Pruitt had aide do numerous personal tasks, including a hunt for a used Trump hotel mattress

Pruitt had aide do numerous personal tasks, including a hunt for a used Trump hotel mattress

In mid-September, the Environmental Protection Agency chief’s director of scheduling and advance contacted the Trump International Hotel in Washington with an unusual request. Millan Hupp wanted to know how much the hotel would charge EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for purchasing one of its used mattresses. Hupp’s search for a discount “Trump Home Luxury Plush Euro […]

Georgia cop fired after hitting suspect fleeing on foot with his patrol car

Georgia cop fired after hitting suspect fleeing on foot with his patrol car

Image from bodycam video showing Athens-Clarke County Police Officer Taylor Saulters in pursuit of a suspect Friday in east Athens.  (Athens-Clarke County Police Department) A rookie Georgia police officer has been fired after striking a suspect fleeing on foot with his patrol car, officails said. Athens-Clarke County Police Department released bodycam footage of Officer Taylor […]

Laguna Beach fire grows to more than 200 acres; 2000 homes evacuated

Laguna Beach fire grows to more than 200 acres; 2000 homes evacuated

The flames chewed through brushed left bone dry by years of drought conditions across Southern California. The region saw a devastating fire season last year, with homes lost from San Diego and Bel Air to Sylmar to Montecito. The Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties made history as the largest on record in […]

Neighbor forced mom, 3 kids to be 'chore slaves,' police say

Neighbor forced mom, 3 kids to be 'chore slaves,' police say

Police say a man in Centralia, Washington forced his neighbors into doing yard work on Wednesday morning.  (.) A man in southwestern Washington state allegedly forced a neighboring family of a mom and three teens into “chore slavery” early Wednesday before being arrested.   The suspect, identified as Wellington Waggener, 29, had grabbed a 12-year-old […]

Greitens pardons 5, commutes sentences of 4 more

Greitens pardons 5, commutes sentences of 4 more

In his last hours in office Friday, Gov. Eric Greitens pardoned five people and commuted the sentences of four more, including a 75-year-old woman with 15 years left on her sentence and two he said were wrongfully convicted of murder. Greitens pardoned Stacey A. Lannert, Judy Henderson, Mark Whittle, Gary Thomas and Betty Coleman, wiping […]

Trump Pardons Dinesh D'Souza, Weighs Leniency for Rod Blagojevich and Martha Stewart

Trump Pardons Dinesh D'Souza, Weighs Leniency for Rod Blagojevich and Martha Stewart

Mr. Bharara defended the prosecution of Mr. D’Souza after Mr. Trump announced the pardon. “The President has the right to pardon but the facts are these: D’Souza intentionally broke the law, voluntarily pled guilty, apologized for his conduct & the judge found no unfairness,” Mr. Bharara wrote on Twitter. “The career prosecutors and agents did […]

Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson fired over handling of sex abuse allegation

Southern Baptist leader Paige Patterson fired over handling of sex abuse allegation

Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, gives a message during the dedication of the school’s J.W. MacGorman Chapel and Performance Center in 2011. (Joyce Marshall/Star-Telegram) A major Southern Baptist seminary has fired one of the movement’s giants of the last quarter-century, Paige Patterson, after new information came to light regarding how Patterson handled a sexual abuse allegation while […]