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Displaced huddle in a basement as winter grips Syria
Al-Bab (Syria) (AFP) - After washing up her family's dishes over a plastic basin, 11-year-old Cedra sits on the floor of the dank basement in Syria to tackle her day's studies. A dark staircase leads from a street in the town of Al-Bab to the gloomy space the young girl, her blind father and some 40 other families have the misfortune of calling home. "There's a single room which we use as a kitchen, a bathroom and a bedroom," said Cedra.
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Chris Christie pulls out of Trump's White House chief of staff race
Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, considered a top candidate for White House chief of staff, abruptly withdrew from consideration on Friday.
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You Can Still Enroll In Obamacare -- But The Deadline Is Soon
The future of the Affordable Care Act might be hanging in the balance thanks
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The Latest: Cohen says Trump knew payments were wrong
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Michael Cohen and President Donald Trump (all times local):
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Australia reaffirms Israel decision despite backlash
Australia's conservative prime minister on Sunday stood by his decision to recognise west Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, despite criticism from neighbouring Muslim countries. Canberra became one of a handful of governments to follow US President Donald Trump's lead and recognise the contested city as Israel's capital, Prime Minister Scott Morrison had announced Saturday. Australia's Muslim-majority neighbour Malaysia said Sunday it "strongly opposes" the decision to recognise west Jerusalem.
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The politics of a plot to kill Sri Lanka's president
President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in October, just weeks after a little-known social activist alleged he had heard of a plot to assassinate the president from a police officer. Reuters has learned that investigators have not found any substantial evidence to back up the claim, although Sirisena said in a newspaper interview this month that the refusal of Wickremesinghe to take the plot seriously was the final straw leading to his dismissal. A spokesman for Sirisena did not respond to Reuters' requests for comment.
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Ryan Zinke To Step Down One Day Before Dems Get Oversight Powers
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has often said that he's not afraid of a fight.
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Parents say priest told mourners that son may be kept from heaven over suicide
The parents of a young teen who committed suicide say the priest told the mourners that their son may be kept out of heaven over his suicide.
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Ryan Zinke Is Out As Interior Department Secretary
Ryan Zinke, President Donald Trump's loyal but embattled secretary of the
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Seeking asylum, migrants report being turned back at — or possibly just past — U.S. border
President Trump’s order cracking down on asylum seekers at the southern border has been stayed by a federal judge, but a small group of determined migrants who made it through the border fence discovered that at least some Border Patrol agents appear to be enforcing it anyway. On the afternoon of Dec. 1, about 10 women and children, a small part of one of the caravans that traveled hundreds of miles through Mexico from Honduras, crossed the border fence near its western end on the beach near San Diego.
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Trump taps budget director Mulvaney as acting chief of staff
The president took to Twitter to say Mulvaney will replace "General John Kelly, who has served our Country with distinction."
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Rocco The Cheeky Parrot Keeps Using Amazon's Alexa To Order Snacks
A mischievous parrot who was booted from an animal sanctuary for his foul
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On a crucial day in Russia probe, Trump unleashes Twitter fury at the world
President Trump on Friday unleashed his Twitter fury at Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation hours before new memos from the special counsel's office were due to be filed.
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The House Fashion Leader
After Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s coat from Max Mara got a lot of love online, the Italian designer said it will reissue the rust-colored outerwear in 2019.
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Walker signs power grab bills, Evers not happy
Outgoing Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker on Friday signed a package of legislation aimed at weakening the powers of his newly elected Democratic successor, dismissing critics who said the move was a last-minute partisan power grab. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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'Jersey Shore' star JWoww gets temporary restraining order against ex Roger Mathews
Roger Mathews, whom "Jersey Shore" star Jenni "JWoww" Farley wed in 2015, has been served with a temporary restraining order.
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Inside the threatened Kurdish proto-state that holds the keys to defeating Isil
On one end of Qamishli’s main street flies the two-starred Syrian national flag. On the other, that of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party. “One flag represents our past oppression, the other our freedom,” says Mahmoud, who owns a clothing shop which sits between the two.   Before the civil war, it would have been unthinkable for the Kurdish minority to openly pledge allegiance to anything other than the President Bashar al-Assad's Syrian Arab Republic. But seven years into Syria's interminable conflict the Kurds appear to have carved out something of a proto-state in this corner of northeastern Syria, thanks in part to their efforts to flush out Isil. While they have been crushing the Caliphate to a tiny sliver of territory - taking the last town held by the Islamist on Friday morning - their separatist ambitions have largely been overlooked. Until now. Kurdish-held northern Syria The city of Qamishli has become the centre of the Kurds’ ambitious self-administration project. While a few government buildings and statues of President Assad remain, Qamishli and the surrounding areas are now firmly under the control of the Democratic Union Party (PYD). Mahmoud is a proud supporter of the PYD, but still he declines to give his full name to the Telegraph for fear of reprisal should the regime one day return. Assad has repeatedly promised to retake every inch of Syria, including the third currently in Kurdish hands. The prospect looked more likely than at any other time in the war this week after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ordered Turkish troops and Ankara-backed Syrian rebels to ready for an assault on Syria’s Kurds. Turkey views the PYD’s military arm, the Popular Protection Units (YPG), as a terrorist organisation because of its links to an insurgent group inside Turkey, and has watched with growing concern at Kurdish expansionism on the other side of its border. In recent years, Turkish forces have already swept into Syria pushing the YPG out of territory west of the Euphrates river. But past offensives have stopped at its banks, partly to avoid direct confrontation with US troops that back the Kurds. "Turkey has lost enough time in terms of intervening to clean the terror swamp east of the Euphrates. We don't have the patience to wait one more day," Mr Erdogan warned on Friday. Men queue up to buy bread outside a bakery on the outskirts of Qamishli Credit: Sam Tarling The Kurds, who have so far relied on the US for support in their battles against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), have threatened to abandon the fight if they are left to fend for themselves in the face of a Turkish onslaught. But Washington has sent mixed signals on whether it would be behind them in any fight against Nato ally Turkey. “We don’t rely on any government, we just have strategic alliances,” Salih Muslim, a prominent political player in Rojava who until recently co-chaired the PYD, told the Sunday Telegraph. “The Kurds have expected a move from Turkey for a while now and will not easily back down.” Whatever they might say, it is clear is that the Kurds cannot stave off Turkish aggression alone. In the absence of a reliable ally in the US, they may soon be forced to decide whether to risk their chances, or eek out an unfavourable deal with Assad to secure long-term survival. “We have to take Assad at his word,” Khalaf Dahowd, head of the foreign committee of the Democratic Change Movement, told the Sunday Telegraph from his office in Qamishli, refering to the president's pledge to take back all Syria's territory. “If he gets the chance to take Rojava he will,” said Mr Dahowd, using the Kurdish name for the area of self-rule which covers some 15,000 square miles. A convoy of American Special Forces and Syrian Democratic Forces fighters makes a stop during a patrol near the Turkish border in northern Syria Credit:  Sam Tarling “Even when he was at his weakest point, before Russia intervened and it looked like he was going to lose everything, Assad refused to work with the Kurds,” he said. “Now he is winning, and as the saying goes - the winner takes all.” Kurdish officials who were part of the first delegation to Damascus over the summer say the Syrian government was not prepared to make a single concession. Despite this, the Kurds - who are just about the only side in the multi-faceted war not to have had a full-scale military conflict with the regime - still hold out hope for a political solution. The Kurds, who number more than two million in Syria, have made great sacrifices for their “democratic experiment”, as they call their pseudo-state in the north. Islamic State losing its grip on Syria The YPG has suffered considerable losses in the battles against Isil in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor in the east. Officials estimate up to 8,000 fighters have been killed and 5,000 injured. Fierce battles are still ongoing for the last sliver of jihadist territory in Deir Ezzor. At least 5,000 IS fighters remain holed up in the pocket of territory, including some 2,000 foreign fighters, mostly Arabs and Europeans along with their families. The YPG has also made significant gains, including control of the country’s borders with Turkey and Iraq, its most lucrative oil fields and the freedom to once again speak their native language after decades of repression. “There are basic things we cannot give up; we need our democratic rights and our culture and language to be protected,” said Fawza al-Youssef, the co-chair of the executive body of the North Syria Federation. “But there are other things that are negotiable.” Mahmoud Mohammad Serhan, 59, a a retired trader who now keeps a farm, gets a cutthroat shave at a barber shop in Qamishli Credit:  Sam Tarling Relinquishing control of the borders and folding the YPG, into the national army, would be among the demands she says the self-administration would consider in return for a decentralisation of government. It would also be willing to do a deal on the oil fields in eastern Deir Ezzor province, which account for more than 80 per cent of the country’s pre-war production and currently lie within their control. “We aren’t saying all of this is rightfully ours, but the people here should benefit,” Ms Youssef said.  The next few days will prove pivotal for the Kurds as they face the greatest existential threat to their autonomy project since the war began. “We can’t go back to where were were before 2011, when we had nothing,” said Ms Youssef. “We have not fought this hard for it all to be destroyed.”
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Obamacare Will 'Likely' Survive Judge's Ruling, Obama Tweets
Barack Obama reminded people that Saturday was the last day to sign up for
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Girl who died fled intensely poor Guatemalan village
SAN ANTONIO SECORTEZ, Guatemala (AP) — Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin received her first pair of shoes several weeks ago, when her father said they would set out together for the United States, thousands of miles from this small indigenous community in Guatemala where she spent her days plodding through mud and surrounded by coconut trees.
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Egypt unveils "one of a kind" ancient tomb, expects more finds
Egypt has discovered a 4,400-year-old-tomb and expects to find more buried treasure. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
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China's Xi declares an 'overwhelming victory' over graft: state media
Chinese President Xi Jinping has declared an "overwhelming victory" in his fight against graft within the ruling Chinese Communist Party, while still vowing that the campaign to weed out deep-seated corruption will continue, state media reported. Xi has pledged to wage war on graft until corruption of all kinds has been expunged at all levels of the Communist Party, from high-level "tigers" to low-level "flies".
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Seven-year-old girl dies after Border Patrol arrest
A seven-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock hours after she was taken into U.S. Border Patrol custody, U.S. Custom and Border Protection told the Washington Post on Thursday. LInda So reports.
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Dershowitz: Flynn lied, FBI acted improperly
Fallout in Washington following new revelations in Flynn memo; Alan Dershowitz weighs in.
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What the New Court Ruling Striking Down the ACA Means for Your Health Insurance
Just as the sign-up window for individual health insurance for 2019 is closing, a legal ruling is creating new uncertainty about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and could potentially ...
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California could have seismic impact on 2020 Democratic presidential race
The nation's most populous liberal state has moved its presidential nominating contest to early in the 2020 calendar, a shift its leaders hope will give it maximum impact on the selection of a Democratic nominee and push candidates to address progressive issues such as climate change. The reshuffling means California voters, who can cast ballots weeks before primary election day, will be helping to determine a nominee at the same time as those in traditional early primary states such as New Hampshire. "It's a big deal," said Ben Tulchin, a San Francisco-based consultant who worked as a pollster for Democratic U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign.
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Why Australia Needs Robot Tanks
So why are robots so important for Australia? Because of Australia’s peculiar circumstances: a vast continent, with a relatively small population clustered on the coasts, and a relatively small military.
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The Hyundai Kona Electric Has a Longer Range than the Chevy Bolt and Costs the Same
Hyundai's little crossover scores a big win with its mileage rating and value equation.
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Starbucks' Happy Hour brings three days of buy-one-get-one free espresso drinks
There's a buy-one-get-one free deal on hot chocolate and espresso drinks from Dec. 14-16 for Starbucks' Happy Hour event.
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Interior secretary latest high-profile Trump admin departure
Donald Trump said Saturday that his interior secretary will be leaving soon -- the latest in a series of high-profile departures from an administration beset by turnover and alleged ethical failings. Zinke's exit will remove the distraction of the ethical issues that have dogged him -- and that reportedly have annoyed Trump -- but is unlikely to mark a shift away from the concerted environmental deregulation that took place during the secretary's tenure at the Interior Department. "Secretary of the Interior @RyanZinke will be leaving the Administration at the end of the year after having served for a period of almost two years," Trump wrote on Twitter, highlighting the fact that Zinke's tenure was substantially longer than that of some other former top officials in the administration.
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New memos detail Flynn's White House interview
The special counsel's office pushes back hard at the accusation that the FBI acted improperly in an interview with former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports.
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What to Feed Your Family When the Power Goes Out
If you won’t be able to leave your house for a few days or if the power is out for longer than a couple of hours, what to feed your family becomes a major concern. The food experts at Consumer Re...
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Stephen Miller weighs in on border wall fight
President Trump not backing down in fight for border wall funding; White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller reacts.
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Troops kill 7 civilians as protest turns bloody in Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian forces who were exchanging fire with insurgents in disputed Kashmir on Saturday fatally shot at least seven civilians when large crowds descended on the site of the gunbattle in support of the militants, police and residents said.
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Kentucky governor defends feud with local media outlet
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin blasts local paper's alliance with liberal-backed journalism outlet.
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Dead Guatemalan girl dreamed of sending money home to poor family
Nery Caal, 29, and his daughter Jakelin were in a group of more than 160 migrants who handed themselves in to U.S. border agents in New Mexico on Dec. 6. Jakelin developed a high fever while in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and died two days later at a hospital in El Paso, Texas. "Because she'd never seen a big country, she was really happy that she was going to go," she added, explaining how her husband had gone to the United States to find a way out of the "extreme poverty" that dictated their lives.
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Family of dead migrant girl says she was healthy before being detained at US border
The family of a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who died in US Border Patrol custody is disputing an account from American officials who said she had not been given food or water for days. In a statement released by lawyers, the parents of Jakelin Caal said the girl had been given food and water and appeared to be in good health as she travelled through Mexico with her father, 29-year-old Nery Gilberto Caal Cuz. Border Patrol officials did not immediately respond to the family's comments. The family's statement was released on Saturday during a news conference in El Paso, Texas, at an immigrant shelter where Jakelin's father is staying. Her family did not attend and has asked for privacy. Jakelin and her father were seeking asylum in the US and were among a large group of migrants arrested on December 6 near a remote border crossing in New Mexico. Hours later they were placed on a bus to the nearest Border Patrol station, but Jakelin began vomiting and eventually stopped breathing. She later died at a Texas hospital. Border Patrol officials on Friday said agents did everything they could to save the girl but that she had not had food or water for days. They added that an initial screening showed no evidence of health problems, and that her father had signed a form indicating she was in good health. Claudia Maquin, 27, shows a photo of her daughter, Jakelin, at her home in Raxruha, Guatemala  Credit: Oliver de Ros/AP But the family took issue with that form, which was in English, a language her father doesn't speak or read. He communicated with border agents in Spanish but he primarily speaks the Mayan Q'eqchi' language. "It is unacceptable for any government agency to have persons in custody sign documents in a language that they clearly do not understand," the statement said. Jakelin's family is urging authorities to conduct an "objective and thorough" investigation into the death and to determine whether officials met standards for the arrest and custody of children. A cause of death has not yet been released. A private prayer service was held in Texas on Friday so her father could see Jakelin's body before it is taken to Guatemala, said Ruben Garcia, director of the Annunciation House shelter where her father is staying. "All of us were moved by the depth of his faith and his trust that God's hand is in all of this," Garcia said. Family members in Guatemala said Caal decided to migrate with his favorite child to earn money he could send back home. Jakelin's mother and three siblings remained in San Antonio Secortez, a village of about 420 inhabitants. 
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Candidates cast their ballots (presumably for themselves)
It’s Election Day in America, and voters will deliver their first verdict on President Trump’s tumultuous tenure in midterm elections that are expected to draw historic numbers to the polls. Across the country, people are talking about this election as one of the most momentous in their lifetimes — a fight for the very soul of America. Here’s a look at candidates, politicians and the political elite as they vote on Election Day.
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Rebels hail Yemen ceasefire accord a 'success', despite skirmishes
Huthi rebels on Saturday hailed a ceasefire accord for a vital Yemeni port agreed at UN-brokered peace talks in Sweden, although the deal's implementation remained fragile. The breakthrough agreement at the first round of negotiations since 2016 was a "success", said Daif Allah al-Shami, information minister for the rebels' unrecognised national salvation government. Reached Thursday between the Huthis and a delegation for the internationally recognised government, the accord called for an "immediate" ceasefire in Hodeida city and its lifeline port, a key gateway for aid and food imports in a country where 14 million people stand on the brink of famine.
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Federal judge strikes down Obamacare
A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. was unconstitutional based on its mandate requiring that people buy health insurance, a decision in a case that could reach the U.S. Supreme Court. Tamara Lindstrom reports.
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Nations overcome last-minute divisions to forge climate deal
Nearly 200 countries overcame political divisions late on Saturday to agree rules for implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, but critics say it is not ambitious enough to prevent the dangerous effects of global warming. Eleventh hour disagreements over carbon markets almost derailed negotiations and delayed a final agreement by a day. In the end it took two weeks of talks in the Polish city of Katowice to turn the aim of the Paris accord - limiting limiting global temperature rises to well below 2C - into a more detailed framework. "It is not easy to find agreement on a deal so specific and technical. Through this package you have made a thousand little steps forward together. You can feel proud," Michal Kurtyka, the Polish president of the talks told delegates. After he struck the gavel to signal agreement, ministers joined him on the stage, hugging and laughing in signs of relief after the marathon talks. Even before negotiators convened, many expected the deal would not be as robust as needed. President Donald Trump has already announced his intention to pull his country - one of the world's biggest emitters - out of the pact. Key elements | Paris climate change agreement At the 11th hour, ministers managed to break a deadlock between Brazil and other countries over the accounting rules for the monitoring of carbon credits, deferring the bulk of that discussion to next year, but missing an opportunity to send a signal to businesses to speed up their actions. Still, exhausted ministers managed to bridge a series of divides to produce a 156-page rulebook - which is broken down into themes such as how countries will report and monitor their national pledges to curb greenhouse gas emissions and update their emissions plans. It allows flexibility for poorer nations, which claim they suffer greater impacts of rising temperatures triggered by more developed countries. But richer nations have long rejected the idea of being legally liable for climate change. As a result, several ministers conceded there was more work to be done but held out the framework as important progress. sites under threat from climate change "While some rulebook elements still need to be fleshed out, it is a foundation for strengthening the Paris Agreement and could help facilitate US re-entry into the Paris Agreement by a future presidential administration," said Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Some countries and green groups criticised the outcome for failing to urge increased ambitions on emissions cuts sufficiently to curb rising temperatures. Poorer nations vulnerable to climate change also wanted more clarity on how an already agreed $100 billion a year of climate finance by 2020 will be provided and on efforts to build on that amount further from the end of the decade. A statement by António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, who left the talks on Thursday, stressed the need for more work. "From now on, my five priorities will be: ambition, ambition, ambition, ambition and ambition," it said. "And ambition must guide all member states as they prepare their (emissions cut plans) for 2020 to reverse the present trend in which climate change is still running faster than us." A UN-commissioned report by the IPCC in October warned that keeping the Earth's temperature rise to 1.5 degrees C would need "unprecedented changes" in every aspect of society. Last week, Saudi Arabia, the Unites States, Russia and Kuwait refused to use the word "welcome" in association with the findings of the report. The decision text now merely expresses gratitude for the work on the report, welcomes its timely completion and invites parties to use the information in it.
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Judge's Obamacare ruling "great": Trump
President Donald Trump, participating in a Wreaths Across America wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery, called a decision by a federal judge ruling Obamacare unconstitutional "a big victory." Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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A 7-Year-Old Immigrant Girl Died After She Was Detained by Border Patrol
A seven-year-old girl who crossed the border from Mexico into the United States with her father has died.
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Hong Kong's "umbrella revolution" explained
By Katie Brinn The scene in Hong Kong over the past week has gone from chaos to calm and back again, as tensions grow and pro-democracy throngs clash with pro-China demonstrators. It all started on Sept. 26, when hundreds of students gathered in a courtyard in Central Hong Kong, demanding an end to Chinese oppression and control.  China’s modern history with Hong Kong has been complicated, to say the least. For more than 150 years, Hong Kong belonged to Britain.  Then in 1997 Britain handed the thriving metropolis back to China in a political deal called “One Country, Two Systems,” which allowed Hong Kong to maintain some of the freedoms and independence mainland Chinese people do not have, such as freedom of the press and the right to assemble. The people of Hong Kong would even be allowed to elect their own leader in 2017.
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Neurotic? Extroverted? Disagreeable? Political campaigns have an ad for you.
“I’ll put it in your personality file,” Nix joked. “We’ve modeled every personality of every voter in the United States.” If one were to try to imagine the person who claims to know every single American personality, one would probably not think of Nix, an Eton-educated Englishman in a tweed coat who speaks in fluid, grammatically correct paragraphs of his company’s microtargeting strategy. Whether we like it or not, political campaigns know more and more about each and every one of us, and they’re using that data to craft increasingly specific advertising tailored to our lifestyles. Republicans, led by Karl Rove, pioneered the technique of political microtargeting in a presidential election in 2004, to get out the vote for George W. Bush.
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Ben Carson Sometimes Deviates From GOP Health Care Thought
Meanwhile, the federal government could offer catastrophic care coverage akin to the National Flood Insurance Program, paid for with taxes on insurers’ profits. He has called for government regulators to determine — “with the help of medical professionals” — what providers can charge for care, ensuring “fair and consistent” payments “throughout the country.” Once he declared his candidacy, Carson said he’d scrap Medicare and Medicaid — two longtime targets of conservatives — and spend the money instead on giving every American $2,000 a year for a health savings account. Now, three months from when Iowa and New Hampshire voters cast ballots, Carson’s campaign is promising a policy announcement that will clarify just where the candidate stands on health care.
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Why Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina and Lindsey Graham say they won last night’s GOP debate
Hours after stepping off the stage at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, several of the lower-polling Republican presidential candidates hit the morning talk shows to explain how they won the last GOP debate of 2015.
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Anti-Hillary Clinton Group Hopes To Crowdfund Its Way Into The Indy 500
The 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 will run this May, and advertisers of all stripes will be looking to take advantage—including this unusual political one.
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Cohen: Donald Trump directed me to make those payments
Rep. Devin Nunes reacts to Michael Cohen's hush money comments and the Russia investigation.
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Photos: Snow, freezing rain from Storm Deirdre caused disruptions across U.K.
Storm Deirdre caused travel hazards, power outages and disruptions this weekend across the United Kingdom.
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All I want for Christmas is the new, largest diamond ever found in North America
I don't want a lot for Christmas. There is just one thing I need — and it's that gigantic 552-carat diamond recently uncovered by Canadian miners. Because this isn't just your run-of-the-mill huge ass yellow diamond. The gemstone is actually the largest to ever be found in North American history, according to a press release by Dominion Diamond Mines.  SEE ALSO: Watch this gymnast nail a massive backflip to set the world record Coming in at 33.74mm by 54.56mm, this stocking stuffer blew the previous record out of the water, which was a 187.7 carat diamond found in the same mine back in 2015.  "A diamond of this size is completely unexpected for this part of the world and marks a true milestone for diamond mining in North America," Dominion wrote in its statement.  Unearthed in October by Diavik Diamond Mine, the company describes how the "abrasion markings on the stone’s surface attest to the difficult journey it underwent during recovery, and the fact that it remains intact is remarkable." Unfortunately for those of us hoping to see this history-making diamond under our Christmas trees, it's apparently not being sold in its whole, rough form. After being studied for its unique geological properties, it will be cut into a number of smaller pieces instead. It's too early to determine the exact monetary value of the 552-carat whopper. But when the last record-breaking 187-carat diamond was cut down into two smaller pieces, they sold for a total of $1.3 million. So Santa better be raking in some serious dough if he wants to make good on our Christmas list this year. WATCH: This basketball trick shot broke the record for world's highest dunk
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2 women in custody in death of 4-month-old boy at NYC hotel
NEW YORK (AP) — A 4-month-old boy died Saturday after he was found unconscious and unresponsive in the lobby of a New York City hotel. Police apprehended two women who were with him, and they're expected to face charges.
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Could Jared Kushner Be The Next White House Chief Of Staff?
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is said to be in the running for White House chief of staff.
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Joy to the World. The Adorable 2018 Royal Family Christmas Cards Are Here
Their royal highnesses shared casual photos take to celebrate the holidays
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18 Ways to Make Money from Home
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Warren seeks to solidify backing of African Americans
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren is seeking to solidify her connection with African-American voters as she prepares to launch a potential presidential campaign amid criticism of her approach to race and identity.
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Royals release Christmas cards - including a new wedding photo and playful Prince George
The Royal family have released their annual Christmas cards, with the Cambridge family and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex sharing their favourite, and very different, photographs of the year. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have released a glamorous black and white image showing them in a private moment at their wedding reception. With their arms around one another, they are shot from behind as they watch the spectacular fireworks over Frogmore House, Windsor. The image, by photographer Chris Allerton, has not been seen before, and captured an intimate moment for the newlyweds. The Cambridge family shot, meanwhile, sees the Duke and Duchess in the countryside around their Norfolk home of Anmer Hall, dressed casually as their three children climb around them. Prince George, seen wearing jeans and wellies instead of his customary smart shorts, larks around with his arm around his father, while Princess Charlotte cuddles between her parents. Prince Louis, making a debut on the annual Christmas card, is held snugly by his mother, in a shot taken by Matt Porteous, a professional photographer who has worked with the family on several occasions before. The picture is a distinct contrast from the Cambridge's 2017 offering, when the family of four, as they were then, wore coordinated ice-blue outfits for a formal shot in front of a plain background.  The two images were released at the same time by Kensington Palace, and posted moment apart on their social media accounts. They neatly showcase the very different styles of the two growing families.  The Cambridges' Christmas card Credit: Matt Porteous/Kensington Palace Porteous said: “It was an honour to be asked to photograph The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their family at Anmer Hall. Capturing the fun and relaxed moments between such a wonderful family was a true privilege.”  A third Christmas card was released by the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, with the couple sitting quietly together on a garden bench.  The Duchess is wearing a cream and crepe dress by Fiona Clare in the image, the same outfit she wore for the Prince's official 70th birthday pictures which featured the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children, and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The heir to the throne is wearing an Anderson and Sheppard suit, shoes by Crockett and Jones and a Turnbull and Asser shirt. The message in the card reads: "Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year." The photograph was taken by Hugo Burnand, who is used to working with members of the Royal Family as he took the wedding pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's nuptials in 2011 and Prince Charles and Camilla's big day in 2005. The Prince of Wales also asked the photographer to take the birthday image which marked his 60th year in 2008, and he has taken a portrait picture of the Duchess. Here is this year’s official Christmas card from The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. The photograph was taken by Hugo Burnand in the garden of Clarence House this summer. pic.twitter.com/JeLfgVsEwY— Clarence House (@ClarenceHouse) December 14, 2018 It is the first official Christmas card for the Sussexes since their wedding in May, with the release of special photographs now an annual tradition among all the Royal households. It is also Prince Louis's debut, with the baby spending his first Christmas in the bosom of his family.  The Cambridges are now veterans of the card, which has captured their growing family each year since their marriage with the new additions of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and now Louis. Next year, of course, the Sussex baby will make his or her first appearance as they embark on the annual tradition of their own. 
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Did Trump violate campaign finance laws?
Legal panel reacts to Michael Cohen's claims about the hush money payment.
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Climate change is already here, scientists say, and it's killing us
Although projections for the future capture the most attention, the consequences of climate change are already wreaking havoc on our planet and our health.
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AP Explains: Why is Sri Lankan prime minister resigning
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Supporters say disputed Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has decided to resign in an attempt to end the country's political crisis.
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These Beautiful Photos Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity
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4 people shot inside barbershop in Logan
Philadelphia police are investigating a shooting that left four people shot in the Logan neighborhood.
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A note of caution about 'the Year of the Woman' in politics
A record number of women have entered primaries for local, state and national office this year, creating an expectation among activists that there will be a record number of women on the ballot in November, and that a record number of women will be among the officials sworn in on January, especially in the House of Representatives.
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Rep. Stefanik: We know the Affordable Care Act is failing
New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik reacts to the Texas court ruling that Obamacare is unconstitutional.
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EU summit a welcome first step: UK PM May's deputy
The EU council meeting was a welcome first step as British Prime Minister Theresa May tries to win reassurances she hopes will persuade lawmakers to back her Brexit plan, her deputy told the BBC. "What we had last night I think was a welcome first step which was the removal of uncertainty about the EU27's intentions on this," said David Lidington.
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Huawei case must remain apolitical: Freeland
Canada and the United States agreed on Friday that politics should be kept out of the process to extradite senior Huawei Technologies Co executive Meng Wanzhou, who is being held on a U.S. extradition warrant, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Prada Pulls $550 Keychains After Blackface Comparisons
The keychain was compared to Little Sambo online
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Superintendent Praises Response of Students, Staff Day After Shooting at Indiana School
The superintendent of Richmond Schools said students and staff at Dennis Intermediate School did everything they`d been trained to do during a school shooting.
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Russia probe cost surpasses $25 million since May 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Russia investigation has cost more than $25 million since special counsel Robert Mueller's appointment, according to a new Justice Department report released Friday.
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Climate talks end with a deal to keep countries committed to the Paris Agreement
There's now a set of standards for all Paris Agreement-aligned countries to stick to as they work to mitigate the harmful effects of climate change. The deal between the agreement's nearly 200 participating countries came after an all-night negotiating session at the COP24 conference in Katowice, Poland. It establishes a "rulebook" aimed at guiding countries toward planning and implementing climate-focused policies and measuring the effects of emissions. SEE ALSO: Climate change made these 17 extreme weather events radically worse "In Katowice, countries made important progress toward realizing the promise of the Paris Agreement — in particular by adopting strong rules requiring countries to transparently report their greenhouse gas emissions and progress toward meeting their national commitments," read a statement from Nathaniel Keohane, vice president of the Environmental Defense Fund.  "Those rules, known as the ‘transparency framework,’ are vital to the success of the Paris Agreement. To avoid dangerous warming, countries need to ratchet up their ambition dramatically, which will only happen if countries have clarity about what others are committing to, and confidence that they are meeting those commitments." The agreement also creates safeguards to ensure that more prosperous nations will be on the hook to lay out exactly how they'll help poorer nations keep up. These include contributions to cash pools meant to help nations struggling to hit their goals, such as the Green Climate Fund and the Least Developed Countries Fund. But there are also still concerns some countries won't hold up their end of the bargain, or that it won't be enough even if they do. "It’s clear much greater financial assistance is needed to ensure developing countries can climate solutions and adapt to the increasingly extreme impacts from a warming world," read a statement from Helen Mountford, of the World Resources Institute. "Next year is a key moment for countries to come forward with ambitious pledges for the Green Climate Fund’s first replenishment." There are also those who take a dim view on the talks as a whole, since they gave pro-fossil fuel countries — including the United States — a prominent seat at the table. Particularly in the wake of the recent United Nations report which laid out the dramatic changes that would be necessary to slow global temperature increases over the new 20 to 30 years. "The end result is underwhelming, signalling that not even the last IPCC report" — the aforementioned UN report — "was enough of a wake up call for some of the biggest polluters on the planet," a statement from 350.org's May Boeve read. "Even more troubling, the United States, Russia and Saudi Arabia have gone out of their way to block the official endorsement of the IPCC report, making it clear the low regard in which they hold both science and multilateralism." All participating countries are generally expected to work on upping their efforts to cut emissions ahead of 2020's next round of talks. Although Donald Trump signaled his intent back in 2017 for the USA to bow out of Paris Agreement commitments, a formal withdrawal isn't possible until 2020. WATCH: This algae 'curtain' could make city buildings into urban trees — Sharp Science
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Gandhi dynasty returns from the shadows as reluctant heir finds golden touch
The Gandhi clan is back. Following a period in the doldrums under the bombastic rule of their arch-rival, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a series of intriguing victories in state elections has put India's first family back in the political spotlight. Shock wins by Rahul Gandhi’s Congress Party in state elections this week germinated what many thought impossible just a few weeks ago - a palpable threat to Mr Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party in next year's general elections. Long seen as an ineffectual leader and, by some, as a hopeless cause for the centre-Left's return to power, Mr Gandhi has surprised his critics with a shock turn-around. "The two most powerful warriors are patience and time," the youthful looking 48-year-old said, quoting Leo Tolstoy. The Gandhi dynasty boasts three prime ministers, starting with independent India's first, Jawaharlal Nehru, and later his daughter, Indira Gandhi. However, Nehru’s great-grandson Rahul has often been called out for lacking the gravitas, charisma or brinkmanship of his ancestors - all but ruling him out from governing the world's second most populous country. Rahul Gandhi, President of India's main opposition Congress party, has enjoyed a turnaround in his political fortunes   Credit: Anushree Fadnavis/Reuters But after years of being seen as a reluctant, lightweight spouting immature and petulant jibes at his rivals, he has forged a talent for riling his opponents, especially Mr Modi.     In the past year Mr Gandhi has gone on the offensive, making trips to several provinces to woo the vote from a wide strata of Indian society; from farmers and village chiefs, to CEOs and foreign policy thinktanks. Last week's unexpected victories, albeit close ones, in the state assembly polls of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh were won in the religious, linguistic and demographic powerbase of the BJP. Mr Gandhi attributed his party’s triumphs to "farmers, party workers, shopkeepers and small businessmen" - the BJP’s bread-and-butter vote. The Congress party - whose high command also includes Sonia Gandhi, mother of Rahul and widow of the assassinated prime minister Rajiv Gandhi - is now a credible threat and is gearing up for two more state elections early next year, in the north-east states of Sikkhim and Arunachal Pradesh. The votes next year, culminating in a national poll for India's top job are now being framed as a "gladiatorial contest between PM Modi and Rahul Gandhi" by influential newspaper editorials. Mr Gandhi will face the incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi in next year's general elections Credit: Chandan Khanna/AFP The Gandhis will now be re-energised in attempts to form an alliance with various regional parties, who could hold the key to unseating Mr Modi in the election, which must be held before May 2019. Since the shock defeats last week, Mr Modi has been working on sweetners to buy off voters in an increasing sign of panic over his rising rival. After conceding that he would "respect the mandate of the people" he is said to be working on ways to waive big loans taken by farmers and possible minimum prices for crops to appease the rural vote. Mr Modi's blend of Hindu nationalism, technological focus, diplomatic dealings, and a strong - if slightly dubious - backstory of rising from lowly tea seller to the land’s highest office chimed with the masses four years ago, winning him a landslide election.  But it seems many of the 900 million-strong electorate may be focused on matters other than temples and tweets, such as the plunging rupee, agricultural loans and education.  Mr Gandhi’s direction for India would be markedly different in that his party’s ideology is strictly secular and is traditionally the choice of a broad mix of the urban middle class and liberals. "PM Modi was handed a huge opportunity. It is a sad thing that he refused to listen to the heartbeat of the country. The arrogance came in," said Mr Gandhi.
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Trucker saves dogs thrown from vehicle on New York highway
NEW YORK (AP) — A pair of beagle mixes are on the mend after authorities say someone threw them out of a moving vehicle on a snowy New York highway. The dogs were rescued by a passing trucker, but one was so badly mangled that a front leg had to be amputated.
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Utah senator says he regrets 'irresponsible' Trump remarks
WASHINGTON (AP) — Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch is backtracking after saying this week that he wasn't concerned that prosecutors have implicated President Donald Trump in a crime.
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French President Macron Calls For Calm Ahead of 5th Weekend of Violent 'Yellow Vest' Protests
Anticipating a fifth straight weekend of violent protests, France’s president on Friday called for calm and the Paris police chief warned that armored vehicles and thousands of officers will be deployed again in the French capital
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Truck Spills Cash onto New Jersey Highway Causing Crashes, Chaos
An armored Brinks security truck spilled cash onto a New Jersey highway, causing chaos and traffic Thursday.
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Trump's revolving door: Zinke is latest senior White House departure
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will be leaving by the end of the year, US President Donald Trump announced Saturday. Dozens of White House aides -- from attorney general Jeff Sessions to press secretary Sean Spicer to chief of staff Reince Priebus -- have either left or been sacked from their posts since Trump took office on January 20, 2017. Zinke, a former Navy SEAL and ex-member of the House of Representatives, was one of the main executors of Trump's efforts to reduce environmental protections in the United States.
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Isil defeated in its last Syrian town as jihadists mount final stand
The last Syrian town under the control of Islamic State fell on Friday, marking a defeat for the jihadists which will prove difficult to come back from. The flag of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the US and UK-backed fighters battling Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), was erected in the central square in Hajin, eastern Deir Ezzor province. The Kurdish-dominated SDF faced one of their toughest battles in the war against Isil in Hajin, a nondescript town which had become the site of Isil’s last major stand in Syria. “Just about every Daesh we came across had a suicide belt,” said one commander involved in the battle, using the Arabic acronym for the group. “They saw it as end of days and were using every weapon they had.” Isil is thought to now only have a few hundred militants left holding out in villages around Hajin and in the small sliver of land left between Syria and Iraq. A Syrian displaced woman carries her child inside a refugee camp of al-Hol in Hasakeh governorate in northeastern Syria  Credit: AFP Most of Isil’s remaining senior leaders had been in the town in recent months, but it is not clear whether they have been killed or managed to escape to desert land along the border before the SDF established its chokehold. All recent US intelligence also suggests Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Isil’s leader, is alive and hiding out among the group’s final vestiges. “This was always going to be a fight to the death,” Nouri Mahmoud, spokesman of the Syrian Kurdish militia known as People's Protection Units or YPG - the main component of SDF, told the Telegraph during a visit trip to northern Syria. “A lot of senior fighters and commanders had spent months preparing for this fight and were not about to give up.” The operation on Hajin was launched on September 10 and took a heavy toll, according to figures collected by the UK-based monitor the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which show at least 900 jihadists and 500 SDF fighters were killed in the fighting. Isil launched a particularly deadly counterattack in early November, which saw the jihadists use the cover of a sandstorm to overrun an SDF base and capture dozens. #SDF flag in #Hajin bazaar place, center of the town. via @ciyager_rojavapic.twitter.com/OVn4ffdAMf— zana amed (@zana_med) December 13, 2018 The battle was then briefly paused after Turkey, which considers the YPG a terrorist group because of its organisational links to the insurgent Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), began shelling Kurdish troops over the border. Fresh Turkish threats could jeopardise the last stage of the SDF offensive. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, this week warned it is planning a new assault on the Kurds - this time east of the Euphrates river. A spokesman for the Turkish-backed opposition National Army said up to 15,000 Syrian rebels were ready to join Turkey's forces. The US, which has warned Turkey against such a move, will have to decide whether to back the Kurds and risk confrontation with a Nato ally, or effectively give Turkey a green light. The Kurds have warned that any attack from Turkey would distract the SDF from the battle against Isil, which could risk giving the group the oxygen to regroup in Deir Ezzor. Brett McGurk, the US anti-Isil envoy, also cautioned earlier this week that the “battle against (Isil) in the Middle Euphrates Valley” was not over yet. “It’s going to take time, but it will get done,” McGurk continued. “It’s a very difficult campaign.” The Trump administration has said it will remain in Syria for as long as it takes to defeat Isil, but it remains uncertain if the SDF has the manpower and resources to keep control of the vast territory it has captured once their ally is gone.
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Global pressure vital for Yemen accord: analysts
A breakthrough accord between Yemen's warring sides is the most significant step towards ending the country's devastating conflict, but analysts warn its success depends on further international pressure. The United Nations on Thursday brokered a truce between Yemen's government, supported by a Saudi-led military coalition, and Iran-backed Huthi rebels. While the agreement signed in Sweden was welcomed by all involved, analysts say it is fraught with risks and needs to be reinforced by the international community.
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John Kelly 'Relieved To Be Leaving' White House: CNN
It's tough to lose a job around Christmas but outgoing White House chief of
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China should free Canadians held after Huawei arrest, U.S.'s Pompeo says
WASHINGTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday China should free two Canadian citizens who were detained this week after authorities in Canada arrested a senior Chinese technology executive on a U.S. extradition warrant. Pompeo's comments were the first by a senior U.S. official on the arrests, which Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said could escalate a growing trade conflict between China and the United States.
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Australia recognises west Jerusalem as capital of Israel
Australia now recognises west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Saturday, but a contentious embassy shift from Tel Aviv will not occur until a peace settlement is achieved. Canberra became one of just a few governments around the world to follow US President Donald Trump's lead and recognise the contested city as Israel's capital, but Morrison also committed to recognising a future state of Palestine with east Jerusalem as its capital. "Australia now recognises west Jerusalem -- being the seat of the Knesset and many of the institutions of government -- is the capital of Israel," Morrison said in a speech in Sydney.
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Nations agree milestone rulebook for Paris climate treaty
Nations on Sunday struck a deal to breathe life into the landmark 2015 Paris climate treaty after marathon UN talks that failed to match the ambition the world's most vulnerable countries need to avert dangerous global warming. Delegates from nearly 200 states finalised a common rule book designed to deliver the Paris goals of limiting global temperature rises to well below two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit). "Putting together the Paris agreement work programme is a big responsibility," said COP24 president Michal Kurtyka as he gavelled through the deal after talks in Poland that ran deep into overtime.
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Did James Comey set up Michael Flynn?
Judge in Michael Flynn case demands FBI's interview reports; Rep. Jim Jordan and Sinclair's 'Full Measure' host Sharyl Attkisson discuss.
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Biden says his family convinced him to run with Obama
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden initially refused to run with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama a decade ago, but his family ultimately convinced him he had to support an African-American candidate with a real chance of winning, he said Thursday at the University of Utah.
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30 Delicious Fall Soups to Make on a Chilly Day
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New clues link election hacks in U.S. to Russian intelligence
The Kremlin and Russian President Vladimir Putin: Did the Russians hack U.S. election databases? A top cybersecurity firm said Friday it has found “significant” links between the hacks of two U.S. state election databases this summer and suspected Russian state-sponsored attacks against the ruling political party in Turkey and members of the Ukrainian Parliament. ThreatConnect, a firm founded by former U.S. military intelligence analysts, said it discovered the connection this week by researching a Web address linked to one of the election hacks and cited in an Aug. 18 confidential “flash” alert to state election officials. The alert was first reported Monday by Yahoo News.
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Factbox: Trump administration departures, firings, reassignments
President Donald Trump said on Saturday that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will step down at the end of December, the latest senior official to exit Trump's high-turnover administration. An ex-congressman from Montana, Zinke has faced scrutiny over several matters. Trump gave no reason for Zinke's departure after announcing it on Twitter.
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Walker signs sweeping lame-duck GOP bills
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a sweeping package of Republican-written legislation Friday that restricts early voting and weakens the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. (Dec. 14)
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Ryan Zinke, Donald Trump's cowboy-booted interior secretary, becomes latest Cabinet member to leave office 
Donald Trump announced the departure of another member of his Cabinet, Ryan Zinke, the latest in a series of high profile departures from his administration. As interior secretary Mr Zinke, 51, a former Navy SEAL from Montana, wore cowboy boots to the office. He spearheaded a rolling back of environmental regulations, and an expansion of oil and gas drilling, but was facing a host of ethics investigations relating to business dealings. Mr Zinke said he would be leaving his post at the end of the year. Mr Trump, writing on Twitter, said: "Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke will be leaving the Administration at the end of the year after having served for a period of almost two years. "Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want to thank him for his service to our Nation." Secretary of the Interior @RyanZinke will be leaving the Administration at the end of the year after having served for a period of almost two years. Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want to thank him for his service to our Nation.......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 15, 2018 The interior secretary oversees public land in America, which covers an area larger than the whole of Mexico. Mr Zinke had become a lightning rod for complaints from Democrats, and was expected to be the target of investigations when  Democrats take over control of the House of Representatives in January. Ryan Zinke with Donald and Melania Trump last month Credit: Gettty Chuck Schumer, the Democrat leader in the US Senate, said: "Ryan Zinke was one of the most toxic members of the cabinet in the way he treated our environment, our precious public lands, and the way he treated the government like it was his personal honey pot. The swamp cabinet will be a little less foul without him." Mr Zinke, a former Montana congressman, already faced investigations linked to property holdings in his home state. He had also come under fire over expenditure in office, including reports that his department was spending nearly $139,000 to upgrade three sets of double doors in his office. Mr Zinke later said he negotiated the cost down to $75,000. He was also reportedly the subject of investigations over allegations he allowed his wife to ride in government vehicles, that he took a security detail with him on holiday to Turkey, and costly flights on US Park Police helicopters.
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White House blocks bill that would protect elections
A bill that would have significantly bolstered the nation’s electoral security has been held up in the Senate at the behest of the White House, which expressed its displeasure with the proposed legislation.
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Michael Cohen breaks silence after prison sentence
Former Trump attorney tells ABC News that the president knew hush-money payments made in the weeks leading up to the election were wrong; Laura Ingle reports from New York City.
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Rules on Fossil Fuel Pollution Cuts Adopted at Climate Talks
The diplomats drawn from energy and environment ministries in almost 200 countries backed rules to implement the three-year-old Paris Agreement, which called for drastic reductions in fossil fuel use by the middle of the century. The decision covered technical details of the Paris deal, including everything from a $100 billion pledge to channel aid to developing nations to how to account for emissions cuts. The U.S. participated heavily in the talks even though President Donald Trump has vowed to pull out of the talks.
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28 Easy Halloween Finger Foods to Whip Up This Year
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Trump says he's interviewing 5 candidates for chief of staff
President Trump says he is looking at five 'really good' people to replace White House chief of staff John Kelly.
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Paris 'yellow vest' protests lose steam after Emmanuel Macron concessions
Defiant “yellow vest” demonstrators took to the streets of Paris and other French cities on Saturday, but the anti-government protests appeared to be losing steam after major concessions by President Emmanuel Macron and another deadly terror attack on French soil. Riot police fired tear gas and fought with protesters on the Champs Elysées and elsewhere in the capital, but these were minor incidents compared with the widespread rioting and looting that took place a week ago. More than 66,000 took part in demos across the country, half the number of a week ago, and in Paris 2,200 people participated, far fewer than the 10,000 who turned out last Saturday, according to interior ministry figures. Face-off: Police stand guard as 'Mariannes' from the feminist group Femen join the Paris protests Credit: ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI/AFP/Getty Images On Place de la République in Paris, a few hundred yellow vests congregated in rain and near-zero temperatures after being pushed out of the Opera district by riot police. They unfurled a banner with the slogan: “We want a president of the poor”, a jibe at Mr Macron who many French accuse of being a “president of the rich” who has neglected the small-town and rural voters who make up the bulk of the yellow vest movement. The former investment banker, who is facing the biggest crisis of his presidency, unveiled a series of concessions on Monday to defuse the yellow vest crisis, which takes its name from the high visibility jackets all drivers in France are legally obliged to keep in their cars. He was hoping that the package of tax and minimum wage measures for low-income workers would help bring calm to the country after more than a month of clashes and disruption. French security forces intervene as protests weakened in the face of terror threats Credit:  Anadolu His move appeased many French, with public support for the yellow vest protests dropping from more than 80 percent to around 50 percent. But many others, who say the new measures will still not enable them to make ends meet, were set on continuing the protests to try and squeeze more concessions out of the 40-year-old president. “His (Macron’s) taxes will cancel out the rise in the minimum wage,” a 49-year-old computer technician, who declined to give his name, told The Telegraph on the Place de la République. Five 'Mariannes' - the national symbol of the French Republic - confront the gendarmerie Credit: VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images He said he had no intention of giving up the fight, and rejected the government’s call for calm in the wake of a terror attack this week in Strasbourg in which a gunman shot dead four people before being caught, two days later, and shot dead by police.  “That’s merely an excuse to try and keep us off the streets. The attack and this protest have nothing to do with each other,” he said. Protesters wearing yellow vests (gilets jaunes) demonstrate against rising oil prices and deteriorating economic conditions along the Champs-Elysee About 8,000 police - four times the number of demonstrators - and 14 armoured vehicles were deployed across Paris for Saturday’s demonstration, and many streets in the city centre were honeycombed with checkpoints where officers in riot gear checked bags and coats for weapons and helmets.  Police said 112 people were taken into custody in Paris.  The number of deaths linked to the protest rose to seven after Belgian police said a man accidentally crashed his car on Friday night into a truck that had stalled at a yellow vest roadblock on the Franco-Belgian border. 
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Mueller's rush to sentence Trump associates - an unusual way to treat cooperating witnesses - suggests Russia investigation is ending
Amid the whirlwind of hearings, guilty pleas and sentencing memos that has been Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe in the last few weeks, an unusual pattern has emerged. One of Mueller’s biggest successes as his team investigate 2016 election meddling and possible collusion between Moscow and Donald Trump’s campaign team, has been his ability to get former associates of the president to “flip” and cooperate with him. Among the more high-profile are Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, former White House national security advisor Michael Flynn, and former campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos.
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Yemenis fear collapse of UN-backed ceasefire accord
Residents of Yemen's flashpoint port of Hodeida and other cities fear a UN-brokered ceasefire could collapse at any moment, saying that after four years of conflict any accord is deeply fragile. The Red Sea port of Hodeida, a main frontline between rebels and loyalist forces backed by a Saudi-led military coalition and a key conduit of aid, had woken to calm after weeks of confrontation. Saturday morning saw calm return to Hodeida, but shops and schools remained shuttered as gunmen deployed in the south and east.
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Mueller: FBI not to blame for Flynn lying
Special counsel slams Michael Flynn's assertion he was trapped into lying; Fox News contributors Byron York and Jonathan Turley react.
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Kosovo and Serbia's simmering disputes
Serbia and Kosovo's troubled relationship has taken a turn for the worse in recent weeks, with Pristina's vote on Friday to form an army just one of many sources of tension between the former war foes. Here are the other main quarrels between the neighbours whose mutual distrust runs deep 20 years after Kosovo's independence war. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008, a decade after its ethnic Albanian guerilla fighters battled Serb troops in a war that cost 13,000 lives.
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25 Easy and Delicious Ways to Cook Potatoes to Make Tonight
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Trump hails judge's ruling against Obamacare as 'great'
President Donald Trump on Saturday hailed a court decision against Obamacare as "a great ruling for our country," while a U.S. government official said the decision by a Texas judge would have no immediate impact on health coverage. U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday said that Obamacare, known formally as the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA), was unconstitutional based on its mandate requiring that people buy health insurance. In a decision that could reach the U.S. Supreme Court, O'Connor sided with a coalition of 20 states that argued requiring people to pay for insurance coverage is illegal because a change in tax law last year eliminated a penalty for not having health insurance.
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Federal judge strikes down Obamacare
Texas judge declares mandate requiring signup unconstitutional.
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Mueller investigation: Special counsel attacks Flynn criticism of FBI interview
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has urged a federal judge to reject an attempt by Michael Flynn “to minimise the seriousness” of him lying to the FBI. Mr Mueller’s team was responding to a sentencing memo from Flynn’s lawyers criticising the FBI interviews with their client, saying agents did not provide him “with a warning of the penalties” for misleading investigators. In a note to a judge in Washington DC, he added: “He does not need to be warned it is a crime to lie to federal agents to know the importance of telling them the truth.
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For 76-year-old Joe Biden, age a factor as he mulls 2020 run
As he considers running for president, Joe Biden is talking with friends and longtime supporters about whether, at 76, he's too old to seek the White House, according to several sources who have spoken with the former Democratic vice president.
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Dead Guatemalan girl part of 'endless' migrant exodus from poor village
Described as inseparable by the girl's grandfather, Nery Caal, 29, and his daughter Jakelin were in a group of more than 160 migrants who handed themselves in to U.S. border agents in New Mexico on Dec. 6. Jakelin developed a high fever and died hours later while in the care of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. "My husband went because of the extreme poverty that we live in," said Claudia Maquin, who has three remaining children.
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Migrant girl, 7, 'dies of dehydration while in Border Patrol custody' in US
A seven-year-old Guatemalan girl died hours after being taken into custody for illegally attempting to enter the US, officials said. The girl, named as Jackeline Caal by Guatemala's foreign ministry, died of dehydration and shock around nine hours after being taken into US custody. Jackeline and her father, identified as 29-year-old Nery Caal, were part of a large group of migrants who were detained by border patrol agents after they were found along a remote stretch of the US-Mexico border.  Border officials as saying she had not eaten or consumed water for several days.  Jackeline's death raises questions over how officials assess the welfare of migrants they take into custody at a time when increasing numbers of children and families are making the difficult journey north from Central America. Many of them say they are fleeing persecution, poverty and violence in their home countries. Honduran migrants sit after crossing the US border wall and turning themselves into US border patrol agents in San Diego Credit: AP President Donald Trump's administration has come under fire for its hard-line stance on immigration, including stating that he had authorised US troops to use "lethal force" on the border if necessary.  Jackeline and her father were taken into custody at about 9.15 pm on December 6 in a group of 163 people in remote New Mexico, about 90 miles from the nearest Border Patrol station in Lordsburg.  A Border Patrol form completed shortly after she was detained said she showed no signs of sickness but the agency confirmed the girl later started experiencing fever and seizures while in its custody. Jackeline's father said she began vomiting hours after being placed on a bus to a border patrol station and had stopped breathing by the time she arrived at the facility.  Emergency medical technicians revived her and she was flown to a hospital in El Paso, Texas, where she suffered cardiac arrest and died shortly after midnight on December 8, officials said.    A U.S. Border Patrol agent patrols Sunland Park along the U.S.-Mexico border Credit: AP They added that Jackeline's father was driven to El Paso and was at the hospital when she died. It comes after a toddler died in May just after being released from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility in Texas. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said the girl was "apprehended with her father for illegal entry with a group of 163 illegal aliens" on Thursday of last week. Kirstjen Nielsen, the DHS chief, told Fox News: "It's heart-wrenching. This is a very sad example of the dangers of this journey. This family chose to cross illegally." A department statement earlier said: "Our sincerest condolences go out to the family of the child. "Border Patrol agents took every possible step to save the child's life under the most trying of circumstances. As fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, we empathise with the loss of any child." The DHS watchdog will review the incident and an autopsy into Jackeline's death has been scheduled. The head of the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees Customs and Border Protection, will appear in front of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee next week, Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the panel, said on Twitter. "We will be demanding immediate answers to this tragedy," Mr Nadler said. Guatemalan consular officials said they have spoken with the father who was deeply upset. "It is important to show that, unfortunately, the places where migrants now enter are more dangerous and the distances they travel are greater," they said. In a separate development, it emerged this week that authorities arrested 170 immigrants who came forward to sponsor migrant children in government custody. ICE said that the arrests were of people suspected of being in the country illegally and were the result of background checks. Nearly two thirds of those arrested, 109 in all, had no criminal record, the agency said. Another 61 of those arrested did have criminal records, but ICE said it could not break down convictions by violent and nonviolent offences. The arrests follow a move by Mr Trump's administration earlier this year that allowed immigration authorities to examine the criminal background and legal status of anyone who steps forward to sponsor unaccompanied migrant children, usually parents or close relatives already in the US, as well as any other adults living in their home.
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Packing and cracking: The Supreme Court takes up partisan gerrymandering
On October 3, the second day of the new term, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case that likely poses the most momentous question on its docket: Should it, for the first time in history, strike down a state’s electoral map on the grounds of partisan gerrymandering?
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On eve of midterms, polls give Democrats edge on generic ballots
If the final round of major national polls is to be believed, Democrats are poised to win control of the U.S. House of Representatives, while Republicans are set to maintain control of the Senate.
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The last big Instant Pot sale of the season is back, starting at just $59.99
Remember how annoyed you were earlier this week when two of Instant Pot's most popular multi-use cookers went on sale, but they sold out and you missed it? Well we have some very good news for you on Friday morning: they're back in stock! The $80 Instant Pot Duo Mini 3 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker is down to just $59.99 right now, which the larger $140 Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker can be had for $99.95. There's a very good chance these deals will sell out again though, so definitely grab one or both while you still can. ## Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker * Duo 8 Quart, the number 1 selling multi-cooker, combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Marker and Warmer, prepares dishes up to 70% faster to support your busy lifestyle * Features 14 Smart Programs - Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Saute/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, Manual, and Pressure Cook. Now, your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button * Healthy, stainless steel (18/8) inner cooking pot made from food grade 304, no chemical coating, 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution, fully sealed environment traps the flavours, nutrients and aromas within the food * Built with the latest 3rd generation technology, the microprocessor monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration to achieve your desired results every time * UL and ULC certified with 10 safety mechanisms to provide you with added assurance, designed to eliminate many common errors * Accessories include stainless steel steam rack with handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, condensation collector and recipe booklet * Power supply: 120V - 60Hz ## Instant Pot Duo Mini 3 Qt 7-in-1 Multi- Use Programmable Pressure Cooker * All the features of the Instant Pot duo, the bestselling electric pressure cooker in North America now available in a 3 Qt compact format * The perfect companion to your existing Instant Pot, use it for side dishes, vegetables or other accompaniments such as rice * Generous capacity, great for smaller families or where space is at a premium. In a dorm, RV or boat? the Instant Pot duo mini Emits no steam, heat or cooking smells * Features fully automatic pressure cook programs, 3 slow cook heat settings, saute, rice cooking, steamer, yogurt making, delay start and auto keep Warm * 700W power to enable it to reach pressure quickly. All Stainless Steel internal components including lid and inner cooking pot. Lid and cooking pot dishwasher safe * Power supply: 120V - 60Hz * Included Components: Electric Pressure Cooker
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It's Foles time (again) and concern for Wentz's playing style
Carson Wentz is injured and Nick Foles is back under center for the Eagles. Ducis and Jaws on the Birds' feeling of déjà vu. .
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Judge Throws Political Bomb in Trump's Lap by Voiding Obamacare
The case may not be resolved in the courts before 2020, legal experts said, which could make it a defining issue in the race for the White House and Congress. Democrats immediately jumped on the Friday night ruling to warn that health care coverage for millions of Americans was at stake due to the Republican-led lawsuit that sought to void popular parts of Obamacare, including protections for pre-existing conditions and a ban on annual lifetime limits. Also at risk are provisions that affect the wider health insurance market, such as keeping adults on their parents’ policies until age 26.
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MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski under fire for slur
Mika Brzezinski apologizes for anti-gay slur; Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce and Washington Times columnist Monica Crowley react.
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40+ Halloween Dinner Ideas That Are So Good It's Scary
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5 in custody after fatal East Los Angeles shooting leads to police chase, crash
Five people were arrested following the shooting death of a man in East Los Angeles early Friday morning, authorities said.
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Israel destroys house of Palestinian charged with killing soldier
Israeli forces on Saturday demolished the family home of a Palestinian charged with killing an Israeli soldier in the occupied West Bank, the military and witnesses said. Israel says Islam Abu Humaid, 32, threw a 40 pound (18 kg) marble plate from a rooftop, killing an Israeli special forces sergeant, Ronen Lubarsky, 20, during a May arrest raid in El Amari refugee camp in the Palestinian city of Ramallah. Israeli forces arrived at the El Amari camp before dawn on Saturday, sealed off the four-storey Abu Humaid house and destroyed it, the military said in a statement.
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Guard Your Health Before and After a Natural Disaster
Hurricane season is far from over on the East Coast of the U.S., and wildfires continue to rage across the west. If you're facing a storm or other major disaster, there are a number of measures y...
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Flynn shouldn't have lied to FBI -- Mueller
President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn did not need to be warned against lying to the FBI and does not deserve sentencing leniency because he received no warning, U.S. prosecutors said in a court filing on Friday. Gavino Garay reports.
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Scandal-plagued CBS grants $20M to 18 women's rights groups
NEW YORK (AP) — CBS on Friday pledged to give $20 million to 18 organizations dedicated to eliminating sexual harassment in the workplace as the network tries to recover from a scandal that led to the ouster of its top executive, Les Moonves.
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Egypt unveils 'one of a kind' ancient tomb, expects more finds
It was untouched and unlooted, Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters at the site. Archaeologists removed a last layer of debris from the tomb on Thursday and found five shafts inside, Waziri said. "This shaft should lead to a coffin or a sarcophagus of the owner of the tomb." The tomb is 10 metres (33 ft) long, three metres (9.8 ft) wide and just under three metres high, Waziri said.
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A state in bondage to its past confronts a difficult choice for Senate
In Alabama, religion brings people together — but blacks and whites still see the controversial Senate race through very different eyes.
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What the New Court Ruling Striking Down the ACA Means for Your Health Insurance
Just as the sign-up window for individual health insurance for 2019 is closing, a legal ruling is creating new uncertainty about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and could potentially ...
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Mueller investigation: Probes involving Trump associates are becoming difficult for the president to ignore
Cohen said that he was “done being loyal” to the president having been sentenced over a number of charges, including campaign finance violations for arranging payments during the 2016 election to silence women who have claimed to have affairs with Trump. “I’m done with the lying,” the president’s former lawyer said. “I’m done being loyal to President Trump.
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Federal judge in Texas declares Affordable Care Act unconstitutional
A federal judge in Texas ruled President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act "invalid" Friday, the eve of the sign-up deadline for coverage next year.
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OPEC has shown it can reach deal despite splits: Iran oil minister
Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh praised OPEC on Saturday for what he said was the producer group's ability to reach agreement despite intense internal political differences. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its Russia-led allies agreed on Dec. 7 to cut output by more than expected, despite pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump to reduce the price of crude. "OPEC ... has shown the capacity in which members can hold talks and reach important results regarding their common interests despite having the most intense political disputes or even military conflicts (such as during the Iran-Iraq war)," Zanganeh said on Twitter.
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Motiva preliminarily picked to run Curacao refinery: report
The refinery has been idle since May when a legal dispute between PDVSA and U.S. producer ConocoPhillips forced its closure. PDVSA's contract to run the facility, which is crucial for its storage, refining and shipping operations, will expire at the end of 2019. The government of the Caribbean island is seeking a company willing to handle it in the long run and probably also to finish the lease term next year.
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These 30-Minute Meals Get Dinner on the Table in a Flash
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No immediate health coverage changes from Obamacare ruling: government
There will be no immediate health coverage impact from a federal judge's ruling that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional, as it is expected to be appealed through higher courts, a government official said. U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth, Texas, on Friday sided with a coalition of 20 states that argued requiring people to pay for insurance coverage is illegal because a change in tax law last year eliminated a penalty for not having health insurance. Republicans have opposed the 2010 law - the signature domestic policy achievement of Republican President Donald Trump's Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama - since its inception and have repeatedly tried and failed to repeal it.
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UNC system rejects $5M plan to house Confederate statue
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's public university system rejected a proposal Friday to build a $5 million structure to house a toppled Confederate statue, opting instead to "go back to the drawing board" to figure out what to do with the monument.
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What the New Court Ruling Striking Down the ACA Means for Your Health Insurance
Just as the sign-up window for individual health insurance for 2019 is closing, a legal ruling is creating new uncertainty about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and could potentially ...
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Video shows Trump's next chief of staff calling him 'terrible human being'
One of Mick Mulvaney’s first tasks as acting chief of staff to Donald Trump will perhaps be explaining why he previously publicly called his boss “a terrible human being”. Video has emerged of Mulvaney, previously a Republican congressman, admitting his disdain for Trump shortly before the presidential election in November 2016.
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Fresno Police Chief Dyer says injuries Arambula caused to daughter were beyond spanking
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer is publicly contradicting Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula's version of events that led to the lawmaker's recent child abuse arrest.
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US Official: 'End days' nearing for Islamic State in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — Fighting against the Islamic State group in its last enclave in eastern Syria "is going very well," a U.S. official said Saturday as U.S.-backed Syrian fighters battled the extremists on the edge of the largest urban area they still hold.
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Obamacare to be considered by new-look  US Supreme Court after Texas judge rules it is unconstitutional
America's new-look conservative-leaning US Supreme Court looks set to rule next year whether to overturn Barack Obama's flagship Obamacare policy. The highest court in America is expected to consider Mr Obama's signature political legacy after a judge in Texas declared it unconstitutional. Donald Trump, who tipped the balance in the court with controversial appointments, called the Texas ruling "Great news for America!" and said Obamacare was an "unconstitutional disaster". In Texas, Judge Reed O'Connor delivered his 55-page ruling on the eve of the deadline for Americans to sign up for 2019 health insurance coverage under Obamacare. Republicans have long opposed the health care system, officially introduced by the Affordable Care Act in 2010. President Barack Obama at his final press conference in January 2017  Credit: AFP Mr Trump made abolishing the programme one of his main campaign pledges in 2016, but an attempt to repeal it in Congress failed last year. Judge O'Connor said changes to the law introduced by Mr Trump's overhaul of the tax system in 2017 had affected the legality of  Obamacare. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminated Obamacare's so-called "individual mandate" under which people who failed to sign up and pay for health insurance were subjected to a fine. Judge O'Connor ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act should now be struck down because the individual mandate had been the "keystone" of the programme. The law will remain in place pending an appeal process which is expected to reach the Supreme Court next year. Obamacare has been considered twice by the court before, in 2012 and 2015, and opponents lost. However, this will be the first time that Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the new conservative Supreme Court justice nominated by Mr Trump this year, will have an input. Brett Kavanaugh at his Senate confirmation hearing in September Credit: AP Five judges on the nine-strong court who voted for Obamacare previously are still in place. The case in Texas was brought by the administrations of 20 Republican US states, and opposed by a host of Democrat states. Nancy Pelosi, the incoming Democrat Speaker of the House of Representatives, said the ruling "exposes the monstrous endgame of Republicans' all-out assault" on people seeking affordable healthcare. She said: "This absurd ruling will be immediately appealed. Republicans are fully responsible for this cruel decision."
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Brexit Bulletin: Hardball
Theresa May was clear that she wasn’t expecting a breakthrough when she met her European counterparts in Brussels. European Union leaders rebuffed May’s pleas to help her sell the Brexit agreement to a skeptical U.K. Parliament and even tweaked their draft communique to take out some of the most helpful bits. May had implored her counterparts to “hold nothing in reserve” and help her fix the most toxic part of the Brexit deal — the so-called Irish backstop — so she can win over enough support for it in Parliament. “Theresa May has led a courageous fight but unfortunately we are not seeing the results," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told reporters.
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U.N. climate talks deadlocked over carbon credit issue
A senior negotiator said Brazil had concerns about some of the rules for governing international carbon credit schemes. One risk is the double counting of emissions reductions, when they are included by both the host country and the purchasing country, which could ruin the integrity of the Paris Agreement. Brazil has said it opposes double counting but has issues around aspects of buying of permits from a central registry and the subsequent selling.
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Egypt unearths tomb of ancient high priest 
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a priest dating back more than 4,400 years in the pyramid complex of Saqqara south of the capital Cairo, authorities said Saturday. "Today we are announcing the last discovery of the year 2018, it's a new discovery, it's a private tomb," Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany told an audience of invited guests including reporters. "It is exceptionally well preserved, coloured, with sculpture inside. It belongs to a high official priest... (and) is more than 4,400 years old," he said. The tomb belongs to "Wahtye", a high priest who served during the fifth dynasty reign of King Neferirkare, the antiquities ministry said. A view of the newly-discovered tomb of 'Wahtye' Credit: Reuters His tomb is decorated with scenes showing the royal priest alongside his mother, wife and other members of his family, the ministry said in a statement. It also contains more than a dozen niches and 24 colourful statues of the cleric and members of his family, it said. In November archaeology officials announced the discovery in Saqqara of seven sarcophagi, some dating back more than 6,000 years, during excavation work started in April by the same archaeological mission. An external view of the site Credit: Anadolu Three of those tombs contained mummified cats and scarabs. The Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo is home to the famous Djoser pyramid, a more than 4,600-year-old construction which dominates the site and was Egypt's first stone monument. The tomb, built by the master architect Imhotep for the Pharoah Djoser, stood 62 metres tall originally and is considered the oldest building in the world built entirely of stone.
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27 Baby Halloween Costumes That Are Too Cute to Handle
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California votes today, with control of Congress in play
For the next 24 hours, California will be the center of the political universe — with repercussions that will almost certainly reshape this fall’s high-stakes midterm elections. Here’s everything you need to know about Tuesday’s key Golden State primaries.
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How Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke came undone
Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke arrives at the Capitol. WASHINGTON—He came as a cowboy. On his first day at work, March 2, 2017, Interior Zinke rode a horse to the Department of Interior headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C, arriving like a conquering king, accompanied by a U.S. Park Police escort, also on horseback.
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Olafur Eliasson Actually Brought Greenland's Icebergs to the Center of London
Using refrigerators as transport.
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'Massive mom fail': This popular holiday toy feeds on screams of terror
Yellies! are controversial collectible toys featured on Amazon's holiday toy list. The toys "skadoodle" when they hear clapping, singing and yelling.
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Are Collaborative Robots an Opportunity or a Threat for Manufacturing?
A new wave of collaborative robots is dramatically improving the efficiency of smaller industrial businesses. What will this mean for investors?
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You Won't Believe That These Nature Photos Aren't Photoshopped
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What the New Court Ruling Striking Down the ACA Means for Your Health Insurance
Just as the sign-up window for individual health insurance for 2019 is closing, a legal ruling is creating new uncertainty about the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and could potentially ...
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Rajapaksa set to quit as Sri Lanka's premier to end crisis
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A Sri Lankan lawmaker said that disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will resign Saturday to end the country's political crisis.
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Police kill Strasbourg Christmas Market shooter
The gunman who killed three people near a Christmas market in Strasbourg died in a shootout with police Thursday following a two-day manhunt. Local residents expressed hope life can now return to normal. (Dec. 13)
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Australia recognizes West Jerusalem as Israel's capital
Australia formally recognized West Jerusalem as Israel's capital, reversing decades of Middle East policy on Saturday. Michelle Hennessy reports.
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Trump says interior secretary to leave in latest high-profile departure
Donald Trump said Saturday that his interior secretary will be leaving soon -- the latest in a series of high-profile departures from the US president's turnover-plagued administration. "Secretary of the Interior @RyanZinke will be leaving the Administration at the end of the year after having served for a period of almost two years," Trump wrote on Twitter, highlighting the fact that Zinke's tenure was substantially longer than that of some other former top officials in the administration. The announcement on Zinke came just a week after another impending high-profile departure -- that of Trump's chief of staff John Kelly -- was made public.
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Which costs more: The border wall or illegal immigrants?
Rachel Bovard, senior director of policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute, says the cost of building a border wall is less than 5 percent of what it costs to deal with illegal immigrants once they are in the U.S.
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Sign-up deadline is Saturday for ACA health law coverage
WASHINGTON (AP) — Saturday is the last day to sign up for health insurance next year under the Affordable Care Act in most of the country.
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The Latest: Pompeo condemns China's detention of 2 Canadians
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on talks between the U.S. and Canada (all times local):
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Iraq summons Turkish envoy over air strikes: foreign ministry
Iraq's foreign ministry on Friday summoned Turkey's ambassador in Baghdad to protest over what it called repeated airspace violations, after Turkish warplanes earlier carried out strikes against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq. Hours earlier, the Turkish military said on Twitter it had killed eight militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in air strikes targeting the Zap, Hakurk and Haftanin regions of northern Iraq. Turkey has regularly carried out air strikes on PKK bases in northern Iraq, as President Tayyip Erdogan pursues his stated aim of ending the militant group's presence near Turkey's borders.
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Make your Brexit mind up: EU leader's Xmas wish for May
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - If Britons would just make their minds up about what they want for Brexit, the European Union will help make it happen, one EU leader said in a light-hearted tweet as a pre-Christmas summit got under way. "Brexit Christmas wish: finally decide what you really want and Santa will deliver," Lithuania's ever pithy president, Dalia Grybauskaite, tweeted as Prime Minister Theresa May began 24 hours of meetings with her 27 EU counterparts in Brussels. ...
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FBI says foreign hackers penetrated state election systems
The FBI has uncovered evidence that foreign hackers penetrated two state election databases in recent weeks, prompting the bureau to warn election officials across the country to take new steps to enhance the security of their computer systems, according to federal and state law enforcement officials. The FBI warning, contained in a “flash” alert from the FBI’s Cyber Division, a copy of which was obtained by Yahoo News, comes amid heightened concerns among U.S. intelligence officials about the possibility of cyberintrusions, potentially by Russian state-sponsored hackers, aimed at disrupting the November elections. Johnson emphasized in the call that Homeland Security was not aware of “specific or credible cybersecurity threats” to the election, officials said.
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Eliza Dushku got $9.5M after harassment by Michael Weatherly
Actress Eliza Dushku accused 'Bull' co-star Michael Weatherly of sexual harassment and was written off the series before she was granted a secret $9.5 million settlement from CBS, The New York Times reports.
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More schools are starting classes later to let students sleep
A new study out of Seattle found that students who started school later were in better health and performed better on school work.
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Pacific Life Yanks Ads After Tucker Carlson's Dig That Immigrants Make U.S. 'Dirtier'
Prominent insurance company Pacific Life has pulled its commercials from
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Idaho test reactor is pivotal in US nuclear power strategy
IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY, Idaho (AP) — A nuclear test reactor that can melt uranium fuel rods in seconds is running again after a near quarter-century shutdown as U.S. officials try to revamp a fading nuclear power industry with safer fuel designs and a new generation of power plants.
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Our Plastic Addiction Has Reached A New Crisis Level
This is not a good look. Humans are using more oil-based plastic than ever,
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Mick Mulvaney Just Got the Most Difficult Job In Washington
'No Chief of Staff is going to dominate President Trump'
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Remains of sailor killed at Pearl Harbor identified
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Full military honors will be given to a Louisiana sailor whose remains have been identified more than 75 years after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
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Far-Right Israeli MPs threaten to topple Netanyahu government over West Bank violence
Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition is looking increasingly unstable after far-Right MPs threatened to withdraw their support unless the Israeli prime minister agrees to new security measures amid a spate of violence in the occupied West Bank. In one of the bloodiest weeks in the territories this year, two Israeli soldiers were killed along with a three-day Israeli baby, who was born by emergency Caesarian after his mother was shot by Palestinian gunmen but died in hospital.  The Israeli military said it killed two Palestinian gunmen as well as an attacker who stabbed two policemen in Jerusalem. Two more Palestinians - a teenage boy and a 60-year-old man - were shot dead in the city of Ramallah. The turmoil comes as Australia announced on Saturday it will follow the US in moving its embassy to Jerusalem - but only if a peace settlement can be agreed between Israel and Palestine. A solution to the conflict appeared to be as elusive as ever violence flared in the West Bank. The attacks have left Mr Netanyahu under pressure from the Right-wing of his coalition government to take action.  Two hardline MPs from the Jewish Home party have warned the prime minister they will topple his government unless he increases security barriers on West Bank roads and passes controversial legislation to benefit settlements.  “If [Palestinians] continue to move about freely on the roads and to slaughter us like ducks, there is no justification for this government’s continuing to exist for even a single additional day,” said Bezalel Smotrich, one of the MPs.  He warned that if Mr Netanyahu did not stop Palestinians from travelling on Israeli-built roads in the West Bank “the blood of the murder victims is on his hands personally”.  Israeli forces entered Ramallah looking for the gunmen Credit: y Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Mr Netanyahu’s coalition has only 61 seats in the 120-member parliament, meaning that the two MPs have the power to bring down the government if they carry through with their threat.  Mr Smotrich, who once demanded segregated maternity wards so Jewish women would not be alongside Arab women in Israeli hospitals, has give similar ultimatums in the past but then backed down.  Israel must have an election by November 2019 but most MPs expect Mr Netanyahu will call one in the spring rather than limp along with a one-seat majority.  It has been one of the bloodiest weeks in the West Bank this year Credit: ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images Polls show Mr Netanyahu would win an election, despite police recommending he be charged with corruption. He denies any wrongdoing.  Around a thousand Right-wing protesters gathered outside Mr Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem to call for stronger measures in the West Bank. “We’re done being silent. Our blood is forfeit. We’re tired of dying,” they chanted.   Other members of the Jewish Home are agitating for a new law so the Israeli army can deport the families of Palestinian attackers from the West Bank to Gaza.  They argue that the law would deter future attackers by making them worry about their families’ fate after they are killed. Human rights groups have denounced the proposal as illegal “collective punishment”.
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The Latest: Brazil causes roadblocks at UN climate talks
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate talks in Poland (all times local):
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15 gifts under $30 anyone will love
Stuck trying to figure out what to get those distant relatives and coworkers on your list? We can help.
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Australia recognizes West Jerusalem as Israel's capital but embassy not moving yet
Australia formally recognizes West Jerusalem as Israel's capital, reversing decades of Middle East policy, but will not move its embassy there immediately, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Saturday. "Australia now recognizes West Jerusalem, being the seat of the Knesset and many of the institutions of government, is the capital of Israel," Morrison said. "We look forward to moving our embassy to West Jerusalem when practical," he told reporters in Sydney.
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Trump Lawyer’s Main Argument Why You Shouldn’t Believe Michael Cohen: He Is A Liar
WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump in two years has distinguished himself as likely the
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Florence-ravaged areas face more river flooding as Wilmington, North Carolina, hits 100-inch yearly rain total
Dry weather to return, but river flooding to persist in southeastern US River flooding to persist in southeastern US, including Florence-ravaged areas, despite upcoming dry spell Florence-ravaged areas among those in southeastern US facing river flooding despite upcoming dry spell Florence-ravaged areas face more river flooding despite upcoming dry spell in southeastern US
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Trump says Interior's Zinke to step down at end of year
U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke will be leaving his post at the end of the year after serving for almost two years, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday, the latest high-profile departure from Trump’s administration. Trump did not give a reason for Zinke's departure. "Ryan has accomplished much during his tenure and I want to thank him for his service to our Nation," Trump said on Twitter.
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Mulvaney adds chief of staff to his responsibilities
The Trump administration's top budget official will serve as acting White House chief of staff; reaction and analysis from the 'Special Report' All-Stars.
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Why Ford may need Volkswagen partnership decades after rejecting post-World War II deal
After World War II, Ford Motor Co. passed up the opportunity to get Volkswagen for nothing. But today, Ford may need the German automaker's help.
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Ryan Zinke: Trump announces Secretary of Interior is to step down
Ryan Zinke will be leaving Donald Trump’s White House administration amid pressure to step down from the Interior Department due to ethics enquiries. The move arrived amid vows from Democrats to launch numerous ethics probes, which would have resulted in costly legal fees for Mr Zinke — a factor in his decision to resign from the department, Bloomberg reported. Mr Zinke, a former Republican congressman from Montana, is leaving weeks before Democrats take control of the House, a shift in power that promised to intensify probes into his conduct.
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US-backed forces retake IS hub in east Syria: monitor
Kurdish-dominated forces backed by air strikes by a US-led coalition retook full control of a key jihadist hub in eastern Syria on Friday, a war monitor said. The Syrian Democratic Forces secured Hajin, the largest settlement in what is the last pocket of territory controlled by the Islamic State group, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "After a week of heavy fighting and air strikes, the SDF were able to kick IS out of Hajin," Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based monitoring organisation, said.
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Full coverage: Midterm elections 2018
Will Democrats take back the House? Can Republicans maintain control of the Senate? Tune in here for live updates and instant analysis beginning at noon ET.
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Wisconsin, Michigan Republicans enact lame-duck limits
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans in Wisconsin and Michigan enacted last-minute limits on Democratic power Friday, with outgoing GOP governors in both Upper Midwest states signing measures protecting their priorities before leaving office in less than a month.
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When it's Woman (D) versus Woman (R), interesting things happen
The record number of women running for office this midterm election year has led to a record number of races in which both major-party candidates are women, creating an interesting real-world experiment in political science.
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The Top 25 Passwords in 2018 Are an Embarrassment to Humankind
Y'all can do better.
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Armored truck spilling cash leads to multiple crashes on New Jersey highway
Money rained down on a New Jersey highway Thursday morning, leading to several crashes as motorists stopped and scrambled to pick up the cash.
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Clinton’s primetime soap opera reaches its finale
We’ve finally arrived at sweeps week in the televised event posing as our presidential election. And if American viewers can’t quite bring themselves to click away from Donald Trump’s vulgar and monotonous reality show, it’s probably because they’ve had all they can take of the cloying, predictable soap opera that keeps rerunning on the other channel.
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What to do if the gift you're giving isn't going to arrive on time
If the gift you've ordered isn't going to ship or arrive on time, you aren't out of luck. Check out these suggestions for instantaneous gifting.
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Macron visits Strasbourg as police probe potential accomplices
French President Emmanuel Macron visited Strasbourg on Friday, a day after police shot dead a gunman who killed four people at the city's Christmas market, as investigators probe whether the jihadist had any accomplices. Macron placed a white rose on the Kleber monument, which has become a makeshift memorial in the centre of the city with thousands of candles, flowers and messages, as soldiers sang the Marseillaise national anthem. This is what I wanted to tell them tonight," said Macron, who had earlier taken part in a European Union summit in Brussels.
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Angry protests after Somalia arrests jihadist-politician
Demonstrators took to the streets of Baidoa in southwest Somalia for a second day Friday protesting the arrest of a former Islamist militant leader who was vying for the regional presidency. Tyres burned, roads were blocked and shots fired as police tried to break up crowds of hundreds of angry protesters in the city where regional presidential elections are due to be held on 19 December. Muktar Robow, who defected from the jihadist Shabaab movement last year, was detained by the government on Thursday, accused of "organising a militia" and seeking to "undermine stability", and flown to the capital Mogadishu.
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Palestinians slam Australia's move on Jerusalem
The Palestinian leadership on Saturday described as "irresponsible" Australia's recognition of west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, saying it violated international law. The country became one of just a few to follow US President Donald Trump's lead and recognise the contested city as Israel's capital, saying. Australia said it would open a defence and trade office in the west of the holy city and Prime Minister Scott Morrison also committed to recognising a future state of Palestine with east Jerusalem as its capital.
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Michael Cohen's exclusive interview with ABC News: Read the transcript
Cohen said Trump directed him to make payments to two women who said they had affairs with the then-candidate because Trump "was very concerned about how this would affect the election."
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Nearly $300,000 missing after truck spilled money on New Jersey highway
The incident led to several crashes as motorists exited their vehicles and scrambled to pick up the cash.
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Here's What Robert Mueller Has Uncovered So Far, In His Own Words
Robert Mueller and other federal prosecutors on related cases have put significant chunks of the investigation in the public record.
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Virgin Galactic's rocket ship reaches space on test flight over Mojave Desert
Virgin Galactic says its tourism spaceship has climbed more than 50 miles high, which the company considers the boundary of space.
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Investigators search home of missing Colorado mom's fiance
FBI investigators search the home of the fiance of missing Colorado mom Kelsey Berreth.
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Duchess Kate shocks onlookers by driving herself to Buckingham Palace, eluding paparazzi
Can a royal duchess ever really escape the media in public? It appears they can, sometimes. Kate seems to be taking a page from Meghan's book.
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Orrin Hatch Walks Back Saying He Doesn’t Care About Trump’s Connection To Cohen Crimes
Outgoing Republican senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is walking back comments he
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9 Rounds of Electroshock Therapy. 6 Years Lost. All Because Her Doctors Got It Horribly Wrong.
This is what happens when medical professionals don't believe women.
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Congress passes overhaul of sexual harassment policies
Congress approved an overhaul Thursday of its process for handling sexual harassment claims, capping a tumultuous year that saw more than a half-dozen lawmakers resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
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Best Air Fryers of 2018
Crispy fries without all the oil? That's the golden promise of air fryers, and it probably explains why roughly 4 million were sold over a recent 12-month period in the U.S. That represents a ten...
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The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week (Dec. 8 -14)
The ladies of Twitter never fail to brighten our days with their brilliant ―
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Water pollution in Rio ahead of the Olympic Games
Just days ahead of the Olympic Games the waterways of Rio de Janeiro are as filthy as ever, contaminated with raw human sewage teeming with dangerous viruses and bacteria, according to a 16-month-long study commissioned by The Associated Press. The AP’s survey of the aquatic Olympic and Paralympic venues has revealed consistent and dangerously high levels of viruses from the pollution, a major black eye on Rio’s Olympic project that has set off alarm bells among sailors, rowers and open-water swimmers.
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'Spider-Man': A viewer's guide to all the Spider-People swinging 'Into the Spider-Verse'
The animated 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' is full of Spider-People, so here's a viewer's guide to Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen and the rest.
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Understanding Dementia
Dementia—Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, and treatments of this mental deterioration.
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Mick Mulvaney: The self-proclaimed ‘right-wing nutjob’ appointed as Trump’s new chief of staff
Donald Trump has appointed a new acting chief of staff after a protracted and chaotic search to replace John Kelly. The US president turned to his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, to temporarily fill a position once seen as one of the most sought-after in the White House. It will be Mr Mulvaney’s third job in Mr Trump’s government.
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US judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional, Democrats vow to appeal
A federal judge in Texas has ruled that the US health care law known as Obamacare is unconstitutional -- a ruling that opposition Democrats quickly vowed to appeal. US District Judge Reed O'Connor's ruling came on the eve of the Saturday deadline to sign up for 2019 coverage in the federal health care program, known officially as the Affordable Care Act. The White House said it expects the case to be appealed to the Supreme Court.
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6 CBD products on sale right now to help with holiday stress
CBD is having a bit of a moment, with the market for cannabidiol predicted to skyrocket to $2.1 billion in consumer sales by 2020 — a 700% increase from 2016. That's a veritable ganja glut — a pot profusion! A bud abundance! (You get the picture.) Anyway, it's difficult to pinpoint the exact reason or moment CBD became so popular, but its acclaim by those on the wellness circuit is likely a key factor: Nontoxic and all-natural, the marijuana compound is reportedly capable of relieving all sorts of ailments, sans side effects, including muscle aches, anxiety, insomnia, and inflammation. And unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), another chemical found in cannabis, it's nonpsychoactive — meaning it'll make you mellow without leaving you as baked as a plate of gingerbread cookies. CBD isn't just for humans either. Dogs and cats can safely take small doses to decrease anxiety, ease pains, and even treat epilepsy.   With the stresses and strains of the holiday season starting to take their toll on the best of us, we've decided to offer deals on the following CBD products in the Mashable Shop — all of which are derived from hemp containing less than 0.3% THC, which means they're completely legal for those of us 18 and older. (Just be sure to talk to your doctor before you try them, and start with small doses to see how your system responds.) You can even score an additional 15% discount by entering our coupon code MERRY15 at checkout. 1. Medix CBD Gummies Infused with premium quality Phyto-cannabinoid-rich (PCR) hemp oil, these delectable CBD gummy bears can be taken once or twice a day to relieve soreness, treat restlessness, and help you fall asleep faster.  For a limited time, you can snag a bottle of Medix Gummies in your choice of two sizes — 100mg or 300mg — for just $13 or $35, respectively. That's a savings of more than 20% off their original prices. Enter code MERRY15 to get them for just $11.05 or $29.75. Image: Medix CBD Medix CBD Gummies (300MG) — $29.75 See Details 2. Just CBD Gummies From Just CBD comes another variety of gummies, which come infused with 99.99% Hemp Isolate Powder for a relaxing CBD experience. A $40 value, Mashable readers can pick up a 500 mg container of Just CBD gummies in their choice of three candies — tart Sour Bears, colorful Rainbow Belts, and fruity Apple Rings — for just $29.99. That's $25.49 after the 15% off coupon MERRY15 . Image: JustCBD Just CBD Gummies 500MG — $25.49 See Details 3. Medix CBD Oil Don't have a sweet tooth? You can enjoy the benefits of CBD in any of your favorite foods or drinks simply by sprinkling them with a few drops of this premium oil, which features a balanced formula of 99.9% pure CBD Isolate and pure hemp seed oil.  Valued at $26.99, you can score a 15mL bottle of this 100mg CBD oil for just $19 (or $16.15 after the coupon)— a savings of 29%. (Need a bit more oomph in your oil? It's also available in 250mg, 500mg, 1,000mg, 1,500mg, and 4,500mg concentrations, all of which are on sale, too.) Image: Medix CBD Medix CBD Oil — $16.15 See Details 4. Medix CBD Topical Pain Relief Cream If an edible form of CBD isn't for you, you might love Medix' CBD-infused pain relief cream, which you can slather on sore muscles and joints for effective, targeted, and all-natural relief. Usually $35.99, you'll find this cream on sale in the Mashable Shop for just $21.25 right now with the discount plus the 15% off coupon MERRY15 . Image: Medix CBD Medix 150 Mg CBD Topical Pain Relief Cream — $21.25 See Details 5. Medix "Relax" CBD Vape-Oil Cartridge Puff, puff, pass the relief, please. This CBD vape oil features an anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory terpene profile that helps you chill out while reportedly boosting your mood and combating fatigue. A $44.99 value, these 2.5mg cartridges are on sale for just $31 — a 31% savings. Enter code MERRY15 to snag them for $26.35. Note: You must be at least 21 years old to purchase this product. Image: Medix CBD Medix See Details 6. Pet CBD Oil Don't forget about Fido! Available in a mouthwatering bacon flavor, this CBD oil from Medix is geared towards large dogs who need help managing chronic pain, anxiety, arthritis, cancer symptoms, and other conditions. Valued at nearly $50, a bottle of this 500mg oil is yours today for only $35. Enter the code MERRY15 to get it for just $29.75. Image: Medix CBD Pet CBD Oil — $29.75 See Details
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The easiest way to keep your dog’s paws safe in cold winter weather
Winter weather can be so, so dangerous for your pupper's paws. When it gets very cold out, the snow or even the cold pavement can give your dog frostbite on its paws in a matter of minutes. Your dog's paws absolutely need protection, but not all pups are willing to leave those little booties on their feet. There's another option called Musher's Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax, and we can't recommend it highly enough. Here's what you need to know from the Amazon page: * Protects paws from sand, hot pavement, ice and salt with all natural 100-percent wax-based cream * Perfect for mushing, hunting, walking or before any outdoor activity * Easy-to-apply formula contains vitamin E to moisturize and help heal wounds and keep paws healthy * Available in pack of 7-ounces * Measures 3-4/5-inch length by 3-4/5-inch width 3-4/5 height
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Turkey will keep attacking PKK in Iraq, foreign ministry says
Turkey will keep striking Kurdish PKK fighters in northern Iraq, the foreign ministry said on Saturday, a day after Baghdad formally complained that repeated Turkish air strikes violated its sovereignty and endangered civilians. The Turkish military said on Friday it killed eight Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants, prompting Iraqi authorities to summon the Turkish ambassador in Baghdad. Turkey regularly hits PKK bases across its southern border, saying the militants use the remote and mountainous northern Iraqi region as a base for deadly attacks inside Turkey, where the outlawed group has waged an insurgency since the 1980s.
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Mark Hamill Digs Up Old Donald Trump 'Incompetence' Tweet, Uses It Against Him
Mark Hamill dug into Donald Trump's Twitter archive on Friday to take his
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3 Biotechs Gilead Sciences Could Buy in March
With a new CEO from Roche on the way, these companies' odds of being acquired just rose a notch.
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Trump says 'big' China deal possible after US pressure
President Donald Trump on Friday predicted a major US-China trade deal in the near future, saying that Beijing's negotiating position had been weakened by the impact of the tariffs war between the world's top two economies. "China wants to make a big and very comprehensive deal. The move was seen as the first concrete result of the US leader's G20 talks with his counterpart Xi Jinping earlier this month.
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Lucky Owner Gets Her 350,000-Mile Beetle Restored by VW for Free
After 51 years of ownership, Kathleen Brooks got a special surprise from VW USA: A full restoration on her 1967 Beetle.
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This New Russian Rocket Could Be a True Tank-Killer
The Russian Ministry of Defense believes that this unguided, anti-tank rocket has a wide application in asymmetric conflicts, particularly in Syria.
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Why You Should Definitely Get Your Kids A Flu Shot
For Serese Marotta, it all comes back to the seat belt analogy.
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You Can Now Build Your Own 2020 Jeep Gladiator without Any Regard to Price
We don't know how much the new Jeep pickup costs, which makes the online configurator even more fun to play with.
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France needs calm, order and return to normal after protests: Macron
President Emmanuel Macron called for a return to calm in France after nearly a month of protests by the 'yellow vest' movement against his government's policies which have hit growth and caused widespread disruption. "France needs calm, order and a return to normal," Macron said, speaking a news conference after a meeting of European Union leaders in Brussels. The 'yellow vest' movement started on Nov. 17 with protests at junctions and roundabouts against fuel tax increases, but quickly became a wider mobilisation against Macron's economic policies.
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16 in 2016: The places
By Nov. 9, the votes will have been cast and counted, there will be a winner and a loser, and the country will begin a slow return to normal. Historians will have their say on the outcome, but all of us who have lived through this election will carry away indelible memories of a shocking year in American history: of a handful of ordinary people, swept up in the rush of history; of a series of moments on which the fate of the nation seemed, at least briefly, to turn; and of places on the map that became symbols of a divided nation. ...
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US, Canada promise due process for arrested Chinese executive
The United States and Canada on Friday promised a fair judicial process for a Chinese executive arrested in Vancouver on a US request, as they appealed to Beijing to free two Canadians held in apparent retaliation. Foreign ministers and defense chiefs of the neighbors met in the US capital as Canada increasingly looks like collateral damage in a simmering US-China trade war, with Beijing at the same time working to ease trade tensions with Washington. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said authorities were acting "scrupulously" in the detention of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of telecom behemoth Huawei whom Washington wants extradited for allegedly violating US sanctions on Iran.
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Who's Up for the Changes Needed to Address Climate Change?
The need to tackle climate change is more urgent than ever; real leaders are up for the challenge.
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Trump meets Christie as some advisers urge Kushner for chief of staff: sources
President Trump on Thursday met with former New Jersey governor Chris Christie and considered him a top contender for the job of White House chief of staff.
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Coal booster joins energy regulator, dealing setback to green movement
Bernard L. McNamee, who is now one of the nation’s top energy regulators, took the opportunity last Earth Day to praise oil and coal.
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Trump’s Inauguration Paid Trump’s Company — With Ivanka In The Middle
As the inaugural committee planned the landmark celebration, internal concerns
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EU gives May assurances on Brexit, but cold comfort
The leaders, meeting over dinner in Brussels, were responding to a plea from May, 24 hours after she survived a bid in her own party to oust her. The date refers to the end of a status-quo transition period when a new EU-UK free trade pact is supposed to take effect.
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Nations inch towards climate deal at marathon UN summit
Nations on Saturday inched towards a deal to implement the Paris climate goals, after all-night negotiations to hammer out a plan to limit global temperature rises exposed a range of conflicts. A senior negotiator told AFP at the COP24 summit in Poland that delegates from nearly 200 nations had reached a "landing zone" of agreement. Delegates at the UN summit, held this year in the Polish mining city of Katowice, must agree on a common rule book to put the pledges nations made in the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord into practice.
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Egypt unearths tomb of ancient high priest
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered the tomb of a priest dating back more than 4,400 years in the pyramid complex of Saqqara south of the capital Cairo, authorities said Saturday. "Today we are announcing the last discovery of the year 2018, it's a new discovery, it's a private tomb," Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany told an audience of invited guests including reporters. In November archeology officials announced the discovery in Saqqara of seven sarcophagi, some dating back more than 6,000 years, during excavation work started in April by the same archaeological mission.
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Johnny Bobbitt, homeless vet in alleged GoFundMe scam, released on bail
A homeless veteran from who allegedly schemed with a couple to scam GoFundMe donors out of more than $400,000 will be released from jail pending trial.
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Somalia uproar continues after former al-Shabab No. 2 seized
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Somalia saw a third day of protests on Saturday over the arrest of the former No. 2 leader of the al-Shabab extremist group, who has been a leading candidate for a regional presidency. Officials said at least eight people have been killed so far as angry supporters take to the streets and clash with police.
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Jared Kushner and Chris Christie 'on Trump's chief of staff shortlist'
Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie and Jared Kushner are reportedly on the shortlist for the job of White House chief of staff. Donald Trump met with Mr Christie on Thursday and considered him a top contender for the role, sources told Reuters, confirming a report by Axios. Mr Christie, a brash, tough-talking politician, was a contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 but abandoned the attempt after a poor showing in the New Hampshire primary and subsequently endorsed Mr Trump, becoming his adviser throughout the 2016 campaign. Other sources said Mr Trump was hearing appeals from some advisers to consider Mr Kushner, a top White House aide who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, for the chief of staff job. Mr Kushner met with the Republican leader to discuss the job, according to the Huffington Post, which first reported the story. "I am not aware that he is under consideration but, as I think all of us here would recognise, he would be great in any role that the president chooses to put him in," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said of the news, which was also reported by CBS. Some advisers believe Jared Kushner should be Donald Trump's chief of staff Credit: AFP "He has done a tremendous job on a number of fronts, whether it was on trade or what we've seen play out over the last week on criminal justice reform. He's done a great job on all those efforts," Sanders said. But one source told Reuters Mr Kushner was currently not inclined to pursue the position. On Thursday, Mr Trump said he was considering as many as five people to fill the vacancy that will be left when his current chief, retired General John Kelly, leaves the job early in the new year. One source said that over the last few days "numerous people have reached out to the president to suggest" picking Mr Kushner on the thinking that he is close to the president and has had a number of successes, such as helping negotiate a new trade pact with Mexico and Canada and advancing prison reform legislation.Those urging Mr Kushner include some of the president's outside advisers and some administration officials, the source said. "It's possible that this is why this is appearing at this moment in time, especially because what everyone knows you need is someone who has a good relationship with the president," the source said. U.S. President Donald Trump arrives with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly Credit: Reuters Mr Kushner and wife Ivanka had been advocating for Nick Ayers, the chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence. But Mr Ayers turned down an offer for the position last weekend because he could not commit to the full two years Mr Trump wanted. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican who heads the hard-right Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives, showed more interest - but also ultimately withdrew his candidacy. One Trump confidant, who asked to remain unidentified, said Mr Trump should just pick his son-in-law. "You want consistency, knowing he'll be here for two more years, just name Jared and let him do it the way he wants," the confidant told Reuters. Another potential pick as chief of staff, former campaign adviser David Bossie, was at the White House for meetings on Thursday, but was not believed to have met with the president. 
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Amazon Destruction Forces Brazil’s Cowboys to Ranch Like Texans
For decades, ranchers in Brazil’s Para state have expanded their properties with fire and ax, clearing huge pieces of the Amazon jungle. It was a point of pride that their cows were fattened up naturally, while rivals in the U.S. and elsewhere increasingly used grain feedlots. Amazon deforestation isn’t banned by the government, but it is severely limited.
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U.N. climate talks run into overtime, but deal "in reach"
Some exhausted negotiators were seen leaving the conference venue in Katowice, Poland, in the early hours of Saturday morning to get a few hours' rest but many ministers worked through the night to try and iron out differences. Despite this, European climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete seemed optimistic on Saturday morning. "UN climate talks go into overtime.
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Israeli army kills Palestinian in West Bank clashes
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Israel arrested dozens of Hamas activists in the West Bank, and a Palestinian was killed in clashes with troops, as the Israeli military pressed ahead on Friday with a crackdown following a pair of deadly shootings blamed on Hamas militants.
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Amazon Destruction Forces Brazil’s Cowboys to Ranch Like Texans
For decades, ranchers in Brazil’s Para state have expanded their properties with fire and ax, clearing huge pieces of the Amazon jungle. It was a point of pride that their cows were fattened up naturally, while rivals in the U.S. and elsewhere increasingly used grain feedlots. Amazon deforestation isn’t banned by the government, but it is severely limited.
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Trump weighs next move on border wall as shutdown looms
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is racing to avoid a partial government shutdown next Friday over President Donald Trump's border wall. But you wouldn't know it by the schedule, as lawmakers left town waiting for the White House's next move.
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Analysis: Trump changed his stories on Michael Cohen
The Associated Press's White House reporter Jonathan Lemire describes how President Donald Trump changed his opinion and reaction to the Michael Cohen matter. (Dec. 14)
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Investigators Call Missing Colorado Mom`s Disappearance `Suspicious,` Search Fiance`s Property
Authorities in Woodland Park searched the property of Kelsey Berreth`s fiance, Patrick Frazee, Friday morning. The 29-year-old mom was last seen shopping at a Safeway on Thanksgiving Day.
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Michael Cohen Speaks
President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen spoke exclusively to ABC News, saying his former boss should face justice.
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Parkland survivor Cameron Kasky sets a new political course
Cameron Kasky says one of the "biggest problems" is the lack of discussion among those who disagree, and he wants to change that.
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The Latest: Trump names Mulvaney acting chief of staff
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's search for a White House chief of staff (all times local):
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Last minute donation saves Chicago church from auction
CHICAGO (AP) — A 120-year-old Chicago church was saved from auction after a midnight call from a group of donors, which one church official said was "a Christmas miracle."
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Australia warns citizens ahead of expected Jerusalem move
Australia on Friday warned citizens to take care while travelling in neighbouring Muslim-majority Indonesia, ahead of an expected but contentious move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to announce -- as soon as Saturday -- that his government will follow US President Donald Trump's lead and recognise the contested city as Israel's capital. Scores of Australians preparing to jet off to Bali and other tropical island destinations for upcoming summer holidays should "exercise a high degree of caution", the Department of Foreign Affairs warned.
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How to Find the Safest Space Heater for Your Home
About 25,000 house fires and 300 deaths are attributed to space heaters each year, mostly caused when a heater is placed too close to curtains, bedding, or upholstered furniture, according to the...
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Girl dies after being detained by U.S. Border Patrol: Washington Post
The girl and her father had been detained by immigration authorities on Dec. 6 in New Mexico, the Post reported.
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Trump inauguration spending 'under criminal investigation' after materials seized in Cohen case
Federal prosecutors have reportedly launched an investigation into Donald Trump’s inauguration spending to determine whether funds were misspent and major donors were offered access to the new administration in exchange for money. The president’s inaugural spending was shrouded in controversy when millions of dollars allegedly were not properly accounted for, potentially violating federal laws as the organisation behind the inauguration festivities was a registered nonprofit.
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Beto O'Rourke still undecided as 2020 White House buzz grows
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — When it comes to a 2020 presidential run, Beto O'Rourke is still playing hard to get — even as the buzz around him intensifies.
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How to Avoid Holiday Heart Attack Risks
How bad can overeating at holiday time really be for your health? Most people get away with seasonal overindulgence without significant harm to their health. But for those with risk factors such ...
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How to Avoid Holiday Heart Attack Risks
How bad can overeating at holiday time really be for your health? Most people get away with seasonal overindulgence without significant harm to their health. But for those with risk factors such ...
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The Plan to Build a Nuclear Future From a Communist Relic
Except the crucial difference is that the one at Belene in Bulgaria was never occupied, save for the occasional squatter. The buildings were erected in the 1980s by the government to house workers at a planned facility. Now, in the heart of the European Union’s poorest corner, Bulgaria plans to get the nuclear plant off the ground for real.
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Trump picks Mulvaney as chief of staff - for now
Mulvaney, a hard-charging conservative and former congressman, will be the third person in two years to try to bring order to what has often been a chaotic White House. Trump named him after two other prominent candidates withdrew from consideration in the space of a week. "For the record, there were MANY people who wanted to be the White House Chief of Staff," Trump said on Twitter.
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Mueller says FBI not to blame for Flynn's false statements
WASHINGTON (AP) — The special counsel's office is pushing back at the suggestion that the FBI acted improperly in its interview of former national security adviser Michael Flynn, saying he "chose to make false statements" and did not need a warning that it was against the law to do so.
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Storm train to keep rolling through northwestern US with rain, snow and wind
Rain, wind, mountain snow and rough surf will take aim at the Northwest and California at the end of the weekend as the barrage of Pacific storms continues.
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Global Newsstand: China and the US begin to realize the costs of their trade war, and more
The Hindu / Chennai, India
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Readers write: US-Russia exchange, and how to address genocide?
What a pleasant surprise to see Sharon Tennison profiled in the People Making a Difference feature in the Oct. 22 Weekly Print Edition! Our family traveled with her 30 years ago as part of her program Center for Citizen Initiatives, which sets up trips to Russia for Americans and trips to the United States for those from Russia.
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Analysis: Trump changed his stories on Cohen
The Associated Press's White House reporter Jonathan Lemire describes how President Donald Trump changed his opinion and reaction to the Michael Cohen matter. (Dec. 14)
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The unfortunate tenacity of the most common piece of litter
Eight years ago, in the town of Van Buren, Missouri, newly retired resident John Pope walked six blocks and picked up 1,085 cigarette butts. The unsightly, unpleasant litter problem — as we're all acutely aware — isn't confined to Pope's quiet community in southern Missouri.  Cigarette butts have the proud distinction of being the most common form of litter on America's beaches. Some 6 trillion cigarettes are manufactured on Earth each year, and between 750 million to 1,500 million pounds of cigarette butt waste — largely made of a plastic-like material called cellulose acetate — are ultimately flung to the ground annually, according to the World Health Organization. To be fair, not all cigarettes are flung or flicked to the ground. Over a quarter of littered cigarette are stomped, while around 35 percent are "dropped with intent." Just one percent of smokers shoot for a receptacle, but like Shaq at the free-throw line, miss. Dumping your waste on the ground, which is at best a lame and short-sighted activity, isn't some mindless, subconscious habit. It's a committed effort, explained Wes Schultz, a social psychologist who has diligently observed and researched the phenomenon of people's propensity to litter cigarettes.  Broken bottles, plastic toys, food wrappers ... During a walk along the coast one finds any of these items, and more. In all that litter, there is one item more common than any other: cigarette butts.https://t.co/AweR6PsrzQ pic.twitter.com/LTqLvde7qU — NOAA's Ocean Service (@noaaocean) November 2, 2018 "People know what they’re doing, but they choose to do it anyway," Schultz, a professor of psychology at California State University San Marcos, said in an interview. And it's quite common. In formal, peer-reviewed studies, Schultz and other researchers observed people littering cigarette butts a whopping 65 percent of the time.  "That's a shocking number, right?" he noted. Can the scourge be stopped? Convincing a fully-grown adult to alter their behavior — even when that behavior is senseless — is often difficult. But when it comes to littering, the cause is not lost. Rather than trying to convince someone not to toss their depleted carcinogens on the ground, the solution is making it easier to throw the butts into a receptacle of some sort.  "It's not a matter of convincing people not to do it," said Schultz. "It's a matter of making the trash disposal easy." In Van Buren, Pope applied for a grant from the anti-littering campaigners Keep America Beautiful.  They gave him $1,500 to put out public cigarette receptacles over a six-block area. He's been devoted to the cause for eight years, and there are now 12 urns on this stretch of sidewalk.  Pope's efforts, it turns out, have been a smashing success. He recently walked around the same six-blocks this year, counting cigarettes.  "The count was 125," said Pope. For reference, that's a 90 percent reduction from eight years previous.  Cigarettes brimming from a cigarette ashtray in Germany.Image: Robert Seitz/imageBROKER/REX/ShutterstockBut it's not just cigarette urns that do the trick. It's the overall environment the cigarette smoker finds themselves in. When one is strolling around a litter-strewn plaza, they're considerably more likely to flick a burned-down butt than if they're walking through a well-kept square. "It's related to conformity," Renee Bator, a social psychologist that has also researched people's littering habits, said in an interview.  "When people see other cigarettes at a beach, it sends a message that littering is not such a bad thing to be doing," Bator, a professor at The State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, added. Conversely, litter-free places have the opposite effect. Disneyland, a place ripe for the dumping of litter on the ground by its tens of thousands of daily visitors, combats the problem with employees who are constantly sweeping, all the while clad in bright, sterile white janitorial attire. Just the presence of the sweepers alone might discourage littering, mused Bator. "How could you drop something in front them?" Bator said. "You’d feel horrible" Quelling disorder Some might perceive the problem of litter to be an inconsequential thing — especially light of a pervasive, looming environmental mess like climate change.  But the veins of litter run deeper than we'd like to think. Social psychologist have found littering feeds social disarray, and even criminal behavior.  "It's the spreading of this sense of social disorder," said Schultz.  This was tested, and observed, in Europe. In a variety of city settings, social psychologists threw different public environments into disarray, with strewn-about shopping carts, graffiti, and litter.  They even left out open envelopes filled with money, to see if petty theft might occur. Indeed, in littered, disrupted environments, theft occurred twice as much.   "We found that, when people observe that others violated a certain social norm or legitimate rule, they are more likely to violate other norms or rules, which causes disorder to spread," the authors wrote.  For his part, Pope is doing his best to contain local disorder.  He hands out 300 to 400 portable "pocket ashtrays" each year, which gives folks a place to deposit their cigarettes wherever they might be. When Pope spots someone smoking in town, he'll pull up in his car and offer up one of these mobile ashtrays, free of charge. "I seldom have anyone that refuses," he said. Butts collecting in a street grate.Image: Carlos Sanchez/imageBROKER/REX/ShutterstockAs for the smoker who's on the fence about still flicking their cigarette onto the pavement, it might be of benefit to consider that a vast quantities of butts aren't picked up by cleaning fairies overnight, nor Pope.  Rather, like many consequences, they collect in the lowest of places. That means sea level. Specifically, beaches.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a Marine Debris Program that collects and counts litter on beaches. Cigarette butts always find themselves near the top of the list.  "There's a common misconception that the litter you see on beaches is from people smoking on beaches," Sherry Lippiatt, who works at NOAA's Marine Debris Program, said in an interview. Instead, rivers, storm drains, and the inexorable movement of things downriver brings someone's flicked cigarette butt to the beaches.  It's the modern beach of the Anthropocene, an often-expected, unfortunate part of the landscape. But, at least, it's solvable. And perhaps one day, it will be viewed as just a backwards, 21st Century taboo.  "Cigarette butts seem to be the last socially acceptable form of litter," said Lippiatt. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?
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Politics cloud felon voting rights restoration in Florida
Elections officials across Florida say they expect former felons to flock to their offices to register to vote next month when a newly passed ballot initiative launches one of the largest enfranchisement efforts in modern U.S. history. Democrats and voting rights advocates cried foul this week when Governor-elect Ron DeSantis, a Republican and critic of the measure known as Amendment 4, said the Republican-controlled state legislature must first pass a law to implement its changes.
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Why are so many turning down WH chief of staff job?
Search for White House chief of staff intensifies; Independent Women's Forum's Nan Hayworth and democratic strategist Robin Biro weigh in.
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Trump Names Mulvaney to Be Acting White House Chief of Staff
Mulvaney, a former South Carolina congressman, has been a jack-of-all-trades for Trump since entering the administration as director of the Office of Management and Budget. Until recently, he had also served simultaneously as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
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Eliza Dushku left 'Bull' after sexual harassment complaint
Eliza Dushku left 'Bull' after sexual harassment complaint.
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CBS paid 'Bull' actress Eliza Dushku $9.5 mn to settle harassment claims
US television network CBS paid $9.5 million Eliza Dushku, an actress on primetime drama "Bull," and wrote her off the show after she claimed the lead actor had harassed her. Michael Weatherly made several lewd comments or jokes in front of the production team referring to Dushku's physique, with sexual connotations, according to The New York Times, which first reported the development. Dushku shared her discomfort at the remarks with the production team before speaking with Weatherly, and the situation did not improve.
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Tony Blair sees another Brexit referendum as most likely outcome
Less than four months before Britain is due to leave the EU, Prime Minister Theresa May called off a parliamentary vote on her deal with Brussels this week after admitting it would be heavily defeated. "Our present situation is unique in modern British politics," Blair said in a speech in London. "We will go back to the people." Addressing EU leaders in Brussels, Blair said they should offer to reform to make it more attractive for Britain to remain, including making changes to immigration rules, a key driver behind the vote to leave the bloc.
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U.S. government watchdog to probe child's death after border arrest
The Trump administration defended the treatment of the child, identified as Jakelin Caal by a Guatemalan official, and said there was no indication that she had any medical problems until several hours after she and her father were taken into U.S. custody on Dec. 6. The Guatemalan government had earlier identified the girl as Jackeline Caal. Initial news reports said Caal died of dehydration and exhaustion.
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Brexit bother: animated May remonstrates with EU's Juncker
Speaking several hours later, at the end of the two-day meeting, Juncker went out of his way to say he had meant no disrespect to May, whom he called "courageous". "I have the highest respect for the British PM." The previous evening, he had told a news conference that British calls for EU help on Brexit were "nebulous" and "vague". Under huge pressure at home as British media on Friday described her largely unsuccessful plea for help from EU leaders as a humiliation, May appeared anxious to make a point to Juncker before a new session in the morning.
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Lawyer for undocumented Trump Organization workers seeks investigation
Anibal Romero says "many of the abuses" his clients received at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., "constitute crimes."
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Trump taps budget director Mulvaney as acting chief of staff
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday said his budget chief, Mick Mulvaney, would take over as White House chief of staff on a temporary basis after two prominent candidates for the job withdrew from consideration in the space of a week. Mulvaney, a hard-charging conservative and former congressman who heads the White House Office of Management and Budget, will take over from John Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, who will step down from the top job in the West Wing in early January. Mulvaney will take the reins at a time when Republican Trump, weakened by Democrats winning control of the U.S. House of Representatives in elections last month, grapples with investigations into his businesses and most controversial policies.
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CBS Pledges $20M From Les Moonves' Severance To Combat Sexual Harassment
Scandal-ridden CBS is shelling out $20 million to more than a dozen
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Congress investigates the Clinton Foundation
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton weighs in on Congress’ decision to look into how the Clinton Foundation has been run.
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64 Amazing Couples Costumes You Need This Halloween
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Amid fraud charges, North Carolina House race may be headed for a do-over
The state’s Board of Elections voted to not certify the results amid the ongoing investigation, and Nancy Pelosi, the favorite to be House speaker next year, said the House could refuse to seat the uncertified Republican.
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Obamacare Thrown Out by Judge, Raising Insurance Uncertainty
The decision Friday finding the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional comes at the tail end of a six-week open enrollment period for the program in 2019 and underscores a divide between Republicans who have long sought to invalidate the law and Democrats who fought to keep it in place. The White House said the ruling will be put on hold during an appeals process that’s destined to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor in Fort Worth agreed with a coalition of Republican states led by Texas that he had to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act, the signature health-care overhaul by President Barack Obama, after Congress last year zeroed out a key provision -- the tax penalty for not complying with the requirement to buy insurance.
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CBS Reached Secret $9.5 Million Settlement With Eliza Dushku Over Harassment Claim: NYT
CBS secretly reached a $9.5 million settlement with actress Eliza Dushku to
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Graham: No evidence of collusion by the Trump campaign
Special counsel submits documents about Flynn's January 2017 interview with FBI; Sen. Lindsey Graham weighs in on the latest in the Mueller probe.
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Twitter Users Warn Mick Mulvaney On The Dangers Of Being Trump's Chief Of Staff
Mick Mulvaney may have become the acting White House Chief of Staff, but
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Outgoing Michigan GOP Governor Signs Bills Gutting Minimum Wage Hike, Paid Sick Leave
Outgoing Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Friday signed off on legislation
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Homan: Trump needs to call Democrats' bluff on border wall
Former ICE acting director applauds the president for standing up to Pelosi and Schumer and threatening a government shutdown if he doesn't get border wall funding.
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Qatar Ruler Says Talks With Saudi Begin Only When Embargo Lifted
“Our position on the solution hasn’t changed,” Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said at a conference in Doha on Saturday. Last week, Sheikh Tamim spurned an invitation from Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to attend a gathering of Gulf monarchies, which was seen as a sign of thawing relations after 18 months of Qatar’s boycott by the kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. The overture came as Saudi Arabia sought to defuse pressure over the killing of a vocal critic in Istanbul.
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After losing court battle, DeVos to cancel $150 million in student loan debt
DeVos proposed restricting "borrower defense" claims filed by former students whose schools closed or made false promises, but has to carry out regulations after court rulings sided with students.
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Democratic congressman: Our ‘toxic’ brand under Pelosi makes it hard to win
Rep. Tim Ryan says the party’s “toxic” brand under House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is making it difficult for Dems to connect with voters.
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20 Halloween Movies for Kids to Watch This Spooky Season
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Twitter users have some things to say about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's 'Venn diagram'
To explain the changes in law, Walker brought along some visuals aids, including one intended to look like a Venn diagram.
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Death of 7-year-old on border raises questions
WASHINGTON (AP) — Just 7 years old, Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin was picked up by U.S. authorities with her father and other migrants this month in a remote stretch of New Mexico desert. Some seven hours later, she was put on a bus to the nearest Border Patrol station but soon began vomiting. By the end of the two-hour drive, she had stopped breathing.
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Trump taps budget head Mulvaney as acting chief of staff
Donald Trump announced Friday that his budget director Mick Mulvaney will step in as acting chief of staff to replace John Kelly -- amid indications the president is struggling to fill the key post. Trump, whose presidency is increasingly embroiled in legal troubles, announced earlier this month that Kelly, a former Marine Corps general, was leaving. Kelly, who reportedly fell out with other close Trump aides, is only the latest in a long string of high-ranking officials to quit the embattled White House.
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Exiting US governor signs laws limiting power of his successor
The Republican governor of Wisconsin signed into law Friday a package of bills that limit the powers of his Democratic successor, who promised a court challenge. The measures were passed by Republicans during a lame-duck session of the Midwestern US state's legislature last week, in what they said was an effort to level the power balance with the Democrat who will take over the governor's office in January. Tony Evers defeated incumbent Governor Scott Walker in the November midterm elections -- a stinging loss for the GOP in a key swing state that helped Donald Trump win the presidency in 2016.
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Beto O'Rourke tops MoveOn.org 2020 straw poll
Can the former Texas Senate candidate's popularity translate into a successful presidential campaign?
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7 Incredible Suites at Europe’s Top Ski Resorts
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Trump EPA moves to kill Obama's clean-air rule to encourage new coal plants
Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler proposed eliminating an Obama-era clean air rule to encourage the creation of more coal power plants.
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Florida tale of infidelity and homicide ends with conviction
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After a spellbinding five-day trial that featured tales of infidelity and a multimillion dollar insurance payout, a jury on Friday convicted a Florida woman of helping mastermind the killing of her husband nearly two decades ago.
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Qatar says Gulf Arab bloc needs reform to give it teeth
Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said Qatar was still counting on Kuwait and other regional powers to help solve the row that has seen Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and non-GCC member Egypt impose a political and economic boycott on Doha since June 2017. "They have mechanisms in place and never trigger them (to hold people accountable) because some countries believe they are non-binding, so we need to make sure all the rules we are submitting to are binding to everyone in this region." The four states accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism and cozying up to regional foe Iran. Doha denies the charges and says the boycott aims to curtail its sovereignty.
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Federal Judge In Texas Rules Against Obamacare
The Affordable Care Act could be headed back to the Supreme Court for the
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How to get the best year-end car deal
These tips will help you find a sweet new ride this holiday season.
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What Is The Deadline for Christmas Shipping? Here’s Everything You Need to Know
Deadlines for USPS, UPS, FedEX and Amazon
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Divided by symbols, Americans see a 'serious threat' across the aisle
The nation’s divisions are growing dangerously deep and wide. Yet, “When you turn from symbols to policy, there’s less polarization,” says Robert Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, which conducts the American Values Survey.
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From Mueller to Kanye West, here's this year's White House Christmas poem
Since Bill Clinton was president, Greg Clugston's poems have detailed both the politics and headlines in the nation's capital.
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Gun Deaths in the U.S. Are at Their Highest Rates in Decades, CDC Says
The problem is driven in part by suicides
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Ken Paxton: Tijuana migrants will go through a slow process
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says that the caravan migrants waiting in Tijuana will be going through a slow process, sending a message that they are unable to walk across the border.
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Johnson & Johnson shares plunge after report on asbestos in baby powder
US pharmaceutical and cosmetics group Johnson & Johnson saw its shares plunge Friday after a media report alleged the group had deliberately concealed for decades that its baby powder sometimes contained asbestos. A lengthy investigation by the Reuters news agency, which reviewed thousands of company documents, showed the company marketed talc-based products that, at least between 1971 and the beginning in the 2000s, sometimes contained asbestos. J&J stock closed down more than 10 percent at $133 on the New York Stock Exchange, its worst one-day fall in 16 years.
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Police want direct talk with missing Colorado woman's fiance
DENVER (AP) — An official leading the search for a missing Colorado woman urged her fiance to speak with investigators, saying Friday that police believe he is the last person to see the 29-year-old "face to face" since Thanksgiving.
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Student loans totaling $150M to be forgiven by US Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education plans to cancel about $150 million in student loan debt, which means about 15,000 borrowers will be forgiven.
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US judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional, Democrats vow to appeal
A federal judge in Texas ruled late Friday that the US health care law known as Obamacare is unconstitutional -- a ruling that opposition Democrats vowed to appeal. US District Judge Reed O'Connor's 55-page ruling came in a lawsuit filed by several Republican state attorneys general opposed to the federal government health plan, known officially as the Affordable Care Act. Conservative Republicans have long opposed the plan, signed into law by president Barack Obama in 2010.
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U.S. federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional
A judge agreed with a coalition of states that a change in tax law eliminating a penalty for not having health insurance invalidates the entire law.
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Bush Judge in Northern Texas Was Go-To Guy to Gut Obamacare
Reed O’Connor, appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush, ruled against Barack Obama’s signature health-care law three times, dealing the most serious blow Friday when he declared the entire law unconstitutional and cast uncertainty on insurance coverage for millions of Americans. While the ruling is sure to be appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, it’s a remarkable victory for conservatives who fared poorly in other court challenges to the Affordable Care Act and were further frustrated in 2017 when a Republican-led Congress and President Donald Trump couldn’t muster the votes to abolish Obamacare.
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Australia recognises west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital
Australia has decided to formally recognise west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but won’t move its embassy until there’s a peace settlement between Israel and Palestinians, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Saturday. He said in a speech that Australia will recognise east Jerusalem as Palestine’s capital only after a settlement has been reached on a two-state solution. The Australian Embassy won’t be moved from Tel Aviv until such a time, he said. While the embassy move is delayed, Mr Morrison said his government will establish a defense and trade office in Jerusalem and will also start looking for an appropriate site for the embassy. "The Australian government has decided that Australia now recognizes west Jerusalem, as the seat of the Knesset and many of the institutions of government, is the capital of Israel," Mr Morrison said. He said the decision respects both a commitment to a two-state solution and longstanding respect for relevant UN Security Council resolutions. Mr Morrison had earlier floated the idea that Australia may follow the contentious US move of relocating its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, but it was seen by many Australians as a political stunt. Critics called it a cynical attempt to win votes in a by-election in October for a Sydney seat with a high Jewish population. The consideration had sparked backlash from Muslim-majority Indonesia and Malaysia, threatening a free trade deal which has now been delayed. Opposition leader Bill Shorten said Saturday that the decision to recognize west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but not move the embassy there was a "humiliating backdown" from the October by-election campaign. "What I’m worried is that Mr. Morrison put his political interest ahead of our national interest," Shorten told reporters.  
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$1 Billion a Month: The Cost of Trump's Tariffs on Technology
The tariff costs rose more than seven-fold to $1.3 billion, as the world’s two biggest economies became embroiled in a trade war, according to data provided by the Consumer Technology Association and analyzed by consulting firm The Trade Partnership. President Donald Trump has imposed tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese imports since early July. After Trump met President Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires on Dec. 1, the U.S. agreed to put off raising the tariff rate on the $200 billion of imports from 10 percent to 25 percent.
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When You Don't Have to Finish Your Antibiotics
For decades, doctors and public-health officials have given those who have been prescribed antibiotics the same advice: Finish the whole bottle—even if you’re feeling better. But an analysis publ...
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Seven-year-old Guatemalan girl dies in US custody: report
Washington (AFP) - A seven-year-old Guatemalan girl died in American custody after being detained by US border police in the state of New Mexico, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.
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Trump defeats Clinton in 2016 election
Donald Trump was elected America’s 45th president Tuesday, an astonishing victory for a celebrity businessman and political novice who capitalized on voters’ economic anxieties, took advantage of racial tensions and overcame a string of sexual assault allegations on his way to the White House. His triumph over Hillary Clinton will end eight years of Democratic dominance of the White House and threatens to undo major achievements of President Barack Obama.
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UN climate talks in Poland go into overtime
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Officials from around the world are still working to agree on the fine print of the Paris climate accord after two weeks of talks, even as workers dismantle sections of the conferenced venue around them.
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Trump team defends Saudi ties after Senate rebuke on Yemen
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday again defended US ties with Saudi Arabia on national security grounds after the Senate voted to end support to the kingdom's war in Yemen. In a rare rebuke of President Donald Trump, the Republican-controlled Senate voted Thursday to end US backing for the Saudi-led coalition whose campaign in Yemen has contributed to what the UN calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis. "We certainly have great respect for what the legislative branch does and we're in constant contact with members on Capitol Hill so we understand their concerns," Pompeo told reporters.
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The Latest: Man gets 9 years in prison for plane sex assault
DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on a man convicted of sexually assaulting a sleeping woman on a plane (all times local):
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Voters flood the polls for Catalonia's parliamentary elections
Pro-independence parties may keep their absolute majority in Catalonia’s regional parliament, an exit poll suggested after elections on Thursday, potentially prolonging Spain’s worst political crisis in decades. No official results have yet been published and it was unclear if final results would match the poll, published by La Vanguardia newspaper as voting stations closed. If confirmed, the projection would open a new, uncertain chapter and cast doubts over Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s ability to draw a line under a crisis that has damaged Spain’s economy and prompted a business exodus away from Catalonia.
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Indiana State University group to honor Jamal Khashoggi
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A journalism group at Indiana State University is taking steps to honor alumnus and slain Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi.
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Down Ticket #12: GOP Sen. Toomey hopes to save his seat by bucking his party on guns
Down Ticket is Yahoo News’ complete guide to the most fascinating House, Senate and governors’ races of 2016. PHILADELPHIA — With control of the Senate at stake in this year’s election, it’s not surprising to see Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democratic star, stumping for Katie McGinty, the challenger to Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, a tea party favorite for most of his career. It is noteworthy, however, that some gun control groups are backing Toomey.
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5 Body Language Signs A Breakup Is Looming, According To Experts
No couple is going to be touchy-feely with each other all the time. But body
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Can this Democrat crack the Trump-era election code?
Last month, Harley Rouda advanced to the general election after finishing 125 votes ahead of his closest rival. His goal for November is to unseat the only candidate who finished ahead of him: 15-term congressman Dana Rohrabacher, an eccentric, pro-Russia Republican.
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President Donald Trump names Mick Mulvaney as acting White House chief of staff
Donald Trump's next top aide will have to manage a president who doesn't like to be managed.
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When You Don't Have to Finish Your Antibiotics
For decades, doctors and public-health officials have given those who have been prescribed antibiotics the same advice: Finish the whole bottle—even if you’re feeling better. But an analysis publ...
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Woman shot and killed in front of her newborn baby: Police
A woman was shot and killed in front of her 5-day-old baby in Philadelphia, police say.
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When Disaster Strikes: What to Put in Your Medication Go Bag
A well-stocked medication go bag can be used to soothe a cut or burn—or to save your life during a hurricane, flood, fire, or other emergency.   But it’s important not to wait until you’re faced ...
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These Apps Can Actually Help You Lose Weight
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$1 Billion a Month: The Cost of Trump's Tariffs on Technology
The tariff costs rose more than seven-fold to $1.3 billion, as the world’s two biggest economies became embroiled in a trade war, according to data provided by the Consumer Technology Association and analyzed by consulting firm The Trade Partnership. President Donald Trump has imposed tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese imports since early July. After Trump met President Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires on Dec. 1, the U.S. agreed to put off raising the tariff rate on the $200 billion of imports from 10 percent to 25 percent.
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40 Delicious Halloween Party Food Ideas for Your Big Bash
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Man rescued in coal mine: Four-day ordeal was 'terrible'
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Their faces covered in black soot, three adults safely rescued after several days in an inactive West Virginia coal mine were mobbed by loved ones in a teary reunion, then they thanked the crews that got them out.
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8 Simple Ways to Be a Better Networker
It's not what you know, it's who.
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20 Must-Try Gravy Recipes for Your Thanksgiving Feast
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Gun deaths in US rise to highest level in 20 years, data shows
In 2017, 39,773 people in the US were killed by guns, the CDC says. A steady rise in suicides involving firearms has pushed the rate of gun deaths in the US to its highest rate in more than 20 years, with almost 40,000 people killed in shootings in 2017, according to new figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC’s Wonder database shows that in 2017, 39,773 people in the US lost their lives at the point of a gun, marking the onward march of firearm fatalities in a country renowned for its lax approach to gun controls.
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Why the Stealth F-35B Could Truly Be a Game-Changer
The impact on the world’s military balance from a global force of nearly forty large naval combatants deploying hundreds of F-35Bs cannot be overestimated
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The 2019 BMW X5 Is the Brand's Most Accomplished SUV Yet
Its G05 codename may never rank with E46 or E39, but the latest X5 is still plenty good.
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Richard Branson Says He Will Travel to Space in Mid-2019, With Tourists to Follow Soon After
Richard Branson Says He Will Travel to Space in Mid-2019, With Tourists to Follow Soon After
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At the CIA, a fix to communications system that left trail of dead agents remains elusive
From 2009 to 2013, the CIA’s online method of communicating with its sources was compromised — leading to the exfiltration, imprisonment or death of dozens of people. And the problem is proving hard to fix.
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Trump argues he 'never directed' longtime fixer to break law
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed Thursday that he "never directed" his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, to break the law. And he's insisting that he "did nothing wrong."
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Tens of thousands protest Trump’s election victory
Anti-Trump protests continued for a seventh straight day in large cities throughout the country. In Washington, D.C., more than 1,000 students staged a walkout and protested outside of Trump International Hotel, holding signs that read "Boycott Bigotry" and "Stronger Together."
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Magnetic lashes and winged eyeliner: the beauty questions we asked Google in 2018
It was followed by the queries ‘what is a lash lift?' and ‘how to remove individual eyelashes,' proving that lashes were a major beauty focal point this year. The results are in stark contrast to the 2017 Year in Review, which revealed that beauty buffs were primarily concerned with skincare, with ‘how to get rid of pimples?' the most popular conundrum. Long, luscious lashes have dominated the fashion scene this year, stealing the show at catwalk presentations for labels such as Courreges, whose September show featured doll-like lashes hand-painted onto the models' lower lids, and Dior, whose Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2019 look featured exaggerated eyeliner representing bold, surrealist lashes.
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These Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes Will Steal the Spotlight
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PHOTOS: Texas funeral held for former President George H.W. Bush
Former President George H.W. Bush will be mourned on Thursday at the Houston church where he worshipped for many years, a final public farewell before his remains are taken by train to their resting place at his Texas presidential library.
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Oceans of garbage prompt war on plastics
Faced with images of turtles smothered by plastic bags, beaches carpeted with garbage and islands of trash floating in the oceans, environmentalists say the world is waking up to the need to tackle plastic pollution at the source. Stories on social media of giant seas of floating waste or a beached whale found in Indonesia with six kilos (13 pounds) of plastic in its stomach are bringing plastic pollution into the spotlight. "There is no question plastic is having a moment," said George Leonard, chief scientist at Ocean Conservancy.
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Young girl’s death in Border Patrol custody leaves questions unanswered
This Jan. 20, 2012, file photo, near Cloverdale in New Mexico’s Bootheel region shows a gated part of the Diamond A Ranch and is 77 miles south of Lordsburg, N.M., the nearest U.S. Border Patrol station. What happened to Jackeline Caal? The death of the 7-year-old Guatemalan girl in Border Patrol custody has sparked an investigation and renewed questions about the detention and treatment of migrants, as well as the consequences of strict border policies that encourage more of them to undertake a dangerous crossing through unguarded sections of the border.
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Photos of the week: 12/7 - 12/14
Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen was sentenced this week.
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Fighting breaks out in Yemen's Hodeidah after truce deal
The main port used to feed Yemen's 30 million people is held by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that also controls the capital Sanaa and has been battling against a Saudi-led Arab coalition seeking to restore a government ousted in 2014. Hodeidah has been the focus of fighting this year, raising global fears that a battle could cut off supply lines and lead to mass starvation. Yemeni forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition have massed on the city's outskirts.
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30 Stuffing Recipes That'll Complete Your Thanksgiving Feast
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Late Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen's Health Care Legacy
Late Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen's Health Care Legacy
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Federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional
(Reuters) - A U.S. federal judge in Texas ruled on Friday that the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor in Fort Worth agreed with a coalition of 20 states that a change in tax law last year eliminating a penalty for not having health insurance invalidates the entire Obamacare law. O'Connor's decision is likely to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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Robert Mueller: No 'coercion' in Michael Flynn FBI interview; urges court to reject attempt to downplay crime
Robert Mueller documents detail Flynn FBI interview, no 'coercion'
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Millennials and Gen X's interest in classic cars increasing
A recent survey by Hagerty has revealed that Generation X and Millennials are surpassing their elders in searches for classic car values
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Robert Mueller's Russia investigation cost is now at $25 million and counting
Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller reported Friday the investigation of Russia interference in the 2016 election cost $25 million so far
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McCain replacement Sen. Jon Kyl resigning at end of year
PHOENIX (AP) — Sen. Jon Kyl is resigning from the seat he was appointed to less than four months ago following the death of John McCain, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday, a development which gives Ducey a second opportunity to fill the position.
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Netanyahu to 'legalise' more settler homes after West Bank attack
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will legalise thousands of settlement homes built without even Israeli permits in the occupied West Bank following a deadly attack, he announced Thursday. All settlements are considered illegal under international law, but Israel draws a distinction between those it sanctions and those constructed without permission. Netanyahu's office said in a statement he would seek to legalise thousands of homes built without Israeli permits in the West Bank.
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Puma is bringing back its 1980s ‘smart shoes’ because why not
When Puma launched its "RS" computerized sneakers way back in 1986, the company thought it might be the dawning of a new era in smart wearables. Things didn't quite go as well as planned, however, and the shoes fell onto a heaping pile of gadgets that were just way too far ahead of their time. Today, wearable technology is common, so Puma has decided it wants to take another crack at its innovative smart shoes, and it's doing so with a reissue that stays true to the original (now retro) design. The RS (which stands for "Running System") shoes were downright futuristic for the mid-1980s. The shoes were capable of tracking metrics like workout times, distance traveled, and even a rough estimation of energy expenditure -- all things we now expect from smartwatches and fitness bands. The original shoes required that you hooked the bulky rear of the shoes to a computer in order access exercise statistics, but the reissue will make things a lot easier thanks to Bluetooth connectivity. The retro-futuristic kicks will track a full month of activity, and the hardware buttons on the back of the right shoe can be pressed to show a readout of step count and battery charge level on a tiny digital display. Back in 1986 the shoes weren't exactly popular, but Puma thinks they'll be much more sought-after this time around, especially since they'll be an extremely limited edition product. Only 86 pairs of the shoes are being produced, and they'll all be individually numbered, making them true collector's items. The shoes will go on sale on December 13th, but you'll need to be in Toyko, Berlin, or London in order to score them in person. Alternatively you could get lucky and snatch a pair online at one of Puma's retail partners, but that's a long shot at best.
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US investigates whether Trump's inaugural cash was spent improperly – report
Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address on 20 January 2017. Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, which managed the $107m celebrations in Washington to mark the start of his presidency in 2017, has become the latest focus of federal prosecutors who, according to the Wall Street Journal, are now investigating whether the money was properly spent. The Journal reports that Manhattan-based prosecutors are in the “early stages” of a criminal investigation into how the record sum for such a presidential inauguration was used, as well as whether huge donations were made in return for easy access to the Trump administration as it entered power.
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Accused Russian agent Maria Butina pleads guilty to attempting to sway US policy
A Russian woman has admitted to acting as an agent for the Kremlin to get close to the Republican party in an effort to influence US policies.  Maria Butina, 30, pleaded guilty to a single charge of conspiracy in a court in Washington on Thursday, admitting to working under the direction of a top Russian official to infiltrate the National Rifle Association (NRA), a powerful gun rights group closely aligned with senior Republican politicians. She is the first Russian citizen to be convicted of working to shape US policy in the run up and through the 2016 election campaign, agreeing to co-operate with prosecutors for less prison time. Appearing before Judge Tanya Chutkan, she admitted to conspiring to work with Alexander Torshin, a former deputy governor of Russia's central bank, and two US citizens as a Russian agent from 2015 until her 2018 arrest.  Butina, a former graduate student at American University in Washington who publicly advocated for gun rights, was arrested in July and has been held in jail without bail ever since.  Maria Butina was said to be directed by Alexander Torshin, previously described as Vladimir Putin's "emissary" Credit: AP She initially pleaded not guilty to the charges against her but in the last week it was revealed she had reversed course and agreed to co-operate with prosecutors.   Her aim was to make contacts with officials at the NRA, conservative figures and 2016 presidential candidates in order to set up unofficial back channels with high-ranking American politicians. Butina is known to have met with the president's son, Donald Trump Jnr, during one of the NRA's conventions as well as reportedly hosting a party in Washington attended by Trump campaign aides in November 2016. Prosecutors told the court that Butina drafted a March 2015 "Diplomacy Project" that called for establishing unofficial channels of communication between high-ranking American politicians in order to help advance Russia's interests. In this courtroom sketch, Maria Butina, left, is shown next to her attorney Robert Driscoll Credit: AP To carry out the plan, Butina requested $125,000 (£98,000) from a Russian billionaire to attend conferences and set up "separate meetings with interested parties" such as other Russian businessmen or people with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they added. The prosecutors said Butina invited "powerful members" of the NRA for a visit to Moscow where they met with high-level Russian officials. Apparent photos of the NRA Moscow trip are posted on her social media accounts. After the visit, according to court records, she sent a Russian official a message apparently referencing the NRA saying, "We should let them express their gratitude now, we will put pressure on them quietly later." The alleged Russian agent was arrested in July Credit: Reuters Butina also hosted "friendship dinners" in the hope of establishing ties with people who "would have the ear of the next US presidential administration," prosecutors said. After the 2016 election, she proposed creating a dialogue with President Donald Trump's advisors, but the Russian official told her he did not think the foreign affairs ministry would "go for it," prosecutors said. The actions occurred during the same time period that US intelligence agencies have concluded Russia engaged in a campaign of propaganda and hacking to sow discord during the 2016 presidential race and boost Mr Trump's chances against Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. Butina was a gun rights activist Butina's lawyers previously identified the Russian official as Alexander Torshin, who was a deputy governor of Russia's central bank and was targeted with US Treasury Department sanctions in April.  One of the two Americans referenced in the prosecution's case was Paul Erickson, an conservative political activist who was romantically linked to Butina. His lawyer William Hurd said: "Paul Erickson is a good American. He has done nothing to harm our country and never would." Russian officials hit back at the case, calling it a "modern political inquisition" in comments quoted by the RIA state news agency. She faces a maximum of five years in prison and deportation. As part of her agreement prosecutors dropped a second charge of violating a law that requires foreigners working for their government to register with the US Justice Department. Her lawyer, Robert Driscoll, estimated that under sentencing guidelines for similar crimes Butina could face up to six months in prison.  Because of Butina's ongoing co-operation, the judge did not set a sentencing date but scheduled a hearing for February 12.  
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Federal prosecutors probing Trump inauguration spending: WSJ
WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal prosecutors are investigating whether U.S. President Donald Trump's inaugural committee misspent some of the record $107 million it raised from donors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people it said were familiar with the matter. The early-stage investigation by the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office is examining whether some of the committee's donors gave money in exchange for policy concessions, influencing administration positions or access to the incoming administration, the Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter. A spokesman for the Manhattan U.S. attorney's office declined to comment.
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‘Fox & Friends’ Calls Michael Cohen ‘Disloyal’ To His Former Client Donald Trump
> Fox & Friends worries what Michael Cohen had taped, says Trump needs an "A
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Imprisoned former Venezuela oil minister dies: prosecution
Former Venezuelan oil minister Nelson Martinez, imprisoned over corruption allegations, died Wednesday of health complications, the prosecutor's office said. Martinez, who also served as president of state oil firm PDVSA, was arrested on November 30 last year, four days after President Nicolas Maduro removed him from his position. "Nelson Martinez was suffering from a serious chronic illness whose progression aggravated his condition and led to his death.
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Bitcoin bomb threats sweep U.S., Canada, but lack credibility
Initial jitters sparked by the wave of awkwardly worded messages, threatening to set off explosives unless $20,000 were delivered in bitcoin, subsided within hours as some local authorities began referring to the electronic extortion notes as a scam. One email targeting a St. Louis-area middle school was traced by local investigators to an internet protocol, or IP, address in Moscow, the sheriff's office in Lincoln County, Missouri said.
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For Democrats in 2018, how many candidates are too many?
Democrats are flooding into key House races, but could too many candidates hurt the party’s chances on retaking Congress? California’s nonpartisan primary system may play a role here.
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The Latest: Migrant girl's dad said she was ill on bus
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the death of a 7-year-old migrant girl picked up along the U.S.-Mexico border (all times local):
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Homeland Security Secretary says family are to blame for child’s death under Border Patrol custody
Days after a seven-year-old Guatemalan girl died after complications from a septic shock she experienced while in Border Patrol custody, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the child’s family was to blame for her death. “This is just a very sad example of the dangers of this journey,” Ms Nielsen said on Fox News. FOX & FRIENDS: What do you know about the 7-year-old girl who died in Border Patrol custody?@SecNielsen: "This is just a very sad example of the dangers of this journey.
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DHS Secretary Blames Migrant Family For Child's Harrowing Death
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Friday blamed
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Police search ranch belonging to missing Colorado woman's fiance
Police looking for a Colorado mother who was reported missing from her small mountain town nearly two weeks ago searched her fiance's ranch on Friday but stopped short of calling him a suspect in the case. The police chief of Woodland Park, Colorado, also publicly called on Patrick Frazee, 32, to submit to a formal interview with detectives, saying he was the last person believed to have seen or heard from his fiance, 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth. "We are asking him to sit down with our investigators since he was the last person to talk with Kelsey," Woodland Park Police Chief Miles DeYoung told reporters at an afternoon press conference.
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Palestinian forces scuffle with Hamas protesters in West Bank: police
Palestinian security forces scuffled with Hamas supporters as they broke up a protest Friday in the West Bank city of Hebron, witnesses and police said. The protest in the southern West Bank city was planned in support of the Islamist group on the anniversary of its founding. In Nablus in the northern West Bank, protesters from other factions clashed with Hamas demonstrators after they raised its flag, witnesses said.
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EU to Step Up Plans for No-Deal Brexit as Bloc Plays Hardball With May
May had come to Brussels hoping to secure some additional "assurances" on the most controversial part of her Brexit deal -- the so-called Irish border backstop. “Theresa May has led a courageous fight but unfortunately we are not seeing the results," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told reporters.
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Trump makes baseless 'infected' ballot claims amid Florida recount
President Trump on Monday suggested that the ongoing recounts in Florida should be halted and the races called for Republican candidates while floating baseless claims of voter fraud.
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U.N. climate talks go into overtime as negotiators grapple with text
Countries are on a self-imposed deadline to produce a "rulebook" to flesh out details of the 2015 Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the global temperature rise to less than 2 degrees Celsius and which comes into force in 2020. Talks in Katowice, Poland, under way since Dec. 2, have been clouded by political divisions. Before the talks started, many expected that the deal would fall short of the detailed plan scientists have said is needed to limit global warming to well below a 2 degree-Celsius rise this century.
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Challenging judges' orders, Trump aims to enlist Supreme Court
The Supreme Court traditionally has been viewed as the court of last resort in the United States, but Trump's Justice Department increasingly has tried to enlist it in paring back or halting unfavorable rulings by lower courts on signature Trump policies, often at early stages of litigation. In another tactic, the administration has asked the justices to review disputes even before lower appeals courts have acted. Trump has appointed conservatives Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch to lifetime jobs on the Supreme Court since taking office last year, cementing its 5-4 conservative majority.
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Mick Mulvaney is just the ‘acting’ chief of staff ‘because that’s what the president wants,’ White House says
President Trump's search for a new chief of staff is over, at least for now.
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Seven-year-old Guatemalan girl dies in US custody: report
A seven-year-old Guatemalan girl died in American custody after being detained by US border police in New Mexico, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. The girl who illegally crossed the border from Mexico along with her father and dozens of others died last week of "dehydration and shock," the newspaper reported, citing US Customs and Border Protection. The father is in El Paso, Texas awaiting a meeting with Guatemalan consular officials, the Post said, quoting CBP, which said it is investigating the incident.
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Raining money: Drivers cash in on Brink's truck incident as the cash flies
An armored Brink's truck scattered money across a New Jersey highway, causing delays as people got out of their cars to scoop up the fluttering cash.
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Death of seven-year-old migrant girl in US custody sparks furor
The death of a seven-year-old Guatemalan girl last week in the custody of US border agents sparked furor Friday and raised new pressure on the Trump administration's efforts to halt the migration of Central American families. The Department of Homeland Security confirmed the December 8 death of the girl, saying she died in an El Paso, Texas hospital less than 24 hours after being detained as part of a group of 163 illegal border crossers in a remote New Mexico border area. A Guatemalan official identified her as Jackeline Caal, who was traveling with her father Nery Caal, 29.
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Trouble Ahead for Space Force
Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman James Inhofe (R-OK) is not currently a supporter of President Trump’s plan to create a Space Force as an independent branch of the U.S. military. “It wasn’t on my list because I don’t think we need it,” Inhofe told reporters earlier this week. Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), who will chair the House Armed Services Committee starting in January, is also no fan of the proposed service.
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Trump names Mick Mulvaney acting chief of staff after scrambling to find replacement for John Kelly
Donald Trump has named Mick Mulvaney as his acting chief of staff, after scrambling and struggling to find a replacement for the outgoing John Kelly. The president had believed that after he announced last week the former Marine Corps general would leave the White House by the end of the year - there had been speculation about the 60-year-old for months - the job would be filled by Nick Ayers. Reports suggested former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who was once close to Mr Trump but later sidelined after the 2016 election, was also being considered.
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Donald Trump criticises 'crazed' Mika Brzezinski over homophobic comment about Mike Pompeo
President Donald Trump has criticised American TV host Mika Brzezinski over her use of a homophobic slur, claiming a conservative would be banned from the airwaves for using the remark. The MSNBC co-host of weekday morning show ‘Morning Joe’ called Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a “butt-boy” on air over an interview Mr Pompeo gave to Fox News where he said reports of a CIA assessment that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was linked to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi were “inaccurate”. The CIA has reportedly assessed with “high confidence” that the crown prince was involved in the order to kill Mr Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.
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Paul Ryan’s bittersweet exit shows the limits of ideas in politics
It’s a bittersweet farewell for retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan, who failed to reduce the budget deficit or to stand up to President Trump when it counted. But he still has his admirers — including some Democrats.
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It's OK to celebrate a president's life. What will we make of Trump's?
It was hard to watch George H.W. Bush’s funeral proceedings this week and not wonder how Donald Trump’s last farewell will someday compare.
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The climate change 'resistance' movement inside the Trump administration
There is no question that Trump is more hostile to climate science than any president in modern history. Yet neither climate science nor science in general have suffered much in the Trump administration — at least not if funding levels are an indication.
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Trump tries to spin Republican losses: GOP 'defied history'
President Trump said Republicans “defied history” in the midterm elections by maintaining control of the Senate and winning a “slew” of governor’s races — despite losing its majority in the House of Representatives.
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Michigan Unions Dodge Republican Attack In Lame-Duck Session
A plan by Michigan Republicans to weaken public-sector unions in the state
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Canada to Trump administration: Don’t play politics with Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou extradition case
Canada's foreign minister warned the Trump administration not to politicize the pending extradition of Chinese technology executive Meng Wanzhou.
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Wall St. tumbles on global growth worries, J&J decline
The S&P 600 small cap index confirmed it was in a bear market after closing 20.05 percent below its Aug. 31 peak, falling 1.6 percent on the day. The Johnson & Johnson report, which the company has disputed, sent its shares tumbling 10 percent in heavy volume, making it the biggest weight from a single stock on the S&P 500 and the Dow Industrials. Investors focused on global growth concerns and worried about U.S. growth after China reported weak monthly retail sales growth and industrial output numbers, as disappointing economic data was released from the euro zone.
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These awesome holiday gifts are on sale right now
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President Trump admits hiring Michael Cohen was a mistake
President denies wrongdoing after his former personal attorney is sentenced to 3 years in prison; Kevin Corke reports from the White House.
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7-year-old immigrant girl dies after Border Patrol arrest
LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A 7-year-old girl who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border with her father last week died after being taken into the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol, federal immigration authorities confirmed Thursday.
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French govt urges 'yellow vests' not to protest after Strasbourg attack
The French government on Thursday urged "yellow vest" protesters to refrain from holding another round of demonstrations this weekend, citing the strain on security forces on high alert after the terror attack at a Christmas market in Strasbourg. "For now we have not banned the demonstrations" which some protesters have called for Saturday, government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told CNews television.
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Many Women Don't Recognize Their Heart Attack Symptoms. Many Doctors Don't Either.
After nearly three decades of raising awareness about heart disease in women,
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Seven-year-old Guatemalan girl dies of dehydration after being arrested by US Border Patrol
A seven-year-old girl who crossed the United States’s southern border died after being taken into the custody of the Border Patrol. The unnamed child started having seizures just eight hours after she was arrested by border agents in New Mexico last Thursday, after entering the country with her father at an illegal crossing. In a statement, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said emergency medics who responded to the seizures decided to fly her to a hospital in El Paso, Texas.
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Sexual assault on Spirit flight lands man in prison for 9 years
Prosecutors said Prabhu Ramamoorthy "committed one of the most brazen airplane sexual assaults ever prosecuted in this district."
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Pope-appointed missionary travels US to do good
Father Jim Sichko had a calling and it wasn't just to God. It was to, well, everybody. Pope Francis named the Kentucky-based priest to a newly created fleet of Papal Missionaries, ministers who travel the world offering acts of mercy. (Dec. 14)
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Betsy DeVos cancels $150 million of student loan debt
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos canceled $150 million of student loan debt after losing a battle in court.
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U.S. Investigating Death of 7-Year-Old Migrant Girl in Custody
The account of the girl’s illness and care after she was apprehended Dec. 6 crossing the U.S. border in New Mexico conflicts with that of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who said on Fox News earlier Friday that the young migrant received “immediate care” from authorities. Nielsen called the death of the unidentified girl “a very sad example of the dangers of this journey” as she defended her department’s response to the incident. The office also said it would continue an “ongoing program of unannounced inspections” of CBP and Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities, and report those results publicly as well.
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Trump's chief of staff search centers on Kushner, Christie, Lighthizer: source
Trump has no deadline for deciding on a replacement for John Kelly, whose departure as chief of staff was announced last week, and, as always, he could change his mind, the source said. White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters it was possible Trump could ask Kelly to stay a bit beyond his scheduled departure in early January. "The president said yesterday that he has about five names," Gidley said.
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Russian Orthodox church calls on UN for help in Ukraine
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday called on the United Nations, the leaders of Germany and France, the pope and other spiritual leaders to protect believers in Ukraine in the face of pressure on Moscow-affiliated clerics.
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Business worries for France ahead of new 'yellow vest' protests
Fears grew about the economic impact of France's month-long "yellow vest" protests on Friday ahead of a decisive weekend for the grassroots opposition movement and President Emmanuel Macron. "The latest flash data pointed to an outright contraction in France’s private sector for the first time in two-and-a-half years," IHS Market economist Eliot Kerr warned. Macron's centrist government is hoping that concessions announced on Monday, a terror attack in Strasbourg on Tuesday and freezing weather this weekend will deter demonstrators from taking to the streets again.
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7-year-old Guatemalan migrant girl in Border Patrol custody dies from high fever, seizures
The Guatemalan child's death after being detained by Border Patrol agents, renews questions about U.S. treatment of migrant minors.
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Hard-partying Keith Richards says he's virtually quit drinking
Keith Richards, the Rolling Stones guitarist whose name is synonymous with excess, says he has virtually given up drinking. "It was time to quit," the 74-year-old Richards told Rolling Stone magazine in an interview. Richards, who has been arrested several times for drug possession during his legendary hard-partying career, said he still has the occasional glass of wine or a beer but has mostly given up alcohol.
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Woman punches bear, gets help from dog to survive attack
A woman survived a mauling by a bear by repeatedly punching the animal and crawling into a bush as her Chihuahua-mix distracted the attacker.
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How Trump Let His Goal of Building a Border Wall Slip Away
Trump’s best chance for border wall funding at the level he wants came in February 2018, when Republican Senator Mike Rounds teamed up with independent Senator Angus King on compromise immigration legislation. Trump torched the bill as a "giant amnesty" for narrowing the scope of deportations, and complained that it didn’t end diversity visas or stop "chain migration" -- his derisive term for laws that allow American citizens to sponsor siblings and parents for green cards.
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California mandates 100-percent zero-emission bus fleet
California moved Friday to eliminate fossil fuels from its fleet of 12,000 transit buses, enacting a first-in-the-nation mandate that will vastly increase the number of electric buses on the road. The California Air Resources Board voted to require that all new buses be carbon-free by 2029. Environmental advocates project that the last greenhouse-gas-emitting buses will phase out by 2040.
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Priest takes pope's mandate - good deeds for all - across US
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Father Jim Sichko has a 50-state congregation and a simple mandate from the pope: Go forth and do good deeds.
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Stuck between China and US, Canada finds itself ‘alone in the world’
Just a few years ago, it would have been unthinkable that the United States would not back Canada in a geopolitical standoff. In reaction, Ottawa has been seeking a place in this shifting international landscape, in part bolstered by economic and political ties with China to reduce its dependence on the US. The arrest of Chinese telecom Huawei’s chief financial officer at the international airport in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Dec. 1 has sparked conflict between Canada and China – one that escalated this week with the detention of two Canadians in China.
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China Seeks to Defuse Trade War With Reversals on Cars and Corn
China also may buy at least 3 million metric tons of American corn, said people familiar with the discussions, who asked not to be named as the information is confidential. The moves come two weeks after President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping agreed to a truce in the trade war at their meeting in Argentina. Trump claimed he won a concession during talks with Xi and said China, the world’s biggest automobile market, would reduce and remove tariffs, a claim that Beijing didn’t immediately confirm.
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A Second Canadian Citizen May Have Been Detained in China, Official Says
Following ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig's arrest on Monday
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Sri Lanka Supreme Court says president violated constitution
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Supreme Court ruled unanimously that President Maithripala Sirisena's order to dissolve Parliament and hold new elections was unconstitutional, a much-anticipated verdict that further embroils the Indian Ocean nation in political crisis.
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Trump’s pledge to make Mexico pay for border wall may cost US taxpayers billions of dollars or cause government shutdown
Trump vowed Mexico will pay for a border wall , but now threatens to shut down the government unless Congress approves $5 billion to build it.
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3 women stabbed in German city, unclear if attacks linked
BERLIN (AP) — Three women have been stabbed and wounded in the German city of Nuremberg, police said Friday as they investigated whether the incidents were connected.
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Pokémon Go Maker Is Seeking a $3.9 Billion Valuation
The San Francisco-based company is planning to raise at least $200 million in a round led by venture capital firm IVP, said the person, who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. Samsung Electronics Co. and AXiomatic Gaming LLC are also expected to invest. A spokesman for Niantic declined to comment.
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35 Christmas Albums That Are Guaranteed to Spread Cheer
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Brad Ford and The Hudson Company Team Up for a Connecticut Showroom That Emphasizes Craftsmanship
The designer and Hudson Company founder Jamie Hammel bring their shared passion for fine craftsmanship to Ridgefield
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The Latest: Holder group promises lame-duck lawsuit
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on lame duck legislation signed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (all times local):
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This Christmas May Be Your Last Chance to Get a NES or SNES Classic
After this holiday season, they're done.
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Cohen Reiterates That Trump Directed Hush Payments to Women
Cohen’s first since he was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for a host of crimes including those payments -- he rebuffed Trump’s assertions that he had acted on his own and that Trump had relied on him as a lawyer to say if something was illegal. Cohen insisted Trump acted knowingly. “Nothing at the Trump Organization was ever done unless it was run through Mr. Trump,” Cohen said.
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Mueller Probe Has Cost Some $25 Million, Justice Department Says
Mueller spent about $4.6 million from April to September of this year, according to his most recent statement of expenditures released on Friday. Mueller previously reported that Justice Department units spent $9 million from the investigation’s start in May 2017 through March 2018, compared with $7.7 million spent by his own team. Most of the money spent by Mueller in the latest period -- about $2.9 million -- went for personnel, with the rest going to travel, office space and contracting services, the Justice Department said.
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Macron says up to May to find political solution for Brexit deal
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday it was up to British Prime Minister Theresa May to come up with a solution to get the Brexit deal through parliament, and that the agreement could not be renegotiated. "We can have a political discussion tonight, but the legal framework and the agreement that were negotiated are not supposed to change," Macron told reporters ahead of a European summit in Brussels. "It's important to avoid any ambiguity: we cannot reopen a legal agreement, we can't renegotiate what was negotiated for several months," he said.
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Cash deposited in Robinhood's 3% checking and savings isn't insured, SIPC says
Cash in Robinhood's new checking and savings products that were rolled out this week is not insured by the Securities Investor Protection Corp.
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Mueller submits documents on Flynn's 2017 interview with FBI
Special counsel Robert Mueller's team releases key documents - some of which are heavily redacted - relating to the FBI's questioning of former national security adviser Michael Flynn as ordered by U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports.
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Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West Bank clashes: medics
Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian during stone throwing clashes on Friday in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian health officials said. The clashes followed a surge of violence on Thursday when a Palestinian gunman killed two Israeli soldiers, and Israeli forces killed two Hamas fugitives whom it blamed for earlier deadly attacks. Israeli forces also killed two Palestinians that Israel said had tried to carry out attacks.
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs lame-duck legislation that curbs his Democratic successor's authority
"The overwhelming executive of authority I have as governor today will remain constant with the next governor," he said.
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Wisconsin's Walker signs sweeping lame-duck GOP bills
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a sweeping package of Republican legislation Friday that restricts early voting and weakens the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general, brushing aside complaints that he is enabling a brazen power grab and ignoring the will of voters.
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Woman killed in Bucks County house fire identified
The Bucks County coroner has identified the person firefighters pulled out of a house blaze Bucks County.
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Iran urges West to end 'absurdities' on missiles
Iran on Thursday urged the United States and its allies to stop their "absurd" accusations about Iranian missile tests, a day after Washington urged the UN to adopt punitive measures against Tehran. "US & allies should cease their hypocritical absurdities abt Iran's missiles," Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter. Beneath the text, Zarif published a graphic detailing arms exports to Saudi Arabia from 2013 to 2017 using figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).
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4 Great Ways To Chill With CBD Oil
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Flu shots tied to lower risk of premature death with heart failure
Researchers followed more than 134,000 patients with heart failure between 2003 and 2015, with half the patients staying in the study for at least 3.7 years. Overall, getting at least one flu shot was associated with an 18 percent lower risk of premature death from all causes and from cardiovascular problems in particular. "We also found that annual vaccination frequency and vaccination early in the season were associated with greater reductions in the risk of death," lead study author Daniel Modin of Gentofte University Hospital and the University of Copenhagen.
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Shamir Shah Creates a Serene Model Unit With Global References at the Kent
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Trump adviser Flynn needed no warning against lying to FBI: special counsel
President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn did not need to be warned against lying to the FBI and does not deserve sentencing leniency because he received no warning, U.S. prosecutors said in a court filing on Friday. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, cited Flynn's senior posts in government in pushing back against Flynn's assertion that the lack of a warning should be a mitigating factor in his sentencing on Tuesday. "A sitting National Security Adviser, former head of an intelligence agency, retired Lieutenant General, and 33-year veteran of the armed forces knows he should not lie to federal agents," Mueller's office said in the court filing.
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That gift card you're buying this holiday season may already have been spent
Gift cards are an easy, popular gift this holiday season, but be careful when buying them. Darlene Duncan learned that the hard way after she bought a $200 Visa gift card at a Walmart in Raleigh to give as a wedding present for her son.
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Michelle Obama and Santa Claus do the 'Orange Justice' dance with kids at Denver hospital
Michelle Obama still has the power to get kids - and even Santa Claus - moving. Watch them do the "Orange Justice" dance.
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Want your gifts by Christmas? Order by these dates
Order your gifts from retailers like Nordstrom, Target, Amazon, Sephora and more by these dates to ensure they arrive by Christmas.
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Gorka: Cohen case is classic entrapment
Fox News national security strategist Sebastian Gorka and Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz analyze the sentencing of Michael Cohen and Gen. Michael Flynn.
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House Republicans consider plan to pay for border wall
GOP faces challenge on border wall funding strategy in lame duck session; Peter Doocy reports from Capitol Hill.
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Saudi man pleads guilty in Oklahoma to lying about al Qaeda training
Naif Abdulaziz M. Alfallaj, 35, who was arrested in February, faces up to 18 years in prison, the department said in a statement. Alfallaj's fingerprints turned up on documents found by the U.S. military at an al Qaeda safe house in Afghanistan, the statement said. The documents included an application to an al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan, it said.
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The Gifts AD's Market Department Is Giving This Year
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France Weighing Delay in 2019 Tax Cuts for Big Companies
France’s 2019 budget bill includes a measure to lower corporate levies to 28 percent on the first 500,000 euros in profit and then 31 percent on the rest of the earnings. The “effort” being considered by the government would postpone the measure for big companies, said a government official, who declined to be named in line with internal rules. Corporate tax cuts were among the cornerstones of Macron’s presidential platform.
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Montana man pleads guilty to killing 2, putting them in acid
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man pleaded guilty Friday to stabbing two people to death, including a teenage girl, dismembering their bodies and then trying to dissolve them in tubs filled with acid in the basement of a home.
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Who will replace Jon Kyl? Republican Martha McSally among the possibilities
Speculation heats up about who Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will appoint to succeed Jon Kyl in John McCain's old Senate seat.
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The Latest: EU chief says May had no plan for help on Brexit
LONDON (AP) — The latest on Brexit (all times local):
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Jon Kyl will resign from Senate on Dec. 31, setting up another appointment by Ducey to McCain's seat
Jon Kyl succeeded John McCain to the seat following McCain's death, with the understanding that Kyl would serve at least until the end of the year.
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French president to meet relatives of victims of Christmas market shooting
French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Strasbourg Friday evening to pay his respects to the victims of a jihadist gunman who was himself later shot dead by police. Macron, who earlier in the day took part in a European Union summit in Brussels, was to meet with families of the victims and with police involved in the manhunt for 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt, a small-time criminal turned jihadist who went on a shooting spray Tuesday evening in Strasbourg's famed Christmas market. Police finally caught up with him Thursday evening when he was killed after opening fire on a street police patrol.
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GM says it has 2,700 jobs for workers slated to be laid off
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' plans to lay off 14,000 salaried and blue-collar workers might not be as bad as originally projected.
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Cory Booker, Likely 2020 Contender, Says He Supports Green New Deal
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Friday became the second likely contender for the
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Canada granted consular access to ex-diplomat held by China: official
Canada's ambassador met in Beijing Friday with a detained former diplomat for the first time since he was arrested in China amid sharpening East-West tensions over trade and other issues. Michael Kovrig, the former diplomat, and a second Canadian, Michael Spavor, were taken into custody earlier in the week after a top Chinese tech executive was arrested in Vancouver at the request of the United States. Canada's foreign ministry said its ambassador to Beijing, John McCallum, was granted consular access to Kovrig on Friday and is pressing for access to Spavor.
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'Spider-Man': How Stan Lee's 'Spider-Verse' cameo became a moving tribute (spoilers)
Stan Lee's cameo in "Spider-Man: Into the Super-Verse" has gone from fun scene to moving tribute after his recent death last month. (Spoilers.)
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Violent clashes in Kenya over election body protests
Kenyan police fired tear gas and water cannon on Monday at stone-throwing crowds protesting in central Nairobi against an election oversight body they say is biased and should be scrapped, Reuters witnesses reported. Officers armed with batons confronted hundreds of protesters outside the offices of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the third clash over the issue in less than a month. The opposition CORD coalition, led by Raila Odinga who lost the 2013 vote and unsuccessfully challenged the result in court, has accused the IEBC of bias and said its members should quit.
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Johnson & Johnson 'kept secret' that its Baby Powder contained asbestos 
Johnson & Johnson knew that its talcum powder contained asbestos but failed to tell customers for over three decades, an investigation has found.  Shares in the company plunged  12 per cent following the release of the report by news agency Reuters, wiping £37bn ($47bn) off the company's value.  The investigation also found that the pharmaceutical company had employed a range of tactics to shape research into the problem and protect its Baby Powder brand. In one case, the company commissioned and paid for a study, told the researchers their desired results and then hired a ghostwriter to redraft the article presenting the findings. The investigation centres on a cache of documents released by Johnson & Johnson relating to the 11,700 plaintiffs claiming that the company’s talc caused their cancers. The documents show that from at least 1971 to the early 2000s, the company’s raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos, and that company executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors and lawyers fretted over the problem and how to address it while failing to disclose it to regulators or the public. A case in July, in which a judge ordered the company to pay $4.69bn in damages to 22 parties, was the first to succeed with a claim that the talc caused ovarian cancer.  Johnson and Johnson said it will appeal the recent verdicts against it and maintains that its talc is safe, adding that the recently divulged court papers show its commitment to ensuring its products are asbestos-free.  has been required to divulge in recent litigation shows the care the company takes to ensure its products are asbestos-free
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Justice Dept. has spent $25.2 million on Russia probe through September
In a tweet on Nov. 29, Trump claimed without evidence that Mueller's investigation, which the president has dubbed a "witch hunt," had led to the wasting of more than $40 million. "After wasting more than $40,000,000 (is that possible?), it has proven one thing-there was NO collusion with Russia. The report released on Friday showed that Mueller's office and other Justice Department offices assisting with the probe had spent $8.5 million combined from April 2018 through September 2018.
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See the Dermatologist-Approved Acne Scar Treatments That Put Bad Skin in the Past
We spoke with an expert about the best products out there.
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Walker signs measures critics call a Republican power grab
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, Feb. 23, 2017. Outgoing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Friday signed a package of bills that would enhance the power of the Republican-controlled legislature at the expense of the newly elected Democratic governor and attorney general.
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Trump Meets With Christie as He Continues Chief of Staff Search
The Trump and Christie meeting occurred on the same night that the president and First Lady Melania Trump welcomed guests, including former aides and campaign donors, to a White House Christmas reception. Christie, who stepped down as New Jersey’s governor early this year after two terms, endorsed Trump in 2016 after his own campaign didn’t gain traction in the Republican primaries. Earlier Thursday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin indicated he’d serve as White House chief of staff if Trump wants but said he’s happy in his current job.
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Johnson & Johnson knew about cancer-causing asbestos in baby powder for decades, new report claims
Shares of the pharma and medical giant Johnson & Johnson have tumbled sharply after an investigation suggested the company had known for years its famous baby powder was contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos.
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Macron says he won't place Europe before French grievances
President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday he would never put Europe ahead of the demands of the French people, days after he caved in to a anti-tax revolt by announcing costly measures set to increase the French budget deficit. "No country can move forward if it doesn't listen to the legitimate anger of its people, an anger which is expressed everywhere in Europe," Macron told reporters ahead of an European Union summit in Brussels. The tax breaks and other measures he is offering to appease the yellow vest protesters are likely to push France's budget deficit above the European Commission threshold of three percent of GDP.
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Nancy Pelosi: House Democrats to seek Trump tax returns next month
Nancy Pelosi says Democrats will look to obtain President Donald Trump’s tax returns as they as they take control of the House of Representatives in January. Ms Pelosi, who is likely to win the House speakership next month, said the Ways and Means Committee will “take the first steps” towards getting the tax documents, Reuters reported. “There is popular demand for the Congress to request the president’s tax returns,” Ms Pelosi said.
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Trump considering appointing son-in-law Jared Kushner as new White House chief of staff, reports say
Donald Trump is believed to be considering his son-in-law Jared Kushner for his next chief-of-staff, in a move that could prompt fresh accusations of nepotism in the White House. Sarah Sanders, Mr Trump's press secretary, did not deny that the 37-year-old was competing for the role. Ms Sanders' comments will only add to speculation that Mr Kushner is under consideration for the role, which will be vacated by General John Kelly.
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The Latest: Palestinian police end Hamas' West Bank protest
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Latest on the violence in the West Bank (all times local):
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11 Things to Know After Receiving an Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis
Experts—and an ovarian cancer survivor—are here to help.
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Facebooks Latest Leak Shows How Your Data Is Gone Even Before You Hit Publish
Facebook's latest data leak is indicative of a broader problem pervading the internet.
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25+ Affordable Plus Size Costumes for the Best Halloween Ever
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Markets Right Now: Stocks drop on China concerns, J&J sinks
NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):
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U.S. says China should free Canadians held after Huawei arrest
WASHINGTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said China should free two Canadian citizens who were detained this week after authorities in Canada arrested a senior Chinese technology executive on a U.S. extradition warrant. Pompeo's comments were the first by a senior U.S. official on the arrests, which Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said could escalate a growing trade conflict between China and the United States.
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With tech exec arrest, Canada squeezed between China, US
The arrest of a top Chinese tech executive at the request of the US has snared Canada in the middle of a major international dispute involving Beijing and Washington. Ottawa confirmed on Thursday that China had detained two Canadian nationals under what Beijing has said is suspicion of threatening its national security. The resulting crisis is to blame on "a trade war between China and the United States," Fred Bild, a former Canadian diplomat and Asian studies professor at the University of Montreal, told AFP.
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U.N. Yemen envoy pushes Security Council for robust truce monitoring
The Iranian-aligned Houthis and the Saudi-backed Yemen government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi agreed on Thursday to stop fighting for Houthi-held Hodeidah and withdraw their troops, the first significant breakthrough for U.N.-led peace efforts in five years of conflict. "A robust and competent monitoring regime is not just essential, it is also urgently needed and both parties have told us they would very much welcome it and indeed depend on it," Griffiths told the 15-member council, adding that U.N. officials were already planning for such a deployment. Such a monitoring mission needs the backing of the Security Council in a resolution, diplomats said.
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As sentencing looms, Flynn is upbeat, has adoring fans
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Days away from being sentenced in the Russia probe, former national security adviser Michael Flynn is not exactly hiding his face in shame.
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Republican Wisconsin governor curbs incoming Democrat's power
By Joseph Ax (Reuters) - Outgoing Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker on Friday signed a package of legislation aimed at weakening the powers of his newly elected Democratic successor, dismissing critics who called the move a last-minute partisan power grab. Democrats said the legislation and a similar set of measures in Michigan undermine the results of the Nov. 6 elections, when they captured the governorship in both states for the first time in eight years. ...
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Southwest flight returns to airport after human heart discovered on board
Southwest Airlines says a Dallas-bound flight returned to Seattle last weekend because a human heart meant for the donation was left on board.
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Trump knew hush money payments were wrong: ex-lawyer Cohen
US President Donald Trump knew it was wrong to order election-eve payments to two women who claimed to have had affairs with him, his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen said in his first public comments since being sentenced to three years in jail. Convicted of multiple crimes including violating campaign finance laws with the hush payments, Cohen flatly challenged the assertion that his former boss never instructed him to break the law, in an interview broadcast on Friday. The US president is entering his third year in office facing an increasingly perilous situation as federal prosecutors and Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged collusion with Russia close in on him and his inner circle.
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Trump's son-in-law Kushner possible next chief of staff: US media
Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is on the short-list of potential candidates for the president's next chief of staff, US media said Thursday. Kushner, an influential White House adviser and husband of Trump's daughter Ivanka, met with the Republican leader to discuss the job, according to the Huffington Post, which first reported the story. "I am not aware that he is under consideration but, as I think all of us here would recognize, he would be great in any role that the president chooses to put him in," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said of the news, which was also reported by CBS.
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Bear attacks woman outside Pennsylvania home, drags her 88 yards
Game wardens say a bear attacked a woman outside her home in Pennsylvania and dragged her more than 80 yards
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Police Are Investigating Bomb Threats Sent to More Than a Dozen Cities Across U.S.
Many of the threats came in emails demanding bitcoin payment
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1984 Bertone Ramarro Corvette: The concept we forgot
Named after a green lizard, this Chevrolet Corvette C4 with sliding doors was born in Italy and looks futuristic to this day
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Republican Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona to Resign at Year’s End
The appointment of Kyl had prevented the GOP from having to defend two Senate seats on the election ballot in November. The state’s other seat, now held by Republican Senator Jeff Flake, was won by Democrat Kyrsten Sinema.
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Now playing: Trump's latest defense, I never said to break the law
The president revises his explanation of hush money payments made to two women who claimed to have had extramarital affairs with him.
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The Latest: Attorney: Fiance of missing woman is cooperating
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a police investigation into a Colorado woman's disappearance (all times local):
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Israel booms with babies as developed world’s birth rates plummet. Here’s why.
Pro-natalist Israel is having a sustained baby boom, and now has the highest per capita rate of population growth in the developed world, experts say. Families here have an average of 3.1 children, compared with 1.7 in other developed countries. At this rate Israel’s population, which currently numbers 8.7 million, could soar to 15 million by 2050.
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Big Washington clean-up bill leads House Democrats' list
When the Democrats take over the U.S. House of Representatives in three weeks, their first order of business is expected to be a wide-ranging bill about political corruption, voter disenfranchisement and cleaning up campaign finance. Aimed at sending a message, the legislation is unlikely to become law with Republicans still in control of the Senate and the White House. An outline of the bill, titled H.R. 1, shows it would require presidential candidates to disclose their tax returns, which Trump has refused to do despite decades of precedent.
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Global growth worry hits stocks, but U.S. data lifts dollar
A gauge of global stocks tumbled on Friday after weak economic data from China and Europe intensified global growth worries as investors weighed the broader impact of the trade dispute between the United States and China. The European data came on the heels of weak readings from China, where November retail sales grew at the weakest pace since 2003 and industrial output rose the least in nearly three years, underlining risks to the economy as Beijing works to defuse its trade dispute with the United States. On Wall Street, U.S. stocks were not only hampered by growth worries but by a drop in Johnson & Johnson shares, which lost 9.27 percent, its biggest drop in a decade, as the biggest drag on both the Dow and S&P 500 after Reuters reported that the pharma major knew that its baby powder was contaminated with cancer-causing asbestos.
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What strips power from today’s emperors
 In democracies, leaders are often reminded, outside regular elections, about the source of their authority and how that responsibility is to be exercised. Take these events just in recent days:
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China says second Canadian being probed for harming state security
The state security bureau in the northeastern Chinese city of Dandong, which borders North Korea, has been investigating Spavor since Dec. 10, an official news site for the Liaoning province government said. The announcement follows the detention in Beijing on Monday of former diplomat Michael Kovrig, who works for the International Crisis Group (ICG). State media in China has reported Kovrig is being investigated on the same charges.
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Stocks plunge to 8-month lows on China fears; J&J nosedives
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are staggering Friday after weak economic data from China has investors worrying about the global economy again. Mounting tensions in Europe over Britain's impeding departure from the European Union also darkened traders' moods.
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Tijuana official: Some caravan migrants breaking into homes
Tijuana delegate Genaro Lopez on the impact the migrant caravan is having on the city.
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Somalia arrests ex-Islamist militant running for regional presidency
The arrest of Mukhtar Robow in an area where al Shabaab militants retain a presence after a long civil war heightened tension between Somalia's central government and semi-autonomous regions where elections are scheduled over the coming months. The Internal Security Ministry in Mogadishu said its forces had arrested Robow on the suspicion that he had brought militants and weapons back to the southern city of Baidoa, the capital of South West region where he is running for president. The ministry asked Robow to denounce "his ideology of terrorism...and support the federal government of Somalia".
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Republican U.S. Senator Kyl to resign on Dec. 31: Arizona governor
Republican U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, who was appointed to replace the late John McCain, will step down from office on Dec. 31, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said in a statement on Friday. Kyl was only expected to serve as a short-term placeholder to occupy the seat until after the November 2018 election. "Arizona needed someone who could hit the ground running from day one and represent our state with experience and confidence – and that’s exactly what Senator Kyl has done," Ducey said in a statement.
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Jared Kushner Calls U.S. Criminal Justice System The 'Best In The World.' It's Not.
Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, made a rare television
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China's Early Gestures Alone Won't Settle Trade War, Ross Says
Markets have jumped on signs that China may offer some of the concessions that the U.S. is seeking in trade negotiations, such as removing retaliatory tariffs on U.S. autos and considering plans to scale back its strategy for technology domination. President Donald Trump and China’s Xi Jinping during a Dec. 1 meeting in Argentina agreed on a 90-day delay in imposing news tariffs while they try and work out a deal. “They’ve started to make some very early stage, very preliminary, but very welcome moves,” Ross said in an interview on Bloomberg TV on Thursday.
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Man who sexually assaulted woman on flight while she slept is jailed for nine years
Prabhu Ramamoorthy, 34, was also sitting next to his wife on the overnight flight in January. Ramamoorthy had molested the victim while unbuttoning her blouse and unzipping her trousers as she slept. US attorney Matthew Schneider said: “Everyone has the right to be secure and safe when they travel on aeroplanes.
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No. 2 House Republican: Gov't shutdown 'stupid', may happen
WASHINGTON (AP) — A looming, partial government shutdown would be "stupid" but might be unavoidable if Democrats refuse to support President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, the second-ranking House Republican said on Thursday.
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California to phase in electric, fuel-cell transit buses: regulators
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California air quality regulators voted on Friday to require that transit buses have zero emissions beginning in 2029, another step by the liberal-leaning state that sets it apart from the environmental policies of the Trump administration.
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Prescription art: Take in two museums and call me in the morning
The five pavilions that comprise the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, one of Canada’s most prominent institutions, draw their share of art lovers, of tourists, and of ragtag school groups. During any given week, there are deaf teens and young adults viewing the works as part of their education in how to overcome obstacles to communication through art.
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Stocks sink to 8-month lows on China fears; J&J nosedives
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are staggering Friday after weak economic data from China has investors worrying about the global economy again. China's government said industrial output and retail sales both slowed in November. Tensions in Europe over Britain's impeding departure from the European Union also darkened traders' moods.
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Bitcoin bomb threats: Dozens of major public buildings evacuated across US over cryptocurrency email
Counterterrorism officials said a series of bomb threats reported across the country appeared to be a hoax after scammers targeted media outlets and major institutions demanding Bitcoin in exchange for their safety. The bomb threats came in the form of spam emails demanding recipients provide ransom payments in the form of the electronic currency, and targeted schools, media outlets, police precincts and other organisations, reportedly including at least 13 locations across New York City. “I write to inform you that my man has carried the bomb (Tetryl) into the building where your business is located,” read one of the emails posted to social media, which demanded $20,000 in Bitcoin.
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Special report: J&J knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder
An examination shows that from at least 1971 to the early 2000s, products sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos.
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Rep. Ro Khanna’s ‘new New Deal’: Bringing tech jobs to rural America
JEFFERSON, Iowa — Ro Khanna wants you to know he did not come to Iowa for the usual reasons. Yes, Khanna is a politician — a first-term congressman from California’s 17th Congressional District who won reelection in November with more than 75 percent of the vote. And yes, now that the 2018 midterms are over, and now that the first presidential caucuses of 2020 are “only” 14 months away, pretty much anyone in Khanna’s line of work who descends upon the Hawkeye State is suspected of having designs on the White House.
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China urges Japan to ensure rights of 2 in shrine protest
BEIJING (AP) — China has urged Japan to ensure the legal rights of two Hong Kong residents who staged a protest this week at a Tokyo shrine honoring Japan's war dead, the foreign ministry said Friday.
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Chinese Authorities Question Second Canadian Citizen
“We are working very hard to ascertain his whereabouts and we have also raised this case with Chinese authorities,” Freeland said Wednesday in Ottawa. Canadian officials have been in touch with his family, Freeland said, without releasing the person’s name. The Globe and Mail identified the man as Michael Spavor, a Canadian whose company brings tourists and hockey players into North Korea.
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First new Mustang Shelby GT500 to be sold by Barrett-Jackson
The buyer gets to pick the color and the options for their special muscle car
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EU's Tusk says no more Brexit negotiations
By Gabriela Baczynska and Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday he had no mandate to reopen Brexit negotiations with Britain, while the head of the bloc's executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, said he "admired" Prime Minister Theresa May. Tusk and Juncker were speaking at a news conference after two days of talks at an EU summit that were dominated by the issue of Brexit and saw the other 27 national leaders of the bloc offer May only vague assurances over their Brexit deal. "I have no mandate to organize any further negotiations. ...
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What’s next for commercial spaceflight? Passengers will soon get their turn
MOJAVE, Calif. — The first suborbital space passenger is less likely to be a billionaire like Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson or Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos, and more likely to be an as-yet-unnamed employee at one of their companies. That’s despite Branson’s promise, reiterated in the wake of Thursday’s successful test flight past the 50-mile altitude mark, that he’d be the first commercial passenger on Virgin Galactic’s VSS Unity within the next few months. The word “passenger” is key: We’re not talking about the people who are piloting the spacecraft, such as the two test pilots who were at Unity’s controls… Read More
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Many farewell speeches, one message: Senate must learn to cooperate
Coming off the Senate floor on Tuesday, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota met with a young constituent. As the two sat side-by-side in the chandeliered anteroom, Senator Heitkamp slowly turning the pages of her gift, the lawmaker began to tear up. It’s an emotional time in the Senate, as those who won’t be returning say goodbye to colleagues, staff, and constituents – notably through reflective “farewell” speeches on the Senate floor, where senators sometimes have to pause to collect themselves.
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Chris Christie Doesn't Want To Be Trump's Next Chief Of Staff
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Friday that he no longer wants
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May leaves EU summit still seeking Brexit reassurance
British Prime Minister Theresa May left the EU summit on Friday exactly as she had arrived -- promising talks to extract reassuring words from EU leaders to help her sell the Brexit deal back home. In the intervening hours those leaders had expressed frustration with May's "nebulous" strategy to get the withdrawal treaty past the House of Commons and insisted yet again that they will not renegotiate the text. "There is work still to do and we will be holding talks in the coming days about how to obtain the further assurances that the UK parliament needs in order to be able to approve the deal," she said.
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Worth the sting: Cuba's scorpion pain remedy
Once a month for the last decade, Pepe Casanas, a 78-year-old Cuban farmer, has hunted down a scorpion to sting himself with, vowing that the venom wards off his rheumatism pains. Researchers in Cuba have found that the venom of the blue scorpion, whose scientific name is Rhopalurus junceus, endemic to the Caribbean island, appears to have anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties, and may be able to delay tumor growth in some cancer patients. While some oncologists abroad say more research is needed to be able to properly back up such a claim, Cuban pharmaceutical firm Labiofam has been using scorpion venom since 2011 to manufacture the homeopathic medicine Vidatox.
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Brazil take first step in program to join nuclear-powered sub club
President Michel Temer and his right-wing successor, President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, both pressed the button that lowered into the sea the 1,700-ton submarine named Riachuelo at a Rio de Janeiro naval base. Temer's wife, Marcela, had christened the vessel, by smashing a champagne bottle against its hull. The submarines being built by the Brazilian Navy in partnership with France's defense company Naval Group, formerly known as DCNS, are a modified version of the Scorpene class diesel-powered submarine.
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Protesters oppose Republican moves to hobble next Michigan governor
More than 100 protesters took to Michigan's state capitol on Wednesday to oppose efforts by the US state's Republican-led legislature to limit the powers of its incoming Democratic governor. Similar scenes played out last week in nearby Wisconsin, where state Republicans passed measures to significantly curb the authority of the Democrat who beat the incumbent Republican governor in the November midterm elections. Critics say the legislative maneuvers are a concerted effort by Republicans to deny power to Democrats who will be taking office in January in states where Republicans control the legislature but have lost executive offices.
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Scott Walker Signs Wisconsin GOP's Massive Power Grab Into Law
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed legislation Friday that strips power
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Trump administration says 'walls work.' Here's what a full view of the border shows
President Donald Trump once reviled existing border fences and promised a 'great wall'; his administration now claims fences are walls. What changed?
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45+ Fun Pumpkin Painting Ideas for the Best Halloween Ever
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May Plays Down Hopes of Brexit Breakthrough: EU Summit Update
The EU won’t be able to offer the U.K. enough to get the British Parliament to back the deal, according to an influential German lawmaker. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the EU will try to "demystify" the backstop -- the most controversial part of the Brexit deal.
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Strasbourg attack: fourth victim dies as Christmas market re-opens after gunman killed in police raid
A fourth victim of the Strasbourg Christmas market attack died from his wounds yesterday as investigators searched for possible accomplices of the gunman slain after two days of terror. The prime suspect, Cherif Chekatt, 29, was killed on Thursday after he opened fire on three officers who crossed his path by chance while on patrol. Authorities had received two tip-offs about his general whereabouts.  The fourth victim of the knife and gun attack in central Strasbourg, eastern France, was 28-year old Italian radio journalist Antonio Megalizzi. He had been shot in the head and had been in a coma. Giuseppe Conte, the prime minister, said the whole country was united by “sadness and pain”. French interior minister Christophe Castaner was in Strasbourg to reopen the Christmas market Credit: SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP Yesterday, Christophe Castaner, France’s interior minister, attended the reopening of Strasbourg's Christmas market, which welcomes two million people every year and had been shut since Tuesday night’s attack. To reopen swiftly, he said, was vital "for the honour of Strasbourg, for the honour of France”. President Emmanuel Macron was due to attend later in the evening. Islamic State claimed Chekatt as one of its “soldiers” but Mr Castaner dismissed the claim as “totally opportunistic". Chekatt had 27 previous convictions for theft and violence and his Islamic beliefs were radicalised during previous periods in prison.  Police were still holding seven people yesterday for questing, including his parents, in a bid to establish whether he was helped by accomplices while on the run. “We want to reconstruct the past 48 hours in order to find out whether he got some support," said Paris prosecutor Remy Heitz. Three police officers on patrol shot dead prime suspect Cherif Chekatt in a suburb of Strasbourg on Tuesday night after he opened fire Credit: UGC Relief in Strasbourg came as France braces for a fifth straight Saturday of violent protests linked to the “yellow vest” movement against high taxes and low purchasing power. Mr Castaner urged protesters not to test exhausted security forces with the type of riots seen in Paris and Bordeaux over the last two weekends. "I can't stand the idea that today people applaud police forces and that tomorrow some people will think it makes sense to throw stones at us," he said after meeting officers. With the movement apparently losing steam after concessions by Emmanuel Macron, the French president said France needed “calm, order and to return to a normal way of working". Michel Delpuech, Paris’ police chief, said some 8,000 officers and 14 armoured vehicles would be deployed in Paris as last week with the focus on preventing vandals from wreaking fresh destruction. In an act of defiance, attractions such as the Louvre museum and Opera Garnier will be open this weekend, unlike last Saturday. The protests have hit the economy, with output in the last quarter of the year set to be half initial projections, while Macron's concessions are likely to push the budget deficit above an EU agreed limit.
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AP PHOTOS: Urgency of climate talks seen in coal plants, ice
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — As politicians haggle at a U.N. climate conference in Poland over ways to limit global warming, the industries and machines powering our modern world keep spewing their pollution into the air and water.
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5-year-old dances through cancer treatment with his epic Michael Jackson dance moves
This 5-year-old boy won't let cancer stop him from showing off his seriously impressive dance moves. On Dec. 7, mom Leni Lutui shared a video on Twitter of her son, Solomon, channeling his best Michael Jackson while undergoing treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Lutui told "Good Morning America" that Solomon was diagnosed with desmoplastic small round cell tumor, a type of cancer found in the abdomen, in May.
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6 Sandy Hook Survivors On Healing, Faith And Forgiveness, 6 Years Later
Dec. 14, 2018, marks six years since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary
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Let's Find Out How Much Power a 45-Year-Old, 40-Horsepower Soviet Car Makes Today
It's fun to find out how many of the factory claimed 40 horses your air-cooled 1973 ZAZ 968 has left after 45 years of hard survival.
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'Young miracle': Newborn girl recovers from Ebola in world's 2nd deadliest outbreak
'Young miracle': Newborn girl recovers from Ebola in world's 2nd deadliest outbreak originally appeared on abcnews.go.comA baby who was admitted to an Ebola treatment center in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo just six days after she was born is now recovered from the lethal virus, according to health officials who called her the "young miracle."The newborn girl, named Benedicte, received treatment in the city of Beni, one of the current epicenters of the outbreak, after her Ebola-stricken mother died in childbirth on Oct. 31.Benedicte was discharged Wednesday. ...
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Trump administration could deport thousands of Vietnamese refugees after immigration rules changed
Thousands of Vietnamese refugees who fled to America after the Vietnam war are now at risk of deportation, after Donald Trump’s administration changed immigration rules. The US government has unilaterally reinterpreted an accord signed with Vietnam in 2008 to allow it to send Vietnamese citizens in America who arrived before 1995 back to their home country.
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Trump Ordered Payments to Women Knowing It Was Wrong, Cohen Says
The interview marked Cohen’s first since being sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to breaking campaign-finance laws by arranging the payments, as well as lying to Congress and banks. “Of course,” Cohen said when asked if Trump knew it was wrong to make the payments, adding that the purpose was to help Trump and his campaign. Trump said Thursday he never directed Cohen to break the law and said that, as a lawyer, Cohen should know what’s legal and what’s not.
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May says further Brexit talks with EU in coming days
Prime Minister Theresa May said Friday that Britain and the EU would hold more talks in the coming days, denying reports that bloc leaders refused her plea for reassurances on her Brexit plan. After talks with EU Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and others in Brussels on Friday, she said further discussions would take place next week. "But my discussions with colleagues today have shown that further clarification and discussion following the Council's conclusions is in fact possible.
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Due to fly WOW Air next year? Your trip might be canceled
The struggling budget carrier says holiday flights will not be affected. Flight cuts will begin in January. Affected passengers will be notified.
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China probes two Canadians on suspected national security threat
China confirmed Thursday two Canadians are under investigation on suspicion of endangering the country's national security, fuelling tensions after Canada's arrest of a top Chinese telecom executive on a US request. Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and business consultant Michael Spavor were put under "compulsory measures" on Monday, foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said, using a term which would ususally mean they are in custody. The two Canadians are "suspected of engaging in activities that threatened China's national security," Lu said at a regular press conference, without explaining if the two cases are related.
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More Than 300 Local Officials From 40 States Call For Green New Deal, End Of Fossil Fuels
In a little over a month, the so-called Green New Deal has won endorsements
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Meaning of 'wall' causing confusion in border funding debate
fight over semantics at the southern border could lead to a government shutdown; national Correspondent William La Jeunesse reports.
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J&J kept a guiding hand on talc safety research
“Our current posture with respect to the sponsorship of talc safety studies has been to initiate studies only as dictated by confrontation,” the memo said. “This philosophy, so far, has allowed us to neutralize or hold in check data already generated by investigators who question the safety of talc.” Also, the memo said, “we minimize the risk of possible self-generation of scientific data which may be politically or scientifically embarrassing.” J&J’s effort to protect its iconic Baby Powder franchise by shaping research was led by physician and scientist executives. An early 1970s study of 1,992 Italian talc miners shows how it worked: J&J commissioned and paid for the study, told the researchers the results it wanted, and hired a ghostwriter to redraft the article that presented the findings in a journal.
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Erdogan and Trump urge cooperation after Turkey's Syria threat
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his US counterpart Donald Trump agreed Friday to "more effective coordination" between their countries' operations in Syria, after Ankara threatened to launch a new offensive in the war-torn nation. The two leaders spoke after Erdogan warned of a fresh Turkish operation against a Syrian Kurdish militia that risks aggravating already strained relations, as the US not only supports the militia but has troops deployed alongside its fighters. Trump and Erdogan "agreed to ensure more effective cooperation on the subject of Syria" during a telephone call, a Turkish presidential source said.
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Pelosi says House Dems will start seeking Trump tax returns
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats controlling the House next year will start trying to obtain President Donald Trump's income tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service, the likely next speaker said Thursday.
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Jamal Khashoggi’s unlikely legacy could be an end to the catastrophe in Yemen
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a 2014 press conference in Manama, Bahrain. It is not unheard of for writers to become more influential in death than in life, and one of the most enduring legacies of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may be helping to end the worst humanitarian crisis in the world in Yemen, where more than 16 million people are on the brink of starvation as a result of civil war. President Trump’s tepid response to his murder by the Saudi regime has also provoked the Republican-led Senate to rediscover its voice as a coequal branch of government, voting unanimously Thursday to condemn the Saudi crown prince for the Khashoggi killing, and invoking its war powers to end U.S. complicity in the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen.
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Anyone without cable should absolutely have Amazon’s discounted DVR for cord cutters
Amazon's Fire TV brand is known far and wide, especially among cord cutters. Fire TV devices are neck and neck with Roku as leaders in the media streaming market, giving users access to every popular service in a terrific interface that's easy to use. There's a relatively new device in Amazon's lineup that you might not know about though, but it's a must-have for any cord cutters (or cord nevers) who enjoy free OTA network television. It's called the Fire TV Recast and it packs everything you love about Fire TVs but adds a DVR into the mix so you can record shows and even pause or rewind live TV! It comes in two different capacities and each one is on sale right now at a discount. Here are the bullet points from the product page: * Fire TV Recast is a DVR that lets you watch and record over-the-air TV at home with Fire TV or Echo Show, or on-the-go with a compatible mobile device--with no monthly fees. * Watch and record live sports, local news, late night shows, and other can't miss TV from channels available through an HD antenna (sold separately) like ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS, and The CW. * With 2 tuners, you can record up to 2 shows at once. Plus, store up to 75 hours of HD programming. * With a compatible Alexa-enabled device, you can use your voice to search for shows, manage and schedule recordings, and help with other requests. Say things like "Alexa, open Channel Guide" or "Alexa, record 'Riverdale.'" * Fire TV Recast delivers the most reliable video streams over Wi-Fi of any over-the-air DVR.
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I Was Diagnosed with an Aggressive Blood Cancer During My Honeymoon
The newlyweds' trip turned into a fight for his life, almost 7,000 miles from home.
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The Benefits of Positive Thinking During Pregnancy Are Seriously Surprising
It might actually play a role in your baby's development.
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Detailed Look at the 2019 BMW X5 in Photos
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U.S.-backed Syrian forces close to seizing town from Islamic State: spokeswoman
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces will soon seize the town of Hajin from Islamic State (IS) in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border, a spokeswoman said on Friday. Hajin is the last big town Islamic State holds in its remaining enclave east of the Euphrates River. The SDF, spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG militia, has battled to eliminate the jihadists there for several months.
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Syrian Kurdish-led fighters take Hajin, last town held by IS
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led fighters captured the last town held by the Islamic State group on Friday, after three months of ferocious battles in the militants' single remaining enclave in eastern Syria, activists and Kurdish officials said.
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Andrew Napolitano Repeatedly Shreds 'Fox & Friends' Defense Of Trump
President Donald Trump's legal woes are likely just beginning, and his
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ICE arrests of immigrants in U.S. illegally highest since 2014: agency
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials arrested more immigrants who were in the United States illegally in the fiscal year through Sept. 30, 2018, than in any year since 2014, the agency said on Friday. The 158,851 people arrested in the 2018 fiscal year by ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations division, the branch that carries out immigration arrests and deportations, represented an 11 percent increase over 2017, according to agency data. ICE arrests of immigrants with no criminal history but who are in the country illegally increased by nearly one-third compared to 2017, to reach 20,464.
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Infiniti's Next Concept Car Previews a New All-Electric Crossover
It will pay homage to the pioneering FX45 while looking to Infiniti’s electrified future.
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Kosovo asserts statehood with vote to create army
Kosovo on Friday passed laws to build an army, asserting its statehood in a US-backed move that has angered Serbia, which does not recognise the former province's independence. Kosovo has been guarded by NATO-led peacekeeping troops since it broke away from Belgrade in a bloody separatist war in 1998-99. Now, new legislation will transform a small crisis-response outfit, the Kosovo Security Force (KSF), into an defence army with 5,000 troops.
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Facebook's Latest Fail Allowed Unauthorized Access to the Photos of 6.8 Million Users
The company is ending the year like it started: with severe concerns about privacy.
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Thousands of Ohio schoolkids plead with GM CEO Mary Barra to keep Chevy Cruze plant open
About 20 school districts in Ohio near GM's Lordstown plant launched a letter-writing campaign to GM CEO Mary Barra asking her to save the factory.
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Connecticut school evacuated for bomb threat on sixth anniversary of massacre
Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, where 26 children and educators were killed in 2012, received a threatening phone call around 9 a.m. EST, said police Lieutenant Aaron Bahamonde. "It was a bomb threat over the phone," Bahamonde said. Bahamonde said the threat was unrelated to a Thursday incident in which hundreds of schools, businesses and buildings across the United States and Canada receive email bomb threats demanding payment in cryptocurrency.
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As the Climate Changes, Avoid Green Energy Bets
The first thing investors should do in reaction to the global warming issue is not panic. Steven Koonin, a theoretical physicist who served as undersecretary of energy and science in the Obama administration, points out that the fourth National Climate Assessment released late last month shows that overall effect of human-caused climate change is quite small. If you still want to invest in anticipation of rapid global warming, avoid green energy areas because they continue to require huge government subsidies and mandates.
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This Weekend, 1.8 Million Wreaths Will Be Laid To Honor U.S. Veterans
The foundation Wreaths Across America will coordinate wreath­-laying ceremonies at 1,640 locations across the United States, at sea and abroad. You can still contribute.
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AIDSfree: Rapper Vic Mensa compares HIV rates for gay black men to 'epidemic' of gun violence: 'This wouldn't fly in Manhattan'
In his home city of Chicago, rapper Vic Mensa has launched projects to train medics responding to gun violence in some the nation’s deadliest neighbourhoods, and a summer education camp to help indigenous and black youth. When the 25-year-old came to Atlanta in support of the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s campaign to confront HIV, he immediately saw a parallel between the epidemics facing poor black communities in the two cities. “When they spoke to me on the way here about the problems in Atlanta, it made me think about the violence we experience in Chicago and the way that violence is spread,” said Mensa, who last year released his first solo album The Autobiography.
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NASA probe speeds through the sun's atmosphere, captures scorching photo of Mercury
NASA's Parker Solar Probe recently dove deeper into the sun's atmosphere than any spacecraft before. And it has the photos to prove it.  Launched four months ago, the heavily-shielded probe — an exploration craft that will swoop progressively closer to the sun over the next six years — came within 16.9 million miles of the sun's surface when it captured this orange-tinged image on November 8.  Here, the probe was well inside the sun's corona, or outer atmosphere, a difficult-to-visit place that's still largely a mystery to astronomers.  The dominant part of the scene is a horizontal bright streak emanating from the sun. On November 8, the probe approached this beam of energized particles, called a "coronal streamer," that had been blasted out from our medium-sized star. The solar scene as captured by the Parker Probe's WISPR camera.Image: nasaThe bright spot in the photo is sunlight reflecting off the planet Mercury, which is millions of miles away from the probe.  Also visible are darker dots beside and just above Mercury. These are photo remnants of both Mercury and Jupiter as both planets orbited in the background as the solar probe captured long exposure shots of the looming coronal streamer.  Although this is one of the first solar probe images to get transmitted back to Earth, NASA will eventually get images of the probe flying directly through this massive blast of energy.   "It's like flying through a snowstorm," Russ Howard, the head scientist for the camera that took the image, said in an interview. "As you get closer to the storm, they [the sun's particles] go above, below, and by you." "We are going to be flying through it — that’s really exciting," added Howard. Blue line shows the probe's travels in early November.Image: nasaWhile the primary image here was taken on November 8, the final product is a combination of images taken about 12 hours apart as the probe traveled through space.  This was necessary, said Howard, because there's quite a bit of dust floating around the solar system, and "averaging" the photos together allowed the team to clear out the unwanted "noise," from the dust in the image.  Ultimately, NASA hopes to understand the highly-energized gases that the sun is constantly emitting into space, known as the solar wind.  These winds are largely responsible for creating "space weather" in our solar system. "As we send spacecraft and astronauts further and further from home, we must understand this space environment just as early seafarers needed to understand the ocean," explains NASA.  An artist's conception of the Park Solar Probe.Image: nasaWhen it comes to the more concentrated blasts of energy — the coronal streamers — scientists know that they are denser and more slowing moving beams from the sun, but scientists are still largely unsure of how and when they form.  The specialized, military-built camera that took these photos sits behind an eight-inch thick heat shield that protects both the camera and instruments from the brunt of the sun's heat.  During this swoop into the sun's atmosphere, the Parker probe's heat shield experienced temperatures reaching 820 degrees Fahrenheit, though during future, closer passes, temperatures are expected to hit some 2,500 degrees. WATCH: Ever wonder how the universe might end?
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Exploding Stars Might Have Brought an End to the Prehistoric Megalodon
A supernova can really mess you up when you're a giant shark.
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You Need a Coffee Maker That's Tough Enough To Survive in the Garage
Don't put a breakable glass carafe around power tools and lumber. Get this instead.
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Canada Must Protect Trade Ties With China, Farm Group Says
“It’s our expectation that they do act tactfully in a way that enables Canadian prosperity, and in our sector, that means trading with China,’’ Brian Innes, president of the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance, said by phone Thursday. Two Canadian nationals have been detained in China this week, days after the arrest in Vancouver of a Huawei Technologies Co. executive, part of a U.S. extradition request. Canada’s government is facing a new level of pressure related to trade tension between China and the U.S., and shouldn’t add to any “political theater,” Innes said.
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What can homeowners in high-risk areas do if they're struggling to obtain, keep wildfire insurance coverage?
Homeowners in wildfire-prone areas could potentially find themselves struggling to get insurers to cover them.
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Here's Everything You Wanted to Know About Multivitamins
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Our 2018 Range Rover Velar Is Exhibiting Electronic Bugs at 22,000 Miles
Midway through its long-term test, electronic gremlins continue to mar our experience with the otherwise classy crossover.
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US-backed forces expel IS from east Syria hub
Kurdish-led forces seized the Islamic State's main hub of Hajin Friday, a milestone in a massive and costly US-backed operation to eradicate the jihadists from eastern Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces secured Hajin, the largest settlement in what is the last pocket of territory controlled by IS, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "After a week of heavy fighting and air strikes, the SDF were able to kick IS out", Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based monitoring group, said.
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5 Turkey Cooking Tips That'll Guarantee You Have the Perfect Bird
There's no need to wing it at Thanksgiving this year.
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White House says investigation into inauguration funding has 'nothing to do with the president'
President Trump acknowledges the audience after taking the oath of office. WASHINGTON — The White House press shop is brushing off reports that federal prosecutors in New York are investigating the over $100 million that was raised from donors for President Trump’s inauguration last year. Deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley was asked about the probe by Yahoo News when he briefly spoke to reporters on the White House lawn on Friday morning.
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From handprint cards to salt dough ornaments, these easy crafts make perfect holiday gifts
Crafts that capture kids as they are now make perfect holiday gifts. They keep giving, too, as they resurface each year to remind us of precious times.
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Ottawa confirms China has detained second Canadian
Canada's foreign ministry confirmed Thursday that China has detained a second Canadian under what Beijing has said is suspicion of threatening its national security. "We can confirm that a Canadian citizen, Michael Spavor, has been detained in China," the ministry said in a statement. Ottawa previously said it was informed that former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig was arrested in Beijing on Monday.
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The Quick Read on Theresa May's Pyrrhic Victory in a No-Confidence Vote
Not exactly strong and stable leadership in the United Kingdom
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How I Told My Kids I Have Cancer
It was the conversation I never expected to have.
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Mention of 'fossil fuels' cut from videos at UN climate talks
Videos produced by environmental groups to be shown to thousands of participants in a major UN climate summit were banned by organisers for mentioning fossil fuels, in a move campaigners say amounts to censorship. AFP has obtained emails sent by the United Nations to NGOs asking them to remove frames referring to "dirty energy" and "pipelines", claiming that they breached the UN climate convention's rules of participation. The COP24 climate talks, which wrap up Friday in Poland, bring together more than 20,000 officials, ministers, activists and business representatives from across the world.
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Fiat 500 earns place in New York's Museum of Modern Art
Fiat's iconic 500 F city car has been selected by the Museum of Modern Art as a primary exhibit for its The Value of Good Design exhibit next year
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Trump 'directed me' to pay Stormy Daniels hush money and knew it was wrong, Michael Cohen claims
Donald Trump “directed” Michael Cohen to make hush money payments to Stormy Daniels and another woman during the 2016 election and knew it was wrong to do so, his former personal lawyer has claimed. Mr Trump has repeatedly denied ordering the payments. Cohen also expressed clear regret over his willingness to conduct deals on behalf of his former boss, admitting to “blind loyalty” towards Mr Trump.
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Michael Cohen says Trump directed him to pay hush money to keep women quiet during 2016 election
"The man doesn't tell truth, and it's sad that I should have to take responsibility for his dirty deeds," Cohen told ABC's Good Morning America.
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Vapers inhale lower levels of toxins than smokers
Compared to nonsmokers, vapers had more biomarkers of toxic chemicals in their urine - but they had lower levels than smokers of traditional cigarettes, said study leader Maciej Goniewicz of the Roswell Park Cancer Center. "For smokers trying to quit it might be beneficial to use e-cigarettes as a transition," he added. A significant number of people surveyed were "dual users," with biomarkers showing higher consumption of both nicotine and toxicants, Goniewicz noted.
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U.S. sues YRC Worldwide subsidiaries, alleges overcharging government
U.S. officials have filed a complaint against several units of YRC Worldwide Inc alleging that the freight companies systematically overcharged the federal government for its services and lied to hide their misconduct, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Friday.
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Air Hockey-Playing Robot Shows How Huawei Haunts T-Mobile’s Sprint Deal
The presentation also illustrated the close ties between the companies that are emerging as an issue in T-Mobile US Inc.’s proposed purchase of SoftBank’s Sprint Corp. SoftBank’s network relies on Huawei technology. Critics of the deal say the arrest in Canada of a top Huawei executive shows the Chinese company isn’t to be trusted, and regulators should step up scrutiny of the $26.5 billion merger’s national security implications.
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The Navy's Killer Railgun: Is It Happening or Not?
This is what we know. 
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Exclusive: U.S.-backed SDF vows to fight any Turkish attack in north Syria
In a rare interview, Mazloum Kobani told Reuters that Washington had made "serious attempts" to prevent a Turkish offensive against Kurdish fighters who control a swathe of northern Syria at the Turkish border, but the United States should ramp up its efforts further. The SDF, which is spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG militia, has been at the heart of the U.S.-backed fight against Islamic State. SDF commander-in-chief Kobani warned that a Turkish assault would tie up YPG fighters who are currently fighting Islamic State remnants in eastern Syria, allowing the jihadists to spread again.
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21 Green Bean Recipes That'll Steal the Show This Thanksgiving
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Post-election clashes in Zimbabwe turn deadly
Protests in Zimbabwe’s historic elections turned bloody on Wednesday as a man was shot dead during demonstrations over alleged vote fraud and President Emmerson Mnangagwa appealed for calm.
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Buy a gift card, get a freebie at these restaurants, businesses
This holiday season, when you purchase gift cards at many popular restaurant chains including Applebee's and the Cheesecake Factory, get a bonus.
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Using one of the worst passwords of 2018 is a great way to get hacked
No matter how much we read about hacks and data breaches and the importance of taking solid security precautions, one of the unchangeable truths of the world is that people on average are absolutely terrible when it comes to choosing passwords. We use the same ones over and over, to the delight of hackers, and the ones we come up with tend to be pathetically easy so that we're able to remember them. SplashData is out with its eighth annual compilation of the Worst Passwords of the Year, a ranking it produces after evaluating more than 5 million passwords that have been leaked on the Internet. If you use any of these, we can't stress this enough. As SplashData puts it themselves, anyone using any of these passwords is putting themselves "at substantial risk of being hacked and having their identities stolen." A few notes about this list: 2018 was the fifth straight year that saw these passwords in the Number 1 and 2 spots for being the absolute worst: "123456," and "password." The five worst passwords after those 2? They're all just numerical strings. SplashData is a provider of password management applications TeamsID, Gpass, and SplashID. "Our hope by publishing this list each year is to convince people to take steps to protect themselves online," says SplashData CEO Morgan Slain. "It's a real head-scratcher that with all the risks known, and with so many highly publicized hacks such as Marriott and the National Republican Congressional Committee, that people continue putting themselves at such risk year-after-year." Without further ado, here's SplashData's "Worst Passwords of 2018" list: 1. 123456 2. password 3. 123456789 4. 12345678 5. 12345 6. 111111 7. 1234567 8. sunshine 9. qwerty 10. iloveyou 11. princess 12. admin 13. welcome 14. 666666 15. abc123 16. football 17. 123123 18. monkey 19. 654321 20. !@#$%^&* 21. charlie 22. aa123456 23. donald 24. password1 25. qwerty123 SplashData estimates almost 10% of people have used at least one of these 25 passwords and that some 3% of people have used the worst password, 123456. Here are some tips from SplashData on how to be better at password security: 1\. Use passphrases of twelve characters or more with mixed types of characters. 2\. Use a different password for each of your logins. That way, if a hacker gets access to one of your passwords, they will not be able to use it to access other sites. 3\. Protect your assets and personal identity by using a password manager to organize passwords, generate secure random passwords, and automatically log into websites.
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Kurdish leader tells Turkish court he is a 'political hostage'
Jailed top Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas said he was a "political hostage" on Wednesday during his first court appearance in Turkey since a European rights court demanded his release. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) last month slammed the pre-trial detention of Demirtas, who is considered a potential rival to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as politically motivated. Demirtas, a former co-leader of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), has been detained since 2016 pending his trial on multiple charges that include managing a "terrorist organisation".
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NASA's Hubble telescope discovered an 'evaporating' planet, study says
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble telescope discovered an exoplanet with an atmosphere evaporating at a high rate.
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NASA's InSight lander snaps first selfie from Mars
Want more proof of NASA's InSight lander arriving safely on Mars? The spacecraft captured a selfie while on the Red Planet.
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Weekend storm to bring rain, fog and wintry mix to part of northeastern US
The northern edge of a storm with flooding rain in the southeastern United States will bring rain, fog, ice and a wintry mix to portions of the Northeast this weekend.
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Why You Should Never Sleep In A Room Above 70 Degrees
Sweaty much?
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J&J shares drop on report company knew of asbestos in baby powder
J&J was found to have known about the presence of small amounts of asbestos in its products from as early as 1971, a Reuters examination of company memos, internal reports and other confidential documents showed. Reuters report also showed the company had commissioned and paid for studies conducted on its Baby Powder franchise and hired a ghostwriter to redraft the article that presented the findings in a journal. J&J has been battling some 6,000 cases claiming its Baby Powder and Shower to Shower products cause ovarian cancer.
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The Latest: Sheriff vows thorough probe after mine rescue
CLEAR CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — The Latest on the rescue of three adults at an inactive coal mine in West Virginia (all times local):
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DHS chief confirms death of girl detained by U.S. Border Patrol
The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security confirmed on Friday that a 7-year-old migrant girl from Guatemala had died hours after she was taken into U.S. Border Patrol custody. The girl's death was first reported on Thursday by the Washington Post, which said she died last week after crossing into New Mexico. DHS chief Kirstjen Nielsen said the girl had been part of a large group that crossed the border from Mexico about 90 miles from the nearest immigration processing facility.
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UK PM May remonstrates with EU as her Brexit plea is cast as humiliation
With the British parliament deadlocked, the ultimate end of the Brexit project remains unclear, with possible outcomes ranging from a disorderly departure with no deal to another referendum on European Union membership. May, who on Wednesday survived a plot in her party to oust her, asked EU leaders at a summit in Brussels for political and legal assurances to help her convince the British parliament to approve her deal. "There is work still to do and we will be holding talks in coming days about how to obtain the further assurances." German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron ruled out reopening last month's agreement, aimed at ensuring a smooth exit on March 29, though leaders assured her that it should not bind Britain to EU rules forever.
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Scientists create bee vaccine to fight off 'insect apocalypse'
Scientists in Finland have developed what they believe is the world's first vaccine to protect bees against disease, raising hopes for tackling the drastic decline in insect numbers which could cause a global food crisis. UN-led research in 2016 found that more than 40 percent of invertebrate pollinators, particularly bees and butterflies, are facing extinction. The study also found that 16.5 percent of vertebrate pollinators, such as birds and bats, are under threat.
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J&J kept a guiding hand on talc safety research
J&J’s effort to protect its iconic Baby Powder franchise by shaping research was led by physician and scientist executives.
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Trump knew hush-money payments were wrong: ex-lawyer Cohen
President Donald Trump knew it was wrong to order election-eve hush money paid to two women who claimed to have had affairs with him, his former lawyer Michael Cohen said in an interview to be broadcast Friday. Trump acted because he "was very concerned about how this would affect the election," Cohen told ABC News of the women's allegations in his first comments since being sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday. Trump has said he never directed Cohen to break the law.
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Georgia officer killed after traffic stop; suspect dead
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia police officer and a suspect died Thursday night after a traffic stop led to a foot chase and shooting just east of Atlanta, authorities said.
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'Safe Parking' program provides support for homeless living in cars in Los Angeles
Los Angeles' Safe Parking program was launched Wednesday. The initiative aims to help those experiencing homelessness and living out of their vehicles.
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Ethiopia to move troops from Eritrean border as relations thaw
"Relations between Ethiopia and Eritrea are very good - there is no longer the threat of conflict," Ethiopia's Major General Asrat Denero, Commander of the Western Command, said. "There is no need to maintain our troops there (on the border). "As part of a restructuring of the military, changes are taking place with regards to their positions," Lieutenant General Mola Hailemariam, Commander of Special Operations of the Ethiopian National Defense Force, told a news conference.
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What Lies Beneath the Transylvanian Castle That Imprisoned 'Dracula'?
WASHINGTON — A historic Transylvanian castle that may have once imprisoned Vlad the Impaler — likely inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula — still stands today. Because of centuries of rebuilding and additions, archaeologists weren't sure where the castle's original foundation lay. Castelul Corvinilor — also known as Corvin Castle, Hunedoara Castle or Hunyadi Castle — began as a fortress built in central Transylvania (now Romania).
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Photos: Remembering some of the most disruptive, damaging US weather events of 2018
Bomb cyclones, major hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes and major flooding produced some memorable and tragic photos in 2018.
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Trump administration proposes rollbacks to Obama's Clean Water Act
The Trump administration on Tuesday proposed withdrawing federal protections for countless waterways and wetlands across the United States through rollbacks in the Clean Water Act.
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Mountain of Evidence Confirms: Climate Change Is Really, Really Bad for Human Health and Well-Being
It's now beyond official: Greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, pose a danger to public health and welfare, according to an exhaustive review that looked at 275 scientific studies published over the past nine years. Researchers did the report to investigate whether the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2009 Endangerment Finding, which found that greenhouse gases pose a risk to human health, still held up. The new study showed that there is now even more evidence that greenhouse gases are harming human health and welfare.
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Watch an Elephant Named Kelly Scoop Cereal Into Her Mouth in Easily the Best Study of 2018
Scientists from the Georgia Institute of Technology wanted to find out. Understanding these advanced trunk mechanics could inspire the development of future robots that more efficiently grip and move things like sand and gravel, the researchers wrote in a study published Oct.1 in the Journal of The Royal Society Interface. Plus — answering this question meant the researchers got to work with a really cool African elephant named Kelly for several weeks last summer.
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Do You Carry Neanderthal DNA? The Shape of Your Skull May Tell.
The shape of your brain may say a lot about the Neanderthal in you. New research has found that modern humans carrying certain genetic fragments from our closest extinct relatives may have more oblong brains and skulls than other people. Modern humans possess unique, relatively globular skulls and brains.
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Invasive Tick Is 'Here to Stay,' and Here's Where It Could Spread Next
An invasive tick species, new to the U.S., has already popped up in nine states, and a new study suggests that the species could spread much further. This tick, called the Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis), is native to Asia and was first identified in the U.S. in 2017, when it was found on a sheep in New Jersey. Since then, the tick has been detected in eight other states: New York, Virginia, West Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Maryland, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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50,000-Year-Old Tiara Made from Woolly Mammoth Ivory Found in Denisova Cave
Archaeologists recently discovered the remains of an ancient tiara that was worn by a man. The question now is whether the head crown was meant to mark its wearer's royalty — or simply hold back his hair.
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8 Things a Parent Should Never Say to Their Child
Threatening violence or the loss of love might seem like obvious no-no, but there are more subtle phrases just as damaging.
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Khashoggi murder: Senate defies Trump and votes to hold Saudi crown prince responsible for killing
The Senate has passed a resolution saying Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Defying Donald Trump’s desire to maintain close relations with Saudi Arabia including lucrative weapons deals, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker proposed the legislation, which has been backed by at least 10 of his fellow Republicans. The CIA is reported to have assessed with “high confidence” that Crown Prince Mohammed was involved in the order to kill Mr Khashoggi, partly based on the judgement that as the country’s de facto ruler he would have had to have known.
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In an African first, a cannabis expo...without cannabis
What it didn't have, however, was a cannabis plant. The four-day expo, which opened in South Africa's capital Pretoria on Thursday, was a stark illustration of the legal grey area the nascent industry occupies in the continent's most developed economy. In September, the Constitutional Court decriminalised the use and cultivation of cannabis in private space.
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Special Report: J&J knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder
How had she been exposed to asbestos? Hobson knew that talc and asbestos often occurred together in the earth, and that mined talc could be contaminated with the carcinogen. Coker sued Johnson & Johnson, alleging that “poisonous talc” in the company’s beloved product was her killer.
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Melania Trump's Positive Poll Numbers Plunge By Double Digits In New Survey
First lady Melania Trump's favorability rating fell a substantial 11
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China Says Canada's Huawei Arrest Has ‘Aroused Public Anger’
“The Canadian government at the request of the U.S. side wrongly detained the Chinese citizen,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said. The decision to arrest Meng earlier this month to aid a U.S. extradition effort has made Canada the focus of China’s ire, even as President Donald Trump’s trade war sits at the center of the dispute.
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Aircraft Carrier Showcase: 5 New Carriers Being Built You Need to Check Out
The best of the best? 
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This year, foster a Christmas tree instead of throwing one away
The weeks after Christmas always involve a brutal massacre — of trees. All along along our broken streets you'll see the bodies of the Christmas dead: Balsam, Douglas Fir, Frasier Fir. Fostering a Christmas tree isn't so different from fostering, say, a pet.
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Six Arrested for Allegedly Beating, Pouring Scalding Water on Three-Year-Old Boy
Six adults are facing charges of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a three-year-old child, Newark police announced Wednesday.
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U.S. Senate hands Trump historic rebuke on Saudi Arabia
The Senate voted Thursday to end U.S. military support for the war in Yemen and blame the Saudi crown prince for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
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May to EU leaders: Brexit deal can pass with your help
Prime Minister Theresa May told EU leaders Thursday that she could get her Brexit deal through parliament if they gave her the right assurances that it would not "trap" Britain in an indefinite customs union. The Conservative leader this week postponed a parliamentary vote on the deal in the face of huge opposition among MPs, including in her own party, who promptly launched a confidence vote against her. Addressing the other 27 European leaders at Brussels summit, May said the agreement struck with the bloc last month could still pass when MPs vote again in January.
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Michael Cohen: 'Of Course' Donald Trump Knew Hush Money Payments Were Wrong
Michael Cohen claims President Donald Trump knew it was wrong to make hush
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Google Home Helped Raise My Baby
For a week, at least.
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May Returns to Brexit Front Line After Surviving Tory Ambush
Theresa May staggers on to Brussels on Thursday to plead for a lifeline after her much-loathed Brexit plans provoked a revolt from her Conservative Party. May won a confidence vote on Wednesday evening though more than a third of Conservative lawmakers voted to ditch her, leaving her authority badly damaged. In a little over three months time, the U.K. will be leaving the European Union with or without an agreement to cushion the blow and so far there are precious few signs that May will be able to persuade Parliament to back the divorce terms she’s negotiated with the EU.
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Israel in West Bank manhunt as Netanyahu under pressure
Israeli forces kept up a manhunt Friday for a Palestinian who shot dead two soldiers in the occupied West Bank, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced rightwing pressure for a strong response. Thursday's shooting was the latest incident shattering months of relative calm in the West Bank, where 400,000 Israelis live in settlements alongside more than 2.5 million Palestinians. It was the third deadly attack by Palestinian gunmen in the West Bank in two months and set off demonstrations by settler groups against Netanyahu, whose rightwing government depends on their support.
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Where DOES Space Begin? Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Flies Right into the Debate
"SpaceShipTwo, welcome to space," reads a triumphant tweet from Virgin Galactic posted during today's successful test flight after the company's vehicle reached 51.4 miles (82.7 kilometers) in altitude. "There are a lot of people who are just like, 'I like 100 — it's nice and round,'" Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at Harvard University who earlier this year published an article in the journal Acta Astronautica arguing for revisiting the Karman line's definition, told Space.com. A photo taken from the cockpit during SpaceShipTwo's first flight to space, or not, depending how you measure it.
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'Billion-Dollar View'! See Incredible Footage from Virgin Galactic's 1st Spaceflight (Video)
Dramatic in-flight video from Virgin Galactic shows the dazzling view Earth from above from the private spaceflight company's SpaceShipTwo vehicle, the VSS Unity, during its historic first flight to space Thursday (Dec. 13) over California's Mojave Desert. Just 14 minutes elapsed between vehicle separation and the moment Unity's wheels touched down again.
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NASA's Voyager 2 Went Interstellar the Same Day a Solar Probe Touched the Sun
Call it a cosmic coincidence: Two probes launched four decades apart, traveled in opposite directions — and used similar instruments to gather milestone data within hours of each other. Without orchestrated calculations or trajectory maneuvers, the grizzled Voyager 2 probe crossed into interstellar space the same day that the freshly launched Parker Solar Probe made its first close approach to our sun. Both spacecraft were equipped with unique Faraday cup instruments, which they used to gather milestone data about nearby highly charged plasma particles streaming off the sun.
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Air Force Academy Is Building a Stealth Drone to Take on Stealth Fighters from Russia or China
"As far as we know, this is the first large 'stealthy' target drone," said Thomas McLaughlin, director of the academy’s Aeronautic Research Center. "We don’t know what goes on in less-public programs."
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Climate ideals clash with coal realities at Polish-led U.N. talks
Poland's decision to host the negotiations to revive the 2015 Paris agreement on phasing out fossil fuel has laid bare the tension between high-minded goals and business realities. A short drive from the conference venue, at the Silesian region's dozen or so remaining mines, tonnes of freshly dug coal thunder down shoots to be rail-roaded to power plants for carbon-intensive generation. Coal bosses see a need to address climate risk, but say Poland must use thermal coal for electricity until it has a better option.
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The Latest: Serbia calls new Kosovo army illegal
PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The Latest on Kosovo's vote to create an army (all times local):
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Islamic State driven from last town as US-backed forces leave caliphate on brink
Kurdish-led forces seized the Islamic State's main hub of Hajin Friday, a milestone in a massive and costly US-backed operation to eradicate the jihadists from eastern Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces secured Hajin, the largest settlement in what is the last pocket of territory controlled by IS, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "After a week of heavy fighting and air strikes, the SDF were able to kick IS out of Hajin," Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based monitoring organisation, said. The operation was completed at dawn, he said, a day after SDF forces fanned out across the large village in the Euphrates valley. On Thursday, the last IS fighters were confined to a network of tunnels and the edges of Hajin, which lies in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, about 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the border with Iraq. Hajin, the last urban stronghold of Isil, in the aftermath of a US air offensive The area held by IS is sometimes referred to as the "Hajin pocket", the last rump of a once-sprawling "caliphate" the group proclaimed in 2014 over swathes of Syria and Iraq. IS fighters pulled back to positions east of Hajin Friday and to Sousa and Al-Shaafa, the two other main villages in their shrinking Euphrates valley enclave. As recently as Thursday, the group posted pictures of fighting in Hajin on its social media accounts. According to Abdel Rahman, a total of 17,000 fighters from the Kurdish-Arab SDF alliance are involved in the operation to flush IS out of its last bastion. The operation was launched on September 10 and has taken a heavy toll, according to figures collected by the Observatory, which has a vast network of sources on the ground. At least 900 jihadists and 500 SDF fighters were killed in the fighting, the monitoring group said. According to Abdel Rahman, more than 320 civilians were also killed, many of them in air strikes by the US-led coalition. US President Donald Trump this week predicted the jihadist group would be fully defeated within a month. "We've done a very, very major job on ISIS," he said on Tuesday, using another acronym for IS. "There are very few of them left in that area of the world. And within another 30 days, there won't be any of them left," he vowed. Western and other officials have repeatedly announced deadlines for a final victory over IS but the group is proving resilient. The push to retake Hajin was delayed by Turkish threats on the Kurdish heartland further north and deadly counter-attacks by die-hard jihadists making a bloody last stand. "ISIS anticipated its battlefield defeat and the loss of the caliphate and prepared accordingly," said Bruce Hoffman, a terrorism expert at Georgetown University in Washington. Besides what is left of the pocket near Hajin in the Euphrates valley, IS has a presence in Syria's vast Badia desert, a front which is managed by Russian-backed government forces. What is left of the jihadist group also has sleeper cells across Iraq and Syria that regularly carry out attacks. The loss of Hajin came hours after IS's propaganda agency Amaq claimed responsibility for a Christmas market shooting in the French city of Strasbourg. The Amaq statement was posted just after the shooter Cherif Chekatt was gunned down by police but bore the hallmarks of an opportunistic claim by the embattled jihadist group.
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Democrats rolling out 2018 midterms message next week
Democrats will begin rolling out their message for the 2018 midterm elections next week, Rep. Joe Crowley, D-N.Y., the No. 4 House Democrat, told reporters.
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The Latest: Macron to visit Strasbourg after suspect's death
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on France attack aftermath and death of suspect (all times local):
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Fresno Police Chief Dyer says injuries Arambula caused to daughter were beyond spanking
Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer is publicly contradicting Assemblyman Joaquin Arambula's version of events that led to the lawmaker's recent child abuse arrest.
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Police probe wave of hoax bitcoin bomb threats in U.S., Canada
Hundreds of businesses, government offices and schools received the awkwardly-worded letters, threatening to set off explosives if payments of $20,000 in cryptocurrency were not received, sparking scattered evacuations of schools and transit facilities before the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other agencies dismissed the threats as lacking credibility. Hoax threats were received on Thursday in cities including Washington, New York, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Oklahoma City, Grand Rapids, Iowa, Denver, Ottawa and Calgary, Alberta. A similar wave of emailed hoax bomb threats in December 2015 prompted officials in Los Angeles to close the city's public school system, which national law enforcement officials later criticized as an over-reaction.
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9 Surprisingly Salty Foods
Almost half the sodium in the American diet comes from just 10 foods. Some of them, such as cheese, pizza, and salty snacks, are obvious. But sometimes sodium hides where you least expect it—and ...
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Obama DOJ official: Trump can be indicted while still in office
A former top Justice Department official argues that President Trump can yet be indicted for campaign finance violations as part of a possible decision to delay his trial until after he leaves office. Neal Katyal, a former deputy and acting solicitor general under President Obama, told the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery” that Trump allegedly directing payoffs to two women to silence them during the 2016 election was “incredibly serious.” He said the payments could be grounds to challenge department legal opinions concluding that presidents cannot be indicted while in office.
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Delaying Brexit Beyond March Is Easier Than You Might Think
(Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister Theresa May is struggling to save her Brexit deal and the danger of the U.K. crashing out of the European Union is on the rise. How hard would it be to delay Britain’s departure date?
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U.K. Fintech Revolut Gets European Banking License
The Bank of Lithuania, the eastern European country’s central bank, granted Revolut the regulatory approval that gives it permission to operate throughout the European Union. While London has been a hotbed for financial technology startups, Brexit has driven many of these firms to seek licenses from other European jurisdictions. Once the U.K. leaves the E.U. British financial companies will no longer have the right to "passport" their regulatory approvals to other European jurisdictions.
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12 Winter Gardens You Don't Want to Miss This Season
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Turkey will enter Syria's Manbij if U.S. doesn't remove YPG fighters, Erdogan says
Turkish forces will enter the Syrian town of Manbij if the United States does not remove YPG Kurdish fighters, and it will also target Kurdish-controlled areas further east, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday. Erdogan said this week that Turkey would launch a new operation within days against the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish YPG militia which controls swathes of Syria's northern border region, in what will be Turkey's third military campaign in Syria in two years.
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Michael Flynn case, Free Shipping Day, 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse': 5 things to know Friday
Players in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe enter the spotlight, Free Shipping Day and more things to start your Friday morning.
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25 Simple Thanksgiving Decorations That'll Beautify Your Home
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40 Cheap and Easy Last-Minute Halloween Party Ideas
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40 Halloween Snacks That'll Blow Your Guests Away
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50 Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas You Can Whip Up at Home
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What to Feed Your Family When the Power Goes Out
If you won’t be able to leave your house for a few days or if the power is out for longer than a couple of hours, what to feed your family becomes a major concern. The food experts at Consumer Re...
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25 Group Halloween Costumes for All of Your Friends
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These Celeb Couples Totally Fell In Love Onscreen
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25 Christmas Gifts for Men Who Already Have Everything
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These Are the Best Ways to Lose Weight in Your Face
A few all-natural tweaks may be just what you need.
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Daily Digit: Why are there so few African-American baseball players?
It’s been 71 years since Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier, but African-American participation in the MLB has sharply declined since its peak in the early ’80s.
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Mother, teen daughter found dead in Monrovia apartment remembered at vigil
Loved ones gathered at a vigil Wednesday to remember a woman and her teen daughter who were found dead in their Monrovia apartment.
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Manufacturing political masks for the U.S. election
One Chinese factory is expecting Donald Trump to beat his likely U.S. presidential rival Hilary Clinton in the popularity stakes. At the Jinhua Partytime Latex Art and Crafts Factory, a Halloween and party supply business that produces thousands of rubber and plastic masks of everyone from Osama Bin Laden to Spiderman, masks of Donald Trump and Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton faces are being churned out. Sales of the two expected presidential candidates are at about half a million each but the factory management believes  Trump will eventually run out the winner.
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Democrats line up to take on ‘Putin’s favorite congressman’
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., has won reelection from Orange County 14 times, but he’ll face more opponents next year than any other congressman.
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64 hours in October: How one weekend blew up the rules of American politics
A firsthand account of the drama that unfolded during Oct. 7-9, 2016, from the release of the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape to the second presidential debate — and everything in between.
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Amid the devastation left by ISIS, Iraqis vote, hoping for a better future
While Americans have been looking the other way, Iraqis are preparing to vote for Parliament, even in devastated areas like Mosul. In an optimistic sign for democracy, for the first time the parties aren’t divided strictly by religion.
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Picking winners: National Democrats try to winnow the primary field, and not everyone is pleased
Ahead of California’s nonpartisan primaries, the national Democratic Party is trying to winnow the field of contenders to avoid splitting the progressive vote. It’s a sound strategy, but the candidates pressured to drop out aren’t happy about it.
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Progressive Dems try to catch some of Ocasio-Cortez’s lightning in a bottle
Boston City Council member Ayanna Pressley, who is running for Congress,  on July 28 near Boston. SOMERVILLE, Mass. — On a sweltering July Saturday in this city a few miles west of Boston, Ayanna Pressley is making a pitch for change. Pressley, a member of the Boston City Council, is attempting to unseat Rep. Michael Capuano, a 10-term incumbent who previously served as mayor of Somerville, in the congressional primary for Massachusetts’s Seventh District.
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Death row executions remain near historic lows in 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three states resumed executions of death row inmates in 2018 after long breaks, but nationwide, executions remained near historic lows this year, according to an annual report on the death penalty released Friday.
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20 Teacher Gift Ideas That'll Brighten Their Holiday Season
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5 convicted in meningitis outbreak case; 1 acquitted
BOSTON (AP) — Four former employees and an owner of the Massachusetts facility responsible for a nationwide fungal meningitis outbreak that has killed more than 100 people and sickened hundreds were convicted Thursday of fraud and other offenses.
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Need health care? 'Obamacare' open enrollment deadline is Saturday
Individuals and families have until Dec. 15 to buy insurance on the Affordable Care Act's marketplaces, in most states.
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Melania Trump interview: First lady says 'I don’t agree with Donald's tone sometimes'
Melania Trump has told her combative husband to soften his tone, the first lady has revealed in a new interview. Ms Trump said she follows the day to day news of Mr Trump’s turbulent presidency and often gives him advice. Mr Hannity suggested the 48-year-old had a “different style” to her pugnacious husband.
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9 Surprisingly Salty Foods
Almost half the sodium in the American diet comes from just 10 foods. Some of them, such as cheese, pizza, and salty snacks, are obvious. But sometimes sodium hides where you least expect it—and ...
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The Latest: Polish teenagers call for climate action
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the U.N. climate meeting (all times local):
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When Disaster Strikes: What to Put in Your Medication Go Bag
A well-stocked medication go bag can be used to soothe a cut or burn—or to save your life during a hurricane, flood, fire, or other emergency.   But it’s important not to wait until you’re faced ...
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Death penalty sentences, executions remained at near-record lows in 2018
The numbers of prisoners on death row, new death sentences and executions remained low by historical standards in 2018.
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Israel raids Ramallah after two soldiers shot dead
A Palestinian shot dead two Israeli soldiers at a bus stop in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, the military said, sparking army raids in the city of Ramallah during which a Palestinian was killed. In response, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to 'legalise' thousands of settlements homes considered unlawfully-built even by Israel. In total six people were killed in the most violent 24 hours to hit the West Bank and Jerusalem in months.
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20 Holiday Drinks That Your Whole Family Will Love
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Homemade Food Gifts You Can Make Last-Minute
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Voting twice in Russia
17 people were photographed by Reuters apparently casting ballots at more than one polling station Sunday during Russia’s presidential election in the town of Ust-Djeguta, southern Russia.Many appeared to be state employees, and some showed up in groups and in mini buses bearing the names of state-provided services.Here are a few.
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Trump advised to stay out of matter of Huawei CFO arrest: Wall Street Journal
Advisers to U.S. President Donald Trump have told him his options are limited in the legal case of a Huawei Technologies Co [HWT.UL] executive fighting extradition to the United States and they suggested he stay out of the matter, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. Trump told Reuters on Tuesday he would intervene with the Justice Department in the case against Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou if it would help secure a trade deal with Beijing. The president was told by advisers that Meng's arrest in Canada was a Justice Department matter and that the White House should stay out of it for now, the Journal reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.
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Vegetarian Meals That Aren't Just Pasta or Salads
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Introducing the 2019 AD100 Hall of Fame
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Expert: Putin can hack our midterm elections
Barbara Simons, a leading expert on securing voting systems, says the U.S. is not prepared for the threat facing the November elections.
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Georgia police officer shot to death; gunman killed
A rookie suburban Atlanta police officer was shot and killed Thursday by a man who was also killed in a shoot-out with other officers, officials said. The names of the DeKalb County police officer and the suspected gunman were not immediately available and few other details were released. "Tonight, a DeKalb County police officer died in the line of duty serving the citizens of DeKalb County," James Conroy, the DeKalb County chief of police, said in a statement on the Internet.
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Senate votes to end US military support for Saudis in Yemen
The Senate has passed a resolution calling for an end to US military support to the Saudi-led coalition in the Yemen war, and asserting Congress’s right to decide on matters of war and peace. The measure, which passed by 56 votes to 41, marked the first time the Senate had invoked the 1973 War Powers Resolution to seek to curb the power of the president to take the US into an armed conflict. The independent senator Bernie Sanders who had pushed the resolution persistently throughout the year, called it “a historic moment”.
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Alaska's vanishing ice threatens to destroy cultures – including our own
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s 2018 Arctic Report Card noted a record low extent for virtually the entire ice season in the Bering Sea. There’s a line in the 2018 Arctic Report Card that I keep coming back to. Released this week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, it notes with alarm the record low extent for virtually the entire ice season in the Bering Sea.
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US airliner turned back after human heart left on board
A Southwest Airlines flight headed from Seattle to Dallas was turned back mid-flight after it was discovered that a human heart had been left on board, officials said Thursday. The plane had was over eastern Idaho -- around 600 miles (950 kilometers) into the journey -- when staff discovered the "life critical cargo shipment," meant for delivery back in a Seattle hospital after being transported from California. "Once we realized the error we immediately worked to return to Seattle," airline spokesman Dan Landson told AFP.
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The 2020 Toyota Supra Finally Debuts in January and the First One Will Be Auctioned for Charity
The long wait for Toyota's revived sports car is almost over.
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Israel to approve thousands of unauthorized West Bank settler homes
Israel is to authorize thousands of the settler homes built illegally in the occupied West Bank, some of them decades ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday. The move is likely to please pro-settler members of Netanyahu's right-wing coalition while angering Palestinians, who want the West Bank as part of a future state. "Arranging the rights for the homes allows thousands of residents to be provided with infrastructure of public buildings, educational and religious buildings," Netanyahu's office said in a statement.
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Donald Trump Reportedly Cancels This Year's White House Holiday Press Party
President Donald Trump's White House reportedly will not host a holiday party
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Huawei Woes Multiply as France Risks Becoming Next Challenge
(Bloomberg) -- As Huawei’s battles in the U.S. snare its founder’s daughter, a new front is opening up across the pond -- in France.
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We Have 12 Years To Stop Climate Catastrophe. These Young Activists Have A Plan.
On a clear and sunny morning in San Francisco's downtown SoMa district, 40
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China says to suspend additional tariffs on U.S.-made cars from January 1
China's finance ministry said on Friday it will suspend additional tariffs on U.S.-made vehicles and auto parts for three months starting Jan. 1, 2019. The government will suspend 25 percent tariffs on 144 U.S. vehicle and auto part items and 5 percent tariffs on 67 auto items between Jan. 1 and March 31, 2019, the ministry said in a statement on its website. The Ministry of Finance also said it hopes China and the United States can speed up negotiations to remove all additional tariffs on each other's goods.
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A California State Lawmaker Has Been Arrested on Suspicion of Child Cruelty
A California state lawmaker was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor child cruelty, according to Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer.
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Iran says U.N.-led ceasefire in Yemen's Hodeidah is step toward peace: TV
Iran welcomed on Friday initial agreements reached at talks in Sweden by the opposing sides in Yemen's war, which include the Iran-aligned Houthi group, were a step toward a final peace accord, Iranian state TV reported on Friday. The war in Yemen is seen as a proxy war between Iran and its key regional rival Saudi Arabia. U.N.-backed talks in Sweden ended on Thursday with an agreement between the Houthis and the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to cease fighting for the Houthi-held port city of Hodeidah and withdraw their troops.
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What is freezing fog?
Freezing fog can pose just as many hazards as snow and ice during the winter months, but what exactly is this weather phenomenon?
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Understanding the confusing world of CBD and THC ratios
There's a flurry of new numbers on marijuana product labels, and the ratios can feel like a confusing math problem. But there's a method to the madness — one based more on anecdotes than broadly recognized scientific research. A variety of vape oils, tinctures, salves, and edibles with numbers like 18:1, 4:1, and 1:1 — noting the amount of CBD to THC — have been showing up at dispensaries in recent years in both medical and recreational states. THC will make you high, while its sister compound CBD generally won't — and has therapeutic potential. Most marijuana strains have around 18 percent THC with less than 1 percent CBD (with THC sometimes being pushed beyond 20 percent).  The cannabis companies behind the trend aren't chucking THC; they’re just flipping the ratios. For decades, growers have focused on breeding weed with increased amounts of THC. That’s still the case to a large degree, but a sliver of the market sees big things for CBD-rich marijuana products. "They kept getting bred to go higher and higher in THC, so most strains have very low CBD," said Dennis Hunter, cofounder of Cannacraft, a Santa Rosa cannabis producer with a line of CBD-rich products under the brand name Care by Design. "Now they're starting to breed those to be higher and higher in CBD." Care by Design, and other companies like Pure Ratios in San Diego, use previous customers' experiences to guide new users toward their preferred ratio. But with scant evidence-backed scientific research regarding the impact of each ratio, consumers resort to trial and error to see what works for them.  A 1:1 CBD to THC vape pen.Image: Care by Design An 18:1 CBD to THC vape pen.Image: Care by Design CBD-rich products are marketed toward those seeking relief from anxiety, arthritis, seizures, stress, inflammation, and overall wellness, not necessarily a high. They're also being used to ease those once spooked off by a bad marijuana experience back in. Baby boomers are Care by Design's biggest growing customer base. There are plenty of anecdotes from customers reporting life-changing relief with unregulated CBD-rich products, but it's still a gamble and you're the guinea pig. And these products aren't cheap. Care by Design's cartridges are $50 and its droppers are $40. Pure Ratios' droppers are around $30. CBD oil made from hemp, which has less than 0.3 percent THC, from Bloom Farms, for example, ranges from $60 to $90. But Cinnamon Bidwell, a neurobiologist at the University of Colorado Boulder's Institute of Cognitive Science, cautions not to get swept up in the testimonials promoted by cannabis manufacturers.  "The marketing and the consumer lure is far ahead of what the research can really support," said Bidwell. That seems to be the case for marijuana in general since its classification as a so-called Schedule 1 drug — which means the federal government believes it has "no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse" — makes it difficult to study. Bidwell's lab, which is in a state that has legalized recreational marijuana, is conducting a 5-year study comparing the cannabinoids subjects ingest to what shows up in their bloodstreams in relation to clinical outcomes.  What's more, all the ratios can be hard to understand. Care by Design offers five (18:1, 8:1, 4:1, 2:1, and 1:1), while Pure Ratios cut down to three (18:1, 4:1, and 1:1) because customers were confused by the variety, said CEO Chad Conner. Image: Bob Al-Greene / MashableHere's a rule of thumb: The higher the CBD, the less of a high you'll get from the THC, both because there's less of it and CBD generally combats THC's psychoactive effects, depending on the amount of THC you've consumed, according to cannabis researchers and producers.  When you're deciding which ratio is right for you, it'll take some experimenting. Both Hunter and Conner suggest starting with a high-level of CBD and working your way down to a more balanced product. You'll have to play around with the amount, too, but take it slow.   Care by Design sells a sampler pack to help in the guessing game. The ends of the spectrum, 18:1 or 1:1, are its best sellers; either consumers don't want to feel psychoactive effects or they do, it seems.  The trial and error, Bidwell said, is what happens when cannabis products rush into the market before there's sufficient research.  SEE ALSO: Dabbing for beginners: Confessions of a cautious concentrate newbie There is, however, a prescription 1:1 CBD to THC mouth spray called Sativex made in the UK and available in several countries including Spain, Germany, Canada, and Brazil that's meant to treat spasms in MS patients. It's undergoing clinical trials in the U.S. Epidiolex, the first FDA-approved cannabis-derived drug in the states, is high in CBD with trace amounts of THC (not enough to have any pharmacological effect). It's used to treat seizures. "We're starting to understand what CBD does, but even that is very minimal. And in terms of these different ratios, there's an idea or a hypothesis that there's something there in terms of THC facilitating CBD's action in a different way, if not more in different amounts. But in terms of the science being able to contribute to that in any kind of clear way, we're not there yet," Bidwell said. Elliot Altman, biology director of the Tennessee Center for Botanical Medicine Research, disagrees with that assessment when it comes to CBD's therapeutic benefits. His lab at Middle Tennessee State University studies CBD and hemp. Marijuana isn't legal in Tennessee, but hemp is. Most CBD products are made from hemp extract. It's clear to Altman, who does not study THC, that CBD provides relief for those with inflammatory or autoimmune conditions, but if you're looking for pain relief, that's going to come from THC. Altman's lab works with private groups looking to sell CBD from hemp as a nutritional supplement.  "THC is for pain, and CBD is for when your immune system is compromised," Altman said. His take on these emerging products is pretty simple: "If what you're really after is CBD, but you're in a marijuana state, take a little THC to take the edge off, don’t take excessive THC."  A 1:1 CBD to THC patch.Image: Pure Ratios An 18:1 CBD to THC patch.Image: Pure Ratios The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine put out a 2017 report surveying the scientific research done so far on the health impacts of cannabis. There is conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis is effective in treating cancer patients with nausea, adults with chronic pain, and MS patients with spasms, according to the report. But, there's limited evidence that CBD can lessen anxiety and "no accepted standards exist to help guide individuals as they make choices regarding if, when, where, and how to use cannabis safely and, in regard to therapeutic uses, effectively."  In addition to new CBD:THC ratios, which are often made from a mixture of extracts from marijuana and hemp, the U.S. cannabis community sees a bright future for hemp-only products. The 2018 Farm Bill, which passed Wednesday, will legalize industrial hemp on the federal level once signed by the president. There are many hemp products already being sold promising calm and pain relief. "The CBD hemp business is gonna grow way bigger. Then marijuana will take over when it's federally legal," Conner, of Pure Ratios, predicts. And the future may have even more numbers in store.  Cannabis sellers forecast other lesser-known cannabis compounds like THCV, a possible appetite suppressant, may one day be included in ratios on packaging. Hunter also sees powder packs of these products coming up the line — imagine Emergen-C, but with CBD. Care by Design's working on it. Coca Cola is also exploring the CBD beverage market.  "Seems like every day or week we keep finding out more and more interesting information," Hunter said. WATCH: Is it possible to overdose on cannabis?
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'We will support and vote for Nancy Pelosi': Disgruntled Democrats strike deal to back House Speaker bid
Rep. Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democrats who had tried derailing her effort to become House speaker announced they'd come to an agreement Wednesday that would all but ensure her election to the post.
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Virgin Galactic rocket ship reaches space
A Virgin Galactic rocket plane blasted to the edge of space on Thursday and returned safely to the California desert, capping off years of difficult testing to become the first U.S. commercial human flight to reach space since America’s shuttle program ended in 2011. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refuses to run for president: 'How about... no'
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who recently became the youngest American elected into Congress, is a rising star among the left and has even been suggested as a viable Democratic candidate for the 2020 presidential race. Ms Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Wednesday in response to a Vox article, written by co-founder Matthew Yglesias, that argued the incoming congresswoman should be able to run for the 2020 election despite her young age. Sometimes political media is too fixated on personalities instead of policies.
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What is Beto cooking up, besides dinner?
After a galvanizing Senate race that fell just short, the Texas Democrat is spending time with his family and weighing his options — including another Senate run, or the presidential campaign his fans are urging.
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Washington governor proposes major steps for orca recovery
SEATTLE (AP) — With scientists warning that the Northwest's beloved killer whales are on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced dramatic plans Thursday to help the population recover — including $1.1 billion in spending and a partial whale-watching ban.
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Photos: State funeral for former President George H.W. Bush held in Washington, D.C.
The nation bade farewell Wednesday to the man who was America’s 41st president and the last president to fight for the U.S. in wartime.
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The Latest: Rebel Dem: Fight to block Pelosi was a challenge
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (all times local):
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New A&E Show ‘Fit to Fat to Fit’ Makes Trainers Gain Weight — But What Does it Prove?
Adonis Hill, a trainer on the upcoming show “Fit to Fat to Fit,” went from weighing 217 pounds to 286 pounds by consuming 8,000 calories a day.
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Why Are We So Addicted to Mysteries Like ‘Making a Murderer?’
Why we can’t turn away from shows like Serial and Making a Murderer. (Photo: Getty Images)
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Michael Sam Makes Up With Dad Who Criticized Him for Being Gay
Former NFL player Michael Sam, who had been estranged from his father since coming out as gay in February 2014, tweeted this week that the two have spoken for the first time since then. (Photo: Getty Images) When former NFL player Michael Sam announced to the world that he was gay back in February 2014, he was largely praised for his bravery and honesty by fellow players, various celebrities, the NFL, and ESPN — pretty much everyone, it seemed, except his father, Michael Sam Sr., who was quoted at the time as saying, “I’m old school. I’m a man-and-a-woman type of guy.” STORY: NFL Dad Sends Powerful Message by Confiscating Kids’ ‘Trophies for Nothing’ Shortly after, Sam discussed his estrangement from his dad during a segment of Dancing With the Stars, while he was a contestant.
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What We Can Learn About Sibling Rivalry From Serena and Venus Williams
Serena and Venus Williams share a hug after Serena’s victory over her big sister on Tuesday night. (Photo: Corbis Images) After Serena Williams beat her sister Venus on Tuesday night in a competitive three-set U.S. Open quarterfinals match, the two met at the net and embraced. Venus, the older Williams sibling, whispered to her sister: “I’m so happy for you.”
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Little League Team’s Heartwarming Last Act for Dad and His Son
Gary Parrish, center, died on Thursday of liver cancer. Gary Parrish was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer and metastasis to the liver in June. STORY: Late Dad Makes Stunning Appearance in Photo With Widow, Baby When this year’s baseball season started, 11-year-old Ryan Parrish’s coach, Caison Whatley, who also coached him last season, noticed the boy was unusually distracted. He’s got a whole lot more on his mind than we could ever have,” Whatley told WSFA.
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Novak Djokovic’s Inspiring Dad Comments: How Being a Parent Heightens Happy Moments
Novak Djokovic, who beat Roger Federer to claim the U.S. Open title on Sunday, says parenthood has made him a better player. Since then, the tennis champ has credited fatherhood with improving his game.
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As NFL Player Daniel Fells Contracts MRSA, a Look at How Serious Staph Infections Work
Daniel Fells in January 2015.  “This is a serious situation that has been taken seriously from the beginning,” Giants spokesman Pat Hanlon told NFL.com. “We’re all fighting for Daniel.” But what is MRSA, exactly? “I can’t count how many MRSA infections I see. While MRSA infections have leveled off in the last few years following a rapid increase from the 1960s to mid-2000s, they have the potential to turn deadly — and do.
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The Most Stylish Players in the 2016 NBA Finals
This evening is Game 1 of the NBA Finals, where the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will once again face off, and each team has a very stylish roster.
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High School Quarterback’s Tragic Death Highlights Silent Danger of an Enlarged Spleen
A spleen can become enlarged for many reasons, including genetic diseases, William Katkov, MD, a gastroenterologist at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., tells Yahoo Health. Here’s why that’s a problem: A person may feel better and resume their normal activities, but their enlarged spleen is more susceptible to rupturing and may no longer be protected by their ribcage, leaving it incredibly vulnerable to injury. “An enlarged spleen is at an increased risk for rupture or injury in the setting of normal trauma, like a football game, diving into a pool, or minor car accident,” Katkov says. While an enlarged spleen can be asymptomatic, Katkov says a person can feel uncomfortable or have a feeling of fullness in their upper abdomen on the left side.
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When Someone You Love Spirals Out of Control, When Do You Stay and When Do You Go?
Though the two are still legally married, Khloe Kardashian left the basketball star after five years together in 2013, reportedly over his struggle with substance abuse and, primarily, his addiction to cocaine.  Odom remains in critical condition, still unconscious, with Kardashian by his side after she rushed to Las Vegas upon hearing the news.  Earlier this week, University of Southern California football coach Steve Sarkisian was fired, allegedly as a result of his own struggle with alcoholism and his violation of the school’s zero-tolerance policy regarding alcohol use. The 41-year-old has three children with his estranged wife.  Also this week, reality TV star Scott Disick, the former boyfriend of Kourtney Kardashian and father of her children, checked into rehab to get help for his addiction problems.
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Tom Brady on Coca-Cola and Frosted Flakes: 'That's Poison'
Tom Brady and wife Gisele Bundchen. (Photo: Instagram.com/gisele) A run-of-the-mill post-game radio interview with Tom Brady ended up being a lot more than that, when the Patriots quarterback took a swing at the processed food industry — calling out Coca-Cola and Frosted Flakes, specifically.  Brady’s been known to stick to an extremely healthy diet — avocado “ice cream,” anyone? — but this interview revealed the passion behind his healthy habits.
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Study Finds Benefit of Cheerleading
Could cheerleading be the most progressive sport in terms of gender roles? New research from the University of East Anglia indicates that the traditionally female-centered activity can help participants of both sexes challenge stereotypes about girls in sports. The study, which was published in the journal Sport in Society: Cultures, Commerce, Media, Politics, tracked the growing popularity of cheerleading in the U.K. and focused on the members of four cheerleading teams. “The participants in our study talked about flipping gender norms in cheerleading,” Dr. Amy Pressland, a co-author of the study, tells Yahoo Parenting.
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Why I Like It When My 8-year-old Loses at Sports
“In business, you either close a deal or you don’t — and if you don’t, you can’t just say, ‘Well, everybody tried hard, right?’” Jen Welter, a sports psychologist and the first female coach in the NFL, tells Yahoo Parenting.
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World's Longest Bicycle Spans 117-Feet—Half a City Block!
Clear the streets! Dutch cycling group Mijl Van Mares Werkploeg just broke the 2016 world record for longest bicycle.  At a whopping 117 feet long, the bike stretches half a city block and spans farther than the word’s longest limo, at 100 feet long. Per Guinness World Record’s requirements, it has just two wheels and is actually operable. The bike stretches half a city block. (Photo: Guinness World Records) In the video, Mara Montalbano shows us how it rides.
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Schools No Longer Punishing Athletes Harshly for Marijuana
At least one-third of the Power Five conference schools are not punishing athletes as harshly as they were 10 years ago for testing positive for marijuana and other so-called recreational drugs, according to an investigation by The Associated Press.
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Cheerleading Coach Fired for Sabotaging Rival Teen
A cheering coach lost her job after allegedly tripping a cheerleader. Video shows the cheerleader backflipping and Teresa Fann sticking a leg out to stop her.
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Muslim Teen Defies Tradition to Become First Hijab-Wearing Ballerina
With a dream of becoming the first hijab-wearing Muslim ballerina, 14-year-old Stephanie Kurlow recently launched a fundraising page in the hopes of pulling together more than $7,000 so that she can get her certification to open a performing arts program in her native Sydney because she said, “I don’t want certain people who are discriminatory to hold anyone back from achieving their dreams and being unique.” 
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Millions Will Watch the Super Bowl — But Is the Football Generation Ending?
One NFL player after another — from former Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler, 69, who died in July 2015, to 27-year-old Giants safety Tyler Sash, who died two months after Stabler — has been diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease caused by repeated trauma. The New York Times reports that well over 100 football players, including several Pro Football Hall of Famers, have CTE so far.
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How That Pro Cyclist Hid a Motor in Her Bike
"Mechanical doping" made its way into the popular culture last week when a professional bike racer got caught.​
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A massive EU privacy rule could bring an unexpected benefit for US consumers
A new European Union regulation could impact how social networks handle your data in the U.S.
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Building a Lego robot can help you understand coding basics
Lego's new Boost kit helps introduce kids to the basics of coding.
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The best back-to-school tech deals at Amazon, Apple, Best Buy and Target
If you or your kids are heading back to school, these are the tech deals you'll want to check out.
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Motorola's Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable screen, but it isn't flawless
Motorola's Moto Z2 Force has an unbreakable screen, but it's got its drawbacks.
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How the iPhone 8 and iOS 11 could make you a better photographer
Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 and iOS 11 should take your iPhone photography to the next level with these new features.
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NFL player lives on $60,000 a year thanks to what he learned from this book
An alarming fifteen percent of NFL players end up declaring bankruptcy. Wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2012 and is currently a free agent, is making sure he won't fall into that category.
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Pogue's Basics: Alexa reminders
Amazon has added the ability to add names to timers with Alexa.
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Google drops neo-Nazi site out of ‘immediate concern of inciting violence’
The Google logo is pictured atop an office building in Irvine, California, U.S., August 7, 2017. Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is cancelling the domain for the white supremacist site Daily Stormer due to a “specific, immediate concern about inciting violence,” a spokesperson told Yahoo Finance. The search-engine giant, which hosts website domains through its Google Domains service, made the decision to cut the cord to the hate site after GoDaddy (GDDY) told the Daily Stormer it had 24 hours to move to another domain hosting service.
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How companies leave your data online without your knowledge
Your private data could be freely available online and there's little you can do about it.
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Your next smartphone's camera could get a huge improvement
Qualcomm's new depth-sensing camera technology could improve smartphone's and virtual reality headsets.
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Norton's Core wants to be the ultimate watchdog for your home tech
The Norton Core is a Wi-Fi router designed to protect all of your connected devices.
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The Essential Phone is a beautiful alternative to Apple's iPhone
The Essential Phone is the first handset from the father of Google's Android, and it's a solid alternative to Apple's iPhone.
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Galaxy Note 8 preview: Samsung's big bet
Samsung is bringing the Galaxy Note brand back from the brink with the Galaxy Note 8. But can it bury the ghosts of the Note 7?
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Pogue's Basics: YouTube transcripts
Believe it or not, YouTube creates a written transcript for every single video. Just click More and Transcript and boom!
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Meet Uber's pick for its next CEO
Expedia CEO Dara Khosrowshahi is expected to take on the role of Uber CEO.
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Fitbit's Ionic smartwatch is here to take on the Apple Watch
Fitbit’s all-new smartwatch is designed to do battle with the Apple Watch.It’s no secret that Fitbit (FIT) has been working on a smartwatch — Co-founder and CEO James Park said as much during the company’s Q2 2017 earnings call earlier this month. This is the Fitbit Ionic, the company’s first “true” smartwatch.
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Facebook says it will ban businesses from advertising if they share fake news
Facebook is taking its crackdown on fake news even further.
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Microsoft's mixed reality headsets could save VR
Microsoft is bringing VR to the masses with its low-cost headsets.
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The 5 best new features of this week's YouTube redesign
This is a big week for YouTube. It’s getting a new design and new features—all of which have been in the works, carefully and methodically, for a very long time, and all of which, as far as I’m concerned, are welcome!
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Samsung challenges Apple Watch with its new Gear Sport smartwatch
Samsung's new Gear Sport is a fitness-centric smartwatch aimed squarely at the Apple Watch.
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Hate and violence around the globe? There’s an app for that.
The plague of “fake news” may be news to Facebook (FB), but it’s a familiar foe to a small non-profit in Washington that’s trying to use mobile apps, big data and social media to promote peace and accountability in places like Iraq, Kenya and Mexico where those technologies have often been abused to spread lies and hate. The PeaceTech Lab aims to develop “technology that can be applied to tackle the triggers of violence,” president and CEO Sheldon Himelfarb said in an interview at the lab’s Washington headquarters at the U.S. Institute of Peace.
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'Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle' review: An insane mix of strategy and absurdity
"Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle" offers a ridiculous strategy experience with surprising depth and a pinch of toilet humor.
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Fall games guide 2017: Your free time is history
Hope you had a nice outdoorsy summer, because for the foreseeable future, you’re going to have a hard time leaving the living room. The fall video game season is just about underway, and the 2017 edition is keeping with tradition by slinging enough massive games your way to tax both your wallet and your eyesight. From Mario to Marvel, here’s what the next few months have in store. “Destiny 2”
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The most important iPhone features ever
Apple's iPhone is one of the most important consumer gadgets ever made, and it has a lot to do with these simple features.
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Why you might not want a laptop with a 4K display
More laptop makers are pushing the limits of design and performance, but high-resolution panels are hurting their batteries.
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4 amazing new gadgets you can't get in the US
There are some gadgets that are just too cool for us Americans.
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Pogue's Basics: Link to a Facebook post
Yahoo's David Pogue has a sneaky way you can create a universal link to a Facebook item so that you can send or post to anyone.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: A big phone with bigger expectations
Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is a wonderful smartphone, but its high price is a tough pill to swallow.
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The best alternatives to Apple's new iPhone
Apple's iPhone 8 is nearly upon us, but not everyone is psyched. Here are the best alternatives for Apple's upcoming iPhone.
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Why Equifax needs to give up some details about how it got hacked
Equifax was hacked and lost the information of 143 million Americans, and they need to tell us how.
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Apple's App Store is about to get a lot better with iOS 11
Apple's App Store is getting a major update in iOS 11, and it's going to make finding new apps far better.
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The top 8 features we expect from Apple's next iPhone
Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone is nearly upon us. Here's everything we expect from what could be Apple's most important product in years.
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Draft agreement emerges at UN climate talks, pitfalls remain
KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — Negotiators at the U.N. climate meeting in Poland are gathering to discuss the first comprehensive draft agreement to emerge after almost two weeks of talks.
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Apple's wireless charger may not ship with the new iPhones at launch
Apple is expected to include wireless charging as a core feature in the iPhones it launches on...
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Pogue's Basics: Access YouTube's free music and sound effects
Want to add some cool sound effects or music to your YouTube video (or any video)?
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Mac OS High Sierra makes the Mac a teeny, tiny bit better — for free
Mac OS High Sierra (macOS 10.13). As the new name suggests, it’s just a refinement of last year’s Mac OS Sierra. In fact, you could sum up what's new in an article about as short as this one.
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Twitter tests longer character limit
You may soon get to say a lot more on Twitter. The social media giant announced it is testing a longer character limit. The change will extend the current 140 characters to 280 for all languages except Japanese, Chinese and Korean. Users won’t see this change right away, though. Only a small percentage will be testing it at first, and according to the company, it is just a test and there is no guarantee this change will be available to everyone. Via Business Insider: http://www.businessinsider. ...
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Mother Angry After School's Robocall Keeps Mispronouncing Daughter's Name As A Racial Slur
The daughter's name is Nicarri.
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What a security expert thought of a few new smart-home devices at CES 2018
It's hard to figure out which of the connected household devices on display at CES 2018 is worth buying, but it's even more difficult to know if they are secure from hackers. A security expert visits exhibits and tries to help.
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Nvidia went all out for PC gaming at CES 2018
Nvidia rolled out a slew of updates for its GeForce line of gaming products at CES 2018 including massive computer screens and cloud game streaming.
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AMD CEO on chip security flaws: ‘We're absolutely all over this’
AMD CEO Lisa Su told Yahoo Finance that the Austin, Texas-based computer and graphics chip company is quickly working to resolve and address a recently-discovered security flaw that affects AMD computer chips.
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Intel wants this drone to fly you around
Intel is betting that Volocopter 2X will be one of the first passenger-carrying drones to operate in the U.S. A prototype of the pilotless two-seat helicopter-like drone was shown off at CES 2018 in Las Vegas.
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Ford will begin testing self-driving cars in an unnamed city
At CES 2018, Ford announced it is working with a city in which it will operate its self-driving cars. The automaker wouldn't identify the city but did say how autonomous vehicles can change the way people live.
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Honda wants to prove robots can help you, not kill you
Honda wants to change your perception of robots. And it's hoping to do so with four new concept robots.
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Sennheiser co-CEO: Why we're betting on AR and VR with 3-D audio
At CES 2018, Sennheiser announced two new products that focus on recording or playing back 3-D audio.
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The weirdest tech of CES 2018
Here are seven items at CES 2018, some of which address legitimate use cases and some of which may be closer to mad-scientist territory.
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Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant duke it out at CES 2018
CES 2018 had more than its fair share of wacky items and compelling gadgets, but one of the biggest trends to emerge, once again, from the popular tech expo was voice-enabled devices. And, of course, it was all about Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
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Aretha Franklin, Stephen Hawking, George H.W. Bush and other luminaries: A look at legends we’ve lost in 2018
Whether in music, thoughts or prayer, many world-builders left us in 2018. Here is a look at those we have lost and lives well-lived.
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Deutsche Telekom to Review Purchases in Wake of Huawei Concern
Bonn-based Deutsche Telekom already has a multi-vendor approach, sourcing equipment not just from China’s Huawei, but also from Ericsson AB, Nokia Oyj and Cisco Systems Inc., it said in an emailed response to questions on Thursday. “Nevertheless we are currently re-evaluating our procurement strategy,” the company said.
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Why Wannabe Astronauts Shouldn't Get Too Excited About Virgin Galactic's Flight to 'Space'
It's not space just because you call it space
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Grieving Mother Speaks Out After Daughter Dies of Shaken Baby Syndrome Allegedly at Hands of Boyfriend
The mother of an eight-month-old baby girl killed by abuse is celebrating her daughter`s life and urging parents to be gentle with their babies.
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Amazon's extending free shipping and same-day delivery for last-minute shoppers
The online retail giant has extended its free shipping for all customers with no minimum purchase amount to Dec. 18, and Prime members get even more flexibility to finish their shopping!
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Death row inmate seeks execution; judge to decide competency
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge will decide whether a death row inmate who says he wants to be executed is mentally competent to waive all his appeals.
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Target, Walmart, importer sued over lead in toy jewelry
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two of the nation's largest retailers and a third company are named in a New York lawsuit claiming the companies imported and sold children's toys with lead levels up to 10 times higher than federal limits.
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Former President George W. Bush breaks down remembering his father and sister
The 43rd president remained composed until near the end of the eulogy he delivered for his father.
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Healthy Dinner Ideas That'll Keep You Full (And They're Under 400 Calories!)
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Chinese tech workers told not to travel to US 'unless it's essential' after Huawei exec arrested
Technology researchers in China have been ordered to not travel to the US unless it is absolutely necessary, amid rising tensions between the two countries. Staff working in sensitive tech sectors were given the warning following the arrest of a Chinese tech executive in Canada, a source told the South China Morning Post. The warning comes after a similar order from US tech giant Cisco to some of its employees, which asked them the to any non-essential travel to China.
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SoftBank IPO Sees 2-3 Times Institutional Investor Demand
Foreign investors sought more than three times as many shares than were for sale, while Japanese institutional demand reflected a bid-to-cover ratio of about two by the end of bookbuilding a week ago, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information isn’t public. The shares of SoftBank Corp., as the new entity will be called, will trade on the Tokyo Stock Exchange from Dec. 19. Further demand for the stock may come from institutional investors seeking to add it to their portfolios, the people said.
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AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely claims Flynn didn't lie to FBI
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is skimming over the facts when it comes to former national security adviser Michael Flynn's guilty plea for lying in the Russia investigation.
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VW teases Detroit-bound 2020 Passat with sketches
The collection of teaser sketches of the upcoming 2020 VW Passat show that the model is just getting some upgrades rather than a complete redesign. Volkswagen shared some sketches this week of the next Passat ahead of its Detroit Auto Show debut in January. Car publication Auto Blog, who saw the car in the flesh but wasn't allowed to take pictures, said that the teased images accurately portray the real deal which is basically a "bigger, taller Jetta." VW stated that every body panel has been upgraded for the new model, despite its resemblance to the last generation.
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Trump, Obama, Clinton and Carter, all in a row at Bush funeral
President Trump joined all four living former presidents Wednesday at the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral.
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US Senate votes to end support for Saudi-led Yemen war, blasts MBS
The US Senate dealt President Donald Trump a double blow over Saudi Arabia on Thursday, approving a resolution to end US military support for Riyadh's war in Yemen, and another holding the Saudi crown prince responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. On the Yemen measure, which more broadly attacks the president's prerogative to launch military actions, 49 Democrats or their allies voted in favor, along with seven Republicans, while another three Republicans abstained.
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Colorado Man Charged in Girlfriend’s Murder After He Says He Blacked Out, Then Found Her Dead
Jonathan Akin, who is facing murder charges in connection to his girlfriend`s stabbing death, claimed he blacked out, then woke up to find her dead.
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Australia, NZ investigating bomb threat emails: cyber security agencies
WELLINGTON/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Law enforcement agencies in Australia and New Zealand are investigating bomb threat emails received by some residents, cyber security officials said on Friday, after similar threats were made in the United States and Canada. "Given the widespread nature of these malicious emails, we have reason to believe this to be a scam," the Australian Cyber Security Centre said in an email to Reuters. A rash of bomb threats were emailed to hundreds of businesses, public offices and schools across the United States and Canada demanding payment in cryptocurrency but none of the threats appeared credible.
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Trump meets Christie as some advisers urge Kushner for chief of staff: sources
By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Thursday met with former New Jersey governor Chris Christie and considered him a top contender for the job of White House chief of staff, a position some advisers urged him to give to senior aide Jared Kushner, sources said.A source familiar with Trump's thinking said the president had a positive meeting with Christie, confirming a report by Axios.com, and considered him a top-tier candidate for the position. ...
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Detained in China: Canadian businessman known for ties to North Korean leader
Spavor, a business consultant with deep ties to North Korea, is being investigated on suspicion of endangering state security, Chinese state media reported. When North Korean leader Kim launched a bid to engage the world and attract international investment this year, Spavor was uniquely positioned to play a role. As one of the few Westerners with personal ties to the North Korea government and Kim himself, Spavor has been trying to drum up international interest in investing in North Korean economic projects, in anticipation of sanctions being eased amid warming ties.
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Number of U.S. inmates on death row at 25-year low: report
The number of U.S. inmates executed this year has reached a 25-year low as fewer death sentences are handed down and death row inmates clear their names or die of natural causes, the Death Penalty Information Center reported on Friday. Fewer than 2,500 inmates are awaiting execution as 2018 draws to an end after 25 executions, making this the third consecutive year with fewer than 30 executions, the DPIC, a non-profit organization that collects data on the death penalty in the United States, said in its annual report. "Public appetite for the death penalty has declined dramatically since the 1990s," Robert Dunham, executive director of the DPIC, said in a phone interview.
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Trump Considering Son-In-Law Jared Kushner For Next Chief Of Staff
WASHINGTON ― Having run through his first choices for his chief of staff
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Walmart sale saves you an extra $50 on the Apple Watch Series 3
The new Apple Watch Series 4 is the best smartwatch Apple has released so far, but is it really worth the extra cash compared to the Apple Watch Series 3? We're not so sure... especially today while Walmart is running a great sale. While supplies last, you can save an extra $50 on the Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS in aluminum with a sport band. That means the 38mm Apple Watch Series 3 is just $229 and the larger 42mm Apple Watch Series 3 model is on sale for $259. These are killer prices, so get in on the action while you still can. Apple Watch Series 3 GPS - 38mm - Sport Band - Aluminum Case: $229.00 (reg. $279.00) Apple Watch Series 3 GPS - 42mm - Sport Band - Aluminum Case: $259.00 (reg. $309.00) Here's some additional info from the product page: Measure your workouts, from running and cycling to high-intensity interval training. Track and share your daily activity, and get the motivation you need to hit your goals. Better manage everyday stress and monitor your heart rate more effectively. Automatically sync your favorite playlists. And stay connected to the people and info you care about most. * GPS and a barometric altimeter track how far and high you go * Dual-core processor for faster app performance * Ultimate sports watch and intelligent activity tracker * Swimproof so you're always read for the pool or ocean * Alumninum case * watchOS 4 is even more intuitive and intelligent
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Texas judge who approved plea deal for alleged Baylor University rapist faces public backlash
By Thursday night, more than 25,000 people had signed a petition for Judge Ralph Strother of McLennan County, Texas, to either resign or be removed from the bench after he accepted on Monday a deal that allowed Jacob Anderson to plea to lesser charges.
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U.S. Green Beret charged with murder of man in Afghanistan
A U.S. Army Green Beret has been charged with the murder of an Afghan man during his 2010 deployment to Afghanistan, a U.S. military spokesman said on Thursday. Major Matthew Golsteyn has admitted to shooting and killing a man in Afghanistan because he suspected he was a bombmaker for the Taliban militant group, NBC News reported. Golsteyn admitted twice to the killing, once in an interview for a job at a spy agency and again during an interview with Fox News Channel, NBC News said.
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Canadian ex-diplomat detained in Beijing knows China well, colleagues say
Kovrig is one of two Canadians being investigated on suspicion of harming China's security. Stationed at the Canadian embassy in Beijing from 2014 to 2016, Kovrig served under former ambassador Guy Saint-Jacques, who described him as an excellent political officer. "When you meet with dissidents, you get the attention of the Chinese security establishment," he told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. At the end of his two-year posting, Kovrig told the envoy he wanted to stay on because "he loves China so much." He joined the Hong Kong-based International Crisis Group, a think tank focused on conflict resolution.
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UNAIDS head to quit post early following scathing report
GENEVA (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency focusing on AIDS said he would leave the job six months early, bowing to apparent pressure just a week after independent experts looking into sexual harassment blasted the "defective leadership" at UNAIDS. At least one major donor reportedly threatened to halt its funding.
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Baking with flavors of the holiday season: It's like Christmas in your mouth
Incorporate festive flavors like peppermint, butterscotch and bourbon into your holiday baking.
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Procter & Gamble doubles down on beauty by snapping up Walker & Company Brands
Procter & Gamble is diversifying its beauty offering with the acquisition of Walker & Company Brands. Walker & Company Brands, which will operate as a separate and wholly-owned subsidiary of P&G, includes the specialized haircare ranges Bevel and FORM Beauty. "When I started Walker & Company Brands, I set out to build a company that would meet the health and beauty needs of people of color on a global scale," said Tristan Walker, CEO of Walker & Company Brands.
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Canadian consultant falls foul of China
Irrepressible, linguistically adept, and astonishingly well-connected: the second Canadian being investigated for allegedly harming Chinese state security is a businessman whose relationships in North Korea go right to the very top. Michael Spavor is among only a handful of Westerners who met Kim Jong Un between his inheriting power in the North in 2011 and this year's Singapore summit with Donald Trump. Spavor has been pictured sitting next to Kim, sharing cigarettes and cocktails on board the North Korean leader's private yacht, moored off the country's east coast.
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The 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e Brings Better Traction to the Brand's Signature Hybrid
Toyota gets hip to the beauty of all-wheel drive-and also of beauty.
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Florida executes man convicted of killing woman during 1992 burglary
Jose Jimenez, 55, was put to death by lethal injection at 9:48 p.m. EST at Florida's execution chamber in Raiford, according to Patrick Manderfield, a spokesman for the state department of corrections. Manderfield said Jimenez made no final statement. Jimenez was convicted of first-degree murder and burglary in 1994, stemming from the beating and stabbing to death Phyllis Minas, 63, two years earlier.
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In rebuke to Trump, Senate votes to halt US support for Saudi-led war in Yemen, names crown prince as responsible for Khashoggi death
Thursday's vote marks the first time the Senate invoked Congress' war powers to challenge U.S. military involvement abroad. Trump opposed withdrawal.
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UN climate summit set for tense finale as nations sound alarm
UN talks aimed at averting catastrophic climate change are set to wrap up in Poland Friday after two weeks of heated disputes between rich and poor nations that saw countries most at risk plead for action. Sources close to the COP24 talks told AFP that delegates from nearly 200 nations were still far apart on several issues -- from adopting the latest environmental science to how future climate action is funded. Ministers must agree on a common rule book to make good on promises made by countries in the landmark 2015 Paris accord, which vowed to limit global temperature rises to below two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).
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20 Financial New Year's Resolutions for 2019
Nearly one-third of Americans plan to make a money resolution for 2019, according to a Fidelity Investments survey, with 48 percent of them planning to save more, 29 percent aiming to pay down debt and 15 percent aspiring to spend less. Identify financial goals. Before you can make progress toward any financial goals, identify what they are.
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"We've been to space!": Branson on Virgin flight
"It's a historic day," British billionaire Richard Branson said on Thursday, as he celebrated Virgin Galactic's first U.S. commercial human flight to breach Earth's atmosphere since America's shuttle program ended in 2011. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Court rules against Sri Lanka president, impeachment edges closer
Sri Lanka's Supreme Court opened the way for potential impeachment proceedings against the president on Thursday, ruling that he broke the law by dissolving parliament last month. The verdict is a major blow to Maithripala Sirisena, seven weeks into a political crisis in the Indian Ocean island nation that has sparked alarm abroad and concern over its finances. The seven-judge bench unanimously agreed that Sirisena violated the constitution when he dissolved parliament last month and called a snap election nearly two years ahead of schedule.
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Former HUD chief Julian Castro moves toward presidential run
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro says he's taking a step toward a possible White House campaign in 2020 by forming a presidential exploratory committee. The Texas Democrat tells The Associated Press that he will announce a decision Jan. 12.
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What impact will Cohen sentencing have on Mueller probe?
Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera shares his predictions for the Russia investigation going forward.
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Traders Think Even a Narrow Win Will Boost Pound
The pound could be set for a further rally if U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May avoids defeat in a confidence vote Wednesday, though a victory won’t end turmoil for the currency. The result of the no-confidence vote could come into the currency market’s so-called witching hour if it runs late. It’s due at 9 p.m. London time, but a delay could see it pushed between the end of the New York close and the start of trading in Tokyo, when thin liquidity could exaggerate any moves.
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U.S. Rep. Meadows out of running for White House chief of staff -officials
The president told Republican U.S. Representative Mark Meadows that he wants him to stay in Congress rather than take the White House chief of staff job.
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Investigation underway after woman found dead inside Menlo Park home
Police are investigating a possible homicide in Menlo Park at a home on Valparaiso Avenue.
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Apple Says China iPhone Ban Would Force Settlement With Qualcomm
The U.S. company was responding to a Chinese court that ruled this week Apple infringed two Qualcomm patents and issued injunctions against the sale of six older versions of the iPhone. Apple, which has filed a request for consideration, argues the decision harms China’s interests by potentially raising the royalties and fees that phonemakers pay Qualcomm.
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Congresswoman asks Google CEO why googling ‘idiot’ shows picture of Trump
While testifying in front of the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai was asked by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., why googling images for “idiot” returns a picture of President Trump.
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Brexit Reversal More Likely After May's Confidence Vote: Goldman
Prime Minister Theresa May enjoyed a Pyrrhic victory last night, surviving an attempt by her own party to oust her. Goldman said the party’s eurosceptic faction “holds much less sway across Parliament at large than its influence within the Conservative Party would suggest.” If the Prime Minister were to lose the vote on her tweaked Brexit deal, any subsequent legislation would likely reflect the preferences of a cross-party coalition of MPs looking for closer institutional ties, rather than those of Tory backbenchers advocating a more speedy EU departure. While Conservative MPs may have shied away from removing May, it doesn’t mean that her Brexit deal will succeed, as the Prime Minister struggles to secure a better withdrawal agreement.
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Rep. Meadows out of running for White House chief of staff: officials
President Donald Trump told Republican U.S. Representative Mark Meadows that he wants him to stay in Congress rather than take the White House chief of staff job, White House officials said on Wednesday. Meadows had been among 10 or 12 people that Trump is considering for the post that retired General John Kelly is leaving early in 2019. Former Trump campaign adviser David Bossie, who is now the president of conservative nonprofit Citizens United, is still believed to be in the running.
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Pope cuts 2 cardinals from cabinet named in abuse scandal
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has removed two cardinals from his informal cabinet after they were implicated in the Catholic Church's sex abuse and cover-up scandal, shedding embarrassing advisers ahead of a high-stakes Vatican summit on abuse early next year.
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The 6 Best Smartwatches of 2018
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Police sound 'all clear' after bomb threat at Facebook's Silicon Valley campus
A bomb threat prompted authorities on Tuesday to evacuate a building at the Silicon Valley headquarters of Facebook Inc, police said, but gave the "all clear" after an hours-long search turned up no sign of a device. The New York Police Department had received an anonymous tip about a bomb threat regarding Facebook's campus in Menlo Park, California, and alerted local authorities at about 4:30 p.m., a spokeswoman for the Menlo Park police said. "The San Mateo County bomb unit was dispatched with explosive detection dogs that conducted a sweep of the building and found no suspicious packages or devices," they said.
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President Trump: Michael Cohen case is meant to embarrass me
President Donald Trump reacts to the sentencing of his former personal attorney and his 46 percent job approval rating in an exclusive interview with Harris Faulkner on 'Outnumbered Overtime.'
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Girl dies after being detained by U.S. Border Patrol: Washington Post
A 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock hours after she was taken into U.S. Border Patrol custody, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. Early on Dec. 7, the girl started having seizures, and emergency responders measured her body temperature at 105.7 degrees, the Post said. A spokesman at Providence Hospital in El Paso, Texas, where the Post reported the child was taken, also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Blake Shelton Establishes Cancer Research Program at Children's Hospital in Honor of His Cousin
Blake Shelton Establishes Cancer Research Program
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UCLA Launches First Accredited Blockchain Engineering Course
Blockchain courses are being adopted by more institutions as a way of teaching and equipping the next generation of crypto engineers to meet the ever-increasing demand for the technology and its applications. Now, the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is gearing up to offer its first blockchain engineering course, thanks to a sizable donation from
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Here's How to Watch the Geminids 2018 Meteor Shower
Here's How to Watch the Geminids 2018 Meteor Shower
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No free money in New Jersey: Police want spilled banknotes back
East Rutherford police began receiving calls at around 8:30 a.m. EST (1330 GMT) on Thursday that cash was blowing out of the bullet-resistant truck and multiple vehicles had crashed after several motorists abandoned their cars to chase the money. Videos posted on social media showed a Brinks armored truck with its hazard lights flashing on Route 3, about 10 miles (16 km) outside New York City, as people ran after bills blowing between cars and trucks on the busy roadway. A person in uniform chasing the money appeared to be the truck's driver.
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UN climate talks 'deadlocked' on key issues: top China diplomat
UN negotiations aimed at preventing runaway global warming remain deadlocked less than 24 hours before the 12-day talks are set to end, China's top climate diplomat said Thursday. Ministers working overnight along parallel negotiating tracks struggled to weave dozens of strands into a "rule book" that would bring to life the Paris Agreement on climate change. The 2015 treaty vows to cap the rise in Earth's temperature at "well under" two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit), and 1.5C if possible.
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Woman slams social media firms for baby ads after stillbirth
A woman whose child was stillborn has slammed the targeted advertising of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram after she returned home from the hospital and kept getting baby-related sales pitches. Gillian Brockell, a journalist with The Washington Post, said that if those social media giants were clever enough to know she was pregnant they should also have figured out she'd lost the baby. "I know you knew I was pregnant," Brockell wrote to the companies in a letter posted Wednesday on The Washington Post and Twitter.
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I called George Bush a ‘wimp’ on the cover of Newsweek. Why I was wrong.
In October 1987, when George H.W. Bush announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States, Newsweek magazine ran a cover story titled “Fighting the ‘Wimp Factor.’” The article did not quite come out and declare that Bush was a weakling, and it noted that Bush’s own advisers were worried about the “wimp” label. As the 41st president, Bush was anything but a wimp. In 1991, he had the courage to abandon his own “read my lips” vow and instead raise taxes in the cause of restoring fiscal sanity to the federal budget, left badly out of whack by his predecessor, Ronald Reagan.
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Trump says Cohen did low-level work for him, mostly PR: Fox
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he made a mistake hiring longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen years ago and that his one-time fixer did "low-level work" for him, mostly in public relations. Cohen was sentenced to prison on Wednesday on charges that included hush money payments to women before the 2016 presidential election. "In retrospect, I made a mistake, because of what he did was all unrelated to me, except for the two campaign finance charges that are not criminal and shouldn't have been on there," Trump said in an interview with Fox News. ...
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Portuguese toy maker Science4You upbeat on share listing despite jittery market
Science4You, founded by CEO Miguel Pina Martins in 2008, saw sales of its educational toys jump 52 percent to 21 million euros ($24 million) last year. The IPO, offering 44 percent of the company's shares for sale, was launched on Nov. 28 and ends on Friday. "The (IPO) operation is going well," Pina Martins told Reuters.
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Senators Vote To End U.S. Support For Saudis In Bloody Yemen War, Despite GOP Objections
WASHINGTON ― A slim majority of senators voted Thursday to end U.S. support
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Smog and a hard place: China regions caught between economic woes and pollution war
China has promised to put an end to a "growth at all costs" economic model, which has blackened its skies and contaminated large stretches of its water and soil. The government just embarked on another winter campaign against polluters in a dozen smog-prone provinces and regions. Environmental compliance has become a key test of political loyalty among local officials, but this year they must plot a course that will also keep the economy on track.
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No foul play suspected in deaths of two workers U.S. research station in Antarctica
The two fire-safety technicians died in unexplained circumstances on Wednesday while performing preventive maintenance on a building that houses a generator for a radio transmitter outside the NSF-managed McMurdo Station, the agency said. While the science foundation, a U.S. government agency, said an official inquiry into the deaths was just getting under way, spokesman Peter West told Reuters that investigators had turned up no evidence of foul play. NSF also declined to disclose any personal information about the two workers, except to say they were employed by a Virginia-based company, PAE, which in turn was hired by the U.S. Antarctica Program's logistics contractor, Leidos, headquartered in Colorado.
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Starbucks to add delivery, change its cafe cleaning schedule
Starbucks wants its employees to spend more time with customers, the company said Thursday. Plus, expect new drinks.
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NASA orbiter spots InSight lander (and its junked hardware) on Mars’ surface
Two weeks after NASA’s InSight lander touched down on Mars, its precise location on Elysium Planitia has been pinpointed, thanks to pictures from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. And it’s not just the car-sized lander: The orbiter even identified the sites where the spacecraft’s heat shield as well as its backshell and attached parachute ended up. In today’s mission update, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory says the lander, heat shield and parachute are all within 1,000 feet of one another on the “heavenly plain” where InSight is gearing up to monitor Mars’ seismic activity and heat flow. Here’s how Alfred McEwen, principal… Read More
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Research shows dramatic impact of Australian shark culls
Australian researchers believe they have detected a dramatic decline in shark numbers over the last half century, findings that could challenge the use of culls as a way of responding to attacks. Researchers led by George Roff of the University of Queensland studied the catch from government-installed mesh nets and drum lines designed to prevent attacks on humans near the Great Barrier Reef. An estimated 50,000 sharks have been caught by the programme.
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Full coverage: George H.W. Bush state funeral
World leaders gathered at the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday.
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Some Trump advisers tell him to consider Kushner as chief of staff: sources
One of the sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Kushner is currently not inclined to pursue the position. Trump said on Thursday he considering as many as five people for the chief of staff position to fill the vacancy that will be left when his current chief, retired General John Kelly, leaves the job early in the new year. The source said that over the last few days "numerous people have reached out to the president to suggest" picking Kushner on the thinking that he is close to the president and has had a number of successes, including helping negotiate a new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada and advancing prison reform legislation.
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3 found alive inside West Virginia coal mine
Three people missing since last weekend were found alive Wednesday in an underground coal mine in West Virginia, authorities said.
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Trump’s foreign policy betrays American ideals, says former ethics chief
Walter Shaub takes issue with the president over his recent stances on Saudi Arabia and China.
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It's Crunch Time for Theresa May
The long-threatened challenge to Theresa May’s leadership is finally on. May vowed in a terse statement this morning outside No. 10 Downing Street to fight the vote of no confidence in her leadership “with everything I’ve got.” To prevail, she needs the support of a majority of her 315 Tory members of Parliament who will vote in a secret ballot. For better or worse, May has been the face of the U.K.’s negotiations, and she is determined to see the U.K. leave the European Union by March 29.
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U.S. appeals court narrows order on Trump birth control rules
Last year two federal judges - one in Philadelphia and one in Oakland, California - had blocked the government from enforcing a new guideline allowing businesses or nonprofits to obtain exemptions from the contraception policy on moral or religious grounds. The Justice Department appealed both rulings. The appeals court said, however, the injunction issued in California should not apply nationwide, but only within the five states that sued over the policy.
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Chérif Chekatt: Everything you need to know about Strasbourg terror suspect
The gunman suspected of killing three people and injuring 13 near Strasbourg’s Christmas Market served several terms in prison for armed robbery and is believed to have been radicalised in prison. 29-year-old Chérif Chekatt has been on France’s “S” file terrorist watch list since 2015, and his profile matches that of self-styled “jihadists” who have carried out other attacks in France.  Born in Strasbourg, he is a French citizen and has some 27 convictions in France, Germany and Switzerland to his name, according to Strasbourg's public prosecutor Rémy Heitz. In 2016, he was released from prison in Germany and, before the attack on Tuesday night, was wanted in connection with an attempted murder and an armed robbery, according to a source close to the investigation. On Tuesday morning, police raided Mr Chekatt's home and found grenades, a .22 firearm and two hunting knives, but failed to capture him. Five associates were, however, detained. The suspect lived alone in a rundown Strasbourg housing estate. "His family has lived around here for a while, but he lived on his own nearby," Zach, 22, a resident of the Poteries district, told AFP. "He was discreet, not a thug.” Strasbourg shooting map “He fell into crime when he was still in his teens,” the source said. He was known to police from the age of 10, and received his first conviction at 13. In 2011 he was jailed for six months for assaulting a teenager with a broken bottle, and completed his last prison sentence in France in at the end of 2015, around the same time as the November 13 Paris attacks that left 130 dead. He went on to serve a further jail term in Germany for robbing a dental practice and a pharmacy, and was deported to France last year after completing his sentence.  The suspected motive for the shootings on Tuesday night is terrorism. “Terrorism has again struck our soil,” said Mr Heitz at a press conference on Wednesday, noting that witnesses heard the gunman shout "Allahu Akbar" during the attack.  Laurent Nunez, the junior interior minister, said: “The individual appears to have been radicalised in his religious practices during his prison terms.” Specialised anti-terrorist prosecutors are in charge of the investigation. In prison, the suspect became known for violence and  repeated attempts to convert fellow-inmates to a radical form of Islam.  Before the Strasbourg attack, he was considered to be an extremely high-risk suspect, intelligence sources said.  France’s DGSI, the domestic intelligence service, placed him under "active" surveillance following his release from a French prison in 2015, Mr Nunez said. As a child in Strasbourg, he grew up alongside six brothers and sisters. Although he worked for local authorities after leaving school, he had not been employed since 2011. Investigators are trying to establish whether Mr Chekatt travelled to Syria or Iraq to join an Islamist group, or whether he was radicalised entirely in France, according to sources close to the case.
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McCaskill says she won't run again but will stay active
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she won't run for another office after her term expires next month, but that she will remain active in Democratic politics.
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The Latest: Man killed in Strasbourg was market shooter
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on the attack on a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France (all times local):
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Cadillac's 3-row XT6 SUV loses camouflage for Detroit Auto Show
Cadillac confirmed this week that the forthcoming XT6 crossover SUV will be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show next month. The Caddy that we got a camouflaged sneak peek at a couple months ago has been confirmed for the Detroit Auto Show in January according to Automotive News. The XT6 SUV is expected to fill the vacancy in the Cadillac portfolio between the midsize XT5 crossover and the full-size Escalade, featuring three-rows of sets like its bigger sibling.
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The 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Is a Bolt of Inspiration
Electrifying this small crossover makes it a better vehicle-and maybe even the best mass-market EV.
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Officials: Strasbourg market attack suspect killed
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The man authorities believe killed three people during a rampage near a Christmas market in Strasbourg died Thursday in a shootout with police at the end of a two-day manhunt, French authorities said.
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Police departments nationwide sent scrambling by flood of e-mailed bomb threats
Although no explosive devices were found, New York, San Francisco, Oklahoma City are among the cities forced to check out the threats.
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App-ology: Tech tycoon atones for coastal damage with mobile guide
Los Angeles (AFP) - When tech whizz Sean Parker angered conservationists with a lavish but damaging outdoor wedding to match the excess of any Hollywood party he apologized in the only way he knew how -- he built an app.
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Nancy Pelosi praying for Trump as shutdown looms
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she told the president she’s praying for him after Tuesday’s confrontation.
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NASA’s InSight lander just snapped its first selfie, and it’s a stunner
When it comes to robots on Mars, one of NASA's many traditions is making sure its rovers snap a selfie or two while hanging out on the planet's dusty surface. That tradition has continued with the newly-landed InSight lander, and NASA just published the robot's first self-shot photo. The image, which is stitched together from several different snapshots the machine sent back to Earth, gives NASA engineers a clear look at InSight's surroundings and also lets them see the condition of the hardware that will spend the next several months listening closely to the inner workings of Mars. As you can see from the image, InSight's arm isn't actually visible in the final "selfie." That's because NASA pieces together multiple angle shot at different times to create the final product. This particular selfie is actually 52 individual photos that were carefully overlapped. "The near-absence of rocks, hills and holes means it'll be extremely safe for our instruments," InSight Principal Investigator Bruce Banerdt said in a statement. "This might seem like a pretty plain piece of ground if it weren't on Mars, but we're glad to see that." That's because InSight will rely on sensors that its robotic arm will gently place on the Martian soil. Those sensors will detect vibrations deep inside the planet and hopefully paint a clearer picture of the Red Planet's guts. Setting those sensitive tools down on uneven rocks would be pointless, so it looks like NASA hit a home run with the selected landing site. InSight has a planned mission duration of two years, so we'll be seeing plenty more of the plucky robot in the coming months. It will still be some time before the lander deploys its sensors, but it's exciting to imagine what findings it might provide.
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Melania Trump dismisses 'gossip' following Cohen sentencing: 'Focus on the substance'
First lady Melania Trump says she is not "focusing on the gossip" surrounding speculation over her marriage to President Donald Trump and his behavior.
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Bitcoin ransoms just are not what they used to be
(Reuters) - Give me bitcoin or your life. Seriously? The people behind a rash of bomb threats made across the United States and Canada on Thursday demanded a $20,000 ransom to be paid in bitcoin. Authorities said none of the threats - emailed to hundreds of businesses, public offices and schools - appeared credible. Frankly, the perpetrators would have been better off asking for Turkish lira. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have long been a favorite ransom tender for cyber criminals thanks to the currencies' anonymous nature. U.S. ...
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5 Ways to Lose Water Weight Fast
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Is Mexico paying for the wall?
New York Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin weighs in on President Trump’s tweets stating that through the new USMCA trade agreement Mexico is paying for the wall.
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Shoplifter Accused of Leaving Baby Home Alone
Jarek Crowder, 24, is facing multiple charges after he allegedly left his baby home alone while he went out shoplift.
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New Zealand police investigating bomb threat emails: cyber security agency
Police in New Zealand are investigating email threats received by some residents that claim explosive devices were hidden in their offices, the cyber security agency CERT NZ said on Friday after similar threats were made in the United States and Canada. A rash of bomb threats were emailed to hundreds of businesses, public offices and schools across the United States and Canada demanding payment in cryptocurrency but none of the threats appeared credible. CERT NZ said the emails received by New Zealanders appeared to be very similar to those in the United States and Canada.
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Top al-Shabab defector-turned-Somalia candidate is arrested
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The former No. 2 leader of Somalia's al-Shabab extremist group, who is now a top candidate in a regional election next week, was arrested on Thursday, prompting violent protests in which four people were killed, officials said.
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1 Side Effect Doctors Don't Want You to Fret Over, If You're Still Putting Off That Flu Shot
Despite the fact that it's easier than ever to get your flu shot (many stores and standalone pharmacies even offer the vaccine for free), there are lots of reasons you might be putting it off, from stressful holiday planning to vaccine-specific questions you simply haven't had the time to ask. Here's one you can check off your list: the flu shot is unlikely to interact with other injections or any of the prescription or over-the-counter medications you're taking.
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Strasbourg Christmas market attack: French police launch operation in area where gunman was last seen
A police operation was underway Thursday in the Strasbourg neighborhood where the suspected gunman in an attack near a popular Christmas market that killed three people last was seen. One French police official said security forces, including the elite Raid squad, took action based on "supposition only" that the suspect, Cherif Chekatt, 29, could be hiding in a building nearby two days after the attack. The official could not be identified because he was not authorised to disclose details on the investigation. Authorities said a taxi driver dropped Chekatt off in the Neudorf neighborhood of Strasbourg on Tuesday evening after the shooting that also wounded 13 people. The suspect also was wounded while exchanging fire with security forces, officials said. More than 700 French security forces have been trying to trace Chekatt since the bloodshed on Tuesday, when he is suspected of shooting and stabbing shoppers at the city's popular annual market. The fugitive Strasbourg gunman had an Osama bin Laden poster in his prison cell a decade ago and said he shot victims at point-blank range to "avenge brothers in Syria" and to kill "infidels", French reports said on Thursday. The revelations came as French authorities said they would take prime suspect Chekatt dead or alive, as a massive manhunt continued in the eastern French city and the surrounding region, as well as across the nearby border with Germany.  "It doesn't matter [if he is taken alive]. The best thing would be to find him as quickly as possible,” government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told CNews. France on Wednesday night issued a wanted poster of the 29-year old local who has 27 previous convictions for theft and armed robbery and served sentences in French, German and Swiss jails. The poster of Chekatt, who was wounded in an exchange of fire with security forces, included the warning: "Individual dangerous, above all do not intervene." Wanted posted issued by French security forces Credit: Police Nationale At least five of the victims of his Tuesday night killing spree remain in a serious condition.  More than 700 police were on Thursday engaged in the manhunt in eastern France, amid reports German police had launched a raid near the French border in Kehl. Witnesses told investigators that he shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greater) as he opened fire on the Christmas market, frequented by two million people every year. The photo shows a bearded man of North African descent with a blemish on his forehead due to frequent prayer. French authorities have said that Chekatt was placed on a terror watch list in 2015 and had been monitored closely in recent months. However, according to Le Monde, he had slapped a picture of late al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden on his prison wall as early as 2008, when he was 19 years old. “His radicalisation dates from before his time in prison,” a source close to the investigation told the paper. Some 720 police and gendarmes are hunting Cherif Chekatt, 29, who vanished after a gun attack Credit: Christophe Ena/AP Two years later, in 2010, he actively sought to proselytise other inmates and threatened them if they were not assiduous enough, it said. According to Le Parisien, he told a taxi driver he forced to drive him out of Strasbourg's city centre on Tuesday at gunpoint that he had killed his victims at point blank range in the head to avenge “brothers in Syria” and to punish “infidels”. The driver only escaped with his life because he had signs that he was a practicing Muslim in the car. Strasbourg's famed Christmas market remained shut on Thursday while the gunman is still at large Credit:  Christophe Ena/AP Police have set up checkpoints on the German border and questioning the suspect's entourage, including his parents and two brothers. Two of his 12 siblings are reportedly on a terror watchlist. As the manhunt continued, the French government called on members of a nation-wide “yellow vest” revolt against high taxes and low purchasing power to stop or at least suspend their protests to allow French security forces to focus on the terror threat. President Emmanuel Macron on Monday announced tax concessions to quell the month-long public revolt that sparked the worst riots in central Paris since the 1968 student riots. Mr Griveaux said authorities had not yet decided whether to ban another planned "yellow vest" protest in Paris after three consecutive Saturdays of violence in the capital. "We're simply saying at this stage that, given the events that are unfolding after the terrorist attack in Strasbourg, it would be preferable if everyone could go about a Saturday before the festive holidays in a quiet way,” he said.    
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PG&E seeks 12 percent rate hike in 2020
PG&E had previously forecast a 2019 electric transmission revenue requirement of $1.96 billion, up 9.5 percent from 2018. While the exact extent of PG&E's fire-related liabilities remains unclear, the company had previously said its liability could exceed its insurance coverage if its electrical equipment was found to have caused the Camp Fire.
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Mueller ordered to turn over documents on Flynn questioning
U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered Mueller late Wednesday to turn over all of the government's documents and 'memoranda' related to Flynn's questioning; Kevin Corke reports from the White House.
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Lanny Davis: Michael Cohen's claims have been corroborated
Michael Cohen's former attorney, Lanny Davis, responds to claims that the testimony of President Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen cannot be trusted, says prosecutors from the Southern District of New York presented witnesses and documents that corroborate his former client's version of events.
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White House trade advisor vows 'tough' talks with China
President Donald Trump's trade negotiators will hold "tough" talks with China, a senior White House advisor said Thursday, while cautioning against watching day-to-day reports on the negotiations. The whole world is watching the trade talks between Washington and Beijing, hoping the 90-day tariff truce will hold and the sides can end a dispute that could disrupt the global economy. "From our point of view, what we must do is hold fast, stay tough, and focus on a prize," US trade advisor Peter Navarro said on the Fox Business television network.
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The Oprah G. Winfrey Nashville International Airport? Councilwoman seeks name change
A Tennessee Metro councilwoman wants to rename the Nashville airport after Oprah Winfrey, who got her start in TV four decades ago in Music City.
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McCaskill: Senate has lost its way, must do better
Democrat Claire McCaskill had stern words for her soon-to-be former colleagues in the Senate in a farewell speech on Thursday, saying that polarization and fear of political consequences have rendered the body ineffective and unwilling to take on difficult issues.
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Alaska Airlines to give priority boarding to people in ugly sweaters
Alaska Airlines will let passengers wearing ugly sweaters board early on Friday, Dec. 21 in honor of National Ugly Holiday Sweater Day.
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The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 Is Finally Here
The all-wheel-drive version of Benz's biggest van is one of the brand's coolest offerings.
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Apple Screen Supplier Looks for a Life Beyond Smartphones
The company thinks it’s found the answer in sensors. JDI has shifted about a third of its research staff to sensor development, more than 100 people, from just a handful a year ago, Chief Technology Officer Kazutaka Nagaoka said in an interview in Tokyo. The company is betting on demand from the health-care industry for pressure and proximity sensors, Nagaoka said.
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Virgin Galactic's most recent test flight looks pretty dang impressive in a new video
For the first time in the company's history, Virgin Galactic made it more than 50 miles up above Earth.  According to the spaceflight company founded by Richard Branson, this marks the first time their spaceplane — called SpaceShipTwo — has made it to suborbital space. And they have the video to prove it. "Today, we have shown that Virgin Galactic really can open space to change the world for good," Branson said in a statement.  The next step for Virgin Galactic now hinges on when the company will start flying some of the 600 customers that have purchased $250,000 seats on the spaceplane. Onward and upward.
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Moral authority or national interest? Senate weighs both in Saudi relations
Can the United States exercise its moral authority in foreign policy without giving its vital national interests short shrift? To a degree not seen in decades, senators of both parties have asserted the importance of factoring in America’s long-held values and global role as moral guide as they wrestle with two key questions: How to address the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and how involved the US should be in the Saudi intervention in the Yemen conflict.
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National Border Patrol Council has a message for Democrats
Fund the wall or the deaths of Americans are on your hands, NBPC Vice President Art Del Cueto says.
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Christmas Day restaurant bookings are on the rise – but would you swap a home-cooked lunch for dining out?
Would you choose a restaurant for the Christmas Day meal just to avoid the inevitable mountain of washing up? Or is there nothing that can tempt you away from lunch at home and your own perfectly crisp roast potatoes? For an increasing number of us it's the former that most appeals, according to a recent OpenTable survey which showed that restaurant bookings on Christmas Day have risen by 240 per cent in the last five years. Between 2016 and 2017, reservations jumped by 14 per cent, and they are expected to increase again this Christmas. British cuisine is the most popular choice for a meal out, with 19 per cent of people heading out for traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings, but Italian restaurants are also a firm favourite for Christmas Day, counting for 12 per cent of bookings. For many Telegraph readers the choice to eat out is a simple one when faced with the prospect of cooking for a crowd (or, indeed, spending more time than is necessary with certain members of the extended family), as it takes the stress out of prepping the food as well as the clearing up afterwards.  “My family have gone out for Christmas Day dinner for the last few years," says Natalie Richardson, from Leeds. "It reduces the hassle of ordering ingredients and the hours spent preparing the food, giving us more time to enjoy the day,” she explains. “We often go to a local pub which does three-course offer. Once, we went to our local curry house and had chicken korma for Christmas dinner.” Electing to gather at a restaurant also means that the cook of the house isn't left out of the celebrations. "For me, it means no stressing in the kitchen while everyone else gets to relax, chat and enjoy a drink," says Abigail Theodosiou, from Sanderstead in Croydon. "We tend to have a lovely easy breakfast (Waitrose frozen croissants and scrambled eggs), get ready, go out, and then head home as soon as the meal is finished to relax in a tidy(ish!) house and open our presents, followed by cheese and chocolates." Theodosiou is one of a number who choose a country-style pub over a restaurant; "with lovely big fires, they're cosier." And there's no doubt that it takes the pressure off catering for different dietary requirements. "With a mix of meat-eaters and vegetarians, we can order whatever we like." At a glance | The top cuisines booked for Christmas Day dining last year But for The Telegraph’s award-winning cookery writer Diana Henry, to book a table out is to lose something of the essential spirit of Christmas. “I’ve only been out for Christmas lunch once – when my parents had builders in, so the kitchen was out of action – and it was a disaster. The entire family just muttered about how much better it was at home. I think something is really missing in restaurants – you have to be quieter, so you can’t have that unbuttoned bonhomie and largesse that is part of Christmas." The cost of eating out might be another reason to host at home, she reasons. “You can open another bottle of wine without considering how big a bill you’re racking up; you can have seconds; you can tell risqué jokes. Things are just a little more sedate in a restaurant. Plus, no matter where you go outside the home, a Christmas dinner will always taste kind of institutional away from it. Roast potatoes that have been hanging round for an hour or more just don’t cut it." Get cooking | Diana Henry’s latest recipes Telegraph food writer Xanthe Clay agrees, and suggests the chief cook of the house simply enlists helpers for the washing up, to minimise the pressure. “Eating out is a great option if you find the whole meal a massive stress fest, but don’t kid yourself that it’ll be the same as hanging out at the family table," she says. "Few restaurants offer second helpings, and if you want a sofa to stagger to after lunch, you may need to book a table at a hotel with a decent lounge area. Prices will, quite properly, be inflated – the staff will need a hefty bonus to justify coming in to work." For many people, having the whole family descend on the house for an unending supply of food and drink is simply unthinkable – especially if space is tight. "I love going to parties but I wouldn't want to host one myself," says the award-winning travel blogger Sofie Couwenbergh. "My home is my safe space, plus it's far too small!" It's always worth checking before splashing out, says Xanthe Clay. “If you are booking the big dinner out to give the cook a rest, do check it’s actually what they want – not just a way to alleviate your own guilt for not manning the kitchen yourself. They may complain, but lots of home cooks actually love the opportunity for a bit of culinary muscle flexing. Bear in mind that their Christmas wish may be as simple as appreciation in ladlefuls, and all the washing up done well into the New Year.” Ultimately, it depends on the nature of the gathering, says Diana Henry. “In a restaurant you don’t get those golden moments when the entire family gather round the oven looking at the turkey saying ‘Do you think it’s cooked yet?’. The whole meal is an event that you all take part in.” Should you still prefer the idea of rocking up to a reservation, heading off on a walk and coming home to a kitchen that doesn’t look like the scene of a crime, here are some of our favourite restaurants across the country taking bookings for Christmas Day itself... Our pick of the best | Restaurants taking bookings on Christmas Day 2018
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Trump denies directing lawyer to break law
Donald Trump on Thursday denied directing his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen to break the law after the US president's longtime close ally was sentenced to three years for campaign finance violations and other crimes. "I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. Pleading for leniency in a packed Manhattan courtroom before US District Court Judge William H. Pauley III, Cohen said he had been led astray by misplaced admiration for Trump.
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Curry agrees to lunar lab visit: NASA
Allard Beutel, a spokesman for the agency who this week invited Curry to tour the Johnson Space Center in Houston, told science publication Inverse on Thursday the Golden State guard said he would be willing to make the trip. The controversy started on Monday when Curry said on a podcast that he did not believe humans had ever been to the Moon. NASA landed 12 American astronauts on the Moon from 1969-1972.
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BMW and Porsche Have Jointly Developed Three-Minute Electric-Car Charging
The new charger project is claimed to give an EV 60-plus miles of range in the time it takes to check Twitter.
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Ho, Ho, Whoa! Some Ceramic Christmas Trees Selling for a Lot of Green
They're the perfect decoration (no clean-up) and are making a big comeback. And now those vintage ceramic Christmas trees are reportedly selling for some big bucks.
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What Happened When I Bought Pre-Hung Double Doors That Were Too Wide For My Doorway
I became very well acquainted with a circular saw.
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Amazon Continues to Patent Facial Recognition Technologies—And Is Facing Pressure From All Sides
Nobody is too excited about an Amazon face-scanning doorbell that can call the police.
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On criminal justice reform, policy prevails over politics
WASHINGTON—On Thursday afternoon, an all-star team from across the conservative movement gathered on Capitol Hill to celebrate a major accomplishment of the Trump administration. Standing with Sen. Mike Lee, R-Ut. in a wood-panelled Senate meeting room, were members of Americans for Prosperity and FreedomWorks, two groups funded by the libertarian billionaires Charles and David Koch. Paula White, a spiritual adviser to President Trump was there.
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Ex-Substitute Teacher Accused of Bullying Student Over Pledge of Allegiance Fights to Clear Name
A former Parkway School District substitute teacher accused of bullying a student who declined to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, was back in front of the school board Wednesday night.
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Newly released video shows Colorado mom the day she vanished
Police release surveillance video showing Kelsey Berreth enter a Safeway store in Woodland Park, Colorado with her child on Thanksgiving Day.
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AD and LIFEWTR Celebrate the Opening of The Haas Brothers: Ferngully at The Bass Museum of Art in Miami
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Don't miss the peak of the Geminid Meteor Shower on Dec. 13-14
The Geminids are consistently the most active meteor shower of the year with as much as 120 meteors per hour. Catch the peak on the night of Dec. 13-14 and be sure to dress up for the cold.
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Maria Butina Admits Conspiring as Kremlin Agent Targeting GOP, NRA
The 30-year-old gun enthusiast operated as a Kremlin agent as she befriended National Rifle Association leaders and influential U.S. conservatives, she admitted Thursday in federal court in Washington. “Butina sought to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over U.S. politics,” prosecutor Erik Kenerson said at the hearing, reading from the government’s statement of facts.
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Melania Trump's noticeably lighter hair shocks, causes Twitter uproar
Melania Trump may want Americans to watch what she does rather than what she wears but now they're wondering what she's done... to her hair.
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Irish police home in on classic car scam with four arrests
Four men were arrested during a Garda operation that targeted sellers of classic cars in County Limerick, Ireland – after evidence of deception was uncovered
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NASA Looks to Penguin Poop for Answers on Antarctica's Ecosystem
NASA can tell what penguins are eating from space by looking at the color of the birds' poop
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UNAIDS chief stepping down early after scathing report
The head of the U.N. agency for HIV and AIDS is stepping down in June, six months before his term ends, after an independent panel said that his "defective leadership" tolerated "a culture of harassment, including sexual harassment, bullying, and abuse of power". Michel Sidibe announced the decision on Thursday at the end of a three-day board meeting of UNAIDS that examined the panel's report, the agency said in a statement. Sidibe, a Malian national, has been executive director since 2009 of the Geneva-based agency which has some 670 staff worldwide.
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NASA's InSight Lander Takes Its First Selfie From The Surface of Mars
NASA's lander InSight touched down on the Martian surface November 26 after
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Donald Trump played politics on live TV, and lost: Today's talker
Tuesday's Oval Office meeting among Trump, Pelosi and Schumer wasn't supposed to be a televised debate. Nonetheless, people are taking sides.
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Expertly Dismisses Kellyanne Conway Insult
Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) has once again refused to ignore
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Know These 6 Federal Tax Changes to Avoid a Surprise in 2019
"The big change for individuals is with deductions," says Craig Richards, managing director and director of tax services at Fiduciary Trust Company International in New York. Although the standard deduction nearly doubled to $12,000 for single tax filers and $24,000 for married couples filing jointly, key deductions like state and local taxes and mortgage interest were capped at $10,000.
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'Christmas miracle': 3 suspected thieves rescued after days in West Virginia mine
Three people who disappeared in a closed West Virginia mine five days ago have been rescued and taken to a hospital in what a family member called a "Christmas miracle."
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How to Recognize the Difference Between Signs of Autism and Developmental Delays
Before parents leap to the conclusion that their child is on the spectrum it important to look into these diagnostic mimics.
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Strasbourg gunman shot dead by French police
French police on Thursday shot dead a gunman who had been on the run since killing three people at Strasbourg's popular Christmas market. More than 700 French security forces had been hunting for 29-year-old Cherif Chekatt since the bloodshed on Tuesday night. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters police swooped after the suspect was spotted in the street.
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NY sues Walmart, Target for selling toys with high lead levels
New York state authorities on Thursday announced a lawsuit against retail giants Walmart and Target for selling Chinese-made toys that had up to 10 times the legal limit of lead. The lawsuit seeks up to $6,000 in penalties for each of the thousands of Cra-Z-Jewelz jewelry kits the retailers and importer LaRose Industries sold from 2015 to 2016 before they were recalled. Authorities also are asking the three companies to take steps to prevent dangerous toys from reaching store shelves.
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Piers Morgan's 'Application' To Become Donald Trump's Chief Of Staff Goes Awry
British media personality Piers Morgan has laid out in meticulous detail why
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We Might Not Have Enough Materials for All the Solar Panels and Wind Turbines We Need
We'll need to be mining a dozen times as many metals to meet demand for wind turbines and solar panels by 2050.
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Trump says five people on short list for chief of staff
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he has five people on his short list to become the White House chief of staff when John Kelly leaves the post at the beginning of the new year. Trump is in search of his third chief of staff after Kelly and Reince Priebus. Trump's remarks, made during a meeting with governors-elect at the White House, suggest he has narrowed down his list.
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Lost girls of Indonesia among 61k dead and missing migrants
FATUKOKO, Indonesia (AP) — The stranger showed up at the girl's door one night with a tantalizing job offer: Give up your world, and I will give you a future.
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Every Angle of the 2019 Toyota Prius
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UK's May survives, weakened and with an exit date
By seeing off a revolt by her own MPs, British Prime Minister Theresa May has once again proved her ability to survive a political crisis -- but in the process acknowledged her time in office is limited. Since then, May has struggled to contain the various factions of her party, and her Northern Irish allies, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), on who she relies to govern.
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Here's Why Tocagen Is Sliding Today
Investors are not pleased with the company's recently announced equity offering.
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Our favorite animal bromances of all time
Our most favorite animal bromances of all time will make you hug your own bestie.
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Factbox: Activist investor Elliott's top European holdings
(Reuters) - U.S. activist hedge fund Elliott Management announced on Wednesday that it had taken a stake in French drinks maker Pernod Ricard worth more than 930 million euros ($1.05 billion). ...
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U.N. climate talks produce draft text in final push
The presidency of the climate talks in Katowice, Poland, had asked for a draft of the final package to be ready by Thursday afternoon after almost two weeks of negotiations, but work continued into the evening to get it ready. The draft lays out options on ways to implement the 2015 Paris pact which aims to limit global warming to "well below" two degrees Celsius. "We can implement the Paris Agreement as you all designed it.
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'Celebrity Apprentice' winner Piers Morgan wants to be new Trump chief of staff
It stands to reason that if you can win a season of "Celebrity Apprentice," you've got the right stuff for the job as Trump's chief of staff.
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'Pegan' diets and foil pack dinners to trend in 2019: Pinterest
In 2019, families will be baking their own bread and smearing it with batches of homemade jam. Searches for "homemade jam" rose +829 percent: A search for "homemade jam" on Pinterest yields row after row of mason jars filled with berry, stone fruit jams and jellies. Foil pack dinner +759 percent: Who needs plates anymore when you can cook an entire meal in envelopes of aluminum foil?
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Serbia warns Kosovo army will substantially worsen tensions
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Tensions soared in the Balkans a day before Kosovo's parliament is set to approve the formation of an army, with Serbia warning Thursday that the move would threaten peace in the war-scarred region.
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Motorists nab cash spilled by armored truck, causing crashes
An armored truck spilled cash Thursday on a New Jersey highway, leading to two crashes as drivers "went a little bit crazy," stopping their cars and scrambling to grab the swirling money.
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Health care law is alive despite Trump's 2-year drive to kill it. So sign up for insurance.
The Affordable Care Act is down but not out under Trump, and sorely needed given new realities of more chronic conditions and less employer insurance.
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Google Doodle Celebrates the Geminid Meteor Shower of 2018 (And It's ADORABLE!)
The doodle, while not animated, is a super-adorable slideshow that depicts the evolution of the Geminid meteor shower from its parent body, the asteroid 3200 Phaethon, to the amazing celestial event we know today. "Named after the ancient Greek god Apollo's son, 3200 Phaethon is an asteroid whose orbit brings it closer to our sun than Mercury," the Google Doodle folks wrote in a doodle description. "First discovered via satellite data 35 years ago, Phaethon is responsible for bringing the spectacular Geminid meteor showers to Earth's atmosphere each December.
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Here's the Weather Forecast for the 2018 Geminid Meteor Shower
For those hoping to get a glimpse of the Geminid meteor shower, the weather across the United States will either be very good, with clear skies and excellent viewing prospects, or very bad, with cloud-filled skies and perhaps some rain or wintry precipitation thrown in for bad measure. The national weather map for the predawn hours tomorrow (Dec. 14) — when the Geminids are expected to be at their best — shows a developing storm near the Texas-Louisiana border. The storm is expected to generate a large swath of dense clouds over much of the eastern half of the nation.
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Michael Flynn asks judge to spare prison sentence
President Trump's former national security adviser, asked a judge to spare him a prison sentence after cooperating for more than a year with the special counsel's office.
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In farewell speeches, senators bemoan downfall of the ‘world’s greatest deliberative body’
In their farewell addresses on the Senate floor, Senators call out the hyper-partisan atmosphere that has taken hold of the U.S. capitol.
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Mother Travels to Mexico to Find Man Accused of Molesting Her Young Son
A Colorado mom traveled to Mexico to find the man accused of sexually assaulting her six-year-old son. Now months later, the suspect entered a plea deal.
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Rep. Meadows out of running for White House chief of staff: officials
President Donald Trump told Republican U.S. Representative Mark Meadows that he wants him to stay in Congress rather than take the White House chief of staff job the president is seeking to fill, three senior White House officials said on Wednesday. Meadows had been among 10 or 12 people that Trump is considering for the post that retired General John Kelly is leaving early in 2019. Kelly, Trump's second chief of staff, after Reince Priebus, had tried to bring more discipline to the chaotic Trump White House and frequently found himself at odds with the president.
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Michael Cohen Committed Crimes For Trump. A Woman Illegally Voted. Guess Who Got More Time.
One of these criminal sentences is not like the other.
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Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, narrowly defeated in race for governor, says she will 'certainly' run again
Stacey Abrams, the Georgia Democrat who came up short in her bid to become the nation's first black woman governor, plans to run for office again.
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Overdose Deaths Involving Fentanyl Doubled Every Year From 2013 to 2016
It was the drug involved in the most overdoses in 2016
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Mark Meadows out of race for Donald Trump's new chief of staff
President Trump asked Mark Meadows, head of the House Freedom Caucus, to remain the House of Representatives.
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U.S. appeals court allows Trump birth control rules in some states
A U.S. appeals court on Thursday narrowed a ruling that had blocked President Donald Trump's administration from enforcing new rules that undermine an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide insurance that covers women's birth control. The lower court ruling had blocked the government from enforcing rules it announced last year allowing businesses or nonprofits to obtain exemptions on moral or religious grounds. On Thursday the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the injunction should not apply nationwide, but only apply to states that sued over the policy.
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British PM May wins party confidence vote: official
British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday survived a bid by her own MPs to unseat her, winning a confidence motion by 200 to 117 votes. The vote was triggered by hardline Brexit supporters in her Conservative party who despise the deal she struck with the EU last month. "The result of the ballot held this evening is that the parliamentary party does have confidence in Theresa May as leader," said Graham Brady, who chairs the committee of backbench MPs that oversaw the vote.
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Trump says trade deal pays for border wall, Democrats scoff
The Republican president vowed during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign to build a wall along the border with Mexico to slow the flow of illegal immigration, and he has long pledged that Mexico - not U.S. taxpayers - would fund it. In a Twitter post early on Thursday, Trump said that unspecified savings for the United States as a result of the renegotiated trade deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada would pay for the wall. "Just by the money we save, MEXICO IS PAYING FOR THE WALL!," he wrote.
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Porsche presents EV ‘FastCharge' solution
The automaker Porsche has presented a prototype charging station in Germany with an output of up to 450kW. It can be used by electric models of all brands compatible with the European standard Type 2 variant of the widely used Combined Charging System (CCS). Increasing the available charge capacity to up to 450kW considerably reduces the charging time, in turn increasing the number of vehicles able to use the technology in a given space of time.
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Plea deal by Russian agent Maria Butina describes 2016 influence campaign
Russian agent Maria Butina’s plea deal includes a description of the “Diplomacy Project” she ran, under the direction of Putin ally Alexander Torshin, to influence American policy leading up to the 2016 election.
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Wave of bomb threats reported across U.S., but credibility questioned
A rash of bomb threats were received on Thursday across the United States targeting dozens of public buildings and facilities, but the credibility of those threats could not immediately be ascertained, law enforcement officials said. The FBI has launched a query into the matter, noting that a similar wave of threats to schools and other public buildings occurred a year or more ago without consequence, but the authenticity of the latest batch was not immediately confirmed, a law enforcement official told Reuters. "We are aware of threats being made in cities across the country," Rukelt Dalberis, an FBI spokesman in Los Angeles, told Reuters separately.
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Pelosi says Trump has not responded to Democrat budget offers
U.S. House of Representatives leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that President Donald Trump has not answered Democrats' budget compromise proposals on measures to keep the federal government open. Trump said on Tuesday he would be proud to shut down the federal government if Democrats don't agree to fund border security, namely his proposed wall.
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Melania Trump Attacks Media as 'Opportunists,' but Admits She Sometimes Disagrees With Husband's 'Tone'
First Lady Melania Trump criticized "opportunists" in an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity.
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An unlikely place for women to help end a tragic war
The country of Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula has two notable distinctions. It is currently home to the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe, caused by a war raging since 2015. Yemen’s warring parties agreed to a cease-fire for the port city of Hudaydah, the main entry for aid to feed a country on the brink of mass famine.
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Trump 'worried about impeachment' following Cohen sentencing
Donald Trump is said to have become increasingly worried about the prospect of being impeached in recent days, as Robert Mueller's Russia investigation inches closer to the president. Despite a public declaration that he is not concerned about the threat of impeachment, the progress of the Mueller probe and federal investigations into his former associates, coupled with Democrats taking over the House of Representatives, has left the president alarmed. The most alarming development, according to sources speaking to NBC News, came on Wednesday when federal prosecutors in New York announced they had reached an agreement with American Media Inc (AMI).
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Sri Lanka's sacked prime minister wins confidence vote
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's former prime minister whose October sacking by the president precipitated a political crisis won a confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday.
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In Armenia, a democratic revolution that no one noticed
Young people drove Armenia’s “Velvet Revolution” – that’s the common narrative. This is the first time we are having free and fair elections,” says Siransush Abovyan. Recommended: Armenia is having a 'color revolution.' So why is Russia so calm?
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Renewed battle over using fetal tissue in medical research
WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers clashed over science, ethics and politics on Thursday at a House hearing on using fetal tissue in critically important medical research, as the Trump administration reviews the government's ongoing support for such studies.
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European flight route most likely to experience delays? Mykonos to London Gatwick
Flyers traveling through UK airports are more likely to suffer flight delays and cancellations compared to other transit hubs in Europe, says a new report on the 50 most disrupted flight routes in the region. 
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UN envoy hands Yemen's warring sides draft deal
RIMBO, Sweden (AP) — The U.N. special envoy for Yemen on Wednesday gave the country's warring sides at peace talks underway in Sweden a draft agreement they need to consider before this round of negotiations wraps up the following day.
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It's wedding day for Isha Ambani, daughter of India's wealthiest man, and Anand Piramal
The wedding day is here for two of India's billionaire families. Isha Ambani and Anand Piramal are tying th eknot.
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New York sues Target, Walmart for sale of lead-contaminated toys
Underwood said her office conducted tests in New York City, Long Island, and the Syracuse and Buffalo areas on "Cra-Z-Jewelz" jewelry-making kits that were imported by LaRose and found levels up to 10 times higher than the federal limit. The kits were supplied by LaRose and sold at Walmart and Target stores.
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Watch Israel’s 'Namer' Infantry Carrier Let Loose an Anti-Tank Missile With Its Pop-Up Turret
The heavyweight infantry fighting vehicle gains an unmanned turret with a big gun, missiles.
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House Democrats to seek Trump tax returns: Pelosi
The House Ways and Means Committee will "take the first steps" toward obtaining the documents, though that will likely be a challenging process, said Pelosi, who has the backing of her members to become speaker of the House next month. "There is popular demand for the Congress to request the president's tax returns," she told reporters in the Capitol. "I'm sure the White House will resist and so the question is where do we go from there," she said.
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Instant Pot’s biggest multi-cooker is still on sale at its Cyber Week price
The Instant Pot DUO80 8 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker is the largest available version of Instant Pot's best-selling DUO line. This multi-use cooking machine does it all, but it typically comes with a hefty $140 price tag. With Christmas fast approaching, the price has been slashed by $40, dropping this insanely popular model back down to its Cyber Week sale price. If you don't already have a machine like this, you definitely need to snag one at a discount because it'll change your life. Here's more info from the product page: * Duo 8 Quart, the number 1 selling multi-cooker, combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Saute, Yogurt Marker and Warmer, prepares dishes up to 70% faster to support your busy lifestyle * Features 14 Smart Programs - Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Saute/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, Manual, and Pressure Cook. Now, your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button * Healthy, stainless steel (18/8) inner cooking pot made from food grade 304, no chemical coating, 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution, fully sealed environment traps the flavours, nutrients and aromas within the food * Built with the latest 3rd generation technology, the microprocessor monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration to achieve your desired results every time * UL and ULC certified with 10 safety mechanisms to provide you with added assurance, designed to eliminate many common errors * Accessories include stainless steel steam rack with handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, condensation collector and recipe booklet * Power supply: 120V - 60Hz
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Report: FBI advised Flynn not to have lawyer present
Rep. Devin Nunes reacts to Flynn's interview with FBI investigators.
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The Obsolete Fighter Jet That Crashed in Hawaii Was Playing the Enemy Role in a Wargame
The Hawker Hunter jet was supporting a Hawaii Air National Guard exercise.
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Crosswords and sudoku may not stop mental decline
"This puts the 'use it or lose it' conjecture into question," said lead author Roger Staff of the University of Aberdeen in the UK. Instead, childhood mental ability and intellectual engagement throughout life seem most related to cognitive scores after age 65, he said. "This idea is more about what you enjoy and gravitate toward throughout your life," Staff said in a telephone interview.
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U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rising Again, Defying Trump’s Boasts
Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions -- a category that includes electric power generation and transportation fuel use -- are projected to rise 3 percent in 2018, the Energy Department said in a report this week that attributed the uptick to a warmer summer and colder winter. The jump comes after three years of declines as utilities increasingly shut down coal plants and switched to natural gas, which produces about half as much greenhouse gas emissions when burned to generate electricity. As recently as October, Trump’s appointees at the Environmental Protection Agency pointed to falling greenhouse gas emissions to justify their deregulation agenda, which has included proposals to ease Obama-era limits on emissions from power plants, methane leaks from oil and gas facilities, drawing scorn from environmentalists.
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Someone Tried to Smuggle 70 Finches Inside Hair Rollers and Predictably Failed
Nothing like a brazen attempt at smuggling exotic birds.
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A-maize-ing genetic sleuthing rewrites history of corn
The process of turning corn's wild predecessor into a vital food source began 9,000 years ago in Mexico, but an early partially domesticated version was then brought to South America 6,500 years ago, and crucial further development of the plant proceeded in parallel in both places, the researchers said on Thursday. Until now, it was thought that the domestication process had occurred in south-central Mexico's Balsas River Valley, south of Mexico City, and that corn - also called maize - only later was introduced by people elsewhere in the Americas. The new findings revealed a previously unknown but pivotal second phase of domestication occurred in the southwestern Amazon region spanning parts of Brazil and Bolivia even as domestication continued in Mexico.
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Viral video mom "happy to be free" after baby confrontation
Charges have been dropped against Brooklyn mother, Jazmine Headley, who was seen in a viral video desperately trying to protect her one-year-old son as NYPD officers wrestled him out of her arms. Linda So reports.
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Maria Butina pleads guilty to conspiracy as agent of Russia in USA
Russian national Maria Butina pleads guilty to conspiracy, agrees to cooperate with federal prosecutors.
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Fiance of Missing Colorado Mom is Cooperating with Investigation, Lawyer Says
Business owners in Woodland Park are posting up missing person posters of Kelsey Berreth as the missing mom`s fiance has hired an attorney.
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Man quits his job with epic rant over the store's PA
A disgruntled employee at a Canadian Walmart decided that he wasn’t going to
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3 found alive inside West Virginia coal mine
CLEAR CREEK, W.Va. (AP) — Three people missing since last weekend were found alive Wednesday in an underground coal mine in West Virginia, authorities said.
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Former Baylor fraternity president accused of rape is banned from graduation, University of Texas campus
Jacob Anderson, accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old student, has been banned from University of Texas at Dallas, but will receive a degree.
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Alabama attorney general takes over probe of police shooting at mall
In a letter to Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr, Attorney General Steve Marshall said he made the decision after Carr admitted the presence of potential conflicts and biases between him and other parties in the case. "While I have no reason to believe that you are actually biased or compromised, I agree that other fair-minded persons might question your neutrality based on the information that you provided in the letter and during our private conversations," Marshall said in the letter, which was posted on the website of the attorney general. On Thanksgiving night during Black Friday sales, a police officer in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover shot and killed Emantic "EJ" Bradford, 21, at the Riverchase Galleria, believing him to be the gunman in a shooting at the mall that wounded two people.
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Scientists scour WWI shipwreck to solve military mystery
WASHINGTON (AP) — A hundred years ago, a mysterious explosion hit the only major U.S. warship to sink during World War I. Now the Navy believes it has the answer to what doomed the USS San Diego: An underwater mine set by a German submarine cruising in waters just miles from New York City.
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NASA's Robotic Worm Could Someday Climb Alien Ice Spikes
The ice-climbing bot can go places humans can't.
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Bad bet: 70 finches seized at U.S. airport may have been bound for gambling
A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agriculture specialist at John F. Kennedy International Airport made the discovery on Saturday, during an inspection of the unidentified male passenger's luggage. The smuggled birds may have been destined for sale to Guyanese immigrants for a game that involves betting on how often the finches chirp per minute, said Customs spokesman Anthony Bucci.
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Investigation yields few clues on missing Colorado woman
DENVER (AP) — Kelsey Berreth was last seen on Thanksgiving Day, captured on surveillance video entering a grocery store with what appears to be her 1-year-old daughter in a baby carrier. Weeks later, investigators don't know what happened to the 29-year-old Colorado mother.
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How were roads in Alaska repaired so quickly after the earthquake?
Thanks to a quick response and around-the-clock work, road repair crews completed their work in just a few days.
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Enel-BYD say Chile electric bus roll-out heralds more for region
Europe's biggest utility Enel and Chinese electric vehicle giant BYD on Thursday marked the arrival of 100 electric buses in Chile and said they would work together on similar plans for three other Latin American nations. Enel provided the financing for Chile to acquire the buses from BYD for the capital Santiago, as well as the charging stations. Chile represents a jumping off point into Latin America for two companies both seeking to dominate a green car revolution that is projected to see electric and hybrid vehicles account for 30 percent of the global market by 2030.
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Texas report says 'changing climate' intensifying disasters
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Natural disasters in Texas on the scale of Hurricane Harvey's deadly destruction last year will become more frequent because of a changing climate, warned a new report Thursday ordered by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in a state where skepticism about climate change runs deep.
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Motion Pictures Academy Announces Scientific and Technical Awards
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced nine scientific and technical achievements, represented by 27 individual recipients, to be honored at the annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation Feb. 9 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. In addition, Curtis Clark will be receiving the John A. Bonner Award for his service […]
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7 Secret Islands Around the World
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No jail time for ex-Baylor student accused of sexual assault
Victim furious after judge approves plea deal allowing Jacob Walter Anderson to avoid jail time; Casey Stegall reports from Dallas.
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Trump Says He Never Directed Michael Cohen to Break the Law
“I never directed Michael Cohen to break the law. It is called ‘advice of counsel,’ and a lawyer has great liability if a mistake is made,” Trump said Thursday on Twitter. Cohen drew a three-year prison sentence Wednesday after pleading guilty to breaking campaign-finance laws by arranging hush payments to women who alleged affairs with Trump, as well as lying to Congress and banks.
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Why Voyager 2 Is In Interstellar Space But Not Out of the Solar System
There's a good difference between where the Sun's energy ends and where it's gravity ends.
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Virgin Galactic reaches space for first time
Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, VSS Unity, flew higher than it ever has before on Thursday, surpassing what the US Air Force considers the boundary of space, and marking the first manned flight to space from US soil since 2011. The brief, suborbital flight -- with two pilots on board -- marked a key milestone for the company headed by British tycoon Richard Branson, who is striving to send tourists to space at a cost of $250,000 per seat. Since then, the world's space agencies have relied on Russian Soyuz rockets to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station.
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Three Missing People Have Been Found Alive in an Abandoned West Virginia Coal Mine
Three people missing since last weekend were found alive Wednesday in an underground coal mine in West Virginia, authorities said.
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Fijian PM's swansong as head of troubled UN climate talks
Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has presided over the UN climate talks since November 2017. Q. The United States and Saudi Arabia refused to endorse a landmark UN report on what it means to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit). A. It is not about drawing a line in the sand but accepting the irrefutable science on human-induced climate change.
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Kosovo tests Serbia with vote to build an army
Kosovo will vote Friday on whether to create its own army, in a heavily symbolic show of independence from Serbia that has inflamed tensions between the former wartime foes. Since breaking away from Belgrade in a guerilla war in the late 1990s, Kosovo has relied on NATO-led forces to guarantee its security. The measure is widely expected to pass as it draws support from all political parties in ethnic Albanian-majority Kosovo, except for a minority of ethnic Serb MPs who have boycotted the sessions.
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The Latest: Iran accuses US of 'lies' about its missiles
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The latest on U.N. Security Council meeting on Iran's compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement (all times local):
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Insurance claims at $9 billion from California fires
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Insurance claims from last month's California wildfires already are at $9 billion and expected to increase, the state's insurance commissioner announced Wednesday.
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Kosovo's plan to build an army revives old Balkan tensions
BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) —