Chris Christie accuses Jared Kushner of political ‘hit job’ in explosive new book | US news | The Guardian

Exclusive: ex-New Jersey governor, who had prosecuted Kushner’s father, was sacked as head of Trump’s transition team Chris Christie, who was ousted as chairman of Donald Trump’s White House transition team in 2016, has written a blistering attack on Jared Kushner, whom he accuses of having carried out a political “hit job” …

Heavy Smog Raises Alarm Across Asia

Bangkok (AP) — Unusually high levels of smog worsened by weather patterns are raising alarm across Asia, with authorities in Thailand’s hazy capital Bangkok handing out face masks and preparing to seed clouds for rain to clear the air. A combination of construction dust, auto exhaust and other pollutants, lingering …

On This Day in History – January 17th – Almanac

On Jan. 17, 1994, a pre-dawn earthquake struck the Los Angeles area, claiming 61 lives and causing widespread damage. Today is Thursday, Jan. 17, the 17th day of 2018 with 348 to follow. The moon is waxing. Morning stars are Jupiter, Saturn and Venus. Evening stars are Mars, Neptune and …

Celebrity birthdays for Jan. 17, 2019

Actress Betty White is 97. Actor James Earl Jones is 88. Talk-show host Maury Povich is 80. Singer Chris Montez is 77. Singer William Hart of The Delfonics is 74. Actress Joanna David (”Downton Abbey”) is 72. Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor is 71. Singer Sheila Hutchinson of The …

Smoking speeds up aging, study shows

Jan. 16 (UPI) — Smoking has always been tied to negative health outcomes, but new research zeros in on exactly what harm it causes. Males and females who smokes are estimated to be about twice as old as their chronological age compared to non-smokers, according to new findings published Tuesday in Scientific Reports. …