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(2016/12/16 21:15) The Newest Breaking News

(2016/12/16 21:15) The Newest Breaking News


Syria Aleppo: Thousands wait as exodus from city halts

  
The evacuation of east Aleppo is halted as Syrian rebels are accused of failing to respect a deal.......

Syrians Can't 'Slaughter Their Way to Legitimacy': Obama

  
Compromise needed to end the deadly violence in Syria, he said.......

Civilians in Aleppo Remain Trapped After Evacuation Suspended

  
Civilians had to return to their homes. ......

Trump's pick for Israel envoy signals break on US policy

  
WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump's selection of a hard-line pro-Israel advocate as his U.S. ambassador to the Jewish state could signal the end of decades of American support for the establishment of an independent Palestine.......

Trump canceling hotel deal Azerbaijan, and possibly Georgia

  
The Trump Organization is canceling a licensing deal for a hotel in Azerbaijan and maybe one in neighboring Georgia in the latest moves to untangle the president-elect from business ties abroad five weeks before he takes office.......

The Latest: Obama, at year-end news conference, cites gains

  
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Barack Obama's year-end news conference (all times EST):......

Pockets of protests, looting in Venezuela as cash dries up

  
By Anggy Polanco and Maria Ramirez EL PINAL/CIUDAD GUAYANA, Venezuela (Reuters) - Small protests and looting broke out in some Venezuelan provinces on Friday due to lack of cash after the socialist government suddenly decreed this week that its largest banknote would be pulled from circulation in the midst of a punishing economic crisis. President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday gave Venezuelans a few days to ditch the 100-bolivar bills, arguing the measure was needed to combat mafias on the Colombia border despite warnings from some economists that it risked sparking chaos. .........

Patriots' Belichick unsure of role for WR Michael Floyd

  
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn't sure what role newly signed receiver Michael Floyd will play with the team.......

Obama to face questions on Russian hacking, Donald Trump

  
President Barack Obama is expected to face questions about allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. election and about the fall of Aleppo in Syria when he holds his year-end news conference on Friday. .........

New faces breaking through on women's World Cup ski circuit

  
VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) — In the absence of established stars like Lindsey Vonn and Tina Maze, new faces are breaking through on the women's World Cup circuit.......

Man finds 2 pounds of heroin in car seized by Ohio police

  
CINCINNATI (AP) — A Kentucky man bothered by a rattle in a car he'd recently bought at an Ohio auto auction has found 2 pounds of heroin in a secret compartment inside the vehicle.......

Kansas high court considers death row inmate's appeal

  
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Attorneys for a Kansas death row inmate convicted of killing his estranged wife, their two daughters and his wife's grandmother pressed the state's highest court Friday to toss out his conviction, arguing the trial judge mistakenly tilted the proceedings against him.......

Hiring rises at robust pace in 9 US states last month

  
WASHINGTON (AP) — Employers stepped up their hiring in nine U.S. states last month and cut jobs in two amid modest improvement in the nation's labor market.......

America's oldest polar bear celebrates chilly birthday

  
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Coldilocks, the oldest polar bear in the U.S., is celebrating her birthday on a fittingly frigid day in Philadelphia.......

'Thanks for saving my life': Dennis Rodman's heartfelt tribute to Craig Sager - Washington Post

  
Washington Post'Thanks for saving my life': Dennis Rodman's heartfelt tribute to Craig SagerWashington PostThe NBA community is mourning the loss of Craig Sager after the legendary broadcaster died Wednesday following a two-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia. And while tributes have poured in from all corners and multiple eras, perhaps none contained ...Shootaround (Dec. 16): Kerr and Pop pay tribute to SagerNBA.com (blog)Photos: Remembering Craig SagerCBS LocalSteve Kerr leads Warriors crowd in 'a moment of joy' for Craig SagerYahoo SportsLos Angeles Times -ESPN -Chicago Tribune -Forbesall 627 news articles »......

Shannen Doherty Says a Woman "Lunged Away" After Hearing She Had Radiation Therapy - Wetpaint

  
WetpaintShannen Doherty Says a Woman "Lunged Away" After Hearing She Had Radiation TherapyWetpaintThe actress revealed a sad and unfortunate encounter with a woman after she received radiation on Thursday, December 15. While the Beverly Hills, 90210 star was in the elevator with her husband, a woman supposedly "lunged away" after finding out she ...and more »......

Pentagon: Chinese naval ship seized an unmanned US ocean glider in South China Sea - Washington Post

  
Washington PostPentagon: Chinese naval ship seized an unmanned US ocean glider in South China SeaWashington PostA Chinese naval ship seized an underwater naval drone that was being used by the U.S. Navy to test water conditions in the South China Sea, the Pentagon said Friday. Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said the incident occurred on Dec.China stole US underwater drone in South China Sea as Americans watchedFox NewsChina Seizes US Underwater Drone From International Waters, Pentagon SaysNPRUS Demands Return of Survey Drone Taken by Chinese in South China SeaWall Street JournalBloomberg -Chicago Tribune -New York Times -USA TODAYall 515 news articles »......

Obama says made specific suggestions to Trump during 'cordial' conversatio... - Reuters

  
ReutersObama says made specific suggestions to Trump during 'cordial' conversatio...ReutersU.S. President Barack Obama talks about cyber hacking during the U.S. presidential election as he holds his final news conference of the year at the White House in Washington, U.S., December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria. 2/2. left. right. U.S ...WATCH LIVE: Obama Holds Final End Of Year News Conference At 2:15 PM ETTPMall 18 news articles »......

Amid outcry, NC GOP's plan to curb Democratic governor's power is signed into law - Washington Post

  
Washington PostAmid outcry, NC GOP's plan to curb Democratic governor's power is signed into lawWashington PostDespite protests, widespread criticism and a threat by the governor-elect to challenge in court any moves that he believes would unconstitutionally limit his power, the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature has passed changes that would ...NC governor signs bill curtailing successor's powersThe HillN. Carolina GOP Strips Some of Democratic Governor's PowerABC NewsNorth Carolina governor signs laws restricting successor's powerPoliticoUSA TODAY -TIME -News & Observer -Huffington Postall 355 news articles »......

Adrian Peterson: Making return from torn meniscus vs. Colts - ESPN

  
ESPNAdrian Peterson: Making return from torn meniscus vs. ColtsESPNVikings RB Adrian Peterson affirmed that he is going to play against the Indianapolis Colts game after rehabbing his injured leg. (1:39). Facebook · Twitter; Pinterest · Email; comment. 3:21 PM ET. Ben GoesslingESPN Staff Writer. Close. Previously ...Adrian Peterson says he's playing against ColtsNBCSports.comVikings' Adrian Peterson says he'll play against the Colts in Week 15CBSSports.comAdrian Peterson Says He'll Play Sunday Vs. Colts; Can Vikings RB Contribute?NESN.comSB Nationall 102 news articles »......

Vikings' Peterson says he will play Sunday against Colts

  
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson says he is ready to return after missing the last 11 games with a torn meniscus in his right knee.......

Venezuela cash crisis sparks looting, protests

  
Desperate Venezuelans looted delivery trucks and clashed with police Friday as a botched plan to introduce new banknotes left people stranded without cash -- the latest shortage in a spiraling economic crisis. Formerly the highest denomination bill, the 100-bolivar note was worth about three US cents, and accounted for 77 percent of the cash in circulation in Venezuela. In the eastern city of Maturin, dozens of people blocked off a major avenue and looting broke out.......

U.S. dollar holds near 14-year highs as rally loses steam

  
By Sam Forgione NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar edged lower against a basket of major currencies on Friday, but still held near 14-year highs touched after Wednesday's Federal Reserve meeting, with profit-taking halting the greenback's rally. The dollar index , which measures the greenback against a basket of six major rivals, was last at 102.900, not far from Thursday's 14-year high of 103.560 but down 0.12 percent on the day. The Fed also signaled it was likely to hike rates three more times in 2017, up from the two increases forecast at the central bank's September meeting.......

Trump moves to cancel deals in Azerbaijan, Georgia

  
NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump Organization has canceled a licensing deal for a hotel in Azerbaijan and is taking steps to do the same for a project in neighboring Georgia, part of a string of recent efforts by the president-elect to extricate his business from thorny relationships five weeks before he takes office.......

The Latest: US envoy backs international monitors for Aleppo

  
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria where thousands more civilians and rebels are expected to leave the eastern part of the city of Aleppo under a key cease-fire deal (all times local):......

The Latest: Obama says Reagan 'would roll over in his grave'

  
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Barack Obama's year-end news conference (all times EST):......

The Latest: McCrory signs bill pushed by GOP lawmakers

  
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on efforts by the North Carolina General Assembly to shift or reduce powers of the new incoming Democratic governor (all times local):......

The Latest: Judge upholds Electoral College mandate in Calif

  
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times local):......

The Latest: Corpus Christi eases some water restrictions

  
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — The Latest on Corpus Christi residents being warned not to use the city's tap water (all times local):......

Stores push deals, hope to lure shoppers for holiday stretch

  
NEW YORK (AP) — Stores are pushing deals and incentives like free shipping for the final week of the holiday shopping season, as new numbers show people are so far spending at a bit of a slower pace than last year.......

Scuba Santa feeds the fish this holiday season in California

  
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 'Tis the season for Santa to take a scuba dive.......

Romanian citizens extradited, charged in cyberfraud scheme

  
Federal authorities in Cleveland say three Romanian citizens have been extradited to the U.S. after being charged with running a cyberfraud ring that infected 60,000 computers, sent 11 million malicious .........

Pushed by investor Ackman, Chipotle adds four new directors

  
(Reuters) - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc , under pressure from activist investor Bill Ackman, named four new board members on Friday, paving the way for a reunion of sorts between its chief executive and a former top executive at McDonald's, which once owned the burrito chain.......

Pfizer says US drops bold warning from anti-smoking pill

  
Pfizer says U.S. regulators have removed a bold-letter warning from its anti-smoking drug Chantix about risks of dangerous psychiatric side effects. The Food and Drug Administration action follows years .........

Official: FBI backs CIA conclusion on Russian hacking motive

  
WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is supporting the CIA's conclusion that Russia interfered in the presidential election with the goal of supporting Republican candidate Donald Trump.......

Obama urges Trump to take foreign election impact seriously

  
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday warned against turning Russian hacking in the United States into a "political football" and said he hoped his successor, Republican Donald Trump, will take foreign influence in American elections seriously once he takes office.......

Obama says Ronald Reagan would "roll over in his grave" at the thought that a third of GOP voters approve of Putin

  
WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama says Ronald Reagan would "roll over in his grave" at the thought that a third of GOP voters approve of Putin.......

Obama says no way for US to intervene in Syria 'on the cheap;' US would have had to be 'all-in'

  
WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama says no way for US to intervene in Syria 'on the cheap;' US would have had to be 'all-in' .......

Obama says he hopes Trump will make sure U.S. doesn't have "potential foreign influence" in elections

  
WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama says he hopes Trump will make sure U.S. doesn't have "potential foreign influence" in elections.......

Obama says has 'great confidence' that Russia was behind hacks

  
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday he had "great confidence" that the hacking of Democratic Party officials and institutions were carried out by Russia and at the behest of high-level Russian officials. "The intelligence that I've seen gives me great confidence in their assessment that the Russians carried out this hack," Obama said at a White House news conference. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton and Jeff Mason, writing by Mohammad Zargham, editing by G Crosse)......

Obama defends U.S. approach toward war in Syria

  
President Barack Obama on Friday defended the U.S. approach toward the civil war in Syria, saying he understood the desire for action to end the conflict but it would have been impossible to do "on the cheap" without a full U.S. military intervention.......

N. Carolina GOP strips some of Democratic governor's power

  
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republicans stripped the incoming Democratic governor of some of his authority on Friday and were on the cusp of an even greater power grab, an extraordinary move critics said flies in the face of voters.......

Man charged with murder in death of Tyson Gay's daughter

  
A man was indicted this week on a charge of wanton murder in the October death of US Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay's daughter Trinity, police in Lexington, Kentucky, said Friday. Trinity Gay, 15, died in the early hours of October 16 after she was caught in the crossfire of a shootout between individuals in two cars in a restaurant parking lot in Lexington. A grand jury indicted Chazarae M. Taylor of one count of wanton murder and four counts of wanton endangerment "for his role in creating the environment that ultimately led to the death of 15-year-old Trinity Gay," police said in a statement.......

Governor wants tourism head to quit over rapper kerfuffle

  
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Friday he wants the head of the state's tourism marketing agency to step down after it refused to publicly disclose it paid rapper Pitbull $1 million to promote the state.......

FBI backs CIA assessment on Russian motives in U.S. hacking: official

  
The FBI backs the CIA's view that Russia intervened to help Donald Trump win the U.S. presidential election, two senior government officials told Reuters on Friday. The FBI, CIA and the Office of Director of National Intelligence now all agree that Russia was behind computer hacks into U.S. political institutions during the election, officials have said. The FBI had originally declined to endorse the CIA's conclusion that Russia intervened specifically to help Trump.......

Drug overdose deaths rise significantly in past 5 years

  
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Drug overdose deaths have increased by 33 percent in the past five years across the country, with some states seeing jumps of nearly 200 percent.......

Dispute holds up evacuation from 'hell' of Aleppo

  
By Laila Bassam, Lisa Barrington and John Davison ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The evacuation of the last opposition-held areas of the Syrian city of Aleppo was suspended on Friday after pro-government militias demanded that wounded people should also be brought out of two Shi'ite villages being besieged by rebel fighters. The second day of the operation to take fighters and civilians out of Aleppo's rebel enclave ground to a halt amid recriminations from all sides after a morning that had seen the pace of the operation pick up. "Aleppo is now a synonym for hell," U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters.......

Correction: Minnesota-Suspensions story

  
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In a story Dec. 14 about the suspensions of 10 University of Minnesota football players over an alleged sexual assault, The Associated Press erroneously reported the date of the alleged attack. It was Sept. 2, not Sept. 3.......

Aleppo evacuation halted as both sides trade blame

  
Diplomats sought to salvage the evacuation of eastern Aleppo after it stalled Friday amid recriminations by both sides in Syria's civil war, raising fears the cease-fire could collapse with thousands still .........

Obama says told Putin to 'cut it out' over cyber attacks

  
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday said he warned Russian President Vladimir Putin in September to stop meddling in American political campaigns after hacks of Democratic Party emails in the lead-up to the Nov. 8 elections. ......

Watch Live: President Obama News Conference

  
President Obama holds his last scheduled news conference of 2016.......

Transition Briefing: Obama to Russia: 'We Can Do Stuff to You'

  
President Obama is holding his last news conference of the year before vacationing in Hawaii.......

Justice Dept. Sues Michigan City After Mosque Plan Is Rejected

  
The lawsuit said the City of Sterling Heights discriminated against a Muslim group and noted that residents spoke in opposition to the mosque in public meetings.......

Harlem Deer Caught in City-State Tussle Has Died

  
City officials had decided to allow the state to take the white-tailed buck upstate. But before it could be relocated, it died from stress while in an animal shelter.......

The Latest: US Envoy Backs International Monitors for Aleppo - New York Times

  
CNN InternationalThe Latest: US Envoy Backs International Monitors for AleppoNew York TimesU.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power says she's in favor of a French-drafted U.N. resolution calling for independent international monitors to oversee the evacuation of civilians and rebel fighters from war-torn Aleppo. However, Russia ...Transcript: Obama's end-of-year news conference on Syria, Russian hacking and moreWashington PostObama leaves US weaker, while Assad, Russia grow strongerThe Hill (blog)Aleppo Evacuations SuspendedWall Street JournalBBC News -Business Insider -UN News Centre -International Business Timesall 5,413 news articles »......

Ryan Reynolds Jokes About Everything...Except How Much He Loves Blake Lively - E! Online

  
E! OnlineRyan Reynolds Jokes About Everything...Except How Much He Loves Blake LivelyE! OnlineThe Golden Globe-nominated actor has made jokes about wife Blake Lively's birth moments, his children's names, his sex life and oh so much more, but there's nothing Reynolds takes more seriously than the love he has for his wife. When it comes to ...Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds: Inside Their Cozy Family Life Outside of HollywoodPEOPLE.comLook, it's Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively's children -- plus his star on the Hollywood Walk of FameLos Angeles TimesRyan Reynolds on why Deadpool worked and Green Lantern failedEntertainment WeeklyEntertainment Tonight -Cinema Blend -Hollywood Life -PerezHilton.comall 288 news articles »......

Photos: Remembering Craig Sager - CBS Local

  
CNN InternationalPhotos: Remembering Craig SagerCBS LocalNew York Knicks v Golden State Warriors OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 15: Head coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors leads a "moment of joy" for longtime Turner Sports broadcaster Craig Sager, who passed away today, before the Warriors game ...Shootaround (Dec. 16): Kerr and Pop pay tribute to SagerNBA.com (blog)'Thanks for saving my life': Dennis Rodman's heartfelt tribute to Craig SagerWashington PostNBA rumors: Latest news on injuries, contracts, moreSports IllustratedYahoo Sports -USA TODAY -Los Angeles Times -ESPNall 623 news articles »......

Obama Vows Retaliation for Russia's Alleged Election Disruption - Wall Street Journal

  
Wall Street JournalObama Vows Retaliation for Russia's Alleged Election DisruptionWall Street JournalWASHINGTON—President Barack Obama said Friday that he will ensure that Russia pays a price for allegedly disrupting the 2016 elections by hacking U.S computer systems, though he added that some of the retaliatory steps won't be publicized. "Our goal ...Obama: 'We handled it the way it should have been handled'USA TODAYWATCH: President Obama Holds Final News Conference Of 2016NPRObama: The US Will Send 'Clear Message' to Russia on HacksNBCNews.comBloomberg -Huffington Post -ABC News -CBS Newsall 1,282 news articles »......

China stole US underwater drone in South China Sea as Americans watched - Fox News

  
Fox NewsChina stole US underwater drone in South China Sea as Americans watchedFox NewsA Chinese Navy ship stole an American underwater research drone while a U.S. crew was watching, in a South China Sea area contested by the Chinese and the Philippines, U.S. defense officials told Fox News on Friday. SHOW OF FORCE: CHINA'S ...China Seizes US Underwater Drone From International Waters, Pentagon SaysNPRWatch live: President Obama holds his year-end news conferenceLos Angeles TimesPentagon Demands China Return Intercepted U.S. Navy VesselBloombergWall Street Journal -Washington Post -Chicago Tribune -New York Timesall 512 news articles »......

Aroldis Chapman: Cubs manager Joe Maddon misused me during postseason - USA TODAY

  
USA TODAYAroldis Chapman: Cubs manager Joe Maddon misused me during postseasonUSA TODAYNEW YORK – Aroldis Chapman felt overused at times during the Chicago Cubs' historic postseason run, but says he's healthy and rejuvenated as he re-enters New York Yankees Universe. In a conference call Friday to formally announce his five-year deal ...Aroldis Chapman: Joe Maddon misused me during the playoffsESPNJoe Maddon's Aroldis Chapman defense: I had to win, he always said yesNew York PostAroldis Chapman questions how Joe Maddon used him in World SeriesFOXSports.comCBSSports.com -INFORUMall 242 news articles »......

An exhaustive list of Rogue One's many Easter eggs - The Verge

  
TIMEAn exhaustive list of Rogue One's many Easter eggsThe VergeDisney's first standalone Star Wars film, set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, is finally here. Rogue One's sort-of-prequel status allows it to tie in with other Star Wars stories, from the core series to spinoffs like Rebels, giving eagle ...'Rogue One' In Full Force With $140M-$145M Opening; 'Collateral Beauty' Looking Ugly – Noon B.O. UpdateDeadlineMaking Sense of the 'Star Wars' TimelineHollywood ReporterRogue One doesn't have an opening crawl — but should it?Entertainment WeeklyABC News -Vulture -Gizmodo -New York Daily Newsall 3,385 news articles »......

Obama says he told Putin directly to stop hacking US

  
President Barack Obama is expecting to face questions about Russia's meddling in the US election during a year-end news conference Friday from the White House.......

Ex-Soviet states: 'I told you so'

  
In several former Soviet republics, top security officials and even a former president are saying "I told you so" amid allegations of possible Russian hacking targeting the US presidential election campaign.......

Aleppo's emotional evacuations

  
Some civilians and rebels have escaped the war-torn city, but conflicting reports suggest evacuation efforts may not last.......

Riot police enter HMP Birmingham amid disturbances

  
Riot police enter HMP Birmingham after disturbances involving hundreds of inmates.......

President Obama: End-of-year news conference

  
US President Barack Obama holds an end-of-year news conference.......

US Demands Return of Seized Drone by Chinese Navy in South China Sea

  
The U.S. has filed a diplomatic protest with China over the incident.......

Trump Moves to Cancel Deals in Azerbaijan, Georgia

  
The Trump Organization is canceling a licensing deal for a hotel in Azerbaijan and is taking steps to do the same in neighboring Georgia in the latest moves to untangle the president-elect from business ties abroad five weeks before he takes office......

'Pizzagate' Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

  
He said he came to Washington to "self-investigate."......

Orphaned Children Remain Trapped in Aleppo After Evacuations Suspended

  
Orphaned children in Aleppo who were seen in a video this week pleading to be evacuated remain trapped in Syria's war-torn city, ABC News has learned.......

Official: FBI Backs CIA Conclusion on Russian Hacking Motive

  
The FBI is supporting the CIA's conclusion that Russia interfered in the presidential election with the goal of supporting Republican candidate Donald Trump......

Obama Says Putin Can Weaken US 'If We Abandon Our Values'

  
The president is giving his final news conference of the year. ......

Obama Calls Out Russia, Syria in Year-End News Conference

  
"This blood and these atrocities are on their hands," he said.......

N. Carolina GOP Strips Some of Democratic Governor's Power

  
Critics said the move flies in the face of voters.......

Michelle Obama: 'Now We Are Feeling What Not Having Hope Feels Like'

  
The first lady spoke to Oprah Winfrey during a pre-taped interview.......

Florida Sheriff Training Faculty to Carry Firearms on Campus

  
A central Florida sheriff's office plans to train faculty at a local private university in law enforcement tactics and will consider them "special deputies" with the goal of stopping an active shooter......

Unilever buys Living Proof to spruce up personal care

  
Dutch food and cosmetics giant Unilever said Friday it is to buy US-based haircare products maker Living Proof, as it seeks to expand its personal care portfolio. Rotterdam-based Unilever did not disclose the price paid for the brand, whose lotions and potions are billed as high-tech products based on scientific research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Living Proof, set up by entrepreneur Jon Flint together with MIT professor Robert Langer, will now form part of Unilever's Prestige portfolio, which includes brands such as Dermalogica, Kate Sommerville and REN, Unilever said in a statement.......

Mines QB Dvorak, GVSU RB Carter lead Little All-America team

  
Colorado Mines quarterback Justin Dvorak and Grand Valley State running back Marty Carter highlight The Associated Press Little All-America team, honoring the top football players in Division II, III and NAIA.......

China seizes US naval probe in S. China Sea: Pentagon

  
China "unlawfully" seized an unmanned US naval probe in international waters in the South China Sea, the Pentagon said Friday, a move sure to heighten tensions around Beijing's military presence in the disputed area. The underwater probe was taken around 50 nautical miles (90 kilometers) northwest off Subic Bay in the Philippines on Thursday afternoon in a non-violent incident, Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said. The event unfolded as the civilian-crewed USNS Bowditch was retrieving a pair of "naval gliders" that routinely collect information on water temperatures, salinity and sea clarity.......

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling knocks cyclist off bike

  
The transport secretary knocked cyclist Jaiqi Liu off his bike as he opened the door of his ministerial car in October.......

Tottenham's Dele Alli on being labelled naughty, diving and the Euros

  
Spurs midfielder Dele Alli chats to Football Focus about England's disastrous Euro 2016, and being labelled "naughty" by club boss Mauricio Pochettino.......

Man dies in M1 lorry crash 'linked' to Borrowash death

  
A man dies in a crash with a lorry on the M1 that is believed to be linked to the death of a woman in a Derbyshire village.......

The Latest: Union: Firm hit by Trump reaches severance deal

  
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times local):......

Obama to face questions on Russian hacking, Trump, Syria

  
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is expected to face questions about claims of Russian interference in the U.S. election and about the fall of Aleppo in Syria when he holds his year-end news conference Friday.......

Falling tech stocks weigh on US indexes; bond yields ease

  
NEW YORK (AP) — Falling technology stocks pulled U.S. indexes back from the edge of record highs on Friday, and bond yields gave up some of their big gains from the last few days.......

Corpus Christi awaits state test results on drinking water

  
Officials in Corpus Christi released few details Friday on a suspected chemical leak into the Texas city's public water system as they awaited test results from the state to determine whether the water .........

$2.6B contract awarded for Sandia National Labs management

  
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A subsidiary of Honeywell International has won a contract worth $2.6 billion to manage the sprawling New Mexico-based Sandia National Laboratories weapons and research laboratory that specializes in national security, nuclear weapons and other projects deemed vital for the U.S., federal officials announced Friday.......

U.S. to disclose estimate of surveilled Americans by early 2017: letter

  
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. intelligence community has committed to providing as soon as next month a public estimate of the number of U.S. persons whose electronic communications are ensnared under a surveillance authority intended for foreign espionage, according to a bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers' letter that Reuters saw. ......

Harlem Deer Caught in City-State Tussle Will Live Another Day

  
City officials now say they will allow state officials to relocate the white-tailed buck to a rural area despite the state's own policy.......

Clinton Says 'Personal Beef' by Putin Led to Hacking Attacks

  
Mrs. Clinton has kept a low profile since the election, but speaking to donors on Thursday, she said the hacking had played a role in her defeat.......

U.S. to disclose estimate of surveilled Americans by early 2017: letter

  
By Dustin Volz WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. intelligence community has committed to providing as soon as next month a public estimate of the number of U.S. persons whose electronic communications are ensnared under a surveillance authority intended for foreign espionage, according to a bipartisan group of congressional lawmakers' letter that Reuters saw. The decision would reverse the government's longstanding position that calculating such a number may be technically impossible and would require privacy intrusions exceeding those raised by the actual surveillance programs. It also comes as Congress is expected to begin debate in the coming months over whether to reauthorize or reform the surveillance authority, known as Section 702, a provision that was added to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in 2008.......

Lawyer asks Supreme Court to force Senate action on Garland

  
WASHINGTON (AP) — A lawyer from New Mexico is mounting a longshot challenge to the Supreme Court, asking it to order the Senate to consider the high court nomination of Judge Merrick Garland.......

'Rogue One' Star Felicity Jones Spill Her Secrets About the Film - ABC News

  
ABC News'Rogue One' Star Felicity Jones Spill Her Secrets About the FilmABC NewsFelicity Jones visited ABC News' 'Popcorn with Peter Travers' to discuss her role in the 'Star Wars' movie and her career. 21:31 | 12/16/16. Share. Title. Description. Share From. Share With. Facebook. Tweet. Embed. Email. 'Rogue One' Blasts Off To $29M Thursday Night; Biggest Preview Of 2016 – Friday AM B.O.DeadlineMaking Sense of the 'Star Wars' TimelineHollywood ReporterLuna's 'Star' turn is a rare show of diversity in 'Rogue One'New York Daily NewsForbes -USA TODAY -Slate Magazine (blog) -ESPN (blog)all 3 news articles »......

Politics|Clinton Says 'Personal Beef' by Putin Led to Hacking Attacks - New York Times

  
New York TimesPolitics|Clinton Says 'Personal Beef' by Putin Led to Hacking AttacksNew York TimesHillary Clinton in Washington on Dec. 8. On Thursday, she said that the hacking attacks carried out by Russia against her campaign and the Democratic National Committee were intended "to undermine our democracy." Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York ...Clinton Blames Russian Hacking for Loss as Obama Vows ResponseBloombergObama vows to slap Russia over hacking, tensions on riseYahoo NewsObama: US will retaliate for Russian election hacking, but you may never see itLos Angeles TimesWall Street Journal -NBCNews.com -Business Insider -Huffington Postall 1,396 news articles »......

Ivanka Trump Is Calling Members of Congress to Get Started on Child-Care Legislation - Independent Journal Review

  
Independent Journal ReviewIvanka Trump Is Calling Members of Congress to Get Started on Child-Care LegislationIndependent Journal ReviewIvanka Trump, the eldest daughter of President-elect Donald Trump, is calling Republican members of Congress to get the ball rolling on legislation for child care. Sarah Chamberlain, the president and CEO of the center-right organization Republican ...and more »......

College Freshman Recounts Impact of Obama's My Brother's Keeper Program - NBCNews.com

  
NBCNews.comCollege Freshman Recounts Impact of Obama's My Brother's Keeper ProgramNBCNews.comPresident Obama on Wednesday held the final White House summit of his My Brother's Keeper program, an initiative launched nearly three years ago aimed at breaking down barriers for young men and boys of color. Some 300 leaders and young people in ...FACT SHEET: At National Summit White House Announces New Support of My Brother's KeeperWhitehouse.gov (press release)Reince Priebus meets with his White House predecessorsCBS NewsObama to hold end-of-year news conferenceUSA TODAYThe Hill -Washington Post -U.S. News & World Report -UPI.comall 97 news articles »......

Amid outcry, NC GOP passes plan to curb Democratic governor's power - Washington Post

  
Washington PostAmid outcry, NC GOP passes plan to curb Democratic governor's powerWashington PostDespite protests, widespread criticism and a threat by the governor-elect to challenge in court any moves that he believes would unconstitutionally limit his power, the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature has passed changes that would ...North Carolina Lawmakers Head for ShowdownWall Street JournalNorth Carolina GOP to Strip Democratic Governor's PowerABC NewsNorth Carolina's newly elected governor fights back against Republicans' power-grab, threatens lawsuitSalonVox -Winston-Salem Journal -MSNBC -Charlotte Observerall 239 news articles »......

Philippines' Duterte: I killed three men

  
The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte confirms to the BBC that he shot dead three men while mayor of Davao.......

The Latest: UN says ready to assist in Aleppo evacuation

  
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria where thousands more civilians and rebels are expected to leave the eastern part of the city of Aleppo under a key cease-fire deal (all times local):......

The Latest: Protesters suing Trump ask for his deposition

  
HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times local):......

Clinton says Putin's 'personal beef' prompted election hacks

  
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton is blaming Russian interference for her defeat in the presidential race. She's casting her failed campaign as part of a long-running effort by Russian President Vladimir Putin to discredit the fundamental tenets of American government.......

The Latest: UN Says Ready to Assist in Aleppo Evacuation - New York Times

  
News18The Latest: UN Says Ready to Assist in Aleppo EvacuationNew York TimesOutgoing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says the U.N. stands ready to assist as needed to help rescue as many people as possible from besieged Aleppo — even as an overnight rescue operation had to be suspended due to fighting. Ban, speaking to ...Aleppo evacuation suspended, trapping thousandsYahoo NewsAleppo evacuation suspended amid dispute over villagesReutersFor Syrian refugees who supported the opposition, Assad's victory in Aleppo has dashed hopes of ever going homeBusiness InsiderBBC News -NBCNews.com -Los Angeles Times -Chicago Tribuneall 5,251 news articles »......

Politics|Clinton Says 'Personal Beef' by Putin Led to DNC Hacking - New York Times

  
New York TimesPolitics|Clinton Says 'Personal Beef' by Putin Led to DNC HackingNew York TimesHillary Clinton at a portrait-unveiling ceremony for the departing Senator Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, in Washington on Dec. 8. Credit Stephen Crowley/The New York Times. Hillary Clinton said Thursday the hacking attacks carried out by Russia ...CLINTON: Putin's 'personal beef' against me inspired the Russians to 'undermine our democracy'Business InsiderHillary Clinton talks election loss, Vladimir Putin's "personal beef" with herCBS NewsBlue State Blues: Democrats' Russian Hacking Story Affirms Hillary Clinton E-mail ScandalBreitbart NewsBustle -International Business Times -Politico -TIMEall 91 news articles »......

U.S. Demands Return of Drone Seized by Chinese Warship

  
American officials said they were still trying to determine whether the seizure of the unmanned ship in the South China Sea was a low-level action or a strategic order.......

Clinton Says 'Personal Beef' by Putin Led to D.N.C. Hacking

  
Mrs. Clinton has kept a low profile since the election, but speaking to donors on Thursday, she said the hacking had played a role in her defeat.......

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Aleppo Evacuation Halted Amid Confusion and Concerns About Killings

  
The evacuation breakdown came a day after more than 8,000 people from eastern Aleppo had been taken out. Many thousands are said to remain.......

Clinton Blames Russian Hacking for Loss as Obama Vows Response - Bloomberg

  
BloombergClinton Blames Russian Hacking for Loss as Obama Vows ResponseBloombergPresident Barack Obama vowed the U.S. would respond to Russian cyberattacks intended to interfere with the presidential election, while Hillary Clinton told donors that the hacks were partially to blame for her loss to President-elect Donald Trump.Obama vows to slap Russia over hacking, tensions on riseYahoo NewsTillerson's backers must get real about RussiaWashington Post (blog)Obama Likely to Field Questions on Russia, Syria and Donald TrumpWall Street JournalHuffington Post -Slate Magazine -The Atlantic -Los Angeles Timesall 1,162 news articles »......

President Duterte says he killed three

  
The Philippines president says he shot dead three men, hours after a spokesman denied the claims.......

Conservative MP Philip Davies objects to domestic violence bill

  
Conservative MP Philip Davies sets out objections to domestic violence bill in the Commons.......

Bird flu found in turkeys at Louth farm, Defra says

  
A suspected case of bird flu is being investigated at a farm in Lincolnshire.......

Wall Street loses ground as tech stocks weigh

  
The Dow is on track for its sixth weekly gain and less than 1 percent away from 20,000, a level it has never breached. The Federal Reserve, which raised interest rates for the second time in nearly a decade on Wednesday, sees a faster pace of rate hikes in 2017, partly due to the potential economic benefits from President-elect Donald Trump's policies. U.S. stocks have been on a tear since the Nov. 8 presidential election, with the S&P rising 5.7 percent on bets that Trump's plans to deregulate sectors and increase infrastructure spending will boost the economy.......

U.S. intelligence agencies feuding with Republicans over Russian hacking

  
By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican members of Congress are complaining that U.S. intelligence agencies are refusing to brief them widely on a classified CIA report that concluded Russia hacked Democratic Party data in an effort to help Donald Trump win the presidency. The Republicans said Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has refused their requests for full briefings of Congress' two intelligence committees.......

Trump continues tour before shifting transition to Florida

  
NEW YORK (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump on Friday continues a tour of the states that won him the White House, a victory lap that so far has featured far more taunts of triumph than notes of healing.......

The Latest: Burr praises intel officers amid hacking dispute

  
HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times local):......

Syracuse to honor the late Pearl Washington on Saturday

  
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Debbie Busacco struggled with her emotions as she thought about what promises to be a difficult moment.......

Philippines' Duterte 'bye-bye America' and we don't need your money

  
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told the United States on Saturday to prepare for repeal of an agreement on deployment of troops and equipment for exercises, declaring "bye-bye America", and we don't need your money. "Prepare to leave the Philippines. Prepare for the eventual repeal or abrogation of the VFA." The Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), signed in 1998, accorded legal status to thousands of U.S. troops who were rotated in the country for military exercises and humanitarian assistance operations.......

Mourners pay tribute to American space legend John Glenn

  
Two days of public events celebrating the life of US astronaut John Glenn began Friday in his native Ohio, where the body of the first American to orbit Earth lay in state. The former astronaut became a symbol of strength and of America's pioneering spirit, drawing admirers from all walks of life over a long career in the military, then NASA, and the US Senate. The Ohio-born Glenn's body lay in state at the Ohio Statehouse rotunda in the capital Columbus, in a casket covered with the American flag and accompanied by US Marines.......

House GOP quietly closes Flint, Mich. water investigation

  
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional Republicans have quietly closed a year-long investigation into Flint, Michigan's crisis over lead in its drinking water.......

China seizes US naval underwater probe in S. China Sea: defense official

  
China has seized an unmanned US naval underwater testing vehicle in international waters in the South China Sea, a US defense official told AFP on Friday -- a move sure to heighten concerns about Beijing's military presence in the disputed area. The probe, a US Navy vessel operated by civilians, "was taken" by China, the official said, adding the craft was seized about 50 miles off Subic Bay. The vessel's seizure comes amid rising tensions in the South China Sea, where China has moved to fortify its claims to the region by building out tiny reefs into artificial islands.......

U.S. intelligence agencies feuding with Republicans over Russian hacking

  
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican members of Congress are complaining that U.S. intelligence agencies are refusing to brief them widely on a classified CIA report that concluded Russia hacked Democratic Party data in an effort to help Donald Trump win the presidency. ......

Transition Briefing: A Charity Auction for Coffee With Ivanka Trump Appears to Be Canceled

  
The auction for the future first daughter's time had attracted bidders willing to spend tens of thousands, but also criticism that access was for sale.......

Clinton Says Putin, Out of 'Personal Beef,' Played Role in Loss

  
Mrs. Clinton has kept a low profile since her election defeat, but speaking to donors on Thursday, she made pointed comments about Russia's role.......

Obama to hold end-of-year news conference - USA TODAY

  
USA TODAYObama to hold end-of-year news conferenceUSA TODAYWASHINGTON — President Obama will hold his last scheduled news conference of 2016 on Friday before heading off on a two-week family vacation in Hawaii. The end-of-year meeting with reporters in the White House briefing room has become an annual ...and more »......

15 Percent of Corpus Christi Cleared to Use Tap Water After Chemical Spill

  
The back-flow incident led the city to warn residents against using tap water.......

US says Chinese warship seized Navy underwater drone

  
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Chinese warship seized a U.S. Navy unmanned underwater glider that was collecting unclassified scientific data in the South China Sea, and the U.S. is demanding its return, the Pentagon said Friday.......

Polish lawmakers block parliament to protest media rules

  
Opposition lawmakers in Poland, upset that the conservative ruling party plans to limit reporters' access to lawmakers, protested Friday in the lower house of parliament, singing the national anthem and .........

John Glenn lies in honor at Ohio capitol for public goodbye

  
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Mourners are filing by John Glenn's flag-draped casket at Ohio's capitol building as his home state and the nation say goodbye to the history-making astronaut.......

Holiday woe: UK airport staff vote for pre-Christmas strike

  
LONDON (AP) — A union says 1,500 check-in staff, baggage handlers and cargo crew at airports across Britain have voted to strike at the height of the Christmas holiday season in a dispute over pay.......

North Carolina's newly elected governor fights back against Republicans' power-grab, threatens lawsuit - Salon

  
SalonNorth Carolina's newly elected governor fights back against Republicans' power-grab, threatens lawsuitSalon"Most people might think that this is a partisan power grab, but it is really more ominous," Governor-elect Roy Cooper said at news conference in Raleigh Thursday after Republicans called a special session to introduce a host of new restrictive bills ...North Carolina Republicans launch a legislative 'coup'MSNBC16 arrested at NC General Assembly as Republicans aim to weaken governorFayetteville ObserverNorth Carolina special session day 3 begins with more protests, arrestsWTVD-TVBustle -News & Observerall 211 news articles »......

If Minnesota boycotts the Holiday Bowl, NIU could step in against Washington State - SB Nation

  
SB NationIf Minnesota boycotts the Holiday Bowl, NIU could step in against Washington StateSB NationMinnesota players are boycotting all team activities in protest of 10 players being suspended, some connected to a sexual assault case. But with only 11 days left before the bowl games, one of the sides to this story is whether the Golden Gopher ...University of Minnesota Football Players Boycott After 10 Teammates SuspendedNPRNorthern Illinois next in line for Holiday Bowl vs. WSU if Minnesota boycott enduresThe Seattle TimesCollege football team could boycott bowl game if demands not metMiami HeraldLos Angeles Times -USA TODAY -Star Tribune -Star Tribuneall 268 news articles »......

RHI scandal: McGuinness calls on NI first minister to step aside

  
NI's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness calls for Arlene Foster to "stand aside" as first minister during an investigation into a controversial heating initiative.......

Harriet Harman breaks record for long service as MP

  
Harriet Harman becomes the longest continuously serving female MP, racking up 12,468 days in the Commons.......

Africa's top shots: 9 December-15 December 2016

  
A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.......

Despite claims, Iowa State expert does not run focus groups

  
A prominent Iowa political scientist who goes by the nickname "Dr. Politics" has routinely made misleading claims suggesting he has gleaned unique political insight from a focus group, when he actually just discusses issues with acquaintances and contacts, The Associated Press has found.......

Trumponomics will meet its match with the greenback and the Madam Chair - CNBC

  
CNBCTrumponomics will meet its match with the greenback and the Madam ChairCNBCDonald Trump is inheriting an economy in pretty good shape with low unemployment, rising wages and a rocking stock market. But the president-elect faces several potentially big obstacles to his plans to goose growth to closer to 5 percent and create ...Dollar Surges as US Prepares for Higher RatesWall Street JournalDollar's post-Fed rally pauses, US stocks edge lowerReutersFed rate hike: 7 questions (and answers)USA TODAYFox Business -MarketWatch -New York Times -TheStreet.comall 2,619 news articles »......

Donald Trump Meets With Tech Titans - ABC News

  
ABC NewsDonald Trump Meets With Tech TitansABC NewsThe president-elect met with business leaders from Amazon, Google, Facebook, PayPal and Apple alongside his children Eric, Ivanka and Donald Jr. 2:19 | 12/15/16. Share. Title. Description. Share From. Share With. Facebook. Tweet. Embed. Email.Ivanka Trump calling lawmakers to discuss child care legislationThe Hill (blog)Ivanka Trump Is Reportedly Already Pushing for Childcare LegislationNew York MagazineTrumps Reconsider Selling Access To Ivanka For Just $77000 (For Uh, Charity)GothamistIndependent Journal Reviewall 62 news articles »......

Amid outcry, NC GOP pushes forward with plan to curb Democratic governor's power - Washington Post

  
Washington PostAmid outcry, NC GOP pushes forward with plan to curb Democratic governor's powerWashington PostDespite protests, widespread criticism and a threat by the governor-elect to challenge in court any moves that he believes would unconstitutionally limit his power, the Republican-controlled North Carolina legislature is pushing through reforms that ...WATCH: North Carolina's newly elected governor fights back against Republicans' power-grab, threatens lawsuitSalonNorth Carolina Republicans launch a legislative 'coup'MSNBC16 arrested at NC General Assembly as Republicans aim to weaken governorFayetteville ObserverNews & Observerall 207 news articles »......

Has the international system failed Aleppo?

  
Seventeen years ago, Kofi Annan stood before the United Nations and apologized.......

RHI scandal: McGuinness calls on Foster to step aside

  
Northern Ireland's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness calls for Arlene Foster to "stand aside" from her role as first minister during an investigation into a controversial heating initiative.......

Michelle Obama says America lacks hope

  
Michelle Obama speaks to Oprah Winfrey as she prepares to leave the White House.......

Disturbance spreads at HMP Birmingham

  
A disturbance at HMP Birmingham involving 400 inmates has spread to four wings of the prison.......

The Latest: White House to host Trump's chief of staff

  
HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Donald Trump (all times local):......

US says Chinese warship stole Navy underwater drone

  
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says a Chinese warship seized a U.S. Navy unmanned underwater glider that was collecting unclassified scientific data in the South China Sea.......

Sumner Redstone leaving Viacom board after February meeting

  
Sumner Redstone is leaving the board of the movie and TV company he controls, Viacom, after its February meeting. The 93-year-old took over Viacom in 1987 but stepped down as executive chairman in February. .........

Jury assures Dylann Roof will never walk free again

  
The Confederate flag is gone from South Carolina's Statehouse. The bullet holes have been patched in Emanuel AME's fellowship hall. And now Dylann Roof will almost certainly spend the rest of his days .........

Views on Choice for Israel Envoy: From 'True Partner' to 'Totally Unqualified' - New York Times

  
The New YorkerViews on Choice for Israel Envoy: From 'True Partner' to 'Totally Unqualified'New York TimesMr. Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer who has represented Mr. Trump in matters involving Atlantic City casinos, has no diplomatic experience. He has long espoused hard-right, pro-Israel views that are often at odds with decades of United States policy ...Trump's Daily Bankruptcy and the Ambassador to IsraelThe New YorkerIsraeli Lawmakers, Settlers Praise Trump's Nominee for EnvoyWall Street JournalTel Aviv Diary: Trump's Ambassador Pick Divides IsraelisNewsweekCBS News -Vox -New York Magazine -Forwardall 173 news articles »......

Sumner Redstone to give up voting role on Viacom's board of directors - Los Angeles Times

  
Los Angeles TimesSumner Redstone to give up voting role on Viacom's board of directorsLos Angeles TimesMedia mogul Sumner Redstone will no longer hold a voting role on Viacom Inc.'s board of directors after the company's annual meeting in February, according to a regulatory filing. Redstone will still serve as chairman emeritus, but will step down from ...Viacom Paid Philippe Dauman $93M In 2016; Sumner Redstone To Leave BoardDeadlineSumner Redstone Will Exit Viacom's Board, But That Won't Change MuchForbesSumner Redstone to step down from Viacom boardReutersTheStreet.com -Bloomberg -USA TODAY -Wall Street Journalall 46 news articles »......

Obama vows to slap Russia over hacking, tensions on rise - Yahoo News

  
Yahoo NewsObama vows to slap Russia over hacking, tensions on riseYahoo NewsWashington (AFP) - President Barack Obama, who has vowed to retaliate against Moscow over its election cyber-meddling, faces the media Friday as tensions soar with Russia's Vladimir Putin, whose Syria strategy has left Washington on the back foot.More Republicans viewing Putin favorablyPoliticoObama Likely to Field Questions on Russia, Syria and Donald TrumpWall Street JournalPutin Turned Russia Election Hacks In Trump's Favor: U.S. OfficialsHuffington PostLos Angeles Times -The Atlantic -Bloomberg -Christian Science Monitorall 1,096 news articles »......

No progress as Colombia's president, rival meet with pope - Reuters

  
ReutersNo progress as Colombia's president, rival meet with popeReutersPope Francis (L) meets former Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe (R) at the Vatican December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Vincenzo Pinto. 7/7. left. right. Pope Francis (L) meets Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (R) and former president Alvaro Uribe (C) at ...Superstitious Pope Francis Says Dont Send Him Early Birthday WishesDaily BeastPope brings Colombian leaders to Vatican to save FARC dealNew York PostHow you can wish Pope Francis a happy birthday -- in 7 languagesUSA TODAYWall Street Journalall 80 news articles »......

Tina Turner's life and songs inspire stage musical

  
LONDON (AP) — Simply the best news for Tina Turner fans: The music legend's life and songs are headed for the stage.......

Obama vows to slap Russia over hacking, tensions on rise

  
President Barack Obama, who has vowed to retaliate against Moscow over its election cyber-meddling, faces the media Friday as tensions soar with Russia's Vladimir Putin, whose Syria strategy has left Washington on the back foot. Just hours before he heads to Hawaii with his family for his last Christmas as president, Obama will hold his traditional year-end press conference at 2:15 pm (1915 GMT). It will be closely watched by his elected successor Donald Trump, who has pledged closer ties with the Kremlin.......

AP FACT CHECK: UN didn't order US to pay slavery reparations

  
A widely shared story that claims the United Nations ordered the United States to immediately pay reparations to black Americans for slavery is false. A U.N. panel did urge the U.S. to study the topic and consider elements of a reparation plan, but the recommendations are not binding.......

Review: Beneath the Bombast, 'Fences' Has an Aching Poetry

  
Starring Denzel Washington, who also directed, and Viola Davis, this film adaptation of August Wilson's play features performances of unmatched force.......

Letter of Recommendation: Letter of Recommendation: Dan Fogelberg, 'Same Old Lang Syne'

  
The year 1980 brought us the greatest holiday song of all time: one that finds beauty in the shabbiness of real life.......

Richmond Fire Sends Smoke Across East Bay; Shelter-in-Place Issued (UPDATE) - Patch.com

  
Patch.comRichmond Fire Sends Smoke Across East Bay; Shelter-in-Place Issued (UPDATE)Patch.comRICHMOND, CA — A large fire burning at an auto-wrecking yard in Richmond is sending thick black smoke across the East Bay and has closed parts of Richmond Parkway and, according to multiple reports. The fire was reported at about 7:30 a.m., the SF ...Lots of smoke, flames from junkyard fire in RichmondSFGateRichmond: Firefighters battling blaze at vehicle wrecking yardEast Bay Timesall 13 news articles »......

Obama: My Brother's Keeper is something I'll be 'invested in for the rest of my life' - Washington Post

  
Washington PostObama: My Brother's Keeper is something I'll be 'invested in for the rest of my life'Washington PostWhen President Obama created his My Brother's Keeper initiative, which champions support for and direct involvement in the lives of young men of color, he called it an issue of national importance, "as important as any issue that I work on." The goal ...Reince Priebus meets with his White House predecessorsCBS NewsWhite House chiefs of staff welcome new member to ranksReutersWatch Live: President Obama's Last Press Conference of 2016TIMEThe Hill -American Thinker -Chicago Sun-Times -BuzzFeed Newsall 91 news articles »......

Dylann Roof, Public Enemy - National Review

  
National ReviewDylann Roof, Public EnemyNational ReviewOf course Dylann Roof deserves the death penalty. The question is whether he should get it. If he does, the duty of executing him properly should fall to the people of South Carolina, where he committed a mass murder at the Emanuel African Methodist ...White-Power Charleston Church Murderer Convicted, Wonder Where He Got 'Self-Radicalized'?Wonkette (blog)all 110 news articles »......

Colombia's president and opposition rival meet Pope Francis - Reuters

  
ReutersColombia's president and opposition rival meet Pope FrancisReutersPope Francis (L) meets former Colombia's President Alvaro Uribe (R) at the Vatican December 16, 2016. REUTERS/Vincenzo Pinto. 7/7. left. right. Pope Francis (L) meets Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos (R) and former president Alvaro Uribe (C) at ...Superstitious Pope Francis Says Dont Send Him Early Birthday WishesDaily BeastPope brings Colombian leaders to Vatican to save FARC dealNew York PostHappy 80th Birthday, Pope FrancisWall Street Journalall 79 news articles »......

Clinton Says Putin, Out of 'Personal Beef,' Played Role in Loss - New York Times

  
New York TimesClinton Says Putin, Out of 'Personal Beef,' Played Role in LossNew York TimesHillary Clinton at a portrait-unveiling ceremony for the departing Senator Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, in Washington on Dec. 8. Credit Mark Wilson/Getty Images. Hillary Clinton on Thursday night attributed her defeat to a convergence of two ...Obama vows to slap Russia over hacking, tensions on riseYahoo NewsThe Only Enemies Donald Trump Can See Are His Fellow AmericansSlate MagazineObama Likely to Field Questions on Russia, Syria and Donald TrumpWall Street JournalHuffington Post -Los Angeles Times -The Atlantic -Bloombergall 1,063 news articles »......

Saving children from life on the streets

  
Andy Stein shifts on the balls of his feet, leans against a wooden railing, and fidgets.......

Airport staff in pre-Christmas strike

  
More than 1,500 check-in staff, baggage handlers and cargo crew at 18 airports for 48 hours from 23 December, in pay dispute, union says......

US Underwater Drone Seized by Chinese Navy in South China Sea

  
The U.S. has filed a diplomatic protest with China over the incident.......

Mylan is Releasing a Cheaper Version of EpiPen

  
Mylan is releasing a generic version of its emergency allergy treatment EpiPen at half the price of the branded option, the cost of which drew scorn from parents nationwide and spawned Congressional inquiries......

Yankees' Chapman: Cubs' Maddon misused me during postseason

  
NEW YORK (AP) — Aroldis Chapman says Cubs manager Joe Maddon misused him during the postseason, putting the hard-throwing reliever on the mound too often in Chicago's successful effort to win the World Series for the first time since 1908.......

The Latest: Russia says time to end Syria military activity

  
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria where thousands more civilians and rebels are expected to leave the eastern part of the city of Aleppo under a key cease-fire deal (all times local):......

No progress as Colombia's president, rival meet with pope

  
VATICAN CITY/BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and opposition leader Alvaro Uribe were unable to find common ground on a peace accord with Marxist FARC rebels, even with the mediation of Pope Francis when they met at the Vatican on Friday. On his third visit to the Vatican, Santos appealed to Francis for support in ending a 52-year war that has killed more than 220,000 people and displaced millions. Francis, an Argentine who has helped broker diplomatic efforts in Cuba and Venezuela, then received Uribe, a right-wing senator and former president who has been one of the harshest critics of the new peace deal.......

Drake's 'One Dance' breaks billion mark on Spotify

  
Drake's "One Dance" on Friday notched up another record -- it is the first song to be played a billion times on Spotify. The track, which appears on Drake's top-charting album "Views," features guest vocals by Wizkid, one of Nigeria's top singers, and British house artist Kyla. Drake's totals on Spotify, the largest site in the fast-growing format of streaming, comes even though he has a business tie-up with Apple.......

Dem lawmaker: Michigan Gov. Snyder stonewalling on Flint

  
WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior House Democrat is accusing Michigan's Republican governor of stonewalling the House Oversight Committee over documents the panel is seeking related to Flint, Michigan's ongoing water crisis.......

After harsh light, a cheaper version of EpiPen from Mylan

  
Mylan is releasing a generic version of its emergency allergy treatment EpiPen at half the price of the branded option, the cost of which drew scorn from parents nationwide and spawned Congressional inquiries. .........

Actavis UK accused of overcharging hydrocortisone drug

  
LONDON (AP) — British regulators have accused Actavis UK of charging excessive and unfair prices after the pharmaceutical company increased the price of some hydrocortisone tablets by more than 12,000 percent.......

Trump's kids could play key White House roles: How unusual? - Christian Science Monitor

  
Christian Science MonitorTrump's kids could play key White House roles: How unusual?Christian Science MonitorAmerican history is full of first sons and daughters who did just about everything. But Donald Trump's situation appears unique. Monitor's Best: Top 5. Austria to seize, but not destroy, Hitler's house. Here's why it matters. Inhabit Fossil fuels, yes ...Eric Trump holds bidding war for access to his sister IvankaSalonIvanka Trump Is Calling Members of Congress to Get Started on Child-Care LegislationIndependent Journal ReviewTrump will be violating the Constitution as soon as he's sworn in: Washington Post opinionOregonLive.comNew York Timesall 59 news articles »......

Stocks erase gains after report of China seizing underwater US drone - CNBC

  
CNBCStocks erase gains after report of China seizing underwater US droneCNBCReuters reported in late morning trade that a Chinese Navy warship has seized an underwater drone deployed by an American oceanographic vessel in international waters in the South China Sea, triggering a formal diplomatic protest from the United States ...China steals US underwater drone in South China SeaFox NewsChinese Navy Warship Seized an American Drone in the South China SeaTIMEChina 'seizes US vessel' in S China SeaBBC NewsNBCNews.com -PRI -Washington Post -Huffington Postall 361 news articles »......

'Rogue One' Box Office: 'Star Wars' Snags Boffo $29M Thursday - Forbes

  
Forbes'Rogue One' Box Office: 'Star Wars' Snags Boffo $29M ThursdayForbesAnd we're… off! The official domestic debut of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story began in earnest last night with an explosive $29 million in Thursday previews. That's not a record, but it's right in the middle of "happy town," especially for the month of ...Making Sense of the 'Star Wars' TimelineHollywood ReporterAll the Star Wars Callbacks in Rogue OneSlate Magazine (blog)'Rogue One' Blasts Off To $29M Thursday Night; Biggest Preview Of 2016 – Friday AM B.O. UpdateDeadlineThe Verge -New York Daily News -Entertainment Weekly -Los Angeles Timesall 3,053 news articles »......

Northern Illinois next in line for Holiday Bowl vs. WSU if Minnesota boycott endures - The Seattle Times

  
The Seattle TimesNorthern Illinois next in line for Holiday Bowl vs. WSU if Minnesota boycott enduresThe Seattle TimesThe University of Minnesota football team announced Thursday night that it has boycotted all football activities in protest of the school's suspensions of 10 players in relation to a Title IX investigation. Senior receiver Drew Wolitarsky said the ...No bowl for 10 suspended Minnesota playersESPNGophers football players pledge boycott - StarTribune.comStar Tribune10 Gophers football players suspended heading into bowl - StarTribune.comStar Tribuneall 264 news articles »......

Hard-Right Choice for US Envoy to Israel Draws Polarized Reactions - New York Times

  
NewsweekHard-Right Choice for US Envoy to Israel Draws Polarized ReactionsNew York TimesThe hard-right views of David M. Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer who is President-elect Donald J. Trump's choice as the next ambassador to Israel, have drawn polarized responses in Israel and the United States. Mr. Friedman, who has represented Mr. Trump ...Israeli Lawmakers, Settlers Praise Trump's Nominee for EnvoyWall Street JournalTrump's pick for Israel ambassador a contentious oneCBS NewsTrump's pick for Israel ambassador thinks liberal Jews are "worse" than Nazi collaboratorsVoxNew York Magazine -Forward -Daily Caller -Haaretzall 168 news articles »......

How warring divorcees could face travel bans

  
The Law Commission proposes driving and travel bans for ex-spouses who refuse to pay maintenance.......

Government backs SNP MP's violence against women bill

  
The UK government supports an SNP MP's bill to ratify an international convention on combating violence against women.......

Antonio Conte: Chelsea manager says Chinese football is a 'danger for all teams'

  
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes the huge money being spent on players by Chinese clubs is a "danger for all teams in the world".......

UPS Delivers Assault Rifle Instead of Toy for Christmas Gift

  
A New York couple was horrified when a UPS delivery that they thought was a Christmas present turned out to be an assault rifle......

United States appeals against latest WTO Boeing subsidies ruling

  
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States appealed on Friday against a ruling on tax breaks for Boeing, the World Trade Organization said on its website, the latest step in a more than a decade-old transatlantic spat over subsidies for Boeing and Airbus.......

Tech stocks dip, dividend payers rise as indexes tread water

  
Technology stocks fell Friday, but gains for utilities and other big dividend payers helped U.S. indexes hold close to record levels. Bond yields gave up some of their big gains from the last few days. .........

Laundromat featured in Affleck movie 'The Town' burns down

  
BOSTON (AP) — A laundromat featured in the Ben Affleck movie "The Town" has been destroyed in a fire in Boston.......

Iran summons UK envoy over Aleppo comments

  
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign ministry has summoned the British envoy in Tehran after the U.K. accused Iran of playing a role in the "suffering" of the people of Syria's Aleppo.......

United States appeals against latest WTO Boeing subsidies ruling

  
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States appealed on Friday against a ruling on tax breaks for Boeing, the World Trade Organization said on its website, the latest step in a more than a decade-old transatlantic spat over subsidies for Boeing and Airbus. ......

Trump election: Michelle Obama tells Oprah Winfrey America lacks hope - BBC News

  
BBC NewsTrump election: Michelle Obama tells Oprah Winfrey America lacks hopeBBC NewsHer husband repeatedly used messages of hope in his presidential campaigns and during his time in office. But US First Lady Michelle Obama has struck a much less upbeat tone in her last TV interview before the family leaves the White House. Speaking to ...Michelle Obama: 'We're feeling what not having hope feels like'PoliticoMichelle Obama: This is 'what not having hope feels like'The Hill (blog)Michelle Obama says "we're feeling what not having hope feels like"CBS NewsVox -Breitbart News -Newsmax -UPI.comall 35 news articles »......

College football team could boycott bowl game if demands not met - Miami Herald

  
Miami HeraldCollege football team could boycott bowl game if demands not metMiami HeraldPlayers from the University of Minnesota's football team stood united Thursday as senior wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky announced his team was boycotting all official activities — including practices, meetings and perhaps the Gophers' upcoming bowl ...Northern Illinois next in line for Holiday Bowl vs. WSU if Minnesota boycott enduresThe Seattle TimesIn boycott over U of M suspensions, the issue isn't footballMinnesota Public Radio News (blog)No bowl for 10 suspended Minnesota playersESPNMinneapolis Star Tribune -Star Tribuneall 261 news articles »......

Michelle Obama: 'We are feeling what not having hope feels like'

  
Following the election of Donald Trump, Michelle Obama said many Americans now know what it's like not to have hope. ......

Turkey to set up camp for Aleppo evacuees in Syria

  
By Umit Ozdal CILVEGOZU, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey plans to set up a camp inside Syria to host people evacuated from the city of Aleppo but will continue to take the sick and wounded to Turkish hospitals, officials said on Friday. Two potential sites, around 3.5 km (2 miles) inside Syria, have been identified for a camp with the capacity to host up to 80,000 people, two senior officials told Reuters. "Work on the infrastructure for the camp will begin shortly," another official from the Turkish aid organization IHH said by phone from inside Syria.......

Philippines' Duterte tells U.S. to prepare to leave the country

  
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told the United States on Saturday to prepare for the eventual repeal of a military deal that allows Washington to deploy troops and equipment for exercises in the country. Duterte also said the Philippines can survive "without American money" after a U.S. aid agency put on hold a decision to fund anti-poverty programs in the country. "We do not need you," Duterte said in a news conference after arriving from visits to Cambodia and Singapore.......

Coalition airstrikes destroy air defense weapon in Syria

  
WASHINGTON (AP) — Coalition airstrikes destroyed an air defense system that Islamic State militants had captured last weekend when they retook the Syrian city of Palmyra from Russian and Syrian regime forces.......

'Best If Used By' labels will reduce food waste, USDA says

  
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says food sellers who use product dating labels should switch to the phrase "Best If Used By" to help reduce confusion and food waste. The agency says consumers .........

Hillary Clinton Ties Loss to Russian Hacking and Comey Letter

  
Mrs. Clinton has kept a low profile since her election defeat, but speaking to donors on Thursday, she made pointed comments about Russia's role.......

The perfect moment captured

  
Snowy New York and Indonesian volcano feature in winning images at prestigious photography awards.......

Poppy Widdison death: Mother and partner guilty of cruelty

  
A mother and her partner are found guilty of child cruelty after her four-year-old daughter died.......

S&P, Nasdaq flat as investors pause after rally

  
The Dow was 103 points away from the historic mark and on track for its sixth weekly gains, after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the second time in nearly a decade earlier this week. U.S. stocks have been on a tear since the Nov. 8 presidential election, with the S&P rising 5.7 percent on bets that Trump's plans to deregulate sectors and increase infrastructure spending will boost the economy. "We're at a point where there's not much to factor in," said Mohannad Aama, managing director at Beam Capital Management in New York.......

Pushed by investor Ackman, Chipotle adds four new directors to board

  
Matthew Paull, a former McDonald's Corp chief financial officer, will join the Chipotle board along with media executives Paul Cappuccio and Robin Hickenlooper, and Ali Namvar, a partner at Ackman's hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management. Ackman is Chipotle's largest single investor with a nearly 10 percent stake.......

Man City boss Guardiola rubbishes Claudio Bravo exit rumours

  
Pep Guardiola made clear on Friday his belief Claudio Bravo is happy at Manchester City, amid reports the Chilean goalkeeper could be on his way back to Spain. The 33-year-old, Chile's most-capped player who skippered them to two successive Copa America titles, left Barcelona to join City for £17m ($22 million, 19 million euros) in August as Guardiola wanted a new first choice to replace England number one Joe Hart. Bravo has not had the easiest start to life in Manchester -– he was sent off on his return to the Camp Nou in the Champions League in October, and has kept just two clean sheets in his last 14 games.......

John Glenn lies in state at Ohio capitol for public goodbye

  
John Glenn's home state and the nation are saying goodbye to the famed astronaut as he lies in state at Ohio's capitol building. A public viewing for the first American to orbit Earth is scheduled to stretch .........

Pilots are keeping mental illness a secret to keep their wings: study - MarketWatch

  
MarketWatchPilots are keeping mental illness a secret to keep their wings: studyMarketWatchThousands of commercial pilots worldwide are likely clinically depressed — some even suicidal — but don't seek treatment for fear of being grounded and losing their wings, according to a new study. The Harvard study was conducted in the wake of the ...Small Fraction of Pilots Suffer Suicidal ThoughtsScientific AmericanDepression symptoms and suicidal thoughts common in pilots: studyNew York Daily NewsAirline pilots report suicidal thoughts, study findsWDIV DetroitCBS News -TIME -Ars Technica -Newsweekall 73 news articles »......

Chipotle Bows to Pressure From Activist Investor Bill Ackman - Fortune

  
FortuneChipotle Bows to Pressure From Activist Investor Bill AckmanFortuneChipotle Mexican Grill cmg , under pressure from activist investor Bill Ackman, appointed four more members to its board, including nominees from Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management. Pershing Square partner Ali Namvar and former McDonald's ...Chipotle, Seeking A Turnaround, Shakes Up Its BoardCBS LocalChipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) Names Four New Directors in Pact with Pershing SquareStreetInsider.comChipotle Names New Directors, Including Pershing Square PartnerFox Businessall 69 news articles »......

China steals US underwater drone in South China Sea - Fox News

  
Fox NewsChina steals US underwater drone in South China SeaFox NewsA Chinese Navy ship stole an American oceanographic underwater drone in the South China Sea approximately 40 miles west of the Philippines and about 150 miles from Scarborough Shoal, an area contested by the Chinese and the Philippines, two U.S. ...No, Mr. Trump, China did not build a 'massive fortress' in the seaPRIChina Holds First Live-Fire Drills With Its Aircraft CarrierNBCNews.comChina seizes unmanned US Navy underwater vehicleThe HillABC Online -UPI.com -New York Times -South China Morning Postall 320 news articles »......

US: Chinese warship stole our underwater drone

  
A US oceanographic vessel Thursday had its underwater drone stolen by a Chinese warship literally right in front of the eyes of the American crew, a US defense official told CNN Friday. ......

Everton v Liverpool: The Merseyside derby that caused Kenny Dalglish to quit

  
Mark Lawrenson interviews Kenny Dalglish for Football Focus and looks back on an epic Merseyside derby that led to his retirement in 1991.......

Q&A: Secretary of state pick could affect climate policy

  
President-elect Donald Trump this week tapped ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to serve as his secretary of state. If confirmed by the Senate, where opposition is emerging, the move could have broad consequences .........

Paris seeks high ground in fight to keep rats underground

  
Gazing upward to take in the majesty of the Eiffel Tower, visitors to Paris may be astonished to learn that a vicious war, pitting Man against Rat, is unfolding at their feet. Several of the French capital's green spaces are off-limits for two weeks as rat catchers go about a grim task, baiting traps with powerful poison. Many Paris residents were keen to see the end of a new scourge in a city whose image has already suffered from a string of terror attacks.......

Iraq: retaken Mosul towns still battle-stricken, await aid

  
MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — The bodies of two dead Islamic State fighters have been lying on the sidewalk in front of Muhammad Jassim's house in eastern Mosul for the past week. Both of the corpses were burned, abused and decapitated, one was partially covered by a pastel floral bed sheet.......

Trump team: Too early for timing on U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem

  
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Representatives for Donald Trump on Friday said it was too soon to say when the Republican U.S. president-elect would make good on his controversial campaign promise to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. ......

China's Navy seizes American underwater drone in South China Sea

  
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Chinese Navy warship has seized an underwater drone deployed by an American oceanographic vessel in international waters in the South China Sea, triggering a formal demarche from the United States and a demand for its return, a U.S. defense official told Reuters on Friday. ......

Hard-Right Choice for US Ambassador to Israel Draws Polarized Reactions - New York Times

  
NewsweekHard-Right Choice for US Ambassador to Israel Draws Polarized ReactionsNew York TimesThe hard-right views of David M. Friedman, a bankruptcy lawyer who is President-elect Donald J. Trump's choice as the next ambassador to Israel, have drawn polarized responses in Israel and the United States. Mr. Friedman, who has represented Mr. Trump ...Israeli Lawmakers, Settlers Praise Trump's Nominee for EnvoyWall Street JournalWest Bank settlers laud Trump pick for ambassador to IsraelSalonTrump's pick for Israel ambassador a contentious oneCBS NewsVox -Daily Caller -Forward -New York Magazineall 157 news articles »......

Pilot union row hits Virgin Atlantic

  
Virgin Atlantic pilots vote to take action short of strike in union recognition row from 23 December......

Coach Cleared of Charges He Failed to Report Child Sex Abuse

  
A former Tennessee high school basketball coach has been cleared of charges of failing to report child sexual abuse after a freshman player was assaulted by older teammates......

U.S. dollar rally to 14-year highs halts on profit-taking

  
The U.S. dollar edged higher against a basket of major currencies on Friday, holding near 14-year highs touched after Wednesday's Federal Reserve meeting, with profit-taking halting the momentum of the greenback's rally. The dollar index , which measures the greenback against a basket of six major rivals, was last at 103.140, not far from Thursday's 14-year high of 103.560 but up only 0.12 percent on the day in the wake of Wednesday's Fed decision. The index gained 1.2 percent on Thursday to mark its biggest daily percentage gain in nearly six months a day after the U.S. central bank raised interest rates for the first time in a year.......

Trump team: Too early for timing on U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem

  
Representatives for Donald Trump on Friday said it was too soon to say when the Republican U.S. president-elect would make good on his controversial campaign promise to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Trump aide Jason Miller said Trump "remains firmly committed to" the move.......

China's Navy seizes American underwater drone in South China Sea

  
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Chinese Navy warship has seized an underwater drone deployed by an American oceanographic vessel in international waters in the South China Sea, triggering a former demarche from the United States and a demand for its return, a U.S. defense official told Reuters on Friday. The incident -- the first of its kind in recent memory -- took place on Dec. 15 northwest of Subic Bay just as the USNS Bowditch, an oceanographic survey ship, was about to retrieve the unmanned, underwater vehicle (UUV), the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. .........

University of Minnesota Football Players Boycott After 10 Teammates Suspended - NPR

  
New York TimesUniversity of Minnesota Football Players Boycott After 10 Teammates SuspendedNPRDays after 10 of its members were suspended as part of the University of Minnesota's response to a sexual assault allegation, the rest of the team has declared a boycott. The team is scheduled to play in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27. Announcing the ...College football team could boycott bowl game if demands not metMiami HeraldNorthern Illinois next in line for Holiday Bowl vs. WSU if Minnesota boycott enduresThe Seattle TimesIn boycott over U of M suspensions, the issue isn't footballMinnesota Public Radio News (blog)ESPN -Star Tribune -Star Tribuneall 259 news articles »......

Zombie-like effects of 'fake pot'

  
When dozens of people collapsed on a Brooklyn sidewalk over an 11-hour period on July 12, first responders immediately suspected "spice," a synthetic cannabinoid sold in shiny packages and forever one step ahead of the law. ......

Best travel photo of 2016

  
Snowy New York and Indonesian volcano feature in winning images at prestigious photography awards.......

Michelle Obama: 'Now we're feeling what not having hope feels like'

  
Michelle Obama speaks to Oprah Winfrey as she prepares to leave the White House.......

Bill to combat violence against women backed

  
The UK government supports an SNP MP's bill to ratify an international convention on combating violence against women.......

Winter Storm to Wallop Midwest, Northeast With More Snow, Ice, Arctic Cold

  
A winter storm that has blanketed the Pacific Northwest with snow and ice continued its journey across the country Friday.......

Resident chases Christmas thieves with metal pipe

  
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida men are spending the holidays in jail, thanks to observant neighbors who spotted them taking Christmas gifts from a nearby home and another homeowner who chased them with a metal pipe.......

'DuckTales' lands David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck

  
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney's new version of the 1980s animated series "DuckTales" is getting a cast worth quacking about, including a former Doctor Who.......

Chipotle, seeking a turnaround, shakes up its board

  
Chipotle, which is still hurting from food safety scares last year, is adding four new people to its board as the burrito chain tries to turn its business around. The picks were made in agreement with .........

Catcher Welington Castillo finalizes deal with Orioles

  
BALTIMORE (AP) — Free agent catcher Welington Castillo has finalized a $6 million, one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles.......

Transition Briefing: Jared Kushner Promises a Trump Infrastructure Plan That Democrats Can Love

  
President-elect Donald J. Trump's son-in-law told business leaders that the new administration's infrastructure plan would be closer to the Democrats' ideal than the Republicans.......

'Jeopardy!' Champion Dies Before She Could See Her Triumph on TV

  
Taped episodes show Cindy Stowell, who planned to donate her winnings to cancer charities, triumphing three times in a row so far.......

White House Christmas Decorations Photos: DC Set For Holidays As Obamas Vacation In Hawaii - International Business Times

  
International Business TimesWhite House Christmas Decorations Photos: DC Set For Holidays As Obamas Vacation In HawaiiInternational Business TimesThe Obamas were scheduled to land at the Hickam Air Force base in Pearl Harbor Friday night for a holiday vacation in Hawaii — but the first lady made sure the White House was ready for Christmas long before they left. Michelle Obama greeted a 19-foot ...Michelle Obama: This is 'what not having hope feels like'The Hill (blog)Michelle Obama: 'We're feeling what not having hope feels like'PoliticoHouse conservatives will try to kill Michelle Obama's surprisingly successful anti-obesity campaignVoxBreitbart News -Newsmax -Entertainment Weekly -CBS Newsall 28 news articles »......

Jared Kushner Promises a Trump Infrastructure Plan That Democrats Can Love - New York Times

  
New York TimesJared Kushner Promises a Trump Infrastructure Plan That Democrats Can LoveNew York Times... □ President-elect Donald J. Trump's son-in-law told business leaders in New York that Mr. Trump will be pushing a $1 trillion infrastructure plan closer to the ideal of Democrats than Republicans. □ Mr. Trump took to Twitter on Friday to again ...Trump picks a supporter of West Bank settlements for ambassador to IsraelWashington PostIsraeli Lawmakers, Settlers Praise Trump's Nominee for EnvoyWall Street JournalWest Bank settlers laud Trump pick for ambassador to IsraelSalonCBS News -Bloomberg -Daily Caller -Forwardall 150 news articles »......

Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte: 'I killed three men'

  
The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte confirms to the BBC's Karishma Vaswani that he shot dead three men while mayor of Davao.......

BBC News jingle dancer in TV studio

  
Corville Cuffy dances to the BBC News jingle after footage of him in Leicester Square went viral online.......

The Latest: France calls emergency UN session on Aleppo

  
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria where thousands more civilians and rebels are expected to leave the eastern part of the city of Aleppo under a key cease-fire deal (all times local):......

Raider of DC pizza shop pleads not guilty, jailed on assault

  
WASHINGTON (AP) — A man who police said was inspired by false internet rumors to fire an assault weapon inside a Washington pizzeria has pleaded not guilty to charges including assault with a dangerous weapon.......

Cubs' Maddon helps break ground on playground in hometown

  
HAZLETON, Pa. (AP) — Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon has helped workers break ground on a $250,000 playground for his Pennsylvania hometown.......

8 New Books We Recommend This Week

  
Suggested reading by book critics and editors at The New York Times.......

More snow, freezing rain expected in Ann Arbor Friday and into Saturday - MLive.com

  
MLive.comMore snow, freezing rain expected in Ann Arbor Friday and into SaturdayMLive.comTotal snow forecast through noon Sunday from the National Weather Service. This is probably the top end of the possible snow. (NOAA/weatherbell.com). Print Email · Matt Durr | mattdurr@mlive.com By Matt Durr | mattdurr@mlive.com The Ann Arbor NewsNasty winter weather headed our wayKCCI Des MoinesFreezing temperatures remain, winter weather alerts coming for MarylandWBAL BaltimorePortland Metro Friday Weather: Continued cold temps with freezing fog west and south of downtownOregonLive.comNews & Observer -news9.com KWTV -WTAE Pittsburgh -Quad City Timesall 168 news articles »......

Michelle Obama's next move - dailytelegraph.com.au

  
dailytelegraph.com.auMichelle Obama's next movedailytelegraph.com.auPresident Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama light the White House Menorah, the last such lighting ceremony for the Obamas before President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January. December 15th 2016; 2 days ago ...Michelle Obama to Oprah: Now We Know 'What Not Having Hope Feels Like'Newsmaxall 27 news articles »......

The week in 29 photos

  
Take a look at 29 photos of the week from December 9 through December 15.......

Obama Vows Retaliation as Russians Demand Election Hacking Evidence

  
Reprisals will come at a "time and place of our own choosing," Obama said.......

Zlatan Ibrahimovic indispensable, says Man Utd boss Mourinho

  
Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has performed so well that he has made himself virtually undroppable this season according to manager Jose Mourinho. The 35-year-old former Swedish international has found the net 14 times in all competitions for United this season after he joined from French champions Paris St Germain on a free transfer. Ibrahimovic has also played in more matches than any of United's other strikers this season, featuring in 24 of their 26 games so far, and will start up front in the Premier League clash with in-form West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.......

US stock indexes hold near record levels, bond yields relax

  
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes held steady near record levels Friday morning, after gains for companies that pay big dividends helped to offset drops in technology stocks. Bond yields gave up some of their big gains from the last few days.......

Philippines' president says he killed criminals to protect country

  
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday killings he maintains he committed while mayor of a southern city, sometimes cruising the streets on a motor bike looking for "encounters to kill", were part of legitimate operations against drug pushers. Speaking to Filipino journalists traveling with him in Singapore, Duterte said he had killed three men during a hostage-taking incident in Davao City where he was mayor for more than 20 years. Senators have warned Duterte risks impeachment because of his statements about personally killing criminals in Davao.......

Nigeria strike shutters Exxon Mobil offices after firings - union

  
Striking workers have shut down U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil Corp's Nigeria headquarters in Lagos after more than 100 employees were fired, a labour union said on Friday. Employees went on strike after Exxon Mobil on Monday began to issue letters to around 150 Nigerian workers without informing the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN), Lumumba Okugbawa, the union's acting general secretary, said. Exxon Mobil was not available for immediate comment.......

First lady: 'Hidden Figures' shows importance of diversity

  
WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama says the movie "Hidden Figures" shows how diversity helps move the country forward.......

Feds back ambitious plan to speed up Northeast rail service

  
Federal rail regulators are endorsing an ambitious and costly plan to rebuild the congested Northeast Corridor over the next 30 years.......

Philippines' president says he killed criminals to protect country

  
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday killings he maintains he committed while mayor of a southern city, sometimes cruising the streets on a motor bike looking for "encounters to kill", were part of legitimate operations against drug pushers. ......

Watch Michael Stipe, Stephen Colbert, James Franco in 2016-Themed REM Parody - RollingStone.com

  
RollingStone.comWatch Michael Stipe, Stephen Colbert, James Franco in 2016-Themed REM ParodyRollingStone.comMichael Stipe and Stephen Colbert recapped 2016's worst moments in a parody of R.E.M. classic "It's the End of the Know It (And I Feel Fine)." By Ryan Reed. 10 minutes ago. More News. Nirvana, Bowie, R.E.M. Songs Among Grammy Hall of Fame's 2017 ...Stephen Colbert, Michael Stipe & James Franco Remix REM Classic As Farewell to 2016's Worst Headlines: WatchBillboardStephen Colbert says goodbye to 2016 with a parody of 'It's the End of the World as We Know It'Washington PostStephen Colbert, Michael Stipe, James Franco Bid Farewell to 2016 With R.E.M. ParodyComplexEsquire.com -Entertainment Weekly -Huffington Post -Pitchforkall 22 news articles »......

Facebook, you're a media titan. So deal with it. - CNET

  
CNETFacebook, you're a media titan. So deal with it.CNETThis is the second story in a two-part series about the complications of Facebook's unique media impact. The first part examined Facebook's struggles with challenges typically faced by media and news organizations. Let's give Facebook some props: The ...Facebook and the rise of NewspeakThe Hill (blog)Facebook now flags and down-ranks fake news with help from outside fact checkersTechCrunchFacebook is going to use Snopes and other fact checkers to combat fake newsBusiness InsiderWall Street Journal -Daily Beast -The Atlantic -Quartzall 314 news articles »......

Ex-lorry driver Ralph Clarke found guilty of 21 historical sex crimes - Daily Mail

  
Daily MailEx-lorry driver Ralph Clarke found guilty of 21 historical sex crimesDaily MailA 101-year-old paedophile faces being the oldest person ever to be jailed in Britain after he was today convicted of a string of historic child sex offences. Ralph Clarke - who was born in March 1915 - showed no reaction as the jury delivered the 21 ...101-year-old Ralph Clarke guilty of child sex offencesBBC NewsPaedophile, 101, facing 'double-figure' prison term for 21 child sex offencesBT.comChild sex-abuser, 101, becomes Britain's oldest convictReutersDaily Star -Birmingham Mail -Metro -The Sunall 23 news articles »......

Russia: Put up or shut up

  
The United States must either stop accusing Russia of meddling in its elections or prove it, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.......

Ex-Soviet states tell US Russia hacking claims are not news

  
In several former Soviet republics, top security officials and even a former president are saying "I told you so" amid allegations of possible Russian hacking targeting the US presidential election campaign.......

Sliding in polls, Greece's Tsipras seeks pensioners' support

  
ATHENS (Reuters) - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras seems determined to go down in history as a leader who tried to save Greece's most vulnerable from austerity. ......

Latest Forecast: Cold Wave Pushing In - CBS Local

  
CBS LocalLatest Forecast: Cold Wave Pushing InCBS LocalDENVER (CBS4) – The combination of a strong moisture packed jet stream, a deep , low pressure trough and cold Arctic air will be making for a wintry change over all of Colorado. It has been snowing steady in the mountains and now cold air is pushing ...More snow, freezing rain expected in Ann Arbor Friday and into SaturdayMLive.comPortland Metro Friday Weather: Continued cold temps with freezing fog west and south of downtownOregonLive.comNasty winter weather headed our wayKCCI Des MoinesWBAL Baltimore -News & Observer -PennLive.com -The Journal News | LoHud.comall 252 news articles »......

House conservatives will try to kill Michelle Obama's surprisingly successful anti-obesity campaign - Vox

  
VoxHouse conservatives will try to kill Michelle Obama's surprisingly successful anti-obesity campaignVoxMichelle Obama did a lot more than plan gardens to fight obesity — and that legacy is in jeopardy. Tim Sloan/Getty. Michelle Obama has a strikingly successful record of fighting the obesity epidemic and improving nutrition — both symbolically and ...Michelle Obama: This is 'what not having hope feels like'The Hill (blog)Michelle Obama: 'We're feeling what not having hope feels like'PoliticoMichelle Obama: Since Election, 'We are Feeling What Not Having Hope Feels Like'Breitbart NewsEntertainment Weekly -CBS News -RealClearPolitics -Los Angeles Timesall 27 news articles »......

The Latest: Syrian TV reports blast in capital

  
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria where thousands more civilians and rebels are expected to leave the eastern part of the city of Aleppo under a key cease-fire deal (all times local):......

Legacy of Napoleon's artistic plunder on show in Rome

  
When he was just plain old Bonaparte, the man who was to became Napoleon pillaged works of art from all over Europe with the aim of making the Louvre in Paris a museum for all mankind. Now some of the major works that the little corporal's armies took from Italy have been gathered together in an exhibition in Rome to mark the 200th anniversary of their restitution, and the unexpectedly positive legacy of the whole episode. "When the works came back, it made people here realise the importance of their artistic heritage and, for the first time, they came to see it as a shared, common asset," said museum director Mario De Simoni, ahead of the exhibition's opening on Friday.......

Dangerous wind chills puts parts of US in the deep freeze

  
Low temperatures and high winds have put the Northeastern U.S. in a deep freeze. Dangerous wind chills of 20 to 30 below in parts of the region made for some crippling conditions Friday. "You are .........

101-year-old British man convicted of child sex offenses

  
LONDON (AP) — A 101-year-old man in Britain has been convicted of sexual offenses against children, becoming country's oldest prison inmate.......

Minnesota players to boycott all football activity after mass suspensions - Chicago Tribune

  
Chicago TribuneMinnesota players to boycott all football activity after mass suspensionsChicago TribuneA Minnesota helmet hangs on a sideline heater during a game against Michigan State on Nov. 24, 2012. A Minnesota helmet hangs on a sideline heater during a game against Michigan State on Nov. 24, 2012. (PAUL BATTAGLIA / ASSOCIATED PRESS).Sources: NIU would replace Minnesota in bowlESPNUniversity of Minnesota football players stage boycott ahead of Holiday BowlThe Mercury NewsGophers players boycotting all football activityKAREThe College Fix -Minneapolis Star Tribune -Star Tribuneall 249 news articles »......

US stock indexes inch higher, bond yields relax

  
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes nudged closer to record territory Friday morning, led by companies that pay big dividends. Bond yields gave up some of their big gains from the last few days.......

Minnesota football team announces boycott over suspensions

  
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One by one, the entire Minnesota football roster walked out of the locker room and onto the practice facility turf to face a group of reporters.......

Ivory Coast opposition returns to take on ruling coalition in polls

  
By Ange Aboa BONGOUANOU, Ivory Coast (Reuters) - Standing on stage before a crowd of several thousand supporters last week, Pascal Affi N'Guessan was on a mission to lead the Ivorian Popular Front (FPI), Ivory Coast's main opposition party, out of its wilderness years. "The boycott is over," he said, imploring the crowd to use their votes in Sunday's parliamentary polls to end President Alassane Ouattara's allies' near-monopoly in the legislature. Ouattara's coalition is pledging to deliver more of the kind of rapid economic growth that has drawn a flood of foreign investment to French-speaking West Africa's largest economy since the war ended.......

Chipotle strikes agreement with Pershing Square, names four new board members - CNBC

  
CNBCChipotle strikes agreement with Pershing Square, names four new board membersCNBCChipotle Mexican Grill named four new members to its board, including two aligned with Bill Ackman's Pershing Square. New director Ali Namvar is a partner at the hedge fund while McDonald's CFO Matthew Paull serves on Pershing Square's advisory board ...Chipotle Adds Four Board Members in Ackman-Endorsed Shake-UpBloombergChipotle Shares Spike On Ackman SettlementTheStreet.comall 13 news articles »......

4 Inmates Escape Tennessee Jail in Deputy's Vehicle; 2 Still at Large - ABC News

  
New York Daily News4 Inmates Escape Tennessee Jail in Deputy's Vehicle; 2 Still at LargeABC NewsMatthew Robert Porter, left, and Adam Quinn Lethco escaped from Jefferson County Jail in Dandridge, Tennesse. 0 Shares. Email. Four inmates escaped a jailhouse in rural Tennessee in a deputy's vehicle early this morning, authorities said. Deputies were ...JCSO: Two Jefferson County inmates still on the runWBIR.com2 Jefferson County inmates on the run, believed to be dangerousWATE 6 On Your SideTwo Jefferson Co. inmates still on the run after escapingLocal 8 Nowall 8 news articles »......

Syria Aleppo: Evacuation grinds to a halt

  
The evacuation of east Aleppo is halted as Syrian rebels are accused of failing to respect a deal.......

York Minster bell-ringer sacking due to sex assault claim

  
York Minster's bell ringing team was sacked due to a row over one of its members being accused of indecent assault, The Church of England says.......

Woman's death in Borrowash 'may be linked' to M1 crash

  
A crash that has brought hundreds of motorists to a standstill on the M1 may be linked to the death of a woman in a village, police say.......

Nicky Morgan replaced by leather handbag on Have I Got News For You

  
Nicky Morgan MP is replaced by a leather handbag for Friday's episode of Have I Got News For You.......

US stocks gain at open, oil shares strong

  
New York (AFP) - Petroleum-linked shares rose on higher oil prices in opening trading Friday, lifting other stocks as the Dow returned to within striking distance of 20,000 points.......

The Latest: Evacuation buses head to Syria Shiite villages

  
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria where thousands more civilians and rebels are expected to leave the eastern part of the city of Aleppo under a key cease-fire deal (all times local):......

Ilka Stuhec wins World Cup Alpine combined race

  
VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) — Ilka Stuhec moved from third to first and won a World Cup Alpine combined race on Friday for her third victory of the season.......

Cops: Woman stole baby Jesus, told hospital it was neglected

  
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Police say a woman stole baby Jesus from a Nativity scene in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and dropped the figurine off at a hospital with a note explaining that the baby had been "neglected" by his parents, "Joseph and Mary Christ."......

Mylan launches EpiPen generic at $300 percent two-pack

  
(Reuters) - Mylan NV, which has come under fire for its drug pricing, said on Friday it would start selling a generic version of its life-saving EpiPen allergy treatment for $300 per two-pack, a more than 50 percent discount. ......

Putin Turned Russia Election Hacks In Trump's Favor: U.S. Officials - Huffington Post

  
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Disturbance 'spreads' at HMP Birmingham

  
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Poland to limit media access to politicians in parliament

  
Poland's conservative ruling party has sparked accusations that it's taking steps toward censorship with a new plan that would limit reporters' access to parliament. Opposition lawmakers, furious about .........

Mylan launches EpiPen generic at $300 percent two-pack

  
Mylan, which first announced it would launch the generic version of its allergy auto-injector EpiPen for $300 in August, said the authorized generic would be available in pharmacies starting next week. Mylan's move comes a day after 20 U.S. states filed a lawsuit over pricing against generic drugmakers, including Mylan, Teva Pharmaceuticals and four other generic drugmakers. The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday filed criminal charges against two generic drug industry executives, alleging that they colluded to fix prices and split up market share.......

Mitsubishi recalls 50K SUVs; rear hatches can fall on people

  
Mitsubishi is recalling more than 50,000 Outlander Sport SUVs because the rear hatch lift gate can suddenly fall on people. The company says in documents posted Friday by U.S. safety regulators that the .........

The Note: Russia Redux - ABC News

  
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Aleppo evacuation thrown into chaos with thousands still stranded - Washington Post

  
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Independent inquiry into child sexual abuse 'will not be scaled back'

  
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Pennsylvania store seeks customer _ so they can apologize

  
YORK, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania soap shop has posted a surveillance photo of a customer on its Facebook page, but not because they think she's a shoplifter.......

Migrant deaths soar globally, most in Mediterranean: IOM

  
The number of migrants feared to have died this year has soared to nearly 7,200 -- a more than 20-percent increase over 2015 -- with most of the fatalities in the Mediterranean, IOM said Friday. The Mediterranean Sea routes, used so far this year by nearly 360,000 people seeking a new life in Europe, remains by far the world's deadliest, accounting for over 60 percent of the total number of migrant deaths, the statement said. As of late Thursday, IOM said 4,812 people had died trying to make the treacherous crossings to Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Spain since the beginning of 2016.......

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Mylan's generic EpiPen hits market after fury over price increases - USA TODAY

  
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Duterte slams US criticism of drug policies

  
The Philippines President vows to keep up his controversial campaign against drugs as long as he remains in office.......

Syrian official: Aleppo evacuation to resume once wounded leave villages

  
The stalled evacuation of east Aleppo will resume once injured people are let out of the besieged Shi'ite villages of al-Foua and Kefraya in Idlib province, a Syrian official said on Friday. "If the evacuation of the injured in Kefraya and al-Foua takes place, the operation to evacuate eastern Aleppo will resume immediately," the official said. The evacuation of the last opposition-held areas of the Syrian city of Aleppo was suspended on Friday after pro-government militias demanded that wounded people should also be brought out of the two villages being besieged by rebel fighters.......

With bylaw tweaks, Apple grants activist one of three wishes

  
BOSTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's board relaxed some rules for director nominations by outside investors but stopped short of broader changes sought by an activist shareholder. ......

The Run-Up: Why Russia's Cyberattack Wasn't Stopped

  
A conversation with Eric Lipton and David Sanger, who co-wrote a stunning story about out how the hack unfolded.......

West Bridgford girl's Paris note gets reply from Louvre

  
An eight-year-old girl's vaguely-addressed letter to the French capital gets a response from the Louvre.......

The Latest: Turkey steps up Aleppo evacuation efforts

  
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria where thousands more civilians and rebels are expected to leave the eastern part of the city of Aleppo under a key cease-fire deal (all times local):......

Poland in talks to buy da Vinci, other works from owners

  
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Culture Ministry says it is making efforts to preserve for the nation one of Europe's most precious private art collections that includes works by Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt.......

'Attacking Vikings' maintain dominance; Jansrud wins super-G

  
VAL GARDENA, Italy (AP) — Olympic champion Kjetil Jansrud and Norwegian teammate Aleksander Aamodt Kilde finished 1-2 in a super-G on Friday to extend their country's recent dominance in Val Gardena — and in the World Cup speed events.......

2 ex-UK soldiers face murder charges in 1972 Belfast killing

  
BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) — Prosecutors in Northern Ireland say they will pursue murder charges against two retired British soldiers who fatally shot an unarmed Irish Republican Army man outside his Belfast home in 1972.......

The Public Editor: Friday Mailbag: The Veil, Storm Troopers and False Equivalence

  
A woman fleeing Aleppo, Syria, goes unmentioned in a caption, but not unnoticed by readers. And a student's violent threat appears to be equated in severity with criticism of racism.......

Trump once welcomed a visit from immigrant 'Dreamers.' Now they await his next move - Los Angeles Times

  
Los Angeles TimesTrump once welcomed a visit from immigrant 'Dreamers.' Now they await his next moveLos Angeles TimesGaby Pacheco strode into Trump Tower's gilded lobby on a mission to convince the businessman to back immigration reform and help young people like her who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children. Back in that summer of 2013, Donald Trump was ...More Republicans viewing Putin favorablyPoliticoWhite House suggests Putin was involved in US hackingYahoo NewsPutin Turned Russia Election Hacks In Trump's Favor: U.S. OfficialsHuffington PostNew York Times -NBCNews.com -The Hill (blog) -Wall Street Journalall 1,178 news articles »......

Minnesota players' boycott could affect lead-up to Holiday Bowl - ABC News

  
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Before 'Rogue One': 'Ewok Adventure' Star on George Lucas' First 'Star Wars' Spinoff - Hollywood Reporter

  
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Putin to blame, intel shows

  
A US official familiar with the US intelligence assessment of the Russia election-related hacking said the understanding is that the operation was carried out with sophisticated hacking tools, the equivalent of those used by the US National Security Agency.......

Ex-Soviet states tell US 'I told you so'

  
In several former Soviet republics, top security officials and even a former president are saying "I told you so" amid allegations of possible Russian hacking targeting the US presidential election campaign.......

US housing starts drop 18.7 percent to annual rate of 1.09 million in November

  
WASHINGTON (AP) — US housing starts drop 18.7 percent to annual rate of 1.09 million in November.......

US home construction fell in November after October surge

  
Builders pulled back on constructing homes in November, after ground breakings surged in October to the strongest pace in more than nine years. Housing starts fell 18.7 percent last month to a seasonally .........

Syrian TV, rebels trade blame amid halted Aleppo evacuation

  
BEIRUT (AP) — The Syrian government and rebels exchanged accusations Friday over the suspension of evacuations from eastern Aleppo just hours after they resumed on Friday, blaming each other for shooting at a crossing point with the enclave.......

Stock markets advance in face of Fed rate hike expectations

  
LONDON (AP) — Stock market investors appear undeterred by the prospect of more interest rate hikes from the Federal Reserve next year as indexes continued to edge higher on Friday.......

Special Report: Meth gangs of China star in Philippines drug crisis

  
The piggery bust points to an uncomfortable truth for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte as he wages his "war on drugs": The problem he's fighting is largely made in China, the country he is embracing as a potential ally at the expense of longstanding ties with the United States. The arrest of Hong, who has pleaded not guilty, added to the ranks of Chinese nationals seized in the Philippines on narcotics charges. Of 77 foreign nationals arrested for meth-related drug offenses between January 2015 and mid-August 2016, nearly two-thirds were Chinese and almost a quarter were Taiwanese or Hong Kong residents, according to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).......

Rome mayor vows to stay in power despite arrest of top aide

  
ROME (AP) — Rome's mayor vowed Friday to keep governing despite a top City Hall official's arrest in a corruption probe, the latest blow to hit the populist 5-Star Movement's highest-profile official.......

North Carolina GOP flex muscle against Democratic governor

  
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Republican lawmakers facing the reality of a new Democratic governor in two weeks are nearly done taking steps to reduce his power despite angry demonstrations and threats of litigation, even from the governor-elect.......

New US home construction tumbles in November

  
New US home construction fell precipitously in November after a record showing in October, the Commerce Department reported Friday, and though the drop was expected, it was much bigger than forecast. Housing starts fell 18.7 percent for the month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.09 million.......

Mylan launches cheaper version of EpiPen allergy treatment

  
Drugmaker Mylan has started selling a generic version of its emergency allergy treatment EpiPen at half the price of the branded option, the cost of which drew national scorn and attracted Congressional inquiries.......

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NPRLabor Secretary Tom Perez Running For DNC ChairNPRThe contest to see who will be the next leader of the Democratic National Committee has just gotten much more interesting — it's also looking a bit like a proxy battle between President Obama and Sen. Bernie Sanders. The latest candidate to enter the ...Tom Perez Has Too Much Potential To Bother With The DNCBustleall 172 news articles »......

Dylann Roof found guilty in Charleston church massacre - CBS News

  
CBS NewsDylann Roof found guilty in Charleston church massacreCBS NewsDecember 16, 2016, 7:16 AM | The church massacre gunman Dylann Roof could face the death penalty after being convicted of 33 federal charges. A jury of 12 found him guilty Thursday. The same group will decide next month whether the 22-year-old should ...and more »......

Scope of independent inquiry into child sexual abuse 'a virtue'

  
The child sex abuse inquiry will not be scaled back and its scope is "a virtue", its chair says.......

Killer-obsessed schoolgirl detained for attempted friend murder

  
A teenager obsessed with serial killers is detained for at least 10 years for the attempted murder of her friend.......

Pope Brings Colombia President, Main Critic to Talk Peace

  
Pope Francis brought Colombia's president and his main political opponent together to discuss the country's rebel peace deal Friday, making a remarkable personal intervention to seal an accord ending Latin America's longest-running conflict......

Mylan launches EpiPen generic at more than 50 percent discount

  
(Reuters) - Mylan NV said on Friday it would start selling a generic version of its life-saving EpiPen allergy treatment at a more than 50 percent discount, a day after 20 U.S. states filed a lawsuit against generic drugmakers including Mylan over prices. ......

Japanese firm unveils 'virtual wife' to battle loneliness

  
A Japanese company creates a smart home device that doubles up as a "virtual wife" for single men.......

Nigeria famine risk rising, those in danger may double in 2017 - IPC

  
Global food security monitors said on Friday that Nigeria's Borno state was at increased risk of famine, with one study projecting the number of those affected will rise to 115,000 in 2017 from 55,000 this year. The northeastern state is the area worst hit by the seven-year Boko Haram insurgency that has killed 15,000 people and uprooted more than 2 million during the Islamist militants' attempt to create a "caliphate" in the area. The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), which is backed by U.N. and other aid agencies, issued a special alert calling for urgent humanitarian action.......

Ex-Nusra front agrees to Syrian villages evacuation: rebel source

  
A Syrian rebel source said Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, formerly known as Nusra Front, had agreed to let injured people out of the besieged Shi'ite villages of Foua and Kefraya in Idlib province. As the last rebel group to agree to the evacuation, the source said the evacuation could start as early as today. Rebel sources previously said they had agreed to an evacuation of the wounded from Foua and Kefraya as part of the deal to evacuate insurgents and civilians from east Aleppo.......

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Friday: A foul odor on the coast, a federal inquiry into the Orange County district attorney's office, and another mountain lion becomes roadkill.......

Aleppo Evacuation Suspended After 8,000 People Are Removed

  
Syrian activists reported hearing explosions near the gathering point for those seeking to leave, and the state news media accused rebel fighters of firing on convoys of evacuees.......

Aleppo Evacuation Suspended After 8000 People Are Removed - New York Times

  
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Why it could be good for Trump to skip some intelligence briefings

  
As he does with considerable regularity, Donald Trump has elevated the eyebrows of the foreign policy establishment with his practice of undergoing intelligence briefings only once a week on average, instead of daily. Now his team says that he is getting the President's Daily Brief three times a week, along with daily briefings from his appointee for national security adviser. ......

Optimism is rising in Africa, here's why

  
The majority of South Africans, Nigerians and Kenyans are fiercely optimistic about the future of their countries.......

Animals at London Zoo have been treated to some presents

  
It may not be Christmas yet, but the animals at London Zoo are already opening their presents.......

Putin and Erdogan push for Syria talks without U.S. or U.N.

  
By Andrew Osborn and Nick Tattersall MOSCOW/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin said he and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan are working to organize a new series of Syrian peace talks without the involvement of the United States or the United Nations. In a snub to Washington, Putin made clear on Friday that the initiative was the sole preserve of Moscow and Turkey and that the peace talks, if they happened, would be in addition to intermittent U.N.-brokered negotiations in Geneva. "The next step is to reach an agreement on a total ceasefire across the whole of Syria," Putin said in Tokyo.......

Aleppo evacuation suspended, leaving thousands trapped

  
The Syrian government suspended the evacuation of civilians and fighters from the last rebel-held parts of Aleppo on Friday, leaving thousands of people trapped and uncertain of their fate. Russia, which helped to broker the evacuation deal with Turkey, said its operation was now "complete" with all women and children moved from the city. Ankara and a Syrian military source said the evacuation had been suspended but was not yet over.......

Colombia's president and opposition rival meet Pope Francis

  
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and opposition leader Alvaro Uribe met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, as the government looked to build consensus for a peace deal with Marxist rebels. ......

Jefferson County jail escapees suspected in holdup attempt - Knoxville News Sentinel

  
Knoxville News SentinelJefferson County jail escapees suspected in holdup attemptKnoxville News SentinelAuthorities say two jail escapees are responsible for an attempted armed robbery at a Sevierville convenience store Friday. Loading… Post to Facebook. Jefferson County jail escapees suspected in holdup attempt Authorities say two jail escapees are ...JCSO: Two Jefferson County inmates still on the runWBIR.com2 Jefferson County inmates on the run, believed to be dangerousWATE 6 On Your Side4 inmates escape from Tennessee work house; 2 still on the lamNew York Daily NewsLocal 8 Nowall 7 news articles »......

Why everyone has brown eyes, even if they appear blue

  
When you're next staring deep into the eyes of your partner, the moment may soon be ruined by the knowledge that, regardless of whether these windows to their soul appear piercingly blue or a shimmering green, the reality is that they are brown.......

The faces of transgender New York

  
"By day, Christopher Street was a road of self-determination for New York's LGBT community. But at night, it held secrets."......

Can Djokovic rebound in 2017?

  
Novak Djokovic ended the tennis season a shadow of the player who had swept to four straight grand slam titles, but retired great Patrick Rafter is backing the deposed world No. 1 to recover in 2017. ......

4 Inmates Escape Tennessee Jail in Deputy's Vehicle; 2 Still at Large

  
Four inmates escaped a jailhouse in rural Tennessee in a deputy's vehicle early this morning, authorities said.......

Aleppo evacuations 'suspended, not finished': Syria military source

  
The government said it had suspended the evacuations because the rebels had violated an agreement brokered by its ally Moscow and opposition supporter Ankara by taking hostages and weapons out of the city as they left. "The terrorist groups violated the agreement and tried to smuggle heavy weapons and hostages from east Aleppo," state television said. Robert Mardini, regional head of the International Committee of the Red Cross, confirmed that "regretfully, the operation was put on hold".......

Transition Briefing: Trump Praises Revelations from Hacking of Democrats

  
The president-elect took to Twitter to play down the significance of Russian election meddling, and he seemed to approve of one of the cyberattacks.......

Former soldiers to be prosecuted for IRA man's murder

  
Two former soldiers are to be prosecuted for murder in relation to the fatal shooting of Official IRA man in Belfast in 1972......

Clinton: Putin's Alleged Involvement in Hack Stems From Grudge

  
The former presidential candidiate made the comments at an event in NYC.......

Sky's not the limit for European media mergers

  
Rupert Murdoch's bid for Britain's Sky is expected to drive traditional European media players to do their own deals to attain the scale they need to compete with online platforms like Netflix for increasingly costly programs. While Twenty-First Century Fox's offer for Sky is not a done deal, bankers and industry sources expect it will win control of a 22 million household pay-TV network in Britain, Ireland, Austria, Germany and Italy and spark deal-making. "Without doubt we will see further consolidation across the sector in the months ahead, and crucially, at a quickening pace," said David Elms, UK head of Media at KPMG.......

Sky's not the limit for European media mergers

  
LONDON (Reuters) - Rupert Murdoch's bid for Britain's Sky is expected to drive traditional European media players to do their own deals to attain the scale they need to compete with online platforms like Netflix for increasingly costly programs. ......

Craig Sager was a true original whose courage and commitment will never be forgotten - Washington Post

  
Washington PostCraig Sager was a true original whose courage and commitment will never be forgottenWashington PostOAKLAND, Calif. – The first thing anyone heard when Craig Sager entered an arena was his wardrobe. No one dressed like Sager, with his outlandish outfits going from one end of the color spectrum to the other and back again. To anyone who didn't know ...Craig Sager was reporter first, sideline superstar secondESPNKnown for his versatility – and colorful wardrobe – Craig Sager had natural ability to connect with peopleNBA.com (blog)After losing his friend and foil, Gregg Popovich celebrates Craig Sager's courageYahoo SportsUSA TODAY -Sports Illustrated -Florida Times-Union -New York Daily Newsall 490 news articles »......

Scott Baio claims assault by Chili Peppers' drummer's wife

  
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scott Baio's wife is speaking out following a report that the actor claimed he was assaulted by the wife of Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith over his support of President-elect Donald Trump.......

'Fake pot' causes zombie-like effects

  
When dozens of people collapsed on a Brooklyn sidewalk over an 11-hour period on July 12, first responders immediately suspected "spice," a synthetic cannabinoid sold in shiny packages and forever one step ahead of the law. ......

Everything You Need to Know About the Inauguration

  
The countdown to Jan. 20 is on. ......

West Bank settlers laud Trump pick for ambassador to Israel

  
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's West Bank settlers have lauded U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's selection for ambassador to Israel.......

Corpus Christi eases tap-water restrictions in outlying area

  
Officials eased restrictions on tap water use in outlying parts of Corpus Christi, nearly 24 hours after warning all 320,000 residents of the Gulf Coast city to stop using it because a harmful chemical .........

Aleppo rebels on alert as govt forces block road: rebels

  
Rebels in eastern Aleppo said they went on high alert on Friday after pro-government forces detained civilians leaving the area and deployed heavy weaponry on the road. Readiness is at the highest level," the head of the Fastaqim rebel group in Aleppo said in a voice message sent to Reuters. "The cursed Iranians detained civilians who were in cars leaving Aleppo city, about 20-25 cars.......

Tired? Weak? You're not 'just getting old'

  
When Dr. Christopher Callahan examines older patients, he often hears a similar refrain.......

Republicans on brink of new Cold War

  
The party of Reagan is fast lurching into a mini-Cold War with itself -- this time over working with Russia rather than against it.......

101-year-old Ralph Clarke guilty of child sex offences

  
Man, 101, thought to be oldest person convicted in England and Wales, guilty of 30 historical sex offences.......

Super Mario Run Review Roundup - GameSpot

  
GameSpotSuper Mario Run Review RoundupGameSpotSuper Mario Run is Nintendo's second ever mobile game overall after Miitomo--Pokemon Go was in fact published by The Pokemon Company. Some were sceptical of the Italian plumber coming to smartphones, but it seems critics are impressed, to some ...Everything you need to know about the iPhone's first 'Super Mario' gameChicago TribuneSuper Mario Run: Players ask 'Is the app worth it?'BBC NewsNintendo Loses First Round of Super Mario iPhone LaunchWall Street JournalAppleInsider (press release) (blog) -Phone Arena -Irish Times -GeekWireall 659 news articles »......

What does a $22,000 cognac actually taste like?

  
Want to feel the warm, gently percolating inner glow of a fireside cognac this Christmas?......

Future soccer stars: Be 'humble'

  
Liverpool's current generation of footballers might be inspiring dreams of a first league title since 1990, but the club's hopes for future domination are being built in a manner that belies the "spend big" nature of the English Premier League.......

'Disturbance' reported at HMP Birmingham

  
Prison staff withdraw from two wings at HMP Birmingham after an officer was "rushed" by inmates.......

Tibetan leader urges Trump to confront China on rights

  
By Sanjeev Miglani NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The head of the Tibetan government-in-exile said on Friday he was encouraged by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's tough stand on China and urged him to ditch backdoor diplomacy on furthering the Tibetan cause and be more confrontational. The United States and its European allies have sought to engage China over allegations of repression since Washington reached out to Beijing back in the 1970s, effectively driving the Tibetan issue out of public forums, Lobsang Sangay said. Beijing had grown even more assertive, from threatening neighbors over the South China Sea dispute to repressing dissent in Hong Kong, he said.......

Pope brings Colombia president, main critic to talk peace

  
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has brought Colombia's president and his main political opponent together to discuss the country's rebel peace deal.......

Nigeria famine risk rising, 115,000 in danger in 2017 - IPC

  
GENEVA (Reuters) - Global food security monitors said on Friday that Nigeria's Borno state was at increased risk of famine, with one study projecting the number of those affected will rise to 115,000 in 2017 from 55,000 this year. The Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), which is backed by U.N. and other aid agencies, issued a special alert calling for urgent humanitarian action. People displaced by conflict are worst affected, it said, adding that low crop production, disrupted livelihoods and financial crisis were also to blame. .........

Tibetan leader urges Trump to confront China on rights

  
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The head of the Tibetan government-in-exile said on Friday he was encouraged by U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's tough stand on China and urged him to ditch backdoor diplomacy on furthering the Tibetan cause and be more confrontational. ......

Trump Praises Revelations from Hacking of Democrats - New York Times

  
New York TimesTrump Praises Revelations from Hacking of DemocratsNew York Times... □ President-elect Donald J. Trump took to Twitter on Friday to again play down Russian interference in the elections — this time, seemingly praising one of the cyberattacks for the revelations it contained. □ The nation is divided over the Trump ...Trump's Pick For Ambassador To Israel: 'End The 2-State Narrative'NPRTrump's pick for envoy to Israel expects embassy in JerusalemCNBCTrump Taps Israel Envoy, Eyes Moving Embassy to JerusalemABC NewsBBC News -New York Daily News -Bloomberg -Forwardall 93 news articles »......

Facebook's aggressive new strategy to fight fake news - WISH-TV

  
WISH-TVFacebook's aggressive new strategy to fight fake newsWISH-TVFacebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a visit to a Facebook Innovation Hub in Berlin, Thursday. Feb. 25, 2016. Zuckerberg presented studies on Artificial Intelligence. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP). NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is taking new measures ...Did Facebook Just Kickstart the Real Infowar?Daily BeastWill Facebook's Fake News Warning Become a Badge of Honor?The AtlanticFacebook will start telling you when a story may be fakeWashington PostSalon -TechCrunch -CBS News -Business Insiderall 280 news articles »......

Bernie Sanders and Keith Ellison lay out their plans to defeat Trump's pernicious agenda - Raw Story

  
Raw StoryBernie Sanders and Keith Ellison lay out their plans to defeat Trump's pernicious agendaRaw StoryDemocratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (right) rermarks how U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. is the most progressive member of Congress at the start of a rally Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 26, 2016 at the DECC Arena in Duluth. More than 5,000 ...and more »......

What constitutes a war crime?

  
The bombardment of rebel-held districts of eastern Aleppo this week -- hours after a truce had been declared -- prompted grave claims that a war crime had been committed. ......

Russia challenges US to back up election hacking claims

  
The United States must either stop accusing Russia of meddling in its elections or prove it, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.......

Keith Vaz police investigation closed

  
Police drop an investigation into Labour MP Keith Vaz after allegations were made in a Sunday Mirror story.......

Placenta shots and fake names: South Korean president's treatments raise eyebrows

  
SEOUL (Reuters) - At the start of President Park Geun-hye's term, physician Kim Sang-man was a frequent guest at Seoul's Blue House, exempt from thorough security checks, giving injections derived from human placenta to South Korea's most important patient. ......

Aleppo evacuation suspended amid dispute over villages

  
ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The evacuation of people from the last opposition-held areas of the Syrian city of Aleppo was suspended on Friday after pro-government militias demanded that the wounded should also be brought out of two Shi'ite villages being besieged by rebel fighters. ......

Obama says US needs to respond to Russian cyberattacks -- 'and we will' - Fox News

  
Fox NewsObama says US needs to respond to Russian cyberattacks -- 'and we will'Fox NewsPresident Obama said Thursday that the U.S. needs to "take action" in response to cyberattacks on Democratic officials during the recent presidential campaign, hours after his administration insisted -- without offering proof -- that President-elect ...Obama Says US Will Retaliate for Russia's Election MeddlingNew York TimesMore Republicans viewing Putin favorablyPoliticoFor the Record: Trump falsely claims no one mentioned Russia before his winUSA TODAYU.S. News & World Report -The Weekly Standard (blog) -Newsweek -Washington Timesall 4,959 news articles »......

'Banksy's influence has been massive'

  
Take a tour of the street art in Banksy's home town with the organiser of Europe's largest street art and graffiti festival.......

101-year-old guilty of sex offences

  
Man, 101, guilty of 21 historical sex offences against girls - thought to be oldest person convicted in England......

Congo gold mine innovates to solve illegal mining dilemma

  
By Aaron Ross MONGBWALU, Democratic Republic of Congo (Reuters) - When Guy Robert Lukama looked out at thousands of illegal gold diggers hacking away at the verdant hills in remote northeastern Congo, he glimpsed opportunity where previous owners saw only an intractable problem. Lukama's former employer, South Africa's AngloGold Ashanti, had for years sought to develop the 3,260 square kilometre Mongbwalu concession but pulled out partly due to concern over the sprawling blue-tented camps full of miners. When he led a buyout of AngloGold's 86 percent stake in the Mongbwalu Gold Mine (MGM) last year, Lukama knew he couldn't chase them away if he was to succeed in mining any of the 2.5 million ounces of gold estimated to lie trapped in the earth.......

Aleppo evacuation suspended amid dispute over villages

  
By Laila Bassam, Suleiman Al-Khalidi and John Davison ALEPPO, Syria/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The evacuation of people from the last opposition-held areas of the Syrian city of Aleppo was suspended on Friday after pro-government militias demanded that the wounded should also be brought out of two Shi'ite villages being besieged by rebel fighters. The second day of the operation to evacuate Aleppo's rebel enclave ground to a halt amid recriminations from all sides after a morning that had seen the pace of the operation pick up. A Syrian official source said the evacuation was halted because rebels had sought to take out people they had abducted with them, and they had also tried to take weapons hidden in bags.......

2 children die after falling into icy southern Indiana pond

  
JASPER, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say two 12-year-old children have died after falling through ice on a pond behind a home in southern Indiana.......

Perez enters DNC leadership race as Ellison faces pushback - Fox News

  
Fox NewsPerez enters DNC leadership race as Ellison faces pushbackFox NewsLabor Secretary Tom Perez shook up the Democratic National Committee leadership race on Thursday by officially announcing his bid for chairman -- challenging front-runner Rep. Keith Ellison. "Now more than ever, I believe we need a full-time chair who ...and more »......

Judy Murray talks about Andy and Jamie's successful year

  
Andy Murray and his brother Jamie have had an amazingly successful year - we hear from their mum Judy.......

Chris Grayling knocked cyclist off bike outside Parliament

  
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling apologised for the "unfortunate accident" outside Parliament.......

Syrian rebel denies Russian statement Aleppo evacuation complete

  
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A Syrian rebel official said the evacuation of eastern Aleppo was far from finished on Friday in response to a Russian statement that the operation had been completed. "Only the wounded and some civilians left," Zakaria Malahifji, a Turkey-based official with the Aleppo Fastaqim rebel group. "No fighters came out. Nobody came out. All that came out was three convoys. (Reporting by Tom Perry)......

Russia says operation to evacuate rebel Aleppo 'complete'

  
Russia's defence ministry on Friday announced it has finished evacuating rebels and their family members from Syria's Aleppo, with only "radical and intransigent" militants left inside. "The (Russian) operation... to evacuate rebels and members of their families from eastern districts of Aleppo is complete," it said in a statement. "According to those evacuated in the last convoy, everyone who wanted to leave eastern Aleppo districts over the past day has left," it said, adding that a total of 4,500 rebels and 337 injured have been moved out of Aleppo.......

Red Cross urges all sides in Aleppo to resume evacuation

  
The International Comimttee of the Red Cross (ICRC), a leading agency in the evacuation of the wounded and civilians from east Aleppo, called on all sides on Friday to resume the operation, which was suspended hours earlier. Some 3,000 civilians and more than 40 wounded people, including children, were evacuated from east Aleppo on Thursday in two evacuations, the ICRC said in a statement.......

Aleppo rebels on high alert as government blocks road: rebel commander

  
Rebels in eastern Aleppo went on high alert on Friday after pro-government forces prevented civilians leaving the area and deployed heavy weaponry on the road, a Syrian rebel commander in the city said. Readiness is at the highest level," the head of the Fastaqim rebel group in Aleppo said in a voice message sent to Reuters. "The cursed Iranians detained civilians who were in cars leaving Aleppo city, about 20-25 cars.......

Analysis: A 'coup'? A 'power grab'? Republicans look to weaken new North Carolina governor - Chicago Tribune

  
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Why we lost Aleppo

  
In the summer of 2012, with fewer than 500 fighters and in under a week, the Free Syrian Army took control of 70 neighbourhoods of the city of Aleppo. It happened during the month of Ramadan -- the residents of the city gave us food and drink to break our fast.......

The psychology behind gift-giving

  
If you're stressed about finding the perfect presents for your friends and loved ones this holiday season, ask them what they want. It could save you a lot of trouble in the long run, according to a new study. ......

National Lottery firm Camelot fined for £2.5m suspect ticket win

  
The Gambling Commission fines Camelot £3m for paying out £2.5m for a "deliberately damaged ticket".......

Venezuelans scramble as most-used banknote becomes void

  
Venezuela has become a country without cash. On Friday, the country's most widely-used banknote went out of circulation. But the higher-denomination bills that are supposed to replace the 100-bolivar note .........

Global Stocks Inch Higher as Dollar Surge Eases

  
Dow futures inched higher and the dollar eased off a 14-year high as investors paused bets driven by expectations of higher U.S. interest rates.......

President Obama, Aleppo, Climate Change: Your Friday Briefing

  
Here's what you need to know to start your day.......

The toddler saved from meningitis on Christmas Day

  
Viki Cooper tells the Victoria Derbyshire programme about her son Ben's fight for life after suffering from meningitis.......

Russia's Novatek signs agreements with Japanese companies on gas

  
Novatek , Russia's second biggest gas producer, said on Friday it had signed agreements with Japan's Mitsui & Co , Mitsubishi Corp and Marubeni Corp to cooperate in liquefied natural gas and other energy sectors. Japan, lacking fuel resources, is the world's largest importer of the gas while Russia wants to boost its global LNG market share, currently less than 5 percent. Novatek's Chief Executive Leonid Mikhelson said the agreements focused on potential gas production, gas liquefaction and liquefied natural gas transport.......

Russia says evacuation of rebels from eastern Aleppo complete: Ifax

  
The evacuation of rebel fighters and their families from eastern Aleppo has been completed, the Interfax news agency cited Russia's defence ministry as saying on Friday. The ministry said however that some radical rebel fighters remained and were firing at Syrian troops in some parts of Aleppo.......

Many structural faults in collapsed Nigerian church: Expert

  
WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — The Nigerian church that collapsed last weekend and killed scores of worshippers had many structural faults, and authorities ordered construction to stop multiple times, the head of the country's engineering regulatory body said Friday.......

S. Korean president's lawyers argue for impeachment reversal - Fox News

  
Fox NewsS. Korean president's lawyers argue for impeachment reversalFox NewsSEOUL, South Korea – A lawyer for impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye says the Constitutional Court should restore her powers because there's not enough evidence to justify her unseating. Lee Joong-hwan and other members of Park's legal ...S. Korea president's lawyers say no grounds for impeachmentDaily MailSouth Korean president Park's impeachment was illegal: LawyersPress TVSouth Korean prosecutors denied access to Blue HouseInternational Business Times UKLos Angeles Times -The Straits Times -News24 -The Hankyorehall 185 news articles »......

Mount Vernon, Washington, Standoff Finally Ends After Cop Shot - NBCNews.com

  
NBCNews.comMount Vernon, Washington, Standoff Finally Ends After Cop ShotNBCNews.comA gunman with a violent criminal past shot a police officer in the head before barricading himself inside a home, officials in Washington state said. A SWAT team and hostage negotiators had been locked in a 7-hour standoff in the city of Mount Vernon ...Gunfire-punctured standoff that started with cop being shot endsCBS NewsPolice officer in Washington state shot; suspect in custodySTLtoday.comMount Vernon police officer shot during standoff remains hospitalized, suspect in custodyKOMO NewsUSA TODAY -ABC News -New York Daily News -The Seattle Timesall 86 news articles »......

Duterte's Claim of Killings in Philippines Galvanizes Opposition to His Presidency - Wall Street Journal

  
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Buckhurst Hill restaurant boss 'abused' over toddler ban

  
The owner of a restaurant who decided to ban under-fives says she has been stopped in the street and labelled a "disgrace to motherhood".......

Iraq boosts oil sales to China, U.S., India before OPEC supply cuts bite: sources

  
SINGAPORE/BEIJING (Reuters) - Iraq is selling more crude oil to its biggest customer, China's Unipec, people familiar with the matter say, digging a deeper foothold in the global supply market just before production cuts agreed with OPEC and other producers are scheduled to kick in. ......

Russian Special Forces Seen as Key to Aleppo Victory - Wall Street Journal

  
Wall Street JournalRussian Special Forces Seen as Key to Aleppo VictoryWall Street JournalMOSCOW—Russian special-operations forces have played a pivotal part in the Syrian ground offensive to retake Aleppo, a role shielded by secrecy about their operations there. In the wake of Russia's punishing aerial bombardment, Russian special forces ...Aleppo evacuation of civilians 'suspended'Al-ArabiyaSaving Aleppo's bombing victimsCBS NewsReport: Palestinians Prepping UN Security Council Draft Calling Israeli Settlements 'Illegal'Breitbart NewsReuters -Press TV -WalesOnline -KPRC Houstonall 153 news articles »......

More Republicans viewing Putin favorably - Politico

  
PoliticoMore Republicans viewing Putin favorablyPoliticoThe GOP is warming to Russian President Vladimir Putin — even as evidence of his regime's interference in the election intensifies. While some Republicans in Congress have slammed the Russian strongman and called for investigations into the Kremlin's ...Obama Says US Will Retaliate for Russia's Election MeddlingNew York TimesObama vows retaliation for suspected Russian hackingU.S. News & World ReportVladimir Putin wants a new world order. Why would Donald Trump help him?Washington PostABC News -Los Angeles Times -Huffington Post -Newsweekall 5,044 news articles »......

Aleppo evacuation in limbo once again as gunfire strikes convoys - Washington Post

  
Washington PostAleppo evacuation in limbo once again as gunfire strikes convoysWashington PostBEIRUT — The painstaking evacuation of civilians and rebels from besieged eastern Aleppo was halted Friday after gunfire hit a convoy leaving the city under a deal that ended the siege and effectively handed victory to Syrian government forces. Now ...Aleppo Evacuation Suspended After 8000 People RemovedNew York TimesAleppo evacuations: From one war zone to anotherCNNSyria suspends Aleppo evacuations, blaming rebelsBBC NewsNewsweek -USA TODAY -International Business Times -The Week Magazineall 4,724 news articles »......

The Latest: Red Cross urges that Aleppo evacuations resume

  
BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the conflict in Syria where thousands more civilians and rebels are expected to leave the eastern part of the city of Aleppo under a key cease-fire deal (all times local):......

Iraq boosts oil sales to China, U.S., India before OPEC supply cuts bite: sources

  
By Florence Tan and Chen Aizhu SINGAPORE/BEIJING (Reuters) - Iraq is selling more crude oil to its biggest customer, China's Unipec, people familiar with the matter say, digging a deeper foothold in the global supply market just before production cuts agreed with OPEC and other producers are scheduled to kick in. Three people with knowledge of the matter said the Unipec contract was signed just before the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), of which Iraq is a member, agreed with other producers led by Russia to cut output by as much as 1.8 million bpd in an effort to reduce a global fuel supply overhang and prop up prices. Speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak to media, the people said Iraq's Oil Marketing Company (SOMO) has boosted Basra crude forward export sales to Unipec by 3 percent to a total of 40 million-60 million barrels each quarter - 435,000-652,000 bpd - for 2017.......

Greenpeace, WWF cut ties with Indonesia pulp and paper giant

  
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Greenpeace and WWF have suspended their relationship with one of Indonesia's leading pulp and paper companies, saying it did not live up to a promise to stop clearing virgin forests and peatlands.......

Aleppo rebels on high alert as government blocks road out of east: rebel commander

  
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Rebels in eastern Aleppo enclave went on high alert on Friday after pro-Syrian government forces prevented civilians leaving eastern Aleppo and deployed heavy weaponry on the road, a Syrian rebel commander in the city said. A Reuters witness in government-held areas outside the city said government forces were setting up road blocks on the highway being used to evacuate people from the eastern Aleppo enclave held by rebels. (Reporting by Laila Bassam/Tom Perry; Editing by Gareth Jones)......

Your Friday Briefing

  
Here's what you need to know to start your day.......

Aleppo evacuations suspended

  
The evacuation of thousands of refugees out of the besieged city of Aleppo has been halted and the status of the operation thrown into doubt, the International Committee of the Red Cross confirmed Friday.......

Africa's top shots: 2 December-8 December 2016

  
A selection of the best photos from across Africa this week.......

American Ross leads WCup Alpine Combined race after downhill

  
VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) — American skier Laurenne Ross took the lead in a World Cup Alpine combined race Friday after going fastest in the downhill.......

New York Today: New York Today: Subway Squabbling

  
Friday: Fighting on the subway, holiday events this weekend and New York City gifts.......

For Russia, more love - Politico

  
PoliticoFor Russia, more lovePoliticoThe GOP is warming to Russian President Vladimir Putin — even as evidence of his regime's interference in the election intensifies. While some Republicans in Congress have slammed the Russian strongman and called for investigations into the Kremlin's ...Obama Says US Will Retaliate for Russia's Election MeddlingNew York TimesObama vows retaliation for suspected Russian hackingU.S. News & World ReportTrump attacks White House aide who challenged his stand on Russian hacking to sway electionLos Angeles TimesABC News -BBC News -USA TODAY -Huffington Postall 4,991 news articles »......

Duterte's Claims of Killings in Philippines Galvanizes Opposition to His Presidency - Wall Street Journal

  
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National Lottery firm Camelot fined £3m for damaged ticket payout

  
The Gambling Commission fines Camelot £3m for paying out for a "deliberately damaged ticket".......

India v England: Moeen Ali makes hundred, Joe Root 88 in Chennai

  
A century from Moeen Ali and Joe Root's 88 give England the better of the first day of the fifth and final Test against India in Chennai.......

Minnesota players to boycott all football activities

  
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One by one, the entire Minnesota football roster walked out of the locker room and onto the practice facility turf to face a waiting media gathering.......

Transition Briefing: Excitement and Worry as Trump's Inauguration Draws Near

  
A CBS News poll found that 46 percent of Americans are excited or optimistic about the presidency of Donald J. Trump, while 53 percent of Americans are concerned or scared.......

Trump picks hardliner as Israel ambassador

  
President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday he will nominate campaign adviser David Friedman to serve as the US ambassador to Israel. ......

Dylann Roof trial: Will he get death penalty?

  
[Breaking news update, posted at 3:27 p.m. ET]......

Turkey to set up camp for Aleppo evacuees in Syria: officials

  
ANKARA/CILVEGOZU, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish officials said on Friday they planned to set up a camp in Syria to host people evacuated from the city of Aleppo but would continue to take the sick and wounded to hospitals in Turkey. Two potential sites, around 3.5 km (2 miles) inside Syria, have been identified for a camp with the capacity to host up to 80,000 people, two senior officials told Reuters. "Work on the infrastructure for the camp will begin shortly," another official from the Turkish aid organization IHH said by phone from inside Syria.......

Hezbollah-run media: Aleppo evacuation halted over Shi'ite villages

  
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A military news service run by Lebanon's pro-Damascus Hezbollah group said the evacuation of eastern Aleppo had been halted on Friday partly due to a failure to evacuate wounded people from two Shi'ite villages besieged by rebels in Idlib. It also cited previous reasons given for the suspension of the evacuation: that rebels had sought to take prisoners with them and had bombarded a road due to be used by the buses set to conduct the evacuation from the two villages, al-Foua and Kefraya. .........

Diesel scandal can't keep Volkswagen sales down

  
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen's sales just keep going up despite its scandal over cars that cheated on diesel emissions tests.......

Austrian soprano Lotte Rysanek-Doerle dead at age 93

  
VIENNA (AP) — The Vienna State Opera says that soprano Lotte Rysanek-Doerler, a long-time ensemble member, has died.......

What next for people of Aleppo?

  
Jeremy Bowen explains what's at stake for the people of Aleppo who have left and for those that have remained.......

Putin-Abe summit brings big Japan-Russia economic projects

  
TOKYO (AP) — Japan and Russia are stepping up cooperation as Russian President Vladimir Putin pursues opportunities in fast growing Asian markets for his country's vast Far East. Many of the dozens of deals finalized during his visit to Japan this week involve the energy sector, and most are projects linked to some of both countries' largest corporations.......

HealthCare.gov moves sign up deadline to 11:59 PM PST Monday

  
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is giving consumers a few extra days to sign up on HealthCare.gov in time for health insurance coverage to take effect Jan. 1.......

Aleppo evacuation halted without explanation: WHO

  
The evacuation of wounded and civilians from eastern enclaves of Aleppo was aborted on Friday, and aid agencies and vehicles told to leave the area without explanation, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. Elizabeth Hoff, WHO representative in Syria, speaking from west Aleppo, told a news briefing in Geneva: "I assume the message (to abort the operation) came from the Russians who are monitoring the area". By 7 a.m. local time, 194 evacuated patients had arrived in eight "overwhelmed" hospitals in government-held western Aleppo, Idlib and Turkey, according to the latest WHO figures.......

Aleppo evacuation halted without explanation: WHO

  
GENEVA (Reuters) - The evacuation of wounded and civilians from eastern enclaves of Aleppo was aborted on Friday, and aid agencies and vehicles told to leave the area without explanation, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. ......

The New Suburbia: More Urban

  
New multifamily developments outside New York are changing the yard-and-picket-fence image of commuter towns and villages.......

Modern Love: A Year In, and Still Trying to Say the 'L' Word

  
They had been together for 12 months. She realized that she loved him. Should she say so?......

Chinese Tech Firms Forced to Choose Market: Home or Everywhere Else

  
The internet filters that keep foreign companies out have created an environment that pens China's tech firms inside their home country.......

Aleppo Evacuation Suspended After 8,000 People Removed

  
Syrian activists reported hearing explosions near the gathering point for those seeking to leave, and the state news media accused rebel fighters of firing on convoys of evacuees.......

Ukraine commends EU step to secure association deal - Reuters

  
ReutersUkraine commends EU step to secure association dealReutersUkrainian President Petro Poroshenko delivers a speech during a ceremony to unveil the 'New Safe Confinement' (NSC) arch, that will block radiation from the damaged reactor, at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukraine November 29, 2016.EU Reaches Compromise With the Netherlands on Closer Ukraine TiesNew York TimesEU extends Russia sanctions over UkraineBBC NewsEU Extends Sanctions on RussiaVoice of AmericaHuffington Post -RT -New Eastern Europe -Foreign Policy (blog)all 107 news articles »......

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