Italian authorities have arrested four women related to a notorious Camorra mobster, in the latest crackdown on females who often take over running mafia businesses when their men are serving time. Citing Naples police, Italian news agency ANSA said the four included the sister of Casalesi clan boss Michele Zagaria and the wives of Zagaria's brothers. They were accused of receiving mafia-sourced salaries. Last week, police in Palermo arrested Mariangela Di Trapani, wife of Cosa Nostra boss Salvo Madonia on suspicion she took over running Palermo's Resuttana clan after her husband was sentenced to multiple life terms. For years, women have assumed leadership roles in Italy's organized crime clans as more and more of their husbands, brothers, sons and fathers are sentenced to long prison terms.

December 13, 2017 16:52 UTC

Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former star of “The Apprentice” and one of President Donald Trump’s most prominent African-American aides, is leaving her post as a presidential adviser, the White House said Wednesday morning. According to a brief White House statement, Ms. Manigault Newman “resigned yesterday to pursue other opportunities.” The resignation won’t take effect until Jan. 20, 2018, the first anniversary of Mr. Trump’s inauguration, the White House said.

December 13, 2017 16:51 UTC

(CNN) As the Senate rushed to vote on a tax bill, everyone asked the same question: Will my taxes go up or down? However, for individual tax filers whose main source of income is their paycheck, some preliminary estimates can be made. To see who would get a tax cut and who would see their tax bill go up, CNN turned to the Open Source Policy Center (OSPC) at The American Enterprise Institute, or AEI, a conservative-leaning Washington, DC-based think tank. Another takeaway: Those claiming a child tax credit for dependents are more likely to be winners in the bill. The Senate bill has key differences from the bill the House passed, including the number of tax brackets and which deductions would be repealed.

December 13, 2017 16:41 UTC

‘Why do so many of us, as female artists, have to go to war?’‘No to opening the door to him at all hours of the night.’Opinion Harvey Weinstein Is My Monster TooHarvey Weinstein was a passionate cinephile, a risk taker, a patron of talent in film, a loving father and a monster. All I knew of Harvey at the time was that he had a remarkable intellect, he was a loyal friend and a family man. The deal we made initially was that Harvey would pay for the rights of work I had already developed. Now Harvey Weinstein was not only rejected but also about to do a movie he did not want to do. It was because I would be naked with her for Harvey Weinstein.

December 13, 2017 16:41 UTC

There are good friends, there are great friends, and, apparently, there is George Clooney. Rande Gerber, a businessman and longtime friend of the actor, told MSNBC’s “Headliners” that Clooney once gave 14 friends $1 million each and paid their taxes for a year. When they opened the bags, they found “a million dollars in 20 dollar bills,” E! So I want you all to open your suitcases.’”Gerber added, “Every one of us – 14 of us – got a million dollars. If Rande doesn’t take the million dollars, nobody gets it.”Gerber, who is married to Cindy Crawford and a part-owner of Casamigos Tequila Company with Clooney, took the money and donated it to charity.

December 13, 2017 16:41 UTC

After Tuesday’s defeat in Alabama, it is decidedly thinner, more than the loss of one Republican senator's vote would suggest. Yet even the tax vote is uncertain in the election’s wake. Democrats are mounting a protest, demanding that Jones be seated before a final tax vote. Turnout was notably down among rural voters in conservative, white parts of Alabama, areas where Trump is strongest. For Trump, it was a third straight loss, further undermining his aura of influence among Republican voters.

December 13, 2017 16:36 UTC

Netflix Inc. helped spark the debate over net neutrality three years ago by raising concerns about how its internet traffic was being handled. But as the U.S. government prepares to repeal the rules on Thursday, the video giant has been less vocal on a key issue. That is because its concerns over so-called interconnections—the places where web traffic is passed from one company to the other—have largely been addressed by commercial deals. And some telecom and other companies that were calling for more government oversight...

December 13, 2017 16:32 UTC

“It’s short-term pain, long-term gain,” said Scott Jennings, a Republican strategist who is close to Mr. McConnell, in assessing the election results. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, called on Mr. McConnell to “hit pause” on the tax vote. Mr. McConnell has no intention of doing so. “Let’s honor the will of the people of Massachusetts,” Mr. McConnell said then. Regardless of why Democrats waited for Mr. Brown before completing the health bill, Mr. McConnell is not one to follow such pleasantries.

December 13, 2017 16:30 UTC

It’s a time-honored holiday tradition for children to go to the mall to meet Santa Claus, tell him what they want for Christmas and pose for a festive photo. It’s also a time-honored tradition for said photo opp to descend into chaos. Indeed, many parents end up with photos of their kids screaming, crying, running away or just making a random, silly face with Santa. Sometimes, Santa even joins in on the fun. We asked the HuffPost Parents community to share photos of their children’s less-than-picture-perfect moments with Santa.

December 13, 2017 16:30 UTC

PhotoThe Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations threw a curveball into the awards race on Wednesday morning, shutting out early favorites “The Post” and “The Shape of Water” from its all-important list of outstanding cast nominees, and instead including “The Big Sick” — which was left out of Golden Globe nominations earlier this week — and “Get Out.”Ever since 1996, every best picture Oscar winner has landed a SAG top ensemble nomination beforehand. Another surprising snub: “Call Me by Your Name,” which has been considered a strong contender for the best picture Oscar. The other SAG outstanding cast nominees are “Lady Bird,” “Mudbound,” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”The best actor nominees are Timothée Chalamet (“Call My by Your Name”), James Franco (“The Disaster Artist”), Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”), Gary Oldman (“Darkest Hour”) and Denzel Washington, a surprise inclusion since his film “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” drew poor reviews. Advertisement Continue reading the main storyNotably absent from the list was Daniel Day-Lewis, who has been much lauded for his exacting performance in “Phantom Thread.”

December 13, 2017 16:30 UTC

Democrat Doug Jones’ victory in the Alabama Senate race dashed Republicans’ hard-fought efforts to keep the open seat and retain their narrow, two-seat majority. Jones’ narrow victory over Republican Roy Moore marks the first time in 25 years that Alabama voters have elected a Democratic senator. And Alabama remains a deep red state; 62 percent of Alabama voters picked Republican President Trump in 2016. Trump in the closing weeks of the campaign endorsed Moore, while McConnell said Alabama voters should decide who wins the seat. “If Mr. Jones aligns himself with the liberal Democrats in Washington, Alabama voters will remember his choices in the 2020 U.S. Senate election.”

December 13, 2017 16:25 UTC

"This is the worst political operation in my lifetime in a White House, Republican or Democrat," said one Republican close to the White House. "A lot of Republicans feel differently, they are very happy with the way it turned out," he said in the White House Cabinet Room. How precisely the White House will recover from the seismic activity remains to be seen. Privately, some of Trump's advisers cast blame on his White House political director Bill Stepien, already under fire for losses last month in New Jersey and Virginia. Gathered on the State Floor of the White House, Trump was in his element, according to an attendee, touting the economy and again lambasting "fake news."

December 13, 2017 16:23 UTC

Eight in 10 white evangelical voters cast their ballots for Moore, who is himself a white evangelical. That's roughly the same percentage President Donald Trump won among white evangelical voters nationally in 2016. But Moore lost in large part because another group of "values voters" -- African-American women -- voted overwhelmingly for his opponent, Doug Jones. A whopping 98% of black women voters cast their ballots for Jones, giving the Democrat a huge boost, exit polls show. Black women, and men for that matter, aren't usually categorized as "values voters" in the media, which usually reserve that term for conservative white Christians.

December 13, 2017 16:18 UTC

Target Corp. is paying $550 million to acquire grocery delivery startup Shipt Inc., moving to match services that have been rolled out by rivals Amazon.com Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.Shipt, like rival Instacart, uses thousands of contractors to buy products at retail stores and deliver them to customers. It charges a $99 membership fee and its shoppers buys products from local stores, including grocers like Kroger Co. and Costco Wholesale Corp. Shipt typically sells items at a slight premium to the in-store price, and...

December 13, 2017 16:17 UTC

Facebook executives said a search for potential foreign interference in the two months before the British vote had not turned up any Russian advertising spending other than the three ads from the Russian entity. It remained possible that Russia found other ways to use Facebook or other social media to influence the referendum, known as Brexit. If confirmed, the Facebook statement and the Oxford study would upend the widespread presumptions of scholars and analysts that Russia must have meddled in the Brexit vote. “It would appear that no work has been done by Facebook to look for Russian activity around the E.U. But because the content of its pages is not publicly accessible, researchers seeking evidence of Russian interference in the Brexit vote have focused mainly on Twitter.

December 13, 2017 16:16 UTC