested in Israel on Thursday on suspicion of making dozens of anti-Semitic threats in countries around the world, police said. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the suspect was "a resident of the south (of Israel) from the Jewish community". "The investigation began in several countries at the same time, in which dozens of threatening calls were received at public places, events, synagogues and community buildings that caused panic and disrupted events and activities in various organisations," a police statement said.
Trump supporter: My husband is being deported Friday
As a popular Indiana restaurant owner faces deportation under President Trump?s immigration directives, his family becomes the latest in a series of Trump supporters to find campaign promises affecting their lives. According to a report from Indiana Public Radio, Roberto Beristain?s family said he?s expected to be deported on Friday and has already been moved from the detention facility in Wisconsin where they had been visiting him. Beristain is the owner of Eddie?s Steak Shed in Granger, Ind., which he purchased from his sister-in-law earlier this month after eight years of working at the restaurant.
Does Laura Dern Handle a Lightsaber in the New ?Star Wars??
Laura Dern seems to be everywhere these days. That?s because she is. She?s the ferocious Renata in Big Little Lies, she?s a recovering drug addict in Wilson, and she has two top-secret roles in Twin Peaks and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And it?s only March. Her secret to nailing those disparate performances: ?You try to find your way in when you read a script.?
Japan PM Abe accused of giving cash to nationalistic school
TOKYO (AP) ? Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe donated 1 million yen ($9,000) through his wife to a school run by a group of ultranationalist educators, the group's leader told Parliament on Thursday, while also suggesting there was "political influence" in a land-buying scandal involving the school.
London attacker was British-born, known to intelligence services: May
The man who launched Wednesday's deadly attack at parliament was born in Britain and known to the intelligence services, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday. "What I can confirm is that the man was British-born and that some years ago he was once investigated by MI5 in relation to concerns about violent extremism," she told lawmakers. "The case is historic, he was not part of the current intelligence picture." She said there had been no prior intelligence of his intent nor of the plot.
Think your groceries are expensive? Japan has $27,000 melons.
Imagine going into a high-end luxury store filled with sparkling display cases, security at every turn and an attentive staff and finding not expensive jewelry but...fruit encased in the glass. In Sembikiya, Japan's oldest fruit shop, fruit is treated and sold like an elaborate gift. And this is no ordinary fruit. Sembikiya sells anything from heart-shaped watermelons to ping-pong ball sized "Ruby Roman" grapes to giant strawberries that are a bit more expensive than your average box of sad market fruit. SEE ALSO: People can't believe a supermarket is selling a single boxed strawberry for $22 Words can't describe how delicious this Melon was. ??? #GinzaSembikiya #Sembikiya by mango? http://t.co/7zPrWz6VU7 pic.twitter.com/eNNBohRVYR ? InstaKyoto (@InstaKyoto) April 4, 2015 A post shared by @puapupupu on Jan 31, 2017 at 4:50pm PST According to CNN, cultivating these luxury fruits involves meticulous and labor-intensive practices. Although the way Japanese farmers grow these beauties is a secret, it was revealed that sometimes it takes 45 days to grow one strawberry and usually sell for 500,000 yen ($4,395) each. The strawberries even have a special name - Bijin-hime, which means "beautiful princess". ONE STRAWBERRY is $4,395. And if you think that's just a bit beyond your fruit budget, in 2016 a premium Hokkaido cantaloupe sold for a record $27,240 (3 million yen) at an auction. Expensive fruit isn't unique to Sembikiya, though. According to the Semikiya website, fruit is given as gifts to people who are important to you on special occasions. Soyeon Shim, dean of the School of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told CNN, Besides being a symbol of respect, the Japanese see fruit in spiritual terms, regularly offering it to the gods at home alters. A post shared by ingingkiku (@ingingkiku) on Oct 23, 2016 at 4:21am PDT A piece of fruit this magnificent isn't sold in some regular cardboard box. The fruit is wrapped in packaging that, of course, matches is luxury. CNN reports that single strawberries are sold in packages that resemble jewelry boxes, while melons are sold in ornate wooden boxes. A post shared by Cecilia Schena (@ceciliaske) on Aug 7, 2016 at 4:32am PDT To consumers, according to CNN, the expense represents quality and some say that they even taste better than normal-priced fruit. Seeing as though one strawberry is more than four month's rent, we'll stick to our small, slightly mushy, questionable fruit. We'll admire these from afar. [H/T: CNN] WATCH: This nail polish is made from prosecco ? making you both sparkly and tipsy
Rick Perry, the man in charge of America?s nukes, weighs in on Texas A&M student election
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, the man in charge of America?s supply of nuclear weapons, took the time Wednesday to criticize Texas A&M?s election for student body president. Perry?s complaint was about the process by which Bobby Brooks, who would become the first openly gay student president in the university?s history, won the election last month. Brooks finished 750 votes behind Robert McIntosh, the son of a prominent GOP fundraiser, but McIntosh was disqualified after he was found to violate a campaign finance rule over some glow sticks used in a campaign video. McIntosh had overcome an earlier disqualification stemming from anonymous charges of voter intimidation when the Student Government Association?s Judicial Court dismissed those complaints after an investigation.