'Hold fast,' Mattis writes:.
'Hold fast,' Mattis writes:
WASHINGTON -- On Monday, his final day as secretary of defense, Jim Mattis in a written farewell urged all Pentagon employees to "keep the faith in our country and hold fast, alongside our allies, aligned against our foes." Mattis, who disagreed with the decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, submitted his resignation Dec. 20 and intended to stay on through February, but days later President Donald Trump announced that the retired Marine general would depart sooner. Mattis' deputy secretary, Patrick Shanahan, will lead the Pentagon on an interim basis starting today.
C.K. mocks Parkland students:
NEW YORK -- Audio of comedian Louis C.K. mocking survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting was posted online Sunday. The since-removed audio-only YouTube video said it was from a Dec. 16 stand-up set at a Levittown, New York, comedy club. C.K. can be heard saying: "You're not interesting because you went to a high school where kids got shot. Why does that mean I have to listen to you? ... You pushed some fat kid in the way, and now I gotta listen to you talking?" A gunman killed 17 students and staff members at the school Feb. 14. C.K., 51, withdrew from public life after admitting to sexual misconduct in November 2017 but has been making unannounced comedy appearances since August.
Spacey has to go to court:
BOSTON -- Former "House of Cards" star Kevin Spacey must appear in a Massachusetts court on accusations that he groped a young man in 2016, a judge ruled Monday. The 59-year-old Oscar winner had argued he should be excused from attending his Jan. 7 arraignment at the Nantucket District Court because his presence would "amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with this case." Spacey has said he will plead not guilty to felony indecent assault and battery in the case involving the teen son of a former Boston TV anchor.
Bangladeshi PM claims victory:
DHAKA, Bangladesh -- The day after winning a record fourth (and third consecutive) term in power, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina trumpeted her accomplishments and dismissed opposition claims that the vote was rigged. Hasina's ruling alliance won 288 out of 300 parliamentary seat, according to official results released Monday. The opposition rejected the outcome and called for a new poll.
Congo's internet cut after vote:
KINSHASA, Congo -- As votes were counted Monday in Congo's long-delayed presidential election, the internet was cut across the vast Central African country in an apparent effort by the government to prevent social media speculation about the results after a day of balloting plagued by malfunctioning machines and other problems. Official results of Sunday's election are to be announced Jan. 15, though preliminary results are expected within a week. Voters were deciding a successor to Joseph Kabila, who's held office for 18 years.
Prosecutors sent videos:
PHOENIX -- Arizona authorities said Monday they sent prosecutors the results of an investigation into a now-shuttered shelter for immigrant children where videos showed staffers dragging and shoving kids. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office investigated incidents that took place on three days in September. Prosecutors will now decide whether to file charges.