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WH shake-up after health care debacle

President Donald Trump on Thursday shook up his senior West Wing staff, days after his administration faced its first major legislative setback in failing to pass a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

This is what Africa looks like from space

On the ground in Cairo you might get distracted by the papyrus sellers or a view of the pyramids, but from above the city looks totally different.

Blistering words: Witness lambasts Trump

Clint Watts, senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, says President Trump used active Russian measures against his opponents during the 2016 election.

Russian operatives remain active in US politics, witness tells Senate intelligence committee

The Senate intelligence committee has run a steady and low-key investigation into Russia's interference in the US elections and communications with the campaign of President Donald Trump, but Thursday marks the panel's first public hearing, which could offer some insights into where senators are thinking in private.

Trump ups Somalia anti-terror strikes

President Donald Trump has approved stepping up counterterrorism strikes in Somalia, according to two US defense officials.

Trump's outlook: Bad to worse

As the White House scans Washington for a bounce-back win after the Obamacare imbroglio, the political forecast is promising only heavy weather.

Trump's envoy faces tough Turkey visit

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's fledgling diplomatic skills will be put to the test as he travels to Turkey to discuss the fight against ISIS and then Belgium for a meeting of NATO foreign ministers this week.

'Read my lips: No:' Putin rejects meddling claims

Russian President Vladimir Putin has described allegations that his country meddled in the 2016 US election as "fictional, illusory, provocations and lies."

Nina Schick: Despite Brexit and Trump, Merkel isn't running scared

As British Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 this week, across the channel, her German counterpart, Angela Merkel, reassured party members in Berlin that with or without the UK, the European Union would continue to be a success.

Al Gore targets Trump in 'An Inconvenient Sequel'

Nearly a decade after "An Inconvenient Truth" first hit theaters, former Vice President Al Gore is back and this time he has his sights set on President Donald Trump.

Trump ally: Ivanka's new gig not nepotism

A former spokesman for President Donald Trump's campaign said Thursday that Ivanka Trump's decision to join the White House staff is not nepotism because the President's daughter will work for free.

Kim murder: 9 Malaysians allowed home

Nine Malaysian citizens barred from leaving North Korea after the murder of Kim Jong Nam have finally been allowed to return home, Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak announced in a statement Thursday.

Ryan: No working with Dems on health

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he has no interest in working with Democrats on getting health care legislation passed, disputing a suggestion by the White House to reach across the aisle and bypass conservative House Republicans.

Judge halts Trump's latest travel ban

A federal judge in Hawaii has granted the state's request for a longer term halt of the revised travel ban executive order. US District Court Judge Derrick Watson blocked the revised executive order two weeks ago -- but it was only a temporary halt through a restraining order. The plaintiffs asked for it to be converted into a longer term preliminary injunction, and he agreed Wednesday night.

Van Jones: Trump may have signed Earth's death warrant

As usual, Donald Trump is completely upside down on the facts.

Why you need to stand and sit up straight

For as long as I can remember, my mother has badgered me about my posture.

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El Chapo Pissed He Can't Pray His Way in Prison

El Chapo -- the notorious drug lord who reigned over the world's most dangerous cartel -- is PISSED he can't properly pray in prison. Chapo's lawyers fired off a letter to the judge outlining "draconian conditions" in Manhattan's Metropolitan…

Nick Young's NBA Hazing Photo Surfaces ... Hog Tied In Hotel Bed (Photo)

Swaggy P got the stripper treatment during his rookie hazing back in 2007 ... and Gilbert Arenas just provided the photo proof.  Nick Young was a 1st round pick of the Washington Wizards -- where Arenas was a superstar at the time.  One…

Kenya Moore Gets Restraining Order Against Ex-BF Matt Jordan

'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star Kenya Moore says she's had to dodge up to 30 phone calls a day from her ex-BF, Matt Jordan, so she went to court to get protection. In legal docs, Kenya says Matt threatened her last week, telling a mutual…

Golden Gloves Ring Brawl ... Fans Attack at Boxing Event (VIDEO)

Pandemonium occurred at a Golden Gloves boxing event in L.A. on Wednesday -- when fans stormed the ring at a youth tournament and fought it out ... with one guy catching a haymaker right in the face.  It all went down at a Golden Gloves…

TMZ Live: Rob Kardashian And Tyga: The Tag Team Against Blac Chyna

ON TODAY'S SHOW Katherine Jackson: Family Protection! Malia Obama's New Man!? 'Dance Moms' War! 'RHOA' Star Kenya Moore Gets Restraining Order Against Ex-Boyfriend

Ex-'Power Rangers' Star Sentenced to 6 Years for Stabbing Death

Ricardo Medina Jr. -- one of the stars of 'Power Rangers Samurai' -- was just sentenced to 6 years in prison for stabbing his roommate to death with a sword. Ricardo appeared in court Thursday where the judge handed down the maximum sentence, 2…

Abby Lee Miller Says No Beef with the Moms, But They'd Be Nothing Without Her (VIDEO)

Ex-"Dance Moms" host Abby Lee Miller doesn't appreciate getting dissed by the moms on the show ... 'cause she's the one who helped 'em get $20k per episode just for being couch-sitting housewives. We got Abby outside the Mondrian Hotel Wednesday in…

Seahawks K.J. Wright Says Richard Sherman AIN'T LEAVING! (VIDEO)

Maybe K.J. Wright knows something we don't ... but the Seahawks Pro Bowl linebacker is adamant Richard Sherman is NOT leaving Seattle.  On Wednesday, Pete Carroll said other teams have called and expressed interest in the leader of the Legion…

Malia Obama Strolling with Tall, Dark & Handsome Mystery Guy (PHOTO GALLERY)

Basic guys dreaming of dating Malia Obama can take a seat ... the former First Daughter looks to have a suitor who is anything but basic. Malia and the mystery guy were cruising through SoHo Wednesday night -- looks like they had a 3rd…

Fetty Wap's Label Exec Charged with Attempted Murder in Paterson Shootout (MUG SHOT)

A man who says he has ties to Fetty Wap has been charged with 2 counts of attempted murder in connection with the robbery and shootout in Paterson. Sylvester Huffin was charged Monday with 2 counts of first degree attempted murder, as well as 3…

Magic Johnson Won't Let Daughter Date 'Dodger Boys' (VIDEO)

Magic Johnson has a rule when it comes to dating his daughter ... NO DODGERS ALLOWED! Of course, Magic is a co-owner of the MLB team -- and his daughter, Elisa, says he's not a fan of her mixing business with pleasure. In fact, when it comes…

Tarek El Moussa Shows Off Ripped Bod (PHOTO GALLERY)

Tarek El Moussa's flaunting his best fixer upper yet, and it ain't a house -- it's his ripped bod. We're told the "Flip or Flop" star was super motivated to get fit after battling 2 cancers, recovering from debilitating back problems and, of course,…

Michael Irvin Dropped As Keynote Speaker After Sexual Assault Claims

Michael Irvin has been 86'd from speaking at a high school awards event in Arkansas -- after event organizers learned the NFL legend is being investigated for sexual assault. Irvin was set to be the keynote speaker at the Best of River Valley Preps…

Floyd Mayweather Pulls a Reverse Trump ... Here's Why I LOVE the Media! (VIDEO)

Floyd Mayweather has a VERY different media strategy than his pal, Donald Trump!! The boxing superstar was out spending some of his millions in Bev Hills on Wednesday -- when he took a moment, called over ALL the paparazzi and gave 'em a pep talk…

Blac Chyna's at War with Tyga AND Rob Over Tag Teaming

Blac Chyna's on the attack against Tyga because she thinks baby daddy #1 is teaming up with #2 -- Rob Kardashian -- to spread lies about her. Sources close to the family tell TMZ ... Chyna went off after she heard Tyga telling…

Fans Brawl at McDonald’s All-American Game ... Security to the Rescue (VIDEO)

The action wasn't just on the court at the famous McDonald's All-American high school hoops game Wednesday ... a huge brawl broke out in the concourse and it was all caught on video.  FYI, the McDonald's game is a BIG DEAL in high school…

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Viacom looks to rival major U.S. cable channels with Paramount Network

(Reuters) - When Viacom Inc’s Spike TV rebrands as the Paramount Network in early 2018, the struggling media company hopes to position itself as a challenger to top-rated U.S. cable networks like Comcast Corp’s USA and Time Warner Inc’s TNT with shows that have the caliber of HBO.

Wall St. trims gains as investors look for fresh catalysts

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks pared gains in early afternoon trading on Thursday as investors sought fresh triggers in the run up to the first-quarter earnings.

Einhorn's GM plan poses conflict challenge for board

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hedge fund manager David Einhorn's unusual plan to divide General Motors Co's shares into two classes poses a potential corporate governance minefield for GM board members.

U.S. economic growth revised higher, boosted by consumer spending

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. economic growth slowed less than previously reported in the fourth quarter as robust consumer spending provided a boost that was partially offset by the largest gain in imports in two years.

Volkswagen settles 10 U.S. state diesel claims for $157 million

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG said on Thursday it has agreed to pay $157.45 million to settle environmental claims from 10 U.S. states over its excess diesel emissions, as the world's largest automaker looks to move past the scandal.

Investors bet on a quiet tech revolution in Europe

LONDON (Reuters) - It's not banking or mining shares, but rather technology stocks, that have come up trumps in Europe this year and are poised to end the first quarter as the best-performing sector.

U.S. awards AT&T contract to build wireless network for first responders

(Reuters) - The United States on Thursday awarded a contract to AT&T Inc to build a nationwide wireless broadband network to better equip first responders, years after a federal commission recommended setting up such a system following the 9/11 attacks.

Unions threaten to scupper Linde-Praxair merger

FRANKFURT/MUNICH (Reuters) - Linde labor representatives will vote against the German industrial gases group's planned $65 billion merger with U.S. rival Praxair , the head of the German works council told Reuters on Thursday, in a move that could scupper the deal.

Ford hires 400 engineers, mostly in Canada, as cars go high tech

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said on Thursday it was hiring 400 engineers, mostly in Canada, to work on connectivity software and hardware, part of a wider push to meet demand for more connected cars.