DC5m United States financial in english 559 articles, created at 2016-12-08 01:27 articles set mostly positive rate 1.9
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Trump presidency: Border hawk ex-general to run US security

Retired General John Kelly has been reportedly tapped to lead the Department of Homeland Security. 2016-12-07 21:47 2KB

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Reports: Trump to pick EPA critic to head EPA Contact WND

(THE HILL) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a longtime foe of the Obama administration’s environmental regulations, is President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to reports. Reuters, citing the transition team, reported Wednesday... 2016-12-07 15:39 1KB

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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 986Bytes

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

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

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Matteo Renzi Expected to Resign Wednesday Evening

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is expected to formally tender his resignation this evening in the wake of an unsuccessful referendum vote on Sunday. Mr. 2016-12-07 15:48 3KB

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Trump, Democratic States to Clash Over Hot-Button Issues

States and cities dominated by Democrats are preparing to push back against some policies that could be on President-elect Donald Trump's to-do list. A look at some of their concerns: IMMIGRANTS Trump said during the campaign that he wanted to deport people who are in... 2016-12-07 13:03 4KB

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Federal judge weighs whether to end Michigan recount

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

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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

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Trump’s ambassador to China wants closer trade ties between the countries. Wait, what?

The president-elect’s pick for China ambassador will likely check some of his worst impulses. 2016-12-07 15:20 7KB

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Michelle Obama on Donald Trump's Election Night: "I Went to Bed"

The first lady and President Obama gave a joint interview to People. 2016-12-07 13:41 3KB

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Georgia police officer fatally shot; college on lockdown

A police officer was fatally shot and another was wounded Wednesday at an apartment complex in western Georgia, prompting a hunt for a suspect and causing nearby Georgia Southwestern State University to tell students to take shelter. 2016-12-07 15:36 1KB

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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

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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

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Baltimore bus crash: Driver had record of seizures, prior accidents, NTSB says

Federal investigators say the driver in November's bus crash that killed six people had been involved in at least a dozen prior incidents. 2016-12-07 15:31 2KB

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Griffin Madden, victim of Oakland warehouse fire, recalled as gifted and ‘luminous’ by UC Berkeley professors

Griffin Madden, victim of Oakland warehouse fire, recalled as gifted and ‘luminous’ by UC Berkeley professors [...] Griffin Madden, 23, who graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in both philosophy and Slavic Languages and Literatures, wowed faculty. “He... 2016-12-07 14:55 4KB

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Pope warns media on 'sin' of spreading 'fake news' Contact WND

(REUTERS) Media that focus on scandals and spread fake news to smear politicians risk becoming like people who have a morbid fascination with excrement, Pope Francis said in an interview published on Wednesday. Francis told the Belgian Catholic weekly “Tertio” that spreading disinformation was “probably the... 2016-12-07 15:06 1KB

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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

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Keith Ellison will resign Congress for DNC chair

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

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Ohio GOP wants to add 20-week abortion ban to heartbeat bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Abortions would be banned after 20 weeks under a bill Republican lawmakers hoped to pass Wednesday and add to legislation already on it... 2016-12-07 14:29 2KB

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Prince Harry makes detour for Meghan Markle, costing British taxpayers extra in security

Prince Harry’s spur-of-the-moment decision to head up to Canada to spend some time alone with his U. S. girlfriend is apparently making waves in the U. K. for the breach of protocol and the added security costs involved. 2016-12-07 12:01 2KB

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AT&T, Time Warner Chiefs Face Questions About Merger in Senate Hearing

A Senate hearing on the proposed $85 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner went for almost three hours without major fireworks, but elected officials still raised concerns over the potent… 2016-12-07 15:19 5KB

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Boeing promises Trump to control costs on Air Force One

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

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NC Gov. McCrory arrives for meeting with Trump in New York

North Carolina’s outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory arrived Wednesday morning just after 10 at Trump Tower in New York City to meet with President-elect Donald Trump. McCrory recently conceded in a tough, unsuccessful bid for a second term and now could be under consideration for a... 2016-12-07 12:26 3KB

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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

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Trump: Presidency 'far more important' than business

Andrew Ross Sorkin, host of CNBC's "Squawk Box," joins Thomas Roberts to discuss concerns over Donald Trump's businesses, and if they present conflicts of interest for the President-elect. 2016-12-07 14:17 801Bytes

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Caterpillar CEO: Yes, We're Afraid Trump Will Target Us

After witnessing the deal president-elect Donald Trump made with Carrier, in which Trump pressured Carrier to keep some jobs in the United States rather than move them to Mexico, Caterpillar chief executive Doug Oberhelman articulated the feeling that many business executives may be privately harboring, warning... 2016-12-07 12:13 2KB

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Trump calls China a 'currency manipulator,' but he's wrong

While Donald Trump's claims may have been true about decade ago, they are contrary to China’s current reality. 2016-12-07 15:23 4KB

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Betsy DeVos may be a 'no' on Trump victory tour stop in Grand Rapids

Donald Trump's pick for education secretary, West Michigan's own Betsy DeVos, will not attend the president-elect's "thank you" rally this week in Grand Rapids. 2016-12-07 13:25 3KB

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Israel's Netanyahu gives conditional 'No' to meeting Palestinian president in Paris

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that he had told French President Francois Hollande that he would not meet Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas if France pushed ahead with an international peace conference in Paris later this month. 2016-12-07 15:16 949Bytes

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Actually, Trump could succeed in lowering drug prices

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

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Mark Cuban: Donald Trump is 'our No. 1 draft pick'

Speaking to CNBC after testifying on Capitol Hill about the AT&T-Time Warner merger, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban appeared to be taking a... 2016-12-07 14:31 1KB

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

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

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

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

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Fitbit acquires software assets from rival Pebble

Fitbit has acquired the software assets of smartwatch maker Pebble but not the startup's hardware products. 2016-12-07 12:33 3KB

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Study: Obamacare repeal without replacement risks making 30M uninsured

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

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Gov. Rauner signs bill sparing 2 nuclear plants

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved a plan providing billions of dollars in subsidies to Exelon Corp. to keep two unprofitable nuclear plants from closing prematurely. 2016-12-07 15:45 2KB

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City officials: Congress shortchanging NYC on Trump security

New York City's mayor and other Democratic officials said Wednesday that Congress was proposing to pitch in far too little for protecting Trump Tower: $7 million, a fifth of what New York... 2016-12-07 15:42 2KB

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

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

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Kinky Christian and Ana get steamy in crowded elevator in racy new Fifty Shades Darker trailer

In it, the formerly BDSM couple gave a new meaning to public display of affection 2016-12-07 15:24 2KB

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Glencore buys stake in Russian state oil firm Rosneft

London-listed commodities trader and Qatar invest €10.5bn for almost a fifth of company as part of Kremlin asset sale 2016-12-07 15:23 2KB

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

The spending deal reached by Congress on Tuesday didn't restore full lending power to the Ex-Im Bank, which supports US exports—and jobs. 2016-12-07 14:26 8KB

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1000s take refuge in mosques after deadly Aceh quake

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

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Trump inauguration protest groups demand access to Washington sites

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service is quashing dissent by blocking access to public space for those who want to demonstrate before, during and after President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, Washington civil rights attorneys said today. Attorney Mara Verheyden-Hilliard of the Partnership for Civil Justice... 2016-12-07 15:14 3KB

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

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

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Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey entering NFL draft

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey announced that he's entering the NFL draft. 2016-12-07 13:23 4KB

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Trump Has Positive Favorability Score On HuffPo Poll

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

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

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

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'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

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

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

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

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

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UK steel jobs safe after multinational commits to plants

LONDON — A deal between multinational Tata Steel and unions secured some 8,000 jobs across Britain on Wednesday in an agreement that ended months of uncertainty for steelworkers and their families. Tata pledged to keep two blast furnaces operating for five years and to invest in the massive... 2016-12-07 15:09 849Bytes

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Trump headlining Friday rally in Louisiana ahead of election

Donald Trump will return to Baton Rouge this week, for a rally ahead of Louisiana’s Saturday election, to urge people to cast their ballots for Republicans. 2016-12-07 14:44 1KB

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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

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150 Turkish officers leave NATO command after coup bid

Around 150 Turkish officers have left NATO's command structure following the attempted military coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the alliance's head of forces in Europe said on Wednesday. 2016-12-07 15:30 2KB

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Congress approves biomedical bill as leaders eye adjournment

Congress sent President Barack Obama bipartisan legislation Wednesday to beef up research on cancer and other diseases, battle drug abuse and speed government approvals of pharmaceuticals and... 2016-12-07 15:42 4KB

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

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

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Russian police arrest 12 people suspected of terror links

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's security agencies have arrested 12 people accused of involvement in a terror organization. Moscow's branch of the Russian Interior Min... 2016-12-07 13:46 1KB

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

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The recent conference of the ruling Fatah party sent a disheartening message to young Palestinians: Most of those elected to top p... 2016-12-07 15:41 6KB

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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

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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

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Starbucks unveils plan to open 12,000 new stores in the next five years

At it's biennial investor meeting, Starbucks executives said they planned to open 1,000 'Reserve' brand cafes. 2016-12-07 15:34 4KB

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Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling Immortalized on Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood is strewn with the phantom doubles of films that might have been if early casting instincts had been followed. Over time, these ghosts bear less and less resemblance to their existing inc… 2016-12-07 15:31 4KB

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

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

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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

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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

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Denzel Washington Hammers Mainstream Media for Selling ‘BS’

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

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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

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Johnny Depp Tops Forbes List of Most Overpaid Actors

The annual Forbes list of the top 10 most overpaid actors in Hollywood ranks Johnny Depp in the top spot for the second year in a row. To compile the list, Forbes’ analysts examined the last three … 2016-12-07 12:22 809Bytes

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

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

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Sale on yielding ace role: ‘We play for a trophy, not a tag’

BOSTON (AP) — Chris Sale said he isn’t worried that he might not be the ace of the Boston pitching staff after being added to a Red Sox rotation that already includes David Price and… 2016-12-07 15:41 4KB

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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

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Time Urges 65 Million Americans Who Voted For Hillary Not To Pay Taxes

"We won’t pay taxes to the federal government... until democracy is restored. " 2016-12-07 13:47 5KB

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Google, Slack Team Up Formally to Integrate Key Products

They have a common rival in Microsoft. 2016-12-07 13:00 3KB

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Kenya president: Nearly 20 dead as medical workers strike

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta is urging striking medical workers from public hospitals to return to work, saying nearly 20 people have died three days into the strike because of lack of care. ... 2016-12-07 12:33 797Bytes

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German firms in Mexico brace for negative Trump impact -survey

MEXICO CITY, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The vast majority of German companies operating in Mexico expect U. S. President-elect Donald Trump's trade policy to have a ne... 2016-12-07 13:20 2KB

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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

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Trump’s Interests vs. America’s, Certificate of Divestiture Edition

The president-elect and the multi-millionaires and billionaires in his cabinet may be able to receive major tax breaks for selling off their business holdings. 2016-12-07 14:09 42KB

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Trump Supporters Shatter Mainstream Media Narrative

Interviews from the latest Trump rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina Interviews from the latest Trump rally in Fayetteville, North Carolina. 2016-12-07 14:07 700Bytes

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Tata Steel commits to staying in Britain: trade unions

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

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Should Trump get credit for Japan’s SoftBank investment?

Donald Trump took credit for SoftBank’s U. S. investment, though the creation of a $100 billion technology-investment fund had been announced weeks before the presidential election. 2016-12-07 13:00 2KB

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Hodgson wants another management job

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

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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

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

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

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Oregon hires Willie Taggart as new head football coach

By ANNE M. PETERSON AP Sports Writer Oregon has hired Willie Taggart, who spent the last four seasons as head coach at South Florida, to take over the Ducks following the... 2016-12-07 15:12 4KB

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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

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

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

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Bellaire Police Department report

Sgt. Hollie ran a computer query on this Texas license plate and the vehicle showed to have expired motor vehicle registration (8/15). After further investigation, the driver was arrested for driving while license invalid (DWLI) and the driver could not provide proof... 2016-12-07 13:33 7KB

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UN court fails to halt French trial of Equatorial Guinea leader

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

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Opening statements draw contrast in murder-for-hire trial

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

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GOP sets up quick path to grant waiver for Gen. Mattis to be defense secretary

The Republican version of a must-pass spending bill sets a speedy procedure to grant a waiver to retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to serve as defense secretary. The procedure limits debate to 10 hours on an issue that has sparked concerns about civilian control of the military. 2016-12-07 12:39 3KB

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Two Klan Leaders Are Charged in a North Carolina Stabbing

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

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UPDATE: Americus officer killed, 2nd officer critical after shooting

UPDATE: 1:15 pm: Americus police Chief Mark Scott says one of his officers died and a Georgia Southwestern College officer was critically wounded in a shooting Wednesday afternoon. 2016-12-07 15:08 2KB

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Colorado Electors File Federal Lawsuit To Block Trump Presidency

Two presidential electors in Colorado filed a lawsuit in a federal court on Tuesday challenging a state law that requires electors to vote for the winner of the 2016-12-07 13:25 5KB

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Watch: California National Guard commander is questioned by lawmakers

Update on 'Iowa Gov. Branstad tapped to become U. S. ambassador to China' 2016-12-07 15:00 669Bytes

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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

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

Far from moving the debate on, this new report on integration adds little to the report I commissioned in 2001. 2016-12-08 01:26 7KB

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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

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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

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GNC agrees to changes to avoid sale of unlawful products

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

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Destroying Roe v. Wade: Ohio’s “unconscionable” Heartbeat Bill is “designed to punish women”

The GOP's bill, which goes to the desk of Gov. Kasich, was the obsession of right-to-life activists in the state 2016-12-07 15:19 3KB

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Dakota Access pipeline company fighting small state fine

The company building the four-state $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline is fighting North Dakota regulators' efforts to fine it a few thousand dollars. The Public Service Commission maintains that... 2016-12-07 15:00 766Bytes

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2 Toddlers Dead After Apparent Radiator Explosion In The Bronx

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

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Energy Transfer Partners pipeline targeted in West Texas protests

Two people were arrested Tuesday at a pipeline protest in West Texas, bringing an intensifying political battle against oil and gas infrastructure to a state where the energy industry typically enjoys wide support. 2016-12-07 14:46 3KB

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Trump Policies Could Boost S&P 500 Earnings By 11%

Trump Policies Could Boost S&P 500 Earnings By 11% Buy domestic-focused US stocks with high tax rates and lower labor costs 2016-12-07 14:45 3KB

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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

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Baby teether study finds many contain potentially harmful chemicals

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

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Venezuela unveils 6 new bills amid galloping inflation

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela has unveiled six new bills set to go into circulation next week. Central Bank President Nelson Merentes said Tuesday the... 2016-12-07 15:43 1KB

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Cubs get closer Wade Davis from Royals for OF Jorge Soler

The World Series champion Chicago Cubs have acquired star closer Wade Davis from the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Jorge Soler. 2016-12-07 15:36 1KB

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Pittsburgh father left his five kids home alone in filth to 'rob a store'

A Pittsburgh man left his five kids home alone in squalid conditions while he robbed a convenience store so he could get money to bail his wife out of jail, police say. 2016-12-07 15:34 3KB

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

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

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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

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The interesting things in short-term government spending bill

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

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US envoy to UN sees security risk if refugees not rescued

As Western nations dig in to protect their own citizens, their territory and their way of life, the U. S. ambassador to the United Nations warned on Wednesday that a security challenge may await them down the road if they fail to do their share in... 2016-12-07 15:14 845Bytes

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China warns US on Taiwan leader's planned transit

BEIJING (AP) -- China on Wednesday accused Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen of seeking to use a planned transit stop in the U. S. to score diplomatic points 2016-12-07 15:09 4KB

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

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

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

Starbucks, looking to the future as its longtime CEO moves to other projects, plans to open 12,000 new locations within five years to boost its number of coffee shops worldwide by almost 50 percent. The Seattle-based chain is also adding more food to its menu... 2016-12-07 15:06 820Bytes

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

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

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Republican FCC commissioners urge quick reversal of Obama rules

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. 2016-12-07 15:02 3KB

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State House lets tax incentives proposal die for now

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

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The 12 Most Bad-Ass Superhero Scenes of 2016 (Photos)

Civil War delivered the first appearances of both Giant Man and Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is perhaps the best scene in a Superhero movie this year. Apocalypse and screaming as she tears villain Apocalypse apart was a surprise highlight of the film and set up... 2016-12-07 14:56 3KB

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

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

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Android app update file sizes slashed by up to 90 percent

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

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Britain's finance chief starts overseas tour on Brexit fears

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- Britain's exit from the European Union will be a "smooth process" that will not disrupt trade patterns with smaller countrie 2016-12-07 14:44 2KB

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Kelly Ripa Guest Co-Hosts Ranked by TV Ratings: From Kimmel to Christian Slater (Photos)

Kelly Ripa Guest Co-Hosts Ranked by TV Ratings: From Kimmel to Christian Slater (Photos) “Live!” has had 52 different guest co-hosts across 112 episodes since Michael Strahan bailed on Kelly Ripa — here’s how their syndicated ratings have stacked... “Live!”... 2016-12-07 14:42 2KB

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

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

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EpiPen maker Mylan to restructure and cut its workforce

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

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Former Saginaw, Flint doctor sentenced for Medicaid fraud

Dr. Chidozie Ononuju, 57, was sentenced in Ingham County Circuit Court by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina.on Wednesday, Dec. 7, for fraudulent Medicaid billing. 2016-12-07 14:31 2KB

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Alleged robber ID-ed in fatal security-guard shooting

The alleged robber fatally shot by a security guard this week in Eagan has been identified as 25-year-old Davon Wiley O’Keith of North Minneapolis. 2016-12-07 14:30 1KB

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

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

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Donald Trump: Alec Baldwin’s ‘SNL’ Impression Is ‘Mean-Spirited’

President-elect Donald Trump shared his thoughts on Alec Baldwin’s ‘mean-spirited’ ‘Saturday Night Live’ impression during a Wednesday, December 7, interview with the ‘Today’ show — see what he said 2016-12-07 14:17 2KB

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Many SOS offices can't process transactions Wednesday

Transactions are down sporadically throughout the state, officials said 2016-12-07 14:12 876Bytes

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

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

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The Chamber of Commerce May Learn to Love Trump

If the new administration and the Chamber’s allies in Congress give big business the tax and regulatory “relief” it wants, it'll be fine with Trump. 2016-12-07 14:02 4KB

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LGBT students still face discrimination at school

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

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Before they fired Michael Flynn Jr. over Pizzagate conspiracy theory, Donald Trump’s transition team wanted to give him security clearance

Michael G. Flynn was willing to lie about Pizzagate — and the Trump transition team is now lying about Flynn. VIDEO 2016-12-07 13:59 1KB

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It only took Trump 24 days to create an international dustup

Donald Trump's often loose talk created fears during the campaign that his election could threaten the hard-won gains of minorities at home or... 2016-12-07 13:53 5KB

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Tesla recalls charging adapters after overheating

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

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Iran’s big new oil deal with Shell will help keep its nuclear agreement safe from Trump

Foreign investment in the country makes it harder to return to sanctions. 2016-12-07 13:40 3KB

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Students hospitalized after eating drug-laced gummy bears

Thirteen students at Naperville North High School were taken to a local hospital after eating gummy bears believed to be laced with "another substance. " 2016-12-07 13:32 1KB

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'Catwoman' Jocelyn Wildenstein, 76, arrested after 'slashing her designer boyfriend, 49, with scissors during late night apartment brawl'

Jocelyn Wildenstein, 76, is accused of clawing her designer boyfriend Lloyd Klein and then slashing his chest with a pair of scissors after flying in to a violent rage at around 1:30am Wednesday. 2016-12-07 13:18 2KB

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Many Americans don't have enough emergency cash

For Americans under age 40, about half of them say they can't come up with $2,000 if an emergency came up, according to the New York Federal Reserve. 2016-12-07 13:08 2KB

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Malta bans gay conversion therapy, a first for Europe

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

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Video reportedly clears Detroit man accused in killing of university police officer

Detroit authorities investigating the shooting death of a Wayne State University police officer found video of the man accused in the killing at a different location at the time of the incident that eliminates him as a suspect, a local reporter tweeted on Wednesday. 2016-12-07 13:00 2KB

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Turner Inks Deal With Snap, Inc. to Create Original Series

The line between new and old media, never truly a clear one, is blurring again. Turner and Snap, Inc. have just signed a new deal that will put Turner property Bleacher Report on Snapchat Discover … 2016-12-07 12:59 3KB

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

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

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Woman arrested, man sought for attacking man in Crown Point

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

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Official: UConn Will Do What It Can for Immigrant Students

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

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Selena Quintanilla's father sues her widower over TV project

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

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‘Good Fight’ Sets Premiere Date on CBS All Access

“The Good Fight,” the upcoming “Good Wife” spinoff, has an official premiere date on CBS All Access. [...] a special broadcast preview of the premiere will air on CBS that same night at 8 p.m./7c. In the new... 2016-12-07 12:33 2KB

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Bernstein: Remembering Rashaan Salaam

Drafted by the Bears in 1995, Salaam was found dead Monday in Boulder, Colorado at age 42. 2016-12-07 12:20 4KB

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Iraqi special forces capture new land in eastern Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Iraq special forces captured a new neighborhood Wednesday from the Islamic State group in eastern Mosul, according to a senior commander — the latest gain in a massive military operation now its seventh week. T 2016-12-07 12:15 3KB

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Doping-Isinbayeva to head RUSADA Supervisory Council

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

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EU lawmakers move to revive asset and mortgage backed market

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Interpublic says U. S. govt sought video production data

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

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Aid institutions wary of politics sapping Cyprus reforms -source

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

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State Oil Revenue Grows While Other Taxes Decline - - Oklahoma City, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports

Oil and natural gas tax revenue showed improvement in November, up nearly 13 percent from the same time one year ago. However, sales and income tax collections are on the decline. 2016-12-07 12:28 1KB

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Trump still questions U. S. intelligence on Russia

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

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

Two heavyweights collide on the final day of group stage action in the UEFA Champions League as Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund face off at the Bernabeu. Follow all the action here. 2016-12-07 15:47 1KB

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

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

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Friends: Man who died in Clearing fire went back in to save dog, who also perished

A man died Wednesday after he was pulled from a home that caught fire on the city's Southwest Side, the Chicago Fire Department said. 2016-12-07 16:49 2KB

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Man arrested in beer bottle cutting in Kenner: JPSO

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

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Today in Entertainment: Grammy nominations reflect new versus tried-and-true, Ryan Adams announces new album

Today in Entertainment: Grammy nominations reflect new versus tried-and-true, Ryan Adams announces new album Dec. 7, 2016, 11:32 a.m. Here's what's new and interesting in the world of entertainment and the arts today:Beyoncé vs. Adele at... 2016-12-07 15:32 18KB

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

Prince Charles took a grand tour of the Bank of England's gold vaults. This marks the prince's first visit back to the Bank since 2002. Each bar weighs around 13kg and is worth £366,501 at today's price. 2016-12-07 15:31 2KB

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

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

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

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

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Spotify's Top 10 most viral tracks

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

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Amazon’s 12 Days Of Deals For Brawling Nerds – Hot Deals From Amazon

Brawling nerds - If you want a new game or equipment for PC or console, or just want to gift a certain dear friend of yours a gift card 2016-12-07 14:47 5KB

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4 Resolutions Marketers Can Make After Watching the Top YouTube Ads of 2016

This year, for the first time ever, I stuck to my New Year's resolution. I joined the Mark Zuckerberg challenge, setting out to run 365 miles—a mile a day—in 2016. 2016-12-07 14:36 7KB

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Epic gingerbread 'houses' in New Orleans and beyond

If you are gingerbread house geek, share photos of your creation or of the best ones you've come across in life or on the Internet. 2016-12-07 13:45 3KB

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Probation for Champaign couple who admitted robbery

URBANA — A Champaign husband and wife who admitted robbing a man who hired the woman to have sex with him have been sentenced to a year of probation. K 2016-12-07 13:33 1KB

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patient safety may drop during doctor rotations

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

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

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

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

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the Jimmy John's sandwich chain has agreed to stop requiring low-level employees to sign agreements preventing them from seeking jobs with competitors. 2016-12-07 16:23 1KB

The Trump 2017 trade: Stocks could roar — or get clobbered, strategist says

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best-selling author of "The I-Factor" Van Moody shares keys to success

In his latest, best-selling book "The I-Factor" author, pastor and inspirational speaker Van Moody delves into the keys to find and become the success you've always wanted to be -- and it all starts with YOU. 2016-12-07 15:48 1KB

Louisiana judge off another case, after trial abruptly ends

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

Inspector general blasts CPS for impeding investigation

In an unusually public and blunt airing of a grievance, the Chicago Public Schools’ inspector general blasted CPS officials for impeding his 2016-12-07 15:46 4KB

The biggest health reform bill since Obamacare, explained in 600 words

The 21st Century Cures Act could be very damaging to public health. 2016-12-07 15:44 4KB

Public Security Minister proposes blacklist of companies that support boycotting Israel

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

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

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

Radical 'Cormorant' could replace helicopters in war zones

The Cormorant has completed its first autonomous flight. This flying ambulance will transport troops or supplies within tight quarters where helicopters are unable to travel. 2016-12-07 15:42 6KB

Broad rally takes US indexes back above record highs

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

Is demand for travel to Cuba flattening?

By BETH J. HARPAZ AP Travel Editor Demand for travel to Cuba may be flattening, with soaring hotel prices on the island, American Airlines cutting some flights, and... 2016-12-07 15:42 4KB

Metro offers alternatives for late-night riders, more than 6 months after changes began

Metro is set to provide the first actual alternative options for riders since cutting back late night rail service in June. See all the proposed changes. 2016-12-07 15:41 3KB

Yann M'Vila to Sunderland deal off after change of heart

Sunderland have announced they will no longer be signing Yann M'Vila from Rubin Kazan in January. 2016-12-07 15:41 1KB

Eastern Washington is threatening to split from state

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

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

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

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

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

Trump Embraces Stimulus AGAIN: ‘Sometimes You Have To Prime The Pump’

Donald Trump, in an interview with Time Magazine on November 28, went full Keynesian, as well as hinting at what could properly be termed a fascist approach to economics, threatening companies that might outsource their work to foreign lands and defending his plans for wildly spending... 2016-12-07 15:40 3KB

Monte dei Paschi asks ECB to extend rescue deal deadline to Jan 20 - source

MILAN, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena has asked the European Central Bank (ECB) to extend a deadline for completing its rescue plan to Jan... 2016-12-07 15:39 1KB

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

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

'Melania was slut-shamed': Megyn Kelly slams critics of Donald's wife and is then BOOED when she tells Women in Hollywood audience that there are things to admire about Trump

Megyn Kelly kicked things off The Hollywood Reporter's annual Women in Entertainment breakfast in Los Angeles with a speech about equality in the workplace and on the campaign trail. 2016-12-07 15:37 3KB

Every Muslim woman I’ve met is integrated

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

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

Macomb County base awaits announcement if Lightning II fighter jet will be its next mission. 2016-12-07 15:36 6KB

Girls especially at risk in Nigerian conflict

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

Tricolour Brexit may play well in France

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

Paris takes cars off the streets as smog cloud covers the city

Officials trying to fight Paris’ worst winter pollution in a decade have banned many cars from the streets in a bid to clear the smog from the French capital. 2016-12-07 15:35 2KB

Starbucks Steps Up Expansion as CEO Schultz Preps High-End Market Push

One week after Starbucks (NYSE:SBUX) founder and CEO Howard Schultz surprised investors with an after-the-bell announcement that he will step down from his post, he took the stage Wednesday at the company's investor day in New York to outline an ambitious vision for... 2016-12-07 15:35 5KB

City's Memorial Park Cross Is Saved From Removal

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

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

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

Historian Dan Snow uncovers secret past of his Prime Minister ancestor Lloyd George

As being 'the man who won the war', Lloyd George was hiding a secret affair with his long term secretary Frances Stevenson - whom he later married. 2016-12-07 15:33 3KB

The guide to being a better bystander

It isn't easy, write Emily May and Kio Stark, but being a better bystander can change the world. The key is knowing that you have options and using them. 2016-12-07 15:33 5KB

How to get the same light as an old-fashioned incandescent bulb

Whatever happened to the good ol' 60-watt bulb? When I was at my parents' house for Thanksgiving, my mom remarked to me she needed to buy some light... 2016-12-07 15:31 3KB

Earth’s Days Getting Longer, Slower: Study

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

Report: FEMA Wasted About $3 Billion Grants Last Year

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

Lawmakers Crack Down On Black Market Cigarette Operations

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

Congo rights group blames govt, parties for deadly unrest

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

2017 Infiniti QX30

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

Texas eyes immunizations as more kids file exemptions

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas could be the epicenter for the nation's next major fight over stricter requirements for immunizations as rates of schoolchildren w... 2016-12-07 15:30 4KB

Innovative production brings hip-hop to ‘Nutcracker’

Tchaikovsky classic meets modern moves and time travel in ‘The Hip Hop Nutcracker’ 2016-12-07 15:30 4KB

Catching Up with ‘The Santaland Diaries’ star Harold M. Leaver [AUDIO]

Harold M. Leaver stars in “The Santaland Diaries,” the comedic play that has become an Atlanta holiday tradition. “The Santaland Diaries” opened on Nov. 18 and plays through the end of the year at Horizon Theatre in Little Five Points. 2016-12-07 15:28 1KB

GOP Lawmaker Betting on Trump to Push New Concealed Carry Law

The new session of Congress doesn’t begin for a few weeks, but one Republican policymaker has already drawn up a bill that would allow people to carry a concealed handgun from one state to another. 2016-12-07 15:28 1KB

United airlines to charge extra to use overhead lockers Contact WND

(TELEGRAPH) — United Airlines, one of the world’s largest carriers, is facing fresh criticism over plans to charge passengers extra for the use of overhead lockers. The airline, which welcomed almost 139m passengers in 2015, will introduce a new “basic economy” fare in... 2016-12-07 15:26 1KB

New Trier custodian wins $2M on 60th birthday

New Trier High School custodian Dave Martinez just celebrated his 60th birthday by becoming a millionaire. 2016-12-07 15:26 1KB

‘Bitter/Sweet’ savors tea, chocolate and coffee

“Bitter/Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate,” the new exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts, underlines how these exotic foodstuffs sparked whole new industries, restructured the global economy, and changed European tastes in stimulants forever. The ticketed show will be up through March 5. 2016-12-07 15:26 3KB

Cain, Garrett lead DePaul to 80-61 win over Lamar

Eli Cain scored 21 points, Billy Garrett added 15 and DePaul defeated Lamar 80-61 on Tuesday night. 2016-12-07 15:26 1KB

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

The ten designs are based on the animals or mythical creatures that have stood guard on British royal heraldry for hundreds of years. The first coin being launched depicts the Lion of England. 2016-12-07 15:25 3KB

Kardashian Sisters File Legal Docs To Stop Blac Chyna From Profiting After Angela Renee Kardashian Name Change

Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe Kardashian have drawn the line when it comes to Blac Chyna’s name change. The famous reality TV sisters have come to accept that Chyna 2016-12-07 15:25 4KB

Manchester City stars get into festive spirit as Gael Clichy and Fabian Delph battle it out in TablePong challenge for club's Christmas charity

Claudio Bravo, Gael Clichy and Fabian Delph joined manager Pep Guardiola to lend their support in various different events this week, as the club bid to back community football projects in six cities. 2016-12-07 15:25 2KB

Tom Thumb reopening the 3 North Texas Fresh Market stores it bought

Tom Thumb is reopening the three Fresh Market stores it purchased in May from the North Carolina grocery chain that decided to exit the Texas market. 2016-12-07 15:25 1KB

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

The cop, Social Circle police officer James Sanders, pulled over the black jeep driven by a 17-year-old boy on November 23, after a passenger yelled at him: 'F*** the police.' 2016-12-07 15:22 3KB

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

Starbucks sees food innovation and its cold coffee beverages as key areas fueling its future growth. 2016-12-07 15:22 4KB

Brooke Shields' gift list sweetens sales for Vermont syrup

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — Brooke Shields' gift list is sweetening a Vermont family farm's sale of maple syrup. The 109-year-old Robb Family Farm in Brattleboro... 2016-12-07 15:20 2KB

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

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

Instagram to allow users to turn off comments on posts

Instagram will enable users to turn off comments on their posts, in a move designed to give 2016-12-07 15:18 2KB

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

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

World Customs Body Says ‘Carefully Watching’ Trump’s Trade Policy

The World Customs Organization (WCO) has been vigilant against new direction US President-elect Donald Trump may take and will be ready to implement measures against the anti-trade sentiment, WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya told Sputnik on Wednesday. ... 2016-12-07 15:18 857Bytes

Thousands of Bangladesh kids working 64 hours a week

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

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

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

Norman Lear’s ‘One Day at a Time’ Reboot Gets First Trailer From Netflix (Video)

Netflix released the first trailer for its reboot of Norman Lear’s classic sitcom “One Day at a Time” on Wednesday, giving a first look at the series and its a Cuban-American family. The series stars “Six Feet Under’s” Justina Machado as a recently separated, former military... 2016-12-07 15:15 2KB

Dylan O’Brien Missed On ‘Teen Wolf’ Amid Ratings Drop: Tyler Posey Says ‘I Know He Wants To Be Here’

Teen Wolf’s Dylan O’Brien and Tyler Posey are bros to be sure. Tyler says he misses Dylan incredibly since his injury, and he’s still not back to his role as 2016-12-07 15:15 3KB

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

They got away with £10,000 worth of designer clothes after posing as mannequins alongside the real dummies on parade at Beales store in Worthing (pictured). 2016-12-07 15:15 3KB

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

A mom says her son was left in tears after being fat-shamed by a Santa in their town of Forest City, North Carolina. This raises a lot of questions. 2016-12-07 15:15 2KB

World's first permanent ice hotel to open in Sweden

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

Is The Soda Industry Hiding Health Risks Of Drinking Soda?

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

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

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

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

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

Army National Guard Members Sentenced For Selling Weapons

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

Which Console Should You Get This Christmas?

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

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

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

Pokémon Go update finally lets you transfer multiple monsters to Professor Willow at once

Pokémon Go is getting new creatures and a marketing deal that will turn more than 10,00 Sprint retailers into PokéStops and Gyms, but developer Niantic is also rolling out a smaller update that introduces at least one highly requested feature. 2016-12-07 21:47 2KB

Brazil's Economic Problems Remain Intractable for Temer

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

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

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

Egypt activist says she was arrested in NGO funding case

CAIRO — A prominent Egyptian human rights activist and lawyer was arrested on Wednesday in connection with an ongoing investigation of the country's top rights campaigners for illegally receiving foreign funds. Her arrest has had a chilling effect on Egyptian rights activists who fear they will be next... 2016-12-07 15:09 935Bytes

NBCUniversal International, Altice Group Ink Strategic Deal For France

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

The Murky World of Bottom-Feeding Shipping Registries

Hurd's Bank, July 2015 Sixteen miles out to sea from Valletta, Malta, safely into international waters, dozens of large ships sit at anchor in July of last year. An hour before the late summer sunset, the sea and sky are nearly the same... 2016-12-07 15:08 10KB

Swedish men offered measuring service to help buy the correct size CONDOM

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

James Arthur brings Waterlooo a standstill dressed as bearded busker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EPA, tribe: State commission not venue for complaint

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

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

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

Israeli bill violates international law

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

Coalition seeks income, gas taxes hikes to fix Kansas budget

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

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

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

That overhead bin is now going to cost United passengers

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

Allen becomes latest Indiana county to offer needle exchange

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

Our desperate need to save US democracy from ourselves

OPINION | Democracy isn't static, it needs to be maintained. 2016-12-07 15:01 5KB

City wage hike leads to $7.1M deficit

The City of Cincinnati is facing an $7.1 million budget shortfall next year and the recent wage hike for most city employees is to blame. 2016-12-07 15:00 2KB

Carter looks to boost India ties as China rises

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

What Trumponomics Means for Women

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

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

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

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

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

Steve King Weighing Gubernatorial Bid

GOP Iowa Rep. Steve King is considering running for governor of the Hawkeye State as Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad was drafted by the Trump administration to serve as the U. S. ambassador to Chi 2016-12-07 14:58 1KB

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

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

Thoughts Pertaining To The Present "Transition"

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

Chipotle founder gives half of chain's restaurants a C or worse for poor service after food safety crisis

Steve Ells said at a conference Tuesday “about half” of the burrito chain’s 2,100 outposts earn a C, D or F on an internal grading system. 2016-12-07 14:56 3KB

7th annual Hullegeb Festival celebrates Ethiopian culture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Financial Principals of Ancient Babylon, Part 2

One weekend, my son and I went to Minneapolis, and I had him listen to The Richest Man in Babylon. I wanted... 2016-12-07 12:59 5KB

NBA Trade Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers To Trade Luol Deng To Minnesota Timberwolves For Shabazz Muhammad?

More NBA trade rumors are coming out regarding the Los Angeles Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves. The trade would involve Lakers’ forward Luol Deng going to the 2016-12-07 14:51 4KB

Hillary Clinton Going To Harry Reid Retirement Party

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

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

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

Irish court unfreezes 100m euros for Khodorkovsky

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

Cornerstone honors community members

Several receive awards named after founders during Cornerstone's second Annual Donor & Company Reception. 2016-12-07 14:50 4KB

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

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

How an Instagram Star With a Name Like FuckJerry Makes $30,000 Per Sponsored Post

If you follow comedy or pop-culture accounts on Instagram, chances are you've come across one of FuckJerry's memes or funny jokes while scrolling through your feed. 2016-12-07 14:49 5KB

Paris will auction its love locks to help refugees

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

Brenda Freeman Joins AR Startup Magic Leap as CMO

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

Supreme Court upholds fraud ruling against State Farm for Katrina claim

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

OneJet adds nonstop service from Pittsburgh to Albany, Richmond

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

Pastor sues over wife's leaked nude photos Contact WND

(STAR-TELEGRAM) — GRAPEVINE, Texas — A Grapevine car salesman is accused of stealing a customer’s nude photos and sending them to a swingers website as the customer waited to buy a car last year, according to a lawsuit filed in Dallas County. The salesman... 2016-12-07 14:45 1KB

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

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

Wal-Mart adds seasonal items to curbside pickup service

Wal-Mart Stores Inc., which launched online grocery shopping and curbside pickup service at three of its Sacramento-area stores in October, has added the option of picking up seasonal holiday items, including artificial Christmas trees, lights and place settings. 2016-12-07 10:44 2KB

Officers: DAPL Protesters Put Our Families At Risk

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

Hollyday Fair celebrates local business, crafts and Christmas

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

Noah named France Fed Cup captain

PARIS, Dec 7 (Reuters) - France Davis Cup skipper Yannick Noah has been named the country's Fed Cup captain as well, the French tennis federation said on Wed... 2016-12-07 14:42 1KB

Donald Trump's Crony Capitalism

Already behaving like a swaggering banana republic commandante 2016-12-07 14:42 4KB

Russell Crowe avoids charges for Azealia Banks incident

Russell Crowe will avoid legal repercussions for his role in a recent off-screen drama involving rapper Azealia Banks. 2016-12-07 14:42 2KB

Apple releases iOS 10.2 public beta 7

The betas just keep coming. Today Apple released the seventh public beta of iOS 10.2, an update to its latest and greatest iOS 10 mobile operating system. Apple released this beta update to developers today. 2016-12-07 21:47 1KB

I went to a KKK rally and saw the future of the alt-right

This is small-town America in December 2016. Tinsel Christmas trees and golden stars hang from lampposts along Main Street in downtown Roxboro, North Carolina (population 8,632, according to the 2010 census). 2016-12-07 14:37 5KB

The ‘Westworld’ Finale: Surprising Revelations About Ford, Arnold, And Delores

The Westworld finale aired Sunday night, and… well, all I can say is wow. Just wow. Questions were answered, theories were proven, surprises were sprung, and 2016-12-07 14:36 3KB

The Art of the Autocrat

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

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

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

Kitchen hacks that will change your life forever

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

Carrier to hike prices on furnaces and air conditioners

Carrier and sister brands are raising prices up to 5% as of Jan. 1, but company announcement went out before deal with Trump to save Indiana plant. 2016-12-07 14:33 2KB

EU Fines Bank Cartel for Rigging Euribor Rate

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

Early Returns

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

Parents protest CPS changes in special-education funding

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

Video company challenges Minnesota law on serving gay couples

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

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

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

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

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

Henrik Zetterberg lifts Detroit Red Wings over Winnipeg Jets in shootout

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

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

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

Bill would cut Michigan communities a break on road project costs

The bill would relieve communities from having to pay for major projects on state-owned highways, like the one on I-75. 2016-12-07 14:25 2KB

What Former Employees Say ITT Tech Did To Scam Its Students

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

Infant apparently drowned in bathtub after mother falls asleep on couch

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

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

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

Muezzin bill vote delayed as Netanyahu presses for broader ban

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

Britain to deepen security cooperation with the GCC

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

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

The new exhibit in the Astronaut Hall of Fame part of the Space Center, explores the human element of the space program. With its high-tech and interactive elements added to stories by and about astronauts, it is a compelling exhibit. 2016-12-07 14:23 7KB

Arlington is likely to strike out economically with new stadium

The Texas Rangers will soon have a new baseball stadium to call home, courtesy of a half-billion tax dollars. On Election Day, Arlington voters... 2016-12-07 14:23 4KB

Global Music Rights Sues Radio Stations for Running Cartel

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

Deal with absentee ministers, Ramaphosa tells Parliament

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

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

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

Terra Group cancels contract to buy Grand Avenue properties, but remains interested

Citing “environmental concerns,” Miami developer Terra Group has canceled a $35 million contract to buy dozens of properties along Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove. 2016-12-07 14:21 2KB

God Squad: Being able to let go is allowing God’s will to become real

Q: I first want to start off by saying my mother-in-law and I read your column faithfully and every weekend we call one another discussing it. We are Catholic and really enjoy that you know so much about every religion and discussing things about it. 2016-12-07 14:21 4KB

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

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

Man gets stuck in manhole trying to grab item

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

Vinyl makes us happy, here's why we're buying more of it Gaia with an iPad? Thomas Friedman's ideas for the future of humanity are already old hat

This once retro format is no longer the preserve of hipsters and music heads. 2016-12-08 01:22 13KB

‘The Young And The Restless’ Spoilers: Paternity Test Revealed, Will Billy And Victoria Reunite?

Young and The Restless spoilers are in, and it looks like Billy and Victoria might be heading for a reunion. The source for their possible reunion points to the 2016-12-07 14:20 2KB

Probe now demands testimony from Choi Soon-sil

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

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

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

Commercial Real Estate: From Towers Of Gold To Pillars Of Salt

As for the current generation of erected structures, today’s investors in commercial real estate can be forgiven if they’ve got the urge 2016-12-07 14:16 8KB

Analysts Say Millennials Aren't Biting

Despite efforts to appeal to younger consumers 2016-12-07 14:16 1KB

UN Security Council to discuss North Korea rights abuses

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

Busch Gardens: Errant emails were 'glitch'

Emails with details about reservations to Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg, Va., were sent in error Tuesday to people who had never made reservations. 2016-12-07 14:14 2KB

Subway strike causes traffic gridlock in Argentina's capital

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

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

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

Leonard Fournette, Jamal Adams praised by ESPN draft experts

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

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

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

New approach for treating teens with depression

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

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

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

Morgan Stanley: Quant Hedge Funds Unable To Profit On Post Election Moves

The US stock market reaction to the US election features odd correlation factors as Long / Short hedge fund stratigies found opportunity 2016-12-07 14:07 4KB

‘Ladies Of London’ Star Caroline Stanbury Admits She And Sophie Stanbury Are ‘Broken’

Ladies of London Season 3 Episode 2 featured a showdown between Caroline Stanbury and her sister-in-law Sophie Stanbury. During a tense exchange, Caroline 2016-12-07 14:05 4KB

Musical celebrating Harold Prince heads to Broadway in 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Paul Vogt as Harriman F. Spritzer – Hairspray Live!

Tonight, Paul C. Vogt will play the role of Mr. Harriman F. Spritzer on NBC's production of Hairspray Live. Vogt is no stranger to the play-- in January 2007, he took over the role of Edna Turnblad in the Broadway production... 2016-12-07 14:03 1KB

Boy saves mom and unborn baby sister with 911 call

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

HBO Sets Warren Buffett Documentary Premiere Date

Told primarily in Buffett’s own words, the film features never-before-released home videos, family photographs, archival footage and interviews with family and friends. Tracing Buffett’s ascent from first-time investor to business maven, the documentary tracks the highs and lows of his career and... 2016-12-07 14:00 2KB

Senate should ask some tough questions of Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos

As President-elect Donald Trump moves forward with more of his Cabinet appointments, it's important to remember that to the victor goes the... 2016-12-07 14:00 4KB

Black flight to suburbs masks lingering segregation in metro Detroit

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

Eat, drink and watch ‘Star Wars’ in luxury. New theater opens in Coral Gables

The seven-screen luxury multiplex from Landmark Theatres opens Friday, Dec. 9 at The Shops at Merrick Park in Coral Gables. The movie theater will offer dining, a full bar, reserved seating and popular Hollywood films and opens just in time for holiday blockbusters like... 2016-12-07 13:58 4KB

Abbott asks CPS to begin moving very troubled foster kids out of institutions, using federal money

Dallas News: your source for breaking news and analysis for Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas and around the world. Read it here, first. 2016-12-07 13:58 5KB

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

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

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

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

Low-code platforms help businesses quickly create apps

Although we’ve long since entered the digital age, many organizations remain saddled with legacy IT systems, unable to keep up with the growing and ever-changing demands of the business. Not only that, with resources stretched, many IT departments are left with no choice but... 2016-12-07 13:54 6KB

Canadian Jewish Heritage Month on table at Senate

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

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

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

27 CEOs Pledge Gender Parity in Corporate America's Top Ranks By 2030

Former DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman is co-leading the effort. 2016-12-07 13:52 4KB

Longtime A's announcer Bill King wins Hall's Frick Award

Former Oakland Athletics announcer Bill King has won the Ford C. Frick Award presented by the Hall of Fame for excellence in broadcasting. 2016-12-07 13:52 1KB

AP sources: Locke, Marlins agree to $3,025,000, 1-year deal

Left-hander Jeff Locke has agreed to a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins worth $3,025,000, according to two people familiar with the negotiations. 2016-12-07 13:52 1KB

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

The biggest question in local government and being posed by citizens in Johannesburg is whether mayor Herman Mashaba is expressing xenophobic sentiments or he genuinely wants to restore order in the city. 2016-12-07 13:50 5KB

Holiday gift ideas for fitness enthusiasts

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

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

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

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

A San Diego State University-affiliated research laboratory sent out an email with a link to a new study it had conducted. An expletive came in a response from a California Department of Education employee. He then hung up on a caller who sought an explanation. 2016-12-07 13:47 3KB

DA seeks death penalty for stepfather accused of rape, stabbing

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

No Aliens? Astronomer Says That’s So Pessimistic

Well, scientists don’t like to use the term "aliens," but that is a decent summary. In SETI—the search for extraterrestrial intelligence 2016-12-07 13:46 7KB

Judge revokes order freezing Mikhail Khodorkovsky assets

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

FBI arrests Puerto Rico mayor on public corruption charges

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

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

It’s been an unusually dramatic year for America’s Test Kitchen. The drama started in June, 2015, when its co-founder Christopher Kimball says board member Eliot Wadsworth denied his request for a new contract with a fixed term and increased compensation. At the time, he... 2016-12-07 13:45 1007Bytes

KeyMe, The Duplicate Key App, Locks In Another $25 Million

The company will use the funds to expand its network of kiosks. 2016-12-07 13:44 2KB

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

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

Who Voted for Wall Street?

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

More Cost Cuts Amid Challenging Markets

They also pared back profit targets. 2016-12-07 13:41 4KB

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

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

Twitter bots promoted Pizzagate conspiracy theory that led gunman into Comet Ping Pong

How an email about a lost handkerchief spawned a bogus story about a pedophilia ring in a pizza joint basement 2016-12-07 13:39 1KB

US puts sanctions on 2 men, charity in Yemen for AQAP ties

The Obama administration has imposed sanctions on two people and a charity in Yemen it accuses of supporting al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. The Treasury Department says Al-Hasan Ali Abkar helped supply money, weapons and ammunition to AQAP forces. It says he also has commanded... 2016-12-07 13:39 1KB

Dividend-paying stocks pull US indexes up; drugmakers dive

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

Sumner business brings employees together with Seahawks Blue Friday competition

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

Hotel in Dallas' Galleria area sold to Florida investor

Another Dallas hotel has changed hands - this one on LBJ Freeway. The 309-room Sheraton Dallas by the Galleria was purchased by a partnership... 2016-12-07 13:38 1KB

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

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

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

Why worry about buying health insurance when President-elect Donald Trump plans to dump the requirement that most Americans get coverage? For the same reason... 2016-12-07 13:34 4KB

Dane Cook Blasts Nick Cannon for Wearing Turban: ‘Utter Disbelief’ (Photo)

Dane Cook Blasts Nick Cannon for Wearing Turban: ‘Utter Disbelief’ (Photo) “He wore a matching tie and bottom lip lipstick too to match this horrific clothing mistake x10000,” Cook added. The photo is a collage of Cannon wearing turbans on four separate occasions, while... 2016-12-07 13:33 4KB

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

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

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

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

Mets Spring Training tickets go on sale Jan. 14

Mets Spring Training tickets go on sale Jan. 14 2016-12-07 13:31 1KB

Latinos Power the U. S. Economy

A halt in construction might not last. 2016-12-07 13:31 3KB

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

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

Money-Laundering Monitor Says Switzerland Has Work to Do

Switzerland has achieved "good results" in fighting money laundering and terrorism financing, but should strengthen its compliance controls, boost scrutiny on the use of cash and share information more with foreign authorities, a leading watchdog said Wednesday. The Paris-based Financial... 2016-12-07 13:29 3KB

Henning: Tigers deal with delayed trade plans

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

Sony’s PlayStation 4 Just Passed 50 Million Units Sold

That's counting both PlayStation 4 and PS4 Pro sales worldwide 2016-12-07 13:28 1KB

Methodist Churches Converting to “Virtual Mosques” For Muslim Migrants

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

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

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

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

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

5 LGBT things you need to know today, Dec. 7

1. Vox breaks down the anti-gay controversy over Chip and Joanna Gaines, hosts of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper.” 2. Salon takes a look at the Texas bill that could lead to a surge in LGBT youth forced into so-called “conversion therapy.” 3. A... 2016-12-07 13:26 1KB

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

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

Italian man balances 121 ice cream scoops on one cone

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

Rubicon’s Project Awesome offers an alternative to ad blocking

Rubicon Project, which says it operates an advertising marketplace that reaches more than one billion consumers across one million websites and 20,000 apps, announced the private beta launch of Project Awesome, a product it says puts consumers in control of their digital advertising experiences. 2016-12-07 13:25 3KB

Paul Ryan: Trump Can Steal All He Wants As Long As I Get Tax Cuts

Paul Ryan is exactly who we thought he was. 2016-12-07 13:23 2KB

If Cuomo's Thinking About The White House, He Should Think Again

Governor Andrew Cuomo will not say he is running for president. Apparently mortified of inviting any comparisons to his Hamlet-on-the-Hudson father, Cuomo has insisted publicly he is only interested in running for a third term. To even suggest he is dreaming of the Oval... 2016-12-07 13:23 6KB

Intel's next processor might come with AMD inside

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

Confiding in female friends makes you more likely to break up

The researchers, from East Carolina University, blamed jealousy on dissatisfied confidantes taking out their own relationship problems on other couples (stock image) 2016-12-07 13:22 4KB

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

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

Video surveillance technologies are leveling up

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

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

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

Nebraska lawmaker bashes report on failed execution drug buy

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska lawmaker says he's disappointed by a recently-released state auditor's report about Department of Correctional Services' fail... 2016-12-07 13:20 1KB

Twitter users share their creative Christmas pick-up lines

Using the hashtag #HolidayPickUpLines Twitter users have shared their festive one liners. The chat up lines ranged from the sweet and innocent to the very dirty minded as Twitter users competed to produce chat up lines.. 2016-12-07 13:20 2KB

British premier, Gulf Arab nations pledge to counter Iran

British Prime Minister Theresa May and leaders from six Gulf Arab countries agreed Wednesday to counter Iran's "destabilizing activities," a pledge meant to calm nerves following the nuclear deal with world powers. 2016-12-07 13:20 2KB

When facts and reason won’t cut it: how advertisers can reach consumers in a post-truth world

Anger is a response. A secondary emotion, provoked by pain of some kind. People get angry when they feel rejected, threatened, experience loss, and it can act as a form of self-protection. It is a psychological distraction from more painful feelings of... 2016-12-07 13:20 5KB

One of your monthly housing bills may get bigger

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

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

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

Mining industry asks MPs to help the industry after losses

The Chamber of Mines on Wednesday appealed to MPs for regulatory and legislative environment that is stable‚ predictable and competitive‚ as it tries to survive in a tough operating environment hampered by high costs and depressed commodity prices. 2016-12-07 13:18 2KB

Liquor Store Robbery Ends With Shootout In Portage Park

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

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

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

Police seek public’s help after suspect assaults person helping with flat tire in downtown Dallas

Police are seeking the public's help after a suspect assaulted a person helping him with a flat tire last month in downtown Dallas. ... 2016-12-07 13:16 1KB

Think Progress Editor Embarrasses Himself On Twitter

Think Progress’s justice editor Ian Millhiser deleted a tweet in which he dissed President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as ambassador to China. Millhiser pointed to Iowa as a “small, rural, landlocked state full of white... 2016-12-07 13:16 2KB

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

These are the dramatic scenes where a heavily armed group of police officers raided the Friendly Hands Car Wash in Evesham, Worcestershire looking for suspected illegal immigrants. 2016-12-07 13:16 4KB

‘Pokemon Go’ Mass Transfer: How to Transfer More Than One Pokemon at a Time

The latest Pokemon Go update finally adds a mass transfer feature, which allows players to transfer more than one Pokemon… 2016-12-07 13:16 3KB

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

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

Devanadera asks Sandigan to junk graft case

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

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

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

Ex-Rams QB Jim Everett lists his home on a golf course in San Juan Capistrano

Former Rams quarterback Jim Everett has called an audible on his home in San Juan Capistrano, listing the property for sale at about $1.575 million. 2016-12-07 13:15 1KB

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

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

Poland, reclaiming property looted by Nazis, owes restitution to Jews as well

To the editor: Reading Craig Gilmore’s moving account of the restitution of the painting from his house back to Poland was bittersweet. The sweet part was the moral imperative that Gilmore and his partner followed in returning the painting to Poland. (“ This painting was looted... 2016-12-07 13:15 3KB

Are you a startup in SF looking for a home? Consider a shared space with VentureBeat

VentureBeat is getting into the real estate business. 2016-12-07 21:47 1KB

Ex-Rollins College president was paid nearly $1.5 million

When Rollins College president Lewis Duncan resigned under fire in 2014, he left with nearly $1.5 million in total compensation that year, which was one of the highest earnings among private college leaders, the Chronicle of Higher Education reported this month. 2016-12-07 13:13 3KB

NCA to be amended to address SA's chronic over-indebtedness problem

Moves are afoot to amend the National Credit Act in a bid to provide more relief to millions of over-indebted South Africans‚ and curb widespread abuse by dodgy money lenders. 2016-12-07 13:11 908Bytes

'Success Academy' helps Washtenaw students transition to sixth grade

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

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

She's admitted to enjoying a date with Prince Harry. So Mollie was no doubt wanting to look her best as she attended the ICAP's annual charity trading day - of which the royal was a special guest. 2016-12-07 13:10 3KB

Apple iPhone Market Share Soars on Galaxy Note 7 Troubles

The Galaxy Note 7's woes helped Apple. 2016-12-07 13:08 2KB

Pandora's New Pandora Premium Service Lets Users Pick What They Listen To

Pandora is getting ready to launch Pandora Premium, an on-demand music offering that could let the music streaming service more closely compete with major players like Spotify and Apple Music. 2016-12-07 13:08 2KB

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

Chairman Gareth Hawkins admitted the 131-year-old club's current business model is 'totally unsustainable' and said they had no alternative but to seek voluntary liquidation. 2016-12-07 13:07 3KB

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

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

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

A woman who tried to do a pole dance fell flat on her face after the pole broke. In the video, which has been published online, she is seen attempting to be sultry before falling over. 2016-12-07 13:06 1KB

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

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

Kansas couple accused of running illegal moonshine operation

A central Kansas couple is accused in federal court of an illegal moonshine operation in their basement. 2016-12-07 13:06 1KB

Standing Rock encounters show Flint still matters to people around country

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

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

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

A Rebuke to the Consumer Product Safety Commission

There's a massive problem with their logic, Shihan Qu told an audience, two years ago, about the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission's attempt to ban his product, Zen Magnets. Two days before Thanksgiving, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with Qu... 2016-12-07 13:05 7KB

Area roundup

Forest Park Christmas party, Yorktown Planning Commission 2016-12-07 13:04 1KB

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

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

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

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

'Biggest Loser' winner Ali Vincent opens up on gaining weight after the show

It's been eight years since Ali Vincent was crowned the first female winner of NBC's The Biggest Loser in 2008. 2016-12-07 13:01 1KB

Jefferson Parish recreation tax up for voters' decision Saturday

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

De Lima seeks to expand, strengthen CHR

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

2,000 workers to lose jobs as gov’t shutters Fontana

CLARK FREEPORT—About 2,000 workers and employees at the Fontana Leisure Parks and Casino here may lose their jobs after the state-owned Clark Development Corp. (CDC) suspended the certificate of registration and tax exemption of Fontana Development Corp., pending a Department of Justice ... 2016-12-08 00:00 3KB

First 1‚000 days of a child’s life a clear predictor of futures earnings and more‚ research finds

Politicians and experts are debating how much money to spend on universities but the hard science shows if South Africa really wants to improve education‚ it’s cheaper and more effective to start at conception. 2016-12-07 13:00 3KB

Investors Think Its the Procter and Gamble for Millennials

Its founders hint consumers don't necessarily want all the familiar brands anymore. 2016-12-07 13:00 4KB

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

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

These 22 heavily armed men posted a mannequin challenge on Facebook, much to the delight of cops

Police wondered if the guns were accompanied by the proper permits. Given that the house was caught on film, police got a search warrant for the property 2016-12-07 13:00 4KB

Paul Pogba never looked happier than the day he re-signed for Manchester United

The Belgian international was there when the deal to bring the 23-year-old back to Old Trafford was finalised, and insists the player's reaction showed exactly how much it meant to him. 2016-12-07 13:00 2KB

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

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

Reuters Sports News Summary

Following is a summary of current sports news briefs. Djokovic splits with coach Becker Tennis world number two Novak Djokovic has split with coach Boris Bec... 2016-12-07 13:00 5KB

Jeff Deutchman Joins Tribeca Film Festival as Programmer at Large

Executive and produce Jeff Deutchman has signed on as programmer at large of the Tribeca Film Festival, where he’ll help curate the slate for the annual film festival that plays in venues acr… 2016-12-07 13:00 2KB

Pipeline, rail projects could bring tar sands oil to Bay Area

Planned oil pipelines and rail projects tied to Canada’s tar sands could lead to a boom in tanker traffic along both the West and East coasts and heighten the risk of spills, according to a report released Wednesday by an environmental group. The report, from the Natural... 2016-12-07 13:00 5KB

Your new favorite fried chicken sandwich is at the Original Farmers Market

Name: Fritzi Coop. It’s the latest in chef Neal Fraser’s Fritzi casual restaurant empire, which also includes Fritzi DTLA in the downtown Arts District. Fritzi Coop replaced Fritzi Dog, Fraser’s hot dog stall, at the Original Farmers Market in October. Fraser is also... 2016-12-07 13:00 1KB

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

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

Florsheim Shoes One-Day-Only Deal

I love getting shoes for Christmas. I know I can't be alone in that. And Florsheim makes top-of-the-line shoes, so I would definitely be beyond happy to find a pair of any one of these under the tree 2016-12-07 12:59 2KB

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

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

Chairman of state utility commission announces resignation

The head of the Colorado Public Utilities Commission has announced his resignation. 2016-12-07 12:58 1KB

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

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

Government approves sale of Karish and Tanin gas reservoirs

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

Pinal County Sheriff's Office plans to sell 1 helicopter

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office is tightening its belt by freezing its hiring and putting one of its helicopters up for sale. 2016-12-07 12:56 1KB

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

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

Port Authority, bus drivers reach tentative contract agreement again

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

St. Paul man guilty of hitting squad car, drunk driving

A St. Paul man accused of crashing his truck into a police squad car and injuring two officers after drinking and driving this past fall has pleaded guilty to the crime. Daniel Sanchez Mendes, 25, … 2016-12-07 12:52 2KB

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

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

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

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

WWE News: Original Backstage Plans For End Of Sasha Banks & Charlotte Rivalry At ‘Roadblock’

Sasha Banks and Charlotte have traded the WWE Women’s Championship for the better part of 2016, resulting in three title reigns for each superstar. Every one of 2016-12-07 12:50 2KB

Cheap Oil Could Basically Bankrupt Russia In Only 6 Months

Russia may run out of money by mid-2017 because of low oil prices, essentially bankrupting the country. Russia's reserve funds will be exhausted entirely within the next seven months unless the pri 2016-12-07 12:50 3KB

Duke Blue Devils take down Florida Gators in Jimmy V Classic

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

Retired US officer reveals what he saw during reported UFO sighting at Rendlesham Forest

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

Putin signs updated policy to thwart cyberattacks, foreign influence

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

Why Snap has its eye on TV partnerships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ECB seen expanding stimulus amid Trump, Italy uncertainties

Faced with weak growth and inflation across the 19-country eurozone, the European Central Bank is expected to extend its stimulus program for at least another six months when it concludes its policy meeting Thursday. ... 2016-12-07 12:45 812Bytes

Budget Bill Sells Oil Reserves To Fund Miners’ Health Care

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

New high school at FIU’s Biscayne Bay campus to be energy efficient, saltwater resistant

A planned $12.6 million high school building at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus would be the first energy-efficient, saltwater-resilient building in Miami-Dade County, according to the principal. 2016-12-07 12:44 3KB

Fuel breaks to limit rangeland fires proposed in 3 states

Federal officials are considering creating a fuel break system in southwest Idaho, southeast Oregon and northern Nevada to limit the size of destructive rangeland wildfires and protect habitat for sage grouse. 2016-12-07 12:43 1KB

7 priceless lessons my dad taught me about money

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

'No tolerance': Dissident Cuban artist 'El Sexto' lands in jail for anti-Castro graffiti

Cuban graffiti artist Danilo Maldonado continues to languish in a Cuban detention centre. His crime? On the day of Fidel Castro's death, he marked the occasion by spray painting his street name on a Havana hotel wall, along with the cheeky message 'Se fue' (He's gone). ... 2016-12-07 12:42 945Bytes

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

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

The steep cost of underemploying highly skilled immigrants

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

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

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

Father-daughter team takes two black bears

While most hunters are pursuing white-tailed deer, a few are hunting another native big game animal. Regulations changes the past few seasons allow hunters to use bait for the hunting of black bears as in many other states and provinces. 2016-12-07 12:40 5KB

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

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

Law that lets police seize assets – $2.6 billion in 2015 – raises questions

Tony Jalali saw his Anaheim building seized in 2012 by federal authorities because he rented space to a pair of medical marijuana dispensaries. The case was later dropped. (Photo courtesy of Institute for Justice. Federal authorities want to seize this building owned by Tony Jalali because... 2016-12-07 12:40 1012Bytes

Cirque du Soleil’s latest show, ‘Kurios,’ reveals a brave new vision

The new Cirque production, “Kurios,” which opens Saturday in Miami Gardens on the Hard Rock Stadium grounds, will be more humanistic, promises writer/director Michel Laprise. He previously worked as Madonna’s artistic director for her Super Bowl halftime show. 2016-12-07 12:38 6KB

These 2 Utah solar companies just merged

Two Utah solar companies announced a merger on Tuesday, further expanding solar energy across the Beehive State. 2016-12-07 12:35 3KB

Wants to be , With Psychics

Hulu’s new drama, starring Jeffrey Donovan as a con man whose head injury appears to give him real visions, is a stylish and overly complicated property. 2016-12-07 12:34 5KB

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

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

Irish court orders Russian oligarch's assets unfrozen

DUBLIN (AP) — A Dublin judge has ordered authorities to unfreeze 100 million euros ($107 million) in cash belonging to an exiled Russian oligarch, ruling that police had provided no evidence that the funds were illegally gained as Russia contends. ... 2016-12-07 12:33 807Bytes

Conservationists declare victory for wildlife as EU saves nature directives

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

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

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

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

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

Christmas is in the air

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

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

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

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

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

Rising Bond Yields Could Send $250 Billion Into Equity Funds

A sustained recovery in US 10-year bond yields to 2.5% could drive a rotation of $250 billion from developed market bond funds into 2016-12-07 12:31 3KB

Ypsilanti to test neighborhood for methane, VOC ground pollution

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

Human rights day rallies set

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

2 children dead, brothers wounded in Basilan blast

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

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

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

Try this Greek lemon chicken recipe for dinner tonight

When it comes to weeknight meals, chicken is always a popular choice. And why not? It cooks quickly, and it’s versatile. And depending on what you make, it can be both flavorful and diet-friendly. Chicken lends itself to so many flavorings and preparations. 2016-12-07 12:30 3KB

Misogyny Feels 'Much More Real Than Two Years Ago'

The comic icon talks Trump, sexism, and inspiring women. 2016-12-07 12:28 2KB

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

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

Drama at a hotel: a withdrawal, an arrest and a lawsuit against the police chief

A management dispute over an 18-room Key West hotel has turned into a federal lawsuit that accuses Key West’s city attorney and police chief of teaming up with a private company to arrest a hotel manager to force him off the property. 2016-12-07 12:27 3KB

Tiny Snail Defeats Donald Trump in Battle Over Irish Sea Wall

The president-elect’s real estate organization has abandoned plans to build a long barrier off the west coast of Ireland to protect its golf course there. 2016-12-07 12:27 4KB

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

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

1.9 Responds to Exxon Subpoena: “Exxon is Trying to Distract the Public by Directly Attacking Us” objected to all grounds of a subpoena received directly from ExxonMobil. In response, Jamie Henn, Communications Director issued the following statement: 2016-12-07 12:25 2KB

Lifetime lake trout: Late fall trophy for Fish of the Week

Mark Dzorak caught the lake trout of his life while fishing with Capt. Ralph Steiger last week. 2016-12-07 12:25 1KB

Ratings: ‘This Is Us’ Does It Again – Fall Finale Breaks Own Viewer Record

Ratings: ‘This Is Us’ Does It Again – Fall Finale Breaks Own Viewer Record The hit NBC freshman drama just broke its own total viewer record for the second-straight week in a row. Along with “The Voice,” NBC comfortably topped Tuesday among the key 18-49... 2016-12-07 12:21 3KB

Reds threaten to end truce over military deployment

Communist rebels warned President Duterte on Wednesday that they might be forced to end their monthslong ceasefire and resume fighting if he does not suspend the government’s counterinsurgency program and withdraw troops from rebel-influenced areas. 2016-12-08 00:00 3KB

Alderman wants to put the brakes on honorary street designations

Ald. Anthony Beale (9th), chairman of the City Council’s Transportation Committee, said honorary street designations are "out of control. " 2016-12-07 12:19 5KB

Hollywood PR Firm Sunshine Sachs Cancels Christmas Parties Because Trump Won

Sunshine Sachs became the latest public relations firm to cancel its Christmas parties due to the results of the presidential election. 2016-12-07 12:19 2KB

Launch of American Chamber of Commerce in Ethiopia Heralds New Era in Trade Cooperation

U. S. Embassy Chargé d'Affaires Peter Vrooman and Commissioner of the Ethiopian Investment Commission Fitsum Arega joined the board of the newly established American Chamber of Commerce in Ethiopia to mark the organization’s official launch. The American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Ethiopia was 2016-12-07 12:19 1KB

What the age you got our period says about you

Girls who get their periods on the earlier side are at a slightly higher risk for one disease, according to the Susan G. Komen foundation. 2016-12-07 12:18 5KB

Airbnb Guidebooks Now Include Photos Powered by Foursquare

Might offer a more authentic recommendation than a stock photo. 2016-12-07 12:17 3KB

Lose something? TSA shares startling photo of the piles of LAPTOPS that are left behind at airport security – and reveals the best trick for getting YOUR missing computer back

This weekend, the TSA's Instagram account shared a startling image of over 70 laptops left behind at Newark airport in November. It also shared a tip for ensuring you get your goods back. 2016-12-07 12:17 2KB

Todd Price's Taste Club debut at Compere Lapin is bonafide

For this first Taste Club on Tues. Dec. 6, chef Nina Compton created a menu that evoked the smells, tastes and sights of St. Lucia, where she grew up. 2016-12-07 12:17 2KB

Prince fans are honoring him in an interesting way this holiday season

Oh Princemas tree, oh Princemas tree... 2016-12-07 12:17 1KB

Obama's Marxism: Poverty Causes Terrorism

President Barack Obama described Islamic terrorism - which he dubbed “violent extremism” - as a function of poverty during his Tuesday evening national security address at Macdill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL. 2016-12-07 12:16 2KB

Hartnett: Rangers’ Effort Has Not Been The Issue During Mediocre Run

After falling to the rival Islanders 4-2 on Tuesday night at Barclays Center, the Rangers took a deep look at the positives they saw over the course of 60 minutes, as well as the elements of their game requiring improvement. 2016-12-07 12:15 4KB

Lawmakers wrapping up work, eyeing the exits

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers are boosting anti-terror and disaster aid accounts and are greasing the way for retired Gen. J 2016-12-07 12:15 4KB

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

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

Another big warehouse development for south Dallas County

Another major industrial building project is on the way in southern Dallas County. Richardson-based Alliance Architects Inc. says its been hired to... 2016-12-07 12:13 1KB

Dolly Parton Pledges $1,000 Per Month To Each Family Affected By The Tennessee Fires

Dolly Parton has generously offered to pledge $1,000 to each family affected by the Tennessee Fires, and performed with goddaughter Miley Cyrus. 2016-12-07 12:13 3KB

Justin Bieber Feels ‘Always Alone’ On Purpose Tour After Sofia Richie Split And Selena Gomez Feud

Justin Bieber seems to have the perfect life, with screaming crowds of adoring fans, soaring success as the prince of pop music, and fortune as well as fame at 2016-12-07 12:13 5KB

Knight Vinke warns European investment banks too small to thrive

By Anjuli Davies LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Activist investor Knight Vinke expects European investment banks will have to merge with U. S. or Chinese rivals be... 2016-12-07 12:12 3KB

London Welsh seek voluntary liquidation

LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - London Welsh, one of the oldest clubs in English rugby, said on Wednesday they were seeking voluntary liquidation due to large debt... 2016-12-07 12:12 2KB

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

Kenshin, named after the sword-wielding Japanese manga character, fiendishly purr-tects his presents by sitting on them and then taking a swipe at anyone who comes near. 2016-12-07 12:12 1KB

'I was a scared 21-year-old with no job': Tess Holliday shares throwback snap of herself with her eldest son in 2006, alongside a new photo of her with her baby son to celebrate her success

The 31-year-old took to Instagram on Tuesday evening to share two side-by-side images of herself with her son Rylee, 10, when he was a baby, and her son Bowie now. 2016-12-07 12:12 1KB

U. S. crude draws down, products build as refiners ramp up - EIA

By David Gaffen Dec 7 (Reuters) - U. S. crude stockpiles fell last week despite a hefty build at the Cushing, Oklahoma hub while gasoline and distillate inven... 2016-12-07 12:12 2KB

LendingTree’s CMO explains what cost per lead and chicken salad have in common (VB Live)

LendingTree landed a spot at the top of Fortune’s annual list of 100 Fastest-Growing Companies by helping their clients go beyond cost per lead and target the opportunities that drive bottom line results. Find out how they do it, and why it’s time to break out of... 2016-12-07 19:25 4KB

Plett holiday rental scammer may have pocketed a fortune

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

all3media Bullish on Gordon Ramsay Formats, ‘Midsomer Murders’

SINGAPORE — Global content creator and distributor all3media threw a party during the Asia TV Forum & Market on Wednesday to celebrate the opening of its Singapore office. The venue was G… 2016-12-07 12:10 3KB

Gary Busey on Gary Busey: A conversation about his first role on the stage

Gary Busey long ago merged his public persona with a character named Gary Busey. 2016-12-07 12:10 11KB

Pilot program for most-troubled foster kids unveiled

Texas' most emotionally troubled foster-care children would be moved from treatment centers and hospitals and placed in less-restrictive specialty housing designed to improve their chances of succeeding in life, officials announced Wednesday. Gov. Greg Abbott has approved $8 million in initial funding for... 2016-12-07 12:09 4KB

CUPE sues Ontario premier and cabinet ministers for mixing fundraising and Hydro One sale

The union claims the Liberals inappropriately held fundraisers with cabinet ministers and bankers who profited from the privatization of Hydro One 2016-12-07 12:08 2KB

Olivier Giroud will not leave Arsenal during the January transfer window, says agent

The France international has started just two matches for the Gunners this season but has still scored five goals, including a late equaliser against Manchester United last month. 2016-12-07 12:08 1KB

LePage urges lawmakers to alter voter initiatives on minimum wage and tax surcharge

He makes the remarks before administering the oath of office to the newly elected members of the 128th Legislature. 2016-12-07 12:07 3KB

FourWorld Capital’s Addis Says Flotek Research Is Incomplete

FourWorld Capital announced a short into Flotek, claiming the company's primary product, CnF, doesn't work and company studies are false. 2016-12-07 12:07 3KB

'Buzzfeed' Celebrates Anti-White Racism

On Monday, BuzzFeed celebrated anti-white racism in a piece titled "19 School Powerpoint Presentations That Give Zero F--ks," in which the liberal publication touted photos of messages that bash white people, such as the always-hilarious "white tears" and the... 2016-12-07 12:06 2KB

Makeup is seen taking over holiday beauty sales, as consumers spend more on themselves

At a time of year when fragrance typically reigns supreme, cosmetics are giving the popular gifting item a run for its money. 2016-12-07 12:06 5KB

John Barrowman takes a tumble on Loose Women as he arrives in bubble wrap

Back in May, he became a trending topic on Twitter after falling off his chair while wearing heels during an appearance on Loose Women. 2016-12-07 12:05 3KB

From Karaoke Trump to Care Bear economics: 7 things we learned from Tuesday’s Conservative leadership debate

During the second Conservative Party leadership debate, candidates found themselves agreeing on most issues but straining to rise above the pack 2016-12-07 12:05 5KB

Maybe There Was No Economic Recovery After All

The answer comes down to productivity growth. 2016-12-07 12:05 7KB

Wall Street muted by health stocks; Italy, ECB boost Europe

By Sinead Carew NEW YORK, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Wall Street's rise was held back by health stocks on Wednesday while European stocks rose on reports Italy would... 2016-12-07 12:03 4KB

‘This Is Us’ Delivers Life Or Death Fall Finale: Actor Chris Sullivan Weighs In On Toby’s Fate [Spoilers]

This is Us did it again. The fall finale, titled Last Christmas, that aired last night has left fans shocked, sad and extremely anxious for the hit show to 2016-12-07 12:03 3KB


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Trump presidency: Border hawk ex-general to run US security

Retired Marine General John Kelly has been reportedly asked to lead the Department of Homeland Security.
President-elect Donald Trump is set to nominate the former four-star general to head the agency, which oversees border security, US media reported.
Mr Kelly, 66, retired in January after leading the military's Southern Command, which is responsible for Latin America and the Caribbean.
He would become the third ex-general to join Mr Trump's administration.
The Department of Homeland Security is responsible for enforcing US immigration laws, which Mr Trump has vowed to make a priority in his presidency.
The department, which was created in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, also oversees a broad range of agencies including the Coast Guard, Secret Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema).
The seasoned commander, who stepped down after a 45-year military career, is the highest-ranking military officer to lose a child in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
His son Robert, a first lieutenant in the Marines, was killed in combat when he stepped on a landmine in Afghanistan in 2010.
In 2003, Mr Kelly became the first Marine colonel since 1951 to be promoted to brigadier general while in active combat in Iraq.
The former general has publicly clashed with the Obama administration on several issues including its attempt to close the detention centre at Guantanamo Bay as well as illegal immigration on the US-Mexico Border - a sentiment he shares with the president-elect.
Cracking down on illegal immigration and building a wall along the US-Mexico border served as a cornerstone in Mr Trump's campaign.
Mr Trump, who has no military experience, has named Lieutenant General Michael Flynn as his national security adviser and retired General James Mattis as his Defense Secretary.
The president-elect is also considering retired General David Petraeus for the secretary of state post.
The Republican-controlled Senate must confirm Mr Kelly for the Homeland Security position.
There were two other Trump appointments reported by the US media on Wednesday.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has been asked to be the ambassador to China, at a time when trade tensions between the two superpowers are rising.
And Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is tipped to head the Environment Protection Agency.
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Reports: Trump to pick EPA critic to head EPA Contact WND

(THE HILL) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a longtime foe of the Obama administration’s environmental regulations, is President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to reports.
Reuters, citing the transition team, reported Wednesday afternoon that Trump has decided to nominate Pruitt to the position. Earlier Wednesday, Politico reported that Pruitt was Trump’s top choice for the spot.
Transition officials have not responded to requests for comment from the Hill. Pruitt is a noted opponent of the Obama administration’s EPA.
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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 later at the naval base, when...
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Dylann Roof's first death penalty trial set to begin in Charleston church shooting

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

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is expected to formally tender his resignation this evening in the wake of an unsuccessful referendum vote on Sunday. Mr. Renzi had vowed to step down if the referendum was defeated, but agreed to wait until a budget had been passed for 2017. The Italian prime minister announced his intention to resign at 7 p.m. this evening via a Twitter message.
The referendum vote on which Matteo Renzi had staked his future as prime minister of Italy was concerned with constitutional changes to the Italian parliament. Mr. Renzi, however, had caused the vote to double as a vote regarding his own administration as prime minister by announcing ahead of Sunday’s referendum that he would step down if the proposed changes were not passed by the Italian people. The referendum was roundly rejected in national voting, with close to 60 percent of voters weighing in against the changes.
Particularly emboldened by the defeat of the referendum vote and Renzi’s impending resignation were two of Italy’s right-wing parties, the Northern League and the Five Star Movement. Both parties are generally against the European Union and take a more nationalistic stance on Italian sovereignty than the Democrats. With Matteo Renzi voluntarily removing himself from power, both parties are reported to be in favor of organizing early elections that would allow them to capitalize on current support within the electorate for their policies.
The defeat of the referendum vote and the subsequent political tensions within Italy have also resulted in a high degree of market volatility around the country’s financial institutions. The Italian banking industry is known to carry a large share of bad debt that it has failed in recent years to divest itself of. A pending plan on the part of the government to borrow some €15 billion in order to relieve some of the pressure caused by this bad debt, however, has stabilized the country’s financial market against some of the volatility introduced by the referendum upset.
The current prime minister’s resignation is widely viewed as the first stage of what may be a broader shift within the Italian government. The previously popular leader, the youngest prime minister in Italian history, assumed his office three years ago as a replacement for Enrico Letta. Matteo Renzi, though no longer retaining that post, is expected to remain a prominent leader within his country’s political scene.
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Trump, Democratic States to Clash Over Hot-Button Issues

States and cities dominated by Democrats are preparing to push back against some policies that could be on President-elect Donald Trump's to-do list. A look at some of their concerns:
Trump said during the campaign that he wanted to deport people who are in the U. S. illegally. More recently, he has focused on those convicted of crimes. He puts that figure at between 2 million and 3 million, though the government has said the actual number is smaller.
California, Rhode Island, Vermont and Connecticut and scores of cities have instituted rules that limit cooperation when federal authorities ask them to detain people who are in the country illegally. Trump has pledged to cut federal funding for such places.
So far, many officials, including the mayors of the nation's two biggest cities, New York and Los Angeles, have reaffirmed their stands. Chicago, the third-largest city, has launched a legal fund to protect immigrants.
Trump has said the country should have a registry for Syrian refugees entering the country. Whether he wants a registry for all Muslims in the U. S. has been less clear.
This week, a California state senator introduced a bill that would prohibit state agencies from providing information about a person's religious affiliation to the federal government if it was to be used for compiling a religious registry.
Trump has called for keeping some parts of Obama's Affordable Care Act while undoing others.
The law, along with an expansion of Medicaid in many states, has been credited with providing health coverage to millions of Americans but is blamed for raising costs on insurers and consumers. If federal support is withheld, states that want to keep the programs could see their costs balloon.
During the campaign, Trump called climate change a hoax and said he wanted to drop the U. S. from the Paris international climate agreement. His stance appears to have softened since the election. Trump now says he has an "open mind" about whether to stick with the agreement to reduce carbon emissions.
He also said he supports opening more federal land to coal mining and oil and gas drilling, and rolling back the regulatory role of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Democrats such as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti contend cities and states should have the autonomy to maintain environmental policies regarding electrical power, building codes, water conservation and air pollution .
Trump has been an outspoken supporter of the Second Amendment. Gun-rights activists want him and Congress to eliminate gun-free zones, including those at schools, reduce requirements for background checks and ensure that permits to carry concealed handguns in any state are recognized across the country.
Gun-control advocates say states should be able to pass their own firearm restrictions and should not be forced to recognize out-of-state concealed carry permits.
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Federal judge weighs whether to end Michigan recount

DETROIT -- A federal judge could decide whether to end Michigan’s presidential recount after the state’s second-highest court said the Green Party nominee was ineligible to seek a second look at millions of ballots.
The federal judge who on Monday ordered the recount to begin will hold a hearing Wednesday on whether to stop it. The state elections board also is meeting Wednesday, a day after the Michigan appeals court ordered it to dismiss Jill Stein’s recount petition. The court noted that she got 1 percent of the vote and has no chance of catching Republican Donald Trump, who narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton in the state. The Michigan Court of Appeals issued its 3-0 opinion saying that Stein did not qualify as an “aggrieved candidate” under state law.
Separately, a federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld an order forcing the state to start the recount earlier that week.
Meanwhile, a court hearing will be held Friday on a possible recount in Pennsylvania. A recount in Wisconsin so far shows Trump gaining votes over Clinton.
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Admiral gets ovation for national anthem remarks

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.
8:35 a.m.
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.
8 a.m.
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.
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.
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.
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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Trump’s ambassador to China wants closer trade ties between the countries. Wait, what?

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will be Trump’s ambassador to China, the Trump campaign confirmed in a call Wednesday morning. On the face of it, the pick seems odd — what would the governor of landlocked Iowa possibly know about China? Dig a bit deeper, though, and the appointment begins to make a lot more sense. The Iowa governor has worked closely with Chinese officials on issues relating to agriculture, even hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping for a lavish state visit in 2012. Xi returned the favor the next year, inviting Branstad to China as part of a trade delegation. Branstad once struck a $4.3 billion deal with Chinese officials to. As a result, Branstad generally takes a more positive view of trade with China than his new boss. “I know that Donald Trump thinks that the United States has not been very smart and not done a very good job in negotiating the trade deals and I’m sure that we can improve on that. But, that should not mean that we reduce trade,” he told , a state news website, in July. “We ought to be looking at ways we can get a better deal and that we could increase our exports.” By all indications, Branstad is the kind of person you pick to help you build economic ties with China — not launch trade wars with them, as Trump has threatened on the campaign trail. “President-elect Trump has selected someone ... who wants to grow economic cooperation with China,” says Patrick Cronin, the senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the left-leaning Center for a New American Security. “Is that a smart move? Yeah.” So what does the Branstad pick mean for the Trump administration’s approach to China? It’s actually a bit tough to say, especially in the wake of Trump’s precedent-defying call with the last week. It could be that the president-elect’s team is being canny, signaling to China that it’s open to economic cooperation but also willing to take a hard line on key issues like Taiwan if necessary. It also could be that there’s no bigger plan at all — that Trump is just picking a high-profile campaign supporter from a swing state who he knows has some knowledge about China. We just can’t be sure. to the New York Times, Branstad and Xi have been acquainted for a very long time (though Branstad doesn’t speak Mandarin): It’s not clear exactly how much the two men have spoken over the years. But it is clear that since assuming their recent offices, the two men have been in touch. “There’s probably a close rapport — if not with Xi and Branstad, at least Branstad and some of the key people around Xi,” Cronin explains. This has less to do with decades-old meetings and more to do with modern Chinese policy. According to Cronin, Xi has made a point of connecting with foreign political officials with influence over economic sectors important to Chinese interests. In this case, the issue is agriculture: China to feed its own people, and the US is the largest single source of Chinese food imports. In Branstad, then, the US is getting an ambassador who sees US relations with China through a positive, primarily economic lens. He’s made few public comments indicating hawkish positions on Taiwan or the South China Sea, instead seeing China as a business partner and a market for American goods. “We have a great trading relationship with [China],” Branstad said in a 2012 interview on . “I think Iowa can play a role in helping improve the relations between our two countries — and, hopefully, build on the great expansion we’ve had in trade.” This is a reassuring sign for China — and the global economy. During the campaign, Trump threatened to punish China for “taking American jobs” by slapping a 45 percent tariff on Chinese imports to the US. This, as my colleague documents, could well cause China to put tariffs on US goods as well — provoking what economists call a “trade war,” where both sides attempt to punish the other by keeping their goods out. Given how central the US and China are to each other’s economies, a trade war would lead to much slower growth, if not outright recessions. That would be bad for the US and China — the world’s two largest economies — and for other countries that might want to sell to them. Branstad, given his positive view of US-Chinese trade and close links to the establishment in Beijing, would likely be a voice against such a move. And US ambassadors to China do typically wield real influence, especially when it comes to bilateral economic ties. The past week of Trump activity on China has been very confusing. On the one hand, you have the call to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen. No American president has spoken to a Taiwanese leader face to face since 1979, because the US has consistently refused to recognize Taiwan as an independent nation rather than as a part of China. America’s goal is to preserve a working relationship with China, which feels very, very touchy about American relations with the breakaway island. The call, which apparently had been in the works for months, was a direct slap in the face to Xi and the Chinese leadership, signaling a newly aggressive US stance toward relations with Beijing. On the other hand, you have the Branstad appointment — which could be a small sign that Trump is backing away from his protectionist views on trade with China. Just days after escalating tensions with Beijing, in other words, Trump could now be backing away from them. What’s going on? It could all be part of deliberate carrot-and-stick strategy on Trump’s part, designed to enhance US bargaining leverage with Beijing by showing that the US is open to cooperation but, at the same time, willing to punish Beijing if it negotiates in bad faith or harms US interests. Trump doubled down on the propriety of the Taiwan call afterward in some tweets, taking a hard line on China’s right to dictate US diplomacy. It’s possible the Branstad appointment is Trump’s attempt to balance his earlier confrontational approach with something signaling more openness. The other possibility is that Trump just picked someone he liked. Branstad endorsed Trump in May, and appeared on the campaign trail with him several times. Branstad’s son Eric was Trump’s campaign director in Iowa. Gov. Branstad during the campaign’s “grab ’em by the pussy” nadir in mid-October, launching a pro-Trump stump tour even as the public evidence that Trump had committed a series of sexual assaults mounted. Trump then won Iowa — and may feel some gratitude to Branstad as a result. And Trump has shown a willingness to be influenced on China policy. The Taiwan call appears to be the result of a lobbying campaign led by former Sen. Bob Dole, who currently works at a employed by the Taiwanese government. Dole accomplished this feat simply by reaching out to Trump’s people and making Taipei’s case. So it could be, then, that Trump has come to like Branstad, knows he has experience with China, and decided to award a loyal follower without giving a lot of thought to whether the nominee’s views on China line up with his own. Given Trump’s unprecedented lack of knowledge about foreign affairs, and his willingness to abruptly abandon long-held positions, this theory is very hard to rule out.
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Michelle Obama on Donald Trump's Election Night: "I Went to Bed"

9:54 AM PST 12/7/2016
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Michelle Obama gave a surprising answer when asked for her reaction to Donald Trump's stunning win on election night.
"I went to bed," the first lady told People of skipping out on watching the results of Nov. 8. "Yes she did," agreed President Barack Obama.
The joint sitdown was for the magazine's cover issue that hit stands Wednesday. In the video clip below, Michelle Obama explains her election-night behavior.
"I don't watch debates," she says. "I don’t like to watch the political discourse, I never have. " Her next comment got a laugh out of the president: "I barely did with him.”
The Obamas actively campaigned for Hillary Clinton throughout the election cycle, with Michelle Obama's "When they go low, we go high" mantra becoming an anthem for Clinton supporters and Democrats, and one adopted by the former presidential nominee.
Despite her fervent support, the first lady echoes her husband's outlook when it comes to accepting the future under a President Trump.
"Once you do what you can do, then you rest easy," she explains. "It was in the hands of the American people. Anything that I felt about the election I said and I stand by. This is our democracy and this is how it works and so we are ready to work with the next administration and make sure that they are as successful as they can be, because that's what's best for this country. "
In the cover story , President Obama expressed confidence that the younger generations will continue to push the country in the right path of progress.
"The truth of the matter is that when I got elected, there was still racism and misogyny and, you know, anti-gay sentiment in America," he said. “In the wake of this election, those elements are still there, but it doesn’t negate all the progress that’s been made. It just means that elements of our culture get amplified sometimes.”
He continued, "You talk to Malia and Sasha [Obama], the idea that you’d discriminate against somebody because they had a different sexual orientation? It’s crazy to them. That generation right behind us, and I believe each successive generation, as long as we’re doing our job of being good models for it, they’re going to move this country forward in a better direction. "
Also on Wednesday, Trump was named Time magazine's Person of the Year.
To the magazine and in his subsequent interview about the honor on the Today show, Trump praised the outgoing president. Though they only met for the first time when President Obama invited the president-elect to the White House after his win, Trump says they talk and have gotten to know each other.
"He loves the country," Trump said on Today. "He wants to do right by the country and for the country and we, obviously, disagree on certain things but I really like him as a person. "
The People cover features a smiling photo of the Obamas with the headline "The Obamas Say Goodbye. "
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Georgia police officer fatally shot; college on lockdown

The shooting took place in the small city of Americus. The slain cop served on the Americus police force, while the other works for the university.
The second officer was in critical condition after the shooting, Georgia Bureau of Investigation representative Nelly Miles said. Both were shot while responding to a call about a domestic dispute, Miles said.
Authorities have named Minquel Lembrick as a suspect in the shooting; Lembrick was being sought Wednesday afternoon, said Diane Brown with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office.
Georgia Southwestern State, a school that has about 3,000 students, told its campus community to shelter in place Wednesday morning because of the shooting.
"Please secure all doors and windows (any additional actions such as shut down HVAC, turn off lights, move to unobservable part of the room, get on the floor, away from doors) and await further instructions or contact by first responders," reads a notice on the university's website.
Americus is some 138 miles south of Atlanta and is near Plains, the birthplace of former President Jimmy Carter.
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Feds: Woman made death threats to Sandy Hook victim's parent

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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Pakistani pop icon Junaid Jamshed dies in plane crash

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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Baltimore bus crash: Driver had record of seizures, prior accidents, NTSB says

Six people died and at least 10 were hurt the morning of November 1 when the school bus rear-ended a car, crossed into incoming traffic and then sheared off the side of a transit bus. No children were on the school bus at the time.
The drivers of both buses and four passengers on the commuter bus were killed.
The NTSB said Wednesday that the school bus driver had a history of hypertension, diabetes, and seizures.
Glenn Chappell, 67, had been involved in at least a dozen crashes or incidents in the last five years while operating a school bus or personal vehicle. Some involved what witnesses described as seizure-like episodes.
At the time of the November 1 crash, Chappell held a valid medical certificate as required, the NTSB said. But it was not on file with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, which told Chappell two months before the crash that he could no longer drive a bus.
After the crash, Baltimore schools ended the contract with Chappell's employer, AAAfordable Transportion .
The NTSB said neither bus had any mechanical issues the day of the crash.
The day of the crash, Baltimore Police spokesman T. J. Smith described the damage to the commuter bus.
"It literally looks like a bomb exploded in the bus," he said. "It is catastrophic damage. "
The school bus was traveling at about 45 mph when it struck the transit bus, the NTSB said.
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Griffin Madden, victim of Oakland warehouse fire, recalled as gifted and ‘luminous’ by UC Berkeley professors

It is the rare undergraduate who captures the attention of his instructors, particularly on a big and competitive campus like UC Berkeley.
But Griffin Madden , 23, who graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in both philosophy and Slavic Languages and Literatures, wowed faculty.
“He was probably the most memorable undergraduate student I’ve had in my years of teaching,” said Luba Golburt , an associate professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, recalling the young man who was among 36 people to die in Friday night’s horrific warehouse fire in Oakland.
Golburt had Madden in two classes: 19th century Russian literature and a seminar on the Ukranian writer Nikolai Gogol .
“He had a luminous away about him, a quest for knowledge, and an enthusiasm for learning things,” Golburt said, adding that her colleagues shared the same sentiment. “We all remember him very fondly.”
Irina Kogel , who teaches Russian language, had Madden in classes twice at UC Berkeley.
“He was the kind of student you would want to have,” said Kogel, who is now at Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts. “He was incredibly inquisitive and worked harder than he needed to. He always had a question about something.”
Madden’s passion extended to music of all kinds. He ushered at Cal Performances, where jazz, choral music, classical and world music cross the stage.
That fervor led him to the Golden Donna 100% Silk show at the so-called Ghost Ship warehouse Friday night.
When Madden, a Berkeley resident, couldn’t be found in the aftermath of the fire, friends created Facebook posts featuring his smiling face and tousled hair, and sharing their fears and their hopes. “We could all use a little miracle right now,” wrote Kenra Verga.
Saya Tomioka remembered seeing “The Book of Mormon” on Broadway in New York with Madden last year.
“I remember tears swelling my eyes because the city was so beautiful and amidst of all the lights, I got to look at the brightest light of all, my sweetie,” she wrote. “I cried, and we kissed. Some random photographer captured this very moment, this very kiss. ... I never got his name, and he just simply showed us the single beautiful snapshot that he was able to capture.”
Now, Tomioka wrote, “our community mourns,” and she hoped the photographer might somehow remember taking the shot and find a way to send her the “treasured memory that I’ll always keep in my heart.”
As he prepared to graduate from UC Berkeley in 2015, Madden won a grant to spend a summer studying Russian at Middlebury College in Vermont.
Kathryn DeWaele , a doctoral student in Russian literature at UC Berkeley, won the same grant, and said she was delighted to discover Madden in her program across the country. She had been a teaching assistant in a class on the author Vladimir Nabokov.
Madden “wrote really, really well and was a very productive member of the class,” DeWaele said. “He was a really sweet guy.
“This is heartbreaking.”
Nanette Asimov is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: Twitter:@NanetteAsimov
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Pope warns media on 'sin' of spreading 'fake news' Contact WND

(REUTERS) Media that focus on scandals and spread fake news to smear politicians risk becoming like people who have a morbid fascination with excrement, Pope Francis said in an interview published on Wednesday.
Francis told the Belgian Catholic weekly “Tertio” that spreading disinformation was “probably the greatest damage that the media can do” and using communications for this rather than to educate the public amounted to a sin.
Using precise psychological terms, he said scandal-mongering media risked falling prey to coprophilia, or arousal from excrement, and consumers of these media risked coprophagia, or eating excrement.
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Trump: I sold stocks because I thought I'd win

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Keith Ellison will resign Congress for DNC chair

"In order to further their commitment and maximize my effectiveness, I have decided to resign as a member of Congress if I win the election for DNC chair," he said in a statement.
Ellison has been dogged by questions about whether he could fully focus on rebuilding the Democratic party while also working full-time in Congress. The most recent DNC chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, represented a Florida Congressional district while heading the organization.
Other people interested in the job include Jaime Harrison, chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party, and New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley.
Ellison also has faced recent accusations of anti-Semitism from a prominent Democratic donor, Haim Saban, who called him an "anti-Semite" at a conference last week.
"If you go back to his positions, his papers, his speeches, the way he has voted, he is clearly an anti-Semite and anti-Israel individual," donor Haim Saban said at the Brookings Institution's Saban Forum. "Words matter and actions matter more. Keith Ellison would be a disaster for the relationship between the Jewish community and the Democratic Party. "
A CNN KFile review of Ellison's past writings and public statements reveal his repeated defense of Louis Farrakhan and other black leaders against accusations of anti-Semitism. But none of the records showed examples of Ellison making any anti-Semitic comments himself.
A spokesperson for Ellison recently told CNN that Ellison "rejects all forms of anti-Semitism" and said "the right wing has been pushing these stories for years to drive a wedge between Congressman Ellison and the Jewish community. "
Ellison -- who originally supported Bernie Sanders in the 2016 presidential race -- said he wants to devote more energy to helping the Democrats win back the white working class voters they lost to Donald Trump.
"But at this point, the Democratic Party must be the party that delivers for working people," he said. "For me, that means a chair with only one full time commitment. "
Donna Brazile became the interim chairperson of the committee in July, following Wasserman Schultz stepping down in the wake of a controversy over emails hacked by Wikileaks.
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Ohio GOP wants to add 20-week abortion ban to heartbeat bill

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Abortions would be banned after 20 weeks under a bill Republican lawmakers hoped to pass Wednesday and add to legislation already on its way to GOP Gov. John Kasich that would prohibit abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. House lawmakers heard testimony about the 20-week ban Wednesday morning with a scheduled committee vote in the afternoon and a goal to put it on the House floor later in the day. That follows House approval Tuesday night of the so-called heartbeat bill, clearing the way for what would be one of the nation's most stringent abortion restrictions. That legislation would prohibit most abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy after the first detectable heartbeat. Kasich, an abortion-rights opponent, has previously voiced concerns about whether such a move would be constitutional. He has not said whether he plans to sign the measure. State Senate President Keith Faber, a Republican from Celina, said the twice-defeated bill came back up again because of Republican Donald Trump's presidential victory and the expectation he will fill Supreme Court vacancies with justices who are more likely to uphold stricter abortion bans. Asked if he expects the Ohio proposal to survive a legal challenge, Faber said: "I think it has a better chance than it did before. " The ban would make an exception if the mother's life is in danger but not in cases of rape or incest, he said. NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio said the move would block access to abortion before most women even know they're pregnant. Under the U. S. Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling establishing a nationwide right to abortion, states were permitted to restrict abortions after viability — the point when the fetus has a reasonable chance of surviving under normal conditions outside the uterus. The ruling offered no legal definition of viability, saying it could range from 24 to 28 weeks into a pregnancy.
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Prince Harry makes detour for Meghan Markle, costing British taxpayers extra in security

Prince Harry’s spur-of-the-moment decision to head up to Canada to spend some time alone with his U. S. girlfriend is apparently making waves in the U. K. for the breach of protocol and the added security costs involved.
The prince, fifth in line for the British throne, even tacked on an extra day in Toronto for a visit with actress Meghan Markle, Page Six reported Tuesday. While Prince Harry paid his own way for airfare, the security tab still comes out of public coffers.
The Daily Express newspaper reported Tuesday that officials with Buckingham Palace, and the prince himself, had repeatedly denied that any detour might be made during or upon the conclusion of Harry’s 15-day, seven-nation Caribbean tour.
In early November, Prince Harry took what many considered an extraordinary move by having his communications secretary release a letter rebuking unnamed media outlets for racially charged coverage of the romance. Ms. Markle’s father is white and her mother is African-American.
“[T]he past week has seen a line crossed,” read the statement, complaining that Ms. Markle “has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public” including being “smear[ed] on the front page of a national newspaper” as well as subject to “the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments.”
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AT&T, Time Warner Chiefs Face Questions About Merger in Senate Hearing

A Senate hearing on the proposed $85 billion merger between AT&T and Time Warner went for almost three hours without major fireworks, but elected officials still raised concerns over the potential for the combined company to wield its influence at the expense of competition.
In his opening remarks, the chairman of the antitrust subcommittee, Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), raised the possibility that the combined company would have the incentive to withhold content from competitors or to jack up rates on Time Warner programming.
The merger is not a horizontal transaction in which competing firms combine overlapping businesses, but Lee said that if that if that were the only factor in play, then “this would be Seinfeldian — a hearing about nothing.”
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“The key question is what will the incentives be for the combined firm once the deal takes place,” he said.
But Randall Stephenson, the CEO of AT&T, argued that it would be “illogical” for the company to take steps that would limit the reach of Time Warner content.
“What this merger is not about is consolidation — either in media or telecom,” Stephenson said. He said that their intent is to “disrupt the existing pay TV model,” and he cited the recently introduced DirecTV Now as an example. It offers a smaller bundle of 100 channels at $35 per month.
He argued that it DirecTV Now already was having an impact on the industry, citing CBS’s decision to add NFL games to its All Access service at no additional charge as the type of action taken in response to competition.
Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes said that the Time Warner-owned Turner networks depend on broad distribution. He said that the combined company would give Time Warner more flexibility to offer “more choices and better experiences at more attractive prices.”
He cited the case of TV Everywhere, an initiative to offer content across devices. Although Time Warner has offered apps and video-on-demand to consumers, it has gotten bogged down as other companies have haggled over additional payments.
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He said that there would be “no incentive” for the combined company to withhold content from competitors because “we would be cutting off meaningful revenue.”
The Turner networks, he said, depend on advertising revenue, and “if we didn’t have full coverage we could not sell advertising effectively to advertisers.”
He also said that when Time Warner owned a cable distributor, Time Warner Cable, “it never occurred to us to do anything different or restrictive when we owned it versus after.”
Their defense of the deal was bolstered by Mark Cuban, the entrepreneur and chairman of HD cable network AXS TV.
But Gene Kimmelman, the president of public interest group Public Knowledge, said that while he praises the offering of a service like DirecTV Now, “the question is what happens when you combine those assets.”
He noted that the Department of Justice, in reviewing past mergers like the combination of Comcast and NBC Universal, found that the combined company would have incentives to harm competition, and put in place conditions to try to prevent it.
“This deal is even bigger,” he said.
He also said that a concern is in the dominance of AT&T’s wireless offerings, and whether its offering of “zero rating” on AT&T owned programming poses a competitive harm.
“Zero rating” is the term for offering consumers the ability to stream content without counting against their data caps. Critics of the merger suggest that this could be used to allow AT&T to gain an unfair competitive advantage over competitors, as consumers would be drawn to programming that doesn’t threaten to add additional subscription fees.
Stephenson, however, compared zero rating to AT&T past offerings of toll-free telephone calls.
Daphna Ziman, president of Cinemoi North America, warned that the industry already was concentrated too greatly at the expense of independent programmers — 90% of the content on TV controlled by six conglomerates. Her network, she said, competes with such networks as Turner Classic Movies, but it has been difficult getting distribution from major players.
“More consolidation is not the answer,” she said, adding that it will be “catastrophic to diversity” and shut out fledgling networks run by women and minorities.
She argued that the combined company would have “the means and incentive to discriminate against independents.” She pointed to the panel, which was made up of white men.
Stephenson told lawmakers that he thought that the merger would lead to lower prices for consumers in that it will speed up the ability to offer content across all platforms.
“You can speed innovation like you can never do in arm’s length transactions,” he said. “Our ambition is that the customer pays for their content only one time.”
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Boeing promises Trump to control costs on Air Force One

Boeing has pledged to control costs on the redesign of Air Force One after President-elect Donald Trump blasted the aerospace giant for the ballooning expenses, a company spokesman said Wednesday. Boeing chief executive Dennis Muilenburg reassured Trump in a phone call Tuesday night about its commitment to keeping a tight rein on costs for the presidential plane, after the president-elect earlier in the day tweeted that the price tag was "out of control. " "Muilenburg congratulated Mr. Trump on his election win and committed to working with the new administration to control costs as they establish requirements for the new Air Force One to keep the program as affordable as possible and deliver the best value to American taxpayers," a Boeing spokesman told AFP. Muilenburg's conversation with the president-elect came after Trump took to Twitter Tuesday morning and threatened to cancel the Air Force One contract, saying costs had ballooned to $4 billion. Boeing has not directly addressed Trump's statement, but said Tuesday it has a $170 million contract "to help determine the capabilities of these complex military aircraft that serve the unique requirements of the President of the United States. " Trump took a tough line with Boeing, as he has with other companies that draw his ire. "If we don't get the prices down, we're not going to order them, we'll stay with what we have. " the president-elect told the "Today" show broadcast Wednesday morning. The legendary Air Force One jets -- light blue and white liveried, with "United States of America" emblazoned on the fuselage and an American flag on the tail -- are a powerful symbol of US might, but the current models are nearing the end of their 30-year lifespan. The planes are equipped with numerous security and defensive measures, most of which are top secret, as well as the ability to refuel in flight. Though he has frequently singled out particular companies for criticism, Trump's latest attack-by-tweet came an hour after the Chicago Tribune posted an article on its website quoting Muilenburg expressing concern about the president-elect's protectionist bent, and noting the firm's growing business with China. It was unclear if Trump was aware of Muilenburg's comments before his outburst, but several US media were raising the possibility of a connection.
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NC Gov. McCrory arrives for meeting with Trump in New York

North Carolina’s outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory arrived Wednesday morning at Trump Tower in New York City to meet with President-elect Donald Trump.
McCrory, who earlier this week conceded in a close re-election bid for a second term as governor, could be under consideration for a Cabinet position in Trump’s administration. Trump’s transition team had announced McCrory’s visit Tuesday morning. McCrory’s spokespeople have not commented on the meeting.
It’s unclear what McCrory and Trump plan to speak about. The two men saw each other in North Carolina Tuesday night as Trump made a stop in Fayetteville as part of his nationwide “Thank You” tour.
As McCrory was sitting down with Trump, the president-elect’s transition team told reporters the governor’s track record on education and regulatory reforms had caught Trump’s attention. Transition officials said McCrory had succeeded in North Carolina in eliminating burdensome regulations in order to promote economic growth and job creation.
They also pointed to McCrory’s background on energy issues, mentioning that he had opened North Carolina up to fracking through the Energy Modernization Act in 2014. McCrory’s private sector experience includes a long career at Duke Energy.
“There is a very good rapport between the president-elect and Governor McCrory,” Trump spokesman Jason Miller told reporters Wednesday morning. “Governor McCrory is someone who the president-elect had the chance to get to know pretty well on the campaign trail this year.”
The 60-year-old governor and former city of Charlotte mayor arrived at Trump Tower just after 10 a.m. Wednesday. McCrory did not speak to reporters on his way to the building’s elevators.
Just before McCrory’s arrival, Trump’s pick to lead the U. S. Treasury, Steve Mnuchin, entered the building. Also at Trump Tower around the same time was Eric Trump and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a Democrat.
Miller said McCrory is “someone who’s viewed as a reformer” and “a very solutions-oriented leader.”
"Obviously (he is) someone who has a number of good ideas on how we should form this administration, and who is talented in his own right as well,” Miller said.
In total, Trump’s transition team said Wednesday the president-elect has already met with more than 80 people at Trump Tower since Nov. 8.
Some of Trump’s recent meetings have been with allies and potential Cabinet picks to give the president-elect advice or to meet for job interviews. In the month since the presidential election, Trump has been meeting with a steady stream of lawmakers, businessmen, military leaders and media figures in his 58th floor triplex in Trump Tower.
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Pope Francis compares media's focus on scandal to feces obsession

"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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Trump: Presidency 'far more important' than business

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Caterpillar CEO: Yes, We're Afraid Trump Will Target Us

After witnessing the deal president-elect Donald Trump made with Carrier, in which Trump pressured Carrier to keep some jobs in the United States rather than move them to Mexico, Caterpillar chief executive Doug Oberhelman articulated the feeling that many business executives may be privately harboring, warning, “Some of us may bear our turn in the bullseye.” Trump offered $7 million in tax breaks to Carrier, but the implied threat to parent company United Technologies likely paved the way for the deal.
Last Sunday, Trump posted a threat to businesses on Facebook:
The Chicago Tribune reports that Oberhelman, the chairman of the Business Roundtable, tried to put the best face on the situation, claiming that he thinks the business leaders Trump is consulting connote a focus on business that Oberhelman hasn’t seen in a “long, long time” and that Trump’s team "will use every tool they can get" to promote growth.
But Oberhelman also allowed that he is concerned about Trump 's "rhetoric" on trade policy triggering retaliatory tariffs on U. S. manufacturers,. "I have been a little concerned about some of the rhetoric," he said, adding that businesses like Caterpillar do plenty of business with Brazil, India and China, and businesses "are looking at being held out of a lot of the markets. "
There are many people who disliked Trump’s actions with Carrier, from conservatives who regarded it as a betrayal of conservative principles, like James Pethokoukis of the American Enterprise Institute who stated it was too early to know “how much of this was just one-off behavior and how much of this is going to become the modus operandi of the new administration,” to those from the other side of the aisle, like Larry Summers, the former Treasury secretary, who snapped, “This was more of a mugging than a bribe.”
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Trump calls China a 'currency manipulator,' but he's wrong

Donald Trump likes to slam China for unfairly devaluing its currency, but there's a problem with his attacks: They're the precise opposite of what China is doing.
The president-elect took to Twitter as recently as Sunday and went after China as a currency manipulator that reduces the value of the yuan so that it can get the upper hand with its exports.
Trump's accusations would have been true a decade ago, when China always pegged the yuan low against the dollar in an effort to make its exports — which were priced in yuan — cheap relative to U. S.-made products priced in dollars. Those currency machinations did, in fact, give China a trade advantage.
But today, China is spending its foreign currency reserves like crazy, buying up the yuan on foreign exchange markets in a desperate attempt to keep its currency from plunging. Markets are sending the yuan lower by themselves — too low, for Beijing's taste.
A weak yuan prompts Chinese citizens to try to move their wealth into other currencies at a time when China and its leader Xi Jinping are deeply concerned about capital fleeing the country. A weak yuan also risks sparking a currency war with China's regional neighbors and trading partners, who could respond by diminishing their own currencies.
The Chinese government said Wednesday that its foreign currency reserves fell by $69.06 billion last month to $3.052 trillion, their lowest since March 2011. China, the world's second-largest economy, has struggled mightily to keep its currency from free-falling, especially since last year when the Chinese economy slowed and the yuan started moving lower with it.
"The People Bank of China has been trying to defend its currency, and their pain can be seen when you look the country's foreign reserve number," Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at London-based brokerage Think Markets, told CNBC. "The dollar index has been soaring crazily, and the country had no other option (than) to sell its reserve to defend its currency. "
Jamie Metzl, senior fellow at the Atlantic Council said China's reserves also serve as a backstop for the country's real estate market, along with several other functions, but it may stretched too thin now: "Three trillion [dollars] isn't enough to do all these things simultaneously. "
The Chinese yuan has fallen nearly 10 percent against the dollar since August 2015, when a meltdown in Chinese financial markets delivered a body blow to Chinese — and global — financial markets. The U. S. dollar index , which measures the greenback's performance against six other currencies, has gained around 3 percent in the same time period. That said, a large part of the dollar's gains have come since Trump's victory against Hillary Clinton in the presidential election.
"The notion of labeling China a currency manipulator in this day and age is just silly," said Edward Alden, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. "If Trump had said that China was a currency manipulator in 2006, I would have said, 'hoorah,' but in 2016, it's a laughable mistake. I wonder who is advising Trump on this. "
The Trump transition team did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment.
In 2010, the Chinese government set a goal for itself: It wanted the yuan added to the International Monetary Fund's reserve currency basket — an elite global designation that at that time was held by only the dollar, the yen, the euro and British pound sterling.
The Chinese government allowed the yuan's value to flow more freely, and the currency was added to the IMF's reserve basket earlier this year, marking the first time the organization added a currency to the basket since 1999.
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Betsy DeVos may be a 'no' on Trump victory tour stop in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Though Donald Trump selected Betsy DeVos for his cabinet , the West Michigan native may not be on stage with the president-elect when he swings through Grand Rapids on his victory tour this week.
The latest addition to Trump's "USA Thank You Tour" is a 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, rally at the DeltaPlex Arena. The public can get tickets here.
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DeVos will not be attending because she is too busy preparing for her upcoming confirmation hearings, DeVos family spokesman John Truscott wrote in an email on Dec. 6.
"Betsy is very focused on that," Truscott wrote.
One day later, he said her attendance is more uncertain.
"It's kind of up in the air," Truscott said on Wednesday, Dec. 7. "It's possible. But nothing is set in stone. "
Trump came to Michigan three times during the final week of campaigning, including a late-night rally in Grand Rapids the night before the election and a rally at the DeltaPlex on Halloween.
DeVos was announced as Trump's pick for education secretary on Nov. 23, but will face Senate confirmation hearings before officially taking office next year.
She met with Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence at the president-elect's golf club in Bedminister, New Jersey, four days prior to the announcement.
In a statement released on Nov. 23, Trump called DeVos "a brilliant and passionate education advocate. "
"Under her leadership we will reform the U. S. education system and break the bureaucracy that is holding our children back so that we can deliver world-class education and school choice to all families," Trump said.
Others categorize DeVos as a "dangerous" choice for the role, including former state representative and Michigan Democratic Party Chairman Brandon Dillon.
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Dillon described DeVos as an "anti-public education activist," pointing to her strong support for school choice and charter schools.
DeVos, 58, serves on the board of the Michigan-based Great Lakes Education Project and is chair of the Washington D. C.-based American Federation for Children .
She is the wife of Amway heir Dick DeVos, who lost a 2006 bid for governor. Her father-in-law, Richard DeVos co-founded Ada-based company Amway and was most recently listed by Forbes as having a net worth of $4.7 billion, making him the fourth richest billionaire in Michigan.
Who might share the DeltaPlex stage with Trump on Friday is not clear.
Former congressman Pete Hoekstra, who served as co-chair of Trump's campaign in Michigan, said he is currently scheduled to be out of the country Friday, but supports the president-elect's decision to tour the country and thank voters who supported him.
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Peter Secchia, a Grand Rapids businessman and former U. S. ambassador to Italy, spoke out in support of Trump at the then-candidate's Oct. 31 rally at the DeltaPlex. Secchia also said he will not attend the rally Friday, though he said his son, Charlie Secchia, will have a role in the event.
A request for information about which local officials will be featured at Friday's rally was not immediately returned by Trump's campaign.
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Israel's Netanyahu gives conditional 'No' to meeting Palestinian president in Paris

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that he had told French President Francois Hollande that he would not meet Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas if France pushed ahead with an international peace conference in Paris later this month.
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Actually, Trump could succeed in lowering drug prices

President-elect Donald Trump is on a negotiating roll.
He's still enjoying great publicity for his deal with Carrier to keep 1,100 jobs in Indiana, seems to have effectively used Twitter to impress upon Boeing the need to cut its price for the new Air Force One program, and the CEO of Japan's SoftBank even came to Trump Tower on Tuesday to announce a $50 billion investment in the U. S.
And now, in an interview with Time Magazine for the issue that names him as the magazine's "Person of the Year," Trump put the drug industry in his crosshairs, saying he is going to bring down prescription drug prices.
That set off a firestorm, with drug stocks taking a hit and speculation swirling about whether his choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, or Congress, would allow that to even happen.
I'm with Wall Street on this one. After what we've seen him do in the past few weeks alone, I wouldn't bet against him. Trump is once again uniquely positioned to get it done.
No, it's not because Trump is a saint or a savant or even the toughest guy on the block. But it is because Trump continues to be a unique combination of two things we really haven't ever seen in the modern White House: A business negotiator and a politician will no actual political ideology.
The characteristic Trump seems to value the most about himself is his persona as a deal maker. Yes, that's why the title of his most successful book is "Art of the Deal" and he references it all the time. Critics of his businesses record can quibble about how wealthy he really is and how much success he's had overall, but only a fool would deny that Trump is adept at dealmaking and certainly delights in the give and take of it all. Having the presidency and all of the deal-making apparatus the White House gives him is definitely making Trump look like a kid in the candy shop right now.
With the drug companies, he indeed has a lot of negotiating power. We know they will listen closely to everything Trump says about lowering their corporate taxes because Big Pharma has been such a leader in the corporate tax inversion craze in recent years. We know those companies will also listen because Trump wants to reduce regulations and prescription drugs are possibly the most regulated products in America. Drug companies also happen to manufacture many of their most expensive and popular drugs overseas, which has added to our trade deficit in a big way over the last decade. Don't be surprised if those companies are willing to lower the prices of those foreign-made drugs in return for promises that Trump will lay off their heavy use of overseas plants. There are more examples, but this is not a negotiation where the only thing Trump will have in his pocket is the fact that he's the new president.
Will Trump get a commitment from the drug makers to cut prices on the biggest drugs by a certain percentage in return for killing off a set of costly regulations? He certainly could. Will he issue a special new tax deduction or credit for Big Pharma that offsets lower drug revenues? It's possible. He likes to make deals and he has a Republican Congress likely to back him if he does.
But here's a question we have to ask: Sure, Trump is a guy who likes to negotiate, but haven't all the recent Presidents of the United States had basically the same negotiating tools at their disposal? At one time or another, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama had their party in control of Congress and at least the option to make the same kind of deal Trump seems poised to make. So why didn't they? The easy answer is usually something along the lines of blaming crony capitalism or the power of lobbyists and corporate donors. But the real answer lies in recognizing another truly unique thing about Trump: He really has no discernible political ideology.
It's important to understand that Trump is clearly not beholden to the conservative Republican ideology of keeping Big Government out of free enterprise as much as possible. He slayed that supposedly sacred cow during the GOP primaries and still won the nomination in a landslide. And Trump also is not going to be held down by the liberal Democrats' ideology that bemoans special tax breaks and other "corporate welfare" deals to big corporations. As this election developed, it became more and more clear that Trump was, in essence, a third-party candidate running on the Republican ticket out of personal expediency. Yes, the GOP will take the lion's share of the political profits from Trump's win. But a great deal of the GOP conservative ideology is going to be sacrificed in return. It already has. Trump isn't even president yet and he's sacrificed a lot of it already.
Trump would like us all to think that he's the master negotiator and that's the only real reason why he can and possibly eventually will make some headway on reducing prescription-drug costs. But that angle is only half of the story. No negotiator or president can get anything done as long as the person or company on the other side of the table knows there are certain tools or threats the president won't be able to use in the end. Adherence to one political ideology or another has always kept a lock on some of the best tools a president could use in economic negotiations of all kinds. But Trump's lack of political ideology is the key to unlock those tools and he's clearly showing he has no philosophical problem with using it.
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Mark Cuban: Donald Trump is 'our No. 1 draft pick'

Speaking to CNBC after testifying on Capitol Hill about the AT&T-Time Warner merger, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban appeared to be taking a wait-and-see attitude about president-elect Donald Trump.
Cuban, who was an outspoken supporter of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and a harsh critic of Trump, was asked how CEOs and entrepreneurs should view Trump after the Carrier deal and his comments about Boeing making too much money on the Air Force One contract.
He refused to speak to specifics but likened Trump to a No. 1 draft pick whom everyone is hoping will be successful.
"He's who we put our hopes and dreams with, and we're gonna believe in him. Right now, it's a little bit easier because we haven't played a game yet," Cuban said.
Watch the complete interview below.
Cuban would not answer the CNBC anchor Scott Wapner's questions about his meeting for coffee a few weeks ago with Trump advisor Steve Bannon, who has faced criticism for his views as chief executive of Breitbart News.
At the Senate hearing, Cuban said the federal government should allow the AT&T merger with Time Warner to go through, so that the company could better compete against tech titans Apple. Facebook, and Google.
Watch Cuban's testimony below.
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Carolina Herrera: It would be "an honor" to dress Melania Trump

NEW YORK -- While a few designers have made news saying they would not dress the future first lady, Carolina Herrera said she’d be honored if Melania Trump wore one of her outfits.
The famed designer spoke about Trump on the red carpet before she received an honor of her own Tuesday night from the Women’s Leadership Council at Lincoln Center.
Who might dress the wife of President-elect Donald Trump has become an issue after designers Sophie Theallet and Tom Ford -- who have both dressed first lady Michelle Obama -- said they wouldn’t do so for Mrs. Trump, a former model.
But when asked if she would, Herrera said, “Of course I will, as the first lady of this country I will. Of course.”
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She added, “It is an honor to dress the first ladies of the country and it’s something to do for the United States. It’s not for myself. It’s for the public.”
Obama has worn Herrera while in the White House.
Herrera was lauded at the event for her 35 years of fashions by Emmy Rossum and Seth Meyers, among others. Diana Ross sang a mini-concert in Herrera’s honor, including hits like “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “I’m Coming Out.”
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Bob Dole Helped Taiwan With Trump Contacts Over 6-Month Period, Document Says

A new federal disclosure document indicates that former senator and presidential nominee Bob Dole facilitated contact between Taiwanese officials and members of Donald Trump ’s campaign and transition teams over a six-month period this year.
Trump's phone call with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen last week sparked controversy because it marked a break with decades of U. S. policy on China and Taiwan.
Dole and his law firm Alston & Bird, worked on behalf of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative (TECRO) to arrange for a series of meetings between Trump advisers and Taiwanese officials, according to documents filed last week with the Department of Justice .
The disclosure form -- required by the Foreign Agents Registration Act -- indicates Dole “arranged a telephone briefing with Trump campaign policy director” and “convened a meeting between embassy staff and Trump transition team.”
In addition to these encounters, Dole helped Taiwan secure favorable language in the Republican Party ’s platform and arranged for a meeting between Sen. Jeff Sessions , who was eventually named Trump’s pick for attorney general, and Taiwan’s representative to the U. S., Stanley Kao.
The disclosure does not detail whether Dole set up last week’s telephone call.
The disclosure shows TECRO paid Alston & Bird $140,000 for their services from May to October.
The Wall Street Journal reported a transition official said Dole arranged for the phone call between Trump and Taiwan’s President. Dole told the WSJ in an interview that his firm played a role in arranging the phone call. “It’s fair to say that we may have had some influence,” Dole said.
A spokesman for Dole declined to comment on the Taiwan matter when asked by ABC News. TECRO has also declined to comment on the reports.
Dole’s firm was required to disclose its work for TECRO based on a federal law, which “requires persons acting as agents of foreign principals in a political or quasi-political capacity to make period public disclosure of their relationship with the foreign principal. "
ABC News' Alana Abramson, Ben Siegel and Ali Rogin contributed reporting.
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Fitbit acquires software assets from rival Pebble

Fitbit announced on Wednesday that it has acquired the software assets of rival Pebble. However, its hardware products are not a part of the deal, and it's unclear what will happen to that division.
While terms have not been disclosed, Bloomberg reports the acquisition cost Fitbit ( FIT ) $40 million. The report states Fitbit has offered jobs to software engineers at Pebble.
The company hasn't announced whether Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky will be staying on, but a Fitbit spokeswoman told CNN that "Eric will be taking an active role in helping the team with the transition. "
In a press release , Fitbit cofounder and CEO James Park said the acquisition will "accelerate the expansion of our platform. "
"With basic wearables getting smarter and smartwatches adding health and fitness capabilities, we see an opportunity to build on our strengths and extend our leadership position in the wearables category," Park said.
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The news comes as wearable brands look to drum up consumer interest and sales. Fitbit's stock dropped 34% in November and it cut its holiday forecast. Meanwhile, earlier this year Pebble announced plans to cut 25% of its workforce.
Most recently, Apple ( AAPL , Tech30 ) CEO Tim Cook pushed back against an IDC report earlier this week that revealed smartwatch sales are hurting. He told Reuters that Apple Watch sales during the holiday shopping season were "off the charts. "
The report estimated 1.1 million Apple Watches were sold in the third quarter of 2016, down 71% from the year before.
Fitbit, the most successful company in the fitness tracker space, hasn't formally embraced smartwatches before. But acquiring Pebble's assets could help the company gain bigger marketshare if and when it enters the smartwatch space.
Pebble was the first company to make a splash with smartwatches, long before the Apple Watch and Samsung ( SSNLF ) Gear hit the market.
The first Pebble Smartwatch raised more than $10 million on Kickstarter three years ago. In 2015, its second-generation watch, Pebble Time, became the fastest Kickstarter campaign to reach $1 million. A week later, it became the most-funded Kickstarter campaign in the company's history -- bringing in $13 million.
Although Pebble recently wrapped up a Kickstarter campaign for the Pebble Time 2 smartwatch, it's believed the acquisition could cancel production of the product and ultimately refund money to early backers.
Some Pebble Time 2 backers have already posted complaints in the comments section of the Kickstarter page, demanding more answers from the company.
It's also uncertain what will happen to existing Pebble smartwatches. The lack of updates will make those devices obsolete.
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Study: Obamacare repeal without replacement risks making 30M uninsured

WASHINGTON — Repealing President Barack Obama’s health care law without a clear replacement risks making nearly 30 million people uninsured, according to a study released Wednesday.
Republicans say that won’t happen because they are working on replacement legislation for a President Donald Trump to sign. Nonetheless, the complex two-stage strategy the GOP Congress is contemplating has raised concerns.
The plan is for Congress to first use a special budget-related procedure to repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act , or ACA, next year. The effective date of that repeal would be delayed by months or years to give lawmakers time to write replacement legislation.
The replacement law would presumably do many of the same things that “Obamacare” does, such as subsidizing coverage and protecting people with health problems. But it would not involve as much federal regulation, and it would eliminate a highly unpopular requirement that most Americans get health insurance or face fines.
Wednesday’s analysis from the nonpartisan Urban Institute looks at a scenario where “repeal” goes through, but “replace” stalls. It predicts heavy collateral damage for people buying individual health insurance policies independent of government markets like Though nonpartisan, the Urban Institute generally supports the goal of extending coverage to all Americans. Previously it has criticized some of the subsidies provided under Obama’s law as insufficient.
The new analysis warns that repealing major parts of the health law without a clear replacement could upend the health insurance market for people buying their coverage directly, outside of the workplace. That group has grown substantially under the health care law, but also includes millions of other customers.
The study found that 22.5 million people would lose coverage directly due to repeal of the law’s subsidies, Medicaid expansion, and its individual requirement to carry health insurance.
Another 7.3 million would become uninsured because of the ripple effects of market upheavals. That could happen if insurers lose confidence in the Republican promise of a replacement and abandon the individual market. A key industry worry is that a repeal law would get rid of subsidies and mandates but still leave insurers on the hook for covering people with health problems.
The number of uninsured people would rise to nearly 59 million in 2019, and the nation would have a higher uninsured rate than when the ACA passed in 2010, the study found.
Federal and state governments would save tens of billions of dollars, but the potential price would be social dislocation and a political backlash.
“This scenario does not just move the country back to the situation before the ACA,” the study concluded. “It moves the country to a situation with higher uninsurance rates than was the case before the ACA’s reforms.
“To replace the ACA...with new policies designed to increase insurance coverage, the federal government would have to raise new taxes, substantially cut spending, or increase the deficit,” the authors added. That’s because the taxes used to finance Obama’s coverage expansion would also be repealed.
Republicans say they won’t allow chaos to happen.
“We are not going to rip health care out of the hands of Americans,” House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, said in a recent interview with Associated Press reporters and editors. “Republicans are going to give Americans choices and an appropriate transition.”
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Gov. Rauner signs bill sparing 2 nuclear plants

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved a plan providing billions of dollars in subsidies to Exelon Corp. to keep two unprofitable nuclear plants from closing prematurely. The Republican appeared at Riverdale High School in Port Byron on Wednesday to sign legislation he said will save thousands of jobs by rewarding Exelon for producing carbon-free energy. In addition to $235 million a year for Exelon to prop up nuclear plants in the Quad Cities and Clinton, the plan provides hundreds of millions of dollars in energy-efficiency programs and assistance to low-income energy users. "I was unwilling to gamble with these communities, gamble with thousands of good-paying jobs and gamble with our energy future," Rauner said in a prepared statement. "While this legislation isn't perfect, it allows us to protect jobs, ratepayers and taxpayers. "The law ensures the plants in Cordova and Clinton stay open for 10 years, caps the increase in ratepayer bills at an average of 25 cents a month for the 13-year life of the deal and allows for expansion of alternative power generators, such as wind and solar. Exelon said in a statement that the measure, known as the Future Energy Jobs Bill, "safeguards the state's top source of clean energy, protects and creates thousands of jobs and strengthens the Illinois economy, while preserving competitive rates. "Rauner previously criticized "special deals" for corporations, but last week said closing the plants would have "devastated the two communities. "Critics, such as BEST Coalition, a nonprofit that opposes the deal, says the nuclear plants aren't needed because Illinois produces 41 percent more energy than it needs and exports the excess. BEST Coalition also says subsidizing the plants will mean a steep increase in rates.
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City officials: Congress shortchanging NYC on Trump security

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City's mayor and other Democratic officials said Wednesday that Congress was proposing to pitch in far too little for protecting Trump Tower: $7 million, a fifth of what New York requested. "New York City taxpayers should not be on the hook for 80 percent of the national bill" to protect President-elect Donald Trump and his family, Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement calling for Congress to "step up" in coming months. Since Trump won the Nov. 8 election, security around the eponymous Fifth Avenue skyscraper where the Republican lives and works has been stepped up to extraordinary levels. The New York Police Department has played a major role, along with the Secret Service and Trump's private security personnel. The tower is now safeguarded by a phalanx of city police officers armed with assault weapons, bomb-sniffing dogs and concrete barriers. Police have closed some lanes on Fifth Avenue, barricaded the block where Trump Tower residents have a private entrance and set up checkpoints manned by officers in guard booths. De Blasio wanted up to $35 million in federal reimbursement for police overtime and other costs of safeguarding Trump from Election Day to his Jan. 20 inauguration. But stopgap spending legislation unveiled Tuesday in the Republican-led Congress includes $7 million. The legislation would keep the government running through April. The House is expected to vote as soon as Thursday, and the Senate soon after. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito called the $7 million proposal "outrageous. " Congressional Democrats from New York have also complained; one, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, said Wednesday that "Republicans in Congress have abdicated this basic responsibility" of protecting the president-elect in an area so busy that 7,000 pedestrians per hour pass by. Similar reimbursements have been made in the past for large-scale events such as Pope Francis' visit to the city last year. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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Thousands of snow geese die after landing in toxic Montana mine pit

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

Universal and Focus Features unveiled the second full trailer for Fifty Shades Darker on Wednesday. In the two-and-a-half-minute clip, the formerly BDSM couple get their kicks through very public displays of affection. Jamie Dornan's newly-stubbled Christian Grey first orders Dakota Johnson's Anastasia Steele to remove her panties at a fancy restaurant. Scroll down for video The business magnate then proceeds to secretly pleasure the recent college graduate in the back of a crowded elevator with his hand. And while Ana's guidelines for getting back together include 'no rules, no punishments, and no more secrets' - she certainly has no problem with shower sex. But Christian is still keeping big secrets, three of which threaten to destroy their rekindled relationship. Grey's rival Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson) hires Steele as his personal assistant at Seattle Independent Publishing and promptly attempts to seduce her. 'Your boyfriend has a reputation,' Hyde warns. 'Do you want to be kept? Or have respect?' Ana is cattily confronted by Christian's salon business partner Elena Lincoln (Kim Basinger), who introduced him to BDSM at the tender age of 15. 'Do you think you're the first woman to try to save him?' Elena asks. When Steele insists Grey is a changed man and S&M isn't 'what he wants anymore,' Lincoln replies: 'But it's what he needs.' The naïve brunette is also repeatedly stalked by Christian's other ex-flame - a gun-toting submissive called Leila Williams (Bella Heathcoate). Fifty Shades Darker - helmed by James Foley (House of Cards) - also features Marcia Gay Harden, Hugh Dancy, and Rita Ora. The second installment of E. L. James' erotic romance trilogy hits US/UK theaters on February 10.
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Glencore buys stake in Russian state oil firm Rosneft

Glencore is among investors to have paid €10.5bn (£8.9bn) for an almost 20% stake in Russia’s state oil firm, Rosneft.
The London-listed commodities trader will invest alongside Qatar as part of a Kremlin strategy of selling assets to raise funds needed to fill a hole in its budget left by low oil prices.
A Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, described the deal as the largest in the global energy industry this year.
He added that Vladimir Putin had congratulated Igor Sechin, Rosneft’s chief executive, but also told the close ally to work with the ministry of finance and central bank to prevent the deal disrupting Russian currency markets.
Glencore and Qatar’s investment means they join BP on the Rosneft share register. The British oil company was handed an 18.5% stake in landmark tie-up in 2011.
It is unclear how much of the latest deal will be funded by Glencore, which has wrestled with a burdensome debt pile that reached $30bn (£23.7bn) at one stage, amid stubbornly low commodity prices .
But the Switzerland-based company indicated this month that it had dealt with the debt problem, as it announced plans to resume dividend payments next year aftersuspending them in September 2015 to conserve cash .
The dividend freeze was part of a $10bn debt reduction plan that also included asset sales.
Glencore’s investment in Rosneft came as a surprise to markets, despite its chief executive, Ivan Glasenberg, saying earlier this month that the cost-cutting drive was complete.
The deal was yet to be officially announced by the time stock markets closed on Wednesday, but industry sources indicated it was on the verge of being announced.
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Will Trump’s administration spell doom for the Export-Import Bank?

The short-term spending deal reached by congressional Republicans late Tuesday includes a variety of spending measures and provisions unrelated to funding the government through April of next year, including $170 million in funding for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and language that would ease the confirmation of retired Marine Gen. James N. Mattis as Secretary of Defense. Conspicuously absent from the continuing resolution expected to pass the House easily on Thursday: a provision restoring full lending powers to the embattled Export-Import Bank.
Ex-Im, as the agency is known, supports billions of dollars of U. S. trade financing annually, supporting thousands of U. S. jobs. But in fiscal 2016, job numbers have dropped dramatically as a result of the cutbacks.
The agency has been operating with just two board members for nearly 18 months, one board member shy of the three needed to approve transactions greater than $10 million. The agency — which guarantees loans to foreign companies wishing to purchase U. S. goods — faces opposition from a contingent of Republicans in Congress who views Ex-Im's use of government dollars to backstop deals for U. S. companies as "corporate welfare. " Those opponents have effectively blocked new nominations to Ex-Im's board, severely limiting the agency's ability to carry out its mission.
Last week the Obama administration asked that the funding bill include a provision that would allow Ex-Im to operate at full capacity for up to three years with only two board members. GOP lawmakers, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S. C.) and Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Penn.) — who attached similar requests to spending bills last week — have also come out in support of restoring Ex-Im's full lending powers, going up against congressional colleagues like Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas that have vowed to shutter Ex-Im.
But the larger question surrounding the long-term existence of the Export-Import Bank will be answered by the incoming Trump administration, which has yet to weigh in publicly on the matter. Fred Hochberg, chairman and president of Ex-Im Bank, is confident that Ex-Im's core focus on boosting the competitiveness of U. S. exports abroad and preserving jobs at home dovetails with the president-elect's stated economic agenda.
Others aren't so sure.
"If this thing is going to be rescued, it's going to have to be rescued by the president," said Richard Aboulafia, vice president for analysis at aerospace industry consultancy Teal Group. "And he's implied that he won't go to bat for it. "
The Export-Import Bank is 1 of nearly 100 export credit agencies representing countries around the world. The independent agency supports U. S. exports by backstopping loans needed by foreign governments or companies to purchase U. S. goods, typically costly capital goods, like jetliners, heavy equipment or infrastructure components. As such, companies like Boeing , General Electric and Caterpillar account for a large chunk of the loans Ex-Im guarantees in a given year.
The heavy weighting of Ex-Im's larger loan guarantees toward a relatively small pool of big U. S. companies lends ammo to critics of the bank in Congress, who claim the U. S. government shouldn't be in the business of helping corporations cut deals abroad.
Supporters of the bank counter that Ex-Im doesn't provide loans itself, but merely guarantees them in cases where customers might otherwise have trouble obtaining financing. Further, its record at backing worthwhile loans is respectable; Ex-Im is the rare government agency that actually makes money, returning some $7 billion to federal coffers over the past two decades.
Perhaps more crucially, if Ex-Im doesn't step in on behalf of U. S. companies, other nations' credit export agencies will step in on behalf of their own industrial concerns, Aboulafia said. "The Ex-Im bank is probably one of the few forms of government intervention that is both harmless and can make a difference," he said.
The bank's opponents in Congress first tried to kill Ex-Im in June of last year by refusing to reauthorize the eight-decade-old agency's charter. Supporters managed to revive it five months later, tucking a provision into a spending bill extending the bank's authorization into September 2019. But Republicans in Congress have failed to confirm new nominees to Ex-Im's board, leaving it short of the three-member quorum it needs to approve large loan guarantees.
"We've got in the range of $30 billion dollars' worth of transactions that are like planes circling the airport trying to land, and we don't have enough board members to get them down," Hochberg said. "That's a lot of jobs. "
In 2014, Ex-Im supported $20 billion in financing, supporting some 165,000 jobs by the bank's estimates. Lacking a quorum, the bank supported just $5 billion in financing — or 52,000 U. S. jobs — in fiscal 2016, its lowest output in four decades. "The world has changed; it's more competitive; exports are more prominent," Hochberg said. "And yet we're operating at a level that we haven't seen in more than 40 years. "
For his part, President-elect Trump has yet to weigh in on the Export-Import Bank specifically, and it's unclear whether the president-elect will go against conservative critics of the bank in Congress. "There's not a lot of core knowledge in the world of economics that's been working with the team," Aboulafia says of the incoming administration. "That's going to change fast, but there's so much we don't know, because there's so much they don't know. "
One factor that could sway the president-elect in favor of preserving Ex-Im is an unprecedented opportunity to shape the agency as he sees fit. Because of the nuanced way Ex-Im board appointments work — and because some of the seats have been held vacant for so long — the new administration has the opportunity to pack the board with nominees that share his vision when he takes office in January.
"Both Congress and the new president can really shape the complexion of the board entirely," Hochberg pointed out. That, coupled with a shared mission, should make the continued existence of Ex-Im attractive to the new administration.
"The president-elect has demonstrated with Carrier and others to be very muscular in his support for U. S. jobs, muscular in support that we retain jobs for this country, that we don't ship jobs overseas, that we don't let other countries take sales and support jobs in their own countries," Hochberg said. "That's exactly what we do at the Export-Import Bank. "
If Ex-Im were shuttered by the incoming administration, Boeing would be hit particularly hard by its loss of dealmaking power across the globe as European rival Airbus would continue to enjoy the backing of France's export credit agency. On Friday, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg spoke out against the anti-trade rhetoric that characterized the recent election cycle, insisting that the United States must continue to lead on global trade rather than withdraw into protectionist policies.
"If we do not lead when it comes to writing these rules, our competitors will write them for us," Muilenburg said at an event hosted by the Illinois Manufacturers' Association. "For Boeing, that could result in higher costs, disrupted supply chains and regulations that diminish our ability to sell products around the world. "
Muilenburg called the lack of a board quorum "frustrating," a feeling compounded by the fact that a majority of Congress approved the reauthorization of Ex-Im last year. Like Hochberg, Muilenburg noted that it's a small but vocal minority in Congress that has managed to block nominations to Ex-Im's board (chiefly Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby) and otherwise imperil the bank. Boeing is the Ex-Im bank's single largest beneficiary in terms of dollar value of loans guaranteed.
If the Trump administration fails to go to bat for Ex-Im, and its opponents succeed in shutting it down, companies like Boeing have very few tools with which to boost their competitiveness abroad, Aboulafia says. "It isn't looking good, and we don't know what the impact is gonna be," he said. "The U. S. is going to be the only manufacturing economy in the world without an export credit agency, and that's going to be difficult. "
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1000s take refuge in mosques after deadly Aceh quake

Meureudu - Thousands of people in the Indonesian province of Aceh took refuge for the night in mosques and temporary shelters after a strong earthquake Wednesday killed nearly 100 people and destroyed dozens of buildings.
Some were homeless after the quake made their houses unsafe and others were too scared to return home. Killer quakes 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 Acehnese.
Major General Tatang Sulaiman, chief of the army in Aceh province, said at least 97 died in the magnitude-6.5 quake that hit before dawn on Wednesday, 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.
The rescue effort involving thousands of search officials, villagers, soldiers and police is concentrated on Meureudu, a severely affected town in Pidie Jaya district near the epicentre. Excavators and rescue teams removed debris from shop houses and other buildings where people were believed buried.
TV footage showed rescuers in orange uniforms shining flash lights into the interiors of broken buildings as they searched for signs of life. The pace of the search slowed after night fall, hampered by rain and blackouts.
The US Geological Survey said the earthquake was centred about 19km southeast of Sigli, a town near the northern tip of Sumatra, at a depth of 17km. The agency had initially placed the epicentre undersea. It did not generate a tsunami.
Siti Rukiah, 51, a mother of four, was among the many people taking refuge in local mosques. She and about 100 other people from Pante Raja, a seaside village in Pidie Jaya district, fled to Nur Abdullah mosque located on higher ground in a nearby hamlet.
She said the quake was shallow and felt so powerful she had to grab onto a table to keep from falling down. She was sure a tsunami was coming.
"I'm really scared about a tsunami," said Rukiah, whose brother and neighbours died in the 2004 disaster. "I don't want to return home tonight, not only because my house is damaged, but I am still afraid an aftershock could cause a tsunami. "
Aceh's disaster mitigation agency said more than 600 people were injured. The national disaster agency said about 245 buildings were seriously damaged or destroyed in Pidie Jaya and neighbouring Bireuen district, including 14 mosques. The rest were mainly dwellings and shop houses. Roads also cracked and power poles toppled over.
Prone to earthquakes
The world's largest archipelago, Indonesia is prone to earthquakes due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the Pacific Basin. The 2004 quake and tsunami killed a total of 230 000 people in a dozen countries, most of them in Aceh.
John Ebel, professor of earth and environmental sciences at Boston College, said there is a risk of aftershocks that even if relatively weak could cause further damage to buildings, particularly because modern building codes aren't consistently enforced in Indonesia.
In the capital, Jakarta, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said he had ordered all government agencies to take part in the rescue efforts for Aceh, a conservative Muslim province that has considerable autonomy from the central government under a peace deal with separatists.
Aiyub Abbas, the chief of Pidie Jaya district, said there was urgent need for emergency supplies.
Zunaidi, a village chief in Pidie Jaya, said about 1 700 people from the village moved to a temporary shelter at an Islamic boarding school about 10km south of Meureudu town.
He said most took shelter because they feared aftershocks could knock down their houses that were partially damaged.
"We are still afraid to return home because of aftershocks, downpours and blackouts," said Zunaidi, who goes by a single name. The boarding school was providing generators, food and medicine, but people complained of a lack of clean water and baby food, he said.
The Indonesian Red Cross deployed emergency response teams and advertised bank accounts for donations. Its head of disaster management, Arifin Hadi, said five water trucks had been sent into the quake area.
Aid, including hygiene kits, tarpaulins, jerry cans, blankets and family assistance kits, is being distributed, with more to be sent from Jakarta, he said. The International Organisation for Migration sent an assessment team to Aceh.
The general hospital in Pidie Jaya was overwhelmed with the numbers of injured and many people were being treated in tents pitched on its grounds, according to its director Muhammad Reza Faisal. He said five of the quake victims died at the hospital.
Villager Ahmad Salam said he and his family couldn't sleep in their house because its roof was damaged and rain was pouring in. The family went to the same mosque they took shelter in after the 2004 disaster.
"Even after 12 years, it feels like yesterday that the tsunami washed away my house," Salman said.
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Trump inauguration protest groups demand access to Washington sites

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service is quashing dissent by blocking access to public space for those who want to demonstrate before, during and after President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration, Washington civil rights attorneys said today.
Attorney Mara Verheyden-Hilliard of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund — who has successfully litigated on behalf of protesters in Washington for more than a decade — threatened legal action against the park service if it does not rescind a permit the agency itself took out to block groups from using land around the White House and the National Mall for demonstrations.
The park service historically reserves space for use by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, but Verheyden-Hilliard said the denial of protest permits has gone too far this time and is unconstitutional.
"This is public land. This land belongs to all of us. The park service's role is only to act as a neutral administrator and steward of public land," she said. "They have done a massive land grab to the detriment of all those who want to engage in free speech activities. "
The park service and activists agree that Trump's election has prompted an unusually large number of groups to seek protest permits, including organizers of a planned women's march on Washington the day after the inauguration. That group has been denied a permit to gather at the Lincoln Memorial.
The park service said in a statement that in reserving space for inaugural activities, it followed regulations that have been in place since 2008 and upheld by the courts. Among the spaces it has reserved are the Ellipse and Lafayette Park on either side of the White House.
"The park service is actively reviewing the pending permit applications and, as always, is committed to accommodating as many permits as it can," park service spokesman Mike Litterst said in the statement.
But Verheyden-Hilliard said no groups have been denied permits in the past for activities around the inauguration.
The park service reserved the spaces nearly a year ago, according to the agency's permit application obtained by the attorneys. The practical effect has been to empower Trump's inaugural committee to decide what happens on the land and who gets to use it, Verheyden-Hilliard said.
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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," 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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Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey entering NFL draft

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey announced that he's entering the NFL draft. Below is his full statement:After three incredible years at Stanford, I've decided the time is right to enter the NFL Draft. Since I was 6 years old, I've wanted to play in the NFL. It's been on every list of goals that I've ever written. Now, it's time to take that step. There's nothing more I can put on film. I love Stanford more than anything. It will be extremely hard to leave. I feel humbled and inspired every day by the peers who surround me. I came to Stanford because I wanted to be challenged more than I ever have in my life. And that desire is shared by everyone who walks on this campus, by people who literally will change the world. I plan on getting my communication degree in the future. I don't know when, but I will finish. As soon as my career takes shape, I'll figure out a plan. Stanford does a great job of encouraging former players to return and graduate. Many come back and walk the same halls after their football careers are over to earn their degrees. I want to be that example for the next generation. I've talked to many in and out of the game and received advice from people whose opinions I greatly respect, including Toby Gerhart, who was here for a game this season. I took their feedback and came to a conclusion: I'm ready. I talked to Coach Shaw about everything. He completely agreed. Really, it just made sense. The opportunity is right in front of me. Simply put, this is the best time to live out my dream. I wanted to get this out of the way so that it's not a distraction to the team. I want to focus, and I want my team to focus, on beating North Carolina. I'm thankful for the chance to get to play another game with my teammates and to work as hard as I can to make that victory possible. I was blessed to have a bunch of guys surrounding me who made playing football so much fun here -- going to three bowl games, winning a Rose Bowl and conference championship, and setting individual records are secondary to the friendships I've made and the camaraderie we share. That's what's kept me going, working hard with everybody on this team to accomplish something, and going to battle together each week. With them, all the 6 a.m. workouts and 7 a.m. runs in the summer made it all worth it. There are so many people who have influenced me at Stanford, beginning with the Arrillaga family, who provided my scholarship that has allowed me to be in this position. My coaches have made more of an impact than they will ever know, especially Coach Shannon Turley. He's taught me lessons that I can't thank him enough for -- about football, about life. Our training really does set us up for success because you go through so much that people don't see, and it's not easy. Our coaches put an emphasis on not only being great football players, but being great men. When you turn onto Palm Drive for the first time, you can't help but think of the possibilities. When you travel that mile past the trees to the middle of campus, that sense of wonder is met with the understanding that you will work hard in the classroom, the meeting room, the weight room, and on the practice field. You also know that the reward -- whether it's an 'A' on a project, or a trip to the Rose Bowl -- will seem greater because of those efforts. When we played Rice, I thought it might be my last game at Stanford Stadium. After the locker room cleared out and the field was empty, I stepped out to the Block S at midfield and stood there a while. I walked to the north end zone and grabbed some turf, just to feel it one last time. I turned back and walked to the south end zone, knelt down and prayed. I took in the moment without anyone there, and reflected on my teammates and all the great times we shared together on that field. I appreciated how far I've come, and how far this program has come. As I walked off for the last time as a Stanford player, I realized how much I owe this university for how much it's given me. Stanford has taught me more about overcoming adversity and focusing and finishing than I could ever know, and I will carry those lessons forever.
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Trump Has Positive Favorability Score On HuffPo Poll

The liberal Huffington Post has Donald Trump’s favorable rating higher than his unfavorable score for the first time in the president-elect’s political career.
Huffington Post’s favorability tracker shows that 48.3 percent of Americans hold a favorable view of the Republican. That’s compared to 46.8 percent who view him in negative terms.
HuffPo’s tracker is an amalgamation of a variety of public opinion polls. Trump’s favorability number did not crack the 40 percent threshold until several weeks ago. And in the first update to the HuffPo tracking poll after Trump was elected president, only 41.7 percent of respondents viewed him favorably. Nearly 55 percent held a negative view of the real estate billionaire.
Trump’s rating was helped by a recent Bloomberg/Selzer poll of 999 adults conducted between Dec. 2 and Dec. 5. Fifty percent of respondents had a positive view of Trump compared to 43 percent who viewed him negatively.
A Politico/Morning Consult poll had Trump’s favorables and unfavorables at 48 percent. Those scores are a marked improvement over other recent polls. Two Ipsos/Reuters polls conducted last month had Trump’s favorability number at 48 percent at his unfavorability number at 52.
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"Day of Infamy" FDR speech 1st draft goes on display in New York

HYDE PARK, N. Y. - Seventy-five years after he dictated what would become one of the most famous speeches ever delivered by an American president, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first draft of his “Day of Infamy” speech is on display at his former upstate New York estate-turned-museum.
The exhibit titled “Day of Infamy: 24 Hours that Changed History” is on display at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park through Dec. 31.
The exhibit includes a rare public display of Roosevelt’s first draft of the speech he dictated to his secretary in the hours after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 .
The document shows FDR’s own handwritten editing of his words, including where he scratched out “world history” and wrote “infamy” in the opening sentence.
The first draft, which is about two-and-a-half pages, is rarely displayed in order to protect its condition.
The first draft of President Roosevelt’s speech to the Joint Session of Congress, asking for a declaration of war against Japan.
Paul Sparrow, director of the FDR Library, said: “Some of his advisors, the Secretary of State, Secretary of War, wanted him to deliver a much longer speech.”
The State Department drafted a 17-page speech rehashing the history of U. S.-Japanese relations, but Roosevelt set it aside and went with his gut.
“He knew that the American public wanted to hear that we had been wronged and that we will find a way to victory,” Sparrow said.
“No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.”
When he addressed the joint session of Congress, Roosevelt -- who was paralyzed by polio from the waist down -- insisted on walking to and from the podium.
“He’s supporting his weight as he did in public on a cane and on his son’s arm,” Eberhardt said. “By holding his weight in that manner, he’s able to pitch his body forward slowly and walk to the rostrum to deliver the speech.”
Sparrow added, “He put the weight of the world on his paralyzed legs and carried America from the past into the future, and changed us from an isolationist nation into a global superpower.”
The speech lasted just 6 1/2 minutes. But it transformed the nation from a state of shock into a state of war.
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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.
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AT&T deal to buy Time Warner would give it a bunch of major TV studios

AT&T's plan to purchase Time Warner for $85 billion would give the company far more than just a handful of popular basic cable channels — it would also include some of the most prolific television studios in the industry.
At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, senators raised concerns that the deal would let the combined company charge competing distributors more for TV content — or to cut them off completely. The planned acquisition was often compared to Comcast 's 2011 acquisition of NBCUniversal, which required conditions from the Federal Communications Commission.
Time Warner 's television studios produce far more content for channels owned by its competitors, while Comcast tends to produce content for its own channels, according to a CNBC review of media industry database Variety Insight . (CNBC is a unit of Comcast and NBCUniversal.)
A handful of studios owned by Time Warner — most importantly Warner Bros. Television and Warner Horizon Television — are responsible for more than 80 television shows, according to the Variety Insight data. About a third of those shows were made for channels owned by competitors.
Those aren't small, unknown shows. Time Warner (which does not own a broadcast network itself) has had a hand in a hit show for each of the major broadcast networks. While Comcast's NBCUniversal is a major content producer for television, the vast majority of its output is created for its own channels. An NBCUniversal spokesperson declined to comment.
Warner Bros. is the world's largest film and television studio and the biggest producer of prime-time broadcast series, bringing in about $13 billion last year, according to the company's filings.
The deal would give AT&T a strong bargaining position at two steps in the television business: The combined company would own content that is in demand on a wide variety of channels, and it would own channels that are in demand for most major distributors, including AT&T. Time Warner's TNT, TBS and CNN are among the 10 most expensive basic channels for those distributors, according to data from SNL Kagan.
Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes and AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said on Capitol Hill that the company would not use its stronger negotiating position to raise prices or cut off competitors. Bewkes said the company's business is based on full distribution and that cutting off other distributors would impede the company's ability to sell advertising and to acquire hit shows and movies. Stephenson has previously committed to maintaining Time Warner's "wide and broad distribution. "
The week after the merger announcement, AT&T said it was launching a new over-the-top TV streaming option that would provide 100 channels for $35 a month — undercutting competitors in a way that Stephenson said was only possible before the company bought DirectTV last year.
Carolyn Finger, senior vice president at Variety Insight, agreed that the revenue from selling to competing distributors is a valuable asset for the company and that it would be a bad decision to jeopardize that business.
"Aside from raising some sort of regulatory ire, if they choke off Fox for example, it may not be in their best interest," said Finger. "They can't be entirely self-dealing. "
Like the NBCUniversal-Comcast merger before it, the AT&T deal will face substantial scrutiny from regulators. President-elect Donald Trump said during the recent presidential campaign that he would block the deal.
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Will Trump be seduced by ‘ultimate deal,’ the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

“I would love to be able to be the one that made peace with Israel and the Palestinians... that would be such a great achievement. Because nobody’s been able to do it.” “As a deal maker, I’d like to do... the deal that can’t be made.”
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President-elect Donald Trump Before embarking on “mission impossible,” if Donald Trump wants to succeed where other US presidents have failed, it is essential for him to review the record of his predecessors. When presidents have invested their energies and prestige to solve this conflict, they have inevitably come up against the intransigent Palestinian narrative that cannot bring itself to accept the Jewish state or sign an endof- conflict resolution. So presidents have chosen their only option: pressuring for concessions the only party susceptible to American threats – Israel. To his credit, Mr. Trump said, “I believe that my administration can play a significant role... (but it must) be negotiated between the parties themselves, and not imposed on them by others.” Like presidents who have preceded him, he sees the conflict as the “war that never ends.” He needs to understand, however, just how patient Islamic enmity can be, that they are in no hurry to find peace. The Shi’ite and Sunni factions have been going at it for 1,400 years and have no desire to settle their differences any time soon. Israel’s enemies don’t mind being in a state of simmering war for a long, long time. Hopefully his advisers will use the more appropriate Middle Eastern reference of time to strategize. If Donald Trump is truly a different kind of politician, he should not follow those who have misunderstood the region, seeing Israel as the cause of instability in a region today where stability and even the desire for stability are not the norm. To Trump’s credit, he has begun to assemble a foreign policy team – with one possible exception – that sees Israel as an essential strategic ally for American security interests. Of course everyone in the West and Israel would love a lasting resolution of conflict. Hopefully Trump and his foreign policy team will reexamine the failed formula of prioritizing territorial concessions over the true obstacle of the conflict – the inability of Arabs to accept under any circumstances a Jewish state as a neighbor. But why are American presidents so fixated on this conflict, when there are at least 100 other worldwide hot spots with more profound security and human rights implications? Is it because presidents and their secretaries of state really think it is truly the most important conflict in the world to resolve? Or as Aaron David Miller said, we are ”the fix-it people; Americans have a hard time accepting that we can’t sort out conflicts... and the more we try and fail, the less credibility and leverage we have in the region.” He is spot on. So, what are strategies the new administration might consider? 1. Instead of thinking about Palestinians as victims and the weaker party, hold them responsible for their failures, something no US administration has done when the Palestinians rejected at least four opportunities to have a state of their own. 2. Make it crystal clear that America will not reward the Palestinians for continuing to institutionalize antisemitism and hatred of Israelis, without preparing their citizens for peace. 3. End the Obama-era mistake of treating all Israeli building over the 1949 armistice line as illegitimate. 4. Israelis should also be asked for the time being only to build within the settlement blocks, while accepting their Supreme Court’s decisions on dismantling illegal outposts. 5. The grand quid pro quo would be to get the Sunni Arab world to accept Israel in exchange for unambiguous American support to stop Iranian ambitions of hegemony from threatening their security interests. Secretary of State Kerry was dead wrong when he told the Saban Forum: “There will be no separate peace between Israel and the Arab world... without the Palestinian process.” That is the kind of myopic thinking he used to negotiate the disastrous Iran deal. Are there really creative alternatives available? Rabin’s National Security Adviser, General Giora Eiland, wrote a column titled, “Trump era must not be wasted on two-state solution.” Some of his out-of-the-box thinking may inspire others to find a more lasting solution. Eiland thinks that a “regional solution with land swaps between four players – Egypt, Jordan, Israel and Palestine – or about the creation of a federation between Jordan and the West Bank,” could be options beyond the two-state solution. Trump would be wise to keep in mind a few bits of advice: • Khaled Abu Toemeh warns, “We must stop dreaming about the new Middle East and coexistence... There has been a total divorce between Jews and Palestinians. We don’t want to see each other.” • Dennis Ross advises that “Most importantly, don’t launch big public initiatives before knowing they can succeed.” • And former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon cautions, “As long as the Palestinians educate their children to hate us, to kill us, to admire the martyr – the conflict will never be resolved.”
The author is the director of MEPIN™. He regularly briefs members of Congress, their foreign policy advisers, members of the Knesset and journalists. He regularly briefs Congress on issues related to the Middle East.
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UK steel jobs safe after multinational commits to plants

LONDON — A deal between multinational Tata Steel and unions secured some 8,000 jobs across Britain on Wednesday in an agreement that ended months of uncertainty for steelworkers and their families.
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Trump headlining Friday rally in Louisiana ahead of election

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Donald Trump will return to Baton Rouge this week, for a rally ahead of Louisiana’s Saturday election, to urge people to cast their ballots for Republicans.
The state Republican Party announced the president-elect will appear Friday at an airport hangar, in an event open to the public.
The rally will feature Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy, who is in a runoff for an open U. S. Senate seat against Democrat Foster Campbell, a state utility regulator.
Louisiana’s runoff will settle the final three remaining congressional races ahead of the new term, filling the Senate seat and two House seats.
Vice President-elect Mike Pence traveled to New Orleans last weekend for a rally and fundraiser in support of Kennedy’s campaign.
Trump was last in Louisiana in August, to meet with flood victims.
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