President Donald Trump gave Republican congressional leaders a rallying cry and even a roadmap as they try to push through a sweeping and divisive agenda on health care, taxes and more.
In his first address to a joint session of Congress, Trump said largely what GOP leaders were hoping to hear Tuesday night, staying on-message and talking in optimistic tones, even weighing in at one point to settle a brewing dispute over how to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday morning that Trump showed Congress and the nation his "broad shoulders, big heart, reaching out, focusing on the future." Pence spoke on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
A spring-like storm system that killed at least three people as it spawned tornadoes and damaged dozens of homes in the central U.S. rumbled eastward Wednesday, putting about 95 million people in its path, forecasters said.
The compact but strong storms, known as supercells, raked parts of Arkansas, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee on Tuesday and Wednesday. Meanwhile, wind-whipped wildfires destroyed homes in Texas.
Forecasters with the Storm Prediction Center said severe thunderstorms that could spawn tornadoes were expected in parts of Kentucky and Tennessee on Wednesday morning before moving into mid-Atlantic states and southern New England. New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. could also be affected.
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The Dow Jones industrial average climbed above 21,000 Wednesday morning, a new record high that comes after President Donald Trump's first speech to Congress, CNBC reported.
The Dow leapt up more than 200 points, trading up about 1 percent. It's been just over a month since the index broke the 20,000-point mark. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq were up about 0.85 percent soon after the market opened.
Trump's speech was praised for its positive tone but he didn't give many specifics about tax reform and deregulation, two key components of the market's post-election rally.
Quincy Krosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial, told CNBC the speech's tone "has gone a long way for the market" as it "assuaged fears that his agenda was not going to be able to be passed."
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President Donald Trump, in his first address to Congress on Tuesday, announced he's establishing a new office within the Department of Homeland Security to protect victims of crimes committed by people who are in the country illegally.
He said the office is called VOICE: Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement.
President Donald Trump addressed Congress for the first time to issue a call for immigration reform, strongly condemning illegal immigration and calling for a wall between the United States and Mexico, yet also saying he would be open to laws that made legalization easier for immigrants. Trump spoke strongly against Obamacare as well, saying he wanted "reforms that expand choice, increase access, lower costs, and at the same time, provide better healthcare" instead.
Kellyanne Conway wants the controversy over her kneeling on a couch in the Oval Office put to bed, NBC News reported.
The presidential counselor was photographed looking at her phone while kneeling during a meeting with leaders from historically black colleges and universities Monday, which some observers suggested was disrespectful.
The photo went viral on Tuesday, and Conway went on Fox Business Network's "Lou Dobbs Tonight" that night to explain she had simply been asked to take a picture from a specific angle.
"I was being asked to take a picture in a crowded room with the press behind us, and I was asked to take a certain angle and was doing exactly that," Conway said. "I certainly meant no disrespect. I didn't mean to have my feet on the couch."
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The media mogul may consider a run for president now that another TV star has proven that prior government experience isn't necessary for the job.
Aerial footage shows the destruction left in Perryville, Missouri, after Tuesday night's deadly tornadoes swept across Illinois and several areas in the upper Midwest. One person was killed during the severe weather in Missouri, with an additional two confirmed dead in Illinois.
Editor's Note: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated this footage showed LaSalle County in Illinois. It actually captures storm damage left behind in Missouri, roughly 300 miles south.
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It has been four years since Aaron Hernandez played in the NFL. The Connecticut native burst onto the scene after the Patriots drafted him, but his dark past quickly bubbled to the surface.
Supermarket layouts are carefully calibrated to tempt people into impulsive purchases, and now food makers are trying to adapt their strategies as people do more of their shopping online.
Part of the worry for companies is that shoppers won't get to see their products as they would at a store, where people often decide they want an item only after walking past it on shelves or in displays . When shoppers order from a website, the thinking is that they aren't as susceptible to tossing extra goodies into their carts.
"They don't buy so many Snickers and Skittles online as they would in the store," said David Ciancio, head of North American marketing at dunnhumby, a shopping analytics company.
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Authorities arrested a man Wednesday suspected of shooting a Kansas convenience store clerk and kidnapping two hikers in New Mexico while on the run after his girlfriend was killed and a jogger was shot in Mississippi.
Alex Bridges Deaton, 28, was arrested after a chase and fiery crash near the town of Wilson, Kansas, about 80 miles from where the clerk was shot, according to a tweet from Kansas Highway Patrol trooper Tod Hileman. He said neither Deaton nor the involved officers were seriously hurt.
Hileman didn't immediately return a phone message from The Associated Press seeking details about the case.
Across America, hundreds of thousands of school children are suspended, expelled or arrested each year. An NBC investigation shows that black students with disabilities are arrested, suspended or expelled far more often than other children.
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Donald Trump finally gave Republicans what they've spent months begging him to deliver: a pivot to presidential. The question now is how long it lasts. Days, weeks, months — or simply until the next tweet? Just a little more than a month into his presidency, Trump clearly wanted to use his first speech to Congress to reset a chaotic start to his administration. Standing before lawmakers, Supreme Court justices and military leaders, the famously unrestrained politician was softer, sober and verged on diplomatic.
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Hershey expects to cut its global workforce by about 15 percent, with the reductions coming mostly from hourly employees outside the United States.
The Pennsylvania-based chocolate maker also trimmed its forecast for long-term sales growth to between 2 percent and 4 percent, down from the previous 3 percent to 5 percent. The company attributed the lowered expectation to changes in U.S. shopping habits and macroeconomic challenges overseas.
CEO Michele Buck will discuss the measures in New York when she meets with analysts Wednesday.