US Navy active in South China Sea past month

The US Navy has seen plenty of activity in the disputed waters of the South China Sea in the past month. Late in February, the 97,000-ton aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson garnered headlines as it sailed into the area for what the Navy called "routine operations." Several other US vessels have been spending time in the South China Sea, according to photos posted on the US Navy's website. "The South China Sea is not the Caribbean. Click through the gallery to some of the US Navy units involved in the area in February.

February 27, 2017 00:15 UTC

Trump’s choice to be Navy secretary withdraws

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s choice to be secretary of the Navy, businessman Philip Bilden, said Sunday he was withdrawing from consideration for the post, citing concerns about privacy and separating himself from his business interests. Bilden’s withdrawal raises similar issues to that of Vincent Viola, Trump’s nominee for Army secretary who stepped aside earlier this month. Just last week, the Pentagon sought to tamp down reports that Bilden might pull out. He relocated to Hong Kong to set up an Asian presence for HarbourVest Partners LLC, a global private equity management firm. He also owns the National Hockey League’s Florida Panthers and is a past chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

February 27, 2017 00:13 UTC

GOP’s New Plan to Repeal Obamacare: Dare Fellow Republicans to Block Effort

WASHINGTON—Republican leaders are betting that the only way for Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act is to set a bill in motion and gamble that fellow GOP lawmakers won’t dare to block it. Party leaders are poised to act on the strategy as early as this week, after it has become obvious they can’t craft a proposal that will carry an easy majority in either chamber. Lawmakers return to Washington Monday after a week of raucous...

February 27, 2017 00:11 UTC

For Mets’ Infield, Chiropractor May Be the Most Important Position

But only two days into the exhibition schedule, the Mets have suffered a setback. Despite the back ailment last season, Walker still hit .282, with 23 home runs and a career-high .823 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. The Mets felt confident enough in his recovery that they gave him a one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer. Wright had neck surgery in June, for an injury that he said was unrelated to his spinal stenosis, which was diagnosed in May 2015. While expectations of how much Wright can play will be tempered again this season, he can try to limit the effects of spinal stenosis.

February 27, 2017 00:11 UTC

Navy secretary nominee withdraws

(CNN) President Donald Trump's nominee for Navy secretary, Philip Bilden, has withdrawn his name from consideration. Bilden said in a statement he informed Defense Secretary James Mattis of his decision. Bilden recently retired as a co-founding member of a global equity investment management firm. Bilden is the second service secretary nominee to withdraw from consideration. Army secretary nominee Vincent Viola withdrew earlier this month saying he would have trouble disengaging with his business ties.

February 27, 2017 00:10 UTC

Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia vandalized

Story highlights 75-100 tombstones toppled at Mt. Carmel CemeteryThis was the second incident of Jewish cemetery vandalism in a week(CNN) Between 75 and 100 tombstones were overturned and damaged Saturday night at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia, police said Sunday. Carmel Cemetery in the Wissinoming neighborhood is being classified as institutional vandalism, but investigators have not established a motive, said Detective Jim McReynolds of the police department's Northeast Detectives Division. "As far as we know it's limited to the Jewish cemetery," he said. The estimate of 75-100 damaged tombstones was conservative and may grow, he said.

February 27, 2017 00:08 UTC

Warren Buffett Is One Stock Picker Who Believes He Can Still Beat the Market

Warren Buffett was dismissive of professional money managers in his widely read letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders. But the billionaire reasserted his belief in his own ability to pick winners and losers. “Every decade or so, dark clouds will fill the economic skies, and they will briefly rain gold,” he wrote in the letter, which was released Saturday. “When downpours of that sort occur, it’s imperative that we rush...

February 27, 2017 00:08 UTC

Oscars 2017: On the red carpet

Emma Stone walks the red carpet before the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26. Emma Stone walks the red carpet before the Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26. Photos: Oscars 2017: On the red carpetBEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Alan Cumming attends the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 26, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

February 27, 2017 00:06 UTC

College basketball: Wisconsin drops another road game, falling to Michigan State

Nick Ward had 22 points and nine rebounds, Miles Bridges added 17 points and Matt McQuaid added a season-high 15 to help Michigan State beat No. Deng Adel had 17 points and Quentin Snider 12 for Louisville. Matt Farrell added 17 points for the Irish (22-7, 11-5 Atlantic Coast Conference). They kept the momentum with a strong finish, outscoring Xavier 19-8 down the stretch for their fourth straight win. Kamar Baldwin added 17 points and had two steals that set up the late run.

February 27, 2017 00:01 UTC

London Stock Exchange Merger With Deutsche Börse at Risk Over Antitrust Issues

The planned megamerger between Deutsche Börse AG and London Stock Exchange Group PLC to create Europe’s largest exchange is at risk after the LSE said late Sunday it wouldn’t sell its majority-owned fixed-income trading platform in Italy to appease antitrust concerns over the deal. The exchanges earlier in February offered the planned EUR510 million ($540 million) sale of the LSE’s French clearing operation to pan European rival Euronext NV as a possible way to secure European Commission approval for the deal.

February 27, 2017 00:01 UTC

Wolfgang Puck Already Made The Oscars Political With Joke About Donald Trump

Explaining the cuisine he’d be serving for the Oscar after-party ceremony , Puck described the culinary elements of his work to E! host Giuliana Rancic, saying, “No matter what Trump says, we have a little Mexican influence too.”Basically as soon as the Oscar red carpet telecast began, Wolfgang Puck made a joke about President Donald Trump . Rancic, remember, is married to Bill Rancic, the winner of the very first season of Trump’s “The Apprentice.”Since what appeared to be the first Trump joke of the night happened barely minutes into the show’s TV coverage, it certainly seemed like this moment might predict the tone for the show.

February 27, 2017 00:00 UTC

'Get Out' Thrills Its Way To No. 1 At The Box Office With $30.5 Million Debut

LOS ANGELES ( - “Get Out,” a trenchant horror film about race relations, rode critical raves to a smashing box office debut. The low-budget film was the weekend’s top-grossing domestic release, earning $30.5 million, and propelling its director and writer Jordan Peele onto the Hollywood A-list. The film company scored earlier this year with “Split,” a thriller about a man with a personality disorder that racked up $130.8 million stateside on a $9 million budget. Its success comes as most of the movie business’ gaze is affixed on the Dolby Theater, where the Academy Awards will unfold on Sunday, with “La La Land” expected to be the night’s big winner. With “Get Out” galvanizing multiplexes, two other new releases, “Collide” and “Rock Dog,” collapsed.

February 27, 2017 00:00 UTC

Japan's Takata may reverse course and setup compensation fund: WSJ

Japan's Takata may reverse policy and move to setup a compensation fund to pay damages in cases of injury or death because of faulty airbags made by the firm, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, drawing on a similar plan used by General Motors in 2014 related to deficient ignition switches. The potential fund comes as Takata is expected to plead guilty to criminal conduct on Monday in a U.S. federal court in Detroit over actions related to the faulty airbags. It is also said to be using the services of lawyer Kenneth Feinberg, who has run similar funds in the past, including for Sept. 11, 2001, attack victims.

February 27, 2017 00:00 UTC

Chrissy Teigen Already Gave Out The Cutest Award Of Oscar Night

In Chrissy Teigen’s mind, the Oscar for cutest baby was no contest. Before heading to the 89th annual Academy Awards, the model and mom decided to have some award show fun on social media. “And the award for Baby of the Year goes to ... baby Luna!” Teigen says in a video posted to Twitter Sunday. We’re guessing the statue in the video is the one Teigen’s husband John Legend won for his song “Glory,” created with Common for the film “Selma.” (Luna’s will probably come in the mail.) Clearly, this is a major upset for all other babies hoping to snag the win this year, but let’s be honest: Baby Luna put out some outstanding work in the last year.

February 27, 2017 00:00 UTC

Ava DuVernay honors Trayvon Martin before the Oscars

Ava DuVernay has arrived at the Academy Awards, where her Netflix film “13th” is up for best documentary feature. But the filmmaker took some time earlier on Sunday to remind fans that the day is also the anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death. “Our hoodies are still up and the movement is still strong,” DuVernay wrote on Twitter. Martin was 17 and unarmed when he was fatally shot by Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2012. #OurSonTrayvon — Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 26, 2017In “13th,” DuVernay links the 13th amendment, which abolished slavery, to mass incarceration and, specifically, the criminalization of black men.

February 26, 2017 23:57 UTC

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