Delta issues new rules on emotional support animals

After the airline said it saw a spike in animal incidents, passengers must now provide documentation for their pet to the airline within 48 hours of their flight.Watch Watch “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” providing reports and analysis of the day’s most newsworthy national and international events.

Thai police arrest ‘kingpin’ in Asian wildlife trafficking

Boonchai Bach (L) is the alleged ringleader in a major syndicate trafficking in parts from endangered species used in Vietnamese and Chinese traditional medicineBoonchai Bach (L) is the alleged ringleader in a major syndicate trafficking in parts from endangered species used in Vietnamese and Chinese traditional medicine (AFP Photo/Roberto SCHMIDT)Thai police have arrested an alleged … Read more

Congress, pointing fingers, fails to reach deal as shutdown continues

WASHINGTON — The first day of a government shutdown ended no closer to an agreement than when it began, resulting in a stand-off with no clear solution in sight. The two leaders, Republican Mitch McConnell and Democrat Chuck Schumer, have not spoken at all on Saturday, according to a spokesman for Schumer, indicating how dug … Read more

In the Trump era, there’s no ‘room where it happens’

News analysis WASHINGTON — In the musical “Hamilton,” the Aaron Burr character stops the show with a jazzy tune about his outsider’s lust for political power. He wants to join the likes of George Washington and Alexander Hamilton in “the room where it happens.” Like Burr, Donald Trump is an outsider, and a New Yorker. … Read more

The government is shut down. What happens now?

WASHINGTON — The White House and Congress failed to reach a deal on funding the federal government, leading to a partial shutdown that began early Saturday. What happens now? Here’s what you need to know. Facebook Twitter Embed What happens during a government shutdown, and how will it affect you? Why is there a shutdown … Read more

Government shutdown 2018: What’s open and what’s closed?

The Statue of Liberty is not accepting huddled masses at this time, but the beleaguered U.S. Post Office is still processing packages and delivering mail after lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill, sending the federal government into shutdown mode on Saturday. After the federal spending authority expired at midnight Friday, federal workers deemed “nonessential” … Read more

Without CHIP funding, 1.7 million kids could lose healthcare in weeks

More than 1.75 million children in 20 states and Washington D.C. are at risk of losing their health insurance by the end of February if Congress does not reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which ceased being funded when lawmakers failed to pass a spending bill late Friday night. As the weekend continues, Congress is … Read more

Kabul: Afghan forces seek to end Intercontinental Hotel siege

Kabul: Afghan forces seek to end Intercontinental Hotel siege Image copyright Reuters Image caption Gunfire could still be heard eight hours after the assault began Afghan security forces have been fighting to gain control of a luxury hotel in Kabul after it was stormed by militants who killed several people.The gunmen burst into the Intercontinental … Read more

Deadly unrest over Honduras election

Deadly violence over disputed Honduras election result Image copyright Reuters Image caption The protest was organised by supporters of the defeated opposition candidate One protester has been killed in clashes in Honduras between riot police and demonstrators who dispute the result of November’s presidential poll.Police fired tear gas and cleared roadblocks made of burning tyres … Read more

Watch the Sundance Respect Rally Livestream Here (Video)

Facebook With year two of the Women’s March kicking off across the U.S., Utah’s “Respect Rally” will be taking place on Saturday with a host of celebs and activists who are in town for the Sundance Film Festival. Jane Fonda, Common, Tessa Thompson and Common, among others, will be in attendance at the rally in … Read more