The professor was incredulous. David Craig had been studying the rise of entertainment on social media for several years when a Facebook employee he didn't know emailed him last December, asking about his research. "I thought I was being pumped," Craig said. The company flew him to Menlo Park, California, and offered $25,000 to fund his ongoing projects with no obligation to do anything in return. This was definitely not normal, but after checking with his school, University of Southern California, Craig took the gift.
The Northern Neck Regional Jail, where Paul Manafort will spend at least the next three months while awaiting trial, has the outward appearance of being a small local jail holding street thugs and assorted misdemeanants. But it also houses federal prisoners awaiting trial - including a member of the Taliban and a feared Colombian drug lord. And it held NFL star Michael Vick and musician Chris Brown in recent years. The jail is notable for another reason - four inmates have died there since 2011.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump will meet with House Republicans next week to discuss immigration - just days after his off-the-cuff remarks on the issue threw the GOP's carefully-laid strategy into chaos. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. and was confirmed by two House Republican aides who requested anonymity ahead of a formal announcement.
An inmate shot and killed two sheriff's deputies in broad daylight Friday, June 15, in Kansas while they were transporting him from a Kansas City jail to a courthouse across the street for a hearing, authorities say. One of the mortally wounded deputies managed to shoot the suspect, who remains hospitalized. Deputy Patrick Rohrer died at a hospital on the same day. Deputy Theresa King died shortly after midnight Saturday. The two had a combined 20 years of service for the sheriff's department in Wyandotte County.
For the second time in barely more than a year, an Indonesian villager has been swallowed whole by a python. Wa Tiba, 54, left her home on Muna island to visit her cornfield on Thursday night, according to the Jakarta Post. The field was about a half mile from her house, surrounded by cliffs, caves and a certain number of reticulated pythons, the longest snakes in the world.
WASHINGTON - A federal judge ordered Paul Manafort to jail Friday over charges he tampered with witnesses while out on bail - a major blow for President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman as he awaits trial on federal conspiracy and money-laundering charges next month. "You have abused the trust placed in you six months ago," U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson told Manafort. "The government motion will be granted, and the defendant will be detained."
WASHINGTON - The White House said Friday that President Donald Trump supports House legislation that closely tracks his priorities on border security and limiting legal immigration, walking back comments he made on national television rejecting the GOP bill. The reversal came after hours of confusion on Capitol Hill, where Trump's words roiled an already fragile internal debate between conservative and moderate Republicans in the House who have been trying to find an immigration compromise after months of false starts.
A neighbor of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was sentenced to 30 days in jail Friday for tackling the senator during a dispute over yard care last fall, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Indiana. Rene A. Boucher, 60, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, pleaded guilty in federal court in March to attacking a member of Congress for the November 2017 assault that left Paul with six broken ribs and a case of pneumonia. Boucher had faced a possible sentence of 21 months.
Fritz Gilbert knew in his 20s that he did not want to die at his desk. Gilbert, 55, who retired last week, started saving decades ago for what could be one of our most fraught decisions: When to retire? The question is deeply personal. It requires a brutal look at your life. Some people get a pit in the stomach when they think about saying goodbye to that paycheck. Or at the prospect of deconstructing a nest egg they spent decades building. They might worry about feeling irrelevant or bored without the stimulation of work.
Still shaken by Bobby Kennedy's assassination six days earlier, I sat in the hospital waiting room mindlessly thumbing through a May 1968 Rolling Stone while my wife, Fran, gave birth to our daughter Elle. As was customary, when everyone had been freshened up, I was permitted to see my wife and baby. At 25, having no notion of a new father's role, I tickled Elle under her chin and did my best duck imitation: "Quack, quack!"