German Finance Minister Schäuble: Greece Needs Economic Overhauls

BERLIN—German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Thursday what debt-ridden Greece needs is economic overhauls, and not debt relief, because any easing of the debt burden would reduce the urgently needed willingness to reform the country. His comments, which signal Germany’s persisting hard line against Greece, come after Mr. Schäuble visited earlier this month Washington, where talks with senior financial officials and the...

October 20, 2016 18:11 UTC
U.S. service member killed in bomb blast in Iraq

Smoke billows from an area near the Iraqi town of Nawaran as Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters march down a dirt road on Oct. 20, 2016, during the ongoing operation to retake the city from ISIS. (Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty)A U.S. service member was killed by a bomb blast in northern Iraq on Thursday as U.S. troops expanded their support to local forces battling the Islamic State. It is the fourth U.S. combat casualty since renewed military operations began in 2014, and the first since a major offensive to reclaim the city of Mosul began earlier this week. A U.S. defense official said the incident took place “near Mosul” but declined to provide additional information. Read more:Iraq’s U.S.-trained counterterrorism troops join attack on MosulSatellite images show the potential high costs of Mosul victory

October 20, 2016 17:54 UTC
Apple Says Many ‘Genuine’ Apple Products on Amazon Are Fake

SAN FRANCISCO—Apple says it has been buying Apple chargers and cables labeled as genuine on and has found nearly 90 percent of them to be counterfeit. The revelation comes in a federal lawsuit filed by Apple against a New Jersey company on Monday over what Apple says are counterfeit products that were sold on Amazon.

October 20, 2016 17:26 UTC
Donald Trump Says He Will Respect Election Outcome—‘If I Win’

DELAWARE, Ohio—A defiant Donald Trump doubled down on his refusal to commit to accepting the results of the presidential election if Hillary Clinton wins, telling a rally in Ohio that his controversial debate response was “designed to protect the voters.”He opened the rally by toying with the audience’s anticipation of what he would say on the topic, declaring, “I will totally accept the results of this great and historic...

October 20, 2016 17:21 UTC
An alternative look at the USC/L.A. Times poll now shows Clinton ahead by 5 points

Tedeschi's reweighted version shows Hillary Clinton leading for most of the summer and fall. As of today, his version shows Clinton ahead by 5.3 percentage points, while the official version of the poll shows Donald Trump with a tiny lead -- of 0.6 points, basically a tie. Pollsters make their best efforts to get the numbers right, but given the same data, different pollsters will often come up with different results. Which approach is the right one is unknowable until the election results are in. In the meantime, however, Tedeschi's approach provides another, reasonable look at the data, and in the interest of transparency, we wanted to share it.

October 20, 2016 17:20 UTC
Trump defends, clarifies wait-and-see approach on election results

In a response Hillary Clinton called “horrifying,” Trump said he would have to “look at” the vote results before pledging he’d accept them. Amid bipartisan backlash, Trump razzed his critics as he kicked off a post-debate rally in Delaware, Ohio, on Thursday. Trump went on to outline his concerns about voter fraud and that Clinton is “truly capable of anything.” He called the question about accepting the election results from Fox News’ Chris Wallace, who moderated Wednesday’s debate, “unprecedented” – and invoked the contested 2000 election results in explaining why he answered the way he did. Predictions Map See the Fox News 2016 battleground prediction map and make your own election projections. Democrats, and some Republicans, hammered him over leaving the door open on accepting the results.

October 20, 2016 17:15 UTC
Jennifer Lawrence Is Reportedly Dating 47-Year-Old Director Darren Aronofsky

Jennifer Lawrence might have a new man in her life! The 26-year-old actress is reportedly dating 47-year-old “Black Swan” director and producer Darren Aronofsky. “They’ve been hanging out and are casually dating,” a source told People magazine. Though we’re not quite sure what “casually dating” entails (movies? ), the two were spotted grabbing a bite to eat in NYC in August.

October 20, 2016 17:05 UTC
Endearing 'It Had to Be You' summons memories of great rom-coms of the past

A memorable romantic comedy that stands to bring back the genre’s good name, “It Had to Be You” is as funny, endearing and enjoyably off-kilter as its adorable star, Cristin Milioti. The tale’s destination may be inevitable, but how Sonia and Chris get there makes for a swift, bubbly look at love, dreams, commitment, priorities and how we often stand in the way of our own happiness. -------------‘It Had to Be You.’MPAA rating: R for some sexual content and language. Running time: 1 hour, 20 minutes. Playing: Laemmle Monica Film Center, Santa MonicaSee the most-read stories in Entertainment this hour »

October 20, 2016 17:05 UTC
Taylor Swift asks judge to seal photos from alleged groping case

Taylor Swift has asked a judge to seal documents and photo evidence she says prove a former radio DJ groped her in 2013, the Denver Post reports. Swift only raises the likelihood that evidence will be widely reported, discussed, and spun in a way that will likely influence the jury pool," Swift's motion says. "The interest in a fair and impartial trial outweigh any public interest in access to the documents identified above." Mueller, who denied any inappropriate contact, said he was fired two days later from his job at KYGO radio. "Exhibit 14 is extremely personal and sensitive in nature and should not be shared with the public until absolutely necessary [at trial]," the motion says.

October 20, 2016 16:52 UTC
Government alleges massive theft by NSA contractor

The notes also included descriptions of basic concepts associated with classified operations, as though intended for a general public audience, they said. In an interview before his arrest, Martin initially lied to investigators, prosecutors said, denying having taken classified material. Martin had access to classified data beginning in 1996, when he was with the U.S. Navy Reserve, and that access continued through his employment with seven private government contractors. The government alleged that Martin, “as a trusted insider,” was able to defeat “myriad, expensive controls placed” on classified information. Prosecutors said a loaded handgun was found in a case on the floorboard of the Caprice, in violation of Maryland law.

October 20, 2016 16:52 UTC
Trump couldn't resist

TRUMP COULDN’T RESISTLAS VEGAS – Henry Clay famously said that he would rather be right than be president. Somebody should have hipped Donald Trump to Clay’s insight before the Republican nominee took the stage here in his final debate with Hillary Clinton. Throughout this campaign Clinton and Trump have been agreed on one issue: that the election should be about Donald Trump. The revelation came after WikiLeaks released a batch of emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta last week. ‘As far as I know, CNN has never provided me with questions…ever,’ Brazile responded.’”THE REVIEWS ARE INJonah Goldberg: Trump started strong, but couldn’t sustain - NRO:“Much like the first debate — and grading on the Trump Curve® — Trump had a good start.

October 20, 2016 16:30 UTC
Blac Chyna’s Kardashian Transformation Is Complete With $400,000 'Push Present'

As Kim Kardashian is reportedly rethinking her unapologetic social media displays of wealth, her future sister-in-law, Blac Chyna, is steering her ship in the opposite direction. Weeks before she is due to give birth to a baby Kardashian, Chyna posted a photo of an extravagant “push present” to herself. Yes, she is now the proud owner of a new “fully loaded” Rolls Royce Wraith, which costs around $400,000, according to TMZ. The reality star shared her spoils on social media Wednesday, proudly posing next to her new ride. “Cant wait to bring my baby girl home!” she wrote on Instagram.

October 20, 2016 16:07 UTC
Nintendo 'Switch' gaming system arrives in March

Heads up, gamers: Nintendo today unveiled a new gaming system, dubbed Switch, which features detachable controllers. Here's how it works: At home, your Switch will rest in a dock that connects the system to your TV. The system is slated to launch in March 2017, but Nintendo did not offer up an exact release date. You can also slip your Joy-Con into a Grip accessory, so they mirror a more traditional controller, or get a separate Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to use instead of the Joy-Con controllers. "Nintendo Switch allows gamers the freedom to play however they like," Nintendo of America President and COO Reggie Fils-Aime said in a statement.

October 20, 2016 16:07 UTC
Clinton server email at heart of 'quid pro quo' controversy contained Benghazi intel

The email at the heart of a "quid pro quo" controversy involving a senior State Department executive and the FBI contained intelligence about suspects in the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, two government sources told Fox News. The FBI files say Kennedy offered a “quid pro quo” – allowing the FBI more agents in countries where they’re forbidden, in exchange for changing the email’s “SECRET” classification. The State Department confirmed Kennedy was discussing the Benghazi email in question. Reference to a b9 exemption is mistaken," the State Department spokesperson said. But one of the FBI agent's colleagues told investigators the agent in fact pressured him to change the email to unclassified, and relayed the conversation with Kennedy as a quid pro quo.

October 20, 2016 15:46 UTC
Donald Trump Confuses Birth With Abortion. And No, There Are No Ninth Month Abortions.

To put it in perspective, 1.3 percent of abortions happen at or after 21 weeks and 80 percent are for birth defects. The generally accepted limit of viability is 24 weeks. After 24 weeks, birth defects that lead to abortion are very severe and typically considered incompatible with life. A ninth month abortion is a unicorn and so it’s ridiculous to even discuss it. Terminations after 24 weeks are for severe fetal anomalies.

October 20, 2016 15:45 UTC