U.S.

Baltimore fires police commissioner who failed to curb murder rate

Baltimore’s mayor, citing a lack of progress in curbing violent crime in a city that had a historic murder rate last year, on Friday fired the city’s police commissioner and named a 30-year veteran of the department to lead it.

Technology

Ex-IBM employee from China gets five years prison for stealing code

A former software engineer for IBM in China was sentenced to five years in prison after he pleaded guilty to stealing proprietary source code from the company, prosecutors announced on Friday.

Technology

Facebook to prioritize ‘trustworthy’ news based on surveys

Facebook Inc will prioritize “trustworthy” news in its feed of social media posts, using member surveys to identify high-quality outlets and fight sensationalism and misinformation, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday.

Entertainment

Hollywood producers issue anti-harassment guidelines

Hollywood producers on Friday outlined steps aimed at preventing sexual harassment on and off television and movie sets in a response to revelations of misconduct that have shaken the entertainment industry in recent months.

Politics

U.S. to retry Senator Menendez on bribery, corruption charges

The U.S. Justice Department said it plans to retry Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Menendez on bribery and corruption charges after a jury was deadlocked during a trial in November.

U.S.

Kentucky man charged with attacking Senator Rand Paul last year

A Kentucky man accused of a physical attack on U.S. Senator Rand Paul last November has been charged with assaulting a member of Congress, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday.

U.S.

Delaware sues opioid manufacturers, distributors over epidemic

Delaware on Friday became the latest state to file a lawsuit accusing corporations of helping fuel the national opioid epidemic, suing a wide range of companies involved in making, distributing and selling prescription painkillers.

Sports

Patriots’ Brady won’t discuss hand injury

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady declined to discuss his injured hand on Friday or say if it would keep him from playing in Sunday’s AFC Championship game where a Super Bowl berth is on the line.

Entertainment

Tom Petty died due to accidental drug overdose

Tom Petty died in October due to “multisystem organ failure” brought on by an accidental overdose of seven medications, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office said on Friday.

Sports

Coleman runs 6.37 seconds to break 60m world record

American world 100m silver medalist Christian Coleman broke the 60 meters indoor world record on Friday, clocking 6.37 seconds at a meeting in Clemson, South Carolina.

Sports

North Korea cancels visit to prepare for Olympics in South

North Korea has canceled the planned visit of a delegation to South Korea to prepare for a trip by an art troupe during next month’s Winter Olympics, South Korean authorities said on Friday.

Politics

Paramedics called to treat Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a life-long diabetic, was treated by paramedics for low blood sugar at her home in Washington on Friday morning but was able to go to work afterward, a court spokeswoman said.

U.S.

Arkansas restricts controversial Monsanto, BASF farm chemical

In a blow to manufacturers Monsanto Co and BASF SE, Arkansas state lawmakers voted on Friday to bar sprayings of a controversial weed killer after mid-April to protect farmers from potential crop damage.

Politics

Supreme Court to decide legality of Trump travel ban

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide the legality of President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban targeting people from six Muslim-majority countries.

Politics

U.S. government shutdown begins as spending bill fails in Senate

The U.S. government officially shut down at midnight on Friday after Democrats and Republicans failed to reach a last-minute deal to fund its operations, divided in a bitter dispute over immigration and border security.

Technology

Amazon raises monthly fee for Prime service by 18 percent

Amazon.com Inc on Friday raised the monthly fee for Amazon Prime, its fast-shipping and video-streaming service, to $12.99 from $10.99, while maintaining the annual fee.

Entertainment

Actor Michael Douglas accused of sexual misconduct in 1980s

A woman on Friday publicly accused Oscar-winning actor and producer Michael Douglas of sexual misconduct, saying he had repeatedly harassed her verbally and fondled himself in front of her when she worked for him in the 1980s.

U.S.

Vegetarian’s lawsuit over beef tallow at Buffalo Wild Wings is dismissed

A federal judge on Friday dismissed a proposed class-action lawsuit by a New York vegetarian who accused Buffalo Wild Wings Inc of failing to disclose that it cooked french fries and other “non-meat” items in beef fat.

U.S.

No charges anticipated against girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter: sheriff

The sheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said on Friday he does not anticipate charges being filed against the girlfriend of Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock, who fatally shot 58 people last October.

Entertainment

‘Sneakerhead’ blog-turned-streetwear site gets first backing

It started 12 years ago as a one-man blog written by a self-confessed “sneakerhead.” Fashion website Highsnobiety went on to become a top destination for young men buying the latest streetwear – and has now attracted its first outside investment.

U.S.

Schumer, Trump meet at White House as government shutdown nears

Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Friday to search for ways to avert a U.S. government shutdown but Schumer said afterward that disagreements remained as the clock ticked toward a midnight deadline to pass a spending bill.

Business

Japan, U.S. to discuss trade ‘framework’, U.S. envoy says

Japan and the United States next week will start to discuss a framework of negotiations with the aim of concluding a trade pact and fixing bilateral trade imbalances.

Entertainment

Kim Kardashian names new baby girl Chicago

Kim Kardashian’s new baby daughter with rapper husband Kanye West has been named Chicago, the reality star announced on her app on Friday.

Entertainment

Mexican hotel keeping Hotel California name after Eagles settlement

A hotel in Mexico named Hotel California plans to continue using the name in that country after settling a lawsuit brought by the Eagles over rights related to the country-rock band’s classic 1976 song.

Politics

Trump appointee quits after CNN unearths anti-Muslim rants

A U.S. official appointed by President Donald Trump has resigned after CNN posted excerpts of him making racist and Islamophobic comments on a radio show he used to host, the news network reported.