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Authorities prepared for up to 40 deaths in Oakland warehouse fire

At least nine people are dead and 25 people are unaccounted for after a fire broke out late Friday at an Oakland warehouse, according to fire department officials. 2016-12-03 18:58 5KB

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Trump Talks With Taiwan, In A Move That May Spell Friction With China

President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Taiwan's leader, Tsai Ying-Wen, breaking nearly four decades of diplomatic protocol and threatening to upset U. S. relations with China. 2016-12-03 18:41 801Bytes

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Donald Trump’s phone call casts doubt over future of US arms sales to Taiwan

US arms sales are not just business deals but have had a vital stabilising effect, analysts say 2016-12-03 19:03 4KB

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Nine dead and dozens missing after huge blaze at warehouse party

At least nine people have been killed - and dozens still missing - in a blaze that broke out during a party in a converted warehouse. 2016-12-03 13:51 2KB

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Philippines President Duterte phones Trump

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte telephoned U. S. President-elect Donald Trump late Friday and had a brief but "very engagin 2016-12-03 17:49 2KB

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Sacramento-area veterans head to Standing Rock to protest Dakota pipeline

Area veterans plan to support the Native Americans who have been protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. They were expected to arrive by Saturday night as part of a group of an estimated 2,000 veterans who answered a call by Wesley Clark Jr., son... 2016-12-03 15:01 4KB

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9 dead, 25 missing in Oakland inferno Contact WND

(Daily Mail) At least nine people died in a massive fire that destroyed a northern California warehouse that was an artist collective during an electronic music party early Saturday morning and officials said the building had no sprinkler system. Fire Chief Teresa Deloche-Reed said that at... 2016-12-03 15:07 1KB

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Student fatally stabs University of Southern California professor, police say

LOS ANGELES -- A student fatally stabbed a University of Southern California psychology professor Friday afternoon, officials said. The professor, identified as Bosco Tjan in a letter released by the university, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Los Angeles Police Department... 2016-12-03 13:06 2KB

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China coal mine blasts kill 59

At least 59 people have been killed in two separate Chinese coal mine blasts, according to death tolls reported by state media. An explosion Saturday at a colliery in the northern Inner Mongolia region killed 32, Xinhua news agency said. 2016-12-03 18:20 1KB

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Fatal warehouse fire spurs widespread social media reaction

People are reacting to news that at least nine people, and as many as 40, have been killed in a warehouse that burned while revelers gathered in Oakland, Calif., for a party on Friday night. 2016-12-03 19:24 1014Bytes

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From milk to lightbulbs, Fidel Castro reshaped life in Cuba

Fidel Castro changed the flavor of the milk Cuban children drink at breakfast. He filled Cuban kitchens with energy-saving rice cookers, and he gave a two-hour lesson in their use live on national television. 2016-12-03 19:05 7KB

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Texas officials: 1 killed, 7 hurt in cheerleader bus crash

BIG SPRING, Texas (AP) — A woman was killed and seven other people were injured when a semitrailer crashed into a bus carrying a group of West Texas high school cheerleaders, authorities said Saturday. The small activity bus, which was carrying six cheerleaders and two cheerleader sponsors, 2016-12-03 18:47 912Bytes

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Phone call fallout: how analysts see China reacting

Beijing is unlikely to view the exchange between Trump and Tsai as crossing a red line, they say. Rather, the leadership will take a wait and see approach, while seeking ways to punish Taiwan 2016-12-03 07:30 5KB

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Syrian troops gain ground in Aleppo

Rebel fighters are increasingly squeezed into the center of the eastern enclave. 2016-12-03 17:14 1KB

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Trump supporter Sarah Palin calls Carrier deal 'crony capitalism'

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin -- an early supporter of Donald Trump who is under consideration to serve in his Cabinet -- is criticizing the use of subsidies to keep an Indiana-based air conditioning company from sending jobs to Mexico, a move the... 2016-12-03 12:26 2KB

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A look at some of the world’s worst nightclub fires

A fatal fire Friday night at a warehouse party in the San Francisco Bay Area has claimed the lives of at least nine people. More than a dozen are still unaccounted for as of Saturday morning. ... 2016-12-03 13:49 850Bytes

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Syria: Thousands of Aleppo's displaced pack market shelter

JIBREEN, Syria (AP) " Azza Haj Hussein held out for four years in war-ravaged eastern Aleppo, moving from one bombed-out home to another and surviving mostly on bread, crushed wheat and rice for four months under a suffocating government... ... 2016-12-03 18:51 847Bytes

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South Korea opposition parties file motion to impeach president, rejecting her resignation

Parliament will vote next week on the motion, which has the support of all 171 lawmakers from the three opposition parties and independents, excluding the parliamentary speaker 2016-12-03 17:59 3KB

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Like General Tso's chicken? Put down the chopsticks and mourn the death of its creator

The dish was and has never been popular in China, where it's namesake is best known for war -- not chicken. 2016-12-03 19:12 5KB

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'Arbeit Macht Frei' gate stolen from Nazi Dachau concentration camp found

An iron gate bearing the Nazi slogan, "Arbeit Macht Frei" believed to have been stolen from a concentration camp was discovered in a Norway suburb. 2016-12-03 14:20 1KB

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Ann Coulter says Trump may 'sell out' on immigration

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter’s strong support of President-elect Donald Trump may be faltering 2016-12-03 18:48 1KB

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Iran says extension of sanctions act shows US unreliable

A US Senate vote to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) for 10 years shows the world that Washington cannot be relied upon to act on its commitments, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Saturday. 2016-12-03 08:32 2KB

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Russia bets on Trump as gateway to eased sanctions

WASHINGTON -- Vladimir Putin wants to make Russia great again. For that, he may need a hand from Donald Trump. For the Russian president, relief... 2016-12-03 18:54 6KB

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Far From Miami, Cubans in Kentucky Ponder Castro’s Death

Far from the heart of the Cuban-American diaspora in Miami, many members of the growing “Kentubano” population say they want to leave the past behind. 2016-12-03 16:04 8KB

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Italy's voter referendum: The nuts and bolts behind the buzz

A voter referendum on changes to Italy's post-war Constitution scheduled for Sunday has turned into a virtual plebiscite on Premier Matteo Renzi's center-left government. Will Italy become the next Western country to turn on established political leaders? A rundown on what's at stake... 2016-12-03 14:32 5KB

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Former German prisoner of war donates estate to 'kind' Scottish village

A former Nazi prisoner of war has left his entire life savings to a small Scottish village where he was held captive. Wanting to thank the Scots for their kindness, his legacy fund aims to help the town's elderly. ... 2016-12-03 11:37 801Bytes

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Donald Trump singles out another Indiana plant for moving to Mexico

Donald Trump calls out Rexnord Bearings in Indianapolis for "rather viciously firing" its workers 2016-12-03 16:13 2KB

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Afghan teen arrested over German murder-rape

A teenage Afghan asylum seeker has been arrested on suspicion of the rape and murder of a 19-year-old female student in Germany, police and prosecutors said Saturday. 2016-12-03 15:50 2KB

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What Louisiana's Senate seat means for Democrats

Celebrities, Democratic heavyweights, and people from across the country have donated to Democrat Foster Campbell's Senate campaign, in the hope that the party can close the 2016 election season with a runoff victory next week. 2016-12-03 11:44 5KB

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Michael Fallon issues warning to Donald Trump, telling the president-elect not to go soft on Putin

Michael Fallon used the first visit to America by a Cabinet Minister since Donald Trump’s (pictured) victory to tell the President-elect that ‘deterrence is essential’ in dealings with the Russian president. 2016-12-03 19:22 2KB

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The Latest: UN Syria Envoy Reminds Trump of Iraq, Libya

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The U. N. envoy for Syria says he'd tell U. S. President-elect Donald Trump to remember "the lesson we learned in Iraq and Libya"... 2016-12-03 09:27 3KB

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The Latest: North Dakota Governor, Tribal Chairman to Meet

The Latest on the Dakota Access pipeline (all times local): 2:20 p.m. North Dakota's governor and the Standing Rock Sioux tribal chairman have agreed to meet in person to discuss the protests over the Dakota Access pipeline. The Bismarck Tribune reports (... 2016-12-03 16:21 3KB

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'Everything is gone:' Tennessee wildfire evacuees return home

Friday was the first day residents and property owners were allowed back into the city limits to survey damage from the fires. 2016-12-03 16:34 3KB

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Egypt court rules part of protest law unconstitutional

Egypt's top court has struck down part of a law that allowed the interior ministry to ban all but officially sanctioned protests, a court official said Saturday. 2016-12-03 13:40 2KB

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Authorities: Florida man killed himself before deputy fired

Authorities in Florida say that a man shot and killed himself in a Wal-Mart parking lot right before a deputy fired at him. 2016-12-03 18:47 1KB

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Death toll from last month's IS bombing in Iraq rises to 92

Iraqi officials say the death toll from a Nov. 24 suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group has risen to 92, including about 40 Iranians. 2016-12-03 04:41 1KB

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Relatives of Flight 370's missing seek help in Madagascar

Relatives of some of the 239 people who were on a Malaysia Airlines plane that vanished in 2014 arrived in Madagascar on Saturday to ask for help in the search for debris from the missing aircraft tha 2016-12-03 19:13 2KB

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S. Koreans to march for 6th weekend calling for Park ouster

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Hundreds of thousands of South Koreans are expected to march in capital Seoul for the sixth straight Saturday calling for the re 2016-12-03 07:23 3KB

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Jury going into next week in ex-officer's murder trial ::

The jury in the murder trial of a former South Carolina police officer charged with gunning down a black motorist will continue deliberating next week, despite at one point Friday appearing deadlocked by a juror who told the judge he could not "with good conscience approve a guilty verdict. " 2016-12-03 04:58 2KB

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Far right has second chance in Austrian presidential election

By Francois Murphy VIENNA, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Austria will provide a new gauge of the populist wave sweeping Western democracies on Sunday, as the divided cou... 2016-12-03 19:00 4KB

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Hawaii expected to get 3 feet of snow. You read that right.

Mauna Loa on the Big Island has gotten two feet of snow since Thursday. 2016-12-03 16:26 2KB

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Iowa governor favored to be next ambassador to China: report

Terry Branstad is a long-time friend of Chinese President Xi Jinping. 2016-12-03 14:41 775Bytes

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Islamic State meets to choose leader’s successor

The Islamic State summoned commanders to Iraq to choose a successor to their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi 2016-12-03 19:02 2KB

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Where Does Trump Get His News?

BuzzFeed analyzed all the links Trump tweeted since he launched his campaign to determine where the president-elect gets his news. 2016-12-03 16:55 13KB

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Rep. Jeff Duncan: McCaul Is the Leader Trump Needs to Secure Border, Enforce Immigration Laws

I am glad to see President-Elect Trump is considering House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul to be his Secretary of Homeland Security. 2016-12-03 15:36 3KB

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Russia seeks full rebel pullout from Aleppo

By Tom Perry, Isla Binnie and Vladimir Soldatkin BEIRUT/ROME/MOSCOW, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Russia said on Saturday it was ready for talks with the United States... 2016-12-03 11:20 6KB

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Colombia plane crash survivor released from hospital

Medellin (Colombia), Dec 3 (IANS) Bolivian flight attendant Erwin Tumiri has become the first survivor of the Colombia air disaster to be released from hospital. The 25-year-old left the Somer Clinic... 2016-12-03 16:02 733Bytes

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Halt settlement vote until Trump takes office: Lieberman

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman says a parliamentary vote to legalise Jewish settler homes in the West Bank should be put on hold until Donald Trump becomes US president. 2016-12-03 10:29 2KB

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Afghan and US presidents discuss fight against terrorism

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan government says U. S. President-elect Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have emphasized their joint commitment to fighting terrorism in a phone conversation. ... 2016-12-03 11:28 734Bytes

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Supreme Court takes Christian-affiliated hospital pension case

The employees in effect accuse the hospital systems of being big businesses posing as church organizations in order to avoid rules on pension plans. 2016-12-03 05:20 4KB

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Wells Fargo Offers to Meet with Standing Rock Sioux Before Year-End

Some took this as a victory for the #DivestFromDAPL campaign. 2016-12-03 16:44 1KB

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Teenager Arrested, Charged in Classmate's Decapitation

A 16-year-old has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of his 16-year-old classmate whose headless body was found near the Merrimack River in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said Mathew Borges was arrested Saturday morning. ... 2016-12-03 16:28 1KB

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Morocco arrests suspected militant involved in French plot

By Aziz El Yaakoubi RABAT, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Moroccan authorities have arrested a suspected militant accused of acting as an intermediary between Islamic Sta... 2016-12-03 12:47 2KB

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Woman seriously injured after Cape Cod house fire

An early-morning house fire has caused life-threatening injuries to a Cape Cod woman. 2016-12-03 11:13 1KB

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Donald Trump's Cabinet — are the choices good?

We need dramatic changeRe: Financier eyed for treasury -- Trump moves to fill posts key to promised policy changes, Wednesday news story. Who... 2016-12-03 16:00 5KB

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Sheriff's deputy hurt, vehicle smashed in Arden Arcade hit-and-run

A Sacramento County Sheriff's deputy was hurt when his car was badly damaged in a hit-and-run early Saturday on Arden Way west of Fulton Avenue. The deputy went to the hospital suffering from pain, but was later released. An investigation continues. 2016-12-04 01:31 3KB

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Police use 'fake news' in sting aimed at California gang

Police investigating a notorious gang in a city on California's central coast issued a fake press release that the chief credited with saving two men by deceiving gang members who wanted to kill them, but the ruse was criticized by news organizations who reported it as fact. 2016-12-03 16:08 5KB

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Muslim Cleric Heads Back to Court to Fight Off Deportation

The leader of one of New Jersey's largest mosques is heading to court to fight from being deported after federal authorities say he lied on his green card application. Imam Mohammad Qatanani told his congregation at the Islamic Center of Passaic County that he will return to... 2016-12-03 15:34 2KB

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Mosul fight: Iraq disputes number killed in battle against ISIS

Iraq's military disputes UN figures indicating that nearly 2,000 Iraqi troops were killed across the country in November, saying the number was "not accurate and much exaggerated. " 2016-12-03 12:02 3KB

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Universities exploring 'sanctuary' status for immigrants

Universities and colleges in several states are considering labeling themselves sanctuary campuses amid fears from immigrant students and pressure from activists following the election of Donald Trump. 2016-12-03 19:06 6KB

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Ryan Seacrest: 'Things are going better' for Kanye West, Kim Kardashian

'KUWTK' executive producer reveals he has been in touch with Kim Kardashian. 2016-12-03 15:52 1KB

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Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: Time, Channel & Lineup

Andres Iniesta returns to the Barcelona lineup in time for a meeting with rivals Real Madrid. 2016-12-03 04:06 2KB

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A Castro legacy: Cuban-Americans' hefty clout in US politics

MIAMI (AP) — Cuban-Americans carry hefty political clout in the United States — they vote more frequently than any other Latinos; they have a strong presence... 2016-12-03 12:07 6KB

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Indonesia police release treason suspects, continue probe

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said they released eight people on Saturday, including prominent citizens who were arrested a day earlier for sus... 2016-12-03 04:01 2KB

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Presidential commission warns of cyber threats facing next administration

A U. S. presidential commission on Friday called on the incoming administration to immediately take steps to enhance cybersecurity in both the private and public sector. The Commission on Enhancing National Cyber Security, which includes 12 non-partisan experts in technology and computer security, pr... 2016-12-03 13:22 1004Bytes

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South Africa's Zuma asks court to set aside influence-peddling report

By James Macharia JOHANNESBURG, Dec 3 (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma has asked the High Court to set aside a report by an anti-corruption wat... 2016-12-03 14:15 3KB

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Jones stops 31 shots, Sharks beat Canadiens 2-1

SAN JOSE, California (AP) — San Jose extended its mastery of Montreal at home by beating the Canadiens 2-1 on Friday in a clash of NHL division leaders. Bren... 2016-12-03 02:55 1KB

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Myanmar pursues ethnic cleansing of Rohingya

Malaysia says Myanmar behind exodus of hundreds of thousands of ethnic Rohingya to neighbouring countries. 2016-12-03 16:05 3KB

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David Cameron says a victory for Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election would be a 'big body blow' for Europe

The former Prime Minister made the comments about the far-right candidate while speaking at a conference in New Delhi, and also reiterated the merits of having Britain stay in the EU. 2016-12-03 14:04 2KB

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7 displaced after West Side fire

A fire in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side displaced seven people, the Chicago Fire Department said. 2016-12-03 09:01 1021Bytes

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Stowaway migrants found crushed under trucks in Austria

VIENNA, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Two migrants who had apparently hidden on a train bringing trucks from Italy to Austria were found dead early on Saturday, either o... 2016-12-03 07:04 2KB

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Apple reveals autonomous vehicle ambitions

Apple has revealed it is investing heavily in autonomous vehicles in a letter asking the government to make it easier to develop self-driving cars. The compa... 2016-12-03 18:45 3KB

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Abu Dhabi Conference Participants Agree to Set Up Heritage Protection Fund

According to the so-called Abu Dhabi Declaration issued at the conclusion of the Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage conference, representatives of around 40 countries agreed on Saturday to establish a fund to protect heritage sites in war zones and set up a network of safe havens for artworks in jeopardy. ... 2016-12-03 13:55 982Bytes

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Sanders: I have little hope Trump will keep promises

“I don’t see this as much as a victory for Trump as I see it as a defeat for the present Democratic Party,” he said. 2016-12-03 10:30 1KB

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France, UAE launch fund to protect monuments in conflict areas

DOHA, Dec 3 (Reuters) - France and the United Arab Emirates on Saturday launched a $100 million fund to protect heritage sites threatened by extremism and co... 2016-12-03 09:33 2KB

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Weather Advisory Issued For Sunday In Northern Illinois

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for snow on Sunday. 2016-12-03 18:48 1KB

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Yahya Jammeh concedes loss to Adama Barrow

Yahya Jammeh, who ruled the country for 22 years, congratulates opposition leader Adama Barrow for his clear victory. 2016-12-03 14:48 2KB

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Carlos Beltran not returning to Yankees, veteran slugger agrees to 1-year deal with Houston Astros

Cross Carlos Beltran off the Yankees’ wish list for next week’s Winter Meetings. 2016-12-03 14:45 1KB

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Airbnb drops lawsuit against NYC over new state law

Airbnb has agreed to drop a lawsuit against New York City over a new state law it said could have deterred hosts and impaired its revenues. The settlement was reached … Click to Continue »... 2016-12-03 14:19 716Bytes

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McConnell Cautions Replacement to Health Law to Take Time

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Congress will act early next year to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law but delay the changes as Republicans try to come up with an alternative. 2016-12-03 12:18 1KB

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AP PHOTOS: Upon retirement, a glance at Rosberg's life in F1

Flashing a childish grin as he glances back at a photographer while sitting in a fan's picnic chair, moments after failing to complete a practice session. 2016-12-03 10:06 2KB

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3.8 WBBH News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida

A 10-alarm fire is burning in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 2016-12-03 19:01 748Bytes

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McConnell sees eventual alternative to Obamacare

The Senate majority leader warns that changes to the president's signature legislation won't come quickly. 2016-12-03 18:42 3KB

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Man convicted of murder in hot car death to be sentenced

ATLANTA (AP) — A judge is set to sentence a Georgia man Monday after a jury last month found that he intentionally left his toddler son in a hot SUV to die. ... 2016-12-03 18:18 679Bytes

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Analysis: ‘Mad Dog’ on Iran

The greatest question for the incoming administration is how they form a cohesive policy on Syria, which Trump views as a mess America should avoid. 2016-12-03 16:43 3KB

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Texas department using Stormtroopers to recruit police trainees

A Texas police department is using Stormtroopers from "Star Wars" to help recruit trainees for the department. Somewhere in here, there's a joke. 2016-12-03 15:07 1KB

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Walmart agrees to $7.5 million settlement in same-sex benefits lawsuit

Walmart is poised to pay millions of dollars to thousands of former and current employees after it agreed to settle a lawsuit claiming the company denied health insurance to same-sex spouses. 2016-12-03 13:37 3KB

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Russia warns Japan not to expect quick progress on islands

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's foreign minister warned Japan Saturday against expecting a quick breakthrough in the territorial dispute between the two nations ahead of President Vladimir Putin's upcoming visit to Japan. ... 2016-12-03 11:28 809Bytes

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Renzi makes final appeal to Italians ahead of referendum

Renzi made a final appeal to Italians on Friday to support a crucial referendum to change the constitution. 2016-12-03 07:26 4KB

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AP PHOTOS: From a delicate flower comes a very pricy spice

TORBAT HEYDARIYEH, Iran (AP) — It's a brilliant patchwork of color. The women open the purple petals of thousands of crocus flowers and, from each one, separate out three deep crimson threads that are tiny, delicate, and extremely valuable. ... 2016-12-03 06:27 849Bytes

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Cops bust second man for deadly Thanksgiving stabbing in Queens

Police made a second arrest Friday in the Thanksgiving Day stabbing of a 23-year-old in Queens. 2016-12-03 03:40 1KB

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Italy referendum could plunge country into fresh crisis, threaten its future in eurozone

ROME, Italy - Referendums seem to be the trend these days – and Italy is all set to hold one this Sunday, on December 4, on whether or not to change the country's constitution. Supp... 2016-12-03 16:02 739Bytes

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Serving Metropolitan Police officer, 30, is charged with attempted rape

James McKibbin, who serves in Richmond, was charged earlier this week. It is alleged he committed the offence in South Croydon between January and February 2012 but not while he was in duty. 2016-12-03 12:10 1KB

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Biggest union reaches deal with California government

California's largest public-employee union announced Saturday that it had reached a contract agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown's administration. If workers ratify the deal, it would bring to a close contentious... 2016-12-03 18:42 779Bytes

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Spain rescues 92 migrants off the southern coast

Spanish authorities said 92 migrants travelling in five makeshift boats were rescued off Spain's coast on Saturday, as an increasing number of migrants seek to reach Europe via the country. 2016-12-03 17:10 2KB

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Illinois Leaders Differ On Progress In Meeting With Governor

Illinois legislative leaders differed on the outcome of their latest meeting with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner. 2016-12-03 16:56 1KB

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Michigan routs Kennesaw State behind career-highs from Moe Wagner, D. J. Wilson

Michigan rolled on Saturday, 82-55. 2016-12-03 15:50 3KB

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France Pledges $30 Million for Wartime Heritage Protection

France committed $30 million toward protecting cultural heritage sites during wartime on Saturday, a first step in the creation of an international fund aimed at preventing destruction like that carried out by Islamic State militants. French President Francois Hollande announced the... 2016-12-03 15:31 5KB

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Cristiano Ronaldo tax evasion allegations Q&A: The lowdown on Spanish reports

PETE JENSON: Tax avoidance is legal. Tax evasion is illegal. The problem is the line is very blurred making this is a complicated investigation. Sportsmail looks at some of the details. 2016-12-03 10:54 7KB

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Iraq forces gain ground northeast of Mosul

Forces from the Iraqi army retook four villages from the Islamic State group northeast of the city of Mosul on Saturday, the Joint Operations Command said. T... 2016-12-03 11:52 1KB

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Transformer may have exploded; foam did fill streets

A possible explosion at a power substation in downtown Philadelphia sent waves of white foam billowing into the streets that spread across a two-block area. Deputy Fire Chief Gary Loesch... 2016-12-03 18:42 711Bytes

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Haim Saban calls Ellison an 'anti-Semite'

Democratic donor says DNC candidate "is clearly an anti-Semite and anti-Israel individual. " 2016-12-03 16:01 2KB

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Azeri security forces say kill man trying to detonate suicide belt

BAKU, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Azerbaijan's security forces on Saturday shot dead an Azeri man who tried to detonate a suicide belt near a shopping mall in the capi... 2016-12-03 13:20 1KB

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With Trump's victory, the NRA takes aim at public safety

The extremely powerful but highly irresponsible National Rifle Assn. spent $30 million this year helping elect Donald J. Trump and $10 million more backing six pro-gun Senate candidates (five of whom won). Trump, in turn, said during the campaign that... 2016-12-03 09:00 5KB

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Italy's Constitutional Reform to 'Silence Voice' of Expats

Almost 1.3 million Italians living in South America may be left without parliamentary representation and the right to vote if the government-proposed constitutional amendments are adopted, according to Sputnik's Spanish edition. ... 2016-12-03 06:54 823Bytes

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Hearings Will Unmask ‘Swamp Creatures’ in Trump’s Cabinet, Democrats Say

Democrats hope to highlight positions held by cabinet nominees that are inconsistent with Donald J. Trump’s campaign promises and paint them as untrustworthy. 2016-12-03 15:33 7KB

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Tragically Brainwashed College Students Want Trustee Fired For Unspeakable Crime Of Meeting With Trump

There's really only one course taught at American universities, and that course is Hating And Genociding White Christians, and it is diabolically overlayed onto, and woven into, every other course on campus. Excerpted From Campus… 2016-12-03 23:07 2KB

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Can Trump send American citizens to Guantanamo Bay?

If President-elect Donald Trump decides to make good on his campaign pledge to "load up" the prison camp in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, with new domestic terror suspects caught in the US -- including American citizens -- legal experts say he is asking for an unprecedented constitutional showdown. 2016-12-03 11:01 7KB

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Why American Airlines is cutting back on flights to Cuba

With demand outpacing supply, American Airlines is cutting flights to several cities, while leaving four daily routes to Havana in place. Political uncertainty and limited infrastructure may be deterring some Americans from visiting the island. 2016-12-03 07:07 4KB

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Joint Chiefs prep military strategy plan for Trump

The Joint Chiefs of Staff are finalizing a classified military strategy they plan to present to President-elect Donald Trump detailing the military challenges to the US, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said Saturday. 2016-12-03 19:19 4KB

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Jill Stein Recount and Brexit Delays Defy Populism

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May's Brexit plans face British Supreme Court test

By Michael Holden LONDON, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May's government launches a challenge on Monday against a court ruling that it requires pa... 2016-12-03 10:49 5KB

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Trump deputy national security pick scrubs her website, Twitter, and Facebook from the Internet

KT McFarland, Donald Trump's pick to be his deputy national security adviser, has taken down her website, Twitter account, and public Facebook account. 2016-12-03 19:23 2KB

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N. J. Man Tries To Sell Woman Stolen Laptop, Then Tries To Rob Her At Gunpoint, Police Say

Zamier Reed arranged to meet the woman in Prospect Park, New Jersey on November 25. 2016-12-03 19:12 1KB

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Sex offender wearing electronic monitor accused of raping woman in NC

FAYETTEVILLE, N. C. -- A registered sex offender wearing an electronic monitor was arrested Saturday for raping a woman in Fayetteville. Police told WTVD that around 2 a.m., officers were alerted that a rape happened in the Bonnie Doone subdivision... 2016-12-03 18:52 1KB

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Trump backers ask courts to halt or prevent recounts

Legal actions seek to block or halt recounts requested by Green Party candidate in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. 2016-12-03 14:09 4KB

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Zuma launches challenge to State of Capture report

It is not for the Public Protector to straddle into the terrain of the executive‚ President Jacob Zuma said on Friday in his application to review and set aside the State of Capture report. 2016-12-03 12:55 3KB

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Brexit leader Nigel Farage wants to make US, UK closer in Trump presidency

One of the most prominent supporters of the Brexit movement Nigel Farage said Saturday he wants to use his close connection to President-elect Donald Trump to improve the relationship between the United State and the United Kingdom. 2016-12-03 11:52 2KB

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Mississippi man is jailed for eight years after trying to join ISIS

Muhammad 'Mo' Dakhlalla, a former Mississippi State University student, was sentenced in August to eight years in prison on federal terrorism charges. 2016-12-03 11:10 5KB

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Gambia's political transition begins after election shock

The Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow was to hold talks with his coalition Saturday to plot his transition to power, following a shock election victory t... 2016-12-03 09:51 3KB

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Ronald Koeman praises his former star Zlatan Ibrahimovic as Everton prepare to face Manchester United: 'He is one of the best'

Everton boss Ronald Koeman believes Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still a top-class match-winner, 15 years after he first made the same assessment. 2016-12-03 07:29 3KB

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Mass protest demands ouster, arrest of S. Korea president

Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched in Seoul for the sixth-straight week Saturday to demand the ouster and arrest of scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye ahead of an impeachment vote in parliament. ... 2016-12-03 06:27 739Bytes

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Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber spend time with the kids in New York

They officially announced their split in late September after 11 years together. 2016-12-03 19:24 1KB

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NOPD finds SUV taken by Alabama teen, who's still missing

NOPD Third District officers recovered the SUV believed stolen by a missing Alabama teen, but have not found the teen herself. 2016-12-03 19:13 1KB

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ISIS Libya Female Suicide Bomber Uses 3 Children As Decoys Before Blowing Herself Up

Excerpted From The Libya Herald: At least two females who seemed to be civilians surrendering to Bunyan Marsous forces, blew themselves up today after being brought inside BM lines, killing four fighters and injuring more… 2016-12-04 01:29 2KB

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Mosul Residents Live in a 'State of Siege' With Food, Fuel Scarce

No food or fuel has reached Mosul in nearly a week, and the onset of rain and cold weather threatens a tough winter for 2016-12-03 18:47 683Bytes

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Nigeria and Morocco sign gas pipeline deal to link Africa to Europe

ABUJA, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Nigeria and Morocco have signed a joint venture to construct a gas pipeline that will connect the two nations as well as some other... 2016-12-03 18:00 2KB

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Man charged with licking teen on flight to Detroit

On a flight from Mexico to Detroit, the man is accused of licking the girl’s knee and touching her breast 2016-12-03 17:36 1KB

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Veterans prepare to aid DAPL protesters — RT America

US military veterans continue to arrive at Standing Rock, with up to 3,500 expected in total. They are due to meet with tribal elders to discuss how they can best help the ongoing protest, marked by heavy police force and bitterly cold weather conditions. 2016-12-03 17:30 7KB

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New deputy president elected for UDM

UDM MP Nqabayomzi Kwankwa has been elected as deputy president of the party, replacing Khanyisile Litchfield-Tshabalala. 2016-12-03 17:07 1KB

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Op-Ed: Mediation stops Tripoli militia clashes only temporarily

According to the Libya Observer, mediation by security leaders, political activists, and a number of Tripoli and area district elders stopped clashes between rival militia in Tripoli that had been happening over the last two days. 2016-12-03 16:52 4KB

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Labour Party seeks amendment to Brexit bill to avoid isolation from Europe — RT UK

UK’s opposition Labour Party is planning to file an amendment to legislation regarding Britain’s official exit from the European Union to make sure the country has access to Europe’s markets, its leader, Jeremy Corbyn, revealed. 2016-12-03 16:51 2KB

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Tucker Carlson: TUCK LIFE [VIDEO]

Our former Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson's new show is a huge success. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” premiered on Fox News November 14 and has seen massive increases in viewership compared to the Nove 2016-12-03 16:28 1KB

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‘Deep burns’ destroyed Ontario toddler’s skin and left it in leathery state when he died ...

Michael Shkrum, the pathologist who performed the autopsy, told the jury that Ryker's skin was destroyed all the way down to the fatty layer. He died of dehydration and ketoacidosis... 2016-12-03 16:22 729Bytes

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Report: On Sid Miller's Facebook page, fake news is common

Sid Miller is a lot of things: colorful, conservative and, according to one report, a regular spreader of fake news. 2016-12-03 16:08 1KB

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Dozens gather in Virginia to protest ban on classic books

Dozens of people have gathered in a town on Virginia’s eastern shore to protest the school district’s decision to ban the use of classic novels “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” 2016-12-03 15:52 1KB

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'White Christmas' to bring Irving Berlin's holiday music to the Eccles

The national touring company of “White Christmas” is set to bring the holiday classic and Irving Berlin’s well-known songs to the stage of the Eccles Theater in Salt Lake City Dec. 6 2016-12-03 15:15 3KB

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Tories accuse Labour over Article 50 debate amendment plan

The Conservatives have accused Labour of trying to 2016-12-03 15:02 2KB

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NY Times: No Silicon Valley Reps on Trump's Financial Forum

President-elect Donald Trump has named 16 key business leaders to his President's Strategic and Policy Forum, but the bipartisan list does not include anybody from Silicon Valley, even though the technology sector features some of the nation's wealthiest companies. 2016-12-03 14:36 2KB

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Texas AG: Sanctuary Cities Ignore the Rule of Law

Politics has a nasty habit of trumping good policy. In the case of so-called sanctuary cities, it also manages to overwhelm our otherwise well-honed commitment to the rule of law. 2016-12-03 14:15 5KB

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ESPN host slams Kaepernick for not voting

ESPN and Sirius-xm commentator Stephen A. Smith said Saturday that Colin Kapernick's decision to not vote was "egregious to the highest order. " 2016-12-03 14:05 2KB

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Mexican governor calls for Texas boycott; U. S. officials puzzled

The governor of a state in Mexico has called for a boycott of one Texas town. The reason? President-elect Donald Trump's move to keep a few hundred jobs in Indiana. 2016-12-03 13:52 1KB

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Ex-Navy official gets six years in massive bribe scandal

Paul Simpkins, a retired U. S. Navy official and former Singapore-based contractor, was sentenced to six years in prison for taking some $350,000 in bribes. 2016-12-03 13:29 2KB

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Live blog: Ferris State at Grand Valley State in DII quarterfinals

Follow along as rivals meet for a second time this season, this time to advance to the semifinals. 2016-12-03 13:00 2KB

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40 years of total control: how Dos Santos shaped Angola

Angolans endured a bloody civil war and extreme poverty as for nearly 40 years power rested solely in the hands of autocratic President Jose Eduardo dos Sant... 2016-12-03 12:31 4KB

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Madonna tells fans she hasn't had sex in a long time

Madonna kissed Ariana Grande, repeatedly criticized President elect Donald Trump and said she was ashamed to be an American in a magnetic performance in Miami on Friday night where she raised more than $7.5 million for the African nation of Malawi. 2016-12-03 11:51 4KB

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DNC Chair Frontrunner Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) Is An Anti-Second Amendment Radical

It appears that those gun rights supporters hoping that the leaders of the Democratic Party would engage in a moment of self-reflection following their historic defeat in the 2016 election may be left 2016-12-03 11:37 9KB

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Gabon delays parliamentary poll citing lack of funds

Gabon's parliamentary elections, which had been due to take place this month, have been postponed for up to seven months, the interior ministry said, citing a lack of funds. 2016-12-03 11:29 2KB

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Farage is willing to serve Donald Trump 'formally or informally'

The former Ukip leader told CNN: ‘I would like to do whatever I can to bring our great nations a bit closer together’ 2016-12-03 11:28 4KB

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NYC officials petition feds to pay $1M daily Trump security costs

Securing Trump Tower too costly for city at $1 million per day 2016-12-03 11:10 1KB

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PIZZAGATE: The Mysterious Death Of A Human Trafficking Investigator

Human trafficking widespread in the wake of Haiti earthquake Human trafficking widespread in the wake of Haiti earthquake 2016-12-03 11:00 1KB

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‘Trump America is real’: Muslim woman assaulted on subway by three men as bystanders watched

In what has become an all too common occurence since the election of Donald Trump, a Muslim woman was verbally assaulted as a “terrorist” by three men on a New York City subway platform as one of them tried to snatch her hijab off her head. Writing on... 2016-12-03 10:25 990Bytes

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Social media site Reddit censors Trump supporters

The social media site, which has hundreds of millions of users, has begun censoring one the site’s most active communities: supporters of President-elect Donald Trump. 2016-12-03 08:16 4KB

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Hackers steal 2 billion rubles at Russia's central bank

Hackers have stolen 2 billion rubles -- equivalent to $31 million -- from accounts that banks keep at Russia's central bank. 2016-12-03 07:37 2KB

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Sri Lanka police clash with protesters outside parliament

Police fired teargas and water cannon to disperse thousands of opposition-backed protesters outside parliament Saturday as lawmakers debated the annual budget. 2016-12-03 06:50 1KB

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7-foot Jon Teske establishing himself as Michigan's 'brick wall'

His stout 245-pound frame is being put to good use by blocking or altering the direction of opponent shots. 2016-12-03 06:31 3KB

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On the Internet, to Be ‘Mom’ Is to Be Queen

When teenagers (and those of us who talk like them) call celebrities and their besties ‘Mom’ — explained. 2016-12-03 06:23 8KB

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Iceland’s Pirate Party to Try to Form Government

Iceland's president on Friday invited the anti-establishment Pirate Party, led by Birgitta Jonsdottir, to form a government. 2016-12-03 06:18 2KB

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'The Daily Show' attempts to pop the 'news bubble' with a conservative guest

Trevor Noah sat down with conservative commentator Tomi Lahren to explore Black Lives Matter, the KKK, national anthem protests, Donald Trump’s disparaging comments about women, among other hot-button topics, in a civil discussion. 2016-12-03 04:53 5KB

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Jamaican fugitive arrested day after making FBI wanted list

The FBI says it has arrested a Jamaican fugitive a day after he was added to the agency's top 10 most wanted list in the deaths of four people at a Los Angeles birthday party in October... 2016-12-03 04:02 1KB

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Pennsylvania Santa Claus takes hobby, and season, seriously

Lebanon resident John Gable works in customer service for RR Donnelly, but around the holiday season, he becomes Santa Claus. 2016-12-03 04:01 7KB

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George Mitchell: If Trump rolls back Iranian nuclear deal, he has limited leverage

The former senator and diplomacy expert talks to Salon about Iraq and Afghanistan, and why Obama was wrong on Syria VIDEO 2016-12-03 10:55 3KB

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China aims to boost equity funding with national investment standard official

BEIJING, Dec 3 (Reuters) - China aims to increase direct funding for companies through financial instruments such as stocks by implementing a national invest... 2016-12-03 08:25 2KB

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Kylie Jenner slips into another sexy bikini after a night of partying with Tyga

It's December - but that doesn't seem to matter to Kylie Jenner. The reality star uploaded a second couple of snaps to Instagram as she showed off her envious curves in a revealing two-piece. 2016-12-03 16:43 3KB

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Candid dialogue with no interruptions marks 60th Sun Youth Forum

In an era when teenagers and cellphones are seemingly inseparable — at least according to the narrative commonly propagated — a peculiar thing happened this week at the Las Vegas Convention Center... 2016-12-03 06:00 8KB

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Turkey barns burn south of Coopersville, no one hurt

The fire was reported about 1:45 p.m. 2016-12-03 17:06 1KB

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Redding celebrates Sherri Papini’s return, dismisses her doubters at welcome-home party

In a show of support for Sherri Papini and her family, more than 200 residents of the Redding area gathered on Saturday, December 3, 2016. Friends of the family and people who had never met the Papinis gathered to pose for a “welcome home” photograph to... 2016-12-03 23:09 4KB

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Gareth Southgate hoping to talk to Wilfried Zaha about international future

New England boss Gareth Southgate wants Wilfried Zaha to remain an option for the Three Lions rather than see him switch his national allegiance to the Ivory... 2016-12-03 19:23 4KB

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WWE News: After NXT Title Loss To Shinsuke Nakamura, Samoa Joe Could See The Main Roster Very Soon

The WWE NXT brand went to Osaka, Japan today and took over, and it was there that Shinsuke Nakamura took his title back from Samoa Joe. The question is, will 2016-12-03 17:09 1KB

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UK plans to buy 20 new drones from General Atomics- minister

SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Dec 3 (Reuters) - Britain has signed a $125 million contract with privately held U. S. weapons maker General Atomics for development of a... 2016-12-03 15:44 2KB

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Argentina's Macri says set expectations too high for first year

BUENOS AIRES, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Argentine President Mauricio Macri, who took office last December promising to attract a wave of private investment, said on... 2016-12-03 14:55 2KB

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England's prospective opening pair for fourth Test prepare to join forces

England's prospective opening pair for the fourth Test in India will join forces with a glowing endorsement for the challenges ahead from one of world cricke... 2016-12-03 14:39 5KB

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How a rebel Myanmar tin mine may up-end a global supply chain

By Yimou Lee and Joel Schectman YANGON/WASHINGTON, Nov 29 (Reuters) - From a remote corner of northeastern Myanmar, an insurgent army sells tin ore to suppli... 2016-12-03 11:07 11KB

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Families who sheltered Edward Snowden in Hong Kong say NSA whistleblower ‘gave them hope’

‘Before I met Snowden, I thought I was lost. [But] he never gave up and I have changed my life because of him’ says Supun Thilina Kellapatha from Sri Lanka 2016-12-03 09:52 4KB

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9 gifts that are totally worth the investment

Our Finance Collective members have come up with 9 presents that are worthy investments for your holiday budget. Get shopping! 2016-12-03 06:22 1KB

Parents suing alternative Steiner school after sleepy teacher crashed a minivan killing son Gabriel Runge

Queensland school student Gabiel Runge, 16, pictured, died during a school excursion to New Zealand in November 2014. His parents are suing his school to get closure over his death. 2016-12-03 19:30 3KB

Chelsea admit buying silence was 'inappropriate' as second victim is set to meet police

SPECIAL REPORT BY NICK HARRIS: Chelsea have admitted that it was a mistake to put a gagging clause into a settlement with Gary Johnson, a victim of Seventies sexual abuse. 2016-12-03 19:29 6KB

Murdered MP Jo Cox leaves £46,000 estate after dying without making a will

Murdered Labour MP Jo Cox left an estate of £46,000, it has been revealed. Probate records disclose that Mrs Cox, 41, died without leaving a will. Her husband will inherit it. 2016-12-03 19:27 1KB

Huma Abedin spotted taking part in retail therapy one day after reports surface that estranged husband Anthony Weiner is 'too broke to afford sexting rehab'

Huma Abedin has been spotted shopping with son Jordan, four, in New York City a day after reports surfaced her sexting addicted husband Anthony Weiner was to broke to continue his rehab. 2016-12-03 19:23 5KB

'Vivaldi by Candlelight' concert to raise money for Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

The 34th annual "Vivaldi by Candlelight" concert will be presented Dec. 10 at the First Presbyterian Church in Salt Lake City. Tickets are sold to raise money for the Utah Council for Citizen Diplomac 2016-12-03 19:20 4KB

Open thread: Red Wings visit Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena (chat)

The Penguins are third in the Eastern Conference and have a 9-2-1 record at home. 2016-12-03 19:00 1KB

Analysis: Fatah vote formalizes rift in Palestinian movement

The divide between Abbas and Dahlan supporters "is a reality now. " 2016-12-03 19:00 5KB

Greece needs reforms, not debt relief - Germany's Schaeuble

BERLIN, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Structural reforms rather than debt relief will help Greece to achieve sustainable growth and stay in the euro zone because rates a... 2016-12-03 19:00 3KB

SGIFF: Fruit Chan Says Indies Must Remember to Entertain

SINGAPORE – Veteran Hong Kong-based director and producer Fruit Chan is all for entertainment in independent films. “We need to strike a balance between serious themes and commercial elements,” he … 2016-12-03 19:00 2KB

Exposed, the foreign aid giant which conned MPs with fake glowing testimonials about overseas work to snaffle £329million of taxpayers' cash

Bosses at Adam Smith International organised the sending of supportive statements to an MPs’ committee investigating the profits made by poverty barons on the back of Britain's foreign aid. 2016-12-03 18:58 19KB

Automattic to transform WordCamp into a public-benefit corporation supporting non-profits

Automattic is seeing a steady growth in the number of sites using its WordPress content management system -- 27 percent of the internet uses it today -- and there's no shortage of die-hard fans and users who gather in towns and cities around the... 2016-12-04 01:29 5KB

Advocate supports psychiatric facility despite concerns of Maine Democrats

She sees a ‘crisis,’ as more people wait in ERs for beds at Riverview. 2016-12-03 18:56 3KB

How Britain pours £568m of YOUR money into war-torn Somalia despite 'certain' risk it will be stolen by ISIS and used to fund terrorism

A document leaked to the Mail on Sunday rates the probability of taxpayers’ funds being ‘misused or diverted by listed terror groups or criminal gangs’ as ‘certain’ and ‘likely to grow’. 2016-12-03 18:53 6KB

Potential presidential recount observers begin training

Uncertainty remains on presidential recount process in Michigan, but preparations by political parties are under way. 2016-12-03 18:53 3KB

Cold Weather Leads To Car Thefts, 8 Reports In South Bend In One Day

South Bend police are warning residents not to warm up their cars unattended after a rash of thefts. 2016-12-03 18:48 1KB

Nigella Lawson reveals how she found comfort in cooking after public marriage breakdown

She's the culinary queen known for her friendly attitude and hearty recipes. And, Nigella Lawson appears to have used her cooking expertise as therapy after her public breakdown from ex. 2016-12-03 18:45 1KB

Medical marijuana in apartments? New bill might nix it

State. Rep. Jeff Irwin will speak at Lansing convention today about marijuana bill that pits tenants against landlords 2016-12-03 18:45 6KB

Looted Palmyra relics seized by Swiss authorities Contact WND

(Agence France-Presse) Swiss authorities have seized cultural relics looted from Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra, as well as from Libya and Yemen, which were being stored in Geneva’s free ports. The free ports provide highly secured warehouses where basically anything can be kept tax... 2016-12-03 18:42 1KB

Jane Barnes recalls husband Jimmy’s battle with addiction that left her fearing for his life

Jane Barnes has revealed how she was left fearing for her rock'n'roll husband Jimmy's life during his battle with drug and alcohol addiction. 2016-12-03 18:41 2KB

Long Beach Ronald McDonald House gala raises $700,000; International City Theatre awards

“A Few Good Men,” the Ronald McDonald gala, drew a crowd of more than 740 community members on Oct. 26 to honor 11 Long Beach-area philanthropists. A whopping $700,000 was raised to benefit the seriously ill children and families w 2016-12-03 18:41 7KB

Crimeline offering $5K for tips after man found killed in driveway

Deputies have identified the man found dead in the driveway of his Orange County home Friday. 2016-12-03 18:38 2KB

Argentina’s INCAA Launches Incentive Program For Genre Production

BUENOS AIRES — In what is certainly a first for Latin America, perhaps for the world, Argentina’s film authorities have unveiled a dedicated public-sector incentive support for genre and fant… 2016-12-03 18:37 3KB

Possible Senate replacements surface after Roach elected to County Council

Republican organizations are getting ready to appoint someone new to Pam Roach’s position. She is the longest serving member of the Senate. 2016-12-03 18:29 4KB

Warning over epilepsy drug dubbed 'new thalidomide': Thousands of British mothers-to-be are taking the medication

Thousands of British mothers-to-be are taking an epilepsy drug dubbed 'the new thalidomide' because of its link to birth defects, despite decades of health warnings, say campaigners. 2016-12-03 18:19 5KB

Time for a fresh look! Plane for Hillary Clinton's failed presidential campaign gets a paint job

The plane is being painted at Dean Baldwin Aircraft Painting in Roswell, New Mexico. The former Secretary of State's campaign had leased the aircraft, which is a 14-year-old 737. 2016-12-03 18:14 1KB

A pill that can beat breast cancer. But should you be on it? New 4p-a-day treatment to be offered on the NHS

Prescribing watchdogs the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said the drug, anastrozole, should be available to women who are over 50 and deemed to have a high risk. 2016-12-03 18:08 5KB

Man reported missing in Benson

Investigators with the State Bureau of Investigations and the Benson Police Department are asking for the public's help in locating 22-year-old Christopher Cole Thomas, who was reported missing Friday, Nov. 25. 2016-12-03 18:06 1KB

Walmart Consumer Electronics Deals

It's still Cyber Week at Walmart. That means that there are all sorts of bargains available, even though Cyber Monday was almost a week ago. And at a retailer known for its "Everyday Low Prices," that 2016-12-03 18:06 3KB

The Learning Disability That Must Not Be Named

Many parents and teachers report that schools won't use the word dyslexia. Why might this be? And what is the Department of Education doing about it? 2016-12-03 18:05 5KB

Fernan Miras on His Directorial Debut, ‘The Heavy Hand of the Law’

A star in Argentina since at least “Tango Feroz,” Fernan Miras has gone behind the camera to direct “The Heavy Hand of the Law,” produced by Fernando Sokolowicz, one of Argentina’s most established… 2016-12-03 18:03 5KB

Jackson Town Council considers boosting renter protections

The Jackson Town Council is considering ordinances that would offer more protection to renters. 2016-12-03 18:01 1KB

Killers, saboteurs and a glass of fine whisky: Author Giles Milton heads for the Scottish Highlands on the trail of the heroes who joined the 'Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare'

Giles Milton travelled to Arisaig House, a historic country house hotel that had once been the setting of some of the greatest secrets of WWII. Today, it's where guests can relax with a dram of whisky. 2016-12-03 18:01 6KB

My jumbo adventure: Musician Stan Cullimore took 16 years to get to Botswana – and just minutes to fall in love with the Okavango Delta

It took Stan Cullimore three separate flights to reach the remote Okavango Delta in Botswana. But within minutes, he spotted elephants, buffalo and even hippos by his room. 2016-12-03 18:01 6KB

Are you sitting comfortably for our round-up of the best DVDs of 2016? Featuring The Nice Guys, Star Trek, The BFG , Billions and many more

Are you sitting comfortably for the best DVDs of the year? We've got your Christmas watching covered from Finding Dory and The BFG for children to TV dramas like Billions and House Of Cards. 2016-12-03 18:01 5KB

Tech the halls: Mind-blowing speakers! Fat-busting fitbits! Geeks are bearing some serious gifts...

The very best in convenience, style and entertainment - this Christmas is a great year to upgrade your life with fantastic technology. 2016-12-03 18:01 3KB

The retro side of rave island: Ibiza's northern shore is el destino perfecto if you want to get away from the hurly-burly of the modern world

Ibiza has a reputation for being a party island that's filled with nightclubs. But on its northern shore, there are still remote places where you can escape the strains of modern life. 2016-12-03 18:00 3KB

The Tory party ignores this message from moderates at its peril

The Richmond Park byelection highlights a large constituency of Conservative voters alienated by May’s Ukip-lite approach 2016-12-03 18:00 4KB

Brexit chaos could change the political map of Britain

The Liberal Democrat victory in the Richmond Park byelection could be just the first of many electoral aftershocks that could reconfigure the electoral landscape 2016-12-03 18:00 12KB

Organization serving developmental disabled community hosts holiday program

An organization dedicated to improving the lives of people with developmental disabilities is hosting its annual “Adopt-a-Family” holiday program. 2016-12-03 17:55 1KB

Community remembers Mario Woods one year after his death

Local activists, community members, friends and family of Mario Woods gathered for two separate events Friday, December 2, 2016 to remember the life of Mario Woods who was shot and killed … Local activists, community members, friends and family of Mario Woods gathered for... 2016-12-03 17:47 1KB

French Assembly adopts bill criminalizing online pro-life advocacy Contact WND

(CNS News) (Update: The French National Assembly on Thursday adopted the controversial bill, with the support of leftists and a majority of centrists, while right wing lawmakers opposed it. The measure now goes to the Senate. Family Minister Laurence Rossignol argued during... 2016-12-03 17:37 1KB

Obama signs onto women registering for Selective Service

By Eugene Scott (CNN) -- President Barack Obama now supports women registering for the Selective Service -- a shift in the White House's previous position. "The President highly values the service of men and women who comprise our All-Volunteer... 2016-12-03 17:36 3KB

“Dapper” and dangerous: The ugly history of glamorizing white nationalism

The recent profiles of Richard Spencer are the latest in a long history of style attempting to neutralize harm 2016-12-03 17:30 4KB

Selena Gomez: 2016 Instagram Queen Swaps Orange Dress For Pajamas On Shopping Spree

Selena Gomez has become the queen of Instagram with over 103 million followers but Is she dating One Direction’s Niall Horan or Justin Bieber? 2016-12-03 17:16 2KB

Prospects amid Uncertainty

In recent months the Turkish President, Recep Teyipp Erdoğan, and his principal advisors have not made it a secret that they are reconsidering Turkey’s relations with neighbors, with the countries of the region, and with leading geopolitical actors. 2016-12-03 17:15 14KB

Hampshire College Raises Old Glory After Widespread Protests

Hampshire College on Friday raised the American flag back to full staff after protests erupted from students and veterans when officials at the Massachusetts school banned flying flags on campus last month. We understand that many who hold the flag as a powerful symbol of... 2016-12-03 17:04 1KB

You may have some unclaimed cash coming to you

Christmas is almost here. And although it’s a time for parties, family get-togethers and holiday fun, many consumers are glancing nervously at their wallets and purses, wondering how they’re going to pay for all those Christmas gi 2016-12-03 16:58 3KB

Chicago Residents Looking For End to Violence In City

Chicago residents are so concerned about the city's rising homicide rate, they are personally begging the Chicago police superintendent for help. Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson addressed the pu 2016-12-03 16:55 2KB

Boat school for Bajau kids

Karding was 6 years old when he and his family were forced to flee their Bajau community after their homes by the sea were burned down during the Zamboanga siege in 2013, and move to cramped bunkhouses at a site provided by the government. 2016-12-04 00:00 8KB

Ellison directs Georgia Southern to upset over Troy 28-24

Kevin Ellison threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more and Georgia Southern beat Troy 28-24 on Saturday. 2016-12-03 16:53 1KB

Gospel Voices

From backing singer for 80s pop bands to touring the world with her own gospel ensemble. Meet Carol Pemberton, founder of one of the UK’s leading female vocal groups, Black Voices. ... 2016-12-03 16:42 733Bytes

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Footage Premieres, Here’s What It Showed

Brand new footage for Spider-Man: Homecoming has premiered, and the lucky folks over at Brazil’s CCXP were the ones that got to drink it all in before anyone 2016-12-03 16:29 3KB

Germantown woman pleads guilty to bank fraud

Federal authorities say a 46-year-old Maryland woman has admitted to defrauding her employer of more than $1 million. 2016-12-03 16:23 1KB

Former lawmaker pleads guilty in inappropriate touching case

A former South Carolina lawmaker has pleaded guilty to a charge related to accusations that he inappropriately touched a woman. 2016-12-03 16:19 1KB

License extension on hold for nuclear plant as commission reviews emergency preparedness

Citizens Resistance at Fermi 2 earned the delay by arguing DTE Energy, which owns and operates the plant, did not adequately address in its final environmental impact statement the possibly necessary distribution of potassium iodide pills, the newspaper reported. 2016-12-03 16:15 2KB

NYC's Liberal Mayor Wants 'Sanctuary City For Heroin Junkies,' Says City Council Candidate

The New York City mayor and council have approved a $100,000 budget to study the possibility of allowing the city’s addicts a facility where they can legally inject illegal – and potentially letha 2016-12-03 16:11 2KB

America’s next war may be fought online, and we’re underprepared

The United States is frighteningly unprepared for modern-day cyber warfare. While we focus on hot button security risks such as ISIS and domestic terrorism, we let the overwhelming threat of cyberwarfare remain a lesser priority. That's a mistake. While cyber threats may pose less... 2016-12-03 23:07 7KB

Sailors who served in Civil War navies finally get their stories told

Painstaking research provides portraits of men who served in Union and Confederate navies. 2016-12-03 16:08 4KB

Stockport five-year-old boy's rendition of 'I put a spell on you' is viewed two million times - and praised by Bette Midler herself

Alfie Shields, of Stockport, donned a dressing gown, a green blanket and a red wig and belted out 'I put a spell on you' from his sitting room while his father, Steven, videoed him. 2016-12-03 16:05 3KB

Transformer explosion sees Philly streets covered with foam, 3,000 residents without power (PHOTOS) — RT America

Up to 3,000 residents of Philadelphia are without power after a transformer near a downtown electrical facility blew up. 2016-12-03 16:03 1KB

Dec. 4-5: Ragazzi Boys Chorus, Japanese Tea Garden concert, A Darlene Love Christmas, Latin Symbolics, China Philharmonic, Ballet America Nutcracker, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble

SUNDAY, DEC. 4 Ragazzi Boys Chorus: The acclaimed group presents “In the Company of Angels,” a holiday concert “exploring the language and harmonies of the eternal search for spiritual wisdom” … SUNDAY, DEC. 4 Ragazzi Boys Chorus: The acclaimed group presents “In... 2016-12-03 16:00 6KB

Electoral system shaken, calls for recounts underline tensions in US — RT America

From recount efforts to criticism of the Electoral College as an institution and death threats to some electors, the aftermath of the US presidential election has become no less controversial than the campaign itself – and the heat is far from over. 2016-12-03 15:57 6KB

Sheriffs are forced to deny they think Sherri Papini abduction case is a HOAX after rogue employee says they haven't ruled it out

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko says he is disputing a story that cites an unnamed source in his department as saying a hoax is not being 'ruled out' in Sherri Papini's kidnapping investigation. 2016-12-03 15:54 5KB

North Dakota fracking co slapped with $2.1mn fine over pollution of Native American reservation — RT America

A North Dakota oil drilling company has agreed to pay a $2.1 million fine imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency for causing air pollution on a Native American reservation. 2016-12-03 15:45 2KB

Blackman-Leoni Township public safety: Officers investigate break-in, stolen camera

The Blackman-Leoni Township public safety department reported the following Friday and early Saturday activity. 2016-12-03 15:43 1KB

The 5 best ways to invest $10,000

$10,000 is enough to meet most online broker minimums so there are plenty of options. 2016-12-03 15:42 5KB

Inside the new effort to entomb Chernobyl's wreckage

In the aftermath of the world's worst nuclear disaster in Chernobyl in 1986, which resulted in radiation that ultimately reached as far as Japan and the US, the Soviet Union slapped together a massive sarcophagus of metal and concrete as hastily as possible to contain further fallout... 2016-12-03 15:34 2KB

A look at the last 4 US ambassadors to the United Nations

President-elect Donald Trump's choice for United Nations ambassador, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, has limited foreign policy experience. That's in cont 2016-12-03 15:30 4KB

The Internet Has Officially Become A Domain Of Warfare

Congress plans on elevating the status of the U. S. Cyber Command, the cyberspace division of the armed forces, by making it its own fully unified department -- a move signaling the U. S. military offic 2016-12-03 15:28 4KB

Santa, reindeer help pack fire trucks for Toys for Tots

Spencer Skorupski, owner of the funeral home at 955 N. Pine Road, which also served as the venue for the charity event, said this year's donations totaled $1,000 on top of multiple truckloads of toys packed into one Hampton Township and one Portsmouth Township fire engine. 2016-12-03 15:26 2KB

In ultra liberal Key West, a Trump supporter answers his critics with an obscene letter

A Key West woman and Hillary Clinton supporter left a note for a store owner asking him to take down his Trump/Pence campaign sign. He replied by tacking an obscenity-laced letter to his sign. 2016-12-03 15:21 3KB

Israel, Greece, Cyprus to hold second trilateral summit

Meeting in Jerusalem comes less than a year after ‘strategic alliance’ announced in Nicosia. 2016-12-03 15:20 3KB

‘Days Of Our Lives’: Abigail Devereaux Spotted – Who Does Chad DiMera’s Wife Blackmail Next Week On ‘DOOL’? [Spoilers]

Days Of Our Lives fans are waiting for Chad DiMera (Billy Flynn) to find out that Abigail Devereaux (Marci Miller) is alive. It hasn’t happened so far, even 2016-12-03 15:19 1KB

Jordan Rhodes interesting Burnley, Hull and Celtic after Aitor Karanka confirms he can leave

Burnley and Hull City are both keen on the 26-year-old goalscorer while Aston Villa, Sheffield Wednesday, Norwich City, Brighton, Derby and Celtic have also expressed interest. 2016-12-03 15:15 1KB

Will 'Seinfeld' and 'Friends' get between the US and Israel?

Senior American lawmakers, Ambassador Shapiro call on government, Knesset to pull initiative over intellectual property rights. 2016-12-03 15:13 4KB

Satanic Temple slams new Texas fetus burial rule opposed by Pro-Choice groups — RT America

Abortion rights activists may have found an unlikely ally in the Satanic Temple, which has vowed to oppose a new Texas state rule requiring fetal tissue be given a burial or cremation. 2016-12-03 15:11 3KB

Search and rescue aircraft announcement could take heat off Liberals on fighter jet controversy

The process to buy new fixed-wing search and rescue planes for the Canadian military is in its final stages and is now set to be announced by the Liberal government. The $2.3-billion project is seen as a good news story and could provide a welcome... 2016-12-03 15:07 1001Bytes

Prince Harry arrives

Britain's Prince Henry arrived yesterday for a three-day visit that began with a hectic schedule of events, which included laying a wreath at the Commonwealth War Graves cemetery in Kingston to pay homage to those who died in World Wars I and II. Better known as... 2016-12-03 15:07 944Bytes

Kelly Clarkson's daughter, River Rose, shines bright at her first parade on the Grand Marshal float with her mom

The country singer presided over the parade with her 2-year-old daughter by her side on top of a colorful, sparkling float, adorned with glittering gifts and red ribbon. 2016-12-03 15:05 2KB

Faces of the News

Maria Serena Diokno Railing against the hero’s burial for strongman Ferdinand Marcos, the chair of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines quit her post on Tuesday. She called 2016-12-04 00:00 3KB

4,200 miles away, voting on Italy: One New Yorker's struggle to decide how to vote on the critical referendum

I sat at my parents’ dining room table in their Upper East Side apartment last month... 2016-12-03 15:00 5KB

Natural gas becomes something Mexico, US can agree on as capacity soars

Amid all the talk about border security and NAFTA renegotiation, natural gas is the one element that both the U. S. and Mexico can agree on. 2016-12-03 15:00 5KB

Sorry to burst your bubble, but don’t all Americans live in their own little worlds?

Insisting that only liberals huddle with like-minded people is wrong — and condescending to conservatives 2016-12-03 15:00 4KB

Chris Sacca on Silicon Valley’s tech bros and Facebook’s fake news response: ‘It’s bulls–t’

Facebook has been taking a lot of heat from critics outside of Silicon Valley following the recent election of Donald Trump. But it might not be anywhere as tough as the recent blasting it took from one of the region's own. 2016-12-03 21:56 3KB

AP sources: Obama leans against last-minute action on Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama has nearly ruled out any major last-ditch effort to put pressure on Israel over stalled peace negotiations with t 2016-12-03 14:55 6KB

Duke names Univ. of Pennsylvania provost as next president

DURHAM, N. C. (AP) -- The University of Pennsylvania's chief academic officer will take the helm of Duke University next year. Vincent Price's selection as 2016-12-03 14:53 3KB

Ford Recalls 680,000 Vehicles Including Fusion, MKZ

The recall campaign seeks to fix seat belts that do not operate properly in high temperatures. 2016-12-03 14:52 1KB

Punishing training session led to much-improved Palace display - Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew has revealed Crystal Palace's vastly-improved performance in their 3-0 defeat of Southampton owed much to a punishing training session on Thursday. 2016-12-03 14:51 3KB

Missing teen with 'diminished mental capacity' possibly in Saginaw

Michigan State Police are asking the public to look out for a missing 19-year-old woman who was last seen in Saginaw. 2016-12-03 14:50 897Bytes

TV Shows You Should Binge-Watch Right Now, From ‘OITNB’ to ‘Better Call Saul’ (Photos)

TV Shows You Should Binge-Watch Right Now, From ‘OITNB’ to ‘Better Call Saul’ (Photos) Summer’s here, and so is our list of the best TV shows currently streaming that you need to binge-watch now, from “Better Call Saul” to “Silicon Valley” to “Orange... 2016-12-03 14:47 2KB

Sacked ex-minister Nicky Morgan ridicules Theresa May’s £1,000 leather trousers – saying she’s never spent that much on anything ‘apart from my wedding dress’

Former education secretary Nicky Morgan, who was sacked from her position when May formed a government in July, claimed May's outfit choice (pictured) had been 'noticed and discussed'. 2016-12-03 14:41 2KB

WADA to launch Kenya anti-doping audit

Three officials of the World's Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) are expected in Kenya on Monday to begin audit of the country's anti-doping programme. The Anti-Dopi... 2016-12-03 14:40 1KB

Police: 'Postal Grinch' caught opening post office packages

A Florida man is being accused of being a Christmas Grinch after authorities say he broke into a post office and tried to steal packages. Francis Keller, 56, was arrested by the Boynton Beach Police Department and charged with burglary. Police say they found him inside... 2016-12-03 14:40 1KB

Museum to auction wax figures of presidents, first ladies

A Gettysburg wax museum that features the likeness of every U. S. president and first lady has closed and the figures are up for auction. The Hall of Presidents and First Ladies Museum in Gettysburg had been in business for about 60 years. Owners say more... 2016-12-03 14:40 1KB

Leaderless Democratic Party in dire straits after GOP sweeps

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama hands over the White House to Republican Donald Trump in 70 days, leaving the Democratic Party leaderless and wit 2016-12-03 14:38 6KB

Venezuela suspended from Mercosur

Trade group revokes Venezuela's membership over its failure to comply with Mercosur's democratic principles. 2016-12-03 14:34 3KB

Saudi labour minister replaced, councils reshuffled

The changes come as the Gulf kingdom prepares to implement social and economic reforms amid economic hardship. 2016-12-03 14:30 5KB

Stater Bros. leader Jack Brown remembered as hometown hero

ONTARIO >> Saturday’s public remembrance for Stater Bros. executive chairman Jack H. Brown was much more 2016-12-03 14:27 2KB

JPSO deputy shot in leg in Metairie, search on for suspect

The deputy has been taken to the hospital 2016-12-03 14:23 2KB

In National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Experience Meets a Prickly Past

Past colleagues paint a mixed picture of a man who will have nearly unfettered access to the Oval Office and help guide President Trump on world events. 2016-12-03 14:22 12KB

Executed in 1995, China now says he was innocent

China's supreme court has declared Nie Shubin, just 20 years old at the time of his death, innocent, Wang Shujin 2016-12-03 14:22 2KB

Trump picks doctor, Obamacare foe to head HHS

President-elect Donald Trump announced that he will pick Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services. The former Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, under President Obama’s reacts. 2016-12-03 13:20 878Bytes

Turner Prize finalist Michael Dean's first U. S. exhibition in Dallas speaks volumes

British artist Michael Dean is having a moment. The first exhibition of his work in the United States is currently on display at the Nasher... 2016-12-03 14:17 6KB

Cops’ role in EJKs overblown–Sotto

CEBU CITY—A senator and staunch supporter of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs described as overblown reports about police involvement in extrajudicial killings of suspected pushers or users, saying the number of deaths in the campaign against drugs attributable to police is miniscule if the “whole picture” is examined. 2016-12-04 00:00 4KB

Accra-cadabra: Fake US Embassy in Ghana shut down after a decade of issuing counterfeit visas — RT America

A fake US Embassy in Ghana operated by organized crime gangs has been shut down after a decade of operations which included issuing counterfeit US visas. 2016-12-03 14:15 2KB

Member of Putin's party: 'United Russia won the elections in America'

Russia's government denies that it tampered in the U. S. election or even took sides. But now that the results are in, members of President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party aren't holding back. "It turns out that United Russia won the... 2016-12-03 14:14 831Bytes

Four years later, Calgary sisters hear their father’s ‘heart of gold’ beat again — in a Toronto woman’s chest

The emotional meeting was the culmination of four years of emails and phone calls between Julie Lyons and the two Calgary sisters after they learned who had been given their dad's heart 2016-12-03 14:12 3KB

Matt Driscoll: ‘You are loved.’ Mystery notes left at local mosque reveal community’s heart

Last week, more than 100 handwritten, anonymous notes appeared at cars parked outside the Islamic Center of Tacoma during the noontime prayer. It was a powerful gesture of neighborly solidarity. 2016-12-03 14:08 6KB

Yet Another “Person Of Color” Arrested For Trump-Related Hate Crime Hoax: Vandalized Cars, Shops, Homes

Excerpted From A 58-year-old South Jersey man has been arrested and charged with vandalizing several vehicles and homes in South Philadelphia on the day after the presidential election, police announced Thursday. William Tucker, of… 2016-12-03 20:53 2KB

Krispy Kreme sued for false advertising, accused of selling fruit doughnuts that don’t have real fruit

WINSTON-SALEM, N. C. -- Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc. is being sued for false advertising in federal court, accused of selling blueberry, maple and raspberry-filled doughnuts that don’t contain any real fruit or maple syrup. The Winston-Salem Journal reported... 2016-12-03 14:05 1KB

Changes could put Ohio out of step with nation

COLUMBUS - Ohio could soon be out of step with the nation on unemployment payments and abortions. 2016-12-03 14:05 4KB

Lavrov Meets Cavusoglu on Cusp of 'New Partnership' Between Russia & Turkey

Recent talks between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu are a sign of improving relations between Moscow and Ankara, which are set to change significantly as a result of the Syrian conflict and the Turkish Stream project, Eurasian affairs analyst Hasan Selim Ozertem... 2016-12-03 13:55 1KB

Grapevine: The lure of Andalusia

In a bid to encourage tourism from Israel, Andalusian tourism officials recently launched a slogan: “Visit Andalusia to discover your roots – a wonderful voyage back to your sources.” 2016-12-03 13:52 9KB

Mayor Announces Expansion Of International Baccalaureate Programming

A number of government and education officials gathered at Curie High School Friday to announce the expansion of International Baccalaureate programming. 2016-12-03 13:50 1KB

Shop with a Cop

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Salt Lake City police officers, as well as police departments around the state, staged their annual "Shop with a Cop" event. For over 25 years the Salt Lake Police Association has taken the lead in organizing the annual... 2016-12-03 13:49 1KB

Symptom Trends In Post-Concussion Syndrome May Predict Recovery [Study]

Post-Concussion Syndrome is a topic on the medical neurological forefront due to the devastating long term effects it may cause in certain populations. 2016-12-03 13:43 3KB

Lea Michele models fuzzy jacket and oversized aviators as she heads to airport

She left NYC earlier this week and headed to Los Angeles to shoot for her TV show Scream Queens. On Friday, Lea Michele was spotted jetting out of LA to a picturesque weekend getaway. 2016-12-03 13:41 2KB

View from ‘The Women’s Balcony’

Israeli screenwriter Shlomit Nehama talks about her feel-good dramatic comedy set in a traditional Orthodox community in Jerusalem. 2016-12-03 13:38 5KB

Kav L’Noar benefit concert honors parents of late Alisa Flatow

Stephen and Rosalyn Flatow successfully sued Iran for nearly $250 million in damages for daughter’s 1995 murder near Gaza. 2016-12-03 13:35 2KB

Russia And Elections 2016: Senate Intelligence Committee Members Sign Letter To POTUS Seeking Declassification Of Intel

As the Inquisitr previously reported, earlier this Fall, President Obama went public with information that linked whistleblower website WikiLeaks to Russia. 2016-12-03 13:35 5KB

Police investigating possible fourth homicide this year in Buena Vista Twp

Buena Vista Township police are investigating a body found Saturday morning on 3000 block of Hartsuff Street as the township's fourth homicide this year. 2016-12-03 13:33 1KB

Germany arrests marxist militant 'leader'

A radical marxist suspected of belonging to a left-wing extremist group accused of terrorism by Turkey has been arrested in Germany, judicial sources said on Saturday. The 55-year-old citizen of the Netherlands, whose name was given as Musa A. 2016-12-03 13:30 2KB

French appeal verdict due for Rwandan genocide convict

A French jury retired to consider its verdict Saturday over an appeal by a former Rwandan intelligence agent jailed for 25 years in France's first trial over Rwanda's 1994 genocide. 2016-12-03 13:30 2KB

Poll: Likud, Yesh Atid neck-and-neck

Yesh Atid faction chairman Ofer Shelah said he's happy with the results and Lapid will be the next prime minister. 2016-12-03 13:29 1KB

Attorney: Ex-Iowa patrol leader wasn't late on child support

A former Iowa State Patrol commander never missed a monthly child support payment and his resignation wasn’t linked to a state collection effort alleging he was delinquent, his attorney said Saturday. 2016-12-03 13:29 2KB

Take The Poll: Should The Electoral College Dump Donald Trump And Pick A Different President?

Should the Electoral College dump Donald Trump and pick someone else to be president? You can now take the poll and make your voice heard on whether the 2016-12-03 13:28 3KB

‘Mythbusters’ Cast Returns In 2016/2017 For Netflix’s ‘The White Rabbit Project’ Show: Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, And Tory Belleci Make New Episodes Without Adam Savage And Jamie Hyneman [Video] The Mythbusters cast is back, but not with the people you expected. The White Rabbit Project is about to blow your 2016-12-03 13:22 2KB

Florida wants to fine city $820,000 for sewage spills

State authorities are proposing to fine the city of St. Petersburg nearly a million dollars due to spills from its aging sewage system. 2016-12-03 13:22 1KB

UN highlights bad planning in deaths of 37 mental patients

United Nations human rights experts have called for the establishment of a "clear and sustainable" deinstitutionalisation policy and plan of action following the deaths of 37 patients. 2016-12-03 13:22 3KB

School Cafeterias May Soon Get Letter Grades Like Restaurants

State senators are proposing legislation to require the Health Department post school cafeteria grades. 2016-12-03 13:21 3KB

Mississippi awards nearly $2M for preservation projects

The Mississippi Department of Archives and History is awarding almost $2 million in grants to cover several preservation projects. 2016-12-03 13:20 2KB

No room for Virgin Mary in French public park

A town in eastern France has been ordered to remove a statue of the Virgin Mary to comply with a national ban on religious symbols in public, the local mayor said Saturday. 2016-12-03 13:20 1KB

India Fails to Break Deadlock on New Sales Tax

The Goods and Services Tax is supposed to simplify India's financial landscape. 2016-12-03 13:19 3KB

Guess Who’s the Most Profitable Android Smartphone Maker in the World? (It’s Not Samsung)

Huawei became the most profitable Android smartphone maker during the third quarter according to Strategy Analytics. The research firm states that the Chinese tech giant claimed 2.4% ($200 million) o 2016-12-03 13:11 6KB

Green Party, election watchdogs get pushback in Pennsylvania

The Green Party’s quest for a recount of Pennsylvania’s Nov. 8 presidential election - and, perhaps more importantly, an examination for malware inside of voting machines or systems - is being met with resistance, even before a state judge hears the case. 2016-12-03 13:09 5KB

Moment a determined dog owner digs through deep snow to rescue his beloved pet after it was buried in a wintry storm

An unfortunate dog who was caught in a heavy snowstorm in Russia was found buried under the snow by his owner in a heartwarming video. 2016-12-03 13:08 1KB

The Trump victory, the threat to California's greatest natural resource, and the new urgency for a strong Coastal Commission

All summer long, I celebrated the California coast, marking the 40-year anniversary of protections built into the Coastal Act. 2016-12-03 13:07 8KB

Amazon Deforestation 'Consistent Chain of Events' Caused by Economic Crisis

Between August 2015 and July 2016, the world witnessed the deforestation of 7,989 square kilometers of the Amazon rainforest , Sputnik Brazil reported referring to the findings by Brazil's National Institute for Space Research. ... 2016-12-03 13:01 819Bytes

Zim opposition in anti-Mugabe coalition talks

Zimbabwe's opposition is talking up an anti-Robert Mugabe coalition for the 2018 elections but differences over strategies and implementation are threatening the establishment of such an electoral alliance. 2016-12-03 13:00 2KB

Fake news, a fake president and a fake country: Welcome to America, land of no context

Donald Trump's supporters have locked themselves in a "Matrix"-style simulated America — but they're not alone 2016-12-03 13:00 6KB

Fetal remains, David Petraeus, Dallas bond package, Children's Eye Foundation, Ex-Baylor AD, ER bills

Fetal burial would be a burdenRe: Fetal remains rules to take effect on Dec. 19, Wednesday Metro & State brief. I would like to express my... 2016-12-03 13:00 7KB

Scarborough Smacks Down MSNBC Bullshit Artist: Hillary’s Loss “Had Absolutely Nothing To Do With The Fact That She’s A Woman”

Excerpted From Washington Free Beacon: Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough slammed down the notion that Hillary Clinton lost the presidential election to Donald Trump because of sexism during Friday’s show. MSNBC correspondent Kasie Hunt raised… 2016-12-03 20:53 1KB

Hillary Clinton can blame her loss on electoral college, media — and yes, the millennials who abandoned her

If you accept the exit polls, it's clear Clinton did significantly worse among young people, and it was more than enough to make the difference in the states that mattered 2016-12-03 12:58 6KB

What is Fake News and Who Will be the Real Victims?

The dying gasp of the establishment media The dying gasp of the establishment media 2016-12-03 12:49 699Bytes

Minimum wage will not address income inequality gap

It is ironic that the proposed minimum wage announcement by Deputy President Ramaphosa came a few weeks after Shoprite CEO, Whitey Basson pocketed a “cool” R50m bonus. 2016-12-03 12:46 3KB

Government authorities take down 'Avalanche' global crimeware network

A global crimeware network known as "Avalanche" was dismantled by United States and European authorities following a four-year investigation. 2016-12-03 12:42 2KB

Rangers brace for rematch with Hurricanes

Because of an odd scheduling quirk, the New York Rangers and Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon will meet at Madison Square Garden for the second time in five days. 2016-12-03 12:41 3KB

Homeowners are forced to flee in the middle of the night after a WWII bomb was found in a cul-de-sac

An area of Selby in North Yorkshire, was evacuated after a Second World War grenade was discovered in a home during the early hours of this morning. One resident described the incident as 'really scary'. 2016-12-03 12:31 2KB

Dems Admit Pelosi Has No Strategy or Plan

Democrats in free fall as America reject identity politics Democrats in free fall as America reject identity politics 2016-12-03 12:30 715Bytes

THE WATCHDOGS: Taxpayers paying for UNO schools — again

The bitter divorce between the once-powerful United Neighborhood Organization and the vast, government-funded charter-school network it created has 2016-12-03 12:30 5KB

WATCHDOGS: Chicago’s deadliest neighborhoods get greenest cops

The Chicago Police Department is sending its least experienced cops to neighborhoods that see the most violence, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis shows. 2016-12-03 12:30 8KB

Vicky Pattison sizzles in a floor-length silk dress as she packs on the PDA with boyfriend John Noble during date night in Australia

He surprised her for her recent 29th birthday while she presents I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Outta Here down under. 2016-12-03 12:28 2KB

Three Men in a Room: The D. C. Edition

For years, New York’s dysfunctional state government has been derisively called “Three Men in a Room.” The three men were the Governor, the New York State Senate Majority Leader and the New York State Assembly Speaker. The three have nearly unparalleled control of New York’s government. 2016-12-03 12:25 5KB

Barcelona airport covered in trash after cleaners go on strike (PHOTOS, VIDEO) — RT Viral

An airport in Barcelona, Spain has been transformed into a massive dump, with litter piling up throughout the facility since cleaners went on a five-day strike over a potential wage reduction. 2016-12-03 12:24 1KB

'We got this': Africans call on western donors to trust them on FGM

More than 200 donors, policy makers and FGM experts joined Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid at Washington DC summit 2016-12-03 12:20 4KB

He Made the Right Call

2016 had been a tough year for Taiwan, the jewel of an island nation that China views as an illegitimate breakaway province. In January, it elected a new president–a progressive female law professor who takes a decidedly dim view of the Communist tyranny a few hundred miles... 2016-12-03 12:20 5KB

Friday's Delaware County arrest log

Law enforcement agencies in Muncie and Delaware County jailed 10 people Friday. 2016-12-03 12:20 1KB

Camera-shy lover avoids snapshots with gay celeb

Browsing through the official photographs taken at a recent splashy event, Rushes mole was struck by a curious happenstance. 2016-12-04 00:00 4KB

Fatah picks party officials amid talk of Abbas succession

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party on Saturday held a vote for members of its ruling bodies that could give clues to a possible successor to th... 2016-12-03 12:11 4KB

Maryland governor meets with new Baltimore council members

Hogan wants to work with incoming Democratic Baltimore City Council members on issues such as tearing down vacant properties and attracting new businesses. 2016-12-03 12:11 1KB

Police standoff ends with woman's arrest in Grand Blanc Township

A woman with a gun who holed up in a residence and refused police calls to come out was taken into custody Friday night. 2016-12-03 12:11 1KB

3 financial gifts for the holidays made easy

Startups and established investment companies have made it easier to give stocks and other assets to your loved ones. 2016-12-03 12:09 3KB

Elon Musk is the Most Admired Leader in Technology

Other State of Startups findings paint rosy picture for 2017 2016-12-03 12:08 3KB

In Nigeria, schoolboys turned killers and came after their ex-teachers and students

The killers came hunting their former teachers, gunning them down in their offices and in their classrooms. 2016-12-03 12:05 11KB

Troubled sewer project again rankles residents

Twenty years ago, the Royerton sewer project was a model for bad projects. Today, residents are still paying the price. 2016-12-03 12:04 8KB

0.0 Petition To Make Hillary Clinton President Reaches 4.7 Million Signatures

The petition to make Hillary Clinton president has reached 4.7 million signatures 2016-12-03 12:03 3KB

'Model mother' who had sex with a schoolboy in her car is jailed for 40 months

Rachel Marshall, 42, from Llandudno Junction in Wales, met up with the boy, 15, for sex on a weekly basis but when he began to see a girl his own her age he sent him abusive texts. 2016-12-03 12:03 4KB

Why some say ISTEP shouldn't hurt schools

MUNCIE, Ind. — Schools statewide didn't fare better in the second year of the new, more rigorous ISTEP than the first, and some local district leaders think schools and teachers once again shouldn't be penalized. 2016-12-03 12:03 4KB

Ladies Don’t Dance On Graves

I am often asked why I would leave the freedom of being a columnist to subject myself to the confines of the Fed, a bureaucratic institution 2016-12-03 12:00 7KB

Businesses Going Into China Need to Know These Rules First

Direct conflict, so common in Western business, is anathema in China. 2016-12-03 12:00 3KB

Congress Authorizes ‘Ministry of Truth’ Powers for State Department

Feds make desperate attempt to shut down media Feds make desperate attempt to shut down media 2016-12-03 11:57 693Bytes

City sanitation worker busted with illegal handgun he claims he accidentally brought to drug test

Police arrested a city sanitation worker after he was caught with a gun during a routine work drug test, officials said. 2016-12-03 11:51 1KB

Rep. Jeff Miller talks about heading up Department of Veterans Affairs

Florida's Jeff Miller has been chairman of the U. S. House Committee on Veterans' Affairs since 2011. He's retiring from Congress in January. 2016-12-03 11:50 1KB

The Problem of Our Surveillance Laws: Report Exposes Deeply Rooted Governmental Secrecy—Underscoring Why Obama Should Act Now

Kafka wrote in his parable The Problem of Our Laws, “It is an extremely painful thing to be ruled by laws that one does not know.” 2016-12-03 11:50 10KB

Police looking for people who ransacked business, caught on video

They ransacked the store in the 19100 block of Mound Road, apparently stealing money from the registers, a firearm and the company safe, according to a statement from the Detroit Police Department. 2016-12-03 11:39 1KB

Online portal opens for review of standards for science

The Louisiana Department of Education has launched the Louisiana Student Standards Review Portal , which gives parents, educators, and all other stakeholders the opportunity to provide input on Louisiana’s Student Standards for science. 2016-12-03 11:39 1KB

China carry out 10 ballistic missile flight tests in a show of force

Tests were carried out on the medium-range DF-21C missiles late last month. These weapons have a range of about 1,000 miles and are capable of firing a manoeuvring warhead. 2016-12-03 11:38 2KB

Opioid, heroin epidemic could see rise in AIDS transmission

Hundreds of people gathered near the steps of St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York on World AIDS Day Thursday, congregating at the epicenter of the AIDS epidemic that struck the nation in the 1980s. The crowd listened with quiet reverence as the names of some of the... 2016-12-03 11:34 944Bytes

Report: Gaps between disabled and general population expanding in Israel

A study ranks Israel's cities in terms of their accessibility and care for disabled residents and visitors. 2016-12-03 11:33 7KB

Egypt refers two officials to court for migrant boat capsizing

CAIRO, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Egypt has referred two maritime inspection officials to trial for their role in the capsizing of a migrant ship that led to the deat... 2016-12-03 11:30 2KB

Born poor in NC? You’re like to stay that way – unless state makes changes

Of the many messages emerging from the recent elections, one theme stands out: unrest stemming from economic insecurity. 2016-12-03 11:28 5KB

Kansas State to help farmers weather ag economy downturn

Kansas farmers who are facing some hard decisions due to another down year for farm income and a pessimistic outlook for 2017 are getting help from agricultural experts at Kansas State University. 2016-12-03 11:25 3KB

USDA aerial gunnery at feral hogs: 1st refuges, now farms

The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation says farmers are paying to join a U. S. Department of Agriculture program that brings marksmen to shoot from helicopters at feral hogs. 2016-12-03 11:22 1KB

Congress Launches Program to Take Over and Shut Down Independent Media

Globalists attempt to blacklist truth tellers worldwide Globalists attempt to blacklist truth tellers worldwide 2016-12-03 11:22 869Bytes

Tom Shields sets American record in 100-yard butterfly

Olympian Tom Shields has set an American record in the 100-yard butterfly at the U. S. Winter Nationals. 2016-12-03 11:21 1KB

Pennsylvania Election Recount Update: Donald Trump Tries To Stop Recount Efforts As His Lead Shrinks Dramatically

The Pennsylvania election recount has delivered a major blow to Donald Trump, with the latest update revealing that his lead has dropped by 22,000 votes as 2016-12-03 11:20 3KB

Xi calls for downsizing PLA, making it more combat capable

President Xi Jinping today called for further downsizing 2.3 million-strong Chinese military and improving its combat capabilities, after his last year's move to cut 300,000 troops from the world's largest military. Speaking at a two-day 2016-12-03 11:20 831Bytes

Joy, disbelief greet President Jammeh's defeat in Gambia vote

BANJUL (Reuters) - Gambians reacted with joy and stunned disbelief on Saturday to the defeat of President Yahya Jammeh, one day after he conceded that he lost an election set to end his 22 years in power. 2016-12-03 11:20 745Bytes

Schultz to step down as CEO, focus on innovation

NEW YORK (AP) -- Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz is stepping down as CEO of the coffee chain he joined more than 30 years ago and transformed into a glob 2016-12-03 11:19 4KB

Suit: 3 school districts blocked teacher due to blindness

A music teacher has filed a federal lawsuit against three school districts in southwest Ohio, alleging he was prevented from teaching there because he’s blind. 2016-12-03 11:17 2KB

Forfeiture payments in hidden campaign donor cases since '13

Massachusetts election officials report a spike in civil “straw donor” cases, meant to disguise the true source of campaign contributions. Here are the forfeiture payments since 2013: 2016-12-03 11:11 1KB

As cops get body cameras, Columbus looks to fill 7 positions

Ohio’s capital city is looking to make seven new hires as its police officers are outfitted with body cameras and officials expect an influx of public records requests and evidence for prosecutors. 2016-12-03 11:07 2KB

Concerned Atlanta residents deliver crime petition to state Capitol - Story

A group of metro Atlanta homeowners who say they are fed up with illegal activity in their community delivered an anti-crime petition to the Georgia state Capitol building on Friday. 2016-12-03 11:03 1KB

Zenefits Is Looking for a New CEO

After 10 months, CEO David Sacks says it's time to find a permanent chief to lead the company. 2016-12-03 11:03 2KB

4 year-end tax tips for 2016

Smart tax planning is a year-long process, and the moves you make now could save you lots of money when it comes time to file your tax return in 2017. 2016-12-03 11:02 6KB

One dead in ENI Congo oil platform fire

BRAZZAVILLE, Dec 3 (Reuters) - One person was killed in a fire on an oil platform operated by ENI Congo off the coast of the Congo Republic city of Pointe-No... 2016-12-03 11:01 1KB

Ask a Trooper: What to do when police pull you over

State police Lt. Rob Davis tells MLive readers the best way to respond when you're pulled over by police. 2016-12-03 11:00 6KB

Joy Reid’s Democratic Boot Camp!

Will the party of the New Deal and the Great society bring the fight that the Democrats brought during Bush’s second term, now that Donald Trump has been elected? Joy and her panel strategize during Part 1 of her Boot Camp for Democrats. 2016-12-03 10:00 830Bytes

Survey: black and Hispanic voters reported more problems voting than white voters this year

The survey found black voters were nearly twice as likely to report problems voting as their white peers. 2016-12-03 11:00 1KB

Chicago-area judge who let clerk take bench has Alzheimer's

CHICAGO (AP) -- A Chicago-area judge who allowed a law clerk to don a judge's robe and preside over a few traffic cases suffered from memory loss at the ti 2016-12-03 10:56 2KB

At 46 Years, EPA Will See Huge Changes Under Trump

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began operating 46 years ago after former President Richard Nixon proposed it as a way to address mounting pollution concerns across the country. EPA celeb 2016-12-03 10:50 5KB

PHOTOS: Flood of Illegal Immigrants Continues at Texas Border

The ongoing flood of illegal immigrants from Central American countries continues to escalate despite the claims of the current administration that the border is secure. 2016-12-03 10:49 2KB

Climate scientists condemn article claiming global temperatures are falling

A Republican-led panel promoted a misleading tabloid story alleging earth may not be warming, relying on data that leaves out important points of context 2016-12-03 10:48 6KB

Podcast: Howes on MI business incentives

Howes explains why the Michigan Legislature is poised to reverse itself in a package of economic development bills. 2016-12-03 10:46 872Bytes

Trump Staffs Strategic and Policy Forum with Some H-1B Enthusiasts

Trump Staffs Strategic and Policy Forum with Some H-1B Enthusiasts 2016-12-03 10:41 3KB

Gun Sales Deny Critics, Set Record On Black Friday

With the election of Donald Trump in early November, many mainstream news sources predicted a substantial downturn in gun sales. Some even claimed that Trump’s victory would cause slower sales on B 2016-12-03 10:37 2KB

Sydney's finest join wedding celebrations for media mogul Ryan Stokes and Claire Campbell

A day after their idyllic island ceremony, media mogul Ryan Stokes and shoe heiress Claire Campbell continue the wedding celebrations along with Sydney's finest. 2016-12-03 10:36 3KB

Three Burundi army officers held over assassination attempt

Three Burundi army officers have been arrested for suspected involvement in a failed bid to assassinate a top advisor to the president, according to police and security sources. 2016-12-03 10:33 3KB

'Drop those rates' Turkey's Erdogan says in new appeal for lower borrowing costs

ANKARA, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday repeated his call for lower interest rates and said the government would take steps to... 2016-12-03 10:26 3KB

Austrian Minister: ‘It Would Be Fatal to Believe the Migrant Crisis Is Over’

Sebastian Kurz has said that it would be "fatal" to consider the migrant crisis over and criticised Merkel over her dominance in the EU. 2016-12-03 10:26 4KB

In Stunning Reversal, Law Enforcement, Military, and Security Advisors Urge Homeland Security to Shift Away from Private Prisons

In a surprise development, the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC), an expert panel of law enforcement, national security, military, and other experts who advise the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security voted on Thursday to recommend that the agency shift away from... 2016-12-03 10:26 6KB

Presidenct President: Sanctuary Campus Has No Legal Basis

In the wake of last month's presidential election, petitions have cropped up at countless U. S. colleges and universities demanding that the campuses flout federal law and become ill-defined sanctuarie 2016-12-03 10:20 4KB

Corbyn: far right are 'parasites feeding on people's concerns'

Labour leader says progressive parties need to break away from establishment to prevent populists filling political void 2016-12-03 10:15 3KB

Intersex Hongkonger wages one-person campaign for third gender recognition

Diagnosed male but found to have female organs, LGBTI advocate argues city’s intersex individuals would suffer less if the census recognised them 2016-12-03 10:09 4KB

S&P decision shows South Africans working together can achieve remarkable outcomes: Treasury

S&P Global Ratings’ decision to hold South Africa’s foreign currency sovereign credit rating at BBB- demonstrates that South Africans working together can achieve remarkable outcomes‚ the National Treasury says. 2016-12-03 10:05 2KB

Death Of Missing Montclair Woman Sarah Butler Ruled Homicide

Officers found 20-year-old Sarah Butler's remains at Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange more than week after she had been reported missing. 2016-12-03 10:05 3KB

Meet the Top 5 Contenders to Lead the RNC and DNC

With Reince Priebus stepping down as chairman of the Republican National Committee to serve as President Donald Trump's chief of staff, and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) stepping down in disgrace as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (her replacement has been just... 2016-12-03 10:00 5KB

Christmas party for homeless children seeks donations

"I asked myself, 'How do these children feel when they go back to school in January and all of the other kids are talking about what they got for Christmas?' You must just feel so lonely. " 2016-12-03 10:00 7KB

Social media going crazy over Trevor Noah/Tomi Lahren debate

Late-night host Trevor Noah got in a pretty heated debate Wednesday night with The Blaze’s Tomi Lahren. 2016-12-03 10:00 3KB

Stephen Gaghan, one-time Hollywood wunderkind, returns after a long absence with 'Gold'

Maybe it was the time he hurled a script at the Warner Bros. production president, frustrated by the studio’s notes. 2016-12-03 10:00 18KB

Gambia leader's hold on power ends with surprising speed

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — In July 1994, three days after Gambia's first president was toppled by military officers, the local Daily Observer newspaper featured a front-page photo of coup leader Yahya Jammeh under the headline: "We Will Never Introduce Dictatorship... 2016-12-03 09:54 914Bytes

Vote down Brexit deal if you dare: Theresa May warns MPs and the Lords ahead of the crunch Supreme Court decision as Corbyn says he will demand amendments if it goes through Parliament

On Monday, the Supreme Court will decide whether the Government should be allowed to push through Brexit and invoke Article 50 without Parliament's approval. 2016-12-03 09:50 3KB

DHS panel recommends gov't keep private immigration jails

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A government advisory panel recommended Thursday that the Homeland Security Department continue using private, for-profit jails to house 2016-12-03 09:44 4KB

CNN Anchor Christiane Amanpour Concerned For U. S. Journalism In Trump Era

NPR's Scott Simon talks with CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour about a speech she gave last week in New York calling for the freedom of the press — in the United States. 2016-12-03 09:39 712Bytes

Italy's Big Vote Could Rattle Europe Once Again

Italy's had more than 60 governments in the past 70 years. A referendum Sunday is designed to make governing less chaotic, but could bring down the country's leader and give Europe another jolt. 2016-12-03 09:39 7KB

South Dakota Soon To Get Its First Rabbi For The First Time In A Generation

The state, home to fewer than 1,000 Jews, will have its only full-time Rabbi soon. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Mendel Alperowitz, who will be moving there with his wife Mussie and two children. 2016-12-03 09:39 755Bytes

In a wheelchair, Ghana candidate challenges stereotypes

In a country where disability is still often seen as a punishment from God, one candidate in Ghana's upcoming presidential election is gaining attention. Ivo... 2016-12-03 09:38 2KB

'The Three Christs of Ypsilanti' starring Richard Gere wraps up filming

Filming for "The Three Christs of Ypsilanti" has wrapped up and is now in post production, according to several reports. 2016-12-03 09:38 1KB

New federal rule bans smoking in public housing

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Smoking will be prohibited in public housing developments nationwide under a final rule announced Wednesday by the Obama administration. 2016-12-03 09:37 2KB

Advocacy group supports forensic unit opposed by Democrats

Maine residents in need of psychiatric care are being hurt by a shortage of beds as legislators deadlock on a proposal to free up space by building a new facility, according to a leading mental health advocate in the state. 2016-12-03 09:27 3KB

SC police killing jury in deadlock

The jury that spent over 16 hours deliberating in the trial of a police officer charged with gunning down an unarmed African American is in a deadlock. Trial attorney, Debbie Hines, talks to MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin about this. 2016-12-03 08:24 846Bytes

Inside Australia's weirdest heritage-listed buildings

These are six of Australia's weirdest heritage-listed buildings, preserved for historical, architectural or cultural significance despite not being what you would expect communities to fight for. 2016-12-03 09:23 7KB

Greek PM, France's Hollande discuss Greek bailout review, Cyprus

ATHENS, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and French President Francois Hollande agreed that a deal on Greece's bailout review must be re... 2016-12-03 09:22 1KB

Sen. Gillibrand seeks landmark status for Barge Canal

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is asking the Department of the Interior to designate the New York State Barge Canal as a National Historic Landmark. 2016-12-03 09:11 1KB

Antietam battlefield set to glow in candlelight event

Volunteers are lighting more than 23,000 candles across the rolling landscape of the Antietam National Battlefield near Sharpsburg. 2016-12-03 09:09 1KB

Brazil police arrest drug trafficking boss in Rio de Janeiro

" Brazilian police have arrested the drug trafficking boss of Rio de Janeiro's City of God slum where a police helicopter recently crashed, killing four officers. Rio de Janeiro's police department said on Twitter that members of its Special Operations Battalion had arrested Edvanderson Goncalves Leite on Friday morning. ... 2016-12-03 09:09 1005Bytes

Hollande vows to fight for weakest until he steps down

French President Francois Hollande vowed Saturday to spend the final months of his presidency fighting to protect the rights of the most vulnerable in society and the world. 2016-12-03 09:08 2KB

5 Fast Casual Stats That Will Blow You Away

Image Source: Getty. A generation ago the fast casual industry was essentially non-existent. While there were independent restaurants that filled the niche between fast food and casual dining, the 2016-12-03 09:08 5KB

New York state agencies look to get some holiday spending

Some state agencies are hoping to cash in on the holiday shopping frenzy this weekend. 2016-12-03 09:06 1KB

New data on risk vs benefit for potent CAR-T cancer drugs

By Deena Beasley Dec 2 (Reuters) - A promising but risky new group of customized cancer drugs will be in focus this weekend at the annual meeting of the Amer... 2016-12-03 09:06 5KB

Health Alert: National Influenza Vaccination Week

Next week is National Influenza Vaccination Week. 2016-12-03 09:06 1KB

Leon Billings, key author of laws on clean air, water dies

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Leon G. Billings, a former aide to Maine Sen. Edmund Muskie and a key author of the Clean Air Act and other landmark environmental laws, 2016-12-03 09:02 4KB

Rural hospitals in upstate NY asked to repay federal money

Rural hospitals across upstate New York are facing the prospect of having to pay back millions of dollars in federal funds that already have been distributed. 2016-12-03 09:01 1KB

Monterey Colonial by Roland Coate sits in the original Busch Gardens

This Monterey Colonial, designed by Roland E. Coate, is rooted in Pasadena tradition. 2016-12-03 09:00 1KB

National park tips: Greet dawn on these dunes

Get to sunrise at Death Valley National Park ’s Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes. Failing that, sunset. 2016-12-03 09:00 951Bytes

Danville alderman sets public meeting over fire-station cuts

'I've felt compelled to give people the opportunity to share their views,' said Lloyd Randle, the Ward 7 representative. 2016-12-03 09:00 3KB

Champaign business is lone bidder for Kickapoo cafe, river trips

An Illinois Department of Natural Resources worker said procurement staff have not yet awarded a contract and are still reviewing the proposal. 2016-12-03 09:00 2KB

UI, service-employee union's contract talks heading into next year

Two sessions with a federal mediator weren't enough to resolve key issues; a third is set for Jan. 9-10. 2016-12-03 09:00 3KB

Stash of WWII-era cars hidden in French quarry

A treasure trove of classic cars has been revealed in central France. 2016-12-03 08:56 1KB

Millionairess arrested on Virgin Atlantic flight to Barbados after she 'manhandled' a stewardess

Diane Breen, of Over Alderley, near Macclesfield, Cheshire, was only left off with a warning by magistrates because the plane was over international waters when she lunged at the woman. 2016-12-03 08:51 2KB

Uncle Sam Thinks He Can Parent Better Than Moms And Dads

The government wants to usurp parents, any chance they get. What consequences does this have in the lives of American families? 2016-12-03 08:50 6KB

Several arrested after raid on suspected adult entertainment spot

Numerous people were arrested late Friday night as police raided a suspected adult entertainment establishment. 2016-12-03 08:49 1KB

Adopt SA rand: Tsvangirai tells Mugabe

Zimbabwean opposition MDC party leader Morgan Tsvangirai has called on President Robert Mugabe's administration to adopt the SA rand as its major trading currency amid cash shortages in the southern African country. 2016-12-03 08:34 3KB

Pope Francis Remarks at Fortune Time Global Forum

"Transform our institutions and economic structures," he said Saturday in Vatican City. 2016-12-03 08:34 9KB

Tomblin announces funding to combat substance abuse

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced his office is allocating $1.3 million to bolster residential drug treatment facilities for women, increase detox beds for young people and adults and help law enforcement agencies stop drug diversion. 2016-12-03 08:33 2KB

130-year-old Victorian farmhouse stays up-to-date in upscale suburb

Today, the red farmhouse still stands, overlooking what has become a busy thoroughfare connecting East Grand Rapids and shopping districts to the south. 2016-12-03 08:30 4KB

Major choral work gets world premiere in Hong Kong 24 years later

Opus by Baptist University instructor inspired by book of poems 2016-12-03 08:29 3KB

NY Gov. blacklists BDS businesses

"This state will not stand for the politics of discrimination... and we will continue to demonstrate our unwavering support for the people of Israel in the fight for freedom, liberty and democracy. " 2016-12-03 08:21 2KB

Top securities regulator lashes out at ‘barbarous’ buyouts using illegal funds

CSRC chairman Liu Shiyu warns some asset managers not to be ‘prodigal vulgar rich’, ‘evil monsters’ and ‘poisonous pests’ of the industry 2016-12-03 08:19 2KB

Joan Smalls shows off her model figure in burgundy mesh dress as she parties at Business Of Fashion gala with Mario Testino

She has experienced something of a busy week having strutted her stuff in Paris as part of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. 2016-12-03 08:15 2KB

Historic stone house in Detroit sells for $50K over list price

Among all of the houses that I've written about in Detroit - from elegant to barely standing - one touched my imagination most. It's also one that caught the eye of many readers around the state. It wasn't just the... 2016-12-03 08:05 2KB

Monroe County commissioner dies in traffic accident

A longtime member of the Monroe County Commission has died in a car accident. 2016-12-03 08:05 1KB

Judge to Mich.: You must deliver bottled water to Flint

U. S. District Judge David Lawson ruled that Flint's water is still unsafe to drink for certain residents and that the state must deliver bottled water to those households until the problem is cleared up. 2016-12-03 08:00 3KB

WATCH – Palestinian Preacher: Muslims Must Seize Nukes And Eliminate Israel

WATCH - Palestinian Preacher: Muslims Must Seize Nukes And Eliminate Israel 2016-12-03 08:00 1KB

How to cut your own $5 Christmas tree in Michigan

Your perfect tree is waiting in Michigan's nearly three million acres of national forest. 2016-12-03 08:00 1KB

Police are called to Coronation Street actor's leaving party with stars quizzed by officers after brawl broke out and a man was assaulted in the city centre venue

Actors from the soap were partying at The Red Door Bar in Manchester when officers were called at about 12.55am this morning. Police arrested a 28-year-old man on suspicion of assault. 2016-12-03 07:48 2KB

Iceland aims to avoid 'Christmas fatigue' after holding its winter ad back until December

Iceland has released is first Christmas campaign without a celebrity later than other retailers in an effort to avoid 'festive fatigue'. 2016-12-03 07:47 2KB

Germany sees slight drop in crimes against refugee homes

BERLIN (AP) — Federal German police say crimes committed against asylum-seeker homes are so far down slightly in 2016, with 877 reported incidents over the f... 2016-12-03 07:39 1KB

Jean-Claude Van Damme to bring rhinoceroses to Broken Hill

Action star Jean-Claude Van Damme was in Broken Hill, NSW, scouting for sites for a wildlife conservation park he hopes to establish for endangered animals such as rhinos and gorillas. 2016-12-03 07:38 2KB

UN envoy hopes for "formula" to avoid "terrible battle" in Aleppo

ROME, Dec 3 (Reuters) - The U. N. envoy for Syria said on Saturday he hoped 2016-12-03 07:38 1KB

The Candyman throws lavish Seven Deadly Sins party at Gold Coast mansion

Multimillionaire Travers Beynon aka 'The Candyman' throws another lavish party at Gold Coast mansion themed around the Seven Deadly Sins. 2016-12-03 07:34 2KB

Former Immigration Officer: Many Illegals Can Vote with Fake Documents

Illegals can vote because they can get realistic fake documents Illegals can vote because they can get realistic fake documents. 2016-12-03 07:34 1KB

Blair Gifts Money to Set up New Anti-Populist ‘Institute’

He acknowledged it was “abundantly clear” he could not personally return to British politics after the Iraq War He acknowledged it was “abundantly clear” he could not personally return to British politics after the Iraq War. 2016-12-03 07:31 1KB

Moroccan TV Segment About Using Makeup To Cover Signs Of Abuse Leads To Apology — And Debate

The station has since apologized for the segment. But researchers say it reflects local attitudes toward domestic violence. 2016-12-03 07:30 7KB

Suspension of flag-stomping teacher upheld: Is teacher speech protected?

The North Carolina teacher who stepped on a flag as part of a lesson on the First Amendment has said his action is protected under the Constitution. But campus speech codes often limit educators' speech. 2016-12-03 07:28 8KB

Hong Kong court ruling on Legco oath saga could slow other legal challenges

At least three judicial reviews against lawmakers likely to be affected by court decision deferring to ordinance 2016-12-03 07:27 3KB

Mark Wahlberg Says Celebrities Should Shut Up About Politics: What About Donald Trump, Reality Show Star?

Mark Wahlberg, a celebrity, recently shared an opinion about politics. The Ted 2 star thinks that celebrities shouldn’t talk about politics. Mark Wahlberg 2016-12-03 07:17 2KB

EpiPen manufacturer will be a no-show at Senate hearing

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pharmaceutical company Mylan is refusing to testify at a congressional hearing next week on a settlement between the company and the Jus 2016-12-03 07:15 2KB

Great White shark launches itself into the air during feeding frenzy off South Australia

The one-tonne Great White shark gave tourists on a boat cruise off Port Lincoln, South Australia, a fright when it launched its entire body out of the water to grab some bait. 2016-12-03 07:09 2KB

Kerry finally presented proposals on Aleppo in line with Russia’s stance — RT News

At a meeting in Rome, US Secretary of State John Kerry made suggestions on Aleppo in line with those of Russian experts, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. 2016-12-03 07:06 1KB

School Data Can Be Hard To Understand, And Sates Aren't Making It Any Easier

Searching for information on your state's schools can be a real challenge, according to a new report from the Data Quality Campaign. 2016-12-03 07:05 4KB

Kinder Morgan pipeline: Canadians intensify huge opposition to expansion

Trudeau’s approval of project some find analogous to Standing Rock incited thousands of activists, politicians and First Nations members to increase action 2016-12-03 07:00 6KB

How Muslims Defined American 'Cool'

A conversation with the Purdue University professor Su’ad Abdul Khabeer, whose new book documents the connection between Islam and hip-hop culture in the United States 2016-12-03 07:00 9KB

Here's something Americans disagree about that has nothing to do with partisan politics: food

A new report paints a picture of two Americas divided over something that’s a critical part of their daily life — food. 2016-12-03 07:00 7KB

Identity politics vs. populist economics? It’s a false choice – liberals need to look in the mirror

Economic justice and civil rights are not separate; the issue isn't "identity politics" but liberalism's failures 2016-12-03 07:00 3KB

Russian Energy Ministry Hopes Higher Oil Prices to Offset Production Cuts

The surge in oil prices expected from an OPEC deal on a production ceiling will offset the losses from output cuts and bring Russia an extra $8 billion in revenues, the head of Russian Energy Ministry’s analytic bureau Pavel Sorokin wrote. ... 2016-12-03 06:54 833Bytes

Georgia toddler with Down syndrome models clothes in ad

A Georgia boy with Down syndrome, whose mother’s persistence landed him a photo spread in ads for a leading children’s clothing brand, has made his debut in time for Christmas. Read more trending stories Sixteen-month-old 2016-12-03 06:51 792Bytes

Florida man jailed for collecting dead brother's pension benefits

A Florida man has been sent to the slammer for pretending to be his dead brother, a former auditor for New York State, so he could collect $180,000 of his pension benefits over seven years, authorities said Friday. 2016-12-03 06:49 1KB

Man flies his first date 2,300 kilometers across the globe

Zsolt Levai, 32, from Hungary, flew his love interest to Cyprus to see him after meeting online. His now-girlfriend Sariah Lizama, 21, wasn't looking for romance but 'followed her gut'. 2016-12-03 06:35 3KB

Can the Maldives work its magic on our marriage? One couple returns to the tropical paradise after 20 years for their second honeymoon

Many honeymooners choose to visit the Maldives for their honeymoon. Louis Atkinson and her husband decided to return to the tropical nation for a second honeymoon. 2016-12-03 06:35 4KB

WATCH: French singer’s music video filmed in South Africa goes viral

French singer-songwriter, Jain is making waves with her latest music video titled Makeba, which was filmed in South Africa. 2016-12-03 06:34 1KB

Curtis Stone's mother admits it's hard living so far away from her celebrity chef son... as he considers moving Down Under

He's one of Australia's most successful celebrity chefs who moved to Los Angeles to further his career. But Curtis Stone's mother says she's struggling to come to terms with his move overseas. 2016-12-03 06:26 2KB

Castro in Africa

For nearly three decades, Fidel Castro devoted vast amounts of Cuba’s limited resources to the project of exporting his revolution to Africa, even as it stuttered at home. As leader of Cuba, Castro advocated a radical departure from the prevailing post-war liberal internationalism, premised... 2016-12-03 06:26 915Bytes

For the Record's week in review: Election wounds reopened

After such a nasty and unprecedented campaign, big surprise — people were still pissed off. 2016-12-03 06:23 5KB

'Noche de Luminaries' continues Sunday at New Mexico State

A 32-year-old tradition continues Sunday evening at New Mexico State University with the illumination of thousands of luminarias on the Las Cruces campus. 2016-12-03 06:16 1KB

India, Afghanistan plan air cargo link over Pakistan

AMRITSAR, India (Reuters) - India and Afghanistan are likely to announce an air cargo service on Saturday to help increase trade that both say is stymied because of their tense political relations with Pakistan that lies between them. 2016-12-03 06:13 788Bytes

C&O Canal visitors can help decorate 1800s plantation house

Managers of the Chesapeake and Ohio National Historical Park are inviting visitors to help decorate a 19th-century plantation house in western Maryland. 2016-12-03 06:01 1KB

Backing Clinton was right move

Donald Trump’s insensitivity and morals do not represent the people I know and respect … 2016-12-03 06:00 1KB

Use funds from VW to aid police

How should Nevada spend its part of Volkswagen settlement? 2016-12-03 06:00 712Bytes

4 major global cities pledge to eliminate diesel vehicles

Mexico City has joined with Paris, Madrid and Athens in committing to eliminate diesel vehicles from their cities by 2025. 2016-12-03 05:56 2KB

Obama, Bennett agree: Keep Netanyahu guessing

The PM has two swords dangling above his head: Bennett’s bill to retroactively legalize settlement outposts, and the possibility Obama might let an anti-Israel resolution go through the UNSC. 2016-12-03 05:41 9KB

Democrat Pelosi faces challenge as House minority leader

WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is facing a challenge from one of her caucus' frustrated younger members as the party faces another 2016-12-03 05:28 5KB

Legislature may curtail municipal retiree health benefits

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Get into the Christmas spirit

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Senate leader nomination expected to go again to Berger

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Commercial Dungeness crab season opens along coast of Marin, Sonoma counties

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Richmond District looks to engage residents in neighborhood planning

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Fertilizer company announces new water testing plan in Polk

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Can Scotland be part of Brexit-Britain and the EU at the same time?

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Authorities prepared for up to 40 deaths in Oakland warehouse fire

OAKLAND — At least nine people are dead and 25 people are unaccounted for after a fire broke out late Friday at an Oakland warehouse, according to fire department officials.
Alameda County Sheriff's Office officials say they are prepared to deal with up to 40 deaths at the warehouse in the city's Fruitvale district, even as they've only confirmed that nine people were killed in the blaze. The fire broke out during an electronic music party at the warehouse, which is the home of an artists collective.
Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed told reporters that most of the dead were found on the second floor of the building, but she feared the death toll could rise. She said it took about five hours to put out the blaze in the building, which did not appear to have sprinklers.
The warehouse had been partitioned into several artist studios and was packed with furniture, mannequins and other objects. Reed said the building didn’t have a clear exit path.
Fire officials' search of the building was stymied when the roof of the warehouse collapsed. Because of the precarious state of the structure, officials with the coroner’s office were unable to begin recovering bodies until nearly seven hours after the fire struck. The scent of the smoldering building could be detected from blocks away Saturday afternoon.
"One of the issues was that leading up to the second floor there was only one way up and down," Reed told reporters. "It was my understanding that the stairwell was kind of makeshift, that they put it together with pallets. "
Sgt. Ray Kelly, an Alameda County Sheriff's Office spokesman, said investigators had launched drones with thermal imaging capability over the gutted building to help officials find additional victims.
“Last night’s fire was an immense tragedy," said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. "Our focus right now is on the victims and their families and ensuring that we have a full accounting for everyone who was impacted by this tragedy. "
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One witness who escaped the blaze, Bob Mule, told the East Bay Times that a friend hurt himself and asked for help getting out. Mule said he tried, but couldn’t do it.
“It was too hot, too much smoke; I had to get out of there,” said Mule, a photographer and artist who lives in the building and suffered minor burns. “I literally felt my skin peeling and my lungs being suffocated by smoke. I couldn’t get the fire extinguisher to work. "
About 50 people are believed to have been inside the building at the time of the blaze, according to fire department officials. Kelly said most of the victims were believed to be in their in their 20s and 30s, and some were thought to be visitors from other countries.
Kelly said the investigation will be slow, because of the state of the scene.
"It's just a task to get through the front door with all the debris and wreckage that's there," Kelly said. "We're slowly making our way in, and we have to go systematically because any misstep on the part of our people could mean they get injured or fall through a floor or have something fall on top of them. "
An electronic-music party dubbed Golden Donna 100% Silk was set for Friday night at the warehouse, called "The Ghost Ship” by the artists who used it. Oakland City Councilman Noel Gallo, whose district includes the warehouse, told the San Francisco Chronicle that the building “has been an issue for a number of years.”
“People have been living inside, and the neighbors have complained about it,” he said. “Some of these young people that were in there were underage. They frequently had parties there.”
Friends and family took to social media Saturday to post and seek information on loved ones who might have been there. The sheriff's office has set up a family notification and assistance center at the Alameda County Building. Authorities were asking family and friends who believe they have loved ones who may have been in the warehouse to contact the sheriff's department.
"We are hoping for the best," said Terry Ewing, whose girlfriend was planning on attending the party and was among the missing.
Blessed Vorgar, CQ 23, has lived two blocks from the building since she was 12. She says the first floor had long housed a clothing store, a cell phone store and a small shoe store.
"I didn't really know people lived upstairs, though I saw some people coming out sometimes " she said. She didn't have any idea it was a large number of units above the stores on the first floor.
"They didn't have big parties there, I never heard anything. It wasn't like a club," she said.
"God have mercy on them," she said of those who had died.
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Trump Talks With Taiwan, In A Move That May Spell Friction With China

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President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Taiwan's leader, Tsai Ying-Wen, breaking nearly four decades of diplomatic protocol and threatening to upset U. S. relations with China.
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Donald Trump’s phone call casts doubt over future of US arms sales to Taiwan

The ripple effect of a telephone call between US president-elect Donald Trump and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has cast uncertainty overthe protocol of future arms deals between Washington and Taipei, an area of key concern to Beijing. Following their 10-minute conversation on Friday, Trump said on Twitter: “Interesting how the US sells Taiwan billions of dollars of military equipment but I should not accept a congratulatory call”, indicating the incoming US president might treat Taiwan more like an honoured client for American arms exports. The call came just hours after the US House of Representatives on Friday passed the National Defence Authorisation Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which included for the first time a section on high-level senior military exchanges with Taiwan. The bill, which was voted through 375-34, will be forwarded to the Senate for consideration this week. Beijing and Washington set up formal diplomatic ties in 1979, but the US Congress in the same year passed the Taiwan Relations Act that allows arms sales to Taiwan. The Reagan administration in 1982 promised Taiwan that it would not set a date to end arms sales, nor to hold consultations with Beijing before such sales. Arms sales to Taiwan is an important diplomatic card for the US in its dealings with Beijing. The mainland sees Taiwan as part of its territory and one of its core interests. It lists arms sales as one of the major barriers to Sino-US diplomatic and military ties. Beijing refuses to renounce the possible use of force to reunify with Taiwan. Questions also arise whether the Trump administration will observe tacit agreements reached between outgoing President Barack Obama and Beijing that US arms sales to Taiwan would be restricted to “defensive weapons”. Ni Lexiong, a Shanghai-based military affairs commentator, doubts that the fundamental principles of US arms sales to Taiwan would undergo any major change in the long term. “Existing arm sales to Taiwan is the most effective and essential cross-strait power stabiliser, a policy carefully formulatied by experts and tested by time. It is not subjected to major changes simply due to any individual’s personal style or willpower,” Ni said. The weapons sales are subject to congressional approval. Members of both parties support them. However, Ni noted that Trump’s personal style may add variations. “He is a businessman first and foremost. China should watch out for wild card moves from a Trump government that could use this to leverage economic tussles with China,” Ni said. Dr Li Fei, deputy director of Xiamen University’s Taiwan Research Institute, said Trump had regarded the phone conversation as a curtesy gesture between a customer and a supplier dealing with defence weapons. “Trump is not a politician and lacks sensitivity over international diplomacy. He was treating it as a business deal,” Li said. Zhang Wensheng, a professor at Xiamen University’s Taiwan Research Institute, said the phone call would make Beijing uneasy about how the Trump administration will deal with the self-ruled island. “Beijing will be worried about what policy regarding Taiwan will be adopted by Trump as he has broken a decades-old tradition,” Zhang said. “It is possible that the Trump administration will be more eager to sell arms to Taiwan as one of Trump’s priorities is to stabilise the US economy and create jobs.” Ni added that the phone call was in fact a calculated move by Trump’s office to send a signal to China that US was eager to secure existing advantages in Asia as laid out by Obama government.
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Nine dead and dozens missing after huge blaze at warehouse party

At least nine people have been killed - and dozens still missing - in a blaze that broke out during a party in a converted warehouse.
Fire chief Teresa Deloche-Reed in Oakland, California, said at least another 25 people are unaccounted for on Saturday.
Authorities are working to verify who was in the building when the fire started at around 11.30pm on Friday.
Deloche-Reed said the roof collapsed and that fire investigators will have to search through debris to find any remaining bodies.
The fire tore through the building during an event featuring musician Golden Donna's 100% Silk West Coast tour, the East Bay Times reported.
Oakland firefighters tweeted video of flames pushing through the roof.
The fire chief said the cause of the blaze is not yet known, but that there did not appear to be sprinklers in the building.
Authorities told KTVU-TV about 50 people were inside the warehouse, which houses a group of artists and their studios.
"It was too hot, too much smoke, I had to get out of there," said Bob Mule, a photographer and artist who lives at the building and suffered minor burns. "I literally felt my skin peeling and my lungs being suffocated by smoke. I couldn't get the fire extinguisher to work. "
People used a Facebook page on Saturday to post and seek information on family and friends who may have been in the building.
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Philippines President Duterte phones Trump

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte telephoned U. S. President-elect Donald Trump late Friday and had a brief but “very engaging, animated conversation” in which both leaders invited each other to visit his country.
In a video released by Duterte’s close aide, Bong Go, the Philippine leader is seen smiling while talking to Trump and saying: “We will maintain … and enhance the bilateral ties between our two countries.”
Duterte shuffled and looked at some notes during the conversation, which Go said lasted for more than seven minutes. The presidential palace earlier announced that Duterte will make a “congratulatory call” to Trump from his hometown in southern Davao city.
It was not immediately clear if the touchy topic of Duterte’s bloody crackdown against illegal drugs came up during the chat. Duterte has lashed out at outgoing President Barack Obama and the State Department for raising concerns over the crackdown, which has left more than 4,000 suspected drug dealers and users dead.
Duterte, who took office in June, has been antagonistic to the U. S., his country’s treaty ally, while reaching out to China and Russia. He has met Chinese President Xi Jinping twice and Russian leader Vladimir Putin once.
Obama canceled what could have been their first formal meeting in an Asian summit in Laos in September after Duterte unleashed an expletive-laden warning for the U. S. leader not to lecture him on human rights.
During their talk, Trump invited Duterte to visit the White House next year and Duterte asked the U. S. president-elect to attend an East Asian summit to be hosted by the Philippines next year.
The Philippine president has been compared to Trump for his bombastic rhetoric and unorthodox political style but Duterte apparently did not relish the comparison, telling The Associated Press in an interview during the campaign in March: “Donald Trump is a bigot, I am not.”
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Sacramento-area veterans head to Standing Rock to protest Dakota pipeline

Wearing camouflage fatigues, John Boyd, a veteran of the U. S. Marines, tested a collection of two-way radios in a Citrus Heights garage. Earlier, he had packed a bulletproof vest and a gas mask.
Boyd and 14 other area veterans were preparing for a domestic mission: support the Native Americans who have been protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline that would travel from North Dakota oil fields to Illinois.
They were due to arrive in North Dakota by Saturday night as part of a group of an estimated 2,000 veterans who answered a call by Wesley Clark Jr., son of the four-star general and former presidential candidate with the same name.
Clark, a veteran and Los Angeles-based screenwriter, helped organize Veterans Stand for Standing Rock, which is coordinating the trip to North Dakota. While the group’s Facebook page says the veterans are going “in the spirit of peace and unity,” it also says they may face “fear, danger or adversity.” Veterans are scheduled to convene at noon Sunday, according to the page.
The Standing Rock Sioux and their supporters have for months protested the pipeline built by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners LP, saying a leak in the pipeline that travels near their reservation would poison their water. Conflicts with law enforcement have become violent at times.
While courts have allowed construction to continue, work has stalled as federal agencies re-evaluate permits near tribal lands.
Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics Partners sued last month in an attempt to force the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers to authorize construction. The pipeline backers said in a release that the “previous review process conducted by the Corps was extremely thorough and comprehensive” and blamed “political interference” for delaying work.
Robin Gage, a veteran of the California National Guard, organized veterans in California for caravans to North Dakota. She said the 223 veterans from California will make up the largest contingent of any state there.
Gage said it’s her heritage as part Choctaw Indian that persuaded her to get involved. “They’re not being heard,” she said of the protesters in North Dakota.
On Friday morning, Gage and other veterans were packing food, clothes and other gear as they prepared to depart from her Citrus Heights home. They plan to stay in North Dakota for five days before driving back home.
Gage and other participants say law enforcement officials have violated the free speech rights of protesters, and they plan to act as “human shields” to defend that right. Clark has said veterans will “stand in” for protesters who have been on the site for months.
Boyd said he feels a duty to help.
“I don’t believe it’s right to build a pipeline through Native American land and contaminate the Missouri River,” he said. “We will be a shield so they can pray and not be attacked.”
Stephen Moeller, another former Marine, said he looked forward to the camaraderie of working with other veterans on the trip. “It’s the right thing to do,” he said. “These people have been involved in peaceful protest. It blows my mind what has happened to them.”
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9 dead, 25 missing in Oakland inferno Contact WND

(Daily Mail) At least nine people died in a massive fire that destroyed a northern California warehouse that was an artist collective during an electronic music party early Saturday morning and officials said the building had no sprinkler system.
Fire Chief Teresa Deloche-Reed said that at least another 25 people are still unaccounted for after the deadly blaze started around 11:30pm in the 1300 block of 31st Avenue during an event advertised as ‘Rave Cave’ featuring musician Golden Donna’s 100% Silk West Coast tour.
‘We still have to do a more thorough search of the building and we don’t know the potential number of other victims,’ Deloche-Reed said.
‘In my career of 30 years, I haven’t experienced something of this magnitude.’
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Student fatally stabs University of Southern California professor, police say

LOS ANGELES — A student fatally stabbed a University of Southern California psychology professor Friday afternoon, officials said.
The professor, identified as Bosco Tjan in a letter released by the university, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Los Angeles Police Department.
A 911 call came in to authorities around 4:30 p.m. Friday, Los Angeles police Detective Meghan Aguilar told KABC-TV. When USC officers arrived, they found the victim suffering multiple stab wounds and a male suspect still on the scene, she said.
The suspect was taken into custody and transported to a local police station, according to Aguilar. Information on a motive wasn’t immediately available, but police told the station they believe the attack was not random.
“This victim was targeted by the suspect so the safety of this campus is not in question,” Aguilar told KABC.
The stabbing happened in the Seeley G. Mudd Building on the last day of classes before final exams.
Tjan was an expert in the field of perception, vision and vision cognition who had been affiliated with the university since 2001. He was the co-director of the Dornsife Cognitive Neuroimaging Center, which he helped found in 2005, according to USC’s student paper, the Daily Trojan. Tjan held a doctorate in computer science from the University of Minnesota. He was married and the father of one son, according to KTLA-TV.
“As the Trojan Family mourns Professor Tjan’s untimely passing, we will keep his family in our thoughts,” university President C. L. Max Nikias wrote to the USC community.
Varun Soni, the university’s dean of religious life, will lead an on-campus gathering for reflection and prayer Monday.
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China coal mine blasts kill 59

At least 59 people have been killed in two separate Chinese coal mine blasts, according to death tolls reported by state media.
An explosion Saturday at a colliery in the northern Inner Mongolia region killed 32, Xinhua news agency said.
A total of 181 people were working underground when the gas explosion struck the mine in the city of Chifeng, with 149 managing to escape.
In a separate incident, a blast occurred late Tuesday at a private mine in Qitaihe City, in northeast Heilongjiang province, trapping 22 workers, Xinhua said.
Twenty-one were confirmed dead Friday night, it said, citing provincial authorities.
Rescue efforts were hampered by debris from the blast in some of the tunnels, according to an earlier report.
China is the world's largest coal producer and deadly accidents are common.
A further 33 miners were killed in a colliery explosion on October 31 in the southwestern municipality of Chongqing, and in September at least 18 were killed in a mine blast in the northwestern Ningxia region.
Officials say the number dying annually in the country's mines has fallen substantially in the past decade, to fewer than 1,000 a year.
But some rights groups argue the actual figures are significantly higher due to under-reporting in a sector with poor oversight.
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Fatal warehouse fire spurs widespread social media reaction

People are reacting to news that at least nine people, and as many as 40, have been killed in a warehouse that burned while revelers gathered in Oakland, Calif., for a party on Friday night.
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From milk to lightbulbs, Fidel Castro reshaped life in Cuba

Fidel Castro changed the flavor of the milk Cuban children drink at breakfast. He filled Cuban kitchens with energy-saving rice cookers, and he gave a two-hour lesson in their use live on national television.
He even changed the nation's lightbulbs, launching a nationwide campaign to replace incandescent bulbs with fluorescents that cast a pallid white light in Cuban homes to this day.
Castro, whose ashes will be interred in the eastern city of Santiago on Sunday, gained global stature with grand visions: confronting the United States; building universal healthcare and education; sending Cuba's doctors to heal the Third World's sick and its soldiers to fight alongside socialist allies from Vietnam to Angola.
At home, he expended vast quantities of time and energy remaking the minutest aspects of life in the country he ruled for nearly 50 years. Obsessive, restless, fixated on details, Castro is being remembered by many Cubans for his decades of smaller-scale, often quixotic initiatives to implant Soviet-style central planning on an unruly and improvisational Caribbean island.
Ten years after Castro turned power over to his brother Raul, the artifacts of his time in command still feature in the daily lives of average Cubans, particularly those related to Castro's passions for agricultural productivity and saving energy.
Millions of Cubans still depend on the pale-blue ration book that once provided a month's worth of free food, reduced today to about 15 days of rice, beans, eggs, chicken, cooking oil, salt and sugar.
In November 2005, Castro tried to persuade his countrymen to also feed their children “chocolatin,” a mix of powdered milk and cocoa distributed to families in 200-gram (seven-ounce) bags.
“Seven of every 11 grams are whole milk powder, believe me,” he said. “Check it if you're skeptical. Take it to a laboratory and test it. There's also four grams of cocoa, which is very strong, as strong as it is healthy. I know that our doctors over there in the mountains of Kashmir are drinking their chocolate every night.”
To this day, it's hard to find a Cuban child who doesn't ask for chocolate-flavored morning milk, itself a legacy of Castro's pledge to give every Cuban under age 7 one liter of milk every day.
In 1961, two years after Castro's revolution won power, the new Cuban government launched an ambitious campaign to stamp out illiteracy. Some 250,000 volunteer teachers, many of them young women, fanned out across the country, especially in rural areas where access to education was spotty and the need was greatest.
In the space of a year, about 700,000 people learned to read and write, said “Maestra,” a documentary that explores the initiative's history. Today, Cuba reports a literacy rate of 99.8%, on par with the most developed nations in the world.
In 1960, Castro launched the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, neighborhood watch groups given the job of implementing social welfare projects and natural disaster assistance, looking out for the elderly and organizing modest block parties.
They also serve as the government's eyes and ears, networks of informants that enforce compliance and watch for suspicious activity such as political dissidence or an illegal satellite hookup. The committees are so ubiquitous that just about everyone in Cuba, especially in the cities, still lives within sight of the home of a committee member.
In 1985, many Cubans stopped smoking when Castro abandoned his ubiquitous cigars as part of a nationwide campaign against tobacco, which remains one of the island's principal exports.
Some Cubans fondly remember his personal involvement in the daily problems of individual citizens, while others say he created a leader-dependent autocracy that remains virtually immobile without direct commands from the president.
“A friend of mine solved her housing problem when she got Fidel's response to her letter seeking help,” said Elisa Marquez, a 54-year-old state human resources manager. “With his signature on the letter, it got fixed.”
In 2005, Castro's government decided as part of its “energy revolution” that the incandescent light bulb's time was up. Workers went door-to-door across the country as people handed over old 60-watt bulbs and were given energy-efficient, mostly less luminescent, replacements, with the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution helping keep track of those who complied.
The switch is still evident today in millions of dimly lit homes, stores and offices. Some people have complained that the light is barely enough to read by or for kids to do homework after nightfall.
In March 2005, Castro stunned islanders with the sudden announcement that the government would hand out 100,000 new pressure cookers each month until some 2.5 million were distributed in all — and that still more would then be made available at subsidized prices, along with Chinese-made rice cookers.
The move “will do away with the rustic kitchen,” Castro said in remarks to the Federation of Cuban Women.
Today the pressurized appliances remain a fixture in households everywhere.
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Texas officials: 1 killed, 7 hurt in cheerleader bus crash

BIG SPRING , Texas (AP) — A woman was killed and seven other people were injured when a semitrailer crashed into a bus carrying a group of West Texas high school cheerleaders, authorities said Saturday.
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Phone call fallout: how analysts see China reacting

The phone call between US president-elect Donald Trump and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has renewed uncertainties over the future development of Sino-US ties. Analysts said that Beijing doesn’t yet have enough leverage to blame Washington for the breach in diplomacy – no sitting US president or president elect has officially spoken with a leader of Taiwan since the United States switched diplomatic recognition in 1979. But Beijing was likely to exert more pressure on Taiwan, which Beijing sees as renegade province, they said. The phone call, which came late on Friday and lasted about 10 minutes, also suggested Trump would elevate Taiwanese issues under his administration, a move Beijing would view with greater alarm than US arms sales to the self-ruled island, they added. Zhang Yuquan, a professor of international relations at Sun Yat-sen University, said the talk set a very bad precedent for Sino-US ties under Trump, but Beijing may not rush to take counter measures against the US. “To Beijing, the breaking of the tradition is a blatant challenge to its sovereignty and it is a very serious matter,” Zhang said. “Beijing will watch what Trump does after the inauguration, but given that President Xi Jinping is tough, I don’t expect a good start for the coming Sino-US relationship.” Jonathan Sullivan, director of the China Policy Institute at the University of Nottingham, expected Beijing would downplay the phone call with the US, or use it as future leverage in its relations with Trump. But Taiwan was expected to suffer the most in its ties with Beijing. “The Chinese leadership is too savvy and too cautious to interpret this as crossing a red line and making it into a cause of conflict before Trump has even been inaugurated,” Sullivan said. “Trump will read up on his intelligence and find a way to back away from any possible misinterpretation that by taking this call the US has changed policy on Taiwan,” he said. “Taiwan on the other hand may suffer some consequences – an increase in pressure on allies, further decrease in Chinese tourists, pressure on Taiwanese businesses, and so on. But I see an incremental rise in pressure rather than a major overreaction.” Jin Canrong, a professor of international relations at Renmin University in Beijing, said the phone call was a move by Taipei to secure “some kind of affirmation that the US will shoulder previous defence responsibility for Taiwan”. “Trump being elected president has created fear in Tsai due to his isolationist diplomatic style. Taiwan is eager to establish a connection with Trump’s office to remind the future US government not to abandon Taiwan,” Jin said. Pang Zhongying, an international affairs expert at Renmin University, said the discussion was unexpected for Beijing. But going forward, moves by Trump and his advisers should be taken seriously instead of seen as just campaign rhetoric. “Taiwan has again become a very tricky issue now. With the Kuomintang losing power, it has already become a very difficult problem for Beijing,” Pang said. “And with Trump raising the stakes with Taiwan, it will be a more serious challenge to Beijing.” Shi Yinhong, a US expert, professor with Renmin University, said the phone call “is the first message sent by Trump on China issue after his presidential victory. “It is a serious problem and also a reminder for some Chinese media and experts that maybe they were too optimistic about Trump’s attitude toward China. Beijing is very sensitive on Taiwan issues and the phone call will definitely have negative impact on future Sino-US relations,” he said. “I expect the central government will send warnings to Trump and the U. S. government in certain measures, but meanwhile it will choose “wait-and-see” approach, remain patient to observe further development of the issue.” “[Foreign Minister] Wang Yi’s message [before it was deleted from the MOFA website] didn’t mention Trump, reflecting China’s prudence.” The phone call came after former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger met Xi on Friday in Beijing, a discussion which was expected to give Beijing greater insight into the direction of ties with Washington as Trump prepares to take office next month. Kissinger helped to lay the groundwork for former US leader Richard Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972. Both China and the US have sought to use talks with heavyweight former officials to convey messages, but the phone call has cast doubt on whether such a channel would continue to be effective, the experts said.
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Syrian troops gain ground in Aleppo

ALEPPO, Syria — Syrian warplanes, artillery and mortar rounds pounded areas in eastern Aleppo on Saturday drawing rebel rockets, as government troops gain new ground in the shrinking opposition-held enclave.
After four years of holding nearly half of the divided city, rebel fighters have been increasingly squeezed into the center of the eastern enclave. Government and allied troops, including Lebanese, Iraqi and Iranian fighters, have concentrated their fight on the northeastern part of the enclave, swiftly taking new districts since their offensive began last week. Another front on the southern outskirts of the city has been slower, as rebel fighters push back government advances there.
The advances have caused massive displacement.
The U. N. estimated that more than 31,000 have already fled their homes, either to government or Kurdish areas, or deeper into the besieged enclave. The fighting has also intensified the rebel shelling of government-held areas in Aleppo.
The state broadcaster al-Ikhbariya said “precise operations” by government and allied troops aim to rout out “terrorists,” which is how the government refers to all armed opposition groups.
The sound of war prevailed in the city early Saturday. Warplanes made several runs overhead, drawing what appeared to be rebel machine gun fire toward the aircraft.
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Trump supporter Sarah Palin calls Carrier deal 'crony capitalism'

"When government steps in arbitrarily with individual subsidies, favoring one business over others, it sets inconsistent, unfair, illogical precedent," she wrote Friday in a "Young Conservatives" column. "Meanwhile, the invisible hand that best orchestrates a free people's free enterprise system gets amputated. Then, special interests creep in and manipulate markets. "
"Republicans oppose this, remember? Instead, we support competition on a level playing field, remember? Because we know special interest crony capitalism is one big fail," Palin added.
Trump helped broker the deal with Carrier that gave them $7 million in financial incentives over the next decade to keep 1,000 jobs at an Indianapolis plant, though some jobs are still going to Mexico. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who is governor of Indiana, toured the site Thursday.
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But Palin said when the government chooses companies to favor, the American economy is "doomed. "
"Politicians picking and choosing recipients of corporate welfare is railed against by fiscal conservatives, for it's a hallmark of corruption. And socialism," the former Republican vice presidential candidate said. "A $20 trillion debt-ridden country can't afford this sinfully stupid practice, so vigilantly guard against its continuance, or we're doomed. "
Palin -- who endorsed Trump early in the campaign -- is reportedly being considered to be Trump's secretary of veterans affairs or for interior secretary.
"However well meaning, burdensome federal government imposition is never the solution. Never. Not in our homes, not in our schools, not in churches, not in businesses," she wrote.
"Gotta' have faith the Trump team knows all this. And I'll be the first to acknowledge concerns over a deal cut by leveraging taxpayer interests to make a manufacturer stay put are unfounded -- once terms are made public. "
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A look at some of the world’s worst nightclub fires

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Syria: Thousands of Aleppo's displaced pack market shelter

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South Korea opposition parties file motion to impeach president, rejecting her resignation

South Korea’s three opposition parties filed a motion Saturday to impeach President Park Geun-hye, rejecting her offer earlier in the week to resign in the wake of an influence-peddling scandal.
Parliament will vote next week on the motion, which has the support of all 171 lawmakers from the three opposition parties and independents, excluding the parliamentary speaker. The opposition will need the support of dissenters from Park’s ruling Saenuri Party to achieve the 200 votes it needs to pass an impeachment bill.
Hundreds of thousands of protesters have called for Park to leave office over accusations that she allowed her friend Choi Soon-sil to pressure some of South Korea’s biggest companies — including Samsung Electronics and Hyundai Motor — to donate tens of millions of dollars to her foundations. Another protest is planned for Seoul Saturday.
A faction of the Saenuri Party that had previously supported Park’s impeachment said Wednesday it would accept her offer on Tuesday to resign at the end of April, and gave her nine days to make a proposal. The group of about 40 lawmakers holds the balance of power in an impeachment vote, which requires support from two-thirds of parliament.
The motion will officially be proposed during a regular parliamentary session on Thursday, with the vote to be held on Friday, Kang Sun-a, deputy spokesperson at the Democratic Party of Korea, said by phone.
A statement accompanying the impeachment motion claimed the president broadly and gravely violated the constitution. Park allowed Choi and others to exert influence on state affairs, which ended up distorting the economy, finance, culture and business, it said. The motion also cited bribery allegations against Park and accused her of failing to protect lives in the 2014 Sewol ferry disaster.
The Sewol ferry, carrying 476 passengers, sank while en route to the southern resort island of Jeju from Incheon, west of Seoul. Most of the 304 dead were high school students.
President Park has denied allegations of bribery, saying she has never sought personal interests during her government service. Over the criticisms on her responsibility in the Sewol disaster, the presidential Blue House website’s fact-checking sections said that Park carried out her official duties mostly in a private office at her residence and ordered directives by phone. An official at the Blue House declined to comment on allegations cited in the impeachment motion.
If the parliament approves the impeachment motion, Park will be suspended from power immediately and the prime minister will take over. The final ruling of the impeachment process has to be made by the Constitutional Court within 180 days, which needs at least six of nine judges’ approval that the impeachment abides by Korea’s constitution.
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Like General Tso's chicken? Put down the chopsticks and mourn the death of its creator

Peng Chang-kuei, a vaunted Hunanese chef who was widely credited as the creator of General Tso's chicken, a dish that evolved into the deep-fried, sticky and unabashedly inauthentic staple of the American Chinese take-out joint, died Nov. 30 at a hospital in Taipei, Taiwan. He was 97.
The cause was a lung infection, said his son Chuck Peng.
Once the personal chef to the Chinese Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek, Peng was one of the preeminent Chinese cooks of his generation. He fled mainland China after the Communist Revolution of 1949 and settled in Taiwan, where he sought to uphold the culinary traditions of his native Hunan Province.
Those traditions included no such dish as General Tso's chicken, despite its modern reputation outside China as a regional classic. Peng said that he devised the recipe for a banquet in the 1950s. He named it in honor of Zuo Zongtang, a celebrated Hunanese general of the 19th century who helped crush the Taiping Rebellion, an uprising that cost tens of millions of lives.
"In America, General Tso, like Colonel Sanders, is known for chicken, not war," journalist Jennifer 8. Lee wrote in her book "The Fortune Cookie Chronicles: Adventures in the World of Chinese Food. " "In China, he is known for war, not chicken. "
As it was conceived, General Tso's chicken bore little similarity to the dish known to American diners today. The modern iteration is "sweet, it's fried and it's chicken, which are all things that Americans love," Lee said in an interview, noting the vague resemblance of a bite of General Tso's to a McDonald's Chicken McNugget slathered in sauce.
Peng's original recipe called for chicken with bones and skin, according to Lee. The chicken was not fried, and it was served sans the piquantly sweet sauce, relying instead on garlic and soy sauce for flavor. It did have chilies, as does modern General Tso's, but no broccoli.
The arrival in the United States of General Tso's chicken coincided with another milestone in U. S.-Sino relations, President Richard M. Nixon's opening of China in the early 1970s.
Exactly where the dish debuted is a matter of debate, however, with claims laid by New York eateries including Shun Lee and Peng's now shuttered Peng's, which was located several blocks from the United Nations building. A frequent diner at Peng's was Henry Kissinger, Nixon's secretary of state, whom Peng credited with promoting Hunanese cuisine over the then more widely available Cantonese fare.
Peng, as well as other chefs who adopted the recipe, adjusted it for the American palate.
"The original General Tso's chicken was Hunanese in taste, and made without sugar," Peng told Fuchsia Dunlop, a scholar of Chinese food, "but when I began cooking for non-Hunanese people in the United States, I altered the recipe. Of course I still love the old flavors, the hot and sour and salty tastes, but people these days don't like them, so I've always had to change and improve my cooking methods. "
By 1977, at least one food critic had given Peng's rendition of General Tso's her imprimatur. It is "a stir-fried masterpiece, sizzling hot broth in flavor and temperature," Mimi Sheraton wrote in a New York Times review of Peng's restaurant.
Within a decade, General Tso's chicken was a mainstay of hole-in-the-wall, all-you-can-eat buffets. Particularly on the East Coast, it became "virtually synonymous with Hunanese cuisine," Dunlop wrote in an account of the dish.
But "what is clear is that the dish is all but unknown in Hunan itself. When I went to Hunan for the first time in 2003, mention of it drew blank looks from everyone I met," she recalled. Any "assertions that General Tso's chicken is a traditional Hunanese dish and one that the general himself liked eating do not stand up to any scrutiny. "
Peng Chang-kuei was born on Sept. 26, 1919, to a farming family in Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province. He reportedly ran away from home and became an apprentice to Cao Jingchen, a noted chef.
After Japan invaded China in the 1930s, Peng moved to Chongqing, then to Taiwan. Perhaps the first American to taste General Tso's chicken was Adm. Arthur Radford, who visited Taiwan as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1955 and dined at a banquet catered by Peng, according to Dunlop's account.
During his decades as a chef, Peng ran restaurants in Changsha and Taipei. He was married three times and had seven children, six of whom survive, along with numerous grandchildren.
Toward the end of his life, Peng was interviewed for "The Search for General Tso" (2014), a documentary exploring the origins of his by then ubiquitous dish. He seemed bemused - perhaps slightly appalled - by photographs of General Tso's chicken as it is served today, with its generously, even munificently, battered and glazed chunks of boneless meat. "This," he quipped, "is all crazy nonsense. "
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'Arbeit Macht Frei' gate stolen from Nazi Dachau concentration camp found

BERGEN, Norway, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- An iron gate bearing the Nazi slogan, "Arbeit Macht Frei," or "Work Sets You Free," that was stolen from the Dachau concentration camp may have been discovered in a Norway suburb, police said.
The gate, one of the most photographed symbols of the camp, was stolen from the concentration camp in southern Germany in November 2014. Bavarian police said they are working with Norwegian authorities to authenticate the gate and return it to the camp where some 200,000 Nazi prisoners were held and an estimated 41,500 prisoners died.
"On the basis of the transmitted photo, the police believe it is highly likely that this is the iron gate that was stolen from Dachau," German police said. It is not clear if any arrests have been made.
Police said the 220-pound gate was likely lifted from its hinges when it was stolen on Nov. 2, 2014 between midnight and 5:30 a.m. German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the theft "appalling. " A replica of the gate was installed last year.
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Ann Coulter says Trump may 'sell out' on immigration

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter's strong support of President-elect Donald Trump may be faltering.
The Wrap reports that "Coulter appears to be angry over Trump backing off his campaign promise to build a wall around the United States as part of his immigration policy. "
On Friday, she responded to someone on Twitter who expressed concern about Republicans' forthcoming work on immigration.
Coulter tweeted back , "Sounds like the big sell-out is coming. Oh well. The voters did what we could. If Trump sells out, it's not our fault. "
However, in a recent blog post she had a stronger point of view, writing , "...if Trump doesn't appoint the sort of people capable of fulfilling his campaign promises on immigration, he will fail. "
During the presidential campaign, Coulter admitted that one of the main reasons she backed Trump was because of his tough approach to illegal immigration.
Her tweet has triggered a mixed response , with one user commenting, "I will give you credit on one thing: The voters did what they could by 2.5 million more voting Clinton. We tried to warn you all. "
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Iran says extension of sanctions act shows US unreliable

Iran has vowed to retaliate against the ISA extension, passed unanimously on Thursday, saying it violated last year's agreement with six major powers to curb its nuclear programme in return for lifting of international financial sanctions.
"To the world community, the extension of sanctions against Iran shows the unreliability of the American government," state broadcaster IRIB quoted Zarif as saying upon arrival in India for an official visit.
"America is acting against its commitment," Zarif added.
U. S. officials said the ISA renewal would not infringe the nuclear agreement. U. S. lawmakers have also said the ISA extension would make it easier for sanctions to be quickly reimposed if Iran contravened the nuclear deal..
But Iran's nuclear energy chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, who played a central role in reaching the nuclear deal, described the extension as a "clear violation" if implemented.
The diplomatic thaw in swing between Washington and Tehran over the past two years looks in jeopardy with U. S. President-elect Donald Trump taking office next month. He said during his election campaign that he would scrap the nuclear agreement.
Last month, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had already warned in November that the extension would be viewed in Tehran as a breach of the nuclear accord and threatened retaliation.
Behrouz Nemati, spokesman for parliament's presiding board, was quoted by state TV on Saturday as saying MPs would introduce a measure on Sunday demanding the government "return to initial (nuclear) enrichment conditions" before the deal.
Khamenei and his hardline loyalists have criticised the deal and blamed President Hassan Rouhani for its failure to deliver swift improvements in living standards since sanctions were lifted in January.
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Russia bets on Trump as gateway to eased sanctions

WASHINGTON -- Vladimir Putin wants to make Russia great again. For that, he may need a hand from Donald Trump.
For the Russian president, relief from crippling sanctions is a gateway to the ultimate goal of establishing Russia as the political and economic equivalent of the United States. And the U. S. president-elect, who extolled Putin's leadership during the campaign and called for a tempered approach to U. S.-Russia relations, may be a conduit to achieving that.
Despite Russia's denials that it tampered in the U. S. election or even took sides, Trump's victory has been greeted as a win of sorts for Moscow, too, by members of Putin's own United Russia party.
"It turns out that United Russia won the elections in America," Viktor Nazarov, the governor of Omsk, Russia, declared in a radio interview.
Long before Trump was on the radar of American voters, Russia had deep interests in the outcome of elections around the world. But 2016 presented a unique window.
Motivated by years of sanctions and decades of post-Soviet setbacks, the Russians were keen to pounce; the race for the White House, plagued by party infighting and scandal, was easy bait.
Putin "was seriously impacted by the sanctions because it targeted his closest friends and now they think Trump is going to change that," said Robert Amsterdam, an international attorney with Russian clients.
U. S. intelligence agencies said in October they are confident that the Russian government hacked the e-mails of U. S. citizens and institutions, including political organizations, and handed them over to and WikiLeaks for distribution. Hacked Democratic National Committee emails in July, indicating that DNC leaders were favoring Hillary Clinton over Sen. Bernie Sanders in the primaries, prompted the resignation of chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
"Weaponizing information is really about who gets to write the truth, who gets to write the narrative and who benefits from that narrative - and that is incredibly powerful," said Laura Galante, director of intelligence analysis at cybersecurity firm FireEye, Inc.
Russia has sought to put itself on an equal footing with the U. S. since the collapse of the Soviet Union, extending its territory where it can, countering U. S. military action and positioning itself as a rival to the world's biggest economy.
But its ambitions suffered a setback in 2014 when the Obama administration authorized sanctions against sectors of the Russian economy, including financial services, energy, mining and defense. The administration also sanctioned people in Putin's inner circle accused of undermining peace in Ukraine. Add to that falling oil prices and a weak ruble, and Russia's economy was shackled.
The impact has been extensive. Russia's sovereign wealth fund had $87 billion in assets in December 2013, according to the Russian Finance Ministry. As of June 1, it was down to $38 billion, following sell-offs by the Russian government to make up for budget deficits. U. S. trade with Russia tumbled to $23 billion in 2015, from about $34 billion the previous year.
Sanctions that impede Russia's ability to acquire equipment for Arctic offshore drilling are of particular concern because they hold the key to Russia's rapid expansion in that sector.
"Lifting restrictions on exports of technology, software, things that really help their energy industry extract oil and gas" would be the top priority, said Boris Zilberman, a Russia expert at the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
"Production is dwindling over time, so they're going into new, offshore, deep-water drilling in the Arctic and so on, and to do that, they really need Western technology," he said.
Sanctions relief is important to Russia's broader objective of superpower status, shown by its bullish Syria policy. Syria's Russian-backed military made major gains in rebel-held eastern Aleppo in recent days and rebel resistance appeared to be crumbling. While Moscow and Washington are continuously at odds over Syria, the Obama administration has not imposed any Syria-related sanctions.
Trump's promise of closer cooperation with Russia has created worries that the U. S. will have diminished leverage. He said during the campaign that under his leadership the U. S. might not come to the defense of some NATO members if Russia were to attack them, indicating he would make that decision based on whether those Baltic republics "have fulfilled their obligations to us. "
But Trump's positions are hard to assess because he's often stepped away from his more controversial proposals. Trump's choice as defense secretary, retired Gen. James Mattis, has called Russia's aggression in Ukraine a problem "much more severe, more serious" than Washington and the European Union are treating it.
Putin and Trump spoke soon after his victory and a statement from Trump's transition team said the president-elect told Putin he looked forward to "a strong and enduring relationship. " Observers caution that Putin's interests are self-motivated and Russia's incentive to interfere in U. S. politics won't go away with Trump's victory.
"It's not that Putin is against the Democratic Party," Zilberman said. "He's more against the United States and (for) whatever may push Russian interests. "
He added: "There's nothing saying that next time they won't hack Republicans and expose Trump administration emails if it benefits them. "
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Far From Miami, Cubans in Kentucky Ponder Castro’s Death

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Yahima Leblanc Núñez and her husband, Pavel Reyes, were Cuban government workers when, in 2009, they plotted an escape. Five years later, after an arduous trek across Central America, including 15 days in a Mexican jail, they arrived here with two backpacks of clothes and a single tidbit of information — “Kentucky Fried Chicken” — about the state they now call home.
There is no Little Havana here in Louisville. Nobody is banging pots and pans or dancing in the streets to celebrate the death of Fidel Castro , as Cuban exiles did in Miami. But there is a small, fast-growing community of “Kentubanos” — recent refugees like Mrs. Leblanc Núñez, 36, and Mr. Reyes, 42 — who will quietly mark Castro’s burial on Sunday by trying to put him out of their minds.
“I haven’t even thought about that,” Mr. Reyes said. “I just deleted that from my mind.”
Miami has long been the focus of the Cuban diaspora. But Cubans, who can enter the United States legally as “parolees” under a 1966 congressional act, have been resettling outside that city for years through State Department-backed refugee agencies headquartered there. In past decades, many were sent to Union City, N. J., nicknamed Havana on the Hudson. Now they are being funneled to cities like Lancaster, Pa.; Syracuse; and Louisville.
For these nascent diasporic communities — including Louisville’s “Kentubanos,” a term coined by Luis Fuentes, the publisher of El Kentubano , a Cuban-themed magazine here — Castro’s death has evoked a complex mix of emotions, including fear. Unlike their more vehement compatriots in Florida, many of whom have lived in the United States for decades, newly arrived refugees almost always have family back home.
They worry about repercussions and whether they will be granted visas to go back. Some whisper that Raúl Castro, Fidel’s brother, has spies here in Louisville.
“Even when we are here, we are still afraid. The government is very strong, even a thousand miles away,” said Mr. Fuentes, who spent Friday delivering the latest edition of his magazine, which carried the news of Castro’s death.
“I no like to talk about Fidel,” said Yolan Gonzalez, 41, one of those Mr. Fuentes visited. Mr. Gonzalez eked out a living selling peanuts on the black market in Cuba before arriving in Louisville in 2009. After delivering newspapers for three years, he now runs a thriving Cuban grocery. Too busy working to perfect his English, he turned to his wife, who was working the cash register, searching for words to explain their feelings about their new life here.
“Cómo es?” he asked, before taking a long pause. “Tranquilo,” he finally said. Peaceful.
There are now roughly 10,600 Cubans in the greater Louisville metropolitan area. Since 2009, local officials say, their numbers have nearly doubled. Today, foreign-born Cubans account for 19 percent of the Louisville region’s Hispanic population, a greater share than any metropolitan region outside Florida.
Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, a Democrat, views these newcomers as a way to spur economic growth and keep the city’s population stable. The Louisville region has 29,000 jobs to fill, said Bryan Warren , who directs the city’s Office of Globalization.
“We know that our native-born population is not going to sustain the city’s growth,” said Mr. Warren, who predicted that Cubans would soon surpass Mexicans as Louisville’s largest group of Hispanic immigrants. He called the influx of refugees a “win-win.”
On Wednesday, a dozen Cubans flew in from Miami, sent by Church World Service, an agency that partners with local groups to resettles refugee around the country.
They included doctors, engineers and the wife and 2-year-old son of Miguel Guerrero, 28, a doctor who arrived here seven months ago. He now works packing boxes in customer returns for Amazon. He showed up at the airport with a dozen red roses and a spray of balloons to celebrate reuniting with his family.
Apart from the death of Castro, these are uneasy times for new Cuban immigrants. President Obama’s move to thaw relations between Washington and Havana could mean the end of the federal program that helped resettle them in the United States. And with President-elect Donald J. Trump’s anti-immigrant comments, some worry that funding for the refugee program will be cut off.
“It’s terrible,” said Dr. Guerrero, who came to the United States via Colombia and knows many other medical professionals waiting there. “It’s the only way to flee, for us, from that dictatorship.”
Louisville has no Cuban association, as some cities with larger Cuban populations do. The closest thing the community has to connective tissue is El Kentubano, the publication run by Mr. Fuentes, who also works full time as an air-quality engineer for the state. He publishes the magazine out of his basement home office in Frankfort, the capital.
But Cubans are leaving their imprint on Louisville’s food, culture and art. At Havana Rumba, a Cuban restaurant, Joel Toste, an owner, dismissed talk of Castro with a wave of his hand. “That’s political,” he said.
Instead, Mr. Toste pulled out his iPhone and proudly showed photographs of paintings he intended to display at the Jewish Community Center. He was 24 years old and studying to be an artist in Havana in 1998 when he won an immigration lottery to come to the United States. Mr. Toste had no relatives in Miami; the refugee agency was promoting Louisville. He agreed to come.
“I just wanted to get to a quiet place somehow,” he said. What did he know about the city? “Nada — the only thing I knew is baseball bats,” he said, referring to the famed Louisville Slugger bat factory. “Cuba is big for baseball.”
That yearning for a “quiet place” was one reason many Cubans said they found happiness here. If they had the means, some said they might prefer Florida. But here, they can build comfortable lives, learn English in a city where Spanish is rarely spoken, and put some distance between themselves and their difficult memories.
“Miami,” said Maria Antonia Garcia Lozano, 59, a former physical education teacher who arrived last month, “is Cuba with food and money.”
Mrs. Leblanc Núñez and Mr. Reyes are among those trying to let the past be the past. Both worked for Cuba’s Ministry of Culture; she was a German translator, and he ran the state copyright agency.
They decided to leave, both said, because they saw little future for themselves in a country where $8 a month was a common wage and educated professionals lived with their parents. So they secretly planned for Mr. Reyes to defect while on a government trip to Germany by flying to Ecuador, which accepted Cubans without a passport.
It proved a terrifying move. When Mr. Reyes did not return, government officials sent Mrs. Leblanc Núñez home from work and searched through her emails, hoping to find evidence that would implicate her in his escape.
They were eventually reunited in Ecuador and came to the United States two years ago, entering through Texas, as many so-called “border-crossers” do. Now, they own two houses and have two dogs and good jobs at Kentucky Refugee Ministries , the agency that helped resettle them here. Driving to the airport to pick up new arrivals last week, Mrs. Leblanc Núñez was asked about Castro, and her eyes welled up with tears.
“People are making jokes and parties in Miami, but for me, it’s just another chapter,” she said. “Him passing away is not going to change all the mess that he has done. I just want to leave all that behind.”
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Italy's voter referendum: The nuts and bolts behind the buzz

A voter referendum on changes to Italy's post-war Constitution scheduled for Sunday has turned into a virtual plebiscite on Premier Matteo Renzi's center-left government. Will Italy become the next Western country to turn on established political leaders? A rundown on what's at stake in the constitutional referendum:
Nearly 51 million Italians are eligible to cast ballots, ticking off "Yes" or "No" to whether they approve the proposed reforms hammered out by Parliament. Voting begins at 7 a.m. (0600 GMT) and ends at 11 p.m., (2200 GMT). Ballots already cast by Italians living abroad will be counted along with the Election Day tally.
The biggest change would be to Italy's lumbering lawmaking process. The revised Constitution no longer would require both chambers of Parliament to vote on all legislation, including after each time a bill gets amended.
Instead, only the 630 members of the Chamber of Deputies would make most laws. The Senate would shrink from 315 to 100 members. Five would be appointed by Italy's president and the other 95 drawn from the ranks of Italy's mayors and regional representatives.
Confidence votes, which determine a ruling government's survival, also would be the exclusive province of the Chamber.
The other major reform transfers some authority from Italy's regions to the central government. Currently, jurisdictional disputes end up in Italy's slow-moving court system.
A recent example of the kind of tug-of-war the change is designed to address: Italy's Constitutional Court threw out a national law that would have made it easier to fire workers who punch time cards, then effectively don't go to work. The court said Renzi's government should have involved the regions in making the change.
Renzi, his center-left allies, and banks and industrialists say the reforms would help modernize Italy. Opponents, including the populist 5-Star Movement, which is now the chief rival of Renzi's Democrats, contend the reforms would erode democracy by concentrating too much power in the premier's office.
Others urging voters to reject the amendments are former center-right Premier Silvio Berlusconi, hardliners with Communist roots who are now in Renzi's Democratic Party, and Matteo Salvini, leader of the anti-immigrant Northern League, which wants regions to have more, not fewer, powers.
By law, the last opinion polls were published on Nov. 14. The "No" camp was leading, but many voters were undecided.
Renzi has ruefully confessed to making a big "mistake" by saying early on he'd tender his resignation if the "No" votes prevail. His pledge effectively transformed a straightforward vote on the reforms into an opportunity to send him packing.
Renzi argues the reforms would drastically reduce the so-called cozy "caste" of perk-enjoying politicians in Parliament. At age 41 the youngest prime minister to serve Italy, he depicts himself as anti-caste. But 5-Star co-founder, comic Beppe Grillo contends Renzi is himself part of the party system and thus, a caste member, too.
The "caste" mantra taps into a wave of populist anger rippling through much of Europe.
If he makes good on his earlier vow, Renzi would be expected to offer his resignation to Italy's head of state, President Sergio Mattarella. But Renzi has not always kept big promises. He barged his way into national power in early 2014 by ousting fellow Democrat Enrico Letta from the premiership, only days after promising he'd never take that office without elections.
Answer: Renzi. Since he heads the Democrats, Parliament's largest party, Mattarella could ask him to try to form a new government. A so-called "technocrat" government — made up of economists and other individuals from outside politics, might be even more unpalatable than Renzi Redux for many Italians.
The last "technocrat" premier was Mario Monti, a former EU commissioner, who prescribed harsh austerity measures to fix Italy's finances.
Parliamentary elections are scheduled for the spring of 2018. While a political crisis might advance the date, many politicians in Italy are in no hurry.
As the election laws now stand, the party with the most votes gets a big bonus of seats in the Chamber of Deputies, a feature designed to encourage stability in a country long on short-living governments.
But after the populist Grillo's stunning wins in Rome and other mayoral races earlier this year, the 5-Stars are eager to take national power. So a post-referendum priority of Parliament would likely be tweaking the electoral law to minimize a potential 5-Star surge.
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Former German prisoner of war donates estate to 'kind' Scottish village

A former Nazi prisoner of war has left his entire life savings to a small Scottish village where he was held captive. Wanting to thank the Scots for their kindness, his legacy fund aims to help the town's elderly. ...
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Donald Trump singles out another Indiana plant for moving to Mexico

Fresh off a deal with air-conditioning company Carrier , President-elect Donald Trump is now singling out another company leaving its Indiana plant for Mexico: Rexnord, which plans to nix 300 union jobs from their factory in Indianapolis.
Mr. Trump sent a tweet Friday about Rexnord, charging that it was “rather viciously firing” workers and vowing “No more!”
Rexnord of Indiana is moving to Mexico and rather viciously firing all of its 300 workers. This is happening all over our country. No more!
Rexnord Bearings announced the move to union officials in mid-November, saying it was going forward with plans to shift the plant’s 300 union jobs and dozens of supervisory jobs to Mexico, according to a report by CBS News’ local affiliate. The move is expected to begin in April and finish by June of next year.
Rexnord did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
The tweet came just one day after Mr. Trump announced the Carrier deal, which keeps about 800 manufacturing jobs in Indianapolis in exchange for massive tax subsidies amounting to $7 million over 10 years. Several hundred jobs will still be moving to Mexico.
Backlash for the deal was swift, even as some Carrier workers called it a relief. Mr. Trump took heat from both sides of the aisle, with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders saying in a Washington Post op-ed that it “signaled to every corporation in America that they can threaten to offshore jobs in exchange for business-friendly tax benefits and incentives.”
And Sarah Palin, the former vice presidential nominee-turned-conservative pundit, criticized the arrangement as a threat to free market principles.
Writing an opinion piece for the Young Conservatives website Friday, Palin blasted the deal as “favoring one business over others” and setting “inconsistent, unfair, illogical precedent.”
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Afghan teen arrested over German murder-rape

A teenage Afghan asylum seeker has been arrested on suspicion of the rape and murder of a 19-year-old female student in Germany, police and prosecutors said Saturday.
The 17-year-old Afghan was arrested on Friday after his DNA was found at the scene of the crime and he was identified on CCTV, authorities in the south-west German town of Freiburg told a press conference.
The Afghan, who has said nothing to investigators about the alleged crimes, arrived in Germany in 2015 as an unaccompanied minor and had been living with a host family.
The teenage victim was a medical student who was found dead on the banks of the river Dreisam, which Freiburg straddles, on October 16.
An autopsy found that she had drowned.
The previous evening she had gone out to a student night before cycling home. Her body was found just a few hours later.
No personal link has yet been found between the victim and the alleged murderer, authorities said.
The murder made big news in Germany and was followed by another as yet unsolved crime on November 10 in the nearby Endingen forest, in which a 27-year-old jogger was found dead having also been raped.
So far, investigators have established no connection between the two murders.
News of the young Afghan's arrest triggered much reaction on social media with some people saying an ironic "thank you" to German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The 62-year-old, who will next year seek a fourth term in office, has faced criticism for her previous open-door policy towards refugees, although more recently she has tried to curb the influx.
Germany received 890,000 asylum requests in 2015, although that rate slowed to 213,000 from January to September 2016 following a deal between the European Union and Ankara to stem the flow of migrants crossing from Turkey into the bloc.
Public anger about the number of refugee arrivals in Germany has been stoked by some high profile crimes involving migrants.
Last month, German police arrested seven Afghan asylum seekers on suspicion of repeatedly raping an Iranian teenager in a refugee camp.
During the last New Year's Eve celebrations, hundreds of women reported sexual assaults in Cologne and other German cities, with the attacks blamed largely on Arab and North African men.
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What Louisiana's Senate seat means for Democrats

Foster Campbell is gearing up for a race to the finish in Louisiana’s Senate runoff – bolstered by more than 50,000 donations from hopeful Democrats across the country.
The Democrat, a member of the Public Service Commission, is going head-to-head against Republican John Kennedy for the seat left vacant by retiring Sen. David Vitter. As the campaign enters its final week, Mr. Kennedy, who currently serves as state treasurer, is favored to win. But celebrities, Democratic heavyweights, and ordinary citizens have been pitching in to Mr. Campbell’s campaign, giving him a $2.5 million boost during the last fundraising reporting period.
As Democrats come to terms with their losses during November’s general election, some see Louisiana’s Senate seat as a final opportunity for victory. And Campbell, though not a traditional Democrat, may be the person to pull it off, some suggest. The national party, however, is largely staying out of the race.
“ This is a people-powered campaign , and we’re spending every cent we get … on issues important to Louisiana voters,” Campbell said, reported Baton Rouge-based The Advocate.
Louisiana is considered solidly Republican. In the presidential election, President-elect Donald Trump carried the state by a 20-point margin, and recent polling by Southern Media and Opinion Research shows Kennedy leading by 14 points.
“There’s no question that the people of our state want to see a conservative as their voice in the US Senate,” Kennedy said, saying the campaign had enjoyed an “outpouring of support” from across the state.
But the race has provided a thread of hope for Democrats, with some framing it as the final contest of the 2016 election. (A handful of Louisiana House races will also be decided during the December 10 runoff.) That has prompted an unprecedented level of interest in the outcome.
Campbell was recently a guest on a podcast hosted by former Obama administration staffers Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer. Actress Sally Field and comedian Patton Oswald, among others, shared a link to a third-party site where Americans can contribute to the Campbell campaign.
And people across the country have chipped in to help elect one final Democrat. Between October 20 and November 20, they gave a total of $1.7 million in small-dollar donations. That’s more than double what the Campbell campaign received in the months before the general election.
Could the election break in Democrats’ favor? It’s unlikely, but not impossible, said Trey Ourso, a Democratic consultant.
“Voters this year have shown they like to surprise us ,” he told Politico.
Republicans certainly aren’t taking any chances. Republican candidate Kennedy has tied himself closely to the president-elect, joining his calls to “drain the swamp.” Vice President-elect Mike Pence is visiting the state on Saturday to rally Trump supporters behind Kennedy. And the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) has established 10 field offices in the state.
Like Kennedy, Hillary Clinton was also up in the polls before the election, Sen. Roger Wicker (R) of Mississippi, chairman of the NRSC, observed in an interview with USA TODAY.
“Turns out she didn’t win,” he said, adding, “I’m going to make sure the same thing doesn’t happen to [Kennedy] .”
Campbell could be just the person to pull off an upset, his supporters say. He has a history of winning over Republican-leaning voters: in 2014, he took 61 percent of the vote in his North Louisiana district, 20 percentage points better than then-Senator Mary Landrieu. And Campbell’s pro-life, pro-gun stances – not typical for a Democrat – may help him persuade Republican voters to cross party lines.
Republicans, however, have countered that Campbell is trying to “buy” the election with outside support.
Whatever happens in Louisiana, it won’t tip the balance of the Senate. Republicans already hold a slim majority, with 51 of the chamber’s 100 seats. But a victory could be a boost for Democrats to end this election cycle, and make winning the Senate back slightly easier come 2018. Importantly, it may also be an indication that the Democratic base remains engaged and committed to winning, as thousands of people contributed to a race outside their home state.
But a win may not be grounds for more general optimism about Democrats' prospects. The Democratic national party organization has mostly stayed out of the race, so if Campbell wins, it would not necessarily signal that Democrats have found a new strategy for winning elections. The race for chair of the Democratic National Committee continues , and a broader rethinking may take place after that election, which is scheduled for February.
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Michael Fallon issues warning to Donald Trump, telling the president-elect not to go soft on Putin

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon delivered a strong message to Donald Trump yesterday, warning him not to go soft on Vladimir Putin. Mr Fallon used the first visit to America by a Cabinet Minister since Mr Trump’s victory to tell the US President-elect that ‘deterrence is essential’ in dealings with the Russian president. His outspoken intervention reflects growing anxiety within the Government over Mr Trump’s indication that he planned to join forces with Russia to combat Islamic State, saying it would be ‘nice’ if the US and Russia could work together to ‘knock the hell out of’ the fighters. Officials have also been alarmed by Trump’s comment that Nato was obsolete and his suggestion that the US would think twice about coming to the aid of any Nato ally under attack if it had not paid its ‘fair share’. The remarks led to fears that they could encourage Putin to test Europe’s resolve: just two weeks ago, the Russian leader vowed to move nuclear-capable missiles closer to Europe. Mr Fallon said: ‘You only have to visit Nato’s eastern flank to understand the acute sense of vulnerability that abounds. There’s no point pretending this is business as usual. Dialogue with Russia is useful. But deterrence is essential.’ Mr Fallon, who used his visit to announce a £100 million deal with a US firm to develop high-tech RAF drones, also cited President Reagan’s warning: ‘Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction’.
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The Latest: UN Syria Envoy Reminds Trump of Iraq, Libya

The Latest on the conflict in Syria (all times local):
3:30 p.m.
The U. N. envoy for Syria says he'd tell U. S. President-elect Donald Trump to remember "the lesson we learned in Iraq and Libya" when mapping a strategy to end the six-year-old war in Syria.
Steffan de Mistura told reporters at a Rome news conference on Saturday that "we need to find a political, inclusive solution that includes those who feel disenfranchised, particularly Sunni communities in Iraq and certainly in Syria. "
He says whether the Syrian war ends with a "military victory or a non-military (resolution)," the real solution must be a politically inclusive one involving the region.
Both the U. S.-led war in Iraq that ended Saddam Hussein's regime and the Western-backed uprising against then-Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi were followed by factional violence and instability, and left those countries fertile for intrusions by the Islamic State group.
3:00 p.m
Russia says it's ready to hold quick talks with the U. S. on the exit of rebels from the besieged city of Aleppo.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry gave him Washington's proposals for settling the situation in Aleppo during their Friday meeting in Rome.
Lavrov said Saturday that the U. S. proposals conform to Russia's longtime offers. He added that Moscow is ready to immediately send its experts to Geneva for talks with the U. S. that would coordinate joint action to "ensure the withdrawal of all rebels without exception from eastern Aleppo, ensure humanitarian supplies to the city residents and the restoration of normal life in eastern Aleppo. "
Russian-backed Syrian government forces have driven the rebels out of several neighborhoods in this week's offensive.
12:30 p.m.
Syrian warplanes, artillery and mortar rounds have pounded areas in the eastern rebel-held Aleppo enclave, killing at least three, according to opposition activists.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the bombings in the central al-Shaar neighborhood killed three. The Syrian Civil Defense put the death toll at six.
The bombings Saturday came hours after government troops made new advances on the rebel-held parts of Aleppo city. State media reported that government and allied troops have moved in on new neighborhoods, pushing one kilometer (0.6 mile) deeper into the enclave from the far east. The new advances tighten the government's grip on the besieged enclave and reduce the territory the rebels hold by more than half.
The new advances also secure the airport road east of Aleppo.
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The Latest: North Dakota Governor, Tribal Chairman to Meet

The Latest on the Dakota Access pipeline (all times local):
2:20 p.m.
North Dakota's governor and the Standing Rock Sioux tribal chairman have agreed to meet in person to discuss the protests over the Dakota Access pipeline.
The Bismarck Tribune reports ( ) that tribal chairman Dave Archambault II says he has spoken with Gov. Jack Dalrymple by phone several times, but not in person since the large protests near his reservation have been going on.
Dalrymple said in a statement that it is "important that we do not let this issue divide us as a state" and that the focus will be on cooperation and goodwill.
The governor's spokesman says no date has been set for the meeting.
Archambault says "relationships all around have been tainted, and it's going to take some time to repair. "
2:15 p.m.
A North Dakota sheriff says law enforcement will not clear out the large Dakota Access protest encampment in southern North Dakota, reiterating what law enforcement authorities have said for days.
Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney said that authorities are asking the protesters to be peaceful and prayerful. He also asked that they honor the federal government's wish for them to clear off of federal land by Monday, as well as the governor's order to evacuate for safety reasons.
Laney, however, said authorities won't be "moving on that camp" on Monday or "in the future. "
Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier says that "having aggression toward law enforcement... is not gonna solve this problem. "
The protesters have camped on federal land for several months over the four-state, $3.8 billion pipeline and say they don't intend to move.
9:20 a.m.
North Dakota emergency management officials say they are prepared to help Dakota Access pipeline protesters who may need help during a winter storm or some other crisis.
State Homeland Security Director Greg Wilz says it would be a challenge during a mass evacuation, but the state will be "humane in anything and everything" it does.
Morton County Sheriff's Department spokesman Rob Keller says all the responding officers are now from North Dakota and "more than prepared" for harsh conditions with warming houses and cold weather gear.
The government has ordered protesters to leave the Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Council Fires camp, on federal land in southern North Dakota by Monday. Demonstrators say they're prepared to stay until changes are made to the route of the four-state, $3.8-billlion pipeline.
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'Everything is gone:' Tennessee wildfire evacuees return home

GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Greg Bennett had no idea what might be waiting for him when he went to check on his church on Friday morning , four days after a deadly wildfire ripped through parts of downtown.
Friday was the first day residents and property owners were allowed back into the city limits to survey damage from the fires. Bennett, the pastor of Gatlinburg Presbyterian Church, had thought about what he might find.
“I had some indication it was fine, but I wasn’t sure what fine meant,” Bennett said. “When these things happen, you never know what you’re going to find.”
The ride into downtown showed no clear path of destruction, with some buildings demolished next to others still standing. Authorities said nearly 1,000 homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed in the blaze.
A restaurant lay in a pile of rubble. All that remained was the entrance sign. A main strip of shops was left mostly intact, though largely deserted.
Bennett’s church, next door to the Gatlinburg Fire Department, stood undamaged, except for a smoky smell that lingered in the air and some ash that had blown in under the door.
Other buildings nearby were not so fortunate.
A wedding chapel just two buildings over showed signs of widespread damage, with the side of the building torn away and ceiling fans lying broken on the ground.
Less than a quarter-mile up the road, the Gatlinburg Church of Christ was a pile of cement and metal, with charred trees overlooking the ruins and a burned-out vehicle in the parking lot.
Several visitors and members of the congregation clustered around the former church, many wiping tears or shooting photos to document the damage.
Joann Tant, 80, who lost her home, hugged a friend before looking out silently on the church's collapsed shell. Tant’s husband, James, designed the A-frame building in the 1960s, she said.
“It’s amazing,” Tant said. “This was a landmark. People have been telling my daughter it's the most beautiful church they’ve seen.”
Like more than 14,000 others in Gatlinburg, Tant fled her home on Monday night as flames whipped by high-speed winds roared toward the city. She shared the home with her daughter and two grandchildren. On Monday night, her daughter went to check on the family's cats and returned with a dire request.
“She came back and said, ‘We have to get out now,’" Tant recalled.
Looking at the church Friday morning, she said her home was in a similar state.
“Everything is gone,” Tant said.
David Barton, another member at the Church of Christ site Friday, called the scene “heartbreaking” but said the congregation plans to rebuild.
“We’ve gotten together to try and figure out what we can do,” he said. “We’re looking for some place to lease, and hopefully we’ll be worshiping in Gatlinburg again in two weeks.”
Tant said she still has the original design plans her husband drew and she hopes they can be used to restore the building to its original specifications.
“Right now things are very solemn,” said Tant’s daughter, Lara. “But everybody is banding together. We’re a strong community, and we’re going to rebuild.”
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Egypt court rules part of protest law unconstitutional

Egypt's top court has struck down part of a law that allowed the interior ministry to ban all but officially sanctioned protests, a court official said Saturday.
The 2013 law, which has been used to jail activists for up to two years, required demonstrators to inform the interior ministry that they were planning a protest.
The ministry could then refuse permission.
The Supreme Constitutional Court ruled that the article was unconstitutional, barrister Tareq Shibel said.
The court said in a statement that the constitution guaranteed freedom of association and the right to peaceful protest.
The authorities have deployed this law to prevent anti-government protests, but groups of people would be able to attend pro-authorities rallies during the same period.
The constitutional court's verdict is final and cannot be appealed.
However, Saturday's ruling does not mean the law will be scrapped in its entirety, said two court officials who did not be wish to be identified.
The verdict is "a partial victory that has granted us a political victory" against the government, Tareq al-Awady, one of the lawyers who challenged the law's constitutionality, told AFP.
"We were hoping the court would accept our appeal against the two articles that criminalise and set the punishment, so imprisoned young people could be freed," he said.
Following the verdict, "as long as the interior ministry is notified" about a protest it cannot ban it, Awady said.
The law was passed months after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who was army chief at the time, overthrew his Islamist predecessor Mohamed Morsi.
A crackdown on Islamist supporters of Morsi after his ouster saw hundreds of demonstrators killed and thousands jailed, including secular dissidents.
Jihadist attacks have since killed hundreds of soldiers and policemen.
The United Nations and rights groups had asked the government to reconsider the protest law.
In October, Sisi said his government would look into revising the law, shortly after pardoning 82 detainees imprisoned on political grounds or over freedom of expression.
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Authorities: Florida man killed himself before deputy fired

Authorities in Florida say that a man shot and killed himself in a Wal-Mart parking lot right before a deputy fired at him.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said Saturday preliminary results from the medical examiner's office showed that 28-year-old Paul Mebane "shot himself an instant before the deputy fired. "
On Friday evening, Col. Donna Lusczynski said Mebane was armed and refused to drop his weapon when confronted. That's when a deputy fired at Mebane.
Lusczynski said deputies were called after receiving reports of a suicidal man. Lusczynski said the deputy who shot Mebane had been placed on leave pending an investigation.
Authorities have not released the races of the slain man and the deputy.
The shooting occurred near a car with children inside but none were injured.
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Death toll from last month's IS bombing in Iraq rises to 92

Iraqi officials say the death toll from a Nov. 24 suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group has risen to 92, including about 40 Iranians.
The hospital and police officials said Saturday that another 105 people were wounded in the bombing at a gas station near the city of Hilla, south of Baghdad.
The latest death toll is an increase by 19 over the figure announced by officials a day after the attack, which targeted Shiite pilgrims returning home after marking a major religious occasion in the holy city of Karbala.
The officials attributed the rise in the death toll to the completion of the identification of bodies burnt beyond recognition.
They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
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Relatives of Flight 370's missing seek help in Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar — Relatives of some of the 239 people who were on a Malaysia Airlines plane that vanished in 2014 arrived in Madagascar on Saturday to ask for help in the search for debris from the missing aircraft that may have drifted across the Indian Ocean.
Half a dozen relatives traveled to Antananarivo, Madagascar's capital, ahead of meetings with community leaders and a journey to coastal areas to talk to villagers about the missing plane.
"We hope that we can raise awareness, teach them about how to identify debris, how to collect debris, what to do with it when they find it," said Grace Nathan, a Malaysian whose mother was on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The Boeing 777 jet is believed to have crashed in the southern Indian Ocean after deviating from its flight path from Malaysia to Beijing on March 8, 2014.
"Mobilizing the local population is a good start," said Nathan.
Nathan and her fellow travelers plan to talk to church leaders and non-governmental groups that can spread the word in rural communities that are "not so savvy with the Internet" and might not even have heard about the missing plane.
The relatives who arrived in Madagascar included Malaysians and Chinese who flew from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They were met at the airport by Blaine Gibson, an American who found a piece of debris in Mozambique that officials say was almost certainly a horizontal stabilizer from a Flight 370 wing. He has also collected pieces of potential debris in Madagascar.
A Frenchman who lost family members on the missing flight was expected to join the group of relatives after arriving on a separate flight.
Malaysia, Australia and China are close to suspending a search of a vast area of seabed in the southern Indian Ocean, but relatives of the missing believe the discovery of debris in Africa by Gibson and others justifies calls for officials to keep looking.
"We want to keep the search going," Nathan said.
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S. Koreans to march for 6th weekend calling for Park ouster

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of South Koreans are expected to march in capital Seoul for the sixth straight Saturday calling for the removal of scandal-plagued President Park Geun-hye, who faces an impeachment vote in parliament next week.
The demonstration will come hours after lawmakers formally launched an attempt to impeach Park. State prosecutors accuse her of helping a close confidante extort money and favors from large companies and manipulate state affairs.
Police say the turnout in streets near the presidential office could be similar to what was the largest anti-Park protest last Saturday when they sized the crowd at 270,000. Protest organizers estimated the crowd at 1.5 million.
Thousands were also expected to rally near the National Assembly to pressure parties, including Park’s conservative ruling party, to vote for her impeachment.
Opposition parties controlling South Korea’s parliament waited until after the end of this week’s plenary session to register an impeachment motion early Saturday. It means the vote will take place as early as next Friday.
The motion, which had the support of 171 opposition and independent lawmakers, accuses Park of violating the constitution and undermining democracy by allowing her longtime friend, Choi Soon-sil, to interfere in state affairs, and letting senior presidential aides help Choi extort from companies.
It also accuses Park of committing other crimes, such as abuse of authority, coercion and bribery, over allegations that large companies were bullied or offered rewards for giving money and favors to foundations and businesses Choi controlled.
“President Park Geun-hye, in executing her duty, has broadly and seriously violated the constitution and laws,” the impeachment motion says.
The opposition had earlier planned to call for a vote this week, but it squabbled over timing after Park made a conditional offer to resign.
The opposition lacks votes to push through with Park’s impeachment without help from dissenters in the ruling party.
A group of anti-Park lawmakers in the ruling party have vowed to vote for her impeachment if she fails to announce by Wednesday that she will step down voluntarily in April.
On Tuesday, Park, without providing a timeline, said she would leave office if parliament comes up with a stable power transfer plan. Opposition lawmakers criticized the overture, saying it was a stalling ploy aimed at luring back members of her party who supported impeachment.
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Jury going into next week in ex-officer's murder trial ::

By BRUCE SMITH and MEG KINNARD, Associated Press
CHARLESTON, S. C. — The jury in the murder trial of a former South Carolina police officer charged with gunning down a black motorist will continue deliberating next week, despite at one point Friday appearing deadlocked by a juror who told the judge he could not "with good conscience approve a guilty verdict. "
The panel of one black and 11 white jurors has now deliberated for more than 16 hours over three days on whether to convict former North Charleston police Officer Michael Slager in the death of 50-year-old Walter Scott. They will return to the jury room Monday.
Twice on Friday the jurors told Judge Clifton Newman they had reached a stalemate. One juror sent a letter directly to the judge saying he could not "with good conscience approve a guilty verdict. " The juror added he was not about to change his mind.
But then in the courtroom, the jury foreman told the judge that he thought jurors could reach a unanimous verdict and deliberations continued. Newman did not say whether the jurors were leaning toward a conviction on murder or on voluntary manslaughter.
Slager pulled over Scott's 1990 Mercedes for a broken taillight on April 4, 2015. Scott was shot five times in the back as he fled the traffic stop. A passer-by captured the shooting on cellphone video that stunned the nation.
Slager was fired from the department and charged with murder after the video surfaced.
Jurors are considering the charge of murder, which in Slager's case could carry a sentence of from 30 years to life in prison, and a lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter, which carries a sentence of two to five years.
The city of North Charleston reached a $6.5 million civil settlement with Scott's family last year. Following the shooting, the city also that the U. S. Justice Department to review its police department policies with an eye toward how the department can improve its relationship with residents.
Slager also faces trial next year in federal court on charges of depriving Scott of his civil rights.
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Far right has second chance in Austrian presidential election

By Francois Murphy VIENNA, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Austria will provide a new gauge of the populist wave sweeping Western democracies on Sunday, as the divided country holds a vote that could deliver the first freely-elected far-right head of state in Europe since World War Two. The knife-edge presidential run-off is all the more dramatic for being a re-run of an election held six months ago - before Britain chose to leave the European Union and Americans elected Donald Trump as president - offering an indication of whether popular anger at the political establishment has grown. When Norbert Hofer of the anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPO) narrowly lost the original run-off in May with 49.65 percent of the vote, European governments breathed a sigh of relief. Far-right parties like France's National Front, however, cheered the record performance. Opinion polls suggest the race remains too close to call and could again come down to postal ballots, meaning the final result might come as late as Tuesday. The first projections are due shortly after polling stations close at 5 p.m. (1600 GMT). What influence Trump and Brexit have had on Austria is unclear, but the fault lines are similar - blue-collar workers have largely backed Hofer, the highly educated favour his opponent, former Greens leader Alexander Van der Bellen. Van der Bellen, 72, has put Brexit at the heart of his campaign, arguing that Hofer wants Austria to hold its own "Oexit" referendum, putting jobs at risk in the small, trade-dependent country. "Let us not play with this fire. Let us not play with Oexit," Van der Bellen said in their last televised debate, referring to the fact Hofer initially said Austria could hold its own referendum within a year before backing down. A Hofer win would raise the prospect of two near-simultaneous blows to Europe's political establishment. Italy is holding a referendum on Sunday on constitutional reform that polls suggest Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will lose. Austria's president traditionally has a largely ceremonial role, but Hofer has made clear he wants to be an interventionist head of state, threatening to dismiss a government if it raises taxes and calling for referendums on a range of issues, even though referendums are beyond the job's remit. "You will be amazed at what will be possible," Hofer, 45, said in April when asked about the president's powers. The president also plays an important part in forming coalitions. Van der Bellen has said he would try to prevent an FPO-led government even if it won an election. The FPO is running first in polls with support of roughly a third of voters, with parliamentary elections due in 2018. BANANA REPUBLIC Austria has for decades been dominated by two centrist parties that are once again in coalition, and anger at that entrenched duopoly has fuelled support for the far-right FPO, which says it wants to end the two parties' grip on power. The country, which stretches from Slovakia to Switzerland and borders Germany, was swept up in Europe's migration crisis last year, stoking unease among many voters already concerned about globalisation and rising unemployment, playing into the FPO's hands. Whatever the outcome, weary Austrian voters hope it will at least bring to an end an election that has dragged on for almost a year after a comedy of errors that prompted some Austrian media to call the country a "banana republic". The result of the May 22 run-off was overturned because of irregularities in the count of postal ballots, mostly due to election officials cutting corners as they raced to complete the count. The re-run was then postponed because the glue on the envelopes for some postal ballots did not stick. Officials are this time aiming to do everything by the book, in the hope that a small delay to the result prevents bigger problems down the line. (Editing by Toby Chopra)
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Hawaii expected to get 3 feet of snow. You read that right.

Hawaii's highest peak could get up to another foot of snow Sunday, on top of the 2 feet that have fallen since Thursday, the National Weather Service says.
A winter storm warning is in effect for the summits of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea through Saturday evening.
“Then we’re expecting another round on Sunday and Sunday night,” said Matthew Foster, a staff meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Honolulu.
The initial storm started on Thursday and was slowing down Saturday, “though some freezing drizzle is still possible,” Foster said.
The next storm is currently about 400 miles west of the island of Kauai and should arrive over the islands sometime on Sunday, Foster said.
“This one won’t be quite as strong when it moves over the Big Island, so we’re putting it as possibly 12 more inches of snow,” he said.
The rest of the island, and all of Hawaii, remains warm if somewhat wet, with heavy rains in some areas that have caused flash flooding.
“The grounds are already saturated now, so it doesn’t take much,” Foster said.
The snow at the peak of Mauna Loa is not uncommon because it is so high, nearly 14,000 feet.
“As long as we have deep enough clouds to support ice crystals, and when you have cold enough temperatures at the summit level, you can get snowfall,” said Foster.
Mauna Loa and its sister peak of Mauna Kea are both volcanos. Mauna Kea is the highest point in the state of Hawaii.
Snow on the peaks is not uncommon in the colder months of the year, though deep snow is rare.
“We’ll probably see three to five snow events a year during the cold season. Some years we might not get any, some years we might get more,” said Foster.
The only other area of Hawaii that gets snow with any regularity is the Haleakalā volcano on Maui, which at about 10,000 feet gets snow once every five years or so, he said.
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Iowa governor favored to be next ambassador to China: report

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Islamic State meets to choose leader’s successor

The Islamic State summoned commanders and affiliate organizations to Iraq to choose a successor to their leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, citing people it didn’t identify.
The SOHR, a U. K.-based monitoring organization, reported the planned meeting on its website. The information couldn’t immediately be independently verified and calls to the SOHR by Bloomberg News seeking further information weren’t answered.
There have previously been unconfirmed reports, including in March 2015 and in June 2016, that al-Baghdadi was seriously wounded in air strikes carried out by U. S.-led coalition forces. The air strikes have targeted Islamic State’s top military commanders since the group declared a caliphate in areas of Syria and Iraq two years ago.
"The Coalition has not received specific reports about Baghdadi’s condition,” Colonel Joe Scrocca, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve director of public affairs said in an e-mailed statement. Still, the meeting is another sign Islamic State is losing ground in Iraq and Syria and that pressure by Iraqi Security Forces and Syrian Democratic Forces is challenging its command and control, he said.
In August, Russia and the U. S. both claimed their forces killed Abu Mohammed al-Adnani in an attack in Syria’s Aleppo province. Al-Adnani was the No. 2 figure in the radical Islamic organization after al-Baghdadi. Other targeted commanders include Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili, also known as Abu Umar al-Shishani, the group’s minister of war, who was killed in an air strike in March.
Last month, al-Baghdadi released an audio message rallying fighters in Iraq, a day after Iraqi special forces began an offensive to retake the northern city of Mosul, where Islamic State declared the caliphate in 2014.
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Where Does Trump Get His News?

Since winning the presidential election, Donald Trump has reportedly skipped out on the majority of his intelligence briefings; this past Sunday, Trump made headlines after sharing false information blaming his loss of the popular vote on mass voter fraud — a claim previously reported by the conspiracy news site Infowars. It's been widely reported that Trump is an obsessive consumer of cable news — he has himself admitted to receiving at least a portion of his military advice from "the shows. " But, pundits and chyrons aside, relatively little is known about where the next president will find the news and commentary that might color his time in office. What exactly is Trump's media diet?
What we know of Trump's relationship to the modern internet suggests the president-elect rarely browses it himself. Trump campaign press secretary Hope Hicks told GQ he relies largely on Google News printouts from staffers and sparingly reads his own email. And a 2007 deposition suggests that Trump doesn't use a computer or carry a smartphone during the daytime hours, and often dictates daytime tweets to his assistants.
To better understand Trump's media consumption, BuzzFeed News turned to the president-elect's largest source of public proclamations and shared news: Twitter. While Trump's media consumption and methods appear opaque and unconventional, the stories he chooses to share with his now 16 million–plus followers offer a unique window into the news and commentary that catch his eye.
BuzzFeed News reviewed 26,234 of Trump's 34,062 tweets, which we received through the Twitter API and developer Brendan Brown , who has archived Trump's tweets beyond what is accessible via the API (a stream of data that includes information like tweet text, time, and date). We filtered that data down to the 2,687 hyperlinks tweeted by Trump's personal Twitter account since he announced his candidacy in June 2015. By programmatically expanding the shortened links in his tweets we were able to group and count them to generate a rudimentary portrait of the news and opinion he publicizes and, presumably, consumes.
A few things to note before the data: The analyzed tweets were broadcast between June 1, 2015 — the month Donald Trump announced his presidential campaign — and November 17, 2016. The majority of links tweeted by Trump's account were retweets. Sites that were categorized as "media" were broadly defined as organizations that publish content regularly. Campaign-related links include links to President-Elect Trump's own website as well as links to sites related to the GOP.
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(You'll find a downloadable spreadsheet of Trump's tweets from June 16, 2015 to Nov. 17, 2016, here .)
Our analysis revealed a media ecosystem that appears to largely reinforce and affirm the views publicly expressed by Trump and his closest advisers. The news stories Trump tweets share several characteristics: 1) They often favor sensationalism over facts and reporting; 2) They frequently echo direct quotes from Trump himself or his closest advisers; and 3) They routinely malign his enemies and vindicate his most controversial opinions.
When it comes to news sources, the stories tweeted by Trump (and the staffers who sometimes manage his Twitter account) suggest that he is unfazed by news of questionable accuracy, likely to rely on hyper-partisan news, and apt to promote mainstream news only when it validates his opinions. While politicians from both sides of the aisle use their Twitter accounts to share content that furthers their agendas, Trump's reliance on sources and stories of questionable accuracy stands out both in frequency and in engagement. The stories shared by Trump's account throughout his campaign suggest the president-elect has constructed a powerful online filter bubble that largely flatters and confirms that which he claims to be true.
Using his tweeted links as a guide, Trump's favorite information source appears to be Twitter itself. Nearly half of the hyperlinks shared by Trump's account during his presidential campaign come from Twitter URLs. Many show Trump retweeting his fans, including — according to Fortune — at least 75 retweets of white supremacists and a false claim about gun violence demographics. Trump's other most frequently tweeted links are to his Facebook page (266 links) and his website (201 links — most referring to statements, event schedules, and voter information).
During campaign season Trump shared more Breitbart links to his more than 15 million followers than any other news organization (in August Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon joined Trump's campaign as CEO and will enter the West Wing in January as Trump's senior White House adviser). While Trump also shares links from mainstream sites — his second most shared site during the time period analyzed was the Washington Post — Trump's preferred content seems to be right-leaning, hyper-partisan sites and opinion blogs including Daily Caller (21 links), Newsmax (18), the Gateway Pundit (14 links), the Conservative Treehouse (11), the Political Insider (1), Conservative Tribune (1), Infowars (1), (5), and (1). Trump's Twitter account also shares links from a number of obscure personal blogs, like, which hosted a joke post about a fake game show about Monica Lewinsky hosted by a character named "Stink Fartinmale. "
Trump rarely shares the kind of flagrantly concocted fake news stories promoted by Macedonian teens. Yet the president-elect does seem to have an affinity for factually murky stories bolstered by opinion, circumstantial evidence, and hearsay that appear generally supportive of his most controversial statements. Frequently throughout the presidential campaign Trump tweeted stories that seemed to back up his claims that "thousands" of Muslims cheered from New Jersey rooftops as the World Trade Center towers fell on 9/11, despite no evidence from police or confirmed news reports. Other Trump-tweeted stories include a Breitbart piece with the headline, "Trump 100% Vindicated: CBS Reports 'Swarm' On Rooftops Celebrating 9/11" and a New York Post piece about Orlando Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen allegedly celebrating on 9/11.
These stories prove slippery in their presentation by Trump or in their framing of the facts they claim to report. The Post headline, despite Trump's insistence, does little to bolster his claim — Mateen was a teen in school in Florida and not in New Jersey, where Trump claimed the cheering took place. And while the Breitbart headline suggests "swarms" of cheering Muslims, the video evidence — in the form of a Sept. 16, 2001, local newscast — shows only anecdotal evidence of cheering (framed as such by the newscasters). The reference to a "swarm" overstates the anecdote which notes that a group of eight individuals possibly of Muslim faith were arrested in New Jersey after 9/11.
Like a number of the stories Trump shares via Twitter, strong headlines and flimsy evidence are touted as vindication of a controversial claim, but leave the vigilant reader with the daunting task of proving a negative.
BuzzFeed News' analysis shows that, despite Trump's repeated claims of a deeply biased mainstream media, the president-elect shares news stories from a high number of traditional media outlets. Throughout the course of the campaign, Trump frequently tweeted from mainstream organizations like the Washington Post (26), New York Post (22), The Hill (21), Politico (15), CNN (12), USA Today (10), Bloomberg (7), Forbes (7), CBS News (6), ABC News (5), and NBC News (5) among others. In nearly every instance, the stories shared were news items about polls that favored Trump (many from the primaries) or negative articles about Hillary Clinton — many of them aggregations of WikiLeaks emails.
It's hard not to look at the frequency and demeanor of Trump's tweeting of mainstream outlets and not see a desire for validation from the nation's biggest traditional newsrooms. When covered positively, Trump's response is effusive —
But such accolades are often supplanted — if not eradicated — at the first sign of adversarial coverage. In July 2015, for example, Trump fired off a tweet praising a "great article" in Politico Magazine by Rich Lowry. Nine months later, Trump's tune had changed. "Wow, @Politico is in total disarray with almost everybody quitting," Trump tweeted. "Good news — bad, dishonest journalists! "
It's worth noting that BuzzFeed News' analysis of Trump's shared links suggests that when the president-elect does tweet a report from a mainstream publication, it is often to share positive news about himself or a report that supports his positions. Trump, for example, was quick to share a Slate story touting polling data on his own leadership qualities — he shared the story twice in two days — adding an "I agree! " endorsement. But beyond one other nonscientific online poll, Trump did not share any of the more than 4,400 Slate stories containing his name — many of them adversarial in their coverage — published on the site within the past year.
Analysis of the links Trump shares on Twitter charts a media echo chamber that is often literal. Stories shared by the president-elect were frequently sympathetic recaps of his campaign rallies, composed mostly of quotes from Trump himself containing unsupported claims. Of the 2,687 links Trump tweeted since beginning his campaign, the story with the highest number of combined likes and retweets (53,700) comes from LifeZette, a politics site whose editor-in-chief is pro-Trump political commentator Laura Ingraham (and who is reportedly on Trump's short list for White House press secretary). The story's only quotes come from the stump speech in which Trump first pledged to "drain the swamp" in Washington. Similarly, links tweeted by Trump's account highlight praise from those in Trump's inner circle. In one tweet from July, Trump shared a CNBC op-ed suggesting that America "need[s] a tough negotiator like Trump to fix US trade policy," a post authored in part by Trump policy adviser Peter Navarro.
BuzzFeed News' analysis of Trump's media universe shows the president-elect isn't immune from sharing more blatant misinformation. Throughout the campaign Trump's Twitter account shared two separate stories from , a site that used to sell business cards and postcards and now calls itself "America's Top News Site. " Prntly has been described by the Washington Post as "fake news" and is run by a former ecstasy dealer from Albany. According to the Post, Prntly has allegedly made up its own sources, lifted copy from other sites and pawned it off as "exclusive," and allows users to sign up and write their own news stories without any vetting.
The two Prntly stories Trump has shared — both since removed from the site — include claims that Trump's appeal with Rust Belt voters is higher than any candidate since FDR ( no citation or evidence ) and that Trump successfully pressured Ford to move a Mexican plant to Ohio (incorrect and disproven by numerous outlets including the Washington Post). Similarly, Trump has shared news articles from hyper-partisan and frequently nonfactual blogs like Powdered Wig Society, which, recently lamented , "WaPo put out a list of fake news sites and Powdered Wig is not included. Dammit! We shall endeavor to try harder. " The blog post shared by Trump cites Prntly as its source and refers to Hillary Clinton as "Hitlery" Clinton.
Frequently, stories shared by Trump from hyper-partisan outlets sacrifice facts for convenience of narrative. One Gateway Pundit piece retweeted by Trump this past August alleged that a "Democrat Fire Marshal Turn[ed] THOUSANDS of Trump Supporters Away at Columbus Rally. " The tweet helped to stir up a micro-controversy among Trump supporters of unfair bias and toward the Republican candidate. A follow-up article from the Columbus Dispatch corrected the number, reporting only a few hundred were turned away and that convention center officials capped the rally at 1,000 — a number the Trump campaign agreed to beforehand.
Trump's Twitter account is just one part of the president-elect's information diet, but it's an instructive one. With its broad reach comes considerable influence; a BuzzFeed News analysis found that Trump's average news tweet receives about 10,265 engagements (a combination of retweets and favorites) with a median engagement of 4,729, while his top news tweets garnered well above 53,000 total engagements.
Throughout the campaign, Trump's engagement from his account outperformed Hillary Clinton 's substantially. In the three months leading up the election day (Aug. 9 to Nov. 8), Clinton's account tweeted 2,449 times with an average of 3,964 retweets; Trump tweeted 587 times with an average of 10,863 retweets. And many of Trump's biggest non-news tweets pulled in hundreds of thousands of total engagements. Thanks to Trump's facility with Twitter and his uncanny ability to use it to simultaneously bypass and program traditional media, the account has been a uniquely powerful megaphone for his candidacy — and an unconventional preface for his presidency to come.
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Rep. Jeff Duncan: McCaul Is the Leader Trump Needs to Secure Border, Enforce Immigration Laws

Nowhere is this more important than on border security and immigration. The crisis has reached a breaking point, and the American people are fed up.
That’s why I am glad to see President-Elect Trump is considering House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul to be his Secretary of Homeland Security. He is the best pick.
We need someone like McCaul—a lifelong Texan who knows every inch of the border—to secure our territory once and for all and protect American sovereignty.
He has called for a border security surge so that we can gain operational control to keep criminals, cartels, terrorists, and illegals from infiltrating our country.
And he has the ability to push an emergency plan through Congress to get the wall built quickly and put in place multi-layered defenses.
But we also need to urgently scrap President Obama’s politically-correct counterterrorism policies and reckless immigration actions. Jihadists have exploited virtually every route to get into America—as tourists, students, immigrants, and refugees.
McCaul has laid out plans for ramping up security to block terrorists from using any of these pathways into the United States.
He joined me in seeking a suspension of immigration from countries that have been compromised by terrorism, like Syria, and has championed “extreme vetting” policies that would make it harder for jihadists to exploit our immigration programs.
It must also be the new Administration’s top priority to deter further illegal immigration. And McCaul has already said he would strongly back President Trump’s plan to toss out Obama’s unlawful executive actions.
Having watched him for years in Congress, I know he would end catch-and-release policies and enforce expedited removal of illegal aliens that sneak across our borders.
We can also count on him to cut off federal funding to sanctuary cities that flagrantly ignore our immigration laws, while aggressively deporting criminal aliens from coast to coast.
The work can’t stop there, though. I applaud McCaul for pledging to mandate and expand E-Verify, a system that will keep illegals from taking away American jobs, and I believe he would overhaul our government’s broken guest-worker policies.
Finally, we must figure out how to crack down on people who overstay their visas, which now account for almost half of all illegal immigration in the country. They come through the front door, but then they never leave.
McCaul has pushed to implement a rigorous entry-exit tracking system using biometric technology to confirm that people who should leave have done so. If they don’t, we need to find and deport them.
This work is too important to trust to a novice. We can’t afford to have someone run the Department of Homeland Security who is learning on the job.
Michael McCaul would be ready to go on day one, and I’m glad President Trump is considering him. #MakeAmericaSafeAgain
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Russia seeks full rebel pullout from Aleppo

By Tom Perry, Isla Binnie and Vladimir Soldatkin BEIRUT/ROME/MOSCOW, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Russia said on Saturday it was ready for talks with the United States about a withdrawal of all Syrian rebels from eastern Aleppo where advances by the Russian-backed Syrian army and its allies threaten to deal a crushing blow to the rebellion. An official with an Aleppo rebel group accused Russia of backtracking on ideas agreed at talks in Turkey that would have led to a ceasefire, and said rebel commanders had vowed to fight on even as they face intense bombardment and ground assaults. Russia has acknowledged contacts with the rebels but given no details of the talks in Turkey. "I asked the factions, they said 'we will not surrender'," said Zakaria Malahifji, the head of the political office of the Aleppo-based Fastaqim faction, speaking from Turkey. But with the rebels under fierce assault in their shrinking enclave, the U. N. envoy for Syria suggested eastern Aleppo could fall to the government by the end of the year and hoped a "formula" could be found to avoid a "terrible battle". The government advances in Aleppo have brought President Bashar al-Assad to the brink of his biggest victory yet in the war that grew out of protests against his rule in 2011. Backed by the Russian air force and Shi'ite militias from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon, the government has gradually closed in on eastern Aleppo this year. The latest phase of the attack has driven rebels from more than half the territory they held. The United Nations estimates that close to 30,000 people have been displaced by the latest fighting, 18,000 of them leaving to government-held areas and a further 8,500 going to the Kurdish-controlled neighbourhood of Sheikh Maqsoud. Tens of thousands of people are thought to be sheltering in the rebel-held east, where supplies of food and fuel are critically low and hospitals have been repeatedly bombed out of operation. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group that reports on the war, said up to 200,000 people may still be in the rebel-held area. U. N. envoy Staffan de Mistura said it could be more than 100,000 people. Russia, which has assumed a pivotal role in Syria since it deployed its air force there 15 months ago, said the withdrawal of all rebels would "normalize life" in eastern Aleppo. "We are immediately ready to send out military experts, diplomats to Geneva in order to agree mutual actions with our American colleagues to ensure the pullout of all the rebels without exclusion from eastern Aleppo," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. REBELS ABANDONED There was no immediate comment from the United States, which has backed some of the rebel groups fighting Assad, including Free Syrian Army factions fighting in the Aleppo area. The rebels say they have been abandoned to their fate in eastern Aleppo by foreign governments such as the United States. With no good options, the rebels have been holding talks with Russian officials which they say had produced agreements including the departure of all jihadist fighters from Aleppo. Malahifji said Lavrov's comments had "cancelled everything" and the meetings in Turkey had "almost come to a halt". "The military commanders in Aleppo said 'we will not leave the city. There is no problem with corridors for civilians to leave, but we will not leave the city'," Malahifji said. The Observatory and a Syrian army source said government forces had advanced further, capturing the Tariq al-Bab area. The Observatory said government forces had seized at least 60 percent of the area the rebels had held. Rebels officials said the assault on Tariq al-Bab had been repelled. Fierce clashes were underway in the Aziza as rebels sought to repel another attempted advance, a rebel official said. At least seven plumes of smoke were seen rising from rebel-held areas of the city on Saturday as the sound of jets could be heard overhead, a Reuters witness in the government-held western Aleppo said. The Observatory said at least three people were killed in an air strike on the al-Shaer neighbourhood of eastern Aleppo. The civil defense rescue service in eastern Aleppo said a gathering of displaced people had been struck and put the death toll at more than six. The army denies targeting civilians. The Observatory also reported that rebels shot down a Syrian war plane over Aleppo, killing the two pilots on board. Reuters could not obtain Syrian military comment on the report. ALEPPO'S FALL WON'T END WAR Speaking at a conference in Rome, U. N. envoy Staffan de Mistura indicated eastern Aleppo could fall by the end of the year, saying "Aleppo is not going to stay that long". "I was feeling it would be a terrible battle ending up by Christmas/New Year. I hope the battle will not take place, that there will be some type of formula," he said. In apparent reference to the talks between Russian and rebel officials, de Mistura said "informal negotiations" had reduced the level of fighting in eastern Aleppo - a comment which rebel officials dismissed as out of touch with reality. The government has reached numerous local agreements with rebels in besieged areas by which they have been given safe passage to the insurgent-held province of Idlib in northwestern Syria. Some analysts believe the Aleppo rebels may eventually be forced to accept such an agreement. European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, speaking in Rome, said she was certain Aleppo's fall would not end the war, and there would be other military escalations. "This will only make things worse and, by the way, I am convinced the fall of Aleppo will not end the war. We will have other military escalations. So if a call to stop has to be made, it has to be made now, not tomorrow or in a week's time," she said. (Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Janet Lawrence)
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Colombia plane crash survivor released from hospital

Medellin (Colombia), Dec 3 (IANS) Bolivian flight attendant Erwin Tumiri has become the first survivor of the Colombia air disaster to be released from hospital. The 25-year-old left the Somer Clinic...
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Halt settlement vote until Trump takes office: Lieberman

Speaking at a conference in Washington on Friday night, video of which was released by his office, Lieberman was quizzed about the vote which could go to its first reading next week.
"I think it's much better to postpone all this legislation and steps until January 20," he said, speaking in English.
US President Barack Obama officially hands over office to Trump on that date.
"My proposal is to wait for the new administration and to create, together with the new administration, a common policy without any uprise and not to create facts but to wait and to discuss with the next administration our policy and our visions.
"I think it makes sense," Lieberman said.
Israeli right-wingers hailed Trump's November 8 election triumph which they hope will usher in a US administration far less critical of settlement expansion than under Obama.
A scheduled first reading Wednesday of a bill to legalise around 4,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank was postponed until December 5.
Israeli media reported that the delay was because efforts were still being made to secure a majority.
The settlement bill has tested Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition, widely seen as the most right-wing in the country's history.
Netanyahu does not want the bill to pass, warning that it could violate international law and result in repercussions at the International Criminal Court.
Countries including the United States have also strongly criticised the bill and Netanyahu is concerned over an international backlash.
But he is also faced with holding together his coalition and not being seen as acting against the powerful settler movement.
Israel's attorney general says the legislation will never hold up in court.
But those who support it say the move is urgently needed to protect a Jewish outpost in the occupied West Bank called Amona.
The outpost, where around 40 families live, is under a high court order to be demolished by December 25 because it was built on private Palestinian land.
The bill, however, goes far beyond legalising Amona and would allow an estimated 4,000 Jewish homes in the West Bank to be legalised, according to settlement watchdog Peace Now.
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Afghan and US presidents discuss fight against terrorism

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan government says U. S. President-elect Donald Trump and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani have emphasized their joint commitment to fighting terrorism in a phone conversation. ...
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Supreme Court takes Christian-affiliated hospital pension case

(Reuters) - The U. S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear appeals by Christian-affiliated hospital systems of lower court rulings that gave the green light to employee lawsuits accusing them of wrongly claiming a religious exemption from federal pension law.
New Jersey-based St. Peter's Healthcare System, Illinois-based Advocate Health System and California-based Dignity Health each appealed separate federal appeals courts rulings that refused to throw out the employee lawsuits. The justices agreed to hear all three cases.
The employees in effect accuse the hospital systems of being big businesses posing as church organizations in order to avoid minimum funding and reporting requirements on employee pension plans mandated by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA.
The suits state that by claiming the exemption, the hospital systems are putting employee pension plans at risk. The hospital systems said allowing the lawsuits to go forward could jeopardize nonprofit hospitals' ability to provide care.
The three hospital systems maintain that their religious affiliation makes them exempt from ERISA. St. Peters is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church, Dignity is formerly Catholic-affiliated but still operates many Catholic hospitals, and Advocate is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and United Church of Christ.
Hundreds of hospitals and hospital systems have claimed the exemption since 1980, when Congress amended ERISA to extend what is known as the "church plan" exemption, originally only for churches, more broadly to certain religiously affiliated organizations.
In recent years, employees, many represented by the same law firms, have filed lawsuits challenging hospitals' use of the exemption.
Trial court rulings have been mixed. But the 3rd, 7th and 9th U. S. Circuit Courts of Appeals ruled against St. Peter's, Advocate and Dignity, respectively, refusing to dismiss employees' lawsuits against them. No other federal appeals courts have decided cases on the issue.
All three courts found that the plain language of ERISA allows the exemption only for organizations set up by churches to manage their employee pension plans, not for wholly separate entities like hospitals. They rejected hospitals' arguments that they relied on opinions from the Internal Revenue Service, which has allowed them to claim the church plan exemption since the early 1980s.
The extent of hospitals' potential liability is not clear, since church plans are not subject to the reporting requirements of ERISA. The employees suing St. Peter's and Dignity claim that their plans are underfunded by about $70 million and $1.2 billion, respectively. Advocate is also accused of underfunding its plan, though the complaint in that case does not say by how much.
The hospitals have denied their plans are underfunded.
The plaintiffs are also seeking retroactive penalties for past violations of ERISA, which the hospitals said could add up to hundreds of millions or billions of dollars.
The Supreme Court deadlocked 4-4 in a major religious rights case in May, telling lower courts to reconsider whether nonprofit Christian employers should be exempt from a federal requirement that they provide female workers with medical insurance paying for birth control.
(Reporting by Brendan Pierson in New York; Additional reporting by Lawrence Hurley in Washington; Editing by Alexia Garamfalvi and Will Dunham)
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Wells Fargo Offers to Meet with Standing Rock Sioux Before Year-End

Wells Fargo & Co said it would “be pleased” to meet with tribal elders from the Standing Rock Sioux tribe before year-end to discuss the U. S. bank’s investment in the Dakota Access Pipeline, the company told the tribe in a letter dated Thursday.
A Wells Fargo spokesman confirmed the authenticity of the letter, and pictures of the document appeared on Twitter on Friday. In a statement, a spokesman added that the company has met with the Standing Rock tribe several times, most recently in October.
Wells Fargo is one of more than a dozen financial institutions with investments in the pipeline; others include Citigroup Inc and TD Bank. Activists have protested outside bank headquarters and branches in recent months to try to persuade the company to divest its investment in the line.
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Teenager Arrested, Charged in Classmate's Decapitation

A 16-year-old has been arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death of his 16-year-old classmate whose headless body was found near the Merrimack River in Lawrence, Massachusetts.
Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett said Mathew Borges was arrested Saturday morning.
The decapitated body of 16-year-old Lee Manuel Viloria-Paulino was discovered by the riverbank Thursday by a woman walking her dog. Police recovered the head a short distance away. The boy had been missing for about two weeks, last seen at his grandmother's home in Lawrence on Nov. 18.
The two boys attended Lawrence High School. Blodgett says Borges will be arraigned Monday on a charge of first-degree murder. He'll be charged as an adult.
It was not immediately clear if Borges has a lawyer.
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Morocco arrests suspected militant involved in French plot

By Aziz El Yaakoubi RABAT, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Moroccan authorities have arrested a suspected militant accused of acting as an intermediary between Islamic State commanders and a cell dismantled by French authorities last month, the Interior Ministry said on Saturday. France said late last month it had foiled a possible attack after detaining seven people, including some who had been in the ranks of Islamic State in Syria. "For his mission (the suspect) met Islamic State messengers on the Turkish-Syrian border and he received instructions... to pass on to the group that has been arrested on French soil," the Moroccan ministry said in a statement. The suspect was supposed to travel to France via Germany using a forged passport, the ministry added. It gave no details about the suspect but a security source told Reuters he was a Moroccan national who lived in Spain. "When he saw that the group was arrested in France he came to Morocco from Turkey and was arrested at the airport when his plane landed," said the security source, who declined to be named. France said the seven people, who are of French, Moroccan and Afghan origin and are aged 29 to 37, were taken into custody after an eight-month operation that ended with the DGSI internal intelligence agency laying a trap. The arrests in France came a year after a state of emergency was imposed to counter a wave of Islamist attacks and at a politically sensitive time ahead of next spring's presidential election in which security will be a major theme. Morocco's Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ), the judicial part of the Moroccan domestic intelligence service, often announces it has broken up militant cells accused of plotting inside and outside the kingdom. Hundreds of fighters from Europe and Maghreb states such as Tunisia and Algeria have joined Islamist militant forces in Syria. Some are threatening to return and create new jihadist wings in their home countries, security experts say. The Moroccan government has said it believes around 1,500 Moroccan nationals are fighting with militant factions in Syria and Iraq. About 200 have been jailed after returning home and some 500 have been killed in battle. (Reporting By Aziz El Yaakoubi; Editing by Gareth Jones)
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Woman seriously injured after Cape Cod house fire

HARWICH, Mass. (AP) - An early-morning house fire has caused life-threatening injuries to a Cape Cod woman.
The Cape Cod Times reports ( ) that Harwich firefighters responded to an apartment building fire just before 4 a.m. off Route 28 in South Harwich.
Harwich Deputy Fire Chief David LeBlanc says a woman has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
No other people in the 5-unit apartment building were injured. LeBlanc says the building’s sprinkler system helped contain the fire to a single bedroom.
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Donald Trump's Cabinet — are the choices good?

We need dramatic change
Re: "Financier eyed for treasury -- Trump moves to fill posts key to promised policy changes," Wednesday news story.
Who better to run the Treasury Department than a successful businessperson? Compare Steven Mnuchin's credentials to those of the current treasury secretary, Jack Lew.
Mnuchin has a career history of investment management and business experience that has resulted in him being a wealthy person along with his investors being enriched as well. Would we want anything less? On the other hand, Lew is a career bureaucrat. His sole venture into the private sector was to head up the Citigroup investment group that bet on the housing market collapse -- and he was successful at that venture.
I'd rather see a successful businessperson in that role than one who profited from the miseries of others.
Our country needs a dramatic change if we are going to pull out of the death spiral that our current leaders have started. Given a choice between successful businesspeople and career bureaucrats, I'll take the former any day.
Allen Hoon, Plano
Criticizing picks is divisive
Re: "Does wealthy Cabinet defy populist vow? Democrats assail appointments, but adding outsiders fits campaign pitch," Thursday news story.
Can anyone remember a president getting as much scrutiny over his Cabinet selection as Donald Trump is getting? That is OK with me, but this piece makes it pretty clear that the progressive left-wing media (such as The Dallas Morning News , in my opinion) is not looking to support the president-elect but to find ways to undermine him.
By finding ways to undermine him by finding fault with his Cabinet selection, the mainstream media seem determined to promote divisiveness and class warfare.
Don Skaggs, Garland
Don't ignore Petraeus' guilt
Re: "Military lines up to serve Trump -- Corps of generals seeking posts raises balance questions," Nov. 25 news story.
The article is negligent for what it does not state. David Petraeus is guilty of disclosing classified information to his mistress. He initially lied about it but eventually admitted it.
After all of Donald Trump's bluster to con his supporters into believing he would lock up Hillary Clinton, he even remotely considers appointing to his Cabinet someone who knowingly and willingly disclosed classified information?
I urge Congress to reject any possible appointment of Petraeus to any position in this government.
Steve Jarboe, Carrollton
Quality conservative selections
While we disagreed with The Dallas Morning News 'endorsement of Hillary Clinton, we respected the newspapers' right to make it. Nevertheless, we lost respect for your journalistic integrity due to the predominance of negative pieces about Donald Trump, especially given the flaws in both candidates.
While this was disappointing, it was not particularly surprising for a mainstream media outlet.
What has been surprising is the frequency of negative Trump headlines since the election. The headline that says, "Exits throw Trump transition into disarray" is inconsistent with the fact that more Cabinet appointments have been made by Trump than either Presidents Barack Obama or George W. Bush at similar points in their transitions.
Furthermore, the changes in Trump's transition team have not interrupted his continued appointment of quality conservatives, which is encouraging to those who voted for him.
Bruce Grantham, Garland
America's nightmare begins
With the Cabinet appointments just announced, America's nightmare begins. Anyone supposing a moderate Donald Trump lay under the surface of the candidate must see now that there's no such Trump. His history and character warned of an immoderate person, something history and character wishful thinkers preferred to ignore, replacing the warnings with their own hopes pinned to speculation.
It was clear from the outset that the change Trump's staunchest supporters sought was to stop the real change inaugurated with Barack Obama's presidency -- the first black president -- followed by gay marriage and, potentially, a first woman president, that saw the population adopting more moderate views toward social nonconformity, an expanded role for federal government, a growing sensitivity for our minorities' plights and changes that rolled away traditional blocks to equality and rights.
Trump's "Great America" is almost on us, as we see it taking shape before our eyes. The "Make America Great Again" that's coming is actually a return to the nightmarish, hard-line America before change.
Brian Baldwin, Dallas/Oak Lawn
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Sheriff's deputy hurt, vehicle smashed in Arden Arcade hit-and-run

Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko Wednesday held a press conference in which he disclosed new details in the Sherri Papini kidnapping case, including a limited description of her alleged captors, who he said kept their faces covered.
A thief who ripped sapling citrus trees from the grounds of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Orangevale ostensibly stole from the congregation, an Eagle Scout and the poor. Captured on church security camera video, the man can be seen loosening the ground by digging around one of the trees and then yanking it up. He is later seen on video wheeling away several of the trees in a refuse can.
Just before 5 a.m.,11 cows escaped a parked trailer on Madison Avenue in North Highlands while their driver was asleep, California Highway Patrol said. A handful of the cows found refuge behind a residence west of Palm Avenue and Hillsdale Boulevard. The black Angus cows threw their weight around, knocking air conditioning units aside. Eventually, cowboys from Lincoln corralled them.
A Yuba City couple missing in the snowy Sierra since Sunday was found Monday by searchers and was being carried to safety by snowmobile. Sondra Winberry is the sister of Susan Holloter, who went missing with her husband Rory. Dustin Cudd is Susan's son.
Not everyone was in the holiday spirit at the Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. The mall opened at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, and at some point after, a huge fight broke out involving several shoppers. Mall spokesperson Annie Amies said the incident was resolved quickly with the help of mall security. Modesto Police Department Lt. Steve Stanfield said his officers were not called to the scene, and did not receive any reporters of injuries.
This is a partial transcript of radio traffic between a dispatcher and Yolo sheriff’s deputies in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. Sherri Papini, the kidnapped mother from the Redding area, was found at approximately 4:30 a.m. near the town of Yolo, north of Woodland. She flagged down a driver on Interstate 5, at County Road 17. The driver called 911, and California Highway Patrol was the first on scene. CHP requested help from the Yolo County Sheriff’s Office, as follows. Recording obtained from Broadcastify.
Sacramento County Sheriff's Department investigate an officer involved shooting in Carmichael on Thanksgiving. Police were initially called to a 7-Eleven at 2 p.m. over reports of a young man in his late teens behaving erratically.
Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko says he is "ecstatic" to report that Sherri Papini has been located and reunited with her husband and family on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, 2016. "Sherri is now safe," he said, after being taken captive, bound in restraints and eventually released in Yolo County. Papini went missing three weeks earlier.
Sherri Papini, the Redding-area mother who disappeared earlier this month, was found safe around 4:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning after flagging down a driver on Interstate 5 in Yolo County, Shasta County Sheriff Tom Bosenko said during a press conference Thursday, November 24, 2016.
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Police use 'fake news' in sting aimed at California gang

By BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Police investigating a notorious gang in a city on California's central coast issued a fake press release that the chief credited with saving two men by deceiving gang members who wanted to kill them, but the ruse was criticized by news organizations who reported it as fact.
Santa Maria Police Chief Ralph Martin defended the rare tactic this week when it came to light, saying he had never done such a thing in his 43-year career, but he wouldn't rule out doing it again.
"It was a moral and ethical decision, and I stand by it," Martin said Friday. "I am keenly aware and sensitive to the community and the media. I also had 21 bodies lying in the city in the last 15 months. "
The phony announcement issued in February was discovered in court documents and only reported this week by the Santa Maria Sun, a weekly newspaper in the city 140 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
The daily newspaper and local television stations were unaware the information in the release was false when they reported that two men, Jose Santos Melendez, 22, and Jose Marino Melendez, 23, had been picked up for identity theft and handed over to immigration authorities.
In fact, detectives eavesdropping on the deadly MS-13 gang had raced to the home of the two cousins in nearby Guadalupe and took them into protective custody after learning hit men were on their way there.
Kendra Martinez, news director at KSBY-TV, said she was "deeply troubled" that police misled the public and news organizations.
"While we strongly support the police department's efforts to protect citizens in harm's way, we are concerned this type of deception can erode the basic trust of our residents and viewers," Martinez said.
The sting comes to light as news organizations try to set the record straight as truth and fiction blur amid a proliferation of "fake news" spread by social media.
Jonathan Kotler, a professor at the USC Annenberg journalism school, said there was nothing illegal about what police did, but it could raise questions about the department's future credibility. However, he said the public is unlikely to appreciate the importance of that issue, particularly when the police said it was matter of life and death.
"If the press cries foul here, saying they were led astray by a false release, then you've got the press being angry about being misled," Kotler said. "But on the other hand, the cops would say, 'But look we saved lives.' In that kind of PR battle, who do you think comes off looking better, the press or the police? "
Sending bogus information to the media to advance law enforcement goals is rare but not unheard of. Police in Ottawa, Canada, were criticized for issuing a press release with false information about evidence connected to a 2014 murder case so they could see how the suspects reacted.
Sting operations routinely use ruses to lure deadbeat parents, traffic-fine scofflaws and people wanted for all kinds of outstanding warrants to collect prizes they think they've won.
But those stings, while reported as news, don't make the press a player in the operation and don't dupe law-abiding citizens.
"They used a public system paid for with public dollars to present false information to the public," said Marga Cooley, managing editor of the Santa Maria Times.
Louis Dekmar, vice president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, said he's only heard tactics like that used three times in his four decades on the force. He would only try such subterfuge in the rarest cases without other reasonable options and only after weighing the long-term consequences.
"Any time you enter into a ruse that involves the media, it creates a real distrust between the police and the folks we rely on," said Dekmar, who is police chief in LaGrange, Georgia. "There's a symbiotic relationship between the media and police. You need facts in order to accurately report to the public. We need the media to report facts accurately to get assistance from the public. "
Martin said he did not make the decision lightly as the murder rate soared in the city of about 110,000 that typically has three to four homicides a year.
Using wiretaps and surveillance, police learned the Melendez men, members of a rival gang who lost another cousin to violence seven months earlier, were about to be killed, he said.
Police concluded they would expose their long-running Operation Matador if they made arrests, so they took the cousins into protective custody before the MS-13 hit men arrived. Figuring the would-be killers might harm family members if they thought the men were in hiding, police fabricated the press release about their arrests.
After MS-13 gang members returned the next day looking for the two, police overheard a phone conversation with them discussing the news report that the men had been arrested for identity theft.
Martin said it bought investigators another three weeks to gather evidence that led to the arrest of 17 gang members on charges of 10 murders and plots to kill eight others, including the two cousins, who remain under protection.
Martin said he's taken some flak from news media, but he has also received about two dozen supportive calls. "I think if they were in my shoes they would have done the same thing," he said.
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Muslim Cleric Heads Back to Court to Fight Off Deportation

The leader of one of New Jersey's largest mosques is heading to court to fight from being deported after federal authorities say he lied on his green card application.
Qatanani came to the U. S. from Jordan. He was born in the West Bank and said that he was detained by Israeli officials while visiting there in 1993.
Federal officials say that he didn't disclose being convicted in Israel for being a member of Hamas, but Qatanani denies that he was ever part of the group classified as a terrorist organization by the U. S. government. He says that he was only detained like many others at the time and was never told that he was convicted of anything.
His brother-in-law was a senior Hamas military leader killed by the Israelis, but Qatanani said in his 2008 trial that he did not participate with him in political activities.
"I know that justice will prevail and that everything will be in the right way. I believe in the judicial system in this country," Qatanani, 52, said Friday.
An attorney for homeland security wasn't available for comment.
An FBI agent testified previously that Qatanani admitted that he was arrested and tried, but he claimed during the trial that he was not aware of the conviction and that he was subjected to physical and mental abuse while in detention.
Qatanani came to the U. S. in 1996 on a religious worker visa to lead the Paterson mosque and has been credited with working with leaders of different faiths and law enforcement. He has worked on the New Jersey Attorney General's Office's Muslim outreach task force.
A number of character witnesses have testified on his behalf at his first trial, including a rabbi and several high-ranking New Jersey law enforcement officials.
While serving as the U. S. federal prosecutor in New Jersey, Republican Gov. Chris Christie called him a "man of great goodwill" and said that "he's always had a very good relationship with us. "
Muslim cleric heads back to court to fight off deportation
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Mohammed Qatanani, Muslim cleric, heads back to court to fight off deportation


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Mosul fight: Iraq disputes number killed in battle against ISIS

Iraq's Joint Operation Command did not give CNN any numbers Saturday, saying it was not obliged to publish casualty figures while the battle against ISIS was ongoing.
But it warned in a statement that "the dissemination of false and fabricated news" could help ISIS as the extremist group seeks to stop Iraqi forces retaking Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, and surrounding areas.
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, which released its figures Thursday, said in a statement Saturday it had taken note of the Iraqi military's criticism and would not publish military casualty figures again unless they could be better substantiated.
"UNAMI acknowledges that the military figures were largely unverified," it said, using an acronym for the mission.
"Owing to the fact that places where conflict is taking place, and where military casualties are likely to arise, are inaccessible and there are few reliable, independent sources available by which statistics can be verified, UNAMI has been relying on a variety of sources, including open sources, to compile military casualty statistics.
"Previous requests by the Mission to the relevant Government Ministries for verification of military casualty figures have not received a response. "
Thursday's UN mission news release said the toll for November included Iraqi army, police in combat, Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and allied militias.
'Rigorous' checks on civilian death figures
The release also gave figures for civilian deaths, with more than 900 reported killed and another 930 wounded in November by terrorism, violence or armed conflict across Iraq.
The UN mission defended that data Saturday, saying civilian casualty figures are "subjected to a rigorous methodology based on a range of sources, triangulation of sources and assessment of credibility, among other things. "
"The Mission's methodology is conservative, in that civilian casualty figures do not include many of the reports received by the Mission that do not meet verification criteria, and hence should be considered as minimums. "
Another 76,000 people have been displaced by the fighting, according to the UN refugee agency.
And at least half a million people caught in the crossfire inside Mosul now have no access to running water, the United Nations told CNN on Wednesday .
Street battles
Iraqi forces have entirely surrounded Mosul. More than six weeks into the battle, their focus is now on consolidating recent gains before pressing forward with the offensive.
Iraqi counterterrorism forces continued to battle ISIS militants in the streets of eastern Mosul on Saturday.
A sliver of 23 neighborhoods on the eastern side has been recaptured, but Iraqi forces must still wrest many more areas from ISIS' control before troops reach the Tigris River, which divides the city.
Mosul's western side is more heavily populated, with smaller streets and older infrastructure, making it an even more difficult battlefield.
Video footage published by the Iraqi federal police Saturday showed its forces providing humanitarian support to displaced people in the town of al-Athba, about 15 kilometers (9 miles) south of Mosul.
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Universities exploring 'sanctuary' status for immigrants

ALBUQUERQUE, N. M. – Universities and colleges in several states are considering labeling themselves "sanctuary campuses" amid fears from immigrant students and pressure from activists following the election of Donald Trump.
College administrators in New Mexico — the state with the highest percentage of Latino residents— are looking into proposals that would grant immigrant students living in the country illegally protections while they pursue their studies.
Meanwhile, advocates in California, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota and Texas are pressing their state and private universities to provide sanctuary to these immigrant students, known as DREAMers.
"We urge you to declare the University of San Diego a sanctuary campus for students, faculty, staff and community members now facing, among other things: the threat of deportation under President-elect Donald J. Trump's policy proposals, and the specter of hate speech and bigoted violence in our campus community," read a letter from alumni to administrators of the private Roman Catholic university.
Trump's alma mater — the University of Pennsylvania — even has renewed its pledge to block federal agents without a warrant from removing students in the country illegally.
"Let us be unequivocally clear: We are and remain resolute in our commitment to Penn's undocumented students and will do all that we can to ensure their continued safety and success here at Penn," University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and other administrators wrote in a letter released Wednesday.
Students and professors at University of Illinois campuses are circulating petitions to make their schools sanctuary campuses. One such group in Chicago gathered more than 1,700 signatures and turned them over to school leaders.
A Nevada education philanthropist also is pushing for UNLV, College of Southern Nevada and Nevada State declare themselves sanctuary campuses.
The movement comes after Trump promised to end an executive order that granted temporary status to immigrant students living in the country illegally. During his campaign, he also promised to launch a "deportation force" and withhold federal funding from sanctuary cities.
Trump has not said anything about sanctuary campuses.
Still, New York's Columbia University recently announced plans to offer sanctuary and financial support to immigrant students. And last month, Wesleyan University President Michael Roth said the Connecticut school would be a sanctuary campus and would not voluntarily help the federal government deport students. On Thursday, Connecticut College President Katherine Bergeron announced that her institution also would be a sanctuary campus.
The specifics of advocates' sanctuary demands vary. Some are asking colleges not to cooperate with federal authorities on immigrant issues, while others want administrators to block federal immigration authorities from searching campuses.
University of New Mexico President Bob Frank said university lawyers were looking into sanctuary status after a group of professors came to his office last month to deliver a letter with more than 900 signatures. The Santa Fe Community College board of regents declared itself a "sanctuary campus" this week.
University of Illinois leaders have tackled the issue at the flagship Urbana-Champaign location, about 150 miles from Chicago, saying a working group will review the legal ramifications of making the roughly 44,000-student campus a sanctuary.
The University of Illinois at Chicago petition, which cites the presidential election, asks university leadership to "ensure the safety and protection of undocumented , Muslim and all students, staff and their families who may be targeted or put under surveillance by formally declaring UIC as a sanctuary campus. "
While on the campaign trail in March, Trump abruptly canceled a scheduled campaign rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago amid spirited student protests.
Not all schools are considering sanctuary campus status despite letters, petitions or even protests.
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