{FD} Ex-NBC News production assistant reveals secret relationship with Matt Lauer

A former NBC News production assistant revealed Thursday that she had a month-long sexual relationship with disgraced “Today” anchor Matt Lauer in the summer of 2000 that included rendezvous in his dressing room

{FD} Female Dem lawmaker walks back comments on women’s wardrobes being an ‘invitation’ to harassment

Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio came under fire after telling colleagues in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday that the way some women on Capitol Hill dress is an “invitation” to sexual harassment.

{FD} Fertility doctor accused of impregnating patients with own sperm receives no jail time

A former fertility doctor in Indiana who was accused of using his own sperm to impregnate his patients pleaded guilty on Thursday to lying to investigators, but received no jail sentence.

{FD} Widow of Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson says she’ll pursue his seat

The wife of Kentucky State Rep. Dan Johnson, who killed himself Wednesday after he was accused of sexual assault in a bombshell report, announced Thursday that she would run for her husband’s seat, saying “his fight will go on.”

{FD} Iranian missile parts unveiled by Nikki Haley

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley says “undeniable” evidence proves Iran is violating international law by funneling missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen.

{FD} Startup Thor Trucks drops the hammer on Tesla with wild-looking electric semi

Nikola Tesla may have harnessed electricity, but Thor is the god of lightning and thunder.

{FD} Terry Richardson accused of forcing model Caron Bernstein to perform oral sex during photo shoot

Ford model Caron Bernstein claimed to the New York Daily News on Thursday she was reportedly raped by celebrity photographer Terry Richardson in 2003.

{FD} Firefighter dies battling California’s 4th largest fire in history, officials say

A firefighter was killed battling a massive blaze northwest of Los Angeles that is now considered to be California’s fourth largest wildfire in the state’s history, fire officials announced Thursday.

{FD} Illegal immigrant acquitted of Kate Steinle’s murder seeks new trial for firearm conviction

The illegal immigrant who was acquitted of the murder of Kate Steinle late last month is seeking a new trial for his firearm possession conviction.

{FD} Haley says missile parts prove Iran violating UN resolutions

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Thursday that she had “undeniable” evidence that Iran has been funneling missiles to Houthi rebels in Yemen in violation of U.N. resolutions.

{FD} Republicans step up countermeasures against Mueller

Will they be successful?

{FD} Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, others react to FCC’s net neutrality repeal

Politicians on both sides of the aisle spoke out Thursday, after the Federal Communications Commissions voted to dismantle Obama-era regulations.

{FD} Hanukkah’s real meaning — Don’t just see the spiritual light, share it with the world

Even most Jews are unaware that the key to the observance of Hanukkah isn’t lighting the candles, playing with dreidels (spinning tops), eating latkes (potato pancakes), or giving gifts (in an imitation of Christmas).

{FD} Paul Ryan eyeing the exits? Speculation mounts over speaker’s future, as source dismisses ‘gossip’

House Speaker Paul Ryan’s political future returned to the speculation spotlight Thursday amid reports that he’s eyeing an exit from Congress after the 2018 midterms.

{FD} GOP senators hold back support for tax bill over child tax credit

Two Republican senators indicated Thursday they were holding back support for the final $1.5 trillion GOP tax reform bill unless a larger child tax credit is included.

{FD} Convicted child sex offender dresses as Santa Claus, gets probation

A registered child sex offender caught wearing a Santa Claus suit at a holiday party in Illinois last year may not have to spend a day behind bars after he pleaded guilty and received probation.

{FD} Scientists ‘Googled’ data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope to discover new planet

Data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope has been crunched using Artificial Intelligence, helping scientists discover a new planet outside our solar system.

{FD} Republicans turn focus to FBI’s McCabe over texts on ‘insurance’ against Trump

Top Republicans are turning their focus to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe as they scrutinize a host of anti-Trump texts exchanged between two bureau officials, raising questions about one in particular that seemed to reference an “insurance policy” against a Trump presidency.

{FD} Fran Drescher says she’s looking for romance again: ‘I am putting my trust in the universe’

Fran Drescher is looking for love again.

{FD} School bus hit by train in southern France, at least 4 students dead

At least four school children were killed in southern France on Thursday after a train and bus collided, French media reported.