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January 11, 2019 7:39 PM Former Arkansas lawmaker charged in scheme to bribe judge

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A former Arkansas lawmaker has been charged with conspiracy in an alleged bribery scheme with an ex-judge who admitted to lowering a jury’s judgment in a negligence lawsuit in exchange for campaign contributions. A federal indictment unsealed Friday shows that former state Sen. Gilbert Baker was also charged with bribery and wire fraud 48

January 2, 2019 7:05 PM U.S. fired tear gas into Mexico early on New Year’s Day

TIJUANA, MEXICO—U.S. authorities fired tear gas into Mexico during the early hours of the new year to repel about 150 migrants who tried to breach the border fence in Tijuana. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement that about 45 migrants got through the first layer of fencing but turned back when they saw the border patrol’s presence 40

January 2, 2019 5:49 PM Schumacher family asks for privacy before his 50th birthday

GLAND, SWITZERLAND—Michael Schumacher’s family has asked for understanding as it continues to keep details of his health private ahead of the seven-time Formula One champion’s 50th birthday. In a statement published on Facebook on Wednesday, one day before his birthday, the family says: “You can be sure that he is in the very best of hands and that we are doing 49

December 7, 2018 7:58 PM China readies Chang’e-4, its moon lander, for launch

The instruments will probe the structure of the rocks beneath the spacecraft, study the effects of the solar wind striking the lunar surface. Chang’e-4 will also test the ability of making radio astronomy observations from the far side of the moon, without the effects of noise and interference from Earth. According to the Xinhua News Agency, Chang’e- 40

December 7, 2018 2:31 PM Drake, Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar, Weezer: Who got nominated for the 2019 Grammys

— Album of the year: Invasion of Privacy, Cardi B; By the Way, I Forgive You, Brandi Carlile; Scorpion, Drake; H.E.R., H.E.R.; Beerbongs & Bentleys, Post Malone; Dirty Computer, Janelle Monae; Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves; Black Panther: The Album, Music From and Inspired By, Kendrick Lamar. — Record of the year: “I Like It,” Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin 71

December 1, 2018 4:27 AM A look at all the pop culture references in Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ music video

There’s Troye Sivan, one of Grande’s close friends, playing a guy gossiping about her love life, like someone basic. “I heard she’s a lesbian now and dating some chick called Aubrey. It’s f------- sick,” he said. The video itself opens to Grande playing Regina George, the quintessential Mean Girl, filling out her Burn Book with all the people who’ve 66

November 28, 2018 6:55 PM Ford shuffling workers to increase production of big SUVs

Ford plans to add 500 jobs at the Kentucky Truck Plant in Louisville that makes the SUVs. It also will add 500 at a factory in Livonia, Michigan, near Detroit that produces SUV and truck transmissions. Also, about 500 workers at the Louisville Assembly Plant who make the slow-selling Ford Escape small SUV will be diverted to Kentucky Truck to make big SUVs. In addition 57

November 24, 2018 9:31 PM How Gibraltar almost stopped a Brexit deal

In the lead-up to a historic summit Sunday in Brussels, where a Brexit deal is expected to be rubber-stamped, tiny Gibraltar suddenly loomed large. It literally put Britain’s European Union divorce settlement between “The Rock” and a hard place for a time. That’s because Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez insisted his country have final say over any future 42

November 23, 2018 6:37 PM Duck boat owner settles with Missouri family over accident

KANSAS CITY, MO.—The company that owns the duck boat that sank in Table Rock Lake near Branson, Missouri, in July, killing 17 people, has settled the first of several lawsuits filed in the accident. The three adult daughters of 65-year-old William Bright and his 63-year-old wife, Janice Bright, of Higginsville, Missouri, filed suit soon after the accident 34

November 22, 2018 2:00 PM The Wild Pear Tree is time and brain power very well spent

This is one of the year’s most thought-provoking films, approaching the disillusionment of youth on the cusp of maturity not unlike the way Lee Chang-dong does in Burning, another standout from the grand bounty of Cannes 2018 that’s currently playing at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The narrative follows a disillusioned wannabe author named Sinan (Aydin Dogu Demirkol) 61