Just four years after it was first released, Lorde’s breakout single “Royals” has been certified diamond in the U.S. after moving 10 million units. The New Zealand-born singer-songwriter first released “Royals” as a free download (which is almost impossible to believe at this point), and it didn’t take long before she and those she works with realized they had something truly special on their hands. The odd pop song quickly made its way onto singles charts all around the world, and over a period of months, it worked its way up, eventually peaking at No. Once “Royals” had peaked at the top, Lorde was a certified star, and her debut album Pure Heroine not only broke into the top 10, it spun off another big hit, “Team,” which peaked at No. “Royals” is now one of three singles that have earned diamond certifications in 2017 alone.

December 12, 2017 18:11 UTC

CAPTION President Trump says he didn't ask James Comey to stop investigating Michael Flynn. President Trump is expected to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel. President Trump says he didn't ask James Comey to stop investigating Michael Flynn. President Trump reduced the size of two national monuments in southern Utah. A Supreme Court ruling gave President Trump a significant victory Monday.

December 12, 2017 18:09 UTC

the Sergeant's Benevolent Association tweeted, representing just a small sample of the public outcry directed at the family of Akayed Ullah. But the statement then chastised law enforcement officials for “interrogating” family members after the terror attack. “We are heartbroken by the violence that was targeted at our city today, and by the allegations being made against a member of our family,” the family statement released by CAIR legal director Albert Fox Cahn said. Attempting to murder innocent Americans, while your family and son are privileged guests, entitles you to be handled with kit gloves? Wrote @SkipTerrio: "The only thing the 'Ullah family" should be saying is, "We are profoundly sorry for unleashing a psychopath into your midst.'"

December 12, 2017 18:08 UTC

Republican candidate Roy Moore arrived at his polling place in Gallant, Alabama, on horseback Tuesday to vote in the special Senate election where he faces Democratic candidate Doug Jones. The former judge showed up at his polling station, the Gallant Fire Department, around 11:30 Tuesday morning, accompanied by his horse, Sassy. Moore said he specifically rides Sassy to the polls in every election to “have good favor.”“I think it’s a good thing to do,” Moore told CNN in September, when he rode Sassy to the polls in his runoff election against Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.). “I won the last time I rode a horse.”

December 12, 2017 18:01 UTC

"Yet my husband appointed the very first black marshal to the Alabama Supreme Court, Mr. Willie James," she said. "When he first took office as the chief justice many years ago, he brought with him three people from Etowah County. Two were black, and one of them is here tonight."

December 12, 2017 18:00 UTC

The NFL Network and ESPN have suspended five former football players, including Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk, due to allegations in a court filing Monday accusing them of repeated sexual harassment when they were at the NFL Network. Other ex-players named in the suit include Ike Taylor and Heath Evans, who along with Faulk were suspended by the NFL Network, as well as Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis, who now work for ESPN. The NFL Network says it is investigating the allegations and that its three current employees have been suspended with pay. The NFL Network is owned by the National Football League, which has been struggling with lower ratings and criticisms by President Trump and others of players who kneeled during the national anthem to protest. Related: New Yorker fires star political reporter over alleged 'improper sexual conduct'The suit was filed in California superior court in Los Angeles by Jami Cantor, a former wardrobe stylist at the NFL Network.

December 12, 2017 18:00 UTC

They expect lawsuits to challenge the change, and plan to push Congress to pass a law ensuring an open internet. Google Backs OffGoogle has kept a pretty low profile in the recent net neutrality debate. Apple Enters the DebateApple is a newcomer to the net neutrality debate. Netflix Turns Down the VolumeNetflix, once among the most vocal of net neutrality boosters, is perhaps the most conspicuous in its relative silence. On Nov. 21, the company posted a note on its primary Twitter account in support of net neutrality.

December 12, 2017 17:59 UTC

Polanski told the Hollywood Reporter earlier this year from a Zurich, Switzerland, film festival: "I went to jail. CAPTION President Trump says he didn't ask James Comey to stop investigating Michael Flynn. President Trump says he didn't ask James Comey to stop investigating Michael Flynn. President Trump reduced the size of two national monuments in southern Utah. President Trump is expected to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel.

December 12, 2017 17:48 UTC

WASHINGTON ― The Republican tax agenda could face an additional obstacle If Democrat Doug Jones defeats Republican Roy Moore in Alabama’s special Senate election on Tuesday. The winner likely wouldn’t be seated until January, which is after Republicans plan to send a tax bill to the president’s desk. But if for some reason the legislation were delayed, Senate Republicans would have an even thinner margin for success without Moore as a senator. Without Moore, Collins or Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who voted against the Senate tax bill because it was projected to add more than $1 trillion to the national debt, Republicans would only have 49 yes votes. President Donald Trump has used the possibility of a tax bill flop to promote Moore’s candidacy, which has been beset by numerous allegations that he made sexual advances on teenage girls when he was in his 30s.

December 12, 2017 17:46 UTC

Ginger Minj is feeling the Christmas spirit in this exclusive Q&A and premiere of her new music video for “White Christmas.” Check out the interview and the video (directed by Shawn Adeli and Brad Hammer) below! The Christmas Queens tour has been so special because CJ has been on tour with me the entire time. Producer Entertainment Group/Brad Hammer Productions The happily married coupleHow did you decide to sing White Christmas on the Christmas Queens 3 album? You were a lot of fun to work with on set of the music video for White Christmas. The White Christmas video has a throw back feel to it.

December 12, 2017 17:46 UTC

The royal family has just presented J.K. Rowling with a Companion of Honor award at Buckingham Palace. The “Harry Potter” author received the prestigious award from Prince William on Tuesday, as recognition of her services to literature and philanthropy.

December 12, 2017 17:37 UTC

Small business lending has been strong in 2017 and recent figures indicate that the trend will continue in the coming year. During the credit crunch spurred by the Great Recession, the central bank lowered interest rates to near zero, and borrowers enjoyed interest rates in the low single digits for almost an entire decade. Higher interest rates for the banks mean that it becomes more profitable for them to lend to small business borrowers. We have seen this by tracking small business loans each month via the Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index™, which tracks loan approval rates among banks, institutional investors, credit unions and alternative (non-bank) lenders. Recently, the Small Business Administration (SBA) changed its equity requirements for Commercial Real Estate loans.

December 12, 2017 17:37 UTC

Even with play-by-play grading like we do at PFF, there are players who see large fluctuations from game-to-game and season-to-season. No players exemplify that more than the following eight who seemingly came from nowhere to be among the league’s best in 2017. Case Keenum, QB, Minnesota Vikings2016 grade: 64.52017 grade: 84.8At some point, I’d expect Keenum to come back down to earth, at least a little bit. Nelson Agholor, WR, Philadelphia Eagles2016 grade: 39.42017 grade: 79.8Agholor’s resurgence is due almost entirely to his move to the slot. DeMarcus Lawrence, edge, Dallas Cowboys2016 grade: 68.92017 grade: 93.0Last week, I called Lawrence a prime candidate for the franchise tag.

December 12, 2017 17:32 UTC

The six-member Senate Ethics Committee could soon be very busy. The last time the Senate Ethics Committee investigated a sitting senator for sexual misconduct was in 1995. After a mistrial was called in November, the Senate Ethics Committee said it would relaunch its probe into whether Menendez traded political favors for perks. Here’s a look at what the Senate Ethics Committee does and what it could soon be investigating. The Senate Ethics Committee said it will resume an inquiry into Menendez that started in 2012.

December 12, 2017 17:30 UTC

A top Republican senator has expanded his investigation into an Obama-era deal that gave Russia partial control of the U.S. uranium supply, claiming he was repeatedly misled by the Obama administration about a Russian company’s ability to export that material. Back in 2011, then-NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko assured the senator that the companies did not hold a specific “NRC export license” and would not be able to export uranium from the U.S. without one. Asked for comment, an NRC spokesperson told Fox News: "The NRC will respond directly to Senator Barrasso through our normal correspondence." The spokesperson noted current Chairwoman Kristine Svinicki will be testifying Wednesday before Barrasso's committee, "so the subject may come up then." Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill quickly started asking questions about how the deal was approved the following year by an inter-agency committee.

December 12, 2017 17:26 UTC