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Dec 15, 2018

Qatar Ruler Says Talks With Saudi Begin Only When Embargo Lifted
"Our position on the solution hasn't changed," Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani said at a conference in Doha on Saturday. Last week, Sheikh Tamim spurned an invitation from Saudi Arabia's King Salman to attend a gathering of Gulf monarchies, which was seen as a sign of thawing relations after 18 months of Qatar's boycott by the kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. The overture came as Saudi Arabia sought to defuse pressure over the killing of a vocal critic in Istanbul.

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Dec 14, 2018

U.S. federal judge rules Obamacare unconstitutional
A judge agreed with a coalition of states that a change in tax law eliminating a penalty for not having health insurance invalidates the entire law.

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Dec 14, 2018

Federal Judge In Texas Rules Against Obamacare
The Affordable Care Act could be headed back to the Supreme Court for the

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Dec 14, 2018

Homeland Security Secretary says family are to blame for child's death under Border Patrol custody
Days after a seven-year-old Guatemalan girl died after complications from a septic shock she experienced while in Border Patrol custody, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the child's family was to blame for her death. "This is just a very sad example of the dangers of this journey," Ms Nielsen said on Fox News. FOX & FRIENDS: What do you know about the 7-year-old girl who died in Border Patrol custody?@SecNielsen: "This is just a very sad example of the dangers of this journey.

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Dec 14, 2018

The Latest: Police say fiancé the last to see missing woman
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a police investigation into a Colorado woman's disappearance (all times local):

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Dec 14, 2018

Twitter users have some things to say about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's 'Venn diagram'
To explain the changes in law, Walker brought along some visuals aids, including one intended to look like a Venn diagram.

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Dec 14, 2018

‘Fox & Friends' Calls Michael Cohen ‘Disloyal' To His Former Client Donald Trump
Fox & Friends worries what Michael Cohen had taped, says Trump needs an "A

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Dec 14, 2018

Robert Mueller: No 'coercion' in Michael Flynn FBI interview; urges court to reject attempt to downplay crime
Robert Mueller documents detail Flynn FBI interview, no 'coercion'

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Dec 14, 2018

Montana man pleads guilty to killing 2, putting them in acid
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana man pleaded guilty Friday to stabbing two people to death, including a teenage girl, dismembering their bodies and then trying to dissolve them in tubs filled with acid in the basement of a home.

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Dec 14, 2018

Photos of the week: 12/7 - 12/14
Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen was sentenced this week.

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Dec 14, 2018

Michigan Unions Dodge Republican Attack In Lame-Duck Session
A plan by Michigan Republicans to weaken public-sector unions in the state

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Dec 14, 2018

Canada to Trump administration: Don't play politics with Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou extradition case
Canada's foreign minister warned the Trump administration not to politicize the pending extradition of Chinese technology executive Meng Wanzhou.

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Dec 14, 2018

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Dec 14, 2018

The Latest: Migrant girl's dad said she was ill on bus
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the death of a 7-year-old migrant girl picked up along the U.S.-Mexico border (all times local):

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Dec 14, 2018

Justice Dept. has spent $25.2 million on Russia probe through September
In a tweet on Nov. 29, Trump claimed without evidence that Mueller's investigation, which the president has dubbed a "witch hunt," had led to the wasting of more than $40 million. "After wasting more than $40,000,000 (is that possible?), it has proven one thing-there was NO collusion with Russia. The report released on Friday showed that Mueller's office and other Justice Department offices assisting with the probe had spent $8.5 million combined from April 2018 through September 2018.

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Dec 14, 2018

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Dec 14, 2018

Fighting breaks out in Yemen's Hodeidah after truce deal
The main port used to feed Yemen's 30 million people is held by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement that also controls the capital Sanaa and has been battling against a Saudi-led Arab coalition seeking to restore a government ousted in 2014. Hodeidah has been the focus of fighting this year, raising global fears that a battle could cut off supply lines and lead to mass starvation. Yemeni forces backed by the Saudi-led coalition have massed on the city's outskirts.

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Dec 14, 2018

Shamir Shah Creates a Serene Model Unit With Global References at the Kent


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Dec 14, 2018

Want your gifts by Christmas? Order by these dates
Order your gifts from retailers like Nordstrom, Target, Amazon, Sephora and more by these dates to ensure they arrive by Christmas.

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Dec 14, 2018

Outgoing Michigan GOP Governor Signs Bills Gutting Minimum Wage Hike, Paid Sick Leave
Outgoing Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Friday signed off on legislation

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Dec 14, 2018

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Dec 14, 2018

Stocks plunge to 8-month lows on China fears; J&J nosedives
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are staggering Friday after weak economic data from China has investors worrying about the global economy again. Mounting tensions in Europe over Britain's impeding departure from the European Union also darkened traders' moods.

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Dec 14, 2018

Johnson & Johnson 'kept secret' that its Baby Powder contained asbestos
Johnson & Johnson knew that its talcum powder contained asbestos but failed to tell customers for over three decades, an investigation has found.  Shares in the company plunged  12 per cent following the release of the report by news agency Reuters, wiping £37bn ($47bn) off the company's value.  The investigation also found that the pharmaceutical company had employed a range of tactics to shape research into the problem and protect its Baby Powder brand. In one case, the company commissioned and paid for a study, told the researchers their desired results and then hired a ghostwriter to redraft the article presenting the findings. The investigation centres on a cache of documents released by Johnson & Johnson relating to the 11,700 plaintiffs claiming that the company's talc caused their cancers. The documents show that from at least 1971 to the early 2000s, the company's raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos, and that company executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors and lawyers fretted over the problem and how to address it while failing to disclose it to regulators or the public. A case in July, in which a judge ordered the company to pay $4.69bn in damages to 22 parties, was the first to succeed with a claim that the talc caused ovarian cancer.  Johnson and Johnson said it will appeal the recent verdicts against it and maintains that its talc is safe, adding that the recently divulged court papers show

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Dec 14, 2018

U.S. says China should free Canadians held after Huawei arrest
WASHINGTON/OTTAWA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said China should free two Canadian citizens who were detained this week after authorities in Canada arrested a senior Chinese technology executive on a U.S. extradition warrant. Pompeo's comments were the first by a senior U.S. official on the arrests, which Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said could escalate a growing trade conflict between China and the United States.

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Dec 14, 2018

The Latest: Attorney: Fiance of missing woman is cooperating
DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a police investigation into a Colorado woman's disappearance (all times local):

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Dec 14, 2018

Cash deposited in Robinhood's 3% checking and savings isn't insured, SIPC says
Cash in Robinhood's new checking and savings products that were rolled out this week is not insured by the Securities Investor Protection Corp.

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Dec 14, 2018

Scott Walker Signs Wisconsin GOP's Massive Power Grab Into Law
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) signed legislation Friday that strips power

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Dec 14, 2018

Sexual assault on Spirit flight lands man in prison for 9 years
Prosecutors said Prabhu Ramamoorthy "committed one of the most brazen airplane sexual assaults ever prosecuted in this district."

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Dec 14, 2018

The Latest: Italian journalist among the dead in Strasbourg
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Dec 14, 2018

'Who are you calling 'nebulous'?' May presses testy EU for Brexit help
With the British parliament deadlocked, the ultimate destination of the Brexit project remains unclear, with possible outcomes ranging from a disorderly departure with no deal to another referendum on European Union membership. May, who on Wednesday survived a plot in her party to oust her, rejected EU criticism of "nebulous" demands from a divided British political system and asked EU leaders at a summit in Brussels for political and legal assurances to help her win parliament around to her deal. EU officials said the declaration of their good intentions not to bind Britain to EU rules forever was just that -- not a tweak to the treaty's so-called "backstop" to avoid a hard land border for Ireland.

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Dec 14, 2018

Brazil take first step in program to join nuclear-powered sub club
President Michel Temer and his right-wing successor, President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, both pressed the button that lowered into the sea the 1,700-ton submarine named Riachuelo at a Rio de Janeiro naval base. Temer's wife, Marcela, had christened the vessel, by smashing a champagne bottle against its hull. The submarines being built by the Brazilian Navy in partnership with France's defense company Naval Group, formerly known as DCNS, are a modified version of the Scorpene class diesel-powered submarine.

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Dec 14, 2018

6 Sandy Hook Survivors On Healing, Faith And Forgiveness, 6 Years Later
Dec. 14, 2018, marks six years since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary

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Dec 14, 2018

Erdogan and Trump urge cooperation after Turkey's Syria threat
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his US counterpart Donald Trump agreed Friday to "more effective coordination" between their countries' operations in Syria, after Ankara threatened to launch a new offensive in the war-torn nation. The two leaders spoke after Erdogan warned of a fresh Turkish operation against a Syrian Kurdish militia that risks aggravating already strained relations, as the US not only supports the militia but has troops deployed alongside its fighters. Trump and Erdogan "agreed to ensure more effective cooperation on the subject of Syria" during a telephone call, a Turkish presidential source said.

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Dec 14, 2018

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Dec 14, 2018

Eliza Dushku left 'Bull' after sexual harassment complaint
Eliza Dushku left 'Bull' after sexual harassment complaint.

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Dec 14, 2018

Israeli forces kill Palestinian in West Bank clashes: medics
Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian during stone throwing clashes on Friday in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian health officials said. The clashes followed a surge of violence on Thursday when a Palestinian gunman killed two Israeli soldiers, and Israeli forces killed two Hamas fugitives whom it blamed for earlier deadly attacks. Israeli forces also killed two Palestinians that Israel said had tried to carry out attacks.

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Dec 14, 2018

The Latest: Authorities probe why suspect wasn't stopped
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on France attack aftermath and death of suspect (all times local):

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Dec 14, 2018

First new Mustang Shelby GT500 to be sold by Barrett-Jackson
The buyer gets to pick the color and the options for their special muscle car

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Dec 14, 2018

EU's Tusk says no more Brexit negotiations
By Gabriela Baczynska and Jan Strupczewski BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Council President Donald Tusk said on Friday he had no mandate to reopen Brexit negotiations with Britain, while the head of the bloc's executive, Jean-Claude Juncker, said he "admired" Prime Minister Theresa May. Tusk and Juncker were speaking at a news conference after two days of talks at an EU summit that were dominated by the issue of Brexit and saw the other 27 national leaders of the bloc offer May only vague assurances over their Brexit deal. "I have no mandate to organize any further negotiations. ...

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Dec 14, 2018

Business worries for France ahead of new 'yellow vest' protests
Fears grew about the economic impact of France's month-long "yellow vest" protests on Friday ahead of a decisive weekend for the grassroots opposition movement and President Emmanuel Macron. "The latest flash data pointed to an outright contraction in France's private sector for the first time in two-and-a-half years," IHS Market economist Eliot Kerr warned. Macron's centrist government is hoping that concessions announced on Monday, a terror attack in Strasbourg on Tuesday and freezing weather this weekend will deter demonstrators from taking to the streets again.

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Dec 14, 2018

US-backed forces expel IS from east Syria hub
Kurdish-led forces seized the Islamic State's main hub of Hajin Friday, a milestone in a massive and costly US-backed operation to eradicate the jihadists from eastern Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces secured Hajin, the largest settlement in what is the last pocket of territory controlled by IS, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "After a week of heavy fighting and air strikes, the SDF were able to kick IS out", Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based monitoring group, said.

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Dec 14, 2018

Thousands of Ohio schoolkids plead with GM CEO Mary Barra to keep Chevy Cruze plant open
About 20 school districts in Ohio near GM's Lordstown plant launched a letter-writing campaign to GM CEO Mary Barra asking her to save the factory.

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Dec 14, 2018

Chris Christie Doesn't Want To Be Trump's Next Chief Of Staff
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Friday that he no longer wants

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Dec 14, 2018

Republican U.S. Senator Kyl to resign on Dec. 31: Arizona governor
Republican U.S. Senator Jon Kyl, who was appointed to replace the late John McCain, will step down from office on Dec. 31, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said in a statement on Friday. Kyl was only expected to serve as a short-term placeholder to occupy the seat until after the November 2018 election. "Arizona needed someone who could hit the ground running from day one and represent our state with experience and confidence - and that's exactly what Senator Kyl has done," Ducey said in a statement.

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Dec 14, 2018

Who will replace Jon Kyl? Republican Martha McSally among the possibilities
Speculation heats up about who Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will appoint to succeed Jon Kyl in John McCain's old Senate seat.

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Dec 14, 2018

U.S.-backed Syrian forces close to seizing town from Islamic State: spokeswoman
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces will soon seize the town of Hajin from Islamic State (IS) in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border, a spokeswoman said on Friday. Hajin is the last big town Islamic State holds in its remaining enclave east of the Euphrates River. The SDF, spearheaded by the Kurdish YPG militia, has battled to eliminate the jihadists there for several months.

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Dec 14, 2018

Bear attacks woman outside Pennsylvania home, drags her 88 yards
Game wardens say a bear attacked a woman outside her home in Pennsylvania and dragged her more than 80 yards

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Dec 14, 2018

Republican Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona to Resign at Year's End
The appointment of Kyl had prevented the GOP from having to defend two Senate seats on the election ballot in November. The state's other seat, now held by Republican Senator Jeff Flake, was won by Democrat Kyrsten Sinema.

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Dec 14, 2018

Trump considering appointing son-in-law Jared Kushner as new White House chief of staff, reports say
Donald Trump is believed to be considering his son-in-law Jared Kushner for his next chief-of-staff, in a move that could prompt fresh accusations of nepotism in the White House. Sarah Sanders, Mr Trump's press secretary, did not deny that the 37-year-old was competing for the role. Ms Sanders' comments will only add to speculation that Mr Kushner is under consideration for the role, which will be vacated by General John Kelly.

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Dec 14, 2018

The Latest: 4th person dies after Strasbourg market attack
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on France attack aftermath and death of suspect (all times local):

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Dec 14, 2018

The Latest: Palestinian police end Hamas' West Bank protest
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The Latest on the violence in the West Bank (all times local):

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Dec 14, 2018

Special report: J&J knew for decades that asbestos lurked in its Baby Powder
An examination shows that from at least 1971 to the early 2000s, products sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos.

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Dec 14, 2018

J&J kept a guiding hand on talc safety research
"Our current posture with respect to the sponsorship of talc safety studies has been to initiate studies only as dictated by confrontation," the memo said. "This philosophy, so far, has allowed us to neutralize or hold in check data already generated by investigators who question the safety of talc." Also, the memo said, "we minimize the risk of possible self-generation of scientific data which may be politically or scientifically embarrassing." J&J's effort to protect its iconic Baby Powder franchise by shaping research was led by physician and scientist executives. An early 1970s study of 1,992 Italian talc miners shows how it worked: J&J commissioned and paid for the study, told the researchers the results it wanted, and hired a ghostwriter to redraft the article that presented the findings in a journal.

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Dec 14, 2018

Strasbourg attack: fourth victim dies as Christmas market re-opens after gunman killed in police raid
A fourth victim of the Strasbourg Christmas market attack died from his wounds yesterday as investigators searched for possible accomplices of the gunman slain after two days of terror. The prime suspect, Cherif Chekatt, 29, was killed on Thursday after he opened fire on three officers who crossed his path by chance while on patrol. Authorities had received two tip-offs about his general whereabouts.  The fourth victim of the knife and gun attack in central Strasbourg, eastern France, was 28-year old Italian radio journalist Antonio Megalizzi. He had been shot in the head and had been in a coma. Giuseppe Conte, the prime minister, said the whole country was united by "sadness and pain". French interior minister Christophe Castaner was in Strasbourg to reopen the Christmas market Credit: SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP Yesterday, Christophe Castaner, France's interior minister, attended the reopening of Strasbourg's Christmas market, which welcomes two million people every year and had been shut since Tuesday night's attack. To reopen swiftly, he said, was vital "for the honour of Strasbourg, for the honour of France". President Emmanuel Macron was due to attend later in the evening. Islamic State claimed Chekatt as one of its "soldiers" but Mr Castaner dismissed the claim as "totally opportunistic". Chekatt had 27 previous convictions for theft and violence and his Islamic beliefs were radicalised during previous periods in prison.

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Dec 14, 2018

May says further Brexit talks with EU in coming days
Prime Minister Theresa May said Friday that Britain and the EU would hold more talks in the coming days, denying reports that bloc leaders refused her plea for reassurances on her Brexit plan. After talks with EU Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and others in Brussels on Friday, she said further discussions would take place next week. "But my discussions with colleagues today have shown that further clarification and discussion following the Council's conclusions is in fact possible.

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Dec 14, 2018

Russian Orthodox church calls on UN for help in Ukraine
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday called on the United Nations, the leaders of Germany and France, the pope and other spiritual leaders to protect believers in Ukraine in the face of pressure on Moscow-affiliated clerics.

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Dec 14, 2018

PHOTOS: French police kill suspect in Strasbourg Christmas market attack
The gunman who killed three people at a Christmas market in Strasbourg was shot dead by French police on Thursday as the Islamic State jihadist group claimed him as one of its "soldiers".

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Dec 14, 2018

Infiniti's Next Concept Car Previews a New All-Electric Crossover
It will pay homage to the pioneering FX45 while looking to Infiniti's electrified future.

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Dec 14, 2018

The Latest: Macron to visit Strasbourg after suspect's death
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Dec 14, 2018

Trump Ordered Payments to Women Knowing It Was Wrong, Cohen Says
The interview marked Cohen's first since being sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to breaking campaign-finance laws by arranging the payments, as well as lying to Congress and banks. "Of course," Cohen said when asked if Trump knew it was wrong to make the payments, adding that the purpose was to help Trump and his campaign. Trump said Thursday he never directed Cohen to break the law and said that, as a lawyer, Cohen should know what's legal and what's not.

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Dec 14, 2018

Death row executions remain near historic lows in 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — Three states resumed executions of death row inmates in 2018 after long breaks, but nationwide, executions remained near historic lows this year, according to an annual report on the death penalty released Friday.

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Dec 14, 2018

China urges Japan to ensure rights of 2 in shrine protest
BEIJING (AP) — China has urged Japan to ensure the legal rights of two Hong Kong residents who staged a protest this week at a Tokyo shrine honoring Japan's war dead, the foreign ministry said Friday.

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Dec 14, 2018

Trump knew hush-money payments were wrong: ex-lawyer Cohen
President Donald Trump knew it was wrong to order election-eve hush money paid to two women who claimed to have had affairs with him, his former lawyer Michael Cohen said in an interview to be broadcast Friday. Trump acted because he "was very concerned about how this would affect the election," Cohen told ABC News of the women's allegations in his first comments since being sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday. Trump has said he never directed Cohen to break the law.

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Dec 14, 2018

Turkey will enter Syria's Manbij if U.S. doesn't remove YPG fighters, Erdogan says
Turkish forces will enter the Syrian town of Manbij if the United States does not remove YPG Kurdish fighters, and it will also target Kurdish-controlled areas further east, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday. Erdogan said this week that Turkey would launch a new operation within days against the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish YPG militia which controls swathes of Syria's northern border region, in what will be Turkey's third military campaign in Syria in two years.

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Dec 14, 2018

Delaying Brexit Beyond March Is Easier Than You Might Think
(Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister Theresa May is struggling to save her Brexit deal and the danger of the U.K. crashing out of the European Union is on the rise. How hard would it be to delay Britain's departure date?

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Dec 14, 2018

Iran says U.N.-led ceasefire in Yemen's Hodeidah is step toward peace: TV
Iran welcomed on Friday initial agreements reached at talks in Sweden by the opposing sides in Yemen's war, which include the Iran-aligned Houthi group, were a step toward a final peace accord, Iranian state TV reported on Friday. The war in Yemen is seen as a proxy war between Iran and its key regional rival Saudi Arabia. U.N.-backed talks in Sweden ended on Thursday with an agreement between the Houthis and the Saudi-backed government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi to cease fighting for the Houthi-held port city of Hodeidah and withdraw their troops.

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Dec 14, 2018

Man who sexually assaulted woman on flight while she slept is jailed for nine years
Prabhu Ramamoorthy, 34, was also sitting next to his wife on the overnight flight in January. Ramamoorthy had molested the victim while unbuttoning her blouse and unzipping her trousers as she slept. US attorney Matthew Schneider said: "Everyone has the right to be secure and safe when they travel on aeroplanes.

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Dec 14, 2018

Trump meets Christie as some advisers urge Kushner for chief of staff: sources
A source familiar with Trump's thinking said the president had a positive meeting with Christie, confirming a report by Axios.com, and considered him a top-tier candidate for the position. Christie, a brash, tough-talking politician, was a contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 but abandoned the attempt after a poor showing in the New Hampshire primary and subsequently endorsed Trump, becoming his adviser throughout the 2016 campaign. Other sources said Trump was hearing appeals from some advisers to consider Kushner, a top White House aide who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, for the chief of staff job.

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Dec 14, 2018

Isil driven from last town as US-backed forces leave caliphate on brink
Kurdish-led forces seized the Isil's main hub of Hajin Friday, a milestone in a massive and costly US-backed operation to eradicate the jihadists from eastern Syria. The Syrian Democratic Forces secured Hajin, the largest settlement in what is the last pocket of territory controlled by Isil, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. "After a week of heavy fighting and air strikes, the SDF were able to kick IS out of Hajin," Rami Abdel Rahman, the head of the Britain-based monitoring organisation, said. The operation was completed at dawn, he said, a day after SDF forces fanned out across the large village in the Euphrates valley. On Thursday, the last Isil fighters were confined to a network of tunnels and the edges of Hajin, which lies in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, about 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the border with Iraq. Islamic State losing its grip on Syria The area held by Isil is sometimes referred to as the "Hajin pocket", the last rump of a once-sprawling "caliphate" the group proclaimed in 2014 over swathes of Syria and Iraq. Isil fighters pulled back to positions east of Hajin Friday and to Sousa and Al-Shaafa, the two other main villages in their shrinking Euphrates valley enclave. As recently as Thursday, the group posted pictures of fighting in Hajin on its social media accounts. According to Abdel Rahman, a total of 17,000 fighters from the Kurdish-Arab SDF alliance are involved in the operation to flush IS out of its last bastion. The operation was launche

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Dec 14, 2018

Michael Flynn case, Free Shipping Day, 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse': 5 things to know Friday
Players in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe enter the spotlight, Free Shipping Day and more things to start your Friday morning.

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Dec 14, 2018

China Says Canada's Huawei Arrest Has ‘Aroused Public Anger'
"The Canadian government at the request of the U.S. side wrongly detained the Chinese citizen," Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said. The decision to arrest Meng earlier this month to aid a U.S. extradition effort has made Canada the focus of China's ire, even as President Donald Trump's trade war sits at the center of the dispute.

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Dec 14, 2018

Seven-year-old Guatemalan girl dies in US custody: report
A seven-year-old Guatemalan girl died in American custody after being detained by US border police in New Mexico, The Washington Post reported on Thursday. The girl who illegally crossed the border from Mexico along with her father and dozens of others died last week of "dehydration and shock," the newspaper reported, citing US Customs and Border Protection. The father is in El Paso, Texas awaiting a meeting with Guatemalan consular officials, the Post said, quoting CBP, which said it is investigating the incident.

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Dec 14, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez refuses to run for president: 'How about... no'
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who recently became the youngest American elected into Congress, is a rising star among the left and has even been suggested as a viable Democratic candidate for the 2020 presidential race. Ms Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Wednesday in response to a Vox article, written by co-founder Matthew Yglesias, that argued the incoming congresswoman should be able to run for the 2020 election despite her young age. Sometimes political media is too fixated on personalities instead of policies.

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Dec 14, 2018

Georgia officer killed after traffic stop; suspect dead
DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia police officer and a suspect died Thursday night after a traffic stop led to a foot chase and shooting just east of Atlanta, authorities said.

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Dec 14, 2018

Pope-appointed missionary travels US to do good
Father Jim Sichko had a calling and it wasn't just to God. It was to, well, everybody. Pope Francis named the Kentucky-based priest to a newly created fleet of Papal Missionaries, ministers who travel the world offering acts of mercy. (Dec. 14)

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Dec 14, 2018

Betsy DeVos cancels $150 million of student loan debt
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos canceled $150 million of student loan debt after losing a battle in court.

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Dec 14, 2018

As sentencing looms, Flynn is upbeat, has adoring fans
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Days away from being sentenced in the Russia probe, former national security adviser Michael Flynn is not exactly hiding his face in shame.

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Dec 14, 2018

AP FACT CHECK: Trump falsely claims Flynn didn't lie to FBI
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is skimming over the facts when it comes to former national security adviser Michael Flynn's guilty plea for lying in the Russia investigation.

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Dec 14, 2018

Death penalty sentences, executions remained at near-record lows in 2018
The numbers of prisoners on death row, new death sentences and executions remained low by historical standards in 2018.

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Dec 13, 2018

Texas judge who approved plea deal for alleged Baylor University rapist faces public backlash
By Thursday night, more than 25,000 people had signed a petition for Judge Ralph Strother of McLennan County, Texas, to either resign or be removed from the bench after he accepted on Monday a deal that allowed Jacob Anderson to plea to lesser charges.

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Dec 13, 2018

Death row inmate seeks execution; judge to decide competency
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi judge will decide whether a death row inmate who says he wants to be executed is mentally competent to waive all his appeals.

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Dec 13, 2018

Girl dies after being detained by U.S. Border Patrol-Washington Post
A 7-year-old girl from Guatemala died of dehydration and shock hours after she was taken into U.S. Border Patrol custody, the Washington Post reported on Thursday. Early on Dec. 7, the girl started having seizures, and emergency responders measured her body temperature at 105.7 degrees, the Post said. U.S. Customs and Border Protection did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters for comment.

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Dec 13, 2018

US Senate votes to end support for Saudi-led Yemen war, blasts MBS
The US Senate dealt President Donald Trump a double blow over Saudi Arabia on Thursday, approving a resolution to end US military support for Riyadh's war in Yemen, and another holding the Saudi crown prince responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. On the Yemen measure, which more broadly attacks the president's prerogative to launch military actions, 49 Democrats or their allies voted in favor, along with seven Republicans, while another three Republicans abstained.

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Dec 13, 2018

With tech exec arrest, Canada squeezed between China, US
The arrest of a top Chinese tech executive at the request of the US has snared Canada in the middle of a major international dispute involving Beijing and Washington. Ottawa confirmed on Thursday that China had detained two Canadian nationals under what Beijing has said is suspicion of threatening its national security. The resulting crisis is to blame on "a trade war between China and the United States," Fred Bild, a former Canadian diplomat and Asian studies professor at the University of Montreal, told AFP.

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Dec 13, 2018

Police departments nationwide sent scrambling by flood of emailed bomb threats
Although no explosive devices were found, New York, San Francisco, Oklahoma City are among the cities forced to check out the threats.

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Dec 13, 2018

Bitcoin bomb threats sweep U.S., Canada, but lack credibility
Initial jitters sparked by the wave of awkwardly worded messages, threatening to set off explosives unless $20,000 were delivered in bitcoin, subsided within hours as some local authorities began referring to the electronic extortion notes as a scam. One email targeting a St. Louis-area middle school was traced by local investigators to an internet protocol, or IP, address in Moscow, the sheriff's office in Lincoln County, Missouri said.

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Dec 13, 2018

Tijuana official: Some caravan migrants breaking into homes
Tijuana delegate Genaro Lopez on the impact the migrant caravan is having on the city.

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Dec 13, 2018

Strasbourg market attack suspect killed in police shootout
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The man authorities believe killed three people during a rampage near a Christmas market in Strasbourg died Thursday in a shootout with police at the end of a two-day manhunt, French authorities said.

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Dec 13, 2018

NY sues Walmart, Target for selling toys with high lead levels
New York state authorities on Thursday announced a lawsuit against retail giants Walmart and Target for selling Chinese-made toys that had up to 10 times the legal limit of lead. The lawsuit seeks up to $6,000 in penalties for each of the thousands of Cra-Z-Jewelz jewelry kits the retailers and importer LaRose Industries sold from 2015 to 2016 before they were recalled. Authorities also are asking the three companies to take steps to prevent dangerous toys from reaching store shelves.

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Dec 13, 2018

US investigates whether Trump's inaugural cash was spent improperly - report
Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address on 20 January 2017. Donald Trump's inaugural committee, which managed the $107m celebrations in Washington to mark the start of his presidency in 2017, has become the latest focus of federal prosecutors who, according to the Wall Street Journal, are now investigating whether the money was properly spent. The Journal reports that Manhattan-based prosecutors are in the "early stages" of a criminal investigation into how the record sum for such a presidential inauguration was used, as well as whether huge donations were made in return for easy access to the Trump administration as it entered power.

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Dec 13, 2018

Sri Lanka Supreme Court says president violated constitution
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Supreme Court ruled unanimously that President Maithripala Sirisena's order to dissolve Parliament and hold new elections was unconstitutional, a much-anticipated verdict that further embroils the Indian Ocean nation in political crisis.

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Dec 13, 2018

What impact will Cohen sentencing have on Mueller probe?
Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera shares his predictions for the Russia investigation going forward.

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Dec 13, 2018

Six Arrested for Allegedly Beating, Pouring Scalding Water on Three-Year-Old Boy
Six adults are facing charges of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a three-year-old child, Newark police announced Wednesday.

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Dec 13, 2018

EU to Step Up Plans for No-Deal Brexit as Bloc Plays Hardball With May
May had come to Brussels hoping to secure some additional "assurances" on the most controversial part of her Brexit deal -- the so-called Irish border backstop. "Theresa May has led a courageous fight but unfortunately we are not seeing the results," European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told reporters.

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Dec 13, 2018

No. 2 House Republican: Gov't shutdown 'stupid', may happen
WASHINGTON (AP) — A looming, partial government shutdown would be "stupid" but might be unavoidable if Democrats refuse to support President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico, the second-ranking House Republican said on Thursday.

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Dec 13, 2018

Main suspect in Strasbourg attack killed in gun battle with police: officials
Cherif Chekatt, 29, was killed in the Neudorf/Meinau area of the city shortly after a big police operation was launched around 2100 hrs (2000 GMT) on Thursday about 2 kilometers from where he launched his attack on Tuesday. Chekatt was killed after firing on police officers, who returned fire, one of the sources said. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters later three police officers came across a man they believed to be Chekatt and went to arrest him.

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Dec 13, 2018

Using one of the worst passwords of 2018 is a great way to get hacked
No matter how much we read about hacks and data breaches and the importance of taking solid security precautions, one of the unchangeable truths of the world is that people on average are absolutely terrible when it comes to choosing passwords. We use the same ones over and over, to the delight of hackers, and the ones we come up with tend to be pathetically easy so that we're able to remember them. SplashData is out with its eighth annual compilation of the Worst Passwords of the Year, a ranking it produces after evaluating more than 5 million passwords that have been leaked on the Internet. If you use any of these, we can't stress this enough. As SplashData puts it themselves, anyone using any of these passwords is putting themselves "at substantial risk of being hacked and having their identities stolen." A few notes about this list: 2018 was the fifth straight year that saw these passwords in the Number 1 and 2 spots for being the absolute worst: "123456," and "password." The five worst passwords after those 2? They're all just numerical strings. SplashData is a provider of password management applications TeamsID, Gpass, and SplashID. "Our hope by publishing this list each year is to convince people to take steps to protect themselves online," says SplashData CEO Morgan Slain. "It's a real head-scratcher that with all the risks known, and with so many highly publicized hacks such as Marriott and the National Republican Congressional Committee, that people continue putting themselves at such risk year-after-year." Without further ado, here's SplashData's "Worst Passwords of 2018" list: 1. 123456 2. password 3. 123456789 4. 12345678 5. 12345 6. 111111

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Dec 13, 2018

Police departments nationwide sent scrambling by flood of e-mailed bomb threats
Although no explosive devices were found, New York, San Francisco, Oklahoma City are among the cities forced to check out the threats.

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Dec 13, 2018

The Latest: Man killed in Strasbourg was market shooter
STRASBOURG, France (AP) — The Latest on the attack on a Christmas market in Strasbourg, France (all times local):

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Dec 13, 2018

Brad Ford and The Hudson Company Team Up for a Connecticut Showroom That Emphasizes Craftsmanship
The designer and Hudson Company founder Jamie Hammel bring their shared passion for fine craftsmanship to Ridgefield

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