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Texan Michael McCaul reportedly loses out to Gen. John Kelly for Trump homeland security post

WASHINGTON - House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, attacked by immigration hardliners, positioned himself Wednesday as a tough-minded... 2016-12-07 12:25 6KB www.dallasnews.com

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Trump is close to picking retired Marine general to head Homeland Security, source says

Donald Trump is expected to pick retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly for secretary of Homeland Security, putting an outspoken combat leader in charge of defending the U. S. from terrorist attacks and carrying out Trump’s promised crackdown on illegal immigration. 2016-12-07 15:27 7KB www.latimes.com

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Donald Trump Selected as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year

Let the winning commence! Let the winning commence! 2016-12-07 13:20 1KB www.infowars.com

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Admiral gets ovation for national anthem remarks

The Latest on a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor (all times Hawaii): 2016-12-07 15:42 5KB www.wral.com

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Japan: Abe will not Apologize at Pearl Harbor

What is billed as the last big gathering of survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor takes place Wednesday in Hawaii — 75 years to the day after the bombing which brought the United States into World War II. Another poignant and historic event will occur 20 days... 2016-12-07 14:31 991Bytes article.wn.com

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Oakland warehouse fire recovery effort complete; death toll at 36

Recovery efforts at an Oakland warehouse fire have ended and the death toll stands at 36, officials said Wednesday. 2016-12-07 15:35 3KB www.foxnews.com

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Survivor Recalls Fear, Anger on Day of Pearl Harbor Attack

Surprise, fear, anger and pride overcame Jim Downing as Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor. Then a newlywed sailor, he recalled a Japanese plane flying low and slow in his direction as he rushed to his battleship from his home after hearing explosions... 2016-12-07 12:11 3KB www.newsmax.com

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Free spirit, sheriff deputy's son among Oakland fire victims

There was a musical artist from Ohio who was generous about giving people hugs to make them feel appreciated. A music-loving teenage son of a sheriff's deputy. And a DJ passionate about... 2016-12-07 15:12 24KB www.cbs46.com

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Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi formally resigns

Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi formally resigned Wednesday, a spokesman for the president said, stepping down after a bruising referendum defeat and kicking off a period of political uncertainty in the eurozone's third largest economy. 2016-12-07 15:40 1KB www.digitaljournal.com

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Trump says Romney still in running for secretary of state post

Donald Trump has said he expects to select his secretary of state next week and former rival Mitt Romney still has a chance to win the post. 2016-12-07 13:26 4KB www.independent.ie

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Trump to tap Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead EPA: Transition team

U. S. President-elect Donald Trump plans to appoint Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. 2016-12-07 14:18 3KB www.aol.com

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Pakistani pop icon Junaid Jamshed dies in plane crash

Pakistani fashion designer Junaid Jamshed has died in a plane crash. He has a store in Houston, 2016-12-07 14:25 2KB www.chron.com

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NTSB: Driver in fatal Baltimore bus crash has history of crashes, seizures

Glen Chappell, the school bus driver who careened into a transit bus, killing six people, including himself, had a history of issues 2016-12-07 17:42 3KB www.cbsnews.com

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The Latest: Survivor describes slayings at black church

The Latest on the death penalty trial of Dylann Roof charged with killing nine people during a Bible study in a Charleston church (all times local): 2016-12-07 15:42 5KB www.cbs46.com

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

A Florida woman has been charged with making death threats against the parent of a child who died in the Sandy Hook school shooting massacre because she thought the attack was a hoax, federal... 2016-12-07 15:32 2KB www.cbs46.com

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Prosecutor drops charges in death of Wayne State officer

Prosecutors dropped murder charges Wednesday against a man in the killing of a Detroit college police officer who was shot in the head while on duty. 2016-12-07 13:36 3KB rssfeeds.livingstondaily.com

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Pope Francis calls spreading fake news a sin

Pope Francis, who in the past has not shied away from offering his opinion about U. S. politics, said in an interview that “spreading disinformation” is probably “the greatest damage that the media can do.” 2016-12-07 15:35 2KB www.foxnews.com

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Jury picked, opening statements set in church slayings trial - News9.com - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports

Twelve jurors were chosen Wednesday to decide the death penalty trial of a white man who authorities say wanted to start a race war by killing nine black people in a South Carolina church. 2016-12-07 12:22 2KB www.news9.com

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Trump’s Cabinet of ex-generals will help keep him out of wars, not push him into one

I once wrote about a possible military coup. Trump’s picks won’t carry one out. 2016-12-07 13:10 11KB www.vox.com

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

Former G. W. Bush White House aide Joe Watkins and Democratic strategist Julian Epstein join to discuss Donald Trump's claim that he's sold all of his stocks, and concerns over conflicts of interest. 2016-12-07 13:48 842Bytes www.msnbc.com

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Woman accused of killing twin in Hawaii to OK extradition

ALBANY, N. Y. (AP) -- A woman accused of killing her twin sister by driving their SUV off a cliff in Hawaii won't fight extradition from upstate New York, h 2016-12-07 14:02 2KB mynorthwest.com

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Prince Harry comes under fire for Toronto visit to see Meghan Markle — but the fairy tale continues

The 32-year-old prince, so besotted with his new and very non-Royal love, popped into Toronto to see his new girlfriend this week on his way back from an official visit to the Caribbean 2016-12-07 13:22 4KB news.nationalpost.com

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Georgia cop killed, another 'critical' Contact WND

AMERICUS, Ga. (WGXA) — Two officers have been shot in an incident in Americus. In a press conference at about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Americus Police Chief Mark Scott said that one Americus police officer was killed and a Georgia Southwestern State... 2016-12-07 15:31 1KB www.wnd.com

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China says it welcomes Trump appointee while criticizing Japan

China welcomed the appointment of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as the future U. S. ambassador to Beijing. 2016-12-07 15:43 2KB www.upi.com

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Authorities: 1 Officer Killed, 1 Wounded; Shooter at Large

Authorities say one of the police officers shot in Georgia while responding to a domestic dispute has died and another is in critical condition. Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles says the Americus officer and a Georgia Southwestern State University officer were shot... 2016-12-07 15:27 1KB abcnews.go.com

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Pope Francis compares media's focus on scandal to feces obsession

Pope Francis has compared the media's interest in scandal to an unhealthy obsession with feces. 2016-12-07 15:28 2KB rss.cnn.com

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Progressive-Backed Rep. Keith Ellison Says Would Vacate Seat to Head DNC

Saying the Democratic Party needs a leader making a "full-time commitment," Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) told news outlets Wednesday that he would leave his congressional seat if he wins the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee (DNC). 2016-12-07 14:53 4KB www.commondreams.org

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Judge 'denies Brad Pitt's emergency request to keep custody battle with Angelina Jolie private'

The Allied actor had requested an emergency hearing on Wednesday asking a judge to seal all documents - but he was denied. 2016-12-07 15:43 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Israeli settlers see new champion in President Trump

Many are counting on new administration to reverse U. S. opposition to settlements. 2016-12-07 13:03 4KB rssfeeds.usatoday.com

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HPD shoots, kills suspect in north Houston

A police officer shot and wounded a robbery suspect Wednesday in north Houston. 2016-12-07 13:35 1KB www.chron.com

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Sailor Laid to Rest 75 Years After His Death at Pearl Harbor

American flags hung from every pole and business in the small Mississippi town of Wesson as the remains of a 23-year-old sailor headed to his last resting place Wednesday, 75 years to the day after he was killed at Pearl Harbor. Fireman 1st Class Jim H... 2016-12-07 15:17 2KB abcnews.go.com

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Pakistan airline chairman: Pilot lost control of engine, made ‘mayday call’ before crash

Pakistani officials said there are no survivors from the Pakistan International Airlines jet that crashed soon after takeoff on Wednesday carrying 48 passengers and crew on board. 2016-12-07 15:35 4KB www.foxnews.com

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

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

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New ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Trailer: Christian and Ana’s Relationship Takes a Dark Turn (Video)

The “Fifty Shades” book series blossomed into a global phenomenon, and the first film in the franchise grossed more than $560 million worldwide, despite being largely panned by critics and audiences. Niall Leonard, the husband of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” author, was tapped... 2016-12-07 12:30 2KB www.sfgate.com

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Zuma sends condolences to quake-hit Indonesia

President Jacob Zuma has sent condolences to Indonesia following a 6.4-magnitude earthquake which struck the country's Aceh province, killing almost 100 people. 2016-12-07 15:22 1KB www.news24.com

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Julian Assange Releases Full Testimony to Swedish Prosecutors Six Years after Rape Allegation

Notorious Australian computer programmer, and founder of controversial Wikileaks, finally gives statement surrounding sexual assault claim Notorious Australian computer programmer, and founder of controversial Wikileaks, finally gives statement surrounding sexual assault claim. 2016-12-07 14:31 1KB www.infowars.com

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US STOCKS-Dow, S&P hit highs but Trump comments slam drug stocks

By Yashaswini Swamynathan Dec 7 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Dow hit record intraday highs on Wednesday, helped by gains in bank stocks, but President-ele... 2016-12-07 12:32 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Dozens of Civilians Killed in Air Strike Near Iraqi Border with Syria – Reports

Not yet clear whose planes carried out reported strike... Not yet clear whose planes carried out reported strike... 2016-12-07 15:20 1KB www.infowars.com

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

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

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The Latest: Renzi asked to stay on as caretaker PM

The Latest on the political crisis in Italy (all times local): 2016-12-07 15:22 4KB www.cbs46.com

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Search of burned warehouse completed; no more bodies found

An Alameda County sheriff’s spokesman said Wednesday that no more bodies were found as fire crews completed their search through the wreckage of a warehouse that caught fire during a … An Alameda County sheriff's spokesman said Wednesday that no more bodies were found as fire crews completed their... 2016-12-07 15:32 2KB www.sfexaminer.com

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Michelle Obama on election night: 'I went to bed'

WASHINGTON (AP) — While many Americans stayed up late on election night to find out who would win the White House, first lady Michelle Obama says she went to... 2016-12-07 14:06 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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World War II Veteran, 95, Retires From Farming

As World War II fades further into the past, more American patriots are disappearing from our landscape, including veteran farmers.  2016-12-07 17:09 1KB www.agweb.com

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'Feel like a saint': Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte bonds with Donald Trump

"Oh, President Duterte, we should fix our bad relations," Duterte, who spoke at a United Nations-sponsored meeting on anti-corruption efforts, quoted Trump as saying during their phone conversation. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday he felt like a saint... 2016-12-07 15:16 881Bytes article.wn.com

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NATO commander says 150 Turkish officers have left post-coup

NATO's top military officer said Wednesday that about 150 Turkish officers have been recalled or retired from the alliance's high command since a failed coup attempt in Turkey, placing a significant burden on his staff. U. S. Army General Curtis Scaparrotti said losing so... 2016-12-07 15:06 897Bytes article.wn.com

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Denzel Washington Blasts Media for Spreading ‘BS’

After “Fences” star Denzel Washington found himself at the center of a fake news story earlier this year, the actor blasted the media for selling “B. S.” If you do read it, you’re misinformed, Washington said at the Wednesday premiere of “Fences” inside the National... 2016-12-07 12:24 3KB www.sfgate.com

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Fitbit buys smart watch pioneer Pebble amid wearables shakeup

Pebble Technology, a Redwood City startup that pioneered smart watches but struggled to expand its market after major competitors like Apple and Samsung followed, said Wednesday it is shutting down and selling key assets to health tracker maker Fitbit. San Francisco’s Fitbit announced it was acquiring “key... 2016-12-07 13:59 4KB www.sfgate.com

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Rescuers search rubble after earthquake kills dozens in Indonesia

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Rescuers are still combing the rubble for survivors after an earthquake in Indonesia's Aceh province on Wednesday morning. At least 52 people were killed, including young children, and 73 seriously injured, according to Indonesia's National Board for Disaster... 2016-12-07 15:19 2KB myfox8.com

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Girl's body found in well: trial opens for Kentucky man

GLASGOW, Ky. (AP) — Trial has begun for a Kentucky man accused by authorities of killing his former girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter and disposing of her bod... 2016-12-07 15:32 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Millions Leap at Party Invite by Mexican Rural Family

Millions of people have accepted a videotaped invitation to a girl's coming of age party in rural northern Mexico after the invite went viral. The Ibarra family's invitation for their daughter's down-home 15th birthday party complete with horse races and local music groups was posted... 2016-12-07 13:13 1KB abcnews.go.com

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Bicyclist dies after collision with vehicle near Brighton

Police identified the victim as Bryce Douglas Caudell, a former Warren resident who recently moved to Livingston County. 2016-12-07 12:50 2KB rssfeeds.freep.com

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Congress offers New York City $7M to cover Trump security cost — after de Blasio sent a bill for $35M

The city's efforts to get the federal government to pick up the tab for securing President-elect Trump has hit a major road block. 2016-12-07 12:15 3KB feeds.nydailynews.com

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Duke Energy discussing compensation for coal ash neighbors

RALEIGH, N. C. (AP) — Duke Energy is negotiating compensation for neighbors of coal ash pits facing depressed property values or a future with municipal water... 2016-12-07 15:35 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Senate passes $6.3-billion medical research bill and sends to Obama

Sprawling legislation to increase federal support for medical research, mental healthcare and controlling the opioid epidemic cleared the Senate easily Wednesday and is headed to President Obama ’s desk for his signature, delivering a rare bipartisan breakthrough in the waning days of his presidency. 2016-12-07 15:35 5KB www.latimes.com

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Seven cars hit by rocks near Leesville Road

Seven people driving near Hickory Grove Church and Leesville roads in Raleigh on Tuesday night reported having rocks, and possible other objects, thrown at their vehicles. 2016-12-07 15:34 1KB www.wral.com

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Stanford University student sues school over alleged sex assaults

Stanford University student accuses school of letting sexual predator roam California campus 2016-12-07 15:24 3KB www.cbsnews.com

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When pigs (help you) fly! First therapy pig debuts at San Francisco airport

LiLou, the first known airport therapy pig, debuts at San Francisco as the first non-dog member of the Wag Brigade, cheering up passengers at their terminals. LiLou loves performing tricks for her audience, wearing charming costumes, and showing off her painted nails. 2016-12-07 21:45 3KB www.miamiherald.com

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Sam Acho Tabbed As Bears’ Walter Payton Man Of The Year Nominee

The award is given annually to a player for community service activities as well as excellence on the field. 2016-12-07 14:17 1KB chicago.cbslocal.com

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Not so jolly: Mom wants NC Santa fired for fat-shaming son :: WRAL.com

Here's a not-so-jolly story: A mother wants her local St. Nick kicked to the curb for fat-shaming her son. 2016-12-07 13:58 1KB www.wral.com

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AP source: Desmond, Rockies agree to $70M, 5-year contract

A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that All-Star free agent outfielder Ian Desmond and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a $70 million, five-year contract. 2016-12-07 13:12 1KB www.cbs46.com

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Abbott seeks to end buyout deal for Alere

Abbott is seeking to terminate its buyout of Alere as that company deals with the fallout of a key device recall and government investigations. 2016-12-07 13:02 1KB chicago.suntimes.com

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Kim Kardashian allegedly 'wants a divorce' from Kanye West

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

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Critics La-La-Love ‘La La Land': Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling Are ‘Close to Perfection’

Early reviews for “La La Land” are in, and critics are raving about Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling‘s performances in the musical, claiming, “as a duo they’re close to perfection.” “Very soon I was utterly absorbed by this movie’s simple storytelling verve and the terrific lead... 2016-12-07 12:25 7KB www.sfgate.com

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Two toddlers fatally burned by a radiator

Authorities say two toddlers have died after suffering steam burns in a New York City apartment, and investigators are looking into whether a radiator malfunctioned. 2016-12-07 15:48 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Kenyans urged to end medical strike after patients die

President Uhuru Kenya urges medical workers to return to job, saying nearly 20 patients have died in three days. 2016-12-07 15:33 2KB mwcnews.net

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

Trump prevailed in the Badger State by 22,871 votes. The ongoing recount has widened his margin by 146 so far. 2016-12-07 12:55 2KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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Man Alleges Long Island Cop Kept Him From Seeing Dying Mom

A Long Island man claims a Nassau County police officer beat and restrained him over a parking dispute that prevented him from seeing his dying mother one last time. 2016-12-07 15:40 1KB newyork.cbslocal.com

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Witness to Fatal Will Smith Shooting Says Suspect Showed ‘No Remorse’

A friend of slain New Orleans Saints star Will Smith -- and witness to his fatal shooting -- took the stand today at the trial of his alleged killer, Cardell Hayes. She said Hayes did not seem to show remorse. "Mr... 2016-12-07 15:32 3KB abcnews.go.com

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U. S. Marine pilot missing after plane goes down off Japan

Dec 7 (Reuters) - A U. S. Marine pilot is missing after ejecting from a fighter jet off the coast of Japan on Wednesday, officials said. The pilot assigned to... 2016-12-07 14:20 1KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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With eye on Dakota Access protests, West Texas pipeline opponents look for a win of their own

Protesters opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline claimed a hard-fought but potentially short-lived victory from the federal government this week.... 2016-12-07 13:24 4KB www.dallasnews.com

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UEFA charges Celtic for Champions League crowd trouble at Manchester City

UEFA has started disciplinary proceedings against Celtic for the behaviour of their supporters during Tuesday's Champions League game at Manchester City. The... 2016-12-07 12:09 3KB www.dailymail.co.uk

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NY Gov. Cuomo: Trump didn't win election, Democrats lost

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Donald Trump didn’t win the presidential election - but that Democrats lost by not paying enough attention to a fearful middle class. 2016-12-07 14:52 1KB www.washingtontimes.com

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British lawmakers vote to back PM's Brexit timetable

British Prime Minister Theresa May secured a symbolic victory on Brexit on Wednesday after MPs agreed not to delay her plans to begin exit talks by the end of March, although she had to promise to give them more details of her negotiating strategy. 2016-12-07 15:40 1KB www.digitaljournal.com

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USF names Weist interim coach after losing Taggart to Oregon

South Florida co-offensive coordinator T. J. Weist will lead the 25th-ranked Bulls in the Birmingham Bowl following coach Willie Taggart's departure to Oregon. 2016-12-07 15:32 1KB www.cbs46.com

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Royal Caribbean becomes the second cruise company to gain approval for U. S. to Cuba trips

Royal Caribbean Cruises earned approval Wednesday to sail to Cuba with its Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Club Cruises brands. Itineraries have not yet been announced. 2016-12-07 14:09 1KB www.miamiherald.com

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Memorial Villages Police report

Memorial Villages Police report Unknown suspects entered the victim's residence sometime during the day by breaking out the glass on a rear patio door. Detectives responded and processed the scene for evidence and fingerprints. While on patrol officers observed 2 male subjects riding bikes in the area... 2016-12-07 13:35 2KB www.chron.com

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UN court fails to halt French trial of Equatorial Guinea leader

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

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Opening statements draw contrast in murder-for-hire trial

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

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Two Klan Leaders Are Charged in a North Carolina Stabbing

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

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BofAML: July 11 was more important than Brexit, Trump or the Fed

On that day, longer-term bond yields hit what market experts believe was a multi-decade low not to be seen again soon. 2016-12-07 12:30 3KB www.cnbc.com

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Mexican man's open invitation for daughter's birthday goes too viral

Video posted to Facebook drew millions of responses to Rubi Ibarra’s quinceañera as well as tributes and spoofs from companies, singers and actors 2016-12-07 15:44 4KB www.theguardian.com

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Former Dallas mayor Laura Miller again faces battle with breast cancer

After successfully beating breast cancer in 1998, Former Dallas mayor Laura Miller has announced that the disease has returned to her body. In a... 2016-12-07 15:01 1KB www.dallasnews.com

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Suspects arrested in Russia central bank cyberheist: bank official

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

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

Far from moving the debate on, this new report on integration adds little to the report I commissioned in 2001. 2016-12-08 00:07 7KB www.newstatesman.com

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Recounts barely making dent in election results Contact WND

(FOX NEWS) Statewide recounts in key 2016 battlegrounds are proceeding in fits and starts — but doing little to change the math behind Donald Trump’s victory. In Wisconsin, one of three states where Green Party candidate Jill Stein has sought a fresh tabulation, the president... 2016-12-07 12:02 1KB www.wnd.com

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McCain on Biden 2020: Run, Joe, Run!

On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden told a group of reporters at the Capitol, I'm going to run in 2020. For what? a reporter asked. For president, Biden said, drawing laughter from some reporters. What the hell, man, added... 2016-12-07 15:38 1KB www.weeklystandard.com

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X-Wing fighter lands in Hollywood for 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' premiere

An X-Wing Starfighter landed on Hollywood Boulevard as preparations for the premiere of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" got underway. 2016-12-07 16:54 1KB abc7chicago.com

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Kelly Ripa Co-Host: Richard Curtis Returns To ‘Live!’ But Could He Be Permanent Fixture?

During the search for Kelly Ripa’s co-host, there’s been a ton of excitable celebrity guest co-hosts, who have sat next to Kelly in anticipation of signing on 2016-12-07 15:42 3KB www.inquisitr.com

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WHY IT MATTERS: Rebel-held Aleppo on the brink of collapse

With rebel defenses crumbling in eastern Aleppo, President Bashar Assad is on the brink of regaining full control of Syria's largest city and one-time commercial center. Holding the city is seen as key to overall victory in the Syrian conflict, and a defeat in Aleppo... 2016-12-07 15:35 3KB www.thenewstribune.com

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Iraqi forces face fierce IS attacks after new Mosul push

Significant Islamic State group counterattacks in southeastern Mosul inflicted heavy losses on Iraqi forces overnight after a new push deeper into the city this week, according to an Iraqi... 2016-12-07 15:32 4KB www.cbs46.com

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

President-elect Donald Trump emerges as a winner in the final version of the must-pass spending bill as congressional Republicans tacked on an expedited process for ensuring his nominee for... 2016-12-07 15:32 5KB www.cbs46.com

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Conjoined twins Erika and Eva emerge from marathon surgery as two separate girls

Conjoined twins Erika and Eva Sandoval survived marathon surgery in two separate bodies. The operation at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford involved some 50 staff members and lasted more than 12 hours. 2016-12-07 15:30 6KB www.newsobserver.com

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72-year-old woman hit and killed by vehicle in Hickory

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Walton Goggins to Play Villain in ‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot

Walton Goggins to Play Villain in ‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot “Vice Principals” star Walton Goggins is in final negotiations to star as the villain in MGM and GK Films’ reboot of “Tomb Raider,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. Alicia Vikander's 'Tomb Raider'... 2016-12-07 15:24 2KB www.sfgate.com

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‘Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath’: Beatings, Fake Websites And Hidden Cameras

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UN: Boko Haram remains a threat even as they lose territory

The U. N.'s envoy for Central Africa says a multinational regional force has reclaimed much of the territory controlled by Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin but the extremist group remains a serious threat to regional stability. ... 2016-12-07 15:18 831Bytes article.wn.com

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US envoy to UN sees security risk if refugees not rescued

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Republican FCC Commissioners Want a Quick Reversal of Obama's Policies

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Mike Posner talks about his cosmic 'joke' of a Grammy nomination

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Texan Michael McCaul reportedly loses out to Gen. John Kelly for Trump homeland security post
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WASHINGTON — House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul, attacked by immigration hardliners, positioned himself Wednesday as a tough-minded yet thoughtful border sheriff.
"Starting next month people are going to get what they ask for," he said, vowing to stand by President-elect Donald Trump's vows to build a border wall and shred Obama-era orders protecting millions of immigrants from deportation.
It was apparently too late to win over Trump, who reportedly settled on retired Marine Gen. John Kelly , to run the Department of Homeland Security.
But McCaul's right turn does double duty, since he's also eyeing a 2018 Senate challenge against tea party darling Ted Cruz.
McCaul spoke Wednesday at the conservative Heritage Foundation, in a heavily promoted "State of Homeland Security" speech, as news spread that Kelly would get the cabinet post he sought.
"Our country is less secure than it was 8 years ago. We are grappling with the calamities of retreat and a failed foreign policy," McCaul asserted. Fortunately, he added, voters picked Trump last month.
"They voted to put America First and to make our country safe again," he said. "President-elect Donald Trump recognizes that if we do not shape the world around us, we will be shaped by it. That is why we need to project strength in order to protect our homeland. "
The Austin Republican had toughened his rhetoric as he auditioned for a spot in Trump's cabinet, as a chorus of complaints erupted from the right. K elly has been an outspoken critic of the Obama administration.
On Friday, in a commentary on Foxnews.com , he vowed unequivocally to support a border-length wall of the sort Trump has promised to build, and to take a "military-style approach" at the border.
It's a more muscular stance than he's often struck, but perhaps not enough to mollify critics who much prefer others on Trump's short list.
Trump reportedly also considered Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a key force behind Arizona's controversial SB 1070, a law the Supreme Court would later defang that was aimed at driving out illegal immigrants. Kelly, a four-star general, commanded Marines during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. As head of U. S. Southern Command he was deeply involved in fighting the drug trade in Central and South America.
McCaul interviewed with Trump on Nov. 29. The next day, at a Bipartisan Policy Center forum with the outgoing homeland security chief, Jeh Johnson, he seemed to downplay Trump's wal l as a literal, border-length project, focusing instead on a multifaceted system involving some new barrier construction, along with much more border patrol agents and surveillance.
Nuance has since been set aside.
"We are going to build the wall. Period," McCaul wrote in his commentary, which he expanded on at Heritage. "We are already starting to work on an emergency plan in Congress to build the tough barriers we need along the border, close all gaps, and defend this country's sovereignty. "
Trump's critics have scoffed at his vows to build the wall and mocked his promise that he'd be able to make Mexico pay the $10 billion or more it would cost. He has floated the threat of cutting off remittances sent south by relatives working in the United States, legally or otherwise. Mexico's economy relies on those payments.
Last week, McCaul suggested that Trump's threat to shred the North American Free Trade Agreement also provides leverage. In his online commentary, he proposed several mechanism for wringing payment for border security out of Mexico and Central American countries from which many migrants come.
Ideas include a new "security toll" at border crossings, new immigration fees from Mexico, and using assets seized from drug cartels.
Other moves McCaul supports: executive orders cancelling Obama-era deportation amnesties, tightening the asylum system, and making sure visitors don't stay once their visas expire.
"In Congress, I was the architect of `extreme vetting,' " he boasted, echoing the phrase Trump used in August in calling for an immigration policy aimed at excluding violent extremists .
Johnson, at the Bipartisan Policy Center, called McCaul the strongest border security advocate in Congress.
Some border hawks disagree and they've been vocally warning Trump away from elevating McCaul in the last week.
The Federation for American Immigration Reform has accused McCaul of taking a "cosmetic" approach to border security. One complaint involves the 2015 Secure Our Borders First Act, which he co-authored. Critics say that by ignoring the 11 million people living in the country illegally, it amounted to a tacit amnesty.
"We certainly hope that Donald Trump would not reward a deceptive pro-amnesty lawmaker like Michael McCaul with a cabinet position," said William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration PAC. "That would be very disappointing to all of us that believed his campaign promises to secure our borders and deport millions of illegal immigrants under current U. S. laws. "
McCaul himself bristled at the criticism aimed his way.
"To say somehow I am not strong on immigration is laughable because, whether it's sanctuary cities to every vote on the floor of the House, I have strongly voted against illegal immigration," he said last week. "I have co-sponsored virtually every bill. I introduced the SAFE Act, which would stop the flow of Syrian refugees into this country. I also strongly support the Secure Fence Act. "
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Trump is close to picking retired Marine general to head Homeland Security, source says
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Donald Trump is expected to pick retired Marine Gen. John F. Kelly for secretary of Homeland Security, putting an outspoken combat leader in charge of defending the U. S. from terrorist attacks and carrying out Trump’s promised crackdown on illegal immigration.
The decision has not been made, but Kelly is the front-runner and most likely the final choice, according to a person close to Trump’s transition team who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
Kelly would be the third recently retired general to join Trump’s Cabinet, a break with tradition that gives a decidedly military cast to the president-elect’s team of top advisors on national security and defense.
Kelly, 66, oversaw U. S. military operations in Central America and South America as head of U. S. Southern Command before he retired in January. He led troops in multiple tours in Iraq, and his son, also a Marine officer, died in combat in Afghanistan in 2010.
If named and ultimately confirmed by the Senate, Kelly will take over a department with 22 separate agencies and nearly 250,000 federal employees who do everything from make travelers remove their shoes at the airport to patrol on horseback along the border.
Time magazine on Wednesday named President-elect Donald Trump its Person of the Year.
"It's a great honor. It means a lot," Trump said in a telephone interview on NBC's "Today" show.
The magazine's managing editor, Nancy Gibbs, said on the program that Democrat Hillary Clinton was the No. 2 finalist....
Time magazine on Wednesday named President-elect Donald Trump its Person of the Year.
"It's a great honor. It means a lot," Trump said in a telephone interview on NBC's "Today" show.
The magazine's managing editor, Nancy Gibbs, said on the program that Democrat Hillary Clinton was the No. 2 finalist....
He would be responsible for delivering some of Trump’s most controversial campaign promises, including building a wall on the border with Mexico, boosting deportations of immigrants in the country illegally and potentially tracking foreign Muslim visitors.
By picking Kelly, Trump would signal a more militarized approach to border security. As the head of Southern Command, Kelly ordered military operations in the Pacific Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico to try to stop drug smugglers from moving narcotics into the country.
Kelly may defer policy decisions on immigration enforcement to the heads of U. S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection. Those posts would report directly to him and have not yet been filled by Trump.
Kelly would be the third general selected by Trump, joining Gen. James N. Mattis , Trump’s pick for secretary of Defense and Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s choice for national security advisor. Another retired Marine general, David H. Petraeus , is under consideration for secretary of State.
Trump has never served in the military or government. His reliance on so many former generals as top advisors has sparked concerns about the potential for undue military influence in his administration.
Unlike Mattis, Kelly does not need a waiver from Congress to be confirmed. A 1947 law seeks to maintain civilian control of the Pentagon, but it doesn’t apply to other Cabinet posts.
Kelly, a Boston native, served nearly 46 years in the Marine Corps, including stints as an aide to Defense secretaries Leon E. Panetta and Robert M. Gates.
His son, Lt. Robert M. Kelly, was killed by a land mine in 2010 while he was leading a Marine platoon against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan. At the funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, Kelly blamed "an enemy that is as savage as any that ever walked the earth. "
Kelly was considered with several other candidates, including Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, a strong Trump supporter.
Another contender, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, was architect of controversial local laws such as Arizona’s so-called “papers, please” provision that was knocked down by the Supreme Court on the grounds that the state was trying to enforce federal immigration laws.
Kelly clashed with the Obama administration over its unsuccessful attempts to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Trump has vowed to keep the prison open.
Kelly also has been outspoken on threats he sees from drug smugglers, terrorists and others illegally crossing the nation’s borders, warning the Senate Armed Services Committee last year that human smuggling routes "are a potential vulnerability to our homeland. "
Proponents for hard-line immigration policies praised Kelly as a strong pick to lead Homeland Security.
Dan Stein, head of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a Washington-based group that advocates for reducing legal immigration levels, said Kelly would bring “a renewed commitment to controlling our borders.”
Kelly’s “military expertise and experience fighting the influx of illegal drugs from Latin America gives him unique insight into the challenges faced by the nation’s immigration enforcement agents, as well as practical knowledge of border deterrents,” Stein said.
Stein urged Trump to consider Kobach for a major role in immigration enforcement, such as running U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Beyonce leads today’s Grammy nominations with nine , California’s new legislative session began in dramatic fashion , Ben Carson is Donald Trump's pick to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development , and former L. A. County Sheriff Lee Baca was once a powerful and celebrated lawman but now he's at the center of a public corruption trial.
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor , the only soldier who went to jail in the scandal over the National Guard bonuses, why you'll be paying more for your Christmas tree this year, and a new development from ancient scientists: The Earth is moving slower than it used to .
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Donald Trump Selected as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year
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President-elect and business mogul Donald Trump has been chosen as Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year,” the publication announced Wednesday.
Donald Trump is TIME's Person of the Year 2016 #TIMEPOY https://t.co/5pTGOksevE pic.twitter.com/N8BtqTu9Nl
— TIME (@TIME) December 7, 2016
“Now it’s difficult to count all the ways Trump remade the game: the huckster came off more real than the scripted political pros,” Time writes. “The cable-news addict made pollsters look like chumps. The fabulist out-shouted journalists fighting to separate fact from falsehood. The demagogue won more Latino and black votes than the 2012 Republican nominee.”
Trump beat out Democrat presidential contender Hillary Clinton, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, UKIP’s Nigel Farage and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Earlier this year, Trump was happy to make the cover of the publication, and encouraged his Twitter followers to pick up the magazine and look at it again in four years.
Remember, get TIME magazine! I am on the cover. Take it out in 4 years and read it again! Just watch…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 10, 2016
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Admiral gets ovation for national anthem remarks
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PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — The Latest on a ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor (all times Hawaii):
9:35 a.m.
U. S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris says those who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor never failed to stand for the national anthem.
His remarks Wednesday at a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack generated a lengthy standing ovation from the crowd, with people whistling and hooting.
Thousands gathered for the event, held on a pier across the harbor from where the USS Arizona sank during the 1941 attack.
Harris told the crowd: "You can bet that the men and women we honor today - and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago - never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played. "
In recent months, San Francisco 49ers quarter Colin Kaepernick and others have knelt through the national anthem to protest police brutality and the treatment of minorities, drawing criticism and acclaim alike.
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Laura Stoller accompanied her adoptive grandfather, a Pearl Harbor survivor, to the ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
She described her trip with 96-year-old Stan VanHoose of Beloit, Wisconsin, as "overwhelming in a wonderful way. "
Before the ceremony, the two watched crowds of people jostling to get autographs from the survivors and pose for photos with them.
Stoller says it's fun to see the veterans get the recognition they deserve. She also is enjoying seeing the survivors reconnecting and sharing stories with each other.
VanHoose served on the USS Maryland.
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Thousands gathered at Pearl Harbor bowed their heads for a moment of silence as a remembrance ceremony for those killed in the Japanese attack 75 years ago got underway.
The USS Halsey sounded its whistle to start the moment at 7:55 a.m. — the same moment Japanese planes began their assault on Dec. 7, 1941.
F-22 fighter jets flying in formation overhead broke the silence afterward.
Wednesday's ceremony is being held on a pier across the harbor from where the USS Arizona sank during the raid, killing 1,177 sailors and Marines. The ship's casualties accounted for almost half of the more than 2,300 servicemen killed in the attack.
There's a clear blue sky over the harbor as the ceremony gets underway.
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7:50 a.m.
A 95-year-old veteran from Columbus, Ohio, is visiting Pearl Harbor for the first time since 1945. Veterans advocates raised money to pay for Milton Mapou's (MAY-poh) trip.
He and other survivors returned to Pearl Harbor on Wednesday to mark the 75th anniversary of the attack that drew the U. S. into World War II.
On Dec. 7, 1941, Mapou was getting ready to sit down for breakfast on board the USS Detroit when he heard an explosion. He went topside to see a plane coming in low. It dropped a torpedo but missed the Detroit.
Later, Mapou shattered a leg during the war when a kamikaze plane sunk his ship and cut it in half between Okinawa and Japan.
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5: 28 a.m.
President Barack Obama in Washington issued a statement Wednesday on the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Obama says he and first lady Michelle Obama join Americans in "remembering those who gave their lives" on Dec. 7, 1941.
More than 2,300 service people died that day.
Obama said "we can never repay the profound debt of gratitude we owe to those who served on our behalf. "
Thousands, including servicemen and women and members of the public, are expected to attend a ceremony at Pearl Harbor on Wednesday to mark the anniversary.
The president said he will visit the U SS Arizona Memorial later this month with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan.
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9:25 p.m.
Surprise, fear, anger and pride.
That's what Pearl Harbor survivor Jim Downing recalls about the attack that plunged the U. S. into World War II.
Downing plans to return to Pearl Harbor Wednesday with other survivors to mark the 75th anniversary of the attack that left more than 2,300 service people dead.
Thousands of servicemen and women and members of the public are also expected to attend the ceremony.
Downing, a 103-year-old resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado, served on the USS West Virginia, which lost 106 men.
He says he 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.
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What is billed as the last big gathering of survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor takes place Wednesday in Hawaii — 75 years to the day after the bombing which brought the United States into World War II. Another poignant and historic event will occur 20 days later at the naval base, when...
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Oakland warehouse fire recovery effort complete; death toll at 36
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OAKLAND, Calif. – Recovery efforts at an Oakland warehouse fire have ended and the death toll stands at 36, officials said Wednesday.
The news comes a day after Oakland officials declared a local state of emergency due. The Oakland City Council is slated to ratify the state of emergency on Thursday. This will begin the process for state and federal aid.
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
"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. "
Death toll stands at 36 in Oakland warehouse fire
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.
Fire officials have started knocking down parts of the building, known as the "Ghost Ship," 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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Survivor Recalls Fear, Anger on Day of Pearl Harbor Attack
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Surprise, fear, anger and pride overcame Jim Downing as Japanese planes bombed Pearl Harbor.
Then a newlywed sailor, he recalled a Japanese plane flying low and slow in his direction as he rushed to his battleship from his home after hearing explosions and learning of the attack on the radio.
"When he got the right angle, he banked over, turned his machine guns lose," Downing, now 103, said in an interview at a Waikiki hotel, "But fortunately he didn't bank far enough so it went right over my head. "
The next aviator might have better aim, Downing remembers thinking. And with nowhere to hide, "I was afraid," he said.
Downing plans to return to Pearl Harbor Wednesday with a few dozen other survivors to mark the 75th anniversary of the attack that plunged the United States into World War II and left more than 2,300 service people dead.
Those who gather at the ceremony on a pier overlooking the harbor are expected to observe a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m. — the same 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.
Downing said he comes back to Hawaii for the anniversary commemorations to be with his shipmates.
"We get together and have a great time and compare our stories," said Downing, a resident of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
His ship, the USS West Virginia, was hit by nine torpedoes.
"We were sinking and everything above the water line was on fire," he said.
Downing said he felt proud while watching sailors balance the capsizing ship by allowing water to seep in. The tactic let the giant battleship slide into mud below.
"They just instinctively did the right thing at the right time without any thought about their own lives or safety," he said.
The West Virginia lost 106 men. Downing 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 Downing, who also served as the ship's postmaster.
Ray Chavez was out on a minesweeper, the USS Condor, in the early hours before the attack. He remembers noticing with his shipmates that a mysterious submarine was lurking off the harbor.
"At 3:45 a.m. on Dec. 7, I look out and spotted a submarine that wasn't supposed to be in that area," the 104-year-old Chavez said.
The sailors reported the sighting and Chavez went home to sleep. He told his wife not to wake him because he hadn't gotten any rest during the busy night.
"It seemed like I only slept about 10 minutes when she called me and said 'we're being attacked.' And I said 'who is going to attack us?' She said 'the Japanese are here and they're attacking everything,'" Chavez said.
These days, many people treat Chavez and other Pearl Harbor survivors like celebrities, asking them for autographs and photos. But Chavez said it's about the people who were lost.
"I'm honoring them, not myself," he said.
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Free spirit, sheriff deputy's son among Oakland fire victims
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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - There was a musical artist from Ohio who was generous about giving people hugs to make them feel appreciated. A music-loving teenage son of a sheriff's deputy. And a DJ passionate about social justice. They were among the 36 people killed when flames raced through a dance party last Friday at a converted Oakland warehouse. Recovery efforts ended Wednesday and investigators were trying to determine whether a refrigerator was a potential source of the fire. Here's a closer look at who the victims were: FREE SPIRIT Billy Dixon, 35, went out of his way to make people feel special, his family said in a statement. Dixon, from Chagrin Falls, Ohio, was remembered for his smile and Ohio Supreme Court Justice Bill O'Neill, a long-time family friend, called him a free spirit. "He had a smile that would light up the room when he walked in. Everybody was always happy when Billy was there. He wasn't real interested in rules. He was an artist," O'Neill told the CBS affiliate in Cleveland, WOIO-TV. Dixon graduated in 2000 from Chagrin Falls High. In a statement, his family said Dixon had "a hug for everyone no matter how long he has known them and has an amazing gift of making people feel appreciated. " MUSIC-LOVING SHERIFF'S DEPUTY'S SON Draven McGill, 17, was a member of Oakland's Pacific Boychoir Academy whose tastes ranged from classical to hip-hop to electronic dance music. The baritone singer had gone to the party with friends from the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts where he was a junior. His father is Alameda County sheriff's Deputy Phil McGill. "We were like, 'You gotta be kidding.' This hit us, too," sheriff's Sgt. Ray Kelly told the San Francisco Chronicle ( ). "It's hit every cross-section of society here in the Bay Area and all over the world. " McGill's friend Faelan Westhead said the two were sitting on a couch on the warehouse's second floor enjoying the music when they noticed what appeared to be mist created by a fog machine. They soon realized it was smoke from a fire and tried to flee. McGill remained calm as panic rose among the crowd, Westhead said, but then the lights went out and the friends became separated. Westhead said he and another friend stumbled through smoke and down a burning staircase to get outside. That's when they discovered McGill had not followed them. "It's rough," said Gabriel Bibliowicz, a baritone singer in the vocal program and the school's student body president. "Every memory we have of him is so much bigger now. " Friends said McGill was fun and always up for a new adventure. "He was a sweet, loving young man taken from this earth too early," said his great-aunt, Merlena Moore. A REVOLUTIONARY Johnny Igaz, 34, was a DJ committed to social justice, friends said. Igaz reportedly was playing a set when the fire broke. Demitria Ruiz-Sauliere, who knew Igaz from the close-knit house and techno music scene, said his "unique warmth and charisma" earned him friends and fans. She described him as a punk rocker who grew up in the Bay area. A lover of synthesizers and electronic music, Igaz offered free tutoring sessions to younger musicians to help jumpstart their careers, Ruiz-Sauliere said. He was a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement and pushed for social equality. "He was a revolutionary," she said. "If there's any person who could be the root for any kind of widespread grassroots movement, it was Johnny. " He was listed on Facebook as a record buyer at Green Apple Books and Music in San Francisco. AN OLD SOUL AND KINDHEARTED GIRL Alex Vega, 22, went to the party with his longtime girlfriend, Michela Gregory, 20, who also died in the fire. Vega's brother, Daniel Vega, said the family was notified that a body found in the burned warehouse had been positively identified as Alex's. Alex Vega had jobs as a valet and also worked with Gregory at a mortuary, the older Vega said. But his hobbies and interests were boundless. He had dreams of being a painter, a photographer, a fashion designer, a mechanic. "The kid could have done whatever he wanted," Daniel Vega said. Alex was the youngest of four brothers, and Daniel, the oldest, was 14 years his senior. But despite the age difference, the two shared a passion for cars, urban art and electronic music. "If anything we were like best friends," the eldest brother said. "Alex was an old soul. I think that's why we got along so well. " Gregory was studying child development at San Francisco State University and was committed to her studies, said education lecturer Rama Kased, who leads the Metro College Success Program. "I would see her all the time pushing her classmates, getting her classmates to finish the work," Kased told The Associated Press. "She was quiet, but when she spoke, the class would listen because they knew she would have something important to say. " Her friend Lili Reyes said she had been texting her before the event. "She was a kindhearted girl with so much life," Reyes said. "Everyone she met, she has made such an impact on them. " A POET WHO WAS LOVED Em Bohlka, 33, was a poet with a master's degree in literature. Jack Bohlka told the Los Angeles Times ( ) that his daughter was a barista and "just a completely loving individual, truly a gentle spirit, thoughtful and philosophical. " Bohlka and his daughter used to quote Kurt Vonnegut to each other in text messages. One of the lines they loved was: "Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can't see from the center. " A PASSION FOR NAIL ART Jennifer Kiyomi Tanouye, 31, of Oakland, reportedly had a nail art booth on the second floor of the warehouse space where the fire broke out. Nail art was just one of the many things Tanouye was involved in - she helped organize music festivals, was a music manager at Shazam, and managed the social media accounts of a magazine store. "So much energy, so wide-eyed and full of life," said Noella Teele, a friend and the co-owner of the magazine store Issues. Anna Bleviss Whitlatch told the San Francisco Chronicle ( ) that her friend loved concerts, people and bright colors. She said Tanouye often took her passion for nail art to parties, setting up as the "Underground Nail Bar. " "She was a real vibrant person, always smiling and going to concerts and stuff," Whitlatch said of her friend of more than a decade. Her friend Shayne Keator said Tanouye was quirky and funny. She named her Pomeranian after a fake art museum he once told her about. DJ WITH A PUNK ROCK SENSIBILITY Edmond Lapine, 34, was born in Ogden, Utah, and later went to a college in Colorado before ultimately going on to Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, where he studied French, as well as Russian literature. His father, Bob Lapine said his son "was more on the artsy side," a musician and music lover who wanted to have a career as a DJ. "I just want the world to know that he was a very decent human being," said Bob Lapine, who planned to meet up with his son's friends in Oakland. He and his ex-wife, Edmond's mother, will split the cremated remains of their son, he said. "I try to be strong, but I break down every once in a while," Bob Lapine said. Childhood friend Jesse Nolan said Lapine had some gigs as a DJ. The two were in a band together when they were in middle school, and they were influenced by grunge rock. They kept in touch, most recently through Facebook and texts. "Even though he was more into electronic music toward the end of his life, he had kind of a punk rock sensibility," Nolan said. "He rejected everything that was corporate and fake. " FEMALE DJ BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS Chelsea Faith Dolan, 33, was a brilliant San Francisco DJ and producer who was beginning to get the recognition she deserved in a genre of music typically dominated by men, said fellow DJ Nihar Bhatt. Dolan, whose death was confirmed by city officials on Tuesday, encountered overwhelming sexism and was working to get more women involved in electronic dance music, mentoring people and starting a musicians' learning group, Bhatt said. She generously shared feedback and reinforcement with fellow performers. "She really was willing to give much more than she received," said Bhatt, who was outside the warehouse talking with a friend when the fire erupted. UNDERGROUND MUSIC PROMOTER Micah Danemayer, 28, was an Oakland promoter dedicated to bringing people together and showcasing new performers, Bhatt said. Danemayer worked for an ongoing experimental music series called 'Trance Mutations,' under the company name of Obscura Machina. Danemayer persuaded Bhatt to do his first live solo show. He often projected films on a wall during other artists' sets, and was doing so the night of the fire. "He was so passionate for the underground, for people to have a chance," Bhatt said. Danemayer was a 2011 graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where he studied at the Studio for Interrelated Media, a self-directed program encompassing sound, installation, performance, conceptual art, and live event production. Nita Sturiale, chair of the program, said Danemayer "was like a perpetual wide-eyed child, and always willing to try new things," and "was goofy and edgy. " His father, Chris Danemayer, in a statement issued through the college, said his son moved to Oakland a year after he graduated. "He just exploded there, doing exactly what he wanted to do," his father said. The family established a scholarship fund at the college. HER TRUE SELF Feral Pines, 29, a transgender musician and artist from Connecticut, recently moved to the San Francisco area to be with friends, according to her brother, Ben Fritz. "She was a kind and beautiful person who had the strength to be her true self even when she knew that was not an easy path," Ben Fritz, 39, told The Associated Press. He said she appeared to be the "happiest she had been in a few years. " Their father, Bruce Fritz, told the San Francisco Chronicle ( ) that his daughter loved animals and played bass guitar. Pines graduated from Staples High School in Westport in 2005 and the School for the Visual Arts in Manhattan in 2010. She lived in several places before moving to the Bay Area, according to her family. FOUND THEIR PLACE THROUGH MUSIC Ben Runnels, 32, and Nicole Renae Siegrist, 29, known as "Denalda," formed the synthpop group Introflirt. They named their last album "Temporary Heaven" to describe the fleeting nature of life and the moments of happiness when people feel completely comfortable with who they are, no matter how different from others they may be, said Brendan Dreaper, who helps operate Mixtape, the Oakland-based company that managed Introflirt. That's also the message the two friends would want the world to remember about their music, Dreaper said. They dubbed their sound "croonwave" and made it their mission to create a "soundtrack for the insecure," according to Mixtape. "You may feel like an outsider, but that's your advantage in life," Dreaper said. "They were completely comfortable with being themselves. I think they did achieve that. " Runnels, who played guitar and sang, was introverted but connected to people through his music, Dreaper said. Siegrist, who played the synthesizer, was an outgoing "free spirit" who used herself as a canvas, painting black streaks or bold marks on her face to contrast with outfits like a veil, halo of flowers and white dress. Runnels was from the East Coast, and Siegrist the Midwest. They met in the Bay Area a few years ago. The two went to the warehouse show with friends, including musician Travis Hough, who also died in the fire and worked with Mixtape. Siegrist's cousin, Rhonda Ford, said the musician grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and described her as someone who could talk to anybody and lived life to the fullest. THE HEART OF OAKLAND Ara Jo, 29, was a vibrant artist and community organizer who could make friends with anyone, anywhere, friends said. Jo grew up in Los Angeles and was living in Oakland. Her parents flew in from South Korea after being notified of her death. "She's a typical artist. She's got more causes than she has energy, even though she has a lot of energy," said her boyfriend, Terry Ewing. Ewing said one of her latest causes was to raise money and awareness for American Indians and others protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline Project in North Dakota. Friends mourned Jo on social media, calling her the heart of Oakland. FATHER OF TWINS Alex Ghassan, 35, was the father of twin toddlers. He was a director and producer who worked with Spike Lee and Talib Kweli. His fiancee, Hanna Henrikka Ruax, 32, was a yoga instructor, entrepreneur and activist from Helsinki, Finland. She arrived in Oakland in late November. The pair had been dating long-distance, and Ghassan was preparing to move to Europe, said his roommate Vikram Babu. "He was fed up with the U. S.," Babu said. Ghassan previously resided in Orange, New Jersey. He has lived in Oakland on and off for about a year, Babu said. Ghassan's mother, Emilie Grandchamps, told WABC-TV (https://goo.gl/HFH3eN), that Ghassan often went out of his way to help other artists. Before the fire, Ghassan posted video of the warehouse party on Instagram. "Oakland reminds me of #JerseyCity so much at times," he wrote. Ruax, a social justice activist, organized a large protest in Finland after a neo-Nazi rally there, Babu said. Ruax's Instagram account is filled with playful photos of her and Ghassan. Last week, she posted a selfie with Ghassan where both made funny faces into the camera. "Sent this pic to my mumz after arriving home to my boo," she wrote. "Home sweet home! " PASSIONATE MUSIC THERAPIST Travis Hough, 35, believed music healed people, including himself. Hough was an experimental electronic artist behind Ghost of Lightning, a project in which he created music to explore and understand his own psyche, said Michelle Campbell, founder of Mixtape, an artist management company based in Oakland. Hough worked by day as a therapist in schools in the Bay area, using music to help children cope with trauma, Campbell said. "Really his passion was his work in helping find ways to use music as a means of healing," Campbell said. Hough played bass and keyboard and was a performance artist who was inspired by Prince and other male performers "who wear ruffles, glitter and makeup," she said. His shows included orbs of rhythmically pulsating light. He enjoyed a good meal with family and friends and hiking through northern California's Redwood forests. "He was definitely a radiant light," Campbell said. EXTRAORDINARY CO-WORKER Nick Gomez-Hall, 25, made a warm impression on friends and colleagues in California and Rhode Island as a musician, mentor and community advocate who most recently worked for an independent publisher. Berkeley, California-based publisher Counterpoint Press said Monday it was devastated by the loss of an "extraordinary co-worker and a true friend. " "Whether he was recommending new music to listen to (and it was always so good), regaling us with tales of the bowling alley, offering his beloved truck for a ride if anyone needed it or sharing his much-appreciated opinions about a jacket or manuscript, he made everyone feel like they were his friend," the company wrote in a social media post. "He was kind, considerate, hilarious. " Gomez-Hall was a 2013 graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he concentrated in American Studies. The university on Monday said he "played an integral role" in the school's Swearer Center for Public Service. He volunteered to teach at an elementary school while an undergraduate and later helped run an after-school program. He also became well-known in Providence's music scene for playing guitar and singing in the two-man band Nightmom. Gomez-Hall recently moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. He was originally from Southern California and graduated from Coronado High School. 'TOTAL GOOFBALL' Cash Askew, a 22-year-old musician from Oakland, was kind, gentle and a "total goofball," said her girlfriend, Anya Taylor. The couple met about a year ago at a concert in Oakland and connected through their love of music. Taylor told the Washington Post ( ) she rushed to the scene after hearing about the blaze, but "all we could do was stand there. " Leisa Baird Askew said her daughter grew up in a musical and artistic family. Cash was one of two members of the band Them Are Us Too. She had been performing with bandmate Kennedy Ashlyn since 2013. The duo met while studying at the University of California at Santa Cruz. Ashlyn said Askew recently started becoming "her best self" after she came out as transgender about two years ago. TEACHER, GARDENER Sara Hoda, 30, of Walnut Creek, was a "sweet person" who gardened and taught at a Montessori school, friend Carol Crewdson told the Los Angeles Times ( ) Crewdson, 33, met Hoda in 2010 when they started a collective where artists and creatives could stay, avoiding the San Francisco Bay Area's high rent. They lost touch after the collective shut down. But Crewdson said while it was operating, Hoda was very active in the collective process. UNIQUE SENSE OF STYLE Donna Kellogg, 32, of Oakland, was described as energetic and intelligent by friends and co-workers. Josh Howes, an ex-boyfriend, said Kellogg wanted to be a healer, the East Bay Times reported ( ). He said she was studying nutrition. Kellogg worked at Highwire Coffee Roasters, where founder Robert Myers said she had just cut her hair and was on the brink of changes. He said all her co-workers enjoyed connecting with her through their shared interests in coffee and her quirky sense of style. "I loved that she had a belt with her name on it and would wear it to work," Myer said. VOCALIST WHO WAS 'LIFE OF THE PARTY' Brandon Chase Wittenauer, 32, was born in Santa Maria, California, on the state's central coast and had established himself as a musician in San Franciso Bay area. Wittenauer, of Hayward, was a vocalist who performed under the stage name Nex Iuguolo for the duo, Symbiotix. Fungi. Amanda Fish, a friend of 15 years, remembered him as "a sweet and sensitive artist (who) embodied love and positivity" in a statement provided to People magazine ( ). "He had found his place in life and the Oakland artist community and was happy and thriving. He saw art in everything around him," Fish wrote. "He loved other people, and people adored him. He was the life of the party. " RISING DJ IN SAN FRANCISCO SCENE Griffin Madden, 23, was a DJ who had been increasingly becoming an important promoter in San Francisco, DJ Nihar Bhatt said. "He took a lot of inspiration from the people around him," Bhatt said. "He wanted to bring in the next generation of things. " OTHER VICTIMS The city of Oakland also identified among the victims Jennifer Morris, 21, of Foster City; David Cline of Oakland; and Vanessa Plotkin, 21, of Oakland. ___ Some friends and family members were still awaiting word of their missing loved ones as crews searched for remains. Some gathered outside a sheriff's office for official confirmation on their status. INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN VISUAL ARTIST Jonathan Bernbaum, 34, is listed as missing. The Oakland visual artist's dramatic light and video shows enhanced the performances of musicians in California and around the world. Bernbaum's work is well known within the music genre, and he toured internationally with groups like electronic house music duo Knife Party. "If you've seen a Knife Party show in the last ¾ years, there's a 99 percent chance you were watching Jon's visuals and know how talented he was," Knife Party musician Rob Swire wrote on Twitter, saying he would miss his good friend. Friends who attended an impromptu memorial at the University of California's School of Cinematic Arts told CBS Los Angeles ( ) that Bernbaum still made time for small venue shows. Bernbaum graduated from the school in 2008. His friend, Sia Abverezai, told the news station that Bernbaum was likely on the second floor behind electrical equipment when the fire broke out. 'PHILOSOPHER OF ELECTRONIC MUSIC' Joey Matlock, also known as Casio, decentralized the individualism of rock music into more of a collective endeavor, Bhatt said. Bhatt described him as a "philosopher of electronic music. " His sets often came late at night and were heavy with recordings of nature and ambient sounds molded into a percussion-based "audio assault that was cathartic," Bhatt said. "Anyone who heard it had their minds blown," he said. Matlock was listed as missing. John Matlock, the father of Joey Matlock, attended a gathering in Oakland where he quoted a few lines from one of his son's songs called "Share the cup, spare the sword," that said to put others first. Matlock told the crowd he and his wife were hurting but that they were one part of their son's family and this community was another part of it. "We loved Joey," he said, "and we love all of you. " Calvin Johnson of K Records in Olympia, Washington, said Matlock had been an artist on the label and lived in the city for 10 years before moving around. "He really was the gentlest of people," he said. Johnson said Matlock's music could be "aggressive and so completely different from his personality. " LIKE A BROTHER Peter Wadsworth is listed among the missing. His friend Tammy Tasoff said Wadsworth looked out for her, doing little things that made her life easier. He would organize her messy files, give her advice and fix her computer if she needed help, said Tasoff, a dental student. He bought video games because he knew she loved them, and he would often watch her play, she said. "Usually he'd say, 'Let's play video games,' and then he'd say, 'No, I just want to watch you play,'" she said, sobbing. "He'd make me food. He took really good care of me. He was like my big brother. " ATTORNEY WITH A DESIRE TO HELP Nick Walrath, 31, of Oakland texted his girlfriend, Alexis Abrams-Bourke, from inside the burning structure, saying there was a fire and that he loved her. Abrams-Bourke said Monday that Walrath was among the missing. She spoke between sobs as she described him as a wonderful person who was open and vulnerable and goofy and generous. "I feel like my future has been ripped from me," she said. The two moved together from New York City several years ago after Walrath got a job as a clerk for the San Francisco-based 9th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He spent a year working as a judicial law clerk for the federal district court in San Francisco, and recently was hired as an attorney with the San Francisco law firm Durie Tangri. But his ultimate goal was to work for the American Civil Liberties Union, according to Abrams-Bourke. Helping people is what drove him. "He could really step outside of himself and care and listen to other people and feel their struggles, and want to help," Abrams-Bourke said. District Judge Jon Tigar said in a statement that Walrath was an "exceptional" law clerk in his chambers. 'SO SUPPORTIVE TO US' Friends of Barrett Clark, 35, say the popular sound engineer at the San Francisco club The Bottom of the Hill appeared to be everywhere. Parker T. Gibbs, chief operating officer at Magnolia Media Productions, said when he'd walk into a rave full of strangers, he'd always spot Clark. "I knew where I'd be for the rest of the night," Gibbs said. "Right next to him. " Authorities have listed Clark among the missing. Friends say the Santa Rosa native was a sound engineer and DJ who was a "standup guy" and appeared always ready to help musicians and fellow DJs. "Mourning Barrett Clark -- so supportive to us," composer and musician Holly Herndon tweeted Monday. "Played mesmeric live techno. Best sound engineer. Always laughing & making things work for ppl. " Lynn Schwarz, co-owner of The Bottom of the Hill, said Clark was the engineer she hired to impress popular bands. "You couldn't shock the guy," Schwarz said. "He had all kinds of friends. " ___ This story corrects that the last name of one person who is missing is Cline, not Clines. ___ Associated Press writers Julie Watson in San Diego, Brian Melley in San Francisco, Janie Har in Oakland, Sadie Gurman in Denver, Rebecca Boone in Boise, Idaho, Russell Contreras in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Matt O'Brien in Providence, Rhode Island, and Rachel D'Oro in Anchorage, Alaska, contributed to this report. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi formally resigns
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Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi formally resigned Wednesday, a spokesman for the president said, stepping down after a bruising referendum defeat and kicking off a period of political uncertainty in the eurozone's third largest economy.
President Sergio Mattarella will begin consultations with political parties over forming a caretaker government at 6:00pm (1700 GMT) on Thursday, the spokesman said.
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Trump says Romney still in running for secretary of state post
(9.99/21)

Donald Trump has said he expects to select his secretary of state next week and former rival Mitt Romney still has a chance to win the post.
"Yes, he does," Mr Trump told NBC's Today programme.
Mr Romney, the 2012 presidential nominee, was blisteringly critical of Mr Trump on foreign policy and other issues during the businessman's campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
So Mr Trump's consideration of him - and Mr Romney's inclusion on the shortlist for one of the cabinet's most prestigious positions - has been a surprise.
Mr Trump has put Mr Romney through a very public audition process - and allowed aides to take the unusual step of denouncing him in interviews.
Over the weekend, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said Mr Trump was widening his search for his top diplomatic representative to the world, and a top transition official said that longtime Romney rival Jon Huntsman was now also in the running.
In another development, the president-elect, appearing at a Manhattan transition fundraiser, announced that he had selected Iowa governor Terry Branstad as the new US ambassador to China.
Meanwhile, Mr Trump was named Time magazine's Person of the Year, a choice the magazine's managing editor said was "straightforward" given that Mr Trump had upended politics-as-usual during the course of his extraordinary race for the White House.
That phenomenon is not over.
In one example, Mr Trump drew the ire of China and others last week by taking a phone call from the leader of Taiwan.
The New York Times reported that 1996 Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole, now a lobbyist, co-ordinated that call.
The title, Mr Trump said, is "a great honour. It means a lot".
In a separate interview with Time, Mr Trump said he will "work something out" to help immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children and granted work visas by President Barack Obama.
Mr Trump's tough comments on immigrants during the campaign have led to fears among immigrant advocates that he would end Mr Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme.
Hundreds of thousands of young immigrants have gained work visas and temporary protection from deportation under the 2012 programme.
Mr Trump offered no details in the Time interview but talked much more sympathetically than he had during the campaign.
He said: "We're going to work something out that's going to make people happy and proud. "
As for Mr Romney, Mr Trump denied he was stringing him along to make him pay for saying the former reality show star was unfit to serve.
"No, it's not about revenge. It's about what's good for the country, and I'm able to put this stuff behind us - and I hit him very hard also," Mr Trump said in the telephone interview on NBC.
Those close to the selection process have said that Mr Trump has begun moving away from both Mr Romney and another former front-runner for the post, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Senate Foreign Relations chairman Bob Corker and former CIA director David Petraeus had also been previously identified by transition aides as part of the final four.
In the wide-ranging NBC interview, Mr Trump said he picked a fight with Boeing this week over the cost of new presidential planes because "we're going to get the prices down, and if we don't get the prices down we're not going to order 'em".
He said Boeing would benefit from his administration's tax cuts and reductions in regulations.
The federal government has agreed that Boeing will build two new planes, which would go into service in around 2024.
That means Mr Trump might never fly on the aircraft, which carry US presidents around the globe.
Mr Trump also confirmed that he had sold stocks back in June, but neither he nor his aides have provided any evidence of the sale.
The night before, Mr Trump told supporters in Fayetteville, North Carolina, that he intends to be a president "for all Americans".
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Trump to tap Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead EPA: Transition team
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WASHINGTON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - U. S. President-Elect Donald Trump will pick an ardent opponent of President Barack Obama's measures to stem climate change to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a Trump transition team source said on Wednesday.
Trump's choice, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, has enraged environmental activists, but he fits with the Republican president-elect's promise to cut the agency back and eliminate regulation that he says is stifling oil and gas drilling.
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Pruitt became the top prosecutor for Oklahoma, which has extensive oil reserves, in 2011, and has challenged the EPA multiple times since, including in a pending lawsuit to throw out the EPA's Clean Power Plan. The plan is the centerpiece of Obama's climate change strategy and requires states to curb carbon output.
In an interview with Reuters in September, Pruitt said he sees the Clean Power Plan as a form of federal "coercion and commandeering" of energy policy and that his state should have "sovereignty to make decisions for its own markets. "
Environmental groups bristled at the choice by Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20 after winning last month's election.
"Scott Pruitt running the EPA is like the fox guarding the henhouse," said Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, which supported Trump's opponent in the election, Democrat Hillary Clinton .
"Time and again, he has fought to pad the profits of Big Polluters at the expense of public health. "
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An official for the U. S. oil industry lobbying group, the American Petroleum Institute, declined to comment on Pruitt, but said it hoped to work with Trump's administration to "help our nation continue to lead the world in the production of oil and natural gas, while also leading the world in reducing carbon emissions. "
The Obama administration finalized the Clean Power Plan in 2015 as a key part of meeting U. S. obligations under the Paris Climate Agreement. Trump vowed during his campaign to pull the United States out of the Paris deal, but since the election has said he will keep an "open mind. "
Trump aides praised Pruitt's record.
"Attorney General Pruitt has a strong conservative record as a state prosecutor and has demonstrated a familiarity with laws and regulations impacting a large energy resource state," one of the aides said on a transition team briefing call on Wednesday.
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Pakistani pop icon Junaid Jamshed dies in plane crash
(8.77/21)

Pakistani fashion designer and pop icon Junaid Jamshed, who owned clothing stores in Houston, Dallas and other cities, has died in a plane crash in his native country.
His company confirmed the death Wednesday on Facebook.
"We regret to inform you that Mr. Junaid Jamshed has passed away. The store will be closed from December 7th to December 9th in his honor. Please remember him in your prayers. Thank you and sorry for the inconvenience," the post said.
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Jamshed, 52, rivaled American movie stars Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in his native country. He was a recording artist, television personality, fashion designer, occasional actor, singer-songwriter, preacher and televangelist.
Jamshed was one of 43 people on board a Pakistani International Airlines plane flying from Chitral to Islamabad when it went down Wednesday.
His store at 5914 Hillcroft St, Suite B-1 in Houston, J. , offered up high-end, trendy clothes for men, women and children. He also owned stores in Dallas, Chicago and New York.
On the store's Facebook page, fan reaction was immediate. (Story continues below.)
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"We surely belong to Allah, and to Him we shall return. Everything has an end. May he, and others who were on that flight be blessed, and may Allah give their families courage. Aameen," wrote Muhammad Ukasha.
"He was a good man...may Allah rest his soul in peace n grant him jannah," Maria Umar wrote.
The singer turned televangelist had almost 2.8 million Facebook fans.
Jamshed is survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
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NTSB: Driver in fatal Baltimore bus crash has history of crashes, seizures
(8.61/21)

BALTIMORE -- The driver of a Baltimore school bus that careened into a transit bus, killing six people , including himself, was speeding, had a history of previous crashes and had a seizure the week before, national investigators said Wednesday.
Glen Chappell was driving about 57 mph in a 30-mph zone - nearly twice the speed limit - when he struck a Ford Mustang from behind before colliding with an oncoming Maryland Transit Administration bus last month, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s initial report.
Chappell was driving the school bus for AAAfordable LLC of Baltimore, which held a contract with Baltimore City Public Schools. No children were on board at the time of the crash.
The transit bus driver and four passengers were also killed. Eleven people sustained injuries.
Incident reports referencing Chappell’s previous crashes and other problematic issues said Chappell had “seizure-like episodes,” and had a seizure just a week before the Nov. 1 crash.
In addition, while Chappell had a medical certificate allowing him to drive the school bus, he had not filed it with the Maryland Vehicle Administration, which made it illegal for him to be driving the bus, the report said.
Chappell’s wife told investigators after an earlier crash that he had been taking medication for seizures when he got into an accident two years ago.
Chappell had been driving buses since 2008. He began working for AAAfordable in 2014, but took a break between April and August of this year, during which time he drove for other bus companies.
Chappell was just a short distance from picking up his first kids for the school bus when the accident occured.
Police spokesman T. J. Smith said at the time of the crash that the damage was huge.
“It literally looks like a bomb exploded in the bus. It’s catastrophic damage,” Smith said.
Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis characterized riders on the No. 10 MTA bus as workers traveling on a route from Dundalk, a largely blue-collar community southeast of Baltimore, toward Catonsville, a western suburb.
“They’re on their way to make a living, they’re on their way to the job and they’re on their way to support their families,” Davis said, “Our hearts and prayers go out to them, to their families, to their co-workers as well.”
The school bus first hit a silver Ford Mustang, crushing its rear and forcing its nose into the pavement. Then it hit a pillar at a cemetery entrance hundreds of feet down the street. Veering across the center line, the yellow school bus slammed into the front driver side of the MTA bus, ending about 100 yards from the pillar.
The school bus raked the side of the commuter bus, ending with its front end buried toward the back of the MTA vehicle.
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The Latest: Survivor describes slayings at black church
(8.52/21)

CHARLESTON, S. C. (AP) - The Latest on the death penalty trial of Dylann Roof charged with killing nine people during a Bible study in a Charleston church (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Charleston church shooting survivor Felicia Sanders choked back tears and called Dylann Roof "evil, evil, evil" as she described how the young white man shot nine black parishioners during a Bible study last year. Sanders talked about how Roof came to Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and was welcomed to the Bible study. She said when the shooting started she first thought there was an electrical problem with an elevator. Her son Tywanza was one of those who died. She said she watched her son come into this world and watched him leave. Emotions overcame her and the judge called a recess in Roof's federal death penalty trial. Several jurors were dabbing their eyes leaving the courtroom. Roof sat with his head looking down at the defense table during the testimony. ___ 12:40 p.m. A lawyer for the white man accused of killing nine black people at a Charleston church is not disputing that his client committed the heinous crimes. But Attorney David Bruck told jurors Wednesday that they should pay attention to the little things and use their common sense to try and figure out what made 22-year-old Dylann Roof hate black people so much. Bruck says he may not call any witnesses during the guilt or innocence phase of the death penalty trial because there is little question Roof committed the slayings. The second part of the trial is the penalty phase. Bruck tried to hint at reasons why Roof shouldn't be put to death, but prosecutors loudly objected, saying that was for the penalty phase. The judge agreed. Roof says he wants to represent himself during the penalty phase. ___ 12 p.m. A federal prosecutor says Dylann Roof was a man with a "cold and hateful heart" when he pulled out a Glock pistol and shot and killed nine black parishioners at a Charleston, South Carolina, church last year. Assistant U. S. Attorney Jay Richardson told jurors during his opening statement in Roof's death penalty trial on Wednesday that the young white man must have appeared harmless to those attending a Bible study at Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June 2015. Richardson said Roof showed exactly what was in his heart when he pointed the gun and pulled the trigger, hitting the church members more than 60 times. Richardson told jurors they will hear Roof's confession and hear how he hoped to start a race war by targeting the AME parishioners. He urged the jurors to convict Roof on 33 federal counts, including hate crimes. Richardson vowed that Roof's "racism, his violence, his assault on a house of worship won't prevail in this courtroom. " ___ 11:10 a.m. The 12 jurors who will hear the death penalty trial of Dylann Roof have been picked and will decide whether the white man killed nine black people in racially motivated attack at a Charleston church. Jury selection took about 20 minutes Wednesday. According to a reporter who observed the process, it appears that the panel is racially mixed. Police say Roof shot nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June 2015. Authorities say the 22-year-old man wanted to start a race war. U. S. District Judge Richard Gergel only allowed one pool reporter to watch the jury selection, and she said she couldn't immediately determine the racial makeup of the panel. Court officials also didn't release the races of the jurors. Roof faces hate crime and obstruction of religion charges. If jurors find him guilty, they will decide if he should be put to death. Opening statements are expected Wednesday morning. ___ 9:40 a.m. The final phase of jury selection is underway in the death-penalty trial of Dylann Roof, the white man accused of gunning down nine black parishioners during a Bible study at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, last year. Roof faces 33 charges in federal court, including hate crimes and obstruction of religion. Federal prosecutors say he spoke of starting a race war when he shot the parishioners at Emanuel AME Church. State prosecutors plan a second death penalty trial on nine murder charges next year. The federal jury selection process began last summer when about 3,000 potential jurors received jury summonses. After filling out questionnaires and being questioned by attorneys, that pool has now been reduced to 67 people. Attorneys are using juror strikes Wednesday to select the final panel of 12 jurors and six alternates who'll hear the case. Opening statements are scheduled for later in the day. ___ 3:50 a.m. The death penalty trial for a white man who said he wanted to start a race war by killing black people in their South Carolina church is set to begin. Jury selection and opening statements are scheduled for Wednesday in Dylann Roof's federal death penalty trial in Charleston. The city is already bruised by a former police officer's racially charged murder trial that ended in a hung jury Monday. But Roof's trial shouldn't be so hard fought. His lawyers have offered for Roof to plead guilty several times if prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty. Authorities say Roof killed nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June 2015 after spending an hour with them in Bible study. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Feds: Woman made death threats to Sandy Hook victim's parent
(7.54/21)

MIAMI (AP) - A Florida woman has been charged with making death threats against the parent of a child who died in the Sandy Hook school shooting massacre because she thought the attack was a hoax, federal authorities announced Wednesday. Lucy Richards, 57, of Tampa was arrested Monday after a grand jury indictment on four felony counts of transmitting threats, the U. S. Justice Department said in a statement. The threats were made in January 2016 - according to authorities - and included messages that said, "you gonna die, death is coming to you real soon," and "LOOK BEHIND YOU IT IS DEATH. " Court documents added that another threat said, "there's nothing you can do about it. " The unidentified parent now lives in South Florida and the indictment said the threats were made in Palm Beach County. Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Schall wouldn't say how the threats were delivered or provide more details, but the indictment indicates all four were sent on the same day. The indictment comes nearly four years after the Dec. 14, 2012, shootings in which a gunman with a rifle killed 20 first-graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The man also killed himself and his mother. Richards awaits an initial court appearance Dec. 19 in Fort Lauderdale. Department of Justice documents didn't list an attorney for the woman. Each felony charge of transmitting threats is punishable by up to five years in prison in event of a conviction. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Prosecutor drops charges in death of Wayne State officer
(7.32/21)

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy dropped criminal charges today against DeAngelo L. Davis, a Detroit man accused of murdering Wayne State University Police Officer Collin Rose last month.
In a news conference that lasted less than four minutes, Worthy said officers are literally working around the clock to find Rose's killer. Davis, 31, of Detroit is expected to be released today from jail.
"He is no longer a suspect at this time," Worthy said, flanked by Detroit Police Chief James Craig and Wayne State University Chief Anthony Holt.
Worthy answered no questions from reporters at the news conference in her office at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in downtown Detroit.
In a news release, the prosecutor's office said, "As a result of the investigation, DeAngelo Davis has been eliminated as a suspect in the case. "
"After a review of new evidence, prosecutors and the police have determined that DeAngelo Davis is not a suspect in the death" of Rose, the statement reads. "The Homicide Task Force, comprised of the Detroit Police Department and the Michigan State Police, continues to aggressively commit their time and resources to investigate the death. ... For this reason, we are not at liberty to provide further details about the dismissed case and the ongoing investigation. "
Rose was shot in the head about 6:35 p.m. on Nov. 22 at Lincoln and Brainard streets in Detroit's Woodbridge neighborhood, just west of Wayne State's Midtown campus, authorities said.
The 29-year-old officer died a day later.
Davis was arrested hours after the shooting and was held in jail without bond. Police said at the time that Rose stopped Davis and was trying to take Davis into custody when Rose was shot. Davis had been charged with first-degree murder, murder of a police officer, felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of felony firearm, as well as being a habitual offender.
Originally, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office had said Rose was conducting a traffic investigation of Davis, who was riding a bicycle in the area of Lincoln and Brainard. A news release at the time said Rose called for backup at 6:31 p.m., and while he was attempting to take Davis into custody, Davis shot the officer in the head, then fled on foot.
Holt has said he wasn't aware of a weapon being recovered. Today's news release said it is still believed that Rose was investigating someone who had been riding a bicycle.
Davis has a history of being combative with police officers, court records show. He was charged in 2011 with two charges of felony assault involving a police officer, one causing injury, and pleaded guilty, resulting in a 53-day jail sentence, the records show. In 2009, he was charged with assault/resisting/obstructing police officers with the Taylor Police Department.
Rose was a canine officer who had was hired by the Wayne State police department in March 2011.
Craig said there is a $15,000 reward for information that helps solve the case. Call 1-888-ATF-TIPS or 1-888-283-8477.
"We are optimisitic," Craig said. "We are going to continue to move forward. "
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Pope Francis calls spreading fake news a sin
(6.58/21)

DEC. 7: Pope Francis smiles to a baby as he arrives to lead the general audience in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican
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Pope Francis, who in the past has not shied away from offering his opinion on U. S. politics, said in an interview published Wednesday that “spreading disinformation” is probably “the greatest damage that the media can do” and called it sinful.
Pope Francis compared the spreading of fake news to the desire to eat excrement.
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“I think the media have to be very clear, very transparent, and not fall into—no offense intended—the sickness of coprophagia, that is, always wanting to cover scandals, covering nasty things, even if they are true,” he said, according to the report. “And since people have a tendency towards the sickness of coprophagia, a lot of damage can be done.”
The pope made the comments to Tertio, a Belgian Catholic weekly, which published the remarks Wednesday, according to Reuters.
Major websites like Facebook have vowed to crack down on fake news sites, but there is a debate on what exactly qualifies as fake news.
The issue of sharing fake news was highlighted when retired Gen. Michael T. Flynn's son, Michael G. Flynn, tweeted about the false idea that prompted a shooting at a Washington, D. C., pizza parlor. He had been promoting a conspiracy theory that Hillary Clinton's allies had been operating a secret pedophilia ring in the restaurant and noted it would remain a story until "proven to be false. "
Officials confirmed on Tuesday that the younger Flynn was no longer with the Trump transition team.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Trump’s Cabinet of ex-generals will help keep him out of wars, not push him into one
(5.58/21)

With retired Gen. James Mattis as President-elect Donald Trump’s for secretary of defense, retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn as his for national security adviser, retired Gen. John Kelly likely the Homeland Security slot, and retired Gen. David Petraeus a finalist for secretary of state, some pundits are warning that tapping so many former top officers for senior administration posts is. “One more three or four-star general given a senior appointment, and we can start referring to a Trump junta rather than a Trump Administration,” Andrew Bacevich, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and military scholar (and close friend), Time magazine. But it’s time to take a collective deep breath and get our facts straight: Civilian control of the military never has, and does not now, mean that retired generals are somehow unfit for public office simply because of their prior service. George Washington, America’s first (and arguably best) president was a retired general. Indeed, it would have never occurred to the Founding Fathers to oppose a retired officer holding a political office of any sort. Quite the opposite, as most had such service themselves and those who did not regretted their failure to serve. John Adams, for example, lamented to his wife Abigail, " To be clear, ensuring that the president and other civilians maintain full control is rightfully considered to be a cornerstone of American democracy and a safeguard to block the types of coups common in much of the rest of the world. A former general myself, it’s an issue I agree with and have thought a lot about during my 34-year career in the Air Force and my six years teaching law at Duke. Almost 25 years ago, I wrote a futuristic story entitled “ ” that detailed the collapse of civilian control of the armed forces amid widespread public disillusionment with democratic institutions and the rise of a general-turned-dictator. It in both military circles and the world of journalism. To my genuine surprise, it’s been downloaded from the Duke Law repository alone almost 7,000 times in just the past four years. Some people may try to twist the Coup of 2012’s message to fit today’s political environment, but there’s a key difference. The essay wasn’t about the military seeking to intrude into the civilian arena, but rather about the risks of civilian leaders — and the broader American public — giving the armed forces inappropriate domestic responsibilities ranging from policing to even teaching in the schools. There is no evidence of any appetite in the active or, especially, the retired ranks of top generals for the military to become deeply engaged here at home. It should go without saying that there are also no absurd “coup-like” inclinations either. Some opponents of tapping retired generals like Mattis raise a second concern: In their view, generals are inherently more hawkish than their civilian counterparts, and could — especially when paired with a tough-talking but inexperienced president like Trump — get America involved in more foreign conflicts. Mattis, for instance, is a longtime Iran hawk who Tehran as “the single most enduring threat to stability and peace” in the Middle East.” As Vox’s Yochi Dreazen notes, Mattis has wanted to confront the Iranians militarily for years. Under Trump, it’s fair to wonder whether he’ll finally get the chance. Here, too, many in the civilian world misunderstand the ways most generals see the world, and particularly the question of whether to send young Americans off to fight and die overseas. Unlike their civilian overseers, most officers have seen the horrors of war firsthand and been shaped by the crucible of burying troops while seeing others return home mentally and physically wounded by war. Retired generals don’t clamor for war; they are typically the voices urging that all other avenues be exhausted before turning to force. As chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, then-Army Gen. Colin Powell authored a thoughtful but tempered use-of-force doctrine that said America should only go to war with defined objectives and a clear exit strategy. It was designed to persuade civilian policymakers to be extremely cautious about ordering troops into battle. It didn’t work, and true “hawks” of Powell’s tenure often proved to be high-ranking civilian officials with liberal political leanings. In 1993, that a frustrated Secretary of State Madeline Albright, anxious to use military force in the Balkans but confronted with Powell’s reluctance, challenged the Vietnam veteran by scowling: "What's the point of having this superb military that you're always talking about if we can't use it? " What was Powell’s response to what to military ears would be an overly cavalier approach to putting young Americans in harms’ way? "I thought I would have an aneurysm,” he would later remark. In fact, when you think about it, what exactly do the civil-military relations alarmists fear? A coup? The very idea is preposterous. Yes, I used “coup” in my fictionalized essay as an attention-grabbing literary convention, but in the real world, there are a host of reasons it would not occur in the US. The biggest is that there is utterly nothing in our history to suggest that such thinking is any part of the American military’s culture or mindset. Even if one wanted to attribute nefariousness to any of the retired officers being considered for civilian leadership positions (an outrageous suggestion in my view), there are a host of legal, institutional and, more importantly, practical reasons it would not occur. Although I realize it may be hard for some civilians to grasp this, it is laughable to think that a retired general of a particular service would have any sway over the mass of active duty troops if it was suggested to them to act in a way so obviously at odds with the Constitution. There are times when things really are that simple, and this is one of them. That means some people may simply believe that serving in a senior post in the military should, in and of itself, disqualify them from serving in a Cabinet or other high-level civilian post. If that is the case, we ought to reject out of hand that sort of anti-military and anti-veteran animus. It not only doesn’t befit a great nation, it is out of line with a citizenry whose far outstrips that of any other institution in American society, and which considers the military officership among the nation’s. Honesty and ethics? In the public’s mind, few professions top in that category. That doesn’t mean individuals ought not be scrutinized. Personally, I like Mattis and Petraeus, but don’t know Kelly. Like all Americans I want to be comfortable with our Cabinet officers, so a tough confirmation hearing ought to be de rigueur for all picks, especially for retired officers. But I doubt most Americans would want anyone barred from a civilian post simply and solely because the nominee served in the armed forces. They correctly perceive that retired generals, by and large, have a considerable set of leadership and organizational skills, not to mention a work ethic, which would be valued by any large organization, including the government. Having said all this, it would be wise to temper expectations, especially when retired generals are asked to do a job outside their specialty — generals are not miracle workers. A Cabinet position is simply not the same as leading an armored division. While Brent Scowcroft, a retired Air Force general, was widely seen as one of the most effective national security advisers in American history, there have certainly been some other retired generals that have struggled with the government job they transitioned into. Some don’t master the political dimension of civilian leadership. Civil War hero Ulysses S. Grant’s second term was marred by political scandals that hurt his reputation. Others don’t fully internalize the different mindset of many civilians. Former Army Chief of Staff Eric Shinseki from his post as the head of the Veterans Affairs department when he was unable to solve the long-standing problem of excessive patient waiting times, an issue exacerbated by civilian subordinates covering up the problem. Even his fiercest critics said that Shinseki was an honorable man, but it was clear that he wasn’t comfortable as a politician — a serious shortcoming for the political demands of running a large, complex civilian bureaucracy that is constantly in the public eye. When confronted by the scope of the unethical behavior of some of his VA subordinates, Shinseki conceded that it was something he “rarely encountered during [his] 38 years in uniform.” Still, many retired officers do succeed. Being a true leader is less about the environment he or she is in, and more about integrity, inspiring confidence, and the ability to plan and interpret situations with critical thinking and vision. Retired generals typically do have a lot of know-how in a particular area, as well as mission focus and the ability to adapt quickly in addition to leadership skills, but, of course, not all generals would be the right choice for political appointments, Cabinet-level or otherwise. But some clearly would be — and are. We also shouldn’t forget that leadership at the highest levels in government demands attention to an astonishingly wide range of issues. No single human being, military or civilian, could claim deep expertise in every area. Accordingly, it is vitally important that a retired general (or, for that matter, a civilian) be paired with a deputy and a staff that will complement the leader’s strengths, deliver any needed subject-matter expertise and support, and fill the inevitable gaps. For their part, retired generals need to think carefully before committing to working in a civilian administration. The sometimes bitterly polarized environment in which they will operate as a political appointee could present challenges that divert their talents. And they cannot count on the deference and respect they enjoyed while in uniform. My sense is that the public understands the difference between an active duty and retired officer more readily than some pundits think, and will not be especially tolerant of an officer-turned-civilian political appointee or elected official who fails to perform. Retired generals tapped for high-ranking positions in the Trump administration ought to be subject to the same kind of scrutiny as civilian nominees, but we should not yield to vaguely defined fears that the generals would push Trump into war or wield too much influence simply because they served their country. Next to the economy and jobs, Americans consider for the next administration. That means our quest for the best shouldn’t rule out talented people simply because they once wore uniforms with stars on them.
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Trump: I sold stocks because I thought I'd win
(5.42/21)

Former G. W. Bush White House aide Joe Watkins and Democratic strategist Julian Epstein join to discuss Donald Trump's claim that he's sold all of his stocks, and concerns over conflicts of interest.
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Woman accused of killing twin in Hawaii to OK extradition
(5.30/21)

ALBANY, N. Y. (AP) — A woman accused of killing her twin sister by driving their SUV off a cliff in Hawaii won’t fight extradition from upstate New York, her lawyer said Wednesday.
Alexandria Duval intends to waive her right to an extradition hearing during a court appearance Friday, clearing the way for her to return to Hawaii this month and fight a second-degree murder charge.
“She’s just anxious to get back in order to be able to defend herself on the case,” lawyer Kevin K. O’Brien said. “Her big fight is not here, it’s in Hawaii.”
Authorities say Alexandria Duval, 38, was driving an SUV in May with her sister, Anastasia, in the passenger seat when the vehicle crashed into a rock wall and plunged about 200 feet. Authorities have described a hair-pulling fight over the steering wheel.
She traveled to upstate New York after an initial indictment stemming from the fatal crash was dismissed by a judge earlier this year. After Duval was arrested in Albany last month, her lawyer at the time said did not even know there was a second indictment against her.
“She never thought she was fleeing,” O’Brien said.
The sisters were born Alison and Ann Dadow in the Utica, New York, area, about 80 miles west of Albany.
They operated popular yoga studios in Palm Beach County, Florida, from 2008 to 2014 before they changed their names. They moved to Hawaii in December 2015 from Utah.
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0.6
Prince Harry comes under fire for Toronto visit to see Meghan Markle — but the fairy tale continues
(5.30/21)

Like every good romantic comedy, yet another dark twist has clouded the pages of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle’s burgeoning fairy tale.
The 32-year-old prince, who is apparently quite besotted with his new and very non-Royal love, popped into Toronto this week on his way back from an official visit to the Caribbean. The 2,700-kilometre hop has fuelled rumours His Royal Highness is close to popping the question, but it’s also given the critics more fuel.
Since he was already on this side of the pond, it seemed like an economical choice, especially since the prince is known to fly commercial. However, it’s apparently verboten under royal protocol to mix business with, er, pleasure.
“Members of the Royal family are entitled to grant-in-aid for official travel, as are their staff and, where capacity permits, other officials,” the Royal Household said in 2004 after the Duke of York made a similar, but less romantic, misstep. “They meet their own costs, however, for private travel. In order to avoid confusion, combining private and public engagements in the same trip is actively discouraged.”
Prince Harry did pay for his flight, but his security detail adds costs born by taxpayers, although he may still cover that cost as well. He hasn’t been sparing any expense thus far in wooing Markle, 35.
The Suits actress and Reitmans spokeswoman was seen sporting a gold necklace with the initials “H” and “M” in recent days in Toronto.
And even her dog is flying the British flag: Markle posted a pic of the pooch in a Union Jack-themed sweater to Instagram, inspiring even more speculation about the couple’s future.
For the love of hand-me-downs. This was Bogart's sweater when he was a puppy, and now it's keeping Guy warm. #puppylove #adoptdontshop #reducereuserecycle
A photo posted by Meghan Markle (@meghanmarkle) on Dec 3, 2016 at 12:54pm PST
Their international affair is expected to continue later this month, as British media report they are set to escape for a week for a private getaway.
The storybook romance is fluttering hearts around the world, but it’s also stirring controversy in the United Kingdom — and it seems Prince William has his brother’s back in any pending Royal feuds. He released a statement echoing his brother’s call for the press to respect Markle’s privacy.
“The Duke of Cambridge absolutely understands the situation concerning privacy and supports the need for Prince Harry to support those closest to him,” a Kensington Palace press spokesman said in a statement in late November.
There are other issues that must be resolved for this story to end happily ever after.
Markle is not a royal, but nor was Kate Middleton before she became the Duchess of Cambridge. And Prince Harry is well past 25 — any younger and royals must get the monarch’s permission to marry. He’s also wealthy without his royal title, since his mother left him far more cash than his brother since he’s unlikely to inherit the throne and all its trappings. Then there’s the fact Markle is black, which would make her the first British princess of colour — something many are celebrating, but which has also stirred racist backlash in the United Kingdom.
Anyone who knows their royal history knows the family has a penchant for thwarting its members love affairs: The Duchess of Cornwall and the Prince of Wales were kept apart for decades until, years after Princess Diana’s death, they were finally allowed to marry despite both having been previously wed. The Netflix series The Crown recently detailed both the fallout from King Edward VIII’s abdication and Buckingham Palace’s interference in Prince Margaret (the Queen’s sister) affair with a married man.
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4.0
Georgia cop killed, another 'critical' Contact WND
(4.54/21)

AMERICUS, Ga. (WGXA) — Two officers have been shot in an incident in Americus.
In a press conference at about 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Americus Police Chief Mark Scott said that one Americus police officer was killed and a Georgia Southwestern State University campus officer was injured.
Scott said the Americus Police Department received the call of a domestic dispute at an apartment complex near Georgia Southwestern at about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. He said the officer responded and a Georgia Southwestern campus officer went to the scene as backup.
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1.6
China says it welcomes Trump appointee while criticizing Japan
(4.47/21)

BEIJING, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- China welcomed the appointment of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as the future U. S. ambassador to Beijing on Wednesday, while criticizing Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe 's decision to visit Pearl Harbor in late December.
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters on Wednesday that the government approves of President-elect Donald Trump 's choice for the top diplomatic position, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.
"As a longtime friend of the Chinese people Governor Branstad appears poised to play a greater role in advancing Sino-U. S. relations," Lu said Wednesday. "The U. S. ambassador to China plays a very important bridge role between the U. S. and Chinese governments, and no matter who is in this position, we want to work with that person to continue to pursue the healthy, stable development of U. S.-China relations. "
Branstad is on friendly terms with Chinese President Xi Jinping , according to the report.
The two politicians first met in 1985, when Xi visited as a leader of a delegation from Hebei Province, a northern region that encircles Beijing.
Branstad also received a special visit from Xi in Muscatine, Iowa, during the Chinese leader's state visit in February 2012, and the two met again in China in June of the same year.
But the foreign ministry expressed less favorable views of a Tokyo decision to visit Pearl Harbor, the target of a surprise Japanese military strike during World War II.
Lu said Abe should not ignore Japan's impact on China in history, and said the Japanese leader should also visit the Nanjing Massacre Memorial Hall, which was built near a site where thousands of bodies were buried.
More than 300,000 civilians and unarmed Chinese soldiers were killed in Nanjing, according to Chinese estimates.
"Japanese militarism seriously damaged the people of many Asian nations," Lu said. "Japan should correct its historical attitude and give accurate recognition of crimes against humanity committed by Japanese militarists. "
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6.3
Authorities: 1 Officer Killed, 1 Wounded; Shooter at Large
(4.34/21)

Authorities say one of the police officers shot in Georgia while responding to a domestic dispute has died and another is in critical condition.
Georgia Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Nelly Miles says the Americus officer and a Georgia Southwestern State University officer were shot while responding to a report of a domestic dispute at an apartment complex near the campus about 9:40 a.m. Wednesday. Miles says the shooter is still at large.
Miles said the Americus police officer died and the university officer was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition. Americus is about 130 miles south of Atlanta.
The university issued an alert on its website saying the shooting occurred off campus but that the campus was on lockdown.
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This story has been corrected to reflect that the officers were shot Wednesday, not Tuesday.
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1.3
Pope Francis compares media's focus on scandal to feces obsession
(4.32/21)

"The media should be very clear, very transparent, and not fall prey... to the sickness of coprophilia, which is always wanting to communicate scandal, to communicate ugly things, even though they may be true," the pope said in an interview with Belgian magazine Tertio published Wednesday.
Coprophilia is a medical term used to describe arousal from excrement or feces.
The pope went on to say that consumers of this information were engaging in "coprophagia," or the consumption of feces. The pope, who gave the interview in his native Spanish, excused himself for using the unusual terms.
This is not the first time the pope has used the terms when discussing news. In 2013, before becoming the head of the Church, he used coprophilia and coprophagia to describe the potentially negative effects of media.
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In the interview published Wednesday, he also warned the media against committing slander or defamation, describing them as sins. He went on to criticize "disinformation," which he defined as news that reveals "only a part of the truth, and not the rest. "
"Disinformation is probably the greatest damage that the media can do," he said.
The pope's comments on disinformation follow elections in the U. S. and Italy where so-called fake news is thought to have been a factor.
Francis is the leader of the 1.2 billion Catholics, and the first non-European pope of the modern era. He was elected to the post in 2013.
-- Delia Gallagher contributed reporting.
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2.8
Progressive-Backed Rep. Keith Ellison Says Would Vacate Seat to Head DNC
(4.32/21)

'The Democratic Party must be the party that delivers for working people,' Ellison says
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who is in the running to be the next DNC chair, speaking in 2010. (Photo: Center for American Progress /flickr/cc)
Saying the Democratic Party needs a leader making a "full-time commitment," Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) told news outlets Wednesday that he would leave his congressional seat if he wins the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
The 53-year-old Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair formally announced his candidacy for DNC chair last month, days after easily winning his sixth term.
Just ahead of that announcement, Ellison said , "the most important criteria for a DNC chair is going to be vision [...] and the ability to mobilize and inspire people at the grassroots. "
In his new statement, Ellison, who can count Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) among his progressive backers, said that "the Democratic Party must be the party that delivers for working people. We can do that by meeting folks where they are, looking them in the eye, treating them with respect, and working to solve their problems. For me, that means a chair with only one full-time commitment. "
"Serving my neighbors in Congress and fighting for them has been the best job I've ever had," he said. "Whether it was for immigration reform, workers' rights, gender equity, or social justice, we stood side by side so that every person in America... is treated with respect and given every opportunity to succeed. Until the DNC chair election, I plan to continue doing just that," he added.
He would "be 'all-in' to meet the challenge" the position poses, he said, adding, "In order to further their commitment and maximize my effectiveness, I have decided to resign as a member of Congress if I win the election for DNC chair. "
In making that promise, Ellison eliminates what some deemed a "hurdle" for winning the race.
With former presidential candidate and Vermont Gov. Howard Dean having dropped out of the running, Ellison so far faces just two other candidates—New Hampshire chairman Raymond Buckley and South Carolina chairman Jaime Harrison —in "hoping to lead the Democrats as they undergo a post-election reckoning ," as Common Dreams wrote.
Since announcing his run, Ellison has been the target of a smear campaign which Glenn Greenwald described as "deceitful, repugnant, and yet quite predictable. "
At first expressed in whispers, but now being yelled from the rooftops by some of the party’s most influential figures, Ellison is being smeared as both an anti-Semite and enemy of Israel—the same smears virtually any critic of the Israeli government reflexively encounters, rendered far worse if the critic is a prominent American Muslim. "
Nurses union National Nurses United (NNU) denounced the attacks as "symbolic of McCarthy-era politics that should have no place in American politics," with NNU executive director RoseAnn DeMoro saying, "It is precisely because his candidacy represents a break with neoliberal policies that have too often characterized the Democratic Party establishment that we are seeing some of the disgraceful attacks now surfacing on Keith and his background. "
DNC voting members will choose their next chair in February, and who they choose, independent write Jake Johnson argued at Common Dreams last month, "will indicate the direction in which the party will move in the coming months, even years. "
As "a genuine populist with an ambitious, progressive vision for the future," Ellison, he wrote, "would be a step in the right direction. "
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2.8
Judge 'denies Brad Pitt's emergency request to keep custody battle with Angelina Jolie private'
(4.17/21)

Brad Pitt request to keep his custody battle with Angelina Jolie private has been denied. The Allied actor had requested an emergency hearing on Wednesday to try to have all documents from his custody case sealed but a judge refused, according to TMZ. The 52-year-old actor split from the Oscar-winning actress in September and is now poised to fight for custody of their six children. Together they have twins Vivienne and Knox, aged eight, as well as Shiloh, 10, Zahara, 11, Pax, 13, and Maddox, 15. TMZ reports that while Brad has suggested he is trying to get the case sealed to protect his children, Angelina's lawyer said in court documents the actor was only trying to save his own reputation because it was '[Brad's] conduct at the center of the DCFS and FBI investigations.' The investigation cleared Brad of any wrongdoing, but a source from his estranged wife's camp tells TMZ that the Fight Club actor has been trying to 'push past the process' acting like a 'celebrity who is used to getting whatever he wants' The emergency hearing comes after Angelina reportedly filed new documents last week regarding their temporary custody agreement because she was worried Brad was trying to change it. The Maleficent star was said to be concerned that Brad would seek to have un-monitored visits with the children, and Angelina is also reported to have consulted with her therapist on the matter, who said it's too early to sanction such a scenario. However, Angelina is open to Brad having solo visits provided it is signed off by the therapist. On Monday the therapist was named: Ian Russ of Encino, California. Those new documents, which were signed off by a judge on Friday, also detailed that the Troy star had to undergo four random drug tests a month. But Brad is said to view the situation very differently, with sources close to the Hollywood star claiming Angelina has exposed their children to unnecessary stress. The actor is also baffled by his estranged wife's decision to file for a private agreement, only to subsequently make it public and cause further strife to their young children. Brad never had any intention of making their private agreement known to the public, according to TMZ, which says he thinks Angelina's recent behaviour is proof she is a bad parent. Pitt has just come off a press tour for his film Allied starring Marion Cotillard. Meanwhile, Angelina's rep has denied reports the Tomb Raider star was planning to move to London for a job with the UN. The rep also divulged that the Oscar winner was actually looking for a new house in Los Angeles for her to live in with the six kids. UsWeekly added Jolie has no intention to leave LA because she does want the children to be able to see the Oklahoma native. The new court documents have disclosed that both Angelina and Brad will need to be presents during counseling with the children. That means they will have to be face-to-face. It has been reported the stars have not seen each other since September.
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2.0
Israeli settlers see new champion in President Trump
(4.17/21)

AMONA, West Bank — Yoni Binyamin lives on a windy, contentious hilltop slated for demolition, but she is convinced her community will not only remain but also continue to grow after Donald Trump becomes U. S. president.
“Maybe now the world will change its ways a bit and see we are good, simple people who have not stolen anyone’s land,” Binyamin said as she watched her six children on a playground within earshot of nearby Palestinian villages.
Her hopes are based on the assumption that the new president will support her enclave and new construction on land in the West Bank also claimed by Palestinians for a future state — even though Trump has not explicitly said so.
By contrast, the Obama administration has been critical of Israeli settlements on disputed land.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has tolerated settlement construction that has not been authorized by the government. Even so, hard-right parties in his ruling coalition are moving to legalize the construction. But they were unsuccessful in their bid to overturn a court ruling that Amona be dismantled by Dec. 25 because it was built on private Palestinian land.
The debate over the fate of outposts like Amona has been going on for decades, pitting Israeli settlers against Palestinians and their own government. The United States and most of the international community consider expanded settlements here an obstacle to peace negotiations, which have been dormant for years.
One reason for settlers' faith in Trump: His Israeli adviser, Jason Greenblatt, who served in the Israeli army guarding a West Bank settlement, told Israel Army Radio that the president-elect does not view settlement activity “as an obstacle to peace.”
In another hopeful sign for settlers, Trump's son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, who might become a Middle East envoy, is a director of a family foundation that made tens of thousands in charitable donations to West Bank settlements in recent years, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Monday.
During Trump's campaign, he made many pro-Israel comments, including a promise to move the U. S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. That would be a major change in U. S. policy, which calls for the future of Jerusalem to be decided in peace negotiations with Palestinians who want East Jerusalem to be part of their state. Trump also said he would like to broker a Middle East peace deal.
Among Americans living in Israel, Trump outpolled Democrat Hillary Clinton 49% to 44%, according to a survey released by the nonprofit organization iVote Israel. Of the more than 350,000 settlers in the West Bank, 60,000 are Americans.
Right-wing and ultra-Orthodox politicians celebrated Trump’s victory. Shas party leader Aryeh Deri said Trump’s election was a response to the non-Orthodox Jewish “hold on the U. S. government” and a “miracle.”
Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett said that “less pressure from Trump” would usher in the end of the “era of the Palestinian state” and an opportunity for Israel to annex the West Bank.
Less than a week after the U. S. election, Bennett championed a bill in the Israeli parliament, the Knesset, that would retroactively legalize more than 100 unauthorized outposts scattered through the West Bank. The bill, revised to allow the court-ordered demolition of Amona, gained initial approval in the Knesset this week but has to go through more steps before becoming law.
Palestinian official Saeb Erekat said the legislation, if it passes and is upheld by Israeli courts, would perpetuate “the systematic denial of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people.”
Avihai Boaron, 43, a publisher who has lived in Amona since it was founded 20 years ago, predicts his community ultimately will prevail, as did the president-elect. "Like Trump, who won against all odds, we will survive here in Amona. With Trump's influence on Israel, we will finally allow ourselves to be free from fear. "
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96.6
HPD shoots, kills suspect in north Houston
(4.12/21)

A police officer shot and killed a robbery suspect and two others were taken into custody Wednesday in north Houston.
The shooting happened about 11 a.m. at 16250 Imperial Valley Drive near the North Sam Houston Parkway, according to the Houston Police Department.
Police said preliminary information indicates an HPD officer opened fire on a robbery suspect, wounding him. The wounded man, police added, died. Two other suspects were take into custody.
No officers were hurt.
The confrontation was the culmination of an undercover operation about armored car robberies in Houston, said Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.
Acevedo said the investigation led officers to believe a group of suspects were planing to rob an armored car at a nearby Amegy Bank of Texas at 4000 North Sam Houston Parkway. Officers were inside the vehicle when a suspect approached the truck about 11 a.m.
At the same time other suspects in the group were stationed at a nearby apartment complex. SWAT officers were sent to the complex to watch them. One of those suspects, Acevedo said, walked out of an apartment building and began firing at the SWAT officers with a rifle. At least one officer returned fire, wounding the suspect. He died.
Two other suspects involved in the incident were taken into custody.
No officers were hurt.
The FBI was involved in the undercover operation.
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 31 /100 

3.9
Sailor Laid to Rest 75 Years After His Death at Pearl Harbor
(3.33/21)

American flags hung from every pole and business in the small Mississippi town of Wesson as the remains of a 23-year-old sailor headed to his last resting place Wednesday, 75 years to the day after he was killed at Pearl Harbor.
Fireman 1st Class Jim H. Johnston was buried with full military honors in his hometown. He was one of 429 crewmen killed on the USS Oklahoma when it was attacked by Japanese aircraft on Dec. 7, 1941. The attack triggered the entry of the United States into World War II.
Local media report Johnston's remains were disinterred last year in hopes of identifying them through modern scientific methods, and were returned to Johnston's family on Tuesday.
In October 1949, a military board ruled that many of the remains from the Oklahoma, including Johnson's, were non-recoverable.
Scientists using mitochondrial DNA analysis, circumstantial evidence, laboratory analysis and dental comparisons eventually matched Johnston's records
The Riverwood Family Funeral Service was contacted by the Navy to make the arrangements and owners offered their services free of charge.
About 250 local residents gathered around the family plot at the Wesson Cemetery as Johnston was buried next to his parents.
Gov. Phil Bryant attended the graveside service and thanked Johnston and all of the Mississippians killed in World War II for their service.
Frank Springs, Johnston's nephew from Lucedale, Mississippi, was one of the family members attending the service. He spoke briefly thanking others for attending.
Bryant gave Springs a commemorative governor's coin and placed one on Johnston's wooden casket
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1.7
Pakistan airline chairman: Pilot lost control of engine, made ‘mayday call’ before crash
(3.15/21)

Pakistan army troops and rescue workers collect remains of victims at the site of a plane crash, in a village near the town of Havelian, about 75 kilometers (45 miles) northwest of the capital, Islamabad, Pakistan, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016.
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The pilot of the ill-fated Pakistan International Airlines plane that crashed into a mountain on Wednesday killing everyone on board reportedly lost control of one of the engines, the airline chairman said.
Azam Sehgal, PIA’s chairman, told reporters that the pilot for flight PK661 told the control tower at 4:09 p.m. local time that an engine had developed a technical fault and moments later made a “mayday call” shortly before the plane disappeared.
“We were confident that the plane could land with one working engine,” he said, adding: “I think that there was no technical error or human error… obviously there will be a proper investigation.”
The small twin-propeller aircraft was enroute from Chitral to the capital when it crashed near the town of Havelian, about 45 miles northwest of Islamabad. The airline said there were 48 people aboard the plane – 42 passengers, five crew members and one ground engineer.
“There are no survivors, no one has survived,” Sehgal said.
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It was not immediately clear what may have caused the crash.
In a statement, the military said that 40 bodies had been retrieved.
Pervez George, the spokesman for the Civil Aviation Authority, told The Associated Press that a team of experts would determine the cause after retrieving the plane's black box recorder.
TV footage showed debris from the plane and a massive fire at the site of the crash. The footage showed local villagers collecting the remains of the passengers and covering the bodies with cloths.
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A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said at team had been dispatched to help identify the bodies through DNA tests. Authorities have released names of passengers — among them Junaid Jamshed, a famous singer-turned-Islamic-preacher.
Among such mourners was tearful Ghulam Rasool Khan, 24, who said his brother Umair Khan was on board the plane.
Ghulam asked police to allow him to identify his brother's body. However, police officer Iqbal Khan told him there was no point in going to the mortuary as, "there is nothing left which you can recognize. "
Khan said he had heard that the plane was not fit to fly. "It is a murder and I want to know who killed my brother," he said.
Altaf Hussain, a rescue worker who transported the remains of passengers in an ambulance, told the AP that the crash site smelled of burnt flesh and oil and that body parts were scattered everywhere.
"We collected the burned bones of the ill-fated passengers and wrapped them in cloth," he said.
Ambulance driver Duray Hussain said the remains of the passengers were "beyond recognition. "
A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said at team had been dispatched to help identify the bodies through DNA tests. Authorities have released names of passengers — among them Junaid Jamshed, a famous singer-turned-Islamic-preacher.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his "deep grief and sorrow" over the crash.
In a statement, he said "the entire nation is deeply saddened over today's unfortunate crash and shares the grief of the families who lost their dear ones. "
Plane crashes are not uncommon in Pakistan. About 150 people were killed in a crash in the hills of Islamabad in 2010. In 2015, a military helicopter carrying several diplomats also crashed in the country's north, killing eight people. A private plane also crashed near Islamabad due to bad weather in 2012, killing all 127 people on board.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Thousands of snow geese die after landing in toxic Montana mine pit
(3.12/21)

Snow geese migrate in huge, honking flocks, each bird winter-white except for a beak and wingtips smudged black. A single flock may comprise tens of thousands of birds. When the geese land en masse, bird hunters call it swirl, as though a twister were touching down rather than 4-pound animals.
On Nov. 28, a great flock of snow geese traveling south came upon small body of water in Butte, Mont. They swirled.
This was no ordinary pond, however. It was the 700-acre Berkeley Pit, a former mine now submerged in water as acidic as distilled vinegar. From 1955 until operations ceased in 1982, miners extracted nearly 300 million tons of copper ore from the pit. They left behind an immense crevasse, which filled with water 900 feet deep. Concentrated within the floodwater are arsenic, cadmium, cobalt, copper, iron, zinc and other inorganic compounds.
After it was abandoned, the pit became a federally managed Superfund site. It also became a tourist destination, where visitors observe the mine’s toxic, reddish water for an admission fee of $2. And microorganisms able to survive in the pit became an object of scientific study.
But snow geese, unlike extremophilic green slime, cannot tolerate acid water heavy in metallic compounds. Roughly 10,000 geese landed in the Berkeley Pit at the end of November, turning the water “white with birds,” said a mine official with Montana Resources, which jointly manages the pit with the Atlantic Richfield Company, to the Montana Standard. On Tuesday, investigators could not give an exact measure of how high the death toll would go. But a preliminary estimate, via drone and flyover counts, found thousands of dead birds.
“I can’t underscore enough how many birds were in the Butte area that night,” Mark Thompson, a Montana Resources environmental affairs manager, said to the Associated Press. “Numbers beyond anything we’ve ever experienced in our 21 years of monitoring by several orders of magnitude.”
As it happened this November, it has happened before.
Twenty-one years ago, in November 1995, 342 snow goose carcasses were found floating in the mine pit. High Country News reported at the time that the Atlantic Richfield Company initially disputed the water was to blame. The company pointed to a Colorado State University necropsy of two birds, which suggested the animals had died from eating tainted grain.
The grain defense did not stick. “Postmortems conducted under the auspices of the University of Wyoming later revealed what most people immediately suspected: that the geese had succumbed to the water, which is acidic enough to liquefy a motorboat’s steel propeller, and to its poisonous mineral contents, principally copper, cadmium, and arsenic,” wrote Harper’s in 1996. “In each bird autopsied, the oral cavity, trachea, and esophagus, as well as digestive organs like the gizzard and intestines, were lined with burns and festering sores.”
Because exposure to the pit water does not mean instantaneous death, officials will refine the 2016 toll in coming days. In the week since the birds landed, Butte residents have found dead birds in a Wal-Mart parking lot, on roadsides and outside the city, the Montana Standard reported.
“Trying to get some idea of mortality has been difficult,” said Joe Vranka, the EPA’s Montana Superfund director, to the Billings Gazette.
Due to the dangers that the mine posed to birds, the companies managing the pit had enacted a hazing strategy to scare animals from spending too much time on the water. This included an observation deck, with scopes and spotlights. If spotters saw an incoming flock, employees would fire off shotguns or loud rifles to deter the animals from coming closer. Around the pit are devices called Phoenix Wailers, speakers which emit predator cries and loud electronic noises. Until November, the effort seemed to be working; the EPA recorded 14 bird fatalities at the Berkeley Pit between 2010 and 2013.
Montana Resource’s Thompson told the Associated Press the company “did incredible things to save a lot of birds.” New deterrents, such as unmanned aircraft, may be added to the hazing program.
There are a few early theories as to what brought about November’s goose devastation. A storm may have driven birds to look for an unfrozen place to land, and the Berkeley pit was one of the only nearby options.
It is also possible that unseasonably warm weather delayed the southward migration, University of Montana Western ornithologist Jack Kirkley told the Montana Standard. At the same time, snow geese flocks are booming. The overall total population rose from about three million animals 30 years ago to 15 million. Driven to find new habitats, birds have been seen in areas where they were historically scarce.
The Environmental Protection Agency, which was unable to rely to a request for comment from The Washington Post early Wednesday, is reviewing the incident. The Montana Standard reported that the EPA will issue fines if the managing companies are found negligent.
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New ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Trailer: Christian and Ana’s Relationship Takes a Dark Turn (Video)
(3.12/21)

Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele’s relationship takes a dangerous turn in the new trailer for “Fifty Shades Darker,” released on Wednesday.
“I’m not very good at this … I’ve never wanted to try again,” Grey, played by Jamie Dornan, tells Ana (Dakota Johnson) at the beginning of the trailer.
The “Fifty Shades of Grey” sequel, based on E. L. James ‘ book of the same name, continues to follow the erotic adventures of Anastasia Steele and business magnate Christian Grey. James Foley is directing the second installment, while Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti return to produce alongside James.
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The “Fifty Shades” book series blossomed into a global phenomenon, and the first film in the franchise grossed more than $560 million worldwide, despite being largely panned by critics and audiences.
Niall Leonard, the husband of the “Fifty Shades of Grey” author, was tapped to write the film adaptation of the sequel after original screenwriter Kelly Marcel and director Sam Taylor-Johnson bowed out.
Also Read: 'Fifty Shades Darker' Producer Dana Brunetti Wins Battle With Producers Guild
“Fifty Shades Darker” will hit theaters on Feb. 10 next year, while “Fifty Shades Freed” is scheduled for Feb. 9, 2018.
Watch the trailer above.
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Zuma sends condolences to quake-hit Indonesia
(3.11/21)

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has sent condolences to the nation of Indonesia following a 6.4-magnitude earthquake which struck its Aceh province, killing almost 100 people, the Presidency said on Wednesday.
"I wish to extend our condolences to HE President Joko Widodo, the government and the people of Indonesia," Zuma said in a statement.
"The people of South Africa share the pain and loss of the loved ones, their homes and property, and our thoughts and prayers go out to all the affected families. We also wish the injured a speedy recovery. "
The Associated Press reported on Monday that thousands of affected people in the province had taken refuge for the night in mosques and temporary shelters after the strong earthquake on Wednesday.
Some people were homeless after the quake made their houses unsafe and others were too scared to return home, it reported.
Deadly earthquakes occur regularly in the region, where many live with the terrifying memory of a giant December 26, 2004, earthquake that struck off Sumatra. The magnitude-9.1 quake triggered a devastating tsunami that killed more than 100 000 people in Aceh.
Major General Tatang Sulaiman, chief of the army in Aceh province, reportedly said at least 97 people had died in the quake, while four people had been pulled from the rubble alive.
The Indonesian government declared a two-week emergency period in Aceh and some aid was already reaching hard-hit areas.
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Julian Assange Releases Full Testimony to Swedish Prosecutors Six Years after Rape Allegation
(3.11/21)

Julian Assange says he is “entirely innocent” of rape in his testimony to Swedish prosecutors, which he has published online.
In a 19-page statement he gave in a landmark interview to Swedish investigators, the WikiLeaks editor-in-chief also said he had been subjected to “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment”.
The 45-year-old computer programmer has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London for four years to avoid arrest.
“I want people to know the truth about how abusive this process has been,” said the Australian journalist.
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US STOCKS-Dow, S&P hit highs but Trump comments slam drug stocks
(3.10/21)

By Yashaswini Swamynathan Dec 7 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Dow hit record intraday highs on Wednesday, helped by gains in bank stocks, but President-elect Donald Trump's comments on drug prices slammed the healthcare sector, pulling down the Nasdaq. Trump, in an interview with the Time magazine, said he would bring down drug prices. The S&P 500 healthcare index swiftly lost nearly 2 percent, while the Nasdaq Biotechnology index dropped 3.8 percent - set for its worst day in nearly two months. Trump's effect was also seen on Tuesday, with Boeing's stock falling after his tweet that an order for a revamped Air Force One plane should be canceled as it was too expensive. "I think it is a new fact of life going forward, that fundamentals can be swept aside any day by comments from the (President-elect)," said David Donabedian, chief investment officer of Atlantic Trust Private Wealth Management. Pfizer's shares fell 2.7 percent to $30.70 after Britain's competition watchdog fined the drugmaker $107 million for its role in ramping up the cost of an epilepsy drug by as much as 2,600 percent. Nine of the top 10 stocks weighing on the S&P 500 were drug-related, with Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer having the biggest impact. The healthcare sector caught a bid in the post-election rally following the defeat of Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton, who had been vocal about drug pricing. However, Trump's comments on Tuesday add fresh uncertainty to the industry. At 10:57 a.m. ET (1604 GMT), the Dow Jones industrial average was up 15.24 points, or 0.08 percent, at 19,267.02. It hit a record of 19,276.25. The S&P 500 was up 2.02 points, or 0.09 percent, at 2,214.25, slightly below its all-time high of 2,214.74. The Nasdaq Composite was down 2.26 points, or 0.04 percent, at 5,330.74. Nine of the 11 major S&P 500 sectors were higher, led by a 1.2 percent gain in real estate. Financial stocks rose 0.4 percent, their third straight day of gains, giving the broader index its biggest boost. While an interest rate hike at the Federal Reserve's meeting next week is a foregone conclusion, investors are on the lookout for how the central bank views Trump's pro-growth policies and whether that could lead to more aggressive rate hikes next year. Celgene lost 3.4 percent to $113.55 following its announcement that it would not further test a combination of its breast cancer drug Abraxane with chemotherapy. Western Digital rose 4.8 percent to $67 after the data storage maker raised its second-quarter profit and revenue forecasts. The stock was the top percentage gainer on the S&P. Advancing issues outnumbered decliners on the NYSE by 1,974 to 842. On the Nasdaq, 1,461 issues rose and 1,173 fell. The S&P 500 index showed 50 new 52-week highs and six new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded 172 new highs and 18 new lows. (Reporting by Yashaswini Swamynathan in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila and Saumyadeb Chakrabarty)
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Dozens of Civilians Killed in Air Strike Near Iraqi Border with Syria – Reports
(3.08/21)

Dozens of civilians were killed in an airstrike on the Islamic State-held town of Qaim in Iraq on Wednesday, local MPs and medics told Reuters, adding that many women and children were among the dead.
The airstrike reportedly hit a busy market in the small town, which is located in Anbar province, near the Syrian border.
Anbar lawmaker, Ahmed al-Salmani, and medical sources told Reuters that 55 civilians were killed.
It is not yet clear whose planes carried out the reported strike.
Airstrikes against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) have previously been carried out by the US-led coalition, which is helping local security forces in their fight against the terrorists.
Last week, the coalition acknowledged that 54 civilians were “inadvertently killed” in seven of its strikes in Iraq and Syria between March and October this year.
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0.4
Trump's effort to save Carrier jobs 'makes our life very difficult,' says economic developer
(3.07/21)

"Economic development is a local and state issue. If the federal government intervenes on a local level, it makes our life very difficult," said Klohs, after The Right Place's annual economic outlook breakfast.
While she pledged to avoid discussing politics in her review and forecast for West Michigan's economy, Klohs said she was unnerved by Trump's effort to intervene in United Technologies' decision to export 800 jobs to Mexico from its Carrier air conditioner plant near Indianapolis.
"You need to have a solid policy (at the federal level)," said Klohs, whose agency has successfully lobbied state and local governments to offer tax and training incentives to keep and attract companies in West Michigan. "It makes me very nervous. "
Last week, Trump announced a deal in which United Technologies would receive $7 million in tax credits from Indiana, to be paid in $700,000 installments each year for a decade in exchange for keeping 800 factory jobs in Indiana.
Carrier also agreed to invest $16 million in its Indiana operation, but United Technologies still plans to send 700 factory jobs from a plant in Huntington, Ind., to Monterrey, Mexico.
Asked about the impact of Trump's victory on West Michigan's economy, Klohs said it's too early to tell.
"We don't know yet," she said. "There are 4,500 appointments being made. Every agency in Washington is going through changes. We're waiting just like you. "
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The Latest: Renzi asked to stay on as caretaker PM
(2.25/21)

ROME (AP) - The Latest on the political crisis in Italy (all times local): 8:00 p.m. Italian Premier Matteo Renzi has resigned after a humiliating defeat on his reforms agenda that was central to his nearly three-year-long government. President Sergio Mattarella asked him Wednesday evening to stay on in a caretaker role until a new government can be put in place. A presidential aide, Ugo Zampetti, told reporters that Mattarella will start consultations late Thursday with various party leaders to see where support lies for a new government. Renzi tried to resign on Monday, but Mattarella told him to stay on until Parliament gave final approval to the 2017 national budget legislation. The Senate approved the budget earlier Wednesday. ___ 7:30 p.m. Matteo Renzi has arrived at the Quirinal presidential palace in Rome to formally hand in his resignation as Italian premier. Renzi tried to resign on Monday, but President Sergio Mattarella told him to stay on until Parliament gave final approval to the 2017 national budget legislation. A few hours after the Senate did so, Renzi, who is also Democratic Party leader, returned to the palace Wednesday evening to formally resign. Mattarella is expected to sound out other party leaders on what to do next. Several opposition forces are pressing for parliamentary elections ahead of their scheduled 2018 date. Renzi decided to resign after voters Sunday resoundingly rejected government-backed constitutional reforms in a referendum. ___ 6:50 p.m. Italian Premier Matteo Renzi, on the verge of resigning, says his Democratic Party doesn't fear elections if they're called soon, as some opposition parties demand. Renzi addressed his bickering party Wednesday shortly before he was due at the Quirinal presidential palace to tender his resignation to President Sergio Mattarella. Italy's youngest-ever premier, Renzi, 41, miscalculated that voters would approve reforms his center-left government championed. The constitutional reforms were defeated by voters in a referendum Sunday. Renzi kept his pledge that he'd step down if the referendum failed. Renzi told the Democrats, Parliament's largest party, that his nearly three-year-old premiership gave Italians "fewer taxes and more rights. " He said Democrats "have no fear of anything or anybody if the others want" elections soon. Mattarella will decide if early elections are warranted. ___ 3:45 p.m. Italian Premier Matteo Renzi says he'll resign now that Parliament has completed approval of the 2017 national budget. Renzi had offered his resignation two days earlier to President Sergio Mattarella following his humiliating defeat in a government-backed voter referendum on reforms. But Mattarella told him to stay in office until passage of the budget law, which was done Wednesday afternoon. Renzi tweeted that he plans to go to the president to resign at 7 p.m. (1800 GMT). ___ 3:35 p.m. The Italian Senate on Wednesday has approved the 2017 state budget, a step required by the nation's president before he would accept Premier Matteo Renzi's resignation. It was unclear when Renzi might return to the Quirinal presidential palace to formally resign following the rejection by voters of constitutional reforms he had championed. On Monday, President Sergio Mattarella asked Renzi to stay in office at least until the critical budget legislation was approved. The Senate voted 173-108 to pass the budget law, which was put to a confidence vote to speed up its passage. A huddle was set for Wednesday evening among prominent members of Renzi's Democratic Party, which he leads and which is Parliament's largest party. ___ 8:50 a.m. Italian Premier Matteo Renzi is opening his final days in office by meeting with his party members, as opposition leaders jockey for position following his resounding defeat in a weekend referendum. Renzi will address his Democratic Party later Wednesday. The Senate, meanwhile, begins debating the 2017 budget, passage of which will trigger his official resignation. Italian President Sergio Mattarella had asked Renzi to stay on until the crucial budget law clears before he begins consultations with political leaders on forming a government that can last until new elections are held. Those talks could start over the weekend. Renzi sorely miscalculated in the runup to the Dec. 4 referendum on constitutional reforms, vowing to resign if it failed. In the end, 60 percent of voters cast "no" ballots. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Search of burned warehouse completed; no more bodies found
(2.22/21)

An Alameda County sheriff’s spokesman said Wednesday that no more bodies were found as fire crews completed their search through the wreckage of a warehouse that caught fire during a party in Oakland’s Fruitvale district on Friday night, leaving the final death toll for the tragic fire at 36.
Sgt. Ray Kelly said some sheriff’s deputies will remain at the warehouse at 1315 31st Ave. to assist federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigators who are still trying to determine the cause of the blaze, which began at 11:30 p.m. Friday.
Sheriff’s officials have equipment that ATF investigators are using during their investigation, Kelly said.
Now that the search for bodies is finished, the number of firefighters, police officers and other authorities who’ve been at the scene since the fire broke out will be “dramatically reduced,” he said.
All streets in the area, including International Boulevard, will be opened up.
Kelly said 35 of the 36 bodies that have been recovered have been identified but coroner’s officials will have to use dental records or DNA to identify the victim who remains unidentified because that person’s burn injuries were so severe.
ATF Special Agent in Charge Jill Snyder said Tuesday afternoon that a refrigerator near the back of the building was a possible ignition source, but that has not been conclusively determined.
Snyder said investigators are also looking at other appliances and electrical outlets as possibly being the source of the blaze, and said there is no indication at this point that the fire was intentionally set.
Oakland Fire Chief Teresa Deloach Reed was more cautious in her comments to reporters on Tuesday night, saying that the origin and cause of the fire remain undetermined.
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Michelle Obama on election night: 'I went to bed'
(2.21/21)

WASHINGTON (AP) — While many Americans stayed up late on election night to find out who would win the White House, first lady Michelle Obama says she went to bed. Mrs. Obama tells People magazine , "I don't like to watch the political discourse; I never have. " She says she turned in early because, "Once you do what you can do, then the rest is easy. It was in the hands of the American people. " While Mrs. Obama was a sharp critic of Trump during the campaign, she tells the magazine she's willing to do her part to ensure a smooth transition. She says, "We are ready to work with the next administration and make sure they are as successful as they can be. Because that's what's best for this country. "
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World War II Veteran, 95, Retires From Farming
(2.16/21)

As World War II fades further into the past, more American patriots are disappearing from our landscape, including veteran farmers.
Dale Fulton, 95, of Illinois is slowing down. For 35 of those years, Dale was a full-time farmer, but not before being a teenaged daredevil in the sky.
His parents bought him a 1938, 50 horsepower plane for $1,000. That experience came in handy in the 40s by shuttling passengers and cargo across the ocean during World War II.
After the war, he bought a used P-51 Mustang, winning the National Air Races in Cleveland and a spot on the cover of Life magazine.
For the next four decades, Dale flew as a commercial airline pilot.
“When my father passed away, my mother took over the farm,” said Dale. “She farmed it until she passed, and I commuted from my job back here on the farm.”
Watch Dale’s full story on AgDay above.
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'Feel like a saint': Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte bonds with Donald Trump
(2.14/21)

"Oh, President Duterte , we should fix our bad relations," Duterte , who spoke at a United Nations-sponsored meeting on anti-corruption efforts, quoted Trump as saying during their phone conversation.
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NATO commander says 150 Turkish officers have left post-coup
(2.14/21)

NATO 's top military officer said Wednesday that about 150 Turkish officers have been recalled or retired from the alliance's high command since a failed coup attempt in Turkey , placing a significant burden on his staff.
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1.0
Denzel Washington Blasts Media for Spreading ‘BS’
(2.11/21)

After “Fences” star Denzel Washington found himself at the center of a fake news story earlier this year, the actor blasted the media for selling “B. S.”
“If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you do read it, you’re misinformed,” Washington said at the Wednesday premiere of “Fences” inside the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D. C., according to The Hill .
“In our society, now it’s just first — who cares, get it out there,” Washington added. “We don’t care who it hurts. We don’t care who we destroy. We don’t care if it’s true.”
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He continued, “Just say it, sell it. Anything you practice you’ll get good at — including B. S.”
Earlier this year, a news report claimed Washington was switching his support from Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump. Then, in November, a story from the American News’ Facebook page read that Washington praised Trump, saying, “We need more and more jobs. He has hired more employees, more people, than anyone I know in the world.”
However, the actor’s publicist told BBC News that “the story is 100 percent complete fabrication.” Snopes reported that ANews24 published the false claim back in August, lifting passages from an interview in the New York Post with civil rights activist Charles Evers.
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The 61-year-old Oscar winner added that the media has “the need to be first, not even to be true anymore.”
“So what a responsibility you all have — to tell the truth,” Washington added.
“Fences,” based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning August Wilson play of the same name, follows a black family in 1950s Pittsburgh.
Troy (Washington) is the head of the household, but is bitter about his life working as a trash collector. His son Cory (Jovan Adepo) dreams of a better life, but gets nothing but disdain from his father. Throughout it all, Troy’s wife Rose (Viola Davis) tries to hold everything together.
“Fences” will open in theaters on Dec. 25.
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Fitbit buys smart watch pioneer Pebble amid wearables shakeup
(2.10/21)

Pebble Technology, a Redwood City startup that pioneered smart watches but struggled to expand its market after major competitors like Apple and Samsung followed, said Wednesday it is shutting down and selling key assets to health tracker maker Fitbit.
San Francisco’s Fitbit announced it was acquiring “key personnel and intellectual property” from Pebble, but not the company’s lineup of smart watches. Financial details were not announced, although Bloomberg News reported the price was less than $40 million.
The deal means the 2 million Pebble watches sold since 2013 could eventually stop working, although they will continue to function for the time being, the company said in a company blog post .
“Thank you all for being such loyal supporters and champions of the Pebble community and brand,” the post said. “However — due to various factors — Pebble is no longer able to operate as an independent entity. We have made the tough decision to shut down the company and no longer manufacture Pebble devices.”
Pebble gained a small following of technology enthusiasts with a record-setting Kickstarter fundraising campaign in 2012, three years before Apple attempted to make smart watches fashionable to a wider audience with its Watch. But Pebble was never able to expand beyond its niche, especially as Apple and Samsung put marketing muscle behind its products and specialty fitness trackers like Fitbit grew.
The research firm IDC this week said Fitbit topped the overall smart wearables market, with a 23 percent share that increased about 22 percent since the third quarter of 2015, even as the overall smart watch market “took a tumble.”
In March, Pebble laid off about 25 percent of its employees. But in May, the company introduced new models designed to emphasized fitness tracking in an attempt to lure some of Fitbit’s audience.
“Part of the value of being in this crowded space is actually using other people’s research and development efforts and experimenting with them,” CEO Eric Migicovsky said at the time. “And we’ve had the chance to try all of them and see what works. What we’ve incorporated into here are some of the best elements of what smart watches are today.”
Fitbit will now take over Pebble’s research and development and use it for its own products, although Fitbit’s plans were not immediately clear. A Fitbit spokeswoman said the “majority” of Pebble’s software engineers would be joining Fitbit.
“The acquisition gives Fitbit an opportunity to expand outside the simple fitness band market,” Jitesh Ubrani, IDC’s senior research analyst for mobile device trackers, said in an email. “They clearly have a strong presence in that space, but long term growth within that segment is limited as many watches are also incorporating similar technology and as adoption reaches saturation. However, it won't be as simple as just launching another smart watch. Fitbit still faces the challenge that many other vendors are experiencing, and it'll be important for them to separate the smart watch from the smartphone as well as create useful experiences for the consumer.”
Pebble immediately stopped making and selling new watches and said warranty support for existing models “ is no longer available .” Pre-orders of its Pebble 2 model will not be charged to the buyer’s accounts and will not be shipped.
For Pebble owners, the company said the devices will continue to work as normal for now because “no immediate changes to the Pebble user experience will happen at this time.” However, the company also warned that “Pebble functionality or service quality may be reduced in the future.”
Migicovsky will rejoin startup incubator Y Combinator as a partner, Bloomberg News reported.
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Rescuers search rubble after earthquake kills dozens in Indonesia
(2.08/21)

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Rescuers are still combing the rubble for survivors after an earthquake in Indonesia’s Aceh province on Wednesday morning.
At least 52 people were killed, including young children, and 73 seriously injured, according to Indonesia’s National Board for Disaster Management.
The shallow 6.5-magnitude quake damaged many homes, shops and mosques, in the district of Pidie Jaya, hundreds of which had been completely destroyed.
Additional medical personal have been sent to the region after the local Pidie Jaya hospital was damaged in the quake, which struck just as many residents were preparing for early morning prayers.
‘We have to move fast’
Speaking in Jakarta, National Board for Disaster Management spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the death toll could still rise.
“Now our priority is the search and rescue operation. We have to move so fast to save them,” Sutopo said.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo ordered immediate assistance to be sent to Aceh on Wednesday in the wake of the earthquake.
In a statement, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said it had deployed two staff to help coordinate any assistance.
“They’ll be our eyes and ears on the ground and be able to give us a much clearer picture of what the need are,” IOM disaster preparedness project manager Peter Kern said.
No tsunami warning issued
No tsunami warnings or advisories have been issued. The epicenter was 12 miles (19 kilometers) southeast of the town of Sigli in Aceh province.
Despite the lack of a tsunami warning, Sutopo said some residents had fled to find safety in the hills after the quake. “They are still traumatized by the last big earthquake and tsunami in 2004,” he said.
The 2004 disaster killed more than 80,000 people after a tsunami swept across the Indonesian region, leaving millions homeless.
Large earthquakes are relatively common around Indonesia, which sits on the infamous Ring of Fire, a set of fault lines which circle the Pacific Basin.
Wednesday’s earthquake is Indonesia’s second major temblor in 2016, and its most severe yet.
In March, a magnitude-7.8 quake struck off the south-western coast of Sumatra, but despite initial warnings, no tsunamis or deaths were registered as a result.
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Girl's body found in well: trial opens for Kentucky man
(2.07/21)

GLASGOW, Ky. (AP) — Trial has begun for a Kentucky man accused by authorities of killing his former girlfriend's 2-year-old daughter and disposing of her body inside a well. Local news organizations report 26-year-old Anthony Barbour's trial opened Tuesday on murder and other charges in the death of Laynee Wallace last year. Wallace's body was found in Kentucky's Barren County on May 25, 2015, a week after she disappeared. Prosecutor John Gardner says Barbour killed the girl and placed her body in a bag that he put in a safe before dropping it down a well on his family's farm. Authorities say Barbour was arrested afterward. Gardner says Barbour told police he had injected methamphetamine on May 17 and taken the toddler with him to look for arrowheads when she fell off a bluff.
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Millions Leap at Party Invite by Mexican Rural Family
(2.07/21)

Millions of people have accepted a videotaped invitation to a girl's coming of age party in rural northern Mexico after the invite went viral.
The Ibarra family's invitation for their daughter's down-home 15th birthday party complete with horse races and local music groups was posted to a local web site.
Evidently the family's simple, sincere demeanor caused the invitation to go viral, even though the township of 10,000 where the family lives couldn't hold a tenth of the millions who watched, "liked" or otherwise responded.
Authorities in the northern state of San Luis Potosi said they were adding extra security measures for Rubi Ibarra's "Sweet 15' party on Dec. 26.
State congressman Roberto Segovia has said he wants Red Cross and state civil defense personnel be posted in the area.
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Bicyclist dies after collision with vehicle near Brighton
(2.07/21)

A 37-year-old bicyclist heading home from work died from injuries suffered when he collided with a compact sport utility vehicle Tuesday night in Genoa Township, state police said.
Michigan State Police identified the victim as Bryce Douglas Caudell, a former Warren resident who recently moved to the Brighton-area.
The crash occurred around 7 p.m. Tuesday on Grand River Avenue, east of Euler Road and Genoa Business Park, and near the Brighton Village mobile home park.
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A state police spokesman said it is believed Caudell was crossing north on Grand River Avenue when he struck the front end of a 2010 Chrysler PT Cruiser.
The Cruiser driver, identified as a 56-year-old Brighton woman, told troopers that she was driving west on Grand River Avenue when the bicyclist “came out of nowhere” and struck her SUV, the spokesman said Wednesday.
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When troopers arrived on scene, Livingston County paramedics were attending to Caudell, who died at the scene. Several witnesses to the crash had rendered aid prior to paramedics' arrival.
One witness confirmed Caudell "appeared out of nowhere" as he attempted to cross the road perpendicular to oncoming traffic during "dark and rainy conditions. "
Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be factors, but remain unknown pending an autopsy and toxicology results.
According to a GoFundMe account for Caudell's family, he was a "loving son, father and boyfriend. " The family does not have life insurance and donated funds will help pay for funeral expenses.
Contact Livingston Daily justice reporter Lisa Roose-Church at 517-552-2846 or lrchurch@gannett.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRooseChurch.
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Congress offers New York City $7M to cover Trump security cost — after de Blasio sent a bill for $35M
(2.07/21)

The city's efforts to get the federal government to pick up the tab for securing President-elect Trump's Midtown penthouse has hit a major road block.
Congressional Republicans late Tuesday unveiled a budget resolution that called for only a $7 million reimbursement for the city.
Mayor de Blasio earlier this week sent the Obama administration a bill for $35 million to cover expenses from Nov. 8 through Jan. 20.
De Blasio blasted the paltry payback.
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“I’m very disappointed in the action of the Congress,” de Blasio said Wednesday. “We have an unprecedented situation here in New York City: A president-elect living and working in the same location - which is unusual to begin with - in the middle of midtown Manhattan, one of the busiest intersections in America.”
The cash included in the continuing resolution, which is intended to keep the federal government running through April, is only 20% of what the city says it’s spending to protect Trump and his Fifth Ave. tower. The resolution must pass by Friday to avert a government shutdown.
The mayor now says he’ll keep pushing Congress to change course.
“I’m disappointed. I think they should have done better by New York City. But this ain’t over,” he said during his weekly radio appearance on the Brian Lehrer show. “There will be another bite at the apple a few months down the line.”
New York City must protect Donald Trump, no matter the cost
Hizzoner said he hoped Trump would help plead the city’s case to the Congressional leadership.
“He has eyes to see,” de Blasio said. “I believe he does love New York City. I believe he has tremendous respect for the NYPD. He sees everyday as does his team the extraordinary extent we’re going to protect him, his family, his team, and the building.”
The city will keep providing Trump Tower security despite the financial slight, he said.
New York members of Congress also criticized the small reimbursement offer.
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“While I have no doubt that the NYPD will continue to do its part to secure the area around Trump Tower and meet the Secret Service’s high standard, our great city shouldn't have to foot the bill for these extraordinary security measures all by ourselves,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan).
“That is why my colleagues and I made this request a priority item in the closing days of this Congress. We will continue to push for the full $35 million requested by New York City and the President.”
Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Westchester), the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, also said she was “extremely disappointed” with the resolution.
“New York taxpayers should not be forced to foot the bill for the federal responsibility of protecting the President-elect, and I will work to ensure a future funding bill makes New York City whole,” she said.
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Duke Energy discussing compensation for coal ash neighbors
(2.06/21)

RALEIGH, N. C. (AP) — Duke Energy is negotiating compensation for neighbors of coal ash pits facing depressed property values or a future with municipal water bills as a result of feared groundwater pollution. The country's largest electricity company said Wednesday it planned to finalize its financial offers in the coming weeks. The announcement comes in the face of pending lawsuits by neighbors at some of the company's 14 North Carolina coal-burning power plants. Coal ash remains after burning coal to generate electricity. Neighbors fear unlined storage basins have allowed mercury, arsenic and other heavy metals to seep into drinking water supplies, which the company denies. Hundreds of neighbors were warned against drinking their well water last year. State health officials this spring withdrew those warnings after deciding the earlier contaminant threshold was too low.
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Senate passes $6.3-billion medical research bill and sends to Obama
(2.06/21)

Sprawling legislation to increase federal support for medical research, mental healthcare and controlling the opioid epidemic cleared the Senate easily Wednesday and is headed to President Obama ’s desk for his signature, delivering a rare bipartisan breakthrough in the waning days of his presidency.
The $6.3-billion bill — known as the 21st Century Cures Act — won large majorities in the House and Senate despite warnings from some consumer groups that industry-sought provisions to speed approval of new drugs and medical devices jeopardize patient safety.
Obama, who strongly endorsed the bill, said it “could help unlock cures [for] Alzheimer’s, end cancer as we know it, and help people seeking treatment for opioid addiction finally get the help they need.”
The 94-4 Senate vote followed several years of lobbying by patient advocates and powerful industries, including drug manufacturers. The bill cleared the House last week by a 392-26 vote.
“Finding solutions for deadly and debilitating health threats and combating insidious public health threats should be a dual imperative for our nation, and this legislation could well usher in an era of unprecedented progress on both fronts,” said Mary Woolley, president of Research! America, a coalition of more than 350 academic research organizations, disease advocacy groups, drug makers and other industries.
The bill would provide $4.8 billion to the National Institutes of Health to support research efforts, such as the so-called Cancer Moonshot initiative championed by Vice President Joe Biden .
Food and Drug Administration will receive an additional $500 million to streamline its review of new drug therapies.
The legislation also advances federal initiatives that have languished for years, including new funding sought by public health departments to combat the opioid epidemic.
Other parts of the bill would support steps designed to strengthen the nation’s mental health system by coordinating treatment research, supporting community efforts to reduce homelessness and keeping mentally ill patients out of the criminal justice system.
Advocates say substantial additional funding is needed beyond what is provided in the bill.
The legislation has generated concerns among many consumer advocates, who have warned that provisions that would speed federal regulatory review of new drugs and medical devices could expose patients to new risks.
“The bill has been sold erroneously as a common sense, bipartisan compromise that enables scientific innovation and medical breakthroughs for America,” said Dr. Michael Carome, director of Public Citizen’s Health Research Group. “But in reality, the legislation includes a grab bag of goodies for Big Pharma and medical device companies that would undermine requirements for ensuring safe and effective drugs and medical devices.”
Several leading liberal lawmakers have also blasted the legislation for including what Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) last week called “corporate giveaways that will make drug companies even richer.”
The White House acknowledged that it has issues with parts of the legislation, but Obama noted that the trade-offs were worth it.
“Like all good legislation, it reflects compromise,” the president said during his weekly radio address Saturday.
Hospitals and insurance companies successfully lobbied for the bill to include provisions shielding them from cuts in what the federal Medicare program pays them.
Another provision favored by industry would exempt some payments that physicians receive from drug and device makers from federal reporting requirements designed to alert patients to potential conflicts of interest.
Conservative activist group Heritage Action for America opposed the bill because it will add to federal spending.
The bill’s spending is offset with cuts in Medicare payments for drug therapies and medical equipment, other spending reductions and the sale of 25 million barrels of oil from the nation’s strategic petroleum reserve.
Beyonce leads today’s Grammy nominations with nine , California’s new legislative session began in dramatic fashion , Ben Carson is Donald Trump's pick to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development , and former L. A. County Sheriff Lee Baca was once a powerful and celebrated lawman but now he's at the center of a public corruption trial.
Today marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor , the only soldier who went to jail in the scandal over the National Guard bonuses, why you'll be paying more for your Christmas tree this year, and a new development from ancient scientists: The Earth is moving slower than it used to .
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 .
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Seven cars hit by rocks near Leesville Road
(2.06/21)

Raleigh, N. C. — Seven people driving near Hickory Grove Church and Leesville roads in Raleigh on Tuesday night reported having rocks, and possible other objects, thrown at their vehicles.
According to Raleigh police, two of the victims were treated at the scene by EMS for injuries sustained from broken glass. All of the incidents happened shortly after 10 p.m.
Tuesday night's incidents are similar to those reported in August , and occurred in the same general area, police said.
No arrests have been made in connection with Tuesday’s incidents, or the incidents in August.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 919-834-4357.
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Stanford University student sues school over alleged sex assaults
(2.06/21)

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- A female student is suing Stanford University, alleging that the university knowingly allowed a sexual predator to roam the campus, CBS San Francisco reports .
The plaintiff, listed as Jane Doe - a former undergraduate and current graduate student at Stanford - alleges in a complaint filed Monday in U. S. District Court in San Francisco that she was sexually assaulted by a male student who had previously raped at least one other female student.
She alleges the university failed to “protect her and other female undergraduate students from a male student who was a known sexual predator on campus,” according to the complaint.
The complaint states that the suspect, listed only as “Mr. X,” choked and raped a woman on campus in February 2011. His actions were reported to the university but allegedly not investigated.
Then in February 2014, the complaint alleges, Mr. X sexually assaulted Jane Doe.
Between 2010 and 2014, Mr. X physically and/or sexually assaulted at least four female Stanford students and was allowed to graduate from the university with undergraduate and graduate degrees, according to the complaint.
Lisa Lapin, Stanford’s vice president of university communications, said in a statement that university officials “have acted in this case and in all matters to protect our students.”
She said that the university was unable to comment on specific facts of the lawsuit due to privacy laws.
“We have sympathy for the plaintiff in this case, but we will be vigorously defending the lawsuit as we believe that Stanford has acted with appropriate diligence and compassion within the constraints of privacy laws,” Lapin said.
She said the university will be promptly filing a response in court.
The lawsuit alleges that Stanford, through inaction, “deprived Ms. Doe of access to the educational benefits or opportunities provided by Stanford, in violation of Title IX.”
Stanford and other major U. S. universities are under federal scrutiny for their handling of sexual assault cases on campus.
Earlier this year, former Stanford student Brock Turner was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman on campus. His lenient sentence of six months in jail - of which he served only three months - prompted widespread condemnation of the judge and led to heightened awareness of campus rape.
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Stanford accused of mishandling sexual assault complaints
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0.0
When pigs (help you) fly! First therapy pig debuts at San Francisco airport
(2.06/21)

Whose been naughty? This burglar in a full Santa costume. Fresno, California police are hoping someone recognizes this "Kris Criminal" who broke into a medical office in early December. The nosey-old-soul rummaged around the office but did not appear to take anything.
Houston police said the incident began when a suspect dressed as a United Parcel Service worker who was carrying a package rang the doorbell at the home. After the homeowner answered the door, the suspect told the man he needed to a sign for the package. Then the suspect and three accomplices rushed into the home. They pistol whipped the homeowner. As the victim struggled with the suspects, a shot was fired, but no one was injured.
President Obama marked his final time lighting the National Christmas Tree with a wish that Americans will care for the sick, the hungry and the downtrodden this holiday season and treat one another as they would want to be treated. The lighting ceremony tradition began in 1923 and takes place in President's Park, just south of the White House fence.
The Sevier County mayor said Thursday that there are over 400 structures in the county that have been destroyed by wildfire but officials hope by this weekend to allow residents to go in and assess their properties themselves. National Park officials confirmed that the fire was human-caused as investigators continue to assess the fire's damage.
Charlotte District Attorney Andrew Murray presented medical examiner slides, surveillance video and other police evidence in discussing why no charges were filed against CMPD Officer Bentley Vinson in the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.
Demonstrations involving fast-food, airport and hospital employees, among others, were organized in cities including New York, Detroit and Los Angeles.
During wildfires Monday night, many buildings in Gatlinburg, Tennessee were burned to their foundation. The fire destroyed at least 150 buildings and killed 3 people. Resident Gregory Pelc had to flee his home to a makeshift shelter and described his experience.
Surveillance video shows dozens of teens ransacking a Hartford, Connecticut gas station. Police say 30 to 40 teens entered the store after going to a party in the area. Police say the teens destroyed property and stole items, mostly candy and snacks. Investigators estimated the damage was about $4,000.
Incredible footage of a giant waterspout off the coast of Valencia, Spain was captured during a major storm at approximately 10 a.m. on November 26. The sea-faring twister may have reached wind speeds of more than 50 mph, but didn't cause any damage.
The photos show what appear to be people in costume as monsters and other characters engaging in unexplained activity at night. Among them: Santa Claus and what appear to be gorillas or possibly Abominable Snowmen. Images courtesy of Gardner Police Department.
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Sam Acho Tabbed As Bears’ Walter Payton Man Of The Year Nominee
(2.06/21)

(CBS) Bears linebacker Sam Acho has been named his team’s nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, given annually to a player for community service activities as well as excellence on the field.
The award dates back to 1970, and every team nominates one player.
Acho makes regular appearances at Chicago-area schools, hospitals and non-profits and has taken mission trips to Nigeria to provide assistance to those in need. He’s now helping fundraise to build hospitals in Nigeria through the Living Hope Christian Ministries, which his parents founded. His parents are from Nigeria.
The Walter Payton Man of the Year award winner will be announced on Feb. 4 in Houston, the night before the Super Bowl. At that time, the 32 nominees will have been whittled down to three finalists.
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Not so jolly: Mom wants NC Santa fired for fat-shaming son :: WRAL.com
(2.06/21)

FOREST CITY, N. C. — Here's a not-so-jolly story: A mother wants her local St. Nick kicked to the curb for fat-shaming her son.
Ashley Mayse tells WLOS-TV (http://bit.ly/2g8JsXI ) that her 9-year-old son started crying when the Santa Claus on Main Street in Forest City, North Carolina, told him to "Lay off the hamburgers and french fries" during his Christmas visit on Saturday.
The Santa is employed by the town of Forest City, and Mayse says coal in his stocking would be too good for such behavior. The town manager says Santa apologized to the family as well as a supervisor, but mom wants him to get a pink slip.
Anthony Mayse, meanwhile, says he tore up his photo with Santa and will take his wish list to another Father Christmas next year.
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AP source: Desmond, Rockies agree to $70M, 5-year contract
(2.06/21)

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) - A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that All-Star free agent outfielder Ian Desmond and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a $70 million, five-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreement had not been announced. The 31-year-old Desmond hit.285 with 22 homers and 86 RBIs this year in his lone season with Texas. He was a free agent last offseason and agreed to an $8 million, one-year deal with the Rangers in late February. The Washington Post reported two years ago that he turned down a $107 million, seven-year offer from the Nationals before spring training in 2014. Desmond then agreed to a $17.5 million, two-year contract with Washington. Because Desmond turned down the Rangers' $17.2 million qualifying offer, Texas receives an extra selection after the first round of June's amateur draft. The Rockies lose their top draft pick, the 11th selection overall. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Abbott seeks to end buyout deal for Alere
(2.06/21)

NEW YORK — Abbott is seeking to terminate its buyout of troubled medical diagnostics maker Alere as that company deals with the fallout of a key device recall and government investigations.
Abbott Laboratories agreed to buy Alere Inc. in February for $56 per share, or $5.8 billion, in a move to expand its medical device offerings. Since then, Alere, based in Waltham, Massachusetts, has recalled a key monitoring device, delayed a key financial statement, and is being investigated over its overseas businesses. Its stock price has since fallen more than 25 percent.
“Alere is no longer the company Abbott agreed to buy 10 months ago,” said Scott Stoffel, Abbott’s divisional vice president of external communications.
Abbott filed its complaint to end the deal in the Delaware Court of Chancery.
Alere shares halted after Abbott seeks to end its planned acquisition
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Kim Kardashian allegedly 'wants a divorce' from Kanye West
(2.06/21)

Following a string of outbursts that led up to husband Kanye West's 8-day hospitalization, Kim Kardashian reportedly wants a divorce from the rapper.
According to Us Weekly's sources , Kardashian "wants a divorce" from West, and she building a case up that will help her attain sole custody of the couple's two children, North, 3, and Saint, 1.
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She "doesn't want to stay married," the source continues. But "it will take some time before she can do anything" as West continued to recover from his breakdown late last month that landed him at UCLA Medical Center.
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The rapper, who is currently receiving outpatient care at a rental home away from the pair's Bel Air mansion, did attend a small get together to celebrate son Saint's birthday party last weekend, but other than that, Kardashian "is being very protective and doesn't want Kanye around the kids right now. "
Though her husband's hospitalization was recent, Kardashian has allegedly "felt trapped for a while" now and "doesn't want to stay married. "
It's been a nightmare last few months for the couple since Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in Paris in early October, and reports from the past few weeks have pointed to the terrifying incident as the cause of the couple's recent marriage troubles.
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Critics La-La-Love ‘La La Land': Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling Are ‘Close to Perfection’
(2.06/21)

Early reviews for “La La Land” are in, and critics are raving about Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling ‘s performances in the musical, claiming, “as a duo they’re close to perfection.”
“Very soon I was utterly absorbed by this movie’s simple storytelling verve and the terrific lead performances from Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone who are both excellent — particularly Stone, who has never been better, her huge doe eyes radiating wit and intelligence when they’re not filling with tears,” wrote the Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw.
TheWrap’s film critic Alonso Duralde agreed : “Even when the orchestra isn’t swelling, there’s plenty to enjoy here. Gosling and Stone’s powerful chemistry is as palpable as it was in ‘Crazy Stupid Love’ — they were that film’s sole selling point — and each of them conveys their character’s love of the arts and drive to succeed. (Stone, in particular, gives great fake-audition to a series of half-interested casting directors.)”
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Oscar nominee Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”) directed the film based on his own script. Gosling plays a jazz pianist while Stone plays an aspiring actress. They fall in deeply in love, but their relationship is tested as they become more successful.
The film also stars Finn Wittrock , Sandra Rosko and John Legend . “La La Land” will be distributed in the U. S. by Lionsgate. The movie will open on December 9.
See seven of the best reviews below.
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Stephanie Zacharek, Time :
“These two have been wonderful together before, in ‘Crazy, Stupid Love’ (2011) and ‘Gangster Squad’ (2013), but in ‘La La Land ,’ as a duo they’re close to perfection. This movie is purely for them, and they revel in it. You can see it in the way they move and in their singing, too: Stone’s voice is clear and light, like a sliver of morning sun. Gosling’s is soft and dusky, like a moonbeam. They meet in the middle, but not without their share of heartache. ‘La La Land’ is both a love letter to a confounding and magical city and an ode to the idea of the might-have-been romance, in all its piercing sweetness. It’s a movie with the potential to make lovers of us all. All we have to do is fall into its arms.”
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian :
“Very soon I was utterly absorbed by this movie’s simple storytelling verve and the terrific lead performances from Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone who are both excellent — particularly Stone, who has never been better, her huge doe eyes radiating wit and intelligence when they’re not filling with tears. Gosling, for his part, has a nice line in sardonic dismissal to conceal how hurt he is or how in love he is … ‘La La Land’ is such a happy, sweet-natured movie — something to give you a vitamin-D boost of sunshine.”
Fionnuala Halligan, Screen International :
“Starry-eyed and saturated with pure romance, ‘La La Land’ re-visits many of the narrative themes of Damien Chazelle ‘s debut, ‘Guy and Madeline On A Park Bench ,’ for a jazz-infused, jewel-coloured musical infectiously scored by Justin Hurwitz. Suffused with love — for Los Angeles, the films of MGM’s golden age and Jacques Demy, and its intensely appealing star-crossed leads Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling — Chazelle’s dream-like follow-up to ‘Whiplash’ is as la-la-light as its title, tap-dancing its way into the hearts of incurable romantics everywhere.”
Jessica Kiang, The Playlist :
“Sometimes you don’t know what you need until you get it. And the world — as well as cinema, history, art, nostalgia, sincerity, joy, music, love and creativity — needs Damien Chazelle ‘s ‘La La Land’ right now. 2016 needs ‘La La Land.’ A primary colored explosion of pure delight that revels in both the manufactured perfections of studio-era Hollywood musicals and in the imperfections and flubbed lines of real life, and finds eternally charming, often spectacular ways to occupy the largely unmapped territory between the two, the film is a huge risk and an absolute triumph. But it also manages to be intimate, to feel like a secret whispered into your ear, and yours alone. And the secret is that while you’ve been living your life and thinking movie musicals were pretty much irrelevant to it, you’ve actually been inside your own musical the whole time.”
See Video: Ryan Gosling Serenades Emma Stone in First 'La La Land' Trailer
Robbie Collin, The Telegraph :
“At a party, a screenwriter jabbers at Mia about his latest work-in-progress: ‘a reimagining of Goldilocks and the Three Bears from the perspective of the bears…it could be a franchise.’ That’s the kind of line that should prod at both the hearts and guilt complexes of Academy voters, and is just one of many reasons Chazelle’s film has now screeched into pole position for next February’s Best Picture Oscar. But the joke’s a sincere one. ‘La La Land’ wants to remind us how beautiful the half-forgotten dreams of the old days can be — the ones made up of nothing more than faces, music, romance and movement. It has its head in the stars, and for a little over two wonderstruck hours, it lifts you up there too.”
John Bleasdale, CineVue :
“The magic takes other frequently and whole sequences tell the story without lyrics, just music and movement and magic and imagination. Jazz, in other words. More importantly, they have real passion and chemistry. You care that they’re together. They’re as fizzy as the old style champagne cocktails which glide diagonally across the screen to represent ‘good times.’ Just as ‘Gladiator’ dusted off the sword and sandal epic, so ‘La La Land’ reinvents the Hollywood movie musical for a new age. It’s an oft-stated theory that the original musicals burst onto the scene during the depression, giving some much needed colour and joy to life. In our current world of terrorism and Trumpian insanity, we can do with some of that Technicolor escapism and it doesn’t come much better than this.”
Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent :
“As in his previous feature, the Oscar-winning ‘Whiplash,’ Chazelle is trying to get under the skin of his characters and to show just what they have to sacrifice in their pursuit of artistic excellence. At times, it’s as if we are watching two different movies — an escapist musical fantasy and a far darker, earthier drama about a love affair beginning to sour. It’s to the credit of Stone and Gosling that they excel both in the comedic moments and in the more fraught and naturalistic scenes.”
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15.2
Two toddlers fatally burned by a radiator
(2.05/21)

Authorities say two toddlers have died after suffering steam burns in a New York City apartment building for the homeless, and investigators are looking into whether a radiator malfunctioned. The New York Police Department says the one- and two-year-old children were taken at around noon Wednesday from the Bronx apartment to Lincoln Hospital, where they were pronounced dead. The medical examiner will determine what caused their deaths. So far, police and fire officials say both children had serious burns. Sources tell WABC that a radiator valve popped off the heater causing the toddlers to be burned to death by hot steam. No fire broke out at the apartment, located at 720 Hunts Point Ave. A neighbor who spoke with the same station said she heard the mother's screams and steam emerging from a closed door into the first-floor apartment. Before emergency responders arrived on the scene, the mother was trying to revive one of the toddlers. The six-story apartment complex is used to house homeless families, according to the Department of Buildings. It was also on a list of potentially hazardous buildings, in a 2007 report by the advocacy group Coalition for the Homeless. The incident has already been reported on the Department of Buildings website, as a radiator valve explosion. Building resident Anne Martinez told DNA Info that one of granddaughter played with one of the girls this summer. 'They were friendly, very friendly people,' Martinez said. Since 1995, the building has received 40 complaints from residents - mostly for an out-of-order elevator.
2 Toddlers Die After Steam Burns Possibly Caused by Radiator
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Bronx radiator explosion kills two toddlers
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4.2
Kenyans urged to end medical strike after patients die
(2.05/21)

President Uhuru Kenya urges medical workers to return to job, saying nearly 20 patients have died in three days.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged striking medical workers to return to the job, saying nearly 20 people have died three days into the strike because of lack of treatment.
All doctors and nurses from public hospitals across Kenya have gone on strike, leading to a crisis in the health sector.
Healthcare workers and the public accuse the government of being slow to increase salaries while being quick to pay inflated contracts from suspect companies doing business with the health ministry, which is being investigated for corruption.
"Let us be human and be mindful of the lives of the patients. I am confident that we will find a solution to the problem," Kenyatta said.
But even as the president spoke, the chairman of the Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union, Samuel Oroko, stormed out of a meeting with health ministry officials saying the talks had collapsed after union officials learned that the government was seeking court orders to arrest them.
"We shall not negotiate until the government withdraws any court issues in good faith," Oroko said.
The deaths of two women at the Port Victoria Hospital in western Budalangi on Monday and three patients in Mombasa on Tuesday, were attributed to the strike.
"The strike is to blame because the patient who is my sister was in a good condition and was improving," said Steven Mwaura, whose sister died of meningitis.
Local media reported instances of patients who had suffered burns or were in labour being left stranded in front of hospitals.
The majority of people in the country cannot afford private healthcare, and the strike has put emergency cases at higher risk of death.
On first day of the strike, 87 patients escaped from the country's sole psychiatric hospital.
Doctors and nurses have complained for a decade about low pay, and thousands have taken jobs abroad.
Kenyans often criticise politicians for seeking treatment abroad, saying they show no faith in the health care system at home.
Nearly 20 dead as medical workers strike
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Kenya president: Nearly 20 dead as medical workers strike
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1.9
Wisconsin recount is working well for someone after all: Results so far show TRUMP was under-counted
(2.05/21)

The Green Party-led presidential election recount in Wisconsin has turned up a surprising result: Donald Trump, not Hillary Clinton, was short-changed on November 8. Trump prevailed in the Badger State by 22,871 votes. The ongoing recount has widened his margin by 146 so far. Just 23 of Wisconsin's 72 counties have completed their second go-round, but the president-elect has gained 105 votes. Clinton has lost 41. The other 49 counties have until Dec. 12 to finish their recounts so state officials can certify the result by Dec. 13. That would guarantee that Wisconsin's Electoral College votes will count when the presidential election is officially conducted in Washington on Dec. 19. Green Party candidate Jill Stein paid $3.5 million to finance the recount despite winning just 1 per cent of the vote. 'We're not finding any problems with the machines,' Reid Magney, a Wisconsin Elections Commission spokesman, told FoxNews.com on Wednesday. 'The Stein campaign wanted a recount because they thought there was some problems with our machines and that was not the case,' he said. The Wisconsin recount began last Thursday, and has uncovered a handful of tiny errors – none of which could swing the statewide election in Clinton's favor. 'The overall results will not change,' Magney said. 'It's two votes here, two votes there.' Recounts in Pennsylvania and Michigan are tied up in court. Michigan officials began a hand-recount on Monday but it will take a judge's ruling to continue it. That hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. The Michigan Court of Appeals has ordered state elections officials to toss out Stein's recount petition, ruling that she has no standing as an 'aggrieved' party since she has no chance of winning. Trump won Michigan by about 10,700 votes. Stein was heckled and called a 'common criminal' during a news conference outside Trump Tower on Monday. Despite initiating recounts only in three swing states where Trump beat Clinton by narrow margins, she has insisted her only goal is to verify the accuracy of the vote-counting. Stein has suggested, with no evidence, that electronic touch-screen voting was susceptible to computer hacking. 'Let every vote count. That's what makes America great,' Stein said Monday outside Trump Tower in New York, where she was repeatedly interrupted by shouts of protest.
US judge to hear arguments on Michigan presidential recount
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Recounts barely making dent in election results; Trump gains in Wisconsin
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3.1
Man Alleges Long Island Cop Kept Him From Seeing Dying Mom
(2.04/21)

EAST MEADOW, N. Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Long Island man claims a Nassau County police officer beat and restrained him over a parking dispute that prevented him from seeing his dying mother one last time.
Sixty-year-old Gary Leifer, of Merrick, said the confrontation began early Saturday when the unidentified officer told him to move the car he had just parked near the ambulance that brought his 84-year-old mother to Nassau University Medical Center.
When he refused, Leifer said the officer body-slammed him and was held down for more than 20 minutes, ignoring his pleas to go see his mother.
“Him and his partner grabbed me and slammed me into the concrete,” Leifer said. “This 300-something pound guy put his knee on the side of my head and his other knee on my rib cage.”
By the time he was released, Leifer said his mother had already died.
“He’s a bully, he’s a thug,” said Leifer.
Detective Lt. Richard LeBrun confirmed Tuesday that Internal Affairs is investigating Leifer’s complaint.
The department said it cannot comment on an ongoing investigation.
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Cancer patient claims police officer's beating over a parking dispute kept him from seeing his dying mother, 84, one last time
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Long Island man says cop's beating kept him from seeing dying mom
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2.4
Witness to Fatal Will Smith Shooting Says Suspect Showed ‘No Remorse’
(2.04/21)

A friend of slain New Orleans Saints star Will Smith -- and witness to his fatal shooting -- took the stand today at the trial of his alleged killer, Cardell Hayes. She said Hayes did not seem to show remorse.
"Mr. Hayes was walking toward Will with a gun pointing at him. And I heard shots fired," Rebecca Dooley, who was in the car with the Smiths the night of the shooting, said on the stand this morning.
After the shooting, Hayes appeared to have "no remorse," Dooley said.
Smith, 34, was killed in an apparent road-rage shooting in New Orleans on April 9 of this year. Smith's wife, Racquel Smith, was wounded.
Hayes, a former semi-professional football player, was charged with second-degree murder. If convicted of the charge, Hayes will face a mandatory life sentence, according to the Associated Press.
He has pleaded not guilty.
Hayes is also charged with attempted second-degree murder for allegedly shooting and injuring Smith's wife in the incident.
Dooley said on the stand that she and her husband, Richard Hernandez, were in the SUV with the Smiths. Will Smith was driving and Hernandez was next to him, according to her testimony, which ABC affiliate WGNO in New Orleans reported as follows:
She testified that an orange Hummer in front of them slammed on its brakes and then Will Smith slammed on his in response.
"There was no impact," Dooley said.
They continued driving and she noticed headlights approaching the SUV very quickly. She said she saw the Hummer following them.
Dooley said an impact followed, during which the SUV glass shattered.
She testified that she and Racquel Smith got out of the car and saw Will Smith and Hayes arguing over who was responsible for the collision. "They both seemed angry," she said.
Racquel Smith got in between Will Smith and Hayes and tried to diffuse the situation, Dooley continued in her testimony.
After that, Dooley said she saw Hayes walking towards Will Smith with a gun.
She cried on the stand describing the aftermath of the shooting:
Will Smith fell into the car, not moving, after he was shot, she said.
Dooley testified that then Hayes said over the ex-NFL star's body, "Look at you now, you were showing off. "
She said that she and her husband took shelter behind some bushes and she heard Hayes say, "Where's that white boy at? "
Dooley said she pleaded with her husband not to go over there.
Hayes’ attorney, John Fuller, has said in the past that Hayes felt threatened and was the victim of a hit-and-run just moments before he crashed into Smith's car. He said Hayes was chasing them to get license plate numbers and that Hayes had called 911 to report the hit-and-run before the accident with Smith.
On Tuesday, Smith's widow, Racquel Smith, testified and broke down on the witness stand saying "my worst nightmare happened for no reason. "
"I don't want sympathy, I want justice," she said on the stand. "He is not here today, so I am his voice. "
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and former Saints player Steve Gleason were also among those gathered at the courthouse Tuesday to lend support on the first day of the trial.
ABC News' Gordon McGee contributed to this report.
The Latest: 'I hear shots fired. I see Will's body jolt'
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Man who killed Saints’ Will Smith sounded ‘evil’ and showed no remorse, witness testifies 
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2.4
U. S. Marine pilot missing after plane goes down off Japan
(2.04/21)

Dec 7 (Reuters) - A U. S. Marine pilot is missing after ejecting from a fighter jet off the coast of Japan on Wednesday, officials said. The pilot assigned to the U. S. 1st Marine aircraft wing in Okinawa, Japan, was on a routine training mission in an F/A-18 Hornet, said Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis. The pilot ejected about 120 miles (190 km) southeast of Iwakuni, Japan, the U. S. military said in a statement. The strike fighter went down over water, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing spokesman 1st Lieutenant Joseph Butterfield said in an email. Japanese and U. S. search and rescue teams are looking for the pilot and the cause of the mishap is under investigation, Davis said. The plane went down on the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, which drew the United States into World War Two. Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is scheduled to go to Pearl Harbor this month in the first visit of its kind by a Japanese leader. (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles and Phil Stewart in Washington; Editing by James Dalgleish)
Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet crashes off Japan
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US Marine pilot ejects from jet in Japan; search underway
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1.5
With eye on Dakota Access protests, West Texas pipeline opponents look for a win of their own
(2.04/21)

Protesters opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline claimed a hard-fought but potentially short-lived victory from the federal government this week. Now, like-minded protesters are hoping for a win in Texas.
At least two people were arrested early Tuesday while protesting at the site of the Trans-Pecos pipeline in West Texas. But there were no reports of violence or injuries like those in the North Dakota protests, which have sometimes ended with tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons.
Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners , one of the companies behind the Dakota Access pipeline, is building the West Texas pipeline. The 148-mile Trans-Pecos, expected to be operational in March, was designed to connect a gas pipeline hub near Fort Stockton to Mexico.
Protesters are demanding that the federal government conduct a thorough environmental assessment to ensure the project won't affect the Rio Grande River and several West Texas watersheds. Opponents are also concerned it would damage ancient Indian historical sites.
"We must protect our water, challenge corporate greed, and come to our senses on the truth of fossil fuels and climate change," Lori Glover of the Big Bend Defense Coalition said in a written statement.
The group's concerns are similar to those raised by the much larger Dakota Access project. That pipeline is expected to be 1,172 miles long and run from North Dakota to Illinois.
Energy Transfer Partners has defended the Texas project as good for the environment. Officials said it will supply clean-burning natural gas to northern Mexico and help reduce the use of polluting coal.
Supporters also pointed out that pollution from Mexico's power plants is a significant contributor to haze in the Big Bend area.
Big Bend Conservation Alliance, one of the groups opposing the pipeline, is concerned that the project could "open the door to additional industrial infrastructure and destroy the pristine nature of the region. "
"The Big Bend is the backyard of Texas — an unparalleled geological and ecological showcase famous for its brilliant night skies and its panoramic vistas," the group's website says. "It is where Texans come to breathe clean air, enjoy majestic vistas, and escape from the urban landscape. It is where people come to enjoy the freedom of wild, open spaces and the splendor of the natural world. "
The Big Bend Defense Coalition identified those arrested Tuesday as Glover and Roger Siglin, a military veteran. The Brewster County Sheriff's Department told the Houston Chronicle that a third protester, Arajoe Battista, who chained himself to a fence, was not arrested.
The coalition has raised nearly half of the $3,000 goal for its bail fund. BigBendNow.com said this was the group's third "major act of civil disobedience. "
The Army Corps of Engineers announced Sunday that it was temporarily halting construction of the portion of the Dakota Access pipeline going under Lake Oahe, near the Standing Rock Reservation. Many expect President-elect Donald Trump's administration to allow the project to go forward next year when he takes office.
Energy Transfer Partners and Dakota Access partner Sunoco Logistics Partners released a statement calling the Corps' decision "a purely political action. "
Since the spring, protests over the Dakota Access Pipeline have slowly gained national attention — and sometimes attracted the support of Hollywood celebrities. Activists around the country have staged protests.
But the Trans-Pecos Pipeline and its protesters have mostly flown under the radar.
Dakota Access pipeline company fighting small state fine
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Energy Transfer Partners pipeline targeted in West Texas protests
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0.0
UEFA charges Celtic for Champions League crowd trouble at Manchester City
(1.08/21)

UEFA has started disciplinary proceedings against Celtic for the behaviour of their supporters during Tuesday's Champions League game at Manchester City. The Scottish champions face charges from European football's governing body for setting off fireworks and "crowd disturbances" at the Etihad Stadium. The game, a dead rubber with City already assured of qualification for the knock-out stages and Celtic unable to advance, finished 1-1. This case will be dealt with by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body on February 23, 2017. There had been some suggestions after the game that Manchester City may face charges, too, after a brief fight broke out in the ground between City and Celtic fans in the second half. Home fans also booed the Champions League pre-game anthem, as they have several times since the club was fined for breaking UEFA's financial fair play rules in 2014, but City appear to have escaped without censure. Celtic brought an estimated 4,000 fans to the game and, for the most, their behaviour was praised. A statement on the Greater Manchester Police website said there were 14 arrests made throughout the day for relatively minor offences. Superintendent Craig Thompson of Greater Manchester Police Specialist Operations Branch said: "Our policing operation has now come to an end and I am pleased to say that the fixture passed largely without incident, which I think is a testament to fans of both clubs. "I would like to thank them for their cooperation throughout and although the result may not have been what either side wanted, I hope everyone in attendance enjoyed the occasion and the competitive atmosphere the game was played in. "We have significant experience in policing occasions like this and sadly, as is often the case, we did experience a small number of incidents which were dealt with swiftly and resulted in a number of arrests. "However, the majority of fans were extremely well behaved and I hope everybody has a safe journey home. " But one of those arrests was made when a 27-year-old man threw a hamburger at a police horse before the game. On Wednesday morning, Greater Manchester Police's City Centre twitter feed said: "Man arrested Drunk & Disorderly throwing hamburger at police horse @ManCity v @celticfc got £90 fine. Horse remains in stable condition". Two hours later, the same twitter feed posted an update: "Time to go home? 2 calls today to drunk Celtic fans causing issues: 11am damage pub's Xmas tree after refused drink + Midday rowdy Market St".
Henrik Larsson admits his only regret is not extending his stay at Manchester United to win a Premier League medal
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UEFA Champions League scores and results: Tottenham Hotspur, Leicester City and more
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Manchester City stars in good spirits despite Celtic draw as Jesus Navas insists 'we'll take every game as it comes' in Champions League
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UEFA Champions League: Who Qualified, Final Group Standings & Match Schedule
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1.1
NY Gov. Cuomo: Trump didn't win election, Democrats lost
(1.07/21)

NEW YORK CITY (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Donald Trump didn’t win the presidential election - but that Democrats lost by not paying enough attention to a fearful middle class.
The Democrat told the audience at a New York City fundraiser Tuesday night that the long campaign gave voice to a “frightening” amount of fear, anger and hate. He said New York state now must stand up against a “tide of negativity” and confront discrimination and intolerance.
New York, he said, stands for what made America “strong in the first place:” brotherhood, acceptance and community.
Cuomo has been mentioned as a possible White House contender in 2020 but has said he is focused on winning a third term in 2018.
Tuesday’s fundraiser was held on Cuomo’s 59th birthday.
NC Gov. McCrory arrives for meeting with Trump in New York
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2.2
British lawmakers vote to back PM's Brexit timetable
(1.06/21)

British Prime Minister Theresa May secured a symbolic victory on Brexit on Wednesday after MPs agreed not to delay her plans to begin exit talks by the end of March, although she had to promise to give them more details of her negotiating strategy.
Lawmakers voted 461 in favour of supporting May's timeline to trigger Article 50 of the European Union's Lisbon Treaty, which will trigger divorce negotiations with Brussels.
A total of 89 MPs voted against the non-binding motion, with the results announced in parliament.
In an amendment to an opposition motion in parliament, May agreed to provide further details on her negotiating strategy before triggering Article 50.
UK lawmakers back call for govt to set out Brexit plans pre-Article 50
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British parliament set to back PM May's Brexit timetable
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1.2
USF names Weist interim coach after losing Taggart to Oregon
(1.06/21)

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - South Florida co-offensive coordinator T. J. Weist will lead the 25th-ranked Bulls in the Birmingham Bowl following coach Willie Taggart's departure to Oregon. Taggart resigned Wednesday to take over a program that appeared in the national championship game just two seasons ago. He went 24-25 in four years at USF, including 18-7 and two bowl berths the past two seasons. Weist will serve as interim coach the rest of the season, which concludes with a Dec. 29 matchup against South Carolina in the Birmingham Bowl. Meanwhile, athletic director Mark Harlan said a national search for a new coach will begin immediately. Taggart leaves USF (10-2) with four seasons remaining on a five-year, $9 million contract he received for turning around a program that fell on hard times after climbing as high as a No. 2 ranking in 2007. The deal he received last winter included a provision for a $1.7 million buyout. The Bulls won a school-record 10 games this season - losing only to Florida State and Temple - with quarterback Quinton Flowers and running back Marlon Mack leading Taggart's high-paced "Gulf Coast" offense. ___ More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Oregon hires Willie Taggart as new head football coach
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Oregon Ducks hire Harbaugh disciple Willie Taggart as head coach
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2.9
Royal Caribbean becomes the second cruise company to gain approval for U. S. to Cuba trips
(1.06/21)

Royal Caribbean Cruises will set sail for Cuba, the company announced Wednesday.
The Florida-to-Cuba cruises will launch aboard cruise lines Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Club Cruises for people-to-people trips, the Miami-based cruise company said. Itineraries will be released in the near future, Royal Caribbean said.
The line has previously said that its 2,270-passenger Empress of the Seas likely would sail to Cuba.
“Our guests have expressed real interest in having the opportunity to experience Cuba, and we look forward to bringing them there,” said Richard Fain, chairman and CEO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, in a statement. “Our discussions with our travel partners indicate that Cuba is a destination that appeals to a new generation of travelers.”
Carnival Corp.’s Fathom brand was the first American cruise line to gain approval to sail to Cuba. It began offering trips in May that circumnvavigate the island, but announced last month that its 704-passenger Adonia would stop sailing to Cuba in June , pending approval for another Carnival line to take its place instead.
Minutes after Royal Caribbean’s announcement, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings announced its three cruise lines will also start sailing to Cuba.
Royal Caribbean, Norwegian get Cuba go-ahead for cruises
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Sailing soon from the U.S. to Cuba: ships from Norwegian and Royal Caribbean
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1.4
Memorial Villages Police report
(1.06/21)

Piney Point
Dec. 1
At 3 p.m. in the 11100 Block of Smithdale. Burglary of a Habitation. Unknown suspects entered the victim's residence sometime during the day by breaking out the glass on a rear patio door. Once inside the residence, the suspects went through the home. It is unknown exactly what was taken at this time. Detectives responded and processed the scene for evidence and fingerprints. The area was canvassed for security cameras. The investigation is on-going.
Nov. 29
At 2:45 a.m. in the 100 Block of Blalock. Possession of a prohibited weapon. While on patrol officers observed 2 male subjects riding bikes in the area without any lights. Due to the time and suspicious behavior the subjects were stopped. One of the subjects was found to be in possession of brass knuckles and a replica firearm/BB gun. Both subjects were identified. One was cited and the other arrested for possession of the weapons. Information was provided to detectives for follow-up.
Hunters Creek
Dec. 1
At 5 p.m. in the 10500 Block of Beinhorn. Burglary of a Habitation. Unknown suspects entered the victim's residence sometime during the day by breaking out the glass of a patio door. Once inside, the home was ransacked and several items removed including a large safe. Detectives responded and processed the scene for evidence. (Note: Forensic evidence was located and collected). The area was canvassed for security cameras. The investigation is on-going.
Driving while Intoxicated arrests (Note there were several this week by officers):
Dec. 1
At 5:30 p.m. at Gessner/Memorial. Accident. 29 year-old male driver.
At 3:15 a.m. at 200 Voss. Accident. 30 year-old male driver.
Nov. 28
At 3:30 a.m. at 300 Piney Point Rd. Traffic violation. 32 year-old male driver.
Driving while License Revoked arrests:
Nov. 29
At 2 p.m. at 8400 Katy Freeway. Traffic Violation. 40 year-old male driver.
Dec. 2
At 10:30 a.m. at Taylorcrest and Echo. Traffic violation. 28 year-old male driver.
Bellaire Police Department report
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Police at apartment complex after reports of gunshots
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1.9
UN court fails to halt French trial of Equatorial Guinea leader
(1.06/21)

The UN's top court on Wednesday ordered France to ensure the protection of Equatorial Guinea's diplomatic mission in Paris, and rejected a French request to dump a case brought by Malabo. "France shall, pending a final decision in the case, take all measures at its disposal" to ensure the "inviolability" of a building in Avenue Foch, Paris, described by the African nation as a diplomatic mission, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled. France disputes that the building is a diplomatic mission. But the tribunal in The Hague sidestepped Equatorial Guinea's demand to order France to temporarily suspend a corruption trial before French courts brought against the son of its president, saying it would not make any other provisional measures in the case. Malabo argued the French trial of Teodorin Obiang should be frozen until the ICJ has ruled on its complaint that France has violated Obiang's diplomatic immunity. Obiang, the 47-year-old son of oil-rich Equatorial Guinea's veteran ruler, goes on trial in France in January on charges of plundering his country's coffers to fund a jet-set lifestyle. Promoted by his father Teodoro Obiang Nguema to vice president in June, Obiang is accused of using the proceeds of corruption and embezzlement to fund an array of purchases, from a luxury home to private jets and top properties, to pop star Michael Jackson's famous white glove. In 2012, French authorities swooped on the Obiang family's six-storey mansion on Avenue Foch -- one of the most upmarket addresses in Paris -- seizing it along with a fleet of luxury cars including two Bugatti Veyrons and a Rolls-Royce Phantom. Police also took away vanloads of valuables, including paintings, a $4.2-million clock and fine wines worth thousands of euros per bottle. Reading the judgement, vice president Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf said the court was "of the view that, pending a final decision in the case, the premises presented as housing the diplomatic mission of Equatorial Guinea at 42 avenue Foch in Paris should enjoy treatment" afforded diplomatic missions under the Geneva Convention. The court also "rejects the request of France to remove the case" from its workload, Yusuf added. Obiang's trial will be the first arising from a series of landmark investigations in France into the allegedly ill-gotten gains of a handful of African leaders.
World court refuses to block trial of Equatorial Guinea VP
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UN court says it lacks jurisdiction to halt French case against Equatorial Guinea vice president
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8.7
Opening statements draw contrast in murder-for-hire trial
(1.06/21)

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Either a Florida woman tried to hire a hit man to kill her newlywed husband, or she is the victim of a rogue police department seeking fame on the "Cops" television show. Those contrasts were drawn during opening statements Wednesday in the murder-for-hire trial of 34-year-old Dalia Dippolito. Prosecutor Craig Williams told the jury in a straightforward 10-minute address that Dippolito's own words show she wanted her husband killed in 2009. He says police recordings show she gave an undercover detective money and instructions to kill her then-husband Michael Dippolito. Defense attorney Brian Claypool said the Boynton Beach detectives scripted the investigation to make better television for "Cops," and that their own actions show they never believed she was a threat.
Jury Picked, Opening Statements Set in Church Slayings Trial
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0.0
Two Klan Leaders Are Charged in a North Carolina Stabbing
(1.05/21)

Two Ku Klux Klan leaders, including a California man who organized a violent “White Lives Matter” rally in Anaheim earlier this year, were arrested in North Carolina over the weekend in connection with a stabbing before a Klan parade celebrating the election of Donald J. Trump.
The Orange, Calif. man, William Hagen, 50, is the grand dragon of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, a racist group active in the western United States. He and another Klan leader, Chris Barker, 37, were accused of stabbing a third Klan member, the Caswell County sheriff’s office said in a statement late Tuesday. The two men appeared in court on Wednesday.
The victim, Richard Dillon, 47, had stumbled into the lobby of the sheriff’s office at 3:15 a.m. Saturday with several stab wounds to the chest, after a fight at a Klan meeting in Mr. Barker’s home in East Yanceyville, N. C., according to Captain Frank Rose, a sheriff’s office spokesman. Mr. Dillon was treated at a local medical center and released.
The attack took place hours before a Ku Klux Klan parade on Saturday in Roxboro, N. C., billed as a celebration of Mr. Trump’s victory. The president-elect has said he disavows the support of the Klan, neo - N azis and other white supremacists.
Mr. Hagen was in North Carolina to attend that parade, the authorities said. Mr. Barker was arrested before the parade, and Mr. Hagen after, during a traffic stop, Captain Rose said.
Mr. Hagen was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury, and Mr. Barker was charged with aiding and abetting assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury, the sheriff’s office said. Both men were being held in lieu of secured bond.
The Loyal White Knights group is among the most active in the United States, said Dr. Brian Levin, the director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino. Mr. Hagen, who is also known as William Quigg, leads the white supremacist organization in the swath of the Western United States that stretches from Texas to California. The Anti-Defamation League identified Mr. Barker as the leader of the group’s wing in North Carolina, in a report released earlier this year.
Dr. Levin was present at the February rally in Anaheim , which law enforcement at the time described as an anti-immigration rally with the theme “white lives matter.” Roughly 30 anti-Klan protesters attacked two Klansmen at that rally, and two of them were later charged in connection with the melee.
He described Mr. Hagen as a Holocaust denier who traveled to South Carolina to protest the removal of the Confederate flag from the grounds of the statehouse after nine African-Americans were killed by Dylann Roof, a white supremacist, in a mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. Mr. Roof is currently on trial.
“The Klan in California is insignificant except for efforts of people like him,” Dr. Levin said of Mr. Hagen. “Their numbers are insignificant but they are very good at getting attention, getting press and inciting violence from criminal anti-fascists” like the anti-Klan activists who attacked the rally in Anaheim.
Dr. Levin said the small size of the Klan on the West Coast was not an indication of their influence on extreme fringes of the far right. He said the group had become “part of the fabric that extends all the way into the alt-right,” the far-right fringe movement that embraces white nationalism and a range of racist positions.
“The first thing I saw when those guys were getting out of their vehicle in Anaheim and getting beaten were signs getting tossed around that said ‘stop white cultural genocide,’ ” he said. “The Klan is really hooking into the euro-nationalism of the alt-right. When I asked those Klansmen who they supported, they said Trump.”
Trump Speech Highlights: Fayetteville, North Carolina
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BofAML: July 11 was more important than Brexit, Trump or the Fed
(1.05/21)

When investors look back on the most significant event of 2016, it won't be June 23's Brexit vote or Donald Trump's Nov. 8 election victory, or even if the Fed's expected rate hike in December.
Instead, it will be July 11.
That was the day everything changed, at least according to the view of Michael Hartnett, chief investment strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
On that day, longer-term bond yields hit what Hartnett and a number of other market experts believe was a multi-decade low, not expected to be seen again anytime soon.
The move was sparked by expectations that aggressive central bank monetary policy was about to be replaced by fiscal policy measures aimed at goosing the world's economy through big spending.
For investors, that means the end of a generational bond bull market and the beginning of a new regime.
"That day was the day that the greatest bull market ever in the bond market ended. Since then, yields have been rising. That without a doubt is the biggest event of 2016," Hartnett said Wednesday at BofAML's annual outlook for the year ahead. "Everyone was positioned for that to continue. "
Like many others on Wall Street, BofAML had to rewrite the script after Trump won. The general theme of inflation, rising yields and fiscal stimulus expectations wasn't entirely new, but the degree could be something markets didn't expect.
The turn in bond yields was "a massive, secular inflection point" that will have major effects, Hartnett said.
The investing themes shift from globalism to protectionism, from a focus on Wall Street to one on Main Street, and from big, large-cap stock market names that everyone knows to small companies that may not be so familiar.
"Take your pick. But these rotations are very violent, and they've only just begun," Hartnett said.
As for specific levels, BofAML sees the S&P 500 rising to 2,300 by the end of 2017 — just a 4 percent gain from here — while the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield rises to 2.65 percent in that timeframe, or about a quarter-point from current levels, and the euro to edge closer to parity with the dollar at 1.05.
It doesn't sound like much, but Hartnett said it will be a rough ride getting there as investors deal with a new landscape.
"These are sort of moderate moves from where we are today, but they should mask tremendous volatility under the surface," he said.
Trump: Presidency 'far more important' than business
msnbc.com

 

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Mexican man's open invitation for daughter's birthday goes too viral
(1.04/21)

Millions of people have responded to an invitation to a coming-of-age party for a girl in rural northern Mexico after her parents’ video innocently asked “everybody” to attend.
A local event photographer posted the video describing a down-home 15th birthday party complete with food, horse races and local bands to his Facebook page, which is usually dedicated to announcing weddings, baptisms and other events in a rural corner of the northern state of San Luis Potosí.
But the video was picked up dozens of times on YouTube, with each version getting hundreds of thousands of views. It has been seen by millions, sparked tributes by musical stars, become the butt of jokes, and drawn sponsorship offers by companies.
Maybe it was daughter Rubi Ibarra’s rhinestone tiara and faux leopard-skin dress, or father Crescencio Ibarra’s cowboy hat, and his halting description of a 10,000-peso ($500) prize for the chiva , a horse race that would cap the party.
“There will be a chiva (race) with 10,000 pesos, as for second and third places, we’ll work that out,” Ibarra says proudly. “Everyone is cordially invited.”
Rubi’s mother, Anaelda, told a local television station: “My husband made the invitation, but to people who live in neighboring regions. I don’t know who copied it, but they posted it and it blew up, as if it were an invitation to the entire world.”
Mexicans often throw big bashes called quinceañeras , the equivalent of an American “sweet sixteen” party. But the Ibarra family learned over the last week that no corner of the internet – and no invitation – is local anymore.
Authorities in the northern state of San Luis Potosí said they were adding extra security measures for Rubi’s 15th birthday party on 26 December.
State congressman Roberto Segovia has said he wants Red Cross and state civil defense personnel to be posted around La Joya, which only has several thousand inhabitants.
“We are offering this help, because it was something impressive, how this phenomenon grew on social media, and it has caused quite a stir in our district,” Segovia said. “We are contacting the family and the police forces and emergency agencies to provide security in the area.”
The Mexican airline Interjet published a promotion offering 30-percent discounts on flights to San Luis Potosi, under the slogan: “Are you going to Rubi’s party?”
Internet jokesters published photos of troops of turkeys, backhoes stirring giant caldrons of soup, and massive crowds “heading for Rubi’s party”.
The internet memes were punctuated by frequent images of goats, because Crescencio Ibarra used the term chiva – the Spanish word for goat which is also local slang for a two-horse competition – to refer to the race to be held at the party.
Actor Gael García Bernal made a parody video of the invitation , in which a man with razor stubble plays Rubi and a goat bleats in the background.
Norteño singer Luis Antonio López, “El Mimoso”, composed a corrido especially for Rubi, with the line: “ Never before in history has a 15th birthday party created such a fuss .”
López dedicated it: “If they don’t invite me, here goes my humble gift for Rubi on her 15th birthday.”
That line was a reference to Crescencio Ibarra’s brief decision to un-invite everybody but friends and family after he saw the attention his offer was getting.
“It got out of control,” Ibarra said.
He then relented and re-instated the offer. “Everybody who wants to come, you’re all invited,” he said.
Millions accept invite to Mexican girl's party after post goes viral
independent.ie

 

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Former Dallas mayor Laura Miller again faces battle with breast cancer
(1.04/21)

After successfully beating breast cancer in 1998, former Dallas mayor Laura Miller has announced that she's again been diagnosed with the disease.
In a column she wrote for T he Dallas Morning News , Miller said the cancer is a new form, not a metastases of the cancer she previously had.
The former journalist, who served as mayor from 2002 to 2007, underwent aggressive treatments that eradicated cancer after her first diagnosis.
Her oncologist, she said, gave her a 1 to 3 percent chance of getting breast cancer again.
"I am the 1 to 3 percent," Miller said.
She had a double mastectomy on Nov. 16 and will begin chemotherapy on Dec. 14.
New York mother battling breast cancer says she was 'violated' by TSA
foxnews.com
Fighting breast cancer again, Laura Miller has some epiphanies and regrets
dallasnews.com

 

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Suspects arrested in Russia central bank cyberheist: bank official
(1.04/21)

By Alexander Winning and Elena Fabrichnaya MOSCOW, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Russian authorities arrested a large number of suspects in May in connection with the recently revealed electronic theft of $19 million from accounts held at the Russian central bank, an official said on Wednesday. The bank said last week that hackers had this year used fake client credentials to steal money from correspondent accounts -- used to handle transactions on behalf of another bank -- at the Bank of Russia. Banks around the world are tightening the security of their messaging and money transfer networks following a number of cyberattacks - most notably the use of stolen Bangladesh Bank credentials to send SWIFT messages requesting the transfer of nearly $1 billion from its correspondent account at the New York Federal Reserve. The hackers succeeded in transferring $81 million to four accounts in Manila. Artyom Sychyov, deputy head of the Bank of Russia's security directorate, said the Federal Security Service, or FSB, and the Interior Ministry, which oversees the police, had run a joint operation after the Russian heist, and that "a large number of people were arrested". He declined to give further details - but on June 1, the FSB said it had, together with the police, detained some 50 people suspected of the electronic theft of 1.7 billion roubles ($27 million) from unnamed Russian financial institutions. The FSB and Interior Ministry did not immediately respond to questions about whether this was the operation mentioned by Sychyov. Sychyov said the attack on the central bank had been confined to third-party correspondent accounts. "The payment system of the Bank of Russia cannot in any way be implicated," he said. The Bank revealed the attack in a sparse passage on page 37 of a 69-page financial stability report published last Friday. It said the hackers had broken into an electronic system that gives clients access to correspondent accounts held within the Bank. It said they had attempted to steal 2.87 billion roubles ($45 million), of which 1.67 billion was later frozen or recovered. Since the report was published, central bank officials have declined to answer detailed questions. This week, the Bank of Russia moved Sergei Moiseyev, head of the department for financial stability, which was responsible for the report, to a new job as adviser to the bank's governor on reform of the leasing industry. The bank did not respond directly when asked if Moiseyev's removal was linked to the publication of the information about the cyberattack. ($1 = 63.7653 roubles) (Additional reporting by Margarita Popova; Writing by Christian Lowe; Editing by Kevin Liffey)
Suspects Arrested In Russia Central Bank Cyberheist
fortune.com

 

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On the important issues, Louise Casey all too often has little to say PMQs review: Emily Thornberry triumphs over Brexit
(1.04/21)

For 15 years, “numerous government reports on community cohesion and integration have not been implemented with enough force or consistency” concludes Louise Casey’s review of integration. The government’s lukewarm response suggests their effort will be as “diluted and muddled” as all the rest.
There’s a deeper reason why governments shy away from the measures that are needed. The report's wealth of data sets out a stark if sometimes contestable picture of a divided society. But no amount of data can really bring the lives of our fellow citizens to life. As the Brexit vote underlined, this is now a nation divided by class, geography, education, wealth, opportunity and race. Those divisions colour the way we live our lives, the way we see problems in society, the relations we have with others, and our political choices. The report, like many before it, stops short of setting out that reality. It’s easier to pretend that most of us pretty much agree on most things; but just few people don’t agree and they must be the problem. Predictably, much of the early coverage has focussed on the Muslim community and new migrants. If only it were so easy.
According to Casey “in this country, we take poverty, social exclusion, social justice and social mobility seriously” and we do it “across political divides”. Apparently “creating a fair, just society where everyone can prosper and get on” is a cornerstone of British values. Yet for page after page the report chronicles the serial failure of this benign consensus to tackle educational under-performance, and economic and racial disadvantage. If we all agree, how come we haven't done anything about it?
These problems are not certainly easy to solve, but more lip service is paid to tackling them than effort. The practical material issues documented here need addressing, but punches are pulled when hard answers are needed. Given the dramatic impact of mass migration on cohesion, is integration possible while current rates of immigration persist? Can we find the political will to tackle poverty and disadvantage when those who might benefit from the effort are divided against each other by suspicion, race, geography and values? After all, rather than progressive policies producing a cohesive society, social unity is the precondition for the introduction of progressive policies.
We don't actually agree on what our “fundamental values” mean in practice. We can all sign up to democracy and the rule of law, but as soon as those are put into practice – see the court case on Article 50 – we are divided. When judges are popularly seen as “enemies of the people” and a vote in an elected parliament as a threat to democracy, in what sense are law and democracy fundamental?
Casey usefully highlights how treating homeless families equally, irrespective of ethnicity and length of residence can create the perception that minorities are being favoured over long standing residents. Our differing views on what is “just” and how “fairness” are defined can tear us apart. Is it fair to favour the newcomer over the indigenous? Is it just to put length of time on the waiting list above housing need? We often don't even acknowledge the legitimacy of other points of view, let alone try to find common ground.
The continual invocation of Britain and British values lends an air of unreality to the report. Most people in England include British in their identity, but Englishness and English interests are of growing importance. In a worrying development, some areas of England may be polarising between a white Englishness and an ethnic minority Britishness. Integration won't happen without a shared national story that combines a unifying national identity with the acceptance that we all have more than one identity that matters to us. Ignoring the reality of complex and multiple identities closes off one essential way forward.
None of this means that the criticism of some reactionary and occasionally dangerous ideas and practices in the Muslim community should be ignored and not confronted. But in a country where the established church opposes homosexual relationships and praise for Vladimir Putin's Russia is now mainstream politics it is hard to believe that all our problems can be reduced to the behaviour of a minority of a minority community.
Two years ago, when Emily Thornberry was forced to resign from Ed Miliband's shadow cabinet over her white van tweet, few would have expected her to return to the frontbench. Today, she led her party at Prime Minister's Questions. Jeremy Corbyn has appointed his Islington neighbour as his stand-in when he or Theresa May is absent. With both the Prime Minister and Philip Hammond abroad, Thornberry faced David Lidington, the hitherto obscure Leader of the Commons.
Thornberry, a former barrister, arrived with a reputation as a strong parliamentary performer. It was one enhanced today. From her first question, the shadow foreign secretary was in control. "Does the government want the UK to remain part of the customs union? " As Thornberry anticipated, Lidington was unable to say, merely promising "additional clarity about our position at the earliest opportunity".
Rather than relenting (as Corbyn sometimes does), Thornberry pressed her advantage. "Does he still agree with himself?” she asked after quoting a doom-laden warning from the pro-Remain Lidington. "There has been a referendum since February," he retorted, warning that it would be harmful to the "national interest" to provide a "detailed exposition of our negotiating position". With pantomime theatricality, an exasperated Thornberry replied: “Dear, oh dear. We’re not asking for details, we’re asking about a central plant of the negotiation. "
When she turned to the status of the Irish border, Lidington was similarly hamstrung. "There is good will on all those sides to try and reach a solution," was all he could promise. The Leader of the House wasn't hiding the answers; he doesn't know the answers.
Thornberry's line of attack was aided by rare clarity on the Labour side. The opposition, she declared, supported customs union membership. By contrast, "we have a government that cannot tell us the plan because they do not have a plan. " Thornberry ended by once again torturing Lidington with his own words: "In February, the Leader of the House said what he was hearing about from the Leave campaign was confusing, contradictory nonsense. My final question is this: are we hearing anything different from this government today? " Lidington's retort fell flat: "[Labour's] quarrelling like Mutiny on the Bounty re-shot by the Carry On team". From the gallery above, Thornberry's spin doctor Damian McBride smiled at a job well done.
The odds on Lidington succeeding May are unlikely to have shortened. But Thornberry, a Corbyn loyalist, has shown why it would be hasty to write her off.
Brexit at the supreme court and the Casey review – Politics Weekly podcast
theguardian.com

 

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Recounts barely making dent in election results Contact WND
(1.04/21)

(FOX NEWS) Statewide recounts in key 2016 battlegrounds are proceeding in fits and starts — but doing little to change the math behind Donald Trump’s victory.
In Wisconsin, one of three states where Green Party candidate Jill Stein has sought a fresh tabulation, the president-elect has even gained on Hillary Clinton.
The push for a recount in Pennsylvania, meanwhile, is awaiting a federal court’s OK, and a similar effort in Michigan has run into new judicial turbulence. But while Trump narrowly defeated Clinton in all three states, the numbers trickling in look unlikely to call into question the Nov. 8 results.
Recounts barely making dent in election results; Trump gains in Wisconsin
foxnews.com
Rogue Texas elector linked to Van Jones Contact WND
wnd.com

 

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McCain on Biden 2020: Run, Joe, Run!
(1.03/21)

On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden told a group of reporters at the Capitol, "I'm going to run in 2020. "
"For what? " a reporter asked. "For president," Biden said, drawing laughter from some reporters. "What the hell, man," added Biden.
Asked if he was kidding about running, Biden said: "I'm not committing not to run. I'm not committing to anything. I learned a long time ago fate has a strange way of intervening. "
When Arizona senator John McCain was asked on Tuesday if Biden should run in 2020, the former GOP presidential candidate, who is now 80 years old, said with a smile: "At my age, absolutely I think he should. He's just getting mature enough. "
Biden would be nearly 78 years old, while Donald Trump would be 74, on Election Day in 2020. The oldest major party U. S. presidential nominee ever was Ronald Reagan, who won reelection in 1984 at the age of 73.
Joe Biden Teases 2020 Presidential Run With Stephen Colbert: Watch
usmagazine.com

 

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X-Wing fighter lands in Hollywood for 'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' premiere
(1.02/21)

An X-Wing Starfighter landed on Hollywood Boulevard as preparations for the premiere of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" got underway. The replica was assembled for the highly anticipated blockbuster film, which will premiere at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday. Hollywood Boulevard was scheduled to be closed between Ivar and Argyle avenues as crews prepared for the big debut. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" will blast onto a big screen near you on Dec. 16.
Build some 'Star Wars' fun with these Rogue One model kits
abc7news.com

 

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Kelly Ripa Co-Host: Richard Curtis Returns To ‘Live!’ But Could He Be Permanent Fixture?
(1.02/21)

During the search for Kelly Ripa’s co-host, there’s been a ton of excitable celebrity guest co-hosts, who have sat next to Kelly in anticipation of signing on the dotted line for a long-term contract. That said, we’re willing to bet that the celebrity guest co-hosts didn’t see a regular Joe as their competition.
Live! With Kelly Contest Winner Richard Curtis Returns to Co-Host With Kelly Ripa https://t.co/pv8YtvtEZc pic.twitter.com/Kc29x2IGaH
— Social Network Today (@TodaysNetOffers) November 7, 2016
While it hasn’t been announced that he’s Kelly Ripa’s co-host for good, he has an excellent chance of getting the gig. After his initial guest co-hosting gig, he was asked to guest on the show one more time. At the time he said, it was approval from his students that made the job easy for him.
“I kept looking at my students and seeing their smiling faces, laughing, and enjoying themselves really made this whole journey completely worth it.”
Of the whole experience, the Souderton high school teacher said that he felt like he needed to wake up because he felt like he was a part of a dream.
. @KellyRipa invites high school teacher Richard Curtis to co-host again https://t.co/xHJYvVlYhA pic.twitter.com/WiP0kxfXsD
— OMJ (@omjfeed) October 28, 2016
As for whether or not he will be Kelly Ripa’s co-host for good, it’s not yet known, but it’s looking likely. News hit that Ripa and ABC asked Curtis to guest co-host an additional three more times. Perhaps they’re testing him to see if he can compete against fan favorites like Fred Savage and Jerry O’Connell?
It isn’t just ABC and Ripa that seem to be taken by Richard Curtis either. Veterans in the entertainment business are beginning to notice him. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker commented on his natural ability when she was on the show, telling him that it seemed like he had, “been secretly doing talk shows for the last 10 years.” Of the comment, Curtis said it was the nicest compliment he’s received.
The piece went on to say, “It’s become about as authentic as TV’s many other smoke and mirrors and reveals a deep disrespect for the people who watch the show — and there are more of them than ever.”
Other favorites to co-host with Kelly Ripa include Anderson Cooper, Andy Cohen, Jerry O’Connell, and Neil Patrick Harris. Putting Richard Curtis up against these famous names, do you think he has a chance to be Kelly Ripa’s full-time co-host?
[Featured Image by Mark Davis/Getty Images]
Kelly Ripa Guest Co-Hosts Ranked by TV Ratings: From Kimmel to Christian Slater (Photos)
sfgate.com

 

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WHY IT MATTERS: Rebel-held Aleppo on the brink of collapse
(1.02/21)

With rebel defenses crumbling in eastern Aleppo, President Bashar Assad is on the brink of regaining full control of Syria's largest city and one-time commercial center. Holding the city is seen as key to overall victory in the Syrian conflict, and a defeat in Aleppo would be a crushing blow to the rebels.
Here's why it matters:
THE ISSUE
Aleppo has been a crossroads of civilization for millennia. As one of the longest continuously inhabited places, its Old City was added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites in 1986. The city was one of the last to join the uprising against Assad's government in June 2012. It has been carved up since then between a rebel-held eastern and a government-controlled western sector.
The divided city has paid dearly as a central theater of the war. Thousands have been killed and wounded. Landmarks have been used as bases for fighters and damaged in the conflict, including the 11th-century Umayyad Mosque, where a minaret collapsed in 2012; the 13th-century citadel and the medieval marketplace, where fire damaged more than 500 shops in its narrow, vaulted alleyways.
WHERE THINGS STAND
With rebel defenses crumbling in eastern Aleppo, Assad is on the brink of regaining full control of the city. Syrian government forces and their allies have regained control of three-quarters of the rebel enclave in recent days, and eastern neighborhoods continue to surrender in quick succession. The rebels are now boxed in, mostly in the southern part of their shrinking sector. Under severe strain and facing brutal defeat, Syrian rebel factions are proposing a five-day cease-fire so the wounded, sick and other civilians can be evacuated.
WHY IT MATTERS
Aleppo has long been described as the weather vane of the Syrian revolution because of its symbolic and strategic importance. Holding the city is seen as key to overall victory in the Syrian conflict. A government victory, aided by the interventions of his Russian and Iranian allies, would significantly bolster Assad's position in the international arena.
Rebels still hold other pockets around Syria, but any movement to unseat Assad would have to reckon with the reality that he holds the country's four largest cities and its coastal region. A defeat in Aleppo would be a crushing blow to the rebels, giving them little chance of recovering momentum.
WHY IT MATTERS: Rebel-Held Aleppo on the Brink of Collapse
abcnews.go.com

 

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Iraqi forces face fierce IS attacks after new Mosul push
(1.02/21)

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) - Significant Islamic State group counterattacks in southeastern Mosul inflicted heavy losses on Iraqi forces overnight after a new push deeper into the city this week, according to an Iraqi Army officer. Despite the counterattacks, the fresh Iraqi push appears to have relieved pressure on Iraq's special forces who have been largely leading the fight inside the city on the eastern front. Wednesday afternoon, the special forces announced new gains. The troops retook another neighborhood bringing them closer to the Tigris River that divides Mosul's east from west, according to the commander of a joint operations center that oversees the Mosul campaign. Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Yarellah, said in a statement that troops had "fully liberated" the al-Elam neighborhood and raised the Iraqi flag over its buildings. Yarellah added that IS militants "suffered losses" without elaborating. Also Wednesday, the Islamic State group's Amaq news agency released a propaganda video showing captive British photojournalist John Cantlie in what appeared to be central Mosul. Cantlie is seen detailing the U. S.-led coalition's destruction of four of Mosul's five main bridges in a series of airstrikes last month that he describes as inflicting harm of the city's sizeable civilian population. IS has long used Cantlie for propaganda purposes, featuring him in videos from Mosul as well as the Syrian cities of Aleppo and Kobani, likely speaking under duress. As Mosul's bridges were destroyed last month, this is the first confirmation that Cantlie is alive since he appeared in an IS video in July. At a small field hospital just a few kilometers from Mosul's eastern front line, medics said that by midday Wednesday they had already treated about a dozen Iraqi soldiers injured with gunshot and shrapnel wounds. As progress into militant-held Mosul has ground on slowly, a field hospital that was once no more than a few cots in an open lot, has become more established. Military hospital cots sat in a driveway of a nearby abandoned building flanked by IV stands and oxygen tanks. The medics spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to brief the media. The Iraqi Army said Tuesday that they retook the al-Salam hospital and pushed the front line back more than two kilometers, but Iraqi forces have repeatedly quickly advanced into Mosul only to be pushed back by counterattacks launched at night. "Daesh waited until night to attack the troops," Iraqi Army Sgt. Maj. Hakim Saranbii told The Associated Press. He added that the attacks "inflicted heavy losses," without giving specific casualty figures or further details. Iraqi Defense Ministry officials in Baghdad did not immediately comment. Convoys of dozens of armored Iraqi special forces and army Humvees could be seen moving into the southeastern neighborhood Wednesday morning. "What we see here is the enemy reacting to a new axis of advance," said coalition spokesman U. S. Army Col. John Dorrian, explaining that the new push is putting increased pressure on IS. The Iraqi government has not publicized the casualty figures for government troops and paramilitary forces fighting in Mosul and elsewhere in northern Iraq. Last week, the U. N. said in a report that nearly 2,000 members of the Iraqi forces were killed last month, but after coming under fire from the media arm of the Iraqi military, it announced it would discontinue publishing casualty figures for Iraq's security forces. Backed by the U. S.-led international coalition, Iraqi government troops and paramilitary forces launched the campaign in October to dislodge IS from Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city and the last major IS urban bastion in the country. Progress on the ground in Mosul has been slowed by heavily armored IS car bombs, snipers and networks of tunnels that allow the fighters to move without being seen by U. S.-led coalition aircraft. Elsewhere, a wave of bombing attacks hit commercial areas in and around the capital, Baghdad, on Wednesday, killing at least 17 civilians and wounding 57, police and health officials said. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, but they bore all the hallmarks of the Islamic State group, which has staged dozens of similar attacks in the past. ___ Associated Press writers Murtada Faraj and Sinan Salaheddin in Baghdad contributed to this report. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Iraqi special forces capture new land in eastern Mosul
news-gazette.com

 

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Trump a winner in spending bill; retired miners out of luck
(1.02/21)

WASHINGTON (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump emerges as a winner in the final version of the must-pass spending bill as congressional Republicans tacked on an expedited process for ensuring his nominee for defense secretary can serve. Michigan's city of Flint, struggling with lead-tainted water, gets some financial relief in the legislation and so does southern Louisiana, hard hit by flooding this past summer. Retired coal miners and their families, who had counted on a decades-old guarantee for their pensions, are out of luck. And New York City is getting far less money than it requested for the costs of providing security around Trump Tower in Manhattan. The House is scheduled to vote on the spending bill on Thursday; the Senate by week's end. The legislation would keep the government operating beyond Friday's deadline through April 28. Here's a look at the winners and losers: ___ FAST-TRACK PENTAGON PICK Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, Trump's pick for defense secretary, is a well-received choice who should easily win confirmation from Senate Republicans and Democrats. The GOP used the stopgap spending bill to put him on a glide path. Law requires a seven-year wait for former members of the military to serve in the civilian post of defense secretary, and Mattis retired in 2013. Ignoring complaints from Democrats, Republicans inserted provisions in the bill that would accelerate the process for changing the law in January. The legislation to grant the legal exception Mattis needs will still take 60 votes, but the GOP has limited debate in the Senate to no more than 10 hours. And to ensure the bill is not bogged down in committee, the provisions direct that it be put on the Senate's calendar for action within five days after being introduced. "You'll get that waiver, right? " Trump said to Mattis at a rally in North Carolina on Tuesday. "If you didn't get that waiver, there will be such a lot of angry people. " Democrats had argued that using the spending bill to expedite a change in the law sets a terrible precedent. ___ CONGRESS TO NEW YORK: DEAL WITH IT New York Mayor Bill de Blasio asked the government for $35 million to reimburse the NYPD for security costs around Trump Tower on busy Fifth Avenue from Nov. 8 to Jan. 20. The spending bill would provide just $7 million. ___ HELP FOR FLINT, MICHIGAN The bill would provide $170 million to communities struck by contaminated drinking water, contingent on passage of a separate water bill authorizing the funds. Flint's drinking water became tainted when the city switched from the Detroit water system and began drawing from the Flint River in April 2014 to save money. The impoverished city was under state control at the time. Regulators failed to ensure the water was treated properly and lead from aging pipes leached into the water supply. Louisiana and other states dealing with damage from floods and drought will get $4.1 billion in disaster relief. ___ MINERS' GUARANTEE SLIPS AWAY In 1946, President Harry S. Truman brokered an agreement to guarantee miners' lifetime health and retirement benefits, averting a lengthy strike. A significant portion of that promise is slipping away. The spending bill includes $45 million to temporarily protect health care benefits for about 16,500 retired coal miners, mostly in Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, whose benefits are set to expire at the end of the year. The deal, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., only lasts until April, when the bill expires, and does not protect pension benefits that also are at risk. Democrats and some coal-state Republicans had pushed for a bipartisan bill that would protect retirement and health-care benefits for about 120,000 retired coal miners and their families. That bill would have ensured that retired miners receive more than $250 million a year in benefits at risk amid the coal industry's steep decline and bankruptcies of several large companies. Some of the funds could run out of cash by next year, according to the United Mine Workers of America. McConnell and other GOP leaders are wary of bailing out unionized workers. Republicans also say the bill could pressure Congress to offer similar help to other cash-strapped pension funds. ___ NO SLEEP TILL CLEVELAND The trucking industry and Republicans scored a major victory as the bill suspends regulations issued by the Obama administration requiring truckers to take two nights off to rest after a work week of up to 75 hours. Truckers are required to take a 35-hour break at the end of a work week. But the trucking industry objected to requirements that the 35 hours include two periods from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. Sleep scientists say rest during the early morning hours is critical for people to feel refreshed. The suspension means truckers can head out on the road again during those hours if the 35-hour break has elapsed. Another regulation that prevents truckers from working 75 hours, followed by a 35-hour break, and then resume driving again in the same week was also suspended. Truck drivers are allowed to work up to 14 hours a day - 11 hours driving and three hours of other work like loading and unloading. "This is going to result in more tired truckers on the highway," said safety advocate Joan Claybrook. ___ Associated Press writers Richard Lardner, Matthew Daly, Andrew Taylor and Joan Lowy contributed to this report. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
What horse trainers and breeders could lose in stopgap government spending bill
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Conjoined twins Erika and Eva emerge from marathon surgery as two separate girls
(1.02/21)

Aida and Arturo Sandoval leaned into one another and heaved sobs of joy in a dimly lit waiting area at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford. Their three oldest children drew closer to complete the family huddle.
The Antelope parents had just heard the miraculous news. Their 2-year-old daughters Erika and Eva, who were born conjoined from the chest down, had just been successfully separated by surgeons.
The dream of their two rambunctious girls living in separate bodies was becoming a reality.
“We’re relieved,” Aida said Tuesday afternoon between deep breaths and embraces. “Relieved that they’re stable, that the doctors had steady hands.”
Eva ultimately spent 17 hours in the operating room, while Erika spent 18 hours, hospital officials announced Wednesday morning. The girls are now being monitored in the hospital’s pediatric intensive care unit, where they are recovering in adjacent beds.
Lead surgeon Dr. Gary Hartman directed a team of about 50 physicians, nurses and operating-room staff during the complex separation and reconstruction procedure that started at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
“The twins did very well,” Hartman said on Wednesday morning. “I’m very pleased; this is as good as we could have asked for.”
Daughter Esmeralda, 25, celebrated the news along with 40 other relatives gathered in the hospital’s auditorium for the complicated surgery.
“They’ve always been two little people emotionally," she said. "It’s the physical part that’s difficult to grasp. "
Throughout the long day toddlers played, teenagers joked and relatives caught up as if at a holiday dinner, with a few dozing off for naps. That night, without the twins to fret over, Aida floated through the crowds in her usual maternal way, making sure everyone ate while holding people's babies.
That cheerful spirit and level-headedness helped Aida and Arturo get through the last two years, said oldest daughter, Aniza Sandoval. It's also what will steady them during the twins’ long recovery
“They’re both so strong, and I hope to have half the strength they’ve shown me and the rest of the family today," Aniza said. "Despite everything they’ve been told - the percentages of life and death - they stayed positive throughout their whole journey. It only means that the rest of their future, our future as a family, will always be positive and looking at the glass half full.”
Erika and Eva were born in August 2014 with a shared liver, bladder and some digestive system as well as a third leg. As few as one of every 200,000 births results in conjoined twins, making the condition 200 times rarer than Down syndrome. About 50 percent of conjoined twins arrive stillborn, and 35 percent survive only one day, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
The girls spent their first seven months at the hospital before coming home to Antelope. They grew up into talkative, vivacious girls who danced, jumped and crawled while maneuvering their sprawling, seven-limbed body.
The twins also contracted more than two dozen urinary tract infections, a side effect of their shared bladder that required frequent hospitalizations. Eva grew physically larger than Erika and often dragged the smaller girl around as they played. Doctors worried that the growth disparity would become dangerous as the girls aged and advised the family to opt for separation.
Only a few hundred surgeries have ever been performed successfully to separate conjoined twins, and the Stanford doctors had calculated a 30 percent chance that one or both twins wouldn’t make it through Tuesday’s operation.
In October, Aida and the twins moved into a $6,000-a-month apartment in Palo Alto to live closer to the medical staff at Lucile Packard, while Arturo stayed in the Sacramento area where he’s employed as a heavy equipment mechanic. The family started a page on the crowdfunding site YouCaring to raise money for rent and medical expenses, in addition to hosting other fundraisers.
After months of waiting, the surgery date finally arrived before dawn Tuesday when Arturo carried the girls out of their apartment and travelled with the entire family to the hospital.
Arturo, Aida and their older children said a tear-filled prayer around the girls before they were wheeled into the operating room. The first incision was made in their pelvic area around 1 p.m., the family said. By the afternoon, the surgeons, led by Dr. Gary Hartman, had moved onto the girls' shared liver and other organs.
The breakthrough came just after 4:30 p.m., when the couple announced that the twins had survived separation. By 6 p.m. the girls were being wheeled to separate operation rooms for hours of reconstruction.
Aida, too overcome with emotion to speak, gave the floor to Arturo, who updated the crowd in Spanish with help from his sister.
“They are officially split,” Arturo said.
English-speaking loved ones only fully understood when Arturo held up two fingers and moved them apart.
The uncles, cousins and grandparents erupted into their own symphony of cheers and sobs.
Jennifer and Tim Gorsuch, longtime friends of the couple, were part of a massive network of friends and family who helped move the Sandovals to Palo Alto and, closer to the operation date, prepare food for the extended clan.
“I was just completely overwhelmed with emotion,” said Jennifer Gorsuch Tuesday afternoon. “The last couple of days we just tried to control our thoughts and tried to only think positive. Now, hearing that it’s actually going well, is like finally being able to breathe.”
Conjoined twins Erika and Eva survive separation surgery
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72-year-old woman hit and killed by vehicle in Hickory
(1.02/21)

A 72-year-old woman died Wednesday after a vehicle hit her as she tried to cross U. S. 70 Southwest in Hickory.
Vione Mae Miller of Hickory was taken by Catawba County EMS to Frye Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, police said.
Miller was hit at about 10:30 a.m. as she tried to cross in the 400 block of the highway.
The Hickory Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit is investigating the collision.
Payson woman sentenced for hitting, killing boy while driving under the influence
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Walton Goggins to Play Villain in ‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot
(1.02/21)

“Vice Principals” star Walton Goggins is in final negotiations to star as the villain in MGM and GK Films’ reboot of “Tomb Raider,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
Alicia Vikander is set to star as the iconic character of Lara Croft, previously played by Angelina Jolie in the 2001 and 2003 films.
Norwegian director Roar Uthaug is directing the film, set for a release on March 16, 2018.
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The “Tomb Raider” video game was released in 1996, with over 35 million units sold. In 2013, a reboot was released with a younger Croft.
Jolie starred as the British archaeologist in the films that grossed $432 million worldwide. Paramount released both films. Warner Bros. is set to co-produce the reboot with MGM and GK Films.
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Goggins recently starred in “The Hateful Eight,” “American Ultra” and the TV series “Vice Principals.” He is currently working on the TV mini-series “Six” and the feature film “The Three Christs of Ypsilanti.”
Goggins is represented by Core PR, Darris Hatch Management and ICM Partners.
Read original story Walton Goggins to Play Villain in ‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot At TheWrap
‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot Casts Walton Goggins as Villain
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‘Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath’: Beatings, Fake Websites And Hidden Cameras
(1.02/21)

Rinder alleges that Miscavige literally beat him during certain times when David was not pleased. Mike called Miscavige an angry man who often threw Church of Scientology members into “The Hole,” a place where Rinder says people were encouraged to beat one another until they straightened up in the eyes of the church. Rinder himself claimed that he had gotten punched or beaten by “Mr. Miscavige” nearly 100 times — and that Mike just took the punishment because he had been brainwashed to believe Rinder deserved the beatings.
“I’m done. I’m out.”
Mike had been married to his wife (now ex-wife Cathy Bernardini) for 31 years when he left the Church of Scientology. Rinder said that he’d hoped his wife, his mother — Barbara Jean — along with his daughter, Taryn Kelly, would follow him out of the church. Rinder knew that if his family didn’t follow him out of the church, they would not be allowed to talk to him. He asked to speak to his wife, Cathy, but was denied. Instead, he received a handwritten communique.
“I received a handwritten letter from my wife saying, ‘F*** you. I’m filing a divorce.’ My children disconnected from me.”
Leah also read some of the statements made that the Church of Scientology claimed about Mike, with the church challenging the credibility of the endless amount of former Scientology members that came forward in Remini’s docuseries, claiming abuse and all sorts of horrific events.
“No church should have the power to break up a family.”
Both Remini and Rinder detailed a campaign of harassment by the Church of Scientology that they called the church’s standard policy for trying to discredit former members. Those alleged tactics included publishing fake websites with heinous charges against the “suppressive person” who has left the church. Andrew Rinder, Mike’s brother, called Mike evil in a Scientology-produced video.
Rinder claims Scientology members rammed into the back of his car, filmed him everywhere he went, and even purchased his trash via a private investigator that paid garbage persons to do so. Mike showed a camera hidden inside a birdhouse that was pointed directly at his house.
“So I walked up around the street and I went, ‘Oh, right there.’ There’s this stupid birdhouse that I’ve seen a hundred times, never even giving it a second thought, and so I went and got a ladder and I walked over there, opened the lid and there’s a camera inside of the birdhouse pointing at our house.”
Remini called it “f***** up’ that the Church of Scientology would pay $10,000 per week just to follow folks around to discredit former members that criticize the church. Leah revealed that at one point in time, the leader of the Church of Scientology was viewed as the pope in her eyes.
[Featured Image by Omar Vega/Invision/AP Images]
Church of Scientology Denies Spying Claims in Leah Remini Show
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UN: Boko Haram remains a threat even as they lose territory
(1.02/21)

The U. N.'s envoy for Central Africa says a multinational regional force has reclaimed much of the territory controlled by Boko Haram in the Lake Chad Basin but the extremist group remains a serious threat to regional stability. ...
Nigeria grapples with starvation amid Boko Haram battle
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US envoy to UN sees security risk if refugees not rescued
(1.02/21)

As Western nations dig in to protect their own citizens, their territory and their way of life, the U. S. ambassador to the United Nations warned on Wednesday that a security challenge may await them down the road if they fail to do their
US Envoy to UN Sees Security Risk If Refugees Not Rescued
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Republican FCC Commissioners Want a Quick Reversal of Obama's Policies
(1.02/21)

Two Republican U. S. Federal Communications Commissioners say the Trump administration should reverse many significant policies set by the telecommunications and cable regulatory body under Democratic President Barack Obama.
FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly said at an event at the National Press Club in Washington that the FCC under President Donald Trump needs to “undo the more harmful policies adopted by the current commission. … The policy direction chosen in these instances was wrongheaded, harmful to consumers and the industry, costly, and ultimately unworthy of continuation.”
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said he hoped the commission would eliminate many regulations, propose fewer new actions and seek guidance from Congress before taking many actions. He said the commission should take a “weed whacker” to unneeded rules.
O’Rielly said the FCC should not have sought to micromanage the Internet economy in recent years and should reconsider the decision to largely leave intact rules barring cross-ownership of media.
In August, the FCC voted 3-2 to retain nearly all rules limiting cross-ownership of newspapers, radio, and TV stations in the same market, a blow to struggling newspaper companies that have long pushed for the agency to relax restrictions.
O’Rielly criticized the FCC’s decision in October to impose stricter privacy rules on Internet service providers than those imposed on websites like Facebook fb , Alphabet’s Google googl , or Twitter twtr .
“Next year’s commission should consider acting quickly to reverse any damaging policies put into place over the last eight years and in the last few weeks of this administration,” O’Rielly said, urging the next FCC to halt action on some controversial rulemaking.
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The commission is currently controlled by the Democrats, including FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, by a 3-2 margin. But Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel will be forced to leave the FCC if she is not reconfirmed by the end of the month. Trump, a Republican, has not yet named a new chairman.
One controversial decision made by the FCC under Wheeler was the 2015 order to reclassify broadband Internet service under a section of communications law that treats them more like public utilities and subjects them to stricter rules as part of the FCC’s “net neutrality” rules. Those rules bar broadband providers from giving or selling access to speedy Internet, essentially a “fast lane” on the information superhighway, to certain Internet services over others.
Last month, under pressure from Congress, Wheeler dropped plans to push through a proposed reform of the $45 billion business data services market.
Republican FCC commissioners urge quick reversal of Obama rules
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Mike Posner talks about his cosmic 'joke' of a Grammy nomination
(1.02/21)

Mike Posner expressed all the usual feelings Tuesday about being nominated for a Grammy Award.
He was honored. He was humbled. He was gratified. But also? He was a little suspicious.
“I’m beginning to think the universe is playing a joke on me,” he said.
That’s because Posner was recognized for “I Took a Pill in Ibiza,” his clever pop hit about not wanting to have pop hits.
The song, in which he details the burnout he experienced following an early brush with fame, first appeared in 2015 on an acoustic EP that signaled Posner’s happy retreat from high-gloss pop. (It was called “The Truth.”)
But then a sleek remix by the Norwegian duo Seeb took off, reaching No. 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Now Posner’s original is up for song of the year at the Grammys — one more accolade for a tune clearly set against them.
That’s very meaningful to me. This wasn’t an overnight thing. I started writing songs when I was 8 years old, and I’ll turn 29 on the day of the Grammys, Feb. 12. So I’m ending my 20th year of writing, and I’d like to think that I’ve progressed over those 20 years. And to be recognized by your peers…
The Grammys is a voting process, and to be eligible to vote you have to have a certain amount of album credits. So it’s not a popularity contest, and it’s also not a bunch of rich white guys in an oak boardroom deciding who wins this award. It’s people in the music industry who think what I wrote is good.
I think the album I released this year was my 10 best songs at the time. And the songs on my laptop now — I have the next two albums done, and I literally just stopped working on the third to talk to you — I think there’s many, many songs that are better. But I’m proud of “Ibiza”; I don’t think poorly of it at all.
Oh, we’re working on that. I don’t wanna give it away.
Kenneth Turan reviews the Jacqueline Kennedy biopic "Jackie," directed by Pablo Larraín and starring Natalie Portman, who shows us aspects of the first lady we might not have known before. Video by Jason H. Neubert.
Justin Chang reviews "The Comedian," a likable enough movie with terrific supporting performances but an unconvincing lead turn from Robert De Niro. Video by Jason H. Neubert.
Director Michael Dudok de Wit explains why "The Red Turtle" has no dialogue.
For her role as Jackie Kennedy, Natalie Portman says, "It's not a fashion story," but the clothes do tell a story.
Emma Stone discusses working with choreographer Mandy Moore on "La La Land. "
Emma Stone discusses working with choreographer Mandy Moore on "La La Land. "
Mike Posner reacts to Grammy nomination: 'It's a goal of mine'
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Rodrigo Duterte defends police accused of killing mayor
(1.02/21)

Tough-talking president says he's willing to go to jail for policemen accused of "rubbing out" a drug-linked mayor.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte staunchly defended more than two dozen policemen accused by the government's main investigation agency of killing a jailed mayor linked to illegal drugs.
Duterte said on Wednesday 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 November 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 on Tuesday it determined the two inmates died in a police "rub-out" and not a shoot-out.
The NBI, the equivalent of the United States' FBI, said the policemen probably placed pistols and illegal drugs in the cells of the two dead inmates to justify the police raid.
"What the police stated is the truth for me," Duterte said in a speech. He added 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 gun battles as claimed by police.
NBI spokesman Ferdinand Lavin said on Tuesday that 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.
Investigators: Philippine police killed jailed mayor
Espinosa's death has sparked scepticism 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 re-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.
Police murdered drug-linked mayor in his jail cell, Philippine government investigation reveals
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