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Pearl Harbor survivors recall fear and anger 75 years after attack

Around a dozen survivors of Pearl Harbor are returning to Hawaii today to mark the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack which killed 2,403 Americans. 2016-12-07 05:43 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Indonesia earthquake kills at least 97

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. 2016-12-07 08:05 2KB rssfeeds.usatoday.com

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Trump tweets on interview when Person of the Year is named

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is tweeting that he will be interviewed Wednesday morning on NBC amid speculation that he'll be named Time mag... 2016-12-07 08:32 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Devastating earthquake strikes Indonesia’s Aceh, death toll rising

A strong undersea earthquake has rocked Indonesia's Aceh province, killing at least 54 people and sparking a frantic rescue effort in the rubble of dozens of collapsed and damaged buildings. 2016-12-07 03:05 3KB www.news24.com

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Survivors unlikely in Pakistan plane crash, many bodies burnt - witness

ISLAMABAD, Dec 7 (Reuters) - There are unlikely to be any survivors from a Pakistan International Airlines plane that crashed in a mountainous northern regio... 2016-12-07 08:52 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Syrian Forces Said to Drive Deeper Into Rebel-Held Aleppo

Anti-government activists in the city were sending increasingly desperate messages about being killed or arrested, and civilians called for safe passage out. 2016-12-07 08:10 5KB www.nytimes.com

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Oakland fire investigators nearing end of search for victims, seeking to zero in on cause

OAKLAND — As officials neared the end of their search for victims inside the Oakland warehouse where a fire claimed 36 lives, investigators began to focus on a swath of the gutted building that contained several electrical appliances, though they still can’t say what caused the fast-moving... 2016-12-07 00:38 953Bytes article.wn.com

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Air Force One: Was Trump renegotiating contract or punishing Boeing?

To his supporters, President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter suggestion to cancel the order for the new Air Force One was a sign that Trump planned to... 2016-12-07 06:00 4KB lasvegassun.com

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Syria says it seized nearly 75 percent of eastern Aleppo

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces and allied militias captured Aleppo's centrally located al-Shaar neighborhood from rebels on Tuesday, securing nearly three quarters of the besieged enclave less than two weeks after launching a ground offensive, according to the Syrian…... 2016-12-07 07:47 918Bytes article.wn.com

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Man arrested over online threats to Brexit legal challenger Gina Miller

A 55-year-old man has been arrested over online threats he allegedly made against Gina Miller, the businesswoman behind a high profile legal challenge to Brexit. 2016-12-07 09:06 1KB rss.cnn.com

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Thousands protest white nationalist's speech at Texas A&M

Texas A&M University hosted white nationalist speaker Richard Spencer, as well as a massive pro-diversity demonstration across the street. 2016-12-07 08:35 3KB www.upi.com

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Judge to consider requests to end recount in Michigan

A statewide recount of the presidential election results could stop following a hearing Wednesday in federal court 2016-12-07 07:43 2KB rssfeeds.detroitnews.com

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Official: Refrigerator potential source of deadly fire

Investigators honed in on a refrigerator and other electrical appliances as possible causes of the fire that killed 36 2016-12-07 07:45 4KB rssfeeds.detroitnews.com

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Play stopped at Ladies European Tour event after caddie dies

Dec 7 (Reuters) - The first round of the Dubai Ladies Masters golf tournament was suspended on Wednesday 7after the death of a caddie on the course, the Ladi... 2016-12-07 06:38 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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FBI: No evidence to verify threat against L. A. subway system

Investigators believe the anonymous caller may have provided misleading information in the past. 2016-12-07 06:11 2KB rssfeeds.usatoday.com

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Russian military adviser in Aleppo dies of shelling wounds

MOSCOW, Dec 7 (Reuters) - A Russian military adviser in Aleppo has died of wounds sustained in a mortar attack carried out by Syrian opposition rebels, the K... 2016-12-07 07:13 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Study: Thousands of Bangladesh kids working 64 hours a week

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Thousands of Bangladeshi children who live in the capital's slums are working illegally for an average of 64 hours a week, with many employed by the garment industry making clothing for top global brands, according to…... 2016-12-07 07:47 867Bytes article.wn.com

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Duterte defends police accused of killing drug-linked mayor

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte staunchly defended on Wednesday more than two dozen policemen who were accused by the government's main investigation agency of killing a jailed mayor linked to illegal drugs. 2016-12-07 08:40 2KB www.charlotteobserver.com

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Charleston church shooting suspect’s trial set to begin

Jury selection and opening statements are set for Wednesday in Dylann Roof’s federal death penalty trial 2016-12-07 07:37 3KB rssfeeds.detroitnews.com

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Georgia executes man convicted of killing his father-in-law

William Sallie became the ninth person executed by the state of Georgia this year 2016-12-07 04:53 4KB www.cbsnews.com

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Danish suspect in police shooting jailed for 4 weeks

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A 26 year-old Danish man has been jailed for four weeks on suspicion of shooting a Danish policeman in the head outside a police station in suburban Copenhagen. ... 2016-12-07 07:47 686Bytes article.wn.com

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Julian Assange defies Swedish prosecutors by releasing rape statement

WikiLeaks founder publishes answers he gave during questioning in Ecuador’s London embassy over rape allegation 2016-12-07 06:59 7KB www.theguardian.com

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BBC under investigation for profile of new Thai king

Thai authorities are investigating BBC over a Thai-language profile of the nation's new king, officials said Thursday, after the article outraged ultra-royalists in a country where criticism of the monarchy is outlawed. 2016-12-07 06:00 3KB www.digitaljournal.com

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Rock River artist keeps Pearl Harbor alive with painting

Seventy-five years ago on Dec. 7, 1941, 334 U. S. Marines and sailors escaped the flame-engulfed USS Arizona. 2016-12-07 03:02 7KB www.washingtontimes.com

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Aleppo's Old City captured by Assad regime following rebel retreat

The Syrian regime seized Aleppo's Old City after rebels retreated -- giving the government control of three-quarters of east Aleppo, a human rights group said. 2016-12-07 07:56 2KB www.upi.com

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U. S. has "no position" on Aleppo, rebel official says

BEIRUT, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The United States has 2016-12-07 05:47 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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UAE Calls Ohio Police Killing of Emirati 'Painful Incident'

The United Arab Emirates has called the police killing of an Emirati man in Ohio a "painful incident" that the country's diplomats would investigate, just months after another citizen of the U. S.-allied Arab nation was wrongly accused in Ohio of being an Islamic militant. The shooting death... 2016-12-07 05:22 3KB abcnews.go.com

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Philippine rebels threaten to end monthslong cease-fire

MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Philippine communist rebels warned President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday that they may be forced to end their monthslong cease 2016-12-07 07:52 3KB mynorthwest.com

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Iraqi advance into Mosul breaks stall, gains ground

MOSUL, Iraq -- After weeks of unchanging front lines, the Iraqi army rolled Tuesday into a southeastern Mosul neighborhood held by Islamic State militants, taking a hospital before meeting stiff resistance, the military said. The push began just after 6 a.m... 2016-12-07 06:02 998Bytes article.wn.com

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Bangladesh court confirms death for Islamic group leader

NEW DELHI (AP) — Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld death sentences for the leader of a banned Islamic group and two of his associates found guilty in a 2004 grenade attack on a British envoy. ... 2016-12-07 07:47 729Bytes article.wn.com

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Thailand vows to crack down on 'illegal' news content after BBC targeted

Thailand's government will not back down from prosecuting news outlets that publish "illegal" content, the defence minister has said, after the BBC's bureau in Bangkok came un 2016-12-07 03:06 3KB www.independent.ie

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Christmas gifts for underprivileged kids stolen from church

Police in Connecticut are investigating the theft of dozens of toys collected for underprivileged children from a Watertown church. 2016-12-07 09:00 1KB www.washingtontimes.com

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Somali forces retake port town from faction loyal to Islamic State

By Abdiqani Hassan QANDALA, Somalia Dec 7 (Reuters) - Soldiers loyal to Somalia's government retook control of a port town on Wednesday from insurgents who h... 2016-12-07 08:44 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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WATCH: Gun-wielding mannequin challenge leads to two arrests and weapons and drugs seized

With the amount of 'mannequin challenge' attempts on the web, you really have to do something different to stand out. 2016-12-07 06:46 1KB www.independent.ie

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Lucky for us, Trump has Mattis all wrong: Democratic congressman

I served under Mattis. Democrats should make him Defense secretary before Trump changes his mind. 2016-12-07 04:16 4KB rssfeeds.usatoday.com

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Mistrial in 'Open and Shut' Police Shooting Stuns Observers

The video was unambiguous: A white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black man in the back as the man ran away. But a South Carolina jury was unable to agree on a verdict in one of the nation's ghastliest police shootings, with a lone holdout... 2016-12-07 03:46 5KB abcnews.go.com

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Australian teen jailed over foiled plot to set off bomb

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) " An Australian teenager who was planning to set off a homemade bomb similar to the one used in the Boston Marathon bombings was sentenced on Wednesday to seven years in prison. Victoria state Supreme Court... ... 2016-12-07 02:49 811Bytes article.wn.com

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Gambia Leader's Upset Heartens Families of the Disappeared

Fatoumata Sawaneh tried to hold back tears while talking about her father, one of hundreds of people who disappeared during the 22-year reign of President Yahya Jammeh in this tiny West African country. Imam Ousman Sawaneh was arrested in October 2015, picked up as he led volunteers... 2016-12-07 01:04 5KB abcnews.go.com

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Did authorities miss opportunities to prevent the Ghost Ship fire? New video shows police inside the death trap two months before the deadly blaze - and they did nothing

The video raises questions about whether authorities could have prevented the fire that killed 36 at the Oakland warehouse on Friday. 2016-12-07 08:55 6KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Man carrying gas can, matches arrested near Rockefeller tree

Police in New York City have arrested a man who they say was carrying a gas can and matches and acting erratically near the Rockefeller Center tree... 2016-12-07 05:02 1KB lasvegassun.com

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Myanmar bans workers going to Malaysia as Rohingya crisis grows

Myanmar has banned workers from going to Muslim-majority Malaysia as relations sour between the neighbours over a bloody military crackdown on the Buddhist c... 2016-12-07 03:00 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Maserati crashes into Brookhaven home, driver killed - Story

A driver died early Wednesday morning after smashing a car into a home in Brookhaven. 2016-12-07 06:50 1KB www.fox5atlanta.com

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S Korea officials want woman at heart of scandal to testify

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean parliamentary committee sent a squad of security officers on Wednesday to order the jailed woman at the center of a scandal that threatens to bring down the president to attend a hearing…... 2016-12-07 07:47 846Bytes article.wn.com

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Parliament's SABC inquiry gets rolling today

A failed court bid by Mbulaheni Maguvhe, the only remaining member of the SABC board, means that parliament's inquiry into the broadcaster will go ahead today. 2016-12-07 09:35 843Bytes www.timeslive.co.za

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Inquest opens Viola Beach deaths after car crashed into Swedish canal

Viola Beach band members Jack Dakin, 19, River Reeves, 19, Kris Leonard, 20, and Tom Lowe, 27, died when their car plunged off a bridge in Sodertalje, Sweden. 2016-12-07 08:59 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Three charged in Belgium over suspected IS support

BRUSSELS, Dec 7 (Reuters) - A judge charged three men with supporting Islamic State following house searches across Belgium in which eight people were taken... 2016-12-07 08:17 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Brazil Supreme Court deal might keep Senate head in place -report

By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Brazil's Supreme Court is seeking an agreement to resolve a constitutional crisis that would let the indicted h... 2016-12-07 08:39 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Bolivia detains airline's president as crash probe advances

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia (AP) — The head of the charter airline whose plane crashed in the Andes last week was detained by Bolivian prosecutors for questioning Tuesday as authorities look into whether the tragedy that killed 71 people stemmed from negligence. ... 2016-12-07 07:47 889Bytes article.wn.com

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India v England, 4th Test, Mumbai: Gap between Tests has benefitted us - Virat Kohli

MUMBAI: India skipper Virat Kohli welcomed a week-long break between third and fourth Test which he feels benefitted the squad but also made it clear that the foot is firmly on the pedal as they are inching towards a much deserved series victory. "We did not... 2016-12-07 05:28 914Bytes article.wn.com

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TV tonight: 'Hairspray Live,' 'Lethal Weapon'

What's worth watching, and what might not be, in primetime 2016-12-07 04:02 2KB rssfeeds.usatoday.com

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Police investigating stabbing near Sparta

A 23-year-old Sparta Township man was hospitalized Tuesday evening after being stabbed multiple times during a physical altercation. 2016-12-07 07:34 1KB www.mlive.com

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Man shooting up heroin in parking ramp interrupted by policeman on Segway

The man was arrested on charges of drug possession and outstanding warrants. 2016-12-07 06:52 1KB www.mlive.com

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Jubilant Libyan militias declare victory over IS in Sirte

LONDON — Libyan fighters declared victory over the Islamic State group at its coastal stronghold of Sirte on Tuesday, ending the extremist group’s ambitions for a caliphate on the southern shores of the Mediterranean. “The battle is finally over,” said Reda Eissa, a spokesman for the... 2016-12-07 00:47 6KB www.post-gazette.com

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Male partners responsible for deaths of most UK women killed by men - charities

By Lin Taylor LONDON, Dec 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly two thirds of the British women killed by men over a seven-year period were murdered by cur... 2016-12-07 08:57 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Libyan militias launch assault on vital oil terminals

Libyan militias that were expelled from the eastern city of Benghazi are now advancing toward the country's vital oil terminals, seeking to establish control over Libya's primary revenue source. 2016-12-07 08:56 1KB www.charlotteobserver.com

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We have a bullying problem‚ admits Stellenbosch school after two assault videos go viral

The management of a high school in Stellenbosch where school girl bullies viciously assaulted weaker classmates has admitted it has a discipline problem. 2016-12-07 08:42 4KB www.timeslive.co.za

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Suspect foiled by 90-year-old Holocaust survivor arrested

NEW YORK (AP) — Police in New York City say they've arrested a would-be mugger whose attempt to steal a Holocaust survivor's purse was thwarted when the then... 2016-12-07 08:32 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Married Couple Found Shot To Death In Burbank Home

About 5:30 p.m., a relative found the couple dead at the house in the 8500 block of Laramie Avenue, according to Burbank police. 2016-12-07 08:09 1KB chicago.cbslocal.com

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Top lawyer fighting Brexit appeal continues case for third day at Supreme Court

The top lawyer opposing the Government's Brexit appeal is due to continue his case at the Supreme Court. Lord Pannick QC appears for Gina Miller, the investm... 2016-12-07 08:03 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Ex-commander welcomes appeal for Marine serving life sentence for killing Afghan

The former commanding officer of Royal Marine Sergeant Alexander Blackman has welcomed the decision to grant a fresh appeal in the case. Blackman, also known... 2016-12-07 08:02 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Italian director clarifies ‘Last Tango’ butter rape scene

Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci is clarifying details about the infamous butter rape scene in the 2016-12-07 00:00 2KB entertainment.inquirer.net

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France arrests 3 in connection with June police killings

PARIS (AP) — French police have arrested three men in connection with the killing of two police officials earlier this year by an extremist claiming loyalty... 2016-12-07 07:51 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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7 dead in latest China mine blast; 60 miners killed in week

BEIJING (AP) — Seven coal miners are dead and another four still missing after a gas explosion in a central province in the latest deadly accident to strike China's mining industry, authorities said Wednesday. ... 2016-12-07 07:47 763Bytes article.wn.com

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Hospital employee in DC arrested for sexually assaulting patient

An emergency room technician at United Medical Center, in southeast D. C., has been arrested for sexually assaulting a woman who was being treated. 2016-12-07 07:45 1KB wtop.com

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Officials: Suspect killed after attacking deputy with oar

FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) — A Florida deputy sheriff shot and killed a suspect who authorities say beat the deputy with an oar in a lake. Lake County Sheriff... 2016-12-07 07:35 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Kerry to try again with Russia on Syria talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry says he will try to get Syrian peace talks going again with Russia's help as government forces closed in on rebels in the besieged city of Aleppo. Video provided by AFP 2016-12-07 06:55 893Bytes rssfeeds.usatoday.com

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Groups call blocking of inaugural protests unconstitutional

Protest organizers and their attorneys say the National Park Service is quashing dissent by blocking access to public space for those who want to demonstrate during President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration. 2016-12-07 05:30 1KB www.thenewstribune.com

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Colombians take to streets to demand justice after rape and murder of seven-year-old girl

Hundreds of Colombians have taken to the streets of Bogota to demand 2016-12-07 04:55 625Bytes article.wn.com

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Man gets 55 years in prison for sexually abusing young girl

A former Aurora man has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing a young girl over several years in multiple states. 2016-12-07 03:59 1KB chicago.suntimes.com

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Josef Fritzl’s house sold to strip club boss who will accommodate 'trainees' in property

The house where Josef Fritzl kept his daughter captive for 24 years and fathered seven children with her has been sold to the owner of a strip club. 2016-12-07 03:41 4KB www.independent.ie

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An Afghan Woman Goes From Refugee to Military Pilot

From a childhood as a refugee, Capt. Safia Ferozi is now flying a transport plane for Afghanistan's air force as the country's second female pilot, a sign of the efforts to bring more women into the armed forces. Along the way, the 26... 2016-12-07 03:04 4KB abcnews.go.com

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Trump fires transition team member for spreading fake news about Clinton – report — RT America

President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly fired a member of his transition staff for spreading a fake news story about an alleged child sex ring run by Hillary Clinton. The story led to an armed confrontation at a Washington DC pizzeria. 2016-12-07 02:56 2KB www.rt.com

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Man sentenced in Capitol attack plot to appeal

CINCINNATI (AP) " An Ohio man who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to attack the U. S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State group plans to appeal his sentence. Christopher Lee Cornell filed notice of a planned appeal... ... 2016-12-07 02:49 801Bytes article.wn.com

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#Righttodie: assisted dying will save lives

Everyone should be entitled to an assisted death. A law that makes criminals out of people helping another person to end their suffering is not a good law, writes Sean Davison. 2016-12-07 02:27 5KB www.news24.com

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Captive Sumatran Elephants Help Save Wild Cousins On Forest Frontline

It was the middle of the night when the villagers sounded the alarm: a huge Sumatran elephant was raiding their rice fields, and they needed urgent help to drive it back to the forest. 2016-12-07 02:16 746Bytes article.wn.com

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Japan's defense chief says alliance with US will endure

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's defense chief said Wednesday she believes her country's alliance with the United States will endure in the Trump administration because it benefits both countries. ... 2016-12-07 07:47 730Bytes article.wn.com

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AACTA Awards 2016: Isla Fisher makes statement regarding the female protesters

Isla Fisher has made a bizarre statement regarding female protesters who turned up to the AACTAs in Sydney dressed in sausages on Wednesday. 2016-12-07 06:55 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Farrell, Howley and Borthwick join Lions coaching team

By Mitch Phillips LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has named Andy Farrell, Rob Howley and Steve Borthwick as his three... 2016-12-07 08:51 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Union County man sentenced to life for wife's shooting death

A Union County man has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting his wife to death. 2016-12-07 06:48 1KB www.washingtontimes.com

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Donald Trump, Angela Merkel, Supreme Court: Your Wednesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day. 2016-12-07 06:48 6KB www.nytimes.com

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MCC set to introduce red cards to cricket

A red-card penalty is set to be introduced into the Laws of Cricket for the first time. The MCC, custodian of the laws, will receive a recommendation from it... 2016-12-07 08:07 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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ISIS recruiter Hamdi Alqudsi and Moutia Elzahed's Sydney home reveals 'jihad' documents

Police searched the Sydney home of convicted terrorist Hamdi Alqudsi in September 2014 but have only just released the video as his wife claims she was assaulted during the search. 2016-12-07 09:05 5KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Zinedine Zidane out to extend Real Madrid's 33-game unbeaten run against Dortmund

Zinedine Zidane takes charge of his 50th game as Real Madrid manager at Dortmund in Champions League on Wednesday night, looking to extend a run of 33-games without defeat. 2016-12-07 09:00 5KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Iheanacho ready to prove himself able deputy for banned Aguero

Kelechi Iheanacho is ready for the challenge of replacing Sergio Aguero as the prolific Manchester City striker takes an enforced break. Aguero, who has scor... 2016-12-07 08:53 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Can Trump cut off funds for sanctuary cities? The Constitution says yes.

Several cities and public universities have vowed to resist President-elect Donald Trump ’s plan to deport undocumented criminals by doubling down on sanctuary policies. In response, Trump has pledged to curtail federal funding for sanctuary providers. Activists, predictably, are crying foul, and some... 2016-12-07 08:00 7KB www.latimes.com

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Turkish air strikes kill 23 Islamic State militants in Syria's al-Bab region- army

ISTANBUL, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Turkish warplanes pounded 12 Islamic State targets in the al-Bab region of northern Syria on Wednesday, killing 23 militants, the... 2016-12-07 06:05 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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British benefit cash is being used to fund ISIS terror warns Lord Carlile

Lord Carlile, the former independent reviewer of terror legislation, issued the warning the day two men from Birmingham were convicted of funding terrorism. 2016-12-07 05:16 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Premature naming of execs in drugs taints judges, courts–SC justice

President Rodrigo Duterte’s public disclosure of names of officials suspected of being involved in illegal drug activities has achieved nothing except tarnish their reputations, according to a Supreme Court associate justice. 2016-12-07 00:00 2KB newsinfo.inquirer.net

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Give a Hawk a bad name

Pretoria High Court Judge Elias Matojane's remarks that Lieutenant-General Berning Ntlemeza was dishonest and biasedhave come back to haunt the Hawks boss. 2016-12-07 09:35 2KB www.timeslive.co.za

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'Jakkals made me do it'

One of the four men accused of murdering, raping and robbing 16-year-old Franziska Blöchliger in Tokai forest has pointed the finger at one of his co-accused - a man nicknamed Jakkals. 2016-12-07 09:30 2KB www.timeslive.co.za

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‘Block believed anyone close to Zuma was untouchable’

The 15-year sentence given to African National Congress (ANC) heavyweight John Block for fraud and money laundering has been welcomed. 2016-12-07 09:28 3KB www.timeslive.co.za

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Stephen Port victims' families to sue police over a 'series of blunders'

The Met repeatedly said the similar deaths in Barking over 15 months were all not suspicious before serial killer Port was arrested last year. 2016-12-07 09:09 4KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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DEA warns that fentanyl epidemic is a 'crisis of historic proportions' as it is revealed that 44 people a DAY die from opioid abuse

New statistics show that opioids are the largest drug threat to the United States - and 44 people die daily from opioid abuse. The emergency of fentanyl has significantly increased the risk of overdose. 2016-12-07 09:04 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Courts, Not the People, Are Choosing Leaders

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Cousins enter pleas in 1973 shotgun slayings of 2 girls

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January trial set for man charged in 2 Mason City slayings

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What do people in Germany think of the burqa ban?

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Reuters People News Summary

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Shots fired during robbery at Portage Park store

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Lebanese army arrests terrorist suspects over links to soldier shooting

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Pearl Harbor survivors recall fear and anger 75 years after attack
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Seventy-five years after a Japanese admiral led the attack on the U. S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, the mayor of his hometown will lay flowers at the memorial event in Hawaii today in a bid to atone for the deaths of 2,403 Americans. In his famous speech after the surprise attack President Franklin D Roosevelt said December 7 was a date which would 'live long in infamy'. The Japanese formally declared war on the United States an hour later, an act of deception which still rankles 75 years later. Japan hoped the attack would be a knockout blow from which the US Navy would never recover but they miscalculated because three aircraft carriers were not in port and survived unscathed. The attack was the brainchild of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, who hailed from the city of Nagaoka. The Mayor of Nagaoka, Tatsunobu Isoda, has been invited to today's memorial by the Mayor of Honolulu and will take part in another ceremony tomorrow which has been organized jointly by Japan and the U. S. for the first time. Later this month Shinzo Abe will become the first Japanese Prime Minister to visit Pearl Harbor, an act which comes months after President Obama visited Hiroshima. Mr Abe said this week: 'We must never repeat the horror of war. I want to express that determination as we look to the future, and at the same time send a message about the value of U. S.-Japanese reconciliation.' Jim Downing is one of around 30 Pearl Harbor survivors who will attend the ceremony to remember their dead comrades today. He had only just got married when he heard of the attack on the radio and ran to his battleship, the USS West Virginia, which was hit by nine torpedoes. Mr Downing, now 103, said: 'We were sinking and everything above the water line was on fire.' He remembers seeing a Japanese pilot coming in to attack: 'When he got the right angle, he banked over, turned his machine guns lose. But fortunately he didn't bank far enough so it went right over my head.' He vividly remembers the fear and the anger he felt on that day. Mr Downing, from Colorado Springs, will be among a dozen survivors at the ceremony today. They will stand on a pier overlooking the harbor to observe a moment of silence at 7:55am — the exact moment Japanese planes began their assault. Thousands of other servicemen and women and members of the public are expected to attend and watch via a livestream feed. The USS West Virginia lost 106 men. Mr Downing spent two hours fighting fires and checking the name tags of the dead so he could write their families personal notes about how they died. 'I thought that would give them more closure that just a cold note "Your son was killed in action",' said Mr Downing, who also served as the ship's postmaster. said he comes back to Hawaii every year for the anniversary commemorations to be with his shipmates. 'We get together and have a great time and compare our stories,' he said. Ray Chavez was out on a minesweeper, the USS Condor, in the early hours before the attack. He remembers noticing with his shipmates that a mysterious submarine was lurking off the harbor. 'At 3:45 a.m. on Dec. 7, I look out and spotted a submarine that wasn't supposed to be in that area,' said Mr Chavez, who is 104. The sailors reported the sighting and Chavez went home to sleep. He told his wife not to wake him because he hadn't gotten any rest during the busy night. 'It seemed like I only slept about 10 minutes when she called me and said 'we're being attacked.' And I said 'who is going to attack us?' She said 'the Japanese are here and they're attacking everything,'' Chavez said. These days, many people treat Chavez and other Pearl Harbor survivors like celebrities, asking them for autographs and photos. But Chavez said it's about the people who were lost. 'I'm honoring them, not myself,' he said.
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Indonesia earthquake kills at least 97
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Rescue workers searched for survivors Wednesday after 97 people died when a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia, the U. S. Geological Survey and other sources reported.
Indonesia's national disaster mitigation agency said 78 people suffered serious injuries and dozens more were feared trapped in collapsed and damaged buildings.
The death toll was expected to rise. It has doubled in the last few hours, Indonesia's army said.
TV footage showed rescuers in orange uniforms shining flashlights into the interiors of broken buildings as they searched for signs of life, the Associated Press reported.
The shallow earthquake struck at 5:03 a.m. local time (5 p.m. ET Tuesday) and was centered about 6 miles north of Reuleut, a town in northern Aceh. It had a depth of 11 miles. It did not generate a tsunami.
"The earthquake was felt strongly and many people panicked and rushed outdoors as houses collapsed," Sutopo Nugroho of Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency, said in a statement.
The quake was another terrifying reminder of their region’s vulnerability to natural disasters. More than 100,000 died in Aceh after the Dec. 26, 2004, earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami.
“It was very bad, the tremors felt even stronger than 2004 earthquake,” Musman Aziz, a resident of the area, told the AP. “I was so scared the tsunami was coming.”
More than 40 buildings including several mosques were flattened in the district located 11 miles southwest of the of the epicenter.
At least five aftershocks were felt following the initial quake, according to the disaster mitigation agency.
Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin, the AP said. The 2004 quake and tsunami killed a total of 230,000 people in a dozen countries.
More than half of Indonesia's population of 148 million live in quake-prone areas.
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Trump tweets on interview when Person of the Year is named
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump is tweeting that he will be interviewed Wednesday morning on NBC amid speculation that he'll be named Time magazine's person of the year. He tweeted moments before the expected announcement on NBC that "I will be interviewed on the @TODAYshow at 7:30. Enjoy! " Trump is a finalist for the magazine's prestigious title after his unexpected victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the Nov. 8 presidential election.
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Devastating earthquake strikes Indonesia’s Aceh, death toll rising
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Meureudu – A strong undersea earthquake rocked Indonesia's Aceh province early on Wednesday, killing at least 54 people and sparking a frantic rescue effort in the rubble of dozens of collapsed and damaged buildings.
Major General Tatang Sulaiman, chief of the army in Aceh province, said 52 people have died in Pidie Jaya, the district closest to the epicentre. Another two people died in neighbouring Bireuen district. The national disaster mitigation agency said 78 people have suffered serious injuries.
The rescue effort involving villagers, soldiers and police is concentrated on Meureudu, a severely affected town in Pidie Jaya district. Excavators were trying to remove debris from shop houses and other buildings where people were believed buried.
More than 40 buildings including several mosques were flattened in the district located 18km southwest of the epicentre, according to Aiyub Abbas, the district chief. Roads also cracked and power poles toppled over.
Abbas said there is an urgent need for excavation equipment to move heavy debris and emergency supplies. TV footage showed rescue personnel taking bodies in black bags away from the rubble.
Terrifying reminder
The US Geological Survey said the shallow 6.5-magnitude earthquake that struck at 05:03 (22:03 GMT on Tuesday) was centred about 10km north of Reuleut, a town in northern Aceh, at a depth of 17km. It did not generate a tsunami.
For Acehnese, the quake was another terrifying reminder of their region's vulnerability to natural disasters. More than 100 000 people died in Aceh after the December 26, 2004, earthquake triggered a devastating tsunami.
"It was very bad, the tremors felt even stronger than 2004 earthquake," said Musman Aziz, a Meureudu resident. "I was so scared the tsunami was coming. "
In the capital Jakarta, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said he has ordered all government agencies to take part in the rescue efforts.
Seaside resident Fitri Abidin in Pidie Jaya said she fled with her husband and wailing children to a nearby hill after the quake jolted the family awake early in the morning. They stayed there for several hours until authorities reassured them there was no tsunami risk.
Higher ground
"It terrified me. I was having difficulty breathing or walking," said Abidin.
She said her husband grabbed hold of her and carried her out of the house.
The family's house didn't collapse but the homes of some neighbours did and Abidin is afraid three friends were buried in building collapses.
In Pidie Jaya's neighbouring district of Bireuen, a teacher at an Islamic building school died after being hit by falling debris, said health worker Achmad Taufiq.
About 20 people were being treated at a health centre and one person was moved to a hospital because of broken bones and a head injury, said Taufiq.
Residents of the nearby town of Lhokseumawe ran out of their houses in panic during the quake and many people fled to higher ground.
The world's largest archipelago, Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. The 2004 quake and tsunami killed a total of 230 000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in Aceh.
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Survivors unlikely in Pakistan plane crash, many bodies burnt - witness
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ISLAMABAD, Dec 7 (Reuters) - There are unlikely to be any survivors from a Pakistan International Airlines plane that crashed in a mountainous northern region with 47 people on board on Wednesday, a government official on the scene said. "All of the bodies are burned beyond recognition. The debris is scattered," Taj Muhammad Khan, a government official based in the Havelian region, told Reuters. Khan, who was at the site of the crash, added that witnesses told him "the aircraft has crashed in a mountainous area, and before it hit the ground it was on fire". (Reporting by Jibran Ahmad; Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Kay Johnson, Robert Birsel)
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Syrian Forces Said to Drive Deeper Into Rebel-Held Aleppo
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BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syrian government forces pushed deeper into Aleppo on Wednesday, seizing areas around the medieval citadel whose narrow streets had long given rebels cover, pro-government websites and conflict monitors reported.
Rebel leaders disputed the claims, but anti-government activists in the area sent increasingly desperate messages saying they believed they would soon be killed or arrested, while civilians said they were squeezing into a smaller and smaller area, with some calling for safe passage out.
Al Manar, Hezbollah’s television channel, quoting Syrian military officials, reported that pro-government forces had allowed rebels to leave the Old City neighborhoods in Aleppo through a designated corridor to other rebel-held areas to spare the historical quarter from further destruction.
Rebels were asking for all civilians who wished to leave to be given safe passage to rebel-held areas, but not to the province of Idlib, where fighters and civilians not wishing to go to government areas have been bused in previous surrender deals. Instead, rebels asked for safe passage to the countryside in the north of the province of Aleppo.
A statement said to be from all the rebel groups in Aleppo, issued on Wednesday, said that Idlib was already too full of displaced people and was a target of intensive Russian and government airstrikes.
The statement also called for a five-day humanitarian cease-fire and for the evacuation of about 500 people in need of emergency medical care, under United Nations supervision with security guarantees. Only then, it said, would the fighters discuss a settlement.
“Once the humanitarian situation has been alleviated in Aleppo city, the parties concerned can negotiate the future of the city,” the statement said. “What Aleppo has experienced in the last five months is nothing short of a war of extermination against its civilian population.”
But the rebels’ bargaining power is shrinking with their territory, and as one of their main backers, Turkey, appears to be slackening support. Government officials say they will not slow their advance, asserting that they are liberating eastern Aleppo from radical jihadists holding people there hostage.
Russian officials have said that anyone who chooses to remain in the rebel-held areas of the city will be considered terrorists and will be “destroyed,” as the foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, said on Tuesday. But no agreement has been reached on how the evacuation would work.
The government has accused rebels of preventing civilians from leaving and of holding them as bargaining chips. Rebels say the routes are not safe and that some civilians are afraid to leave for fear of arrest or conscription once they reach government territory.
Approximately 30,000 have fled to government-held areas of Aleppo from rebel-held districts in the past week, according to international humanitarian officials. Others — it is not known how many — have been displaced from their homes inside the rebel enclave, and still others have fled to a neighborhood controlled by Kurdish militias, hoping to reach other rebel-held areas.
Years of aerial bombing and artillery bombardment have wrecked many eastern Aleppo neighborhoods, destroying medical clinics, schools and homes. Rebels have also indiscriminately shelled government-held neighborhoods in western Aleppo.
The latest round of fighting has killed at least 341 people, including 44 children, in rebel-held Aleppo, and 81 people, including 31 children, in government-held districts, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights , a monitoring organization based in Britain.
The growing chaos in Aleppo came as a suspected Israeli attack hit the Mezze air base, minutes from downtown Damascus, the Syrian capital, according to the Lebanese news channel Al Mayadeen, which showed pictures of the complex burning. The base has been critical to the government’s fight against rebels in nearby suburbs. It also houses a prison.
Israel has periodically struck targets in Syria during the war, apparently targeting Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group, which is fighting on the side of the Syrian government and has long used Syria as a conduit for weapons deliveries from Iran. The attack on the air base would be one of the closest strikes to Damascus and one of the most direct on Syrian government facilities.
Hezbollah’s military press office released a statement saying that Israel had launched surface-to-surface missiles that hit near Mezze air base at 3 a.m., causing a fire but no casualties.
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Oakland fire investigators nearing end of search for victims, seeking to zero in on cause
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OAKLAND — As officials neared the end of their search for victims inside the Oakland warehouse where a fire claimed 36 lives, investigators began to focus on a swath of the gutted building that contained several electrical appliances,
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Air Force One: Was Trump renegotiating contract or punishing Boeing?
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Air Force One takes off as President Barack Obama departs from McCarran International Airport Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. Obama gave a keynote address at the National Clean Energy Summit and attended a fundraiser Monday.
By Ric Anderson ( contact )
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 | 2 a.m.
To his supporters, President-elect Donald Trump’s Twitter suggestion to cancel the order for the new Air Force One was a sign that Trump planned to cut governmental spending.
But if you didn’t see it that way, you weren’t alone.
CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted that Trump’s call to tear up the contract came shortly after the Chicago Tribune posted an interview with the CEO of Boeing, Dennis Muilenberg, who expressed support for free trade and noted that the company shipped nearly 200 737s to China last year. Tapper’s tweet led to speculation by the Washington Post and other outlets that Trump, who criticized free trade during the presidential campaign and has called for a 45 percent tariff on Chinese exports, reacted to Muilenberg’s comments by making a statement he knew would hurt Boeing’s stock price. The price fell $2 on Tuesday.
Some congressional lawmakers said that if Trump could renegotiate the contract and get a better deal, great. But members of the congressional delegation from Washington, where Boeing is headquartered, weren’t pleased.
"Replacing the 26-year-old Air Force One aircraft will support good-paying jobs throughout Northwest Washington and is important to ensuring the safety and security of future Presidents. The President-elect's tweet does nothing to change those basic facts,” read a statement from U. S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, and Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash.
Trump’s tweet was short, but it prompted a flood of fact-checking. The outcome didn’t make Trump look particularly good, considering that he inaccurately suggested Boeing was building a plane (it’s in the design process) and that the cost will cover construction of two planes, not one.
Aerospace industry expert Richard Aboulafia told Seattle’s Morning News that Trump’s take on the issue was “complete madness.”
“It’s actually what it costs to have two airplanes that can survive a nuclear war and transport the president in times of national emergency, and any other time for that matter,” he said.
The Washington Post and others also speculated that Trump’s tweet was the latest indication that he planned to use his private Boeing 757 — the so-called Trump Force One — instead of Air Force One as president. Trump said during the campaign that he planned to make the switch, but those who think he plans to do so and then charge the government to use the plane should be aware that apparently it would require him to upgrade his plane with expensive security features like a missile avoidance system and special shielding from nuclear blasts.
Trump’s plane is outfitted with such luxury appointments as a movie theater, a silk-lined master bedroom and 24-karat gold seatbelt fasteners.
Speaking of protecting Trump , the Air Force One flap came on the same day that some New York congressional delegates revealed they were seeking $35 million in federal funding to reimburse the state for providing security to the president-elect. Several House Democrats sent a letter urging New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo not to pay for extra security that Trump will need in New York after being sworn in. Trump’s wife, Melania, and son, Barron, are expected to continue living in New York City until the boy gets out of school.
"Should the President-Elect choose to maintain two permanent residences for his family, it is reasonable to request he reimburse the city and the state for all additional security expenses from his own significant personal financial resources," said the letter.
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Syria says it seized nearly 75 percent of eastern Aleppo
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BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian government forces and allied militias captured Aleppo's centrally located al-Shaar neighborhood from rebels on Tuesday, securing nearly three quarters of the besieged enclave less than two weeks after launching a ground offensive, according to the Syrian…...
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Man arrested over online threats to Brexit legal challenger Gina Miller
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While London's Metropolitan Police did not name Miller, she confirmed in an email to CNN that the case related to her.
The man was arrested on Monday and later released on bail "pending consideration by the Crown Prosecution Service," police said.
Miller, a 51-year-old investment banker, was the chief claimant in a case that thwarted the UK government's plans to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty -- starting the formal process of Britain leaving the European Union -- without a vote in Parliament.
Following the case, Miller says online trolls sent her rape and death threats.
The UK's Supreme Court has now begun hearing a government appeal of the Brexit case, and is expected to give its ruling in early 2017.
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Thousands protest white nationalist's speech at Texas A&M
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Texas A&M University hosted white nationalist speaker Richard Spencer, as well as a massive pro-diversity demonstration across the street.
Spencer, the self-described inventor of the alt-right movement, drew about 400 people to his speech Tuesday evening, some of them booing him as he spoke, at the school's Memorial Student Center. An online petition opposing his presence on campus gained more than 10,000 signatures. Across the street at Kyle Field, the school's football stadium, a "unity event" was held in which those in attendance shouted "Aggies Unite! " It drew more than 2,000 people.
"America, at the end of the day, belongs to the white man. Texas is a wonderful place to live and there are a lot of white men's bones in the ground to make that happen. This country does belong to white people -- culturally, socially and politically," Spencer told the audience.
Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp told the crowd at the football stadium his school is no place for racist oratory.
"If you're a purveyor of hate and divisiveness and you want to spew that kind of racism, this is the last campus on earth that you want to come to. There is no place, and there is no university where love and respect for each other and loyalty and commitment to each other is stronger than Texas A&M University. "
Added Michael Young , college president, "We're all so beautifully different. Our cultures, our shapes, our sizes, our ethnicities, our histories, our backgrounds, but our differences enrich us. Our differences make us more complete. Our message will always be louder. It will always be more true. It will always be stronger. It will always mean more. It will always do more. No matter what we do it is fearless. "
Protesters gathered and scuffled with police outside the building where Spencer spoke; two people, neither a Texas A&M student, were arrested, campus police spoke.
Spencer gained attention last month after a video surfaced of him at the annual conference of the National Policy Institute. In it, he praised President-elect Donald Trump 's election victory and it showed his supporters appearing to offer Nazi-style salutes as Spencer shouted, "Hail Trump! Hail our people! Hail victory! "
He was invited to Texas A&M by alumni Preston Wiginton, who has regularly invited far-right speakers to speak at the campus.
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Judge to consider requests to end recount in Michigan
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Detroit — A statewide recount of the Nov. 8 presidential election results could stop following a 10:30 a.m. hearing Wednesday after three days of court battles in two states.
U. S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith will consider requests from the Michigan Republican Party and state officials that effectively would halt the recount in light of a lower-court ruling Tuesday.
Late Tuesday, a Michigan Court of Appeals panel ordered the Board of State Canvassers to reconsider and reject a recount petition filed by Green Party candidate Jill Stein. The court ruled Stein did not qualify for a recount because she had no chance at winning the presidential election.
Stein, the Green Party nominee, received around 1 percent of the vote in Michigan, finishing a distant fourth to President-elect Donald Trump, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Libertarian Gary Johnson.
The Wednesday hearing could bring a dramatic end to a recount and conflicting legal decisions from judges in Detroit, Lansing and a federal appeals court in Cincinnati, and end a recount costing Michigan taxpayers almost $1 million a day.
Wednesday’s hearing could cap a two-day flurry of legal battles. On Sunday, Goldsmith ordered the hand recount of 4.8 million ballots start immediately. But Tuesday, with the recount underway in several counties, the 6th Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati suggested the judge reconsider his order if state courts ruled against Stein, which happened late Tuesday.
During Wednesday’s hearing, Goldsmith will consider requests from the state GOP and Board of State Canvassers to dissolve a temporary restraining order that has prevented state officials from stopping the recount.
Stein has not given up on a recount her lawyers argued is aimed at guaranteeing the integrity of a state voting system and proving whether voters were disenfranchised. Late Tuesday, her lawyers filed an amended lawsuit asking Goldsmith to continue the recount after raising concerns that Michigan’s voting machines are vulnerable to fraud and computer hacking.
If the recount stops, Stein “and every citizen and voter in Michigan will be left victims of a system for recording and tallying votes that is unreliable, vulnerable and unsecure,” Stein lawyer Jessica Clarke wrote.
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Official: Refrigerator potential source of deadly fire
(5.32/20)

Oakland, Calif. — Investigators honed in on a refrigerator and other electrical appliances as possible causes of the fire at a warehouse in Oakland that killed 36 people, as crews were set to finish their search for bodies.
The death toll in the most lethal building fire in the U. S. in more than a decade was not expected to go higher.
A refrigerator was a potential source of the fire, but it was too soon to say for sure, said Jill Snyder, special agent in charge of the San Francisco office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Snyder said investigators were looking at “anything electrical” on the first floor of the warehouse near the origin of the blaze.
“We have no indication that this was intentionally set,” she said.
Tearful family members visited the scene Tuesday and exchanged hugs hours after the founder of the arts collective that used the warehouse stood near the gutted building and said he was “incredibly sorry.”
Derick Ion Almena said he was at the site to put his face and his body in front of the scene, but he deflected blame for the blaze, saying he signed a lease for the building that “was to city standards supposedly.”
“Everything that I did was to make this a stronger and more beautiful community and to bring people together,” Almena told the “Today Show” on NBC.
The fire broke out during a dance party Friday night in the cluttered warehouse. It had been converted to artists’ studios and illegal living spaces, and former denizens said it was a death trap of piled wood, furniture, snaking electrical cords and only two exits.
Almena did not respond to emails or calls to phone numbers associated with him by The Associated Press. He told San Jose television station KNTV that he didn’t attend the event Friday night and that he and his wife had decided to stay at a hotel because he was exhausted.
City and state officials fielded years of complaints about dangerous conditions, drugs, neglected children, trash, thefts and squabbles at the warehouse, raising questions about why it wasn’t shut down. The district attorney warned of possible murder charges as she determines whether there were any crimes linked to the blaze.
A building inspector who went to an Oakland warehouse on Nov. 17 after receiving a complaint of illegal interior construction left after being unable to get inside.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said late Tuesday the inspector followed procedure and later sent a request to the owner to gain entry. She did not reveal the outcome of that request.
Under the Oakland city code, building officials and fire marshals need court permission to enter commercial lodgings if the owner or manager refuses access.
Building inspectors typically cannot force entry to a property unless there are pressing circumstances, Schaaf said.
Crews had searched 90 percent of the building known as the “Ghost Ship” for bodies as of Tuesday and were expecting to complete the rest of the search by midnight. Fire officials started knocking down parts of the building that they said were structurally unsound.
Alameda County sheriff’s Sgt. J. D. Nelson said that of the 36 victims found, 35 have been identified and 20 of their families have been notified. Officials are still lacking any type of identity for one person.
Stories of the victims’ last minutes, meanwhile, emerged.
Alameda County sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ray Kelly said that some of the victims texted relatives, “I’m going to die,” and “I love you.”
Rescue crews found bodies of people “protecting each other, holding each other,” Kelly said.
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6.9
Play stopped at Ladies European Tour event after caddie dies
(4.45/20)

Dec 7 (Reuters) - The first round of the Dubai Ladies Masters golf tournament was suspended on Wednesday 7after the death of a caddie on the course, the Ladies European Tour said in a statement. The caddie collapsed on the 13th fairway and was attended to by the on-site medical team before being taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead. "Everyone at the Ladies European Tour is extremely shocked and saddened today by this sudden death and therefore we have taken the decision to suspend first round play as a mark of respect," Ladies European Tour CEO Ivan Khodabakhsh said. "On behalf of our membership, we offer heartfelt condolences to the individual's family and loved ones. " Local media reported that the caddie, whose name was not released to the media, was carrying the bag of France's Anne-Lise Caudal. Round one will resume on Thursday and the tournament has been scaled back to 54 holes. (Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, editing by Mitch Phillips)
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1.0
FBI: No evidence to verify threat against L. A. subway system
(4.29/20)

LOS ANGELES -- Authorities said they found no evidence Tuesday to corroborate a bomb threat made to Los Angeles' subway system after a day of jittery commuters and increased security when it came to the city's mass transit network, authorities said Tuesday night.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said the anonymous caller from aboard who warned of a potential attack in a call placed to a tip line did not amount to a credible threat. The threat was expected to be centered around the Universal City station along of a leg of the city's expanding subway system. Universal City is home to Universal Studios Hollywood, the theme park and studio. Authorities also suspect the caller may have provided misleading information in the past.
At a hastily called news conference Monday night, the FBI and Los Angeles-area law enforcement leaders disclosed that they have received a threat, vowed to protect the public and confirmed that they were examining the tip's credibility. Investigators were working to identify the caller's identity and the FBI warned that people reporting false threat information are subject to prosecution.
The bomb threat had Los Angeles commuters on high alert Tuesday morning, as heavily-armed deputies and search dogs were highly visible across the transit system and part of Tuesday's commute.
Garcetti, exiting the subway's Red Line at Wilshire and Vermont on Tuesday morning, encouraged residents to go about their normal business.
"I took the train from Universal City to reassure people this is a great system and a safe system," he said, adding that he wanted to "let people know I'm not asking them to do anything that I wouldn't do myself. "
About 150,000 riders use the city's Purple and Red lines each business day. Garcetti said the stepped-up security, which included temporary barriers at the Universal station, was a "precaution. " But he asked riders to be alert and to say something if they saw something.
"One of the lessons from today is that all of us can be eyes and ears on this system and throughout the city," Garcetti said.
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6.7
Russian military adviser in Aleppo dies of shelling wounds
(4.23/20)

MOSCOW, Dec 7 (Reuters) - A Russian military adviser in Aleppo has died of wounds sustained in a mortar attack carried out by Syrian opposition rebels, the Kremlin confirmed on Wednesday, the third Russian fatality in Syria this week. Russian news agencies had previously cited the defence ministry as saying that Colonel Ruslan Galitsky had died after being wounded in the shelling of western Aleppo. Local media in eastern Russia said Galitsky had served as the commander of a tank brigade in Ulan Ude before going to Syria. They said he had been injured in Aleppo on Monday in rebel shelling of a Russian military field hospital. The defence ministry has previously said that two female Russian medics died in and after the same attack. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Galitsky would be posthumously given a top military award. (Reporting by Andrew Osborn, Maria Kiselyova and Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Maria Kiselyova)
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1.6
Study: Thousands of Bangladesh kids working 64 hours a week
(4.20/20)

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Thousands of Bangladeshi children who live in the capital's slums are working illegally for an average of 64 hours a week, with many employed by the garment industry making clothing for top global brands, according to…...
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8.8
Duterte defends police accused of killing drug-linked mayor
(3.20/20)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte staunchly defended on Wednesday more than two dozen policemen who were accused by the government's main investigation agency of killing a jailed mayor linked to illegal drugs.
Duterte said he still believes the accounts of the policemen, who said Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. and another inmate, Raul Yap, died in their cells when they shot it out with police during a Nov. 5 raid in a jail in central Leyte province. The president said he was willing to go to jail for his policemen.
After weeks of investigation, the National Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday it determined that the two inmates died in a police "rubout" and not a shootout. The NBI, the equivalent of America's FBI, said the policemen likely placed pistols and illegal drugs in the cells of the two slain inmates to justify the police raid.
"What the police stated is the truth for me," Duterte said in a speech Wednesday. He added that he would not allow the policemen to go to jail.
The NBI findings cast a black mark on Duterte's deadly anti-drug crackdown, which has alarmed Western governments and human rights groups. There have been suspicions that some of the more than 4,000 slain drug suspects may have been killed deliberately by law enforcers and did not die in gunbattles as claimed by police.
NBI spokesman Ferdinand Lavin said Tuesday the bureau filed murder complaints against the policemen at the Department of Justice last Friday. Prosecutors will rule whether there is enough evidence to indict the policemen.
All the policemen involved in the raid at the jail conspired to kill Espinosa and Yap and cover up the murders, Lavin said.
Espinosa's death has sparked skepticism even among politicians backing Duterte's crackdown because of the apparent brazenness of the killings. He had surrendered to the national police chief in a nationally televised event after he and more than 160 other officials were named publicly by Duterte in August as part of a shame campaign.
Espinosa was later released, but was arrested and jailed in October after being indicted on drug and firearm charges. His son, an alleged drug lord, was arrested in the United Arab Emirates in October and has been repatriated to the Philippines, where he has acknowledged past involvement in illegal drugs.
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20.0
Charleston church shooting suspect’s trial set to begin
(3.20/20)

Charleston, S. C. — The white man who authorities said wanted to start a race war by killing nine black people in a South Carolina church is getting ready to stand trial in a city already bruised by a former police officer’s racially charged murder trial that ended in a hung jury.
Jury selection and opening statements are set for Wednesday in Dylann Roof’s federal death penalty trial.
Roof sat with 12 people in Bible study and prayer for an hour at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston on June 17, 2015, before pulling a gun from his fanny pack, firing dozens of shots and reloading several times, police said.
He hurled racial insults, telling the parishioners he was killing them because he wanted a war between white and blacks because blacks were raping white women and taking over the country, authorities said.
Roof left three people alive in the church basement so they could tell the world his reasons for the shooting, police said.
The shootings took place a little more than two months after a white North Charleston police officer was charged with murder for shooting an unarmed black driver running from a traffic stop, the stark killing unfolding millions of times across the country online and on TV after a bystander recorded it. The trial of Michael Slager ended Monday without a verdict, and though Charleston stayed calm, tensions rose even after the state prosecutor promised a retrial.
Although Slager’s lawyers vigorously fought to prove he wasn’t guilty, Roof’s lawyers have offered several times to plead guilty if federal prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. They refused.
When prosecutors said it would take six to seven days to make their case that Roof is guilty, defense attorney David Bruck said Roof’s case would take little additional time.
The past week leading up to the trial had its own drama as Roof fired his lawyers to act as his own attorney, then hired them back Monday. But he said he will again be his own lawyer if he is found guilty and the second phase of the trial begins where prosecutors present evidence Roof deserves to be put to death.
Roof’s attorneys said they don’t know why he wants to be his own lawyer but said in other cases defendants have been trying to avoid having their lawyers introduce embarrassing evidence that could sway jurors.
Roof faces 33 charges in federal court, including hate crimes and obstruction of religion. State prosecutors plan a second death penalty trial on nine murder charges.
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18.9
Georgia executes man convicted of killing his father-in-law
(3.14/20)

JACKSON, Ga. -- Georgia executed its ninth inmate this year on Tuesday night, putting to death a man convicted of killing his father-in-law more than a quarter century ago. William Sallie, 50, was pronounced dead at 10:05 p.m. after a lethal injection at the state prison in Jackson. Lawyers who sought to block William Sallie’s execution said he should be granted a new trial because of alleged juror bias, but courts haven’t properly considered that evidence because he missed a filing deadline by eight days at a time when he didn’t have a lawyer, his lawyers said in court filings. Georgia has put to death more people this year than any other state, including Texas with seven. There have been 68 men and one woman executed in Georgia since 1976, CBS affiliate WGCL reports.
Sallie was the 46th inmate put to death by lethal injection, according to officials.
Sallie was convicted of murder in the fatal shooting of John Lee Moore in March 1990. His first conviction and death sentence were overturned because his attorney had a conflict of interest. At his second trial in 2001, a woman eventually chosen as a juror lied during jury selection and failed to disclose domestic violence, messy divorces and a child custody battle that were “bizarrely similar” to Sallie’s case, his lawyers said. They add she later bragged to his attorneys’ investigator that she persuaded her divided peers to vote unanimously for death. The defense team made those arguments in a clemency petition to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, urging it to act as a “fail safe” against a miscarriage of justice. But the board, the only authority in Georgia with power to commute a death sentence, declined to spare Sallie’s life following a clemency hearing Monday. Sallie’s lawyers asked the U. S. Supreme Court to stop the scheduled execution, but it declined. They argued that the high court’s ruling in a pending Texas case with ineffective counsel issues could remove the procedural bars that are keeping the lower federal courts from considering their juror-bias claims. Attorneys for the state have argued the Texas case isn’t similar enough that its outcome would affect Sallie, particularly because that case doesn’t involve a federal petition that wasn’t filed on time. Furthermore, they argue, even if the issues were identical, the federal appeals court in Atlanta is bound by its own precedent - which doesn’t allow such an extraordinary admission of the procedurally barred evidence - and not by the future possibility of new precedent from the Supreme Court. Sallie’s lawyers also have argued in a state court petition that carrying out his execution would violate his constitutional rights. Lawyers for the state rejected those claims and a court dismissed the petition. Sallie’s lawyers appealed to the state Supreme Court, which on Tuesday declined to stop his scheduled execution. His lawyers appealed to the U. S. Supreme Court which also declined Tuesday evening to stop his execution. At the time of the killing, Sallie’s wife was living with her parents in rural south Georgia after having filed for divorce and after the two had fought bitterly over custody of their young son. After cutting his in-laws’ phone lines and breaking into their house about 12:45 a.m. March 29, 1990, Sallie went to the master bedroom and shot John and Linda Moore, according to a Georgia Supreme Court summary of the case. John Moore died from his injuries, and his wife was injured. Sallie then took his wife and her sister to his mobile home, leaving his son behind, the summary says. Sallie released his wife and her sister that night and was arrested a short time later. Sallie’s lawyers have said the shooting was a botched attempt to take his son and leave. There have been 18 executions so far this year in the United States, including those in Georgia and Texas and one each in Alabama, Florida and Missouri. Alabama has one more scheduled Thursday. Sallie received visits Tuesday from six family members, four friends, three clergy members and four paralegals. He accepted a final prayer and recorded a final statement, according to officials, WGCL reports.
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3.7
Danish suspect in police shooting jailed for 4 weeks
(3.12/20)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A 26 year-old Danish man has been jailed for four weeks on suspicion of shooting a Danish policeman in the head outside a police station in suburban Copenhagen. ...
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3.2
Julian Assange defies Swedish prosecutors by releasing rape statement
(3.12/20)

Julian Assange has thumbed his nose at Swedish investigators, who he says have robbed him of his freedom for six years, by releasing the answers he gave to them under questioning in Ecuador’s London embassy last month.
The decision to issue the statement, which contains for the first time a detailed account by the WikiLeaks founder of his encounter with a woman in August 2010 who made rape allegations against him, marks a fresh twist in a case in which Assange claims an early leak of information from the Swedish police has shaped opinion.
The transcript of a police interview with the woman was leaked to media in December 2010 , which the Australian, who has not been charged with any crime, says helped to establish an aura of guilt around him.
Since then, Assange has repeatedly asked to be allowed to tell his side of the story to prosecutors, but until recently they insisted he come to Sweden for questioning. Assange has been confined to Ecuador’s cramped London embassy since June 2012, after claiming asylum to avoid extradition over the allegations.
“I am now releasing my statement to the public,” Assange says in a letter accompanying the document. “The reason is simple. I want people to know the truth about how abusive this process has been.”
The release of the statement is likely to be met with dismay in Sweden, where prosecutors’ desire for personal aspects of the case to remain confidential has led them to deny Assange access to evidence against him , because of the risk that it might become public.
In correspondence with Ecuador over the conditions of Assange’s interrogation, the Swedish prosecutor in the case, Marianne Ny, insisted the proceedings remain private to protect the plaintiff. A spokesperson for Ny told the Guardian she was awaiting the formal report on the interviews from Ecuador, due this month, before deciding on her next step.
The statement, which Assange read out to investigators in response to their questioning, contains a sustained attack on the prosecutor, for whom he claims the interview in London was “simply a ruse to tick a box to ensure the technical possibility to indict me”. Under Swedish law, an interview with the suspect is an essential step before issuing charges.
The statement fleshes out Assange’s argument that he is at risk of extradition from Sweden to the US to face espionage charges – and potentially a life behind bars.
Last week, the UN’s working group on arbitrary detention rejected an appeal by the UK against its February ruling that the risks facing Assange if he leaves the embassy mean his situation amounts to a prolonged deprivation of liberty “ in breach of the principles of reasonableness, necessity and proportionality ”.
Until now, Assange has not described his sexual encounter with his accuser. He has not publicly apologised to her or tried to mitigate the distress she has been caused.
Elisabeth Massi Fritz, the lawyer for Assange’s accuser, said on Wednesday that his decision to release details of their relationship was “unfortunate”.
Assange’s statement says that, owing to US hostility towards WikiLeaks, his bank cards were blocked after his arrival in Sweden in the summer of 2010 at the peak of the Pentagon’s conflict with him over the release of a trove of diplomatic and military documents. This made him highly dependent on the hospitality of others.
The woman “appeared to be sympathetic to my plight and also appeared to be romantically interested in me”, Assange told prosecutors. “She was not close to people I was close to, so it seemed that those who meant me harm would be unlikely to try to find me by monitoring her movements.”
She “made it very clear that she wanted to have sexual intercourse” with Assange and placed his hands on her breasts while in a cinema, he continued. “I felt concerned about the intensity of [her] interest and I also deeply loved another woman, which played on my mind and left me emotionally distracted.”
The intensity of her interest made him fear how she might react if she felt he was rejecting her, he said. He claimed he later discovered she had collected dozens of photos of him in the weeks before they met, her Flickr photo account filled with “pages and pages” of photos of Assange.
After they had unprotected sex, she wanted him to have a test for sexually transmitted diseases, the statement continues.
“We were in agreement and arranged to meet the following day in the nearby park around lunchtime, when I would have time to get tested. She said she was fine and seemed at ease. You can imagine my disbelief when I woke the next morning to the news that I had been arrested in my absence for ‘rape’ and that police were ‘hunting’ all over Stockholm for me.”
Assange claims that text messages sent by the woman at the time – access to which his lawyers were allowed only briefly and early in the case – show that she was not asleep during the sex.
“I was certain [she] was not asleep. I was also certain she expressly consented to unprotected sex before such intercourse started.” The woman has insisted that a prerequisite of intercourse was that a condom be used.
He claims the texts also show that the woman said at the time she “did not want to put any charges on Julian Assange”, but that “the police were keen on getting their hands on him” and that she was “shocked when they arrested him” because she “only wanted him to take a test”.
According to the transcripts leaked to the Guardian in 2010, the woman told police she met Assange at a seminar at which he was speaking, and afterwards went to the cinema with him, where they kissed in the back row.
Two days later, she arranged to meet him and they went to her flat. They started to have sex, she said, but she moved away because Assange had not wanted to wear a condom, and he fell asleep. She told police they later had sex at least once when he had “unwillingly” worn a condom, but the following morning, after she had gone to buy breakfast and then climbed back into bed and fallen asleep, she had woken to find him having sex with her without a condom.
According to the statement, she told him: “You better not have HIV” and he answered “Of course not,” but “she couldn’t be bothered to tell him one more time because she had been going on about the condom all night. She had never had unprotected sex before.” The statement says that she bought the morning after pill and took an STD test but when she telephoned Assange asking him to be tested he said he didn’t have the time.
Assange has made no secret of his contempt for the Swedish prosecutor, but his decision to release his side of the story appears calculated to place further pressure on Ny to end the stalemate in the case, either by issuing a rape charge – and implicitly explaining the evidence for the charge – or lifting the arrest warrant against him.
“In the past the prosecution has fed partial information to tabloids that politically oppose me,” Assange said. “It is better that my statement, which I am happy with, and which makes it obvious to all that I am innocent, sees the light in full.”
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0.8
BBC under investigation for profile of new Thai king
(3.10/20)

Thai authorities are investigating BBC over a Thai-language profile of the nation's new king, officials said Thursday, after the article outraged ultra-royalists in a country where criticism of the monarchy is outlawed.
Thailand's harsh royal defamation law has been used to jail scores of critics and spurned a culture of self-censorship across the media, academia and the arts.
Any member of the public can allege royal defamation and the police are duty bound to investigate.
BBC is now under scrutiny for a Thai-language profile it published out of its London offices of the nation's new monarch, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who ascended to the throne last week.
The royal succession was Thailand's first in seven decades and is considered a delicate moment for the institution as Vajiralongkorn does not command the respect enjoyed by his revered father.
The BBC profile included information about Vajiralongkorn's personal life that is well-known inside the kingdom but rarely printed by Thai media, such details about his three marriages that ended in divorce.
The article, which has since been blocked online in Thailand, quickly went viral on social media but attracted a torrent of criticism from royalists who accused BBC of defaming the monarch.
On Wednesday a team of police officers visited BBC's Bangkok office but found it closed.
"This case is in the process of investigation but I cannot disclose the details," Pornchai Chalordej, the commander of the police station responsible for the case, told AFP.
Top leaders from Thailand's royalist junta, which has ramped up use of the lese majeste law since its 2014 power grab, defended the probe on Thursday.
"As they have an office in Thailand and Thai reporters work there they must be prosecuted when they violate Thai law," junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha said of the BBC.
The junta's number two, defence minister Prawit Wongsuwon, stressed the police's duty to investigate any wrongdoing.
"If anything is illegal we must prosecute accordingly without exception," he told reporters.
A prominent Thai dissident was arrested over the weekend for sharing the BBC profile on Facebook.
Jatupat "Pai" Boonpattararaksa, a leader of a small group of anti-junta students, was released on bail but faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
The BBC's Thai service is one of few platforms that publishes comparatively unfiltered reporting in the Thai language.
Its articles are edited and published out of London, though the service employs a small number of local staff in Bangkok.
The BBC's English language bureau in Bangkok is an editorially separate entity.
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0.0
Rock River artist keeps Pearl Harbor alive with painting
(2.53/20)

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Seventy-five years ago on Dec. 7, 1941, 334 U. S. Marines and sailors escaped the flame-engulfed USS Arizona.
Four of the five remaining survivors recently returned to the USS Arizona memorial site to remember their fallen brethren and view Rock-River-native Cassidy Newkirk’s painting recreating the moment survivors escaped the ship as it sank beneath the debris-filled waters of Pearl Harbor.
“Being able to fly over (to Hawaii) with the survivors is the biggest honor,” Newkirk said Nov. 22. “This will probably be the last year they will all be together.”
The 22-year-old’s painting was commissioned by the USS Arizona Final Salute campaign, an initiative created by the survivor’s families to raise money for the survivors to attend the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attacks on Pearl Harbor and pay their final respects.
To help raise the money needed to pay for the survivor’s flights, food and accommodations, 41 prints, a nod to the year of the attacks, of Newkirk’s paintings were sold for $1,177 commemorating the 1,177 USS Arizona Marines and sailors that did not survive that day.
The prints sold out during the Thanksgiving Day weekend, reported the Laramie Boomerang (http://bit.ly/2gzPxIw).
Home on the ranch
“My great-grandma was a painter,” Newkirk said. “One day, my parents just dropped me off with her, and she started teaching me oil paint.”
From 9 years old until Newkirk was in Junior High School, she spent four hours every Tuesday and Friday learning to paint with her great-grandmother. Around seventh grade, her mentor passed away.
“I quit painting for a long time,” she said. “Because it was hard to paint without her.”
The fifth generation in a line of ranchers that settled north of Rock River in 1918, Newkirk said she was interested in military history from an early age.
“My family is extremely supportive of the military,” she said. “My great-grandfather was a Marine in World War II. My uncle flew (medical evacuation helicopters) in Vietnam. One grandfather was in the Navy, another was in the Army.”
When her great-grandfather died, his scrapbook of wartime images, letters and stories was passed on to the family. When her uncle visited, she said he shared stories about his time in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. And her mother kept a Japanese sword her great-grandfather brought back from his time in the Pacific.
When she picked up the paint brush again, she decided she wanted to focus on military service.
“I don’t want to portray war, I want to portray what they sacrificed,” she said. “I want to paint stories of the ones that have fallen.”
Proving her ability
The clacking of Newkirk’s black felt high heels echoed through the University of Wyoming Fine Arts Building’s empty halls. She is in her fifth year as an art student at the university.
“When I was old enough to walk in heels, (my grandmother) would put us in heels, put books on our heads and make us walk up and down the stairs,” she said chuckling. “She loved Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, so that was my other half.”
Tying her grandmother’s love of ‘40s and ‘50s pop culture with her interest in WWII, she started painting bomber nose art and pinup girls. But her fellow UW students didn’t really understand her work.
“After growing up on a ranch, coming to a liberal arts college was very different,” she said. “Students my age don’t really know about what went on in WWII.”
At times, she used her art to incite a reaction in students who were opposed to the war, she said.
“I know it may not be the best thing, but it made my art better,” she admitted. “I tried harder because I had that extra emotion and determination. Every time I would do art, it was to prove I could.”
While managing the UW women’s basketball team, Newkirk befriended Assistant Coach Nikki Stratton.
While at a game in San Diego, Stratton asked Newkirk to paint the USS Arizona for her grandfather’s birthday.
“I asked her why she wanted the USS Arizona, I knew there must be a specific reason,” Newkirk said. “When she told me he was one of the last survivors, I freaked out I was so excited.”
The painting would be a precursor to the piece she was commissioned to paint for the Final Salute campaign.
Stratton said her grandfather appreciated that younger generations took an interest in Pearl Harbor.
“When he saw her painting, he was incredibly speechless,” Stratton said. “Cassidy is really able to channel the pain and the sacrifice.”
Vessel
On Oct. 17, 1916, construction of the Pennsylvania-class battleship, USS Arizona, was commissioned by the Navy, according to the University of Arizona Library.
On Oct. 17, 2015, after seeing Newkirk’s painting for Stratton, the Final Salute campaign commissioned her to historically recreate the day the ship sank.
Newkirk said she didn’t see the dates as a coincidence. During the research and painting process, she said she felt guided by “angels” or spirits of the deceased Marines and sailors.
Because no images of the USS Arizona were taken from close enough to see the survivors escaping, Newkirk used special effects makeup and original WWII-era naval uniforms to photograph recreated movements of burned sailors fleeing the sinking ship. Wet footprints would sometimes mysteriously appear on the floor of the studio.
“There’s been so many supernatural things happen with this, it’s just unreal,” she said. “Our big studio lights would stop working. My digital camera screen would glitch and be fuzzy for a second. The room would get really smoky, like gasoline and burned oil.”
Through it all, she said she felt guided by a supernatural presence.
“I’m the one who physically painted it,” she said. “But it’s like someone was working through me.”
Standing 8 feet tall and 6 feet wide, the final painting depicted survivors escaping a sinking USS Arizona shrouded in smoke and flames. One survivor was hand-over-hand crossing a rope to the safety of another ship. The survivor was Donald Stratton, who suffered burns on 75 percent of his body as he passed over flame-covered waters to the safety of a rescue ship, Newkirk said.
“I realize that no one nowadays will ever understand what that feels like,” she said.
But she said she hopes her painting will help future generations connect with a crucial point of American history she feels is quickly being forgotten.
“I want to keep those stories alive,” she said. “All I want to do is make art, specifically WWII art.”
The painting, which she didn’t name, would be unveiled Dec. 6 at the USS Arizona Memorial Theatre where it will remain.
“I wanted it to stay with those I painted it for,” she said.
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Aleppo's Old City captured by Assad regime following rebel retreat
(2.48/20)

ALEPPO, Syria, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad 's regime on Wednesday captured Aleppo's Old City after rebels retreated -- giving the government control of three-quarters of east Aleppo, a human rights group said.
Rebels first captured east Aleppo four years ago and made it a stronghold. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels retreated from the Old City after a regime offensive captured the Bab al-Hadid and Aqyul districts.
Assad's forces seized the Old City early Wednesday, increasing the likelihood the besieged rebels will be defeated as some debate whether to withdraw. Most rebel groups have agreed in theory to a withdrawal plan, but a small number of powerful hardline groups oppose it, The Washington Post reported.
After a pause in hostilities, Assad's regime began a new offensive to capture east Aleppo on Nov. 15, which has caused more than 730 civilian deaths and has led 80,000 civilians to flee the section of the city. Rebels on Wednesday called on the United Nations to oversee a five-day cease-fire to carry out medical and civilian evacuations from the east, where there is a humanitarian crisis.
"People have flocked there and the system can't cope. There are no resources, all day there is bombing," said Col. Abo Bakr, a representative of a group allied with the Free Syrian Army.
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U. S. has "no position" on Aleppo, rebel official says
(2.34/20)

BEIRUT, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The United States has "no position" on the Russian-backed Syrian government assault on rebel-held areas of Aleppo, and is so far only willing to help coordinate an evacuation of fighters as demanded by Russia, an official with an Aleppo rebel group said. The official said there was currently "no American position, apart from the Russian agenda: the Russians want the fighters out and they (the Americans) are ready to coordinate over that", said the Turkey-based official, citing indirect contacts with U. S. officials overnight. Russia on Monday said it would start talks with the United States on a rebel withdrawal from eastern Aleppo, a step a U. S. official said Washington would likely embrace to save lives. (Reporting by Tom Perry; Editing by Catherine Evans)
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UAE Calls Ohio Police Killing of Emirati 'Painful Incident'
(2.24/20)

The United Arab Emirates has called the police killing of an Emirati man in Ohio a "painful incident" that the country's diplomats would investigate, just months after another citizen of the U. S.-allied Arab nation was wrongly accused in Ohio of being an Islamic militant.
The shooting death on Sunday of Saif Nasser Mubarak Alameri made front page news Wednesday in the UAE, a federation of seven sheikdoms on the Arabian Peninsula. Online, stunned Emiratis shared a smiling black-and-white photo of the 26-year-old university student with the Arabic hashtag "Saif Nasser is in the hands of God. "
Police in Hudson, Ohio, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) north of Cleveland, say Alameri was speeding and driving erratically Sunday on the Ohio Turnpike when he sideswiped another vehicle, causing his car to flip onto the roof. They say Alameri fled the scene of the crash, forcing responding Hudson police officers and Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers to search for him in nearby woods.
A Hudson police officer fired shots at the man during a struggle, the city said. The officer was treated for minor injuries and has been placed on paid administrative leave. The officer hasn't been identified.
The Summit County medical examiner's office said Alameri was shot once in the head.
Jill Del Greco, a spokeswoman for the Ohio attorney general's office, said investigators from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which is examining the shooting, will be meeting with representatives of the United Arab Emirates.
The UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs also said its officials would talk to local authorities.
"In light of this follow-up, and after details of the painful incident are clarified by the authorities, the ministry will issue a more comprehensive statement," undersecretary Mohammed Mer al-Raisi said late Tuesday in a statement.
The United Arab Emirates, home to Dubai, is a major U. S. ally in the region. American drones and aircraft involved in the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria fly out of its air bases. The UAE also deployed forces to Afghanistan after the U. S.-led invasion following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks by al-Qaida.
But this is the second incident in months involving police officers near Cleveland and an Emirati citizen. In June, Emirati businessman Ahmed al-Menhali was detained at gunpoint by police in Avon, Ohio, while wearing a traditional white kandura, or ankle-length robe, and headscarf. His arrest came after the family of a hotel clerk wrongly told police that al-Menhali was pledging allegiance to the Islamic State group.
The city of Avon later apologized to al-Menhali, who was briefly hospitalized after the incident. It also saw UAE authorities warn Emiratis traveling abroad to avoid wearing traditional garments.
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Gillispie reported from Cleveland.
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Philippine rebels threaten to end monthslong cease-fire
(2.20/20)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine communist rebels warned President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday that they may be forced to end their monthslong cease-fire and resume fighting if he does not suspend the government’s counterinsurgency program and withdraw troops from rebel-influenced areas.
The Communist Party of the Philippines said that if Duterte fulfills the demands by January and releases remaining political detainees through an amnesty, it can guarantee the cease-fire’s extension, helping to foster peace talks brokered by Norway.
New People’s Army guerrillas, however, will be forced to engage troops if the president presses the military’s deployment of troops in what the rebels claim as “guerrilla zones” in the countryside, the outlawed party said in a statement.
“He will only have himself to blame if this forces the hand of the Communist Party of the Philippines to terminate its unilateral cease-fire declaration,” it said.
While no fighting has erupted since both sides declared separate cease-fires in August, the Maoist guerrillas have complained that troops continued to be deployed in rebel areas to carry out surveillance and other counterinsurgency operation in what they say are violations of the government’s own truce.
The military is unlikely to relent to the rebel demands. It has denied rebel allegations that it has violated the government cease-fire by deploying counterinsurgency troops in rural areas where the rebels claim to have influence. Troops deployed in rural areas were either accompanying government workers or helping to carry out rural projects, military officials say.
Lt. Gen. Eduardo Ano, a longtime combat intelligence officer who was inaugurated as the new military chief of staff Wednesday, said the military would support government efforts for the peaceful resolution of armed conflicts.
“But even as we uphold and respect the primacy of peace, make no mistake about it, we shall remain to be a lethal force capable of destroying any threat to our nation,” Ano said. “We will not let our people cower in the face of lawlessness and terrorism.”
Battle setbacks, surrenders and infighting have weakened the rebel group, which is blacklisted as a terrorist organization by the United States.
A confidential Philippine government assessment obtained by The Associated Press says the guerrillas had declined to 3,800 fighters with more than 4,500 firearms in the first half of the year, with about 700 of the country’s 42,000 villages affected by the insurgency.
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Iraqi advance into Mosul breaks stall, gains ground
(2.12/20)

MOSUL, Iraq -- After weeks of unchanging front lines, the Iraqi army rolled Tuesday into a southeastern Mosul neighborhood held by Islamic State militants, taking a hospital before meeting stiff resistance, the military said.
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Bangladesh court confirms death for Islamic group leader
(2.09/20)

NEW DELHI (AP) — Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld death sentences for the leader of a banned Islamic group and two of his associates found guilty in a 2004 grenade attack on a British envoy. ...
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Thailand vows to crack down on 'illegal' news content after BBC targeted
(2.07/20)

Thailand's government will not back down from prosecuting news outlets that publish "illegal" content, the defence minister has said, after the BBC's bureau in Bangkok came under scrutiny for an article about the country's new king.
The British broadcaster's Thai-language service, a relative newcomer, caused a stir when it published an article on King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun's personal life as crown prince.
It included details of three marriages that ended in divorce and other material that cannot be published in the Thai news media.
Thailand has strict lese majeste laws against insulting the monarchy, which carries a penalty of three to 15 years in prison.
"Whatever is illegal will be processed accordingly, no exceptions," defence minister Prawit Wongsuwan told reporters.
In the days after the article was published on December 2, the day after Vajiralongkorn ascended the throne, the BBC office in Thailand received multiple visits from the Thai army and police.
The BBC shut the office this week but continues to broadcast and publish on its website, although the link to the article about Vajiralongkorn is now blocked in Thailand.
"Officials were just doing their jobs when they searched this news agency," Mr Prawit said.
The article sparked outrage among Thai royalists. The Facebook group "V for Thailand" has been vigorously criticising the BBC, and posted the BBC's Bangkok phone number on its page, encouraging its followers to call and harass people who work there.
Thai police arrested a student on Saturday for sharing the BBC article, releasing him on bail the next day. It was the first arrest under lese majeste law since Vajiralongkorn became king.
It appeared to be the first case involving material produced by a respected mainstream media outlet, although previous cases have involved content from several foreign tabloids.
Mainstream media have had stories about the Thai monarchy censored, by blocking their websites and the voluntary stopping of distribution of editions of magazines and newspapers in Thailand, including The Economist and the International New York Times.
Critics of the lese majeste law, known as Article 112, say it is used to silence political dissidents. The military regime that took power in a 2014 coup has especially cracked down on commentary on the internet.
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Christmas gifts for underprivileged kids stolen from church
(2.06/20)

WATERTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Police in Connecticut are investigating the theft of dozens of toys collected for underprivileged children from a Watertown church.
Police tell The Republican-American (http://bit.ly/2hgAgAo ) of Waterbury that someone entered the locked First Congregational Church between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday and took about 36 wrapped gifts.
The gifts included toys, clothes and diapers.
Investigators say there were no signs of forced entry at the church, and last weekend was the deadline for gift collection, so the thief likely knew the items were there.
Anyone who knows anything about the theft is asked to call Watertown police.
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Somali forces retake port town from faction loyal to Islamic State
(2.06/20)

By Abdiqani Hassan QANDALA, Somalia Dec 7 (Reuters) - Soldiers loyal to Somalia's government retook control of a port town on Wednesday from insurgents who had declared allegiance to Islamic State, officials there said. Hundreds of pro-government fighters have been converging on Qandala in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland since it was seized last month by forces led by insurgent leader Abdiqadir Mumin "We now control Qandala port town. The IS fighters ran away into the hills without fighting," Puntland's minister for planning, Shire Haji Farah, told Reuters in the northern coastal town. Mumin used to be a commander with al Shabaab, a much larger Islamic insurgent force that is battling the weak Western-backed government to impose a strict interpretation of Islamic law. Qandala was the first town he took since declaring allegiance to Islamic State last year. It remains unclear what sort of link he has forged with the global militant group. (writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Catherine Evans)
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WATCH: Gun-wielding mannequin challenge leads to two arrests and weapons and drugs seized
(2.06/20)

With the amount of 'mannequin challenge' attempts on the web, you really have to do something different to stand out.
However, a group of people in Alabama may have taken that sentiment too far as their viral attempt has led to them getting into hot water with the law.
The video, which shows people posing while holding firearms has been shared around 90,000 times.
One of those views came from the local police station, who later arrested two men and seized several firearms and marijuana.
Kenneth Fennell White, 49, and Terry Brown, 23 were arrested.
White was charged first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a violent felon, while Brown was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and loitering.
Once he was taken to the jail, authorities found marijuana in his possession and added a charge of promoting prison contraband.
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Lucky for us, Trump has Mattis all wrong: Democratic congressman
(2.06/20)

Retired Marine general James Mattis was my division commander in the Marines, and the first time I heard him speak was in the windswept Kuwaiti desert on the eve of the invasion of Iraq. Standing atop his Humvee, he told us how he planned to duct tape Saddam Hussein to the front of the truck when we got to Baghdad and drive around the city — and we eager young Marines roared with approval.
This is the kind of story that earned Mattis his nickname “Mad Dog,” and the kind of bravado that attracted President-elect Trump to select him to serve as secretary of Defense.
The good news for our country is that Trump has Mattis all wrong.
The first sign was when Trump expressed surprise after their first meeting that Mattis is opposed to torture. Since then, it has come out that Mattis is, like most foreign policy professionals on both sides of the aisle, opposed to Trump’s desire to rip up the Iran deal. The agreement is far from perfect, but the restrictions and inspections it places on Iran are far better than nothing at all.
In fact, when you get to know Mattis, you quickly learn that he is one of the most thoughtful strategic thinkers we have. A true “warrior scholar,” he co-authored with David Petraeus the counter-insurgency doctrine that turned around the war in Iraq. He’s exceptionally well-read — he assembled a library of nearly 7,000 volumes and can cite passages at will. And most importantly, he’s a truly moral leader.
On the eve of the Iraq invasion, Mattis offered us far more than tough talk. He also reminded us to engage our brains before our weapons, and treat all noncombatants with decency, chivalry, and compassion. He reminded us of the fundamental rights and values for which America stands, and he has never accepted compromising those values even in the brutal pursuit of killing our enemies.
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There are legitimate concerns about his nomination when it comes to the fundamental principle of civilian control of the military. The law requires a former service member to wait seven years before serving as secretary of Defense, and Mattis retired only three years ago. It’s our job in Congress to seriously debate whether to grant an exemption to current law. The importance of this principle merits a standalone bill, not an attempt to shoehorn an exemption into a larger government funding bill as currently planned.
Should the exemption be approved, it would not be without precedent. The last time it was done was on behalf of Democrat Harry Truman , who named George Marshall his Defense secretary in 1950 — less than five years after his retirement from the Army.
Amidst a cabinet that is shaping up to be nearly as unqualified as our new president, including a secretary of Education who has never attended a public school and a Treasury secretary who made millions off foreclosures at the height of the financial crisis, Mattis stands out as a remarkably qualified leader, and I know he is someone who will actually stand up to President Trump. Before Trump realizes this himself, Democrats would be wise to have this debate and then grant an exemption to confirm him as our next secretary of Defense.
Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., is an Iraq war veteran who served under then-Gen. Mattis in the first of four tours of duty in the Marines.
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Mistrial in 'Open and Shut' Police Shooting Stuns Observers
(2.06/20)

The video was unambiguous: A white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black man in the back as the man ran away.
But a South Carolina jury was unable to agree on a verdict in one of the nation's ghastliest police shootings, with a lone holdout forcing a mistrial. The outcome stung many African-Americans and others. If that kind of evidence can't produce a conviction, they asked, what can?
"There's a jury full of people and they cannot decide if it's illegal to shoot someone who is running away from you? " said activist Johnetta Elzie, who is black. "What do you say about a country that feels this way about black people? If you can't see the humanity in that, I don't know what we're talking about anymore. "
Prosecutors plan to retry former officer Michael Slager, who is scheduled to be tried separately next year on federal charges that he violated Walter Scott's civil rights.
North Charleston city officials approved a $6.5 million civil settlement for Scott's family earlier this year. Slager remains free on bail.
South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley voiced her support for Scott's family, saying in a statement that justice "is not always immediate, but we must all have faith that it will be served. "
Scott, 50, was killed in April 2015 after he was shot five times. A barber on his way to work recorded the shooting on his cellphone.
The panel of 11 white jurors and one black juror deliberated for 22 hours. At one point, a juror sent a letter directly to the judge saying he could not "with good conscience approve a guilty verdict" and that he was unlikely to change his mind. As they weighed their decision, jurors also asked the judge to explain the legal difference between fear and passion and inquired whether the self-defense standard was the same for officers as ordinary citizens.
NAACP President Cornell Brooks called the jury's decision "a disappointing delay in the delivery of justice. " Hours after the mistrial, a tweet from three Black Lives Matter co-founders said, "Some days the hashtag is too painful to participate in. "
Elzie, one of the first protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, after the fatal 2014 shooting of Michael Brown by a white officer, said word of the hung jury left her numb.
"When it comes to justice and black people in America, I don't expect it," she sighed.
Randall Kennedy, a black Harvard University law professor and author of several books on race relations, had difficulty reconciling the law with the mistrial, which he called "frightening. "
"It appeared as though it was open and shut," said Kennedy, a native of Columbia, South Carolina. "Obviously, this is a case of some criminal action on the part of this police officer. Is it at all plausible that you have a man running and a police officer says, 'I'm firing in self-defense?'"
He added: "It's at this point that people are truly exasperated and say, 'Do we really have anything that can seriously be called the administration of criminal justice?' Can we reach people? Are people even persuadable? "
On the day after the mistrial, Charles Witherspoon sat in the main library in Columbia, reading the newspaper. He followed the trial closely and is well-versed in the facts of the case, like the 17 feet that separated Scott and the officer when he began firing at Scott.
Witherspoon, who is black, had no doubt Slager was guilty of murder, but the mistrial did not come as a surprise. It's an outcome the 54-year-old South Carolina native has come to expect.
"Murder is murder — unless you are a police officer," he said. "Someone is always going to find a way out for a police officer. "
National Action Network South Carolina President James Johnson urged people to give the second trial a chance before they get angry. He said he heard rumors of people threatening to "burn" Charleston, but he does not think it will happen.
"I urge the people to let the justice system take its course. Let's wait on the next trial before we decide to do anything stupid. We've got to live here. We don't want people coming from outside of Charleston" to protest, said Johnson, who is black.
Kennedy said the retrial points to the belief that the initial result was wrong.
"It's a good thing that people are paying a lot of attention to this and that they are shocked," he said. "What will really be terrible is when something like this happens, and people are not shocked. "
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Whack covers urban affairs for The Associated Press and reported from Philadelphia. Seanna Adcox in Charleston, South Carolina, contributed to this report.
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Australian teen jailed over foiled plot to set off bomb
(2.06/20)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) " An Australian teenager who was planning to set off a homemade bomb similar to the one used in the Boston Marathon bombings was sentenced on Wednesday to seven years in prison. Victoria state Supreme Court... ...
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Gambia Leader's Upset Heartens Families of the Disappeared
(2.06/20)

Fatoumata Sawaneh tried to hold back tears while talking about her father, one of hundreds of people who disappeared during the 22-year reign of President Yahya Jammeh in this tiny West African country.
Imam Ousman Sawaneh was arrested in October 2015, picked up as he led volunteers clearing grass in the local cemetery. His detention, for unknown reasons, bewildered his family.
"We don't have access to see him," she says, breaking down into sobs. "We are hoping that we will see him soon. "
Now, after the president's stunning defeat in last week's election, Fatoumata and others are hoping those who vanished can come home.
Jammeh has long been accused by human rights workers of heading a government that tortures opponents and silences dissent. Hundreds of Gambians have been arbitrarily detained for years, often without access to family members or lawyers.
On Monday, an appeals court ordered the release on bail of top opposition figures who were arrested in April for staging peaceful protests. The next day, a court released on bail a dozen opposition supporters whose trial was ongoing for unlawful assembly. A lawyer said the decisions signal a "wind of change. "
But for every such high-profile case in Gambia , countless other people remain incommunicado, often for unknown reasons.
"There are many cases, many family members who still don't know where their loved ones are," said Sabrina Mahtani, West Africa researcher for Amnesty International. "Gambia is a state that was run on fear, to keep people afraid, to keep people compliant. "
There is no real reason why one person would get picked up instead of another, contributing to that culture of fear, Mahtani said. "So it meant that people didn't speak out openly, people didn't share things on social media, people are always watching their back. "
The arrest of Sawaneh came not long after he and other imams presented a petition to Jammeh urging the release of some rice farmers who had been arrested, according to Amnesty International. A court ordered that Sawaneh be produced in March 2016, but the order has not been obeyed.
Mahtani said this is common and that the new government has an obligation to look into the cases of people who have disappeared, to open the doors to prisons and to start a truth and reconciliation process.
Jammeh's election loss saw Gambians for the first time in decades ripping down posters of their leader and shouting "Freedom! " in the streets, while soldiers and police stood by, some even cheering.
Many families are using this chance to speak out.
Nfansu Ceesay, says his 38-year-old brother, Ebrima, left one morning to meet with friends in November 2015 and never came back. Ceesay said the family looked everywhere, even offering money for information.
"He's a jovial somebody ... who doesn't go and stay out of the compound without a reason. He always sleeps at home," Ceesay said.
Frustrations over the disappearances and other abuses helped to usher in the shift of power to Adama Barrow, who has said he will release all political prisoners.
"Gambians have shown Jammeh they are fed up of the illegal detentions, of the killings, of detaining people without bringing them to trial for three to four years," said Mymuna Darboe, the wife of Ousainou Darboe, an opposition party leader who was among those released Monday. They were detained after demanding the body of party member Solo Sandeng, who died from torture while in state custody.
Another relative of a disappeared person, Isatou Kanyi, called on the president-elect to make sure her husband's case is investigated. Kanyiba Kanyi, a member of Ousainou Darboe's party, was taken away by security personnel in September 2006 and has not been heard from since.
"He was the breadwinner of the family, and his arrest and subsequent 'disappearance' have made things worse," his wife said.
The election of a new government opens the door to address human rights abuses associated with Jammeh's rule, including "bringing up the truth of what has happened to those many people who disappeared," said Andrea Ori, West Africa regional representative for the U. N. high commissioner for human rights.
Chief Ebrima Manneh worked as a journalist before he went missing a decade ago. His brother Musa has since fled to Italy, making the perilous journey by sea to flee reprisals after he demanded answers about his brother's whereabouts.
"Life has never been the same," Musa said. "Ten years of disappearance is very, very painful. "
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Associated Press writer Abdoulie John in Dakar, Senegal , contributed.
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Did authorities miss opportunities to prevent the Ghost Ship fire? New video shows police inside the death trap two months before the deadly blaze - and they did nothing
(2.05/20)

City and state officials fielded years of complaints about dangerous conditions, drugs, neglected children, trash, thefts and squabbles at the illegally converted warehouse where 36 partygoers were killed in a weekend fire, with inspectors knocking on the door as recently as two weeks before the blaze. With all the attention from police, child welfare authorities, building inspectors and others, some of those who saw what was going on at the underground artists' colony say they figured time and again that authorities would shut it all down. But they never did. NBC News even obtained a video on Tuesday that shows cops inside the warehouse just two months before the blaze. In the video, two cops are seen in a room packed with flammable woodwork, using a ladder to access the roof so that they could arrest a man who was on top of the building. Derick Almena, who leased the building, said that the man had wandered over from a neighboring building where a party was taking place. Oakland Police have not commented on the video or whether their officers made note of people living in the warehouse, which was not zoned residential. Scroll down for video 'It makes me so sad that all this has been there this whole long time,' said neighbor Phyllis Waukazoo. 'This was an accident waiting to happen. That could have been prevented.' Mayor Libby Schaaf deflected questions about whether more aggressive action by authorities could have prevented the tragedy at the cluttered, ramshackle building known as the Ghost Ship. Most recently, Oakland city inspectors received complaints on November 13 about the warehouse being remodeled into residences and on November 14 about an 'illegal interior building structure,' city records showed Tuesday. City officials sent a violation notice for the first complaint and opened an investigation for the second one. A building inspector who went to an Oakland warehouse on November 17 after receiving a complaint of illegal interior construction left after being unable to get inside. Schaaf said late Tuesday the inspector followed procedure and later sent a request to the owner to gain entry. She did not reveal the outcome of that request. Under the Oakland city code, building officials and fire marshals need court permission to enter commercial lodgings if the owner or manager refuses access. Building inspectors typically cannot force entry to a property unless there are pressing circumstances, Schaaf said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and prosecutors said they are looking into the possibility of criminal charges. Alameda County sheriff's Sgt. J. D. Nelson said Tuesday night that of the 36 victims found, 35 have been identified and 20 of their families have been notified. Officials are still lacking any type of identity for one person. Record searches and interviews indicate that the couple who leased the warehouse and turned it into rented living spaces and artists' studios, Derick Ion Almena and Micah Allison, were already under scrutiny by several agencies. Some of those agencies had been told or could have seen for themselves that the family of five and their dozens of artist tenants were living in a warehouse that had no permit to operate as a living space and allegedly had no proper kitchen, electricity, adequate fire exits or solid stairs. Almena, 46, is on probation for receiving stolen property, an Airstream trailer he was accused of stealing and stashing at the warehouse. The terms of his probation allowed authorities to enter his home without a warrant, records show. Child welfare workers had taken away the couple's three children in mid-2015 but returned them by this past summer, despite the illegal conditions at the warehouse and the children being hungry, infested with lice and frequently truant, Micah Allison's father and other acquaintances said. Almena confirmed in a 2015 document that child welfare workers visited the warehouse at least twice. Child welfare authorities refused to comment on the family, citing privacy laws. In returning the children, the authorities set certain conditions, including that the youngsters be out of the warehouse during the many parties held there, according to those who knew the couple. On the night of the fire, Allison and the three children had checked into an Oakland hotel, according to Almena. All of them survived. Almena said in a TV interview that he had little involvement in the party and had gone to the hotel as well. Allison's father, Michael Allison, said he is left wondering why authorities failed to take quicker, tougher action. 'This whole thing, the city giving them warning after warning after warning, strikes me as bizarre. It's been going on for years,' he said. 'I knew something was going to happen ... but not this.' Under state and city law, commercial buildings must receive annual fire inspections. Sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly refused to say whether fire officials had visited the warehouse before the blaze. Zac Unger, vice president of the Oakland firefighters union, said the city has about one-third of the fire inspectors of other cities of comparable size. 'It's a systematic underinvestment in the fire department and a roll of the dice, hoping they'll get away with it,' he said. Noel Gallo, a city councilman who lives a block away and recalled fruitless conversations with Almena over trash and other nuisances, said he will push for more building inspectors and fire marshals. But Gallo noted the city has many occupied warehouses and has to be mindful of the 'desperate' housing shortage in the San Francisco Bay area, where the tech boom has driven up prices and rents. In an interview after the fire, Almena said police also had been in and out of the buildings for years, over thefts and other complaints from the people there. 'They would come in and they would walk through our space and they'd always say "Wow, what an amazing space,"' Almena told San Jose TV station KNTV. Oakland Police Department spokeswoman Officer Jonna Watson said police officers are not trained on zoning laws but pointed out they document every call they respond to. 'The Alameda County District Attorney's office is the lead investigating agency and as the mayor has stated over the last five days, everything will be looked at,' she said.
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Man carrying gas can, matches arrested near Rockefeller tree
(2.04/20)

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Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 | 1:02 a.m.
NEW YORK — Police in New York City have arrested a man who they say was carrying a gas can and matches and acting erratically near the Rockefeller Center tree.
Police say 38-year-old Yuriy Alterman threw a bottle into the street, became combative and screamed at officers when they approached him Tuesday afternoon in midtown Manhattan.
They say he was carrying a red can containing a liquid that smelled like gasoline, matches as well as a book called "Son of Hamas," which is about the son of one of Hamas' founders. He told officers that he didn't intend to set anything on fire.
Police say he didn't get close to the tree.
The Bronx man has been charged with making terroristic threats and disorderly conduct. It's unclear if he has an attorney.
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Myanmar bans workers going to Malaysia as Rohingya crisis grows
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Myanmar has banned workers from going to Muslim-majority Malaysia as relations sour between the neighbours over a bloody military crackdown on the Buddhist country's Rohingya minority. The move came after Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak lashed out at Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for allowing "genocide" on her watch during a rally Sunday in Kuala Lumpur that drew thousands of people. The crowds were protesting against a military crackdown in Myanmar's western Rakhine state that has pushed more than 20,000 Rohingya Muslims into Bangladesh. Survivors have told AFP horrifying stories of gang rape, torture and murder at the hands of Myanmar security forces, while dozens have died trying to cross the river that separates the two countries. Buddhist-majority Myanmar has long discriminated against the stateless Rohingya and the recent crisis has galvanised protests in Muslim countries around the region, including Malaysia. "We want to tell Aung San Suu Kyi, enough is enough... We must and we will defend Muslims and Islam," Najib said at Sunday's 5,000-strong rally. "The world cannot sit and watch genocide taking place. " A Malaysian government minister has also called for a review of Myanmar's membership inside the regional ASEAN bloc. Myanmar officials have denied the allegations of abuse and Suu Kyi has told the international community to stop stoking the "fires of resentment". Late Tuesday Myanmar's immigration ministry said it had ceased issuing new licences for its nationals to work in wealthier Malaysia -- for years a top destination for migrant labour. "Myanmar has temporarily stopped sending workers to Malaysia from 6/12/2016 because of the current situation in Malaysia," it said in a statement, without elaborating. Malaysia already hosts tens of thousands of Myanmar workers, most of whom take on low-paid jobs in factories or in the food and hospitality industries. According to Malaysia, some 56,000 Rohingya have arrived on its shores in recent years, many taking perilous boat journeys to flee poverty and discrimination in Rakhine state. But on Tuesday former UN chief Kofi Annan, who heads a commission on troubled Rakhine, told reporters he thought the crisis would not split the region apart. "I think it can be contained. There is a possibility here to contain what is going on," he told a news conference in Yangon at the end of a week-long visit.
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Myanmar halts workers to Malaysia as Rohingya crisis grows
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Myanmar stops migrant workers going to Malaysia after Rohingya row
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96.6
Maserati crashes into Brookhaven home, driver killed - Story
(1.18/20)

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. - A man died early Wednesday morning after smashing a car into a home in Brookhaven.
According to investigators, the wreck stemmed from an attempted traffic stop in Buckhead on Peachtree Road at Lenox Road around 2:30 a.m. The driver of a Maserati, according to Georgia State Patrol, was not staying within traffic lines and when a trooper tried to pull the driver over, he sped off.
A pursuit followed and moved into Brookhaven, but the chase was called off after about three minutes.
Roughly ten minutes later, the driver of the Maserati lost control and crashed into a home on North Druid Hills Road in Brookhaven. Troopers believe high speeds and possible intoxication led to the crash.
The driver was killed and a female passenger was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital. No word yet on her condition.
GSP said the family inside the home was not injured.
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1.4
S Korea officials want woman at heart of scandal to testify
(1.10/20)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A South Korean parliamentary committee sent a squad of security officers on Wednesday to order the jailed woman at the center of a scandal that threatens to bring down the president to attend a hearing…...
Woman at heart of South Korean scandal refuses to testify
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2.6
Parliament's SABC inquiry gets rolling today
(1.08/20)

Mamelodi Sundowns need to go to the Fifa Club World Cup with the mentality of being there to win and not just to make up the numbers‚ says the club’s high on confidence Percy Tau.
SABC refuses to hand over documents to Parliament inquiry
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SABC members walk out of Parliament inquiry
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SABC inquiry begins in Parliament
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Inquest opens Viola Beach deaths after car crashed into Swedish canal
(1.06/20)

The members of British band Viola Beach crashed into a canal after driving past flashing warning lights on the approach to a bridge in Sweden, their inquest has heard. All four members of the Warrington band - Kris Leonard, River Reeves, Tomas Lowe and Jack Dakin - were killed along with their manager Craig Tarry when their hire car plunged 25 metres off a bridge near Stockholm. The men, aged between 19 and 35, were in a Nissan Qashqai driven by Mr Tarry when it crashed into a section of the bridge which was being raised for a passing ship and plunged into the canal on February 13. At the opening of an inquest into their deaths today, Cheshire Coroner Nicholas Rheinberg said that, from the injuries they suffered, it is believed none of them would have suffered. Warrington Coroner's Court was told that the band had a 'hectic schedule' that included a date in Reeves's hometown of Guildford the night after their deaths. The rockers had just played their first overseas gig at Where's The Music festival in Norrköping and were driving to a hotel before a scheduled flight back to the UK from Stockholm Arlanda Airport. Swedish police, who were called to the incident at about 2.30am, said the car had driven through warning signs and a flashing barrier some 50 metres before the opening. The car crashed into the raised section of the bridge, then dropped into the canal and was submerged 15 seconds later, the inquest was told. A tanker that had requested the bridge to be lifted then passed over the crash spot and 'contact' between the tanker and car could not be ruled out, the coroner heard. Technical examination showed there was nothing wrong with the car, or the signalling or barrier system or the procedure for raising the bridge, and the road was wet but not frozen with ice. Post-mortem reports by medics in Sweden, read to the courtroom which was packed with family members of the band, revealed all died from head injuries apart from Mr Lowe whose cause of death was given as drowning. Witnesses say the vehicle appeared to brake, but continued on, driving in the middle of the road with the white lines between the wheels and through two barriers. When the collision happened the bridge was around 3m above its usual position. The car was going between 70-90kmh. Bridge operators said that driving through barriers was an 'extremely uncommon occurrence' and only recall it happening once before. Graham Bennett, the band's agent, said Mr Tarry was in the driver's seat when he left the festival at around 12.10am. Mr Bennett said Mr Tarry had been offered a drink at the festival but declined and offered it to him instead. A post-mortem report found no traces of alcohol or drugs in his body. Benedict Dunn, River Reeves's father, said his son had been 'following his dream' at the time of his death. Inspector Lars Berglund, lead investigator on the case, said: 'No shortcomings in signalling could be demonstrated. No error or negligence had taken place. 'The carriageway was wet but not frozen, and the road surface was not slippery. 'The driver of the vehicle was Craig Tarry. It was not possible to see influence of drugs or alcohol. 'Speed cameras earlier show the accident vehicle travelling at 108km/h in a 100km/h limit.' Inspector Bergland added: 'There's no evidence that the vehicle was driving too fast or in a manner to attract attention of others. Braking just before the first barrier took place through the active influence of the driver. 'It's not possible to ascertain why the driver chose to pass stationary vehicles in the left hand lane and drive through the lower barrier.' Viola Beach, who had featured on BBC Introducing, a programme showcasing up-and-coming music artists, described themselves as an 'indie pop' band. Their debut album was posthumously released and their debut single Swings & Waterslides entered the official singles chart, topping the iTunes chart as tributes poured in from the music world. After the crash, a statement from the families of the band's members said: 'We are tremendously proud of everything the boys achieved in such a short space of time. 'Craig, Jack, Kris, River and Tom shared a huge passion, talent and dedication to music.'
Viola Beach manager drove through barriers into bridge, inquest told
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Inquest into deaths of young British band Viola Beach to begin
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0.8
Three charged in Belgium over suspected IS support
(1.06/20)

BRUSSELS, Dec 7 (Reuters) - A judge charged three men with supporting Islamic State following house searches across Belgium in which eight people were taken for questioning, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday. The men, a 23-year-old Serb and Kosovar nationals aged 23 and 27, were accused of being part of a terrorist organisation, prosecutors said in a statement. The other five detained on Tuesday were released without charge. On Tuesday, prosecutors said they had carried out the house searches looking for those who support Islamic State financially and through the recruitment of fighters to travel to Syria. Belgium gained a reputation for being a European base for Jihadists after it appeared that much of the Paris attacks in November 2015 in which 130 people were killed were planned in the country. The capital Brussels was itself a scene of Jihadist bombings in March of this year, in which 32 people were killed at the airport and on the city's metro line. (Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek, editing by Philip Blenkinsop and Angus MacSwan)
Belgium arrests 3 over Syria recruiting, terror charges
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Belgium Arrests 3 Over Syria Recruiting, Terror Charges
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1.0
Brazil Supreme Court deal might keep Senate head in place -report
(1.05/20)

By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Brazil's Supreme Court is seeking an agreement to resolve a constitutional crisis that would let the indicted head of the Senate keep his post if he agrees to step out of the presidential line of succession, major newspapers reported on Wednesday. The Supreme Court will meet at 2 p.m. (1600 GMT) to decide whether to uphold or overturn an injunction by one of its justices ordering the removal of Renan Calheiros as Senate president, after he was indicted for embezzlement last week. Calheiros, whose mandate in charge of the chamber expires when Congress goes into its Christmas recess in a few days, refused to step down on Tuesday, heightening a standoff between the legislature and judiciary. Calheiros is second in line to the presidency after the speaker of the lower house. Amid fears that the crisis could derail the passage of a major reform to tackle Brazil's massive budget deficit, investors have been closely watching the situation. Until it is resolved, the Senate has suspended business. The Brazilian real strengthened more than 1 percent in early trading as concerns eased that Calheiros' ouster could delay the approval of the constitutional cap on public spending growth. The benchmark Bovespa stock index rose 0.5 percent in early trading. Newspaper Folha de S. Paulo also reported that the man in line to lead the Senate if Calheiros steps aside, Senator Jorge Viana, was thinking of giving up his leadership role. The paper cited unnamed sources who spoke with Viana on Monday. Viana, whose leftist Workers Party opposes the government's austerity agenda, was reported on Tuesday to be considering a suspension of all votes scheduled for this year if he were to assume the presidency of the Senate. (Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Daniel Flynn and Lisa Von Ahn)
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Brazil Supreme Court deal might keep Senate head in place - report
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3.3
Bolivia detains airline's president as crash probe advances
(1.05/20)

COCHABAMBA, Bolivia (AP) — The head of the charter airline whose plane crashed in the Andes last week was detained by Bolivian prosecutors for questioning Tuesday as authorities look into whether the tragedy that killed 71 people stemmed from negligence. ...
Airline chief arrested after Colombia plane crash
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Head of Chapecoense crash airline detained
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Head of airline detained for questioning over Colombia plane crash
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Bolivia detains airline CEO after Colombia crash
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1.4
India v England, 4th Test, Mumbai: Gap between Tests has benefitted us - Virat Kohli
(1.05/20)

MUMBAI: India skipper Virat Kohli welcomed a week-long break between third and fourth Test which he feels benefitted the squad but also made it clear that the foot is firmly on the pedal as they are inching towards a much deserved series
Broken finger sidelines India's Ajinkya Rahane for final two England Tests
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India batsman Ajinkya Rahane ruled out of the final two Test matches against England
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0.0
TV tonight: 'Hairspray Live,' 'Lethal Weapon'
(1.05/20)

Shut Eye Hulu
Burn Notice’s Jeffrey Donovan returns to TV as a small-time fortune-telling con man who suddenly sees the light. Unfortunately, enlightenment doesn't sit well with the head of the clan that runs Los Angeles’s psychic storefront empire, a matriarch played by Isabella Rossellini.
Lethal Weapon Fox, 8 ET/PT
Christmas is coming, bringing with it painful memories for Riggs of holidays spent with his late wife. Not that Murtaugh is much happier. He’s dealing with a neighbor’s excessive decorations.
Hairspray Live NBC, 8 ET/PT
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron follow their best live musical, The Wiz, with a production that holds promise of being even better. All the pieces seem to be in place. The show itself is strong, with a superbly catchy score from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman and an ever-more timely story about embracing and celebrating our differences. The behind-the-scenes team is led by two experienced directors: Tony winner Kenny Leon and Grease Live’s Alex Rudzinski. And the cast — which includes Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Kristin Chenoweth and Martin Short — looks hard to beat. Best of all, perhaps, this new version gives original Broadway star Harvey Fierstein a chance to preserve his iconic Broadway performance, which is reason enough to support another production. Sure, it could all still go Sound of Music south, by why not opt for optimism?
Listen to the soundtrack for 'Hairspray Live!' now
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5.1
Police investigating stabbing near Sparta
(1.03/20)

SPARTA TOWNSHIP, MI -- A 23-year-old Sparta Township man was hospitalized Tuesday evening after being stabbed multiple times during a physical altercation.
The victim was transported to Spectrum Hospital via ambulance. His condition is unknown.
Kent County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, to the scene of a reported assault at the Riverview Trailer Park.
According to police, a verbal altercation between the victim and a 25-year-old Sparta Township man turned physical. During the altercation, the 25-year-old stabbed the victim an "unknown amount of times. "
The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle, police said.
Investigation into the incident is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff's Office at 616-336-3113, or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.
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Man shooting up heroin in parking ramp interrupted by policeman on Segway
(1.03/20)

KALAMAZOO, MI -- A police officer patrolling a downtown parking ramp interrupted a man preparing to inject himself with heroin Tuesday night.
At 9:45 p.m. Dec. 6, a Kalamazoo Public Safety Officer conducting a directed patrol on the Station 1 Segway encountered a man hunched over near a wall in the Arcadia Parking Ramp #4 at 300 N. Rose St., according to a news release from the department.
The man appeared to be working on something.
The officer discovered the man was loading a needle with heroin recently prepared in a kitchen spoon. The officer prevented the man from injecting himself with the potentially deadly drug by taking him into custody without incident.
The 28-year-old Kalamazoo man was arrested for Possession of Heroin and three unrelated, outstanding warrants and was lodged at the Kalamazoo County Jail, where he awaits arraignment.
The area of the arrest was thoroughly checked for needles and other items of drug paraphernalia, which were seized and packaged per policy.
Heroin use remains a public safety health concern due to the recent spike in overdose deaths, authorities said.
Anyone have information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at 337-8994 or Silent Observer at 343-2100
Man, 49, in serious condition after East Garfield Park shooting
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Jubilant Libyan militias declare victory over IS in Sirte
(1.03/20)

LONDON — Libyan fighters declared victory over the Islamic State group at its coastal stronghold of Sirte on Tuesday, ending the extremist group’s ambitions for a caliphate on the southern shores of the Mediterranean.
“The battle is finally over,” said Reda Eissa, a spokesman for the coalition of militias from nearby Misrata that led the assault. “Our fighters are ecstatic. We still have to comb through the city and make sure we got them all, but we are so, so happy.”
The Libyan fighters’ apparent success was another defeat for IS as its plans for a militant empire buckle on multiple fronts across the Middle East. In Sirte, the Misratan militias finally ousted the remaining IS fighters from a cluster of houses after a grueling six-month assault that pitted suicide bombers and snipers against Libyan forces backed by U. S. warplanes.
After moving into Sirte in 2014, IS seized a 150-mile stretch of coastline and instituted a brutal reign that included public killings and the imprisonment of migrants as sex slaves. The city became a transit hub for fighters traveling to Tunisia, as well as a supply stop and medical treatment center for Islamists fighting in eastern Libya.
The Misratan brigades began their drive toward IS positions in Sirte in May. U. S. warplanes joined the effort in August, carrying out at least 490 sorties over the city while house-to-house fighting raged in the streets below.
Even as the Misratan brigades celebrated Tuesday, analysts warned that IS could still regroup in other parts of Libya by exploiting the economic ruin and political vacuum that has dogged the country since the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.
“I’m concerned that about the pockets of marginalization, and in some areas pre-existing [extremist] presence, that they could use to reconfigure,” said Frederic Wehrey, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, citing the presence of IS forces in Tripoli, Benghazi and the desert town of Sabha.
IS fighters could carry out bombings in an attempt to destabilize the fragile U. N.-backed government in Tripoli, the capital, Mr. Wehrey said. But it is unlikely that IS will be able to capture such a significant town again, he added.
During the battle for Sirte, both sides faced accusations of human rights abuses.
Many of the sex slaves held by IS in Sirte were African migrants captured as they crossed the Libyan Desert in hopes of reaching the coast so they could make the perilous sea journey to Europe. At least 100 women and children who escaped Sirte during the fighting, many from Eritrea, are being held at a prison in Misrata where they have given accounts of being abused and gang-raped.
The Libyan fighters from Misrata have faced accusations of torture and summary killings. A video recently emerged showing Misratan militiamen interrogating and threatening to kill an IS fighter named Mletan. Photographs that later circulated online showed the mutilated body of what appeared to be the same man being dragged along a street.
Hanan Salah, a Libya researcher at Human Rights Watch, said Tuesday that she had received reports from Libya that some public hospitals in Misrata had refused to treat civilians fleeing Sirte on suspicion that they were members of IS.
“The authorities are required to provide medical care to all those fleeing the fighting and who are in need of it, without distinction,” Ms. Salah said.
The fall of Sirte coincides with a concerted drive against IS in the Iraqi city of Mosul and a rapidly shifting fight in Syria. On Tuesday, Iraqi forces started shelling part of western Mosul as they prepared to open a new front in a battle now in its eighth week.
The Misrata militias now in control of Sirte nominally fight under the banner of the U. N.-backed government in Tripoli, led by Prime Minister Fayez Serraj — one of three rival administrations vying for control of Libya. The United States also supports the unity government.
But the government is weak, having failed to extend its authority even over Tripoli since it started work in March. And many leaders of the Misrata militias are more concerned about Gen. Khalifa Hifter, a strongman who dominates Benghazi and the east of the country, than about IS.
During a tour of the Sirte battlefield in June, Misratan commanders said they believed IS fighters were being controlled secretly by Gen. Hifter as part of his wider ambition to seize control of Libya. There is little evidence to back that assertion — Gen. Hifter is fighting against IS militants, although opportunistic alliances are common on all sides of the conflict — but the heated talk illustrates the difficulty of bringing the country to a political settlement.
Last week in Tripoli, the most violent clashes in two years erupted between competing factions, and one group blocked a major highway with shipping containers. Mr. Serraj’s administration was left to watch helplessly.
The U. N. envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler, said he was “extremely alarmed” by the clashes, and Mark Toner, a State Department spokesman, said Monday that the warring factions should rally behind the faltering unity government.
Another uncertainty in Libya concerns the policy of the new administration of President-elect Donald Trump. On the campaign trail, Trump vowed to defeat IS but said he was averse to becoming involved in foreign countries.
Mr. Trump’s expressed willingness to work with Russia and Egypt could lead to an alignment of U. S. efforts with those two countries’ policies in Libya. Egypt is a strong supporter of Gen. Hifter, but the Obama administration has kept its distance from the general, who once worked for the CIA.
Libyan forces clear last Islamic State holdout in Sirte
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91.3
Male partners responsible for deaths of most UK women killed by men - charities
(1.02/20)

By Lin Taylor LONDON, Dec 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nearly two thirds of the British women killed by men over a seven-year period were murdered by current or former partners, most of them within the first year of leaving their husbands and boyfriends, women's rights charities said on Wednesday. Between 2009 and 2015, 936 women across England and Wales were killed by men, with nearly 600 women dying at the hands of current or former partners, according to the Femicide Census commissioned by domestic abuse charities nia and Women's Aid. Of that number, over three-quarters were murdered within a year of separating from their partners, say the charities calling for the police to do more to protect women who have left violent partners. "It is very shocking that a very high proportion of women being killed are killed by an intimate partner or an ex-partner," said Polly Neate, chief executive of Women's Aid. "There's a pattern here. But at the moment, all these cases are reported very much as isolated incidents. And the lessons just aren't being learnt," she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Worldwide, one in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence by a man in their lifetime, the World Health Organisation says. Neate said femicide rates in England and Wales have remained consistent over the past few years, despite an independent 2014 report by a policing watchdog which criticised the police response to domestic abuse victims. The Femicide Census, which collects data from police statistics, Freedom of Information requests, newspaper stories and charity reports, showed that 125 women were killed by men in 2009 and 119 in 2015. Over the past seven years, eight percent of women were killed by their sons. One in four women recorded in the census was killed by someone unrelated to them, for example a colleague, client or neighbour. Of all the females who died after being sexually attacked, a third were killed by a stranger. "We're just not working as hard as we could to prevent women being killed," Neate said. (Reporting by Lin Taylor @linnytayls, Editing by Katie Nguyen. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters that covers humanitarian issues, conflicts, global land and property rights, modern slavery and human trafficking, women's rights, and climate change. Visit http://news.trust.org to see more stories)
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Libyan militias launch assault on vital oil terminals
(1.02/20)

Libyan militias that were expelled from the eastern city of Benghazi are now advancing toward the country's vital oil terminals, seeking to establish control over Libya's primary revenue source.
The so-called Benghazi Defense Force launched its assault on Wednesday, taking over three eastern towns including the al-Sidra terminal, according to lawmaker Tarek al-Jaroushi, who is the head of the national security committee in the internationally-recognized parliament.
Libya is split into two governments, with an internationally recognized parliament in the east that has refused to approve the U. N.-brokered government in the capital, Tripoli.
The clashes have raised fears of another mini-civil war erupting around the oil fields, amid speculation that the Tripoli government could throw its support behind these militias and their power play.
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3.4
We have a bullying problem‚ admits Stellenbosch school after two assault videos go viral
(1.02/20)

Pupils filmed two attacks at Luckhoff High School – which took place four days apart last month – and the footage has made international news headlines.
Jessica Shelver‚ spokesperson for Western Cape MEC of Education Debbie Schafer‚ said the department was shocked to see a second bullying video emerge on social media on Tuesday‚ prompting officials to hold an emergency meeting with school management on the same day.
“The school acknowledged that they have behavioural challenges at the school and that running a punitive process‚ as they have been‚ simply isn’t working‚” she told TMG Digital.
A Grade eight pupil was left bleeding from the head after the first assault on November 24. An aggressive classmate shook her head around‚ smashed a knee into her face and punched her in the head.
A smaller girl was verbally assaulted and punched in the head by a larger girl during the second incident on November 28.
Disciplinary hearings are being held against both bullies and one will face a charge of assault in the Stellenbosch Magistrates’ Court.
Principal Chris Jooste is facing a public backlash on the school’s Facebook page‚ which has not posted anything about the incidents. Irate parents and people who have viewed the viral videos resorted to posting dozens of scathing comments under photographs of the school football team’s achievements on Tuesday. They complained that the page had been closed to public reviews.
Tarin Scharneck posted this comment: “I would really love to see a press release on what you have done to stop the bullying at your school. Your lack of communication on this matter shows nothing but condonation of the act.”
Cheryl Ingram said: “This is appalling – and not a single comment from the school.”
The page appeared to have been sanitised by Wednesday morning with most of the negative comments removed.
Earlier this week‚ Jooste told an SABC journalist in an audio interview that he was only aware of one bullying incident - the first viral video.
“Is this the first time it happened at the school?” asked Neo Motloung. “According to my mind‚ it’s the first time it happened‚ yes‚” he replied. But a second video surfaced soon afterwards.
“It is evident that the school needs to plan for both medium- and long-term interventions to address the issue of bullying‚ and this is needed to be done in a holistic manner‚” said Shelver.
Several steps have been taken by the department in collaboration with other partners to address bullying at the school. They include:
- A partnership with Child Welfare Stellenbosch along with the Ida’s Valley community to address violence within homes‚ schools and the community.
- Life orientation educators should focus on equipping learners with knowledge and skills to deal with conflict in a healthy and safe manner. The importance of values such as empathy and respect for each other should form part of the content.
- The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) will assist with a workshop for the teachers to assist and guide them with regard to their role and responsibility in the safekeeping and protection of learners.
- Teachers from Luckhoff will be sent on a leadership and character-building programme early next year. Anti-bullying awareness campaigns and interventions will be run at the start of the school year at the school as well as throughout the district.
- There will be anti-bullying workshops at the school with the representative council of learners and parents.
- As bullying is apparent in communities and is a barrier to learning‚ an anti-bullying conference will be held in 2017‚ targeting members of school management teams and school governing bodies from the Cape Winelands Education District‚ to equip them with skills to prevent and address bullying in the correct manner.
“The WCED’s Safe Schools hotline is available to schools‚ teachers‚ parents and learners to report all school crime and abuse‚ and aims to contribute to a safe and crime-free school environment‚” said Shelver.
The Safe Schools call centre can be reached at toll-free number 0800 45 46 47.
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Suspect foiled by 90-year-old Holocaust survivor arrested
(1.02/20)

NEW YORK (AP) — Police in New York City say they've arrested a would-be mugger whose attempt to steal a Holocaust survivor's purse was thwarted when the then-90-year-old woman fought back. Forty-nine-year-old Lillian Maduro was arrested Monday and charged with robbery and assault in connection with the Sept. 27 incident in Greenwich Village. Authorities say Maduro sneaked up behind Gina Zuckerman and tried to grab her bag from her utility cart. Zuckerman was knocked down during the assault, but wouldn't let go of her bag. Police say Maduro fled and remained on the loose until a DNA sample helped link her to the crime. Zuckerman, who needed five stitches on her right arm, says her "inner lioness" came out when she was attacked. It's unclear if Maduro has an attorney who could comment.
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Married Couple Found Shot To Death In Burbank Home
(1.02/20)

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 62-year-old woman and her 64-year-old husband were found shot to death inside their home Tuesday evening in southwest suburban Burbank.
About 5:30 p.m., a relative found the couple dead at the house in the 8500 block of Laramie Avenue, according to Burbank police.
Officers found a firearm nearby, and there were no signs of forced entry or “further foul play,” police said.
“While this is an ongoing investigation, there is no threat to the community or to the public,” police said.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office withheld their names Tuesday night. Autopsies were scheduled for Wednesday.
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Top lawyer fighting Brexit appeal continues case for third day at Supreme Court
(1.02/20)

The top lawyer opposing the Government's Brexit appeal is due to continue his case at the Supreme Court. Lord Pannick QC appears for Gina Miller, the investment fund manager and philanthropist who won a historic ruling against the Government at the High Court last month. On November 3, three judges in London decided that Prime Minister Theresa May lacked power to use the royal prerogative to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and start the two-year process of negotiating Brexit without the prior authority of Parliament. Lord Pannick will continue to present his case before a panel of 11 Supreme Court justices on the third day of the Government's challenge against the High Court's ruling. Members of the public queued early once again on Wednesday to gain a place in court to witness the landmark proceedings. On Tuesday, James Eadie QC, for the Government, insisted that it does have the legal power to use the prerogative to trigger Britain's exit from the European Union following the June 23 referendum which resulted in a leave vote. But Lord Pannick countered that no such power exists. He declared: "Parliament is sovereign. What Parliament created, only Parliament can take away. " Mr Eadie rejected the suggestion that the Government's Brexit strategy was an "affront" to parliamentary sovereignty. Mrs May has made it clear she still intends to give an Article 50 notification by the end of next March to start the leave negotiations with 27 other EU countries. The case is due to finish on Thursday with a ruling in the new year.
Brexit: article 50 supreme court hearing day three – live updates
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Ex-commander welcomes appeal for Marine serving life sentence for killing Afghan
(1.02/20)

The former commanding officer of Royal Marine Sergeant Alexander Blackman has welcomed the decision to grant a fresh appeal in the case. Blackman, also known as Marine A, is serving a life sentence for murdering a wounded Afghan captive but an independent review concluded he faces the "real possibility" of having his conviction quashed following the presentation of new evidence. His former commanding officer, Colonel Oliver Lee, who resigned his commission in protest soon after Blackman was sentenced, said he was "extremely pleased" at the latest development in the case and said a "much more balanced and full picture" of the circumstances surrounding the killing needed to be considered. The Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) has referred the conviction to the Courts Martial Appeal Court. Blackman was found guilty of murder at a court martial at the Military Court Centre in Bulford, Wiltshire, in 2013. But the presentation of new evidence relating to Blackman's mental health at the time of the death in Helmand - and the fact that an alternative verdict of unlawful act manslaughter was not available during the trial - means the case will return to the court. The decision marks the latest step in the fight by Blackman's wife, Claire, to clear her husband's name. Col Lee said the court martial should have taken greater account of the acute stress Blackman was under at the time. He said : "I took a view that the proceedings against Sgt Blackman hadn't been balanced and that in order for him to be dealt with justly - I don't seek to condone his behaviour or exonerate him from his responsibilities - but in order for him to be dealt with justly, not leniently, a much more balanced and full picture of the situation in which he found himself needed to be presented to those who were making fundamental decisions surrounding his future. " The former officer told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "What should happen to him now - and it's why I'm extremely pleased about the outcome of yesterday's CCRC announcement - is largely... that his case is considered in the round, in the broadest sense, such that he is dealt with in a fair manner. " Blackman, who was serving with Plymouth-based 42 Commando, quoted Shakespeare as he shot his victim at close range with a 9mm pistol after the Afghan had been seriously injured in an attack by an Apache helicopter. Footage from another Marine's helmet-mounted camera showed Blackman shooting the Afghan prisoner in the chest. Blackman was then heard telling him: "There you are. Shuffle off this mortal coil, you c***. It's nothing you wouldn't do to us. " He then turned to comrades and said: "Obviously this doesn't go anywhere, fellas. I just broke the Geneva Convention. " During the trial, Blackman, of Taunton in Somerset, said he believed the victim was already dead and he was taking out his anger on a corpse. Two other servicemen - known as Marine B and Marine C - were acquitted of murder.
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Italian director clarifies ‘Last Tango’ butter rape scene
(1.02/20)

ROME — Italian director Bernardo Bertolucci is clarifying details about the infamous butter rape scene in the “Last Tango in Paris.”
Bertolucci says the only novelty sprung on actress Maria Schneider was the butter — not the simulated rape, which he said was written into the script.
“Some people thought, and think, that Maria wasn’t informed about the rape,” said a Bertolucci statement carried by the ANSA news agency Monday.
“False! Maria knew everything because she had read it in the script, where it was described,” he said. “The only novelty was the idea of the butter.”
The controversial film made headlines in recent days after a 2013 interview surfaced in which Bertolucci said neither he nor Marlon Brando had told Schneider of their plans to use the stick of butter during the scene.
He said he and Brando came up with the idea on the morning of the shoot and decided not to tell Schneider because he wanted her to react “as a girl, not as an actress.” Bertolucci wanted her, he said, to feel “the rage and the humiliation.”
Schneider, who died in 2011, spoke often about the scene between her, then aged 19, and Marlon Brando, then 48, even saying in a 2007 Daily Mail interview that she “felt a little raped” by her co-star and director.
In the statement, Bertolucci said the controversy was “ridiculous.” He criticized commentators for being so “naive” as to think that what they see on screen actually happens.
“Those who don’t know that in film, sex is (almost) always simulated, probably also think that every time John Wayne fires, someone actually dies.” TVJ
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9.1
France arrests 3 in connection with June police killings
(1.02/20)

PARIS (AP) — French police have arrested three men in connection with the killing of two police officials earlier this year by an extremist claiming loyalty to the Islamic State group. Paris prosecutor's office said Wednesday that three people with links to attacker Larossi Abballa, who was killed in a police raid in June, were arrested Monday and placed in custody. The suspects are aged 22, 25 and 39. Authorities say two of them have ties to radical Islam. On June 13, victim Jessica Schneider, a police administrator, and police commander Jean-Baptiste Salvaing were stabbed at their home in Magnanville, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) west of Paris. Their 3-year-old son survived the attack. Abballa was shot dead when police stormed the home to rescue the child.
France Arrests 3 in Connection With June Police Killings
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9.4
7 dead in latest China mine blast; 60 miners killed in week
(1.02/20)

BEIJING (AP) — Seven coal miners are dead and another four still missing after a gas explosion in a central province in the latest deadly accident to strike China's mining industry, authorities said Wednesday. ...
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3.7
Hospital employee in DC arrested for sexually assaulting patient
(1.02/20)

WASHINGTON — An emergency room technician at United Medical Center, in Southeast D. C., has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a woman who was receiving treatment at the hospital.
D. C. police said Premarcos Simon, 51, of Waldorf, Maryland, was arrested and charged with first-degree sexual assault of a patient, during the course of treatment.
Simon told NBC Washington he denied the allegations and he did not sexually assault anyone.
In a statement, hospital officials said they would not comment on the circumstances during the internal and police investigations.
D. C. police asked “anyone who has information about this subject committing similar crimes” to call them at 202-727-9099.
Simon has been released on bond until his next appearance in D. C. Superior Court, set for Dec. 16.
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8.3
Officials: Suspect killed after attacking deputy with oar
(1.02/20)

FRUITLAND PARK, Fla. (AP) — A Florida deputy sheriff shot and killed a suspect who authorities say beat the deputy with an oar in a lake. Lake County Sheriff's Office spokesman Fred Jones tells local news outlets that deputies responded Tuesday night to a hit-and-run incident in which the suspect crashed into a store and then another vehicle. The suspect ran and ended up in a lake in Fruitland Park. Jones says that when deputies caught up, the suspect began to strike a deputy with an oar. Jones says the deputy, who was in chest-deep water, used a stun gun on the suspect. He says the suspect again tried to hit the deputy in the head with the oar, which is when the deputy shot him. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. No further information has been released.
Officials: Suspect Killed After Attacking Deputy With Oar
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1.3
Kerry to try again with Russia on Syria talks
(1.02/20)

US Secretary of State John Kerry says he will try to get Syrian peace talks going again with Russia's help as government forces closed in on rebels in the besieged city of Aleppo.
Video provided by AFP
Kerry, Russia's Lavrov to meet in Hamburg to discuss Syria
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3.0
Groups call blocking of inaugural protests unconstitutional
(1.02/20)

Protest organizers and their attorneys say the National Park Service is quashing dissent by blocking access to public space for those who want to demonstrate during President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.
The park service historically reserves space for use by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, but activists say the denial of protest permits has gone too far this time and is unconstitutional.
The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund says "virtually all of the major locations for mass assembly" in Washington have been made unavailable before, during and after the inauguration. Those sites include the Ellipse and Lafayette Park on either side of the White House.
The protest groups and attorneys will discuss their concerns at a news conference Wednesday.
Groups Call Blocking of Inaugural Protests Unconstitutional
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10.5
Colombians take to streets to demand justice after rape and murder of seven-year-old girl
(1.02/20)

Hundreds of Colombians have taken to the streets of Bogota to demand justice for the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl found strangled in a luxurious apartment.
Sentencing continues for Paarl man who raped and murdered girl, 10
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2.8
Man gets 55 years in prison for sexually abusing young girl
(1.02/20)

A former Aurora man has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing a young girl over several years in multiple states.
Mario Barjas Carbajal was charged in October 2014 with crossing state lines to engage in sexual acts with a girl under the age of 12, according to a criminal complaint filed in federal court.
He was accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a young relative starting in 2003, when she was only 6 years old, according to court documents. The abuse continued in multiple states until 2014, including a period of a few months in 2009 when the family lived in west suburban Aurora.
Carbajal, who used 16 aliases, impregnated the girl at least three times, moving from state to state — including Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia — in an effort to evade authorities, prosecutors said. The victim gave birth to her first of two children by Carbajal when she was 12 years old.
In 2014, federal agents obtained consent from the victim to record several conversations between her and Carbajal, during which he implicated himself in the sexual acts, the criminal complaint said.
In April, Carbajal pleaded guilty to the charge, court records show. He was sentenced Friday before U. S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan to 55 years in the U. S. Bureau of Prisons. The judge also recommended that Carbajal be committed to a facility where he could participate in a sex offender treatment program.
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2.6
Josef Fritzl’s house sold to strip club boss who will accommodate 'trainees' in property
(1.02/20)

The house where Josef Fritzl kept his daughter captive for 24 years and fathered seven children with her has been sold to the owner of a strip club.
Walter Anzboeck, the liquidator of Fritzl's estate, said the house in Amstetten, 70 miles west of the Austrian capital Vienna, was sold for €160,000.
Local strip club owner Herbert Hauska told state broadcasters his wife Ingrid and a business partner had bought the building to turn it into apartment units.
He said on Monday that it is time “to bring down the curtain” on the house's past.
"It can't stay empty for ever. We need to bring life into it. In two years it will be a house like any other," said Mr Hauska, who runs Amstetten nightclub Bar Josefine, where women performers undress on stage and offer punters lap dances.
Mr Hauska, who also runs a local pub, said he intends to use the property to house people who work for him.
"We have lots of trainees, some from (nearby towns) Persenbeug and Ybbs, and so we need employee flats," he told Austrian newspaper Niederoesterreiche Nachrichten.
Fritzl imprisoned and repeatedly raped his daughter Elisabeth from 1984 until his crime was revealed in 2008.
He was sentenced in 2009 to life imprisonment for incest, rape, coercion, false imprisonment, enslavement and for the negligent homicide of one of his infant sons, who died shortly after he was born when he suffered breathing difficulties and was denied medical attention.
Three of Elisabeth's children, aged 19, 18, and 5 at the time of their release, were imprisoned with her and grew up never seeing daylight. Fritzl seemingly arbitrarily chose the other three children to take upstairs as infants to be raised by him and his wife, Rosemarie, who knew nothing of her daughter's imprisonment and believed the babies had been left on the doorstep.
The Fritzl's vast house was reportedly built in around 1890, but in 1978, Fritzl applied for planning permission to build an "extension with basement".
In 1983, building inspectors visited the site and verified that the new extension had been built according to the dimensions specified on the building permit. Unbeknownst to them, Fritzl had actually illegally enlarged the room, excavating space for a much bigger basement, concealed by walls.
In around 1981 or 1982, according to a statement he gave the police, Fritzl started to turn this hidden cellar into a dungeon and installed a washbasin, toilet, bed, hotplate and refrigerator. In 1983, he added more space by creating a passageway to a pre-existing basement area under the old part of the property, which only he knew existed.
Above ground, he built a swimming pool in the garden as a cover for the amount of earth he was shifting.
The completed prison cell had two access points: a hinged door that weighed 500 kilograms and eventually became unusable due to its weight, and a metal door, reinforced with concrete, that was located behind a shelf in Fritzl's basement workshop, and protected by an electronic code entered using a remote control unit.
In order to reach this door, five locking basement rooms had to be crossed. To get to the area where Ms Fritzl and her children were held, eight doors in total needed to be unlocked.
The cellar is no longer usable, having been filled with cement in 2013.
Ms Fritzl was finally rescued when her oldest imprisoned child, Kerstin, suffered kidney failure and Fritzl agreed to take her to hospital. Authorities became suspicious because of the girl's poor health and Fritzl's implausible explanation of her identity and the whereabouts of her mother, leading them to eventually discover the true situation.
Ms Fritzl, 50, reportedly now lives under an assumed identity in a small village near to Amstetten, identified only as "Village X". No photographs of her as an adult have ever been published and locals, police and CCTV endeavour to keep the media away.
In 2010 she was reported to be dating a security guard assigned to the family to ensure their safety and adjusting remarkably well to normal life.
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An Afghan Woman Goes From Refugee to Military Pilot
(1.02/20)

From a childhood as a refugee, Capt. Safia Ferozi is now flying a transport plane for Afghanistan's air force as the country's second female pilot, a sign of the efforts to bring more women into the armed forces.
Along the way, the 26-year-old Ferozi also married another pilot, who flies in the same unit supporting army ground forces. They are part of a small Afghan air force that is trying to take a greater role in fighting the Taliban insurgency.
"When I wear military uniform, I really, really feel proud of myself as a woman," Ferozi said while preparing for a flight at the air force base in the capital, Kabul. She flies a C-208, a turboprop plane used as transport for the armed forces.
Nearly 16 years since the collapse of the militant Taliban regime after the US-led invasion in 2001, Afghan women are taking steps to increase their presence in society, including in parliament, government and the military. Still, they face resistance in a deeply conservative society where women are largely expected to stay in the home and where violence against women remains a widespread problem.
When she was a child, Ferozi's family fled from their home in Kabul in the 1990s, during the civil war among Afghanistan's warlords. They took refuge in Pakistan , returning only after the fall of the Taliban.
In high school in post-Taliban Afghanistan, Ferozi saw a TV commercial urging women to join the military. So after graduation she enrolled in the military academy, studying to become a communication officer. Then it was announced at the academy that the air force was looking for women to become pilots.
Ferozi and 12 other women applied, and she was the only one who passed the tests to enter training.
While she was training at an airfield in the western province of Herat, she first met Capt. Mohammad Jawad Najafi, the pilot who would later become her husband. They married nearly two years ago, and he has since backed her ambitions.
She graduated from training in 2015. She gave birth to their first child, daughter Nergis, now nearly 8 months old, and is back flying missions.
Ferozi is one of only two female pilots in the Afghan air force, but five other women are currently going through training.
In 2013, Capt. Niloofar Rahmani became the country's first woman pilot in more than 30 years and the first to pilot fixed-wing aircraft — there were a few female helicopter pilots during Soviet-backed rule in the 1980s. She is now in the United States training on the far larger C-130 military transport craft.
Ferozi says she hopes to inspire other women.
"As a woman you face many challenges, but you have to deal somehow with all those problems," she said.
There are around 1,800 women serving in Afghanistan's 195,000-member military, according to Gen. Mohammad Radmanish, deputy Defense Ministry spokesman. The military, which is heavily backed by the U. S. and NATO , is working to bring the number up to 10 percent of its ranks over the next seven years, he said.
Afghanistan's small air force — just over 100 aircraft — received little attention for years, but in 2015 NATO and the U. S. began focusing on building it up with increased training and equipment. The force has attack helicopters and light attack planes that have been flying combat missions this year, though NATO militaries carry out the vast majority of strikes in the fight against insurgents.
The other major role for the air force is in emergency humanitarian missions, helping those hit by flooding, avalanches, landslides or other disasters.
An Afghan woman goes from refugee to military pilot
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Trump fires transition team member for spreading fake news about Clinton – report — RT America
(1.02/20)

Michael G. Flynn, son of Trump’s national security adviser choice Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, was let go by the president-elect on Tuesday, according to The New York Times.
Although it has not been officially confirmed what exactly led to Flynn’s dismissal, the newspaper cited two Trump transition officials who said it had to do with his role in spreading a fake news story which alleged that Hillary Clinton was running a child sex ring from the backrooms of Comet Ping Pong restaurant in Washington DC, a story which has been dubbed ‘Pizzagate.’
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The fake news story led to a dangerous incident on Sunday, in which a man who believed the report began shooting inside the restaurant while “self-investigating” the situation. The story has also led to the restaurant’s employees and other nearby business owners receiving death threats.
Just hours after the Sunday incident – and despite law enforcement confirming that there is no investigation taking place regarding any sort of child sex ring at the restaurant – Flynn took to Twitter to say that “until Pizzagate [is] proven to be false, it’ll remain a story…”
Flynn’s exact role in the transition team is a bit fuzzy. Despite reports that he had a team email address, Vice President-elect Mike Pence denied on Tuesday that Flynn had ever worked for the team, telling MSNBC’s Morning Joe program that he had “no involvement in the transition whatsoever.”
Transition spokesman Jason Miller, however, later contradicted Pence’s statement, confirming that Flynn had worked for the transition team but that he was no longer involved.
Meanwhile, CBS News has reported that Flynn was not fired, but rather offered his resignation before he could be dismissed – possibly seconds before – after realizing that he had become a distraction.
Flynn’s apparent sacking is the latest in an ongoing debate on how much fake news influenced the 2016 election, with US President Barack Obama expressing concern about its prevalence while speaking in Germany last month.
Trump adviser’s son loses transition team job for spreading fake news
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1.0
Man sentenced in Capitol attack plot to appeal
(1.02/20)

CINCINNATI (AP) " An Ohio man who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for plotting to attack the U. S. Capitol in support of the Islamic State group plans to appeal his sentence. Christopher Lee Cornell filed notice of a planned appeal... ...
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9.7
#Righttodie: assisted dying will save lives
(1.02/20)

Sean Davison
The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) judgment on the Robin Stransham-Ford case was very disappointing.
Most people support human rights – the Robin Stransham-Ford case is a human rights issue – it is about human suffering. I do not understand how any humane person can deny an assisted death to a person who is terminally ill and suffering unbearably toward the end of their lives. It doesn’t make sense. What makes a life worth living is subjective and specific to every individual; what is satisfactory for one person is not necessarily satisfactory for another. If the point comes when death is more preferable the decision should be based on our own individual minds, but that is not respected by the law. I certainly don’t believe the current law reflects the mood of the country. One of the counter arguments against allowing for voluntary euthanasia is that we should rather improve the palliative care services. Palliative care is a very important option, and the hospices do a wonderful job, however voluntary euthanasia should be another option for those who wish not to prolong their suffering, but rather have a dignified death at their time of choosing. Recall how Mario Ambrosini, one of South Africa’s brightest and most popular MPs, shot himself in the head to bring to an end a 17 month battle with lung cancer. He was terminally ill, bed bound and in great pain, with a very short time left. Mario Ambrosini had access to the best palliative care available, and could have accepted heavy morphine sedation until the end. However, in the absence of doctor-assisted-suicide he opted to choose his own time of death by a means he knew would be successful. If the option of an assisted death had been available, Mario Ambrosini would surely not have ended his life this way. It is important to keep in mind that a person can end their life at any time without assistance. Suicides are very common, especially amongst the elderly who can suffer terribly towards the end of their lives – often they take their lives while they are still able to, before they get to the undignified stage. Often these suicides go horribly wrong and the person ends up in a far worse condition. If they had the option of an assisted death they may not attempted suicide knowing they had the option of a guaranteed peaceful and dignified death. The law change we seek is not so much about ending lives but saving them. In countries where the law has changed there has been a marked drop in elderly suicides – the implication being that if a person knows they have the option of an assisted death they are less likely to take their own life while they can, and go on to die a natural death. My own mother, a medical doctor, went on a hunger strike to end her life when she was terminally ill with cancer. The hunger strike went horribly wrong and she ended up with her flesh decomposing, unable to move her limbs, begging for help to die. My mother would never have gone on that ill-fated hunger strike if she knew she had the option of an assisted death. The SCA has made its ruling but the fight for a law change is not over. When you are seeking a political change you must be prepared for the long haul, and not be put off by small defeats along the way. Above all we must never lose our idealism. Once DignitySA has studied the SCA judgment and consulted with our lawyers it is possible that we will take this case to the Constitutional Court. The initial High Court judge based his decision on the Constitution and the Constitutional Court may come to the same decision also based on its interpretation of the Constitution. An alternative strategy is to attempt to get the law changed through Parliament. The problem with this route is the government’s consistent reluctance to listen to the arguments around an assisted dying law, let alone proactively engage in the debate. Our politicians are always fearful of putting their heads above the parapet. The question has to be asked: what kind of government lets its people suffer so horrendously, despite their clear and informed wish to die, because it is too controversial? Everyone should be entitled to an assisted death if their suffering becomes too unbearable. A law that makes criminals out of people helping another person to end their suffering is not a good law and needs to be changed.
* Prof. Sean Davison is the founder and executive member of DignitySA.
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Captive Sumatran Elephants Help Save Wild Cousins On Forest Frontline
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It was the middle of the night when the villagers sounded the alarm: a huge Sumatran elephant was raiding their rice fields, and they needed urgent help to drive it back to the forest.
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Japan's defense chief says alliance with US will endure
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TOKYO (AP) — Japan's defense chief said Wednesday she believes her country's alliance with the United States will endure in the Trump administration because it benefits both countries. ...
US defence secretary says United States has “enduring” interests in Asia-Pacific
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AACTA Awards 2016: Isla Fisher makes statement regarding the female protesters
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She is in town to be honoured with the Trailblazer Award at this year's AACTAs. And on Wednesday, Isla Fisher made a bizarre statement regarding female protesters who turned up to the event in Sydney dressed in sausages. While speaking about the incident from the red carpet alongside her husband Sasha Baron Cohen, the 40-year-old cheekily asked Fairfax Media : 'Were they pork sausages? I enjoy his sausage.' Scroll down for video As she made the comment, the Australian actress grinned and looked up to her comedian husband. Isla went on and laughed: 'Too many sausages are eaten without much regard for the animal behind them.' Moments before her big arrival at the event, demonstrators dressed as sausages crashed the AACTA Awards in a bizarre protest against a lack of film diversity. The sleeve-encased protesters laid on the red carpet, in an attention-grabbing bid to raise awareness of the lack of female representation in awards for screen and TV. In a statement distributed during the flurried protest, a group calling themselves Women In Film and Television (WIFT) asked for the industry to end the 'deeply shameful situation' of women not being nominated enough for awards. Shortly after 4pm, at least 10 women were spotted throwing themselves on the event's red carpet, which is billed as Australia's night of nights for the best talent in the country. Security guards were quickly seen jumping in and making attempts to remove the females from the ground as red carpet onlookers watched on in confusion. Many took to social media in bewilderment over what the protest was actually about. 'Crap security on the #AACTAS red carpet when protesters can just waltz on,' one Twitter user commented. Others wanted more information about what the protest was about. 'Just saw a group of women dressed as sausages protesting at the #AACTAs is this raising the issue of #gender equality? More information pls!' another Tweeted. The protesting group's president, Sophie Mathisen, said their choice of outfits 'seemed appropriate attire for Australia's biggest sausage party!' 'Women are making more content than ever before and this year's nominations in not only feature films but also television categories are not at all reflective of this fact,' she said. After the women were forcibly removed from the red carpet, several of them posed gleefully for photos while distributing pamphlets. One demonstrator gave a man with the thumbs up, smiling for his camera. The protest happened at the same time as celebrities such as Jessica Mauboy, were walking the red carpet.
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AACTA Awards 2016: Tammy MacIntosh flaunts cleavage as she makes a bold arrival
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Farrell, Howley and Borthwick join Lions coaching team
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By Mitch Phillips LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland has named Andy Farrell, Rob Howley and Steve Borthwick as his three assistants for next year's tour of New Zealand and left the door open for a surprise call-up for former Fiji Sevens coach Ben Ryan. Former dual-code international Farrell, England's defence coach under Stuart Lancaster and now doing that job for Ireland, will fill the role again for the Lions having done it under Gatland during the series victory over Australia in 2013. Howley, currently leading Wales during Gatland's sabbatical, will again be the backs coach. Borthwick, currently working under Eddie Jones as forwards coach for England, will look after the forwards and bring his lineout expertise to the Lions. "I said from the outset it was important to have continuity because we need to hit the ground running, given the limited preparation time," Gatland told a news conference near Dublin on Wednesday as he announced his coaching lineup. "In Rob and Andy we have guys who understand the Lions concept, have worked together and know how to coach a winning Lions team. It's also important to have some new input. "Steve has done a great job in shaping the England pack and played a major role in their recent run of success, so I'm looking forward to working with him. " EXTRA COACH Gatland confirmed he was also considering an extra specialist coach after media reports on Wednesday suggested Ryan, the Englishman who led Fiji to Olympic gold in Rugby Sevens at this year's Rio de Janeiro Games, could be included. Ryan spent six years as England Sevens coach before taking over Fiji and transforming them from a side of brilliant but erratic performances into the dominant force in the Sevens game, culminating in their Rio triumph when they beat Britain in the final to win their country's first ever Olympic medal. Ryan stood down from the role after the Olympics and is currently working as a consultant. "I think over the next couple of months I want to add some specialist people in the coaching set-up," New Zealander Gatland said. "There's no rush, it's just a case of making sure I speak to the right people. " Gatland, however, declined to confirm that Ryan was among them and laughed off some of the speculation. "Some of the names have been fantastic," he said. "I haven't heard of some of them. " The Lions will tour New Zealand next June and July, playing three tests and seeking only their second series win in the country after their 1971 triumph. They were hammered 3-0 in their last tour their in 2005 under Clive Woodward. (Reporting by Mitch Phillips, editing by Ken Ferris)
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Union County man sentenced to life for wife's shooting death
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CHARLOTTE, N. C. (AP) - A Union County man has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting his wife to death.
The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/2heY8Ak ) that 40-year-old Reginald Leon Allen was sentenced Tuesday after a jury found him guilty of first-degree murder.
Alicia Sligh died from a gunshot wound to the head in 2014.
Authorities say that Allen had forced her to drive from their home, shot her and left her in the car.
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Donald Trump, Angela Merkel, Supreme Court: Your Wednesday Briefing
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Good morning.
Here’s what you need to know:
• Trump looks ahead.
President-elect Donald J. Trump plans to meet with leaders of the technology industry next week, according to a transition official. A list of attendees hasn’t been revealed, but many in the sector vocally opposed Mr. Trump during the campaign.
On Tuesday night, Mr. Trump was in friendlier territory at a rally in North Carolina , where he formally introduced James N. Mattis, a retired general, as his choice for defense secretary. The president-elect used the address to broadly outline his foreign policy plans.
We look at Mr. Trump’s pledges , and list the five easiest and toughest for him to keep.
• More transition news.
Mr. Trump’s phone conversation with Taiwan’s president last week may have been months in the making, documents suggest. They show that former Senator Bob Dole, acting as a foreign agent for Taiwan, had been working since May to coordinate meetings with Mr. Trump’s staff.
The son of Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, the nominee for national security adviser, was fired by the transition team for using Twitter to spread a fake news article about Hillary Clinton. General Flynn has also shared made-up reports about the Democratic candidate.
• Earthquake in Indonesia.
At least 25 people are dead and dozens of buildings destroyed after a strong earthquake hit the northwestern province of Aceh today. Check back for updates on this developing story.
• Combating ISIS.
Libyan fighters declared victory over the Islamic State in Surt , ending the group’s ambitions for a caliphate on the southern shores of the Mediterranean.
But analysts warn that the Islamic State could thrive in other parts of Libya by exploiting the economic ruin and political vacuum that have persisted since the ouster of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi in 2011.
• Angela Merkel seeks new term.
In accepting her party’s nomination as its candidate in German elections next year, Ms. Merkel sought on Tuesday to ward off challenges from the populist right. She said that full-face veils worn by Muslims should be banned “wherever legally possible” in Germany.
• Alternatives to Affordable Care Act.
U. S. health insurers publicly outlined for the first time what they want in exchange for staying in the marketplaces run by states, such as rules that encourage young and healthy people to sign up.
The move could be viewed as a warning shot to Republicans , who are eager to repeal the law but disagree over how to replace it.
Separately, we look at Americans in a so-called dead zone , excluded from the health care law because of politics.
• The U. S. Supreme Court upheld the right of prosecutors to pursue insider trading cases involving executives who pass tips to relatives, saying the practice violates securities laws.
The justices also unanimously backed Samsung in a patent design dispute with Apple, potentially sparing the South Korean technology giant nearly $400 million in penalties.
• Wells Fargo is trying to kill lawsuits that its customers have filed over the creation of sham accounts, by moving the cases into private arbitration , which tends to favor corporations.
• Brace yourself for a bleak assessment: Reversing the increase of global income inequality may be impossible without an “ all-out thermonuclear war ” that could redistribute wealth, a Stanford professor writes in a provocative new book.
• U. S. stocks were up on Tuesday. Here’s a snapshot of global markets.
• The role of a surname.
Whether a woman’s name changes after marriage can be a personal choice, but it is also a matter of culture, politics and law.
We’re asking women around the world to let us know if they kept or changed their names, and why .
• Interesting places to v isit .
The T. W. A. terminal at Kennedy International Airport, a cathedral of modernist architecture, will become the entrance to a hotel in a $265 million project .
And we look at some hotels around the world that cater to book lovers. Speaking of sites for bookworms, our latest 360 video features a bookstore in Portugal that is popular with Harry Potter fans.
• Go easy on the protein, some experts warn.
Powders and canned drinks make it easy to consume more protein than is generally recommended, but there aren’t many rigorous studies on how much protein is too much .
“People think that if they fill up with protein, it will be a magic bullet,” a dietitian says.
• Recipes of the day.
If you’ve got 25 minutes, make sautéed salmon with leeks and tomatoes. Enjoy your meal, then consider perfecting your sugar cookies and dinner rolls.
The standoff over an oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in the American Midwest took a turn this week when the Army Corps of Engineers said it would reconsider the pipeline’s route .
The Corps has helped shape American infrastructure since its establishment in 1802 as the “world’s largest public engineering, design and construction management agency.”
As a part of the Department of the Army, its early projects involved forts. But the Corps’ most notable legacy may be making Great Lakes harbors safer and reducing river obstacles, a boon to the growing nation’s economy.
The Standing Rock protest stems from the pipeline’s planned routing under the Missouri River, raising fears of an environmental catastrophe. When those happen, the Corps often responds, as it did in the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska in 1989.
The Corps has often been credited with a marvel that it didn’t actually build: the original Panama Canal, which transformed global trade.
The canal’s construction was, however, overseen by a famous member of the Corps, Gen. George Washington Goethals.
When he died in 1928, officials called the canal “ a monument to one of the world’s greatest engineers .” He was buried at the U. S. Military Academy in New York State, overlooking the Hudson River.
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MCC set to introduce red cards to cricket
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A red-card penalty is set to be introduced into the Laws of Cricket for the first time. The MCC, custodian of the laws, will receive a recommendation from its world cricket committee to give umpires the power to send off a player in the most extreme cases of on-field breaches of discipline. The move, which will apply to all levels of competition from Test to village green, is expected to come into effect as of next October. It was announced in a press release issued by the world cricket committee on Wednesday, following its meeting in Mumbai. Committee chairman Mike Brearley and colleagues including his fellow former Test captain Ricky Ponting made it clear that the introduction of a red-card system for "threatening an umpire, physically assaulting another player, umpire, official or spectator, or any other act of violence on the field of play" is specifically targeted at addressing increasingly poor standards of behaviour in recreational cricket, rather than at the professional level. It will, however, apply in all international and professional domestic matches. The committee statement explained its reasons for recommending the power to send a player off for the entire remaining duration of any match - be it over 20 overs, or five days. It read: "The committee believes that the game must now include a mechanism to deal with the worst disciplinary offences during the match, and not subsequent to it as is presently the case. "If approved, the ability to send a player off would therefore come into effect at all levels of the game from October 1 2017. " Other lesser punishments, such as run penalties or 'sin bins', were discussed but ruled out as a universal measure because the committee judged "it would be harder to achieve consistency of application around the world". Cricket is currently just one of two team sports to have no in-built measure to send a player off. It is not, however, envisaged that the change will lead to regular instances of players being eliminated - as, for example, in football - but that it will be used only in the rarest circumstances, when behaviour is entirely unacceptable. Brearley said: "This is to cover the most extreme cases of violence on the pitch really. "In a survey done with umpires, 40 per cent of them said they'd considered giving up the game because of abuse. "Anecdotal evidence from people who are familiar with leagues in parts of England tells us that the behaviour has got a lot worse. "Umpires have to be respected, and given the best possible chance. " Committee member Ramiz Raja emphasised that it is club cricket which appears to be most prone to the worst player behaviour. He said: "This is a pretty drastic change to the Laws....it is the second or third tier which is causing a lot of stress, the club matches. "It was felt that something had to be done, at that level particularly. It is just a deterrent. " The introduction of 'red cards' was the most eye-catching of recommendations discussed or agreed at the two-day meeting. Other topics covered included a reduction in the size of bat edges to 40mm, to help prevent obvious mis-hits going for six, and that too will be recommended as a Law change next year. No consensus was reached on suggestions that Tests should be reduced from five to four days, but the committee did conclude that no Law change was needed on current ball-tampering regulations following the controversial incident in the Hobart Test which resulted in a fine for South Africa captain Faf du Plessis. The committee reaffirmed its belief that "cricket should embrace the concept of playing T20 at the Olympic Games" - with participation in 2024 still an objective - and voiced its hope that International Cricket Council full member countries will pursue proposals for a conference-style World Test Championship, and agreed to recommend that catches should in future be permitted even if they are completed after the ball has struck a helmet being worn in the field.
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ISIS recruiter Hamdi Alqudsi and Moutia Elzahed's Sydney home reveals 'jihad' documents
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Footage from dawn raids on the home of an ISIS recruiter and his burka-clad wife has revealed police found documents calling for 'jihad' and letters from radical Islamist networks. Police searched the Sydney home of convicted terrorist Hamdi Alqudsi in September 2014 but have only just released the video as his wife claims she was assaulted during the search. In the footage, Moutia Elzahed - one of Alqudsi's two wives - is seen shouting at police officers and accusing one of hitting her. Alqudsi, who was jailed for six years earlier this year for helping seven men travel to Syria to join ISIS, is heard scolding the officers as Mrs Elzahed rants in Arabic. 'Here, the woman's very sick. There's no reason for you to hit her in here,' he says. 'Just because she's Arabic doesn't mean she's a terrorist,' he adds. A suited police officer who was explaining the search warrant to Alqudsi tries to defuse the situation as Mrs Elzahed jabs her finger towards an officer. None of the alleged assault mentioned appears to have been caught on camera. The 10-hour search of their home follows the heated discussion, and turned up a haul of potential evidence. The squad of officers went from room to room, moving furniture and rifling through the family's belongings. They started in the living room, where newspaper clippings about jihad were found on the mantelpiece. 'Jihad in Iraq,' one headline from months earlier reads. 'New law will see jihadist party ban,' another says. It is not clear why the family would choose to keep copies of these articles months after they were published. Documents alluding to 'jihad' were also found in the room, as was a list of what appear to be scriptures including two called 'The Art of War (brief)' and 'The History of Jihad (Basic)'. A handwritten document mentioning 'life in jail/supermax jail' was also discovered. A USB drive was also recovered by police, who were seen searching inside an urn, as was a locked mobile phone. Other items found in the living room included credit cards issued to Alqudsi by St. George Bank and NAB, as well as a library card addressed to him. The ISIS recruiter was later found to have a Commonwealth bank account too. Just minutes into the search of the living room, at around 5am, members of the family are heard praying out of shot. The officers also searched the bathroom and the kitchen, where they searched the contents of the fridge and combed through drawers. After searching through Aldi shopping bags, they found an iPhone with unopened WhatsApp messages written in Arabic. Among another haul of documents, the police found a press release from Hizb ut-Tahrir, a Sunni Muslim network that wants to set up an Islamic caliphate across the Middle East - much like ISIS. In the letter, which had handwritten phone numbers on the back of it, the group's Lebanon spokesman speaks of Syrian rebel fighters being arrested and the 'bloody events of Tripoli', Libya. The search then moved to the master bedroom, where Mrs Elzahed was cautious of a male police officer searching through her clothes. A woman police officer had to search through drawers containing some of her clothes and was the only person allowed to look at photographs that showed the woman not wearing her full veil. 'She doesn't want any men to through her stuff,' a man who appears to be her son told two of the police officers. Mrs Elzahed was later seen using her burka to block the police camera's view of a police officer searching through a clothes drawer. The footage of the search was revealed as part of Mrs Elzahed court case against the police, who she is suing for alleged assault and battery of her and her two teenage sons. She caused controversy in court on Wednesday when she defied a judge's order to take of her veil and refused to stand because 'she won't stand for anyone except Allah'. Judge Audrey Balla told lawyer Clive Evatt she had noticed Ms Elzahed 'doesn't stand' for the judge when she entered the court room. 'Is there a reason?' the judge asked. 'I'm afraid so your honour,' replied Mr Evatt. 'Tell me what it is?' Judge Balla said. Mr Evatt then told the court he believed it was for 'religious reasons' before stopping to check with other lawyers. He then told the court: 'She's a Muslim, your honour, a strict Muslim and according to my instructions she won't stand for anyone except Allah which I'm not particularly happy with,Your Honour'. Judge Balla then said he had 'no doubt' Ms Elzahed had been made aware of a recent offence created 'which may relate to such conduct'. She said a decision on 'any action' would be made by others but the judge 'just wanted to check she's received advice'. 'Each occasion she doesn't do it may be a separate offence'. The NSW government this year introduced a new offence for disrespecting the court. The offence carries a maximum penalty of 14 days in prison and a fine of up to $1,000. Judge Balla last week refused to hear Ms Elzahed's evidence if she was wearing her burka, which covers fully covers her in black cloth, except for her eyes. The case continues.
Sydney Muslim woman Moutia Elzahed refuses to stand for judicial officer
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Zinedine Zidane out to extend Real Madrid's 33-game unbeaten run against Dortmund
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Real Madrid's clash with Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night marks game number 50 in charge for Zinedine Zidane. With one European Cup already in the bag and on a run of 33 games without defeat, doubts over his capabilities and complaints about Real Madrid’s playing style are starting to ring hollow. It may be true that the football does not compare with that played by Barcelona in their various peaks of form over the last eight years. But Madrid have always been substance over style and there isn’t a team in Europe that wouldn’t swap a little artistic impression to be on the kind of run they are on right now. Madrid might not have won the league last season but their record of 37 wins, 10 draws and just two defeats since Zidane took over mean he has picked up 17 more points in La Liga than Luis Enrique and 15 more than Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid. We have to go back to April for the last of those reverses when they were sloppy away to Wolfsburg and lost 2-0. Before that they had succumbed to Atletico in a lacklustre 1-0 home defeat – both results fuelled the fires of those who have always believed Zidane fits nicely into that category of great players who can’t coach. Even back when Rafa Benitez was still in charge and Zidane’s shadow loomed large there were whispers that it would be a mistake to give him the top job. Nothing he had shown in his time in charge of the club’s B-team, Real Madrid Castilla, suggested he was going to offer anything as first team coach. His training sessions were basic, he lacked the ability to change things during games, and once the shine of being coached by one of history’s finest wore off, the players would not be inspired. What that analysis ignored is that coaching Real Madrid is a job like none other. Those who do it best tend to be the diplomats who let the players have the spotlight while never losing their respect. Vicente Del Bosque had that gift, Carlo Ancelotti did too, and it appears Zidane also possesses it. It’s no fluke that those three are the coaches to have delivered Real Madrid's last three Champions Leagues. Cool and calm, although always with that menacing ‘I’ll head-butt you in the chest if you disrespect my family’ about him, Zidane has got the dressing room onside and kept them there even when making difficult decisions. He gives no one an argument, and no one argues with him. Madrid have also been helped by the decision not to make any big signings last summer. There is a squad unity that comes from players being told – we’re not buying because we don’t need to, we believe in you’. Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale have both been given bumper new contracts and have responded by leading by example. Bale was the team’s best player before injury and Ronaldo is La Liga’s top scorer. He also needs just two more goals to be the first player to clock-up 100 European goals. But it isn’t all about him and there are signs that he’s accepting that. We’ve not seen the visible disdain for a team-mate who doesn’t pass to him that were a feature of previous seasons. He threw one of those tantrums in a game at the start of 2015 against Valencia when Bale failed to square the ball in a match that Madrid ended up losing 2-1. It was significant because it brought to an end a run of 31 games unbeaten. Madrid were officially the best club side on the planet at the time having just won the FIFA Club World Cup but their season fell-apart after that defeat at Mestalla. There are similarities now as they prepare to head off to Japan next week. But this is a very different Madrid. They lost Luka Modric and James Rodriguez who had been so important in the first half of the campaign, that season. And then Ronaldo had an extravagant birthday party the night of a 4-0 Madrid derby defeat to Atletico. When guest master of ceremonies Kevin Roldan published videos on social media of Ronaldo partying the night away, the campaign really imploded. This season the group seems more focused, determined to win their first league since Jose Mourinho, and only their second in eight years. And even if the injuries come there is a sense that they will cope. They have already managed without Toni Kroos and Luka Modric and are now managing without Bale who will be back in March to give them a massive boost for the run-in. Strength in depth is good with the likes of Lucas Vazquez, Nacho, Alvaro Morata and Marco Asensio willing reserves who always deliver when called upon. Rodriguez is the closest there is to a disgruntled player but Zidane has handled the situation well too. ‘It’s a problem that he wants to play more and isn’t,’ he said on Tuesday. ‘But he is an important player for us.’ The fact that his absence has been completely justified is a measure of how healthy Zidane’s options are. The squad is good enough to win everything this season. That doesn’t mean it will. Many a December betting slip has been torn up in disgust before April. But they have what it takes to do what Barcelona did two years ago – a clean sweep really would end the debate about how they are playing and just how good Zidane really is.
Borussia Dortmund star Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in red-hot form ahead of Real Madrid audition
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Iheanacho ready to prove himself able deputy for banned Aguero
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Kelechi Iheanacho is ready for the challenge of replacing Sergio Aguero as the prolific Manchester City striker takes an enforced break. Aguero, who has scored 16 times this season, will miss City's next four games as punishment for his sending-off in last weekend's stormy loss to Chelsea. That means a chance for 20-year-old Nigerian Iheanacho, who played himself into form with a goal as City rounded off their Champions League Group C programme with a 1-1 draw against Celtic on Tuesday. Iheanacho, who had made just six previous starts this season, said: "It's a big opportunity for me now. "Sergio's not around so I have to take responsibility and fill the gap. "I need to work really hard to prove myself to the team and help the team get these points we need in the Premier League. " Iheanacho made a positive impression after being promoted to the first-team squad by Manuel Pellegrini last season, scoring 14 goals. He has found opportunities harder to come by since Pep Guardiola took charge in the summer, but has still struck five times. His latest came in a pulsating start to a dead rubber against Celtic. With the group positions already finalised - City qualified in second place and Celtic finished last - the game had no wider meaning, but the teams began where they left off after September's 3-3 draw. Patrick Roberts, on loan to Celtic from City, struck against his parent club after just four minutes, but Iheanacho cancelled that out within four minutes. He might have had another soon after before the pace dropped as the teams went through the motions in the second half. Pablo Zabaleta, who played in an unfamiliar midfield role, said: "It was a good game for Kelechi to play just thinking Aguero will miss the next four games. "He played well and scored a great goal and he must be ready for the next few games because the manager will probably need him more than ever. It is important for him to take that chance. " Roberts, who signed for City in an £11million deal in 2015 but joined Celtic on an 18-month loan in February, also caught Zabaleta's eye. The Argentinian said of the 19-year-old: "We know Patrick really well. He has been with us a short period, but enough to see how good he is. "I was not happy when he scored, but I am pleased with what he is doing at Celtic. He still has a lot of things to improve, but he will become an important player for Manchester City in the future. " The nine changes made by City indicated the greater importance of Saturday's Premier League trip to champions Leicester. Zabaleta said: "Always it's a difficult place to go. Even if they are not doing great in the domestic competition they are still a good team, very competitive. "It is going to be a tough game, we need to win and get three points after the big defeat last weekend to stay in the fight for the title. "
Kelechi Iheanacho reveals Manchester City team-mate Sergio Aguero has encouraged him to fill the void up top as Argentine serves four-match ban
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Can Trump cut off funds for sanctuary cities? The Constitution says yes.
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Several cities and public universities have vowed to resist President-elect Donald Trump ’s plan to deport undocumented criminals by doubling down on sanctuary policies. In response, Trump has pledged to curtail federal funding for sanctuary providers. Activists, predictably, are crying foul, and some legal scholars, such as Harvard’s Noah Feldman, have even claimed that such a response would be unconstitutional.
But whatever one thinks about Trump’s strategy, it almost certainly would pass muster at the Supreme Court.
Feldman and others point to New York v. United States (1992) and Printz v. United States (1997), in which the Supreme Court concluded that the federal government cannot conscript state or local officials to carry out federal law. The federal government must enforce its own laws, using federal personnel. So when state or local police arrest immigrants who are present in the country illegally, they are under no obligation to deport them, as deportation is the responsibility of the federal government alone.
This “anti-commandeering” doctrine, however, doesn’t protect sanctuary cities or public universities — because it doesn’t apply when Congress merely requests information. For example, in Reno v. Condon (2000), the Court unanimously rejected an anti-commandeering challenge to the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act, which required states under certain circumstances to disclose some personal details about license holders. The court concluded that, because the DPPA requested information and “did not require state officials to assist in the enforcement of federal statutes,” it was consistent with the New York and Printz cases.
It follows that, consistent with the anti-commandeering doctrine, Congress can require state, local or university police to tell federal agents when they arrest an immigrant present in the country illegally.
A separate constitutional doctrine, the anti-coercion doctrine, likewise won’t shield sanctuaries. This doctrine holds that while Congress may impose conditions on receipt of federal funds, it cannot coerce states into accepting those conditions.
In the 1980s, Congress passed a law withholding 5% of highway funds from any state that refused to adopt a minimum drinking age of 21. The Supreme Court, in South Dakota v. Dole (1987), upheld it. Because highway funds are expended — in part — to ensure safe travel, the court reasoned that raising the drinking age was “relevant to the federal interest in the project and the overall objectives thereof.” More significantly, withholding 5% of federal funds wasn’t coercive because while it represented a loss of $615 million dollars, it was only 0.19% of states’ total budgets.
By contrast, in NFIB v. Sebelius (2012), the Supreme Court found that Congress violated the anti-coercion doctrine. Specifically, in the Affordable Care Act, Congress withheld 100% of states’ Medicaid funding if they didn’t expand those programs. A court plurality characterized this as a coercive “gun to the head” because it involved a loss of over $233 billion dollars — more than 20% of states’ budgets.
The South Dakota and NFIB cases teach that Congress can cut off funds if the conditions imposed are relevant “to the federal interest in the project” and the threatened loss of money doesn’t amount to a “gun to the head,” defined by a substantial percentage — approaching approximately 20% — of states’ budgets.
Congress certainly could meet these standards. Many federal programs provide billions to universities and state and local law enforcement. Provided the percentage withheld didn’t approach the 20% threshold, it should be constitutional. As with the highway funds in South Dakota, these programs are designed in part to improve safety of campuses and communities. This goal would be furthered by withholding funds from cities and universities that provide sanctuary for criminals present in the country illegally. Such individuals, by definition, not only are unvetted by the federal government, but have committed crimes while here.
Whatever one’s view of the best immigration policy, it should be uniform. Some, including the Washington Post's editorial board, have suggested that Congress should give sanctuary cities flexibility to report only those who’ve committed the most serious violent offenses. But precisely which criminals should be subject to deportation requires resolution by Congress, not each city or university.
Sanctuary policies create Balkanization on an issue with important foreign policy implications and corresponding potential for diplomatic embarrassment. As the Supreme Court affirmed in Arizona v. United States (2012), “the removal process is entrusted to the discretion of the Federal Government” because it “touch[es] on foreign relations and must be made with one voice.”
The Constitution is clear that power to determine deportation policies belongs to Congress, not states, municipalities or universities.
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Flowers placed near the site of the Oakland warehouse fire. Video by Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times
Protesting the Dakota Access pipeline (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
The victims of the deadly Oakland fire , who’s to blame for one of the worst fires in California history , Dakota Access pipeline opponents have claimed a big victory for now , and robots are taking over many warehouse jobs in California.
The victims of the deadly Oakland fire , who’s to blame for one of the worst fires in California history , Dakota Access pipeline opponents have claimed a big victory for now , and robots are taking over many warehouse jobs in California .
An all-girls, all-Muslim team financed by online fundraising, 75 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor the family of sailor Edwin Hopkins' finally got to hold his funeral, Nancy Paulikas went into a bathroom at LACMA on Oct. 15, then she vanished, it's been a year since the San Bernardino attack that killed 14 and injured 22, legalized marijuana supporters are worried about Trump's pick for attorney general, more and more Central Americans who can't get into the U. S. are trying to start over in Mexico, and Donald Trump is set to preside over the most affluent Cabinet in U. S. history.
An all-girls, all-Muslim team financed by online fundraising, 75 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor the family of sailor Edwin Hopkins' finally got to hold his funeral, Nancy Paulikas went into a bathroom at LACMA on Oct. 15, then she vanished, it's been a year since the San Bernardino attack that killed 14 and injured 22, legalized marijuana supporters are worried about Trump's pick for attorney general, more and more Central Americans who can't get into the U. S. are trying to start over in Mexico, and Donald Trump is set to preside over the most affluent Cabinet in U. S. history.
Santa Ana declares itself a sanctuary city in defiance of Trump
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Turkish air strikes kill 23 Islamic State militants in Syria's al-Bab region- army
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ISTANBUL, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Turkish warplanes pounded 12 Islamic State targets in the al-Bab region of northern Syria on Wednesday, killing 23 militants, the military said. The air strikes were launched as Syrian rebels, backed by Turkish troops and firepower, besiege Islamic State controlled al-Bab as part of the three-month-old Euphrates Shield operation to push the jihadists and a Kurdish militia away from Turkey's border. Separately, one Turkish soldier was killed and six were wounded, one of them seriously, in a vehicle-borne bomb attack in the area on Wednesday morning, the military said in its statement. Media reports had earlier said two soldiers were killed in the attack. Military and hospital officials said the wounded soldiers were transported to hospitals in the southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep. Wednesday's air strikes targeted buildings used by Islamic State fighters as well as three tanks and a bomb-laded vehicle, the army said. Nine similar targets were destroyed in air raids the previous evening, it said in an earlier statement. The advance by largely Turkmen and Arab rebels backed by Turkey towards al-Bab, the last urban stronghold of Islamic State in the northern Aleppo countryside, potentially pits them against both Kurdish fighters and Syrian government forces. Last month an air strike, which Turkey's military initially assessed to have been carried out by the Syrian air force, killed three Turkish soldiers in the region. Moscow has said neither Russian nor Syrian armed forces carried out the attack. (Reporting by Tulay Karadeniz; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Humeyra Pamuk and David Dolan)
Two Turkish soldiers killed in bomb blast near Syria's al-Bab - CNN Turk
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British benefit cash is being used to fund ISIS terror warns Lord Carlile
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Hundreds of thousands of pounds in British benefits have been used to fund terrorism in recent years, a former watchdog chief has claimed. Lord Carlile, the former independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, issued the warning the day after it emerged two men living in Birmingham handed thousands in wrongly-paid state handouts to terror suspect 'The Man in the Hat'. Lord Carlile said the problem had become worse during the rise of ISIS which gained prominence in 2014 after seizing swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria. He called on the Government to put in place a system to monitor housing benefit paid to people when they leave the country. It comes after the conviction of a Belgian national who helped to fund terrorism by giving cash from overpaid benefits to Brussels bombing suspect Mohamed Abrini during a secret rendezvous in a Birmingham park. Zakaria Boufassil, together with Mohammed Ali Ahmed, supplied £3,000 to Abrini, dubbed 'the man in the hat' after he was caught on CCTV at Brussels airport just before the bombing in March. On Tuesday, Boufassil, 26, from Birmingham, was found guilty at Kingston Crown Court in south-west London of engaging in conduct in preparation of acts of terrorism. Lord Carlile told The Times: 'Several hundred thousand pounds in small remittances have been used to fund terrorism in one way or another.' He added: '(Such activity) has increased during the rise of Isis. Certainly the Government should ensure that there is more triage available when housing benefits recipients are known to have gone to another country.' In 2005, Detective Chief Superintendent Terri Nicholson, then assistant commander at the Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism command unit, said she was certain that ISIS operatives were abusing the UK's lucrative benefit system to help finance terror. 'We are seeing a diverse fraud, including substantial fraud online, abuse of the benefits system, abuse of student loans, in order to fund terrorism,' she said. Nicholson added that women were being used to smuggle welfare money out of Britain to fund terrorists abroad, because they supposedly around less suspicion.
Hundreds of thousands in UK benefit money used to fund terror, says Lord Carlile
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Premature naming of execs in drugs taints judges, courts–SC justice
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President Rodrigo Duterte’s public disclosure of names of officials suspected of being involved in illegal drug activities has achieved nothing except tarnish their reputations, according to a Supreme Court associate justice.
The high court on Wednesday released a ruling affirming the recommendation of retired Associate Justice Roberto Abad to terminate the fact-finding investigation against Judges Exequil Dagala of the Dapa-Socorro Municipal Circuit Trial Court in Surigao, Adriano Savillo of the Iloilo City Regional Trial Court, and Domingo Casiple of the Kalibo RTC in Aklan, who had been accused by Duterte of being connected to the illicit drug trade.
The probe was terminated after the police and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) failed to provide evidence against the judges.
Associate Justice Marvic Leonen in his concurring opinion called Duterte’s announcement of the names “premature.”
“It appears that it was not fully supported by evidence that were professionally validated and which could be presented in a court of law,” Leonen said.
“All it achieved was to shame the judges and others similarly situated,” he said.
He added that the premature announcement also “dangerously contributes to the President’s public misperception that courts of law are incompetent.”
“The truth is that, in these cases, evidence is not available from the law enforcers, who could have presented opportunities for this court to clean its ranks,” he added.
Justice Leonen stressed that while “crimes are wrongs against society … it cannot be deterred by another wrong.”
“If we truly desire a society that works to rid itself from the menace of illegal drugs and corruption, we should strengthen the institutions that effect the rule of law,” he said. “Support should be given to those who struggle to do what is right.”
SC clears 3 judges Duterte linked to drug trade
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Give a Hawk a bad name

These remarks form the basis of the legal bid by Freedom Under Law and The Helen Suzman Foundation to have Police Minister Nathi Nhleko's decision to appoint Ntlemeza to the top Hawks post declared irrational and set aside.
Matojane delivered his assessment during a judg ment last year dismissing Ntlemeza's decision to suspend Gauteng Hawks boss Shadrack Sibiya, who was implicated in the illegal rendition of several Zimbabweans in 2010.
Matojane said Ntlemeza "elected to withhold" a report and docket from the Independent Police Investigative Directorate that would have enabled the court "to make a proper assessment of the strength or otherwise of the case against Sibiya".
The lobby groups argued yesterday that Nhleko's failure to take these remarks into consideration resulted in his appointing someone who should not occupy the leadership position.
David Unterhalter SC, for the lobbies, said the matters raised in Matojane's judgment disqualified Ntlemeza from the position, saying of grave concern was that the selection panel that interviewed Ntlemeza was not made aware of the "adverse" remarks.
"The [minister's] decision is reviewable as there was no rationale in his exercise of power. He did not satisfy the legal requirement in making this appointment. "
He said Matojane's findings could have been "appealed and they were never appealed against, therefore they are binding".
But Nhleko's lawyer, William Mukhari SC, countered this by saying these were remarks made in judgment and were not the decision of the court.
He said suggestions that what was said in a judgment was a decision of the court was problematic because it meant there were a "lot of decisions out there".
Mukhari said it was wrong to say Nhleko did not take the remarks into consideration and that he could not take "a decision based on remarks on matters not properly ventilated".
Mukhari asked the court to rather refer the matter back to the minister instead of setting Ntlemeza's appointment aside.
He also asked the court not to ask the two organisations to pay the legal fees in the case if the government won, because "it is an important matter that raises complex issues of whether remarks made in the course of a judgment are findings".
Ntlemeza's legal representative is set to make his submissions when the matter resumes today.

 

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'Jakkals made me do it'

Howard Oliver revealed details of the murder, which he said started with his plan to steal a jogger's cellphone to pay for his child's creche fees, but which ended in Blöchliger's death.
In an affidavit submitted to the Wynberg Magistrate's Court, Oliver laid the blame for Blöchliger's rape and murder at the door of Jonathan Jonas, also known as Jakkals.
Oliver's lawyer, Monique Carsten, said the affidavit had been filed as "an answer to the decision to only indict Oliver".
She said: "My client is not innocent but it is unfair to let him take the fall for everything, especially when there are 44 lab reports outstanding. "
Oliver, of Westlake, said Jonas held him hostage at gunpoint in the fynbos, while he raped Blöchliger.
This was after Oliver choked and robbed Blöchliger for her cellphone, which he said he wanted to sell to raise fees for his child's crèche. Oliver said he had been smoking Mandrax while watching people jogging in the forest.
"I then had the idea that I could rob someone to get the money for the crèche," said Oliver.
After meeting Jonas he saw Blöchliger jogging nearby.
"I moved towards her. She jogged past me and I ran up behind her and grabbed her from behind in a chokehold around the neck with my one arm.
"She became unconscious from the pressure of my arm and I let her slide to the ground," he said, adding that he took her phone.
After she regained consciousness Jonas robbed her of a ring and a watch then produced a gun and told both of them to move into the fynbos, Oliver said.
Oliver said that after Jonas raped Blöchliger he thought she was still alive.
"I am still convinced I saw her breathing when we left," he said.
"Jakkals warned me to not say anything about this to anyone or he would come shoot me," he said in the affidavit.
The hearing was adjourned until Friday.

 

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‘Block believed anyone close to Zuma was untouchable’

Block and his co-accused Trifecta director Christo Scholtz were sentenced to 15 years in prison each on Tuesday in the Northern Cape High Court in Kimberley.
In October last year‚ Block was convicted of fraud and money laundering relating to the leasing of buildings to the Northern Cape social development department‚ which rented buildings owned by the Trifecta Group.
The verdict sends a strong signal at a time when there are perceptions that the state is soft on corruption.
The Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation‚ Lieutenant-General Berning Ntlemeza‚ thanked “Hawks members who worked diligently during the lengthy investigation”.
He added: “We hope that this will serve as a deterrent to all corrupt civil servants and that it is also indicative of the excellent relationship between the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority.”
The Congress of the People’s Dennis Bloem described Block as “a wolf in a sheep skin” who “believed that he was too high up in the ANC echelon to go to jail”.
Bloem said that his party hopes President Jacob Zuma “is taking lessons from John Block's example - no matter how much you run away from the law‚ it will catch you”.
“He believed that anyone who was close to Mr Zuma was untouchable‚” he added.
“We have no doubt that sooner or later many others‚ like John Block‚ will find themselves behind bars wearing prison orange uniforms because of greed.”
Economic Freedom Fighters national chairperson Dali Mpofu also intended his comment as a warning to Zuma‚ referencing the 783 fraud and corruption charges the country’s leader potentially has to face in court.
Dali Mpofu ‏@AdvDali_Mpofu tweeted: “If the minimum sentence for 1 count of corruption is 15 years.. He who has 783 counts should be sentenced to 11 745 years! #BlockZumaNow.”
National Prosecuting Authority Northern Cape spokesman Phaladi Shuping said the two were appealing the sentencing and the appeal would be heard on Wednesday. Their bail application was extended‚ he said.
Shortly after his guilty verdict‚ Block‚ who was the ANC Northern Cape chairman and finance MEC resigned.
Scholtz was also found guilty of two counts of corruption.
The ANC in the Northern Cape is expected to hold a provincial elective conference next year where it will elect Block's successor.
Shuping on Tuesday said Block was sentenced to 15 years for corruption and 12 years for money laundering‚ which would run concurrently.
Shuping said the Trifecta Group was fined R1.27-million.
An application for a confiscation order of assets of Trifecta‚ Block and Scholtz was granted on Wednesday.
An amount of R60-million was agreed upon.
Block would pay back R2-million to the state. - TMG Digital/BusinessLIVE

 

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Stephen Port victims' families to sue police over a 'series of blunders'

The families of four gay men poisoned by Stephen Port will sue Scotland Yard because a 'five-year-old child' would have deduced they were murdered before their detectives did. The Met repeatedly said the similar deaths in Barking over 15 months were all not suspicious before serial killer Port was arrested last year. Jack Taylor, 25, Anthony Walgate, 23, Gabriel Kovari, 22, and Daniel Whitworth, 21, were all murdered by Port but initially they were considered self-administered overdoses and not linked. All were given lethal amounts of so-called 'chemsex' drug GHB - abused while unconscious - and dumped in the street or the local graveyard. Port even went to prison for lying about Mr Walgate's death but officers still failed to work out he was a murderer and he was released before killing again. Mr Walgate's mother, Sarah Sak, said today: 'A five-year-old child could have put the clues together'. She said: 'It was homophobia. He had planted GMB on them. The police thought "young gay lad. Oh he's had chemsex. Done".' 'They were like that from the beginning, they just refused to investigate anything, didn't matter what you said to them they kept telling us there was nothing to investigate.' After Port was given a rare whole life term last month, the Met admitted they were reviewing 58 other similar deaths. The four men were all found dead a short distance from the east London home of Stephen Port in 2014 and 2015 after meeting the 41-year-old chef, who had fetish for raping the unconscious. Port met them on gay dating Grindr - before drugging them and abusing them in his flat. Despite the similarities police treated the deaths as non-suspicious - 17 Met officers are the subject of a large-scale Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) probe into their handling of the killings. Donna and Jenny Taylor told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire they believe the Met's failures were laced with homophobia and meant the chance to save their brother Jack was missed. He was Port's final victim and murdered three months after he was released from prison. 25-year-old Mr Taylor was found propped up against the wall of Abbey Green, close to Port's flat and St Margaret's Church. Despite the similarities to the three other deaths in the area over the preceding 15 months, police treated it as non-suspicious because there were no signs of wounds or signs of drug use on his body. But Mr Taylor's family looked into previous cases and told police of the similarities, forcing the investigation which - after Mr Taylor's body was exhumed - finally saw Port caught and charged with murder. Donna Taylor said: 'Stephen Port obviously took Jack's life but we feel that the police didn't do their jobs, with any of the families. 'As far as we're concerned, they have played a massive part in Jack's death because if they had done their jobs properly, Jack would still be here today. 'There is no other way of looking at that and we feel we want them to be held accountable. We want the answers of why they didn't do this, didn't do that.' Port had left a fake suicide note in Mr Whitworth's hand, framing him for involvement in Mr Kovari's death and saying he had killed himself because he couldn't live with the guilt. Port also used social media to suggest links between Mr Whitworth and Mr Kovari, although the pair may have never met. His stepmother Amanda Pearson said that police did not analyse the handwriting on the letter - if they had they would have found it was Port's, not his'. Mrs Pearson revealed that she had to tell Daniel's grandmother that her only grandson had killed himself and left a note saying he had killed someone. She said: 'Daniel's grandmother had already lost a son to suicide. We put our trust in the police. She added: 'Daniel wasn't a party boy. He worked long hours and had little social time. They [the police] didn't want to know about the personality of my son, they didn't want to know really, they had made up their minds and that came across.' The families revealed the Met has sent them all a letter of apology but say it is 'not enough'.

 

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DEA warns that fentanyl epidemic is a 'crisis of historic proportions' as it is revealed that 44 people a DAY die from opioid abuse

New statistics show that opioids are the largest drug threat to the United States - and 44 people die daily from opioid abuse. The DEA's National Drug Threat Assessment revealed the most recent statistics that show an average of 129 deaths per day in 2014 were caused by drug overdoses. The emergence of the synthetic opioid fentanyl has increased the frequency of fatal drug abuse, as its incredible potency makes it up to 40 times stronger than heroin. Scroll down for video The report found that controlled prescription drugs (CPDs) were responsible for more deaths than cocaine and heroin combined. 'Sadly, this report reconfirms that opioids such as heroin and fentanyl - and diverted prescription pain pills - are killing people in this country at a horrifying rate,' said Acting Administrator Rosenberg. 'We face a public health crisis of historic proportions. Countering it requires a comprehensive approach that includes law enforcement, education, and treatment.' Fentanyl is illegally smuggled in to the United States and is usually mixed in to heroin products or pressed in to pills often without the user's awareness. A number of high-profile deaths by opioid overdose have brought the issue to light within the last year. Pop icon Prince reportedly died of a fentanyl overdose in April this year. Police found pills in his home containing the lethal substance - suggesting he obtained the pills illegally. Ohio police sparked controversy by posting a photo of two parents passed out from an opioid overdose while driving with their child in the back seat. They defended their actions by expressing hope that it would raise awareness to the overwhelming prevalence of opioids in the country. The horrific trend continued in Indiana when a 25-year-old mother was found unconscious with a syringe still in her hand while driving with her daughter in the back seat. The DEA report adds that the rise of fentanyl also coincides with another substance - carfentanil, which is 10,000 times more potent than morphine. Mexican drug cartels remain the largest venue for importing illegal substances to the United States, and are the primary suppliers for heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. Gangs affiliated with the Mexican cartels in the United States also account for a huge amount of violence within their communities.

 

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Courts, Not the People, Are Choosing Leaders

By Leslee Kulba- Democracy! Populists love democracy so much, they ignore the fact they live in a constitutional republic. Even so, the idea of one person-one vote, if only for representatives instead of every single issue, would be beautiful for an educated populace – except for all the mud-slinging, fake news, phony promises, and Matryoshka dolls of corruption.

 

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Cousins enter pleas in 1973 shotgun slayings of 2 girls

Two cousins charged with gunning down two teenage girls at close range more than 40 years ago have admitted their murders. Larry Don Patterson pleaded guilty and his cousin William Lloyd Harbour pleaded no contest to two counts of second-degree murder for the deaths of 12-year-old Valerie Janice Lane and Doris Karen Derryberry, 13, in 1973. The two were charged with the murders of the teens in September in a long-stalled cold case in Yuba County, California. It was only in 2014 that a state forensics lab matched DNA from the two suspects to semen found on Derryberry. The two men are 65-year-old cousins who both lived near the victims in Olivehurst when they were killed 43 years ago. The two girls' mothers first reported them missing in November 1973 after they failed to return home overnight from a shopping trip to the local mall. The Yuba County Sheriff's Department was notified and a few hours later their bodies were discovered. They were found along a dirt road in a wooded area near Marysville, north of Sacramento, where they had been shot at close range. Investigators in the 1970s carefully noted each of the more than 60 people they interviewed, but the suspects' names never came up. They later considered Patterson after he was charged in 1976 with raping two women in nearby Chico but they found no link to the killing of the two girls until the DNA match decades later. Both men previously pleaded not guilty. They did not face the death penalty because it wasn't an option when the girls were sexually assaulted and killed. Harbour had been living in Oklahoma and was extradited to face the charges in California. And Yuba County public defender Brian Davis, who represented Harbour, said his client was relieved to have the case end. He said: 'It is a weight off his shoulders, and he is happy to have a resolution. He has been living with this for the last 43 years. Michael Sullinger, an attorney representing Patterson, did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment Tuesday. Both men now face five years to life in prison, under sentencing laws at the time of the crime. At a court hearing earlier this year, Derryberry's nephew spoke of how her murder had affected his family, especially as they discovered Harbour lived across the road from them. Stan Vantassel told ABC 10 : 'It was extremely difficult knowing, as children, living and growing up in the neighborhood that we were running around with some of their children. 'It’s just a slap in our face.'

 

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January trial set for man charged in 2 Mason City slayings

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A January trial has been scheduled for a man accused of killing two people and trying to kill another in Mason City.
Court documents say 30-year-old Peter Veal, of Lake Mills, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder. His trial is set to begin Jan. 24.
Officers sent to a home to check on a shooting report around 2:30 a.m. Nov. 17 found the bodies of 37-year-old Caleb Christensen and 54-year-old Melinda Kavars. Autopsies showed Christensen died from several “sharp-force” injuries and Kavars died from a gunshot wound to her neck and chest.
Court documents do not identity the person who Veal is accused of trying to kill.

 

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What do people in Germany think of the burqa ban?

Angela Merkel has endorsed her party’s call for a partial ban on the burqa and the niqab in Germany. Showing her support for this for the first time, she told delegates at the Christian Democratic Union’s conference in Essen “the full facial veil is inappropriate and should be banned wherever it is legally possible”.
This week the German chancellor’s CDU party is expected to pass a motion proposing a ban on the full-face veil in some areas of public life such as courts, schools and universities and during police checks.
It comes after the Netherlands’ move at the end of November to introduce a partial ban on the full veil in hospitals, municipal institutions, schools and on transport. It’s a measure that also covers other pieces of clothing such as motorbike helmets or balaclavas. There are similar bans already in place in Belgium, Bulgaria and the Swiss canton of Tessin.
Many politicians on the right of her party welcomed the speech “The party desperately needed to distance its policies from those of other parties,” said the MP Carsten Linnemann.
But Burhan Kesici, the general secretary of Germany’s Islamic Council, criticised Merkel’s comments. “The government should carefully study similar moves in France, and ask themselves if one side-effect of such a ban is that it can actually lead to women feeling more excluded from society,” he said.
If you live in Germany we’d like to hear your views, do you agree with Merkel? Are you a Muslim and if so how does the proposal of a partial ban make you feel? What impact could it have? Why do you think Merkel has suggested this now? Share your views with us via the form below.

 

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Reuters People News Summary

Following is a summary of current people news briefs. Cosby's testimony can be used against him at criminal trial: judge Comedian Bill Cosby has lost a bid to keep Pennsylvania prosecutors from using his own words against him at his criminal sexual assault trial, currently scheduled to begin no later than June. Judge Steven O'Neill of the Court of Common Pleas in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, ruled on Monday that prosecutors can introduce potentially damaging sworn testimony the 79-year-old entertainer gave about his sexual history during a civil case in 2005. Space oddity as Dr David Bowie treats 'starman' Buzz Aldrin in NZ hospital In what can only be described as a space oddity, former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is being cared for in a New Zealand hospital by Dr David Bowie after being evacuated from the South Pole. In a truly remarkable coincidence, Aldrin's doctor shares the name of the late British singer whose greatest hits included songs such as "Starman" and others about space travel that could easily have been penned for the great American astronaut. London-based artist Helen Marten wins Britain's Turner Prize London-based artist Helen Marten has won this year's Turner Prize, receiving 25,000 pounds at Britain's annual contemporary art award. Originally from the northern English town of Macclesfield, Marten creates her installations through sculpture, screen printing and writing. Gigi Hadid crowned model of year at Fashion Awards American fashion model Gigi Hadid was crowned international model of the year and designer Alexander McQueen named best British brand at the 2016 Fashion Awards on Monday night. The fashion industry's top designers, models and celebrity fans braved chilly winter weather in London to walk the red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall. Poland says final 'no' to Polanski's extradition Poland's supreme court on Tuesday upheld an earlier verdict that Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski cannot be extradited to the United States over a 1977 child sex conviction, bringing a definitive end to the Polish case. The top court's verdict marks a defeat for Polish Prosecutor General and Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro, who wanted to hand Polanski over to United States.

 

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Shots fired during robbery at Portage Park store

Police are searching for robbers who exchanged gunfire with a store employee during a robbery Tuesday night in the Portage Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side.
The gunfire erupted between the suspects and the worker about 9:20 p.m. in the store in the 4200 block of North Milwaukee, according to Chicago Police. The robbers made off with cash and merchandise.
No injuries were reported, police said.
A description of the robbers was not available Wednesday morning and no one was in custody as Area North detectives investigated.

 

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Lebanese army arrests terrorist suspects over links to soldier shooting

BEIRUT, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The Lebanese army on Wednesday said it had arrested four people in connection with the fatal shooting of a soldier and the wounding of a second on Sunday at a military installation in northern Lebanon. Four people were arrested in dawn raids in Beqaa Safrin, the town where the attack took place, and weapons used in the shooting were seized, an army statement carried by the state National News Agency said. An army source said the men were Lebanese and belonged to an Islamic State terrorist cell. Northern Lebanon has seen a number of security incidents in recent years, especially near the Syrian border, often in a spillover from the civil war in the neighbouring country. The army often fires at suspected jihadist militants in the border area around the town of Arsal, about 60 km (40 miles) southeast of the Lebanese city of Tripoli. (Reporting by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Louise Ireland)


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