Fiat Chrysler (FCA) boss Sergio Marchionne is to be replaced permanently at the helm of the global carmaker as well as Ferrari, after suffering serious complications from surgery, people with knowledge of the matter said on Saturday.
A federal prosecutor nominated by President Trump to sit on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals was withdrawn from consideration Thursday after Republican senators expressed concerns over his college writings about race, sexual assault and other issues.
Japan’s exports to the United States fell for the first time in 17 months and Japanese business sentiment soured amid worries about U.S. President Donald Trump’s protectionist trade policies.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve raised interest rates on Wednesday, a move that was widely expected but still marked a milestone in the U.S. central bank’s shift from policies used to battle the 2007-2009 financial crisis and recession.
The 24-year-old Saturday Night Live star has replaced the permanent pic of David’s face — which was inked on his right arm — with a larger version of a design that looks close to one the sports on his left side.
Davidson is no stranger to showing his affection by adding ink to his already tattoo-covered body. Following news of his relationship to Grande, 24, the SNL comedian was quick to be inspired for his next piece of body art.
Earlier this month, Davidson paid a visit to The Black Lantern where artist London Reese tattooed two small designs on him that were inspired by his newly minted fiancée — a black bunny ears mask, which mirrors the singer’s Dangerous Woman album artwork, and her initials on his thumb.
Reese shared a picture of his work on June 2, with the caption: “We had a good night.”
The whirlwind romance between Grande and Davidson goes beyond just a tattoo. Just weeks after Us Weekly broke the news that the pop star and comedian were dating, multiple sources exclusively confirmed to Us that the two were engaged.
“They are a perfect fit. They are not rushing to get married,” one insider told Us on Monday, June 10. “Their friends are really excited and supportive.”
Another source added that the lovebirds “were telling people that they’re engaged” at Robert Pattinson’s birthday party in L.A. on June 9.
“They are both constantly making each other laugh,” the first insider noted. “Their moms have met. They’ve been very public with their relationship on social media, and they are very in love.”
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian state refiner Bharat Petroleum Corp has requested an extra one million barrels of oil from the National Iranian Oil Co. (NIOC) for June, two industry sources said, amid a looming threat of stringent U.S. sanctions.
BEIJING (Reuters) – U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is expected to meet Chinese Vice Premier Liu He on Sunday, a U.S. government official said, as officials from the world’s two biggest economies try to calm an escalating trade spat that has rattled financial markets.
Eric Greitens lived his last days as the state’s leader to the fullest — at least from a legislative perspective.
The Missouri Governor, who officially resigned on Friday, issued five pardons, commuted four sentences, and signed 77 new laws — all in one day. He has been replaced by his former deputy, Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson.
“The ability to make wrong things right, for Missourians who have not gotten fair treatment from our criminal justice system, is one of the most solemn and precious abilities of a governor. I believe in justice, and I believe that with these actions today — justice will be done,”Greitens said of his decision to issue the pardons. In referencing the legislation, the now-former governor said he was “proud to put my name on many important laws and bold reforms.”
Those pardoned included Stacey Lannert, who served 18 years in prison for killing her father, who she alleged raped and abused her, and Judy Henderson, who was sentenced to lifetime imprisonment after a robbery and a murder.
Greitens, a former navy seal once seen as one of the Republican Party’s rising stars, had announced on Tuesday that he would resign by the end of the week, after becoming embroiled in a sex scandal that spawned investigations. He was elected governor in November of 2016.
In January, local St. Louis station KMOV-TV reported that Greitens had an affair with a woman — who has not been publicly identified — in 2015, and allegedly threatened to release nude photographs of her if she ever spoke publicly about their extramarital relationship. KMOV learned of the report from the woman’s husband, who claimed to have audio of her describing the allegations. One day later, a St. Louis circuit attorney launched a formal investigation into the allegations. Greitens has acknowledged the affair but denied any claims he coerced or blackmailed the woman.
On Friday, one of the laws he signed, HB 1558, made non-consensually disseminating sexual images — the pending allegations against him — a felony.
In February, Greitens was indicted for invasion of privacy, which is a felony, but the charges were dropped last month, right before the trial was slated to begin. But in April, he was indicted again, this time for stealing a donor list from the charity he founded to raise money for his campaign.
Not a good look for Ivanka Trump…
Reports surfaced this week that her father Donald Trump‘s presidential administration has completely lost track of 1,500 migrant children who entered the country with their parents and families across the Mexican border.
And while that alone is drawing scorn from all corners of American life, Ivanka made things worse with a very tone-deaf photo opp.
Very, very quickly, it drew the ire of thousands of Twitter users who couldn’t help but see the unfortunate — and uncaring — parallels here between Ivanka’s child and the missing migrant children.
The reactions came in swiftly (below):
Ivanka I do appreciate the fact that you have decided to own what you are. No more pretending to be a decent person. I’m a Mom of two children and I want you to understand that we won’t forget the atrocities you’ve enabled your father to commit. Justice will eventually prevail.
— MyKidsMom (@MyKidsMomBB8) May 28, 2018
An actual mother would have compassion for the children harmed by your father’s policies.
Your contrived photo ops are absurd.
— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) May 27, 2018
How lucky that you get to do that with your children. Meanwhile, there are 1500 children that are missing their parents as a result of Daddy’s orders. The fact that you and other so-called leaders have stood idly by and done nothing speaks volumes.
— WhatTheHeck?! #Resist (@truthtalk4once) May 27, 2018
How great of you to post an image of your child. Especially when so many are being taken away from their parents. I challenge you to put yourself in their shoes, just for a second. Think about how it would feel to lose yours.
— Ken Imbody (@Quantum_Jedi) May 27, 2018
How lucky you are not to have him ripped from your arms and lost among the other 1499 kids.
— Mad 🌊🇺🇸🌊🇺🇸 (@Madtax) May 27, 2018
Now imagine, the Government ripping him from your arms and taking him away, maybe never to be held by you again.
— ERIK EKNES (@eeknes51) May 27, 2018
Somewhere a mother is crying herself to sleep wondering if the child ripped from her arms has been sold to human traffickers. But cool photo-op.
— Jaline Quinto (@nativevoter) May 27, 2018
How can you continue to work for your father whose new immigration policies are tearing families apart ?
— MARIE ANDRES (@mla628) May 27, 2018
Keep calling her out!!
Keep calling her out!!
By being a part of this administration, Ivanka Trump IS complicit!!
Oh, and doubly so considering China has approved THIRTEEN new Ivanka Trump trademarks in the last three months, according to reports.
Fuck this corrupt, self-dealing, money-grubbing administration!!![Image via Twitter.]
Not having it. Ivanka Trump is facing backlash for posting a photo of herself and her son amid reports that families are being torn apart at the U.S. border with Mexico, and that the Department of Health and Human Services has “lost track” of 1,500 children due to policies implemented by her father President Donald Trump’s administration.
The 36-year-old shared a photo of herself holding her 2-year-old son, Theodore, on Sunday, May 27, and captioned it: “My ! #SundayMorning.”
Halsey was among those who took aim at the mom of three for her poor timing. “I wonder what #SundayMorning is like for the parents of 1500 lost children your father is responsible for. F—k your #SundayMorning,” the singer, 23, tweeted at the fashion designer.
The “Bad at Love” singer wasn’t the only one to take Trump to task. Many others joined in on Twitter to call out the first daughter for her tone-deaf post. Jim Carrey shared a new cartoon inspired by the policy and tweeted: “1500 innocent children ripped from their mothers’ arms at our border. Lost in Trump’s ‘system’. Give us your tired, your poor, your huddle masses yearning to breathe free — and we will torture them for wanting a better life. From Shining City to Evil Empire in under 500 days.”
Actor Patton Oswalt also tweeted his reaction: “Isn’t it the just the best to snuggle your little one — knowing exactly where they are, safe in your arms? It’s the best. The BEST. Right, Ivanka? Right?”
Isn't it the just the best to snuggle your little one — knowing exactly where they are, safe in your arms? It's the best. The BEST. Right, Ivanka? Right? https://t.co/X79r8aWInc
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) May 27, 2018
“Dear @IvankaTrump, No doubt you posted this while feeling the great joy of motherhood. But every mother is our sister & right now there are many in despair. You are in a position to help. #WhereAreTheChidlren?Taking action will result in a lot more likes than this post,” one user wrote.
Another tweeted: “What an odd tweet in the middle of the horror going on with missing children ripped from their parent’s arms. How lucky you are to live in a bubble.”
“You’d almost never know her father’s administration, to which she is an adviser, was brutally separating migrant children from their asylum-seeking parents and lost track of 1,500 of them,” another one shared.
The backlash comes amid reports that the Trump administration will increase criminal prosecutions of parents entering the United States illegally and is separating families by placing their children in protective custody. It has been criticized as an inhumane practice that could psychologically damage the children, some of whom are as young as a year old. The new policy brought attention to an April report that Steven Wagner, an official from the Department of Health and Human Services, had revealed to members of Congress that the agency had lost track of nearly 1,500 children it had placed with sponsors in the United States.
The photo showed the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star dressed down in sweats as they walked on a grassy hill with the snow-capped mountains behind them in the distance. The rapper had a big smile on his face as he held onto his 2-year-old son’s arm and North, 4, stood beside them on a large rock. (Baby Chicago was not pictured.)
“Wyoming,” the Selfish author captioned the photo, seemingly indicating that West isn’t terribly concerned about two Twitter feuds he and his wife were embroiled in over the weekend.
On Friday, May 25, Drake reacted to Pusha T‘s track “Infrared,” which was produced by West and appears to take aim at the “God’s Plan” rapper. After releasing a response titled “Duppy Freestyle,” the Degrassi alum sent West’s G.O.O.D. music label a $ 100,000 invoice for “promotional assistance and career-reviving.”
The following day Chicago rapper Rhymefest got involved in the beef, tweeting at Drake about Donda’s House charity and asking for help, claiming that “Kanye has Abandoned” the nonprofit named after his late mother that was cofounded with Rhymefest to provide arts and music programs for Chicago’s youth.
That triggered Kardashian, who went after Rhymefest in a series of tweets on Saturday, attacking his “sub par beats,” accusing him of mismanaging the charity and even claiming he wore fake Yeezys.
She then said in a tweet that she would remove the veteran rapper from the organization: “You better believe I will make it my mission to take Donda’s House from you and let my children run it the way it should be run.”
Rhymefest responded with a statement saying that he’d spoken to West about Donda’s House but he “was more interested in his record.”
The nonprofit then released a statement on Twitter on Saturday saying that it would no longer use the name Donda’s House due to Kardashian’s tweets and “the expressed interest of her family running the organization.”
“While we cannot and do not speak for Kanye West and his views, we can and will speak up for the youth that we serve. We ask that those who feel hurt, angered by or frustrated with Kanye West not penalize or throw away their support, respect and advocacy for us,” the charity’s statement, posted by co-founder Donnie Smith, read. “We ask that as you boycott and protest Kanye West, that you not forget that we are a non-profit organization that like other non-profits needs donations, corporate support and volunteers. We do not want your rejection of Kanye West, to be a rejection of Dr. Donda West and the thousands of lives she impacted including her own son.”
West hasn’t responded to the charity’s statements, but on Sunday Kardashian returned to Twitter explaining that West had initially paid Rhymefest a salary to run Donda’s House, but after “going through personal financial issues” the rapper could no longer fund salaries and Rhymefest took over the charity.
“Kanye gave his ‘friend’ an opportunity to run an organization on his own. So now that Kanye is being publicly shamed for not being involved makes no sense and, at this exact time, just seems very calculated,” she wrote. “I have and will always applaud any efforts to give back to the community. To fight for justice and to help uplift the youth. But I will never tolerate someone who was close to Kanye who attempts to use his late mother’s name to publicly shame him while pretending to do good.”
I will always ride for my man!
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) May 27, 2018
“I will always ride for my man!” she added.
The rapper’s new album is due out on Friday, June 1.
Diddy’s making his presence known in the fresh beef between Drake and Pusha T … but it’s hard to tell who he’s rooting for. The music and liquor mogul hit up David Grutman’s STORY Nightclub in South Beach around 3:45 AM Saturday and joined Drake…
Jet Li’s Manager Says The Actor’s Hyperthyroidism Is ‘Nothing Life-Threatening’ Amid Fan Concern About His Health
Jet Li fans will be happy to hear this.
As we reported, the 55-year-old actor has been suffering for the past decade from hyperthyroidism as well as a heart condition. The combination has drastically aged the once-buff, dynamic film star to the point where fans are now shocked upon seeing the latest fan photo of him.
In response to the latest concern, the Romeo Must Die star’s manager Steven Chasman told the Washington Post on Monday:
“He has hyperthyroidism that he’s been dealing with for almost 10 years. It’s nothing life-threatening and he’s dealing with it.”
Chasman confirmed the most recent viral image of his client was in fact Li but argues that it’s just a bad photo of someone his age. He went on to call the coverage of the photo “sensationalism.”
We’re happy to hear it’s not life-threatening, but he has to understand why fans are shocked; it’s a big change over just eight years.[Image via Instagram.]
Schneiderman, a #MeToo champion, strongly denied the allegations but said they would interfere with doing his job properly.
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(NEW YORK) — New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who had taken on high-profile roles as an advocate for women’s issues and an antagonist to the policies of President Donald Trump, announced late Monday that he would be resigning from office hours after four women he was romantically involved with or had romantic interactions with accused him of physical violence in accounts published by The New Yorker .
Schneiderman, who had been running for re-election, said he contested the women’s accounts, but “while these allegations are unrelated to my professional conduct or the operations of the office, they will effectively prevent me from leading the office’s work at this critical time.” He said he would resign at the close of business on Tuesday.
Two women had spoken to The New Yorker on the record, saying Schneiderman repeatedly hit them during the course of their relationships with him in recent years, and never with their consent. Neither woman filed any police complaints, but both said they sought out medical attention and confided in people close to them about the abuse.
A third woman who also was involved with him told her story to the other two women, but said she was too frightened to come forward. A fourth woman said Schneiderman slapped her when she rebuffed him during an intimate encounter, but also asked to remain unidentified. The New Yorker said it vetted the third woman’s allegations, and saw a photo of what the fourth woman said was her injury.
The accusations had led Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to call for an investigation and for Schneiderman to immediately resign.
The two women who spoke on the record, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, both said the physical abuse escalated over time, including choking and hitting, and that Schneiderman also was a heavy drinker. The Associated Press is identifying the women because they agreed to tell their stories publicly.
On Twitter, after the story was published, Manning Barish said, “After the most difficult month of my life-I spoke up. For my daughter and for all women. I could not remain silent and encourage other women to be brave for me. I could not…”
Manning Barish said she was involved with Schneiderman from mid-2013 through the end of 2014; Selvaratnam said she was involved with him from the summer of 2016 until fall 2017.
Manning Barish said Schneiderman started getting violent a few weeks after they began dating, slapping her one night after an evening out and escalating to choking her. She said she confided in friends, including novelist Salman Rushdie.
Selvaratnam, who was born in Sri Lanka, said Schneiderman started calling her his “brown slave” and made her say that she was “his property.”
“After I found out that other women had been abused by Attorney-General Schneiderman in a similar manner many years before me, I wondered, who’s next, and knew something needed to be done,” Selvaratnam said in a statement to the AP. “So I chose to come forward both to protect women who might enter into a relationship with him in the future but also to raise awareness around the issue of intimate partner violence.”
Schneiderman, a Democrat, had issued a statement to The New Yorker saying, “In the privacy of intimate relationships, I have engaged in role-playing and other consensual sexual activity. I have not assaulted anyone. I have never engaged in non-consensual sex, which is a line I would not cross.”
His representatives sent the same statement to The Associated Press when asked about the accusations. They also sent a statement from his ex-wife, Jennifer Cunningham, who said, “I’ve known Eric for nearly 35 years as a husband, father and friend. These allegations are completely inconsistent with the man I know, who has always been someone of the highest character, outstanding values and a loving father. I find it impossible to believe these allegations are true.”
Cuomo in his statement said, “No one is above the law, including New York’s top legal officer. I will be asking an appropriate New York District Attorney(s) to commence an immediate investigation, and proceed as the facts merits.”
Schneiderman has been a vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement. He filed a lawsuit in February against movie producer Harvey Weinstein and the Weinstein Co. following an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, saying the company broke New York law by failing to protect employees from “pervasive sexual harassment, intimidation and discrimination.”
He launched a civil rights probe into the New York City-based company in October after The New York Times and The New Yorker exposed allegations of sexual assault and harassment spanning decades. The company later fired Weinstein.
The women accusing him said seeing him speak out on sexual misconduct issues was part of the impetus in them coming forward.
“This is a man who has staked his entire career, his personal narrative, on being a champion for women publicly,” Selvaratnam said. “But he abuses them privately. He needs to be called out.”
Schneiderman, who won a state Senate seat representing a Manhattan district in 1998, became attorney general in 2010 and had been running for re-election this year. He has a history of recognition for activism on behalf of women’s causes, including reproductive rights.
The 63-year-old also has been a longtime critic of President Donald Trump, and has been part of several efforts to push back against some of his actions in the White House, like the rescinding of protection for immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.
Last month, he urged state lawmakers to close a loophole that he said could be used to fight state charges by anyone who has received a federal pardon for similar federal charges.
On Twitter, Donald Trump Jr. offered pointed commentary. He showcased one of Schneiderman’s tweets from last year saying that he would remind President Trump that no one was above the law, with Trump Jr. adding, “You were saying???”
A Republican opponent, Manny Alicandro, had just officially launched his candidacy on Monday. After The New Yorker report, Alicandro said, “If true, he is a disgrace and wholly unfit for the role of New York State’s chief legal officer. I believe the accusers.”