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Trump chooses early supporter and former Navy SEAL Zinke as interior secretary

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen first-term Republican U. S. Representative Ryan Zinke of Montana, a former Navy SEAL commander, as his interior secretary. 2016-12-14 02:54 5KB www.independent.ie

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Ohio Governor OKs 20-Week Abortion Ban, Nixes Heartbeat Bill

Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a bill Tuesday imposing a 20-week abortion ban while vetoing stricter provisions in a separate measure that would have barred the procedure at the first detectable fetal heartbeat. The so-called heartbeat bill would have prohibited most abortions once a... 2016-12-14 02:21 5KB abcnews.go.com

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Trump staffer: Kanye will not perform at inauguration

Kanye West will not perform at Donald Trump's inauguration in January, says the chairman of Trump's presidential inaugural committee, Tom Barrack. 2016-12-13 23:28 1KB rss.cnn.com

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Edward Snowden sends strong anti-surveillance message to US President-elect Donald Trump

In a clear message to US President-elect Donald Trump, the famed National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden has said that government surveillance programmes will create "vulnerabilities" for social media users. ... 2016-12-14 01:18 1KB article.wn.com

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Bakersfield police shoot unarmed 73-year-old man fatally

A Bakersfield police officer who fatally shot Francisco Serna, 73, has been placed on administrative leave, authorities said Tuesday. 2016-12-14 00:02 2KB rss.cnn.com

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Confirmation fight looms over Rex Tillerson nomination

After weeks of public auditions, Donald Trump has selected Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state. Now the fight moves to Capitol Hill. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and USA Today’s Susan Page discuss. 2016-12-13 19:09 892Bytes www.msnbc.com

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What Some Conservatives and Liberals Agree on about One Trump Cabinet Pick

Liberal and Conservative leaders in some cases don't like one of President-elect Donald Trumps candidates for a top cabinet post. Liberal and Conservative leaders in some cases don't like one of President-elect Donald Trumps candidates for a top cabinet post. 2016-12-13 19:33 2KB www.cbn.com

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Why the Obama administration didn't respond earlier to Russian hacks

For months, Obama administration officials have debated how to respond to Russian hacks they believed were intended to undermine the US elections. But they kept arriving at reasons not to respond publicly. 2016-12-13 22:10 5KB rss.cnn.com

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Trump Rips Wisconsin Recount: Democrats 'Were Behind It'

President-elect Donald Trump slammed the Wisconsin recount Tuesday — saying the Democrats "were behind it" with the Green Party — which swelled his victory over Hillary Clinton in last month's election by 131 votes. 2016-12-13 22:17 4KB www.newsmax.com

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Jim Brown on Meeting With Trump: ‘I Fell in Love With Him’

Jim Brown on Meeting With Trump: 'I Fell in Love With Him' 2016-12-13 19:20 949Bytes feedproxy.google.com

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WATCH: Syrian rebels prepare Aleppo withdrawl as truce begins

Syrian rebels have prepared to withdraw from Aleppo after a ceasefire agreement ended years of fighting in the city. Watch. 2016-12-14 02:44 1KB www.news24.com

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Russia: Syria establishes control over eastern Aleppo

"Over the last hour we've received information that the military activities in east Aleppo have stopped," Churkin said, according to... 2016-12-13 23:17 7KB rss.cnn.com

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China warns Taiwan over independence after Trump call

China warned Taiwan that declaring independence would be a "dead end", state media said Wednesday, after the island's democratically elected president phoned Donald Trump in a precedent-breaking move. 2016-12-14 03:00 2KB www.digitaljournal.com

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Jaden Smith Meets Up With Kanye In NYC While Dad Will Talks Having A Son Who Wears Dresses [Video]

Jaden Smith took some time out of his schedule Tuesday to meet with Kanye West in New York (Kanye reportedly met with Donald Trump at Trump Tower, too). 2016-12-13 23:33 4KB www.inquisitr.com

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Senate Fight Looms After Donald Trump Taps Exxon CEO As Top US Diplomat

President-elect Donald Trump named the head of Exxon Mobil Corp, Rex Tillerson, as his choice for U. S. secretary of state on Tuesday and won backing from some Republican foreign policy figures ahead... 2016-12-14 02:18 739Bytes article.wn.com

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Wells Fargo’s ‘Living Will’ Plan Is Rejected Again by Regulators

Regulators have said the rejection shows the bank has not figured out how to adequately unwind the complex and interconnected parts of its operations. 2016-12-13 21:09 5KB www.nytimes.com

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How Trump could really 'drain the swamp'

If Trump does not divest his business, it will become the nation's business: America won't see any financial benefits, but will reap the fallout. 2016-12-13 20:03 5KB rss.cnn.com

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Military plane circling Manhattan causes panic among New Yorkers

The C-130 military aircraft, which was spotted flying low around midtown Manhattan in New York City on Tuesday afternoon, was taking part in a routine training exercise, officials said. 2016-12-14 02:22 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Evacuation deal reached for last rebel zones in ravaged Aleppo as loyalists continue executing civilians

It could signal an effective end for rebel fighters trying to hold onto their last footholds in the strategic northern city after being pushed back by overwhelming firepower 2016-12-13 18:03 7KB news.nationalpost.com

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Donald Trump Praises Paul Ryan in Wisconsin, Compares Him to 'Fine Wine'

President-elect Donald Trump appeared in Wisconsin Tuesday to thank supporters and Republican politicians for supporting his bid for the White House -- and took a markedly different tone towards House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., with whom he clashed at times during the campaign season. "I've come... 2016-12-14 02:51 2KB abcnews.go.com

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Secretary of State facility in Libertyville to close

The Secretary of State facility in north suburban Libertyville is set to close for good at the end of the month. 2016-12-14 01:20 1KB chicago.suntimes.com

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When Rick Perry wanted to eliminate the Department of Energy

Donald Trump's pick of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry for Energy Secretary is yet another example of Trump giving a cabinet job to someone who wants to do away with the department he'll be leading. 2016-12-13 19:36 899Bytes www.msnbc.com

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IBM throws Trump a bone on eve of meeting: We’ll hire 25,000 Americans

(Reuters) - IBM Chief Executive Ginni Rometty pledged to hire and train workers in the United States as she and other technology executives prepared to meet on Wednesday with U. S. President-elect Donald Trump. 2016-12-14 09:04 3KB feedproxy.google.com

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Houthi leader accuses UK of war crimes in Yemen over arms sales to Saudi Arabia — RT News

The new prime minister of Yemen's Houthi movement says Britain is guilty of war crimes in Yemen, accusing the country of participating in the bombing of civilians through its sales of arms to Saudi Arabia. 2016-12-14 00:44 3KB www.rt.com

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Tired of abductions, Mexican townsfolk kidnap drug boss’ mother as a bargaining chip

In one of the stranger chapters of Mexico’s drug war, angry people in a southern town kidnapped the mother of a gang leader to demand the release of their loved ones.... 2016-12-14 00:28 3KB www.scmp.com

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Mexican Senate approves medical marijuana bill

Mexico's Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing medical marijuana on Tuesday after a national debate on narcotics policy in a country mired in brutal drug violence. 2016-12-14 00:00 3KB newsinfo.inquirer.net

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Local TV reporter said her career was harmed by former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes

A part-time local TV reporter who claimed she was harassed by former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes has filed a discrimination lawsuit against 21st Century Fox and its television station group. 2016-12-13 21:55 4KB www.latimes.com

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Scientists protest Trump's over climate change at SF conference

In a rare move, top climate scientists in San Francisco took to the streets to blast President-Elect Donald Trump's position on climate change. 2016-12-13 22:11 2KB abc7news.com

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Islamic State manufacturing arms on industrial scale

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The Islamic State group was manufacturing weapons in and around Mosul on an industrial scale with products largely purchased in bulk from... 2016-12-14 01:18 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Report: Trump's business interests endanger U. S.

Newsweek reports Trump's international holdings are putting U. S. interests in jeopardy as foreign governments, especially Turkey & the Philippines, are already seeing ways to exploit them as a weakness for Trump. Kurt Eichenwald broke the story and... 2016-12-13 22:24 997Bytes www.msnbc.com

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Islamic State claims responsibility for Cairo church bombing

Isis says bomb at Cairo church that killed 25 people was part of ‘war against apostates’ 2016-12-13 18:07 3KB www.theguardian.com

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Trump rewards Michigan party chair with national role

President-elect Donald Trump wants Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel to be national party chairwoman, in part as a reward for the party carrying Michigan for the first time in 28 years. 2016-12-13 21:04 4KB www.charlotteobserver.com

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Beijing says interference with one-China principle would ‘seriously’ impact on peace

Taiwan Affairs Office emphasises that one-China policy is the basis of China-US relations 2016-12-14 01:34 2KB www.scmp.com

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Tech workers vow not to build Trump Muslim registry

Hundreds of employees from Google, Twitter and other firms say they won't aid new administration. 2016-12-13 23:34 2KB rssfeeds.usatoday.com

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Dylann Roof scouted black church for months before shooting

Dylann Roof traveled half a dozen times to a historic African American church in Charleston, South Carolina in the months before he gunned down nine parishio... 2016-12-13 23:05 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Governors of California and other Western states uncertain about life under a Trump administration

Governors on both sides of the political divide expressed uncertainty on Tuesday about what lies ahead under President-elect Donald Trump , whose stances on issues from immigration to healthcare have shifted over the last year. 2016-12-13 23:24 6KB www.latimes.com

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Katrina Pierson seeking role in Trump administration

Katrina Pierson, a spokesperson for Donald Trump and fixture on cable news, is seeking a role in his administration, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter. 2016-12-13 19:14 1KB rss.cnn.com

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Hertz names Marinello president and CEO to succeed Marinello

NEW YORK (AP) — Struggling car rental company Hertz has named a new CEO. Kathryn Marinello will take over the wheel on Jan. 3, succeeding John Tague, who is ... 2016-12-13 19:45 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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'Democracy sausage' snags Australia's official word of 2016

A humble barbequed sausage on a slice of bread sold at polling booths around Australia was picked Wednesday as the country's official word of the year — "democracy sausage. " 2016-12-14 02:56 2KB www.heraldonline.com

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2 Georgia police officers shot, wounded serving warrant

A man shot and wounded two Georgia police officers executing a search warrant early Monday, prompting officers to return fire, killing him, authorities sai 2016-12-14 01:08 2KB mynorthwest.com

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Japan demands halt to US Osprey flights after crash

Japan on Wednesday demanded that the US suspend flights of its controversial US Marine Osprey aircraft after one appeared to crash land off the southern isla... 2016-12-14 00:45 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Prosecutors ask judge to allow Cosby accusers to testify

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) " Bill Cosby used his fame to gain the trust of women before knocking them out with pills and drinks so he could sexually assault them, prosecutors argued Tuesday as they sought to persuade a judge to allow 13 of Cosby... 2016-12-13 19:33 1KB article.wn.com

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Ex Fox News Chief Faces New Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

A TV reporter alleges that Ailes contacted an ex-boyfriend asking if she would "put out" sexually. 2016-12-13 23:28 2KB fortune.com

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Colorado officials plan new DNA testing in JonBenet Ramsey murder case

An investigation found that DNA evidence in the case doesn't support the controversial decision by former DA Mary Lacy to clear the girl's family members from all suspicion... 2016-12-14 02:28 689Bytes article.wn.com

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Feds slap restrictions on Wells Fargo after finding bank unprepared for any future bankruptcy

Wells Fargo & Co. was sanctioned Tuesday by federal regulators who determined the bank has not done enough to ensure it could continue operating smoothly after a bankruptcy and without a taxpayer bailout. 2016-12-13 19:30 6KB www.latimes.com

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Judge orders Colorado electors to vote for Hillary Clinton

DENVER (AP) " Colorado's nine electors must vote for Hillary Clinton because she won the state's popular vote, a judge ruled Tuesday, effectively stopping the state's electors from joining a longshot effort to unite with Republicans behind a compromise presidential candidate other... 2016-12-13 23:45 1KB article.wn.com

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Federal judge wants to see Hillary Clinton emails search warrant

A federal judge directed the US government to show him any search warrant application used to gain access to a new batch of Hillary Clinton's emails just before the election on Tuesday. 2016-12-13 19:10 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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ZooLights premiere Friday at San Francisco Zoo

San Francisco Zoo & Gardens’ annual holiday light display is launching on Friday, complete with a Winter Wonderland and a Reindeer Village. The Reindeer Village is located near the playground, … San Francisco Zoo & Gardens' annual holiday light display is launching on Friday... 2016-12-13 21:37 1KB www.sfexaminer.com

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Philippines' Duterte 'deliberately' avoided Obama at ASEAN-US summit

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has admitted he didn't attend sessions at regional summit inSeptember in Laos because he wanted to avoid an "awkward situation" with US President Barack Obama. 2016-12-14 02:52 1KB www.cnn.com

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French lower house of parliament votes to extend state of emergency

PARIS, Dec 14 (Reuters) - The French lower house of parliament voted early on Wednesday to extend the country's state of emergency until July 15, 2017, as Fr... 2016-12-14 02:47 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Actelion says it continues deal talks as J&J drops out

Switzerland's Actelion said on Tuesday that it was in talks with an undisclosed suitor about a "strategic transaction. " 2016-12-14 02:57 2KB www.cnbc.com

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Russian opposition leader announces presidential bid

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has repeatedly said that Putin and his inner circle are guilty of graft. 2016-12-13 23:24 3KB rssfeeds.detroitnews.com

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The United Nations just fired Wonder Woman, dumping her as an ambassador

The job market is tough these days, even for superheroes. On Friday, the United Nations will abruptly end Wonder Woman’s tenure as honorary ambassador after controversy and protests from women’s rights organisations.... 2016-12-14 02:13 3KB www.scmp.com

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21st Century Cures Act signed; touted as health research breakthrough

The bill is expected to be the last legislation that will be signed into law during the Obama administration. 2016-12-13 19:30 3KB www.mlive.com

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Aleppo Genocide: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

There were reports of an Aleppo genocide as a ceasefire was reportedly reached following Syrian government forces taking control. Reports… 2016-12-14 02:10 3KB heavy.com

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Putin's large dog Yume barks at Japanese journalists

A big, barking dog can be intimidating at the best of times. Even more so perhaps when it's standing next to Russian President Vladimir Putin. 2016-12-14 02:04 2KB www.cnn.com

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Sydney swelters through hottest December night in 148 years

Sydney residents sweltered through the city’s second hottest night on record and its hottest December night in 148 years, with many cooling off at beaches long after dark.... 2016-12-14 02:11 2KB www.scmp.com

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Krauthammer: “The Idea That Russia Gave The Election To Trump Is Absurd”

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: The idea that [Russia] gave the election to Donald Trump is absurd. The intelligence agencies themselves are split. There's no way really to discern intent without having a source inside and we don't… 2016-12-14 06:50 1KB www.patdollard.com

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Asian stocks mostly higher ahead of Fed's rate decision

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher on Wednesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates. The Fed was widely expected to announce later in the day an increase in the key policy rate... 2016-12-14 02:23 806Bytes article.wn.com

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Stephen Miller Will Be Trump’s Senior Policy Adviser

The 30-year-old is a populist firebrand, and an outspoken conspiracy theory booster. 2016-12-14 01:08 2KB feedproxy.google.com

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Rand Paul: I'll keep ‘open mind’ on Tillerson

Paul is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which must greenlight Tillerson’s nomination before a full Senate vote. 2016-12-13 18:23 2KB thehill.com

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Judge Blocks Publishing in Case of Boy With Drugs in School

A New Jersey reporter says state officials want him to sign an agreement before allowing him to publish limited details from a child welfare complaint he obtained, but he has refused in a case involving a 5-year-old boy found with drugs in school twice in a month... 2016-12-14 01:16 3KB abcnews.go.com

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Anwar vows to keep fighting after Malaysia court rejects final appeal against sodomy conviction

Jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim lost his final bid for freedom on Wednesday when the federal court rejected his appeal to set aside his sodomy conviction and five-year jail term.... 2016-12-14 01:06 2KB www.scmp.com

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Legal marijuana for Canadian adults? It may not be so far in the future

Justin Trudeau's government to study recreational use of legal marijuana for adults 2016-12-13 23:25 2KB www.cbsnews.com

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Another Dow record high, inching closer to 20,000 Contact WND

(CNBC) — U. S. equities closed higher on Tuesday as investors kept an eye on a key Federal Reserve meeting, while the Dow Jones industrial average closed in on another milestone. The Dow closed at a record, rising more than 100 points,... 2016-12-13 18:33 1KB www.wnd.com

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Trump Continues ‘Thank You’ Tour Following A Whirlwind Tuesday

Earlier in the day, Trump met with a wide swath of celebrities and famous figures, including rap mogul and possible future presidential candidate Kanye West. 2016-12-14 00:40 4KB newyork.cbslocal.com

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Harry Reid: Russia Hacking 'As Big a Deal as Watergate'

Sen. Harry Reid is calling for a "9/11-type commission" on Russia's interference of the presidential election before the Electoral College votes on Dec. 19, he said during an interview at a BuzzFeed Brews event. 2016-12-13 22:36 1KB www.newsmax.com

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UNICEF: 80,000 children will starve to death in Nigeria

Nearly a half million children will face starvation in northeastern Nigeria next year and 80,000 will die if they don't get treatment in the humanitarian crisis created by Boko Haram's Islamic uprisin 2016-12-13 21:44 2KB www.deseretnews.com

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Nancy Pelosi casts doubt on GOP plans to repeal Obamacare

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi cast doubt Tuesday on congressional Republicans' and President-elect Donald Trump's plans to rollback Obamacare. 2016-12-13 20:55 4KB rss.cnn.com

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Google branches off 'Waymo' unit as company to handle self-driving cars

Tech giant Google announced Tuesday that its self-driving vehicle unit will now be developed under a separate independent company called Waymo. 2016-12-13 20:52 2KB www.upi.com

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Electoral College voters under intense pressure

The 538 delegates to the Electoral College will gather at governors’ offices and statehouses across the country Monday to make President-elect Donald Trump Donald... 2016-12-13 19:58 8KB thehill.com

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2016 Lie of the Year: Fake news

PolitiFact's Lie of the Year for 2016 is fake news. Ignoring the facts has long been a staple of political speech. Every day, politicians overstate some statistic, distort their opponents’ positions, or simply tell out-and-out whoppers. Surrogates and pundits spread the spin. 2016-12-13 19:35 14KB www.miamiherald.com

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‘I hope you can remember us’: residents of Syria’s Aleppo share tormented goodbyes online

First came the distress calls from doctors in underground shelters and morgues. Then residents under relentless bombardment in the few remaining blocks under rebel control in Aleppo began posting emotional goodbyes on social media and in widely... 2016-12-14 02:47 4KB www.scmp.com

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Pizzagate Shooting Suspect Faces Federal Charges

Edgar Maddison Welch, the Pizzagate shooting suspect, is going to face federal charges. The 28-year-old North Carolina man reportedly wanted to “self 2016-12-13 23:43 3KB www.inquisitr.com

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Breakfast with Santa Claus at Capitol Coney Island Dec. 17

On Saturday, Dec. 17, Capitol Coney Island, 4021 Van Slyke Road, Flint, will be hosting Santa Claus from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 2016-12-13 23:00 1KB www.mlive.com

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3 ACS Employees Fired, Independent Monitor Ordered After Probe Of Zymere Perkins Case

Three New York City Administration of Children and Family Services workers were fired Tuesday after a scathing report on the agency’s handling of the death of a 6-year-old Harlem boy. 2016-12-13 22:02 7KB newyork.cbslocal.com

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Lala Kent SLAMS certain Vanderpump Rules co-stars and explains why she quit show

The 25-year-old Salt Lake City, Utah native, who announced she was leaving the Bravo reality show Monday, held nothing back in a candid Tuesday chat with US Weekly. 2016-12-14 02:56 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Arctic Air to Spread Over Northeast US; Midwest Still Cold

Arctic cold is expected to spread across the northeastern United States while the Midwest remains frigid through the work week, forecasters said. Much of the northern Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states will stay cold for the next couple of days as the arctic air remains stuck over the... 2016-12-14 02:17 2KB abcnews.go.com

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Michigan Christmas tree farms hope more keep it real

State’s tree growers say the industry has stabilized in recent years 2016-12-14 00:30 5KB rssfeeds.detroitnews.com

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2 border tunnels found leading from Mexico into U. S.

Authorities find 2 border tunnels leading from Mexico into U. S. 2016-12-14 00:16 1KB www.cbsnews.com

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Michigan urges judge to drop order on Flint bottled water

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan is asking a judge to drop an order that requires water delivery in Flint if residents who don't have a working filt... 2016-12-13 22:31 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Today in Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Wednesday

Elk Grove mayor to be sworn in 2016-12-13 17:56 1KB www.sacbee.com

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Are the NAACP Image Awards the last gasp for Nate Parker's 'Birth of a Nation'?

Eleven months ago, a small independent film premiered at a major Park City, Utah, film festival to thunderous applause, rave reviews and standing ovations. Written, produced and directed by Nate Parker, a black man, with a mostly black cast, “The Birth... 2016-12-13 21:55 6KB www.latimes.com

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Recreational marijuana sales get green light in Canada, as report endorses legalisation plans

Canada got a green light to sell recreational marijuana through a range of retail outlets from an expert panel, whose report boosts the nascent cannabis industry as the country moves toward legalising the drug.... 2016-12-13 21:33 4KB www.scmp.com

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Venezuelan rush to unload bank notes before deadline

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelans took a break from lining up to buy food and medicine Tuesday and spent their day waiting in crowds to deposit bank notes about to become worthless. As tempers flared… 2016-12-13 19:54 4KB wtop.com

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Sexy Beaches? Florida lawmaker in suit over Pitbull contract

A top Florida lawmaker has filed a lawsuit against Pitbull's production company, saying taxpayers have a right to know how much the famous rapper was paid to promote Florida tourism which included a new video for his song "Sexy Beaches. " 2016-12-13 22:21 1KB www.thenewstribune.com

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FBI looks into Congress' claims VA lied about hospital costs

The Justice Department is considering whether to investigate allegations that Veterans Affairs Department executives lied to Congress to conceal massive cost overruns at a $1.7 billion VA hospital under construction ... 2016-12-13 21:44 802Bytes article.wn.com

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GM appeals ignition-switch ruling to Supreme Court

General Motors Co. is asking the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court's ruling that held it responsible for ignition-switch injuries and deaths that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy. 2016-12-13 20:09 1KB www.heraldonline.com

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Syria's civil war to mar Obama legacy

By Matt Spetalnick and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - The fall of the last rebel-held areas in the Syrian city of Aleppo could seal the fate... 2016-12-14 02:05 7KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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France says U. N. observers needed to ensure E. Aleppo evacuation

PARIS, Dec 14 (Reuters) - France's foreign minister said on Wednesday that confusion surrounding the evacuation of civilians and rebel fighters from eastern... 2016-12-14 02:59 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Eleven headless bodies found in Yemen's port city Aden- news website

DUBAI, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Eleven headless bodies have been dumped in a nature reserve in the southern Yemeni port city of Aden, a local news website reported... 2016-12-14 01:55 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Afghan Kids out of School Risk Early Marriage, Child Labor

Children of Afghan families returning from Pakistan who don't go to school and have no access to education are increasingly at risk of early marriage and child labor, according to a survey released on Wednesday. The survey by Save the Children reveals an alarming crisis in Afghanistan's... 2016-12-14 01:33 4KB abcnews.go.com

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Massive Mongolia coal deposits could revive its flagging economy

Rising coal prices and talks over restructuring of a vast coal mine in Gobi desert could give Mongolia's economy a boost but risks persist. 2016-12-13 20:01 7KB www.cnbc.com

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How America's diet has changed since 1970: Less sugar but more fat, leaner meat but more pastries - and FAR more calories

A new data analysis of USDA statistics by Pew Research shows Americans are swapping out beef for lean meat like chicken, and shunning sugar. But portion sizes have swelled. 2016-12-13 18:22 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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ICC Accuses UN Council of Failing to Act on Darfur Fugitives

The prosecutor for the International Criminal Court accused the U. N. Security Council on Tuesday of failing to take "swift and concrete action" against countries refusing to arrest Sudan's president and others accused of crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur. Fatou Bensouda told... 2016-12-13 19:30 3KB abcnews.go.com

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Canada wafts toward legalizing recreational pot

A federal task force recommends it, and new laws are promised come spring. 2016-12-13 20:25 1KB www.pressherald.com

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2.0
Man fed 11 puppies to caiman: Puerto Rico police

A 25-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly feeding at least 11 pitbull puppies to a caiman that he kept in his backyard, Puerto Rican authorities said Tuesday. ... 2016-12-13 19:32 742Bytes article.wn.com

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‘Duterte opens self up to impeachment in saying he killed drug suspects’

President Rodrigo Duterte is opening himself up to a possible impeachment when he admitted killing drug suspects when he was mayor of Davao City, Senator Richard Gordon said on Wednesday. 2016-12-14 00:00 2KB newsinfo.inquirer.net

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Fed set to hike rates, policy outlook now hinges on Trump presidency

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve will conclude its two-day policy meeting on Wednesday afternoon with an interest rate increase all but assured and will issue new forecasts assessing whether the economic outlook has changed since the U. S. election. The latest policy... 2016-12-14 02:09 947Bytes article.wn.com

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1.6
WWE Rumor: Donald Trump May Have Gotten Head Writer Fired

Donald Trump is not only the president-elect of the United States. He’s also a WWE Hall of Famer and one of few people to ever go head-to-head with Mr. McMahon 2016-12-14 01:55 3KB www.inquisitr.com

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Missing Florida man could be traveling through Louisiana: State police

Ira Johnson Jr., 71, of Pensacola was last seen around 1:50 p.m. Monday (Dec. 12), his family members told authorities. 2016-12-13 20:54 1KB www.nola.com

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Sen. Chris Coons to invite Trump to speak at National Prayer Breakfast

Democratic Sen. Chris Coons is set to visit Trump Tower on Wednesday, alongside Republican Sen. John Boozman, and will invite President-elect Donald Trump to the annual National Prayer Breakfast in Washington. 2016-12-13 20:21 1KB rss.cnn.com

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1.0
Tillerson history at Exxon one of defying, opposing US interests

Rachel Maddow reports on Exxon's history under Rex Tillerson of pursuing business interests that were counter to the interests of the United States in countries like Chad and Iraq. 2016-12-13 21:00 861Bytes www.msnbc.com

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0.0
Vogue Editor-in-Chief Wintour Sits Down With Trump

Days after criticizing Donald Trump's charitable foundation, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour met with the president-elect at Trump Tower. 2016-12-13 20:18 1KB www.newsmax.com

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California professor in hiding after anti-Trump rant

A California college professor who told her students that Donald Trump's election was an "act of terrorism" has gone into hiding after her comments prompted a firestorm and death threats. 2016-12-14 00:20 3KB www.digitaljournal.com

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Questions of conflict of interest with a Georgia congressman

ATLANTA - A Georgia Congressman, who is a licensed pharmacist, says bills he co-sponsored will help pharmacy patients across the country... 2016-12-14 00:12 2KB www.fox5atlanta.com

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0.7
Appellate court says feds can retry former state Auditor Troy Kelley

A panel of judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected an appeal by former state Auditor Troy Kelley and says federal prosecutors can retry him on several tax-related felony charges stemming from his defunct real estate reconveyance business. 2016-12-13 22:39 2KB www.thenewstribune.com

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0.0
Georgia Nicols horoscopes for Dec. 14, 2016

After 6:30 a.m... 2016-12-14 02:00 3KB chicago.suntimes.com

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1.2
Early Returns

WASHINGTON — He ran for president twice, but Rick Perry may be best known for two made-for-TV moments: uttering “oops” when he forgot the Energy Department was one of the agencies he pledged to eliminate and being a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.” The... 2016-12-14 00:41 14KB www.post-gazette.com

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Off-duty firefighter senses something wrong at restaurant, saves 30 people

Lonnie Wimmer of the Lewisville Fire Department in North Carolina saved a restaurant full of people while at a party Saturday night 2016-12-14 00:10 3KB www.cbsnews.com

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2 men arraigned in death of Conn. man last seen at NYC party

Joseph Comunale killing: James Rackover, Lawrence Dilione arraigned in death of Connecticut man last seen at NYC party 2016-12-14 00:04 3KB www.cbsnews.com

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1.2
Audio transcripts of El Faro's last hours are released

Audio transcripts of the chaotic final moments aboard the doomed El Faro cargo ship were released Tuesday. They detail hours of conversations up until the moment the ship sank in the middle of the Atlantic. 2016-12-13 23:17 3KB rss.cnn.com

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0.0
Reid: 'The DNC has done nothing for state organizations’

Reid criticized the national party's commitment to state organizations. 2016-12-13 22:11 3KB thehill.com

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2.1
Oklahoma court strikes down abortion restriction as unconstitutional

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down a state law requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital near their clinic, saying the measure "places an undue burden on a women's access to abortion. " 2016-12-13 20:24 3KB feeds.reuters.com

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0.5
White House moves quickly to release opioid money

WASHINGTON—With $500 million in hand to fight the opioid epidemic, White House officials are moving quickly to get that money flowing to the hardest-hit states—and pushing local officials to spend the new dollars on treatment above other addiction-re 2016-12-13 19:06 4KB rssfeeds.cincinnati.com

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4.0
Family planning for 'healthier, wealthier' Africa: Melinda Gates

Family planning helps people in Africa to be healthier and wealthier, as women without contraceptives become locked in 2016-12-14 03:00 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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3.0
Pellets fired to quell protests blind hundreds of Kashmiris

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian authorities call the shotgun shells filled with hundreds of small metal pellets a 2016-12-14 02:21 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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2.8
Court dismisses appeal over sex abuse of adopted Ohio girls

A court has dismissed an appeal by a former Ohio National Guardsman sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing three adopted daughters. An attorney for the 43-year-old Marysville man … Click to Continue »... 2016-12-14 02:21 776Bytes article.wn.com

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4.6
Bizarre DeKalb County home invasion

A Tuesday morning like no other for three Dekalb County Residents. 2016-12-14 02:13 1KB www.fox5atlanta.com

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1.0
Newest members of many college police departments: Bomb dogs

More colleges are getting bomb-sniffing dogs in a time of always-looming security threats, with two in New England among the latest. Black Labradors named Figaro and Bella attended the same... 2016-12-14 02:06 804Bytes article.wn.com

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1.1
Is new ‘Star Wars’ film filled with anti-Trump propaganda? There’s certainly plenty of politics

At the Saturday premiere of the latest Star Wars film, Rogue One, Disney chief executive Bob Iger offered a curious reading of the upcoming movie. This entry to the behemoth science fiction franchise was not political, he said. At all.... 2016-12-14 01:03 6KB www.scmp.com

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2.5
Myth Trivia: Celebrating Christmas trivia and facts

Myth Trivia brings us some Christmas themed facts and trivia safer than politics for Christmas dinner conversation. 2016-12-14 00:47 4KB www.commdiginews.com

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5.0
Protests erupt in Brazil over controversial 20-year austerity plan

Fierce protests erupted in 15 Brazilian cities Tuesday as the country's Senate approved a controversial 20-year austerity plan. 2016-12-14 00:39 2KB rss.cnn.com

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3.1
1st US offshore wind farm opens off Rhode Island's coast

PROVIDENCE, R. I. (AP) -- The nation's first offshore wind farm has opened off the coast of Rhode Island, ushering in a new era in the U. S. for the industry 2016-12-14 00:35 4KB mynorthwest.com

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0.0
Duggan seeks more jobs for Detroiters

Plan requires 51% of workers on city-funded projects to be residents 2016-12-14 00:30 6KB rssfeeds.detroitnews.com

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2.2
Retired New York cop who claims she was forced into an abusive sexual relationship with a high-ranking police chief is suing the NYPD for $100m

Retired New York cop Tabatha Foster, 40, has filed a lawsuit against Assistant Chief Jeffrey Maddrey who she claims forced her into a sexual relationship over seven years. 2016-12-14 00:22 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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1.0
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis not at commission meeting

After suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis' conviction was overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court, a memo sent by the DeKalb County attorney to local leaders announced Ellis must be reinstated 2016-12-14 00:21 4KB www.fox5atlanta.com

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0.6
California seeks permanent ban on oil, gas prospecting

California Governor Jerry Brown has urged US President Barack Obama to ban oil and gas drilling off the state's coast to protect the oceans and fight global warming. 2016-12-14 00:10 2KB www.digitaljournal.com

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BOJ survey shows cheaper yen lifts Japan business sentiment

Large Japanese manufacturers have gained confidence as the yen has weakened against the U. S. dollar since Donald Trump was elected U. S. president, a quarterly survey by the Bank of Japan... 2016-12-13 23:56 3KB www.cbs46.com

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Goldman Sachs expected to name Solomon, Schwartz as Cohn successors- WSJ

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc is expected to elevate David Solomon and Harvey Schwartz to be top lieutenants to Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein,... 2016-12-13 23:41 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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NBA: Durant gives $57K to Oklahoma city school for homeless kids

Kevin Durant might have left the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Golden State Warriors this off season, but his love and generosity for the community remains the same. 2016-12-14 00:00 1KB sports.inquirer.net

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No number coding on buses 2 days before Christmas, New Year – MMDA

To ensure that there will be enough buses to ferry passengers to the provinces this holiday season, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will lift the number coding scheme for provincial buses at least two days before Christmas and New Year. 2016-12-14 00:00 3KB newsinfo.inquirer.net

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2.1
Ex-Sheriff’s deputy recalls culture of abuse in jails under Lee Baca

A convicted Los Angeles County deputy whose actions within the Men’s Central Jail triggered criminal charges against former Sheriff Lee Baca and many others down the chain of command, recounted for a jury Tuesday how the culture of abuse agains 2016-12-13 23:26 5KB www.presstelegram.com

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2.3
Google reveals the 10 most searched terms by Australians in 2016

Lists of the most searched for terms on Google in 2016 have been revealed - with the US election number one in the overall trending searches and Donald Trump as the most searched person globally. 2016-12-13 23:16 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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3.0
Report: Votes Over-Tallied in 37 Percent of Detroit Precincts

Voting machines in more than one-third of all Detroit precincts registered more votes than they should have during the Nov. 8 presidential election, the Detroit News reported Tuesday. 2016-12-13 22:29 2KB www.newsmax.com

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1.8
Vancouver increases property tax to pay for drug-overdose measures, amid fentanyl crisis

The city of Vancouver, British Columbia, has approved a small tax hike intended to help address the opioid overdose crisis.... 2016-12-13 22:10 2KB www.scmp.com

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0.0
Uproar Over Charlie Brown Christmas Ban At Texas School Continues

The controversy over a Charlie Brown Christmas poster a Texas school employee was ordered to remove continued on Tuesday with a letter by the state attorney general asking the school to reverse its de 2016-12-13 21:56 3KB dailycaller.com

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3.9
A fire station was just 500 feet from the Ghost Ship. But fire officials say they have no records on warehouse

The warehouse where 36 people died earlier this month is just 500 feet from Oakland Fire Station No. 13. 2016-12-13 21:55 3KB www.latimes.com

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3.0
Senate Judiciary Committee refers Planned Parenthood for criminal charges

The Senate Judiciary Committee is recommending criminal charges against Planned Parenthood for allegedly trafficking in fetal body parts from abortions for profit. 2016-12-13 21:39 3KB www.washingtontimes.com

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0.9
Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew says letting star Wilfried Zaha turn his back on England would be 'big mistake'

England will be making a 'big mistake' if they allow Wilfried Zaha to become an Ivory Coast international, according to Alan Pardew. 2016-12-13 21:38 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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5.0
In Tenn. wildfires, officials estimate $500m in damage

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Local officials estimate that deadly wildfires in East Tennessee have caused more than $500 million in damage. 2016-12-13 21:23 1KB www.fox5atlanta.com

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Fox News Channel names Abby Huntsman co-host of 'Fox & Friends Weekend'

NEW YORK -- Fox News Channel (FNC) has named correspondent Abby Huntsman as the new co-host of "Fox & Friends Weekend" (weekends 6-10AM/ET), announced Suzanne Scott, executive vice president of programming. Huntsman will make her official debut as a co-host this Saturday 2016-12-13 21:19 3KB www.foxnews.com

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3.3
Macquarie-advised group makes counterbid for Australia's Tatts

By Jamie Freed SYDNEY, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Tatts Group on Wednesday said a consortium advised by Macquarie Group Ltd had offered up to A$7.3 billion ($5.47 bi... 2016-12-13 20:58 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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3.9
4 injured in Sacramento apartment shooting

A gun-wielding assailant opened fire at a Sacramento apartment with 16 people inside — including children — seriously injuring four people, police said Tuesday. Calls came in about 9 p.m. Monday reporting shots fired and injured victims inside an apartment on the 4800 block of... 2016-12-13 20:22 2KB www.sfgate.com

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2.6
UK 4G coverage worse than in Romania and Peru, watchdog finds

National Infrastructure Commission says UK is being held back by poor mobile connectivity and calls for end to ‘digital deserts’ 2016-12-13 20:01 5KB www.theguardian.com

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0.7
Obama on Trevor Noah says American has NOT overcome the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow

While President Obama said the U. S. has made 'real and extraordinary' progress, he said that the country has 'by no means overcome the legacies of slavery and Jim Crow and colonialism and racism.' 2016-12-13 19:55 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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1.7
Wife: Former Louisiana Governor Hospitalized With Pneumonia

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards is in the hospital, and his wife is telling a television station that her 89-year-old husband has pneumonia. Trina Edwards tells WAFB-TV ( http://bit.ly/2hshDX9 ) that her husband went to an emergency room last week, and on Monday, they called an... 2016-12-13 19:42 1KB abcnews.go.com

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0.0
Judge orders feds to release records of investigation into Detroit Land Bank

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge David Allen told the federal government findings in its investigation are public record. 2016-12-13 19:38 2KB www.wxyz.com

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1.5
Gov. Jay Inslee proposes education funding plan

Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing more than $4 billion in new taxes as part of his plan to boost teacher pay and end Washington state’s unconstitutional way of paying for public schools. 2016-12-14 02:00 2KB www.thenewstribune.com

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0.9
ConAgra to pay $11.2M to settle tainted peanut butter case

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) " A ConAgra subsidiary pleaded guilty Tuesday and agreed to pay $11.2 million " including the largest criminal fine ever imposed for a foodborne illness in the United States " to resolve a decade-long criminal investigation into... 2016-12-13 19:33 1KB article.wn.com

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0.9
Bryan Tanaka Plans Mariah Carey's ''Anniversary'' Surprise in Mariah's World Sneak Peek: ''We Got to...

Bryan Tanaka has something up his sleeve! Mariah Carey's backup dancers meet to plan a celebration for her upcoming anniversary in a sneak peek from Sunday's all-new episode of... 2016-12-13 19:24 838Bytes article.wn.com

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0.6
Happiness still elusive in Russia, many ex-Soviet states 25 years after USSR: survey

LONDON (Reuters) - A quarter of a century after the collapse of the Soviet Union, life satisfaction in Russia and other ex-Soviet states remains stubbornly low, and enthusiasm for democracy and open market economics is wavering, a survey published on Tuesday showed. 2016-12-13 19:20 966Bytes article.wn.com

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1.3
Silicon Valley faces its reckoning with Trump

WASHINGTON — Silicon Valley's entrepreneurs made little effort over the last year to conceal their distaste for Donald Trump, a candidate whose... 2016-12-13 19:03 8KB www.dallasnews.com

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9.0
Hundreds attend gunned down NYC correction officer’s funeral in Brooklyn

Hundreds of mourners gather at a Brooklyn church to bid farewell to a city correction officer who was executed in a still-unsolved slaying. 2016-12-13 18:49 3KB feeds.nydailynews.com

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86.7
Grand Haven police mark death of officer killed by escaped inmate

It was Dec. 13, 1994 when Grand Haven Public Safety Department Officer Scott Flahive was killed. 2016-12-13 18:11 1KB www.mlive.com

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0.0
Superlong JGB yields skid after BOJ steps up buying

TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Superlong Japanese government bond prices rose on Wednesday, sending yields skidding from recent highs after the Bank of Japan incr... 2016-12-14 02:59 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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3.8
MILO: Jesse Jackson is ‘Richard Spencer With A Tan’

During his talk at UWM, MILO described the civil rights activist and politician Jesse Jackson as "Richard Spencer with a tan. " 2016-12-13 22:18 680Bytes feedproxy.google.com

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0.0
The most revolting theme park in the world? Contact WND

Trojan pony of tomorrow: a “gift” in the making And what, pray are our enemies of today planning to gift the United States and her allies with tomorrow – an indoctrinated, single-minded no frills pony that is expected to grow up and grow up quickly... 2016-12-13 21:21 5KB www.wnd.com

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1.5
Health advocates vow to fight repeal of Obamacare as California sign-up deadlines approach

Covered California officials and advocates urge people to continue signing up for health care under the Affordable Care Act as sign-up deadlines approach. Federal lawmakers say they will repeal and possibly replace the health reform law. 2016-12-13 18:00 3KB www.sacbee.com

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Officials: Texas woman confessed to slaying boyfriend

Authorities say a 20-year-old woman has been charged with murder after going to the College Station police department and confessing to fatally shooting her boyfriend. 2016-12-13 21:01 1KB www.washingtontimes.com

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0.0
PRESS DIGEST - Bulgaria - Dec 14

SOFIA, Dec 14 (Reuters) - These are some of the main stories in Bulgarian newspapers on Wednesday. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch... 2016-12-14 02:59 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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1.5
UPDATE: State police probing 2nd standoff in 3 years at Vermilion County home

Vermilion County sheriff's deputies responded to the residence around 2:50 p.m. after a father reported his son threatened to set the house on fire, and had a gas can in one hand and a weapon in the other. 2016-12-14 00:04 6KB www.news-gazette.com

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Man identified who died in Orange Avenue crash in Fort Pierce on Monday

Nelson DeJesus Trinidad, of Port St. Lucie, was pronounced dead at the scene. 2016-12-13 19:51 1KB rssfeeds.tcpalm.com

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0.3
Gambia's ruling party petitions for fresh election

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) " Gambia's ruling party pressed for a fresh presidential election Tuesday as West African regional mediators intervened to try to resolve a mounting political crisis in the tiny country that voted its leader of 22 years from power less than two weeks... 2016-12-13 19:33 1KB article.wn.com

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0.8
Incoming Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg says he will resign from law firm

Mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg, who will be sworn into office Tuesday night, announced he will resign from his law firm at the end of the year to focus on his elected office. 2016-12-13 14:43 2KB www.sacbee.com

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2.8
Reaction to the announcement of Salt Lake's new homeless resource centers

Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the City Council announced on Tuesday that there will be four new homeless shelters across the Wasatch Front, which didn't sit well with everyone. 2016-12-13 18:20 4KB www.deseretnews.com

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4.5
Chicago man pleads guilty to advising Heather Mack's boyfriend in Bali suitcase murder

Chicago man Robert Justin Bibbs, 26, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to his long-distance role in the 2014 murder of millionaire heiress Sheila von Wiese-Mack in Bali, Indonesia. 2016-12-14 03:00 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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4.5
A look at the Sophie Monk's incredible transformation as she celebrates her 37th birthday

Daily Mail Australia takes a look back at Sophie Monk's incredible transformation over the years as she celebrates her 37th birthday. 2016-12-14 02:53 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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0.0
Rose Valley officials eye tax cut

If the preliminary budget presented in Rose Valley last month is any indication, Middletown won’t be the only municipality in Delaware County reducing the millage next year. 2016-12-14 00:18 1KB www.delcotimes.com

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2.9
Grassley: Sessions Confirmation Hearing Will Go On As Scheduled

WASHINGTON — Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley announced Tuesday that there will be no delay for Alabama Republican Senator Jeff Sessions’ scheduled confirmation hearing on January 10. D 2016-12-13 23:50 3KB dailycaller.com

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2.3
Chicago cop suing fellow officers over misconduct

A Chicago Police officer has sued at least eight of his fellow officers in federal court, accusing them of misconduct. 2016-12-13 23:13 2KB chicago.suntimes.com

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0.0
ABC7's Beyond the Headlines with Cheryl Jennings: Veterans in the Bay Area

This episode of "Beyond the Headlines" talks about Veterans in the Bay Area and how the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs helps veterans as they transition after service. 2016-12-13 22:13 2KB abc7news.com

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22.4
Lacson committee holds executive session on Espinosa killing

The Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs held an executive session on Wednesday. 2016-12-14 00:00 1KB newsinfo.inquirer.net

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5.3
Bindi Irwin cuddles up to boyfriend Chandler Powell as they go shopping together in Brisbane

They are Australia's favourite sweetheart lovebirds. 2016-12-13 22:02 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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2.5
Colombia court gives Santos power to quickly implement peace

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has gotten a major boost in his bid to deliver peace with the country's Constitution Court granting him "fast-track" authority to quickly implement reforms mandated by an accord with leftist rebels. ... 2016-12-13 21:33 850Bytes article.wn.com

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1.9
Correction: Argentina-US-Human Rights story

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — In a story Dec. 12 about newly declassified U. S. documents on Argentina's former military dictatorship, The Associated Press, citing Argentina's human rights secretary, erroneously said that some of the documents were from the presidency of ... 2016-12-13 21:33 856Bytes article.wn.com

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3.0
Grand Rapids cements contract with biggest union after 2 failed attempts

About 464 city of Grand Rapids employees now have a contract in place after working without one since July. 2016-12-13 20:51 4KB www.mlive.com

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3.5
Woman in handcuffs steals police car in D. C., flees to Va.

A woman is under arrest for leading District police on a chase into Virginia after she allegedly stole a D. C. Housing Authority Police Department SUV. 2016-12-13 20:41 2KB rssfeeds.wusa9.com

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3.3
Japan big manufacturers' mood improves in Q4 - BOJ tankan

TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Sentiment at big manufacturers improved in December from three months ago, a closely watched central bank survey showed on Wednesda... 2016-12-13 19:59 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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4.3
Gigi Hadid sends Instagram message to Taylor Swift on her birthday

Gigi Hadid led the well wishing train as she posted a sweet photo of the two looking fabulous as they hugged it out in a candid snap. 2016-12-13 18:12 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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0.9
'Coming Feb 2017': Roxy Jacenko teases return to Channel Nine in the new year with secret filming project posted on social media

She appeared on Channel Nine's Celebrity Apprentice in 2013. And PR queen Roxy Jacenko has teased a return to the channel in the new year by posting behind-the-scenes snaps from a day on set. 2016-12-14 03:04 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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2.0
'No 10 needs to learn how to handle blond bombshell Boris' - Thatcher's press secretary

The Prime Minister and her "uppity" staff must learn there are gentler ways of dealing with wayward ministers like "blond bombshell" Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, 2016-12-14 03:02 2KB www.independent.ie

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3.0
Makeup-free Rachel Hunter, 47, looks radiant as she films safety video for Air New Zealand

Renowned supermodel Rachel Hunter, 47, showed off her youthful and blemish-free complexion, as she filmed a short clip for Air New Zealand. 2016-12-14 03:01 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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3.8
Twisted narratives won’t spare Aleppo a moment of its agony

A lament about feeling I’d failed as a war crimes reporter was met with abuse – it’s proof of how badly the complexities of the war in Syria have been communicated 2016-12-14 03:00 6KB www.theguardian.com

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0.0
Scottish auditors to investigate £9bn private finance bill

Audit Scotland and the Accounts Commission to evaluate whether projects offer public value for money after NPD programme breached EU rules 2016-12-14 03:00 8KB www.theguardian.com

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2.9
Nigeria's $10bn strategy to stem its vast flows of stolen oil

A government investment plan aims to disarm militant groups fighting for a greater share of the Niger Delta’s oil wealth 2016-12-14 03:00 7KB www.theguardian.com

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Peruvian activists fight for forcibly sterilised women

By Sophie Davies LIMA, Dec 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Feminist activists in Peru are fighting a government decision to stop investigating claims by wo... 2016-12-14 02:59 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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0.0
Poe family still firm vs moving FPJ’s remains to Libingan

Four years after accepting a posthumous National Artist award, the family of late actor Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ) remained firm against transferring his remains to the Libingan ng mga Bayani. 2016-12-14 00:00 2KB entertainment.inquirer.net

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0.0
New Zealand visa changes: The first of many new visa restrictions for SA immigration?

The recent announcement of the changes to New Zealand's visa regulations for travelling to South Africa may not be the last change SA's Department of Home Affairs will be making to SA's relatively open immigration policy. 2016-12-14 02:53 3KB traveller24.news24.com

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No way home for victims of Boko Haram

Seen from above in a helicopter, the straight white walls of Ngala camp in northeast Nigeria carve a misshapen star out of the dry brown scrub. 2016-12-14 02:53 4KB www.timeslive.co.za

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Investigators begin final sweep of MH370 search area

SYDNEY, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Investigators looking for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 are making their last sweep of the search area in the Indian Ocea... 2016-12-14 02:52 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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A snapshot of 2016

From Donald Trump's victory to Brexit and the onslaught on Syria's Aleppo, here is a snapshot of ten stories that dominated the news in 2016:- Trump earthquake - On November 8, Republican billionaire Trump, a 70-year-old populist with no political expe... 2016-12-14 02:50 4KB www.digitaljournal.com

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Menendez files to have Supreme Court hear corruption case

NEWARK, N. J. (AP) -- A corruption indictment handed up last year against New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez should be dismissed because it misapplies a federal l 2016-12-14 02:48 4KB mynorthwest.com

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Schoolboy, 16, sits the HSC maths exam ONE YEAR early and comes first in the entire subject - as this year's top of class results are revealed

A 16-year-old Sydney boy has been named among the top HSC students in NSW - after coming equal first in maths - after completing the exam a year earlier than needed. 2016-12-14 02:46 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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3.0
Youngspiration pair’s appeal to focus on Hong Kong core values and question Legco independence

Yau Wai-ching and Sixtus Baggio Leung Chung-hang will challenge city’s separation of power and question the validity of the elections 2016-12-14 02:45 4KB www.scmp.com

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0.0
LOOK: Megan Young arrives in US for Miss World hosting

Megan Young arrived at Washington, D. C., United States, to host this year's Miss World pageant. 2016-12-14 02:45 1KB entertainment.inquirer.net

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0.0
Pierce County Council narrowly rejects mental health tax

A highly anticipated Pierce County Council vote to approve a sales tax increase for mental health and substance abuse services across the county failed by one vote Tuesday night. 2016-12-14 02:43 4KB www.thenewstribune.com

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SABC cheek infuriates MPs

An SABC executive was forced to stand up, apologise and withdraw a statement that parliament's inquiry into the affairs of the corporation was nothing more than a 2016-12-14 02:39 3KB www.timeslive.co.za

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4.4
Militant solons tell Duterte: We are not willing to die for you

The Makabayan bloc in the House of Representatives denied President Rodrigo Duterte's claim that the Reds would be willing to die for him. 2016-12-14 00:00 4KB newsinfo.inquirer.net

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Palace declares Dec. 26, Jan. 2 as special non-working holidays

Malacañang has declared Dec. 26, 2016 and January 2, 2017 as special non-working days in the country to “give the people full opportunity to celebrate the holidays with their families and loved ones.” 2016-12-14 00:00 1KB newsinfo.inquirer.net

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3.2
Richmond sheriff warns of jury duty scam calls

The Richmond Sheriff’s Office says a scammer is calling area residents and demanding money for missed jury duty. 2016-12-14 02:34 1KB www.washingtontimes.com

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1.0
Bodies with signs 'they were executed' found in South Sudan - UN

Internal United Nations reports say the UN officials in South Sudan found bodies with gunshot wounds "which indicate they were executed". 2016-12-14 02:33 1KB www.news24.com

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0.0
18 charged in heroin distribution network in West Virginia

A federal prosecutor in West Virginia says 18 people have been indicted in a drug distribution network involved in moving large amounts of heroin from Baltimore to the Martinsburg area. 2016-12-14 02:33 1KB www.washingtontimes.com

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0.0
Cash injection needed because Hong Kong Disneyland’s HK$2.3b debt has loan limit: minister

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development reveals theme park can only take up to HK$4 billion in commercial loans – hardly enough for mega upgrade 2016-12-14 02:25 2KB www.scmp.com

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2.0
Tips for INITIATING BUSINESS IN DUBAI

Creating a business setup in Dubai is always encouraged by the Government of Dubai. It is due to continuous efforts of the ruler of Dubai that it has become an ideal place of investment for foreigners. Dubai invites entrepreneurs from different countries to invest in their expanding markets... 2016-12-14 02:25 3KB article.wn.com

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0.0
Payless Shoes to close all 132 stores with loss of 730 jobs

February closure announced after administrators unable to find a buyer for the retail chain 2016-12-14 02:21 1KB www.theguardian.com

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Keep the peace: Navigating divisive discussions, stressful situations during the holidays

From political divides to family divides, experts Lizzie Post and Alan Plevy offer their best tips for keeping the peace during the holiday season. 2016-12-14 02:21 6KB wtop.com

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He Couldn't Break His Son's Fall. So Father Plunged With Him Off A Cliff

A tragic accident that saw a father sacrifice himself to try to save his son as he fell from a cliff has led to an outpouring of grief in Israel. 2016-12-14 02:18 626Bytes article.wn.com

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Indonesia palm oil output seen growing 10 pct in 2017

By Emily Chow KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Palm oil output in world No.1 producer Indonesia is expected to grow by around 10 percent in 2017 as planters ... 2016-12-14 02:17 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Officers fear drop in recruits after rash of violence

After six Georgia officers have been shot and two killed within a manner of days, law enforcement leaders are speaking out, concerned about the repercussions of the wave of violence on current law enforcement and future officers. 2016-12-14 02:14 2KB www.fox5atlanta.com

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2.2
Firefighters battle 50 bushfires burning across NSW

Strong winds and scorching temperatures are helping to fuel at least 50 fires across NSW, as the worst heatwave in a generation roasts the state. 2016-12-14 02:14 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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State security minister hasn't been called to SABC probe over spying claims

The parliamentary committee probing the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) has not called State Security Minister David Mahlobo to appear before it. 2016-12-14 02:14 3KB www.timeslive.co.za

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1.4
Mamdouh Habib criticises Moutia Elzahed for failing to stand for judge

A prominent Islamic community leader says he believes there is no religious reason for a Muslim woman to refuse to stand for a judge or show her face in court. 2016-12-14 02:10 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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2.1
Grizzly bear committee gets rid of 6-second bear spray rule

A group of grizzly bear managers is dropping its recommendation for how long people should spray a can of bear spray when they encounter a charging grizzly. 2016-12-14 02:10 1KB www.washingtontimes.com

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2.9
China coal output trend points to lower seaborne prices: Russell

By Clyde Russell LAUNCESTON, Australia, Dec 14 (Reuters) - When it comes to China's coal production, is it more important that output in November recorded ye... 2016-12-14 02:09 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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2.9
Military family creates heartwarming holiday card as father-of-four is stationed in Iraq

Ashley Williams Sistrunk created a heartwarming Christmas photo that included her husband, Brandon, who is deployed in Iraq for the holidays. The photo also included their four children. 2016-12-14 02:07 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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2.1
ISIL making weapons on industrial scale with parts purchased from Turkey, report says

The findings show that ISIL maintained a ‘robust and reliable’ supply chain between Turkey and Iraq that allowed them to produce tens of thousands of weapons 2016-12-14 02:04 2KB news.nationalpost.com

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0.8
Margaret Thatcher named most influential woman of last 70 years

Women’s Hour judges divided by choice of former Conservative prime minister, but even dissenters conceded that ‘she redefined power’ 2016-12-14 02:01 5KB www.theguardian.com

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3.6
A star is born: Emanuel chooses Valencia as city clerk

Mayor Rahm Emanuel chose Anna Valencia as Chicago’s city clerk, calling his 31-year-old political operative the "next generation of leadership. " 2016-12-14 02:01 7KB chicago.suntimes.com

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Latin America’s Schindler: a forgotten hero of the 20th century

The Long Read: Under General Pinochet’s rule of terror in Chile, one man saved thousands of people from the dictator’s brutal secret police. How did Roberto Kozak do it – and escape death? 2016-12-14 02:00 30KB www.theguardian.com

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4.0
Euphonik lambastes SA's 'mediocre and entitlement' culture

Euphonik has lambasted the nation, claiming that too many South Africans have a culture of 2016-12-14 02:00 1KB www.timeslive.co.za

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2.8
Call for ‘unilateral’ Brexit pledge for EU citizens

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Japan, EU in talks seeking free-trade deal by year-end

TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Japan and the European Union are holding last-ditch talks this week to try reach a broad free trade agreement by the end of the yea... 2016-12-14 01:55 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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2.6
Trump Bans Twitter Chief From Tech Summit

I'm going to assume Trump knows what a leftist, anti-free speech asshole this guy is, and that that's why he didn't invite him. Excerpted From Heat Street: Donald Trump may love Twitter, but he clearly… 2016-12-14 09:06 2KB www.patdollard.com

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3.7
Japanese Australians to lodge 18C discrimination case over war memorial

The Australia-Japan Community Network is set to lodge a Section 18C discrimination case against the Uniting Church over a Sydney memorial commemorating Korean sex slaves in World War II. ... 2016-12-14 01:43 778Bytes article.wn.com

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1.2
United States Ready to Confront Beijing on South China Sea: Admiral

The United States is ready to confront China should it continue its overreaching maritime claims in the South China Sea, the head of the US Pacific fleet said on Wednesday (14/12), comments that threaten to escalate tensions between the two global rivals. ... 2016-12-14 01:42 916Bytes article.wn.com

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3.4
Sen. Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, proposes $10 million program for veterans’ hiring

A South Florida lawmaker Tuesday filed a proposal that would set aside $10 million for grants to small businesses that hire veterans. 2016-12-14 01:41 1KB www.miamiherald.com

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Dan Gilbert says Detroit is proof tax incentives work

Gilbert estimates that Quicken and its various spin-off enterprises have created 12,000 new jobs downtown. 2016-12-14 01:38 8KB rssfeeds.freep.com

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Drone footage shows devastation of deserted eastern Aleppo (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO) — RT News

Eerie drone footage taken by RT’s Ruptly agency has revealed extreme devastation in eastern Aleppo, with crumbling homes and deserted streets replacing a once-lively area of the city. 2016-12-14 01:37 1KB www.rt.com

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Health chief out to grease late-night car-boot chefs

Cape Town authorities have put a lid on entrepreneurs cashing in by selling cooked meals from car boots outside popular nightspots, warning that contaminated food could make customers ill. 2016-12-14 01:37 2KB www.timeslive.co.za

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Irma Thomas captivates at the St. Louis Cathedral

The New Orleans Soul Queen sang to and for the heavens Tuesday 2016-12-14 01:36 1004Bytes www.nola.com

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Top brass meet to stem cop slayings

Acting National Police Commissioner General Khomotso Phahlane will meet provincial SAPS leaders in an effort to curb a recent spate of police killings in the Western Cape. 2016-12-14 01:32 3KB www.timeslive.co.za

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0.8
Stonehenge there before druids – and no human sacrifices: archive, 1959

14 December 1959: New guide states that druids had nothing to do with the building of Stonehenge and that some of the stones were dragged from the Preseli Hills in Wales 2016-12-14 01:30 3KB www.theguardian.com

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Londoners take more cocaine on weekdays than other Europeans, study finds

Londoners take more cocaine during weekdays than the residents of any other European city, a new analysis suggests.... 2016-12-14 01:29 3KB www.scmp.com

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1.0
Marijuana 'no worse than booze and fags'

Dagga users are no worse than smokers and drinkers and the controversial Dagga Party wants cannabis users to have the same rights as those who use tobacco and alcohol. 2016-12-14 01:28 2KB www.timeslive.co.za

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2.6
Eileen Davidson And Lisa Rinna Lash Out At Lisa Vanderpump For Comment Regarding Eileen’s Husband

Will viewers once again see Eileen Davidson and Lisa Vanderpump at one another’s throats on Season 7 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills? On the premiere 2016-12-14 01:24 5KB www.inquisitr.com

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Boulder County extends drilling moratorium

Boulder County has approved another extension of its moratorium on new oil and gas development. 2016-12-14 01:22 1KB www.washingtontimes.com

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1.3
Eskom calling for bids for six nuke plants

Eskom will this week invite bids to build six nuclear reactors as part of the government's push to increase nuclear capacity, its acting CEO said yesterday - despite the concerns of campaign groups and economists. 2016-12-14 01:18 1KB www.timeslive.co.za

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Lawmakers say federal water infrastructure act helps Maine

Legislators from Maine say the U. S. Senate’s passage of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act will benefit projects in the state. 2016-12-14 01:17 1KB www.washingtontimes.com

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Massachusetts seeks advice on reining in health costs

More than a dozen Massachusetts lawmakers and other state officials are headed to Minnesota to learn about that state’s approach to controlling health care costs. 2016-12-14 01:15 1KB www.washingtontimes.com

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NY police still probing Alzheimer's sufferer's disappearance

The mysterious and unsolved disappearance of a 75-year-old woman from her Adirondack home 16 years ago remains under investigation by New York State Police. 2016-12-14 01:15 1KB www.washingtontimes.com

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City manager to help with the search for his replacement

Tacoma’s city manager will soon be directed to prepare a proposal to replace himself. The outgoing T. C. Broadnax, who was tapped to be Dallas’ new city manager by their city council last week after serving in Tacoma for almost five years, will be asked... 2016-12-14 01:14 3KB www.thenewstribune.com

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Businessman gets 5 years for bilking investors out of $2M

A central New York business executive convicted of bilking more than a dozen investors has been sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $2 million in restitution. 2016-12-14 01:14 1KB www.washingtontimes.com

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0.0
Vermont's Scott makes more appointments to administration

Vermont Gov.-elect Phil Scott, a Republican, has made some more appointments to key posts, and will keep on at least two people appointed by outgoing Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin. 2016-12-14 01:13 1KB www.washingtontimes.com

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China's yuan weakens as corporates buy dollars

SHANGHAI, Dec 14 (Reuters) - China's yuan weakened slightly against the dollar on Wednesday, as support from state-owned banks failed to counter pressure fro... 2016-12-14 01:12 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Colorado governments share $60M in lottery funds in 2016

The state has used more than $60 million in funds from Colorado Lottery purchases this year to support a variety of conservation and public recreation efforts across the state. 2016-12-14 01:06 1KB www.washingtontimes.com

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‘West is telling Russia we went too far in defeating terrorists’ (EXCLUSIVE) — RT News

In an interview to RT, the Syrian President warned against taking statements by western governments at face value, as in Aleppo, they seemed to care more about saving terrorists than civilians. He also slammed the lackluster reaction to ISIS’s onslaught on Palmyra. 2016-12-14 01:01 2KB www.rt.com

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World briefs: New Zealand prime minister is sworn in

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Bill English was sworn in Monday as New Zealand’s 39th prime minister after John Key resigned. There’s nothing flashy about Bill English. Critics say the former finance minister and farmer is downright boring. But Mr. English hopes his steadiness and experience... 2016-12-14 01:00 3KB www.post-gazette.com

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Billboards tout Detroit's new municipal ID cards

They're designed to help people including the homeless and undocumented immigrants gain access to crucial services. 2016-12-14 00:59 2KB rssfeeds.freep.com

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Councilwoman Jackie Poplar hosts annual Christmas party Dec. 16

On Friday, Dec. 16, families are invited to Flint City Councilwoman Jackie Poplar's 11th annual Christmas party. The event will be held from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke's New Life Center, 3115 Lawndale Avenue. 2016-12-14 00:59 953Bytes www.mlive.com

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Los Angeles Rams Front Office Blunders Continue To Haunt The Franchise

What can you say about the Los Angeles Rams front office? They have managed to anger and frustrate fans in two cities in the United States in less than 12 2016-12-14 00:54 2KB www.inquisitr.com

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Hillary Clinton’s defeat: from Russia with love

Do we owe the Russian Bear a debt of gratitude for enlightening America as to the real nature of Hillary Clinton and the DNC? 2016-12-14 00:51 3KB www.commdiginews.com

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'Freak' heatwave saw temperatures soar by 5C in three minutes at MIDNIGHT

The 'freak' heatwave sweeping Australia caused temperatures to soar by five degrees in just three minutes at midnight on what was the hottest December evening on record in Sydney. 2016-12-14 00:47 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Thailand to free jailed Swiss national linked to 1MDB probe: lawyer

BANGKOK, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Thailand will this month release jailed Swiss national Xavier Justo, a possible key witness in the global money-laundering probe... 2016-12-14 00:46 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Watch Grammy Award Nominations 2017, Check Out First Grammy Nominees From 1959 [Video]

Watch Grammy Awards nominations 2017, video. Justin Bieber, Beyonce, Drake, Kanye West lead in 59th annual Grammys. 2016-12-14 00:43 4KB www.inquisitr.com

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2.6
Imogen Anthony lashes out at partygoers for 'ruining' Palmbu party

Imogen Anthony characteristically did not hold back in an expletive-laden rant on Tuesday, while venting her frustrations with a house party that ended in a brawl last week. 2016-12-14 00:43 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Service members get 'welcome home' care packages

About 2,000 “welcome home” care packages are now waiting to picked up by previously deployed members of the U. S. armed service who are coming back home to Georgia. 2016-12-14 00:41 1KB www.fox5atlanta.com

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Syrians in D. C. ask the world to pay attention

The Syrian government called the liberation of Aleppo a victory. But the United Nations said a massacre is unfolding a world away. This time at least 82 people were killed. 2016-12-14 00:40 2KB rssfeeds.wusa9.com

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Son of Chinese businessman does not want to take over his $122 billion business

The wealthiest man in China needs to find an heir to his $122 billion empire after his son told him he does not want to live a life like that. 2016-12-14 00:40 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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0.0
Gupta company fails to pay R4.2m clinic bill

Optimum Coal Mine has failed to pay a R4.2 million invoice to a company contracted to build a new state-of-the-art public health clinic. The Gupta family-owned Optimum is the company at the centre of the Public Protector’s State of Capture report. 2016-12-14 00:39 5KB www.news24.com

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Filipina wife of Syrian national killed in Lipa City robbery

A housewife was shot dead by four unidentified men in a robbery at a private subdivision in Lipa City in Batangas province Tuesday night, police said Wednesday. 2016-12-14 00:00 1KB newsinfo.inquirer.net

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NBC-2.com WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida

Laser projected lights have been seen shining on houses this holiday season, but there have been thousands of instances of people intentionally pointing lasers at aircraft, which is a federal crime. 2016-12-14 00:28 2KB www.nbc-2.com

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Source: Attempts to hack DNC go back as far as July 2015

The news comes as Russia's role in influencing the U. S. election -- including through hacks of the DNC and other Democratic Party groups -- comes under further scrutiny 2016-12-14 00:27 2KB www.cbsnews.com

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Cops and spooks in vicious street brawl

The law enforcement agencies are engaged in 2016-12-14 00:24 5KB www.timeslive.co.za

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Sugarhouse business owners, residents concerned about new homeless shelter site

SALT LAKE CITY -- The first time Patrick Marino heard his business, Lit'l Scholars Learning Center, would soon be a new homeless resource center, was on the news Tuesday afternoon. Marion's business is located on Simpson Avenue. It's one of... 2016-12-14 00:22 2KB fox13now.com

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VidAngel announces new original content platform, vows to keep fighting Hollywood

At a press conference in Provo, CEO Neal Harmon announced that the company won't end its streaming service following a Los Angeles judge's decision to have an injunction on the company. 2016-12-14 00:19 1KB www.deseretnews.com

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Paris Hilton talks up her business chops before jet-setting to Paris

The 35-year-old starlet recently talked with Harper's Bazaar about shedding her party girl image and her new life as a bona fide boss. Miss Hilton sees herself as an entrepreneur. 2016-12-14 00:13 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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0.0
Interview of captain’s widow portrays cautious, dedicated mariner

Theresa Davidson told federal investigators that her husband did everything by the book and would not have taken a ship to sea if it needed repairs. 2016-12-14 00:08 3KB www.pressherald.com

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County supervisors approve 1 of 2 housing projects for the hills north of Yorba Linda

The 80-home Cielo Vista housing development proposed for the hills just north of Yorba Linda’s city limits was approved by county supervisors Tuesday, while the neighboring 340-home Esperanza Hills proposal was sent back to the Planning Commission. 2016-12-14 00:06 3KB www.ocregister.com

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Shareholders Approve $66 Billion Acquisition by Bayer

But the deal still needs U. S. regulatory approval. 2016-12-14 00:04 2KB fortune.com

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Germany to spend 250 mln euros on hydrogen car support scheme-Die Welt

BERLIN, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Germany's Transport Ministry will invest 250 million euros ($265 million) by 2019 in making hydrogen-fuelled cars suitable for mas... 2016-12-14 00:04 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Save South Africa salutes SABC whistleblowers

Those who shone a light on the shenanigans at the SABC are helping to save the country, the Save South Africa campaign has said. 2016-12-14 00:03 2KB www.news24.com

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0.0
Paramount residents fear sickness linked to toxins discovered in air

The hours-long town hall meeting on Monday – at times raucous – came ahead of an administrative hearing Wednesday, at which regulators will try to force two metal processing facilities to stop releasing elevated levels of hexavalent chro 2016-12-14 00:01 3KB www.presstelegram.com

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0.0
West’s attempts to spread Russophobia futile despite best efforts – Kremlin spokesman to RT — RT News

Western governments’ efforts to spread Russophobia are “obvious,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told RT. He, however, believes the attempts to fuel anti-Russian sentiments for certain political interests are failing to bear fruit. 2016-12-13 23:57 4KB www.rt.com

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Domestic Violence Agencies Snubbed In Stopgap State Budget

That means victims may be further victimized, CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports. 2016-12-13 23:56 1KB chicago.cbslocal.com

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Appeals court sides with Dallas Police and Fire Pension System in 2014 DROP case

A state appeals court on Tuesday ruled that the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System had the authority to change the interest rate on the Deferred... 2016-12-13 23:53 2KB www.dallasnews.com

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Threat of kidnapping gangs brings extended curfew off coast of East Malaysia

The Eastern Sabah Security Zone (ESSzone) curfew will require residents to stay indoors from 6pm to 6am 2016-12-13 23:47 2KB www.scmp.com

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0.0
Lawyer still fighting to clear man in case linked to perjury

An attorney says he’ll make a final appeal to the U. S. Supreme Court in the case of a Detroit-area man whose drug trial was marred by misconduct by a judge, prosecutor and police officers. 2016-12-13 23:42 1KB www.washingtontimes.com

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Pregnant Marion Cotillard hides growing baby bump in chic cape and gown at Assassin's Creed screening

She is several months along with her second child. But the 41-year-old kept her baby bump under wraps on Tuesday as she continued her busy promotional trail for Assassin's Creed. 2016-12-13 23:40 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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13 Times Russian Hackers Sabotaged Clinton's Campaign

Many conservatives and Trump supporters have been dismissive of the possibility that interference by Russian hackers changed the outcome of the 2016 election. But they would do well to rethink thing 2016-12-13 23:39 5KB dailycaller.com

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Michigan communities invited to seek 'Tree City' designation

Michigan communities, college campuses and utilities can seek a state designation honoring their commitment to high-quality tree care. 2016-12-13 23:38 1KB www.washingtontimes.com

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0.0
Poll shows Americans feel uneasy, divided after Trump’s election

Most new presidents get a post-election popularity bump, but that doesn't appear to be the case this time. 2016-12-13 23:35 2KB www.pressherald.com

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Governor, tribal leader discuss reducing protest tensions

BISMARCK, N. D. (AP) -- North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple and Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault have met to discuss reducing tensions between law 2016-12-13 23:34 5KB mynorthwest.com

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NC first responders honored as 'Hometown Heroes'

Governor Pat McCrory recognized first responders Tuesday for their bravery and dedication at a ceremony in Cary, saying "it's the least we can do. " The event was put on by the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association. 2016-12-13 23:31 2KB www.wral.com

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Couple caught having sex on Sunshine Coast's Coolum Beach

A Queensland father has called on police and the local council to crack down on inappropriate sexual activity on a local beach, after he discovered a couple having sex close to others on Sunday. 2016-12-13 23:28 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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EU, Israel push to make Shoah education more relatable to Muslims

“It makes it difficult to be a Holocaust denier if there was a Nazi occupation of your own country and if you were also victims.” 2016-12-13 23:20 4KB www.jpost.com

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NYTimes Airs Ad For Fake News In Article About Fake News

In what can only be described as the perfect case of irony, The New York Times aired a fake news ad in a story decrying fake news and the death of facts. The piece is an editorial called "Truth and 2016-12-13 23:19 2KB dailycaller.com

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Former Morgan Stanley Asia chief and Yale economist Stephen Roach flags trade under Trump, Tillerson

Stock markets are up on Trump’s U. S. growth plans, but be aware of trade deficits, funding U. S. consumption, said Stephen Roach. 2016-12-13 23:15 3KB www.cnbc.com

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Libyans use 'leftovers' to defeat ISIS

Earlier this month, the Libyan city of Sirte was liberated from ISIS. Manu Brabo photographed the bloody battle and the devastation it left behind. 2016-12-13 23:07 2KB rss.cnn.com

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Despite Frigid Temps, Dozens March For ‘Unity In The Community’

U. S. Sen. Dick Durbin said they were marching for members of minority communities and members of the working poor who are demanding higher wages. 2016-12-13 23:01 1KB chicago.cbslocal.com

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POLL-Asia confidence slips as firms fret about sluggish demand, political uncertainty -Thomson Reuters/INSEAD

By Liz Lee KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Confidence in Asia toward business conditions over the coming six months dropped in the final quarter of 2016 to... 2016-12-13 23:01 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Library of Congress shows off maps of early Texas

The Library of Congress and the Digital Public Library of America have released maps of Texas cities from the late 1800's to the early 1900's. 2016-12-13 23:00 1KB www.chron.com

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Who did YOU have a crush on? The most lusted after romantic heroes of all time are revealed... and Richard Gere and Julia Roberts lead the way

Australians have voted, and revealed their favourite romantic comedies and who they lusted after in them, with Pretty Woman taking out the top spot on the list 2016-12-13 22:55 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Report: North Korea on alert after anti-Kim Jong Un flyers found

North Korea may be experiencing rising levels of domestic instability, as Kim Jong Un grows increasingly unpopular, according to sources in the country. 2016-12-13 22:55 2KB www.upi.com

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2 men ID'd as those killed in Tangipahoa Parish train crash

The Amtrak passenger train crashed into the left side of the men's vehicle, pushing the car nearly 125 yards south of the railroad crossing, state police said. 2016-12-13 22:46 2KB www.nola.com

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Flashback: The CIA's Seven Top Intelligence Blunders

Over the last few days, the CIA has aggressively pushed the claim that Russia actively meddled in the U. S. presidential election, though that claim has encountered substantial resistance from other i 2016-12-13 22:44 9KB dailycaller.com

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Unhappy Russians nostalgic for Soviet-style rule – study

Former states under Soviet Union from Estonia to Mongolia also covered by findings that ‘happiness gap’ between eastern and western Europe persists 2016-12-13 22:43 3KB www.theguardian.com

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Antonio Guterres sworn as UN secretary-general

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Former Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres was sworn in Monday as secretary-general of the United Nations, becoming the ninth 2016-12-13 22:35 3KB mynorthwest.com

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EU slows Turkey membership talks over coup crackdown

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union on Tuesday expressed deep concern about Turkey's security crackdown since the failed coup in July but stopped short of 2016-12-13 22:35 4KB mynorthwest.com

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Doral elects a new mayor and councilwoman in run-off election

Doral’s founding mayor, Juan Carlos “JC” Bermudez, was returned to the office he held from 2003 to 2012 as he beat incumbent Luigi Boria in a runoff election for the city’s top seat by a two-to-one margin. 2016-12-13 22:32 3KB www.miamiherald.com

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Conservatives name Italian as candidate to head EU Parliament

The centre-right European People's Party (EPP) nominated Italian Antonio Tajani as its candidate for head of the European Parliament to succeed German Socialist Martin Schulz, who has said he will step down in January. 2016-12-13 22:30 2KB www.digitaljournal.com

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Populist earthquakes make 2017 the great unknown

Donald Trump and Brexit: 2016 was a year of populist earthquakes on both sides of the Atlantic, spelling huge uncertainty for upcoming European elections and the direction of US policy. 2016-12-13 22:30 5KB www.digitaljournal.com

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Donald Trump to stage ultimate power lunch with 16 of nation's top business CEOs

All hail the Mr. Bigs of America — the CEOs, the dealmakers, the chairmen, the presidents. While Democrats dither over President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet choices and the breadth of his business holdings, a new reality is slowly but surely taking over. The... 2016-12-13 22:30 6KB www.washingtontimes.com

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Rob Sherman Dies in Plane Crash

As reported by Ballot Access News and the Associated Press, Rob Sherman, former chairman of the Green Party of Cook County (Illinois) and frequent Green candidate for public office, died in a plane… 2016-12-13 22:29 1KB independentpoliticalreport.com

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West Australian father sexually abused his daughter for nine years and recorded it to send to other paedophiles

A Western Australia man sexually abused his daughter for a decade from when she turned two until she became too old to satisfy his paedophiliac behaviours has been jailed for 14 years. 2016-12-13 22:23 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Fewer Teens Are Smoking Marijuana, Despite Fears That Legalization Would Lead To More Teen Pot Use

Fewer teenagers are smoking marijuana, according to an annual survey of U. S. middle and high school students released Tuesday by The Marijuana Policy Project, 2016-12-13 22:20 2KB www.inquisitr.com

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Historic images show how tourists flocked to Aleppo to visit the world's largest markets

For centuries, the city in the north of the country was Syria's economic and cultural powerhouse, attracting tourists from around the world to its celebrated heritage sites and modern buildings. 2016-12-13 22:19 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Today Show's Lisa Wilkinson and Richard Wilkins revisit their first TV appearances

They have each enjoyed a fruitful career as some of Australia's most recognisable TV reporters. 2016-12-13 22:18 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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U. S. Democrats enlist experts to scour Tillerson's business record

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - U. S. Senate Democrats plan to enlist accountants and legal experts to pore through the business records o... 2016-12-13 22:16 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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The Biggest Problem Facing Marijuana Dispensaries Is Banking

Investors and entrepreneurs looking to exploit America's marijuana craze have one major obstacle in their path: finding a way within the realms of legality to finance their operation. Federal law l 2016-12-13 22:16 9KB dailycaller.com

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L. A. is still key agenda item at NFL owners meetings, even though Rams are already in town

NFL owners will meet Wednesday in the same luxury hotel where they staged their annual meetings a year ago to discuss the same problem. 2016-12-13 22:10 6KB www.latimes.com

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Gender, our children and the death of common sense: SARAH VINE on how the very vocal transgender lobby now threaten the sanity of normal youngsters

As Childline sees a massive rise in the number of callers questioning their gender identity, SARAH VINE asks if this is an epidemic of uncertainty or just the massively increased awareness. 2016-12-13 22:09 10KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Boris Johnson takes a swipe at Theresa May during diplomatic reception

Boris Johnson to ambassadors at the Lancaster House party about how Britain imported goods from all over the world, including Theresa May’s controversial fashion choice. 2016-12-13 22:08 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Ex-Brunswick police officer to be sentenced for sending obscene material to girl, 13

Garrett G. Brosnan, 25, faces as much as 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000. 2016-12-13 22:07 1KB www.pressherald.com

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Civilians trapped inside Aleppo post emotional goodbye messages on Aleppo

As the battle for the city came to an effective end yesterday, residents inside Aleppo who were fearing for their lives took to social media to post emotional messages and plead for help. 2016-12-13 22:07 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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0.5
An N. F. L. Executive, Honoring His Lost Sister, Speaks Out About Anorexia

Fueled by regret, Paraag Marathe of the San Francisco 49ers has found his voice in helping to educate people about eating disorders and their treatments. 2016-12-13 22:06 7KB www.nytimes.com

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Tiffani Thiessen opens the doors to her lavish 1920s Los Angeles mansion

90210 star Tiffani Thiessen, 42, gave The Grace Tales an inside look at her Los Angeles residence, and life as a mother to children Harper, six, and Holt, one. 2016-12-13 22:06 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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HSBC launches special lending facility for start-ups in China's Pearl River Delta

HONG KONG, Dec 14 (Reuters) - HSBC has launched a $290 million lending facility aimed at technology start-ups and other new industries in China's Pearl River... 2016-12-13 22:00 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Tony Abbott calls Pauline Hanson an 'honourable exception' to crossbench populism

Former PM says Senate has ‘inbuilt majority for bad government’ but One Nation leader ‘more mature’ than in 1990s 2016-12-13 21:58 5KB www.theguardian.com

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Hypocrisy of rail wreckers: After day of misery, how union bosses agreed FIVE years ago to reforms at centre of strike

Aslef chief Mick Whelan supported driver-only trains being introduced on Thameslink routes in London in 2011 despite now branding such services 'unsafe' as strikes continue. 2016-12-13 21:58 6KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Going in would have been a calamity: MICHAEL BURLEIGH says it is nonsense that Britain holds some responsibility for the horrors in Syria after not intervening

The violent endgame in Aleppo is 'dreadful', but Britain being responsible for 'not intervening three years ago' is 'nonsense', writes MICHAEL BURLEIGH. 2016-12-13 21:56 5KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Amid Civilian Deaths And Displacement In Aleppo, New Yorkers Protest At Russian UN Mission

New Yorkers gathered in protest and solidarity outside of Russia's Permanent Mission to the U. N. on Tuesday night. 2016-12-13 21:55 1KB newyork.cbslocal.com

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The president’s family business

So far, President-elect Trump’s sole plan to deal with all the potential conflicts of interest from his financial holdings is to leave his businesses in the hands of his children. 2016-12-13 20:54 753Bytes www.msnbc.com

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Peter Stringfellow's dogs fly by private jet on their own from Italy to Spain

Nightclub magnate Peter Stringfellow (pictured) has hired a private plane to transport his beloved dogs from his holiday home in Spain to Italy. 2016-12-13 21:53 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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These cars stay with their owners longer than many marriages stay together

Although automakers want us buying new cars every two or three years, some vehicles end up residing in the same garage for a decade or so. And that... 2016-12-13 21:53 1KB www.dallasnews.com

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0.0
Here We Go Again: Obama Sends Arms Trade Treaty to Senate for Ratification

Here We Go Again: Obama Sends Arms Trade Treaty to Senate for Ratification 2016-12-13 21:51 2KB feedproxy.google.com

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2.0
Olivia Buckland flaunts her phenomenal figure in racy pink bikini on Instagram

The 24-year-old Love Island star, who met her handsome man during her stint on the ITV2 dating show, looked incredible in a hot pink bikini complete with dazzling adornments 2016-12-13 21:50 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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QUENTIN LETTS hears vivid descriptions of events in Aleppo as MPs held an emergency debate on the bloodshed

Three years after blocking the West from intervening in Syria, former Labour leader Ed Miliband was absent from an emergency debate on the Aleppo crisis, writes QUENTIN LETTS. 2016-12-13 21:48 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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How can Beyonce EVER be considered to have the calibre of Maggie?

The list was completed by Bridget Jones and Beyonce – leaving no room for influential women such as current Prime Minister Theresa May or American civil rights activist Rosa Parks. 2016-12-13 21:45 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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New war rules emphasize need to avoid civilian casualties

The Pentagon has revised its rules of war to put more emphasis on the need to reduce civilian casualties and avoid "excessive harm" to people and property when planning and... 2016-12-13 21:44 713Bytes article.wn.com

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Ombudsman: 5 cases vs Aquino still being probed

Five criminal complaints against former President Benigno Aquino III are still being investigated, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales has said. 2016-12-14 00:00 3KB newsinfo.inquirer.net

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Turkey blasts claimed by Kurdish militants; country mourns

ISTANBUL (AP) -- Turkey declared a national day of mourning and paid tribute to the dead Sunday after two bombings in Istanbul killed 38 people and wounded 2016-12-13 21:42 6KB mynorthwest.com

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Christopher Stevens reviews Rillington Place and Digging for Britain

Of all the images in Rillington Place (BBC1) that sent a chill through the marrow, , it was the sight of serial killer John Reginald Christie in an orange paper party hat that was the most ghastly. 2016-12-13 21:41 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Busty Selina Waterman-Smith flaunts her incredible figure in a plunging gold bodysuit as she shares a smooch with 'human Ken doll' Rodrigo Alves at mini Apprentice reunion

She's always the life and soul of the party. And Selina didn't disappoint as she joined her fellow The Apprentice stars at Payroll Supermarket's launch party at Best Buddha in London on Tuesday. 2016-12-13 21:40 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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See undercover video of 'no-go zones' for women in France Contact WND

An undercover video report shows women openly barred from entering pubs and cafés in Muslim-majority areas of France, and a civil-rights group says it has launched a crusade to reclaim the areas for French women. Two undercover French women tried to enter a café in Sevran... 2016-12-13 21:39 9KB www.wnd.com

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The damning verdict on £285million aid wasted on useless airport

The amount of taxpayers’ money blown on the ‘white elephant’ on the island of St Helena could have funded more than 7,500 beds in England’s crisis-hit social care sector. 2016-12-13 21:39 5KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Alzheimer's 'will be as manageable as HIV' within ten years, says the head of new Dementia Research Institute

Alzheimer's may be as manageable as HIV within a decade, Professor Bart De Strooper, pictured, who is the head of a major new dementia institute predicted last night. 2016-12-13 21:39 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Fossil fuel meets renewables: Vermont gas station goes solar

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) " The Pump & Pantry looked unremarkable " a gas station, grocery and deli along the main road through the rural Vermont town of Williamstown. But now the independent business is a meeting place of fossil fuels and... 2016-12-13 21:39 1KB article.wn.com

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New guilty plea by supplier in Detroit school fraud scandal

Pleading guilty Tuesday in federal court in Detroit was Theodore Pride III, who stole “at least $684,644. " 2016-12-13 21:38 3KB rssfeeds.freep.com

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After a night in morgue refrigerator, they find a pulse

DURBAN, South Africa – It's the kind of story you'd hope would have a miraculously happy ending, but it wasn't to be in South Africa. Last Monday evening, 28-year-old Msizi Mkhize was struck by a car in Durban and pronounced dead... 2016-12-13 21:36 2KB myfox8.com

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Nigeria is planning a six-lane 'superhighway' through a remote rainforest. Environmentalists are not happy

Pressure is mounting to stop construction of a proposed six-lane highway through a Nigerian rainforest that is home to hundreds of thousands of people and vulnerable wildlife. 2016-12-13 21:35 9KB www.latimes.com

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Browns owner Jimmy Haslam deposed in Pilot lawsuit

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam has been deposed in a civil lawsuit against the Pilot Flying J truck-stop chain owned by the family of Haslam and his brother, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam... 2016-12-13 21:33 699Bytes article.wn.com

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£3billion Squeeze on school budgets fueled by rising pupil numbers

Schools need to make £3bn in savings in the next three years amid a squeeze on budgets fueled by rising pupil numbers, according to the Government's financial watchdog. 2016-12-13 21:30 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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2.1
Nazi symbol at rec center causing faiths to assemble

Although it's believed to be an isolated incident, outrage still results in Waterville. 2016-12-13 21:28 3KB www.pressherald.com

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0.0
Breitbart News Daily: Pre-Christmas Cabinet

Breitbart News Daily: Pre-Christmas Cabinet 2016-12-13 21:27 1KB feedproxy.google.com

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Study: Middle Georgia bear population higher than thought

MACON, Ga. (AP) — Researchers now estimate that the black bear population in Middle Georgia is nearly twice as big as previously thought. 2016-12-13 21:25 2KB www.fox5atlanta.com

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Man found dead following shooting at Nevada County home

The Nevada County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of a man who was found shot outside his residence on Pawnee Trail in the Nevada City area. 2016-12-13 17:23 1KB www.sacbee.com

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San Jose officials address trash, graffiti problems along highways

Trash and graffiti along highways has become a continuous problem in San Jose. Now, city officials are asking a state agency to pay more attention. 2016-12-13 21:20 2KB abc7news.com

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This Christmas, the world simply closed its eyes on Aleppo

OPINION | Iran, Russia, and Assad capitalize on the lame-duck season. 2016-12-13 21:20 5KB thehill.com

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Lake Davis to fill again, nearly a decade after chemicals were used to kill invasive fish

Northern pike in Lake Davis in Plumas County are gone, but it took nearly 10 years before state officials felt comfortable allowing the lake to fill. 2016-12-13 17:18 1KB www.sacbee.com

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Newsom, Chiang implore CalPERS not to invest in tobacco industry

California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and State Treasurer John Chiang both released statements Tuesday urging CalPERS—California Public Employees’ Retirement System—to oppose investing in the tobacco industry during an important vote that will take … California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom and State Treasurer John Chiang both released statements Tuesday... 2016-12-13 21:17 2KB www.sfexaminer.com

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0.0
NY TIMES: DNC hacks turned US media into 'de facto instrument of Russian intelligence'

The New York Times made a striking admission in a wide-ranging article on Tuesday about Russia's hacking of the Democratic National Committee. 2016-12-13 21:16 4KB www.aol.com

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1.0
London translation firm seeks emoji specialist, to unravel the nuance of smiley faces

A London translation agency said Tuesday that it is advertising for its first “emoji translator” to help meet the “challenges posed by the world’s fastest-growing language”.... 2016-12-13 21:13 2KB www.scmp.com

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Justin Turner agrees to return to Dodgers on 4-year, $64 million deal

Third baseman Justin Turner and the Dodgers officially agreed Tuesday on a four-year deal worth $64 million, a source told ESPN's Jim Bowden. 2016-12-13 21:12 2KB www.espn.com

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Oldest American, Adele Dunlap of New Jersey, turns 114

The oldest woman in the country has celebrated her 114th birthday. Adele Dunlap was given balloons and had residents at her New Jersey care home sing Happy Birthday to her. 2016-12-13 21:12 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Saudi Arabia engineers big shift in oil market sentiment: Kemp

By John Kemp LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has transformed sentiment in the oil market by assembling an unprecedented coalition of oil producing co... 2016-12-13 21:07 5KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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0.0
Meeting set for Thursday in Westbrook on Presumpscot River dam removal

Some conservationists argue that sea-run fish will still be blocked form the upper watershed. 2016-12-13 21:06 3KB www.pressherald.com

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1.0
Miami Lakes could get own ZIP Code by September; residents’ auto insurance rates may drop

Miami Lakes could be getting its own ZIP Code no later than next September, according to the city’s mayor-elect, Manny Cid. 2016-12-13 21:05 2KB www.miamiherald.com

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Aguirre sacks Immigration intel chief over alleged extortion

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Wednesday said he had ordered the relief of acting Bureau of Immigration (BI) intelligence chief Charles Calima over his alleged involvement in the extortion from gambling tycoon Jack Lam in exchange for the release of overstaying Chinese nationals. 2016-12-14 00:00 2KB newsinfo.inquirer.net

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Amber Heard slams Johnny Depp in court after he REFUSES to pay $6.8m divorce settlement

Johnny Depp believes that ex-wife Amber Heard broke the terms of their divorce settlement by speaking out about domestic violence, thereby breaching their confidentiality agreement. 2016-12-13 21:03 8KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Why India’s Real Estate Market Is In For A Big Boost

Here’s what’s ahead for 2017. 2016-12-13 21:00 5KB fortune.com

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Deaths of 185 British soldiers will NOT be investigated

The news was announced by Northern Ireland Minister Kris Hopkins (pictured). Last week the country's police service faced anger over moves to look at every single killing involving the British Army. 2016-12-13 20:58 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Stein plans to donate leftover cash raised for recounts

Stein’s campaign raised about $7.3 million to fund her recount efforts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, 2016-12-13 20:55 2KB rssfeeds.detroitnews.com

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Suspect butt-dials 911 while planning to rob restaurant full of police

It’s hard to imagine a robbery going any worse than the one nearly attempted by Robert Bourne and David Grigsby on Saturday evening in Danville, Kentucky. Not only were the men planning on committing the crime within a stone’s throw of the town’s police chief, but one... 2016-12-13 20:55 2KB www.wxyz.com

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NY Democrats call for Cuomo to unite party

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is making his first tentative forays onto the national scene ahead of what many Democrats believe is an eventual bid for the White House. 2016-12-13 20:54 7KB thehill.com

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Electoral College members inundated with emotional pleas to block Donald Trump presidency

The message on Carol Side’s voicemail went from unusual to disturbing as the stranger who left it implored and begged her to vote for Hillary Clinton. 2016-12-13 20:53 5KB www.washingtontimes.com

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Drones give Illinois transportation officials new viewpoints

Transportation officials in Illinois are testing drones for bridge inspections and other potential uses. 2016-12-13 20:52 1KB www.washingtontimes.com

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2.0
Cuba Allows Google to Install Servers on the Island to Boost Internet Speed

Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. has signed a deal with Cuba’s state telecommunications company to allow for Cuban citizens to have much faster access to Google websites such as Youtube and Gmail. Google is joined by companies including General Electric and numerous cruise lines in attempting to gain... 2016-12-13 20:52 1009Bytes article.wn.com

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AWOL cop shot dead in Pangasinan drug bust

A policeman, who had been absent without official leave, was shot and killed early Wednesday in Mangaldan, Pangasinan province, during a drug bust, according to Senior Supt. Ronald Oliver Lee, provincial director. 2016-12-14 00:00 1KB newsinfo.inquirer.net

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6 Charlotte area men nabbed in child sex predator sting

Lincolnton police detectives posed as girls and boys on various social media sites. The suspects are accused of arranging meetings to engage in sexual activity with the supposed children. 2016-12-13 20:48 2KB www.charlotteobserver.com

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The Latest: Judge tells home to turn over disabled residents

The Latest on the investigations into abuse and neglect at group homes for disabled residents: 2016-12-13 20:47 3KB www.washingtontimes.com

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Health officials encourage those traveling this holiday to take precautions against Zika

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is urging those traveling this holiday to protect themselves against mosquito bites in areas known for Zika. “Pregnant women and couples considering pregnancy need … The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is urging those traveling this holiday... 2016-12-13 20:43 1KB www.sfexaminer.com

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Queen Letizia arrives for Madrid awards ceremony wearing a sparkly striped dress

Queen Letizia of Spain stole the show in a striped and sparkly Nina Ricci dress that is not even on sale yet as she accompanied her husband to a journalism awards ceremony in Madrid. 2016-12-13 20:38 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Here’s what California might look like when Republicans fall behind independents

Steve Schmidt, a Republican strategist and MSNBC pundit, said Republicans, who currently account for 26 percent of California’s voters, will soon fall behind independents, who make up 24.3 percent of the electorate. 2016-12-13 16:37 2KB www.sacbee.com

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Community leaders seek to address uptick in juvenile crime

ATLANTA -- Violent crimes committed by juveniles are on the rise throughout metro Atlanta, according to the Fulton County District Attorney's office. 2016-12-13 20:36 2KB rssfeeds.11alive.com

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Planning Commission wants proposed 'New Marigny' hotel scaled back

The developer says the vote calls the project into question. 2016-12-13 20:36 3KB www.nola.com

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0.0
Former deputy party boss of Sichuan named head of Jilin province

Liu Guozhong, 54, to be fifth youngest regional government chief in the country 2016-12-13 20:34 2KB www.scmp.com

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Landlord accused of coercing teen resident into sex: Kenner police

Kenneth Bryant, 46, was booked Monday (Dec. 12) on an outstanding arrest warrant for felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and molestation of a juvenile, police said. 2016-12-13 20:34 1KB www.nola.com

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POLL: Joe Biden is the early 2020 Democratic frontrunner

Vice President Joe Biden is the early 2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner, a Tuesday poll from left-leaning Public Policy Polling found. 2016-12-13 20:31 1KB www.aol.com

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Second hole opens on a road in S. A. a week after deputy is killed

A portion of a road in the West Side area collapsed on Tuesday after a sewer main ruptured underground, officials said. 2016-12-13 20:30 1KB www.chron.com

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Two large inland cities have new mayors, seek new paths

Fresno and Sacramento, California’s two largest inland cities, have new mayors, and both are seeking economic diversification and respect in a state dominated by coastal megalopolises. However, one mayor is a liberal Democrat while the other is a conservative Republican. 2016-12-13 16:30 4KB www.sacbee.com

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WakeMed spat with Blue Cross could leave thousands without full insurance coverage

A contract dispute between WakeMed Health & Hospitals and Blue Cross and Blue Shield will leave several thousand people in the Triangle without full insurance coverage unless they switch plans this week. The enrollment deadline is Thursday, Dec. 15, to buy ACA coverage effective Jan. 1. 2016-12-13 20:27 3KB www.newsobserver.com

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High-ranking suburban fire official out after harsh Facebook posts

After more than 24 years fighting fires in Calumet City, Deputy Chief Rich Banske's career has gone down in flames because of some "inappropriate" posts on Facebook. 2016-12-13 20:24 3KB abc7chicago.com

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Romania's Social Democrats in strong lead

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) -- The left-leaning Social Democrats took a big lead early Monday in partial results from Romania's parliamentary elections a year 2016-12-13 20:23 3KB mynorthwest.com

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Wayne town might not recover from hurricane even with recovery money

Only six buildings in Seven Springs escaped flooding, one local official said, and many business owners lacked flood insurance. As state lawmakers debate funding for recovery efforts, some residents aren't sure the oldest town in Wayne County will ever recover. 2016-12-13 20:22 2KB www.wral.com

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Russia’s stealthy and sophisticated interference in the U. S....

The FBI knew the Russians were behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee as early as September of 2015, so why did it take a year for the government to call Russia out on it? 2016-12-13 19:20 878Bytes www.msnbc.com

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'Great uncertainty' for French in Brexit Britain

France's ambassador to Britain Sylvie Bermann has warned of "great uncertainty" among the French community in the wake of the Brexit vote, in a House of Lords report published on Wednesday. 2016-12-13 20:20 3KB www.digitaljournal.com

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In the fine print, SEIU contract includes 9 to 19 percent raises for many workers

SEIU Local 1000’s new contract would hike pay for CalPERS actuaries, tax auditors, nurses and thousands of others 2016-12-13 16:17 4KB www.sacbee.com

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Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Pelicans, live updates and fan chat

Pelicans are 1-15 against Warriors since the 2012-13 season. 2016-12-13 20:15 1KB www.nola.com

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Grand Rapids Symphony appoints longtime volunteer as interim CEO

The Indiana native is the former president of two world-famous musical instrument manufacturers. 2016-12-13 20:13 2KB www.mlive.com

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Mars-like station premieres on first-ever Facebook 360 livestream (VIDEO) — RT America

Living on Mars remains a long way off, but scientists are already replicating life on the Red Planet. With Facebook’s brand-new Live 360 video feature, anyone can get behind the scenes of the very real Mars simulation and take a tour around the station. 2016-12-13 20:12 1KB www.rt.com

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Transportation Department pushes ‘talking cars’ to reduce traffic deaths

Vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V, lets cars transmit their location, speed or direction, creating '360-degree situational awareness' on the road. 2016-12-13 20:12 1KB www.pressherald.com

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Third of Britons make Christmas Day corner shop dash, survey reveals

Nearly a third of Britons have made a last-minute dash to a corner shop or convenience store on Christmas Day to stock up on items such as alcohol, batteries and stuffing for the turkey 2016-12-13 20:11 2KB www.independent.ie

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Megatrends 2020: What They Mean For Gold

A new Trump Administration in Washington and recent voter backlashes in Italy and the UK suggest that this year, a longer outlook is in order 2016-12-13 20:06 7KB www.valuewalk.com

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Police: Restaurant burglaries in McKinley Park, Gage Park

Police are warning South and Southwest Side residents of two restaurant burglaries Tuesday in the McKinley Park and Gage Park neighborhoods. 2016-12-13 20:04 1KB chicago.suntimes.com

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Burhan Wani's father 'to get J&K government compensation' for death of other son in Army crossfire last year

Khalid Wani was killed in an Army crossfire last year, before his brother Burhan's death during clashes with Indian security forces in July triggered widespread protests in the Kashmir valley. 2016-12-13 20:04 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Ministers have failed to explain where schools will find savings, watchdog says

NAO says schools in England face 8% real-terms cut per pupil by 2019-20 but have not been told how savings might be made 2016-12-13 20:02 5KB www.theguardian.com

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0.6
No-fault auto plan revised, revived in lame duck

GOP leaders are reviving a push to cap no-fault auto insurance costs by limiting some health coverage for future crashes 2016-12-13 20:01 5KB rssfeeds.detroitnews.com

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0.9
Neighbourhood grinch complains about noisy Christmas lights display in Parmelia

Grant O'Neil's festive cheer could cost him $250, after a neighbour made a complaint about his Christmas lights display to the City of Kwinana council in Western Australia. 2016-12-13 20:01 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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EU citizens should collect proof of living in UK, says Helena Kennedy

Lords Brexit reports: QC advises making file of documents as Lords committee she chairs calls on PM to safeguard rights of EU nationals in Britain 2016-12-13 20:01 5KB www.theguardian.com

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Demanding Answers: Brooklyn Post Office Causing Delivery Woes

Residents in Brownsville say they're having a hard time getting their packages from the post office-- and it's not just during the holiday season. 2016-12-13 20:00 4KB newyork.cbslocal.com

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TSA advises holiday air travelers to be prepared

With passenger volume expected to spike again around Christmas, airport officials are warning travelers to be ready for increased screening efforts during the busy holiday season. 2016-12-13 20:00 4KB www.deseretnews.com

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0.0
National Enquirer insiders buzzing about an outpost in Washington, D. C.

"Enquiring" minds want to know if the National Enquirer is opening a bureau in the nation's capital. 2016-12-13 20:00 3KB feeds.nydailynews.com

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Why we need an English Labour party Keir Starmer: National interest more important than by-elections

The Scottish referendum had a profound impact on northern English identity. 2016-12-14 00:00 8KB www.newstatesman.com

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Op-Ed: Libyan city of Sirte has an elected mayor and a military governor

Just the other day, councilors from the city of Sirte elected Mukhtar al-Madani as mayor of Sirte. Today the military commanders of Al-Bunyan Al-Marsous (Solid Structure or BAM) named Brigadier Ahmed Abu Shahma as military governor of Sirte. 2016-12-13 19:58 4KB www.digitaljournal.com

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Pregnant women who eat American diet are FAR more likely to have obese babies

Diet composition around the time of pregnancy may influence whether offspring become obese, according to a new study using animal models at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI). 2016-12-13 19:58 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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1.4
Residents Complain About More Chicago Mail Mixups

CBS 2's Suzanne Le Mignot reported earlier this week about goofups on one block. Other residents reached out to her. 2016-12-13 19:54 2KB chicago.cbslocal.com

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Australia to ban $100 notes to crackdown on tax evaders paying with cash

The Australian government are looking at removing $100 bills from circulation amidst fears people are avoiding taxes by paying cash. 2016-12-13 19:51 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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'Political correctness gone mad': Avoiding Australia's part in Anglo-Maori wars in Hyde Park ANZAC memorial

Not mentioning Australia's part in the New Zealand Wars in a new Anzac memorial in Hyde Park for risk of offending has been called 'political correctness gone mad' by the Veteran Affairs Minister (pictured). 2016-12-13 19:50 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Senate Votes To Legitimize CIA Propaganda In America

To combat To combat "fake news" the U. S. government will engage in "fake news". 2016-12-13 19:49 564Bytes www.infowars.com

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Englewood students show documentary at Ugandan film festival

Some students from Chicago's Englewood neighborhood are traveling to Uganda to show a documentary they made that helped save their school from being closed down by the city. 2016-12-13 19:49 1KB abc7chicago.com

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Jemma Lucy post a raunchy bathtub snap covered in coffee and hiding her busty assets on Instagram

Sitting in the bathtub, the 29-year-old Ex On The Beach star was covered in coffee scrub as she hid her robust 32G assets with foamy bubbles in a bathtime snap shared on Instagram. 2016-12-13 19:48 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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NC House Democratic Leader Larry Hall says he’ll step down from position

Rep. Larry Hall of Durham says he won’t seek another term as House Democratic leader when the legislature’s 2017 session begins in January. 2016-12-13 19:48 2KB www.newsobserver.com

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1.4
STAIR takes a trip to Treasure Island for annual benefit

STAIR provides free volunteer reading tutors for public elementary school (first through third grades) students in danger of failing reading 2016-12-13 19:48 2KB www.nola.com

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1.9
‘Horrific backup’ ensues after 8-car crash on SR 167

An eight-car collision Tuesday afternoon on state Route 167 in Kent has backed up southbound traffic for six miles, according to the Washington State Patrol and the Washington state Department of Transportation. 2016-12-13 19:47 1KB www.thenewstribune.com

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1.0
‘The Originals’ Season 4: Klaus And Hayley’s Relationship Teased – What To Expect From Hope’s Parents

The Originals Season 4 spoilers have been at a standstill for the past few months. However, as the premiere date approaches, new information is being released. 2016-12-13 19:46 1KB www.inquisitr.com

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0.0
Naidu's rush to be first with cashless app 'leaves state trailing', but will be a success long-term

When it comes to meticulous planning and managing a crisis, few politicians can surpass the strategies adopted by Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu. 2016-12-13 19:45 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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'Better plan' gains Seminole OK

Seminole County commissioners on Tuesday approved a developer's latest plan to clear hundreds of acres of woods, marshes and pastureland near Winter Park for new homes and a commercial center. 2016-12-13 19:44 4KB www.orlandosentinel.com

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Another deadly studio shooting as zoning debate continues

Members of the Atlanta’s recording industry are fighting city legislation they believe would stunt what they call a struggling industry 2016-12-13 19:43 2KB rssfeeds.11alive.com

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1.0
PA President Abbas continues to sideline opponents

“Our relations with everyone must be good, but no one will dictate to us any position or idea. " 2016-12-13 19:43 3KB www.jpost.com

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MY BIZ: Inflation slows to two-year low as consumer demand is dented by demonetisation cash crunch

Retail inflation fell to 3.63 in November compared to 4.2 per cent in October, data released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation showed - signalling a slowdown in spending. 2016-12-13 19:42 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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0.6
Sessions omits failed judgeship from Judiciary Committee form

Late last week, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, returned the Senate Judiciary Committee's standard questionnaire -- but certain information was notably missing from his 33 pages of responses. 2016-12-13 19:41 2KB rss.cnn.com

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2.3
McConnell, Ryan Endorse Tillerson

Rex Tillerson will bring decades of experience & knowledge as @realDonaldTrump's choice for Secretary of State. pic.twitter.com/kcAFcmECrq— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) December 13, 2016 Congratulations to Rex Tillerson, a proven leader and person of enormous accomplishment.&mdash… 2016-12-14 02:02 902Bytes www.patdollard.com

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Veterans get access to nurse practitioners

The Department of Veterans Affairs is granting veterans direct access to advanced practice registered nurses, Forbes reported Tuesday. 2016-12-13 19:37 4KB www.newsobserver.com

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Indian Government unsure about registry for sex offenders despite activist's claim that most rapists are repeat offenders

India is set to have its first registry for sex offenders but government departments and law enforcement agencies are still debating whether the details should be made public. 2016-12-13 19:36 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Why Some People Think a Typo Cost Clinton the Election

A misleading email from a campaign staffer was just one mistake that helped Russian hackers steal data from Democrats. 2016-12-13 19:36 4KB www.theatlantic.com

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What historian's mea culpa opposing Brexit can teach us

Elite blindness: Niall Ferguson, famed British scholar, admits his opposition stemmed from being too tight with the establishment 2016-12-13 19:35 3KB www.cbsnews.com

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Stress in America: 'Everybody outside of the top is suffering'

The stresses of poverty in the United States have grown so intense that they are harming the health of lower-income Americans - even prematurely leading to their death. A report published Monday by The Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution finds that stress levels have greatly increased... 2016-12-13 19:33 1KB article.wn.com

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'My wish is freedom for children': Priyanka Chopra joins David Beckham on stage at Unicef's 70th anniversary bash as the actress is named as the charity's newest Global Ambassador

The 34-year-old Quantico star has been Unicef's national ambassador in India since 2010 but her new prestigious global role was announced in a ceremony in New York on Monday night. 2016-12-13 19:32 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Protesters Storm Stage, Disrupt Rep. Luis Gutierrez Speech at Refugee and Immigrant Conference

Protesters Storm Stage, Disrupt Rep. Luis Gutierrez Speech at Refugee and Immigrant Conference 2016-12-13 19:32 2KB feedproxy.google.com

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0.0
Dutch restaurant serves up ‘My Little Pony Burger’ made from real horse meat

A chef in the Netherlands is serving up a unique burger for guests. 2016-12-13 19:30 2KB www.foxnews.com

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Is Marijuana Chewing Gum The Next Big Thing?

As marijuana becomes legalized in more states, there may be another option on the market; THC infused chewing gum. 2016-12-13 19:30 4KB www.foxbusiness.com

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Tens of thousands hold anti-government protest in Poland

Tens of thousands of Polish protesters took to the streets on Tuesday, to mark 35 years since a Communist-era martial law crackdown, while accusing the current rightwing government of undermining democracy. 2016-12-13 19:30 2KB www.digitaljournal.com

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0.0
Minister Kiren Rijiju turns the tables on Congress as he rejects charges of wrongdoing in Arunachal dam scheme

The Home Affairs minister and the ruling BJP party said Congress awarded the contract during its regime after a report after he was reportedly named in a 129-page report on 'corruption' two dam schemes. 2016-12-13 19:29 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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0.0
Climate change, Electoral College, Social Security, Trump and Russia, Dallas Cowboys

Citizens must act... Re: Clean energy, Texas-style -- Trump should look to Texas to confront climate change, Marilu Hastings says, Monday... 2016-12-13 19:29 7KB www.dallasnews.com

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0.6
New report says Ethiopia blocked social media, news sites

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia's government illegally blocked social media and news websites during the months of turmoil that led to the country's ongoing state of emergency, a new report says. ... 2016-12-13 19:29 757Bytes article.wn.com

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Teen wanted in Memphis killing arrested in St. Bernard Parish

Kyle Baptiste, 18, who told officers he has family in the New Orleans area, is accused of first-degree murder in the Memphis shooting, which occurred when Baptiste was 16. 2016-12-13 19:28 2KB www.nola.com

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0.0
P&G's McDonald could be next UC president

Outgoing Veterans Affairs secretary and former Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald has emerged as a leading candidate to become the next president of the University of Cincinnati, sources with knowledge of the search told The Enquirer on Tuesday afternoon 2016-12-13 19:27 2KB rssfeeds.cincinnati.com

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Malak Al-Shehri: Global Outcry After Saudi Woman Is Arrested For Stepping Out In Public Without Hijab

Malak Al-Shehri, a young Saudi woman who created major controversy late last month by stepping out in public without a hijab or (veil), has been reportedly 2016-12-13 19:27 3KB www.inquisitr.com

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0.7
Young boy shoots his foot with gun he found in his grandpa's shed in New Zealand

Harrison Woods is lucky to be alive after he nearly shot himself in the foot with a gun he found in his grandpa's shed while holidaying in New Zealand. 2016-12-13 19:27 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Another day added to slain Buckhead businesswoman's estate sale

The remaining wardrobe items of Diane McIver will be on sale Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 60 percent off at Peachtree Battle Estate Sales and Liquidations. 2016-12-13 19:27 2KB rssfeeds.11alive.com

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3 federal trials slated in Bundy standoff case in Las Vegas

Three trials are ahead in Las Vegas for the 17 men accused of conspiring in an armed standoff against federal agents near Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's property in April 2014. U. S. Magistrate Judge Peggy Leen on Monday reversed the order that... 2016-12-13 19:23 1KB lasvegassun.com

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Details of $201M Hurricane Matthew and wildfire aid package

Details of the legislation approved by the state House on Tuesday that would spend $201 million to address disaster recovery following Hurricane Matthew in eastern North Carolina and wildfires in the mountains: 2016-12-13 19:22 3KB www.washingtontimes.com

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Donald Trump gets vote of confidence from Australian politician Malcolm Roberts

Unlike many foreign leaders who have shied away from or tried to ignore Donald Trump, newly elected Australian Sen. Malcolm Roberts is proud of his early support for the maverick Republican candidate and now the president-elect. 2016-12-13 19:22 4KB www.washingtontimes.com

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WSU med school chief rips DMC, wants other partners

The leader of WSU’s medical school says the DMC’s contributions to the university were nominal 2016-12-13 19:21 4KB rssfeeds.detroitnews.com

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0.3
Obama: President Without Briefings Would Be 'Flying Blind'

President Barack Obama says any president who shuns daily intelligence briefings would be "flying blind" on national security matters, a stiff push-back against Donald Trump's suggestion that he doesn't need daily read-ins to fulfill his campaign pledge to "make America safe again. " "I... 2016-12-13 19:21 4KB abcnews.go.com

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Patriarch Of NYPD Family Retires After 36 Years, Says ‘I Wish I Could Do It For Another 10’

The proud, yet humble, man said his goodbyes to dozens of fellow police officers as he left Queens Central booking for the last time. 2016-12-13 19:20 2KB newyork.cbslocal.com

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Afghan First Vice President denies abusing rival, West urges investigation

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum denied on Tuesday accusations that he had beaten and abducted a political rival and threatened him with sexual violence, in a case that sparked Western calls for a full and fair investigation. 2016-12-13 19:20 881Bytes article.wn.com

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With Absolutely Zero Evidence, The MSM Fake News Machine Smears Rex Tillerson As Russian Agent

Conspiracy theories are all the Dems have left in their desperate pursuit to delegitimize Trump's victory and administration. Excerpted From The Washington Times: If you were to read the mainstream media, you’d think Rex Tillerson… 2016-12-14 02:02 3KB www.patdollard.com

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Elsa Hosk shares steamy bikini Instagram from shoot in Bahamas with Bella Hadid

For the past several days some of the top models of the world have been gathered in the Bahamas for a secret photo shoot. Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski Alessandra Ambrosio were with her. 2016-12-13 19:17 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Cramer banks on the Fed to make Apple much, much juicier

Jim Cramer explains the relationship between Apple and the Federal Reserve, and why it could benefit from a rate hike. 2016-12-13 19:13 3KB www.cnbc.com

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Park rangers investigating possible suicide at Grand Canyon

The body of a Tempe woman has been found at Grand Canyon National Park and authorities say the death is being investigated as a possible suicide. 2016-12-13 19:10 1KB www.washingtontimes.com

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Joe McKnight's family meets with district attorney, lawyer says

McKnight's family left "upbeat" from the meeting with the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office on Tuesday, the family's lawyer said. 2016-12-13 19:10 5KB www.nola.com

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Florida Legislature begins sorting out Amendment 2

Florida’s Legislature is beginning the process of figuring out how to implement Amendment 2, which allows for the legalization of medical marijuana. 2016-12-13 19:08 3KB www.washingtontimes.com

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Mac and cheese brands recalled for Salmonella

TreeHouse is recalling mac and cheese products - including Wal-Mart's Great Value brand. 2016-12-13 19:08 1KB abc7news.com

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1.8
Gig Harbor residents urge 'Don't Hate, Celebrate'

Gig Harbor nativity controversy continues as residents urge officials to allow the Christmas scene. And another lawsuit is threatened. 2016-12-13 19:08 2KB mynorthwest.com

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Ugly sweaters’ garish styles infiltrate holiday season

It has evolved over the years into a holiday phenomenon, earning its own national day (Friday this year) 2016-12-13 19:05 6KB rssfeeds.detroitnews.com

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0.0
Democrats continue to question Iowa's Medicaid performance

Democrats in a health oversight committee say they continue to have questions about the performance of Iowa’s privatized Medicaid system. 2016-12-13 19:04 1KB www.washingtontimes.com

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Leaders urge black community to stay out of Eastpointe after alleged case of police brutality

Activist Sam Riddle, Reverend W. J. Rideout, Reverend Mo Hardwick, Minister Troy Muhammed, and other community leaders came together Tuesday, asking the black community to not patronize businesses in Eastpointe. 2016-12-13 19:00 2KB www.wxyz.com

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Sebastian Stan Joins Margot Robbie in Tonya Harding Pic ‘I, Tonya’

“Captain America: Civil War” actor Sebastian Stan has joined the cast of the Tonya Harding biopic “I, Tonya” starring Margot Robbie as the figure skater. Miramax recently la… 2016-12-13 19:00 1KB variety.com

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Possible tornado reported in Hancock

Authorities in Hancock County are investigating reports of a possible tornado in the Lizana community. 2016-12-13 19:00 1004Bytes www.washingtontimes.com

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Regents seek $2.1B increase in funding for New York schools

New York education officials are proposing a $2.1 billion increase in funding for the state’s schools next year. 2016-12-13 18:59 1KB www.washingtontimes.com

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Former Fox’s Lounge site on South Dixie Highway sells for $7.5 million

The property, which includes just over an acre of land and two vacant buildings, was approved for development of two four-story mixed-use buildings, but the buyer chose instead to renovate and lease out the existing buildings. 2016-12-13 18:57 2KB www.miamiherald.com

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1.5
Report- ISIS supply lines reached Turkey and Europe

Islamic State is well known for its atrocities, such as massacring thousands of Yazidis and beheading journalists. 2016-12-13 18:57 4KB www.jpost.com

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N. C. Supreme Court expansion downplayed by Sen. Phil Berger

Sen. Phil Berger, president pro tempore of the N. C. Senate, downplayed discussion of expanding the N. C. Supreme Court during the special session of the Legislature. 2016-12-14 02:03 2KB www.newsobserver.com

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New Device Helps People Suffering From Spinal Cord Injuries Regain Movement

There are about 12,000 spinal cord injuries every year in the United States, mostly in young men, leaving them partially or completely paralyzed. 2016-12-13 18:51 3KB newyork.cbslocal.com

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Makeup guru Napoleon Perdis' daughter Lianna, 16, wows in very first runway show

Lianna Perdis, 16, wowed in her very first runway show for celebrity designer, Dimitri Petrou in Athens, Greece on Tuesday. 2016-12-13 18:49 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Delaware County insurance changes prompt uncertainty

Delaware County government is making changes in employee insurance. 2016-12-13 18:49 2KB rssfeeds.thestarpress.com

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0.3
Once touted by the Liberals, a $1.5B project to train Canada’s fighter pilots has gone off the rails

A private company was to have been selected by the end of 2016 to provide aircraft and pilots to act as adversaries in training. The contract was quietly pushed to next year 2016-12-13 18:48 5KB news.nationalpost.com

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Family vanish off the coast of South Australia in calm waters - with only the bucket and tub from their boat found

A bucket and tub from the boat of a couple and their adult son who went missing in calm waters off South Australia's southeast coast has been found as the search for them continues. 2016-12-13 18:47 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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0.5
Public Law Firm Sues CFPB Over Transparency

Cause of Action Institute filed a lawsuit Tuesday afternoon in the U. S. District Court of the District of Columbia to urge the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to provide transparency in th 2016-12-13 18:47 2KB dailycaller.com

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Kelly Osbourne Explains Why She Wrote Book Chapter About Her Vagina

[...] more than a few: Letters From a Badass Bitch, Osbourne writes all about the adventures of her private area, although she insists her motives are educational. “The book isn’t just a memoir,” she added, during an interview to... 2016-12-13 18:47 3KB www.sfgate.com

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Professors: Free Speech Discourse Is 'Disempowering'

Professors at Washington State University (WSU) have denounced free speech discourse for creating "a campus that is especially disempowering to marginalized students," in an open letter to the commu 2016-12-13 18:46 2KB dailycaller.com

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Australian Tax Office’s computers crash for THREE DAYS

The Australian Tax Office's online system crashed on Monday and may not be fully operational again until Wednesday. The agency is reported to be attempting to recover a million gigabytes of data. 2016-12-13 18:42 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Man In Car Exposed Himself, Tried To Lure 2 Girls In Rye, Police Say

For the second time in a week, a man has exposed himself to girls in the Westchester County community of Rye. 2016-12-13 18:40 2KB newyork.cbslocal.com

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Utah Democrats seeking input to refocus party mission

Utah Democratic Party leaders plan to go on a "listening" tour in January to solicit ideas to refocus the party's mission. 2016-12-13 18:40 1KB www.deseretnews.com

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Facebook Looking To Hire 'Experienced News Executive'

Facebook is looking for help with managing news stories, recently listing an official job opening called "Head of News Partnerships" on its website. The social media company is criticized profusel 2016-12-13 18:39 3KB dailycaller.com

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0.0
New Zealand woman's grandson brings missing baby into home after she sees it on Facebook

A New Zealand woman has spoken about the moment her grandson brought home a toddler, just after she had seen a photo of the 18-month-old on Facebook announcing he was missing. 2016-12-13 18:36 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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The DEMONS of demonetisation: Crooked Indian politicians filmed offering to launder money for a 30-40 per cent cut as cash cull intensifies

An India Today TV investigation has revealed that representatives of some of the country's major political parties are double-dipping as brokers for those with undeclared wealth. 2016-12-13 18:33 5KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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A Quinceañera Got A Million RSVPs

A dad's video inviting the community to his daughter's 15th birthday party has gone viral. We talk to two experts about the origins of the tradition. 2016-12-13 18:32 5KB www.npr.org

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LA to pay more than $8 million to settle lawsuits over 3 deadly LAPD shootings

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday to pay more than $8 million to settle lawsuits filed by relatives of three men who were shot and killed … LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council agreed Tuesday to pay more than $8 million to... 2016-12-13 18:31 5KB www.sfexaminer.com

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Orange County's homeless, elderly could soon use food stamps for hot meals

Nearly 19,000 homeless, elderly and disabled Orange County residents are one step closer to being able to use their food stamp benefits to purchase hot meals at local restaurants. 2016-12-13 18:30 3KB www.ocregister.com

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Interior Department approves major transmission lines through Utah

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Tuesday announced a major initiative to pursue renewable energy projects in the West, including final federal approval for two major transmission lines that will imp 2016-12-13 18:29 3KB www.deseretnews.com

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House bill would relax bank rules aimed at averting crash

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House approved legislation Thursday easing bank curbs that Democrats imposed to prevent another financial crisis, as Republicans off 2016-12-13 18:27 4KB mynorthwest.com

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TV News Roundup: First Look at Nicole Kidman in ‘Top of the Lake’

FIRST LOOK Sundance TV has released the first image of Nicole Kidman in the upcoming installment of Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake: China Girl” (above). The Australian actress wi… 2016-12-13 18:24 3KB variety.com

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Governor Pat McCrory explains reasoning for special session

Gov. Pat McCrory expands on his request for money to help flood and wildfire victims during a special session committee meeting Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2016 in Raleigh, N. C. 2016-12-14 00:51 3KB www.newsobserver.com

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For swindling St. Paul dementia patient out of car, drugs, a stayed sentence

A 72-year-old man was sentenced this week for scheming a fellow resident at his St. Paul assisted-living facility out of thousands of dollars and access to pain medication. Peter Robert Arnoldi was… 2016-12-13 18:22 2KB www.twincities.com

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From Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” to Chance The Rapper’s “Coloring Book,” music rocked this year

It was hard to pick just 10, but we did it! Now VOTE on which of these albums was your absolute favorite this year 2016-12-13 18:19 808Bytes www.salon.com

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Young workers aren’t getting enough hours on the job, prompting calls for action

Nearly all 18- to 29-year-old service workers in Los Angeles County are failing to get enough work hours, according to UCLA researchers, who urged officials on Tuesday to create policy fixes. The vast majority, 96 percent, of workers in that age 2016-12-13 18:18 3KB www.presstelegram.com

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Report on Riverview Psychiatic Center calls for fast action

Former Chief Justice Daniel Wathen, who oversees a court decree applying to the state-owned psychiatric center, writes that progress has been made, but says the need for more space is 'evident and urgent.' 2016-12-13 18:18 6KB www.pressherald.com

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Virgin launches $199 flights from Sydney to Fiji

Australian travellers looking to enjoy a tropical holiday on a budget will be pleased to know Virgin are offering flights to Fiji for a meagre $199 from Sydney. The cost also includes 23kg baggage. 2016-12-13 18:17 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Miami Beach approves paid parental leave for employees

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Sugar cookie cheesecake bars your holiday party will love

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China’s record auto sales streak may hinge on tax cut

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Holy Smokes: Holy Land to Export Marijuana

Israeli government may be first to export Marijuana for medical use Israeli government may be first to export Marijuana for medical use. 2016-12-13 18:13 856Bytes www.infowars.com

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How would you redesign Bavarian Brewery?

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Muncie Redevelopment Commission to meet to consider development pact

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Man steals Toys for Tots donations; police provide surveillance pictures

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Historical marker to honor state’s first licensed woman doctor

Annie Lowrie Alexander became the state’s first licensed woman doctor in 1885 and practiced in Charlotte for over 40 years. Dedication of state highway historical marker planned for next Tuesday at 400 N. Tryon St., the site of Alexander’s home and office. 2016-12-13 18:03 3KB www.charlotteobserver.com

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Pershing sells more than 3.4 million Valeant shares to generate a tax loss

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José Andrés to Trump: Cancel the suit, let's donate to vets instead

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Historians reach deal for Revolutionary War battlefield

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Fears of chemical arms use against IS-held area in Syria

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Europeans massively overestimate Muslim population, poll shows

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Trump chooses early supporter and former Navy SEAL Zinke as interior secretary
(21.99/22)

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen first-term Republican U. S. Representative Ryan Zinke of Montana, a former Navy SEAL commander, as his interior secretary.
Zinke, 55, will be nominated to head the Interior Department a senior transition official said on Tuesday.,which employs more than 70,000 people across the United States and oversees more than 20 percent of federal land, including national parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite.
Zinke's choice was something of a surprise since some Republican officials wanted him to challenge Democratic U. S. Senator Jon Tester of Montana in the 2018 elections.
He emerged after Trump had toyed with the idea of nominating U. S. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state for the position.
He is a proponent of keeping public lands under federal ownership, putting him at odds with some in his Republican Party who are more favorable to privatization or placing them under the control of states.
It remains unclear where Zinke would stand on opening up more federal lands to increased drilling and mining, something Trump promised he would do as president.
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Trump's official energy platform calls for opening "onshore and offshore leasing on federal lands, eliminate moratorium on coal leasing, and open shale energy deposits. "
A Trump aide told Reuters last week that McMorris Rodgers had been picked for the post. She had met Trump at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, shortly after the president-elect began his Cabinet search.
On Tuesday, a source close to the congresswoman said she had never been offered the job.
"It was an honor to be invited to spend time with the president-elect, and I'm energized more than ever to continue leading in Congress as we think big, reimagine this government, and put people back at the center of it," McMorris Rodgers said in a Facebook post.
Zinke had been an early Trump supporter, backing the New York businessman for president in May. His nomination must now be confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate.
"Congressman Zinke is a strong advocate for American energy independence, and he supports an all-encompassing energy policy that includes renewables, fossil fuels and alternative energy," Trump spokesman Jason Miller said before a meeting on Monday between Zinke and Trump at Trump Tower in New York.
Zinke, a member of the House of Representatives subcommittee on natural resources, has voted for legislation that would weaken environmental safeguards on public land.
But, unlike other candidates who were on the short list for the interior secretary job, Zinke opposes the transfer of public lands to the states, a position that echoes Trump's.
Trump has said he does not think public land should be turned over to the states and should be protected.
"I don't like the idea because I want to keep the lands great, and you don't know what the state is going to do," Trump said in an interview with Field & Stream magazine in January.
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Trump said putting states in control of public land would make it easier to sell it off for energy or commercial development. He thinks the federal government needs to focus on conservation.
"I mean, are they going to sell (states) if they get into a little bit of trouble? I don't think it's something that should be sold," he said. "We have to be great stewards of this land. This is magnificent land. "
In July, Zinke resigned as a delegate to the Republican nominating convention because the party platform called for transferring public lands to the states.
"What I saw was a platform that was more divisive than uniting," Zinke told the Billings Gazette. "At this point, I think it's better to show leadership. "
Public land comprises more than 30 percent of Montana, according to the Montana Wilderness Association.
The League of Conservation Voters, which ranks lawmakers on their environmental record, gave Zinke an extremely low lifetime score of 3 percent.
The Wilderness Society, a leading conservation group, said it was concerned by Zinke's support for logging, drilling and mining on public lands.
The Interior Department also oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs and handles tribal policy.
Under Obama, the department played a big role in efforts to curb the effects of climate change by limiting fossil fuel development in some areas.
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Ohio Governor OKs 20-Week Abortion Ban, Nixes Heartbeat Bill
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Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a bill Tuesday imposing a 20-week abortion ban while vetoing stricter provisions in a separate measure that would have barred the procedure at the first detectable fetal heartbeat.
The so-called heartbeat bill would have prohibited most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy — or before many women know they are pregnant. Its provisions cleared the Republican-led Legislature during a lame-duck flurry last week after being tucked into separate legislation.
Similar measures elsewhere have faced legal challenges, and detractors in Ohio feared such legislation would lead to a costly fight in the courts. Opponents predicted it would be found unconstitutional, a concern Kasich shared.
Kasich, an abortion-rights opponent, chose instead to sign off on a 20-week ban similar to those now in effect in 15 states and blocked from enforcement in two others. The measures are based on the assertion that fetuses can feel pain then, which opponents characterize as scientifically unsound. Ohio lawmakers rejected a Democratic amendment that would have added exceptions for rape and incest.
The 20-week ban "is the best, most legally sound and sustainable approach to protecting the sanctity of human life," Kasich said.
Kasich said the heartbeat provision would have been struck down based on other federal court rulings. Enacting the law would also invite challenges to current Ohio abortion prohibitions and would mean costly litigation.
"The State of Ohio will be the losing party in that lawsuit and, as the losing party, the State of Ohio will be forced to pay hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to cover the legal fees for the pro-choice activists' lawyers," Kasich said.
"Therefore, this veto is in the public interest," the governor said.
Abortion-rights groups criticized Kasich for signing the 20-week ban. Planned Parenthood called it dangerous legislation that blocks a woman from making important medical decisions during her pregnancy.
"The 20-week ban will force women to travel long distances and cross state lines in order to access safe, legal abortion — a barrier that many women simply cannot afford," said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio said the 20-week ban would allow abortions only if a woman is on the brink of death or suffering permanent organ damage.
Ohio Right To Life praised Kasich for signing the ban, saying it would save "hundreds of unborn lives each year" and allow Ohio to directly challenge the U. S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion until viability, usually at 22 to 24 weeks.
The 20-week ban "challenges the current national abortion standard and properly moves the legal needle from viability to the baby's ability to feel pain," said Mike Gonidakis, Ohio Right To Life president. He agreed with Kasich's decision to veto the heartbeat bill.
Ohio lawmakers still have the option to override Kasich's veto. Doing so would require a three-fifths majority of each chamber.
Janet Folger, president of Faith2Action, an anti-abortion group pressing for the heartbeat bill, called on Republican House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger to bring an override veto to the House floor. A message was left with Rosenberger's office.
The developments in Ohio are a prelude to a broad offensive to be launched in January by abortion-rights opponents emboldened by the election success of Donald Trump and the Republican Party.
GOP lawmakers in numerous states — including Texas, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana and Kentucky — plan to push for new anti-abortion legislation. Their efforts are being supported by a national anti-abortion group, Americans United for Life, which released a report Tuesday contending that many abortion clinics are in violation of state health and safety standards.
In Congress, Republicans are expected to advance legislation banning most abortions after 20 weeks and halting federal funding for Planned Parenthood as long as it performs abortions. The president-elect has pledged to support both measures.
In Oklahoma on Tuesday, the state Supreme Court threw out a law requiring abortion clinics to have doctors who have admitting privileges at hospitals within 30 miles of their facility.
The court ruled that measure, which requires doctors with admitting privileges to be present for abortions, violates both the U. S. and Oklahoma constitutions. Republican Gov. Mary Fallin signed it into law in 2014, but courts had blocked it from going into effect. The U. S. Supreme Court earlier this year struck down a similar provision in Texas.
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Associated Press writer David Crary in New York contributed to this report.
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Trump staffer: Kanye will not perform at inauguration
(13.99/22)

"No, No. Kanye and Donald are good friends," Barrack said. "Donald is a great admirer of Kanye, as we are all, but he is not performing at inauguration. "
Barrack gave other details on plans for the days surrounding the January 20 inauguration.
"It starts on Tuesday and ends basically on Saturday morning with a cadre of very complicated events," he said.
According to Barrack, his committee expects to host about 2 million people, with 300-400 million watching on television around the world throughout the week.
Barrack also noted that Mark Burnett, the television producer sometimes called the "best event planner in the world," is helping to plan the official dinners.
The smallest dinner will host 300-400 guests and 22,000 are expected at the largest, Barrack said.
Later in the interview, Barrack defended Trump's picks for Cabinet positions so far, and downplayed criticism that white males dominate the biggest jobs, saying Trump was choosing the most qualified individuals.
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Edward Snowden sends strong anti-surveillance message to US President-elect Donald Trump
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In a clear message to US President-elect Donald Trump, the famed National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden has said that government surveillance programmes will create "vulnerabilities" for social media users. ...
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Bakersfield police shoot unarmed 73-year-old man fatally
(9.99/22)

Police responded early Monday to a report of a man with a revolver acting strangely, said Bakersfield Assistant Police Chief Lyle Martin.
Francisco Serna was shot after police said he failed to respond to orders to stop approaching and remove his hands from his jacket.
One of the seven officers at the call, Reagan Selman, fired seven shots at Serna, who died at the scene.
Police didn't find a gun. A police statement said a dark-colored simulated wood crucifix was found on Serna.
"BDP murdered my father for no reason," daughter Laura Serna told CNN affiliate KERO. CNN reached out to members of the Serna family on Tuesday night but didn't get a response.
Eight detectives are looking into the shooting, Martin said.
"I cannot tell you enough that this community is affected by Mr. Serna losing his life," Martin told reporters. "This is a tragic incident for their family, for the community as a whole, and for the police department. "
A woman who answered a phone number listed for Selman's wife said they didn't want to comment.
All seven officers are on leave, Martin said. CNN called the police benevolent association, which will support the officers during the investigation, for comment but didn't get a response.
The people who called the police Monday morning lived across the street from Serna. A woman told detectives she was dropped off at home about 12:35 a.m when a man approached her in her driveway and asked about where she lived.
She thought she saw a dark brown or black handle of a gun, went inside and told her husband to call police. He told a 911 operator the man had a revolver.
Police arrived six minutes later and when the woman saw Serna come out of his house, she said, "That's him," according to the police statement.
Serna came across the street and Selman, who has been with the department since July 2015, fired as Serna was about 15 to 20 feet from him.
No other officer fired and no lower levels of force were attempted, said Martin, who becomes chief on Wednesday.
CNN affiliate KBAK reported that Serna's family said he would take short walks around the area near his house when he couldn't sleep.
CNN affiliates said Serna's family told them he had early onset dementia and was on medication.
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Confirmation fight looms over Rex Tillerson nomination
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After weeks of public auditions, Donald Trump has selected Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state. Now the fight moves to Capitol Hill. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and USA Today’s Susan Page discuss.
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What Some Conservatives and Liberals Agree on about One Trump Cabinet Pick
(9.84/22)

Team Trump is working to soften pushback against the president- elect Donald Trump's pick for top diplomat.
He has chosen ExxonMobil Chief Executive Rex Tillerson to be his Secretary of State.
"Rex Tillerson's career is the embodiment of the American dream. Through hard work, dedication and smart deal making, Rex rose through the ranks to become CEO of Exxon Mobil, one of the world's largest and most respected companies," Trump said in a statement.
Some liberals are troubled by the pick because of Tillerson's close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
However, Trump's transition team is pointing out the many leaders praising the pick such as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Senator Bob Corker and Newt Gingrich.
At least one Evangelical leader doesn't agree with them though.
Family Research Council's Tony Perkins says Tillerson woud promote "the leftist social policy of the Obama years. "
He pointed out that Tillerson pushed the Boy Scouts of America to include gay troop leaders and his company gives directly to Planned Parenthood.
Meanwhile, speculation turned to reality as Trump named former Texas Governor Rick Perry as his choice for Secretary of Energy.
Today the president- elect met with his longtime friend, rapper Kanye West.
He's also meeting with Microsoft mogul Bill Gates and former Senator Rick Santorum - who is part of Trump's religious council.
This evening Trump's "Thank you America" tour continues, this time in Wisconsin.
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Why the Obama administration didn't respond earlier to Russian hacks
(9.45/22)

In addition to a fear of sparking a wider cyber-conflict and an attempt to save talks with Russia over Syria, the administration did not want to give Donald Trump reason to cry foul following what they were certain would be a Hillary Clinton victory.
Now it's Democrats who are suggesting that the elections were stolen, in part at least, by Russian hacking efforts aimed to hurt Clinton and boost Trump.
Democrats think it's too little too late.
Obama administration officials dispute that the internal debate was slowed by anything other than the deliberate work of law enforcement and intelligence agencies. They say that the administration had to let the investigation take its course before making a policy response.
CNN discussions with multiple administration, law enforcement and intelligence officials tell a different story.
By July, law enforcement and intelligence agencies were sure that Russian intelligence hackers had breached the Democratic National Committee. A debate began inside the administration about what to do next.
A month earlier, the hackers had released an opposition file on Trump that had been stolen from the Democrats.
The US and many other nations use cyberhacking to spy on each other. The Russian actions, administration officials determined, had crossed the line because they were releasing documents the administration believed were intended to undermine the US elections.
Over the next three months, during a series of meetings at the White House and on conference calls, national security officials at the White House and other government agencies debated over how to calibrate an appropriate response.
Some officials in the US intelligence agencies warned that the US risked starting a wider cyber-conflict with Russia in which the US had a lot more to lose because more of the US infrastructure and economy is dependent on the Internet, and much of it is vulnerable to attack.
Some State Department officials also worried about the risk to ongoing efforts to make a deal with Russia over Syria. The on-again, off-again talks continued during the summer as the US wrestled with what to do about the hacks.
By the fall, as WikiLeaks kept releasing documents only on Democrats, Obama administration officials also grew confident that the Russians were trying to hurt Clinton's campaign -- and therefore trying to help Trump get elected.
Other websites connected to Russian intelligence published documents stolen from Republicans including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, but they, too, were mostly damaging to Hillary Clinton.
White House officials worried that publicly outing Russia would appear to be an effort to help Clinton, and the deliberations coincided with Trump's complaints about a rigged election. Administration officials were sure Trump would lose in November and they were worried about giving him any reason to question the election results.
In October, a month before the presidential election, the Director of National Intelligence and the Homeland Security Department for the first time publicly attributed the hacks to Russia.
Some Democrats had been pushing for the move for months.
On Tuesday, the White House defended that public statement from the intelligence community as appropriate. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that a "proportional response" was appropriate but at the time the concern was on protecting the integrity of the election.
"The President made clear, we made clear, that a proportional response to that was appropriate. But the President's first concern, and the first steps that were undertaken by the US government were to ensure that the equipment and systems that were used to register voters, allow voters to cast ballots and to ensure that those ballots were counted, were protected," Earnest said.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press" that the Obama administration didn't act soon enough.
"I do think it was a mistake," he said. "I think it was a mistake earlier frankly not to react more forcefully when North Korea hacked us. I think those kind of -- that lack of deterrence invited the Russians to meddle and consider they could do this with impunity. "
Now, with Trump about a month from taking office, Obama administration officials are working to prepare a range of possible responses that President Barack Obama could use before he leaves the White House to retaliate against Russia -- responses President-elect Trump will likely be left to answer for.
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Trump Rips Wisconsin Recount: Democrats 'Were Behind It'
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President-elect Donald Trump slammed the Wisconsin recount Tuesday — saying the Democrats "were behind it" with the Green Party — which swelled his victory over Hillary Clinton in last month's election by 131 votes.
"After millions and millions of dollars were wasted, and countless hours were spent, the recount vote has come back," Trump told a rally in West Allis, Wis., in another stop in his "thank you" tour of battleground states.
"I called it a scam, but I won't say that because we want to be nice. OK? " he continued. "I refuse to say it was a scam tonight.
"This way, they can't report that I said it.
"After all of this money was spent — by the Democrats, believe me, they were behind it — OK? And the Green Party. Wonderful party.
"She got less than 1 percent, but she thought she was going to catch us," Trump said of candidate Jill Stein, who forced the court-ordered recount.
"All that money. All that time. All that effort, we got 131 votes than we had before," he continued. "I think it was worth it.
"What did they spend: $3.5 million for 131 votes? That's OK.
"Tells you how important every single vote in America is," Trump said.
Overall, Trump beat Clinton by 22,748 votes. He will receive Wisconsin's 10 electoral votes.
Stein, who finished fourth in the Badger State, received only 66 more votes in the recount.
She spent $3.5 million on the Wisconsin recount and sought similar efforts in Michigan and Pennsylvania, but court judges stopped them.
Stein petitioned for the recounts, arguing for electoral integrity while denying accusations she was working to flip the election to Clinton.
In West Allis, Trump spoke at the Wisconsin State Fair Exposition Center. He stood in front of a podium that displayed a sign saying, "Merry Christmas, U. S. A. "
"When I started, 18 months ago, I told my first crowd in Wisconsin that we are going to come back here someday, and we are going to say, 'Merry Christmas' again," Trump said. "Merry Christmas. Happy New Year. "
Trump's tour has also taken him to North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan and Louisiana.
He also lauded his choice of Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, 64, as secretary of state.
Tillerson, who has headed the world's largest oil producer since 2006, was praised by many Republicans earlier Tuesday — many of whom have long stood firm against Russia and President Vladimir Putin.
"Rex is one of the greatest and most skilled global business leaders of our time," Trump said. "A strong man, a tough man.
"Rex will be a fierce advocate for America's interests around the world and has the insight and talents necessary to help reverse years of foreign-policy blunders and disasters.
"We're going to have somebody who is going to be very special," Trump said. "America has been caught in a cycle of failed interventions that have weakened our security and undermined, totally our stability.
"We need a new direction," the president-elect added. "My administration will build a long-term strategy for stability, prosperity, peace, and rebuilding our own country. "
Trump took the high road several times when the crowd booed Clinton, President Barack Obama — even House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsinite with whom he had a tenuous relationship during the campaign.
"Tough people in Wisconsin," Trump said during chants of "lock her up" when he mentioned the former secretary of state.
He looked at Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., a former primary challenger: "Governor, tough. "
Later, Trump said, "governor, these people are brutal," when supporters booed Clinton.
Regarding President Obama, Trump said he and "his wife have been very, very nice — I'm telling you.
"They've been very nice. "
When Ryan was heckled, Trump said: "Oh, no. I have come to appreciate him.
"To tell you the truth, he has been terrific," he added. "Honestly, he is like a fine wine. "
The crowd laughed.
"Every day goes by, I get to appreciate his genius more and more," the president-elect said. "We have some amazing things in store. "
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Jim Brown on Meeting With Trump: ‘I Fell in Love With Him’
(8.99/22)

NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown discussed his Tuesday meeting with Donald Trump, saying he “fell in love” with the president-elect over his plans to help the black community. “[I] fell in love with [Trump] because he really talks about helping African-American black people, and that’s why I’m here,” he told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Tuesday. “When he goes through what he went through to become the president, he got my admiration,” added Brown. “No one gave him a chance.”
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WATCH: Syrian rebels prepare Aleppo withdrawl as truce begins
(7.87/22)

Syrian rebels have prepared to withdraw from Aleppo after a ceasefire agreement ended years of fighting in the city.
This gave President Bashar al-Assad his biggest victory yet after more than five years of war.
The agreement happened after talks between Russia, which is Assad's main ally, and Turkey, which backs of the rebels. The ceasefire was the culmination of two weeks of rapid advances by the Syrian army and its allies. That drove insurgents back into an small pockets of the city under intense air strikes and artillery fire.
The United Nations accused the Syrian army and their allies of slaughter, after it received reports that they killed 82 civilians in recaptured east Aleppo districts.
The Syrian army has denied the killings.
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Russia: Syria establishes control over eastern Aleppo
(7.74/22)

"Over the last hour we've received information that the military activities in east Aleppo have stopped," Churkin said, according to a simultaneous translation provided by the United Nations.
"So there's no question about cessation of hostilities, or humanitarian operations. The Syrian government has established control over east Aleppo so now the stage has come for practical humanitarian initiatives. "
At the same time, sources inside Aleppo tell CNN a ceasefire and evacuation agreement has been reached in the beleaguered eastern part of the city.
Journalist and resident Karam al-Masri, who is in Aleppo, told CNN Tuesday that residents received cell phone messages from rebel leaders announcing a ceasefire.
Aleppo Media Center posted to its Facebook page on Tuesday that a ceasefire had been announced in Aleppo "in preparation for the evacuation of civilians from besieged areas through safe passages. "
The Aleppo ceasefire and evacuation agreement was reached with "Turkish mediation," a commander in the Islamist rebel group Ahrar al-Sham told CNN, adding that civilians will start being evacuated from the eastern area of the city Wednesday morning local time.
An activist in Aleppo told CNN the evacuations will begin at 6 a.m. (11 p.m. Tuesday ET).
The first group of civilians to leave will consist of 70 injured people and family members -- a total of 150 people.
Latest developments
Russia: Syrian regime establishes control over eastern Aleppo Ceasefire, evacuation deal forged Turkish mediation led to the deal Evacuations will begin Wednesday morning UN Security Council meets, aims tough words at Syrian regime Forces loyal to Bashar al-Assad killed 82 people on Monday, United Nations says In light of reports of executions in Syria, CNN's Impact Your World team has ways viewers/readers can help Syrians. Please visit CNN.com/impact
Turkey's involvement
The Turkish Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed that talks between rebels in eastern Aleppo and the Russian military led to the ceasefire deal. Under the agreement, civilians and then opposition fighters will evacuate to nearby Idlib, the ministry said.
Turkey said its diplomats had been working on establishing a humanitarian corridor in Aleppo for weeks and that their efforts "increased in recent days. "
There has been no confirmation of a cessation of hostilities or an evacuation agreement by Syrian state media.
The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting Tuesday to address the situation. Afterward, Staffan de Mistura, UN special envoy to Syria, said he was informed by the Russian ambassador that an agreement on Aleppo was reached.
But the United Nations still needs to verify the deal, de Mistura said.
"We need to verify that on the ground, that they have reached an agreement with the armed opposition. It is imminent, if not already taking place," he said. "It's not clear to me yet as whether they are allowed to withdraw with their light weapons, which was one of the issues which had been discussed, or without weapons. "
De Mistura also reiterated the need for the UN to have access to eastern Aleppo to independently verify what is going on there.
'We have failed the people of Syria'
The developments came as government forces continued their advance on the last rebel-held neighborhoods in Aleppo in their bid to retake the city, once Syria's commercial and cultural heart.
Earlier, a spokesman for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, said he had been told that 82 civilians, including women and children, were shot in their homes or on the streets Monday.
The gruesome reports of executions prompted the UN Security Council's emergency meeting Tuesday afternoon at the urging of the United Kingdom and France. Tough words were aimed at Syria and its allies.
"We have collectively failed the people of Syria," said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power excoriated Syria, Russia and Iran for the bloodshed in Aleppo and asked, "Are you truly incapable of shame? and "Is there nothing you will not lie about?
"Your barrel bombs and airstrikes ... it is your noose," she said. "Three member states of the UN contributing to a noose around civilians. "
Rebel groups held eastern Aleppo for more than four years after the Arab Spring uprising and a Syrian regime siege on the area had essentially cut it off from the outside world, sparking a humanitarian crisis there.
Thousands were fleeing Monday as bombs continued to fall on the remaining rebel-held areas of the city.
Activists said anyone with links to the rebels who seized control of the enclave in 2012 was being hunted down.
"Every hour, butcheries are carried out," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The Syrian government did not comment on the killings in state-run media. CNN has not been able to verify the execution reports.
Analysis: Assad is winning a battle, but not the war for Syria
Aleppo on the brink
Humanitarian volunteers in Aleppo have issued a desperate plea for help and safe passage for the estimated 100,000 civilians and rebels still trapped in the city's east, now a wasteland of carnage and rubble.
Amid the chaos, the self-styled Syria Civil Defense volunteer rescue group -- also known as the White Helmets -- was among groups pleading for safe passage out of Aleppo for their volunteers and civilians.
"The regime has been trying to kill us for five years," the group said on Twitter. "Please don't give them this chance. "
"We hear children crying, we hear calls for help, but we just can't do anything. "
The Assad regime was already in control of western Aleppo and in just over two weeks has taken most if not all of the east. Seizing the whole of Aleppo would put the government in control of Syria's five major cities, marking a turning point in the war.
Final messages
A 7-year-old girl who has been tweeting from eastern Aleppo wrote an ominous post Tuesday: "This is my last moment to either live or die. "
Another Twitter user -- who goes by the user name "Mr_Alhamdo" and says he is a "teacher, activist and reporter" in the city -- posted a number of tweets bidding farewell to his followers, describing the scene as "doomsday. "
"This is a call and might be the last call," he said in one. "Save Aleppo people. Save my daughter and other children. "
Some of those left in the last few rebel-held areas had begged the international community to stop the regime's advance.
"Please, go to the embassies and block the way," said Salah Ashkar, an activist in east Aleppo, in a video posted on Twitter.
"Please, don't let them sleep. Do it, do it, do it, do that now. There is no minute to spare. Please, please, stand with Aleppo," he said.
But for others, the regime's military push was cause for celebration. Syrian state-run Ekhbariya TV broadcast people chanting with joy, firing gunshots in the air and blaring car horns.
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China warns Taiwan over independence after Trump call
(7.59/22)

China warned Taiwan that declaring independence would be a "dead end", state media said Wednesday, after the island's democratically elected president phoned Donald Trump in a precedent-breaking move.
Beijing's stance of opposing and blocking "Taiwan independence splittism" is "firm and unmovable", Taiwan Affairs Office spokesman An Fengshan said at a briefing Wednesday, according to state-owned China News.
"We have unshakable willpower, ample confidence, and sufficient capability," he said. "Facts will show those people that 'Taiwan independence' is a dead end. "
The comments came after Trump, the US president-elect, shocked the diplomatic establishment and angered Beijing by speaking directly with Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen after his election victory.
After fierce criticism of the move, he upped the ante, taking to Twitter to ask why he should not be allowed to speak to Tsai, then attacking Chinese foreign and economic policy.
On Sunday, the billionaire businessman went a step further and suggested he could jettison Washington's decades-old "One China policy" -- a compromise allowing the US to do business with both China and Taiwan while only recognising Beijing diplomatically.
The remarks were a step too far for Beijing, which had initially seemed resigned to taking a wait-and-see approach to the president-elect.
On Monday, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi warned Trump that anyone who challenges Beijing's interests on the island will "lift a rock only to crush his own toes".
China sees Taiwan, which has not been ruled by Beijing for more than 60 years, as a rogue province awaiting reunification, by force if necessary.
Cross-strait relations have deteriorated since Tsai, the island's first female president, took office in May after her China-sceptic Democratic Progressive Party won a landslide victory.
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Jaden Smith Meets Up With Kanye In NYC While Dad Will Talks Having A Son Who Wears Dresses [Video]
(6.99/22)

Jaden Smith took some time out of his schedule Tuesday to meet with Kanye West in New York (Kanye reportedly met with Donald Trump at Trump Tower, too). While he was there, Jaden Smith ditched his habit of wearing dresses and skirts to promote his new album with his digs.
Jaden Smith pays a visit to Kanye West in New York https://t.co/BR8sxqDGcQ pic.twitter.com/9SAnfQ9AcO
— Daily Mail Celebrity (@DailyMailCeleb) December 13, 2016
Some have alleged that Jaden Smith was engaged in some pretty shameless self-promotion with his clothing during his Kanye visit. It is widely speculated that, during the visit, Jaden also treated Kanye to a taste of his long-anticipated debut album. If his first single, “Fallen,” is any indication, the up-and-coming Jaden Smith album should satisfy both Kanye and his fans. Check it out.
When the paparazzi spotted Jaden Smith on his way to meet up with Kanye, he was seen with a portable speaker (possibly to share his new music with his long-time mentor), as well as a bag bearing the label of Pressed Juicery, know for its juice cleanses. It has been speculated that the juice carried by Jaden Smith was also on its way to Kanye, who had just spent some quality time with the president-elect (Jaden posted a hopeful pic of the duo on Instagram).
@DailyMailCeleb @DailyMailUK #Beautiful kid,but of course any child of#Wills is beautiful❣
— Sam@spade (@Elvifry) December 13, 2016
jaden smith is the greatest human being on the planet. i love him so much
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Screw Kanye. Be a Jaden Smith. https://t.co/ejlb4DAo6c
— Bailey Layton (@baileygshapiro) November 26, 2016
If you think people like Kanye West & Jaden Smith are "weird" or "crazy," you're on the wrong side of the spectrum & you will be left behind
— Rashaad Khan (@_GodFather_Khan) November 26, 2016
jaden smith is the next kanye west
— TKO matt (@umplify) November 30, 2016
Here’s what Jaden Smith’s prestigious pop has to say about raising a boy who (sometimes) wants to dress more like a girl. While Jaden may have had a much higher-profile foray into gender-bending than many, the decisions that Jaden has made and the effect it’s had on his family is something that many across America face every day.
“First of all, I don’t give parenting advice per se, because it’s such a unique task. The greatest human task is to render a human being into the world. What I do with my children, that I feel that the greatest gift that I can give my children is the freedom to be who they are.
“Jada and I are very serious about finding what they are, and encouraging them to be what they are because you can never be happy being what you’re not.”
Not a bad statement from an actor and dad who has always been portrayed as a man’s man and sex symbol, particularly considering that gay rumors have dogged Will Smith throughout his career, even in an earlier era that was much less tolerant and inclusive than the time that Jaden Smith has grown up in.
“It’s pronounced ‘misfits.’ I took the ‘I’ out of ‘misfits’ because we’re a team and there is no ‘I’ in team. It’s a place for the lost kids and everyone to go, and something for them to have. [MSFTS is for] the girl that wants to be a tomboy or the boy that wants to wear a skirt, and people try to condemn. We’re here for you. Tell us your stories. If someone at your school’s trying to pick on you, it doesn’t matter because Jaden Smith’s got your back.”
Kind of like how Will Smith, the world-famous father of Jaden Smith, has had his son’s back.
[Featured Image by Ian Gavan/Getty Images]
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Senate Fight Looms After Donald Trump Taps Exxon CEO As Top US Diplomat
(6.76/22)

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Wells Fargo’s ‘Living Will’ Plan Is Rejected Again by Regulators
(6.59/22)

Wells Fargo has run afoul of banking regulators once again: On Tuesday, for the second time this year, the bank did not pass a key regulatory test that was created after the 2008 financial crisis to reduce the threats that large banks pose to the broader economy.
In April, regulators announced that they had rejected the “living will” plans proposed by Wells Fargo and four other major banks. Each bank had been required to submit a plan to unwind itself in a way that would safeguard the economy in case of the bank’s failure. Since then, all five banks have resubmitted their disaster-preparedness plans; only Wells Fargo’s plan did not pass muster.
Because of the continuing problems with Wells Fargo’s plan, the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation will prohibit it from establishing new international units or acquiring a subsidiary that is not a bank.
Those penalties can be lifted if Wells Fargo fixes its plan by March 31. Wells has until then to submit its plan a third time; if the problems linger too long, regulators could place additional limits on the company.
For instance, the bank could be forced to start selling assets in certain units, including at its brokerage arm.
In a statement on Tuesday, Wells Fargo said it believed it had already addressed the areas with which regulators had found fault.
“We will continue to work closely with the agencies to better understand their concerns so that we can bring our resolution process in line with their expectations,” the bank said.
Regulators said the issue with Wells Fargo’s plan was not related to its huge sham accounts fraud , which has plunged the bank into turmoil since September. Wells is still struggling to investigate and contain the damage from that scandal, in which thousands of bankers were fired for creating secret and unwanted accounts on behalf of customers, some of whom lost money or had their credit records damaged.
Still, the living-will issue is the latest black eye for Wells Fargo, which was only a few months ago was considered one of the nation’s most well-managed banks.
All the largest American banks must submit to regulators their living wills, or strategies for unwinding themselves in an orderly way — something they lacked in 2008, when the federal government had to prop up sagging banks like Citigroup and Bank of America.
The living-will requirement, passed as part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial overhaul, is meant to prevent taxpayers from having to bail out big banks again in the event of a huge financial failure. Of all the rules passed in the wake of the crisis, this requirement is designed to address most directly the issue of big banks’ being too big to fail.
Banking-industry lobbyists have grumbled that the living wills are another costly exercise that requires companies to spend months trying, often unsuccessfully, to divine the will of regulators. In its statement, Wells Fargo said it had created an office within the bank dedicated to correcting problems with its living-will proposal.
Democrats are holding up the living wills as an example of the strength and success of Dodd-Frank at a time when Republicans are vowing to undo parts of the law once President-elect Donald J. Trump takes office.
Senator Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat who is the ranking member of the banking committee, said, “Today’s joint determination is a reminder that Wall Street reform is working to rein in the megabanks that crashed our economy and got bailed out by taxpayers.”
It is ironic, in some ways, that Wells is the one bank that continues to have problems proving to regulators that it could manage its unwinding itself in the event of a bankruptcy.
During the financial crisis, Wells avoided many of the mortgage missteps that nearly sank Wall Street. Compared with other large banks, it was relatively well capitalized to withstand the shocks of the 2008 crisis.
But its regulatory star has fallen since the sham account scandal erupted. The bank’s longtime leader, John G. Stumpf, was called to testify twice before Congress, where he faced a barrage of criticism for failing to properly manage the bank and stamp out the bad behavior. Mr. Stumpf has since stepped down. In a settlement over the illegal accounts, Wells paid $185 million — including $100 million to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the largest fine that agency had ever assessed.
The regulators cited specific technical deficiencies in Wells’s living will, including issues of “shared services” and “legal entity rationalization.” These problems generally point to the fact, regulators have said, that Wells has not figured out how to adequately unwind all of the many complex and interconnected parts of its banking empire.
Regulators said the other four other banks they had faulted in April — Bank of America, Bank of New York Mellon, State Street and JPMorgan Chase — had addressed the deficiencies in their plans.
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How Trump could really 'drain the swamp'
(6.56/22)

If only it were so easy. Unfortunately, governing is different from keeping promises made on the campaign trail. As Obama and others have found, these particular problems -- of influence peddling -- are deeply entrenched.
And this time, the distance between the candidate's promises and his actions post-election is looking more like a chasm. The shock and concern about Trump's break with decades of US foreign policy to speak with Taiwan's President was compounded by the revelation that it resulted from six months and $140,000 worth of behind-the-scenes work by former Sen. Bob Dole, now a lobbyist for the law firm Alston & Bird.
But far more than the lobbyists and insiders who make it a challenge for anyone to "drain the swamp," it's Trump himself, and his massive portfolio of investments, that threatens to torpedo his pledge. The sheer size, scale and breadth of his holdings at home and abroad is so overwhelming, it would be more surprising if at some point conflicts of interest didn't arise.
We already have every reason to be cautious and vigilant about the influence that Trump's investments and business partners (particularly foreign business partners) may have on shaping US policy; his business interests touch at least 18 countries that we know about. It doesn't take much imagination to see how the opportunity to use policy decisions to benefit financially might be easily rationalized.
Now add Trump's disinclination toward transparency. While all presidential candidates, including Trump, are required to file personal financial disclosure reports, those forms don't present a complete picture. He has said many times that he's worth around $10 billion. To verify this, we would need to see his tax returns, which, unlike all other presidential nominees of the last 40 years, he has refused to release.
Nevertheless, Trump is a very, very wealthy man -- worth around $3.7 billion, according to Forbes. And like many of the ultra-rich, his holdings are very, very complicated. The resorts, hotels, businesses, investments and other trappings of wealth (like homes, planes and helicopters) are held in trusts within trusts, like Russian nesting dolls. Tough to map it all out, even for an investigative journalist or private investigator, much less the average American trying to understand where his commitments lie and to whom he might be beholden.
And those are the "known unknowns. " What about the unknown unknowns? Are there business commitments, debts or ethical compromises involving Trump, his companies or his children that we are completely in the dark about?
If he is unwilling to divest his business or put everything in a blind trust, will questions about potential self-dealing continue to dog his administration and distract from his successes? Could foreign governments have damaging information about his dealings that he would not want disclosed publicly; information they could use as leverage in negotiations?
If Trump refuses to fully and meaningfully divest, are Americans then forced to place trust in him completely, ceding our ability and right to verify that he is advancing the public and national interest ahead of his own?
And what if he does divest -- shouldn't that also extend to his children? Even if he transfers all control of his conglomerate to them, what changes? He may be less distracted by the business, but no less partial to its success. The very same potential for priorities that are skewed to favor Trump holdings, and the potential for those concerns to undermine US policy, will continue to exist.
Trump's nominees for top government posts are raising similar concerns. Like Trump, many of them are multimillionaires and billionaires, the latest including yet another Goldman Sachs financier, Gary Cohn, for National Economic Council, and Rex Tillerson, the head of ExxonMobil, for the State Department. Everyone is focused on whether they, too, will bring conflicts of interest too difficult to parse.
Aren't all these elites, many of them major political donors, creatures of the swamp Trump was supposed to drain?
To make sense of all of this, we will require information, information that Trump has been loath to provide. Love him or hate him, we need public pressure on Trump and his administration to be transparent, and diligent probing of documents and sources by researchers and journalists (like ours at OpenSecrets.org ) to know whether the swamp is actually getting more crowded.
We think Trump must divest his business, but we're in uncharted territory, so perhaps reasonable people can disagree. But one thing is certain: If Trump does not divest, his business becomes our business. We won't see any of the financial benefits, but our nation will reap the consequences nonetheless.
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Military plane circling Manhattan causes panic among New Yorkers
(6.16/22)

A military plane circling around Manhattan caused panic and confusion for some New Yorkers on Tuesday as they tried to work out why the aircraft was flying so low. The C-130 aircraft, which was spotted flying low around midtown Manhattan on Tuesday afternoon, was taking part in a routine military training exercise. The Federal Aviation Administration said the U. S. military was cleared to carry out the flights over the city. Two other helicopters were also spotted flying low. Scroll down for video But New Yorkers had to turn to social media to try and work out what was happening after no alerts were put out by the city. Ever since 9/11 occurred, it is common for city authorities to issue warnings on social media of potential test flights to stop people from panicking. An NYPD spokesman initially told Buzzfeed they didn't know why the plane was circling midtown, which happens to be where Trump Tower is located. 'This plane that's been circling over Manhattan is starting to freak me out,' one Twitter user wrote. 'Why is this giant military plane flying over midtown (along with 2 helicopters)? Circling nearish Trump Towers,' another said. One person tweeted: '#Military #plane C-130? Circling around #Manhattan. Anyone have answers?' 'Seeing multiple reports of a USAF C-130 and several Black Hawk helicopters circling low (3,000 feet) over Manhattan. No, that is not normal.' It is not clear what type of training exercise was being carried out.
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Evacuation deal reached for last rebel zones in ravaged Aleppo as loyalists continue executing civilians
(5.90/22)

BEIRUT — A tentative deal to evacuate the last rebel-held zones in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo was reached Tuesday after reports of widespread civilian deaths spurred diplomatic efforts, a Russian envoy and rebel commander said.
Exact details of the deal remained unclear, however. Among the questions: whether the possible escape routes would be open to civilians, and where those evacuated would be taken or what could face rebel fighters choosing to leave.
Such an operation could help ease the intense battles and bloodshed in Aleppo, including U. N. reports of at least 82 civilians killed by Syrian soldiers and allied Shiite militias from Iraq and backed by Iran.
But it also could signal an effective end for rebel fighters trying to hold onto their last footholds in the strategic northern city after being pushed back by overwhelming firepower.
When rebel forces seized Aleppo’s eastern districts in 2012, they envisioned the area as a seat of power to rival the capital, Damascus, in the more than five-year conflict. Its loss will deal a crushing blow from which the armed groups probably would not be able to recover.
It would also usher the war into a reckoning phase, with an array of rebel forces boxed together in a single province.
“An agreement has been reached” for an evacuation, said Yasser al-Youssef, a spokesman for the Nour al-Din al-Zinki rebel brigade, one of the groups that has joined the more than five-year conflict against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose forces gained a critical edge last year when ally Russia sent warplanes into the battles.
Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, said the first rebels could be leaving “within hours,” but no additional details were given.
Meanwhile, a Syrian military official told the Reuters news agency that he was not aware of any deal.
In Geneva, the United Nations said government loyalists had executed dozens of people on their sweep through remaining opposition-held districts where rebels were battling for survival after being pushed into a final scrap of territory.
Rupert Colville, a spokesman for the U. N. human rights agency, said his office received reports that Syrian soldiers and allied Iraqi militia have killed at least 82 civilians, entering homes and killing people “on the spot.”
Others were reportedly shot as they fled. A list of names provided to the United Nations included 11 women and 13 children, he said.
The reports of summary executions of civilians and apparent house-by-house rampages reflected the chaos gripping Aleppo as forces supporting Assad have pushed rebels into a patch of territory covering less than three square miles.
Former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, now head of the aid group International Rescue Committee, said the area had become “a bloody graveyard for thousands of innocent people and for the death of respect for international law and the rules of war.”
Jens Laerke, the U. N. humanitarian spokesman, described “a complete meltdown of humanity in Aleppo,” citing reports from a Syrian volunteer rescue group known as the White Helmets.
“It’s hell,” he added.
International aid agencies urged government forces Tuesday to refrain from acts of revenge against people who either escape rebel-held areas or are captured there.
“Thousands of civilians’ lives are in danger as front lines close in around them,” said a statement from the International Committee of the Red Cross. “A
deepening humanitarian catastrophe and further loss of life can be averted only if the basic rules of warfare – and of humanity – are applied.”
Almost a month after pro-Assad troops launched a final push to take back the city, the rebels’ collapse had come swiftly. Their final districts were falling like dominoes, sparking jubilation in the streets of some government-held areas.
Rebel forces have regularly shelled west Aleppo, and the presence of an al-Qaeda-linked group in Syria’s armed rebellion has led many government supporters to view all militants as terrorists.
France said Tuesday that it had requested an emergency meeting of the U. N. Security Council to urgently address the crisis. Francois Delattre, the French ambassador, said the session would discuss measures to confront “the worst humanitarian tragedy of the 21st century unfolding before our eyes.”
Thousands of people have been killed in the four year-long battle for the city, once a key economic hub. Throughout much of the rebel-held east, the streets have been shattered beyond recognition. The area’s health system has also been systematically attacked.
In recent weeks, more than 100,000 people have fled fighting in what remains of the rebel enclave, pouring into government and Kurdish controlled areas in recent weeks, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.
Syrian state television has showed thousands of people streaming into the government-held part of the city clutching possessions and bags.
Fighting appeared to have slowed on Tuesday as rain and thunderstorms made it difficult for warplanes to fly.
In a video posted to the livestreaming site Periscope, Abdulkafi al-Hamdo, an English teacher, addressed viewers from an empty street. “Now it is raining. Bombs a little bit calmer,” he said. “We wanted freedom. We didn’t want anything else but freedom. You know, this world doesn’t like freedom, it seems.”
Thousands more were still trapped in the rebel-held areas, refusing to leave because they fear for their safety at the hands of government troops, said Zouhir al-Shimale, an activist who is still living under rebel control.
“We’re in a very tiny area, and there are so many families stuck here,” he said. “Either they can’t leave because they are wanted by the government or they don’t want to leave because this is their home.”
Friends who escaped to the east have told him that men who leave are being separated from the others who are fleeing and taken to serve in the depleted Syrian army, one of the reasons he is not leaving the enclave.
In Berlin, French President François Hollande repeated Western appeals for Russia to help create a humanitarian aid for civilians trapped in Aleppo.
Hollande, after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said Aleppo’s “humanitarian situation . is unacceptable.”
Deal reached to evacuate rebels from eastern Aleppo, fighting halts
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Ceasefire deal ‘reached in Aleppo’, rebels set to evacuate
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After reports of civilian slaughter, Syrian rebels say Aleppo cease-fire reached
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Donald Trump Praises Paul Ryan in Wisconsin, Compares Him to 'Fine Wine'
(5.56/22)

President-elect Donald Trump appeared in Wisconsin Tuesday to thank supporters and Republican politicians for supporting his bid for the White House -- and took a markedly different tone towards House Speaker Paul Ryan , R-Wisc., with whom he clashed at times during the campaign season.
"I've come to appreciate him," Trump said. "He's like a fine wine. Every day I appreciate his genius more and more. "
"We're going to work on that wall, Paul," he added.
Trump was not expected to win Wisconsin, which before this year, had voted Democratic on the presidential level in every election since 1984.
Tuesday’s rally is the first time Ryan and Trump have appeared on stage together. They’ve met in person twice since the election: at Trump Tower last week, and in Washington just days after Trump won the presidency.
Ryan and Trump have worked to mend their relationship in the wake of the presidential election. After a campaign where Ryan called Trump’s comments “ racist ,” rebuked his proposed Muslim immigration ban and criticized his comments on a 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape, the two GOP leaders speak nearly every day.
“We're fine. We're not looking back,” Ryan said of his history with Trump in an interview with “60 Minutes” earlier this month. “That’s behind us. We're way beyond that.”
Despite their agreement on plans to repeal Obamacare and tax cuts, the two remain at odds publicly over entitlement reform and foreign policy.
Ryan has distanced himself from Trump’s unfounded claims about millions of illegal votes in the election, his relationship with his business empire, and the president-elect’s doubts that Russia was behind a series of hacks against U. S. political institutions -– the position of 17 intelligence agencies.
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Secretary of State facility in Libertyville to close
(5.55/22)

The Secretary of State facility in north suburban Libertyville is set to close for good at the end of the month.
The facility at 342 Peterson Road will permanently close at the end of the day Dec. 29, according to a statement from Secretary of State Jesse White.
The facility will relocate to 951 S. Rand Road in Lake Zurich, the statement said. The new facility will be open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday beginning Jan. 4.
More information is available at http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com .
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Secretary of State Nominee Is a Flexible Pragmatist
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When Rick Perry wanted to eliminate the Department of Energy
(5.48/22)

Donald Trump's pick of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry for Energy Secretary is yet another example of Trump giving a cabinet job to someone who wants to do away with the department he'll be leading.
Rick Perry Joins Donald Trump Cabinet As Energy Secretary
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Rick Perry to head Energy Department
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AP Sources: Trump selects former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to lead Energy Dept.
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IBM throws Trump a bone on eve of meeting: We’ll hire 25,000 Americans
(5.43/22)

(Reuters) – IBM Chief Executive Ginni Rometty pledged to hire and train workers in the United States as she and other technology executives prepared to meet on Wednesday with U. S. President-elect Donald Trump.
“We have thousands of open positions at any given moment, and we intend to hire about 25,000 professionals in the next four years in the United States,” Rometty wrote in a USA Today piece published on Tuesday afternoon.
IBM spokesman Adam Pratt declined to say how that hiring might be offset by staff reductions or disclose how many people IBM employs in the United States.
“We expect to end 2016 with our U. S. workforce about the same size as it was at the beginning of the year. By 2020, we expect it to be larger than it is today,” Pratt said.
IBM had nearly 378,000 employees at the end of 2015, according to the company’s annual report.
While the firm does not break out staff numbers by country, a review of government filings suggests IBM’s U. S. workforce declined in each of the five years through 2015.
In annual Department of Labor filings, IBM has reported that the active number of participants in its 401(k) pension plan fell to 84,350 last year from 110,876 in 2010.
When asked why IBM planned to increase its U. S. workforce after those job cuts, company spokesman Ian Colley said in an email that Rometty had laid out the reasons in her USA Today piece.
Her article did not acknowledge that IBM had cut its U. S. workforce, although it called on Congress to quickly update the Perkins Career and Technical Education Act that governs federal support for vocational education.
“We are hiring because the nature of work is evolving,” she said. “As industries from manufacturing to agriculture are reshaped by data science and cloud computing, jobs are being created that demand new skills – which in turn requires new approaches to education, training and recruiting.”
She said IBM intended to invest $1 billion in the training and development of U. S. employees over the next four years. Pratt declined to say if that represented an increase over spending in the prior four years.
Rometty is one of more than a dozen U. S. executives serving on an advisory council that Trump has formed to consult him on job creation.
(Reporting by Jim Finkle in Boston; Additional reporting by Tim McLaughlin in Boston; Editing by Andrew Hay and Peter Cooney)
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Houthi leader accuses UK of war crimes in Yemen over arms sales to Saudi Arabia — RT News
(5.30/22)

"They have sold cluster bombs to Saudi Arabia," Abdulaziz bin Habtour, prime minister of the newly formed Houthi government, told Sky News. "They know the Saudis are going to drop them on Yemen... in Sa'adah and in Sana'a and other provinces.”
"I don't think they are guilty of war crimes, I believe so. They are participating in the bombing of Yemen people. "
Bin Habtour went on to state that British-made cluster bombs have been found in Sa'adah, along with a British-made Storm Shadow cruise missile which the UK's Ministry of Defense calls "arguably the most advanced weapon of its kind in the world. "
It is believed that Saudi Arabia has British-made cluster bombs bought in the 1980s and 1990s, as the UK agreed to stop using and selling them around six years ago. The Convention on Cluster Munitions also states that signatories will "never under any circumstances assist, encourage, or induce" anyone to use such munitions.
Bin Habtour’s statements come less than two weeks after British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson defended the UK's arms sales to Saudi Arabia, denying claims that Riyadh's bombing campaign in Yemen violates international law. Johnson went on to say that the actions of Saudi Arabia in Yemen are justified, and even supported by the UN.
Britain refused to stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia in November, rejecting calls by two parliamentary committees and human rights groups.
Saudi Arabia intervened in Yemen in March 2015, launching airstrikes in order to stop Houthi advances and reinstate ousted Sunni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power. Riyadh is backed by a coalition of nine Arab countries, which has been armed by the UK and US, while the Houthis are aided by Iran.
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Up to 10,000 people have so far been killed since the fighting began, including 3,800 civilians, according to UN estimates. The UN stated in August that airstrikes conducted by the Saudi-led coalition are responsible for the majority of civilian deaths, while calling for an international investigation into the coalition's violations in Yemen.
Human Rights Watch revealed in October that the coalition - with direct military support from the US and assistance from the UK - has conducted at least 58 "unlawful airstrikes" since March 2015, with other human rights organizations and the UN having documented dozens more.
However, the Saudi-led coalition has maintained that it does not target civilians.
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Tired of abductions, Mexican townsfolk kidnap drug boss’ mother as a bargaining chip
(5.30/22)

In one of the stranger chapters of Mexico’s drug war, angry people in a southern town kidnapped the mother of a gang leader to demand the release of their loved ones. The government of Guerrero state said Tuesday that it was sending about 220 soldiers and police to try to defuse the situation in Totolapan. The town has been controlled for years by a drug gang boss whose proper name is Raybel Jacobo de Almonte, but who is better known as “El Tequilero.” De Alamonte has lived up to his nickname, which translates roughly as “The Tequila Drinker.” In his only known public appearance, he was captured on video drinking with the town’s mayor-elect. De Alamonte mumbles inaudibly and has to be held up in a sitting position by one of his henchmen. In recent months, his gang — also known as the Tequileros —has been fighting turf battles with other gangs in the area. Last week, the Tequileros allegedly kidnapped several inhabitants of Totolapan who they wanted to extort or whom they suspected of supporting a rival. In response, a few dozen men appeared this week in the streets of Totolapan waving shotguns and hunting rifles. In a video, the men carry banners calling for action against El Tequilero and identify themselves as a “self-defence” force, as vigilantes are known in the region. “We urgently demand the release of the kidnap victims,” a masked man says in a statement read on the video. “We are a legitimate self-defence force of the people.” Among the Tequileros’ kidnap victims was a local construction engineer, Isauro de Paz Duque, who was snatched on Sunday by men who had threatened to kill him. On Monday, a woman who identified herself as De Paz Duque’s wife said on a video that townspeople had El Tequilero’s mother and would exchange the woman for her husband. “We have your mother here, Mr Tequilero,” she said. “I propose an exchange: I’ll give you your mother if you give me my husband, but I want him safe and sound.” The state government said in a statement that a negotiating team had been sent to establish contact with the family of the missing engineer and the vigilantes and to set up a search team. “The goal of the team is to ensure that no injury is done to the missing person, nor to the mother of the head of the Tequileros gang, who has apparently been taken by the self-defense forces,” the statement said. The government later confirmed that about five of the two dozen people being held by the vigilantes had been freed, but those freed did not include the gang boss’ mother. The emergence of vigilante groups, also known as self-styled “community police,” has become a headache for Guerrero’s government. Authorities say they understand residents’ frustration but note the groups often wind up kidnapping suspects, fighting among themselves or preventing police from doing their work. “The truth is, they are not really community forces, nor are they police,” Governor Hector Astudillo said. “They are armed groups that unfortunately carry out acts ... that generate more violence and confrontation, rather than help.”
Mexican townsfolk in Guerrero kidnap mom of drug gang’s boss, demand prisoner exchange
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Tired of abductions, Mexican townsfolk kidnap drug boss’ mom
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Mexican Senate approves medical marijuana bill
(5.26/22)

Mexico’s Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing medical marijuana on Tuesday after a national debate on narcotics policy in a country mired in brutal drug violence.
In a major policy shift, President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed legalizing medical marijuana in April after his government organized forums to discuss changes to the laws.
Senators voted 98-7 for the legislation, moving Mexico closer to joining several US states and other nations in Latin America in allowing cannabis for medical uses.
The bill—which now moves to the lower chamber of deputies—falls short of demands among some lawmakers and civil groups who argue that a wider legalization of marijuana use can help the country reduce drug-related violence.
But proponents said it is a major step that will address Mexicans’ need of an alternative medical treatment.
The bill authorizes the health ministry to design regulations for the use, import and production of pharmaceutical products made from cannabis or marijuana, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the plant’s main psychoactive ingredient. Products with one percent concentration of THC would be allowed.
The cultivation of marijuana for medical and scientific purposes will not be punishable.
Senator Cristina Diaz, of Pena Nieto’s centrist Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), said the legislation was a historic move that will “lay the foundation to establish in our country an industry for the national production of medicine with cannabis.”
Senator Angelica de la Pena Gomez, of the leftist Democratic Revolution Party (PRD), said there was consensus to “do something different in drug policy” because prohibition “has generated high levels of violence, more than 100,000 deaths and the systematic violation of human rights.”
‘Tiny’ step
But Senator Miguel Barbosa, of the PRD, lamented that the legislation was “well below the expectations of society” regarding reforms of marijuana laws.
Senator Armando Rios Piter voted against what he called a “tiny” step to resolve a “failed policy in the battle against organized crime” and called for a discussion on regulating opium poppy production, a source of violence in Guerrero state.
A family in northern Mexico became a symbol of the push to legalize medical marijuana last year when the parents of a young epileptic girl won a court battle to import a cannabis-based treatment to stop her daily seizures.
The girl’s father, Raul Elizalde, told AFP that the legislation represented “great progress” but that it should make it easier for patients to acquire THC by letting them buy it without a prescription.
In a separate major case in November 2015, the Supreme Court authorized four individuals to grow and smoke pot for recreational purposes.
Pena Nieto is opposed to a broader legalization of marijuana but he has proposed increasing the amount of the drug that can legally be possessed for personal consumption from 28 grams (one ounce) from five grams.
The Senate will draft separate legislation on raising the possession limit.
For Elizalde, a broader legalization of marijuana is “still a long way off” in Mexico. TVJ
Mexican Senate passes medical marijuana bill
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Mexican Senate Legalizes Use of Marijuana
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Local TV reporter said her career was harmed by former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes
(5.26/22)

A part-time local TV reporter who claimed she was harassed by former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes has filed a discrimination lawsuit against 21st Century Fox and its television station group.
Lidia Curanaj, 38, alleges in the suit filed Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court that she was not hired by Fox News because she refused to submit to sexual advances made by Ailes when he interviewed her in 2011. She also contends that her career at Fox-owned TV station WNYW was harmed because of sexual discrimination.
Ailes, who was ousted in July amid multiple sexual harassment allegations during his two decades in charge of Fox News, also ran the Fox TV station group. He is not named as a defendant in the suit.
Curanaj met with a group of Fox News executives about a job in May 2011. She was invited to see Ailes privately afterward, according to the suit.
Ailes allegedly told Curanaj that he always made sure that the women on Fox News Channel were shown “from the feet up,” meaning that their legs would be visible to the television audience.
Ailes is then said to have asked Curanaj to stand up and “turn around” so that he could see her from behind. After she did as he requested, Ailes said “I like what I see,” the suit states.
After the interview Ailes is said to have contacted New York State Sen. Gregory Ball, a former male companion of Curanaj, to ask if it was likely that she would have sex with him. Ball told Ailes it was unlikely that Curanaj would “put out.” Ailes then told Curanaj that she was not ready for a job at Fox News, according to the complaint.
Curanaj was eventually hired as a part-time general assignment reporter at WNYW in November 2011 and is still working at the station. But she said she was passed over for full-time work and an anchor assignment because news director Byron Harmon believed she was “not attractive enough,” the lawsuit states.
Harmon is also named in the suit.
In a statement, a Fox Television Stations spokesperson said, “We do not think the plaintiff’s claims have merit, and we intend to defend vigorously.”
Ailes, who was not immediately available for comment, has denied all previous charges of sexual harassment during his Fox News tenure. The matter first surfaced when former anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a suit against Ailes in July, saying her career was hurt by not submitting to his sexual advances. An internal investigation revealed a pattern of similar behavior, as more than 20 employees, including Fox News Channel’s biggest female star, Megyn Kelly, came forward to describe inappropriate actions by Ailes.
21st Century Fox paid Carlson $20 million to settle the lawsuit. Ailes was paid $40 million when he exited the company.
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Fox Reporter Claims Harassment by Roger Ailes in Discrimination Lawsuit
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Scientists protest Trump's over climate change at SF conference
(5.16/22)

In a rare move, top climate scientists in San Francisco took to the streets to blast President-Elect Donald Trump's position on climate change. The American Geophysical Union is meeting in the city this week. "Our communities are under attack. What do we do? Stand up and fight back! " went the chants. About 400 scientists and environmental activists gathered at Jessie Square Outside Moscone Center to stand up to Trump's position on climate change. "Science and evidence is at risk of being ignored, disparaged and disregarded," said Peter Frumhoff, with the Union of Concerned Scientists. Since winning the election, Mr. Trump has said he'll keep an open mind about the global climate deal struck in Paris, but during the campaign he tweeted that "the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U. S. manufacturing non-competitive. "Those here also spoke out against his proposed appointments, including Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as EPA chief and Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. "I'm here because I'm terribly concerned about the incoming administration who are science deniers," said Richard Gray. The American Geophysical Union bills itself as the world's largest association of earth scientists. This is its first major convention since the election. Among the hundreds of booths in the exhibit hall is one called Science is Never Settled. A lone voice, Peter Ward found himself constantly defending his position on global warming"We have never actually demonstrated in an experiment in the laboratory or in the field that when you increase greenhouse gases, you cause the air to get much warmer," he said. Over 26,000 scientist and others are attending the convention that ends Friday.
Climate Change News/Articles: Scientists Feverishly Back Up Data/Facts For Fear Of Trump Environmental ‘Hoax’ Belief — Concern For Denial Prominent
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Lab coats vs. climate change: Scientists rally for research
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Geophysical Union scientists protest Trump appointments
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West Coast states to fight climate change even if Trump does not
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Department Of Energy Defies Trump, Won't Name Climate Change Workers : The Two-Way : NPR
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Islamic State manufacturing arms on industrial scale
(4.79/22)

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — The Islamic State group was manufacturing weapons in and around Mosul on an industrial scale with products largely purchased in bulk from Turkey, according to a report published by an arms research group Wednesday. The findings show that IS maintained a "robust and reliable" supply chain between Turkey and Iraq that allowed the fighters to produce tens of thousands of weapons, the London-based Conflict Armaments Research said. The group's researchers studied IS weapons found at manufacturing facilities and on the battlefield during the Iraqi operation to retake Mosul that is underway. As Iraqi forces advance, the extremists are losing the physical capacity to manufacture weapons on an industrial scale, but the research group's executive director James Bevan warned that highly trained fighters will take their expertise with them as they retreat. "Given that this group is so organized, they clearly see the writing on the wall in Mosul," Bevan told The Associated Press, saying he believes IS has already moved its highest trained bomb-makers out of Mosul and into Syria and southern Turkey. "They place a very high value on technical capacity and they will do everything they can to preserve it," he said. Bevan added that IS fighters likely looked to Turkey to purchase weapons ingredients, knowing that their demand would outstrip what is available in Iraq. Iraqi forces have been met with stiff resistance in Mosul, including waves of suicide car bombs, since launching an offensive to retake the city in October. They have retaken less than a quarter of the city since the operation began.
Report: Islamic State manufacturing arms on industrial scale
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Iraqi gains reveal huge scale of IS arms industry
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Islamic State claims Cairo cathedral bombing
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0.0
Report: Trump's business interests endanger U. S.
(4.38/22)

Newsweek reports Trump's international holdings are putting U. S. interests in jeopardy as foreign governments, especially Turkey & the Philippines, are already seeing ways to exploit them as a weakness for Trump. Kurt Eichenwald broke the story and joins Lawrence.
Trump reportedly taps Mont. congressman for Interior
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Government Ethics Office Says Trump Should Divest Himself Of His Businesses
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Trump Still Faces Conflicts of Interest With Children Running Business, Ethics Agency Says
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Is Trump’s Global Empire A Conflict Of Interest?
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92.0
Islamic State claims responsibility for Cairo church bombing
(4.27/22)

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Cairo church on Sunday that killed 25 people , mainly women. In a statement circulated online, it said the bomber had killed and injured 80 people, vowing “to continue war against apostates”. The Egyptian government earlier released footage showing images said to show the alleged suicide attacker.
President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi on Monday identified the bomber as 22-year-old Mahmoud Shafiq Mohammed Mustafa. Isis named him by what appeared to be a nom de guerre, Abu Abdullah al-Masri.
CCTV footage from outside a chapel adjacent to St Mark’s Cathedral, the seat of Egypt’s ancient Coptic Orthodox church, shows a dark figure crossing the street and walking through the gates of the church. Moments later, the blast sends clouds of dust and debris through the windows.
It was among the deadliest attacks in recent memory to target Egypt’s Coptic minority, which makes up around 10% of the population and was largely supportive of the military overthrow of the freely elected Islamist president in 2013. El-Sissi led the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi, a senior figure in the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.
Since then, Islamic militants have carried out scores of attacks, mainly targeting the security forces, while the government has waged a large-scale crackdown on dissent.
Small protests were held outside the church in the aftermath of the attack, as Christians accused the government of failing to protect them, a complaint that dates back many years.
Officials and government supporters have touted the quick identification of the suspected bomber as proof of the efficiency of the security bodies, but Christian activist Nader Shokry said more could have been done to prevent the attack. “How did all this planning take place without the security knowing about it?” he said. “You are saying that this person belongs to a terror group and has been previously arrested … so you should have kept a close eye on him.”
The interior ministry said on Monday that the attacker belonged to a terror cell founded by an Egyptian doctor and funded by Muslim Brotherhood leaders living in exile in Qatar. It said the cell was given the task of staging attacks that would stir sectarian divisions.
Three men and a woman were arrested in connection with Sunday’s attack and other suspects were on the run, el-Sissi said. The Brotherhood condemned the bombing.
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Trump rewards Michigan party chair with national role
(4.25/22)

President-elect Donald Trump wants Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel to be national party chairwoman, in part as a reward for the party carrying Michigan for the first time in 28 years.
The choice of McDaniel to serve as Republican National Committee chairwoman was confirmed Tuesday night by a person familiar with Trump's decision. The person asked for anonymity because the announcement has not yet been made.
The niece of 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney also earned credit with Trump by faithfully supporting him after he won the party's 2016 nod, despite sharp criticism from her famous uncle.
"Ronna McDaniel, what a great job you and your people have done," Trump told thousands at Deltaplex Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, last Friday. "I was very impressed with you. She didn't sleep for six months! "
Trump's decision also marks a key victory for outgoing RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.
As Trump's incoming White House chief of staff, Priebus, who guided the at times unwieldy Trump through the general election, supported McDaniel as his replacement. Other Trump loyalists were urging him to name Nick Ayers, a close adviser to Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
While Trump's team has said there's no outright power struggle, Trump's deliberations over secretary of state were seen as an indicator of influence between Priebus and senior adviser Steve Bannon. Priebus was seen as supporting Mitt Romney to become Trump's secretary of state. On Tuesday, Trump named Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his choice for the nation's top diplomat.
McDaniel would seem to validate Priebus' performance as the chairman who turned around the financially strapped committee and ended its presidential losing streak. McDaniel would probably maintain the strategy of early spending in states, digital data and local party infrastructure, RNC insiders said.
"They said a Republican could never win Michigan," McDaniel told the audience in Grand Rapids Friday. "I knew better. You knew better and Donald Trump knew better. "
For her work in Michigan, part of a swath of northern states that had eluded Republicans since the 1980s, McDaniel is the right call, said Henry Barbour, a Republican National Committeeman from Mississippi. Trump defied decades of precedent by also carrying Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — once-powerful, working-class Democratic states where manufacturing in smaller cities has declined.
McDaniel, 43, would face immediate pressure to hold onto control of Congress in 2018.
"I think she can help us hold a lot of these Rust Belt Democrats who voted for Donald Trump with good leadership and execution," said Barbour. "Plus, she was willing to step out and support our nominee when her very famous uncle was doing the opposite. Now, that's leadership. "
Trump's choices for RNC chairman and other party leadership positions carry immense sway with its members, who will vote on the team early next year.
Should the committee approve Trump's recommendation, McDaniel would become the second woman to be elected RNC chairman, and the first in 40 years.
That's a good sign for the party and Trump, said Michigan Republican Bob LaBrant, considering the 2005 recordings of Trump making sexually degrading remarks that were released during the campaign.
"That sends a signal we need to send right now," said LaBrant, former political director for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. "And Ronna is the right one to carry the message. "
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Beijing says interference with one-China principle would ‘seriously’ impact on peace
(4.21/22)

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said on Wednesday that any interference with or damage to the one-China principle would have a serious impact on peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. US president-elect Donald Trump said on Sunday the United States did not necessarily have to stick to its long-standing position that Taiwan is part of “one China”, further upsetting Beijing which was already angered by Trump’s earlier telephone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. The issue is highly sensitive for Beijing, which considers Taiwan a renegade province, and expressed “serious concern” about Trump’s remarks. An Fengshan, a spokesman for the mainland’s policymaking Taiwan Affairs Office, told a regular news conference that the Taiwan issue was about China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. “Upholding the one-China principle is the political basis of developing China-US relations, and is the cornerstone of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait,” he said. “If this basis is interfered with or damaged then the healthy, stable development of China-US relations is out of the question, and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait will be seriously impacted,” An added. Beijing is deeply suspicious of Tsai and her ruling Democratic Progressive Party, believing they want to push for the island’s formal independence, a red line for Beijing. It has repeatedly warned that the hard-won peace and stability across the narrow strait that separates them could be affected by any moves towards independence. “I think the facts tell these people that Taiwan independence is a dead end,” An said.
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Tech workers vow not to build Trump Muslim registry
(4.20/22)

SAN FRANCISCO — More than 300 employees of tech companies including Google and Twitter have signed a pledge not to help Donald Trump's administration build a Muslim registry.
"We are choosing to stand in solidarity with Muslim Americans, immigrants, and all people whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by the incoming administration’s proposed data collection policies," reads an open letter posted at neveragain.tech. "We refuse to build a database of people based on their Constitutionally-protected religious beliefs. We refuse to facilitate mass deportations of people the government believes to be undesirable. "
The letter draws comparison to the Holocaust and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
Silicon Valley tech companies have remained silent on the issue, with only Twitter saying it would not aid the administration in building a registry.
The letter also vows to minimize the collection or retention of data that could be used in targeting people based on their religious beliefs and to oppose any misuse of data at their companies.
Ka-Ping Yee, a software engineer at Wave, and Leigh Honeywell, a security engineering manager at Slack, helped organize the pledge.
"What’s important to me is that individuals who care about the ethical use of technology can step forward, show how many of us there are, and say that there are lines we will not cross," Yee told BuzzFeed News.
The protest comes one day before U. S. technology leaders including Apple's Tim Cook and Alphabet's Larry Page meet with the president-elect at Trump Tower in New York City.
The employees say they are a mix of engineers, designers and business executives hailing from a smattering of tech companies, even Palantir Technologies, co-founded by Peter Thiel, the billionaire tech investor who is advising the Trump transition team.
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Dylann Roof scouted black church for months before shooting
(4.20/22)

Dylann Roof traveled half a dozen times to a historic African American church in Charleston, South Carolina in the months before he gunned down nine parishioners there, an FBI agent said Tuesday during his death penalty trial. Joseph Hamski told jurors that the self-described white supremacist began making the two-hour trips from his home in Columbia, South Carolina, after downloading a book about the Ku Klux Klan with photographs of a cross-lighting ceremony. Roof would linger in the area, local media quoted Hamski as saying, staying for up to five hours at a time during which he also visited former plantations and other historic sites linked to the US South during times of slavery. Phone records showed a call was placed from the home of Roof's mother, where he lived, in February 2015 to the church. A day later, Roof drove past Mother Emanuel, GPS data showed. Roof documented the trips with photographs in which he struck various poses in front of the spots, sometimes wearing a jacket with the flags of apartheid South Africa and Rhodesia. In one photograph, he stepped on the American flag. Many of the images were posted in a hate-filled online manifesto that included racist language directed at African Americans and other minorities. The now-defunct website, lastrhodesian.com, mirrored diatribes that filled Roof's leather-bound journal uncovered by the authorities. In it, he directed some of his anger at gays and Jews, and penned a logo featuring several white supremacist symbols, including the numbers 14 and 88, the Celtic cross and a rune used by Nazis to represent Aryan heritage. Roof, who has been described as a loner, also expressed regrets about having never fallen in love. At least 50 FBI agents collected more than 500 pieces of evidence and conducted more than 200 interviews about the massacre at "Mother Emanuel," the oldest African Methodist Episcopal church in the US South. In Roof's room, investigators found a pillowcase that he had shaped into a KKK hood, along with various drawings of KKK and Nazi symbols, and his camera containing thousands of photographs such as those with racist references. A Walmart official said Roof had purchased ammunition on four separate occasions in the weeks leading up to the June 17, 2015 attack. - Survivor to testify - In a videotaped confession shown in court last week, Roof calmly told FBI agents interrogating him that he carried out the massacre in retaliation for alleged crimes committed by black people against white victims. The prosecution plans to rest its case Thursday, and US District Judge Richard Gergel said he may also give his instructions to the jury that day. Jurors are bracing for gripping testimony expected Wednesday from Polly Sheppard, one of the three survivors of the attack, and from the medical examiner, who collected 54 bullets or fragments from the bodies. The first person to testify in the trial was another survivor, Felicia Sanders, who gave a heartrending account last week of how she lay in a pool of her son and her aunt's blood while cradling her granddaughter as the massacre unfolded. She called Roof "evil" and said "there's no place on Earth for him except the pit of hell. " The defense team suffered another setback at the start of Tuesday's hearing when Gergel denied a motion to present evidence about Roof's mental state during the current phase of trial where jurors are weighing his guilt, not his sentence. Assistant US Attorney Jay Richardson objected to what he called "self-serving hearsay" that would be used to justify Roof's crime. Roof, 22, plans to represent himself during the sentencing phase, and his lawyers are seeking to spare him the death penalty. Prosecutors refused to accept his offer to plead guilty to the 33 federal charges against him, including hate crimes and religious obstruction, in exchange for a life sentence. So Roof then entered a not guilty plea. The accused gunman is also facing state murder charges in South Carolina that could see him sentenced to death. That trial is not due to begin until January 17.
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Governors of California and other Western states uncertain about life under a Trump administration
(3.55/22)

Governors on both sides of the political divide expressed uncertainty on Tuesday about what lies ahead under President-elect Donald Trump , whose stances on issues from immigration to healthcare have shifted over the last year.
“What positions is he going to take back? What things did he say he’s going to roll back on and what things is he going to push forward? That uncertainty, I think, causes anxiety,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper as he walked the manicured grounds of the spacious Hotel del Coronado, where the Western Governors’ Assn. opened its winter meeting.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican whom Trump mocked during the campaign as an ineffective leader for her state, said when it came to immigration she would like the administration to seek advice from the states. “We should make agreements together because we know our states the best,” Martinez said.
In interviews, many of the nine governors in attendance expressed their uneasiness about the unpredictability of the incoming administration. Many insisted that states’ rights must be upheld and, in a symbolic gesture, issued a resolution noting that “state authority should be presumed sovereign.”
But with little more than a month until Trump is sworn in, Hickenlooper, a Democrat, is trying to remain optimistic that some of his state’s more progressive efforts on, among other things, clean energy, will remain intact with the new administration.
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead , a Republican whose state is a leader in energy production, was cautiously optimistic that a Trump administration would help on energy projects.
“We certainly hope with the new administration there is a better opportunity to develop not only oil and gas, but energy projects in general,” he said. “What we need is more certainty in the regulatory process and to be able to do it in a more timely basis. This isn’t only important for oil and gas … the new administration I hope will provide a permitting process for energy whether it’s renewable or fossil fuels that provides more certainty at a less expense that we can get it done in a more timely fashion.”
Some Republican governors were hopeful that Trump would be more receptive to input from the states about what to do with federal land. Gov. Gary Herbert of Utah, where the federal government owns about 60% of the land, said Washington must heed more local input as to what should be done with federal land — specifically as it pertains to oil and gas drilling.
During the campaign, Trump expressed support for lifting moratoriums on energy production in federal areas that are both onshore and offshore.
“We’re going to try and work with the new administration to find a balance point,” Herbert said of new drilling in the state. “Some land will be developed … but some will be put off-limits, because it’s not wise and prudent to develop in some of those iconic areas.”
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, a Republican who served as Trump’s honorary campaign chairman in the deeply conservative state, said he was optimistic the new administration would have a more collaborative approach about federal land — unlike, he says, the Obama administration.
“He’s said we ought to be drilling for gas, we ought to be grazing cattle,” Otter said, noting that he would be willing to be a “sharecropper for the public lands of Idaho.”
“We’ve suffered through some administrations where no activity is preferred to any activity, and that’s just not right,” he said.
On Tuesday, ahead of the governors’ meeting, California Gov. Jerry Brown penned an open letter to the Obama administration, urging it to make permanent the existing ban on new oil and gas drilling along the California coast. Democrats and environmentalists lauded the move ahead of Trump entering the White House, and Brown echoed those sentiments in remarks to reporters at the meeting.
“California has opposed offshore drilling since back into the Ford administration — a long time,” he said.
Trump has said he will repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but Democrats in Washington and nationwide fear the ramifications of millions of people losing healthcare coverage. Brown, along with Hickenlooper and Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana, a Democrat who last month won reelection in a state Trump carried by about 20 percentage points, vowed to stand up to any repeal efforts.
“In California, we’re going to fight to defend our rights and the well-being of our citizens,” Brown said.
Of the governors in attendance on Tuesday, only Brown and Hickenlooper represented states where voters had approved measures legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
Trump has said legal marijuana is a states’ rights issue, but his pick to lead the Justice Department, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, has strongly opposed legal weed. He characterizes it as a “real danger,” which has caused anxiety among supporters of legal marijuana nationwide.
Hickenlooper said he would have liked to see the federal government have more influence back in 2012, when Colorado legalized recreational marijuana, but now that more states are passing similar laws, the federal government should allow the process to continue. He said he didn’t expect things to change significantly on that front.
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Katrina Pierson seeking role in Trump administration
(3.42/22)

Pierson visited Trump Tower on Tuesday for meetings with members of Trump's transition team. One source said she was there to make her pitch for the role of White House press secretary, while another said she was "looking at a lot of opportunities. "
Loyalists who were with the Trump campaign since its early days have been frustrated that they have been shut out of top posts in the new administration. Pierson, too, feels she deserves more consideration, according to one of the sources.
"I'm at Trump Tower because I work here," Pierson said in an email. "I'm a Senior Advisor for the Trump Transition team. Our meetings are confidential. "
Pierson was one of the most frequently seen faces on cable news throughout the 2016 campaign, and often drew controversy for making false and inaccurate statements.
On CNN, she blamed the U. S. invasion of Afghanistan, which took place in 2001, on President Barack Obama. She also blamed the death of Capt. Humayun Khan, in 2004, on Obama and Hillary Clinton, his Secretary of State. Obama and Clinton did not assume those roles until 2009.
Pierson also defended Trump's suggestions that Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio might not be eligible to run for president, and said reporters had "literally beat Trump supporters into submission -- into supporting policies they don't agree with. "
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Hertz names Marinello president and CEO to succeed Marinello
(3.27/22)

NEW YORK (AP) — Struggling car rental company Hertz has named a new CEO. Kathryn Marinello will take over the wheel on Jan. 3, succeeding John Tague, who is retiring, Hertz said Tuesday. Marinello, who was also named to the company's board, joins Hertz after stints at banking, business service and tech companies. She has served as senior adviser of asset manager Ares Management LLC since March 2014. Tague had been president and CEO since November 2014. The Estero, Florida, company said that three long-time directors are also leaving Hertz: Linda Fayne Levinson, Carl Berquist and Michael Durham. That will leave the board with seven directors, six of whom are independent. Carl Icahn, the billionaire activist investor and Hertz's largest shareholder, said in a statement issued by the company that Marinello "is the right person to lead Hertz as we move forward. " Shares of Hertz and rival Avis have tumbled as the companies grapple with excess capacity in the rental car market. Hertz has also blamed the diminishing value of its vehicles. Hertz Global Holdings Inc. includes its namesake and the Dollar and Thrifty brands. Its shares are down 56 percent this year and shed 2.5 percent in after-hours trading Tuesday following the personnel announcement.
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'Democracy sausage' snags Australia's official word of 2016
(3.26/22)

A humble barbequed sausage on a slice of bread sold at polling booths around Australia was picked Wednesday as the country's official word of the year — "democracy sausage. "
Despite being two words, democracy sausage qualified as the Australian National Dictionary Center's word for 2016 because it was essentially a compound word, the center's director Amanda Laugesen said.
"Democracy is one thing, sausage is another thing but democracy sausage is its own particular thing," Laugesen said.
The term was first recorded in 2012 to describe the ubiquitous beef sausage sandwiches served with onions, ketchup, barbeque sauce or mustard, which are sold at fundraising stalls outside polling booths.
But it gathered momentum in 2016 when Australia had an extraordinarily long two-month federal election campaign that was so close that the result was not known for days.
In a country where many people vote because it is compulsory rather than through any sense of civic duty, some Australians seemed more concerned about the quality of the democracy sausages on offer than the candidates.
Social media and websites directed voters to the best-catered polling booths in their neighborhoods.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull grabbed a pair of tongs and rolled sausages on a grill on election day morning as he mingled with voters at a Sydney polling booth. Opposition leader Bill Shorten bit into one on election day, declaring: "The taste of democracy. Very good. "
Shorten confounded some onlookers by biting into the side of the roll instead of the end as is customary. He later said the crusty roll was so big he had to squash it with both hands to fit it in his mouth.
The Australian National University-based dictionary center said its choice for 2016 Word of the Year was based on extensive research and public suggestions.
Short-listed words include "shoey" — the act of drinking an alcoholic beverage from a shoe. The term gained popularity thanks to Australian Formula One racing driver Daniel Ricciardo's habit of celebrating a win by drinking champagne from his shoe.
Despite the popularity of democracy sausages, only 90 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots at the July 2 election, the lowest proportion since voting became compulsory in Australia in 1925. Failure to vote carries a fine.
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2 Georgia police officers shot, wounded serving warrant
(3.24/22)

A man shot and wounded two Georgia police officers executing a search warrant early Monday, prompting officers to return fire, killing him, authorities said.
The man’s girlfriend and an infant about 1 month old were also in the house in the central city of Fort Valley at the time of the shooting but neither was harmed, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent J. T. Ricketson said.
Officer James Wynn, 27, was shot once in his vest and in his left arm, Byron police Lt. Bryan Hunter said. Wynn underwent surgery and is expected to recover fully. He has been with the Byron Police Department for three and a half years and has been in law enforcement for five years, Hunter said.
Officer William Patterson, 26, also was wounded in the left arm and was treated at a hospital and released, Hunter said. Patterson has been with the Byron Police Department for two months and in law enforcement for three years.
Ricketson identified the deceased man as 31-year-old Rainer Tyler Smith.
The shooting happened after a drug task force went to a home about 2:30 a.m. Monday to execute a search warrant, Ricketson said. When no one responded after they knocked on the front door and announced themselves, they gained entry through the back door.
The moment they were entering, someone inside fired at least one round, prompting officers to return fire, killing the suspect, he said.
Smith was white. Patterson is white and Wynn is black.
The shooting comes at what has been a dangerous time for law enforcement officers in Georgia. At least seven officers have been killed by gunmen in the line of duty this year.
Most recently, two police officers were shot last week while responding to a domestic dispute call in Americus, a city in rural southwest Georgia. Americus Officer Nicholas Smarr died Wednesday and fellow officer and lifelong friend Jody Smith died the following day. The suspected gunman was found dead later — apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound — inside a home where he was hiding.
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Japan demands halt to US Osprey flights after crash
(3.22/22)

Japan on Wednesday demanded that the US suspend flights of its controversial US Marine Osprey aircraft after one appeared to crash land off the southern island of Okinawa. Late Tuesday, five crew members aboard the MV-22 Osprey were injured when the tilt-rotor aircraft suffered a "mishap" and landed in shallow water, the Pentagon said. But that characterisation was belied by footage aired on Japanese public broadcaster NHK, which showed the main wings of the Osprey broken in half and the cockpit separated from half-submerged fuselage drifting ashore. The incident quickly sparked anger on Okinawa -- a strategic outpost of US military power -- where the local governor has spearheaded a campaign against the presence of US bases, while in Tokyo the government demanded a halt to flights. Defence Minister Tomomi Inada called US Forces Japan commander Jerry Martinez and asked him to provide further information about the accident and suspend operations of the aircraft until safety concerns are allayed, a ministry spokesman said. "It is very regrettable that a serious accident occurred," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters, stressing that "securing safety is prerequisite" to the aircraft's deployment in Japan. Okinawa governor Takeshi Onaga, an outspoken critic of the US military presence, called the incident "really outrageous". The deployment of Ospreys in Japan has prompted protests by Okinawa residents after a series of accidents in other countries involving the hybrid aircraft. In Washington, Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said the aircraft conducted a "landing in shallow water" off Okinawa near the US Marine base Camp Schwab. He did not immediately have additional details about the incident or whether the Osprey had crashed. "It constitutes a mishap," he said, noting that an investigation was underway. The incident occurred around 10:00 pm local time (1300 GMT) and the crew members were airlifted to a US naval hospital, though it was not immediately clear how serious their injuries were. The MV-22 Osprey can carry 24 Marine combat troops and combines the manoeuvrability of a helicopter with the speed and range of a turboprop plane. The accident came as a long-running spat has intensified between central and local authorities over the relocation of a US military air base on the island. Tokyo and Washington want to move it from a crowded residential district on Okinawa to a sparsely populated area in the north of the island, but many locals, including Onaga, want it removed from the island altogether. More than half the approximately 47,000 American troops in Japan under a decades-long security alliance are stationed on Okinawa, the site of a major World War II battle that was followed by a 27-year US occupation of the island.
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Prosecutors ask judge to allow Cosby accusers to testify
(3.20/22)

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) " Bill Cosby used his fame to gain the trust of women before knocking them out with pills and drinks so he could sexually assault them, prosecutors argued Tuesday as they sought to persuade a judge to allow 13 of Cosby's accusers to testify in the 79-year-old entertainer's upcoming sexual assault trial. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele told a judge he wants the accusers' testimony to show that Cosby had a lengthy history of drugging and molesting...
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Ex Fox News Chief Faces New Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
(3.19/22)

New sexual harassment accusations against former Fox News network chief Roger Ailes were revealed in a lawsuit filed against 21st Century Fox fox on Monday.
The lawsuit comes just months after Fox News agreed to pay $20 million to settle separate allegations of sexual harassment of female staff at Fox News by Ailes.
The federal discrimination lawsuit filed in New York alleges that Ailes offered Lidia Curanaj, whose legal name is Lidija Ujkic, an interview to join the Fox News Network after meeting her at a dinner in 2011.
After being interviewed in a group setting, Ailes invited her to a private interview, the complaint said. He then told her it was “important [for female talent] to look good from head to toe,” and asked her to stand and turn around for him.
The suit also alleged that Ailes later contacted a man Curanaj previously dated asking if she would “put out” sexually. The man told Ailes she likely would not, the suit said, after which she was turned down for the job.
An attorney for Ailes could not be immediately reached to comment on the accusations, though he has consistently denied similar sexual harassment allegations.
Curanaj’s lawsuit does not name Ailes or Fox News as a defendant, but rather alleges gender, age, race and pregnancy discrimination on the part of her employer, New York Fox TV station WNYW.
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The suit claims that when Curanaj confronted the station’s news director about not being promoted to anchor despite her journalistic experience and successes, he replied she was “not attractive enough to be an anchor.”
A spokeswoman for Fox TV Stations, a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox, said in an emailed statement, “We do not think the plaintiff’s claims have merit, and we intend to defend vigorously.”
Fox News in September agreed to pay $20 million to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by former anchor Gretchen Carlson. A subsequent internal investigation of the company turned up more than two dozen women who described harassment by Ailes, according to New York Magazine.
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Colorado officials plan new DNA testing in JonBenet Ramsey murder case
(3.18/22)

An investigation found that DNA evidence in the case doesn't support the controversial decision by former DA Mary Lacy to clear the girl's family members from all suspicion...
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Feds slap restrictions on Wells Fargo after finding bank unprepared for any future bankruptcy
(3.18/22)

Wells Fargo & Co. was sanctioned Tuesday by federal regulators who determined the bank has not done enough to ensure it could continue operating smoothly after a bankruptcy and without a taxpayer bailout.
In the wake of the financial crisis, regulators required the nation's largest banks to come up with detailed bankruptcy plans — also called “living wills” — in case they fail, hoping to avoid the chaos caused by the collapse of investment bank Lehman Bros. in 2008.
The Federal Reserve Board and Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Tuesday signed off on the living wills of JPMorgan Chase , Bank of America and other big banks, but said Wells Fargo's fell short.
That decision did not reflect the bank’s current financial health, but rather a determination that if the economy were to falter and Wells Fargo were to go bankrupt, its operations could not quickly or easily be broken up or sold off.
Specifically, they said the bank’s plan did not do enough to simplify the company’s legal structure and did not address how different parts of the bank could function independently if the parent company were broken up and not able to provide support services.
The company operates more than 80 subsidiaries and funds in the United States and in at least eight foreign countries, according to FactSet.
The bank must submit a revised plan by March 31. Until then, Wells Fargo has been prohibited from establishing new international banking businesses or buying any nonbank subsidiaries, a category that includes various entities such as wealth advisors. If it does not submit a revised plan by the new deadline, it could face additional sanctions, including caps on the size of some of its businesses.
In a statement, the bank said it would work with regulators to address their concerns.
“While we are disappointed with the determination issued by the agencies, we continue to be dedicated to sound resolution planning and preparedness,” the bank said. “We believe we will be able to address the concerns raised today in the March 2017 revised submission.”
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), the top Democrat on the Senate Banking Committee, said the sanctions against Wells Fargo show the necessity of rules aimed at reining in big banks. He and other Democrats are concerned that the incoming administration will make good on President-elect Donald Trump ’s pledge to dismantle much of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, the law that calls for banks to prepare living wills.
“Even one too-big-to-fail bank is too many, and we need watchdogs that will continue to impose tough rules and strong penalties to make banks simpler and safer, not the opposite,” Brown said.
Regulators in April had rejected the living wills of most of the nation’s big banks, including Wells Fargo. This time around, though, Wells Fargo stands alone, adding to the San Francisco bank’s troubles.
The bank has been gripped by an unrelated scandal over the opening of millions of unauthorized accounts by bank employees. In that scandal, sales practices brought numerous federal and state investigations, the resignation of its chief executive and public outrage.
That scandal continues to grow. On Monday, New Jersey insurer Prudential said it would stop selling life insurance policies through Wells Fargo over concerns that bank workers might have opened policies for unsuspecting consumers just as they opened unauthorized accounts.
The bank is under mounting federal scrutiny, too. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency last month added a level of regulatory scrutiny for the bank, requiring it to seek the agency’s approval for certain executive hires and other business decisions.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is also reportedly mulling a downgrade of the bank’s Community Reinvestment Act rating, which judges how well banks serve poor and minority communities. A rating downgrade could further harm the bank’s reputation and make acquisitions difficult.
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Judge orders Colorado electors to vote for Hillary Clinton
(3.17/22)

DENVER (AP) " Colorado's nine electors must vote for Hillary Clinton because she won the state's popular vote, a judge ruled Tuesday, effectively stopping the state's electors from joining a longshot effort to unite with Republicans behind a compromise presidential candidate other than Donald Trump. Denver Judge Elizabeth Starrs also ruled that any electors who fail to do so can immediately be replaced when the Electoral College convenes Dec. 19. She responded to a request from...
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Federal judge wants to see Hillary Clinton emails search warrant
(3.16/22)

A federal judge has directed the US government to show him any search warrant application used to gain access to a new batch of Hillary Clinton's emails just before the election. Judge P. Kevin Castel on Tuesday asked a government lawyer to turn over any pertinent documents by late Thursday in case he decides any portion of the materials must be made public. He also recommended the government advise what redactions are necessary should he rule that portions of documents must be disclosed publicly. E. Randol Schoenberg, a Los Angeles-based lawyer who specializes in recovering works of art stolen by the Nazis, sued to obtain any search warrant and related papers used by the FBI to obtain the emails from a computer belonging to Anthony Weiner, the estranged husband of Huma Abedin, one of Clinton's top aides. Schoenberg's lawsuit followed a Freedom of Information Act request for the documents. Scroll down for video Weiner, a Democrat, resigned his seat in Congress after sexually explicit texts and social media posts to various women. He is under investigation by federal authorities for online communications he had with a 15-year-old girl. Justice Department lawyer Jennie Kneedler told Castel that the government opposes Schoenberg's request and noted that Schoenberg had not demonstrated that a need for secrecy that existed before was no longer relevant. She said the government wants to show why the unrelated ongoing criminal investigation is relevant to whether the public has a right to access any search warrant application materials related to Clinton. 'There are things we would like to make your honor aware of,' Kneedler said. The judge said the case is different, in part, because FBI Director James Comey announced October 28 that the FBI had learned about the emails and that they appeared relevant to its already-completed investigation of Clinton's personal email server. He noted that Comey two days before the election updated Congress by saying the FBI's review of the new emails had not changed its conclusions that she should not face charges. Castel said he plans to rule quickly. He rejected a government request to delay its submission of materials by a day. He also told Schoenberg's lawyer to notify attorneys for Clinton, Abedin and Weiner about the request to make documents public. Since losing to Republican President-elect Donald Trump, Clinton has blamed her loss in the presidential election in part on the FBI's decision to revive its examination of her email accounts after Comey in July chastised Clinton for her use of a private mail server but said the bureau would not recommend criminal charges. Schoenberg's lawsuit called any search warrant and related materials "of the utmost public importance. " It added: 'Transparency and accountability are most important in cases such as this one, where the investigation in question is heavily politicized, dominated and continues to dominate national media and the national sphere of conversation, and may have significantly influenced the outcome of the election.'
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ZooLights premiere Friday at San Francisco Zoo
(3.15/22)

San Francisco Zoo & Gardens’ annual holiday light display is launching on Friday, complete with a Winter Wonderland and a Reindeer Village.
The Reindeer Village is located near the playground, and features live reindeer and snow flurries.
Winter Wonderland is installed near the Lion Fountain, and will have local vendors serving food and drink, as well as live music.
Santa’s Workshop is in the Lion House, and kids can have their photo taken with Santa Claus for free until Dec. 23.
In addition to the holiday festivities, the first 1,000 kids will receive a free pair of PLAE Shoes (while sizes and supplies last). For every pair distributed, one will be donated to a child in need.
The seasonal celebration will kick off with a Christmas tree lighting at 5:00 p.m. on Friday in the entry to the zoo. The lights and special exhibits will run from Dec. 16 to Dec 30.
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Philippines' Duterte 'deliberately' avoided Obama at ASEAN-US summit
(3.14/22)

"I was there. I attended the meetings, actually," he told the Wallace Business Forum on Monday night in Manila.
"But you know, Obama was there, and because we had an exchange of words, I was just trying to avoid an awkward situation. "
Prior to the summit, Duterte had cursed Obama as a "son of a bitch," prompting the White House to cancel planned bilateral talks between the two leaders.
At the time, Palace peace process adviser, Jesus Dureza, said the President "was not feeling well" which is why he skipped the meetings at the summit between the US and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in September.
Foreign Affairs Secretary, Perfecto Yasay, took Duterte's place .
"I would not know if he would accept my gesture of a handshake," said Duterte. "And because I did not want to create a scene, an awkward situation, I just stayed on the sidelines. "
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Obama had previously raised concerns about Duterte's controversial war on drugs and his human rights record.
"We absolutely expect (President Obama) will raise concerns about some of the recent statements from the president of the Philippines," White House Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes told media ahead of the Laos summit .
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French lower house of parliament votes to extend state of emergency
(3.13/22)

PARIS, Dec 14 (Reuters) - The French lower house of parliament voted early on Wednesday to extend the country's state of emergency until July 15, 2017, as France remains on high alert against the threat of terror attacks. The extension of the state of emergency had already been proposed on Dec. 10 by France's new prime minister, Bernard Cazeneuve. Political parties are keen to show they are getting a grip on the threat of attacks as France prepares for presidential elections in 2017. France's upper house Senate will also review the measures on Thursday. The socialist government imposed the state of emergency - which gives police extended powers to search and arrest - in November last year after attacks by Islamist militants in Paris that killed 130 people. The state of emergency, which was originally due to end in mid-January, has already been extended four times because the government considers that the risk of armed attacks by Islamist militants remains high. (Reporting by Emile Picy; Writing by Sudip Kar-Gupta; Editing by Paul Tait)
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Actelion says it continues deal talks as J&J drops out
(3.12/22)

Switzerland's Actelion said on Tuesday that it was in talks with an undisclosed suitor about a "strategic transaction," even as another potential acquirer, U. S. healthcare company Johnson & Johnson ended talks.
The latest twist in Actelion's deal negotiations illustrate how its chief executive Jean-Paul Clozel is driving a hard bargain as bidders circle his company, which he founded in 1997 and turned into Europe's largest biotechnology drug marker.
Actelion did not name the company it was still in discussions with. It informed Johnson & Johnson that it was confident it could attract an offer significantly higher than the approximately 250 Swiss francs per share that the U. S. company had offered, according to a person familiar with the matter that requested anonymity because the negotiations were confidential. There were also disagreements about the structure of the deal, the person added.
Actelion shares ended trading at 208.50 Swiss francs in Zurich on Tuesday before Actelion gave the update on the talks, giving it a market capitalization of 22.5 billion Swiss francs ($22.2 billion).
Acquiring lung disease specialist Actelion would have boosted J&J's drug pipeline and given it more pricing power, at a time when its popular arthritis drug Remicade faces cheaper competition from Pfizer.
Clozel and his wife, Chief Scientific Officer Martine Clozel, have built up a world-leading drug portfolio at Actelion to treat deadly pulmonary arterial hypertension. They aim to expand in drugs for multiple sclerosis and diarrhea-causing clostridium difficile, but regulatory approvals for those are years away.
The company is also counting on its new pulmonary arterial hypertension treatments Opsumit and Uptravi, which combined are forecast to bring in nearly 4.5 billion francs in annual sales by 2020, according to Reuters data.
Analysts have previously identified France's Sanofi as a potential buyer for Actelion, whose portfolio would supplement the French drugmaker's Genzyme rare disease unit. Sanofi did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Ending deal negotiations without a sale would likely subject Clozel to new shareholder pressure. Five years ago, he successfully defended against an effort by activist hedge fund Elliott Management to put Actelion up for sale, questioning his strategy.
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Russian opposition leader announces presidential bid
(3.12/22)

Moscow — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Tuesday officially announced his bid to run in the 2018 presidential election, a move that political observers say puts pressure on President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin.
Navalny said in a video statement posted on a new campaign website that “I will take part in the struggle for the post of president of Russia.”
Russia’s most widely-known opposition figure and a leading anti-corruption activist, Navalny has repeatedly said that Putin and his inner circle are guilty of graft and has successfully tapped into popular anger at the lavish lifestyle led by some of Russia’s elite.
Navalny, 40, is currently on trial on fraud charges in a regional Russian city in a case that his supporters say is politically motivated. If convicted, he would be barred from running for public office.
Putin hasn’t said whether he will seek a fourth presidential term in the March 18, 2018 election, but he is widely expected to run.
Former Kremlin insider Gleb Pavlovsky said the announcement could push Putin toward a decision to run because any other Putin-loyalist candidate would struggle to win against Navalny.
“Navalny is not just announcing his intentions but throwing down a challenge to the current president,” Pavlovsky told the Interfax news agency.
Navalny said he would push to redistribute wealth, fight corruption, invest more in education and health, decentralize Russian politics, reform the country’s judiciary and pull back from involvement in foreign wars.
“It’s time for us to choose not only a person at elections. It’s time to choose between stagnation and a program of development,” Navalny said in his video address.
The development received little coverage by state-owned television stations, which are almost universally pro-Kremlin and how most Russians get their news.
Experts said that Navalny’s decision to launch a campaign was a shrewd political move that put the Kremlin off stride. Navalny can now pressure authorities into allowing him to officially register his candidacy.
“Now everything that happens in the process going forward won’t happen in a vacuum, but will be an answer (to Navalny’s presidential bid),” political analyst Yekaterina Shulman wrote on Facebook.
Navalny, a trained lawyer, heads the Anti-Corruption Foundation, which publishes extensive exposes about the personal wealth and alleged corruption of Russian officials.
But he has no experience in public office. He shot to prominence with his often-bitingly sarcastic blog entries about corruption and exposes of corruption among the Russian elite. He played a leading role in the massive anti-Putin demonstrations in 2011 and 2012.
In 2013, Navalny organized a crowd-funded campaign to challenge Sergei Sobyanin, the incumbent pro-Putin candidate.
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The United Nations just fired Wonder Woman, dumping her as an ambassador
(3.08/22)

The job market is tough these days, even for superheroes. On Friday, the United Nations will abruptly end Wonder Woman’s tenure as honorary ambassador after controversy and protests from women’s rights organisations. In October, the UN “hired” the fictional cartoon as ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls. At the time, the UN hoped to use the superhero brand in a 2017 campaign for women and gender issues, aptly titled “Think of All the Wonders We Can Do.” So did the entertainment company that owns the Wonder Woman brand. “Wonder Woman has always been a trailblazer for women’s rights, and we believe she can continue that legacy by expanding and deepening the dialogue around these critical issues,” Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment and of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, said when announcing Wonder Woman’s new foray into international diplomacy. But some advocacy groups - and UN staff - didn’t think a fictitious and scantily-clad superhero was the ideal face of global women’s empowerment. UN staff protested the move during the superhero’s ceremonial appointment. And a group of “Concerned United Nations Staff Members” circulated a petition that eventually received nearly 45,000 signatures urging Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to reconsider Wonder Woman’s new job. “It is alarming that the United Nations would consider using a character with an overtly sexualised image at a time when the headline news in United States and the world is the objectification of women and girls,” the petition read. “The bottom line appears to be that the United Nations was unable to find a real-life woman that would be able to champion the rights of ALL women on the issue of gender equality and the fight for their empowerment,” it added. The UN apparently took the hint. This week, a UN spokesperson said the Wonder Woman campaign would end Friday but offered no details on why the superhero got canned, nor whether another figure (from comic books or real life) would take her place. The campaign may also have been victim to internal irritations over the UN’s own gender parity problems. In 2015, a study by the Global Peace Operations Review found men were selected for nearly 92 per cent of the most senior UN staff jobs. Six women undersecretaries were replaced by men that year. Moreover, men made up 77 per cent of assistant secretaries general. Wonder Woman is not the first fictitious icon to delve into U. N. advocacy. On March 18, Ban appointed the “Angry Birds“mobile game characters honorary ambassadors for a day to help raise awareness for climate change.
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21st Century Cures Act signed; touted as health research breakthrough
(3.08/22)

KALAMAZOO, MI - Legislation intended to support more research into innovative cures for cancer and other life-altering diseases, and to overhaul the process the U. S. Food and Drug Administration uses to check and approve new medicines, was signed into law Tuesday afternoon by President Barack Obama.
The 21st Century Cures Act, a $6.3 billion piece of legislation that includes billions of dollars worth of new research funding for the National Institutes of Health, was signed by the president Tuesday in Washington, D. C.
The legislation, sponsored by U. S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, and Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., is being touted as a vehicle for speeding up the discovery, development and delivery of drugs and technology to treat diseases such as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer's.
Upton was among a large cluster of Congressmen and others, including Vice President Joe Biden, to join the president for what Obama called a wonderful example of bipartisanship, bringing Democrats and Republicans together for a common cause during the closing days of this Congressional session.
"We are bringing to reality the possibility of new breakthroughs to some of the greatest health challenges of our time," Obama said before signing the legislation.
Among other things, he said the act will combat the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic "that is ravaging too many families across the country," provide a decade's worth of support for initiatives that seek to treat and prevent brain disorders and another that puts more precision into prescribing medicines to individuals. He said it will also provide bipartisan reforms to address serious mental issues.
In a joint press release with DeGette, Upton said, "Working together, we got the job done. Patients needed a game-changer - and it is our hope that history will look back at the Cures effort as the moment in time when the tide finally turned against disease. "
The nucleus of the 21st Century Cures Act is an idea that has been shaped and shepherded by Upton and DeGette for the past three years. It was passed by a vote of 392 to 26 in the U. S. House of Representatives on Nov. 30, and in the U. S. Senate by a vote of 94 to 5 on Dec. 7.
Biden said, "The 21 st Century Cures Act is going to harness America's best minds in science, medicine and technology to tackle some of our biggest and most complex health challenges today. The bill commits $6.3 billion over seven years to dealing with opioid addiction, precision medicine and the Brain Initiative, mental illness, Alzheimer's disease and so much more. "
The bill is expected to be the last legislation that will be signed into law during the Obama administration.
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Aleppo Genocide: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
(2.99/22)

The Aleppo conflict has been creating tragic images for some time, but a Syrian activist has now urged the world to consider it “genocide.”
The activist, Lina Shamy, recorded a video widely circulated on December 13 that labeled what happened in Aleppo the day before “genocide.” USA Today said there were reports that “pro-government forces had executed civilians on the besieged city’s streets, including women and children.”
The besieged city in Syria has been torn between rebel fighters and loyalists of President Bashar al-Assad, who is backed by Russia. The reports of genocide and mass executions came after the city fell to Assad’s control.
A ceasefire was reached and remaining people were being allowed to evacuate, rebel forces said.
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According to USA Today, Shamy claimed that 180 people were executed by al-Assad forces in eastern Aleppo.
“To everyone who can hear me: We are here exposed to a genocide in the besieged city of Aleppo,” she said in the video. “This may be my last video. More than 50,000 of civilians who rebelled against the dictator al-Assad are threatened with field executions or dying under bombing.”
NBC News said the ceasefire came only after “dozens of civilians were killed by Syrian forces in what the United Nations described as ‘a complete meltdown of humanity’ during the final battle for Aleppo.”
Since November 15, more than 1,071 civilians were murdered in eastern Aleppo “in attacks by Syrian regime and Russian warplanes,” said an Anadalou Agency report.
Rebels in Aleppo are fighting Assad and his Russian allies, said the report. According to the BBC, a government push backed by Russian air power had squeezed the Aleppo rebels into smaller and smaller areas in recent weeks and months. The BBC said Iran is also allied with Assad.
The Daily Star said an UN observer contends that women and children were executed en masse, with one child even burned alive.
“Civilians were reportedly earlier lined up and shot in mass executions while at least one child appears to have been burned alive,” said the news site. Assad has been cracking down on pro-Democracy movements since the Arab Spring, with some of the most tragic consequences seen in Aleppo and especially images of its children.
NBC said the UN human rights office received stories of “women and children being burned alive and of families choosing suicide over surrender.”
The news of a ceasefire came on December 13 from rebel forces, but NBC News said the Syrian government had not confirmed it and a Russian envoy told the news media that people had no reason to evacuate now that the ruined city was in government control.
The BBC said Assad now controls all of Syria’s population centers. According to BBC, Aleppo was once Syria’s most populous city and its financial center besides.
The American news media fixated on December 13 over the story that Kanye West was spotted at Trump Tower to meet with Donald Trump (that came the same day that Trump announced he was choosing Rex Tillerson, the Exxon Mobil CEO who has ties to Russia, as his secretary of state). Many took to Twitter to criticize what they see as the news media downplaying what is going on in Aleppo to focus on trivialities.
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Putin's large dog Yume barks at Japanese journalists
(2.34/22)

Maybe even more so when it's standing next to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Two Japanese journalists grimaced as Putin brought his dog Yume into the room before an interview Wednesday.
With the presidential pool cameras clicking, the 4-year-old Akita began to bark loudly at the visiting journalists, who stood there frozen, smiling awkwardly at the boisterous pup.
Putin beckoned the dog over to him to give her a treat before leading her through a series of tricks.
"You were right to take caution," Putin later said to the journalists. "Yume is a no-nonsense dog. There are many people here, with camcorders running, lights shining and cameras clicking. She is being a guard dog. "
A thank you gift
Japan gifted the Akita to Putin four years ago as a thank you for Russia's help after the massive earthquake and tsunami that crippled Japan in 2011 , according to Russian state-owned Sputnik News.
Putin is an avid dog-lover, Sputnik reports.
Putin granted an interview with Japanese journalists from Nippon TV and Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper ahead of his official trip to Japan to meet with President Shinzo Abe on Thursday.
This isn't the first time Putin's dogs have caused a commotion.
In January 2007, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was photographed looking distinctly uncomfortable at a meeting with the Russian leader after he brought his large black Labrador named "Koni" into the room.
Earlier this year, Putin said he hadn't intended to scare her.
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Sydney swelters through hottest December night in 148 years
(2.32/22)

Sydney residents sweltered through the city’s second hottest night on record and its hottest December night in 148 years, with many cooling off at beaches long after dark. A minimum of 27.1 degrees Celsius was recorded in Australia’s largest city early Wednesday, Australian Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Jordan Notara said. The only hotter overnight minimum temperature recorded in this city of 5 million people was 27.6 degrees Celsius on February 6, 2011. The hottest December minimum nighttime temperature on record had been Christmas Day in 1868, when the temperature dipped to 26.3 degrees Celsius. Records have been kept at Sydney’s Observatory Hill weather station since 1859. “It was mainly due to the hot day yesterday when we didn’t have the sea breeze cool things down as significantly as it could have,” Notara said of Wednesday’s minimum. Sydney was forecast to reach 38 degrees Celsius during the daytime on Wednesday, after hitting 37.8 degrees Celsius Tuesday. Sydney’s December average is a maximum of 25.2 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 17.5 degrees Celsius. Beaches, rivers and swimming pools have been crowded with people cooling off. Electricity supplier Endeavour Energy was able to cope with the increased demand from Sydney air conditioners on Tuesday and was prepared for Wednesday’s heat, company spokesman Peter Payne said. A cool change was forecast late Wednesday afternoon with southerly winds expected to substantially cool the city, Notara said. Daytime temperatures peaked above 33 degrees Celsius in the southeast capitals of Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Melbourne for the first time since 1965. Like Sydney, the other three cities were expecting cool changes late Wednesday.
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Krauthammer: “The Idea That Russia Gave The Election To Trump Is Absurd”
(2.27/22)

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: The idea that [Russia] gave the election to Donald Trump is absurd. The intelligence agencies themselves are split. There’s no way really to discern intent without having a source inside and we don’t.
But the real issue is this. There is extensive report on how this thing developed over 18 months with the Obama administration knowing about this. Knowing about all kinds of intrusions by the Russians through others and the passivity of Barack Obama in the face of this is simply staggering. It quotes officials as saying in the end people saying we have to do something. Some kind of retaliation to prevent or deter the Russians and/or others and Obama never did. In part because he didn’t want to lose influence with Russia in Syria. Well, we can see how well that influence went today when Aleppo essentially fell.
This is a president who let it go when he could have done something. We are going to have to be very clear to the Russians if they ever try anything like this again they will suffer.
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Asian stocks mostly higher ahead of Fed's rate decision
(2.21/22)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Asian stock markets were mostly higher on Wednesday ahead of the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates. The Fed was widely expected to announce later in the day an increase in the key policy rate...
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Stephen Miller Will Be Trump’s Senior Policy Adviser
(2.21/22)

Donald Trump has tapped Stephen Miller , an adviser to his campaign, to be his senior policy adviser when he assumes the presidency in January. Miller had also been an adviser to Trump ally and Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, who Trump selected for attorney general.
In a statement after Trump announced Miller’s new job, Sessions described his old employee as “the best person President-elect Donald Trump could have chosen.”
Miller became a well-known presence on the campaign trail, where he would warm up crowds before Trump took the stage at rallies all over the country. Miller’s brash mix of populism and wide-ranging conspiracy theories — he also boasts close ties to Breitbart News – came to define the tone of Trump’s candidacy.
And while Miller might have been little-known outside the Beltway, in Washington he is an established, powerful behind-the-scenes player; he is widely credited with destroying the last real hope of immigration reform in 2014.
On news of his new appointment Miller said, “I am deeply honored for the opportunity to serve the President-elect, and to focus efforts to develop critical policies that serve the national interest.” He promised that the “Trump administration will focus unremittingly on the safety, security and economic well-being of working Americans.”
Miller is already feared and despised by many — and he is only 30 years old! — but for another set of political players he is something of an answered prayer. He worked with Michele Bachmann and is beloved by Ann Coulter.
The best in-depth profile of Miller so far was produced by Julia Ioffe for Politico in June and it is veritably overflowing with unsettling quotes from the young adviser (such as his declaration at a rally in June that “Everything that is wrong with this country today, the people who are opposed to Donald Trump are responsible for!”) But this paragraph seems to capture something essential about the man:
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Rand Paul: I'll keep ‘open mind’ on Tillerson
(2.18/22)

Sen. Rand Paul Rand Paul Rand Paul: I'll keep ‘open mind’ on Tillerson Giving Bolton a job at State would undermine Trump's own agenda GOP senators raise questions over Trump's secretary of State pick MORE (R-Ky.) says he'll approach President-elect Donald Trump Donald Trump Government ethics office not involved in Trump's business plan Rand Paul: I'll keep ‘open mind’ on Tillerson Trump taps Montana congressman for Interior secretary: report MORE ’s choice for secretary of State with an open mind.
Trump on Tuesday nominated ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to become the nation’s top diplomat, but he may face a tough confirmation fight due to deep skepticism in the Senate over his ties to Russia.
“Regime change hasn’t worked in the Middle East. The Iraq War was a strategic failure. I want someone who agrees with Donald Trump on those key issues. I think those questions are open and I’m willing to find out what Tillerson has to say on those issues. If he embraces Donald Trump’s vision and worldview on that, I’d be fine with that.”
Paul is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which must greenlight Tillerson’s nomination before a full Senate vote.
There are 10 Republicans and nine Democrats on the committee — meaning any "no" vote by a Republican could block Tillerson, assuming all Democrats also oppose him.
Paul said he distinguishes between Tillerson’s business background and his potential role leading the State Department.
“Being a CEO, your job is to further your company and make deals with people who have natural resources around the world,” he said.
"Being secretary of State, it’s about diplomacy, it’s about negotiation and it’s about conversation. The fact that he’s had many conversations with world leaders would be, I think, a plus, with regard to having those conversation. "
Tillerson has repeatedly conducted business in Russia. According to The Wall Street Journal, Tillerson negotiated an energy partnership with Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2011 that Putin said could be worth $500 billion.
Sen. Marco Rubio Marco Rubio Rand Paul: I'll keep ‘open mind’ on Tillerson Dem senator: Trump concerns will hang over Tillerson hearing Sanders: Tillerson 'must be opposed' MORE (R-Fla.), another Foreign Relations Committee member, on Tuesday said he has “serious concerns” about Tillerson.
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Judge Blocks Publishing in Case of Boy With Drugs in School
(2.17/22)

A New Jersey reporter says state officials want him to sign an agreement before allowing him to publish limited details from a child welfare complaint he obtained, but he has refused in a case involving a 5-year-old boy found with drugs in school twice in a month.
A court hearing scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed, leaving in place an order that bars the Trentonian newspaper from publishing details from the complaint. Government lawyers sought the injunction against the newspaper, saying child welfare complaints must be kept confidential under state law.
The newspaper and open government advocates say that the judge's order is a clear violation of the First Amendment.
The newspaper is negotiating with the state, but reporter Isaac Avilucea says that he has refused to sign an agreement.
"They're basically criminalizing reporting, which is really a bigger issue in this case," said Avilucea, who said he obtained the report from the boy's mother.
The Trentonian reported in October that the boy, whom it did not name, was placed into foster care after he was found with crack cocaine. A month earlier, his father and another woman were charged after the boy was found with 30 packets of heroin.
New Jersey's law on confidentiality of child abuse records says that anyone who releases them can be imprisoned for up to three years and fined up to $1,000.
A spokesman for the state attorney general's office declined to comment on the case this week.
Jennifer Borg, formerly the top lawyer for The Record newspaper and a government transparency advocate, says that Judge Craig Corson's order is a clear violation of the First Amendment.
"I think the Supreme Court has made it clear that the press cannot be prohibited from publishing truthful information, particularly where they lawfully obtained that information," Borg said. "Even if they want to go after the person who leaked it, the press cannot be held liable. "
The U. S. Supreme Court has held that the government cannot prevent the press from publishing information except in extreme circumstances involving a clear and present danger.
David Bralow, an attorney for the Trentonian, said after the complaint was filed that it's outrageous for the state to block publication of the information.
"This is not even a hard case, this is simply the imposition of a prior restraint to restrain the Trentonian from publishing information of significant public concern," Bralow said. "And that the state in order to do so has to enunciate a compelling state interest that would be akin to troop movements in time of war. "
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Anwar vows to keep fighting after Malaysia court rejects final appeal against sodomy conviction
(2.15/22)

Jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim lost his final bid for freedom on Wednesday when the federal court rejected his appeal to set aside his sodomy conviction and five-year jail term. A five-member panel of judges ruled unanimously that there was no merit in Anwar’s application for a review of his 2014 conviction, his final legal option for an acquittal. He will now have to serve out the remaining 16 months of his prison term. “This is not a fit or proper case for this court to exercise its inherent jurisdiction to initiate a review,” Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin, the Chief Judge of Malaya, said as he read excerpts from a 60-page ruling. Anwar, once a rising star in the ruling party, is the greatest threat to Prime Minister Najib Razak and his coalition, after leading a three-party opposition alliance to stunning electoral gains in 2013. He was convicted and jailed for sodomising a former aide, a charge that Anwar and his supporters say was a politically motivated attempt to end his career. “This is not the end of the road ... I have pleaded and reiterated my innocence but the judiciary has ignored my pleas,” Anwar told reporters in the court after the verdict. “This is a long walk to freedom,” he said. His wife, children and grandchildren were in court. Crowds of supporters gathered outside in a show of support for their 69-year-old leader. A former ruling party deputy prime minister, Anwar’s legal troubles began soon after he fell out with then prime minister Mahathir Mohamad in the late 1990s and was sacked. He then campaigned against corruption and nepotism and led a nationwide “reformasi”, or reform, protest movement. He was later jailed for the first time on charges of sodomy and graft.
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