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Dec 10, 2017

Jessica Alba Celebrates Her Baby Shower in Chic Theme Party
Jessica Alba hosted a tea-party themed baby shower as she celebrated the upcoming birth of her third child with husband Cash Warren.

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Dec 10, 2017

Nobel Peace Prize winners warn nuclear war is 'a tantrum away'
Mankind's destruction caused by a nuclear war is just one 'impulsive tantrum away', the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), warned on Sunday as the United States and North Korea exchange threats over the nation's nuclear tests. 'Will it be the end of nuclear weapons, or will it be the end of us?' ICAN head Beatrice Fihn said in a speech after receiving the peace prize on behalf of the anti-nuclear group.

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Dec 10, 2017

Cory Booker Calls On Donald Trump To Resign Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is calling on President Donald Trump to resign over the more than a dozen sexual misconduct allegations against him.

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Dec 10, 2017

Rouhani meeting wraps British FM's 'worthwhile' Iran visit
Britain's foreign minister Boris Johnson met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday, wrapping up a visit in which he pushed for the release of imprisoned dual nationals. A key focus of Johnson's visit had been the case of British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who is serving five years for taking part in mass protests in 2009, which she denies. 'Nazanin's case was not held today in the wake of the foreign secretary's visit.

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Dec 10, 2017

Alabama talk radio hosts give local take on Senate election
Matt Murphy and Andrea Lindenberg, who host the most-listened-to political news program in Alabama, join "This Week."

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Dec 10, 2017

Serial Killer, Who Murdered 7 People, Confesses to More Slayings
He wrote an eight page letter to a local newspaper.

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Dec 10, 2017

Star U.S. Diplomat Quits With Fiery Letter To Rex Tillerson
A distinguished U.S. diplomat who was seen as a rising star at the State Department resigned after writing a searing letter to Secretary Of State Rex Tillerson, accusing him of gutting the department and damaging America''s standing across the world.

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Dec 10, 2017

Racial dispute at beloved bakery roils liberal college town
OBERLIN, Ohio (AP) — Students at Oberlin College have long enjoyed pastries, bagels and chocolates from Gibson's Bakery, a century-old, family-owned business near campus. That sweet relationship has turned bitter amid hotly disputed accusations of racism, roiling a school and town long known for their liberal politics.

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Dec 10, 2017

The unusual suspects: Rise of the mafia godmothers
They say it''s a family business, but traditionally women in the Italian mafia were prison messengers or bargaining chips in dynasty marriages to create alliances between clans. Now as male mob bosses languish in jail, mafiosas are increasingly stepping up to head crime families - and getting caught in the process.    After seven years behind bars, one such godmother - Maria Angela Di Trapani - was freed from prison in 2015 and for the last two years has allegedly been quietly moving up through the secretive, male-dominated ranks of Sicily''s Cosa Nostra. On Tuesday, the 49-year-old wife of notorious boss Salvino Madonia was among 25 people arrested in a sweeping Palermo raid, accused once again of mafia crimes, including orchestrating bold intimidation tactics to scare business owners into paying a feared mafia tax known as the pizzo.  'She operates like a man,' various mob bosses were recorded saying in prison about Di Trapani - the ultimate compliment in the man-of-honour hyper macho world of Cosa Nostra, which always gave an important role to women behind the scenes, but rarely officially. Investigators say one popular cake shop in Palermo paid €5000 in extortion money. Another bar in a well-known central square named after Pope John Paul II paid €750 at Easter, and again at Christmas. A bustling pizzeria shelled out €3000. Italian anti-Mafia and counterterrorism prosecutor Federico Cafiero De Raho delivers his speech during a meeting in Milan, Italy Credit: AP Photo/Antonio Calanni 'I''ll never forget the look she gave me from her balcony when she called out to me, warning me to be careful what I said,' said one businesswoman in Di Trapani''s neighbourhood. 'Her eyes were like ice.' The Resuttana clan paid visits to tyre shops, local gyms, and some shopkeepers who didn''t pay went to work the next morning to find their rolldown storefront gates superglued shut or set alight.  This apparent increase in equal opportunities is a sign the mob is weakening, says John Dickie, professor of Italian Studies at University College London and author of several bestselling books about organised crime. About Italian Mafias 'It is actually a symptom of crisis that we are seeing more women in Cosa Nostra,' he says. 'It is an attempt to shore up the organisation in trouble, they are the avatars of the men - the wives and sisters of particularly fearsome or prestigious bosses, but they wouldn''t be doing it if loads of men weren''t in jail.' A crackdown on organised crime over the last three decades has failed to take down the mafia, but has effectively put a generation of bosses behind bars. Some of them are dying there, including two of the top Godfathers from the Corleone faction, Bernardo Provenzano, who died of cancer in 2016 while serving time in a Milan prison, and Salvatore 'Toto'' Riina' who died of cancer last month while imprisoned in Parma.  The day after he died, Riina''s daughter changed her Facebook profile picture to a woman with her finger to her lips and the message 'shhh.' Investigators said this week that Di Trapani was involved in the reshuffling going on between clans loyal to the Corleonesi in the wake of Riina''s death. 'Since many of the male bosses are in prison, the women, who know everything that is happening in the mafia families, are not only the connection between the bosses in prison and the outside world, but are increasingly filling the gaps and doing what their husbands, brothers or fathers did,' said Italian journalist and mafia expert Attilio Bolzoni on RepubblicaTV. The younger sister of the Graviano brothers, Filippo and Giuseppe, has gained infl

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Dec 10, 2017

The Army's Has Over 100,000 'New' M4A1 Rifles - Here's What They Can Do
To date, the Army has completed more than 117,000 M4A1 upgrades on the way to the eventual transformation of more than 480,000 M4 rifles. As a result, it is entirely conceivable that the Army will explore new requirements and technologies for the M4A1 as time goes on. The service''s so-called M4 Product Improvement Program, or PIP, is a far-reaching initiative to upgrade the Army''s entire current inventory of M4 rifles into higher-tech, durable and more lethal M4A1 weapons, Army spokesman Pete Rowland, spokesman for PM Soldier Weapons, told Scout Warrior in an interview.

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Dec 10, 2017

Republicans Can't Kill Obamacare, So They're Turning It Into Trumpcare
Republicans haven''t figured out how to kill the Affordable Care Act.

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Dec 10, 2017

We Now Have Evidence Russia Seems Pleased with Its Military in Syria
In the final days of November 2017, the Russian High Command reshuffled several positions, most notably both the Eastern and Central Military Districts received new commanders. Immediately striking is the fact that Alexander Lapin, the new Central Military District commander, is a Lieutenant General (in Russia, this is a two-star rank) whereas all the other military districts are commanded by Colonel Generals (three-stars), including General Lapin''s predecessor. The new commander in the Eastern Military District, Col. Gen. Alexander Zhuravlyov, was the commander of the Russian Group of Forces in Syria from July to December 2016.

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Dec 10, 2017

Lindsey Vonn withdraws from World Cup race due to injury
ST. MORITZ, Switzerland (AP) — After injuring her back in a World Cup race, Lindsey Vonn withdrew from another scheduled super-G on Sunday before the race was canceled due to fog.

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Dec 10, 2017

IS battle may be won, but Iraq faces major challenges
Iraq may have announced a final victory over the Islamic State group in the country, but Baghdad's triumph remains fragile and the root causes for the jihadists' rise have not been tackled. It has taken a long and devastating campaign to wipe IS from the map after the jihadists threatened Iraq's very existence by seizing roughly one third of its territory in 2014. Troops backed up by the air power of a US-led coalition have waged some of the fiercest urban warfare seen anywhere in decades to oust the jihadists from a string of cities and towns across the country.

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Dec 10, 2017

Bernie Sanders: Tax Bill 'Designed to Help the Wealthiest'
In an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) tells Chuck Todd that he believes the Republican tax plan would harm the people that President Trump pledged to help.

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Dec 10, 2017

Tim Scott: Republicans Exploring How to Handle 'High-Tax States'
In an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) tells Chuck Todd that Republicans are trying to "sweeten the SALT" changes in the tax bill.

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Dec 10, 2017

As winds relent, scorched California hopes for fire relief
Brutal winds that fueled southern California wildfires finally began to ease Saturday, giving residents and firefighters hope for a respite as the destructive toll of the blazes came into focus. Despite the intensity of the fires that raged on multiple different fronts -- stretching from areas north of Los Angeles down to the San Diego region -- authorities have reported only one fatality. 'There's still tons and tons of hot spots out there,' Captain Jon Heggie of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said early Saturday.

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Dec 10, 2017

Al Franken Makes Santa's Naughty List On 'SNL,' But Roy Moore Makes The 'Registry'
Saturday Night Live - SNL (@nbcsnl) December 10, 2017 'Saturday Night Live''s' take on politics this week featured elf Kate McKinnon and Santa Kenan Thompson in the cold open listening to a line-up of smart kids asking about everything from opioids to Colin Kaepernick and toys — more specifically, Matt Lauer''s sex toys.

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Dec 10, 2017

46 Racehorses Killed In Southern California Wildfire Tragedy
At least 46 racehorses at a training center in San Diego County were killed by flames or smoke inhalation in a particularly heartbreaking result of the fires raging through southern California.

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Dec 10, 2017

Japanese man kills wife and priestess sister with sword in bizarre family feud: media
A Japanese man wielding a sword killed his sister, a Shinto priestess, on the grounds of a Tokyo shrine, then stabbed his wife to death before committing suicide, police and media said. Police declined to comment on a motive for Thursday's killings or the family feud. Shigenaga Tomioka, 56, attacked Nagako Tomioka, 58, chief priestess of the Tomioka Hachimangu shrine, as she got out of a car.

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Dec 09, 2017

French fighters appear with Islamic State in Afghanistan
French and Algerian fighters, some arriving from Syria, have joined the ranks of the Islamic State group in northern Afghanistan where the militants have established new bases, multiple international and Afghan sources have told AFP. It is the first time that the presence of French IS fighters has been recorded in Afghanistan, and comes as analysts suggested foreigners may be heading for the war-torn country after being driven from Syria and Iraq. 'A number' of Algerian and French nationals entered the largely IS-controlled district of Darzab in northern Jowzjan province in November, said district governor Baaz Mohammad Dawar.

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Dec 09, 2017

Billionaire Guo Wengui wants regime change in Beijing
From a luxury Manhattan apartment, Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui is plotting a 'change of the regime' in Beijing and developing a new media platform with the aim of introducing democracy in the world's most populous country. For several months, Guo has been flooding social networks with searing accusations of corruption against China's rich and powerful. While some accuse the businessman, who is not shy about publicizing his ostentatious lifestyle, of hypocrisy in his allegations of corruption among China's political elite, Guo denies accusations that he himself is also guilty of graft.

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Dec 09, 2017

PM will 'stand up' for Australia after China criticism
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he will 'stand up' for Australia, brushing aside Chinese criticism of new foreign interference laws as fears rise of overseas meddling in domestic institutions. Canberra has announced the wide-ranging reforms to espionage and foreign interference legislation, with Attorney General George Brandis saying such as meddling was an 'extremely serious problem'. Turnbull himself has singled out China as a focus of concern, citing 'disturbing reports' about Beijing's influence.

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Dec 09, 2017

Listen: Trump Records Campaign Robocall For Roy Moore
Donald Trump recorded a campaign robocall supporting GOP Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore that will be dialed into homes the day before the special election.

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Dec 09, 2017

UN envoy warns N. Korea 'miscalculation' could trigger conflict
A senior UN envoy warned Saturday there was a grave risk that a miscalculation could trigger conflict with North Korea as he urged Pyongyang to keep communication channels open after a rare visit to the reclusive state. Jeffrey Feltman''s trip to the North - the first by such a high-ranking UN diplomat since 2010 - kicked off less than a week after Pyongyang said it test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of reaching the US. The United Nations said Feltman met North Korea''s Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho and Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong-Kuk and they "agreed that the current situation was the most tense and dangerous peace and security issue in the world today". Noting the "urgent need to prevent miscalculations and open channels to reduce the risks of conflict," Feltman said the international community was committed to finding a peaceful solution. Feltman, the UN''s under secretary general for political affairs, also stressed the importance of full implementation of all relevant Security Council resolutions. The UN Security Council has hit the isolated and impoverished North with a package of sanctions over its increasingly powerful missile and nuclear tests, which have rattled Washington and its regional allies South Korea and Japan. Earlier, North Korea''s state news agency KCNA said "the US policy of hostility toward the DPRK (North Korea) and its nuclear blackmail are to blame for the current tense situation on the Korean peninsula". But it added the North had agreed with the UN "to regularize communications through visits at various levels". The KCNA report did not mention any meetings with leader Kim Jong-Un, who has ramped up his impoverished nation''s missile and nuclear program in recent years in order to achieve Pyongyang''s stated goal of developing a warhead capable of hitting the US mainland. Feltman''s visit also came after the United States and South Korea launched their biggest-ever joint air exercise. Kim Jong-un | A history of executions - family, allies and rivals Pyongyang reiterated its view that these manoeuvres were a provocation, accusing the drills of "revealing its intention to mount a surprise nuclear pre-emptive strike against the DPRK". The Chinese foreign ministry on Saturday published a speech from earlier in the week by foreign minister Wang Yi in which he warned that the Korean Peninsula "remains deeply entrenched in a vicious cycle of demonstrations of strength and confrontation." "The outlook is not optimistic," Beijing''s top diplomat added. Fears of a catastrophic conflict with the nuclear-armed regime have spiked as Kim and Donald Trump have taunted each other in recent months, with the US President pejoratively dubbing his rival "Little Rocket Man" and a "sick puppy". Kim has called the 71-year-old president a "dotard", meaning a weak or senile old man - an insult that was renewed Saturday as the North condemned Trump for recognising Jerusalem as Israel''s capital. "Considering the fact that the mentally deranged dotard openly called for a total destruction of a sovereign state at the UN, this action is not so surprising", KCNA quoted a foreign ministry spokesman as saying.  

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Dec 09, 2017

UN envoy warns N. Korea 'miscalculation' could trigger conflict
A senior UN envoy warned Saturday there was a grave risk that a miscalculation could trigger conflict with North Korea as he urged Pyongyang to keep communication channels open after a rare visit to the reclusive state. Jeffrey Feltman's trip to the North -- the first by such a high-ranking UN diplomat since 2010 -- kicked off less than a week after Pyongyang said it test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of reaching the US. The United Nations said Feltman met North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-Ho and Vice Foreign Minister Pak Myong-Kuk and they 'agreed that the current situation was the most tense and dangerous peace and security issue in the world today'.

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Dec 09, 2017

China Is Now Making Some of the Most Powerful Guns on the Planet
Like the rest of China''s military revolution over the past quarter century, its small-arms revolution is a remarkable achievement. China''s People''s Liberation Army has traditionally relied on foreign and Communist bloc weapons manufactured in China under license—or not. Now, however, as the PLA undergoes an unprecedented modernization, a new generation of locally designed and manufactured light weaponry is arming China''s armed forces, from handguns to light machine guns.

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Dec 09, 2017

Donald Trump demands journalist is fired for 'fake' photo tweet in row over Florida crowd size
President Donald Trump is embroiled in another row with the press, calling for a Washington Post journalist to be fired after the reporter admitted tweeting a inaccurate image of an empty arena the President was due to speak at. Journalist Dave Weigel apologised on Twitter and deleted the photo of Mr Trump''s Florida rally, saying he had been 'confused'. Mr Trump seized upon the admission, saying: '.@daveweigel of the Washington Post just admitted that his picture was a FAKE (fraud?) showing an almost empty arena last night for my speech in Pensacola when, in fact, he knew the arena was packed (as shown also on T.V).

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Dec 09, 2017

South Carolina serial killer says there are more victims
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man convicted of killing seven people says he has more victims who have not been discovered.

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Dec 09, 2017

Doug Jones Is Counting On Black Voters. They Don't Sound Too Inspired.
? Days before Alabama''s special Senate election, Democrat Doug Jones is within striking distance of winning a seat his party hasn''t won in 25 years.

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Dec 09, 2017

UK foreign minister in Iran to push for Briton's release
Britain's foreign minister visited Iran on Saturday to press for the release of British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe amid accusations at home that one of his gaffes has seriously harmed her case. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson held two hours of 'frank' talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, which also touched on the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, the future of which has been thrown into doubt by US President Donald Trump.

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Dec 09, 2017

New protests flare over Trump's Jerusalem declaration
New protests flared in the Middle East and elsewhere Sunday over US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a move that has drawn global condemnation and sparked days of unrest in the Palestinian territories. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has repeatedly warned of the consequences of Trump's move, also lashed out Sunday by calling Israel a 'terrorist state' and 'state that kills children'.

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Dec 09, 2017

Ryan Zinke Dismisses Reports On His Use Of Helicopters As ‘Fabricated'
WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Saturday swung back at recent media reports about his costly use of government helicopters, calling them 'total fabrications and a wild departure from reality.'

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Dec 09, 2017

Thousands march in Tel Aviv to protest against corruption and Netanyahu government
Thousands of Israelis protested in Tel Aviv on Saturday for the second consecutive week against government corruption and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is under criminal investigation over allegations of abuse of office. Police estimated the number of demonstrators at about 10,000 and they followed last Saturday''s demonstration, which was by far the largest of the recent weekly anti-corruption protests when an estimated 20,000 people participated. The protests have been sparked by corruption allegations against Netanyahu, who denies any wrongdoing. The four-term leader is suspected of involvement in two cases. The first involves receiving gifts from wealthy businessmen and the second involves negotiating a deal with a newspaper owner for better coverage in return for curbs on a rival daily. Israelis take part in a demonstration under the name "March of Shame" to protest against government corruption and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  Credit: Jack Guez/AFP If charged, he would come under heavy pressure to resign or could call an election to test whether he still had a mandate to govern. Netanyahu''s right-wing Likud party said in a Facebook post that the protest was a left-wing demonstration. It called on all Israelis to back their prime minister as he defends Israel against international criticism following U.S. President Donald Trump''s acceptance of Jerusalem as Israel''s capital. "Instead of uniting with all the people behind Jerusalem and showing the world a unified front, the left cannot contain itself and it prefers to create division," part of the statement said. Over weeks of demonstrations, protesters have identified themselves as supporting both left- and right-wing parties. On Saturday they held banners reading: "Neither left, nor right (we demand) integrity," "We are fed up with corrupt (politicians)" and "Sweep the corrupt away."  

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Dec 09, 2017

California man freed after 15 years for shaken baby death
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California man who spent 15 years in prison for shaking his baby to death was freed Saturday, one day after a judge set aside his conviction.

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Dec 09, 2017

First Fatality In Southern California Wildfires Confirmed
Medical officials confirmed the first fire-related fatality in Southern California''s most recent spate of wildfires to HuffPost on Saturday.

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Dec 09, 2017

DNC Unity Commission Agrees On Slate Of Historic Reforms
WASHINGTON ? At its final meeting on Friday and Saturday, the Democratic National Committee''s Unity and Reform Commission agreed to a set of dramatic revisions aimed at restoring faith in the presidential nomination process and the management of the DNC.

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Dec 09, 2017

Montreal Is Ending Its Ban On Pit Bulls
A ban on pit bull-type dogs in Montreal that''s been slammed by animal protection groups will be rolled back later this month.

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Dec 09, 2017

California firefighters make gains ahead of strong winds
By Caroline Anderson VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Firefighters in Southern California made progress on Saturday in their multifront battle against a slew of wildfires that have killed at least one person, destroyed hundreds of buildings and forced more than 200,000 people from their homes this week. As the dry Santa Ana winds that have fueled the blazes abated slightly, officials lifted evacuation orders for parts of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and crews started getting the upper hand in containing some of the area's major fires.

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Dec 09, 2017

Priest who used to be KKK member apologizes 40 years later
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A former Ku Klux Klan member who burned a cross on a black couple's lawn 40 years ago, before becoming a Roman Catholic priest, has finally written his victims an apology.

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Dec 09, 2017

Palestinians to snub Pence during visit over Jerusalem move
By Mohamed Abdellah and Nidal al-Mughrabi CAIRO/GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will not meet U.S. Vice President Mike Pence during Pence's visit to the region this month in a snub over the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the Palestinian Foreign Minister said on Saturday. Violence erupted for a third day in Gaza in response to President Donald Trump's announcement on Wednesday, which overturned decades of U.S. policy towards the Middle East. Israeli air strikes killed two Palestinian gunmen on Saturday after militants fired rockets from the enclave into Israel on Friday, which had been declared a 'day of rage' by Palestinian factions.

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Dec 09, 2017

California fires: Year around blazes set to become 'the new normal' as Governor blames climate change
California Governor Jerry Brown has told the state''s residents to get used to destructive wildfires in winter, declaring them 'the new normal'. As six major fires ravage southern California, having led to the death of one person and the destruction of hundreds of homes and other buildings, Mr Brown said the state needed to face up to a new challenge. Visiting Ventura County, where the largest of the blazes - the Thomas Fire - is still growing, Mr Brown said drought and climate change mean California faces a 'new reality' where lives and property are continually threatened by fire, at a cost of billions of dollars.

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Dec 09, 2017

Fox News Corrects Story Claiming Roy Moore Accuser ‘Forged' Candidate's Signature
Fox News updated a story that erroneously claimed one of Roy Moore''s accusers had 'forged' evidence she''d presented to bolster her claim against him.

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Dec 09, 2017

California's Getty museum survives wildfire, ready for quakes
Southern California's Getty Center, one of the world's wealthiest art institutions, said it had survived a wildfire tearing through Los Angeles thanks to a disaster plan that has it ready for earthquakes as well. Fires that have chased almost 200,000 Californians from their homes covered the Getty's hillside location in smoke this week. Perched above the busy 405 freeway, an artery of California's traffic system, the Getty is among the most visited U.S. museums and reopened on Friday after two days closed.

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Dec 09, 2017

Trump visits Mississippi's Civil Rights Museum amid protests
As Trump visited the new Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, protesters held up signs and shouted 'No Trump, no hate, no KKK in the USA.'

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Dec 09, 2017

'She Chose to Treat Them Like Trash.' Woman Pleads Guilty to Hiding Her Dead Babies Under a House
The infants were stuffed in trash bags

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Dec 09, 2017

White Nationalists Have Been Saying 'Diversity Is Not Our Strength' For Years
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has again flirted with being an open white nationalist.

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Dec 09, 2017

Trump Watches Up To 8 Hours Of TV Per Day
President Donald Trump, who just last month said he''s too busy 'reading documents' to watch much television, spends up to 8 hours in front of the TV each day, according to a new report.

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Dec 09, 2017

Al Franken Is Not Sorry
Even as he resigned from the Senate in disgrace this week, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken couldn''t resist a parting shot.

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Dec 09, 2017

PM announces on state TV Iraq's war against IS has ended
BAGHDAD (AP) — After more than three years of combat operations, Iraq announced Saturday that the fight against the Islamic State group is over after the country's security forces drove the extremists from all of the territory they once held. Iraqi and American officials warned, however, that key challenges remain despite the military victory.

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Dec 09, 2017

Your Tax Dollars Are Being Used To Attack Patagonia
WASHINGTON — The House Committee on Natural Resources has joined Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke''s fight against Patagonia, accusing the American outdoor retailer of lying in order to sell merchandise.

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Dec 09, 2017

Recordings of Pilot president's epithets could disrupt trial
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Secret recordings of one of the defendants uttering racial epithets are threatening to disrupt the federal fraud trial of former executives and sales staffers at the truck stop chain controlled by the family of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam and Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

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Dec 09, 2017

China's 'tiger mothers' rebel against punitive homework for parents
Fed up with picking up the slack in terms of helping her son with his heavy school workload, 39-year-old mother, Mrs Wang, has joined millions of like-minded parents who are calling for something that China''s ‘tiger mothers'' would have considered unthinkable only a few years ago - a break from homework. The campaign focuses on the frustrations of parents who believe they shouldn''t be spending their evenings tackling arithmetic questions or reciting complex sentence structures when they could be watching a soap or reading a magazine. It was triggered by a viral post titled: 'Goodness, what have I done wrong to have to do homework with my kids.' After millions on views on Sina Weibo, China''s Twitter, parents flocked to social media to share their own stories. Since then, three Chinese provinces have issued regulations banning schools from giving out homework which would involve parents. Three years ago, Mrs Wang''s family spent their life savings to move to a desirable catchment area where they could enroll their son, now aged nine, at an elite primary school that would compel him to work long hours. Like the majority of Chinese parents, she believed she was doing the best for her family by helping him attain the grades needed to enter a top secondary school. But after becoming heavily involved in helping her son meet those tough demands - usually after a ten-hour day at her busy Beijing office - Ms Wang now views the school as a source of conflict in her house and a major drain on her own time. 'Sometimes all I think about when I am at work is my son''s homework,' said Mrs Wang, who only provided her surname. Chinese social media is full of stories from parents sharing experiences of screaming and shouting their way through homework with their offspring. One post said: 'When I returned from school when I was young, my parents watched TV while I did my homework. 'Now when I get home from work... I still have to do homework.' Other parents told how homework-related stress had caused them serious health problems or driven them to the brink of madness. 'Come homework time, the whole yard knows my howls,' one said. Opposition from parents stunted previous attempts by the government to soften China''s notoriously high-pressure education system. A programme dubbed ‘happy education'' was rolled out four years ago, but there was resistance to slashing levels of homework, which is said to be around three hours a day in China - twice the global average. Consequently, the 2013 reforms resulted in teachers facing pressure from both sides. They were being told by education officials to relax academic learning, but parents were telling them to push their children harder. The teachers responded by involving parents more in the challenging topics. However, things didn''t go to plan. 'It has become a vicious cycle because students submitted homework that had been polished by their parents, so teachers assigned more difficult homework,' one teacher told local media. Some parents choose to send their children to one of a growing number of expensive after-school institutions where they can finish their homework before being picked up. But education chiefs are already fighting back against challenging workloads, with officials in the eastern Jiangsu  and Zhejiang provinces, and also the northern Ningxia province, ruling that homework should not become 'parental homework' or be set 'above the level of the curriculum or the ability of the student'. Mrs Wang, meanwhile, has recently adopted a new daily regime. When she returns home from work, she instantly kicks o

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Dec 09, 2017

U.S. Diplomat's Resignation Signals Wider Exodus From State Department
One diplomat''s stinging resignation letter offers a glimpse into the weakening State Department under Trump.

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Dec 09, 2017

Detainees on agenda as top British diplomat arrives in Iran
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrived in Tehran on Saturday, where he is was expected to discuss the fate of detained dual nationals, including a woman serving a five-year prison sentence for allegedly plotting to overthrow Iran's government.

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Dec 09, 2017

Santa Ana winds to further plague California's firefighters into next week
While the fierce gusts from earlier this week will not be repeated, bouts of Santa Ana winds will keep the fire danger high across Southern California into next week and threaten to further spread the blazes firefighters are working tirelessly to contain.

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Dec 09, 2017

Iraq declares final victory over Islamic State
By Maher Chmaytelli and Ahmed Aboulenein BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared final victory over Islamic State on Saturday after Iraqi forces drove its last remnants from the country, three years after the militant group captured about a third of Iraq's territory. The announcement comes two days after the Russian military announced the defeat of the militants in neighboring Syria, where Moscow is backing Syrian government forces. Iraqi forces recaptured the last areas still under Islamic State control along the border with Syria, the military said.

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Dec 09, 2017

President Trump Greeted by Protests and Boycotts in Mississippi
Activists will protest Trump''s celebration of the civil right''s movement

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Dec 09, 2017

Substitute Teacher and Custodian Hailed Heroes After Gunman Opens Fire At School, Killing 2
A 21-year-old opened fire and then killed himself.

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Dec 09, 2017

Obama Warns Americans Against Following In The Path Of Nazi Germany
It''s not that democracy is 'fragile,' exactly, but it is 'reversible,' according to former President Barack Obama.

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Dec 09, 2017

Lebanon PM slams Iraq militia head visit to Israel ceasefire line
Lebanon's prime minister on Saturday criticised a visit by an Iraqi Shiite militia leader to Lebanon's ceasefire line with Israel, saying it violated local law. The trip by Qais al-Khazali, the founder and leader of the Asaib Ahl al-Haq militia, was organised by Lebanon's Hezbollah, a powerful armed movement and arch-foe of Israel. A video of the visit began circulating on social media on Friday, showing Khazali wearing military uniform during a tour of parts of southern Lebanon.

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Dec 09, 2017

Egypt archaeologists discover mummy in Luxor
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a mummy in one of two previously unexplored tombs across the Nile from the southern city of Luxor, the antiquities ministry said Saturday. The tombs were found in the 1990s by German archaeologist Frederica Kampp, though she had only reached the entrance gate 'but never entered', the ministry said. Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Enany was in Luxor to announce the discovery in Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis near the famed Valley of the Kings, where many pharaohs, including Tutankhamun, were buried.

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Dec 09, 2017

Trump administration facing lawsuit for allowing fracking companies to dump waste in Gulf of Mexico
Donald Trump's administration is facing a lawsuit for permitting oil companies to dump fracking waste into the Gulf of Mexico. The Centre for Biological Diversity (CBD) filed a formal notice of intent against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), arguing the practice endangers sea turtles, whales and other marine life. It comes just months after the EPA finalised a Clean Water Act that allows oil companies to offload unlimited amounts of waste into the ocean basin.

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Dec 09, 2017

Tears, pomp, extravagance as France mourns rocker Hallyday
PARIS (AP) — France bid farewell to its biggest rock star Saturday, honoring Johnny Hallyday with an extravagant funeral procession down Paris' Champs-Elysees Avenue, a presidential speech and a televised church ceremony filled with the country's most famous faces.

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Dec 09, 2017

Trump slams 'vicious' media after erroneous reports on WikiLeaks, Russia
Donald Trump on Saturday renewed his onslaught against major US news networks, accusing them of launching a 'vicious' assault on his presidency as he seized on a reporting error by CNN. Trump sounded the same anti-media narrative in a speech Friday in Florida when, pointing to a reporting error by ABC, he said, 'Did you see all the corrections the media's been making? The US president regularly rails against top news outlets, both broadcast networks and newspapers including the New York Times and the Washington Post.

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Dec 09, 2017

Opera student raises $40,000 in performance for college tuition
Drew Anthony raised enough money in a single opera performance to pay for a year of college tuition. After hearing his story, several prestigious universities have tapped him for spots at their school.

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Dec 09, 2017

Trump has no authority 'to give away Jerusalem to an occupying power,' Palestinian official says
Palestinian leaders are vowing to snub the White House following President Trump''s decision Wednesday to recognize Jerusalem as Israel''s capital.

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Dec 09, 2017

Travel troubles: snow cancels flights along the East Coast
Atlanta''s airport -- the nation''s busiest -- experienced the bulk of today''s travel troubles after an unexpected blast of winter weather headed southeast.

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Dec 09, 2017

Southern California wildfires leave 800 structures in ashes
While some evacuees were told it was safe to return home others are now being forced to flee their homes as 8,500 firefighters battle quickly moving flames around the clock in Southern California.

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Dec 09, 2017

North Korea Renews 'Dotard' Insult For Donald Trump Over Jerusalem Move
North Korea reignited its feud with President Donald Trump on Saturday.

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Dec 09, 2017

Powerful Iraqi militant appears on Lebanon-Israel border
BEIRUT (AP) — A powerful Iran-backed Iraqi militant commander has visited the Lebanon-Israel border expressing support for the Lebanese and Palestinians against the Jewish state and sparking harsh criticism from Lebanon's prime minister who ordered him banned from entering the country.

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Dec 09, 2017

Russia says it is fully committed to nuclear missile pact
Russia said on Saturday it was fully committed to a Cold War-era pact with the United States banning intermediate-range cruise missiles, a day after Washington accused Moscow of violating the treaty. The U.S. State Department said on Friday Washington was reviewing military options, including new intermediate-range cruise missile systems, in response to what it said was Russia's ongoing violation of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

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Dec 09, 2017

Erdogan steps up attacks on 'state of occupation' Israel
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday described Israel as a 'state of occupation' which used 'terror' against the Palestinians, as he stepped up his criticism of the US recognition of Jerusalem as its capital. Erdogan has been bitterly opposed to the decision of US President Donald Trump to recognise Jerusalem and has called a summit of Islamic countries on December 13 in Istanbul. 'Israel is a state of occupation,' Erdogan said in a speech in Istanbul, referring to Israel's continued occupation of the West Bank and settlement building.

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Dec 09, 2017

Man Charged With Murder After Allegedly Throwing 3-Year-Old For Not Putting on Pajamas
She died days later.

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Dec 09, 2017

Ancient Tombs Dating Back 3,500 Years Discovered in Egypt's Luxor
The latest discovery in the city famed for its temples and tombs

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Dec 09, 2017

California's Wildfires This Year Have Been Breaking Records
California has experienced one of the worst years on record for wildfires.

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Dec 09, 2017

Health Insurers See Higher Prices And A Big Mess Ahead Without The Obamacare Mandate
Health insurance companies know that an insurance market without the requirement that everyone get coverage will be worse for them and their customers.

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Dec 09, 2017

While Trump Celebrates Civil Rights Museum, He's Done Little To Protect One Of Its Most Important Legacies
As President Donald Trump attends the opening of the Mississippi civil rights museum on Saturday, lawyers for his Justice Department are defending a voting law in Texas that a district court judge found intentionally discriminated against black and Latino voters.

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Dec 09, 2017

Erdogan and Macron to urge U.S. to turn back on Jerusalem decision: sources
Turkey's Tayyip Erdogan and France's Emmanuel Macron will work together to try to persuade the United States to reconsider its decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a Turkish presidential source said on Saturday. The two leaders agreed during a phone call that the move is worrisome for the region, the source said, adding that Turkey and France would make a joint effort to try to reverse the U.S. decision.

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Dec 09, 2017

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Is Pushing His Country To The Brink. Will It Hold Together?
WASHINGTON ? Saudi Arabia in free fall would make the other crises in the Middle East look puny.

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Dec 09, 2017

Ranking The Best Shows On Amazon You Can Stream Right Now
For the weekend of Dec. 9, Streamline is recommending 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' in the Amazon top spot for the second time in a row.

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Dec 09, 2017

Major Injuries After Bus Overturns On San Francisco Highway
A charter bus carrying 29 people overturned Friday night on a San Francisco highway, causing major injuries and backing up traffic in the city for hours.

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Dec 09, 2017

U.S. Surgeon General reveals plans to put an end to the opioid epidemic
In his first televised interview since taking office, Surgeon General Jerome Adams tells NBC News Medical Correspondent Dr. John Torres that he wants to get Naloxone, a medicine that reverses opioid overdoses, 'in the hands of more people."

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Dec 09, 2017

The American Who Paid for Israel's Nuclear Bomb
Although Israel doesn''t officially acknowledge it, it is well understood that the country possesses a nuclear weapon arsenal (although the exact number of warheads are in dispute). It is similarly well understood that the United States opposed Israel''s nuclear weapons program during the John F. Kennedy and, to a lesser extent, Lyndon B. Johnson administrations. One part of the history that is less well known is that much of the funding for Israel''s nuclear weapons program came from private Americans in an effort that was spearheaded by, Abraham Feinberg, a prominent American who served as an unofficial advisor to both President Kennedy and President Johnson.

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Dec 09, 2017

Iraqi PM declares 'end of war against IS' in Iraq
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Saturday announced the end of a three-year war by Iraqi forces to drive the Islamic State jihadist group out of the country. 'Our forces are in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border and I therefore announce the end of the war against Daesh (IS),' Abadi told a conference in Baghdad. IS seized vast areas north and west of Baghdad in a lightning offensive in 2014, endangering the very existence of the Iraqi state.

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Dec 09, 2017

Aid groups vow to boycott new Myanmar camps for Rohingya returnees
Global aid groups on Saturday warned Myanmar they would boycott any new camps for Rohingya returnees to Rakhine state, saying refugees must be allowed to settle in their original homes. The joint statement, signed by more than a dozen humanitarian organisations including Save the Children and Oxfam, said the groups were 'concerned' by recent announcements that Myanmar would begin repatriating Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh in two months. More than 620,000 of the Muslim minority have fled into Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar district since late August, when the Myanmar army launched a sweeping crackdown on Rohingya rebels in northern Rakhine state.

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Dec 09, 2017

California wildfires: Fears for avocado harvest as fires devastate top fruit-growing region
Wildfires in southern California have decimated a large area of the region''s famed avocado crop. Experts said even those farms that were not directly impacted by the blaze may have suffered devastating losses due to the hot, dry Santa Ana winds that blow out of the California desert, knocking avocados from the trees with gusts up to 80 miles per hour. 'A lot of the fruit everybody was looking forward to harvesting next year is laying on the ground,' said John Krist, chief executive of the Ventura County Farm Bureau.

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Dec 09, 2017

N. Korea condemns 'dotard' Trump over Jerusalem
North Korea has lambasted US President Donald Trump for recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital, renewing its description of him as a 'dotard' in a statement released Saturday on state media. Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un have traded threats of war and personal insults in recent months as tensions remain high over the North's missile and nuclear threats. Now the hermit state has joined near-universal condemnation of the US president's decision on Jerusalem, calling it a 'reckless, wicked act'.

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Dec 09, 2017

UN calls on social media giants to control platforms used to lure African migrants
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. migration agency called on social media giants on Friday to make it harder for people smugglers to use their platforms to lure West African migrants to Libya where they can face detention, torture, slavery or death. The smugglers often use Facebook to reach would-be migrants with false promises of jobs in Europe, International Organization for Migration (IOM) spokesman Leonard Doyle said. When migrants are tortured, video is also sometimes sent back to their families over WhatsApp, as a means of extortion, he said.

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Dec 09, 2017

Twitter Users Erupt Over GOP Congressman's 'Diversity Is Not Our Strength' Post
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) has sparked outrage on Twitter once again with his views on immigration.

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Dec 09, 2017

Why do the French love Johnny Hallyday?
France bids farewell Saturday to rock star Johnny Hallyday, in a huge ceremony for a cultural icon akin to a French Elvis Presley. AFP explains the 'Johnny' phenomenon, and why the singer's death has sparked such an emotional outpouring in France. Why did France love his music?

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Dec 09, 2017

N. Korea blames US for tensions in rare UN talks
North Korea blamed US 'nuclear blackmail' for soaring tensions over its weapons programme following rare meetings with a senior UN official, but agreed to regular communication with the organisation, state media said Saturday. Jeffrey Feltman arrived in Beijing Saturday after wrapping up a five-day visit to Pyongyang aimed at defusing the crisis, just a week after North Korea said it test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States. 'At these meetings, our side said the US policy of hostility toward the DPRK (North Korea) and its nuclear blackmail are to blame for the current tense situation on the Korean peninsula,' the report said.

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Dec 09, 2017

Truck Ad Featuring Ivanka Trump Bashing Roy Moore Trolls Dad's Rally
We''re in Pensacola promoting @IvankaTrump''s comments on Roy Moore pic.twitter.com/NJ3evTw0mw—

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Dec 09, 2017

Oregon cedes freedom of speech case against red light camera critic
It is, perhaps, human nature to harbor grandiose dreams of fighting a traffic ticket, even to the point of arguing before a local judge. For the past four years, however, an Oregon man has taken that fantasy to extreme levels, ultimately resulting in the state’s senior assistant attorney general admitting in federal court that the state violated constitutional right to free speech. What started out as a simple traffic ticket in 2013—issued to the wife of Beaverton, Oregon resident Mats Järlström—resulted in a federal court case involving the first amendment. Ultimately, the Oregon Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying capitulated, agreeing that it violated the constitutional rights of a man who had the audacity to critique the timing of red light cameras. Mr. Järlström, who holds a degree in electrical engineering and served in the Swedish Air Force as an aircraft camera mechanic, wrote to the board in 2014 asking for nothing more than to present his research, which concluded that yellow lights in the state were too short, both creating a public safety risk and increasing state revenue via aggressive ticketing. The board, however, responded with a $500 fine in accordance with an Oregon law that prohibits anyone from practicing engineering unless they are licensed as such by the state. According to court documents, senior assistant attorney general Christina L. Beatty-Walters wrote on behalf of the Board of Examiners, “We have admitted to violating Mr. Järlström’s rights,” and acknowledged that the state’s use of its engineering practice law “was not narrowly tailored to any compelling state interests.” The board has since refunded Järlström’s $500, and the court has now officially ruled in his favor, but he isn’t happy with the result — yet. He and his lawyers intend to seek an injunction against the board from applying the same law to other engineers — licensed or not — when there’s no specific state interest in doing so. His attorney, Samuel Gedge, from the Institute for Justice, said "The existence of these laws and the way they've been applied time and time again has violated free speech rights. Past history suggests the board can't be trusted on how the laws should be applied constitutionally.”

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Dec 09, 2017

US policeman acquitted of killing unarmed man who begged for life
Officials in the southwestern US state of Arizona released a graphic video Friday showing an unarmed man sobbing and begging for his life moments before he was fatally shot by a police officer who was acquitted of murder. It was the latest in a spate of killings that have prompted criminal charges against law enforcement officials. Philip Brailsford, who shot and killed Daniel Shaver in the hallway of a hotel in January 2016, was acquitted of second-degree murder as well as reckless manslaughter by a jury on Thursday, according to USA Today.

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Dec 08, 2017

Arkansas resumes issuing birth certificates after brief halt
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' governor ordered health officials on Friday to treat married lesbian and heterosexual couples the same when listing the parents on a birth certificate, in an effort to comply with a June U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state's birth certificate law was discriminatory.

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Dec 08, 2017

California Governor Says Trump Is Courting The 'Wrath Of God' By Ignoring Climate Change
California Governor Jerry Brown criticizes President Trump for climate change position as California Burns.

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Dec 08, 2017

Uber agrees to settle US lawsuit filed by India rape victim
Uber Technologies Inc and a woman who accused top executives of improperly obtaining her medical records after a company driver raped her in India have agreed to settle a civil lawsuit the woman filed against Uber in June, according to a U.S. federal court filing on Friday. The Uber driver was convicted of the rape, which occurred in Delhi in 2014, in a criminal case in India. He was sentenced in 2015 to life in prison. The Indian woman had previously settled a civil U.S. lawsuit against Uber in 2015, but sued the company again in a San Francisco federal court saying that shortly after the incident, a U.S. Uber executive "met with Delhi police and intentionally obtained plaintiff''s confidential medical records." Uber kept a copy of those records, the lawsuit said. The woman was living in the United States when she filed the lawsuit. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed in the court document. A spokesman for San Francisco-based Uber declined to comment. An attorney for the woman could not immediately be reached for comment. The settlement comes as new CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who took the top job in August, is seeking to put several scandals behind the company following eight years of CEO Travis Kalanick''s pugnacious leadership, which led to rule-breaking around the world. The lawsuit cited several media reports that said Kalanick and others doubted the victim''s account of her ordeal. "Uber executives duplicitously and publicly decried the rape, expressing sympathy for plaintiff, and shock and regret at the violent attack, while privately speculating, as outlandish as it is, that she had colluded with a rival company to harm Uber''s business," the lawsuit said. A source with knowledge of the matter previously told Reuters that Kalanick had told other Uber executives he believed the incident had been staged by Indian ride-services rival Ola. In a prior statement, while Kalanick was CEO, Uber said: "No one should have to go through a horrific experience like this, and we''re truly sorry that she''s had to relive it." A spokesman for Kalanick was not immediately available for comment on Friday. Uber''s actions have led to a criminal probe by the U.S. Department of Justice of whether managers violated U.S. bribery laws, specifically the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the company said in June. The Justice Department did not say on what country or countries the investigation centered on. Bloomberg said it focused on activity in at least five Asian countries. Uber has also notified U.S. authorities about payments made by Uber staff to police officers in Indonesia, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters. Uber previously hired law firm O''Melveny & Myers LLP to investigate how it obtained the medical records of the rape victim, Reuters reported in June.

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Dec 08, 2017

Weather eases the battle as California wildfires grow
By Alex Dobuzinskis VENTURA, Calif. (Reuters) - Growing wildfires chewing through parts of Southern California on Friday ravaged avocado farms, racehorse stables and a retirement community, even as milder weather aided firefighters in their efforts to slow the progress of six major blazes. Forecasters predicted weather would continue to challenge the 8,700 firefighters who have been battling fast-moving blazes for five days from the San Diego area up the Pacific Coast to Santa Barbara County. The fires killed at least one person, destroyed 500 structures, hurt six people and injured four firefighters.

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Dec 08, 2017

Maria Menounos Shares Video Taken 24 Hours After Her Life-Saving Brain Surgery
Maria Menounos is giving fans an intimate look at her recovery six months after her life-saving brain surgery

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