DC5m United States financial in english 583 articles, created at 2016-12-08 01:28 articles set mostly positive rate 1.7
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Retired general John Kelly considered for Trump's cabinet

New York Representative Peter King joins NBC's Andrea Mitchell to discuss how Donald Trump is filling remaining cabinet positions, and whether he runs the risk of having too many generals in his administration. 2016-12-07 12:10 937Bytes

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Likely head of Dept. Homeland Security — RT America

General John Kelly, a retired four-star Marine General is President-elect Donald Trump’s likely pick to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Kelly’s son was killed in combat in Afghanistan. 2016-12-07 16:46 4KB

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Thousands attend Pearl Harbor anniversary ceremony

Thousands of people gathered at Pearl Harbor on Wednesday for a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the attack that plunged the US into World War II and killed more than 2,300 dead. 2016-12-07 17:26 4KB

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Dylann Roof's first death penalty trial set to begin in Charleston church shooting

Dylann Roof's federal death penalty trial gets underway in deadly Charleston church shooting 2016-12-07 16:59 3KB

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Iowa Gov. Branstad is Trump's pick for ambassador to China

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, the incoming Trump administration's pick for ambassador to China, has long promoted his state's abundant agricultural products to China, but he would be thrust into the middle of increasing talk of a trade war with the United States' largest... 2016-12-07 15:42 1KB

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Lewandowski: Trump Has Done More For U. S. in 4 Weeks Than Obama in 4 Years

Trump already fulfilling 'America First' promises Trump already fulfilling 'America First' promises 2016-12-07 16:30 2KB

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The Latest: Renzi arrives to tender resignation as Italy PM

The Latest: Renzi arrives to tender resignation as Italy PM Associated Press - 7 December 2016 13:42-05:00 News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Political resignations, National budgets, Elections, Government budgets, Referendums, Parliamentary elections, Legislation,... 2016-12-07 14:53 1KB

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Pruitt to head the EPA: Will he care about the Animas River?

The Animas River spill was the result of shoddy work performed by the EPA. It is yet another black mark on the government agencies report card but there are no protests, there are no charges, there… 2016-12-07 17:14 1KB

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Pope Francis says spreading fake news is a sin and compares it to eating feces

In an interview with a Belgian publication, the pope called for the media to be more transparent and not continually focus on "ugly things. " 2016-12-07 17:16 3KB

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Trump: Presidency 'far more important' than business

Andrew Ross Sorkin, host of CNBC's "Squawk Box," joins Thomas Roberts to discuss concerns over Donald Trump's businesses, and if they present conflicts of interest for the President-elect. 2016-12-07 14:17 824Bytes

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Georgia police officer fatally shot; second officer wounded

AMERICUS, Ga. -- A police officer was fatally shot and another was wounded Wednesday at an apartment complex in western Georgia, prompting a hunt for a suspect and causing nearby Georgia Southwestern State University to tell students to take shelter. The shooting took place... 2016-12-07 15:12 1KB

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Thousands of snow geese die after landing in toxic Montana mine pit

What probably appeared to be an ordinary pond to the geese turned out to be a federally managed Superfund site. 2016-12-07 15:38 5KB

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Ohio passes 'heartbeat' abortion bill; leader cites Trump's election

The election of Donald Trump -- and a presumption that he'll appoint conservative Supreme Court justices -- spurred Ohio Republicans to pass what would effectively be the nation's tightest time-based abortion restriction, a legislator said. 2016-12-07 15:50 8KB

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Trump: I sold stocks because I thought I'd win

Former G. W. Bush White House aide Joe Watkins and Democratic strategist Julian Epstein join to discuss Donald Trump's claim that he's sold all of his stocks, and concerns over conflicts of interest. 2016-12-07 13:48 857Bytes

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Watch live as NOAA explores 2 sunken Japanese submarines near Pearl Harbor

Dec. 7 marks 75 years since Pearl Harbor was attacked. 2016-12-07 13:02 1KB

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David Bossie Confident Gen. Mattis Will Receive Waiver

Retired Gen. James Mattis deserves a waiver to become secretary of defense,David Bossie, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team executive director, told Fox and Friends on Wednesday. 2016-12-07 13:31 2KB

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Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, opens up about Swedish rape claim, investigation

Julian Assange provided Wednesday his first-ever public accounting of the 2010 trip to Sweden that put the WikiLeaks founder at the center of lengthy rape probe and a multinational dispute that remain active more than six years later. 2016-12-07 14:37 4KB

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Officials ID 7 warehouse fire victims

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Latest on a deadly fire in a converted warehouse in Oakland, California (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Authorities have released 2016-12-07 14:26 8KB

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Renzi quits; search on for new leader to guide Italy to vote

Italian Premier Matteo Renzi resigned Wednesday evening, his self-inflicted penalty for staking his job on constitutional changes voters resoundingly rejected earlier in the week. He was asked... 2016-12-07 17:22 4KB

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Dow, S&P and Transports Close at All-time Highs as Stocks Surge more than 1%

Investors awaiting monetary policy announcement from European Central Bank Investors awaiting monetary policy announcement from European Central Bank. 2016-12-07 17:35 1KB

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Feds: Woman made death threats to Sandy Hook victim's parent

A Florida woman has been charged making death threats against the parent of a child who died in the Sandy Hook school shooting massacre because she thought the attack was a hoax, federal... 2016-12-07 14:42 2KB

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Michigan GOP Elector Launches Website Urging Vote for Trump

A Republican member of the Electoral College from Michigan has created a website urging Donald Trump supporters to rally electors around the president-elect. 2016-12-07 13:14 1KB

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Keith Ellison will resign Congress for DNC chair

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison is looking to give a boost to his bid to become the next chairman of the Democratic National Committee by announcing Wednesday that he is willing to walk away from his Congressional seat if he gets the job. 2016-12-07 13:01 2KB

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Federal judge weighs whether to end Michigan recount

The state’s second-highest court said Jill Stein was ineligible to seek a second look at millions of ballots 2016-12-07 16:18 1KB

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Megyn Kelly, Tina Fey talk empowerment in the time of Trump

"What an amazing year it's been for women," Tina Fey shouted out Wednesday morning before she buckled over with a sustained and slightly maniacal laugh. Speaking to a room of celebrities, Hollywood execs and reporters in Los Angeles at The Hollywood Reporter's annual... 2016-12-07 17:33 1KB

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Carolina Herrera: It would be "an honor" to dress Melania Trump

Designer Carolina Herrera said she’d be honored if Melania Trump wore one of her outfits 2016-12-07 17:56 1KB

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Rams punter Johnny Hekker is nominated for Walter Payton award

Rams punter Johnny Hekker was chosen as the team’s nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, presented annually to an NFL player for civic leadership in his community. 2016-12-07 17:10 1KB

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Democrats: Congress stiffing city on Trump Tower security

The mayor and other Democratic officials said on Wednesday that Congress was proposing to pitch in far too little for protecting Trump Tower: $7 million, a fifth of what the city requested. 2016-12-07 17:22 2KB

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U. S. Senate joins House to pass sweeping new health bill

By Toni Clarke Dec 7 (Reuters) - The U. S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to support sweeping legislation that will reshape the way the Food and Dru... 2016-12-07 16:39 4KB

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Gatlinburg fire: 2 juveniles face aggravated arson charges

Two juveniles face charges of aggravated arson in connection with a deadly Tennessee wildfire that began in late November and spread to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, according to Mark Gwyn, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. 2016-12-07 17:12 1KB

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Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey to leave school for NFL draft

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft. McCaffrey announced his decision on Wednesday, saying he has done everything he could in college and… 2016-12-07 13:49 1KB

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British PM challenges lawmakers to back Brexit timetable

British Prime Minister Theresa May secured a symbolic victory on Brexit on Wednesday after MPs agreed not to delay her plans to begin the EU exit talks by the end of March, although she had to promise to give them more details of her negotiating strate... 2016-12-07 17:00 5KB

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Charges dropped in Detroit cop killing case

Charges have been dropped against a man accused of killing a Wayne State police officer. The prosecutor wouldn’t say why the charges were dropped, but seeks the public’s help to find the suspect. 2016-12-07 11:13 806Bytes

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Senate sends medical research bill to Obama for signature

Senators voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to approve a $6.3 billion bill to boost spending for medical research on cancer and other diseases as well as address the mental health crisis and opioid epidemic in the country. 2016-12-07 16:52 2KB

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Glencore, Qatari fund buy 19.5 percent in Russia's Rosneft

The sale is part of the Russian government's efforts to privatize some state assets to help balance the budget amid a two-year recession. 2016-12-07 15:20 1KB

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Illinois Gov. Rauner signs bill sparing 2 nuclear plants

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved a plan providing billions of dollars in subsidies to Exelon Corp. to keep two unprofitable nuclear plants from closing prematurely. 2016-12-07 13:41 2KB

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Malta bans gay conversion therapy, a first for Europe

Malta has become the first European country to ban gay conversion therapy, imposing fines of up to 10,000 euros ($10,750) and a jail term of up to one year for offenders. 2016-12-07 13:02 1KB

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Fitbit buys smartwatch maker Pebble's software assets

Wearable device maker Fitbit said it had bought smartwatch maker Pebble's software and intellectual property as it looks to strengthen its position in the wearables market. 2016-12-07 13:14 4KB

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NATO commander says 150 Turkish officers have left post-coup

NATO’s top military officer said Wednesday that about 150 Turkish officers have been recalled or retired from the alliance’s high command since a failed coup attempt in Turkey, placing a significant burden on his staff. ... 2016-12-07 16:46 804Bytes

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Cubs get closer Wade Davis from Royals for OF Jorge Soler

The World Series champion Chicago Cubs have acquired star closer Wade Davis from the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Jorge Soler. 2016-12-07 15:32 1KB

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Why does Angela Merkel suddenly want to ban the veil?

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gains political capital within her own party before next year's federal election -- the most important vote of her life. 2016-12-07 16:29 4KB

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Keir Starmer calls for 'detailed' Brexit plan after MPs vote to trigger article 50

Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary says party will exert pressure on the government – but divisions remain within parties over how best to negotiate 2016-12-07 17:13 8KB

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1 officer killed, 1 in critical condition; Suspect still at large

An Americus police officer was killed and Georgia Southwestern State University public safety officer was listed in "very, very critical" condition after a shooting near the GSW State University campus in Americus Tuesday morning. A massive manhunt is underway for the gunman, identified by police as Minguell Lembrick. 2016-12-07 17:32 3KB

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AT&T touts Time Warner merger at U. S. Senate hearing

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - AT&T Inc's planned $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc will increase innovation and bring 2016-12-07 16:03 3KB

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Actually, Trump could succeed in lowering drug prices

Donald Trump says he's going to bring down prescription drug prices. And here's why that's totally possible, says Jake Novak. 2016-12-07 16:44 6KB

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Softbank tycoon who met with Trump is Japan's deal maker

Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, who met with President-elect Donald Trump and then announced plans to create 50,000 jobs and invest $50 billion in U. S. startups, has been one of... 2016-12-07 15:52 3KB

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Will Trump be seduced by ‘ultimate deal,’ the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

Trump would be wise to keep in mind a few bits of advice. 2016-12-07 15:00 5KB

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AT&T deal to buy Time Warner would give it a bunch of major TV studios

AT&T's deal to purchase Time Warner for $85 billion would give the company some of the most prolific television studios in the industry. 2016-12-07 14:57 4KB

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Ohio GOP official's US Senate bid could mean bitter rematch

Republican Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel will again challenge Democratic U. S. Sen. Sherrod Brown in 2018, setting up what could be a rematch of what was one of the country's most bitter, expensive and closely watched Senate races four years ago. 2016-12-07 17:06 3KB

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Mich. plans $50K compensation for wrongfully convicted

Michigan House approved a plan to compensate wrongfully convicted people by paying them $50,000 for each year in prison 2016-12-07 17:05 3KB

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No Bond For Man Charged With Killing Pastor’s Son In West Ridge

Abimbola Sheleru and a friend were leaving a party at Bombay Hall in the West Ridge neighborhood early in the morning of Nov. 20 when a man jumped out of a car and shot him multiple times. 2016-12-07 17:27 2KB

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Will Trump’s administration spell doom for the Export-Import Bank?

The spending deal reached by Congress on Tuesday didn't restore full lending power to the Ex-Im Bank, which supports US exports—and jobs. 2016-12-07 14:26 9KB

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Peter Thiel adds allies to Trump transition

Peter Thiel is starting to make his mark on Trump transition team. 2016-12-07 16:09 3KB

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Trump almost ruins his own market rally after negative comments on drug stocks, but Dow resilient

Here's what CNBC's Michael Santoli is watching into the closing bell. 2016-12-07 15:21 4KB

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Bob Dole Helped Taiwan With Trump Contacts Over 6-Month Period, Document Says

A new federal disclosure document indicates that former senator and presidential nominee Bob Dole facilitated contact between Taiwanese officials and members of Donald Trump’s campaign and transition teams over a six-month period this year. Trump's phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen... 2016-12-07 12:55 2KB

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Retailer Wal-Mart de Mexico to invest $1.3 bln in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Retailer Wal-Mart de Mexico will invest $1.3 billion in logistics in Latin America's No. 2 economy, the company said on Wednes... 2016-12-07 17:31 2KB

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'Gauteng needs 400,000 jobs a year'

The Gauteng economy needs to create 400,000 jobs consistently every year to put a serious dent on unemployment. 2016-12-07 14:25 939Bytes

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1000s take refuge in mosques after deadly Aceh quake

Thousands of people in the Indonesian province of Aceh are sheltering for the night in mosques after a strong earthquake killed nearly 100 people and destroyed dozens of buildings. 2016-12-07 12:52 5KB

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Hollywood's most overpaid actor? Hint: He won the dubious honor last year too

Johnny Depp , who generates only $2.80 for every dollar paid, is Forbes’ most overpaid Hollywood actor for the second year in a row. The annual Forbes list ranks actors who are paid up to eight figures for films that bomb at the box office. 2016-12-07 17:10 3KB

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Obama Admits: I Underestimated ISIS

President Obama has admitted to underestimating the threat ISIS posed to the United States' national security. [caption id="attachment_5366198" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Barack Obama speaks 2016-12-07 17:07 1KB

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ISIS hostage John Cantlie appears in propaganda video

British journalist John Cantlie appears in a new ISIS propaganda video recently recorded in Mosul, Iraq, Iraqi security officials told CNN. 2016-12-07 16:48 2KB

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Study: Obamacare repeal without replacement risks making 30M uninsured

Republicans are hoping to repeal Obamacare next year using an obscure budget procedure in Congress 2016-12-07 16:40 4KB

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Jimmy John's agrees to end non-compete deals in Illinois

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the Jimmy John's sandwich chain has agreed to stop requiring low-level employees to sign agreement... 2016-12-07 16:06 1KB

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Saginaw doctor gets probation for fraudulent Medicaid billing

A Saginaw doctor who pleaded guilty to charges that he filed fraudulent claims with the Medicaid program has been sentenced to five years of probation. 2016-12-07 15:46 1KB

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Trump's effort to save Carrier jobs 'makes our life very difficult,' says economic developer

"Economic development is a local and state issue. If the federal government intervenes on a local level, it makes our life very difficult. " 2016-12-07 15:36 2KB

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Abbott seeks to end buyout deal for Alere

Abbott is seeking to terminate its buyout of troubled medical diagnostics maker Alere as that company deals with the fallout of a key device recall and government investigations. 2016-12-07 14:42 1KB

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UN: Boko Haram Remains a Threat Even as They Lose Territory

The U. N.'s envoy for Central Africa says a multinational regional force has reclaimed much of the territory controlled by Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin but the extremist group remains a serious threat to regional stability. Francois Lounceny Fall told the Security Council on Wednesday... 2016-12-07 14:41 1KB

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Colorado Rockies, Ian Desmond agree to 5-year, $70 million deal

The Colorado Rockies agreed to a five-year, $70 million deal with free agent outfielder/infielder Ian Desmond, according to multiple reports Wednesday. 2016-12-07 14:29 1KB

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Mom says Santa insulted her son

A mom says her son was left in tears after being fat-shamed by a Santa in their town of Forest City, North Carolina. This raises a lot of questions. 2016-12-07 14:28 1KB

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"Day of Infamy" FDR speech 1st draft goes on display in New York

The original copy of one of the most famous speeches in American history is rarely displayed in order to preserve its fragility 2016-12-07 14:27 2KB

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Denzel Washington Hammers Mainstream Media for Selling ‘BS’

The 'Fences' star says journalists must balance their desire to be first with the responsibility to tell the truth. 2016-12-07 12:57 1KB

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Britain's Finance Chief Starts Overseas Tour on Brexit Fears

Britain's finance chief is in South Africa to try to reassure global partners ahead of his country's planned departure from the European Union. Philip Hammond met with business leaders in Johannesburg on Wednesday and is due to visit Japan and South Korea next. South Africa is Britain's... 2016-12-07 12:46 1KB

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Official: UConn Will Do What It Can for Immigrant Students

The University of Connecticut president says the school will do all it can to support students who don't have legal immigration status even though it can't become a sanctuary campus. UConn President Susan Herbst says university police won't question immigration status, for instance, or... 2016-12-07 12:39 1KB

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David Beckham's son Cruz, 11, releases debut music single

LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Cruz Beckham, the 11-year-old son of soccer star David Beckham and his fashion designer wife Victoria, launched his music career on... 2016-12-07 12:03 1KB

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Groups call blocking of inaugural protests unconstitutional

Protest organizers and their attorneys say the National Park Service is quashing dissent by blocking access to public space for those who want to demonstrate during President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. 2016-12-07 16:45 1KB

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Clinton gains 65 votes in Ingham County recount

Ingham County completed its presidential recount with Hillary Clinton gaining a net gain of 65 votes over Donald Trump 2016-12-07 16:20 3KB

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Boeing promises Trump to control costs on Air Force One

Boeing has pledged to control costs on the redesign of Air Force One after President-elect Donald Trump blasted the aerospace giant for the ballooning expens... 2016-12-07 15:35 2KB

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Russian police arrest 12 people suspected of terror links

Russian police arrest 12 people suspected of terror links Associated Press - 7 December 2016 12:41-05:00 News Topics: General news, Arrests, Terrorism, Law and order, Crime, War and unrest People, Places and Companies: Moscow, Russia Copyright 2016... 2016-12-07 14:53 931Bytes

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Venezuela Unveils 6 New Bills Amid Galloping Inflation

Venezuela has unveiled six new bills set to go into circulation next week. Central Bank President Nelson Merentes said Tuesday the new higher-denomination bills would make commercial transactions easier in the country with the world's highest inflation. The six new bills ranging from... 2016-12-07 16:35 2KB

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Historian Craig Shirley on Pearl Harbor: ‘December 7 Is the Linchpin of History for America’

Historian Craig Shirley, author of December 1941: 31 Days that Changed America and Saved the World, joined SiriusXM host Matt Boyle on Wednesday’s Breitbart News Daily to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. ... 2016-12-07 17:06 964Bytes

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How much satisfaction Jim Caldwell gets from proving his doubters wrong: None

The Lions have won seven out of eight as they head into Sunday's rematch at Ford Field, and opened a two-game lead in the NFC North. With four games to play, they look like they could be headed for their first home playoff game in 23 years. 2016-12-07 12:28 3KB

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Teletrac Navman And ProMiles Announce Integrated Solution For Fuel Tax Reporting And Compliance

GLENVIEW, Ill. and BRIDGE CITY, Texas, Dec. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Teletrac Navman, a global leader in GPS tracking... 2016-12-07 14:36 4KB

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Fake news is domestic terrorism (Opinion)

"Pizzagate" shooting shows irresponsible sharing of fake news can have the same effects as ISIS: using the Internet to erode national allegiances, says Cedric L. Alexander. 2016-12-07 13:26 7KB

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Oregon hires Willie Taggart as new head football coach

By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer Oregon has hired Willie Taggart, who spent the last four seasons as head coach at South Florida, to take over the Ducks following the... 2016-12-07 14:52 4KB

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Trump Supporters Shatter Mainstream Media Narrative

Interviews from the latest Trump rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina Interviews from the latest Trump rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina. 2016-12-07 14:07 707Bytes

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Editorial Roundup: Excerpts from recent editorials

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Dec. 7 The Wall Street Journal on the nomination of Georgia Congressman Tom Price as the... 2016-12-07 17:14 31KB

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Brazil Supreme Court blocks Senate speaker's suspension

Brazil's Supreme Court Wednesday overruled a bid to suspend the powerful Senate speaker from his position as he faces trial for alleged embezzlement, offering some relief to the scandal-hit government. 2016-12-07 16:50 1013Bytes

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Thai govt investigates BBC for ‘illegal’ profile of new king — RT News

The government of Thailand has launched an investigation into the BBC’s Thai office following its publication of a profile on the country’s new king. 2016-12-07 14:04 3KB

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UK Steel Jobs Safe After Multinational Commits to Plants

Over 4,000 jobs that were at risk at a steel plant in Port Talbot, Wales, have been secured after unions got a commitment from multinational Tata Steel to keep production there. The announcement Wednesday that Tata would keep two blast furnaces operating for five years came after hours of... 2016-12-07 12:33 3KB

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Assad and Putin condemned over Aleppo 'humanitarian disaster'

Western leaders have condemned Syria's Bashar Assad and Russia's Vladimir Putin for obstructing the supply of humanitarian aid to Aleppo. Prime Minister Ther... 2016-12-07 17:13 3KB

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MISSING: 16-year-old girl from Leesburg

Detectives with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office need the public's help finding a 16-year-old girl. 2016-12-07 17:21 955Bytes

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US Senate ‘torture’ report sought in 9/11 case at Guantanamo

Defense lawyers in the Sept. 11 war crimes case at Guantanamo Bay asked a judge Wednesday to secure a copy of a U. S. Senate report on the CIA’s harsh interrogation tactics before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, at which point they fear it might be too late. ... 2016-12-07 16:46 899Bytes

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Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

The following list represents the most viral tracks on Spotify, based on the number of people who shared it divided by the number who listened to it, from Fr... 2016-12-07 15:00 2KB

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Dakota Access pipeline company fighting small state fine

The company building the four-state, $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline is fighting an effort by North Dakota regulators to fine it $15,000. The Public Service Commission maintains that a... 2016-12-07 14:49 736Bytes

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I felt bullied, belittled and disrespected - SABC's Maguvhe

The SABC delegation which left Parliament during a hearing into the fitness of the public broadcaster's board was not walking away from proceedings but wanted objectivity, says Hlaudi Motsoeneng. 2016-12-07 14:21 3KB

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Tap shoes among Shirley Temple items auctioned for over £1m

Two pairs of tap shoes belonging to child film star Shirley Temple have sold at auction for 20,000 US dollars (£15,870). 2016-12-07 13:46 1KB

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Dividend-paying stocks pull US indexes up; drugmakers dive

U. S. stocks are moving higher Wednesday, keeping major indexes at record highs. Bond yields are falling, and investors seeking income are buying stocks that pay large dividends, like real estate investment trusts, utilities and phone companies. Health care companies are taking... 2016-12-07 13:39 1KB

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UN court fails to halt French trial of Equatorial Guinea leader

The UN's top court on Wednesday ordered France to ensure the protection of Equatorial Guinea's diplomatic mission in Paris, and rejected a French request to... 2016-12-07 13:30 3KB

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Officials outline steps for resolving Guard bonus scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior U. S. military officials sought to assure a House oversight panel Wednesday that they're taking aggressive steps to ensure that thous... 2016-12-07 17:27 3KB

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Europe Internet Of Things Market Forecast 2016-2023

LONDON, Dec. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- KEY FINDINGS Europe also has a good market share due to high awareness.... 2016-12-07 17:08 827Bytes

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Two Klan Leaders Are Charged in a North Carolina Stabbing

They are accused of attacking a third Klan member before a Trump victory parade. One had previously organized a rally in California that turned violent. 2016-12-07 15:20 4KB

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A Free Market Approach To School Choice

Betsy DeVos is the president-elect's candidate for Secretary of Education. The Michigan philanthropist favors a free-market competition and choice approach to school reform. 2016-12-07 17:18 7KB

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Trump a winner in spending bill; retired miners out of luck

President-elect Donald Trump emerges as a winner in the final version of the must-pass spending bill as congressional Republicans tacked on an expedited process for ensuring his nominee for defense secretary can serve. Michigan's city of Flint, struggling with lead-tainted water, gets some... 2016-12-07 16:39 1KB

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Hodgson wants another management job

LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Former England manager Roy Hodgson set out his stall on Wednesday, saying he was still in the market for another job in football at... 2016-12-07 15:47 2KB

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U. S. urges Yemen to accept U. N.-drafted roadmap for peace talks

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The United States expressed disappointment on Wednesday at the Yemeni government's reaction to a U. N.-drafted roadmap to end th... 2016-12-07 15:45 1KB

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Trump Has Positive Favorability Score On HuffPo Poll

The liberal Huffington Post has Donald Trump's favorable rating higher than his unfavorable score for the first time in the president-elect's political career. [feature] Huffington Post's favor 2016-12-07 12:48 1KB

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Opening statements draw contrast in murder-for-hire trial

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Either a Florida woman tried to hire a hit man to kill her newlywed husband, or she is the victim of a rogue police department s... 2016-12-07 12:40 1KB

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On the important issues, Louise Casey all too often has little to say PMQs review: Emily Thornberry triumphs over Brexit

Far from moving the debate on, this new report on integration adds little to the report I commissioned in 2001. 2016-12-08 01:18 7KB

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Wall Street, bond prices jump as markets await ECB meeting

By Sinead Carew NEW YORK, Dec 7 (Reuters) - U. S. stocks jumped to record levels and bond prices climbed on Wednesday as investors prepared for the European C... 2016-12-07 17:24 4KB

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Trump to deliver economic tailwind, his economist fans say

By Ann Saphir SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Donald Trump's planned tax cuts and regulatory rollbacks will propel the world's biggest economy out of its sl... 2016-12-07 17:24 3KB

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Time runs out for smartwatch pioneer Pebble

Smartwatch pioneer Pebble announced Wednesday it was shutting down, with tech wearables giant Fitbit acquiring some of its assets including key personnel. 2016-12-07 16:40 2KB

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Trump supporters slam TIME article for suggesting Democrats withhold taxes — RT Viral

A TIME article titled '65 Million Americans Should Threaten to Not Pay Taxes' has created a social media backlash with Trump supporters reacting with 'abuse' to the suggestion that Democrats should withhold taxes until “democracy is restored.” 2016-12-07 16:18 2KB

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East Orange Man Faces Murder Charge In Strangulation Death Of Sarah Butler Of Montclair

Sarah Butler, 20, had been missing for more than a week before her body was found in Eagle Rock Reservation. 2016-12-07 16:13 1KB

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GNC agrees to changes to avoid sale of unlawful products

DALLAS (AP) — Federal authorities say nutritional supplement retailer GNC Holdings has agreed to alter its practices to avoid selling unlawful dietary produc... 2016-12-07 15:25 1KB

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Trump Vows to End Overseas ‘intervention & chaos,’ Rebuild ‘depleted’ US Military

“In short, we seek peace through strength,” he said “In short, we seek peace through strength,” he said. 2016-12-07 15:15 3KB

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2 Toddlers Dead After Apparent Radiator Explosion In The Bronx

It happened around noon in a first floor apartment on Hunts Point Avenue in the Hunts Point section. 2016-12-07 14:50 1KB

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F-35 may help secure future of Selfridge Air National Guard Base

Macomb County base awaits announcement if Lightning II fighter jet will be its next mission. 2016-12-07 14:06 6KB

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Trump Vows to 'Work Something Out' With DREAMers

President-elect Donald Trump pledged to "work something out" with undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children and subsequently signed up for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. 2016-12-07 13:57 2KB

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Duke Energy discussing compensation for coal ash neighbors

RALEIGH, N. C. (AP) -- Duke Energy said Wednesday it is negotiating compensation for depressed property values or a future with municipal water bills with t 2016-12-07 17:33 3KB

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Conjoined California twins survive separation surgery after 18 hours

Two-year-olds Eva and Erika Sandoval shared most of their lower bodies - a digestive system, a uterus, a liver, a bladder, and a third leg with a seven-toed foot. 2016-12-07 17:32 4KB

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Russell Crowe won't be charged over Azealia Banks scuffle

The LA County District Attorney's office stated Wednesday that the 52-year-old Oscar winner was justified throwing the 25-year-old rapper and out of his Beverly Hills Hotel suite 2016-12-07 17:29 2KB

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Starbucks' China business will one day overtake its US market

Starbucks plans to open 12,000 additional stores globally in the next five years, with half of the new units in the U. S. and China. 2016-12-07 17:28 4KB

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Delaware court mulls retroactivity of death penalty ruling

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware's Supreme Court justices are considering whether to apply their earlier ruling declaring the state's death penalty law unconstitu... 2016-12-07 17:14 4KB

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How Amazon's line-less grocery service might really work

The question is whether the company's 'just walk out' technology can be economically viable 2016-12-07 17:12 6KB

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Davis Cup captain Yannick Noah to skipper Fed Cup side

The French Tennis Federation has named Yannick Noah as France's Fed Cup captain for next year. 2016-12-07 17:05 1KB

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AP sources: Locke, McGowan agree with Marlins

Left-hander Jeff Locke has agreed to a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins worth $3,025,000, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. 2016-12-07 17:02 1KB

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Kerry resumes talks with Lavrov on Aleppo truce

US Secretary of State John Kerry held fresh talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Germany Wednesday on efforts to halt fighting and withdraw rebels from the devastated Syrian city of Aleppo. 2016-12-07 17:00 2KB

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Do you have great lemon recipes to share? Put them in the comments below or send me an email at and I'll share them with readers. 2016-12-07 17:00 6KB

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Disability bias suit: Worker ridiculed, teddy bears beheaded

NEW YORK (AP) — A former aide to a New York City Council member says the lawmaker and a senior member of his staff subjected him to cruel bullying that inclu... 2016-12-07 16:56 3KB

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Colorado plans crackdown on home pot growers

DENVER (AP) -- Hoping to preserve its marijuana law under the next president, Colorado is planning a slate of legislation designed to crack down on pot tha 2016-12-07 16:41 5KB

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Naperville North High School students temporarily hospitalized after they ate modified gummy bears

More than a dozen Naperville North High School students were taken to the hospital after they ate gummy bears laced with another substance supposed but 2016-12-07 16:39 1KB

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Sunderland terminate Yann M'Vila deal after Rubin Kazan midfielder tells Black Cats he no longer wants to rejoin club in January

CRAIG HOPE: Yann M'Vila has told Sunderland he no longer wants to rejoin the club in January and the three-year deal which had already been agreed has now been scrapped. 2016-12-07 16:36 2KB

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Thomas Schlamme, Marie Cantin to Be Honored by Directors Guild

Thomas Schlamme and Marie Cantin will be honored by the Directors Guild of America for their service to the DGA. Schlamme will receive the DGA’s 2017 Robert B. Aldrich Award and Cantin will get the DGA’s 2017 Frank Capra Achievement Award, which is given to an assistant... 2016-12-07 16:31 1KB

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Top ref Joubert quits to take 'dream' job

Former Rugby World Cup final referee Craig Joubert has retired from handling 15-a-side matches to take a 2016-12-07 16:10 1KB

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AT&T-Time Warner Merger: Cost Emerges As Key Issue In Congressional Hearing With CEOs : All Tech Considered : NPR

A congressional hearing on the proposed $85.4 billion merger focused heavily on questions about the impact on consumer prices and how the companies might use their competitive advantage. 2016-12-07 15:53 5KB

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Cornell Study Finds Men More At Risk Of Overeating During Holidays

A study conducted by the Cornell Food and Brand Lab has found that men are at risk at overeating, simply because of their ego. 2016-12-07 15:52 2KB

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US envoy to UN sees security risk if refugees not rescued

As Western nations dig in to protect their own citizens, their territory and their way of life, the U. S. ambassador to the United Nations warned on Wednesday that a security challenge may await them down the road if they fail to do their share in... 2016-12-07 15:42 1KB

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2017 Predictions: How 5 Technology Trends Can Evolve Today's SMB

Some of the major trends for businesses include increased digital scope, efficiency through artificial intelligence, and a diminishing line separating the digital and physical world. 2016-12-07 15:32 5KB

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Nordstrom’s $85 leather-wrapped rock has sold out

Looking to buy a classy pet rock this holiday season? Believe it or not, a lot of people were. An $85 leather-wrapped stone -- yes, you read that right -- has sold out at Nordstrom after going viral on social... 2016-12-07 15:07 2KB

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Mark Hamill was 'blissfully unaware' of 'Star Wars' affair between Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford

Mark Hamill told ET in a recent interview that he had no clue his Star Wars co-stars Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher were having an affair. 2016-12-07 15:07 2KB

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Cops: Man left 5 kids home alone to go rob convenience store

A Pittsburgh man left his five kids home alone in squalid conditions while he robbed a convenience store so he could get money to bail his wife out of jail, police say. 2016-12-07 15:05 3KB

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Maryland's 'Sen. Barb' and veteran Sen. Boxer bid farewell

Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski, a 40-year veteran of Congress and a tough-as-nails advocate for Maryland, the poor and women's rights, said farewell to the Senate on Wednesday, recalling her roots as a Baltimore community activist and her work for ... 2016-12-07 15:05 1KB

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State House lets tax incentives proposal die for now

The package of bills could not emerge from the House in the waning days of the current lame-duck session. 2016-12-07 14:59 3KB

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Southampton manager Claude Puel only focused on Hapoel Be'er Sheva clash amid Jose Fonte speculation

Southampton manager Claude Puel dismissed claims that contract talks with defender Jose Fonte may distract his side ahead of the Europa League clash against Hapoel Be'er Sheva. 2016-12-07 14:42 4KB

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Goalie Jimmy Howard back in uniform for Columbus game

It'll be interesting to see how coach Jeff Blashill manages two goaltenders who are healthy and playing well and deserving of steady work. 2016-12-07 14:36 3KB

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Reputed mobster from Henderson pleads guilty in plot to kill crime rival

A Nevada man who authorities say is a member of the New Jersey crime family believed to be the model for HBO's "The Sopranos" has admitted plotting the death of an organized crime rival. Federal prosecutors say Charles Stango pleaded... 2016-12-07 14:27 1KB

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Many SOS offices can't process transactions Wednesday

Transactions are down sporadically throughout the state, officials said 2016-12-07 14:12 1002Bytes

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Joe Scarborough Sarcastically Rants About Iran Nuclear Deal

Joe Scarborough heavily criticized the Iran nuclear deal on Wednesday's broadcast of "Morning Joe. " [caption id="attachment_5349477" align="alignnone" width="683"] Joe Scarborough (Getty Images)[/c 2016-12-07 14:10 2KB

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Musical celebrating Harold Prince heads to Broadway in 2017

The show features snippets from many of the shows that have earned Prince a record 21 Tonys. 2016-12-07 14:04 1KB

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LGBT students still face discrimination at school

SIOUX FALLS, S. D. (AP) -- A report from an international human rights organization concludes many public schools are still hostile environments for LGBT st 2016-12-07 14:01 4KB

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Holiday gift ideas for fitness enthusiasts

Here's a look at a few items getting some buzz that might just fill the fitness gift-giving bill this holiday season. 2016-12-07 13:48 3KB

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Sale on new Red Sox role: ‘We play for a trophy, not a tag’

The 27-year-old lefty, who was traded to the Red Sox on Tuesday, joins a staff that already includes 2016 Cy Young winner Rick Porcello and 2012 winner David Price. 2016-12-07 13:11 1KB

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Standing Rock encounters show Flint still matters to people around country

People around the world are still looking at Flint, the city's water crisis and trying to figure out how they could help ease water woes for the community. As I navigated through the crowd introducing myself to media and veterans there were hugs, questions, voices... 2016-12-07 13:06 5KB

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Woman arrested, man sought for attacking man in Crown Point

A woman has been arrested and a man is being sought for allegedly beating and attacking a man with knife last month in Crown Point, Indiana. 2016-12-07 12:51 2KB

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Many Americans don't have enough emergency cash

For Americans under age 40, about half of them say they can't come up with $2,000 if an emergency came up, according to the New York Federal Reserve. 2016-12-07 12:44 2KB

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Selena Quintanilla's father sues her widower over TV project

Selena's dad, Abraham Quintanilla, Jr., filed a lawsuit against her widower, Chris Perez, to stop production on a new series about the late Tejano singer. 2016-12-07 12:38 2KB

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Poland's Ruling Party Targeted Over Ex-Communist Top Member

Poland's ruling anti-communist party has faced accusations of a double standard over a prominent role that a communist-era prosecutor has in the party leadership. Opposition lawmakers on Wednesday asked that Stanislaw Piotrowicz step down as head of Parliament's justice commission and... 2016-12-07 12:28 2KB

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Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn will review Europe's Ryder Cup selection criteria

The new Europe captain confirmed the team's selection criteria for the 2018 contest in France will now be reviewed, after Paul Casey was left ineligible for September's defeat at Hazeltine. 2016-12-07 12:26 4KB

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Doping-Isinbayeva to head RUSADA Supervisory Council

MOSCOW, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Twice Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva was named on Wednesday as head of a new Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) Sup... 2016-12-07 15:13 2KB

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EU lawmakers move to revive asset and mortgage backed market

By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS, Dec 7 (Reuters) - European lawmakers are set to give their first backing to a plan to revive the market for asset and mortga... 2016-12-07 13:20 3KB

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Netanyahu in high stakes gamble with new settlement bill

By Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's support for a bill that would legalise Israeli settlement homes on private... 2016-12-07 16:39 5KB

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'Social and family responsibilities keep women from practising law': report

An investigative report released by the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has highlighted the need to break down barriers preventing women from flourishing in the judiciary. 2016-12-07 16:37 2KB

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U. S. bank trade group sues regulator over new credit unions rule

Dec 7 (Reuters) - The American Bankers Association said it filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), seeking to o... 2016-12-07 14:26 1KB

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Paris imposes driving restrictions, plans clunker ban as smog hits highs

By Geert De Clercq PARIS, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The French capital Paris announced on Wednesday licence-plate based driving restrictions for a third day in a row... 2016-12-07 13:47 3KB

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Interpublic says U. S. govt sought video production data

By Tim Baysinger and Aishwarya Venugopal NEW YORK, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Interpublic Group of Cos , one of the world's biggest advertising companies, said on Wed... 2016-12-07 13:32 2KB

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Aid institutions wary of politics sapping Cyprus reforms -source

By Marc Jones LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Cyprus needs to speed up its tackling of the bad loans held by banks and could see privatisation plans sapped by poli... 2016-12-07 13:26 2KB

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Your daily dose of spiritual inspiration Contact WND

And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” Galatians 3:8 Click here for reuse options! 2016-12-07 16:49 705Bytes

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New plane: New York to London 'in 20 minutes' Contact WND

(INDEPENDENT) — A next-generation plane could get passengers from London to New York in just 20 minutes, its creator has suggested. The idea for the jet, called the Antipode, came from Canadian designer Charles Bombardier. His design would see a new technique... 2016-12-07 16:36 1KB

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Trump still questions U. S. intelligence on Russia

Before the election, Trump rejected U. S. intelligence pointing to Russian interference in the presidential race. Now, Trump still doesn't believe it. 2016-12-07 12:20 3KB

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Broad rally takes US indexes back above record highs

Stocks are leaping to all-time highs in a broad rally Wednesday afternoon. Investors are seeking out stocks that pay large dividends as well stocks that tend to do better in times of faster... 2016-12-07 15:42 5KB

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Theresa May’s $1,200 leather pants sparked debate, but David Cameron’s suits cost far more

Since she entered office in July, there has been a lot of interest in the clothes worn by Theresa May, Britain's second female prime minister. Part of this is understandable. May is an unusual politician in fashion terms, because she actually seems to pay... 2016-12-07 14:47 1KB

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California Guard commander will call for forgiving most improper bonuses

The California National Guard commander who led a five-year push to claw back improper enlistment bonuses from thousands of soldiers will urge Congress on Wednesday to let many of them keep the money, according to his prepared testimony. 2016-12-07 14:25 7KB

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New Orleans police arrest 20-year-old in connection to attempted Central City burglary

Falls was caught on surveillance footage attempting to open the back door of the house. He was wearing a "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" t-shirt. 2016-12-07 15:07 1KB

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho questions Premier League scheduling due to Europa League: 'We are never given a Monday match'

The Old Trafford club have generally struggled after their matches in Europe this season and those difficulties have left the club sixth in the Premier League. They have only had one game on Monday. 2016-12-07 14:30 2KB

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Monte dei Paschi asks ECB to extend 5 bln euro rescue plan deadline

By Silvia Aloisi and Stephen Jewkes MILAN, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Italy's third biggest bank, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, has asked the European Central Bank for m... 2016-12-07 17:32 4KB

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Reuters Science News Summary

Following is a summary of current science news briefs. Musk's SpaceX says rockets to remain grounded until January Elon Musk's SpaceX has been forced to dela... 2016-12-07 17:15 2KB

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Former Nicaragua soccer head pleads guilty in FIFA scandal

NEW YORK (AP) — The former head of the Nicaraguan soccer federation has pleaded guilty in New York in the corruption scandal that has engulfed the sport's go... 2016-12-07 16:14 1KB

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Prince Charles is shown Bank of England's vaults where 400,000 gold bars are stored

Prince Charles took a grand tour of the Bank of England's gold vaults. This marks the prince's first visit back to the Bank since 2002. Each bar weighs around 13kg and is worth £366,501 at today's price. 2016-12-07 15:59 2KB

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U. S. regulator set to fail Wells Fargo on community lending test -sources

By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) - A U. S. bank regulator is ready to fail Wells Fargo on a national scorecard for community lending, sources fam... 2016-12-07 15:25 3KB

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Boris Johnson accuses Saudi Arabia of 'twisting and abusing' Islam

Foreign secretary, who has been accused of a series of diplomatic gaffes, breaks with convention by publicly criticising UK ally 2016-12-07 15:03 6KB

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CNN Heroes Legal Disclosures 2017

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the CNN Heroes Awards Program (the "Awards Program"), nominees must be at least thirteen (13) years of age or older as of December 1, 2016 and some portion of nominee's activities must have... 2016-12-07 14:06 10KB

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Real Madrid v Dortmund, UEFA Champions League LIVE score: Follow the action

Two heavyweights collide on the final day of group stage action in the UEFA Champions League as Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund face off at the Bernabeu. Follow all the action here. 2016-12-07 13:52 1KB

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Tata Steel commits to staying in Britain: trade unions

India's Tata Steel has pledged to stay in Britain with a £1.0-billion investment plan to support steelmaking at its Port Talbot plant in Wales and elsewhere,... 2016-12-07 13:15 2KB

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Tory MP calls on Transport Secretary Chris Grayling to RESIGN after leaked letter reveals he put party politics above the interest of commuters

In a letter written to former London Mayor Boris Johnson three years ago Mr Grayling said central government must retain control of the network to keep it 'out of the clutches' of a future Labour mayor. 2016-12-07 12:49 4KB

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Under Armour's CEO Kevin Plank on Trump's protectionism, MLB deal

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank and MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred discuss how businesses are planning to navigate protectionist policies. 2016-12-07 12:29 1KB

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Polar Bear Numbers To Plunge A Third As Sea Ice Melts: Study

Polar bear numbers could drop a third by mid-century, according to the first systematic assessment, released Wednesday, of how dwindling Arctic sea ice affects the world's largest bear. 2016-12-07 12:06 749Bytes

Baby teether study finds many contain potentially harmful chemicals

Even some teethers labeled "BPA-free" and non-toxic" contained BPA and other chemicals banned or restricted in other baby products 2016-12-07 17:55 5KB

Herman Mashaba: xenophobic or does he want to restore law in Johannesburg?

The biggest question in local government and being posed by citizens in Johannesburg is whether mayor Herman Mashaba is expressing xenophobic sentiments or he genuinely wants to restore order in the city. 2016-12-07 17:50 5KB

Luxury lactation lounges, customized equipment, and sympathetic bosses: Quirky video imagines what the world would be like if MEN had to breastfeed

Naya Health's new parody video paints a world in which men breastfeed. Women often have to sit in supply closets to pump at work and suffer embarrassing interactions with co-workers. 2016-12-07 17:33 5KB

Germany slams settlement bill that legalizes outposts

The condemnation from Berlin came a day after US State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner slammed the bill at his daily briefing. 2016-12-07 17:33 2KB

The Latest: Ohio House prohibits local minimum wage laws

The Latest on bills moving through the Legislature in its final 2016 sessions (all times local): 2016-12-07 17:30 2KB

Environmentalists mobilize for battle with Trump

Environmentalists are gearing up to battle President-elect Donald Trump, who promised on the campaign trail to roll back laws and regulations that protect th... 2016-12-07 17:30 5KB


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Beauty Buzz: Men’s Gift Ideas

Holiday Gift Guide for Guys: Fun products that your man will actually use! We found all of these products at Ulta Beauty. Art of Shaving starter kit $30.00: This kit is unscented version, for the men who have aversions to strong smells... 2016-12-07 17:28 1KB

LEAF refrigerator can grow medical marijuana plants in just three months

LEAF has designed a refrigerator that grows marijuana. Users just plant the seeds and the system does everything from monitoring temperature to feeding plants with nutrients from cartridges. 2016-12-07 17:28 3KB

'World's fattest woman' leaves home for the first time in 25 years to have weight reduction surgery after reaching nearly 80 STONE

Iman Abdulati, 36, suffers from elephantiasis - a parasitic infection causing extreme swelling. She has been bedridden since age 11 and is now travelling to India from her home in Egypt for a life-saving op. 2016-12-07 17:28 3KB

Fangio says he plans to return for 3rd year running Bears’ D

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Vic Fangio says he intends to return for a third year as Chicago Bears defensive coordinator. Fangio denied a report saying he might be out after the season because of… 2016-12-07 17:28 1KB

Homicides in El Salvador fall 18.5 pct through November 2016

SAN SALVADOR, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Homicides in El Salvador fell 18.5 percent in the first 11 months of 2016 compared to the same period last year, officials sa... 2016-12-07 17:25 1KB

Breakingviews: Trump’s grain of truth makes biotechs vulnerable

The U. S. president-elect said he dislikes what has happened to drug prices, and pharma stocks slumped. 2016-12-07 17:25 1KB

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EU unveils new £300m HQ ‘symbolising’ the Euro bloc

The EU has unveiled its futuristic new £300million (321million euro) headquarters in Brussels claiming it 'symbolised joy' despite rising opposition against the organisation from across the continent. 2016-12-07 17:22 4KB

8 people indicted for smash-and-grab at Missouri Saks store

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Eight Chicago residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury for the smash-and-grab theft of $60,000 worth of handbags at a Saks Fifth... 2016-12-07 17:21 2KB

Packaged seafood company exec charged in price-fixing probe

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'They deserve a real shot at life!' Lady Gaga is laden with gifts as she pays a surprise visit to gay and lesbian homeless charity

The singer and actress, made an appearance at the Albert Kennedy Trust, an organisation dedicated to helping vulnerable gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens find long-term accommodation. 2016-12-07 17:18 3KB

Congress approves biomedical bill as leaders eye adjournment

With an atypical burst of bipartisanship, the Senate shipped legislation to President Barack Obama on Wednesday lowering hurdles for government drug approvals as the 114th Congress bumped toward the end of a two-year run highlighted by upheaval and stalemate. A week after the House easily approved the... 2016-12-07 17:18 904Bytes

Mining industry asks MPs to help the industry after losses

The Chamber of Mines on Wednesday appealed to MPs for regulatory and legislative environment that is stable‚ predictable and competitive‚ as it tries to survive in a tough operating environment hampered by high costs and depressed commodity prices. 2016-12-07 17:18 2KB

Dow zooms over 1,200 points since Trump victory

Even though many feared a stock market crash, the surprise election of Donald Trump has helped carry the Dow more than 1,000 points higher since Election Day. 2016-12-07 17:16 3KB

EPA nominee opposes Clean Power Plan but says fracking, not rules, drove coal’s decline

Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency said fracking, not EPA rules, was chiefly responsible for a decline in emissions from coal-fired power plants, in testimony before a House subcommitee in May. The shift away from coal, he testified, was not... 2016-12-07 17:15 3KB

Canada set to agree carbon price, marking climate split with Trump

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How to trick out your house with tech for the holidays

As smart home products become more affordable and ubiquitous, 2016 is ready to deliver a next-level holiday celebration. 2016-12-07 17:14 4KB

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With all the devastation in Gatlinburg, you'll meet a woman whose home survived the flames. How close the fire got and who she says saved the place. They are some of the most stringent abortion restrictions we've seen yet. What exactly they prohibit and... 2016-12-07 17:13 1KB

If it's love it doesn't just go away overnight, says Blue on K2

Its been just over three months since reality TV stars Blue Mbombo and rapper K2 shocked fans with news of their split. 2016-12-07 17:13 858Bytes

Apple planning 'premium' iTunes rental service for films still in theaters

Apple is hoping to do a deal with Hollywood studies to allow movies to come to its iTunes service earlier than ever before. 2016-12-07 17:12 7KB

Oops! Jennifer Aniston forgot to take tag off her designer coat at 'Office Christmas Party' screening in NYC

It appears the 47-year-old actress forgot to take the tags off her chic Celine coat, which were clearly visible as she draped it over her shoulders. 2016-12-07 17:12 2KB

Hanyu prepares for a strong Hernandez challenge at GP Final

Bidding to win the Grand Prix Final for the fourth straight year, Olympic figure skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan faces stiff competition as two-time defending world champion Javier... 2016-12-07 17:12 4KB

How War Propaganda Keeps on Killing

A key reason why American foreign debacles have been particularly destructive mostly to the countries attacked but also to the United States is that these interventions are always accompanied by major U. S. government investments in propaganda. So, even when officials recognize a misjudgment has been... 2016-12-07 17:10 10KB

Bill would cut Michigan communities a break on road project costs

The bill would relieve communities from having to pay for major projects on state-owned highways, like the one on I-75. 2016-12-07 17:09 3KB

'My chip pan's on fire!' Firefighters go for Christmas Number 1 with their hilarious take on the Kings Of Leon classic to encourage drunks to get a takeaway instead of cooking

South Yorkshire Fire Service joined with The Everly Pregnant Brothers to make the video, which they hope will encourage drunks to get a takeaway instead of cooking. 2016-12-07 17:07 3KB

Repealing Obamacare with no viable replacement ready to go could wreak havoc, health insurance experts warn

The American Academy of Actuaries said more insurers could bolt the market, and fewer people could end up being insured. 2016-12-07 17:07 4KB

Bank which lent Zuma R7.8m admits to cash withdrawal issues at Thohoyandou branch

VBS Mutual Bank confirmed on Wednesday that issues were being experienced by its customers relating to payment of cash for large withdrawals at the Thohoyandou branch over the past few days. 2016-12-07 17:07 2KB

Learn how to sew while helping Utah’s homeless

Sarah Burroughs from Anne B. Designs told us about her upcoming service project to help out the Rescue Mission in Salt Lake City. Sarah designs and sews leather bags for women. She employs local refugees to help produce the products. Sarah has put together a sewing... 2016-12-07 17:05 1KB

Tudor Grange Academy pupil assaulted by classmates in shocking footage

Teachers at Tudor Grange Academy in Solihull, Birmingham, are investigating the mobile phone footage of the so-called 'school bag challenge' after it was shared on Facebook. 2016-12-07 17:05 2KB

US Steel wants to accelerate investments, bring back jobs, CEO says

Improvements to the tax laws and reduced regulation will be significant drivers for business, U. S. Steel CEO Mario Longhi says. 2016-12-07 17:05 2KB

“Rogue One” Will Be A Political Controversy, Just Watch

Yep, I am going to be that guy. The guy that calls out the upcoming Star Wars adventure called Rogue One for being a visual political commentary to spark debate over real life events. Raw Story, draw 2016-12-07 17:04 5KB

Lifetime Buys ‘Under the Bed’ Starring Hannah New

Lifetime has acquired worldwide rights to the telefilm thriller “Under the Bed,” starring Hannah New, Pat Healy and Beverly D’Angelo, Variety has learned exclusively. “The B… 2016-12-07 17:01 1KB

The power of positive thinking: Optimism can fend off cancer, heart disease and infection for EIGHT years

A Harvard study has found that optimists are less likely to die young. The team suggest that public health bodies should push positivity in patients as well as a healthy diet and exercise. 2016-12-07 17:00 3KB

Pocan demands apology from Duffy for communist comment

Democratic U. S. Rep. Mark Pocan is demanding that his Republican colleague from northern Wisconsin apologize for referring to Madison as a communist community. 2016-12-07 17:00 1KB

US health care tab hits $3.2T; fastest growth in 8 years

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's health care tab grew at the fastest rate in eight years in 2015, driven by the coverage expansion in President Barack Obama 2016-12-07 17:00 5KB

Bowl season gives SEC opportunity to restore its reputation

The upcoming bowl games provide the Southeastern Conference a chance at redemption. 2016-12-07 17:00 4KB

New UC Davis art museum hints at fresh directions for American architecture

A small site on the outskirts of this college town near Sacramento, backed up against some train tracks and Interstate 80, is not where you might expect to find a building to boost your faith in the future of American architecture. But UC Davis ’ Jan Shrem... 2016-12-07 17:00 7KB

Chris Rock adds second Fox show to tour

The comic will play Detroit on April 28 and 29, tickets go on sale Friday 2016-12-07 17:00 1KB

$19.9 million county-wide school enhancement tax being considered

Kent County school boards to vote on allowing the Kent Intermediate School District to seek a 0.9 mill regional enhancement millage for 10 years on the May election ballot. 2016-12-07 17:00 6KB

Claridge's is granted permission for Britain's biggest 'iceberg' basement

Claridge's Hotel in Mayfair, London, has been given permission to build the biggest basement in the UK because it will ‘enhance the capital’s reputation as a luxury destination’. 2016-12-07 16:58 2KB

Is 'Walking Dead' feeling bite of dystopian drama glut?

'Walking Dead' midseason finale preview: Has dystopian drama glut taken a bit out of ratings? 2016-12-07 16:58 3KB

Pioneer Energy to sell rigs as part of fleet modernization strategy

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Land rig provider Pioneer Energy Services will sell two of its rigs next week as part of a move to decrease its exposure to older electric... 2016-12-07 16:57 2KB

Ann Clark gives state of CMS address

Clark's theme was to encourage the community to believe in the school district, it's teachers and students. She came full circle Wednesday when she gave her final CMS State of Our Schools address at Vance High School where she was once the principal. 2016-12-07 23:37 2KB

John Bel Edwards takes on the oil and gas industry

LIKE so many governments blessed with reserves of fossil fuels, Louisiana has long been in thrall to the energy business. For the last century, oil has had such a powerful effect on 2016-12-07 16:56 798Bytes

Colder air arrives Thursday

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 41. Thursday-Mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures start in the low 40s then struggle to get to 50 degrees before falling again. 2016-12-07 16:55 1KB

How to protect kids online: Apps and tactics used by experts – and real parents

Jamie Riley's 11-year-old son has a Nintendo DS, a Kindle Fire, an iPad, a laptop, a Wii, a PlayStation and an iPod. His 8-year-old sister has a Kindle and uses... 2016-12-07 16:55 738Bytes

Good Fellows hit $1 million goal for their 100th year

The Good Fellows hit their $1 million goal during Wednesday's annual holiday luncheon at the Charlotte Convention Center. 2016-12-07 23:37 2KB

Alonzo Knowles, Bahamian computer hacker, sentenced for trying to sell stolen movie scripts, videos

A Bahamian computer hacker who targeted Hollywood celebrities and then bragged about his exploits while awaiting sentencing was ordered this week to spend five years in U. S. federal prison. 2016-12-07 16:52 3KB

Israel votes to advance settler homes bill

Israeli lawmakers voted Wednesday to advance a bill legalising some 4,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank despite international criticism and warnings over its implications. 2016-12-07 16:50 5KB

This 'reverse sear' cooking tip will help you save time during the holidays

"The Chew" explains how to perform the "reverse sear," keeping your food delicious and helping you save time in the process. 2016-12-07 16:49 1KB

Pennsylvania levels $3.5 million fine against gas driller

Pennsylvania environmental regulators have fined a natural-gas driller more than $3.5 million for violations at 10 well sites and six pipeline locations. 2016-12-07 16:49 1KB

BBC bosses maintain they acted in the 'public interest' by filming the raid of Sir Cliff Richard's home in 2014

The BBC denies that the singer, who has sold more than 250 million records worldwide, is entitled to compensation: a claim he made following a raid on his home in Sunningdale, Berkshire, in August 2014. 2016-12-07 16:47 4KB

Arkansas governor says US OKs modified Medicaid expansion

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says federal officials have approved a number of changes Arkansas wishes to make in a Medicaid expansion program known as “Arkansas Works.” 2016-12-07 16:46 1KB

'Dr. Phil' beats daytime rivals in ratings by biggest November margin ever

The host of the syndicated talk show 'Dr. Phil' won the November sweeps period with a 3.6 household rating, according to Nielsen. 2016-12-07 16:46 2KB

New GOP majority chooses committee chairs for Kentucky House

The incoming GOP majority for the Kentucky House of Representatives has chosen 13 men and four women to lead standing committees that will decide what bills will be heard when the legislature convenes in January. 2016-12-07 16:44 1KB

In West Bank, Fatah vote shows politics an old man's game

Most of those elected to top positions were in their 60s and 70s, signaling that politics under octogenarian President Mahmoud Abbas is an old man's game and that it is unlikely that 2016-12-07 16:44 834Bytes

Is demand for travel to Cuba flattening?

Demand for travel to Cuba may be flattening, with soaring hotel prices on the island, American Airlines cutting some flights, and uncertainty over whether ne... 2016-12-07 16:43 5KB

Consumers boost borrowing $16 billion in October

Consumers increased their borrowing in October at the slowest pace in four months as growth in credit card debt and the category that covers auto loans and student loans slowed. 2016-12-07 16:42 743Bytes

Google gets into the spirit of giving with a holiday Google Fi promotion

To celebrate the holidays, Google's launched a promotion for subscribers on its Google Fi cellular service. The first week of gifts includes a $10 credit for the Google Play app store. The post Google gets into the spirit of giving with a holiday Google Fi... 2016-12-07 16:41 1009Bytes

‘World of Warcraft’ fans’ voices are heard: Legacy Nostalrius server set to return

A playable legacy version of World of Warcraft will launch later this month, returning veteran players to the realm of Azeroth as it existed prior to the launch of Blizzard's many expansions and gameplay overhauls. The post ‘World of Warcraft’ fans’ voices are heard: Legacy Nostalrius... 2016-12-07 16:41 1KB

Change of providers leading to dely in opening of Long Beach’s winter shelter

Long Beach’s homeless will have to wait a bit longer to find a warm bed this winter, but those beds and hot meals are coming soon. Typically, Long Beach’s winter shelter for the homeless is open by Dec. 1 or earlier. But there have 2016-12-07 16:40 4KB

China Allegedly Behind Major Security Breach At US Law Firms

Major security breaches of several major U. S. law firms may have actually been perpetrated by state-sponsored Chinese hackers, Fortune reports. Hackers reportedly launched cyberattacks against some 2016-12-07 16:39 3KB

US and UK intelligence target airborne phone calls -report

PARIS, Dec 7 (Reuters) - American and British spies have since 2005 been working on intercepting phone calls and data transfers made from aircraft, France's... 2016-12-07 16:38 3KB

Payments start-up Circle moves away from bitcoin business

By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK, Dec 7 (Reuters) - U. S.-based Circle Internet Financial Ltd, a social payments app backed by Goldman Sachs, said on Wedn... 2016-12-07 16:38 3KB

Ann Arborites invited to attend 'game-like' crosswalk design workshop

It will be Thursday night at Slauson Middle School. 2016-12-07 16:37 1KB

Patient safety may drop during doctor rotations

Hospitalized patients who are handed off by their original medical team to a new set of caregivers may ultimately face a higher risk of early death, study finds 2016-12-07 16:35 5KB

Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard named chamber’s Business of the Year

Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard was named Business of the Year at the Gig Harbor Chamber’s annual awards dinner on Saturday night. 2016-12-07 16:33 3KB

Knesset approves settlement bill in first reading

Bennett: This bill says a nation cannot be an occupier in its own land; Begin: Proposal is neither wise nor legal. 2016-12-07 16:31 4KB

Wildfire-plagued fall warmest on record for US, says NOAA

Average US temperatures from September through November were their warmest in 122-years of record keeping, said NOAA. 2016-12-07 16:31 2KB

Virtual Reality Investors: Consolidation Coming In 2017

2017 will be a year of consolidation for virtual reality, and startups are wise to dig in and make their money last as long as possible: That was one of the key points of advice from some of the in… 2016-12-07 16:30 2KB

Christmas charity: Man City stars Gael Clichy and Fabian Delph battle it out in TablePong

Claudio Bravo, Gael Clichy and Fabian Delph joined manager Pep Guardiola to lend their support in various different events this week, as the club bid to back community football projects in six cities. 2016-12-07 16:29 2KB

Doctor gets 8 years for illegal presciptions

Dr. Fanny Dela Cruz admitted she pre-signed prescriptions with her signature, the drug's name, milligram and quantity 2016-12-07 16:29 2KB

5 Questions you should ask before signing up for insurance

Todd Kiser with the Utah Insurance Department gives some advice about Open Enrollment. The Utah Insurance Department is a state agency that regulates insurance marketed and sold in Utah. They provide a resource to help Utahns better understand what questions to ask and how to research the best... 2016-12-07 16:27 2KB

Ann Arbor police seek help identifying suspect in gas station break-in

Ann Arbor Police are seeking help from the public to identify a man who broke into a BP gas station. 2016-12-07 16:25 1KB

UFS to increase its fees by 8%

Tuition and residential fees at the University of the Free State will increase by 8% says the institution. 2016-12-07 16:24 2KB

The U. S. economy in GIFs from Steve Mnuchin's movies

President-elect Donald Trump announced Steve Mnuchin as his pick for Treasury secretary Tuesday. Mnuchin is not only a former hedge fund manager and banker -- he's also credited as the producer on more than 30 movies. 2016-12-07 16:23 2KB

45,000-square-foot Commonwealth Associates headquarters planned for downtown Jackson

Mayor Bill Jors called it the biggest news to hit downtown in his lifetime. 2016-12-07 16:23 3KB

Prosecutors: Ex-Sheriff Lee Baca was ‘heartbeat’ of jail conspiracy

As opening statements got underway in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday in the jail corruption trial of former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, federal prosecutors described Baca as “the heartbeat” of a conspiracy to hide evidence of in 2016-12-07 16:22 2KB

BofA's S&P forecast for 2017: Between 2,700 and 1,600

"In our bull case scenario we think the market could go as high as 2,700," says Savita Subramanian at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. 2016-12-07 16:21 3KB

Christmas on a budget: How D. I. can help stretch your dollar

Deseret Industries spokesperson Brooke Yates showed us what is happening at D. I. for the holidays. Christmas on a Budget – Deseret Industries helps your dollars stretch during the Holidays. Whether you’re looking for gently used seasonal home décor, holiday fashions or even gifts, DI has you covered. 2016-12-07 16:20 1KB

Sheriff's tirade over Joe McKnight shooting is his personal brand of theater

Newell Normand’s hostile press conference to announce charges against Ronald Gasser was the latest in a line of questionable actions by the Republican Jefferson Parish sheriff 2016-12-07 16:19 7KB

Brute who shot, wounded man during spat at Harlem deli sought by cops

Cops are searching for a 31-year-old man who shot and wounded a man during a spat over money at a Harlem deli, officials said Wednesday. 2016-12-07 16:13 1KB

Public hearings on energy mix begin with minister’s pronouncement hanging over them

Public hearings on the Integrated Resource Plan‚ which will determine SA’s future energy mix‚ began in Gauteng‚ despite a surprise pronouncement last week by Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson in which she named the energy scenario that she believed most likely to prevail. 2016-12-07 16:13 2KB

Starbucks sees future sales growth fueled by food, cold coffee beverages

Starbucks sees food innovation and its cold coffee beverages as key areas fueling its future growth. 2016-12-07 16:12 4KB

Plett holiday rental scammer may have pocketed a fortune

A man who allegedly ran an accommodation scam that left about 100 students stranded in Plettenberg Bay may have pocketed more than R1 million through dubious deals. 2016-12-07 16:10 2KB

Controversial firearms-only hunt in New Jersey bags record 607 bears so far

Hunters have headed out across parts of the state for the second half of this year’s bear hunt amid objections from animal rights groups 2016-12-07 16:09 2KB

'Biggest Loser' creator lists Britney Spears’ former home for sale in Calabasas

Television producer David Broome of “The Biggest Loser” fame is ready to shed some square footage in Calabasas, listing his home in a gated community for sale at $9.499 million. 2016-12-07 16:05 2KB

Filmmaker Joel Gilbert: Obama to Continue Leftist ‘Revolution’ After Presidency

Obama used presidency as first stage of socialist takeover Obama used presidency as first stage of socialist takeover 2016-12-07 16:04 2KB

Apple needs to hike dividend to allow investors to ride out 'rough patches,' analyst says

Drexel Hamilton's Apple supplier sales index is tracking down 5 to 6 percent month over month versus an average of 7 percent growth. 2016-12-07 16:04 1KB

Detroit VA center gets low rating, needs improvement

Veterans hospital in Detroit is one of 10 which got low, one-star rating earlier this year 2016-12-07 16:02 8KB

Skateboarder injured in collision with Muni bus

A skateboarder was injured in a collision with a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus in the city’s South of Market neighborhood Tuesday, police said. The collision occurred around 12:20 p.m. … A skateboarder was injured in a collision with a San Francisco Municipal Railway bus... 2016-12-07 16:01 1KB

Saints' Mark Ingram, Michael Thomas among 5 players not on practice field Wednesday

Ingram dealt with a toe injury in Week 13 2016-12-07 16:00 1KB

AT&T CEO Bashes FCC, Says New Rules 'Bad For The Industry'

The CEO of AT&T Randall Stephenson heavily criticized the government's proposed rules on net neutrality that aim to treat all internet traffic equally through use of regulations and oversight. 2016-12-07 15:59 2KB

'Another bad quarter' coming from Sears, but the struggling retailer is expected to hold on

Despite the slew of negative headlines leading into Sears' third-quarter earnings report, the department store chain is still hanging on. 2016-12-07 15:58 8KB

An expanding army of insects is eating away at U. S. forests

Insects, both native and those brought into the country, are draining the life out of the nation's forests. Global trade, a warming climate, and drought-damaged trees have helped insects to become one of the greatest threats to biodiversity in the U. S. 2016-12-07 15:57 9KB

The case for Kevin Durant over Russell Westbrook

Despite Russell Westbrook's 11 triple-doubles this season, Kevin Durant is the stronger fantasy asset. Here's why. 2016-12-07 15:54 8KB

Puyallup finding good balance with Salisbury in the post

Puyallup High girls basketball and the run-and-gun style of play have gone hand in hand for years, where a smaller Vikings roster has had to figure out ways to win by playing at a faster pace. But the Vikings are switching things up a bit this year. 2016-12-07 15:54 3KB

La demande de la clientèle pousse les prestataires de services sur site à « Uberiser leurs

Une étude mondiale fait apparaître des disparités entre les opérations des prestataires de service et les attentes de... 2016-12-07 15:54 6KB

Why the Canes top the NHL in penalty killing

The Carolina Hurricanes have led the NHL in penalty killing this season with a group that’s determined and effective, and also proud of being No. 1. 2016-12-07 15:51 4KB

What Most-Trusted States Have In Common

Americans tend to be most confident in state governments with sound finances, and least confident in states with poor finances, according to a 2015 Gallup survey analyzed by nonprofit financial watchd 2016-12-07 15:50 3KB

The Guardian view on the Commons Brexit debate: some gains but not enough

Editorial: It is good that MPs have begun to use their power to shape the Brexit process, but the real battles will come in the new year 2016-12-07 15:50 5KB

Hatchimals Christmas Toy Sold Out

If you have a young child, you certainly know that this year's hottest toy is the Hatchimal. A Hatchimal is an interactive stuffed creature in an egg; you have to tenderly care for it in order for it 2016-12-07 15:50 3KB

Oklahoma lawmaker submits 4 bills to expand gun rights

An Oklahoma lawmaker is proposing legislation allowing the governor and top elected officials to carry firearms, placing armed police officers in private schools and slashing the cost of obtaining or renewing handgun permits. 2016-12-07 15:50 1KB

Louisiana judge off another case, after trial abruptly ends

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A federal judge who has been pulled off a string of criminal cases this year was removed from another one this week following the abr... 2016-12-07 15:48 5KB

Inspector general blasts CPS for impeding investigation

Chicago Public Schools’ inspector general blasts CPS officials for impeding his investigation into 'possible ethics violations' by top CPS attorney. 2016-12-07 15:46 5KB

Beyonce vs. Adele at the Grammys will be a battle of style: The new versus the tried-and-true

Tradition will take on innovation — accompanied by plenty of pop-diva razzle-dazzle — when two of music’s most powerful superstars face off at the 59th annual Grammy Awards. 2016-12-07 15:45 7KB

Public Security Minister proposes blacklist of companies that support boycotting Israel

Individuals would also be subject to restrictions under proposal guidelines. 2016-12-07 15:43 4KB

Rob Mills hits back at former flame Paris Hilton after she 'claimed' not to remember the Australian Idol star after their 2003 fling during interview on The Project last month

She blanked a question about her former fling Rob Mills during an interview on The Project last month, claiming she didn't remember the former Australian Idol star. 2016-12-07 15:43 1KB

South Hill business hosts holiday light display to raise money for Puyallup Food Bank

In the spirit of giving this holiday season, Insurance West is collecting canned food for the Puyallup Food Bank during its holiday lights display on South Hill. 2016-12-07 15:42 1KB

Starbucks to boost number of shops, add more food to menu

Starbucks, looking to the future as its longtime CEO moves to other projects, plans to open 12,000 new locations within five years to boost its number of coffee shops worldwide by almost 50 percent. The Seattle-based chain is also adding more food to its menu... 2016-12-07 15:42 1KB

Eastern Washington is threatening to split from state

Eastern Washington is threatening to split with the rest of the state and two representatives are leading the charge. 2016-12-07 15:40 2KB

Despite solid production, Patrick Kane's line 'not clicking yet'

Power-play struggles have hurt production for Artemi Panarin, Artem Anisimov and Kane. 2016-12-07 15:40 4KB

Groups Demand Arrest of 'War Mastermind' Kissinger at Nobel Peace Prize Forum

The Nobel Peace Prize committee last month stunned many observers by choosing Henry Kissinger—the former secretary of state behind the secret American bombing of Cambodia and who supported Argentina's "dirty wars," 2016-12-07 15:40 4KB

EPA wants to ban dry cleaning chemical, set to review 9 other widely-used substances — RT America

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has suggested blocking a substance commonly used for dry cleaning due to its health risks. It is the first of 10 chemicals used in processes such as food production and construction that the agency may prohibit. 2016-12-07 15:40 5KB

Sanders, Ellison, Glover lead 'Good Jobs Nation' rally in DC — RT America

Democrats are calling for pressure to be piled on President-elect Donald Trump to ensure he keeps his promises about good jobs for all Americans, after a report said that federal contractors cheat workers of $2.5 billion in wages a year. 2016-12-07 15:37 3KB

Every Muslim woman I’ve met is integrated

Letters: They go to university, work, take their kids to school and chat with their teachers, take part in school fairs and bake for every bake sale and charity event 2016-12-07 15:36 3KB

Girls especially at risk in Nigerian conflict

Letters: For these girls, sexual abuse and forced marriage are real dangers that routinely threaten their lives 2016-12-07 15:36 2KB

Man arrested after slashing man with beer bottle in Kenner: JPSO

A Metairie man was arrested after allegedly asking another man to buy him a beer and cutting him with a broken bottle when he refused. 2016-12-07 15:35 1KB

Tricolour Brexit may play well in France

Brief letters: Faith identity | Ineffective punishments | Mammas and pappas | Frequent Fletters | Colours of Brexit | Sporting worms 2016-12-07 15:35 2KB

Black Designers in Focus at Fashion Institute of Technology

A new show highlights the contributions of designers of African descent, from Jackie Kennedy’s first wedding gown to Michelle Obama’s Carpool Karaoke garb. 2016-12-07 15:34 6KB

City's Memorial Park Cross Is Saved From Removal

A cross was almost removed from a memorial park in Minneapolis, but the city decided to develop a strategy of their own, and ended up privatizing the park. A cross was almost removed from a memorial park in Minneapolis, but the city decided to develop a... 2016-12-07 15:34 1KB

Insider: Trump To Pull Plug On Fake Climate Change Agenda Make US Energy Independent

Energy revolution set to take place in the US Energy revolution set to take place in the US. 2016-12-07 15:33 1KB

Somali Refugees Arriving in U. S. at Highest Rate Ever in First Two Months of FY 2017

Somali refugees are arriving in the United States at the highest rate ever in the first two months of Fiscal Year 2017, according to the State Department's interactive website. 2016-12-07 15:33 5KB

'Hands Off Medicare': Sanders, Other Lawmakers Call Out Trump's Promises

U. S. lawmakers, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), along with seniors and activists on Wednesday delivered more than one million petition signatures demanding that President-elect Donald Trump does not gut Medicare. "You told the seniors of this country... 2016-12-07 15:33 3KB

Earth’s Days Getting Longer, Slower: Study

Over past 27 centuries, average day has lengthened at a rate of about +1.8 milliseconds (ms) per century... Over past 27 centuries, average day has lengthened at a rate of about +1.8 milliseconds (ms) per century... 2016-12-07 15:31 1KB

Report: FEMA Wasted About $3 Billion Grants Last Year

An Office of the Inspector General audit of FEMA grants paid in 2015 revealed the agency may have wasted around $3 billion in taxpayer funds. Nearly 30 percent of the grants audited included wrong 2016-12-07 15:31 3KB

Lawmakers Crack Down On Black Market Cigarette Operations

Officials in Virginia are moving against illegal cigarette smuggling across the state in an attempt to target the tobacco black market. The Virginia State Crime Commission voted Monday to approve m 2016-12-07 15:31 2KB

Congo rights group blames govt, parties for deadly unrest

DR Congo's independent human rights commission Wednesday blamed both the government and the opposition for the deaths of 46 people, most of them by gunfire,... 2016-12-07 15:30 2KB

2017 Infiniti QX30

2017 Infiniti QX30 Sport BASE PRICE: $29,950 for base model; $32,600 for Luxury FWD; $34,400 for Luxury AWD; $35,300 for Premium FWD; $37,700 for Premium A 2016-12-07 15:30 1KB

The interesting things in short-term government spending bill

Lawmakers inserted a provision on James Mattis and another on Trump's security costs in New York. Congress must pass a short-term spending bill by Friday night in order to prevent a shutdown 2016-12-07 15:20 3KB

Ford releases for sale half of 10-speed F-150 stockpiled trucks

DETROIT, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co by Wednesday had released for sale more than half of the 15,000 F-150 pickup trucks with 10-speed transmissions that... 2016-12-07 15:19 2KB

Tim Meets Harry and Shares a Stunning Story about John 3:16

John 3:16 may be the best-known verse in the Bible, but it's also the subject of an amazing story told by Heisman trophy winner and professional athlete Tim Tebow. Tebow shared the story on entertainer Harry Connick, Jr.'s television show, ... 2016-12-07 15:18 2KB

Thousands of Bangladesh kids working 64 hours a week

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Thousands of Bangladeshi children who live in the capital's slums are working illegally for an average of 64 hours a week, with m 2016-12-07 15:16 2KB

World's first permanent ice hotel to open in Sweden

A permanent year-round ice hotel is scheduled to open to the public in Sweden in mid-December. 2016-12-07 15:14 2KB

Is The Soda Industry Hiding Health Risks Of Drinking Soda?

The industry causes confusion about health rises of sugary drinks The industry causes confusion about health rises of sugary drinks 2016-12-07 15:14 5KB

Government officials miss out on £120million as two thirds of fines issued to firms for hiring illegal immigrants go UNPAID

The new statistics – which were published in Parliament – sparked outrage tonight. Critics said if fines weren’t collected they wouldn’t act as a deterrent to firms hiring illegal migrants. 2016-12-07 15:13 4KB

Army National Guard Members Sentenced For Selling Weapons

A federal court sentenced two Army National Guard members Monday for trying to sell weapons to a Mexican cartel. These National Guard members from California believed they were making a weapons dea 2016-12-07 15:13 2KB

'Turn Israel into training hub for counterterrorism units from Central Asia'

Netanyahu heads to Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan next week. 2016-12-07 15:13 4KB

Which Console Should You Get This Christmas?

Christmas is looming and many are considering the idea about purchasing a new console. Perhaps you’re treating yourself, or maybe it will be a gift for someone? Either way, this guide takes a look over some top tips that will help you to make the best... 2016-12-07 15:12 3KB

American and British Spy Agencies Targeted In-Flight Mobile Phone Use

The data was collected “in near real time” and an aircraft could be “tracked” every two minutes The data was collected “in near real time” and an aircraft could be “tracked” every two minutes 2016-12-07 15:10 2KB

Brazil's Economic Problems Remain Intractable for Temer

Brazil's President Michel Temer gestures during the launch of the new financing line of Bank Caixa Economica Federal Brasilia, Nov. 24, 2016. When Michel Temer took over Brazil's presidency in May, many hoped he could overcome the political gridlock, corruption scandals and... 2016-12-07 15:10 962Bytes

Soylent CEO still hasn't removed remnants of shipping-container home, prosecutor says

With Los Angeles prosecutors bearing down over his unsightly shipping container of a home, Soylent Chief Executive Robert Rhinehart took action. 2016-12-07 15:10 4KB

Royal Mint to release ten new coins that feature 'Queen's Beasts'

The ten designs are based on the animals or mythical creatures that have stood guard on British royal heraldry for hundreds of years. The first coin being launched depicts the Lion of England. 2016-12-07 15:08 3KB

NBCUniversal International, Altice Group Ink Strategic Deal For France

PARIS– Pursuing its now agressive content strategy, Altice Group has signed a strategic output deal with NBCUniversal International to distribute three NBCUniversal channel brands across Fran… 2016-12-07 15:08 2KB

Swedish men are offered measuring service to help them buy the correct size CONDOM at health clinic

A health clinic in Blekinge, Sweden, will measure penises on diameter so it can help men buy correctly sized condoms. The clinic hopes the specially designed tape will help boost visits to youth clinics. 2016-12-07 15:08 1KB

James Arthur brings Waterlooo a standstill dressed as bearded busker

He won X Factor in 2012 and has produced a Platinum selling album. 2016-12-07 15:08 1KB

Radical 'Cormorant' could replace helicopters in war zones

The Cormorant has completed its first autonomous flight. This flying ambulance will transport troops or supplies within tight quarters where helicopters are unable to travel. 2016-12-07 15:07 6KB

The supreme court is doing MPs’ dirty work for them on article 50

With its badly drafted legislation, parliament created this mess – and parliament should sort it out 2016-12-07 15:06 6KB

EPA, tribe: State commission not venue for complaint

The Environmental Protection Agency and a Puget Sound tribe say a Washington watchdog agency should step away from an investigation into whether the What’s Upstream advocacy campaign violated state law. 2016-12-07 15:05 5KB

$40 million in tax credits sought for St. Louis stadium

The group seeking to build a soccer stadium in downtown St. Louis is seeking $40 million in state tax credits, in addition to $80 million in public funding from city residents. 2016-12-07 15:05 1KB

Instagram to allow users to turn off comments on posts

Instagram will enable users to turn off comments on their posts, in a move designed to give 2016-12-07 15:04 2KB

Israeli bill violates international law

Berlin extremely concerned about Israel's plans for legalising settlement homes built on private Palestinian land. 2016-12-07 15:04 2KB

Coalition seeks income, gas taxes hikes to fix Kansas budget

A coalition of Kansas teachers, state workers, contractors and others is proposing to increase income and gasoline taxes to fix the state’s budget problems. 2016-12-07 15:04 1KB

Airbus set to win Canadian deal for search-and-rescue aircraft -source

PARIS, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Canada is set to select Airbus Group to provide search-and-rescue (SAR) aircraft, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesda... 2016-12-07 15:02 2KB

That overhead bin is now going to cost United passengers

Passengers who purchase the airline's cheapest fares will only be allowed one personal item that must fit under a seat. 2016-12-07 15:02 4KB

Allen becomes latest Indiana county to offer needle exchange

Allen has become the latest Indiana county to offer a needle exchange 2016-12-07 15:01 1KB

Carter looks to boost India ties as China rises

Outgoing US Defense Secretary Ash Carter touched down in India Wednesday, in a last bid to boost relations with an ally that could prove crucial as China asserts itself. 2016-12-07 14:59 7KB

What Trumponomics Means for Women

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised again and again to “fix the economy.”And now that he’s won, he’s busy padding his cabinet with Wall Street rogues and off-the-chart conservatives from the fringes. If you read their resumes, it’s not hard to figure... 2016-12-07 14:59 4KB

After a Lifetime of Failed Diets, Over 40 Mom Finally Drops 100 Pounds

Martha VanCamp was overweight all her life. At age 40, and 250 pounds, she realized something had to change. By eliminating processed foods and starting an exercise regimen, Martha was able to shed 100 pounds. She shares how she did it with CBN News... 2016-12-07 14:59 5KB

Max Zechmann tributes: Anne-Lise Caudal's caddie remembered after tragic death at Dubai Ladies' Masters

Max Zechmann, who had carried the bag in European Tour victories for German Marcel Siem and Austria's Markus Brier, was working for France's Anne-Lise Caudal this week. 2016-12-07 14:58 2KB

Historian Dan Snow uncovers the secret past of his Prime Minister great-great-grandfather Lloyd George - he was a notorious womaniser

As being 'the man who won the war', Lloyd George was hiding a secret affair with his long term secretary Frances Stevenson - whom he later married. 2016-12-07 14:57 3KB

Celebrity dog owners with pugs and French bulldogs are fuelling the illegal puppy trade, warn vets

A London-based body for UK vets has reported the alarming trend, finding animals with parvovirus and kennel cough, suggest they have been poorly bred without the correct vaccinations. 2016-12-07 14:57 4KB

Thoughts Pertaining To The Present "Transition"

Is the decent practice of representative self-government the most precious collective possession of the American people—our common good? The shared preoccupation of the framers of the U. S. Constitut 2016-12-07 14:57 6KB

7th annual Hullegeb Festival celebrates Ethiopian culture

The week-long festival will consist of seven performances of theater, dance and music, each bringing something different to the stage. 2016-12-07 14:56 2KB

Thieves copy Home Alone 2 movie plot and pose as shop DUMMIES while a department store was locked up before escaping with £10,000 of designer clothes

They got away with £10,000 worth of designer clothes after posing as mannequins alongside the real dummies on parade at Beales store in Worthing (pictured). 2016-12-07 14:55 3KB

Santi Cazorla gives the thumbs up after Arsenal star has 'perfect surgery' in bid to recover from achilles injury

Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla has given his fans a huge boost after undergoing the 'perfect surgery'. The Spaniard had surgery to cure a long-term achilles problem. 2016-12-07 14:55 2KB

As fear exits the market, it may be high time for savvy investors to buy protection

As the CBOE Volatility Index falls to a four-month low, some say it’s time to protect recent gains in the market. 2016-12-07 14:55 2KB

Texas eyes immunizations as more kids file exemptions

Texas could host the nation's next major fight over stricter requirements for immunizations as its rates of schoolchildren who refuse to get shots for non-medical reasons rises. The number of... 2016-12-07 14:55 728Bytes

Cubs’ Joe Maddon On Second-Guessing Of Decisions In World Series: ‘Only Reality I Know Is That We Won’

"Everything you saw us do that night, I'd planned out before the game and felt really strongly about and still do," Maddon says. 2016-12-07 14:54 3KB

Spread by trade and climate, bugs butcher America’s forests

Hundreds of pests are projected to put 63 percent of the country's forests at risk through 2027. 2016-12-07 14:54 7KB

TOWIE's Megan McKenna flashes cleavage in a black lace bra on Instagram

The 24-year-old TOWIE starlet was clad in a black lace bralet and dominatrix style choker, showing off her impressive assets. 2016-12-07 14:53 2KB

Hillary Clinton Going To Harry Reid Retirement Party

Hillary Clinton is expected to make a rare public appearance in D. C. this week. [caption id="attachment_5362686" align="alignnone" width="640"] (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)[/caption] T 2016-12-07 14:51 1KB

Trump transportation pick Elaine Chao made $1.2 million from Wells Fargo

President-elect Donald Trump's pick to lead the sprawling Transportation Department made $1.2 million from Wells Fargo's board, while overseeing the bank during the period it has admitted to creating millions of fake accounts. 2016-12-07 14:50 4KB

Irish court unfreezes 100m euros for Khodorkovsky

An Irish court on Wednesday released 100 million euros ($107 million) in frozen assets for exiled former Russian oil tycoon and Kremlin foe Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the Irish Times reported. 2016-12-07 14:50 2KB

Michael Keaton reveals the face of American greed in the shrewd McDonald's drama 'The Founder'

“What have you ever come up with?!” That question arrives near the end of “The Founder,” a sharp and satisfyingly fat-free account of how a wily salesman took a lucrative Southern California burger joint and turned it into the world’s biggest fast-food empire. Given... 2016-12-07 14:50 7KB

These researchers shared a report with a state official. The reply was unprintable.

On Monday, a San Diego State University-affiliated research laboratory sent out multiple emails with a link to a new study it had conducted on hunger and homelessness among community college... 2016-12-07 14:49 776Bytes

What is a hero? Kennedy Space Center exhibit explores answers to that question

Space memorabilia and astronaut tales are almost always a draw. Just ask the people who run the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, which gets more than 1.5 million visitors a ... 2016-12-07 14:49 755Bytes

Grades 7 to 9 who get 20% for maths will be promoted

The Department of Basic Education has instructed public schools to condone all Grade 7 to 9 pupils who have obtained 20% in mathematics. 2016-12-07 14:48 2KB

Android app update file sizes slashed by up to 90 percent

Google has announced a new approach to Android app updates that reduces the file size of the update package by up to 90 percent. The company has already observed data savings equivalent to six petabytes a day from an early deployment of the new technique. 2016-12-07 14:47 5KB

Paris will auction its love locks to help refugees

The tons of love locks removed from the city's bridges will be auctioned to raise funds for refugees. 2016-12-07 14:46 1KB

Brenda Freeman Joins AR Startup Magic Leap as CMO

Brenda Freeman is leaving National Geographic Channel to join Magic Leap, the well-funded augmented-reality startup whose backers include Google, Warner Bros. and Alibaba, as chief marketing office… 2016-12-07 14:45 2KB

Supreme Court upholds fraud ruling against State Farm for Katrina claim

The Supreme Court has upheld a jury verdict that found State Farm Insurance defrauded a federal flood insurance program after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. 2016-12-07 14:45 2KB

OneJet adds nonstop service from Pittsburgh to Albany, Richmond

Local travelers will soon have a much quicker option to get to Albany, N. Y., and Richmond, Va. OneJet, a regional airline geared mainly to business customers, announced today that it will start a weekday nonstop flight to both cities in March... 2016-12-07 14:45 2KB

Politicians have got what they wanted: more UK workers in poverty than ever before

Tories and Labour decided that inequality was a price worth paying for growth. When employment is not a way out of poverty, what is? 2016-12-07 14:44 6KB

Officers: DAPL Protesters Put Our Families At Risk

The actions of the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters made law enforcement officers and their families fear for their safety, according to a North Dakota sheriff. Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney sai 2016-12-07 14:43 2KB

Hollyday Fair celebrates local business, crafts and Christmas

The annual Hollyday Fair took place at the Andersen Enrichment Center in Saginaw Wednesday, Dec. 7. 2016-12-07 14:43 1KB

Demonetization: Foreign govts unhappy over cash crunch, may take reciprocal measures

Many foreign governments are contemplating reciprocal measures against Indian missions abroad terming the measures as a "serious breach" of Vienna Convention. The embassies are hopeful that PM Modi will intervene and solve the problems. Anguished over restrictions on withdrawals by their embassies, many foreign governments... 2016-12-07 14:43 994Bytes

‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot Casts Walton Goggins as Villain

Walton Goggins is in final negotiations to join MGM and GK Films reboot of “Tomb Raider,” the latest adaptation of the popular video game starring Alicia Vikander as the iconic characte… 2016-12-07 14:42 2KB

'I'm giving you every opportunity to f*** me up': Officer fired after bodycam footage showed him tormenting teen during traffic stop and asking the boy to fight

The cop, Social Circle police officer James Sanders, pulled over the black jeep driven by a 17-year-old boy on November 23, after a passenger yelled at him: 'F*** the police.' 2016-12-07 14:41 3KB

Don't bet big on health law changes when mulling coverage

Health insurance experts say the threat of financial disaster from remaining uninsured should be the guiding factor behind any decision to buy coverage for 2017 on the health care law's public exchanges... 2016-12-07 14:39 732Bytes

Ryan Murphy on How Hollywood Has Failed Female Directors: "I Am Sorry"

The 'American Horror Story' creator received THR's inaugural Equity in Entertainment Award at the Women in Entertainment Power 100 breakfast. 2016-12-07 14:35 3KB

The Art of the Autocrat

Last week, Trump made a deal with Carrier (and its parent, United Technologies) to keep 800 jobs in Indiana rather than sending them to Mexico. Indiana agreed to give Carrier $7 million in tax breaks, and Trump assured United Technologies that its ... 2016-12-07 14:35 3KB

EpiPen maker Mylan to restructure and cut its workforce

Mylan said that it would restructure and expected to cut less than 10 percent of its global workforce as it integrates acquisitions. 2016-12-07 14:35 3KB

Warrant Issued For Man Suspected Of Dragging Waukegan Cop From Stolen Car

Waukegan police have obtained an arrest warrant for 18-year-old Santos Martinez, who is believed to be the driver of the vehicle that hit and dragged the officer on Saturday when police spotted a stolen car and tried to get the people inside to come out. 2016-12-07 14:34 2KB

Ronald Gasser's attorney wants $500,000 bond reduced in Joe McKnight death

Defense lawyer also requests preliminary hearing, arguing there is no probable cause to hold Gasser 2016-12-07 14:34 2KB

Kitchen hacks that will change your life forever

These clever tricks of the trade could save you previous minutes of your time. One video shows the best way to peel fruit, like removing mango skin with a glass. And defrost meat faster on aluminum tray. 2016-12-07 14:33 7KB

EU Fines Bank Cartel for Rigging Euribor Rate

Part of seven-bank cartel that colluded between September 2005 and May 2008 to distort the Euribor benchmark interest rate Part of seven-bank cartel that colluded between September 2005 and May 2008 to distort the Euribor benchmark interest rate. 2016-12-07 14:32 1KB

Early Returns

WASHINGTON — Last week’s telephone call between President-elect Donald Trump and Taiwan’s president was the result of six months of behind-the-scenes work by former Sen. Bob Dole acting on behalf of the Taiwanese government, according to federal filings and published reports. The call was... 2016-12-07 14:31 2KB

JSE bounces back as miners lead the pack

The JSE bounced back in early morning trade on Wednesday in broad-based gains led by miners and retailers following renewed overnight gains on the Dow and stronger Asian markets. 2016-12-07 14:31 3KB

Parents protest CPS changes in special-education funding

Caroline Bilicki's son does not have special needs, but that did not stop her from joining a group of LSC members at City Hall Wednesday to protest 2016-12-07 14:30 3KB

'Not up to judges to say when people could die'

Issues about choosing when to die were 2016-12-07 14:30 2KB

Video company challenges Minnesota law on serving gay couples

By Gina Cherelus Dec 7 (Reuters) - The husband-and-wife owners of a Christian video and film production company, whose goal is to 2016-12-07 14:29 3KB

Cool video: Preview the 'Global Rainbow' laser artwork in Lafayette Square

Artist Yvette Mattern's array of seven powerful laser beams is a highlight of the annual LUNA Fete. 2016-12-07 14:28 1KB

‘La La Land’: Damien Chazelle’s Ex-Wife Gets Last-Minute Credit

Only the most astute viewers of “La La Land” will notice a slight change to the final cut of a movie that many expect will be a formidable Oscar contender. That’s because Jasmine … 2016-12-07 14:27 2KB

Henrik Zetterberg lifts Detroit Red Wings over Winnipeg Jets in shootout

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Detroit Red Wings lulled the Winnipeg Jets into a false sense of security. 2016-12-07 14:27 6KB

Unbeaten Jermall Charlo, Julian Williams finally meet

Now that the fight between junior middleweight titlist Jermall Charlo and No. 1 contender Julian Williams is here, the question is, can they make it count? Both are ready, or so they say. 2016-12-07 14:26 7KB

Athletics-Bolt shocked by Jamaica's abstention in IAAF reform vote

By Kayon Raynor KINGSTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Usain Bolt has said he was shocked by the decision of Jamaica's athletics federation to abstain from an IAAF vote... 2016-12-07 14:26 2KB

Casinos not hitting jackpot‚ only just keeping up with inflation

Limpopo is an increasingly profitable place to own a casino while Mpumalanga is the toughest‚ while Gauteng still generates the most money for the industry. 2016-12-07 14:25 3KB

What Former Employees Say ITT Tech Did To Scam Its Students

Here are the accounts from several former employees and students about what happened behind closed doors at ITT Tech to lure students into expensive loans that rarely paid off. 2016-12-07 14:25 6KB

Infant apparently drowned in bathtub after mother falls asleep on couch

nfant drowns after mother falls asleep drawing bath 2016-12-07 14:25 1KB

Apple to drop absolute secrecy of AI research after falling behind rivals — RT News

Apple will apparently no longer demand that its machine learning researchers isolate themselves from the scientific community to protect intellectual property. The iPhone maker’s secrecy policy has been blamed for its AI, Siri, lagging behind competitors. 2016-12-07 14:25 3KB

Muezzin bill vote delayed as Netanyahu presses for broader ban

Coalition sources said progress on the legislation was frozen. 2016-12-07 14:24 2KB

Britain to deepen security cooperation with the GCC

Addressing the GCC's annual summit PM Theresa May said she is clear-eyed on the threats posed by ISIL and Iran. 2016-12-07 14:23 3KB

Work-based Learning: A Talent Solution For Employers And Young Adults

Eric was a 17-year old kid with adult problems. He was about to be a father for the first time, wasn’t working, didn’t have a high school diploma, and had no idea how to afford the child support payments that would soon be rolling in... 2016-12-07 14:22 7KB

Global Music Rights Sues Radio Stations for Running Cartel

Global Music Rights, an upstart music licensing company founded by Irving Azoff, filed a federal anti-trust suit on Wednesday against the Radio Music License Committee, accusing the group of runnin… 2016-12-07 14:22 3KB

Deal with absentee ministers, Ramaphosa tells Parliament

If ministers are not fulfilling their duties towards Parliament, the institution should deal with them, says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. 2016-12-07 14:21 3KB

NY real estate brokers sell tough security at Trump Tower as amenity

By Laila Kearney NEW YORK, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Two New York real estate brokers marketing a condominium in Trump Tower have used the heavy presence of U. S. Sec... 2016-12-07 14:21 2KB

Man gets stuck in manhole trying to grab item

Wayne's friends attempted to help him and bought some rope from a local discount store to pull him out but the rope was not strong enough, officials said. 2016-12-07 14:21 1KB

Vinyl makes us happy, here's why we're buying more of it Why hasn’t British Asian entertainment built on the Goodness Gracious Me golden age?

This once retro format is no longer the preserve of hipsters and music heads. 2016-12-08 01:15 10KB

Probe now demands testimony from Choi Soon-sil

Choi Soon-sil, who is facing allegations of fraud, refused to attend the hearing citing a panic disorder as the reason. 2016-12-07 14:19 3KB

Private Sector Is Destroying US's Premiere Spying Agency

Employees at the National Security Agency (NSA) are leaving in droves for the private sector mainly because of low morale and low pay. "I do hear that people are increasingly leaving in large numb 2016-12-07 14:19 4KB

Zack Wheeler gives team-first answer to bullpen question at Mets’ holiday coat drive

Zack Wheeler said he has no issues with the Mets if club decides to put the right-hander in the bullpen for next season. 2016-12-07 14:18 3KB

UN Security Council to discuss North Korea rights abuses

The UN Security Council will discuss human rights violations in North Korea on Friday despite opposition from China, Pyongyang's ally, diplomats said. Beijin... 2016-12-07 14:15 2KB

Subway strike causes traffic gridlock in Argentina's capital

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Unions representing subway workers are staging a strike that is causing traffic gridlock in Argentina's capital. The stoppage... 2016-12-07 14:13 1KB

Gig Harbor police treat local students with 12th annual Holiday Heroes program

The annual Holiday Heroes program from the Gig Harbor Police Department returned Tuesday to bring some holiday cheer to eight Peninsula School District students. Sponsored by the Jaycox Gig Harbor Police Benevolent Fund, the event pairs a student with either an officer from the GHPD or a trooper... 2016-12-07 14:12 2KB

Leonard Fournette, Jamal Adams praised by ESPN draft experts

Mel Kiper and Todd McShay speak highly of both players in article posted to ESPN 2016-12-07 14:11 1KB

Nigeria oil sales should be centralised in sector overhaul -NNPC head

By Camillus Eboh ABUJA, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Nigeria's oil sales should remain the sole responsibility of one company rather than be split between two agencies... 2016-12-07 14:11 3KB

New approach for treating teens with depression

Depression is a growing problem among teenagers as the pressures from schools increases, together with interactions with peer groups and from social media. The rise requires new strategies for treatment by health authorities. 2016-12-07 14:07 4KB

Potential public safety digital radio system could cost Jackson County $7.3 million

In two weeks, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners will decide whether the county will convert to an 800 MHZ digital radio system for public safety, or keep the current VHF system. 2016-12-07 14:07 3KB

Billionaire tells artist that charging $225,000 per sculpture will ruin his business

A New Orleans-based artist can't get his monumental sculptures out the door because his prices are too high, Tilman Fertitta says. 2016-12-07 14:04 3KB

Rita Ora flashes her side boob as she swaps plunging red blouse for elegant LBD during busy promotional campaign for America's Next Top Model

The popular singer, 26, opted for two striking outfits as she made back to back TV appearances on behalf of the modelling show, which returns with a 23rd cycle on December 12 2016-12-07 14:03 4KB

Boy saves mom and unborn baby sister with 911 call

A 7-year-old boy saved two very important lives when his pregnant mom had a seizure. 2016-12-07 14:02 1KB

Why cancer patients should avoid CHOCOLATE: Ingredient found to make tumours spread around the body - making the disease more deadly

Palm oil, which is found in hundreds of products and some toiletries, stimulates a protein called CD36 in humans. This causes tumours to spread around the body, Spanish researchers found. 2016-12-07 14:00 1KB

Could THIS be the cure for Alzheimer's disease? Flickering LED lights found to reduce toxic clumps in the brain

Light treatment was found to encourage the brain cells to begin firing normally again in Alzheimer's patients, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, found. 2016-12-07 14:00 4KB

'Hunter and the Bear' makes world premiere at Writers Theatre

PigPen Theatre Company’s newest work “The Hunter and the Bear” is a fleshed-out reworking of an idea that first germinated when the seven 2016-12-07 14:00 5KB

Lawyers Donate Millions in Pro-Bono Work to Help Gun Controllers Fight Trump’s Pro-Gun Push

On December 7, the New York Times made two things clear: 1. Gun controllers are losing, as exemplified by Donald Trump's win; 2. Corporate lawyers are coming to their rescue, donating "tens of millions" of dollars worth of pro-bono... 2016-12-07 14:00 2KB

Black flight to suburbs masks lingering segregation in metro Detroit

Segregation in 1970 Just after the 1967 riots, there were still large parts of west and east Detroit that were nearly all white, the vestiges of the housing patterns that were cemented by federal housing policy and local real estate... 2016-12-07 14:00 22KB

Live discussion: It's lunchtime with Jonathan Gold

Have a craving for Caribbean food? Need a recommendation for sushi? Want to know where to find the best tacos in the city? Need more dining questions answered? Jonathan Gold is your man. Come back here at noon today for a live chat with him... 2016-12-07 14:00 924Bytes

Mike Pence: ‘Obama Era of Weakening Our National Defenses Is Over’

Mike Pence spoke at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D. C. to outline some of President-elect Donald Trump's priorities in his first 100 days in office. Those include national security, economic prosperity and the Supreme Court. ... 2016-12-07 13:58 1KB

House Dems demand 'full, categorical pardon' for illegals Contact WND

(WASHINGTON TIMES) House Democrats renewed their call for President Obama to issue a “full, categorical pardon” for illegal immigrants, saying Wednesday that he is misunderstanding the extent of his powers and he can, in fact, help out hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrant Dreamers... 2016-12-07 13:57 1KB

Canadian Jewish Heritage Month on table at Senate

Bill designates month of May to celebrate Jewish contributions to country. 2016-12-07 13:53 3KB

Britain’s power brokers – the hidden world of the Cabinet O ffice

I t’s 100 years since the creation of the Whitehall department that can make or break a prime minister’s reign. How will it rise to the challenge of Brexit? 2016-12-07 13:53 10KB

Man who fought several men, shooting one, released on personal bond after hearing delayed

A Jackson man who shot another man after getting into a brawl with him and several others was released on a personal recognizance bond after his hearing was delayed more than a month after his arrest. 2016-12-07 13:52 3KB

Emma Rigby vows to steer clear of dating as she focuses on screen and stage career

She won acclaim and an army of fans for her role as Hannah Ashworth on hit soap Hollyoaks and has since gone on carve out a career for herself in Hollywood. 2016-12-07 13:49 4KB

Man United news: Paul Pogba never looked happier than the day he re-signed

The Belgian international was there when the deal to bring the 23-year-old back to Old Trafford was finalised, and insists the player's reaction showed exactly how much it meant to him. 2016-12-07 13:48 2KB

Wisconsin recount is working well for someone after all: Results so far show TRUMP was under-counted

Trump prevailed in the Badger State by 22,871 votes. The ongoing recount has widened his margin by 146 so far. 2016-12-07 13:48 2KB

LDS church is 19th best place to work in new survey

SALT LAKE CITY - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the 19th best place to work according to The No. 1 best place to work is Bain and Company, an accounting firm. Facebook is No. 2 and Google... 2016-12-07 13:47 1KB

DA seeks death penalty for stepfather accused of rape, stabbing

A stepfather accused of raping and killing a 14-year old girl and burning the house, is now facing the death penalty. 2016-12-07 13:47 1KB

Tim Tebow to play for Mets in spring training Contact WND

(USATODAY) — NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Tim Tebow’s baseball career is apparently far from over. Tebow’s 19-game stint in the Arizona Fall League resulted in mixed reviews from major league scouts and officials, but New York Mets manager Terry Collins spoke highly of... 2016-12-07 13:46 1KB

Jocelyn Wildenstein arrested after 'slashing her designer boyfriend with scissors

Jocelyn Wildenstein, 76, is accused of clawing her designer boyfriend Lloyd Klein and then slashing his chest with a pair of scissors after flying in to a violent rage at around 1:30am Wednesday. 2016-12-07 13:46 2KB

Judge revokes order freezing Mikhail Khodorkovsky assets

The one-time richest man in Russia has vowed to finance democracy campaigns in his homeland after an Irish court lifted freezing orders on 100 million euro in an investment fund. 2016-12-07 13:46 2KB

FBI arrests Puerto Rico mayor on public corruption charges

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The mayor of a small Puerto Rican municipality has been arrested by FBI agents on public corruption charges related to telecommu... 2016-12-07 13:45 1KB

Everything You Need to Know About Chris Kimball’s Legal Battle With America’s Test Kitchen

It’s been an unusually dramatic year for America’s Test Kitchen. The drama started in June, 2015, when its co-founder Christopher Kimball says board member Eliot Wadsworth denied his request for a new contract with a fixed term and increased compensation. At the time, he... 2016-12-07 13:45 1KB

Not in Puyallup Emphasis reminds holiday shoppers to prevent against car thefts

Preventing vehicle prowls and break-ins is an important initiative the Puyallup Police Department is focusing on this holiday season. The department held a Not in Puyallup Emphasis campaign Nov. 26 at the South Hill Mall to remind holiday shoppers to keep their valuables and vehicles secure... 2016-12-07 13:43 3KB

Tesla recalls charging adapters after overheating

Tesla is voluntarily recalling 7,000 units of an aftermarket charging connector, after two customers reported the devices overheating. 2016-12-07 13:43 3KB

Money-laundering monitor says Switzerland has work to do

Switzerland has achieved "good results" in fighting money laundering and terrorism financing, but should strengthen its compliance controls, boost scrutiny on the use of cash and share... 2016-12-07 13:42 2KB

Who Voted for Wall Street?

During the campaign, Donald Trump said he wanted to fix our rigged economic system. And we can’t do that, he said, by counting on the people who rigged it in the first place. He talked a big game about Wall Street and the big banks... 2016-12-07 13:41 4KB

North Carolina’s Hurricane Matthew recovery effort is set to get big boost from Congress

The federal legislation is known as a “stopgap” budget measure, designed to avoid a government shutdown and give President-elect Donald Trump enough time to negotiate with Republicans in control of both the U. S. House and Senate. North Carolina stands to see nearly $300... 2016-12-07 13:41 3KB

Sumner business brings employees together with Seahawks Blue Friday competition

Bellmont Cabinet Company’s annual Blue Friday competition brings its employees from eight different departments together for 30 minutes every Friday before a Seahawks home game. Once together, showing their Seahawks spirit with jerseys and blue and green colors, departments compete to win the coveted “Bellbardi Trophy.” 2016-12-07 13:38 4KB

Hungry college students flock to food banks Contact WND

(MONEY. CNN) — Montclair State University’s food pantry is tucked away down a maze of hallways in the student center. Like the hunger problem on campus itself, the pantry is not quite out in the open. It opened on the New Jersey college’s campus... 2016-12-07 13:37 1KB

Nowhere to hide: NSA, GCHQ wiretapped in-flight phone calls, Snowden leaks show — RT News

According to leaks from Edward Snowden, the NSA and GCHQ have been gathering voice communications and content from mobile phones used on commercial flights, with special emphasis on Air France, which was seen as a source of “terror threats” for the US. 2016-12-07 13:36 4KB

Court questions whether Ntlemeza’s appointment process a sham

The High Court in Pretoria has questioned whether the process of appointing Lieutenant-General Berning Ntlemeza as head of the Hawks was not a sham because the selection panel had not seen a judgment that could have impacted his appointment. 2016-12-07 13:34 3KB

Democrats gird for 'war' over Medicare, point to Donald Trump's vows

Congressional Democrats on Wednesday seized on Medicare as a winning issue after a bruising 2016 election, saying any GOP push to overhaul the program is doomed and would flout President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign vow to lay off government programs for seniors. 2016-12-07 13:33 4KB

Bill Belichick could have been the Ravens' first coach 20 years ago

Bill Belichick hasn't spent much time thinking about what could have been if he had remained coach when the Browns became the Ravens. 2016-12-07 13:31 3KB

John Wall rips Washington Wizards' effort after his 52 points wasted

John Wall's 52 points weren't enough for the Wizards to overcome the Magic, and after the game star guard John Wall questioned his teammates' effort. 2016-12-07 13:30 2KB

Brooke Shields' gift list sweetens sales for Vermont syrup

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Brooke Shields' gift list is sweetening a Vermont family farm's sale of maple syrup. The 109-year-old Robb Family Farm in Brattleboro... 2016-12-07 13:29 1KB

Henning: Tigers deal with delayed trade plans

The Tigers are trying to stay positive as the Winter Meetings approach gavel-time. 2016-12-07 13:28 6KB

Methodist Churches Converting to “Virtual Mosques” For Muslim Migrants

Virtual mosque program to preach Islam at Methodist churches Virtual mosque program to preach Islam at Methodist churches 2016-12-07 13:27 2KB

Trian, hungry for more, takes a bigger bite of Wendy's

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wendy's shares are up almost 4 percent after Trian Fund Management increased its stake in the burger chain. The 3.7 million share purchase ... 2016-12-07 13:27 1KB

Agent: Ex-DPS principal said ‘she knew it was wrong’

Agent says Josette Buendia admitted to accepting gift cards and cash from ex-vendor Norman Shy 2016-12-07 13:27 4KB

Britain's FTSE hits one-month high as banks and miners lead cyclical charge

By Kit Rees and Alistair Smout LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Britain's top share index rose to a one-month high on Wednesday, rallying for a third straight sessi... 2016-12-07 13:26 3KB

Italian man balances 121 ice cream scoops on one cone

An Italian man achieved a new world record by piling up more than 100 scoops of ice cream on top of a single cone. 2016-12-07 13:25 1KB

Intel's next processor might come with AMD inside

Intel has struck an unusual deal with rival AMD, according to reports circulating online. The company may be planning to integrate AMD's superior graphics technology into its own processors. If true, the arrangement could prove to be mutually beneficial. 2016-12-07 13:22 6KB

A. M. notes: Trump honored, Provo man remembers Pearl Harbor, FDR's speech revisited

Want to know the news of the day? Here's a look at some of the biggest trending stories around Utah and the United States. 2016-12-07 13:22 3KB

Video surveillance technologies are leveling up

Any time you enter a bank or retail establishment, chances are you are under the watchful eye of at least a few IVA driven surveillance cameras and systems. 2016-12-07 13:20 4KB

North Carolina's 'Anti-LGBT' Bill Likely to Remain Despite Election of Democratic Governor, Experts Say

Republicans who supported House Bill 2 still hold a majority of the seats in the state's legislature, legal experts told ABC News today. 2016-12-07 13:20 4KB

One of your monthly housing bills may get bigger

Home equity lines of credit are susceptible to a rise in interest rates, which means they just got more expensive. 2016-12-07 13:20 3KB

Change in heart rate when standing up may predict death risk in older adults

Tracking the change in an older adult's heart rate when they stand up might reveal their risk of death over the next several years, a new study suggests. 2016-12-07 13:19 2KB

Liquor Store Robbery Ends With Shootout In Portage Park

A Portage Park liquor store owner exchanged gunfire with two men who robbed him of $100 in cash and $1,000 in merchandise. 2016-12-07 13:17 2KB

Robbie McNamara knows the road ahead for paralysed Freddy Tylicki and offers inspirational advice: 'Aim big and don't accept pity'

Tylicki's rehabilitation from the Kempton fall five weeks ago which left him paralysed from the waist down is just starting. No-one can honestly know what thoughts will swirl around his head. 2016-12-07 13:17 5KB

British Premier, Gulf Arab Nations Pledge to Counter Iran

British Prime Minister Theresa May and leaders from six Gulf Arab countries agreed Wednesday to counter Iran's "destabilizing activities," a pledge meant to calm nerves following the nuclear deal with world powers. The decision came at the end of a two-day summit in Bahrain of the Gulf... 2016-12-07 13:17 3KB

Casalmaggiore Rugby FC and Valle Camonica players push emergency vehicle out of the mud

Two Italian rugby teams joined together to help an ambulance which got stuck in the mud. Casalmaggiore Rugby FC and rivals Valle Camonica saved the vehicle at the weekend. 2016-12-07 13:15 2KB

Devanadera asks Sandigan to junk graft case

Former Government Corporate Counsel Agnes Devanadera has asked the Sandiganbayan to dismiss the graft case filed against her for advising the state-run Philippine National Construction Corp. (PNCC) to enter into an allegedly irregular P6.2-billion debt settlement with a foreign company. 2016-12-08 00:00 4KB

Audrina Patridge shows off her assets for her swimwear launch party in Los Angeles

Audrina Patridge proved she's not nothing, sporting a tight, black peekaboo dress while celebrating the launch of her swimwear line Prey x Swim on Tuesday night in West Hollywood, California. 2016-12-07 13:15 2KB

Gov. Gary Herbert calls for review of Utah taxes in new budget to make system 'equitable and simple'

"Balanced" was the word Gov. Gary Herbert used to describe his proposed $16.1 billion state budget released Wednesday at the Utah Highway Patrol's Salt Lake County headquarters. 2016-12-07 13:15 5KB

'Success Academy' helps Washtenaw students transition to sixth grade

School and social lives become more complicated for many children when they reach sixth grade, so the Family Learning Institute is offering extra support to students going through that phase. 2016-12-07 13:11 3KB

Peeved Tinkler questions decision to play the TKO final in Polokwane

Cape Town City coach Eric Tinkler has questioned the decision to play Saturday's Telkom Knockout final at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane. 2016-12-07 13:10 1KB

Poland's Glapinski sees "huge" chance of flat rates in 2017

By Pawel Florkiewicz and Marcin Goettig WARSAW, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Polish interest rates are highly likely to remain unchanged in 2017 but could rise thereaft... 2016-12-07 13:07 3KB

Stanford accused of 'failing for years to stop serial sexual abuser as one victim claims adviser told her to take a drive to the beach to deal with her rape'

A new lawsuit is accusing Stanford University of failing to stop years of physical and sexual abuse by an alleged sexual predator against at least four students at the prestigious school. 2016-12-07 13:06 5KB

Police: Man in custody after reports of gunshots at apartment complex

SWAT officers and crisis negotiators were at a southwest valley apartment complex this morning after reports of gunshots and a man with... 2016-12-07 13:06 1KB

Trump's use of Twitter as negotiating platform may hurt defense stocks, Cowen says

Cowen cites Jimmy Carter's cancellation of the B-1 bomber program in 1977 as an example of the potential risk for defense companies. 2016-12-07 13:06 1KB

Camels will be issued with LICENCE PLATES in Iran after an increase in road accidents

Officials have pointed to the number of camels on the roads of Sistan and Baluchestan Province, Iran, causing damages and losses to residents as the reason for the licence plate plan. 2016-12-07 13:02 1KB

Arizona instructor's 'Goat Yoga' classes selling out quickly

An Arizona yoga instructor said her classes have regularly sold out thanks to her unique twist on the fitness routine -- "Goat Yoga" assisted by actual goats. 2016-12-07 13:02 1KB

Jefferson Parish recreation tax up for voters' decision Saturday

$20.3 million property tax funds 93 percent of 300-worker Recreation Department budget 2016-12-07 13:01 2KB

De Lima seeks to expand, strengthen CHR

Sen. Leila de Lima is pushing for a charter that would expand and strengthen the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to address extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and other human rights violations. 2016-12-08 00:00 3KB

Poll of Economists Reveals No Brexit Recession, UK will get Bi-Lateral Trade Deal

Poll of Economists Reveals No Brexit Recession, UK will get Bi-Lateral Trade Deal 2016-12-07 13:00 1KB

Man fired after 'Trump-suckin' pond scum' rant Contact WND

(MEDIAITE) An Alabama man who took to social media to celebrate the destruction of a Tennessee wildfire that has led to thousands being evacuated and more than a dozen killed was fired from his job. Many of his online critics are now speculating he might be the... 2016-12-07 13:00 1KB

Bungling Bandit Botches 5 Bank Robberies in Single Afternoon, Police Say

Alex Garcia unsuccessfully tried to rob five banks in three hours across Manhattan, police said. 2016-12-07 12:59 2KB

Build some 'Star Wars' fun with these Rogue One model kits

On December 16, "Rogue One," the latest Star Wars film, opens and when it does, a company in Elk Grove Village will be blasting off with some new products. 2016-12-07 12:58 2KB

Suspects arrested in Russia central bank cyberheist: bank official

By Alexander Winning and Elena Fabrichnaya MOSCOW, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Russian authorities arrested a large number of suspects in May in connection with the re... 2016-12-07 12:58 3KB

DiCaprio ivory trade documentary noses out ex-Kremlin aide's film for Oscar consideration

By Astrid Wendlandt PARIS, Dec 7 (Reuters) - A documentary film on the slaughter of elephants in Africa produced by Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio has made... 2016-12-07 12:58 3KB

Government approves sale of Karish and Tanin gas reservoirs

Greek developer Energean: Gas expected to flow by 2020. 2016-12-07 12:56 4KB

Tottenham Hotspur U19 0-0 CSKA Moscow U19: Spurs wave farewell to UEFA Youth League after draw with Russians

Tottenham waved farewell to the UEFA Youth League for this season with a goalless stalemate against CSKA Moscow. They were indebted to Jonathan De Bie, who saved an early Timur Pukhov penalty. 2016-12-07 12:55 3KB

Horse racing business is unhappy that visa provision for workers isn’t being renewed

A bill to keep the government funded through the end of April does not include a provision that would have made it easier for the horse racing industry to hire guest workers who groom horses and perform other critical jobs. The National Thoroughbred Racing Association wants Congress to renew... 2016-12-07 12:54 2KB

2017 forecast: Investment growth will outstrip job growth in West Michigan

After watching the region's employment base grow by 2.6 percent this year, economist Jim Robey said it will be hard to match those numbers in the next two years. 2016-12-07 12:53 2KB

Port Authority, bus drivers reach tentative contract agreement again

For the second time in four months, Port Authority bus drivers and mechanics have reached a tentative four-year contract agreement that would grant drivers raises of 11.25 percent. Joseph Pass, attorney for Local 85 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, said this morning that the... 2016-12-07 12:52 2KB

$11,000 Reward Offered In Shooting Of AT&T Worker In Berwyn

Hoping to find the person who shot an AT&T worker after a robbery in west suburban Berwyn last week, the company and a community activist have announced $11,000 in combined reward money for information leading to an arrest. 2016-12-07 12:52 2KB

Boom town, flood town: How Houston's development increases flood risk

Climate change will bring more frequent and fierce rainstorms to cities like Houston. But unchecked development remains a priority, increasing flood risks. 2016-12-07 12:51 41KB

Jamie-Lynn Sigler sells Hollywood Hills home to Louise Roe for over $2 million and makes herself a nice hunk of change

The 35-year-old Sopranos star made off like a bandit on the property after buying the home four years ago for $1.6 million. 2016-12-07 12:51 4KB

Flint aid could get Thursday vote in U. S. House

Bills set to authorize and appropriate $170 million in Flint-related aid could receive vote Thursday in U. S. House 2016-12-07 12:51 3KB

Duke Blue Devils take down Florida Gators in Jimmy V Classic

NEW YORK -- Luke Kennard poured in 29 points, Amile Jefferson scored a career-high 24 points and freshman sensation Jayson Tatum added 22 points to lead No. 5 Duke to an 84-74 victory over No. 21 Florida in the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. 2016-12-07 12:49 3KB

London Welsh to fold due to 'totally unsustainable' business model but hope to regain their Championship place as a semi-professional club

Chairman Gareth Hawkins admitted the 131-year-old club's current business model is 'totally unsustainable' and said they had no alternative but to seek voluntary liquidation. 2016-12-07 12:49 3KB

Mollie King and Tulisa turn heads at The Saturdays star's former 'love interest' Prince Harry's charity event

She's admitted to enjoying a date with Prince Harry. So Mollie was no doubt wanting to look her best as she attended the ICAP's annual charity trading day - of which the royal was a special guest. 2016-12-07 12:49 3KB

Australia Growth Data Raises Prospect Winning Streak Is Ending

Australia’s economy contracted for the first time since early 2011, threatening the longest ongoing streak without recession in the developed world. 2016-12-07 12:49 1KB

'It seemed to be watching us': Retired US officer reveals for the first time what he saw during reported UFO sighting at Rendlesham Forest

Steve Longero has broken his 36 year silence to reveal he did see something in Rendlesham Forest in 1980. The disputed sightings in rural Suffolk have been called the British Roswell. 2016-12-07 12:49 2KB

Putin signs updated policy to thwart cyberattacks, foreign influence

Russian President Vladimir Putin approved an updated security doctrine in a bid to prevent cyberattacks and foreign influence. 2016-12-07 12:48 2KB

POLE-AXED! Woman’s sexy dance routine is ruined as she falls flat on her face when her pole collapses

A woman who tried to do a pole dance fell flat on her face after the pole broke. In the video, which has been published online, she is seen attempting to be sultry before falling over. 2016-12-07 12:47 1KB

Why Snap has its eye on TV partnerships

The company's expanded deal with Turner shows its ambition to take a piece of the TV advertising budget. 2016-12-07 12:47 2KB

Zorya Luhansk coach Yuriy Vernydub urges his players to 'make history' against Manchester United

Zorya are certain to be eliminated from their maiden Europa League campaign, but the exiled Ukrainian side have drawn both their home games so far in their adopted home of Odessa. 2016-12-07 12:46 3KB

Emmert: 'Pleased' to see Penn State football thriving again

NCAA President Mark Emmert says he is pleased to see how well Penn State's football team has bounced back from the 2016-12-07 12:46 904Bytes

Momentum is a beacon of hope. It must be saved from the saboteurs Momentum is a beacon of hope. It must be saved from the saboteurs

A sectarian takeover threatens Labour’s grassroots movement: it will be a betrayal of youthful optimism if it succeeds 2016-12-07 12:45 8KB

White Sox GM Rick Hahn: Yoan Moncada Likely To Start Season At Triple-A, Michael Kopech At High-A Or Double-A

"We're in no rush to get anybody to Chicago," Hahn says after trading Chris Sale for four prospects. 2016-12-07 12:45 3KB

Paws off my purr-esents! Grumpy feline does not feel like sharing his Christmas haul

Kenshin purr-tects his presents by taking a swipe at anyone who comes near his pile. He has become an Instagram star after videos of him, filmed in an unknown location, were shared on the site. 2016-12-07 12:44 1KB

Budget Bill Sells Oil Reserves To Fund Miners’ Health Care

A bill to fund the federal government through April would use money raised by selling off strategic oil reserves to pay for health care benefits for retired coal miners. The House bill would sell o 2016-12-07 12:44 3KB

Nebraska lawmaker bashes report on failed execution drug buy

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska lawmaker says he's disappointed by a recently-released state auditor's report about Department of Correctional Services' fail... 2016-12-07 12:44 1KB

Kim Kardashian allegedly 'wants a divorce' from Kanye West

Following a string of reports pointing to trouble in paradise for the couple, Us Weekly reports Kim Kardashian wants out from Kanye West. 2016-12-07 12:44 2KB

7 priceless lessons my dad taught me about money

It's always nice getting advice from someone who has been there. Read to see what financial tips this blogger received from his father. 2016-12-07 12:42 8KB

Chuck Grassley: AT&T-Time Warner Deal 'Warrants Close, Careful Scrutiny'

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, urged the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday to carefully examine the implications of the intended merger between AT&T and Time Warner. 2016-12-07 12:41 2KB

The steep cost of underemploying highly skilled immigrants

According to the latest report from the Migration Policy institute, when highly skilled immigrants can't find work that match their skills, it costs both them and the U. S. economy dearly. 2016-12-07 12:41 7KB

Moment armed police carrying assault rifles raided a car wash after being tipped off that illegal immigrants were working there

These are the dramatic scenes where a heavily armed group of police officers raided the Friendly Hands Car Wash in Evesham, Worcestershire looking for suspected illegal immigrants. 2016-12-07 12:41 4KB

Win or bust attitude is the only way for Dundalk - Stephen Kenny

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny feels his side have no other option but to go into their crunch Europa League Group D showdown against Maccabi Tel-Aviv with the mentality of it being a &q 2016-12-07 12:41 3KB

Cricket ball-tampering law set to stay unchanged

Cricketers the world over will have to continue keeping their mints under their tongues to avoid punishment for transgressing the game’s ball-tampering regulations. 2016-12-07 12:41 2KB

These stocks post big gains one week before a Fed hike, history shows

We looked at the last three rate-hiking cycles back to 1994. 2016-12-07 12:40 978Bytes

These 2 Utah solar companies just merged

Two Utah solar companies announced a merger on Tuesday, further expanding solar energy across the Beehive State. 2016-12-07 12:40 3KB

Baby in coma miraculously wakes up as doctors are about to pull the plug

Marwa, a 1-year-old baby from France, was placed into a medically induced coma after a virus attacked her nervous system, and apparently, the prognosis wasn’t good. Amazingly, while doctors d… 2016-12-07 12:36 3KB

Theresa May’s Gulf speech a ‘sales pitch’ that ignores human rights reform – Reprieve — RT UK

Prime Minister Theresa May’s vision of cooperation with authoritarian Gulf theocracies is little more than a ‘sales pitch’ at the expense of human rights, humanitarian NGO Reprieve has said. 2016-12-07 12:33 2KB

Conservationists declare victory for wildlife as EU saves nature directives Conservationists declare victory for wildlife as EU saves nature directives

EU president abandons plan to overhaul flagship birds and habitats directives following a huge public campaign 2016-12-07 12:32 4KB

Jerusalem Mayor Barkat to JPost: Freezing construction is unconstitutional, nonsensical

In an exclusive interview with the Jerusalem Post Magazine, Nir Barkat lambasts international condemnation of Jewish construction in capital. 2016-12-07 12:32 2KB

Blackmail, bust-ups and sex on the king's throne: Five reasons we wish E!'s Princess Eleanor and Jasper were a REAL royal couple

Sponsored: The relationship between wayward Princess Eleanor Henstridge and her brooding bodyguard Jasper Frost is a match made in television heaven. 2016-12-07 12:32 5KB

Christmas is in the air

“Christmas Around The World” was the theme of this year’s annual Fort Mill Christmas Parade held Saturday. This year, the town gave our awards for the best floats and marchers. The winners are: Best Car, Unique Tanning/Styling; Best Walking Group, Tiger Kim’s... 2016-12-07 12:32 1KB

Mark Cuban tells Washington to let AT&T buy Time Warner, so it can compete with Google and Facebook

He is making the argument today at a Senate antitrust hearing, Recode reports. 2016-12-07 12:32 3KB

UK's digital strength could mean bright economic future – study

Northern Europe dominates Indigo Index of countries likely to thrive by harnessing innovation and human capital 2016-12-07 12:31 3KB

Ypsilanti to test neighborhood for methane, VOC ground pollution

The city of Ypsilanti will spend $21,000 to test the soil in and around a dump that sits adjacent to small neighborhood. 2016-12-07 12:30 2KB

Human rights day rallies set

A militant alliance on Wednesday called on President Duterte to address four “urgent human rights issues” as it announced nationwide protests to commemorate International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10. 2016-12-08 00:00 2KB

2 children dead, brothers wounded in Basilan blast

ISABELA CITY, Basilan— Since they don’t have real marbles, Hamudi Anali, 6, and his younger brother Alkudzri, 5, played with coffee beans outside their home in Barangay Bohe Piang in Al Barka town. 2016-12-08 00:00 3KB

In Rule 5 Draft, Tigers have room to make a selection

The Tigers have the 20th selection in this year's draft (although many teams in front of them will choose not to make a pick), so if they're targeting a certain player it's possible they could engineer a trade. 2016-12-07 12:30 2KB

Richard Branson shares the 5 best leadership books he read in 2016

The self-made billionaire doesn't pick up leadership books in general, but he says everyone should read these. 2016-12-07 12:28 2KB

Tiny Snail Defeats Donald Trump in Battle Over Irish Sea Wall

The president-elect’s real estate organization has abandoned plans to build a long barrier off the west coast of Ireland to protect its golf course there. 2016-12-07 12:27 5KB

1.9 Responds to Exxon Subpoena: “Exxon is Trying to Distract the Public by Directly Attacking Us” objected to all grounds of a subpoena received directly from ExxonMobil. In response, Jamie Henn, Communications Director issued the following statement: 2016-12-07 12:25 2KB

Lifetime lake trout: Late fall trophy for Fish of the Week

Mark Dzorak caught the lake trout of his life while fishing with Capt. Ralph Steiger last week. 2016-12-07 12:25 1KB

The Latest: 'I hear shots fired. I see Will's body jolt'

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on the trial of Cardell Hayes, charged with second-degree murder in the April 9 shooting death of retired New Orleans Saints st... 2016-12-07 12:22 2KB

when blood is thicker than water

It was a case of blood being thicker than water when metal theft unit inspector Patrick Anderson arrived to fetch his son from work in Cape Town. 2016-12-07 12:22 3KB

Relationship troubles? Don't tell your mates: Confiding in female friends makes you MORE likely to break up

The researchers, from East Carolina University, blamed jealousy on dissatisfied confidantes taking out their own relationship problems on other couples (stock image) 2016-12-07 12:21 4KB

Real Madrid eye record 21st international title in Japan

Real Madrid are targeting a second Club World Cup triumph in three years to complete a sensational year of renewal under former midfield great Zinedine Zidane. 2016-12-07 12:21 2KB

'Is that a candy cane in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?' Twitter users share their creative (and VERY corny) festive pick-up lines

Using the hashtag #HolidayPickUpLines Twitter users have shared their festive one liners. The chat up lines ranged from the sweet and innocent to the very dirty minded as Twitter users competed to produce chat up lines.. 2016-12-07 12:20 2KB

Bernstein: Remembering Rashaan Salaam

Drafted by the Bears in 1995, Salaam was found dead Monday in Boulder, Colorado at age 42. 2016-12-07 12:20 4KB

Reds threaten to end truce over military deployment

Communist rebels warned President Duterte on Wednesday that they might be forced to end their monthslong ceasefire and resume fighting if he does not suspend the government’s counterinsurgency program and withdraw troops from rebel-influenced areas. 2016-12-08 00:00 3KB

India’s RBI Surprises Markets by Keeping Rates Unchanged; Slashes Growth Outlook

The Reserve Bank of India left its main interest rate unchanged on Wednesday, even as the cash crunch that is currently gripping Asia’s third-largest economy looks set to hit growth and drag down inflation. 2016-12-07 12:20 1KB

Alderman wants to put the brakes on honorary street designations

Ald. Anthony Beale (9th), chairman of the City Council’s Transportation Committee, said honorary street designations are "out of control. " 2016-12-07 12:19 5KB

Hollywood PR Firm Sunshine Sachs Cancels Christmas Parties Because Trump Won

Sunshine Sachs became the latest public relations firm to cancel its Christmas parties due to the results of the presidential election. 2016-12-07 12:19 2KB

Launch of American Chamber of Commerce in Ethiopia Heralds New Era in Trade Cooperation

U. S. Embassy Chargé d'Affaires Peter Vrooman and Commissioner of the Ethiopian Investment Commission Fitsum Arega joined the board of the newly established American Chamber of Commerce in Ethiopia to mark the organization’s official launch. The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Ethiopia was 2016-12-07 12:19 1KB

What the age you got our period says about you

Girls who get their periods on the earlier side are at a slightly higher risk for one disease, according to the Susan G. Komen foundation. 2016-12-07 12:18 5KB

Man who punched kangaroo calls police over fears animal rights activists will avenge his boomer foe

The zookeeper who punched a kangaroo in the face to save his beloved pet dog called police to his home after 2016-12-07 12:18 724Bytes

Time to Reconcile: 2 Cities Overcome Pearl Harbor Legacy

Seventy-five years after a Japanese admiral led the attack on the U. S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, the mayor of his hometown is joining his Honolulu counterpart to mark the anniversary - as friends. Tatsunobu Isoda, the mayor of Nagaoka, Japan, will lay flowers at... 2016-12-07 12:17 3KB

Lose something? TSA shares startling photo of the piles of LAPTOPS that are left behind at airport security – and reveals the best trick for getting YOUR missing computer back

This weekend, the TSA's Instagram account shared a startling image of over 70 laptops left behind at Newark airport in November. It also shared a tip for ensuring you get your goods back. 2016-12-07 12:17 2KB

Todd Price's Taste Club debut at Compere Lapin is bonafide

For this first Taste Club on Tues. Dec. 6, chef Nina Compton created a menu that evoked the smells, tastes and sights of St. Lucia, where she grew up. 2016-12-07 12:17 2KB

This device may allow a thief to steal your car

A watchdog group said it acquired a keyless device showing how thieves are stealing cars. 2016-12-07 12:16 2KB

Maine man allowed to take ID photo wearing religious horns on his head

A Maine man who applied for a new ID after changing his name said he won a battle with officials to allow him to wear a pair of religious horns in his photo. 2016-12-07 12:15 1KB

Hartnett: Rangers’ Effort Has Not Been The Issue During Mediocre Run

After falling to the rival Islanders 4-2 on Tuesday night at Barclays Center, the Rangers took a deep look at the positives they saw over the course of 60 minutes, as well as the elements of their game requiring improvement. 2016-12-07 12:15 4KB

Firecracker manufacturers in Iloilo city also hurting from production and trade ban

ILOILO CITY—For the past 20 years, Juben Callado would eagerly wait for December. 2016-12-08 00:00 4KB

London Welsh seek voluntary liquidation

LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - London Welsh, one of the oldest clubs in English rugby, said on Wednesday they were seeking voluntary liquidation due to large debt... 2016-12-07 12:12 2KB

Tess Holliday shares Instagram snap of herself with her eldest son in 2006

The 31-year-old took to Instagram on Tuesday evening to share two side-by-side images of herself with her son Rylee, 10, when he was a baby, and her son Bowie now. 2016-12-07 12:12 1KB

U. S. crude draws down, products build as refiners ramp up - EIA

By David Gaffen Dec 7 (Reuters) - U. S. crude stockpiles fell last week despite a hefty build at the Cushing, Oklahoma hub while gasoline and distillate inven... 2016-12-07 12:12 2KB

all3media Bullish on Gordon Ramsay Formats, ‘Midsomer Murders’

SINGAPORE — Global content creator and distributor all3media threw a party during the Asia TV Forum & Market on Wednesday to celebrate the opening of its Singapore office. The venue was G… 2016-12-07 12:10 3KB

Gary Busey on Gary Busey: A conversation about his first role on the stage

Gary Busey long ago merged his public persona with a character named Gary Busey. 2016-12-07 12:10 11KB

FEATURE: Spanish aim to recover Cuba properties

When Arturo Gonzalez’s father fled Cuba half a century ago all he could take with him on the flight to Madrid was a suitcase with his clothes — and his glasses. Militiamen ordered him to strip at the airport before confiscating his watch, ring and all other valuables... 2016-12-07 12:09 765Bytes

Son of Trump adviser dismissed after ‘Pizzagate’

The son of US president-elect Donald Trump’s national security adviser — who has pushed wild conspiracy theories on social media — has been dismissed from the president-elect’s transition team, US vice president-elect Mike Pence confirmed on Tuesday. “Mike Flynn Jr is no longer 2016-12-07 12:09 855Bytes

Lawmakers order Choi appearance

A South Korean parliamentary committee yesterday sent a squad of security officers to order the jailed woman at the center of a scandal that threatens to bring down the nation’s president to attend a hearing investigating her alleged manipulation of government affairs. The drama is the latest step in... 2016-12-07 12:09 848Bytes

Details emerge of dying texts in California blaze

Details emerged of desperate text messages sent by some of the 36 victims of a California warehouse fire on Tuesday, as authorities searched for clues as to what caused the blaze. Alameda County Sheriff Greg Ahern told reporters that one mother shared a text message she had received... 2016-12-07 12:09 815Bytes

Indonesia takes new step to fight forest losses, fires

Indonesia has bolstered its moratorium on converting peat swamps to plantations in a move a conservation research group said would help prevent annual fires and substantially cut the country’s carbon emissions if properly implemented. Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s amendment to the moratorium regulation, which was issued on Monday... 2016-12-07 12:09 931Bytes

Olivier Giroud will not leave Arsenal during the January transfer window, says agent

The France international has started just two matches for the Gunners this season but has still scored five goals, including a late equaliser against Manchester United last month. 2016-12-07 12:08 1KB

LePage urges lawmakers to alter voter initiatives on minimum wage and tax surcharge

He makes the remarks before administering the oath of office to the newly elected members of the 128th Legislature. 2016-12-07 12:07 3KB

Makeup is seen taking over holiday beauty sales, as consumers spend more on themselves

At a time of year when fragrance typically reigns supreme, cosmetics are giving the popular gifting item a run for its money. 2016-12-07 12:06 5KB

Ex-Indiana jail administrator admits to stealing $260,000

A former Monroe County jail administrator has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $260,000 in county money. 2016-12-07 12:05 1KB

Rhode Island tax credit yields first building project

Construction crews are beginning work on Rhode Island’s first building project to benefit from a new state tax credit. 2016-12-07 12:04 1KB

Tips to limit tech overload and maintain a work-life balance

Small business owners have a variety of strategies for curbing the amount of time they spend reading and responding to emails, texts and social media posts. Here are some tips... 2016-12-07 12:03 708Bytes


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Retired general John Kelly considered for Trump's cabinet

New York Representative Peter King joins NBC's Andrea Mitchell to discuss how Donald Trump is filling remaining cabinet positions, and whether he runs the risk of having too many generals in his administration.
Donald Trump picks Gen. John Kelly for Department of Homeland Security secretary
Donald Trump Picks Gen. John Kelly to Lead Homeland Security
Trump to tap retired general John Kelly for Homeland Security secretary
Trump taps retired Marine general John Kelly for DHS
Trump picks retired general John Kelly to lead homeland security, reports say
Trump's Cabinet Picks Have a Combined Wealth of $11B. How Did They All Make Their Money?
Trump nominates former Southern Command general to lead Homeland Security
Retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly Picked to Head Department of Homeland Security


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Likely head of Dept. Homeland Security — RT America

Several news outlets, including The New York Times and Reuters, said Kelly was Trump’s leading pick to head the Department of Homeland Security.
General Kelly had a 45-year career in the Marine Corps, served in Vietnam, commanded Camp Pendleton troops in Iraq, and headed US Southern Command. Here are five important things to know about Kelly.
While serving as head of Southern Command, which included the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, he rejected criticism from human rights activists about the treatment of detainees.
General Kelly told reporters in January 2016, a week before he was due to retire from Southern Command, the remaining 105 inmates held at the US Navy base are "all bad boys. "
"They are all bad boys. We have dossiers on all of them. Some of them were more effective in being bad boys than others. You know, you – we can, I think – we can all quibble on whether 13 or 12 or eigh years... in detention is enough to have them having paid for whatever they did, but ... they're bad guys," said Kelly according to CNS News.
Kelly said the program to force-feed prisoners on hunger strike was “reasonable and humane.”
He was also at odds with the Obama administration's own claim that the prison was a recruitment tools for Islamic State.
“Bombing the living shit out of ISIS in Iraq and Afghanistan, Syria, that would maybe irritate them more than the fact we have Guantanamo open,” General Kelly told Defense One in January 2016.
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For terrorist groups and rights activists alike, “what tends to bother them is the fact that we’re holding them there indefinitely without trial … it’s not the point that it’s Gitmo. If we send them, say, to a facility in the US, we’re still holding them without trial.”
As head of SouthCom, Kelly repeatedly asked Congress for more money for expanding operations. In July 2014, he told Defense One that the “near collapse of societies in the hemisphere with the associated drug and [undocumented immigrant] flow” were existential threats.
“If the average American doing a little blow on the weekends thinking there is no harm in it knew the harm, [that] it results in countries being destroyed,” he said, things may change.
Kelly also expressed annoyance with the political gymnastics in government that officials used to avoid acknowledging US troops engaged in combat in the Middle East despite the Obama administration's pledge there would be "no boots on the ground. "
“If there’s a country and it’s dangerous and we deploy a US military man or woman, if there’s only one there, and they never leave the capital, that is ‘boots on the ground,’” Kelly told Defense One. “We do a disservice to the sacrifice of these people, particularly if they are killed, when we say there’s no boots on the ground.”
Kelly is also known for his unfortunate status as the highest-ranking US military officer to have lost a child to the war in Afghanistan. His youngest son, Lt. Robert Michael Kelly, stepped on a land mine while leading a platoon in Afghanistan in 2010.
On his retirement he was asked what it would be like no longer being a Marine. “I’ll always be a Marine,” he said.
Asked about his retirement and what he might do, he said,
“I’d love to find a way to keep giving.”
“My fear was of being offered a job that would be kind of a full-time position at a veterans organization or even in the government … I’d prefer to not be that, to come up the Beltway every day.”
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Thousands attend Pearl Harbor anniversary ceremony

Thousands of people gathered at Pearl Harbor on Wednesday for a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the attack that plunged the United States into World War II and left more than 2,300 service people dead. Under a clear blue sky, a few dozen attack survivors and others assembled on a pier overlooking the harbor. They bowed their heads and observed a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m. - the same moment Japanese planes began their assault on Dec. 7, 1941. The USS Halsey sounded its whistle to start the moment. F-22 fighter jets flying in formation overhead broke the silence afterward. Scroll down for video Earlier, Laura Stoller watched as crowds jostled for autographs and photos with survivors. Stoller accompanied her adoptive grandfather and Pearl Harbor survivor Stan VanHoose of Beloit, Wisconsin, to the event and was happy to see the veterans getting attention. 'All of these men who for so long didn't get the recognition they deserve— they're soaking it up. And it's so fun to see,' Stoller said. VanHoose, 96, served on the USS Maryland. Fellow survivor Jim Downing of Colorado Springs, Colorado, said he comes back to Hawaii for the anniversary commemorations to be with his shipmates. 'We get together and have a great time and compare our stories,' he said. Downing said surprise, fear, anger and pride overcame him as Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor. Then a newlywed sailor, he recalled a Japanese plane flying low and slow in his direction as he rushed to his battleship from his home after hearing explosions and learning of the attack on the radio. 'When he got the right angle, he banked over, turned his machine guns lose,' Downing, now 103, said in an interview at a Waikiki hotel. 'But fortunately he didn't bank far enough so it went right over my head.' The next aviator might have better aim, Downing remembers thinking. And with nowhere to hide, 'I was afraid,' he said. His ship, the USS West Virginia, was hit by nine torpedoes. 'We were sinking, and everything above the water line was on fire,' he said. Downing said he felt proud while watching sailors balance the capsizing ship by allowing water to seep in. The tactic let the giant battleship slide into mud below. 'They just instinctively did the right thing at the right time without any thought about their own lives or safety,' he said. The West Virginia lost 106 men. Downing, who also served as the ship's postmaster, spent two hours fighting fires and checking the name tags of the dead so he could write their families personal notes about how they died. Ray Chavez was out on a minesweeper, the USS Condor, in the early hours before the attack. He remembers noticing with his shipmates that a mysterious submarine was lurking off the harbor. 'At 3:45 a.m. on Dec. 7, I look out and spotted a submarine that wasn't supposed to be in that area,' the 104-year-old Chavez said. The sailors reported the sighting and Chavez went home to sleep. He told his wife not to wake him because he hadn't gotten any rest during the busy night. 'It seemed like I only slept about 10 minutes when she called me and said 'we're being attacked.' And I said 'who is going to attack us?' She said 'the Japanese are here and they're attacking everything,'' Chavez said. These days, many people treat Chavez and other Pearl Harbor survivors like celebrities, asking them for autographs and photos. But Chavez said it's about the people who were lost. 'I'm honoring them, not myself,' he said. Also Wednesday, President Barack Obama issued a statement saying he and first lady Michelle Obama join Americans in remembering those who gave their lives on Dec. 7, 1941. 'We can never repay the profound debt of gratitude we owe to those who served on our behalf,' he said. The president said he will visit the USS Arizona Memorial later this month with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.
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Dylann Roof's first death penalty trial set to begin in Charleston church shooting

CHARLESTON, S. C. -- The white man who authorities said wanted to start a race war by killing nine black people in a South Carolina church is getting ready to stand trial in a city already bruised by a former police officer’s racially charged murder trial that ended in a hung jury.
Opening statements are set for later Wednesday in Dylann Roof ’s federal death penalty trial after jury selection took about 20 minutes in the morning.
Roof sat with 12 people in Bible study and prayer for an hour at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on June 17, 2015, before pulling a gun from his fanny pack, firing dozens of shots and reloading several times, police said.
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He hurled racial insults, telling the parishioners he was killing them because he wanted a war between whites and blacks because blacks were raping white women and taking over the country, authorities said.
Roof left three people alive in the church basement so they could tell the world his reasons for the shooting, police said. Two others, who were in another room, also survived.
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The shootings took place a little more than two months after a white North Charleston police officer was charged with murder for shooting an unarmed black driver running from a traffic stop, the stark killing unfolding millions of times across the country online and on TV after a bystander recorded it. The trial of Michael Slager ended Monday without a verdict, and though Charleston stayed calm, tensions rose even after the state prosecutor promised a retrial.
Although Slager’s lawyers vigorously fought to prove he wasn’t guilty, Roof’s lawyers have offered several times to plead guilty if federal prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. They refused.
When prosecutors said it would take six to seven days to make their case that Roof is guilty, defense attorney David Bruck said Roof’s case would take little additional time.
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The past week leading up to the trial had its own drama as Roof fired his lawyers to act as his own attorney, then hired them back Monday. But he said he will again be his own lawyer if he is found guilty and the second phase of the trial begins where prosecutors present evidence Roof deserves to be put to death.
Roof’s attorneys said they don’t know why he wants to be his own lawyer but said in other cases defendants have been trying to avoid having their lawyers introduce embarrassing evidence that could sway jurors.
Roof faces 33 charges in federal court, including hate crimes and obstruction of religion. State prosecutors plan a second death penalty trial on nine murder charges.
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Iowa Gov. Branstad is Trump's pick for ambassador to China

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Lewandowski: Trump Has Done More For U. S. in 4 Weeks Than Obama in 4 Years

Former – and embattled – Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski praised Donald Trump’s monumental successes in the first month since the incoming president won the election.
Lewandowski appeared on Tuesday’s episode of Hannity to discuss the president-elect’s unprecedented maneuvers in recent weeks to begin the implementation of his ‘America First’ policies.
“Donald Trump, in the first four weeks of his presidency, has done more to help this country than I think Barack Obama has done in the last four years,” Lewandowski said. “Now I know that’s a strong statement, but what we see is a commitment to our military again; a commitment to our businesses to reduce the amount of government regulations so that they can continue to grow and grow our economy – not at one percent, not at two percent, but at four percent, five percent.”
“Lower the corporate tax rate so that our country can be competitive in a global marketplace. Look – his presidency is summed up in two words: America First.”
Trump has already negotiated deals with HVAC manufacturer Carrier and Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn that could preserve and create well over 50,000 jobs on U. S. soil in the coming years.
Last month, Apple began exploring the possibility of moving some production to the United States, and as a key supplier to Apple, Foxconn’s investment in U. S. manufacturing could begin to fulfill Trump’s heavily mocked assertion that, “We’re going to get Apple to build their damn computers and things in this country instead of in other countries.”
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The Latest: Renzi arrives to tender resignation as Italy PM

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Pruitt to head the EPA: Will he care about the Animas River?

Mr. Trump has criticized global warming as a hoax, vowed to “cancel” the Paris accord , attacked Mr. Obama’s signature global warming policy, the Clean Power Plan, as a “ war on coal ” and Pruitt, 48, is one of a number of Republican attorneys general who have publicly pushed back against the Obama regulatory agenda, according to the New York Times.
And the EPA, as a law creating agency, has created plenty of messes for America and Americans. Most notably it’s been more than sixteen months since Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dumped millions of gallons of toxic waste into Colorado’s Animas river subsequently poisoning the drinking water of thousands of Native Americans.
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Pope Francis says spreading fake news is a sin and compares it to eating feces

In an interview with a Belgian Catholic weekly publication released Wednesday, Pope Francis criticized the spread of fake news in graphic terms, comparing it coprophagia, according to a translation of the transcript published by the Vatican.
Coprophagia is the act of eating one’s own feces.
Francis also compared “disinformation” from the media to coprophilia, or an interest in feces, often for sexual arousal.
“Disinformation is probably the greatest damage that the media can do,” Francis told Tertio, the Belgian magazine .
Francis’ comments were part of a broader critique of the news media, which he said carried “a very great responsibility” because of its ability to help shape public opinion. Because of this, he said, the press are the “builders of a society” and face a particular set of temptations.
In particular, Francis, who included himself as a person who uses the media to spread his opinion, the press should avoid slander, especially in politics, and defamation. The pope used the example of uncovering and publishing mistakes from a person’s past after they have already been punished by the justice system as a “harmful” sin.
But Fancis’ sharpest remarks came in his warning to the press to avoid publishing disinformation and covering only scandals.
Failing to include relevant information or facts in a story prevents consumers from being able to make a “serious judgment,” and covering “scandal” and “ugly things” is akin to eating feces, he said.
“Since people have a tendency towards the sickness of coprophagia, it can do great harm,” he said.
Francis apologized if he had caused any offense by using such graphic words but said it was necessary to convey his point.
Scrutiny of the impact of fake news has exploded since the Nov. 8 election of President-elect Donald Trump, with many saying it had helped his campaign. Others are calling on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Reddit to do more to prevent false stories from spreading.
Just this Sunday, a man was arrested after entering a Washington, D. C. pizzeria with an assault rifle to “self-investigate” fake news stories of a child trafficking ring involving Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, according to the Washington Post .
Francis ended his comments on a positive note, however, saying that the media “can construct and do immense good.”
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Trump: Presidency 'far more important' than business

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Georgia police officer fatally shot; second officer wounded

AMERICUS, Ga. — A police officer was fatally shot and another was wounded Wednesday at an apartment complex in western Georgia, prompting a hunt for a suspect and causing nearby Georgia Southwestern State University to tell students to take shelter.
The shooting took place in the small city of Americus. The slain cop served on the Americus police force, while the other worked for the university.
The second officer was in serious condition after the shooting, said Diane Brown with the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities have named Minquel Lembrick as a suspect in the shooting; Lembrick was being sought Wednesday afternoon, Brown said.
Georgia Southwestern State, a school that has about 3,000 students, told its campus community to shelter in place Wednesday morning because of the shooting.
“Please secure all doors and windows (any additional actions such as shut down HVAC, turn off lights, move to unobservable part of the room, get on the floor, away from doors) and await further instructions or contact by first responders,” reads a notice on the university’s website.
Americus is some 138 miles south of Atlanta and is near Plains, the birthplace of former President Jimmy Carter.
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Thousands of snow geese die after landing in toxic Montana mine pit

Snow geese migrate in huge, honking flocks, each bird winter-white except for a beak and wingtips smudged black. A single flock may comprise tens of thousands of birds. When the geese land en masse, bird hunters call it swirl, as though a twister were touching down rather than 4-pound animals.
On Nov. 28, a great flock of snow geese traveling south came upon small body of water in Butte, Mont. They swirled.
This was no ordinary pond, however. It was the 700-acre Berkeley Pit, a former mine now submerged in water as acidic as distilled vinegar. From 1955 until operations ceased in 1982, miners extracted nearly 300 million tons of copper ore from the pit. They left behind an immense crevasse, which filled with water 900 feet deep. Concentrated within the floodwater are arsenic, cadmium, cobalt, copper, iron, zinc and other inorganic compounds.
After it was abandoned, the pit became a federally managed Superfund site. It also became a tourist destination, where visitors observe the mine’s toxic, reddish water for an admission fee of $2. And microorganisms able to survive in the pit became an object of scientific study.
But snow geese, unlike extremophilic green slime, cannot tolerate acid water heavy in metallic compounds. Roughly 10,000 geese landed in the Berkeley Pit at the end of November, turning the water “white with birds,” said a mine official with Montana Resources, which jointly manages the pit with the Atlantic Richfield Company, to the Montana Standard. On Tuesday, investigators could not give an exact measure of how high the death toll would go. But a preliminary estimate, via drone and flyover counts, found thousands of dead birds.
“I can’t underscore enough how many birds were in the Butte area that night,” Mark Thompson, a Montana Resources environmental affairs manager, said to the Associated Press. “Numbers beyond anything we’ve ever experienced in our 21 years of monitoring by several orders of magnitude.”
As it happened this November, it has happened before.
Twenty-one years ago, in November 1995, 342 snow goose carcasses were found floating in the mine pit. High Country News reported at the time that the Atlantic Richfield Company initially disputed the water was to blame. The company pointed to a Colorado State University necropsy of two birds, which suggested the animals had died from eating tainted grain.
The grain defense did not stick. “Postmortems conducted under the auspices of the University of Wyoming later revealed what most people immediately suspected: that the geese had succumbed to the water, which is acidic enough to liquefy a motorboat’s steel propeller, and to its poisonous mineral contents, principally copper, cadmium, and arsenic,” wrote Harper’s in 1996. “In each bird autopsied, the oral cavity, trachea, and esophagus, as well as digestive organs like the gizzard and intestines, were lined with burns and festering sores.”
Because exposure to the pit water does not mean instantaneous death, officials will refine the 2016 toll in coming days. In the week since the birds landed, Butte residents have found dead birds in a Wal-Mart parking lot, on roadsides and outside the city, the Montana Standard reported.
“Trying to get some idea of mortality has been difficult,” said Joe Vranka, the EPA’s Montana Superfund director, to the Billings Gazette.
Due to the dangers that the mine posed to birds, the companies managing the pit had enacted a hazing strategy to scare animals from spending too much time on the water. This included an observation deck, with scopes and spotlights. If spotters saw an incoming flock, employees would fire off shotguns or loud rifles to deter the animals from coming closer. Around the pit are devices called Phoenix Wailers, speakers which emit predator cries and loud electronic noises. Until November, the effort seemed to be working; the EPA recorded 14 bird fatalities at the Berkeley Pit between 2010 and 2013.
Montana Resource’s Thompson told the Associated Press the company “did incredible things to save a lot of birds.” New deterrents, such as unmanned aircraft, may be added to the hazing program.
There are a few early theories as to what brought about November’s goose devastation. A storm may have driven birds to look for an unfrozen place to land, and the Berkeley pit was one of the only nearby options.
It is also possible that unseasonably warm weather delayed the southward migration, University of Montana Western ornithologist Jack Kirkley told the Montana Standard. At the same time, snow geese flocks are booming. The overall total population rose from about three million animals 30 years ago to 15 million. Driven to find new habitats, birds have been seen in areas where they were historically scarce.
The Environmental Protection Agency, which was unable to rely to a request for comment from The Washington Post early Wednesday, is reviewing the incident. The Montana Standard reported that the EPA will issue fines if the managing companies are found negligent.
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Ohio passes 'heartbeat' abortion bill; leader cites Trump's election

Ohio lawmakers on Tuesday passed a controversial "Heartbeat Bill" that would ban abortions in that state from the moment the heartbeat of a fetus can be detected -- which usually occurs about six weeks into a pregnancy.
What happens next for the bill, which would prohibit such abortions even in cases of rape or incest, depends on Republican Gov. John Kasich, who has 10 days to decide whether to veto the legislation.
State legislators had considered the bill in previous years but it never passed the Senate.
So what made the legislature's Republican majority move now?
"One, a new President, new Supreme Court justice appointees change the dynamic, and that there was a consensus in our caucus to move forward," Ohio Senate President Keith Faber, a Republican from Celina, told reporters after the final vote.
Asked if he thought the bill would survive a legal challenge, he said: "I think it has a better chance than it did before. "
If Kasich signs the bill, or if he does nothing within 10 days, the measure would become law early next year. A veto would stop the bill unless three-fifths of the state House and Senate vote for an override.
Should the bill become law, a court battle likely would ensue. The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio already has said it would press a legal challenge.
'Heartbeat Bill' stays alive
On Tuesday, the Ohio Legislature sent the bill to Kasich's desk after a day filled with legislative maneuvering.
Earlier in the day, state Sen. Kris Jordan, a Republican from Ostrander, called for an amendment that added provisions from the House-sponsored "Heartbeat Bill" to another measure, House Bill 493, that sought to streamline the process in which medical professionals report child abuse situations.
"We are a pro-life caucus...," Jordan said in a statement. "The passage of this legislation in the Ohio Senate demonstrates our commitment to protecting the children of Ohio at every stage of life. "
The Senate voted twice: First, they approved 20-11 the decision to tack on the "Heartbeat Bill" language onto House Bill 493. After the amendment passed, the state senators passed the bill with a 21-10 vote that largely went along party lines.
Ohio state Sen. Charleta Tavares, a Columbus Democrat, had planned on voting for the child abuse bill as originally presented, but ultimately voted against it because she opposed the "Heartbeat Bill" amendment and change in language.
"I believe everyone has a right to their own body," Tavares told CNN. "We allowed a good bill that protects the health and safety of our children to be bastardized into a government takeover of women's wombs. "
After the bill went back the House, state representatives easily approved the revised bill 56-39 on Tuesday night. It now goes to Kasich for his signature.
How does this compare to other states' laws?
Forty-three states currently restrict abortions, with some exceptions, by time or phase of fetal development.
Some of those states prohibit abortions after a doctor determines the fetus is viable. There's no fixed time period in such laws, but the nonprofit American Pregnancy Association says that viability generally can begin as soon as 24 weeks.
Other states prohibit abortion after a certain time following conception -- as soon as 20 weeks in some states.
Because heartbeats develop at around six weeks, Ohio's bill appears to offer what would be the country's shortest window for abortions.
Current Ohio law generally prohibits abortions of viable fetuses. After the start of the 20th week of gestation , an abortion may not be performed unless a physician determines the fetus does not have a reasonable possibility of living outside the womb.
Ohio's current restriction also does not apply if a doctor determines that the pregnancy poses a serious risk to the woman's health.
At least two other states -- Arkansas and North Dakota -- passed fetal heartbeat abortion laws. But those measures were found to be unconstitutional in federal court.
Where does Kasich stand on abortion?
Emmalee Kalmbach, a former Ohio Right to Life staffer who is now Kasich's press secretary, said the governor does not typically comment on pending legislation.
Earlier this year, Kasich told CNN that he was "pro-life with the exceptions of rape, incest and the life of the mother. "
Kasich signed the state's current viability restriction in 2011.
And earlier this year Kasich signed a bill to ban the state from contracting for health services with any organization that performs or promotes abortions -- a measure widely seen as a way to defund Planned Parenthood.
The Columbus Dispatch and the Cleveland Plain Dealer have reported that Kasich expressed concerns about previous attempts to pass a "Heartbeat Bill," including that it may not withstand legal challenges.
Mike Gonidakis, president of Ohio Right to Life, said his group is neutral on the bill because it doesn't believe the measure would hold up in federal court.
"We believe in an incremental approach," Gonidakis said. "When you overreach, sometimes the courts get the last say. There's a reason why no state has a 'Heartbeat Bill' yet. "
Another bill in the works
This might not be the only abortion restriction law to reach Kasich's desk this month.
Senate Bill 127 would prohibit abortions at the 20th week of gestation, except those necessary to prevent serious health problems for the woman. The Senate already has passed it, and the House may vote on it this week.
Gonidakis said he believes that bill has a greater chance of surviving court challenges, in part because other states have such a restriction.
Count on the courtroom
Tavares said she hopes Kasich would line-item veto the "Heartbeat Bill" language.
The Heartbeat Bill has been called "unconstitutional" by members of both parties in the past, Tavares said. Though it passed the state House over a year ago, it previously met opposition in the Senate. On the heels of Donald Trump's election, momentum for the bill's approval resurfaced.
The ACLU of Ohio tweeted, "Just a reminder, if the unconstitutional #HeartBeatBill passes and becomes law, we will challenge it in court. "
Ohio state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, a Democrat from Boardman, said the bill would lead to "expensive lawsuits" that would divert resources away from more pressing issues like the opioid crisis.
"To the taxpayers of Ohio, I am sorry that your money will have to be used to defend this bill in the court system. "
John Fortney, a spokesman for the Senate's Republican caucus, said that "as far as the threat of abortion advocates suing, we don't base our decisions on protecting the lives of babies on the threat of someone threatening to file a lawsuit. "
Trump and the Supreme Court
President-elect Trump has expressed interest in reversing the 1973 Roe v. Wade landmark decision that made abortion legal nationwide.
Trump will get to nominate at least one justice during his term to fill the seat vacated by Justice Antonin Scalia, who died in February. Scalia was known for dissenting opinions on abortion rights.
In an interview with "60 Minutes" last month, Trump said opposition to abortion would be a criteria for nominating justices.
"The judges will be pro-life," he said.
But replacing Scalia with someone of the same mold alone may not change the status quo. In June, the Supreme Court ruled 5-3 against a Texas abortion access law that opponents argued would have shut down all but a handful of clinics, with perennial swing-vote Justice Anthony Kennedy joining the court's four liberal justices.
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Ohio GOP wants to add 20-week abortion ban to heartbeat bill
Ohio GOP wants to add 20-week abortion ban to bill
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Trump: I sold stocks because I thought I'd win

Former G. W. Bush White House aide Joe Watkins and Democratic strategist Julian Epstein join to discuss Donald Trump's claim that he's sold all of his stocks, and concerns over conflicts of interest.
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Watch live as NOAA explores 2 sunken Japanese submarines near Pearl Harbor

As Americans recognize the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that led to the country's entry into World War II, a team of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration divers will explore for the first time two submarines that were sunken during the attack.
The NOAA has provided three live streams on YouTube, one of which is embedded above. The others are embedded below this post.
"The research team will be using a remotely operated vehicle from the NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer to visit the historic wreck site and document its condition," according to the NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries website.
Japan's aerial attack on Dec. 7, 1941, was successful, but it was a different story underwater. Only one Japanese mini submarine made it into the harbor, according to the NOAA, and it was sunk during the attack.
You can read more about the Japanese marine subs by clicking here.
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David Bossie Confident Gen. Mattis Will Receive Waiver

Retired Gen. James Mattis deserves a waiver to become secretary of defense, David Bossie, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team executive director, told Fox and Friends on Wednesday.
"I don't know that the Democrats are willing to shut down the government" over the issue, he said.
Congressional lawmakers must approve a waiver for Mattis to serve as secretary, since he retired from the armed forces less than seven years ago, a gap required by law between a commissioned officer serving in the military and becoming secretary of defense.
When asked if he thought the Democrats would seek revenge for how Republicans refused to even hold a hearing for President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland, Bossie said:
"The good news for the American people is that there's still a Republican control of the house and senate. I think that we're going to use the levers that we need to. The leadership in both the house and senate are working closely with the president-elect and vice president-elect. I think we have an ambitious, very ambitious first 100 days. We have a tremendous group of cabinet officials that are going to be up for nomination. We're hitting the ground running. "
Bossie was also asked about Obama's national security speech on Tuesday in which he cited what he considered all his successes in combating U. S. enemies throughout his term as president.
"You know, he can spout a lot of different statistics at us over eight years, but the realities are these. ISIS did not exist eight years ago. It does today. Not only is it thriving across the Middle East, massacring people across the Middle East, it's here in America as well, as we see in the streets across our country. I think that's one of his, a big piece of his legacy. "
Bossie also touched on Trump's economic agenda.
"He's the change agent he said he was during the campaign. Whether it's the Carrier deal or this announcement yesterday [on Japan's SoftBank's reported plans to invest $50 billion in the U. S.] or what's going to be coming in the next several weeks and months ahead, it's going to be a change agent. We're going to get this economy rolling again. "
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Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder, opens up about Swedish rape claim, investigation

Julian Assange provided Wednesday his first-ever public accounting of the 2010 trip to Sweden that put the WikiLeaks founder at the center of lengthy rape probe and a multinational dispute that remain active more than six years later.
Mr. Assange’s recollection of events surrounding his August 2010 trip to Stockholm emerged in the form of a 19-page transcript circulated by WikiLeaks this week containing the statement its editor offered up to investigators last month from his residence within Ecuador’s embassy in London.
In the statement, Mr. Assange claims that he had “consensual and enjoyable” sex with his accuser and is “entirely innocent.” He recalled agreeing to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases upon the woman’s request, only to learn the following day that he was being sought by law enforcement over allegations of rape.
“You can imagine my disbelief when I woke the next morning to the news that I had been arrested in my absence for ‘rape’ and that police were ‘hunting’ all over Stockholm for me,” Mr. Assange said in the statement.
Allegations against Mr. Assange, 45, surfaced shortly before his website began releasing hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables stolen from the U. S. State Department. Despite never filing charges against the WikiLeaks chief, Swedish prosecutors have sought Mr. Assange’s arrest since 2010 in order to interrogate him over the claim.
Fear of being extradited to the U. S. and incarcerated for his role with WikiLeaks has precluded Mr. Assange from traveling abroad for interrogation, however, and Ecuador’s decision to grant him political asylum has allowed him to reside within its London embassy in the intervening years without risking arrest.
The Stockholm prosecutor’s office relented last month and agreed to let the WikiLeaks chief answer questions from within the embassy. Under a bilateral agreement, Swedish investigator assembled a list of questions that would be asked of Mr. Assange by an Ecuadorean prosecutor, the likes of which would then be transcribed and sent to Stockholm for considerations with regards to whether the case against Mr. Assange should remain open.
The Swedish Prosecutor’s Office was still waiting for Ecuador to send a transcript of his answers, Swedish media reported Tuesday. Mr. Assange took it upon himself Wednesday to make his responses republic.
“I am now releasing my statement to the public,” Mr. Assange said of the transcript. “The reason is simple. I want people to know the truth about how abusive this process has been. Furthermore, in the past the prosecution has fed partial information to tabloids that politically oppose me. It is better that my statement, which I am happy with, and which makes it obvious to all that I am innocent, sees the light in full.”
In addition to denying allegations of rape, Mr. Assange’s remarks are rife with criticism directed toward the Swedish authorities who he alleges to have depraved him of his human rights by unnecessarily prolonging a baseless investigation.
“You have subjected me to six years of unlawful, politicized detention without charge in prison, under house arrest and four and a half years at this embassy,” Mr. Assange said in the testimony. “You have been found to have subjected me to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. You have denied me effective legal representation in this process.”
An United Nations panel maintained Wednesday last month that Mr. Assange continues to be “arbitrarily detained” inside Ecuador’s London embassy, upholding an earlier decision reach by the U. N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
A spokeswoman at the Swedish Prosecution Authority declined to comment when contacted Wednesday by Reuters, the newswire reported.
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Officials ID 7 warehouse fire victims

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a deadly fire in a converted warehouse in Oakland, California (all times local):
6:45 p.m.
Authorities have released the names of seven people who died in a warehouse fire during a dance party that has claimed at least 33 lives.
Oakland officials identified the seven on Sunday. They ranged in age from 22 to 35, and all but one lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. They are: 22-year-old Cash Askew, 35-year-old David Clines, 35-year-old Travis Hough, and 32-year-old Donna Kellogg, all of Oakland; 25-year-old Nick Gomez-Hall, of Coronado; 30-year-old Sara Hoda, of Walnut Creek; and 32-year-old Brandon Chase Wittenauer, of Hayward.
Officials said they had identified an eighth victim, but they were not releasing the name because the person is 17 years old.
The fire ripped through a converted warehouse known as the “Ghost Ship” about 11:30 p.m. Friday during an electronic dance music party. Officials believe 50 to 100 people may have attended the event.
3:45 p.m.
Officials in Oakland say the 33 people confirmed dead in a fire at a warehouse range in age from teenagers to 30-plus years old.
Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly says authorities have identified some 17 year olds among the victims. He says some of the victims are from Asia and Europe. Officials say they have identified victims through fingerprints.
The fire ripped through a converted warehouse known as the “Ghost Ship” about 11:30 p.m. Friday during an electronic dance music party. Officials believe 50 to 100 people may have attended the event.
3:20 p.m.
Officials in Oakland say the death toll from a fire at a warehouse during a dance party has climbed to 33.
Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly announced the latest figure at a news conference Sunday. The number increased from 24 earlier in the day, as crews continued to comb through the charred building.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf says prosecutors have sent a representative to the scene to make sure any evidence for a potential criminal probe is preserved during the recovery process.
The fire ripped through a converted warehouse known as the “Ghost Ship” about 11:30 p.m. Friday during an electronic dance music party. Officials believe 50 to 100 people may have attended the event.
3:15 p.m.
A relative has confirmed one of the fatalities in a fire at a warehouse during a dance party that killed at least 33 people.
Keith Slocum confirmed to The Associated Press on Sunday that his daughter, Donna Kellogg, was among the dead. He declined additional comment.
Officials in Oakland say the death toll has risen to 33 from the fire.
The fire ripped through a converted warehouse known as the “Ghost Ship” about 11:30 p.m. Friday during an electronic dance music party. Officials believe 50 to 100 people may have attended the event.
1:30 p.m.
A former tenant of the warehouse where a deadly fire erupted at a dance party describes it as a “death trap” with illegal electrical cords and music equipment.
The search for bodies continued into Sunday, when officials said the death toll was up to 30.
Shelley Mack said Saturday she didn’t know the dwelling was illegal when she lived there about two years ago, and was told to tell visitors it was a 24-hour workspace for artists. When inspectors or other outsiders came to visit, she said she and other residents scurried to hide clothes, bedding and other evidence anyone was living there.
Oakland officials say the space was cluttered with rugs, old sofas and other items when the fire tore through it during a dance party on Friday night.
12:30 p.m.
Officials in Oakland say the death toll has risen to 30 from a fire that tore through a warehouse that housed an artist collective.
Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly announced the new figure Sunday afternoon.
Kelly says crews are starting to get deeper into the building and that as they advance they expect to find more victims.
Authorities also say DNA will be needed to identify bodies. Officials have asked families of those feared dead to preserve any DNA evidence they may have, including hair or tooth brushes.
12:15 p.m.
A chaplain who met with families trying to determine if their loved ones are among the dead in a fire at a dance party says the uncertainty is difficult to bear.
Oakland Fire Department chaplain Jayson Landeza said Sunday the families want to be able to have some kind of closure. Landeza met with the families at an Alameda County sheriff’s office in Oakland, California, that has been turned into a family resource center. At least a dozen people have gathered there.
Officials have searched only 20 percent of the charred remains of the building where they now say 24 people died after a fire erupted during a dance party. The number of dead is expected to rise.
Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly says officials have been in touch with the families of three of the dead.
11:20 a.m.
Authorities say they have recovered more bodies from the charred remains of a building where at least 24 people died after a fire erupted during a dance party.
Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly declined to say Sunday how many additional bodies have been found, but said the process has been slow. Crews are using shovels and buckets.
The death toll rose Sunday from 9 to 24.
Kelly said some of the victims are from out of the country. Authorities are trying to contact family members of the dead.
The fire ripped through a converted warehouse known as the “Ghost Ship” about 11:30 p.m. Friday during an electronic dance music party. Officials believe 50 to 100 people may have attended the event.
9:55 a.m.
Officials have searched only 20 percent of the charred remains of a building where they now say 24 people died after a fire erupted during a dance party.
Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly says Sunday the number of dead is expected to rise.
Kelly says officials have been in touch with the families of three of the dead.
Oakland Battalion Fire Chief Melinda Drayton says crews are removing debris “bucket by bucket” in a thoughtful, compassionate way.
Drayton says the process is intentionally arduous for firefighters’ safety and to show respect to the families of those who have died.
The fire ripped through a converted warehouse known as the “Ghost Ship” about 11:30 p.m. Friday during an electronic dance music party. Officials believe 50 to 100 people may have been in attendance.
8:20 a.m.
Officials in Oakland, California, say the death toll has risen to 24 from a fire that ripped through a converted warehouse.
Alameda County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ray Kelly announced the new figure early Sunday. He says officials anticipate that the number will rise.
Oakland Battalion Fire Chief Melinda Drayton says fire crews worked through the night to clear debris from the gutted building.
The converted warehouse was known as the “Ghost Ship.” Those who lived there or visited often say it was an artist workspace and illegal home for a rotating group of a dozen or more residents.
Firefighters struggled to get to bodies in the charred rubble Saturday.
The fire started about 11:30 p.m. Friday during an electronic dance music party. Officials believed 50 to 100 people may have been in attendance.
This story has been clarified to show prosecutors have sent a representative to the scene of a fire, not launched criminal probe.
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Renzi quits; search on for new leader to guide Italy to vote

ROME (AP) - Italian Premier Matteo Renzi resigned Wednesday evening, his self-inflicted penalty for staking his job on constitutional changes voters resoundingly rejected earlier in the week. He was asked by Italy's president to stay on in a caretaker's role until a new government can be formed. Renzi had first offered his resignation on Monday, shortly after voters rejected the constitutional reforms his center-left government had championed. President Sergio Mattarella, Italy's head of state, told him to stay in office until Parliament completed approval of the 2017 national budget. A few hours after the budget was passed on Wednesday, Renzi returned to the Quirinal presidential palace. This time, Mattarella accepted the resignation of the man who in February 2014 became Italy's youngest premier at age 39. A presidential palace official, Ugo Zampetti, told reporters that Mattarella would begin consultations Thursday with the heads of Parliament's two chambers, as well as with former President Giorgio Napolitano. After hearing out minor parties on Friday, Mattarella on Saturday plans to take proposals from the major players, including the Democratic Party that Renzi leads and the populist 5-Star Movement, Parliament's No. 1 and No. 2 parties respectively. It could be clear whom Mattarella might tap to be the next premier once those meetings are done. One strong possibility is a government that would rule until Parliament hashes out a new election law in a bid to bring political stability to Italy. The talks are aimed at sounding out party leaders to determine the configuration of a new government that would have enough support in Parliament to win both the required confirmation vote and to lead the country until elections are next held. Elections are scheduled for spring 2018, but Renzi's humiliating defeat in the referendum will likely hasten that date considerably, possibly bringing a vote in spring 2017. Opposition parties, including the anti-euro 5-Star Movement, are pressing for the elections to be held soon. "We want to go to the ballot box soon," said Roberto Fico, a 5-Star lawmaker. But Fico, as have both other opposition leaders and leaders from Renzi's Democrats, also cited the need for Parliament to approve a new election law before the national contests are called. In a speech to a meeting of the Democratic Party leadership just before he resigned Wednesday, Renzi took responsibility for his political debacle. But, sounding a bullish note, he asserted that his party would be ready for the elections whenever they are held. "We have no fear of anything or anybody, if the others want" elections soon, Renzi said. Ultimately, it will be up to Mattarella to decide whether Parliament should be sent packing early. Many Italian governments have collapsed far before the end of Parliament's five-year term. Italian lawmakers have struggled for decades to devise an electoral system that would make the country more governable. A new law, one giving the winner a big bonus in the lower Chamber of Deputies, was passed during Renzi's tenure. But no new law was made for the upper house, the Senate, while the constitutional reforms voters ultimately rejected in a referendum Sunday were on the table. One of the proposed reforms would have stripped the Senate of most of its powers and make it no longer directly elected. Instead, Italian voters pulled the plug on the reforms, and now political leaders agree the electoral rules as they now stand are unworkable. Infighting and party maneuverings have dogged the Democratic Party for the last few years. One of the moves that antagonized many in the party was Renzi's bold maneuver to trigger the downfall of his predecessor as premier, Enrico Letta. The last elected Italian premier was Silvio Berlusconi, the media mogul who started his third term in 2008. When Italy's financial instability forced Berlusconi to resign in 2011, economist Mario Monti was appointed. After a year, Monti's so-called technocrat government collapsed. Letta and then Renzi were appointed. ___ Frances D'Emilio is on twitter at Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Dow, S&P and Transports Close at All-time Highs as Stocks Surge more than 1%

U. S. equities closed sharply higher on Wednesday as the Dow and S&P hit new record highs, while investors awaited a monetary policy announcement from the European Central Bank.
The S&P 500 erased earlier losses to gain around 1.3 percent, with telecoms rallying around 2.4 percent to lead advancers.
“This 2,219 level [on the S&P] was on where a lot of people were expecting to see some resistance, and we went through it like a hot knife through butter,” said JJ Kinahan, chief market strategist at TD Ameritrade, adding stocks were also boosted by some short covering. “A lot of people have been saying ‘this is the end’ and have ended up with very little money in their hands.”
The Dow Jones industrial average gained nearly 300 points, with Home Depot, IBM and Goldman Sachs contributing the most gains. The Dow Transports, meanwhile, traded at their first intraday high since 2014. Since Nov. 8, transports have risen more than 12 percent.
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Feds: Woman made death threats to Sandy Hook victim's parent

MIAMI (AP) - A Florida woman has been charged making death threats against the parent of a child who died in the Sandy Hook school shooting massacre because she thought the attack was a hoax, federal authorities announced Wednesday. Lucy Richards, 57, of Tampa was arrested Monday after a grand jury indictment on four felony counts of transmitting threats, the U. S. Justice Department said in a statement. The threats were made in January 2016 - according to authorities - and included messages that said, "you gonna die, death is coming to you real soon," and "LOOK BEHIND YOU IT IS DEATH. " Court documents added that another threat said, "there's nothing you can do about it. " The unidentified parent now lives in South Florida and the indictment said the threats were made in Palm Beach County. Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Schall wouldn't say how the threats were delivered or provide more details, but the indictment indicates all four were sent on the same day. The indictment comes nearly four years after the Dec. 14, 2012, shootings in which a gunman with a rifle killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The man also killed himself and his mother. Richards awaits an initial court appearance Dec. 19 in Fort Lauderdale. Department of Justice documents didn't list an attorney for the woman. Each felony charge of transmitting threats is punishable by up to five years in prison in event of a conviction. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Michigan GOP Elector Launches Website Urging Vote for Trump

A Republican member of the Electoral College from Michigan has created a website urging Donald Trump supporters to rally electors around the president-elect.
Brian Fairbrother, deputy clerk for the Detroit suburb of Shelby Township, launched this week. Fairbrother says he and fellow electors have been deluged with missives from people urging them to vote for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton or another Republican.
Fairbrother tells The Associated Press he's received "thousands" of emails and letters. He doesn't believe any of the writers supported Trump.
Michigan law mandates electors vote according to the results of the state's presidential election. Trump won Michigan by.2 percentage points.
One Texas elector recently reversed his pledge to support Trump. Another resigned rather than vote for him.
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Keith Ellison will resign Congress for DNC chair

"In order to further their commitment and maximize my effectiveness, I have decided to resign as a member of Congress if I win the election for DNC chair," he said in a statement.
Ellison has been dogged by questions about whether he could fully focus on rebuilding the Democratic party while also working full-time in Congress. The most recent DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, represented a Florida Congressional district while heading the organization.
Other people interested in the job include Jaime Harrison, chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, and New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.
Ellison also has faced recent accusations of anti-Semitism from a prominent Democratic donor, Haim Saban, who called him an "anti-Semite" at a conference last week.
"If you go back to his positions, his papers, his speeches, the way he has voted, he is clearly an anti-Semite and anti-Israel individual," donor Haim Saban said at the Brookings Institution's Saban Forum. "Words matter and actions matter more. Keith Ellison would be a disaster for the relationship between the Jewish community and the Democratic Party. "
A CNN KFile review of Ellison's past writings and public statements reveal his repeated defense of Louis Farrakhan and other black leaders against accusations of anti-Semitism. But none of the records showed examples of Ellison making any anti-Semitic comments himself.
A spokesperson for Ellison recently told CNN that Ellison "rejects all forms of anti-Semitism" and said "the right wing has been pushing these stories for years to drive a wedge between Congressman Ellison and the Jewish community. "
Ellison -- who originally supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential race -- said he wants to devote more energy to helping the Democrats win back the white working class voters they lost to Donald Trump.
"But at this point, the Democratic Party must be the party that delivers for working people," he said. "For me, that means a chair with only one full time commitment. "
Donna Brazile became the interim chairperson of the committee in July, following Wasserman Schultz stepping down in the wake of a controversy over emails hacked by Wikileaks.
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Federal judge weighs whether to end Michigan recount

DETROIT -- A federal judge could decide whether to end Michigan’s presidential recount after the state’s second-highest court said the Green Party nominee was ineligible to seek a second look at millions of ballots.
The federal judge who on Monday ordered the recount to begin will hold a hearing Wednesday on whether to stop it. The state elections board also is meeting Wednesday, a day after the Michigan appeals court ordered it to dismiss Jill Stein’s recount petition. The court noted that she got 1 percent of the vote and has no chance of catching Republican Donald Trump, who narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton in the state. The Michigan Court of Appeals issued its 3-0 opinion saying that Stein did not qualify as an “aggrieved candidate” under state law.
Separately, a federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld an order forcing the state to start the recount earlier that week.
Meanwhile, a court hearing will be held Friday on a possible recount in Pennsylvania. A recount in Wisconsin so far shows Trump gaining votes over Clinton.
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Megyn Kelly, Tina Fey talk empowerment in the time of Trump

" What an amazing year it's been for women, " Tina Fey shouted out Wednesday morning before she buckled over with a sustained and slightly maniacal laugh. Speaking to a room of celebrities, Hollywood execs and reporters in Los Angeles at The
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Carolina Herrera: It would be "an honor" to dress Melania Trump

NEW YORK -- While a few designers have made news saying they would not dress the future first lady, Carolina Herrera said she’d be honored if Melania Trump wore one of her outfits.
The famed designer spoke about Trump on the red carpet before she received an honor of her own Tuesday night from the Women’s Leadership Council at Lincoln Center.
Who might dress the wife of President-elect Donald Trump has become an issue after designers Sophie Theallet and Tom Ford -- who have both dressed first lady Michelle Obama -- said they wouldn’t do so for Mrs. Trump, a former model.
But when asked if she would, Herrera said, “Of course I will, as the first lady of this country I will. Of course.”
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She added, “It is an honor to dress the first ladies of the country and it’s something to do for the United States. It’s not for myself. It’s for the public.”
Obama has worn Herrera while in the White House.
Herrera was lauded at the event for her 35 years of fashions by Emmy Rossum and Seth Meyers, among others. Diana Ross sang a mini-concert in Herrera’s honor, including hits like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “I’m Coming Out.”
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Rams punter Johnny Hekker is nominated for Walter Payton award

Rams punter Johnny Hekker was chosen as the team’s nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, presented annually to an NFL player for civic leadership in his community.
“It’s a huge honor,” Hekker said Wednesday after practice. “As athletes, we’re blessed with so much, to be recognized for your contributions outside football is pretty cool.”
Hekker, a two-time Pro Bowl selection, has been involved with several charitable organizations and events since the Rams returned to Los Angeles from St. Louis.
“I hope the people of L. A. just know that I love them and have their back and we appreciate their support so much,” he said. “With what we do with football, I think it’s important that we give back and support them with what we’ve been blessed with.”
Hekker, 26, said his desire to help others was fostered by his upbringing. His father worked in a facility for people with developmental disabilities.
“We were always there helping, just doing whatever family events we could do there,” Hekker said. “And growing up in church, we were taught to be a good steward of what you’re given, your gifts and blessings.
“So to be able to give back is huge. That’s what it’s all about.
The winner of the Walter Payton award will be announced Feb. 4.
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Democrats: Congress stiffing city on Trump Tower security

NEW YORK (AP) - The mayor and other Democratic officials said on Wednesday that Congress was proposing to pitch in far too little for protecting Trump Tower: $7 million, a fifth of what the city requested. "New York City taxpayers should not be on the hook for 80 percent of the national bill" to protect Republican President-elect Donald Trump and his family, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. In an interview with radio station WNYC, de Blasio said the city would keep pursuing the money in future rounds of federal spending legislation. Since Trump won the Nov. 8 election, security around the eponymous Manhattan skyscraper where he lives and works has been stepped up to extraordinary levels. The New York Police Department has played a major role, along with the Secret Service and Trump's private security personnel. The Fifth Avenue tower is safeguarded by police officers armed with assault weapons, bomb-sniffing dogs and concrete barriers. Police have closed some traffic lanes, barricaded the block where Trump Tower residents have a private entrance and set up checkpoints manned by officers in guard booths. De Blasio wanted up to $35 million in federal reimbursement for police overtime and other costs of safeguarding Trump from Election Day to his Jan. 20 inauguration. But stopgap spending legislation unveiled Tuesday in the Republican-led Congress includes $7 million. The legislation would keep the government running through April. The House is expected to vote as soon as Thursday, and the Senate soon after. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito called the $7 million proposal "outrageous. " Congressional Democrats from New York also have complained. One, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, said Wednesday that "Republicans in Congress have abdicated this basic responsibility" of protecting the president-elect in an area so busy that 7,000 pedestrians per hour pass by. Similar reimbursements have been made in the past for large-scale events such as Pope Francis' visit to the city last year. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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U. S. Senate joins House to pass sweeping new health bill

By Toni Clarke Dec 7 (Reuters) - The U. S. Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to support sweeping legislation that will reshape the way the Food and Drug Administration approves new medicines. It will also provide funding for cancer and Alzheimer's research, help fight the opioid epidemic, expand access to mental health treatment and advance research into precision medicine. Two years in the making, the 21st Century Cures Act was passed last week by the House of Representatives and will now go to President Barack Obama to sign into law. Supporters say it will speed access to new drugs and devices, in part by allowing clinical trials to be designed with fewer patients and cheaper, easier-to-achieve goals. "For the second consecutive year, the Senate is sending the President another Christmas miracle for his signature," Senator Lamar Alexander, a Republican from Tennessee said in a statement. "Last year, it was the Every Student Succeeds Act, and this time, it's the 21st Century Cures Act - a bill that will help virtually every American family. " Critics of the legislation say it gives massive handouts to the pharmaceutical industry and will lower standards for drug and medical device approvals. "This gift - which 1,300 lobbyists, mostly from pharmaceutical companies, helped sell - comes at the expense of patient safety by undermining requirements for ensuring safe and effective medications and medical devices," consumer watchdog Public Citizen said in a statement. Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren was among the handful of senators who voted against the bill, as was independent senator and former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Each decried what they described as big handouts to the pharma industry. Even so the bill passed 94-5. The House passed it by a vote of 392-26. The $6.3 billion act, sponsored by Republican Representative Fred Upton, authorizes $4.8 billion for the National Institutes of Health and $500 million to the Food and Drug Administration. It also calls for $1 billion over two years to battle the opioid epidemic. On Tuesday the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a report showing that in 2014 about 129 people died every day as a result of drug poisoning. Of those, 61 percent are opioid or heroin related. "Opioids such as heroin and fentanyl - and diverted prescription pain pills - are killing people in this country at a horrifying rate," Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg said. "We face a public health crisis of historic proportions. " The bill also calls for $1.8 billion in funding for Vice President Joseph Biden's Cancer Moonshot initiative designed to bolster cancer research by reducing bureaucracy and promoting research collaboration. Critics note that the money described in the bill must be appropriated by separate funding bills and that the money may ultimately never materialize. Yet the changes to the clinical trial process, something long sought by the drug industry, will be set in stone regardless of whether money for the research projects is forthcoming. Among those changes: Greater prominence will be given to "real world" evidence gathered outside the framework of a randomized, controlled clinical trial, the gold standard for determining whether a drug is safe and effective. Such evidence could be much easier for drug companies to collect. "The passing of 21st Century Cures Act is a show of extraordinary bipartisan unity after a divisive election that should be celebrated," said Ellen Sigal, chair of the patient advocacy group Friends of Cancer Research. Under the Act patient input will be formally incorporated into the FDA's drug review process. Funding for the Act will be offset by reductions in some Medicaid payments and through the sale of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The White House supports the bill but said earlier it was concerned that draining the Petroleum Reserve "continues a bad precedent of selling off longer term energy security assets to satisfy near term budget scoring needs. " (Reporting by Toni Clarke in Washington; editing by Leslie Adler and Tom Brown)
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Gatlinburg fire: 2 juveniles face aggravated arson charges

Additional charges are being considered, 4th District Attorney General James Dunn said, including the possibility of seeking a transfer to adult criminal court.
He said the youths were from Tennessee, but not from Sevier County, where the fires started. Neither their ages nor genders were released.
Fourteen people lost their lives in the fires and a further 134 were injured, according to officials. Residents and visitors to the resort-heavy area were among the dead.
The fires gnawed away over 1,600 structures, scorching homes, cabins and churches along a fiery path through Sevier County.
The area is a popular tourist destination in eastern Tennessee, home to the Dollywood amusement park and the resort town of Pigeon Forge.
Recent heavy rains helped extinguish much of the fire. As of Wednesday, the fire was 64% contained, fire officials reported.
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Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey to leave school for NFL draft

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey will skip his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
McCaffrey announced his decision on Wednesday, saying he has done everything he could in college and playing in the NFL has been his dream since childhood.
McCaffrey was the runner-up last season for the Heisman Trophy when he broke Barry Sanders’ NCAA record for all-purpose yards in a season with 3,864. He rushed for 2,019 yards and eight scores, added 645 yards receiving and 1,200 yards on returns.
McCaffrey was not as prolific this season as he was slowed in October by an injury. He still rushed for 1,596 yards and scored 16 touchdowns for the Cardinal.
McCaffrey says he plans to return to school to get his degree.
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British PM challenges lawmakers to back Brexit timetable

British Prime Minister Theresa May secured a symbolic victory on Brexit on Wednesday after MPs agreed not to delay her plans to begin the EU exit talks by the end of March, although she had to promise to give them more details of her negotiating strategy.
The opposition Labour party's original motion demanded the government publish its "plan" before triggering EU Article 50, which begins the two-year exit process.
This motion had been expected to draw support from dozens of May's Conservative MPs but the premier fended off a rebellion with a last-minute amendment, accepting the Labour motion on condition that MPs support her timetable for triggering the Brexit talks.
Lawmakers voted 461 in favour of the amendment, backing May's timeline to trigger the divorce negotiations with Brussels by March 31, 2017.
A total of 89 MPs voted against that amendment, in which May agreed to provide further details on her negotiating strategy before triggering Article 50 of the European Union's Lisbon Treaty, with the results announced in parliament.
A second vote saw 448 lawmakers support the motion in its entirety, with the amendment, while 75 lawmakers voted against.
The House of Commons vote is not binding and the government is still fighting a challenge at the Supreme Court against moves to give parliament the final say on starting the Brexit process.
Following the results MP Hilary Benn, from the opposition Labour Party, said he hoped the vote would prompt the government to give more information on its plans for negotiating Britain's future outside the European Union.
"When they have said they are going to publish a plan, I expect to see some detail.
"Parliament doesn't intend to be a bystander, parliament intends to be a participant," he told BBC News.
Iain Duncan Smith, from the ruling Conservative Party, said the vote was "a very historic moment" which enabled the government to act on Brexit.
"The government now has a blank cheque, and I think that's a good thing," he told Sky News.
May has so far refused to give a "running commentary" on her strategy, insisting that revealing her hand prematurely would undermine the negotiations.
- 'A trap' -
Ahead of the vote Labour's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer welcomed the amendment, saying the government had "caved in" and "must now prepare its plan and publish it".
He called for an outline plan by January, warning that his party would not accept a "late, vague plan" that allowed no time for parliamentary debate.
May has previously said she wants the "best possible deal" for trade with the EU, to create new deals outside the bloc and to control immigration.
Government minister David Lidington said there would be a "statement about our negotiating strategy and objectives" before Article 50 is triggered.
But the approved motion gives ministers considerable leeway to withhold details, by stating "there should be no disclosure of material that could be reasonably judged to damage the UK in any negotiations".
The amended motion was opposed by one Conservative MP -- former chancellor Ken Clarke -- and nine Labour MPs. Five of the Liberal Democrats' nine MPs also voted against the final motion, along with 51 out of the total 54 Scottish National Party lawmakers, among others.
A further challenge for May comes with the Supreme Court case, which could give MPs the chance to block Brexit at a later date by voting against the government, the newspaper added.
- Court case arrest -
The Supreme Court is holding hearings this week over whether the government or parliament should begin the Brexit process, but both sides said the case is not affected by Wednesday's Commons debate.
The prime minister is appealing a ruling by the lower High Court last month which decided she cannot use her executive power to trigger Article 50 and must first seek authorisation from parliament.
MPs overwhelmingly opposed Brexit during the June referendum on the subject, prompting concerns they might seek to delay Britain's withdrawal or at least soften the terms of the break.
The court case has reignited strong passions over Brexit, and the claimant leading the challenge against the government, investment fund manager Gina Miller, has received death threats.
Police said Wednesday they had arrested a 55-year-old man on suspicion of racially aggravated malicious communications, as part of an investigation into online threats against an unnamed woman, believed to be Miller.
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Charges dropped in Detroit cop killing case

Charges have been dropped against a man accused of killing a Wayne State police officer. The prosecutor wouldn’t say why the charges were dropped, but seeks the public’s help to find the suspect.
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Senate sends medical research bill to Obama for signature

The 94-5 vote on the 21st Century Cures Act, which was named in honor of Vice President Joe Biden's son Beau Biden, who died last year of brain cancer, came in the waning days of the Congress, which is expected to wrap up its work for the year this week.
"This medical innovation bill will help foster solutions when it comes to heartbreaking illnesses like Alzheimer's, opioid addiction, mental health disorders and cancer — heartbreaking illnesses that affect our family, and friends, and constituents," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. "This is one of the most meaningful bills we'll pass this year. "
Having already passed the House, the bill will now go to President Barack Obama, who is expected to sign it.
The bipartisan measure provides $4.8 billion for the National Institutes for Health for medical research, $500 million for the Food and Drug Administration to help speed the approval of drugs, $1 billion in grants for states to battle the opioid crisis and includes provisions to address mental health issues.
"This historic vote is one of the rare moments in Congress where members can say with confidence their vote to pass these reforms will indeed save lives. We are ending the era of stigma surrounding mental illness and focusing on delivering treatment before tragedy," said Sen. Chris Murphy, of Connecticut, who worked on the mental health provisions in the bill.
Some liberal senators, like Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, complained the bill had too much in it for the pharmaceutical industry. But their complaints didn't resonate with most of their colleagues who saw the bill as carefully negotiated and significant because it addressed several lingering medical research problems.
The bill also cuts red tape for drug and medical device approval.
The vote was a feel-good sendoff off for the GOP-led Congress and Obama and Biden who will leave the White House in a few weeks.
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Glencore, Qatari fund buy 19.5 percent in Russia's Rosneft

The Kremlin says that a consortium of Glencore and Qatar 's sovereign wealth fund has acquired a 19.5-percent stake in Russia's top state-controlled oil company, Rosneft, in a deal worth 10.5 billion euros ($11.3 billion).
The sale is part of the Russian government's efforts to privatize some state assets to help balance the budget amid a two-year recession.
President Vladimir Putin 's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, on Wednesday described the deal as the largest in the global energy market this year.
He told reporters that Putin congratulated Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin on the deal and ordered Rosneft to work together with the Finance Ministry and the Central Bank to prevent the deal from destabilizing Russia's currency markets.
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Illinois Gov. Rauner signs bill sparing 2 nuclear plants

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved a plan providing billions of dollars in subsidies to Exelon Corp. to keep two unprofitable nuclear plants from closing prematurely.
The Republican appeared at Riverdale High School in Port Byron on Wednesday to sign legislation he said will save thousands of jobs by rewarding Exelon for producing carbon-free energy.
In addition to $235 million a year for Exelon to prop up nuclear plants in the Quad Cities and Clinton, the plan provides hundreds of millions of dollars in energy-efficiency programs and assistance to low-income energy users.
"I was unwilling to gamble with these communities, gamble with thousands of good-paying jobs and gamble with our energy future," Rauner said in a prepared statement. "While this legislation isn't perfect, it allows us to protect jobs, ratepayers and taxpayers. "
The law ensures the plants in Cordova and Clinton stay open for 10 years, caps the increase in ratepayer bills at an average of 25 cents a month for the 13-year life of the deal and allows for expansion of alternative power generators, such as wind and solar.
Exelon said in a statement that the measure, known as the Future Energy Jobs Bill, "safeguards the state's top source of clean energy, protects and creates thousands of jobs and strengthens the Illinois economy, while preserving competitive rates. "
Rauner previously criticized "special deals" for corporations, but last week said closing the plants would have "devastated the two communities. "
Critics, such as BEST Coalition, a nonprofit that opposes the deal, says the nuclear plants aren't needed because Illinois produces 41 percent more energy than it needs and exports the excess. BEST Coalition also says subsidizing the plants will mean a steep increase in rates.
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Malta bans gay conversion therapy, a first for Europe

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) - Malta has become the first European country to ban gay conversion therapy, imposing fines of up to 10,000 euros ($10,750) and a jail term of up to one year for offenders. The Maltese Parliament approved a law Wednesday that effectively outlaws any attempts to "cure" gay people of their sexual orientations. The law stipulates that "no sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression constitutes a disorder, disease or shortcoming of any sort. " It also lowers to 16 the age at which minors can request a gender change without their parents' approval. Transgender Europe says the small Mediterranean country is the first in Europe to outlaw conversion therapy. Malta has been at the forefront of progressive social reforms in Europe since the Labour government was elected in 2013. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. | Malta bans gay conversion therapy, first for Europe
Malta bans gay conversion therapy, first for Europe
Malta Bans Gay Conversion Therapy, a First for Europe


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Fitbit buys smartwatch maker Pebble's software assets

Fitbit has bought smartwatch maker Pebble's software and intellectual property as it tries to strengthen its position in the wearables market. Pebble, which began as a crowdfunded project in 2012 and raised more than $10 million in a Kickstarter campaign, was one of the first companies to make smartwatches that used electronic ink displays and connected to smartphones. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, although Bloomberg had earlier reported that it was valued at less than $40 million. Scroll down for video Pebble will no longer produce or sell any of its smartwatches, according to the company's website. 'Due to various factors, Pebble can no longer operate as an independent entity, and we have made the tough decision to shut down the company,' it said. 'The deal finalized today preserves as much of Pebble as possible. 'We are no longer manufacturing, promoting, or selling any new products. 'Active Pebble models in the wild will continue to work.' Many of the firms staff are set to join Fitbit. 'Much of our team and resources will join Fitbit to deliver new 'moments of awesome' in future Fitbit products, developer tools, and experiences. 'It's a bittersweet time, no doubt. 'We'll miss what we're leaving behind, but are excited for what the future holds. ' The overall wearables market grew 3.1 percent in the third quarter, with Fitbit's share accounting for 23 percent of the overall market, according to research firm IDC. Fitbit also said it would partner with Medtronic Plc to allow patients with type 2 diabetes to monitor their glucose levels and physical activity data. Fitbit's shares were up 1.1 percent at $8.07 in morning trading. Sales of the company's colorful wristbands and clippable widgets, which track heart rate, calories, sleeping patterns and step counts, have come under pressure in a peaking market for wearables and as new rivals step in. Fitbit in November forecast revenue of $725 million-$750 million for the current quarter, implying revenue growth of 5.4 percent at the top end, way below the 38.4 percent analysts had expected. Fitbit blamed a transition to newer products, greater-than-anticipated softness in the wearables market and production issues with the new Flex 2 wristband for the weak outlook. 'We think demand for current product feature set may be saturated, and at this point, only new product form factors and functionality could inflect demand,' SunTrust Robinson Humphrey analysts wrote, cutting their price target to $10 from $17. Fitbit needs to create a hit product like Charge HR, which introduced continuous heart rate reading, rather than having products such as Blaze and Charge 2, which just bring incremental improvements, analysts said. Fitbit, which launched two new fitness wristbands, Charge 2 and Flex 2, in late August, said it sold 5.3 million devices in the third quarter, just above analysts average estimate of 5 million, according to research firm FactSet StreetAccount. 'We believe the real upside for FIT is having products with a more compelling use case: digital health/connected fitness are those opportunities,' Oppenheimer analysts wrote, slashing their price target to $12 from $25. The company, a leader in the U. S. fitness wearables market, has been spending heavily to diversify its portfolio and enter new markets. 'We would suggest that real-time blood pressure monitoring is the most logical next hit product if Fitbit can pull it off,' Dougherty & Co analysts wrote in a note. Fitbit is also facing competition from Chinese electronics company Xiaomi, Garmin Ltd, Samsung Electronics and Apple Inc with its Apple Watch line.
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NATO commander says 150 Turkish officers have left post-coup

NATO’s top military officer said Wednesday that about 150 Turkish officers have been recalled or retired from the alliance’s high command since a failed coup attempt in Turkey, placing a significant burden on his staff. ...
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Cubs get closer Wade Davis from Royals for OF Jorge Soler

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - The World Series champion Chicago Cubs have acquired star closer Wade Davis from the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Jorge Soler. The trade was announced Wednesday at the winter meetings. Davis will take over the ninth-inning role held by Aroldis Chapman, who became a free agent after the Cubs won their first championship since 1908. The 31-year-old Davis went 2-1 with 27 saves in 30 tries and a 1.87 ERA last season. He spent time on the disabled with a forearm injury and was limited to 43 1/3 innings, but returned to pitch in September. Davis has done especially well in the postseason and helped the Royals win the 2015 crown. In 27 1/3 postseason innings as a reliever, he has a 0.33 ERA with 39 strikeouts. The 24-year-old Soler hit.238 with 12 home runs and 31 RBIs in 86 games last season. He missed almost two months because of a strained left hamstring. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Why does Angela Merkel suddenly want to ban the veil?

But on Tuesday night, "Mutti" or "Mom," as she is affectionately called, made an impassioned plea to her party: "I have also asked you for a lot," she told the more than 1,000 members of her Christian Democratic Union gathered, "because the times have asked us for a lot. I know that very well. And I cannot promise that the demands in the future will be any less because we have to do what the times demand from us. "
Merkel is facing tremendous pressure from voters -- as well as from her own party -- for allowing more than 890,000 asylum seekers into the country last year.
Initially, Germans opened their doors. Crowds came to train stations to applaud arriving asylum seekers, greeting them with flowers and chocolate. There is even a special word for it: "willkommenskultur. "
But the numbers began to strain social services. Local councils complained there wasn't enough space to house everyone. Last year, one mayor took CNN for a tour of facilities , where refugees were forced to sleep on mattresses in the hallways of the official's office.
Then came New Year's Eve in Cologne. Police said that mobs of "North African and Middle Eastern men" sexually assaulted hundreds of women in the fireworks chaos.
Earlier this week, on the eve of the CDU party conference, police announced that a 17-year old Afghan refugee was suspected of raping and killing a 19-year-old university student.
National statistics show some crimes, such as burglaries and petty offenses, have gone up since the start of the year as Germany's population has grown, but that less than 1% of sex crimes and even fewer homicides are tied to immigrants or refugees.
Nonetheless, much of the public no longer welcomes refugees but views them with suspicion. Riots between local residents and refugees have broken out in eastern Germany. Arson attacks on refugee shelters have skyrocketed. Support for far-right parties has surged.
Merkel's party was defeated in her own constituency of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern by the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany party. The latter campaigned on a promise to stop immigration and won 20% of the vote.
Within the CDU, party members have grumbled that Merkel was out of touch with the public mood.
This, perhaps, is why she has made a major political concession -- one that's been criticized by refugee rights groups: backing a ban by party members on full-face veils .
Merkel is staring down the barrel of arguably the most important vote of her life. The German federal election, taking place next year , will attract attention from the entire world, as many are depending on the Chancellor to fight back against the seemingly unstoppable march of populism. This task is daunting enough without pressure coming from your own party members.
Merkel told her party: "We do not want any parallel societies and where they exist we have to tackle them. "
She said, "Our laws have priority over honor codes, tribal and family rules, and over the Sharia. That has to be expressed very clearly. That also means that with interpersonal communication, which plays a fundamental role here, we show our face. This is why the full facial veil is inappropriate, and should be banded wherever it is legally possible. It does not belong in our country. "
Less than 300 Muslim women in Germany are thought to wear the niqab or full-face veil. None are known to wear a burqa. But it is an easy way for Merkel to gain political capital within her own party and act tough on integration to the German public.
At the end of her speech, Merkel received a standing ovation and sustained rounds of applause that lasted for 11 minutes. She was elected to lead the party with 89% of the vote, slightly less than she had hoped to gain.
Merkel has shown she can lead her party. Now she needs to show she can win back public confidence before next year's elections.
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Keir Starmer calls for 'detailed' Brexit plan after MPs vote to trigger article 50

Keir Starmer, Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary, has set out how his party will seek to exert a grip over the government’s negotiating plans for taking Britain out of the European Union, as MPs voted overwhelmingly to back government plans to trigger article 50 by the end of March.
In a lively debate in the House of Commons lasting more than six hours, Starmer challenged David Davis , the minister for exiting the EU, to produce a “detailed” picture of his aims before article 50 is formally triggered – but a series of interventions from MPs underlined the divisions in both parties over Brexit.
The Commons passed Labour’s motion calling for “the Prime Minister to commit to publishing the Government’s plan for leaving the EU before Article 50 is invoked” by 448 to 75 votes – a majority of 373 – after it was amended by Downing Street to “call on the Government to invoke Article 50 by 31 March 2017”.
Pro-Brexit MPs seized on the symbolism of a parliamentary vote backing the end of March timetable. Douglas Carswell, Ukip’s one MP, said it was the end of a “long road”.
More than 20 Labour MPs voted against their own party line to oppose the amendment, amid disquiet about Starmer’s tactics. Some disgruntled backbenchers suggested that scores of Labour MPs had abstained.
Labour MPs defying Starmer’s approach and refusing to back the government’s amendment also included three shadow ministers – Daniel Zeichner, Catherine West and Tulip Siddiq.
The SNP, Green party MP Caroline Lucas and the Liberal Democrats voted against the motion, with Lib Dem leader Tim Farron suggesting Labour had allowed itself to be “muzzled”.
However, Starmer sought to show that Labour will use the motion to exert pressure on the government. He said a “late, vague plan” would not be good enough, and he would measure any published negotiating strategy against five tests:
Starmer, the MP for Holborn and St Pancras, stressed the need for the government to act for voters who backed remain in June’s referendum, as well as those who wanted to leave.
“That is an important point, because the future of this country is bound up with the negotiations, and it is wrong in principle for the government to act solely for the 52% – to base its approach on the 52% or a group within the 52%,” he said.
If Labour is not satisfied the tests are met, he said the party would seek to amend the bill that the government is expected to bring to parliament to trigger Article 50, if it loses the ongoing supreme court appeal .
David Davis insisted the government had made no new concessions by agreeing to support the Labour motion and had always been clear it would keep parliament informed. He said by supporting the amended motion, Labour was “signing up” to triggering article 50.
“Dance on a pin as the shadow spokesman may, that’s what they’re signing up to – the government will invoke article 50 by 31 March 2017,” he said. He added that it had always been his approach to outline the government’s strategy to MPs – so long as it did not undermine the government’s negotiating strategy.
He said the government’s amendment had “laid down an important challenge” to opposition MPs who said they supported the verdict in the referendum but were seeking to “thwart” Brexit.
“We will see today if they’re willing to back the government in getting on with implementing the decision made by the voters of the United Kingdom,” Davis said.
He stressed that the government would need to maintain some secrecy around its aims in the two-year negotiating process, in order to “retain room for manoeuvre, including the ability to give and take, to trade off different interests, to maximise the value of concessions, and to do so without always giving the other side advance notice. We must retain the ability to negotiate with a high degree of agility and speed; the more complex the negotiation, the more parties to it, and the more time-pressured it is, the more important that is.”
Tory backbenchers from both sides of the Brexit divide intervened. Brexit supporter John Redwood said: “As we bring the country together it is important that people do not look for possible or imaginary problems, because we want the strongest possible position to negotiate the best possible answer for the country, and we need to unite to do so.”
Anna Soubry , the fiercely pro-remain campaigner who had led the Conservative rebels against the government, said she would back the motion but remained “nervous and concerned”.
“The debates we now need to have are about the value of the single market – let us thrash it out and hear why some say we should not be in it. Let us talk about the customs union and the peril of tariffs. Let us talk about immigration – the positive benefits of it, and some of the downsides, but let us have these debates and, most importantly, let us take part in that – parliament. We speak for our constituents. We speak for the people.”
Former chancellor Ken Clarke, pointing to the divisions on his own side, cautioned that the government could comply with the motion by simply providing “hints” about its intentions.
“This word ‘plan’ is being used in an extremely vague way, and could cover some of the vague assertions that ministers have been making for the last few weeks. Will the secretary of state accept that the House requires a description—published in a white paper, preferably – of the strategic objectives that the government will pursue,” he said, before going on to suggest ministers “have no idea what the strategy is anyway and don’t agree with each other”. Clarke was the only Conservative MP to vote against the motion.
Several Labour MPs intervened to say that they could not support the amended motion, with Tottenham MP David Lammy saying his remain-supporting constituents would not want him to support triggering article 50.
Ben Bradshaw said he could not support the motion as amended, as it gave the government “a blank cheque to invoke article 50 without any of us being any the wiser about the government’s intentions”.
Labour Manchester mayoral candidate Andy Burnham used his speech in the debate to call on his own party to do a better job of addressing the public’s concerns about immigration.
“There is nothing socialist about a system of open borders that allows multinationals to treat people as commodities and to move them around Europe to drive down labour costs and create a race to the bottom,” he said, in an apparent dig at frontbenchers including shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, who has argued strongly for the benefits of immigration .
He called for his colleagues to “make the argument for an immigration system that allows for greater control and that reduces the numbers coming here, but that does so in a fair way”.
But Heidi Alexander, former shadow health secretary, struck a different note, warning against interpreting it as a rejection of immigration. “My fundamental concern about prioritising immigration over all else is that we run the risk of whipping up even more of the intolerance, division and – let us be honest – hatred that we saw in the referendum campaign,” she said.
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1 officer killed, 1 in critical condition; Suspect still at large

An Americus police officer was killed and Georgia Southwestern State University public safety officer was listed in "very, very critical" condition after a shooting near the GSW State University campus in Americus Tuesday morning. A massive manhunt is underway for the gunman, identified by police as Minguell Lembrick.
According to Americus Police Chief Mark Scott, Americus Police officer Nicholas Smarr was responding to a domestic call at an apartment complex near the GSW State campus. GSW officer Jody Smith heard the call and also responded as a backup to the officer.
When they arrived, Scott said, they found an armed suspect who fired at them.
"Both officers were hit. The Americus officer is deceased. The Georgia Southwestern officer has been LifeFlighted to Macon. He's in critical condition at this time," said Scott. "Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the families. This is a devastating loss to our family here in Americus. It's just unbelievable. "
The apartment complex is adjacent to the Griffin Bell Golf Course, located just south of the GSW State University main campus.
"We are actively seeking the suspect, who has been identified as Minguell Kennedy Lembrick," Scott said. "He does have felony warrants on him. He may still be in the area, he should be considered armed and dangerous. "
Officials said Officer Smith was transported to Navicent Health in Macon in critical condition.
It's unknown at this time if Lembrick was hit, but he was able to escape. A massive manhunt for him is now underway, and officials are now offering a $20,000 reward for his arrest.
Officers from multiple law enforcement agencies, including the Sumter County Sheriff's Office, are searching for the suspect. They are asking anyone who encounters the suspect to not approach him and alert law enforcement immediately.
An alert from the university sent shortly after the incident occurred advised everyone to remain in their present location until further notice. In addition, everyone is advised to take steps to secure all doors and windows to the rooms in which they are in, including shutting down HVAC, turning off lights, moving to an unobservable part of the room away from doors and windows and getting down on the floor.
They are advised to then await additional instructions or contact from first responders.
(© 2016 WXIA)
Authorities: 1 officer killed, 1 wounded; shooter at large
1 officer killed, 1 critical, manhunt underway in Georgia — RT America
UPDATE: Americus officer killed, 2nd officer critical after shooting
1 officer killed, 1 in critical condition; Manhunt underway


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AT&T touts Time Warner merger at U. S. Senate hearing

WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - AT&T Inc's planned $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc will increase innovation and bring "better-priced options" to consumers upset by high cable bills, AT&T Chief Executive Randall Stephenson told lawmakers on Wednesday. "We want consumers to pay for their content once and watch it any where any time," he said at a hearing of the Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel. Senator Amy Klobuchar, the ranking Democrat on the panel, expressed concern that the deal would create incentives for AT&T to refuse to license Time Warner's movies and television shows to competitors. She also said AT&T could favor its own shows over independent content. Time Warner owns HBO, CNN, Cartoon Network and the Warner Bros film studio. Senator Al Franken, also a Democrat, expressed the same concern and pressed Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes on whether the new, combined company would raise rates to others who would broadcast its content. "It would not have the incentive nor would it have the ability," Bewkes responded. AT&T's Stephenson agreed: "It would make no sense... to do that. " Senator Mike Lee, a Republican who chairs the antitrust panel, said the review by the U. S. Justice Department would be "very fact-intensive. " "Consumer welfare is maximized by protecting competition, not necessarily by protecting competitors," Lee said. The Justice Department will determine whether the deal is legal under antitrust law. If the agency decides to stop a proposed transaction, it must convince a judge to agree. Stephen has said that the Federal Communications Commission would also review the deal if AT&T decides to assume any of Time Warner's licenses. Franken said he wanted to see the FCC review the merger because of their tougher standard. Senator Richard Blumenthal said he had "serious concerns about this transaction. I have yet to be convinced that the benefits outweigh the risks. " But he was also concerned that President-elect Donald Trump, whose administration will decide whether to approve the merger, had said during the campaign that it should be blocked. "What troubles me is that the president-elect has said that his Justice Department will enforce a different standard of law depending" on whether he is angered by news coverage, said Blumenthal, calling the notion "absolutely abhorrent". Stephenson said he had not been in touch with Trump's transition team on the issue and that he expected the Justice Department would review the merger fairly. Billionaire investor Mark Cuban told the Senate panel that the merger would create another competitor against large companies like Apple Inc, Google, Microsoft Corp, Inc and Facebook Inc. "Delivering content to consumers in this app-driven world is not easy," he said in written testimony. "Alone, it will be very difficult, if not impossible for either AT&T or Time Warner to compete. " And more change would be coming, he said: "There's going to be people cutting the broadband cord. " (Reporting by David Shepardson and Diane Bartz; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Alan Crosby)
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Actually, Trump could succeed in lowering drug prices

President-elect Donald Trump is on a negotiating roll.
He's still enjoying great publicity for his deal with Carrier to keep 1,100 jobs in Indiana, seems to have effectively used Twitter to impress upon Boeing the need to cut its price for the new Air Force One program, and the CEO of Japan's SoftBank even came to Trump Tower on Tuesday to announce a $50 billion investment in the U. S.
And now, in an interview with Time Magazine for the issue that names him as the magazine's "Person of the Year," Trump put the drug industry in his crosshairs, saying he is going to bring down prescription drug prices.
That set off a firestorm, with drug stocks taking a hit and speculation swirling about whether his choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, or Congress, would allow that to even happen.
I'm with Wall Street on this one. After what we've seen him do in the past few weeks alone, I wouldn't bet against him. Trump is once again uniquely positioned to get it done.
No, it's not because Trump is a saint or a savant or even the toughest guy on the block. But it is because Trump continues to be a unique combination of two things we really haven't ever seen in the modern White House: A business negotiator and a politician will no actual political ideology.
The characteristic Trump seems to value the most about himself is his persona as a deal maker. Yes, that's why the title of his most successful book is "Art of the Deal" and he references it all the time. Critics of his businesses record can quibble about how wealthy he really is and how much success he's had overall, but only a fool would deny that Trump is adept at dealmaking and certainly delights in the give and take of it all. Having the presidency and all of the deal-making apparatus the White House gives him is definitely making Trump look like a kid in the candy shop right now.
With the drug companies, he indeed has a lot of negotiating power. We know they will listen closely to everything Trump says about lowering their corporate taxes because Big Pharma has been such a leader in the corporate tax inversion craze in recent years. We know those companies will also listen because Trump wants to reduce regulations and prescription drugs are possibly the most regulated products in America. Drug companies also happen to manufacture many of their most expensive and popular drugs overseas, which has added to our trade deficit in a big way over the last decade. Don't be surprised if those companies are willing to lower the prices of those foreign-made drugs in return for promises that Trump will lay off their heavy use of overseas plants. There are more examples, but this is not a negotiation where the only thing Trump will have in his pocket is the fact that he's the new president.
Will Trump get a commitment from the drug makers to cut prices on the biggest drugs by a certain percentage in return for killing off a set of costly regulations? He certainly could. Will he issue a special new tax deduction or credit for Big Pharma that offsets lower drug revenues? It's possible. He likes to make deals and he has a Republican Congress likely to back him if he does.
But here's a question we have to ask: Sure, Trump is a guy who likes to negotiate, but haven't all the recent Presidents of the United States had basically the same negotiating tools at their disposal? At one time or another, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama had their party in control of Congress and at least the option to make the same kind of deal Trump seems poised to make. So why didn't they? The easy answer is usually something along the lines of blaming crony capitalism or the power of lobbyists and corporate donors. But the real answer lies in recognizing another truly unique thing about Trump: He really has no discernible political ideology.
It's important to understand that Trump is clearly not beholden to the conservative Republican ideology of keeping Big Government out of free enterprise as much as possible. He slayed that supposedly sacred cow during the GOP primaries and still won the nomination in a landslide. And Trump also is not going to be held down by the liberal Democrats' ideology that bemoans special tax breaks and other "corporate welfare" deals to big corporations. As this election developed, it became more and more clear that Trump was, in essence, a third-party candidate running on the Republican ticket out of personal expediency. Yes, the GOP will take the lion's share of the political profits from Trump's win. But a great deal of the GOP conservative ideology is going to be sacrificed in return. It already has. Trump isn't even president yet and he's sacrificed a lot of it already.
Trump would like us all to think that he's the master negotiator and that's the only real reason why he can and possibly eventually will make some headway on reducing prescription-drug costs. But that angle is only half of the story. No negotiator or president can get anything done as long as the person or company on the other side of the table knows there are certain tools or threats the president won't be able to use in the end. Adherence to one political ideology or another has always kept a lock on some of the best tools a president could use in economic negotiations of all kinds. But Trump's lack of political ideology is the key to unlock those tools and he's clearly showing he has no philosophical problem with using it.
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Softbank tycoon who met with Trump is Japan's deal maker

TOKYO (AP) - Japanese billionaire Masayoshi Son, who met with President-elect Donald Trump and then announced plans to create 50,000 jobs and invest $50 billion in U. S. startups, has been one of Japan's most aggressive overseas investors for over two decades. He's getting an early start on deal-making with the future president. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, Son founded Softbank in 1981 after selling a pocket translator he invented while still in college to Sharp Corp. for $1 million. Softbank became Japan's largest distributor of computer software and leading publisher of computer-related magazines and books, going public in 1994. The Tokyo-based company is now one of Japan's biggest telecoms providers, with more than 63,590 employees, a solar power business, humanoid robots for home use, ride-booking services and financial technology. It recently set up a $25 billion private fund for technology investments, along with Saudi Arabia and other investors, that Son says could grow to $100 billion. But Softbank has had its ups and downs over the years, occasionally having to retrench and sell off investments. Here are some highlights: ARM HOLDINGS: In July, Softbank bought Britain's ARM Holdings for 24.3 billion pounds ($32 billion), in a deal the British government hailed as a vote of confidence despite its decision to leave the European Union. ARM is known as an innovator in smartphone technologies and the "internet of things. " ''Now is the time. This is the Cambrian explosion," Son recently told investors in a presentation. SPRINT CORP.: Son's 2013 purchase of a 70 percent stake in Sprint Nextel for $20 billion was the biggest foreign acquisition in the history of Japan Inc. The U. S. wireless carrier is slowly turning itself around, though it reported a loss of $142 million in its fiscal second quarter. Son hopes to expand Softbank's U. S. footprint by acquiring T-Mobile. On Tuesday, he praised Trump as a "deregulator," suggesting he is hoping the new administration might ease hurdles to such a deal. Son has said he believes the mobile internet is the most important, backbone technology for the 21st century, but the U. S. lags in terms of speed. He could be looking to focus investments in that area. ALIBABA: Son says he parted "unwillingly" with some of his investment in the Chinese e-commerce giant to help pay for the ARM acquisition. "But I still believe in Alibaba's future; it is still in the process of growth and it has a big future," he said in an earnings presentation last month. SUPERCELL: Earlier this year, Softbank sold its stake in Finnish game developer Supercell to Chinese technology firm Tencent in a deal that values the company at about $10.2 billion. INDIA: Son has pledged to invest $10 billion in India over 10 years, though Softbank has had to write off losses from ride hailing technology company Ola Cabs and e-commerce company Snapdeal. EARLIER DEALS: In 1995, back when Softbank was still a software distributor and publisher of computer and hi-tech magazines, it bought Comdex and other computer-related show businesses from The Interface Group. Eventually it sold off the trade shows. Over the years, Son has also invested in satellite TV and other media ventures, in banking and in Japan's Nasdaq. An investment in U. S. computer memory board maker Kingston Technology Corp., in 1996, is considered one of Son's missteps. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.