She is the author of "The Art of the Cheese Plate: Pairings, Recipes, Style, Attitude." (CNN) I've never been assaulted by Mario Batali, who stepped away from his restaurant business and ABC television show amid allegations of sexual misconduct this week. Tia KeenanAt the time, she was a rising star in the industry working in one of the finest restaurants in the world. If she had reported the assault, her star in the restaurant world surely would have been yanked back to earth. Accusing a pillar of the industry of assault is the opposite of comforting for everyone: bosses, co-workers, diners, food media.

December 13, 2017 13:07 UTC

BERLIN — A Swedish convict nicknamed “Laserman” has gone on trial in Frankfurt on murder charges related to the killing of a woman in the German city 25 years ago. John Ausonius is accused of killing restaurant employee Blanka Zmigrod in 1992 and taking her handbag. German prosecutors reopened the case in 2014 as part of a nationwide effort to review suspected far-right killings, and Ausonius was extradited last year. The 64-year-old defendant earned the name “Laserman” in Sweden for the gunsight he used in a series of shootings of immigrants there during the 1990s. News agency dpa reported that Ausonius didn’t address the killing as his trial opened at Frankfurt’s state court Wednesday.

December 13, 2017 13:07 UTC

(CNN) Less than 12 hours removed from a searing loss in Alabama's Senate race , President Donald Trump woke up Wednesday morning with a simple message: I was right. "Spoke to Roy Moore of Alabama last night for the first time. Trump believed Moore would win because he believed Moore was following the Trump playbook. Which means that Trump went 0-for-2 in Alabama -- swinging and missing on both Strange and Moore. For his entire adult life, Trump has been telling himself a story about his life.

December 13, 2017 12:59 UTC

Transcript for Princes William, Harry attend 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' premierenow with our big board. Opening weekend predictions for this are about 200 million plus so possibly falling behind "Jurassic world," "Marvel's the avengers." If it was good enough for the princes it's definitely good enough for me. They were there yucking it up with the fans and the cast and they are apparently big "Star wars" geeks. In the movie they got the stormtrooper helmets and they're apparently stormtroopers in the movie.

December 13, 2017 12:59 UTC

Family came first for this brave toddler. The 2-year-old boy ran to his older sister Ruby’s rescue during her wrestling match at an elementary school meet in Columbia City, Indiana, on Sunday. The youngster apparently thought Ruby was involved in a real fight with 5-year-old wrestling opponent Ryan, and charged over to save the day. The kid grabbed his sister’s adversary and tried to drag him away, before the referee broke up the impromptu intrusion.

December 13, 2017 12:56 UTC

“It was a sexist smear, intended to silence me.”Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) fired back at President Trump on Dec. 12 after he attacked her on Twitter for suggesting an investigation into accusations of sexual misconduct against him. “He’s often berated women and made them feel that they cannot be heard as well,” Gillibrand told Guthrie. “He is a bully and he has been attacking different people across this country since becoming president.”President Trump should resign. Since 1996, Trump has donated $8,900 to Schumer and $5,850 to Gillibrand, according to Open Secrets, a nonprofit website that tracks campaign contributions. President Trump and accusations of sexual misconduct: The complete listAlready on the 2020 radar, Kirsten Gillibrand catapulted into the spotlight by President Trump

December 13, 2017 12:41 UTC

• Fed officials lowered their projections for the unemployment rate at the end of 2018 to 3.9 percent from 4.1 percent. Both Susan Collins of Maine and Marco Rubio of Florida have expressed frustration with any attempt to lower the top individual tax rate. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyGaming the system: The Upshot took a look at some of the moneymaking opportunities in the current legislation. He writes, “They have, in fact, very little power to affect economic growth.” (NYT)Is tomorrow going to be deal day for Disney and Fox? Advertisement Continue reading the main storyFinancial services companies have a diversity problem.

December 13, 2017 12:30 UTC

An American man who's spent the last 18 months in a Venezuelan prison must stand trial on weapons charges, a judge ruled Tuesday, dashing hopes Joshua Holt would be released and reunited with his family for Christmas. Shortly after the ceremony, however, the couple was arrested at a Caracas apartment occupied by Holt's wife's family on allegations Holt was stockpiling weapons. I don't even know what to think," Holt's mother, Laurie Holt, told The Associated Press by telephone from her home near Salt Lake City. "I can't understand how they can send a young kid who's completely innocent to trial and feel good about that." Holt and Candelo are being held in the Helicoide, a spiral shaped Caracas prison where Maduro's most-prominent political opponents are jailed.

December 13, 2017 12:22 UTC

Democrats celebrated their victory and called for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to delay a vote on the GOP tax plan until after Jones is sworn in. In a tweet, even Trump suggested that Moore had been a weak candidate, a tacit rebuke of Bannon’s support. “When it comes to Alabama politics Steve Bannon should have followed President @realDonaldTrump lead in supporting Luther Strange. I look forward to working together to do what’s best for the great state of Alabama,” Shelby said in a statement. McConnell on Tuesday said Strange, who holds the seat now, will remain in the Senate through the end of the current session.

December 13, 2017 12:07 UTC

“What does Bon Jovi mean in the history of music? Nothing.” Mr. Wenner also noted that Mr. Bon Jovi enlisted the billionaire investor Ron Perelman to help his case. Mr. Bon Jovi declined to respond directly to those slights. Though the Rock Hall has been criticized in the past for its lack of diversity, five of the nominees this year were acts led by women, while six featured nonwhite performers. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyMr. Bon Jovi said he was looking forward to the ceremony, though he was not aware that all the groups present traditionally participate in an all-star jam at the end.

December 13, 2017 12:05 UTC

Story highlights It is "highly unlikely" Doug Jones will not be the winner of the Senate raceTrump endorsed his opponent, Roy Moore(CNN) President Donald Trump went back to Twitter Wednesday morning following Alabama's election stunner, claiming that he didn't endorse Republican candidate Roy Moore in the primary election because Trump knew Moore wouldn't be "able to win." "The reason I originally endorsed Luther Strange (and his numbers went up mightily), is that I said Roy Moore will not be able to win the General Election. Trump tweeted early Wednesday morning. While the election results came in Tuesday night, Trump tweeted a somewhat conciliatory message, congratulating Democrat Doug Jones on winning "a hard fought victory." "The Write-in votes played a very big factor, but a win is a win," Trump tweeted less than an hour after most news organizations had made the call Jones would win.

December 13, 2017 12:03 UTC

The Rock Hall's voting membership, consisting of more than 900 music critics, record executives, managers and other industry insiders, closely matched the results of the hall's fan voting, which began after this year's nominees were announced in October. Fan voting adds just a single vote to the overall totals for the top five vote-getters but nevertheless lets the voting body know in no uncertain terms who the public most wants to see enshrined within its walls.

December 13, 2017 12:00 UTC

I felt, at times, as if Mr. Soderbergh had dumped a bunch of reels of film on my desk and said, “Here. Advertisement Continue reading the main storySometimes a “discovery” adds key information, other times just texture. And Mr. Soderbergh seems to have thoughtfully filmed “Mosaic” with an eye toward how it will play on a tiny screen, framing his characters with plenty of tight shots. For all that, I’m glad that Mr. Soderbergh tried it. So is “Mosaic.” It’s just waiting for the right story.

December 13, 2017 12:00 UTC

Michael Che just broke a color barrier at “Saturday Night Live.”NBC announced Tuesday that Che was promoted to a head writer’s position, making him the first black person to have that title in the 43 seasons of the comedy sketch show, according to reports. Colin Jost, Che’s partner on “Weekend Update” and these days also known as Scarlett Johansson’s boyfriend, was also named a co-head writer ― a return to a post he held from 2012 to 2015. “SNL’s” current head writers, Bryan Tucker and Kent Sublette, will remain in their roles. Che was a correspondent on “The Daily Show” before joining “SNL” in 2013. With Che’s help, “Saturday Night Live” continues to pull in strong ratings.

December 13, 2017 12:00 UTC

For the last 14 years, the Emerald Cup has been a raucous two-day celebration of a longstanding California outlaw culture. Each December after the harvest, cannabis growers come down from the mountains of the Emerald Triangle to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds for a county fair-style judging of their wares. Instead of cherry pies and blueberry jams, judges pick the best cannabis flowers, extracts, tinctures and edibles. A win at the Emerald Cup is an imprimatur of quality that can boost a business from anonymity to success. “They can get you on a million different things.”::Two months ago, the Sonoma County Fairgrounds was headquarters of a massive firefighting operation.

December 13, 2017 12:00 UTC