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12/14/2018 05:22 PM Syrian Kurdish-led fighters take Hajin, last town held by IS
BEIRUT (AP) — U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led fighters captured the last town held by the Islamic State group on Friday, after three months of ferocious battles in the militants' single remaining enclave in eastern Syria, activists and Kurdish officials said.
12/14/2018 07:59 PM Cohen Reiterates That Trump Directed Hush Payments to Women
Cohen’s first since he was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for a host of crimes including those payments -- he rebuffed Trump’s assertions that he had acted on his own and that Trump had relied on him as a lawyer to say if something was illegal. Cohen insisted Trump acted knowingly. “Nothing at the Trump Organization was ever done unless it was run through Mr. Trump,” Cohen said.
12/14/2018 06:48 AM Georgia officer killed after traffic stop; suspect dead
12/14/2018 09:41 PM The 20 Funniest Tweets From Women This Week (Dec. 8 -14)
12/14/2018 05:52 PM 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.
12/14/2018 08:50 PM The Gifts AD's Market Department Is Giving This Year
12/14/2018 09:57 PM Best Air Fryers of 2018
12/15/2018 01:33 AM Kosovo votes to create its own army, enraging Serbia
Kosovo on Friday passed laws to build an army, asserting its statehood in a US-backed move that prompted outrage in Serbia, which does not recognise its former province's independence. Kosovo has been guarded by NATO-led peacekeeping troops since it broke away from Belgrade in a bloody separatist war in 1998-99. Now, new legislation will transform a small crisis-response outfit, the Kosovo Security Force (KSF), into an defence army with 5,000 troops.
12/15/2018 01:53 AM Pacific Life Yanks Ads After Tucker Carlson's Dig That Immigrants Make U.S. 'Dirtier'
12/14/2018 07:28 PM Fresno Police Chief Dyer says injuries Arambula caused to daughter were beyond spanking
12/14/2018 08:08 PM U.S. Investigating Death of 7-Year-Old Migrant Girl in Custody
The account of the girl’s illness and care after she was apprehended Dec. 6 crossing the U.S. border in New Mexico conflicts with that of Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who said on Fox News earlier Friday that the young migrant received “immediate care” from authorities. Nielsen called the death of the unidentified girl “a very sad example of the dangers of this journey” as she defended her department’s response to the incident. The office also said it would continue an “ongoing program of unannounced inspections” of CBP and Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities, and report those results publicly as well.
12/14/2018 10:06 PM 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.
12/14/2018 04:39 PM White House says probe of inauguration funding has 'nothing to do with the president'
12/14/2018 04:25 PM 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. ...
12/14/2018 07:50 PM Johnson & Johnson 'kept secret' that its Baby Powder contained asbestos
Johnson & Johnson knew that its talcum powder contained asbestos but failed to tell customers for over three decades, an investigation has found. Shares in the company plunged 12 per cent following the release of the report by news agency Reuters, wiping £37bn ($47bn) off the company's value. The investigation also found that the pharmaceutical company had employed a range of tactics to shape research into the problem and protect its Baby Powder brand. In one case, the company commissioned and paid for a study, told the researchers their desired results and then hired a ghostwriter to redraft the article presenting the findings. The investigation centres on a cache of documents released by Johnson & Johnson relating to the 11,700 plaintiffs claiming that the company’s talc caused their cancers. The documents show that from at least 1971 to the early 2000s, the company’s raw talc and finished powders sometimes tested positive for small amounts of asbestos, and that company executives, mine managers, scientists, doctors and lawyers fretted over the problem and how to address it while failing to disclose it to regulators or the public. A case in July, in which a judge ordered the company to pay $4.69bn in damages to 22 parties, was the first to succeed with a claim that the talc caused ovarian cancer. Johnson and Johnson said it will appeal the recent verdicts against it and maintains that its talc is safe, adding that the recently divulged court papers show its commitment to ensuring its products are asbestos-free. has been required to divulge in recent litigation shows the care the company takes to ensure its products are asbestos-free
12/14/2018 04:41 PM First new Mustang Shelby GT500 to be sold by Barrett-Jackson
12/14/2018 05:01 AM Death penalty sentences, executions remained at near-record lows in 2018
12/14/2018 11:43 PM Last minute donation saves Chicago church from auction
12/14/2018 08:33 PM What Is The Deadline for Christmas Shipping? Here’s Everything You Need to Know
12/13/2018 07:13 PM Ottawa confirms China has detained second Canadian
Canada's foreign ministry confirmed Thursday that China has detained a second Canadian under what Beijing has said is suspicion of threatening its national security. "We can confirm that a Canadian citizen, Michael Spavor, has been detained in China," the ministry said in a statement. Ottawa previously said it was informed that former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig was arrested in Beijing on Monday.
12/13/2018 09:54 PM AD and LIFEWTR Celebrate the Opening of The Haas Brothers: Ferngully at The Bass Museum of Art in Miami
12/14/2018 10:16 AM 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.
12/14/2018 10:24 AM 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.
12/14/2018 01:05 PM Which costs more: The border wall or illegal immigrants?
Rachel Bovard, senior director of policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute, says the cost of building a border wall is less than 5 percent of what it costs to deal with illegal immigrants once they are in the U.S.
12/13/2018 08:00 PM Our 2018 Range Rover Velar Is Exhibiting Electronic Bugs at 22,000 Miles
12/14/2018 09:41 PM Canada to Trump administration: Don’t play politics with Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou extradition case
12/13/2018 10:46 PM Washington governor proposes major steps for orca recovery
SEATTLE (AP) — With scientists warning that the Northwest's beloved killer whales are on the brink of extinction, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced dramatic plans Thursday to help the population recover — including $1.1 billion in spending and a partial whale-watching ban.
12/13/2018 08:14 PM Plea deal by Russian agent Maria Butina describes 2016 influence campaign
Russian agent Maria Butina’s plea deal includes a description of the “Diplomacy Project” she ran, under the direction of Putin ally Alexander Torshin, to influence American policy leading up to the 2016 election.
12/14/2018 11:30 PM Remains of sailor killed at Pearl Harbor identified
12/13/2018 10:47 PM Brad Ford and The Hudson Company Team Up for a Connecticut Showroom That Emphasizes Craftsmanship
12/14/2018 03:49 AM 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.
12/14/2018 05:06 PM Iraq summons Turkish envoy over air strikes: foreign ministry
Iraq's foreign ministry on Friday summoned Turkey's ambassador in Baghdad to protest over what it called repeated airspace violations, after Turkish warplanes earlier carried out strikes against Kurdish militants in northern Iraq. Hours earlier, the Turkish military said on Twitter it had killed eight militants from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in air strikes targeting the Zap, Hakurk and Haftanin regions of northern Iraq. Turkey has regularly carried out air strikes on PKK bases in northern Iraq, as President Tayyip Erdogan pursues his stated aim of ending the militant group's presence near Turkey's borders.
12/13/2018 08:10 PM Apple unveils plan for $1 bn campus in Texas, US expansion
Apple unveiled plans Thursday for a $1 billion campus in Texas that will create jobs for the tech giant outside Silicon Valley, a move made without the fanfare of the recent Amazon headquarters bidding war. Currently, Apple employs some 6,200 in the Texas capital, the largest cluster outside its headquarters in Cupertino, California. In January, Apple said it would invest $30 billion in the US over the next five years and create 20,000 new jobs, using some of the overseas profits repatriated at a tax rate lowered under a law passed by Congress last year.
12/13/2018 09:17 PM The 2019 Toyota Prius AWD-e Brings Better Traction to the Brand's Signature Hybrid
12/14/2018 02:27 AM Melania Trump's Positive Poll Numbers Plunge By Double Digits In New Survey
12/13/2018 10:39 PM The 6 Best Smartwatches of 2018
12/13/2018 08:57 PM In farewell speeches, senators bemoan downfall of the 'world's greatest deliberative body'
12/13/2018 10:00 PM Target, Walmart, importer sued over lead in toy jewelry
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Two of the nation's largest retailers and a third company are named in a New York lawsuit claiming the companies imported and sold children's toys with lead levels up to 10 times higher than federal limits.
12/13/2018 10:34 PM This year, foster a Christmas tree instead of throwing one away
The weeks after Christmas always involve a brutal massacre — of trees. All along along our broken streets you'll see the bodies of the Christmas dead: Balsam, Douglas Fir, Frasier Fir. Fostering a Christmas tree isn't so different from fostering, say, a pet.
12/13/2018 07:32 PM Alaska Airlines to give priority boarding to people in ugly sweaters
12/14/2018 04:09 PM 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.
12/15/2018 03:07 AM Florida tale of infidelity and homicide ends with conviction
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — After a spellbinding five-day trial that featured tales of infidelity and a multimillion dollar insurance payout, a jury on Friday convicted a Florida woman of helping mastermind the killing of her husband nearly two decades ago.
12/14/2018 01:41 PM Infiniti's Next Concept Car Previews a New All-Electric Crossover
12/14/2018 04:32 AM Australia warns citizens ahead of expected Jerusalem move
Australia on Friday warned citizens to take care while travelling in neighbouring Muslim-majority Indonesia, ahead of an expected but contentious move to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Prime Minister Scott Morrison is expected to announce -- as soon as Saturday -- that his government will follow US President Donald Trump's lead and recognise the contested city as Israel's capital. Scores of Australians preparing to jet off to Bali and other tropical island destinations for upcoming summer holidays should "exercise a high degree of caution", the Department of Foreign Affairs warned.
12/13/2018 07:55 PM Chirp perp: Finches found in luggage at NY airport
A man was caught at New York's JFK airport last weekend trying to smuggle dozens of South American finches into the country, a bird that Guyanese immigrants covet for chirping but officials fear could spread disease, officials said on Thursday. About 70 finches were found hidden inside a shipment of hair rollers at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday when a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialist inspected the unidentified male passenger's luggage. The birds may have been destined for sale to Guyanese immigrants for a game that involves betting on how often the finches chirp per minute, said Customs spokesman Anthony Bucci.
12/14/2018 12:22 AM 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.
12/14/2018 12:23 AM Six Arrested for Allegedly Beating, Pouring Scalding Water on Three-Year-Old Boy
12/15/2018 10:45 AM Our Plastic Addiction Has Reached A New Crisis Level
12/14/2018 09:51 PM Cash deposited in Robinhood's 3% checking and savings isn't insured, SIPC says
12/14/2018 07:31 AM 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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