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Trump cheered by fans at annual Army-Navy game

Donald Trump was greeted with cheers on his arrival at the annual Army-Navy game on Saturday, basking in the one of the nation's most storied football rivalries as he prepares to enter the White House. The future commander in chief, protected by panes of bulletproof glass, waved to the crowd and pumped his fist as he arrived during the first quarter of the 117th game between the military academies...
Romanian PM tries the tieless look ahead of a national vote

Romanian PM tries the tieless look ahead of a national vote

The Romanian prime minister's tieless look has become a talking point before the parliamentary election, applauded by some, but also a reason for disapproval in the conservative Eastern European country. Dacian Ciolos, is the first prime minister, after Petre Roman, a university professor who played a key role in Romania's 1989 revolution, to provoke public debate for not wearing a tie in formal public...
Greece passes austerity 2017 budget, eyes 2.7 percent growth

Greece passes austerity 2017 budget, eyes 2.7 percent growth

Greece's Parliament has passed a budget of continued austerity as mandated by the country's creditors, but which forecasts robust growth for 2017. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras says it will mark Greece's "final exit" from its nearly decade-long financial crisis. The budget adds more than 1 billion euros in new taxes, mostly indirect taxes on items from phone calls to alcohol. It also cuts...

Mexican drug cartel leader's son arrested in western state

Mexican police have arrested the son of a drug cartel leader who was extradited to the United States. Federal Police say via their official Twitter account that the man was arrested Friday in the western state of Jalisco along with four others on suspicion of drug trafficking, kidnapping and murder. His full name is not given, but a police official confirmed Saturday that it was Alfredo Beltran Guzman...
Single mother goes to dialysis, comes home to find Christmas gifts stolen

Single mother goes to dialysis, comes home to find Christmas gifts stolen

Authorities are investigating after a single mother left her apartment in Pittsburgh to go to dialysis and returned home to find that all of her son’s Christmas gifts had been stolen.

Sri Lanka fires warning shots to halt dock workers' protest

Sri Lankan naval troops fired warning shots on Saturday to break up a protest by striking dock workers who have held up a Japanese vessel for four days at the island's southern international port. Navy spokesman Akram Alavi said navy troops entered the Hambantota port from the sea Saturday using navy boats and "fired some warning shots to disperse the crowd," considering their action an...
Blasts hit near Istanbul soccer stadium, wound 20 police

Blasts hit near Istanbul soccer stadium, wound 20 police

Two explosions struck Saturday night outside a major soccer stadium in Istanbul after fans had gone home, an attack that wounded about 20 police officers, Turkish authorities said. One of the blasts was thought to be a car bomb and the second appeared to have been caused by a suicide bomber. Police cordoned off the area as smoke rose from behind the newly built Vodafone Arena Stadium, known colloquially...

Glencore, Qatari fund finalize deal to acquire Rosneft stake

Russia's Rosneft oil company said Saturday that commodities company Glencore and Qatar's sovereign wealth fund will invest $3 billion of their own funds to acquire a 19.5 percent stake in Rosneft. Rosneft said the 10.5-billion euro ($11.1-billion) deal signed Saturday also envisages that Italian bank Intesa Sanpaolo will provide loans to finance the acquisition. It added that other unspecified banks...

Radio journalist shot dead outside home in northern Mexico

A radio station in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua says one of its reporters has been shot dead outside his home. Antena Radio in the state capital, also called Chihuahua, says Adrian Rodriguez was killed Saturday morning and prosecutors are investigating whether his work may have been a motive. Antena Radio adds that Rodriguez spent more than 15 years at radio, print and online outlets. He...
Turkey shifts closer to expanding powers for Erdogan

Turkey shifts closer to expanding powers for Erdogan

Turkey's ruling party on Saturday submitted proposed constitutional amendments that could greatly expand the powers and extend the mandate of the country's president. Private news channel NTV broadcast images of the parliament speaker receiving the proposal, which garnered 316 supporting signatures from the 550-seat assembly. If cleared by a constitutional committee and approved by parliament, the...
5 things to know about Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson

5 things to know about Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson

It was reported Saturday that Exxon Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson is expected to be President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state. The report came just a day after former New York City Mayor Trump team communications director Jason Miller said an official announcement would not come until next week, at the earliest. Tillerson, 64, was born in Texas. He received a civil engineering...

Spain: Suspects in ill child charity scam spent $633,000

A Spanish couple arrested for allegedly exploiting the rare illness of their daughter in a charity scam spent almost 600,000 euros ($633,000) of donations on a ritzy lifestyle, according to Spanish police. Court documents issued by the investigating judge on Friday said that Fernando Blanco and Magarita Garau spent nearly two-thirds of the over 900,000 euros ($950,000) they received in charitable...
Patti Smith blanks out during Nobel Prize performance

Patti Smith blanks out during Nobel Prize performance

Patti Smith needed two attempts to get through Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall" at the Nobel Prize ceremony in Stockholm on Saturday. The American singer-songwriter forgot the lyrics in the second verse and had to pause to regain her composure. "I apologize. I'm sorry, I'm so nervous," Smith said, asking the orchestra to start over. The audience in Stockholm's Concert Hall...

Venezuela seizes nearly 4M toys, will give them to poor kids

Venezuela's socialist government has seized nearly 4 million toys from a private company and says it intends to hand them out as Christmas gifts to poor children this holiday season. The country's fair pricing authority seized the toys from three warehouses run by Kreisel, Venezuela's largest toy distributor, on Friday. Two company executives were detained on suspicion of promoting price speculation...
Non-OPEC oil producers to cut output 558,000 barrels a day

Non-OPEC oil producers to cut output 558,000 barrels a day

OPEC has persuaded 11 non-members to cut oil production, a move aimed at draining a worldwide oil glut and boosting low prices that have squeezed government finances in Russia and Saudi Arabia. Officials said Saturday that non-members agreed to cut 558,000 barrels per day for six months starting Jan. 1, and that the deal was renewable for another six months after that. The figure was less than the...

Netanyahu's coalition chair angers Arabs with voting remarks

The coalition chairman of Benjamin Netanyahu's government angered Israel's Arab minority on Saturday by saying he would rather they didn't vote, in comments reminiscent of those made by the prime minister last year. David Bitan said the Arab Joint List in parliament doesn't "represent the Arabs, they represent Gaza, Qatar and other countries." He said he would "prefer" if Arabs...
Islamic State militants re-enter Syria's historic Palmyra

Islamic State militants re-enter Syria's historic Palmyra

Islamic State militants re-entered the historic city of Palmyra in central Syria on Saturday for the first time since they were expelled by Syrian and Russian forces nine months ago. The activist-run Palmyra Coordination network said the militants had nearly encircled the city and entered its northern and northwestern neighborhoods. The group, which maintains contacts inside the city, said IS fighters...

Austin officials surprised by park condoms-in-trees campaign

Austin health department workers hung bags of condoms and information about safe sex from trees at a park — without informing their bosses or the local parks department, according to a newspaper report. The bags in Walnut Creek Park, which has been pointed to as a place of HIV transmission particularly among gay men, were taken down Thursday, the Austin American Statesman (http://atxne.ws/2hiAkgp...

Congress sends bill to Obama on civil rights-era killings

Congress has sent legislation to President Barack Obama's desk that would continue reviews of racially motivated killings in the civil rights era that are now cold cases. The legislation passed by voice vote at the end of the congressional session early Saturday. It would indefinitely extend a 2007 law that calls for a full accounting of race-based deaths, many of which had been closed for decades...
Mexico Culture Secretary Rafael Tovar y de Teresa dies

Mexico Culture Secretary Rafael Tovar y de Teresa dies

Mexican Secretary of Culture Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, a diplomat, historian and promoter of the arts, died Saturday, the Culture Ministry announced. He was 62. Funeral services were planned for later in the day, the ministry said in a statement. On Thursday it announced that he had been hospitalized for evaluation. President Enrique Pena Nieto expressed condolences through his official Twitter account...

Brazil's Temer cited 44 times in corruption testimony

A former executive at a mega-construction company cited Brazilian President Michel Temer 44 times during testimony to federal prosecutors in a corruption probe, making accusations of illegal campaign financing that put his embattled administration at an even bigger risk of ending within months. The 82-pages of testimony by former Odebrecht director Claudio Melo Filho was obtained by The Associated...
John Kerry awarded French Legion of Honor for peace-making

John Kerry awarded French Legion of Honor for peace-making

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is now an officer in France's Legion of Honor. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault bestowed the award on Kerry on Saturday after the two held talks on Syria's war. Calling him a "friend to France," the Foreign Ministry said he earned the distinction for "his indefatigable efforts in favor of peace." Accepting the award, an emotional Kerry...
KKK, other racist groups disavow the white supremacist label

KKK, other racist groups disavow the white supremacist label

In today's racially charged environment, there's a label that even the KKK disavows: white supremacy. Standing on a muddy dirt road in the dead of night near the North Carolina-Virginia border, masked Ku Klux Klan members claimed Donald Trump's election as president proves whites are taking back America from blacks, immigrants, Jews and other groups they describe as criminals and freeloaders. America...
Chapel of Love lost to fire that ravaged city in Smokies

Chapel of Love lost to fire that ravaged city in Smokies

The wildfires that killed 14 people and tore through Gatlinburg also stole an iconic venue from this city at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains whose nickname is "the wedding capital of the South." All that remains of Cupid's Chapel of Love is a heart-shaped pink sign with its name spelled out in Barbie-doll-style cursive lettering. The white, log building with a green tin roof and waterfall...
Teachers save choking girl's life with Heimlich maneuver

Teachers save choking girl's life with Heimlich maneuver

Teachers at a Pennsylvania school are being credited with saving a girl’s life. A 7-year old girl named Aubrey was eating breakfast Wednesday morning at Lockley Early Learning Center when she started to choke.

Death toll in Yemen suicide bombing rises to 45

A suicide bomber on Saturday blew himself up inside an army base in the southern city of Aden, killing 45 soldiers and wounding another 50, security officials said. They said the bomber detonated a belt of explosives he was wearing amid hundreds of soldiers lining up to collect their salaries in the city's Solban army base. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized...
Trump team challenges intel on Russian election influence

Trump team challenges intel on Russian election influence

Donald Trump's presidential transition team on Saturday challenged the veracity of U.S. intelligence assessments that Russia was trying to tip the November election to the Republican. A top Senate Democrat demanded a full congressional investigation. The CIA has now concluded with "high confidence" that Moscow was not only interfering with the election, but that its actions were intended...
Samsung to disable Galaxy Note 7 devices on Dec. 19

Samsung to disable Galaxy Note 7 devices on Dec. 19

In an effort to get U.S. customers to turn off their devices, Samsung will be issuing a software update next week that will make the Galaxy Note 7 inoperable. On Friday, According to the company, 93 percent of the Note 7 devices have been turned in after they were recalled three months ago following reports of phones bursting into flames. The phone’s battery was determined to be the issue,...
The world's oldest known seabird is expecting _ again

The world's oldest known seabird is expecting _ again

The world's oldest known seabird is expecting — again. Biologists spotted the Laysan albatross called Wisdom at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge earlier this month after she returned to the island to nest. She was incubating an egg at the same nest she uses each year with her mate. She's believed to be 66 years old. She's also the world's oldest known breeding bird in the wild. The U.S...

Toll rises to 57 in suicide bombings in northeast Nigeria

An official says the toll from a double suicide bombing in a marketplace in northeast Nigeria has risen to 57 dead and 177 wounded. Yusuf Muhammed, chairman of the Madagali local government, says 120 children are among those wounded when two women suicide bombers blew themselves up Friday at opposite ends of the market in Madagali town. Officials have blamed Boko Haram Islamic extremists. The explosions...
Colombia's Santos accepts Nobel, urges shift in drug war

Colombia's Santos accepts Nobel, urges shift in drug war

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday, saying it helped his country achieve the "impossible dream" of ending a half-century-long civil war. A smiling Santos received his Nobel diploma and gold medal at a ceremony in Oslo, Norway, for his efforts to end a conflict that has killed 220,000 people and displaced 8 million. "Ladies and gentlemen...
Italian president: We need a new government urgently

Italian president: We need a new government urgently

Italy's president promised Saturday he'll decide "in the next hours" about who to tap as the next premier, saying the country needs a new government as soon as possible to tackle problems, like troubled banks and quake-struck towns needing reconstruction. Matteo Renzi has been staying on as a caretaker premier following his resignation Dec. 7 after voters rejected his government-backed reforms...
Gambia's president-elect says Jammeh can't demand new vote

Gambia's president-elect says Jammeh can't demand new vote

Gambia's president-elect said Saturday that the outgoing leader who now rejects his defeat has no constitutional authority to call for another election, and he called on President Yahya Jammeh to help with a smooth transition in the interest of the tiny West African country. Jammeh's surprise reversal late Friday was certain to spark outrage among the tens of thousands who took to the streets after...
The Latest: Trump edges toward Tillerson for State

The Latest: Trump edges toward Tillerson for State

The Latest developments on Donald Trump's transition to the presidency (all times local): 4:30 p.m. President-elect Donald Trump is moving closer to nominating Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of state, following a private meeting with the business leader. That's according to several people who have spoken with Trump and his transition team. Trump has privately signaled to associates...
Former MLB pitcher graduates from police academy

Former MLB pitcher graduates from police academy

Former major-league relief pitcher Anthony Varvaro is switching jerseys. He won’t be pitching to batters, though. The right-hander will be catching criminals, the Varvaro, 32, who pitched for three teams between 2010 and 2015, graduated from the Varvaro pitched for the Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves and Seattle Mariners. He went 7-9 in 166 relief appearances before an arm injury sidelined...
Deputies: Florida man claims he downed 18 beers, Xanax before setting house fire

Deputies: Florida man claims he downed 18 beers, Xanax before setting house fire

A Florida man was arrested Wednesday after police said he vandalized a vacant house during the summer while high on Xanax and drunk on 18 beers. Michael Lee, 31, faces charges of residential unoccupied burglary and arson to a home. He remained in the Palm Beach County Jail on Saturday morning with his bail set at $16,000. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Lee set multiple fires inside...
The Latest: IS says it shot down Syrian jet near Palmyra

The Latest: IS says it shot down Syrian jet near Palmyra

The Latest on the Syrian conflict (all times local): 1:30 p.m. The Islamic State group says it has shot down a Syrian warplane near the historic city of Palmyra. The extremist group's Aamaq news agency said Saturday that the militants downed the jet near the Jazal oil fields west of the city, which is home to famed 2,000-year-old ruins. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said a...
Now there will be 24 Fields of Dreams at iconic Iowa site

Now there will be 24 Fields of Dreams at iconic Iowa site

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Pit bull pup honored after preventing rape in NYC

Pit bull pup honored after preventing rape in NYC

Apollo saved 18-year-old Maya Fairweather from a man who forced her to the ground in a Brooklyn park on Nov. 28, the News reported.

4 parties contending in Sunday's elections in Macedonia

Sunday's early parliamentary election in Macedonia, held in the shadow of a massive wiretapping scandal, pits the governing conservatives against the left-wing main opposition. Two smaller players, both representing the country's ethnic Albanian minority, might prove key for either main party in forming a government. Here's a profile of the four main party leaders. NIKOLA GRUEVSKI A conservative with...

French government seeks extension of state of emergency

French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says 17 attacks have been thwarted in the country so far this year and he is asking Parliament to extend the state of emergency until July 15. Speaking after an extraordinary cabinet meeting, Cazeneuve said Saturday that Parliament will vote on the bill next week. He said the extension for seven more months is "absolutely necessary" to ensure the highest...
Syrians stream out of eastern Aleppo as fighting rages

Syrians stream out of eastern Aleppo as fighting rages

Hundreds more civilians fled what remained of the Syrian opposition's enclave in Aleppo on Saturday as rebels and government forces exchanged artillery and mortar fire across the northern city. In central Syria, reports circulated that a government warplane crashed while flying raids against the Islamic State group near the historic city of Palmyra. The group's Aamaq news agency claimed its militants...
Patrons use dough to back pizza place targeted by fake news

Patrons use dough to back pizza place targeted by fake news

There's at least a slice of good news for a pizza restaurant in the nation's capital caught up in fake news stories about a child sex trafficking ring run by prominent Democrats. In the days since a conspiracy theorist showed up and fired an assault weapon inside Comet Ping Pong, supporters of the restaurant have turned out in droves to buy pizzas and leave homemade signs and flowers. More than 2...

Iraq sends reinforcements to eastern Mosul after IS attack

Reinforcements have been sent to eastern Mosul after a major Islamic State counterattack drove troops back last week, further slowing a nearly two-month-old offensive to retake the city, according to an Iraqi commander. Maj. Gen. Najim al-Jabouri said Saturday that Federal Police and Iraqi army units have moved from the southern front to the city's east, where most of the fighting has been concentrated...
Broncos’ Brandon Marshall receives racist, threatening letter

Broncos’ Brandon Marshall receives racist, threatening letter

Marshall told
Fire marshal requested to scene of German Twp. house fire

Fire marshal requested to scene of German Twp. house fire

A fire marshal has been requested to the scene of a house fire in German Twp. Saturday morning, according to dispatchers. Dispatchers said the fire is nearly out and fire crews are working a few remaining hot spots in the structure. It is unknown how much damage was done to the house, but initial reports indicate the red cross has been requested to the scene. Dispatchers said a cause...
7 killed, 29 injured in Bulgarian tanker train explosion

7 killed, 29 injured in Bulgarian tanker train explosion

A derailed tanker train exploded Saturday and decimated a village in northeastern Bulgaria, killing seven people and leaving least 29 injured, many with severe burns, the Interior Ministry said. Authorities said about 50 buildings in the village of Hitrino were destroyed when containers of gas exploded at 5:40 a.m. Video footage showed many houses in the village of 800 on fire and ambulances taking...
Dylann Roof's confession and journal detail racist beliefs

Dylann Roof's confession and journal detail racist beliefs

Prosecutors are using the Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof's own words to portray him as a cruel angry racist at his death penalty trial. Roof's two-hour confession to killing nine people at a church Bible study, recorded the day after the shooting, was introduced as evidence Friday, along with a handwritten journal found in his car. "How could our faces, skin color and body structure be...
Shutdown averted, Senate backs stop-gap spending bill

Shutdown averted, Senate backs stop-gap spending bill

With less than hour to spare, the Senate late Friday backed legislation averting a government shutdown as coal-state Democrats retreated on long-term health care benefits for retired miners and promised a renewed fight for the working class next year. The 63-36 vote sent the stop-gap spending bill to President Barack Obama, who signed the measure early Saturday morning. The Senate also passed and...
Nora the polar bear cub enjoys first snow in Oregon

Nora the polar bear cub enjoys first snow in Oregon

Call her Nora the explorer. The young polar bear that arrived at the Oregon Zoo a few months ago, enjoyed a day frolicking in the snow during a winter storm in Portland.
Giuliani removes himself from State Department consideration

Giuliani removes himself from State Department consideration

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani formally withdrew from consideration for a post in President-elect Donald Trump's administration Friday, putting an end to his ill-fated bid to lead the State Department. Trump is now seriously considering Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for the post. Giuliani's prospects to serve as secretary of state had already dimmed, in part because of questions about his...
Who's next? A look at South Korean presidential contenders

Who's next? A look at South Korean presidential contenders

Fresh off impeachment, South Korean President Park Geun-hye's days in office may be numbered. Her potential successors include the outgoing secretary general of the United Nations, an ambitious mayor who has been compared to both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, and the man who conceded the presidential race to Park four years ago. Park was suspended as president following a parliamentary impeachment...
Trump expected to tap Exxon's Tillerson for State Dept. post

Trump expected to tap Exxon's Tillerson for State Dept. post

President-elect Donald Trump moved closer to nominating Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of State Saturday, meeting privately with the business leader for the second time in a week. Trump's transition team cautioned that no announcement was expected over the weekend. Trump has privately signaled that he plans to tap Tillerson for the powerful Cabinet post, but had not formally offered...
Trump deepens Goldman ties as he builds out economic team

Trump deepens Goldman ties as he builds out economic team

In the heat of the presidential campaign, Donald Trump accused primary rival Ted Cruz of being controlled by Goldman Sachs because his wife, Heidi, previously worked for the Wall Street giant. He slammed Hillary Clinton for receiving speaking fees from the bank. "I know the guys at Goldman Sachs. They have total, total control over him," Trump said of Cruz. "Just like they have total...
GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal path worries health care industry

GOP's 'Obamacare' repeal path worries health care industry

One by one, key health care industry groups are telling the incoming Republican administration and Congress that it's not a good idea to repeal the 2010 health care law without clear plans to address the consequences. Hospitals, insurers and actuaries — bean-counters who make long-range economic estimates — have weighed in, and more interest groups are expected to make their views known...
It's Trump's war soon: Afghan future is cloudy at best

It's Trump's war soon: Afghan future is cloudy at best

Afghanistan has fallen so far from Americans' consciousness that some may have forgotten it's called the forgotten war. It also is America's longest war. Now in its 16th year and showing little sign of ending, it will soon be the responsibility of Donald Trump, two presidents removed from the October 2001 invasion. During the presidential campaign, neither Trump nor Democrat Hillary Clinton offered...
Syria: Kerry, diplomats seek help for Aleppo's opposition

Syria: Kerry, diplomats seek help for Aleppo's opposition

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and leading diplomats pleaded Saturday for safe passage for civilians and respect for Syria's crippled opposition, as Syrian government forces neared victory over rebels in Aleppo after a devastating blitz. With tens of thousands fleeing and prospects increasingly grim for the Western-backed opposition, Kerry insisted that even if Syrian President Bashar Assad's...
Flash mob surprises woman with $13K to treat her cancer

Flash mob surprises woman with $13K to treat her cancer

Amanda and Clint Kofoed were filming a The couple got an even bigger boost as they made their video at the Flying M Coffee Garage, the “I saw people I hadn't seen in years,” Amanda told the Statesman. “They were crying and we were crying.” The flash mob was the work of the “It's a picture of what a great person Amanda is that so many people showed up, and it's a testament...
Warehouse fire survivor: People 'dying right in front of me'

Warehouse fire survivor: People 'dying right in front of me'

To set foot in the Ghost Ship on a party night was to pass through the industrial facade of an old warehouse and enter an exotic world glowing with rainbow lanterns, guarded by figures of Asian deities and pulsing with a welcoming vibe. Performers who came to play the electronic dance party last weekend and those looking to be awed by the sounds and scene wanted to be among people who accepted them...
Congress approves bill on Calif. drought, Flint water

Congress approves bill on Calif. drought, Flint water

Congress has approved a wide-ranging bill to authorize water projects across the country, including $170 million to address lead in Flint, Michigan's drinking water and $558 million to provide relief to drought-stricken California. The Senate approved the $10 billion bill, 78-21, early Saturday, despite complaints from some Democrats that the drought measure was a giveaway to California farmers and...
Adding 200 more troops to Syria, US deepens involvement

Adding 200 more troops to Syria, US deepens involvement

Drawing the U.S. deeper into the Syria conflict, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced Saturday he is sending 200 more troops to accelerate the push on the Islamic State's self-declared capital of Raqqa. The 200, to include special operations troops, are in addition to 300 already authorized for the effort to recruit, organize, train and advise local Syrian Arab and Kurdish forces to fight IS. Carter...
S. Koreans rally again, this time to celebrate impeachment

S. Koreans rally again, this time to celebrate impeachment

The previous time South Korea's parliament voted to impeach a president, ruling party lawmakers bawled and hurled ballot boxes, a man set himself on fire in front of the National Assembly, and thousands glumly held candlelight vigils night after night to save late liberal President Roh Moo-hyun. Twelve years later, the mood couldn't have been more different, with massive crowds returning to Seoul's...
Fla. hospital staff leaves veteran’s body unattended for 9 hours, report says

Fla. hospital staff leaves veteran’s body unattended for 9 hours, report says

Staff members at a Florida hospital left the body of a veteran unattended in a shower room for more than nine hours, then tried to cover up the mistake, according to a hospital investigation. The No information was provided about the veteran, who died in February. Hospital spokesman Jason Dangel told the Times that “appropriate personnel action was taken,” although he did not elaborate...
Photos: Florida driver nearly impaled by boat oar

Photos: Florida driver nearly impaled by boat oar

A driver in Broward County, Florida, was nearly impaled by a boat oar that fell off the back of a motor home, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said. >> Read more trending stories Troopers said Christina Theisen, 33, was driving west on Interstate 75 when an aluminum boat oar fell from a motor home in front of her Chevy Suburban. Theisen ran over the oar, which then flipped up and went through...
Will Donald Trump be ‘restrained’ as tweeter in chief?

Will Donald Trump be ‘restrained’ as tweeter in chief?

Donald Trump  >> Read more trending stories But the  “Every president in the modern era has sought to use technology to bring their message to more Americans. So there’s nothing new about that,” says presidential historian Timothy Naftali of New York University, a former director of the Nixon Library and Museum. “What’s different is that Trump explicitly...
Pearl Harbor veteran honored with inflight hula, song

Pearl Harbor veteran honored with inflight hula, song

A group of Hawaii musicians and a Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant provided special inflight entertainment to a Pearl Harbor survivor flying home from a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack. Ray Richmond, 97, and his family were the last passengers to board Thursday's flight from Honolulu to San Diego, said flight attendant Lehua Beltrame-Tevaga, who is also the reigning Mrs...
Fisher-Price 'happy hour' playset is fake, company says

Fisher-Price 'happy hour' playset is fake, company says

It's another reminder not to believe everything you see on the internet. A photo of an alcohol-themed Fisher-Price playset has been circulating online and drawing attention. It shows a toddler-size bar, with play bar stools, beer bottles and a pretend bar,  Today.com reported CNet reported Fisher-Price issued the following in a statement:
Trump deepens Goldman ties as he builds out economic team

Trump deepens Goldman ties as he builds out economic team

In the heat of the presidential campaign, Donald Trump accused primary rival Ted Cruz of being controlled by Goldman Sachs because his wife, Heidi, previously worked for the Wall Street giant. He slammed Hillary Clinton for receiving speaking fees from the bank. "I know the guys at Goldman Sachs. They have total, total control over him," Trump said of Cruz. "Just like they have total...
Bill Murray serenades 94-year-old grandmother for her birthday

Bill Murray serenades 94-year-old grandmother for her birthday

If comedian Bill Murray sings to you for your birthday, you must be doing something right. Maryellen Hook Wible was celebrating her 94th birthday at the Xavier vs. Baylor college basketball game when Murray, who was also at the game, sang to her. Her grandson Noah Wible uploaded video of the moment with a lengthy caption, explaining why she went to the game, which read: Wible then went on to...
Pedestrian, hit by vehicle in Clark County, is seriously injured

Pedestrian, hit by vehicle in Clark County, is seriously injured

UPDATE @ 10:05 p.m.: Thomas Taylor, 35, of Springfield, the pedestrian hit by a vehicle while he was trying to cross state Route 41 in German Twp., is listed in critical condition, OHP Sgt. Merrill Thompson said in a prepared statement.  Carol Wheeler, 75 and also of Springfield, was driving the Toyota RAV 4 that hit Taylor. She was not injured. FIRST REPORT A male pedestrian is said to have...
Region could get hit with accumulating snow late this weekend

Region could get hit with accumulating snow late this weekend

 Here is our Storm Center 7 snowfall forecast for Sunday into Sunday night, Storm Center 7 Chief Meteorologist Eric Elwell said.  Look for light snow to develop across the northern half of the Miami Valley late Saturday night and spread south early Sunday. The snow will linger into the afternoon and then taper.  More precipitation is expected to arrive Sunday night but by that point...
Longtime Gambian ruler now refuses to step aside

Longtime Gambian ruler now refuses to step aside

Gambia's ruler of more than 22 years announced late Friday that he no longer accepts defeat in the country's presidential election, reversing course a week after he conceded to his rival. In a speech on state television, President Yahya Jammeh said that investigations since the Dec. 1 vote have revealed a number of voting irregularities that he called unacceptable. "I hereby reject the results...

School boss changes ruling, bans Confederate flag clothes

A school district where a black student was upset that a classmate was allowed to wear a sweatshirt depicting the Confederate flag said on Friday that after more students went to class wearing Confederate flag clothing it must be banned. Earlier Friday, Plum Borough School District Superintendent Timothy Glasspool had told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that a high school student had a right to wear...
Sources: Google to give Cubans faster access to content

Sources: Google to give Cubans faster access to content

Google and the Cuban government have struck a deal giving Cubans faster access to the internet giant's content, two people familiar with the agreement said Friday. Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google's parent company, will formally sign the deal Monday morning in Havana, the two people said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not yet been publicly announced. It allows Cubans...
Giuliani removes himself from State Department consideration

Giuliani removes himself from State Department consideration

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani formally withdrew from consideration for a post in President-elect Donald Trump's administration Friday, putting an end to his ill-fated bid to lead the State Department. Trump is now seriously considering Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for the post. Giuliani's prospects to serve as secretary of state had already dimmed, in part because of questions about his...
Rose Bowl tickets make longtime Penn State fan cry with joy

Rose Bowl tickets make longtime Penn State fan cry with joy

He’s going to the Rose Bowl to watch his beloved Nittany Lions on Jan. 2, and his emotions spilled over when he saw the tickets.
Post-election, Trump closes companies tied to Saudi Arabia

Post-election, Trump closes companies tied to Saudi Arabia

President-elect Donald Trump shut down some of his companies in the days after the election, including four that appeared connected to a possible Saudi Arabia business venture, according to corporate registrations in Delaware. News of the move comes days before Trump was expected to describe changes he is making to his businesses to avoid potential conflicts of interest as the U.S. president. The...
3 detectives killed, burned in southern Mexico

3 detectives killed, burned in southern Mexico

The charred remains of three federal detectives were found Friday in the bed of a burning pickup truck in the southern Mexico resort of Zihuatanejo. A fourth person's remains were found nearby along with a hand-lettered sign containing an apparent reference to a drug gang. The sign suggested the killings were in retaliation against people who protected a gang purportedly linked to the Jalisco New...
Victoria's Secret fires employee after customer says she was racially profiled

Victoria's Secret fires employee after customer says she was racially profiled

Victoria's Secret has fired an Alabama employee after a customer went viral in a Facebook Live video in which she said she was racially profiled. AL.com reported Houzah said another black woman was caught shoplifting when the manager of the store, whom Houzah identified as "Faith," asked her and another black woman to leave the store. "I never, never thought in a million years that...
Princess Kate stuns in Diana’s beautiful jewels

Princess Kate stuns in Diana’s beautiful jewels

Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, stunned Thursday evening at a diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace. Kate wore a red Jenny Packham gown along with a regal tiara that once belonged to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana. The Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara was made in 1913 at the request of Queen Mary, according to the  According to the 
US close to solving mystery of alleged hacking of Georgia

US close to solving mystery of alleged hacking of Georgia

The U.S. Homeland Security Department moved closer Friday to solving the mystery about why the state of Georgia believed the federal government was trying to hack its election systems. An employee in the department who worked far removed from cybersecurity operations visited the Georgia secretary of state's website for his work, an official told The Associated Press. The employee's system was configured...
Texas cheerleaders support rival school after deadly crash

Texas cheerleaders support rival school after deadly crash

Last week, cheerleaders from Iraan High School riding on a school bus were involved in a “When my coach told me about it, I was really heartbroken,” Sam Houston High School cheerleader Victoria Limon told KXAS. “We’re just a big cheer family. Even though we don’t always cheer for the same team, we’re still together,” Martin High School cheerleader Katherine...
World Vision says hundreds affected by Solomon Islands quake

World Vision says hundreds affected by Solomon Islands quake

Hundreds of people in remote parts of the Solomon Islands have had their homes damaged or destroyed by a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake that struck Friday, an aid organization said. There have been no deaths reported from the quake, which also caused some small tsunami waves in the Solomon Islands and other Pacific islands. Speaking from the capital Honiara, Suzy Sainovski, World Vision's Pacific...
Q&A: Questions and answers in dispute over miners benefits

Q&A: Questions and answers in dispute over miners benefits

Coal-state Democrats waged a fight for health benefits for thousands of retired miners, pointing to President Harry S. Truman's promise 70 years ago guaranteeing a lifetime of coverage. The stopgap spending bill contains a short-term fix and the issue will be revisited next spring. Here are some questions and answers about the dispute. ___ Q. Why did Democrats stall the spending bill? A. Democrats...
Girls killed were broadcasting live on Facebook at moment of crash

Girls killed were broadcasting live on Facebook at moment of crash

Two teens killed in a wreck with a tractor-trailer were broadcasting on Facebook Live when the crash happened. According to  >> Read more trending stories The  “Are you going live?” Chaniya, in the passenger seat, asked Brooke as she held up her phone. According to the  The video was viewed more than 7,000 times before Facebook took it down, according to  According...

US airstrike killed militant linked to Charlie Hebdo attack

An Islamic State leader linked to the 2015 attacks at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo and assassinations in Tunisia was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria, U.S. military officials said Friday. Officials said Boubaker el Hakim was killed in Raqqa on November 26. He is believed to have played a role in IS attack planning and participated prominently in the group's propaganda efforts abroad...

Diplomat: Geneva meeting could avoid 'destruction' in Aleppo

A meeting on Saturday between Moscow and Washington is extremely important because it could avoid "massive destruction" if a plan for evacuating rebel fighters and civilians from war-ravaged Aleppo can be worked out, the U.N.'s special envoy to Syria said. Staffan de Mistura said in an interview with The Associated Press on Friday that "the writing on the wall looks as if eastern Aleppo's...
Voluptuous squirrel rescued from German manhole

Voluptuous squirrel rescued from German manhole

A red squirrel is recovering after his voluptuous figure got him trapped last week in a manhole cover in Munich, according to multiple reports. The squirrel was spotted last Friday by a passerby, who alerted animal-rescue services, The Local reported. Rescuers tried to grease the animal with olive oil in hopes they could ease him free, but his plump posterior made any movement impossible. A veterinarian...
The Latest: Michigan high court denies vote recount appeal

The Latest: Michigan high court denies vote recount appeal

The Latest on efforts for recounts of the presidential race in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania (all times local): 6:20 p.m. The Michigan Supreme Court has turned down an appeal by Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein to restart a vote recount in the state. The state high court denied the appeal Friday by a vote of 3-2. Earlier, two judges who made Republican President-elect Donald Trump's...
France's court annuls Kazakh banker's extradition to Russia

France's court annuls Kazakh banker's extradition to Russia

A top French court refused to hand over a Kazakh banker-turned-dissident to Russia despite accusations he embezzled millions, saying it considered the extradition request from Moscow to be "politically motivated." Hours after Friday's ruling, Mukhtar Ablyazov walked free from a French prison, hugging his son, brother and lawyer. It was a surprise twist in a winding legal saga that has lasted...
Trump's ties to 'Apprentice' raises conflict issues for NBC

Trump's ties to 'Apprentice' raises conflict issues for NBC

Donald Trump's continued stake in television's "Celebrity Apprentice" adds to questions about potential conflicts between his personal and public responsibilities, while raising new ones about NBC. If it continues, journalists at NBC News will be covering a president for a corporation whose entertainment division retains ties to the man. The reality show, which returns to NBC's schedule...
AP sources: Mattis received anonymous email in Petraeus case

AP sources: Mattis received anonymous email in Petraeus case

President-elect Donald Trump's choice for defense secretary was among U.S. military officials who, the FBI concluded, received anonymous emails from the woman whose affair with then-CIA director David Petraeus led to his downfall, The Associated Press has learned. The emails to now-retired Marine Gen. James Mattis and others, warning them to stay away from Tampa, Florida, socialite Jill Kelley, led...
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