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The Latest: Top EU lawmaker: No renegotiation of Brexit deal

The Latest on Brexit negotiations (all times local): 1:15 p.m. The head of the biggest group in the European Parliament says there will be no renegotiation of the draft Brexit deal that is drawing widespread criticism in Britain. Manfred Weber, who leads the center-right European People's Party in the EU legislature, told reporters in Berlin that its initial assessment of the deal is "very encouraging...

US, UK clash with Russia at OPCW over new investigative team

The U.S. and Western powers have clashed with Russia and others at the global chemical weapons watchdog over a new investigative team being set up to apportion blame for poison gas and nerve agent attacks. Russia said the new team would wield unlawful powers within the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and on Monday called for an "expert group" to assess the viability...

Saudi king's speech makes no mention of slain journalist

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has given his first major speech since the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi agents, expressing support for his son, the crown prince, and making no mention of the accusations that the prince ordered the killing. Monday's speech highlighted the kingdom's priorities for the coming year, focusing on issues such as the war in Yemen, security for Palestinians, stability...

World Toilet Day highlights global sanitation crisis

Poor countries around the world are facing a dangerous shortage of toilets that puts millions of live at risk, according to campaigners marking World Toilet Day by urging governments and businesses to invest more in sanitation. The toilet crisis is most severe in parts of Africa and Asia facing extreme poverty and seeing a population boom. One in five primary schools and one in eight secondary schools...

UNESCO launches Holocaust education website

The U.N. culture and education agency is teaming up with the World Jewish Congress to launch a website to counter Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism. UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and WJC President Ronald Lauder unveil the interactive "Facts about the Holocaust " site at the cultural agency's Paris headquarters on Monday. It features a trove of historical information about the Holocaust...
UK's May confronts party rebels as EU prepares Brexit summit

UK's May confronts party rebels as EU prepares Brexit summit

British Prime Minister Theresa May sought to seal business support for her Brexit deal with the European Union on Monday, but remained on a collision course with a group of lawmakers seeking to unseat her. The draft agreement has triggered an avalanche of criticism in Britain and left May fighting to keep her job, even as she races to firm up the final deal before a crucial EU summit. May told business...
South African minister notes worry about graft prosecutions

South African minister notes worry about graft prosecutions

A Cabinet minister in South Africa is citing concerns that efforts to prosecute people allegedly involved in corruption under former president Jacob Zuma are falling short. Pravin Gordhan, the public enterprises minister, on Monday told a commission investigating corruption allegations that he has often heard South Africans ask why "no big figure" has ended up in a prison uniform. Gordhan...
Russian brings new charges against Kremlin critic Browder

Russian brings new charges against Kremlin critic Browder

Russian prosecutors on Monday announced a new criminal case against Kremlin critic Bill Browder, raising the pressure on him before European Union discussions about a set of sanctions he is advocating. They also revealed a "theory" that he could be behind the death of his employee, Sergei Magnitsky, in a Russian prison. Magnitsky, a lawyer who alleged he had uncovered $230 million in tax...
The Latest: Germany rescinds approval for Saudi arms sales

The Latest: Germany rescinds approval for Saudi arms sales

The Latest on the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 8:05 a.m. The German government says it has halted previously approved arms exports to Saudi Arabia amid the fallout from the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Germany said a month ago it wouldn't approve any new weapons exports to Saudi Arabia, but left open what would happen with already approved contracts. Germany's...
Florida man gunned down next to vigil for 2016 double homicide victims

Florida man gunned down next to vigil for 2016 double homicide victims

Deputies with Florida's St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a deadly shooting in West Augustine. Lavert Durden, 28, was killed after an argument on Christopher and Aiken streets, according to the Sheriff's Office. Deputies are now looking for 30-year-old Brandon Calloway and have located 20-year-old Traevon Watson in connection with the shooting. The men are wanted...
Nissan chairman Ghosn to be dismissed for misconduct

Nissan chairman Ghosn to be dismissed for misconduct

Nissan Motor Co.'s high-flying chairman Carlos Ghosn is to be dismissed after the company said an internal investigation found he under-reported his income by millions of dollars and engaged in other "significant misconduct." The Japanese broadcaster NHK said Ghosn was arrested Monday after he voluntarily submitted to questioning by Tokyo prosecutors. The prosecutors' office did not confirm...
Snow accumulation north of I-70, rain showers to the south to impact morning commute

Snow accumulation north of I-70, rain showers to the south to impact morning commute

Snow showers north with 1-2 inches of accumulation Rain showers south of I-70 Wet accumulation on roads before sunrise TODAY: Rain and snow will impact the morning commute. North of I-70, it will be cold enough to see big, wet snowflakes, especially before sunrise, said Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini. We’ll see one to two inches in northern spots like Greenville, Piqua and...
Israel avoids early elections as coalition is kept intact

Israel avoids early elections as coalition is kept intact

Israel avoided early elections after a key coalition partner in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government said on Monday that he would not withdraw his party, keeping the coalition intact despite a crisis triggered by a violent flare-up with Gaza militants. Education Minister Naftali Bennett said his hard-line, pro-settler Jewish Home party would give Netanyahu another chance to address the security...
Yemeni rebels say they will halt rocket fire at Saudi Arabia

Yemeni rebels say they will halt rocket fire at Saudi Arabia

A senior leader of Yemen's Shiite rebels said Monday that the group will halt rocket fire into Saudi Arabia for the sake of peace efforts, answering a key Saudi demand in the first public sign of hope for the latest push to stop the bloodshed and civilian suffering in the Arab world's poorest country. The announcement, however, looked less than airtight, as the rebel defense ministry also said it...
Evacuations urged near Guatemala's erupting Volcano of Fire

Evacuations urged near Guatemala's erupting Volcano of Fire

Disaster coordination authorities have asked 10 communities in Guatemala to evacuate and go to safe areas after an increased eruption of the Volcano of Fire. The 10 communities have at least 2,000 residents, but each community will decide if they evacuate or not. Antigua al Rescate, an organization that helped communities after a devastating eruption in June, and a newspaper in the capital reported...
Turbulent stock market spooks some older workers, retirees

Turbulent stock market spooks some older workers, retirees

The recent turbulence in the U.S. stock markets is spooking some older workers and retirees, a group that was hit particularly hard during the most recent financial crisis. There's no indication, though, that the recent volatility has brought about large-scale overhauls in retirement planning. "There's a lot of fear that if you have another event like 2008 and you retire the year before or the...
Neighbors wage shadow campaigns in New Hampshire for 2020

Neighbors wage shadow campaigns in New Hampshire for 2020

Even before they announce their White House intentions, New Hampshire's ambitious neighbors are in the midst of a shadow campaign to shape the nation's first presidential primary election of the 2020 season. Democrats on the ground expect a rush of presidential announcements soon after New Year's. That could include as many as five high-profile candidates from neighboring states, a historically large...
Trump says 'no reason' for him to hear Khashoggi death tape

Trump says 'no reason' for him to hear Khashoggi death tape

President Donald Trump said there is no reason for him to listen to a recording of the "very violent, very vicious" killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which has put him in a diplomatic bind: how to admonish Riyadh for the slaying yet maintain strong ties with a close ally. Trump, in an interview that aired Sunday, made clear that the audio recording, supplied by the Turkish government...
Death of young Thai kickboxer brings focus on dangers

Death of young Thai kickboxer brings focus on dangers

The sight of two preteen boys pummeling each other with fists, elbows, knees and feet as a boisterous crowd shouts wagers at each other is considered good, clean sport in Thailand. However, the death earlier this month of a 13-year-old Muay Thai contender may push forward changes to protect other youngsters in Thai kickboxing. Anucha Tasako died of a brain hemorrhage two days after he was knocked...
Will Kelly stay or won't he? Trump praises, criticizes aide

Will Kelly stay or won't he? Trump praises, criticizes aide

President Donald Trump isn't committing to a previous pledge to keep chief of staff John Kelly for the remainder of his term, part of widespread speculation about staffing changes that could soon sweep through his administration. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview that aired on "Fox News Sunday," praised Kelly's work ethic and much of what he brings to the position but added, "There...
In smoldering wildfire ruins, life goes on for a hardy few

In smoldering wildfire ruins, life goes on for a hardy few

Brad Weldon lost his home to fire when he was a kid, so when a deadly wildland blaze came roaring toward his ranch house in the pines where he lives with his 89-year-old blind mother, he wasn't going to let disaster strike twice. Weldon and his mother's caregiver, armed only with a garden hose and buckets, successfully fought the flames for 24 hours. At times, they had to lie down in the dirt to "...
Harry Reid's political machine keeps humming in Nevada

Harry Reid's political machine keeps humming in Nevada

Harry Reid may no longer lead Senate Democrats in Washington, but the political machine he built in Nevada has Republicans on the run. Democrats romped up and down the state in the Nov. 6 midterm elections, ousting Republican Sen. Dean Heller, winning races for governor and lieutenant governor, and expanding their state legislative majorities. The shellacking was 15 years in the making, the culmination...
Rain could hinder search for victims of California wildfire

Rain could hinder search for victims of California wildfire

The search for remains of victims of the devastating Northern California wildfire has taken on new urgency as rain in the forecast could complicate those efforts while also bringing relief to firefighters on the front lines. Up to 400 people fanned out Sunday to search the ash and rubble where homes once stood before flames roared through the Sierra foothills town of Paradise and surrounding communities...
In defeat, Abrams emerges as leading voting-rights advocate

In defeat, Abrams emerges as leading voting-rights advocate

Stacey Abrams broke the rules of politics until the very end. The Georgia Democrat who came about 60,000 votes shy of becoming America's first black female governor refused to follow the traditional script for defeated politicians who offer gracious congratulations to their victorious competitor and gently exit the stage. Instead, Abrams took an unapologetically indignant tone that established her...
In year of Democratic hopes, GOP comes out on top in Florida

In year of Democratic hopes, GOP comes out on top in Florida

This was the year Florida's Democrats spoke ambitiously of ending their 20-year journey in political exile in this battleground state. Instead, election results after a tense and bruising recount showed Republicans coming out on top for governor and even picking up a U.S. Senate seat. After a recount dragged on for nearly two weeks, top Democratic candidates in the state came agonizingly close but...
Nearly 100,000 pounds ground beef recalled over E. coli fears just before Thanksgiving

Nearly 100,000 pounds ground beef recalled over E. coli fears just before Thanksgiving

Utah-based Swift Beef Co. is recalling 99,260 pounds of raw ground beef products over possible E. coli contamination just in time for Thanksgiving, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. >> Read more trending news  The meat products were produced late last month and the potential contamination was confirmed last week. The products under recall include bulk ground beef products...
Which grocery stores are open on Thanksgiving Day 2018?

Which grocery stores are open on Thanksgiving Day 2018?

Even the best of cooks can end up missing an ingredient on Thanksgiving morning.  If you find yourself short on nutmeg or minus a few potatoes, there is a good chance a grocery store near you will be open on Thanksgiving for at least for part of the day. Here is a list of Thanksgiving Day openings, closings and store hours for national grocery store chains. Reminder: Some stores do not follow...
Body of missing North Carolina teacher recovered in Mexico

Body of missing North Carolina teacher recovered in Mexico

The body of a missing North Carolina teacher, who disappeared while hiking in Mexico, has been recovered, according to a Facebook page that was dedicated to the search for Patrick Braxton-Andrew. >> Read more trending news  "It is with a sense of relief that we are able to confirm that Patrick's body has been recovered and we will be able to bring him home soon," the post said...
Train derailment forces town to evacuate, damages state highway

Train derailment forces town to evacuate, damages state highway

A train derailed south of Macon, Georgia, forcing residents in one town to evacuate.  >> Read more trending news  The train went of the CSX line and onto Georgia 90 near Byromville around 7:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Residents within a half mile of the crash were evacuated because some of the cars were pressurized propane cars.  Dramatic photos at the scene showed cars piled on...
Hong Kong protest leaders warn of threat to civil rights

Hong Kong protest leaders warn of threat to civil rights

Hong Kong protest leaders who went on trial Monday for spearheading pro-democracy demonstrations in 2014 said their prosecution threatens the future of civil rights in the territory, where fears have grown of Beijing's growing influence. "What is on trial is not just the nine of us. What is on trial also is the high degree of autonomy and the rule of law that all Hong Kong people are entitled...
In rare admission, Trump says he regrets missing Veterans Day services at Arlington

In rare admission, Trump says he regrets missing Veterans Day services at Arlington

In a rare admission of fault, President Donald Trump said on “Fox News Sunday” that he made a mistake and regretted missing the Veterans Day services at Arlington National Cemetery last week. >> Read more trending news    “I should have done that. I was extremely busy on calls for the country. We did a lot of calling,” Trump told host Chris Wallace, who...
Cambodia says Khmer Rouge tribunal that convicted 3 is done

Cambodia says Khmer Rouge tribunal that convicted 3 is done

Cambodia has reiterated it intends to end the work of the U.N.-backed tribunal that last week convicted the last two surviving leaders of the Khmer Rouge of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Deputy Prime Minister Sar Kheng said the tribunal's work had been completed and there would not be any additional prosecutions for acts that led to the deaths of an estimated 1.7 million people...
Report accuses drug company of raising prices on drug used to revive overdose victims

Report accuses drug company of raising prices on drug used to revive overdose victims

A report released Sunday by Sen. Rob Portman accuses a major drug company of taking advantage of the opioid epidemic to dramatically raise the price of a drug used to revive people who have overdosed on opioids. The report charges the pharmaceutical company Kaleo increased the price of the Naloxone drug EVZIO by more than 600 percent by 2016. The report also charges the company encouraged physicians...
Still no sign of kidnapped North Carolina teen as FBI continues search

Still no sign of kidnapped North Carolina teen as FBI continues search

The FBI and other police agencies are continuing their search to find a 13-year-old girl kidnapped from a North Carolina mobile home park. >> Read more trending news  The FBI said Saturday that agents are conducting searches on foot and using drones as part of the search for Hania Noelia Aguilar. Relatives say the eighth-grader went outside last week to start a relative's SUV to prepare...
How Amazon’s explosive U.S. growth is producing thousands of jobs in Ohio, Kentucky

How Amazon’s explosive U.S. growth is producing thousands of jobs in Ohio, Kentucky

Amazon is growing at breakneck speed across the nation and in Ohio, where it has created 6,000 jobs in the past seven years and has commitments to add 5,500 more employees. >> Read more trending news  Last week, the online giant said it would open a package-sorting “air gateway” at Wilmington Air Park, an airport 40 minutes southeast of Dayton that was decimated in the past...
Good Samaritans, Coast Guard rescue 15 people from tilted liftboat

Good Samaritans, Coast Guard rescue 15 people from tilted liftboat

A good Samaritan vessel and the Coast Guard helped rescue 15 people from a tilted liftboat Sunday. >> Read more trending news  The good Samaritan vessel, the Starfleet Guardian, brought six people aboard, while the Coast Guard crew from Station Grand Isle rescued the other nine people, WBRZ reported.  The liftboat reported control issues after a power loss, tilted to a 45 degree...
7 of 10 most stressed states in country are in the South; where do you rank?

7 of 10 most stressed states in country are in the South; where do you rank?

Your commute is too long. Your mortgage or rent is too high. You’re stressed. >> Read more trending news  Welcome to Georgia. A new analysis and ranking by Zippia, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey for 2012-2016, puts Georgia as the No. 2 most stressed state in the country. Being stressed out is nothing new to Georgians, though...
Bloomberg donates 'unprecedented' $1.8B to Johns Hopkins

Bloomberg donates 'unprecedented' $1.8B to Johns Hopkins

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Sunday he's donating $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, to boost financial aid for low- and middle-income students. The Baltimore university said the contribution — the largest ever to any education institution in the U.S. — will allow Johns Hopkins to eliminate student loans in financial aid packages starting...
Tijuana protesters chant 'Out!' at migrants camped in city

Tijuana protesters chant 'Out!' at migrants camped in city

Hundreds of Tijuana residents congregated around a monument in an affluent section of the city south of California on Sunday to protest the thousands of Central American migrants who have arrived via caravan in hopes of a new life in the U.S. Tensions have built as nearly 3,000 migrants from the caravan poured into Tijuana in recent days after more than a month on the road, and with many more months...
Pedestrians fatally struck by Christmas-themed train

Pedestrians fatally struck by Christmas-themed train

Two pedestrians were struck and killed by a Christmas-themed train in Wareham, according to Massachusetts State Police. >> Read more trending news  Police and emergency workers responded to the scene at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday to discover two people had died near 72 Minot Avenue after being hit by the train. According to the Plymouth County District Attorney's office, the preliminary investigation...
The Latest: Embattled Florida elections official to resign

The Latest: Embattled Florida elections official to resign

The Latest on Florida's election recount (all times local): 9:15 p.m. A local media report says an embattled county elections official in Florida will be resigning early next year. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported late Sunday that Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes had turned in her resignation letter earlier in the day. The report cited an attorney who works as counsel to...
As Florida recount ends, Sen. Nelson concedes race to Scott

As Florida recount ends, Sen. Nelson concedes race to Scott

Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida political icon who first arrived on Capitol Hill in the decades when Democrats dominated this presidential battleground state, conceded his bitterly close re-election bid to Republican Rick Scott on Sunday after a bruising recount left Nelson thousands of votes short of the outgoing governor. Nelson gave up his quest after days of tense and often acrimonious recounting...
As Florida recount ends, Sen. Nelson concedes race to Scott

As Florida recount ends, Sen. Nelson concedes race to Scott

Sen. Bill Nelson, a Florida political icon who first arrived on Capitol Hill in the decades when Democrats dominated this presidential battleground state, conceded his bitterly close re-election bid to Republican Rick Scott on Sunday after a bruising recount left Nelson thousands of votes short of the outgoing governor. Nelson gave up his quest after days of tense and often acrimonious recounting...
Toyota offers to replace man’s truck burned by California wildfires

Toyota offers to replace man’s truck burned by California wildfires

A nurse used his Toyota Tundra to evacuate patients from the California wildfires at the intensive care unit he oversees.  >> Read more trending news  While Allyn Pierce was able to help get himself and others to safety, the truck, nicknamed “The Pandra” was not as fortunate. The fire’s heat welded the rear doors shut, the light covers were partially melted and the...
Trump uses derisive nickname for Rep. Adam Schiff in tweet

Trump uses derisive nickname for Rep. Adam Schiff in tweet

President Donald Trump is name-calling Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff for saying Matthew Whitaker's appointment as acting attorney general is unconstitutional. Trump says Schiff shouldn't complain that Whitaker wasn't confirmed by the Senate because neither was special counsel Robert Mueller, who's investigating 2016 election interference and possible ties between Moscow and Trump's campaign. The Justice...
Book sold after 28 years at independent bookstore

Book sold after 28 years at independent bookstore

After spending nearly 30 years on the shelf of an independent bookstore, a book has a home. According to a tweet from Broadhurst Bookshop in Southport, England, the book was sold on Saturday after having been in the store since 1991. >> Read more trending news  >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  “I have just sold a book that...

Man who fled Texas during 2008 murder trial caught in Mexico

A man who disappeared on the last day of his 2008 murder trial has been captured in Mexico and returned to Texas, authorities said. Hidalgo County prosecutors said in a news release Friday that 35-year-old Oscar Davila Rodriguez was returned to the U.S. Wednesday. The statement didn't include details about how or where he was captured. "The tireless work of dedicated law enforcement on both sides...
African singer makes persecution of fellow albinos visible

African singer makes persecution of fellow albinos visible

Singer-songwriter and albino activist Salif Keita assembled an international forum on protecting albino people in Africa and dedicated a benefit concert to a 5-year-old albino girl who was kidnapped, tortured and killed in Mali in May. More than 100 politicians, diplomats and albinos attended the forum on Friday. Keita described how albinos in Mali and other African countries have been ridiculed and...
Florida officers escorting Santa bust theft ring

Florida officers escorting Santa bust theft ring

Two Daytona Beach police officers escorting Mr. and Mrs. Claus to a tree lighting ceremony broke up a major theft ring in the parking lot Saturday night, the Police Department said.  >> Read more trending news  Officers Joe Evans and Courtney Wooleyhan were returning to duty, after escorting Santa and Mrs. Claus to the Tanger Outlets tree lighting, when they saw two men stealing...
Tennessee man arrested, charged with raping 16-month-old, officials say

Tennessee man arrested, charged with raping 16-month-old, officials say

A man investigators said raped a 16-month-old child has been taken into custody, officials said Sunday. According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations, Simon Porter, 33, has been located and captured in Scottsboro, Alabama. Porter was arrested and charged with aggravated rape.
The Latest: Israeli PM Netanyahu takes over defense ministry

The Latest: Israeli PM Netanyahu takes over defense ministry

The Latest on the political developments in Israel (all times local): 8:35 p.m. Israel's prime minister says he will also take over as defense minister and is rejecting calls to hold early elections. Netanyahu announced on national TV Sunday that he would take over the defense post following the resignation of Avigdor Lieberman. Lieberman stepped down last week to protest a cease-fire with Hamas militants...
Stacey Abrams tells Hollywood not to boycott Georgia after Bryan Kemp wins governor's race

Stacey Abrams tells Hollywood not to boycott Georgia after Bryan Kemp wins governor's race

With several celebrities posting on social media that they plan to boycott Georgia after Brian Kemp won the gubernatorial race, his former rival Stacey Abrams implored them not to do so. >> Read more trending news  In a tweet Saturday evening, she wrote, “I appreciate the calls to action, but I ask all of our entertainment industry friends to support #FairFightGA - but please...

Turkey warns ExxonMobil against drilling with Greek Cypriots

Turkey's Foreign Ministry has cautioned an international energy company against cooperating with the government of Cyprus in its search for gas. Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Sunday that the exploratory drilling ExxonMobil has started in the eastern Mediterranean "did not contribute to the region's stability" and could change "sensitive balances." Turkey strongly objects...
Scattered tax protests persist in France; injuries up to 409

Scattered tax protests persist in France; injuries up to 409

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, standing firm against a wave of grassroots protests, said Sunday that fuel tax hikes would remain in place despite nationwide agitation. "The course we set is good and we will keep it," Philippe said during an interview on TV station France-2, "It's not when the wind blows that you change course." Nearly 300,000 protesters paralyzed traffic...
Investigators find rocket launcher, pipe bombs during raid on Florida white supremacist gangs

Investigators find rocket launcher, pipe bombs during raid on Florida white supremacist gangs

Investigators seized 110 illegal weapons, including a rocket launcher and two functional pipe bombs and several pounds of drugs, and indicted 39 members or associates of Florida white supremacist gangs, the U.S. attorney’s office said Thursday. >> Read more trending news  The three-year investigation, dubbed “Operation Blackjack,” snared members of the Unforgiven ...
Reid machine keeps humming in Nevada, even in his retirement

Reid machine keeps humming in Nevada, even in his retirement

Harry Reid may no longer lead Senate Democrats in Washington, but the political machine he built in Nevada has Republicans on the run. Democrats romped up and down the state in the Nov. 6 midterm elections, ousting Republican Sen. Dean Heller, winning races for governor and lieutenant governor, and expanding their state legislative majorities. The shellacking was 15 years in the making, the culmination...
Florida woman forces girl, 13, to walk naked down street

Florida woman forces girl, 13, to walk naked down street

A 34-year-old woman forced a teenage girl to walk naked down a Florida road Thursday as punishment, investigators said. >> Read more trending news  Rosalie Contreras drove the 13-year-old girl to a remote location around 4 p.m. She then made the girl get out of the car, disrobe and walk naked and barefoot down the road as Contreras followed behind her, the Tampa Bay Times reported...
Police looking for man who punched 63-year-old woman on New York subway

Police looking for man who punched 63-year-old woman on New York subway

Police in New York are looking for a man after a 63-year-old woman said he punched her in the face on the subway because she asked him to move his bag so she could sit down. Authorities said the incident happened at 9:15 a.m. Nov. 4. WPIX reported that the woman, who is 63, said she was on the train headed to work. She said the punch knocked her to the floor. >> Read more trending news ...
Latest: Sheriff: List of missing after fire drops to 1,000

Latest: Sheriff: List of missing after fire drops to 1,000

The Latest on California's wildfires (all times local): 8 p.m. A Northern California sheriff says the list of names of those unaccounted for after a deadly wildfire has dropped to around 1,000. Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea says that's about 300 less than what was posted at the start of Sunday. Authorities stressed that many of the people on the list may be safe and unaware they have been reported...

Report: Iran arrests 4 workers protesting unpaid salaries

Iran's state-run IRNA news agency is reporting that the country's authorities have detained four workers protesting not having been paid their salaries for months in the southwestern province of Khuzestan. The Sunday report says that in recent days many people have attended the demonstrations at the Haft Tapeh Sugar Cane Mill in solidarity with striking workers there. IRNA quotes Khuzestan governor...
Iraq's president meets Saudi king after visiting rival Iran

Iraq's president meets Saudi king after visiting rival Iran

Saudi Arabia's King Salman received Iraq's president in Riyadh on Sunday, a day after the Iraqi official visited the kingdom's rival, Iran. Barham Salih's back-to-back visits to Iran and Saudi Arabia reflect the delicate balance Iraq seeks to maintain in a region where its two powerful neighbors are battling for supremacy. Salih was received at the airport in Riyadh by the province's governor and...

Official: Car bomb in Iraq's Tikrit kills 5

Iraqi officials said five people were killed in a car bomb blast in the city of Tikrit on Sunday, the latest security breach to rattle the country in recent weeks. Sixteen others were wounded in the blast that set fires on both sides of a commercial street in the heart of the city, according to an Iraqi army officer, who requested anonymity in line with military regulations. Tikrit's main hospital...
Feminist activists interrupt Franco memorial event in Madrid

Feminist activists interrupt Franco memorial event in Madrid

Spanish police intervened Sunday to keep trouble from erupting at a rally in Madrid marking the anniversary of military dictator Francisco Franco's death after feminist protesters interrupted the event. Officers on horseback and on foot quickly moved to keep an angry crowd of about 200 away from the three members of the Feminist group Femen who ran into the gathering. The women were topless and had...

Madagascar heads to runoff election on Dec. 19

In Madagascar, two former heads of state qualified for the second round of the presidential election, to be held on Dec. 19. Andry Rajoelina, president of the transitional period of 2009 to 2014, won 39 percent of the vote and Marc Ravalomanana, president from 2002 to 2009, received 35 percent of the vote. The remainder of the votes were split up between the 34 other candidates. A candidate must win...
The Latest: Senator: 'Smoking gun' against prince would help

The Latest: Senator: 'Smoking gun' against prince would help

The Latest on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (all times local): 10:55 a.m. A Republican member of the Senate intelligence committee says it looks like Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the death of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL' khahr-SHOHK'-jee). But he adds that a "smoking gun" would help before the U.S. issues sanctions against...
Painting found in Romania studied as possibly stolen Picasso

Painting found in Romania studied as possibly stolen Picasso

Romanian prosecutors are investigating if a painting by Pablo Picasso that was snatched from a museum in the Netherlands six years ago has turned up in Romania. Four Romanians were convicted in the 2012 heist of Picasso's "Tete d'Arlequin" and six other valuable paintings from the Kunsthal gallery in Rotterdam. One of them, Olga Dogaru, told investigators she burned the paintings in her...
Springfield residents shocked after man is trapped inside truck for hours after crash

Springfield residents shocked after man is trapped inside truck for hours after crash

A man flipped over a bridge off W. County Line Road and crashed into the ground upside down Saturday night around 11:30 p.m., but wasn’t rescued until a passerby noticed him around 7:30 a.m. Sunday morning. News Center 7’s Malik Perkins was in Springfield Sunday morning with what residents had to say about the man being trapped for eight hours. “That is horrible. I can’t imagine...
Finland's president rakes memory for source of Trump remark

Finland's president rakes memory for source of Trump remark

Finland's president isn't sure where U.S. President Donald Trump got the idea that raking is part of his country's routine for managing its substantial forests. Trump told reporters Saturday while visiting the ruins of the Northern California town where a fire killed at least 76 people that wildfires weren't a problem in Finland because crews "spend a lot of time on raking and cleaning and doing...
Tyler Perry announces tour dates for Madea farewell stage play

Tyler Perry announces tour dates for Madea farewell stage play

Last month, Tyler Perry announced he would be saying goodbye to his beloved Madea character, and now, he’s revealed dates for her final performances.  “Madea’s Farewell Play Tour,” which will kick off next year in January, marks the filmmaker’s 21st play and the end of the Madea franchise.  “I just don’t want to be her age [still] playing her...
Rhodes scholar class features plenty of women, immigrants

Rhodes scholar class features plenty of women, immigrants

The latest crop of U.S. Rhodes scholars has more women than any other single class, and almost half of this year's recipients of the prestigious scholarship to Oxford University in England are either immigrants or first-generation Americans, the Rhodes Trust announced Sunday. Among the 32 winners is Harvard University senior Jin Park, the first recipient covered by the Deferred Action for Childhood...
Azeri opposition leader faces charges after illegal rally

Azeri opposition leader faces charges after illegal rally

The head of Azeri opposition party Popular Front faces legal action after authorities arrested him in Baku for attempting to lead an unsanctioned demonstration. Ali Karimli was detained Saturday while leading a procession through Baku's Alley of Martyrs, a national cemetery, to honor Azerbaijan's fallen on a holiday marking independence from the Soviet Union. A Baku police statement said Sunday that...
The Latest: Macron addresses Germany's parliament

The Latest: Macron addresses Germany's parliament

The Latest on the French president's visit to Germany (all times local): 3:35 p.m. French President Emmanuel Macron has called for Europe to take more responsibility for its defense and security and for France and Germany to play a leading role together. Macron made the remarks while speaking in the German lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, on Germany's national day of remember for the victims...
Pope prays for those stricken by California wildfires

Pope prays for those stricken by California wildfires

Pope Francis has prayed for victims of California's wildfires and freezing weather on the U.S. East Coast. Addressing tens of thousands of faithful in St. Peter's Square Sunday, including pilgrims from New York and New Jersey. Francis prayed that "the Lord welcome the deceased into his peace, comfort family members and sustain all those involved in rescue efforts." Francis said he wanted...
The Latest: Labour leader: New EU vote 'not for today'

The Latest: Labour leader: New EU vote 'not for today'

The Latest on Brexit negotiations (all times local): 1:15 p.m. Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn says another referendum on Britain and the European Union is "an option for the future" — but not today. The Labour Party leader also panned British Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed Brexit agreement with the EU, calling it a "one-way agreement" in which Brussels "calls...
'SNL': Steve Carell, 'Office' co-stars reunite, troll fans during opening monologue

'SNL': Steve Carell, 'Office' co-stars reunite, troll fans during opening monologue

Want a reboot of "The Office"? Looks like you'll have to keep on waiting. Actor Steve Carell, who played Michael Scott on the popular NBC sitcom, hosted this week's "Saturday Night Live" – and managed to both treat and hilariously troll fans with a mini-cast reunion during his opening monologue. I am so excited to be back here tonight," Carell began. "It's been...
Ukraine ex-president Yanukovych to miss treason hearing

Ukraine ex-president Yanukovych to miss treason hearing

Former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych won't be able to appear before a Kiev court on Monday because of injuries sustained on a Moscow tennis court, his lawyer said. Yanukovych "cannot appear in court seeing as he has been hospitalized" and is unable to move due to spinal and knee injuries, lawyer Aleksandr Goroshinsky told Russian news agencies Sunday. Yanukovych fled Ukraine in 2014...
UK leader warns ousting her won't make Brexit talks easier

UK leader warns ousting her won't make Brexit talks easier

Britain's besieged Prime Minister Theresa May warned Sunday that a leadership change wouldn't make Brexit negotiations easier, as opponents in her Conservative Party threaten to unseat her and the former Brexit secretary suggested she failed to stand up to bullying from European Union officials. As furious Conservative rebels try to gather the numbers to trigger a no-confidence vote, May insisted...
Pope decries that 'wealthy few' feast on what belongs to all

Pope decries that 'wealthy few' feast on what belongs to all

Championing the cause of the poor, Pope Francis on Sunday lamented that "the wealthy few" enjoy what, "in justice, belongs to all" and said Christians cannot remain indifferent to the growing cries of the exploited and the indigent, including migrants. Francis invited about 6,000 poor people as well as some of the volunteers who help them to the splendor of St. Peter's Basilica...
Netanyahu takes on defense post amid call for early polls

Netanyahu takes on defense post amid call for early polls

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he would take on the defense minister portfolio, rejecting calls to dissolve his government even as early elections appeared increasingly likely. Netanyahu said heading to elections now, amid repeated violent confrontations with Gaza militants, was "irresponsible" of his coalition partners, who have been pushing for early polls since...
Joe Biden adopts rescue dog, a German shepherd named Major

Joe Biden adopts rescue dog, a German shepherd named Major

There's a new addition to the Biden family. According to the Delaware News Journal, former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, adopted a rescue dog Saturday from the Delaware Humane Association after fostering the pooch, a young German shepherd named Major, for eight months. >> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news  Major will join the Bidens' other German...
Iraqi cleric linked to Basra protests killed outside home

Iraqi cleric linked to Basra protests killed outside home

Hundreds of Basra residents mourned a Muslim cleric on Sunday who police said was killed outside his home after he suggested that protesters should take up arms over poor public services in the city. Wissam al-Ghrawi was a prominent figure in demonstrations demanding clean water and reliable electricity in the southern Iraqi city. Basra province generates more than 90 percent of Iraq's oil exports...

Turkey keeps 1 activist under arrest, releases 12 others

Turkey's official news agency says one person has been kept in custody in an investigation over allegations of supporting mass anti-government protests in 2013 with links to a prominent philanthropist. Anadolu Agency reported early Sunday that Yigit Aksakoglu, who works at Istanbul's Bilgi University, has been arrested. Aksakoglu is also the country representative of the private Bernard van Leer Foundation...
Interpol meets to select new president after China's arrest

Interpol meets to select new president after China's arrest

Police chiefs from around the world gathered in Dubai on Sunday for Interpol's general assembly to select a new president after the agency's former official in the post was detained in China. Meng Hongwei— who was China's vice minister of public security while also leading Interpol — went missing while on a trip to China in September. It later emerged that the long-time Communist Party...
Macron, Merkel seek common approaches to Trump, euro

Macron, Merkel seek common approaches to Trump, euro

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel consulted Sunday on migration, fixing the euro currency, Europe's defense, taxing digital companies and other issues as the two leaders looked to preserve their influence abroad while their authority flags at home. Macron, who came to Berlin to take part in Germany's national remembrance day for the victims of war and dictatorship...
Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

Taliban hold talks with US envoy in Qatar

The Taliban have held three days of talks with U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad in the Gulf state of Qatar, where the Afghan insurgent group has a political office, a Taliban official and another individual close to the group said Sunday. Without referring explicitly to the talks in Qatar, Khalilzad told a news conference Sunday in the Afghan capital Kabul "I am talking to all interested parties,...
Low-carb diets can help keep the weight off, study says

Low-carb diets can help keep the weight off, study says

There are several diets that promote weight loss, including low-carb plans. Now experts have more evidence to prove they work, according to a new report.  Researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital recently conducted a small study, published in the British Medical Journal, to determine the link between weight loss maintenance and carbohydrates.  For the first...
These jobs have the highest suicide rates in the country, CDC says

These jobs have the highest suicide rates in the country, CDC says

Jobs can be stressful, but there are some that cause more of a mental strain than others, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency recently conducted a study to determine the occupational groups with the highest suicide rates. To do so, they examined data from 17 states that participated in the 2012 and 2015 National Violent Death Reporting...
Trump on Khashoggi death tape: 'No reason for me to hear it'

Trump on Khashoggi death tape: 'No reason for me to hear it'

President Donald Trump said there is no reason for him to listen to a recording of the "very violent, very vicious" killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which has put him in a diplomatic bind: how to admonish Riyadh for the slaying yet maintain strong ties with a close ally. Trump, in an interview that aired Sunday, made clear that the audio recording, supplied by the Turkish government...
Trump says report on Khashoggi's death coming in 2 days

Trump says report on Khashoggi's death coming in 2 days

President Donald Trump said Saturday that his administration will release a full report in the next two days about the death of a Saudi journalist, which has created a diplomatic conundrum for the president: How to admonish Riyadh for the killing yet maintain strong ties with a close ally in the Middle East. "We'll be having a very full report over the next two days, probably Monday or Tuesday...
1st black Democratic nominee for Florida governor concedes

1st black Democratic nominee for Florida governor concedes

Andrew Gillum, who tried to energize Florida's young and minority voters through a Democratic coalition seeking to end two decades of Republican control of the governor's office, ended his hard-fought campaign Saturday as the state's first black nominee for the post. Gillum, whose refrain had been "bring it home" as he recounted stories of growing up poor in the state, concluded his campaign...
Trump pondering Kelly's status, 3-5 Cabinet changes

Trump pondering Kelly's status, 3-5 Cabinet changes

President Donald Trump isn't committing to a previous pledge to keep chief of staff John Kelly for the remainder of his term, part of widespread speculation about staffing changes that could soon sweep through his administration. Trump, in a wide-ranging interview that aired on "Fox News Sunday," praised Kelly's work ethic and much of what he brings to the position but added, "There...
Searchers in California wildfire step up efforts; 77 dead

Searchers in California wildfire step up efforts; 77 dead

Volunteers in white coveralls, hard hats and masks poked through ash and debris Sunday, searching for the remains of victims of the devastating Northern California wildfire before rains forecast this week complicate their efforts. While the predicted downpours could help tamp down blazes that have killed 77 people so far, they also could wash away telltale fragments of bone, or turn loose, dry ash...
Another House win caps Democratic rout in California

Another House win caps Democratic rout in California

Democrat Gil Cisneros captured a Republican-held U.S. House seat in Southern California, capping a Democratic rout in which the party picked up six congressional seats in the state. In what had been the last undecided House contest in California, Cisneros beat Republican Young Kim for the state's 39th District seat. The Cisneros victory Saturday cements a stunning political realignment that will leave...
Barack Obama surprise guest at Michelle Obama's book show

Barack Obama surprise guest at Michelle Obama's book show

Former President Barack Obama practically brought the house down at Michelle Obama's book show in Washington. The former first lady is currently touring the country promoting her memoir, "Becoming," and participated in a conversation Saturday night moderated by her longtime friend and former Obama White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. When the conversation shifted toward Mrs. Obama's feelings...
Prison inmate death after run-in with staff ruled homicide

Prison inmate death after run-in with staff ruled homicide

The death of an inmate following an "altercation with correctional staff" at Western Illinois Correctional Center in May has been ruled a homicide, according to an autopsy report provided to The Associated Press under a Freedom of Information request. Larry Earvin died from blunt trauma to the chest and abdomen, the death certificate from Clinton County in southern Illinois said. The 65-year-old...
Florida man from Paradise, California working to help family who lost everything in deadly fire

Florida man from Paradise, California working to help family who lost everything in deadly fire

A Jacksonville, Florida, man is trying to find help for his mother and brother who lost everything in the deadliest wildfire in California history. His family is from Paradise, where teams are searching for more than 1,000 people. Mark Hudson’s home in Paradise is now nothing but ashes. “It’s just really surreal, all of it. It’s hard to even explain,” Hudson said. Hudson...
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