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Dec 13, 2017

The Latest: Mother found guilty in 'Baby Lollipops' killing
MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a Florida woman accused of fatally beating her toddler (all times local):

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Dec 13, 2017

Woman admits letting three-year-old son freeze to death outside house while she slept off drug binge
Jamie Basinger pleaded guilty to the involuntary manslaughter of Landyn Melton and he 24-year-old will be expected to serve 36 months of supervised probation and between 19 and 32 months of prison time, after cutting a plea deal with Prosecutors in her home town of Morganton, North Carolina. 'She''s going to have a battle, we all are, she told the Morganton News Herald, adding that she still had unanswered questions about the three-year-old's death. Landyn was found dead on 15 March after a neighbour called the police when they spotted him laying on the porch.

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Dec 13, 2017

Republicans criticize Mueller's probe, but want him to stay
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans ratcheted up criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling Wednesday, questioning whether there was bias on his team of lawyers but stopping short of calling for his firing or resignation.

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Dec 13, 2017

Walmart gives workers a way to get paid earlier
NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart is providing workers with an app aimed at helping them budget their money and get paid before payday.

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Dec 13, 2017

Shark Viciously Attacks Woman On Her Honeymoon
Sarah Illig''s dream honeymoon in the Bahamas turned out to be a nightmare after she was bitten by a shark.

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Dec 13, 2017

NTSB investigates Delta plane that nearly landed on taxiway
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Delta Air Lines plane nearly landed on a taxiway that was occupied by another plane at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, federal accident investigators said Wednesday.

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Dec 13, 2017

Minnesota's next senator: Quiet organizer came late to power
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The woman who will be Minnesota's next U.S. senator is a largely behind-the-scenes player who came to elected office late in her career and passed up a major shot at power just a few months ago.

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Dec 13, 2017

Republicans strike deal on tax plan as they rush to pass it before arrival of Alabama's new Democratic senator
Senate and House Republicans have struck a tentative deal on a tax plan as they race to get a final measure on President Donald Trump''s desk by Christmas. At the same time, Democrats are urging Republicans to delay the process until a newly-elected Democratic senator from Alabama, Doug Jones, is seated - currently expected not to be until after the Senate wraps up its work for the year. In a stunning upset on Tuesday, Mr Jones defeated his Republican opponent Roy Moore in a special election, flipping control of the seat and reducing the Republican Senate margin to 51-49.

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Dec 13, 2017

2019 Ferrari 488GTO Spied Honing Its Superiority
Maranello''s rebuttal to the latest from Lamborghini and McLaren.

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Dec 13, 2017

Mother who 'blacked out' during baby's death gets 13 years
BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A woman who drank multiple shots of liquor and smoked marijuana on the night of her infant son's death was ordered Wednesday to serve 13 years in prison.

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Dec 13, 2017

Goat Cheese And Roasted Garlic Beehive, The Best Appetizer Ever
You know a dish is a hit when guests come back after the party to ask if there''s any left over.

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Dec 13, 2017

Scientists to investigate if cigar-shaped asteroid could be an alien spacecraft
A team of researchers, including Stephen Hawking, is investigating whether the first known object from outside the solar system contains the first sign of life beyond our planet.

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Dec 13, 2017

Video Shows Trump Supporters Saying 5-Year-Old Girl 'Looks Like' A Terrorist
In a video that went viral on Twitter, people wearing American flag-themed clothing, including one wearing a shirt supporting President Donald Trump, can be seen laughing at a Palestinian-American family who attended a pro-Palestine rally in Los Angeles on Sunday.

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Dec 13, 2017

Firefighters defend homes as huge California wildfire rages on
Firefighters grappling with a wildfire that has burned out of control for 10 days on California's scenic coastline, destroying more than 700 homes, sought on Wednesday to defend homes from flames whipped by resurgent Santa Ana winds. The so-called Thomas Fire, already the state's fifth-largest wildland blaze on record, remained a threat to the communities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Summerland and Montecito despite gains made by crews during a lull in the winds a day earlier. 'Very high fuel loading, critically low fuel moistures, above average temperatures and single-digit relative humidities will continue to support fire growth on the west, east and north sides of the Thomas Incident,' the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a statement.

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Dec 13, 2017

Putin must nudge Syria into U.N. peace deal, mediator says
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura urged Russia on Wednesday to convince its ally the Syrian government of the need to clinch a peace deal to end the nearly seven-year-old war. De Mistura, speaking on Swiss television station RTS, said failure to make peace quickly through United Nations mediation could lead to 'a fragmentation of Syria'.

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Dec 13, 2017

Controversial Judicial Nominee Brett Talley Withdraws Nomination
WASHINGTON ? President Donald Trump is giving up on trying to confirm one of his most controversial judicial nominees, Brett Talley, a White House spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday to HuffPost.

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Dec 13, 2017

Family Grows From 5 Members to 11 After the Birth of Sextuplets
The three boys and three girls are expected to remain in the NICU for the next month.

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Dec 13, 2017

Net giants 'must pay for news' from which they make billions
Nine European press agencies, including AFP, called Wednesday on internet giants to be forced to pay copyright for using news content on which they make vast profits. The call comes as the EU is debating a directive to make Facebook, Google, Twitter and other major players pay for the millions of news articles they use or link to. 'Facebook has become the biggest media in the world,' the agencies said in a plea published in the French daily Le Monde.

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Dec 13, 2017

Haunting PSA From Sandy Hook Families Predicts 'Tomorrow's School Shooting'
Families who lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre released a powerful video this week, urging parents and teachers to help prevent another school shooting by taking action now.

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Dec 13, 2017

Lebanese army to get $120 million in U.S. aid
The United States, which wants to prevent violence spilling over from Syria into Lebanon, will give the Lebanese army $120 million more in aid to boost border security and counter-terrorism work, the U.S. ambassador to Lebanon said on Wednesday. Lebanon will get six MD 530G light attack helicopters, six Scan Eagle drones, and communication and night vision equipment under the new programs, Ambassador Elizabeth Richard said after she met Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri.

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Dec 13, 2017

Prosecutors move to keep death penalty an option in slayings
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors have moved to hold onto their ability to seek the death penalty against two cousins in the deaths of four men found buried on a Philadelphia-area farm, although attorneys have said a deal with one defendant would take capital punishment off the table.

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Dec 13, 2017

Half Of American Voters Believe The Women Accusing Trump Of Sexual Misconduct
Fifty percent of voters believe that the sexual misconduct allegations against President Donald Trump are 'credible,' according to a new survey from Politico and Morning Consult.

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Dec 13, 2017

Rights group criticizes China for mass DNA collection in Xinjiang
Chinese authorities have collected DNA and other biometric data from the whole population of the volatile western region of Xinjiang, Human Right Watch said on Wednesday, denouncing the campaign as a gross violation of international norms. Hundreds of people have been killed in Xinjiang in the past few years in violence between Uighurs, a mostly Muslim people, and ethnic majority Han Chinese, which Beijing blames on Islamist militants. Police are responsible for collecting pictures, fingerprints, iris scans and household registration information, while health authorities should collect DNA samples and blood type information as part of a 'Physicals for All' program, the New York-based group said in a statement, citing government a document.

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Dec 13, 2017

Volkswagen releases 2019 Jetta sketches ahead of Detroit reveal
It might be hard to believe for anyone outside the United States, but the Jetta is still Volkswagen's biggest-selling model in America. Despite the continuing decline of sedan sales, the seemingly unstoppable rise of the SUV, the sheer quality of the Golf, and the age of the Jetta, it really is still VW's most important model in the US. It's therefore a pretty big deal that the German automaker has now released some sketches of the all-new 2019 Jetta ahead of a full reveal at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

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Dec 13, 2017

Google opens AI centre in China as competition heats up
Google announced Wednesday that it will open a new artificial intelligence research centre in Beijing, tapping China's talent pool in the promising technology despite the US search giant's exclusion from the country's internet. Artificial intelligence, especially machine learning, has been an area of intense focus for American tech stalwarts Google, Microsoft and Facebook, and their Chinese competitors Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu as they bid to master what many consider the future of computing.

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Dec 13, 2017

The Rock For President? Dwayne Johnson Now 'Seriously Considering' A Run
Could the People''s Champion end up in the People''s House?

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Dec 13, 2017

Sirens, doves as China marks 80 years since Nanjing massacre
Sirens blared and thousands of doves were released as Chinese President Xi Jinping presided over a sombre ceremony in Nanjing marking 80 years since the wartime massacre in the city by Japanese troops. 'China and Japan are close neighbours, neighbours who can't move away,' said Yu Zhengsheng, a former member of China's top Communist leadership who now chairs a parliamentary body. China and Japan should build on their 'long, rich history' of links to deepen 'friendship', Yu said, avoiding reference to bitter disputes over the massacre.

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Dec 12, 2017

The Latest: Homeless camp fire sparked Los Angeles blaze
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local):

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Dec 12, 2017

Does Moore's Loss Mean A Reckoning For Trump? Don't Count On It.
WASHINGTON - Calling women who accuse you of misdeeds liars.

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Dec 12, 2017

Biggest LA fire spreading more slowly as survivors pick up the pieces
Crews battling wildfires ravaging southern California for a week have managed to slow the spread of the worst of the blazes, officials said Tuesday, as residents were taking stock of the catastrophic damage. Evacuation orders were in place for threatened areas in the Santa Barbara region about 160 kilometers (100 miles) northwest of Los Angeles. In the past day or so, the blaze figure has grown by around a thousand hectares.

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Dec 12, 2017

The Latest: Democrat Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate seat
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Alabama's U.S. Senate election (all times local):

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Dec 12, 2017

US, EU and Japan up the pressure on China at WTO
The United States, European Union and Japan jointly rounded on China's 'market-distorting subsidies' at the World Trade Organization conference in Argentina Tuesday. A joint statement from the three powers made no direct mention of China, but said 'severe excess capacity in key sectors, exacerbated by government-financed and supported capacity expansion, unfair competitive conditions caused by large market-distorting subsidies and state-owned enterprises' were serious problems for international trade.

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Dec 12, 2017

N.C. Toddler Freezes to Death on Porch as Mom Slept Inside with Drugs in Her System
A North Carolina woman whose 3-year-old son froze to death on their porch has been sentenced to prison for being unconscious at the time with drugs in her system, PEOPLE confirms

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Dec 12, 2017

Storm-hit Puerto Rico starving for tourists
Until Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Jose Figueroa did brisk business renting kayaks to tourists itching to see a lagoon that lights up by night thanks to millions of microorganisms. 'We do not know if we will have any work tonight,' Figueroa said.

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Dec 12, 2017

The Latest: Safeway spokeswoman says workers will miss mayor
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee (all times local):

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Dec 12, 2017

Three Florida Men Charged With Animal Cruelty For Dragging a Shark Behind Their Boat
A video of a shark being dragged behind their speeding boat went viral in late July after a Miami sport fisherman criticized it on social media

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Dec 12, 2017

'Let's Just Meet.' Rex Tillerson Says the U.S. is Open to North Korea Talks Without Preconditions
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without preconditions, backing away from a key U.S. demand that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations

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Dec 12, 2017

Republicans Are Rushing Toward a Deal on Their Tax Plan That Would Reduce the Rate for Top Earners
It would reduce the rate for top earners to 37%

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Dec 12, 2017

Michigan police open investigation after child detained
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan police department has opened an internal investigation after officers held an 11-year-old girl at gunpoint, handcuffed her and put her in the back of a cruiser.

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Dec 12, 2017

Firefighters wrestle to control massive California wildfire
An out-of-control California wildfire that has already destroyed nearly 700 homes in its path of destruction crept closer to the upscale hillside community of Montecito on Tuesday despite calmer winds that slowed its progress. The Thomas Fire, which broke out on Dec. 4 near the community of Ojai, has since traveled 27 miles (43 km) to become the fifth-largest blaze in state history. It has blackened more than 366 square miles (948 square kilometers) in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, an area larger than New York City.

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Dec 12, 2017

Tillerson, in new overture to North Korea, says ready to talk without pre-conditions
By David Brunnstrom and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from U.S. demands that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be about giving up its nuclear arsenal. 'Let's just meet,' Tillerson said in a speech to Washington's Atlantic Council think tank, presenting a new diplomatic overture amid heightened tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile advances and harsh rhetoric between the two sides.

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Dec 12, 2017

Authorities: 2 dead after school bus fire in western Iowa
OAKLAND, Iowa (AP) — A fire erupted on a school bus after it backed into a ditch in western Iowa early Tuesday, killing a student and the bus driver, investigators said.

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Dec 12, 2017

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Dec 12, 2017

Los Angeles fire that tore through Bel Air started at homeless camp, officials reveal
A cooking fire at a homeless camp ignited the wildfire that threatened the affluent Los Angeles neighbourhood of Bel Air, officials have said. 'Investigators have determined the fire was caused by an illegal cooking fire at an encampment in a brush area adjacent,' the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a statement, adding that no arrests had yet been made in connection with the fire. While not as large as the two other blazes that scorched thousands of acres in Los Angeles County, the Skirball Fire attracted attention as it imperilled upscale homes and the Getty Center, feeding on dry brush in the hills.

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Dec 12, 2017

White House says Trump's tweet to Gillibrand was not 'sexist at all'
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders defended President Trump''s tweet saying Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand would 'do anything' for campaign donations.

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Dec 12, 2017

U.S. Congress to let Iran deadline pass, leave decision to Trump
By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Congress will allow a deadline on reimposing sanctions on Iran to pass this week, congressional and White House aides said on Tuesday, leaving a pact between world powers and Tehran intact at least temporarily. In October, Trump declined to certify that Iran was complying with the nuclear agreement reached among Tehran, the United States and others in 2015. Congressional leaders have announced no plans to introduce a resolution to reimpose sanctions before Wednesday's deadline and aides say lawmakers will let the deadline pass without action.

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Dec 12, 2017

The Latest: GOP agrees to lower top tax rate for individuals
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican tax overhaul (all times local):

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Dec 12, 2017

Canada to buy 18 used Australian jets
Canada announced Tuesday it would buy 18 used Australian jets instead of new Boeing Super Hornets, signaling limits in its unwavering friendship with its US neighbor. A little more than a year after saying it would buy 18 Super Hornets for more than $5 billion, and amid trade tensions, Ottawa formally rejected the deal in favor of used planes from Australia. Senior government and military officials said the Australian F-18 fighter jets will fill an air force interim capability gap while Ottawa holds a competitive procurement process for a new fleet.

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Dec 12, 2017

Oreo Just Announced 3 New Fan-Created Flavors
Cherry Cola Oreos, Kettle Corn Oreos, and Piña Colada Oreo Thins head up the #MyOreoCreations contest submissions you can soon try for yourself.

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Dec 12, 2017

North Korea: US ready to meet and talk without preconditions, says Rex Tillerson
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States is prepared to negotiate with North Korea without preconditions. 'We are ready to have the first meeting without precondition,' Mr Tillerson said in a speech in Washington, DC. The statement from America''s top diplomatic official underscores the urgency of efforts to blunt the threat of an increasingly belligerent North Korea.

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Dec 12, 2017

How to Make Cauliflower Korma
Korma is a mild, coconut milk-based curry, a great way to introduce more complex and fragrant spices to your cooking. Our plant-forward version is simple to prepare thanks to a few time-savvy supermarket finds, like prechopped onion.

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Dec 12, 2017

Doug Jones Built No-Holds-Barred Campaign
Rachel Maddow points out that in addition to other factors like African-American turnout and women voters, the Doug Jones campaign itself was well run and a testament to burgeoning Democratic political power in the South.

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Dec 12, 2017

GOP Tax Bill ‘Designed' To Kneecap Renewable Energy In Favor Of Fossil Fuels, Democrats Say
The Republican tax bill aims to cripple the solar power, wind power and electric vehicle industries at the behest of GOP campaign donors from the fossil fuel sector, seven Democratic senators said Tuesday.

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Dec 12, 2017

26 Gifts For Teens Who Are A Struggle To Shop For
If you thought buying a gift for dad was hard enough, try finding the perfect present for a teen.

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Dec 12, 2017

Charles Jenkins, American Held By North Korea For 40 Years After Defection, Dies At 77
Charles Jenkins, a former American soldier who defected across the Demilitarized Zone into North Korea in 1965 and was held by the totalitarian regime for 40 years, died in Japan on Monday at the age of 77.

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Dec 12, 2017

Lead Cop In Felony Trial For Trump Inaugural Protesters Sent Anti-Activist Tweets
WASHINGTON ? The police detective who has spent virtually all of this year aiding the prosecution of individuals arrested en masse on the day of President Donald Trump''s inauguration was questioned on Tuesday about tweets he sent, retweeted or liked that were critical of Black Lives Matter and 'leftist goons.'

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Dec 12, 2017

Opioid crisis strains foster system as kids pried from homes
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The case arrives with all the routine of a traffic citation: A baby boy, just 4 days old and exposed to heroin in his mother's womb, is shuddering through withdrawal in intensive care, his fate now here in a shabby courthouse that hosts a parade of human misery.

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Dec 12, 2017

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Defends Trump's Sexist Attack On Kirsten Gillibrand
WASHINGTON ? White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, attempting to explain President Donald Trump’s latest sexist attack, this time against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), claimed it was “very obvious” that Trump was referring to “the corruption of the entire political system.”

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Dec 12, 2017

Why I Responded Live On The Air To A Viewer Who Called Me A Racial Slur
Editor''s note: This piece includes the uncensored use of racial slurs and graphic language that may be disturbing to readers.

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Dec 12, 2017

It Turns Out Legal Weed In Colorado Hasn't Led To Kids Abusing The Drug
Opponents of marijuana policy reform have warned that legalizing cannabis could give way to an epidemic of young people abusing the plant.

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Dec 12, 2017

Woman with 84 Great Danes guilty of animal cruelty charges
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A woman who had dozens of filthy and sick Great Danes living in her New Hampshire mansion was found guilty Tuesday of 10 animal cruelty charges.

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Dec 12, 2017

Why Recognizing Jerusalem Is Good for Peace
Until the Palestinians realize that Israel is here to stay and start negotiating in earnest, it behooves Washington to signal that they are losing ground.

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Dec 12, 2017

The Latest: Homeland Security watching Alabama election
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on Alabama's U.S. Senate election (all times local):

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Dec 12, 2017

Honeymoon Horror: Newlywed Bitten by Shark During Post-Wedding Getaway
Sarah Illig was on her honeymoon in the Bahamas when the beast bit down on her arm.

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Dec 12, 2017

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Dec 12, 2017

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Dec 12, 2017

Man Arguing With Girlfriend Threw Good Samaritan Off Bridge: Police
A Connecticut man is facing an attempted murder charge after he allegedly threw another man off a bridge during an argument with his girlfriend.

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Dec 12, 2017

McMaster rips Russian 'campaigns of subversion'
President Trump''s national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, accused Russia on Tuesday of waging 'campaigns of subversion' against the United States and its allies.

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Dec 12, 2017

Couple Collectively Sheds More than 400 Pounds After Making New Year's Resolution to Lose Weight
Lexi and Danny Reed said they wanted to change their lifestyles so they could become parents in the future.

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Dec 12, 2017

Keaton Jones' Mom Responds to Criticism Over Confederate Flag Photos: 'I Can't Take It Back'
Kimberly Jones also claims she has nothing to do with a GoFundMe page that has raised $58,000 for her son.

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Dec 12, 2017

African-American Vote Energized in Alabama
Senator Cory Booker talks with Rachel Maddow about the effort by the Doug Jones campaign to motivate the African-American vote, and the cold reception he hopes Roy Moore will receive if he wins election to the Senate.

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Dec 12, 2017

Tillerson: My failure if US resorts to force on North Korea
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed confidence Tuesday that Washington is doing all it can to force North Korea to negotiate its nuclear disarmament. 'You know, we can only do our part in this, and the regime in Pyongyang is going to have to come to some decision about their future,' Tillerson said. The United States has mobilized the world community to impose stringent economic and diplomatic sanctions on Kim Jong-un's regime to halt its nuclear drive.

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Dec 12, 2017

The Sweet Ways Billie Lourd Honored Carrie Fisher At The 'Star Wars' Premiere
Billie Lourd found two beautiful ways to pay tribute to her late mother, Carrie Fisher, at the premiere of her mom''s last 'Star Wars' film.

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Dec 12, 2017

Roy Moore Rode In To Vote On A Horse Named 'Sassy'
Republican candidate Roy Moore arrived at his polling place in Gallant, Alabama, on horseback Tuesday to vote in the special Senate election where he faces Democratic candidate Doug Jones.

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Dec 12, 2017

Kentucky lawmaker won't resign; says assault claim false
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Republican state representative in Kentucky says a woman's claim that he sexually assaulted her in 2013 has no merit and he will not resign.

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Dec 12, 2017

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Dec 12, 2017

Tig Notaro Says It's A ‘Huge Relief' To Have Louis C.K.'s Name Off Her Show
Tig Notaro feels free to open up about her complex history with Louis C.K.

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Dec 12, 2017

Tig Notaro Says It’s A ‘Huge Relief’ To Have Louis C.K.'s Name Off Her Show
Tig Notaro feels free to open up about her complex history with Louis C.K.

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Dec 12, 2017

PolitiFact's Lie Of The Year: Donald Trump And 'This Russia Thing'
PolitiFact on Tuesday revealed its 2017 'Lie of the Year,' focusing on how President Donald Trump has regularly disputed whether Russia interfered in last year''s election and questioned the widely held conclusion of U.S. intelligence agencies, which he has frequently undermined and dismissed as 'political hacks.'

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Dec 12, 2017

North Korean Prisons Are Worse Than Nazi Concentration Camps, Says Holocaust Survivor
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un''s mistreatment of political prisoners is at least as egregious as that carried out in World War II concentration camps, according to a former international judge who survived Auschwitz.

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Dec 12, 2017

Alabama Native Channing Tatum Encourages Followers Not To Vote For Roy Moore
When Alabama native Channing Tatum casts his vote for the state''s special election on Tuesday, he''ll be supporting Democrat Doug Jones in his bid for a Senate seat.

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Dec 12, 2017

Twenty companies join nations planning coal phase out
About 20 companies including Unilever , EDF and Iberdrola joined an international alliance of 26 nations on Tuesday pledging to phase out coal to combat global warming. At a climate summit hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, new members of the 'Powering Past Coal Alliance' agreed that traditional coal power should be phased out by 2030 in rich nations and by 2050 in other parts of the world. The coal phase-out plan, launched last month by about 20 governments, widened on Tuesday to companies also including BT , Engie , Kering , Diageo , Marks & Spencer, Orsted , Storebrand and Virgin Group.

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Dec 12, 2017

Reality Still Bites for Generation X
It sometimes seems that it is impossible to open up a newspaper or to turn on the television without hearing something about either baby boomers or millennials. Loosely defined as those who now between ages 37 to 52, Gen X is squarely sandwiched between the boomers and millennials. While smaller in numbers, Gen X has quietly come of age.

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Dec 12, 2017

MSC Seaside named best new ship of 2017 by Cruise Critic
MSC Seaside was named best new ship of the year Tuesday in the annual awards handed out by Cruise Critic, the cruise website.

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Dec 12, 2017

The real reason why a flat white costs more than other coffee
The epitome of coffee cool, the flat white came under fire this week as Conal Lavery of Thomson''s Coffee Roasters told Channel 4''s Supershoppers that customers were being ripped off by excessive pricing. In Starbucks, you can expect to pay £2.40 for a tall latte (12 fl oz) with two shots of coffee, but £2.60 for a significantly smaller flat white (8 fl oz). In Caffè Nero, a medium latte is £2.50 - but a flat white will set you back £2.60.  Based on their ingredients, he explained, a flat white (a double espresso shot with a single portion of textured milk) should be cheaper. "There is no reason for a flat white to cost any more," he said.  "The chains and the speciality independent side of the market do a double shot as standard [in flat whites as well as lattes]," he added. "So you are getting the same amount of coffee and with a flat white but with less milk. So if anything, it should cost less." I hate the word hipster, but people are buying into the East London thing Previously the preserve of specialists and coffee drinkers in Australia and New Zealand, where it originated, the flat white entered public consciousness a couple of years ago. It''s now a mainstream choice on the high street - but still comes at a seemingly bizarre premium.  So, are hapless consumers being tricked into thinking we''re buying a superior coffee? Or are we paying some sort of zeitgeist tax? What does the flat white represent to you? Credit: Getty The inflated price might have something to do with the fact that the espresso-based coffee is still synonymous with the "cool" East London lifestyle, says Chloe Callow, coffee expert and editor of Caffeine Magazine.  Callow agrees that the flat white costs no more to produce than other conventional coffees - but she does say that there''s an added skill in texturing the milk. A proper flat white should be made using whole milk that is steamed to microfoam consistency - this means aerating the milk less than if you were making a latte, which creates a silkier texture. There''s also an art to producing the detailed and highly Instagrammable foam art that is synonymous with a flat white. If done properly, all of this requires investment in a skilled barista. Coffee decoded: why filter is the only way to brew beans now However, Callow suggests that the other reason for the higher cost of a flat white comes from its "perceived value". Retailers are relying on the desire of consumers to be part of a trend. "These customers are not just buying a flat white, she says. "They''re buying into a lifestyle." For Callow, the flat white represents an accessible, affordable, bite-sized portion of cool - which grants momentary inclusion into a certain tribe.  "The [flat white] trend stemmed from the rise of independent coffee shops in London - think of the stereotype of the tattooed barista." Is your flat white really worth the extra pennies? "There are loads of them now, but when they first arrived, they were pioneers of this ''third wave'' coffee scene. The flat white was less accessible back then, and seen as something a little bit different." Third Wave coffee, for those of you who didn''t get the memo, is the term for the global movement towards treating coffee as an artisan food product. "The flat white is a small luxury but it''s still affordable - it''s perceived as niche, and above and beyond the everyday," continues Callow. "It''s not like buying a cup of tea and a biscuit. I hate the word ''hipster'', but people are buying into the East London

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Dec 12, 2017

X-32: The Fighter Plane That Almost Replaced the F-35
Built to the same specifications, the X-32 and the F-35 had relatively similar performance parameters. Deciding to compete on cost, Boeing designed the X-32 around a single-piece delta wing that would fit all three variants. The X-32 lacked the shaft-driven turbofan lift of the F-35, instead using the same thrust vectoring system as the AV-8 Harrier.

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Dec 12, 2017

Russia will keep bases in Syria to strike at insurgents: Kremlin
By Denis Pinchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will keep a naval and an air base in Syria capable of carrying out strikes against insurgents if required after a partial military pull-out announced by President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Tuesday. Putin on Monday ordered 'a significant part' of Moscow's military contingent to start pulling out of Syria, declaring their work largely done. Putin made the announcement during a surprise visit to the Russian Hmeymim air base, where he met President Bashar al-Assad and addressed Russian forces.

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Dec 12, 2017

Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017: 'Feminism'
NEW YORK (AP) — This may or may not come as a surprise: Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017 is "feminism."

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Dec 12, 2017

Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017: 'Feminism'
NEW YORK (AP) — This may or may not come as a surprise: Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017 is "feminism."

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Dec 12, 2017

U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea in 1965 dies aged 77
A U.S. soldier who deserted to North Korea more than half a century ago, but who was eventually allowed to leave the secretive state, has died in Japan aged 77. One of the Cold War's strangest dramas began in 1965 when Charles Robert Jenkins, then a 24-year-old army sergeant nicknamed 'Scooter' from tiny Rich Square in North Carolina, disappeared one January night while on patrol near the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas. At an emotional court martial in Japan in 2004, Jenkins - who had never gone to high school - said he deserted to avoid hazardous duty in South Korea and escape combat in Vietnam.

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Dec 12, 2017

5 Of Trump's 19 Accusers Leading Call For Congress To Investigate Misconduct Claims
Another woman who has accused President Donald Trump of groping her is demanding a congressional investigation into the numerous sexual misconduct allegations against him.

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Dec 12, 2017

The Story of How the Japanese Admiral Who Planned Pearl Harbor Was Assassinated
The U.S. military treated it as a purely military matter that didn''t need civilian approval. Admiral Nimitz authorized the interception, and the orders were passed down the military chain of command. There was no presidential decision nor Justice Department review.

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Dec 12, 2017

China Is Still Angry Over the Last Taiwan Crisis (And Its Military Is Ready)
Thus, despite the growing threat it faces from an increasingly powerful China and the high uncertainty surrounding the future of the region, circumstances—particularly the potential for Beijing to alienate Seoul should the relationship continue to sour—could in fact turn more favorable for Taiwan, thus creating an opportunity to play a greater role in regional security. Twenty-one years, as Taiwanese were readying to hold their country’s first direct presidential election later in March, China flexed its military muscles by holding a series of military exercises and firing missiles within thirty-five miles off the ports of Keelung and Kaohsiung, causing a panic in Taiwan and prompted U.S. President William J. Clinton to deploy a carrier battle group to international waters near Taiwan.

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Dec 12, 2017

'Trump you failed to protect your nation', New York bomb suspect wrote ahead of failed attack
The New York bomb suspect wrote "Trump you failed to protect your nation" on Facebook before heading to a busy transit hub to set off a pipe bomb, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Akayed Ullah, from Bangladesh, has been charged with providing material support to terrorists and using weapons of mass destruction, following the failed suicide bomb attack on Monday.   The 27-year-old was arrested after setting off a pipe bomb strapped to his body at one of New York''s busiest commuter hubs which left four other people injured.   He later told police that he carried out the attack "for the Islamic State (Isil)," according to court papers filed by federal prosecutors.   Ullah posted his message to Trump on his Facebook account on the morning of the attack.   Ullah''s passport was found at his home covered in handwritten notes, including one that read: "O America, die in your rage."   pipe bomb suspect Akayed Ullah Credit:  New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission  Mr Trump has said he would end immigration provisions in response to the attack.    Speaking at the White House on Tuesday the president highlighted that two recent attacks in New York involved foreign nationals living in the US on immigration programs.   Ullah first arrived in the US in 2011 on a visa available to those with family connections in the country.    Sayfullo Saipov, the 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant who killed eight people in an attack in November, was living in the US under a diversity lottery program which gives permanent resident visas to around 50,000 applicants a year.    Five people were injured in the Isil-inspired attack Mr Trump said Congress "must get involved immediately" as he vowed that the two immigration programs "will be ended".   It is believed Ullah became radicalised after he began watching pro-Isil material online in 2014 and carried out his attack because he was angry over US policies in the Middle East, prosecutors said.   The bomb, described by authorities as a low-tech device, exploded inside an underpass leading to three train lines and the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square, the nation''s busiest bus station.   Police respond to a report of an explosion near Times Square on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in New York Credit: AP He has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon, supporting an act of terrorism and making a terrorist threat, New York Police said.   US prosecutors also brought federal charges including using a weapon of mass destruction, which carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.   Investigators found a nine-volt battery inside Ullah''s trouser pocket, as well as fragments from a metal pipe and the remnants of what appeared to be fairy lights attached to wires.   Officials said Ullah told investigators he built the bomb at his Brooklyn home a week before the attack, filling the pipe with metal screws to maximize damage.     Meanwhile investigators in Bangladesh were questioning Ullah''s wife - with whom he has a six-month old son - and her family, according to US officials.

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Dec 12, 2017

'Trump you failed to protect your nation', New York bomb suspect wrote ahead of failed attack
The New York bomb suspect wrote "Trump you failed to protect your nation" on Facebook before heading to a busy transit hub to set off a pipe bomb, prosecutors said on Tuesday. Akayed Ullah, from Bangladesh, has been charged with providing material support to terrorists and using weapons of mass destruction, following the failed suicide bomb attack on Monday.   The 27-year-old was arrested after setting off a pipe bomb strapped to his body at one of New York's busiest commuter hubs which left four other people injured.   He later told police that he carried out the attack "for the Islamic State (Isil)," according to court papers filed by federal prosecutors.   Ullah posted his message to Trump on his Facebook account on the morning of the attack.   Ullah's passport was found at his home covered in handwritten notes, including one that read: "O America, die in your rage."   pipe bomb suspect Akayed Ullah Credit:  New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission  Mr Trump has said he would end immigration provisions in response to the attack.    Speaking at the White House on Tuesday the president highlighted that two recent attacks in New York involved foreign nationals living in the US on immigration programs.   Ullah first arrived in the US in 2011 on a visa available to those with family connections in the country.    Sayfullo Saipov, the 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant who killed eight people in an attack in November, was living in the US under a diversity lottery program which gives permanent resident visas to around 50,000 applicants a year.    Five people were injured in the Isil-inspired attack Mr Trump said Congress "must get involved immediately" as he vowed that the two immigration programs "will be ended".   It is believed Ullah became radicalised after he began watching pro-Isil material online in 2014 and carried out his attack because he was angry over US policies in the Middle East, prosecutors said.   The bomb, described by authorities as a low-tech device, exploded inside an underpass leading to three train lines and the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square, the nation's busiest bus station.   Police respond to a report of an explosion near Times Square on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, in New York Credit: AP He has been charged with criminal possession of a weapon, supporting an act of terrorism and making a terrorist threat, New York Police said.   US prosecutors also brought federal charges including using a weapon of mass destruction, which carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.   Investigators found a nine-volt battery inside Ullah's trouser pocket, as well as fragments from a metal pipe and the remnants of what appeared to be fairy lights attached to wires.   Officials said Ullah told investigators he built the bomb at his Brooklyn home a week before the attack, filling the pipe with metal screws to maximize damage.     Meanwhile investigators in Bangladesh were questioning Ullah's wife - with whom he has a six-month old son - and her family, according to US officials.

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Dec 12, 2017

The Latest: Islamic Jihad drops claim of Israeli airstrike
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the fallout from the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (all times local):

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Dec 12, 2017

Mother of Keaton Jones says Confederate flag photos were supposed to be 'ironic and funny'
The mother of Keaton Jones is addressing backlash on social media after controversial photos emerged of her and her son posing with Confederate flags.

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Dec 12, 2017

Mother of Keaton Jones says Confederate flag photos were supposed to be 'ironic and funny'
The mother of Keaton Jones is addressing backlash on social media after controversial photos emerged of her and her son posing with Confederate flags.

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Dec 12, 2017

Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Leader, Dies at 104
Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, the spiritual leader of Israel''s non-Hassidic ultra-Orthodox Jews of European descent and one of the country''s most influential and powerful rabbis, died on Tuesday. He was 104.

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Dec 12, 2017

Mario Batali Advocated Doing 'The Right Thing' Weeks Before Being Accused Of Misconduct
Mario Batali, who stepped down from his restaurant group on Monday after four women accused him of sexual misconduct, spoke out in support of women’s equality at an event in October.

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